DIY Personalized Beaded Bracelets

Hello! I absolutely love personalized jewelry. Anything with a monogram or a name I just have to have!!! Recently, I have spotted a trend of beaded bracelets that you can have personalized with a name. I have seen these on Etsy, Baublebar, even really expensive ones on NET-A-PORTER.

Photo from Baublebar

Photo from Etsy

Photo from NetAPorter

These range from $10- $85!

I thought, I can totally make these myself. AND, my girls will love to help me!

All you need are some beads and some string. We found ours from Michaels and Amazon.

Multicolor letter beads here

Black and white letter beads here

Metallic beads here

These were all fairly inexpensive, and they come with a ton- you can make bracelets for everyone!

The girls and I had so much fun making them, and I love how cute they are.

Do you like personalized jewelry?

Thanks for reading 🙂


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Popsicle Stick Crafts

My girls love to make crafts with popsicle sticks.  I love them because they are cheap, they come in a big package, and the possibilities are endless!  We have made tons of things over the years with popsicle sticks, from holiday decorations to jewelry boxes! 

These crafts that I have for you today are easy to do – both of my girls enjoyed making these and they are 3 and 6. They all use items that you probably already have around your house, too.  Enjoy!

1.  Emoji Sun 

What you need:

  • Yellow paper
  • Yellow paint
  • Paintbrush
  • 3 popsicle sticks
  • Glue
  • Markers to decorate

First, paint the popsicle sticks yellow.

After they’re dry, glue them on top of the other to create the sun spikes.

Cut out a yellow circle and draw an emoji face on it.  Our favorite is the heart eyes one.  Glue that to the middle.

Decorate the spikes with markers or glitter.

Ashley wanted polka dots.

TA-DA!  A cute little sun.

2.  Popsicle Stick Popcorn

What you’ll need:

  • 9 popsicle sticks (we used the big ones)
  • Glue
  • Red, white, and yellow paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Cotton balls
  • Paper plate

First, line up seven popsicle sticks in a row vertically, and glue two popsicle sticks horizontally to hold them all together.  This is the back.

After the glue dries, flip it over and paint it alternating red and white.

After that dries, cut a paper plate in half and cut off the outside edge crinkles.

Glue the half circle shape to the back of your popsicle sticks.

Glue on your cotton balls.

Using yellow paint or a yellow marker, color in a little bit of yellow to make it look more like popcorn.

You can leave it like this, which is super cute on its own, but my 6 year old Allie wanted to make it look like Poppy Popcorn the Shopkin.  I think she did a great job!

3.  Popsicle Stick Picture Frame

What you’ll need:

  • Four Popsicle sticks
  • Glue
  • Any color paint of your choice
  • Paintbrush
  • Embellishments (jewels, buttons, etc)

Glue two popsicle sticks horizontally onto the back of two vertical popsicle sticks to form a square shape.

Paint them anyway you like.

After they dry, add your embellishments.

We added pictures and also glued a magnet to the back so we could put them on the fridge.

4.  American Flag

What you’ll need:

  • 8 popsicle sticks – we used 6 big and 2 little ones
  • Glue
  • Red, white, and blue paint 
  • Paintbrush

Line up 6 popsicle sticks horizontally and glue two sticks vertically.

After that dries, paint them alternating red and white, but on the top 3 make sure you only go halfway.

Paint the leftover square blue.

Add white dots of paint to make the “stars”. You can use glitter or actual little stars.  Ashley just wanted to make dots.

This would be really cute to do on the 4th of July.

I hope you guys liked these and will try them out!

Thanks for reading xx

90’s Throwback Craft | Shrinky Dinks

It’s the last day of summer for my daughter Allie, who starts FIRST GRADE tomorrow!!! To celebrate, here is one of her favorite crafts to make!

Tell me you remember SHRINKY DINKS from the 90’s!  Color on a piece of plastic, put it in the oven, and out comes a little shrunken charm?  Well, if you don’t, here is how you and your kids can make this simple (but really cool) craft.  Let’s get started!

What you’ll need:

  • Number 6 plastic (you can find this on the lids of to-go containers, or the aluminum containers at the grocery store.  Look for the triangle with the number 6 inside.

  • Sharpies (regular markers won’t work)

  • Scissors 
  • An oven preheated to 350 degrees

So go ahead and preheat your oven first, and then cut out your plastic sheets.

Using a white sheet of paper underneath, draw your object, and color it in with the sharpies.  We did a cupcake and a Shopkin.  If you have a coloring book or something like that with an image, you can trace it!

Cut out your image, and place it on a cookie sheet.

