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Hand Painted Easter Basket/holder/bucket to be personalized for your sweetie!

These fun wooden buckets have a hand painted bunny scene on each and are ready to be personalized with your child’s first name or monogram. Perfect for egg hunting or decor for your Easter Party! I can easily do a family (last) name as well!

Check these items out and more on my etsy shop! https://www.etsy.com/shop/coffeycreations?ref=hdr_shop_menu

Email me at shannon@coffeycreations with any questions!

 

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Little Adelaide and big sister Emerson!

I just love to see sweeties enjoying their baskets and liners! And mommy Neely told me that Adelaide’s bunny left her an early present in her basket-and it wasn’t jelly beans! Ugggh! Ah, what us mommies will do for our precious babies! Enjoy them, Neely! And thank you so much again for sharing your sweeties with us!

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David’s Fingerprint Snowman Jar (votive holder!)

My little 8 year old artist, David, used his finger tip to create these sweet snowmen! He did his own red scarves, black hats, orange noses and eyes and buttons. I used a frost effect to coat the jar ahead of time, after he was finished with his snowmen we added “snow” in the form of paint with glitter! Next I will add a battery operated votive, but it is already on display on my windowsill in the kitchen! See below for fun ideas making snowmen with a little one’s fingerprints. You can also check out my Etsy shop for premade kits!

Email me at shannon@coffeycreations for your own custom children’s items or check out my Etsy shop for fun premade items!

 

Fingerprint/Handprint Snowmen!

I  just love being able to preserve little fingerprints in a way that I can enjoy again and again! The fingerprint snowmen shown in the pictures are made from my 2year old niece’s little hand print. I used a sharpie to write the date and her name on the bottom of the jar for her Daddy to keep and bring out every year-my boys always love comparing how their hands have grown with their fingerprint/keepsake items!

I added a little pink scarf to each snowperson, a black hat, an orange nose, blue eyes (like Sophie’s!), stick arms, and even put little snowballs in some of the snowgirls hands! I dotted some white paint “snow” throughout the background of the jar, swirled some on the bottom and then sprinkled white glitter all over the jar so that it would stick to the white paint to make it even more snow like.

I also love to be able to recycle and reuse, this jar was actually a pasta sauce jar. I put a little battery operated votive inside of it and it is ready to go for holiday decorating!

There are so many variations on this theme you could do, too. My 8 year old just used his fingertip to create his snowmen and he loved making the scarves, hats, and the rest of the snowmen himself. I thought how fun it would be to get a fingerprint from each member of the family and have a snowperson represent everyone! We’ll see if we can get everyone to cooperate with that one!

And, I’m thinking as a teacher gift to have all of the kids put their own fingerprint on a jar with their name above the snowman. We can fill the jar with homemade white chocolate pretzels! One of my favorite treats to make with the kids!

Make this craft on your own or purchase my premade kit-for yourself, a new mom, or a mom who loves to do fun things like this with her kids! Click on this link to view the kit from my Etsy shop!

Check out some of my other fun holiday crafts and fun things to do with kids! Click on the Thanksgiving link on the left or here, and the Christmas link or here.

Email me at shannon@coffeycreationsforkids.com for your own custom items, or check out my Etsy shop for lots of fun premade items!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leprechaun Door! Thank you Mudpies and Rainbows!

This is one of the cutest little finds ever!!!!! This adorable little Leprechaun door actually came “over the pond” from Dublin, Ireland!!!! How cool is that?! I can’t wait to see my boys faces when they see this little door! It has a little key, a little letter (I think there’s a penny in it for luck!) and some Leprechaun (fairy) dust!

The people at Mudpies and Rainbows are fantastic to work with and be sure to check out their site and blog for lots more fun ideas!

How can you resist sharing such fun?!!!!

St. Patrick’s Day Fun!

These little whipped cream shamrocks are sooo easy to do! Just get some whipping cream (in your dairy section at the grocery store), add in a few teaspoons of sugar, whip with your blender till it gets a bit thick, then add as much green food coloring as you like!

I put some of the whipped cream into a ziploc bag, snipped off the end and piped out the shamrocks! They aren’t perfect, but my guys certainly think they are! I piped the shamrocks onto parchment paper and put them in the freezer to be added later to hot chocolate! Yummmmm!

As you can see, my little Leonard can’t wait! And, they would be just as tasty, as just a dollop of green in your hot chocolate (or mommy’s cappuccino!)!

I’ve also purchased a Leprechaun Door for this year-which hasn’t made it’s appearance yet! (You may have noticed, I’m a bit obsessed with Easter around here!) I can’t wait to get it out and will be sure to check for pictures later! Check it out here for one for your little ones-https://www.etsy.com/listing/96741222/lucky-leprechaun-door ! What fun!!!!

I had to order one for each of my littlest guys teachers, one for my nephew, one for my goddaughter…next year one for my little niece! How can you resist?!

Don’t forget to check out my other fun ideas for St. Patrick’s day under “Fun stuff for kids” and under “St. Patrick’s Day”!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Enjoy those little ones!
 

Christmas Fun!

So, I just made about 17 of these little Gingerbread houses yesterday for a cub scout project for my 7 year old and had to share them! They were so easy to do and I can’t wait for us to decorate them! I plan to use the puffy paint for the “icing” on the  houses! We have fake “snow” to sprinkle on it after putting on glue in fun designs…green paint for the grass, who knows what else we may add? You may note that mine has a little snowman and a pine tree out front.

All you need to make the house are scissors, a cardboard box, and a glue gun! I cut the “house shape” first, two square shapes with a triangle shape on top. Then two small rectangles for the sides, hot glue these four pieces together for the base of the house. Then cut out the two larger rectangles for the roof-I liked mine a bit long to have some overhang. Hot glue the roof on. Cut out a door shape, windows, pine trees, bushes, mini “wreaths” for the door, whatever you want! I also added a half circle for the platform or “front yard” of the house and a couple of little half circle strips for the “Gingerbread” along the edge of the roof. The red and white striped additions are cut paper straws.

