DIY Minion

Hello everybody!

I hope you guys are well.

I have a great craft idea that came from my darling, beautiful and very crafty 6-year-old daughter, Olivia.  With a toilet paper roll, construction paper, glue, markers, scissors, and googly eyes Olivia made her very own minions from the movie “Despicable Me.”  She came up with this idea on her very own so I’m sharing it with you step by step.  Enjoy!

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My husband put up a ledge shelf for Olivia’s Arts and Crafts finished projects.  Here are her Minions – Ballerina, Mom, Dad, and Baby Minion

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I covered the toilet paper roll with yellow construction paper.  I added the googly eyes with the glue dots.  Then traced around the eyes with the silver marker to make the goggles and used the black sharpie to make the band.

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Using the sharpie I drew the smile and hair.  With the blue construction paper I made the front of the overalls, adding a pocket and the letter G for Gru.

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I glued the construction paper using the Fabri – Tac glue because it works best for me.  I used the glue dots for the small strips of construction paper.  You can always make the Minion with one eye like the toy figure pictured.

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Here’s my finished Minion.

This is a fun craft project for your kids and it’s also a great decorating idea for any Minion party!

Take good care all.

Until next time…

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Happy Halloween 2012!

Hello everybody! I hope you guys are well and safe.  Happy Halloween!  Unfortunately, there are many people still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and we hope they are safe and able to recover.

This past Sunday, the 28th, we had an early Halloween party for the kids and my husband’s judo pals.  It was a small gathering and we had a lot of fun.

My daughter decided that she wanted to be…

Merida, from Disney’s Brave movie.

We bought the costume and bow and arrow set from Target.  That’s a wig on her head that she left on for the picture.  She took it off immediately because she didn’t like having it on, but before that we tried to change her hair with color hair spray so it could resemble Merida’s red hair.

This was the result and she liked it, but couldn’t stand the smell of the spray.  In fact, she wouldn’t stop complaining about it so I washed her hair and the spray came off easily.   If you’d like to know, we used a brand called bright color Hair Spray and we got it at Target.

Olivia as Merida with her natural, beautiful brown hair!

As for my youngest, she simply didn’t want a costume so I put together a cute little outfit.  I bought the short sleeve t-shirt (Gwen Stefani’s Harajuku for Target) and combo skirt/leggings from Target.  I already had the pink long sleeve onesie, the red socks, and red glittery shoes.  I crossed my fingers and put the outfit on.  She didn’t fight the outfit, but I had to stalk her around the apartment in order to get a picture of her dressed up.

Got her in the kitchen! 🙂  My Harajuku Vampire diva!

My sweet, little girls, dressed up for Halloween 2012.  Look at the diva’s face, HILARIOUS!!

My husband, Angel, went as a HAMBURGER and his friend, Tyson, was a chicken.

TYSON CHICKEN!  GET IT? 🙂

As for myself, I was indeed the party pooper.  I wore a regular outfit, shirt, skirt, leggings, black booties, and a headband with a little witch’s hat on it.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN 2012 FROM THE MERCADO FAMILY!

Stay alert, stay alive.  Until next time…

DIY Card Box

Hi everybody!  I wanted to share with you one of my crafty ideas that I did for my anniversary party.  It’s so convenient to have a card box stationed at your table so guests can just drop their well wishes into it and party on.  You don’t have to carry around envelopes or even carry a bag full of them.  Instead RECYCLE a box, it can be one you received something in the mail with or even a shoe box, and decorate it with items, that you might already have in the house, like wrapping paper, stickers, ribbons, gift tags, tape, glue, etc.

I wanted to stay with my color theme so I bought a gold wrapping paper, coordinating ribbon in turquoise and gold ( I forgot to include them in the picture), and gold glitter sticker letters. I had the gift tags already and decided to use them.

I took a white shipping box and before taping it closed, I outlined and cut out the opening for the cards.  Remember to cut the flaps that fold inside as well, not just the outside flaps.  I then taped it shut on the sides, bottom, and whatever is left in the middle.

I wrapped the box like a gift and then I pressed down gently to feel out the card slot and make a faint outline.  Carefully using my X-ACTO knife, I made a slit down the middle of where the opening was.

I tucked the wrapping paper inside and carefully taped it using thin, but long strips of masking tape.  I placed the tape as close to the edge of the opening and slid my hand inside to reach as far as I could to tape the paper inside.  If you make a mistake, which I did (see little star in my picture), while cutting out the card slot and you don’t have enough paper to tuck inside in order to cover the box, just take strips of the same paper and slide under the top paper, and above if you want, and tape until completely covered.

I glued a thin gold ribbon onto a thicker turquoise ribbon, where I strung the gift tags and glued them onto the box.  I printed out the word CARDS onto a clear address label.  I then cut out each letter and stuck them onto the gift tags.  I finished off the box with the letter M and the words Thank You using gold, glitter stickers.

This box was easy to make and a big hit at my anniversary party.

I hope you like this crafty idea.

Until next time…

Update:  I just realized that you can also use a large tissue box and the best thing about it is that there is already an opening…duh!  Wrap that sucker up and decorate the heck out of it.  🙂  Enjoy!