Monday, August 25, 2014

How-To Make a Unicorn Horn Headband

A little over a month ago, I threw a DIY My Little Pony Party for my 5-year-old. For the party, I made unicorn horn headbands for all of the girls and promised a tutorial!

How to make a unicorn headband

Well today's the day!

Want to make some super easy, but awesome unicorn headbands?

How-To Make a Unicorn Horn Headband

Unicorn Headband tutorial

Let's get started!

You'll need:

Felt (cream and pink), paper, stuffing, gold thread, hot glue gun and glue sticks, scissors, headband. and sewing pins.
Cut out a pattern for the ears and the horn from pink and cream felt. The ears I free handed, but thought I'd share the unicorn horn pattern with you:

Start at the top of the horn and slowly roll it into a point. Use the hot glue gun to secure it ever roll or so.

When the top is completely rolled and glued in place. Bring both of the ends together and glue.

 Stuff the horn with stuffing or batting - I used pillow fill from an old pillow.

Cut a small circle of cream felt and close the horn's opening.

Start at the top of the horn, glue a piece of gold thread to the back where the felt pieces meet. Wrap the thread around the horn, pulling on it a little to give the horn definition.

Cut the thread and glue the end to the bottom of the horn.

Use a paper template to cut out the ears and the middle of the ears.

Make sure the main ear piece is connected. This allows you to wrap it around the headband.

Glue the horn and the ears to the headband.

Use another circle on the underside of the horn that slightly folds up onto the horn to keep it sturdy.

Wrap the ears around the headband and glue together. Then, glue the smaller, middle section of the ear to the front of the folded ear piece.

The underside of the headband should look like this when you're finished.

Before you know it, you'll have made 10 of these babies and you're little one will be the happiest birthday girl ever!!

How-To Make a Unicorn Horn

For more details about our My Little Pony Party, click HERE!


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Back-To-School Countdown Calendars: Part Two

I have two more ideas for some back-to-school countdown fun. Both are pretty simple but your kids will love them.

If you remember, I wanted to keep costs down so that all of your mulah can be spent on fun activities with the kids.

Vintage Ruler Countdown Banner

Hobby Lobby carries the cutest little library check-in cards for $1.99/4. When I saw them at the store, I knew I had to make something with them. 

I strung the cards from an old wooden ruler my parents had when I was growing up. I drilled two holes in each end and then simply tied a piece of string from one end to the other. I hung the cards on the string with tiny clothes pins.

Kraft Stacking Boxes Back-To-School Countdown Calendar

You may remember the stacking turquoise boxes from my first post. These kraft boxes are the same idea, just with more contemporary baubles. I decorated them with a packages of tiny scrapbooking tags and some sticker numbers. 

The idea was to fill each box with a special treat, surprise or activity for your littles - counting down the days until school starts.

My little girl starts school in less than a week and we started our countdown calendar tonight with a fun night of bowling, ice cream and dance dance revolution. SO. MUCH. FUN.

I shared these two ideas and three more on a local TV program, KSL Studio 5:

You guys, I really do talk with my hands like that in real life. 

It's true. 


P.S. Did you make it this far? Good for you! The first person to comment on this post wins the brown stacking boxes! Ready. Set. Go!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Back-to-School Countdown Calendars: Part One

The summer is almost over and I'm not ready! Are you? My little E starts kindergarten this year and I feel like we've wasted her last summer as a school-free kid. We've done a few fun things, but nothing like I had planned at the beginning of summer.

Well, it's not too late. I've made a list of 50 Things to Do Before School Starts and compiled it into a Google document to share with you! Some of the items near the top of the list are activities specific to my area, but the rest of the list is pretty generic.

To make these last few days of summer memorable, I decided to create a countdown calendar for my littles. A back-to-school advent calendar, if you will.

I had so much fun making one, that I ended up designing FIVE to share with How-To Gal readers and on KSL Studio 5, a local TV program.

I'll share three today and two the beginning of next week so you don't get overloaded all at once.

I had a few stipulations for my count down calendars:
1. Easy for anyone to create.
2. Cost under $5 to make.
3. Include activities that are inexpensive or free

Want to see what I made?

Envelope Back-To School Countdown Calendar

For this calendar, I cut nine envelopes with my Cricut Explore and added sticker numbers to the front. Then, I spray painted a 12" x 12" canvas I had stashed away and glued the envelopes right onto the canvas.

Each day as we open up the envelopes, I'll have a fun activity written on the inside from my list of 50 Things to Do before the end of summer.

