DIY Pom Pom Apple Garland

We have Meet the Teacher today at Brynlee’s Pre-School. I can’t believe how quickly summer passed by and now my baby girl is starting Pre-K on Thursday!

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Since school starts for us this week, I thought I’d share this fun little DIY that Brynlee and I made a couple of weeks ago to decorate for Back to School. Brynlee loves when we decorate the house for different holidays or celebrations, so I’m really making more of an effort to do more decorating outside of the Christmas season. We made this garland with things already in my craft closet and Brynlee had so much fun learning how to make pom poms.

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I bought these pom pom makers a couple of years ago and they really make making pom pom so much easier! Even Brynlee got the hang of it after a few tries and now wants to make ALL. THE. POM POMS.

My finished garland is 6 feet and I spaced my apples every 6 inches so I made 11 pom pom total. Make sure to leave your tails long so you can attached your apples to your garland string.

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Once my poms were all made, I grabbed some green felt, cut it in strips, then cut out leaf shapes. I just free handed it and really like that no two leaves are the same.

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I made 22 leaves total, 2 for each apple.

(There are only 20 pictured here because I had to go back and make one more apple once I decided on my spacing)

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I used hot glue to attach my leaves to each apple.

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I wanted my garland string to be a little thicker than regular yarn and I love the rustic feel this jute twine adds to the garland.

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Using the tails of my pom poms, I measured my spacing and tied on each apple, clipping the tails after.

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I love how this cute little DIY turned out, especially since it was kid-friendly! Brynlee loves to craft and was so excited to be able to help with this project.

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After we hung it, Brynlee asked if we were going to have an apple party. She’s still not quite sure what apples have to do with school starting, but its still a fun little addition to our home decor. I also found a lighted apple garland in the Target dollar bins and I think some DIY vintage inspired flash cards might be next on our to-do list.

Do you decorate for school? Let me know if you make a Pom Pom Apple Garland (tag me on Instagram @blissfullymadeblog #blissfullymadeblog)

Happy Crafting!!

xo, Cassidi

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Butterfly Wings

Whew!! What a weekend!! We were super busy and it just flew by! We spent Saturday up north celebrating Easter early with my family, then on Sunday we headed down south to celebrate the 3rd birthday of one of our dear friend’s daughter.
Today I wanted to share the gift Brynlee and I made for her, I really think it is the perfect, whimsical gift that any little girl would love!


I purchased the Wife-Made butterfly wing pattern back in October when I made Brynlee’s Rainbow Dash costume and have wanted to make the butterfly wings ever since. And a gift for a 3rd birthday party was the perfect time to try them out! I found the super colorful fabric at Joann’s and decided to just use solids for the wing’s appliqué since the main fabric is so busy.


I also used silver glitter elastic to make the wings even more whimsical. Brynlee loved them so much that I will be making a second pair very soon, she’s been begging for some ever since I had her try these on to make sure they would fit well.


I also decided to make a flower crown to go with the wings so the birthday girl could be a butterfly princess. I got Brynlee involved by letting her help me choose the flowers and their placement and to help me add the jewels. I also found a blue butterfly to add to the crown since the birthday girl’s favorite colors are pink and blue.


And to finish off the gift, Brynlee and I made a magical wand to match the wings. Brynlee thought it was so fun to pick out the beads and help string them on the ribbons.

I love giving handmade gifts and I especially love when I can get Brynlee involved in helping me. She’s been asking me to teach her to sew lately, I already have her step on the pedal for me when I sew, but I’m not sure what age is appropriate to actually let her use my machine. I also don’t know if I have the patience for it yet, but I do really want her to learn. I wish I would have been taught when I was young and I’m so excited that she wants to learn too! I love sharing my hobbies with her.

So, if any of you have any recommendations on teaching a child to sew and what is a good age to start them, please let me know in the comments.

Happy Sewing!!

xo, Cassidi

Make Your Own Monster Kits {Free Printable}

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Brynlee started preschool this year and while I was hesitant about certain things (like in complete denial that my baby was old enough to even be ready for school), I was super excited about others, like finally being able to make classroom treats for special occasions.