I love to be able to have fun decorations that are homemade, that the kids themselves can decorate, and that I can bring out again year after year! Have fun!

Have fun and check back to see our finished houses!

 

Happy Thanksgiving! Door Sign revisited 2012

I just love bringing this door sign out every year! Look how big my little guys are getting! This year I had a smidge of extra time and put together several for some friends and family. Here are some tips to make your own:

You will need preferably a thick rectangular piece of fabric-a denim weight or a twill would work well, brown,yellow, red and orange medium point sharpies, fabric pen (the blue kind that blots off with water), an ultra fine black sharpie, trim of your choice, a ribbon for hanging and about 3 of those popsicle kid craft sticks.

I just love the look of the khaki/sand color mixed with the dark browns and oranges of Thanksgiving and fall! I used scrap fabric I had laying around (waiting for just such a use!) and cut it in a rectangular shape-long enough to include all three of my boys hand prints.

First, I used my fabric pen to mark on the “Happy Thanksgiving”. I love the look of the curlz MT font from MS word. You can print it out and then just do your best to copy it as closely as you can. Choose whatever font you like, of course, but it looks so much neater if you can pick a specific font! Or if your child is learning to write it would look adorable in their cute handwriting! Let them use the fabric pen then you can go over it with the other markers. The great thing about using a fabric pen is that if you don’t like how it looks-blot it off with a damp paper towel, wait for it to dry and just redo it!

Once you’ve got your writing on the way you want it go over your letters with a medium or dark brown, highlight parts of the letters with the orange then outline the letters with the fine point black. Be careful not to hold the pens down for too long or they will bleed into the fabric and leave a big spot! Use a “light hand” when doing your lettering!

Don’t forget to put the date somewhere on your sign as well, I chose the bottom right corner.

Put your child or children’s names below where you intend to put their handprints.

Attach your trim of choice with fabric glue.

To do the hanging ribbon, attach the ribbon about say 1 inch down on the back on each side with fabric glue. Fold the fabric over top of the ribbon on the back and secure with fabric glue. Here is where you also use fabric glue to attach the popsicle sticks. I had to cut one in half then attach another over top of the two. That way the sign hangs straight and doesn’t curve inward in the middle.

Then the handprints!!!! Get several wet paper towels ready for after the printing. Squeeze a bit of oranges, reds, browns, yellows on a paper plate. Get a sponge brush and sponge the different colors on different parts of the little hand. Gently place the hand on the sign where you want it to go! Don’t panic if it doesn’t look perfect! That is part of the charm!

After the handprints have dried take your ultra fine sharpie and outline the turkey, add his feet in brown, use red for the comb above and below the head, add the eye and beak with some yellow. Be sure to outline the comb, beak and feet as well. Not sure exactly how you want to do these parts? Check out my silly turkeys!

For more fun Thanksgiving hand print ideas and more check out the rest of my Thanksgiving items here or click on the Thanksgiving link to the left! Check out the Felt Handprint Turkeys, Turkey handprint bibs, Thanksgiving food toss game including food bean bags and more! Have fun!

Not up to doing this by yourself? Want to give a one of a kind gift? Just email me at shannon@coffeycreationsforkids.com and I will make you a Turkey Handprint Door Sign kit! Including the sign made and ready to go with little pots of paint and even a spongebrush for the recipient!

3D Wooden Letters

I have been wanting to do these little wooden letters for ages. They are hand drawn, then cut out using a scroll saw and a drill to start the holes. These are perfect for learning your letters-upper and lower case (which most blocks, for some reason, only have the upper case letters), and are great for learning to form words and learning the sounds as well! We still intend to paint the letters, but we’ve already begun to play with them!!!

For your own custom children’s items e-mail me at shannon@coffeycreationsforkids.com or check out my Etsy shop by clicking on the link to the right.

Happy 1st Birthday Hadley!

Happy 1st Birthday Hadley! Your Lalee and Grandy love you very much!

What a treat it was to restore this vintage toy box. The box had many layers of paint on it and was finally done in a goldish yellow that had obviously been done long ago. This toy box needed a bit of work, I filled in lots of cracks from the wood separating over the years and replaced the hinges on the inside and added a slow release hinge on the side so little Hadley’s fingers don’t get smushed!

I then primed the toy box and hand painted the outside to match the decor of Hadley’s room. (the Serena and Lily Lola Bedding). I painted Hadley’s monogram right in the middle in a fun french font.

The inside lid of the toy box has a special painting also. I painted this to reflect the story on Churchill’s Blue Willow China-a favorite of mine from childhood! A sad starcrossed lovers story, but with beautiful Asian trees and buildings and, of course, the love birds! I did the painting in the same colors as Hadley’s room-in keeping with her room theme-and think the little birdies continue that theme perfectly!

Then, the surprise! I had been wanting to do a little puppet theater for ages! This puppet theater has a wood base and fabric added for the stage curtains and little pockets on the back to store the little finger puppets in. This little stage has hand painting on it and also shows off Hadley’s monogram on either side of the center of the stage itself. The stage is meant to be propped up on the top of the toy box for lots of fun puppet shows and play. When not in use, the puppet theater stores neatly in the bottom of the toy box.

Enjoy, little Hadley!

For your own custom children and babies items email me at shannon@coffeycreationsforkids.com or check out my Etsy shop!

Check out Hadley’s custom hand painted dollhouse/bookcase here. Baby Hadley’s handmade wooden tree playset, her Mommy and baby bird bookshelf, and lots more here.