 Modern Stacking Boxes Back-To-School Count Down Calendar

You can't get any easier than this. I purchased all of my turquoise boxes from The Paper Store and stuck black and white numbers on the front. Super easy! 

Each box could be filled with goodies for your count down. Fill them with clues for the day ahead or a simple slip of paper with an activity. It will be like unwrapping a present everyday!

Chalkboard Back-To-School Count Down Calendar

Aren't those brown paper bags adorable? They were another find from The Paper Store. For this calendar, I simply inserted fun activities into the bags and taped them onto a chalkboard with hot pink tape. In the clear baggies, I put gift cards and membership cards to my kids' favorite places.

Which one is your favorite? 

P.S. If you made it this far and read the entire post, I have a secret to tell.

I'm giving the turquoise boxes away to the first reader to comment! Ready. Set. Go!

 P.P.S. I'll be sharing two more calendars the beginning of next week with another, not so secret, giveaway! Stay tuned!

Monday, July 28, 2014

A DIY My Little Pony Party

My baby girl turned FIVE a few weeks ago and I figured, age five was the perfect age to throw her first, big party.

I mean, five is a pretty important age.

Some of my very first memories are between age 4 - 5, and I wanted this day to be special - a day that will hopefully be one of her first memories when she's old like me.

Because she's five, she lives in a world of wonder and fantasy. Her favorite things to do include pretending she's a princess, pretending she's a pony, putting on fashion shows, coloring in princess coloring books, and watching pony and princess movies.

Her latest obsession = My Little Pony. And she insisted on having a My Little Pony birthday party.

Now, I'm all for themed birthday parties, but I didn't want her party to be a cartoon explosion. I wanted to keep it classy, but still kid friendly.

Want to see how it turned out?

For the invitation, I printed and cut out rainbow invitations from a free printable by Mr. Printables:

images via  You can download the invitation HERE.

Before the party, I asked each of the moms about their daughter's favorite thing to do. Then, with my Cricut I made custom "cutie mark" t-shirts the girls wore at the party. 

Each of the girls loved different things, so all of the shirts were different. They turned out so cute!

Unicorn horn headbands! I couldn't help myself. 

I made one for each of the girls and will be sharing a tutorial later this week.

I filled the swag bags with a My Little Pony coloring book, pens and a puzzle. I made sure the bag was big enough to carry their shirt, unicorn horn and painted pony.

Yes, I said painted pony.

Did you know you can buy blank My Little Ponies on Hasbro's website? Well, you can. I bought one for each girl to paint at the party.

I put the table outside to avoid the inevitable mess :) The girls LOVED painting their horses. 

For the food table, I incorporated the rainbow theme from the invitation into the decor. I made the banner from items I found at Zurchers.

Skittles, squeeze-its and cookies, oh my! I wanted to make everything look bright and happy - it wasn't until later that I realized that I gave the girls a SUGAR OVERLOAD. Sorry parents! 

Instead of a traditional cake, E chose cupcakes. For the Happy Birthday topper, I used TomKat's design from Cricut Design Space. I cut out 10 Happy Birthday images with my Cricut and then glued them together. The top layer is a shiny piece of gold paper. 

The party was more work that I bargained for, but I am happy with how things turned out. I'd even say it was a success. After all, the birthday girl did say, "This party is everything I've ever imagined." 

Happy Birthday E! 
Love, Mom

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Best Origami Bows Ever

I love bows. I do. I can't help it. Everything looks better with a bow. And you want to know what kind of bow is my absolute favorite?


Oh come on, you knew I was going to say that!

ACK! I am so in love with them right now.

I also have an affinity for origami. So, when I saw pictures of a complicated-looking origami bow, I knew I had to learn how to make one...or ten.

As far as I can tell, the original origami bow tutorial came from a Korean website called Tweety Atelier and it has just recently exploded over the interwebs with the beautiful pictures from a post on a Danish blog, Mood Kids

Both of these tutorials are not in my native tongue, so I chose to follow the (easy-to-read and understand) directions posted by Helen of Let's Create. She also includes step-by-step pictorial instructions.

How-To Gal Tips:
1. Don't give up if your first bow isn't successful.
2. Try patterned cardstock to give your bows a more modern feel.
3. If you use cardstock, have a bone folder handy and be sure to make all of your creases super sharp. Sharp creases always result in a better finished project.

After mastering the fold, all it took was a few hours before I had a delightful stack of origami bows just waiting to be gifted. If you have a birthday or other celebration coming up, wow the giftee with a beautiful handmade paper bow.

Happy Folding!

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