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At Brynlee’s school they are having a little Halloween party next week, they get to wear their costumes and go trick or treating from classroom to classroom. Since I know they will be getting plenty of candy from that, as well as trick or treating on Halloween, I really wanted to make a treat that was non-edible, but still fun for the kiddos! Enter play doh! One of Brynlee’s favorite activities currently and when I found 4 packs of mini play doh’s in the Target dollar bins for only $1, I knew exactly what I was going to do! The craft kit full of pipe cleaners, pom poms and googly eyes is from Walmart and is less than $5, since I made my own printable (available below) and used regular sandwich bags I already had on hand, I was able to make 12 classroom treats for under $10! That’s a win in my book! Plus there is still plenty of stuff left over from the craft kit for Brynlee to use in all her crafting adventures!

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I started by cutting up some of the pipe cleaners into small sections, some for the arms and antennas for the monsters and others, that I also folded at the tip, for the legs. Then I divided the pipe cleaners, googly eyes and pom poms up into 12 separate piles, Brynlee really loved helping me with this part.

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Then she helped me fill the bags with each of the little piles we made and add in a jar of play doh. Once they were filled, we grabbed our bag toppers (printable available below), and she helped me tape them all on.

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I love that this was a project Brynlee and I could do together, now she is so excited to take them into her class to show her teacher and pass them out to all of her friends at the Halloween party.

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Here’s the free printable if you want to make you own! If you do I’d love to see it, tag me on Instagram (blissfullymadeblog) or Facebook with your finished Monster Kits!

Happy Crafting!!!

xo, Cassidi

PS- Today I’m linking up for Inspiration Monday, so head on over for more Fall/Halloween inspiration!

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DIY 2×4 Cinderella Pumpkins

If you recall, last year I made these cute orange pumpkins thanks to a tutorial by the sweet ladies at Lolly Jane.

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This year, as I was pulling out all of my Fall/Halloween decorations from the garage, I noticed some extra 2×4’s and 3/4″ wooden dowels left over from the project.

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Instead of adding more orange pumpkins to my little pumpkin patch, I thought that a few white Cinderella pumpkins would fit in perfectly.

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Armed with my sanded 2 x  4’s and 3/4″x 1″ dowels, I drilled shallow 3/4″ holes into the top center of each of the 2 x 4’s.

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Then I grabbed some paint from my stash, Handmade Modern (from Target) in Metallic 20k Gold, Martha Stewart Crafts Multisurface in Mother of Pearl and Apple Barrel Colors in 20575 Sandstone.

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I painted the stems gold and the base of the pumpkin with 2 coats of sandstone and 1 coat of mother of pearl on top.

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Using 80 grit sandpaper, I roughed up the pumpkins to give them a rustic look and attached the stems using E-6000 (my favorite for everything) glue.

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After tying a green ribbon around the stem, off they went to live with the rest of the pumpkins in the patch.

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And of course, since its October, my two Jack-O-Lanterns are showing off their smiling faces!

Happy Crafting!

xo, Cassidi

Made It Monday- Halloween Countdown Chain

Oh, hello October, I have missed you!

Landon was out of town all last week for work. Fortunately, that isn’t a common occurrence, but when does happen, it throws a certain toddler off of her routine and as a result we usually have some pretty grumpy days and it just gets worse the longer Daddy is away. By Friday (the day he was coming home) her threenager behavior was in full swing and we had more tantrums by 9am than we usually do all week. An intervention was a must…

Enter the craft supplies!

Brynlee loves crafting and it really helps to get her in a happy mood when she can focus on something she enjoys.

Since October 1st was the next day, we decided to make a Halloween countdown chain, 1) because I had all the craft supplies on hand and 2) because ever since we decorated for Halloween (which I’ll admit was a bit early this year) she has been asking if Halloween is today pretty much every day. I thought this would be a great way to show her when Halloween will get here.

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I started by raiding my scrapbook paper to find anything that was orange, green and/or purple. I thought this would be a great opportunity for Brynlee to practice her cutting skills, so on the back of one of the papers I drew lines for her to cut along. This lasted for all of about two lines, but at least it got her practicing and I was really proud of how well she did.

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I had also grabbed some black construction paper from our stash and cut out a bunch of bats to embellish our chain with. I just free handed the bats by cutting the paper in half, then taking one of the pieces and folding it in half. On the fold, I then cut out one half of the bat (so basically half the body and one wing) so that each side would be the same. It’s really easy and fun to see the different shapes of bats you make. Then Brynlee glued googly eyes to the bats.

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Brynlee helped me piece together the chain using these glue dots, seriously the best thing ever for toddler crafts. There is zero mess, no drying time and they hold really well!

Once all 31 pieces were chained together we went through one by one to embellish each ring.

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We used the Zots again to attached the bats to the chain.

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Then Brynlee decided she wanted to draw a kitty with googly eyes on each ring as well.

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This was not a short craft by any means, it probably took us about 2.5 hours from start to finish. I let Brynlee do most of the work and make all of the choices from the order of paper rings to where the bats would go and attaching all the googly eyes herself. I really love how it turned out and we had a lot of fun making it! Throughout the whole process, Brynlee kept excitedly saying “I’m having super really a lot of fun!!” (which is a win in my book). And I know she is going to have fun each day tearing off a ring of the chain, counting us down to Halloween and more importantly, trick or treating!

Happy Crafting!

xo, Cassidi

DIY Fabric Carrot Spring Decor

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In my efforts to make more seasonal/holiday decor I came up with a simple, fun carrot decoration that can be used in many different ways.

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I started with a few fat quarters, I picked one light, one medium and one darker orange print. My initial plan for these was to make a garland out of them so I wanted the colors to differ enough to make it interesting. I also had some bright green rick rack.

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Just like I did in this post, I sandwiched a scrap piece of batting between two layers of orange fabric.

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After pinning it in place, I traced a triangle shape using a fabric marker.

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I drew a triangle that was 2″ on top and 5″ tall, but you could easily make a triangle in word or Photoshop and print it off too.

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With coordinating thread, sew down the two long sides.

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But not the top of each carrot.

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Now, cut 2 1/2″ strips of rick rack.

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Positioning 3 strips of rick rack in the middle of the top of each carrot, pin them in place and sew along the top marked line, closing each of your carrots.

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Cut the remaining sides with pinking shears.B12Repeat with remaining fabric colors.

I still need to string together a few to make my garland, I plan to just use twine and thread it through each carrot and I think I will frame one to use a wall decor too. They would be cute in a basket too and Brynlee already loves playing with them. I might have to come up with a few more food type items for her to use in her play kitchen.

Happy Sewing!

DIY Shamrock Garland

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Okay friends, this is just about the easiest garland you will ever make. From start to hung up it took about 10 minutes and I even paused periodically to take pictures. And yes, I know it is still February. but March is quickly approaching, so I thought I’d post this today in case you wanted to make it this weekend in preparation for March 1st.

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I started with a package of foam shamrocks that I got at Joann’s at the end of last season for 75% off, but I was at Joann’s the other day and saw they had the same pack again this year, so grab your coupon and run over there so you can make this super cute garland.

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They are 4 different shamrocks in the pack, 2 colors of glitter and 2 plan, I only used the glitter ones for my garland, I’ll have to come up with something else for the plain ones, but you can use any combinations you want.

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I alternated colors and paired my shamrocks with some gold twine for hanging, I cut two 12″ pieces, one for each end. See below for how I attached them.

I used 13 shamrocks to hang in a 6 foot space.

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Using green thread and a normal straight stitch, start feeding your shamrocks through.

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You’ll want to feed one, right after another, without any space between them, just go slowly as you feed your next one through.

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The joint should look like this.

As you are sewing them, you want to stay in the upper 1/3 of the shamrock, this will keep the majority of their weight on the bottom section and help them to lay flat against your hanging area. If you sew right through the middle, they will want to topple over and your garland will look a little wonky.

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On your first and last shamrock you will need to attach your twine. find the middle point of your twine and feed it under your shamrock, go slow and you might need to raise your pressure foot to get it in the right spot. Back stitch over it to secure it firmly in place.

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The back will look like this.

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And that’t it! You’ve got a festive St. Patrick’s Day garland.

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To hang mine, I picked up these clear command strips at the grocery store, I thought they would blend in better than nails and hold better than tape. So far they have been fantastic.

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Eventually I will finish my drapes for this room and the ends will be completely hidden.

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Now I just need to make something else to go with it so it doesn’t look so lonely along my window.

Happy Crafting!!!