Place in the oven, and watch the magic happen!  The plastic with shrivel and curl up, and when it lays back down flat, it’s ready!

It’s kind of hard to see, but do you see it shriveling up? My kids LOVE to watch this happen.

Be careful when removing, they will be very hot!  The end result is about 1/6 of the original object.

You can also punch a hole through the plastic before you bake it, so you can make it into a keychain, necklace, or even a Christmas ornament!

I recommend sealing the marker side with  some clear nail polish.  This prevents the marker from scratching off.

I hope you liked this DIY and will try it!

xx amy 

DIY | Solar Eclipse Viewer

Hello!  We are so excited over here for the solar eclipse on Monday, August 21.  Since solar eclipse glasses are kind of hard to find, we decided to make our own viewers so we can safely watch the eclipse without hurting our eyes.  Everything that we used to make these we already had in our house.  Here’s how we made them!

What you need:

  • Any kind of box (cereal, snack box)
  • Foil
  • Tape
  • White paper
  • Paper clip/safety pin

Trace the bottom of your box onto a piece of white paper.

Cut out the rectangle and stick some tape on it.

Tape this onto the bottom of the inside of your box.

This next part is optional, but I wrapped the girls’ boxes with white wrapping paper so that they could decorate their boxes.  I’m always looking for a crafting opportunty. Haha 🙂

The next thing you want to do is to cut two holes in the top of your box.  Tape up the middle part so it’s secure.

Wrap a piece of aluminum foil around one of the holes, and tape into place.

Using your paperclip or safety pin, poke a small hole in the center of the foil.

Your viewer is complete!


During the eclipse, you’re going to stand with your back to the sun, let the sun come through the aluminum foil, look through the open hole, and you will be able to view the eclipse on the piece of white paper inside the box.  Cool, huh? 🙂

Hope you try out this DIY!

Thanks for reading! xx

3 Minion Crafts

Today I have more craft ideas for you to do with your kids!  These crafts are all MINION themed.  My girls absolutely love the minions and the new movie that just came out – so they really had fun making these.  Let’s get started!  Bee doh Bee doh!

1.  Minion Clothespins

These are just clothespins painted to look like minions.  You can use these to hang artwork or for any kind of decoration.  My girls also like to have puppet shows with these! 

What you need:

  • Clothespins
  • Blue and yellow paint (or any colors you want)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Black sharpie
  • Chalk marker 

First, paint the clothespins.

The regular colors for minions are of course, blue and yellow…but my girls had to make some girl minions too.

After they’re dry, draw on the eyes with the chalk marker.  You can also use googly eyes or tiny white cut out circles for this.

After that dries, draw another circle in the middle with your sharpie.  Add your hair and smile, and there you go!  Little Minions.

2.  Popsicle Stick Minion

This next craft is just popsicle sticks glued together and then decorated like a little minion face!  

Here’s what you need:

  • Popsicle sticks (9 per minion)
  • Yellow paint 
  • Paintbrush
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • White and Black paper

The first thing you’re going to do is line up seven popsicle sticks.

Glue the remaining two popsicle sticks on, this will hold them all together.

After that dries, flip it over and paint it yellow.

When that is dry, glue on a strip of black paper.

Using a circle cookie cutter (or any other circle shaped item you have) trace two circles – one black and one white for the eye.  Glue those on.

Next, cut out a mouth and hair with black paper and glue those on.

Voila!  A cute minion face.

3.  Minion Pencil Holder

This craft is just a toilet paper roll decorated like a minion.  Allie thought it would make a cute pencil holder.

What you’ll need:

  • Empty toilet paper rolls
  • Yellow, blue, white, and black paper
  • Glue and tape
  • Scissors 
  • Pencil and blue marker
  • Tape measure or ruler 

The first thing is to cut out a yellow piece of paper in a 4 x 5 1/2 inch shape.

This should fit perfectly around your roll.  Secure with glue or tape.

Next, we are going to cut out the shape for the overalls.  This is kind of the shape of a big capital letter I.  Just make sure lengthwise the straps are 5 1/2 so they fit all the way around the tube.  

After you cut it out, add some little dashes and a pocket with a blue marker so it looks like blue jeans.

Glue onto the roll – make sure it’s right up against the bottom edge.

Next, trace the bottom of the roll onto yellow paper and cut out the circle.  Glue onto the bottom of the roll.  

Next, cut out a white circle, a smaller black circle, and a strip of black that is 5 1/2 inches long.

Glue the black strip on, and add the eye.

Next, cut out some hair, and glue it on the inside of the front of the roll.  Add a mouth with a black marker and voila!  A cute little Minion pencil holder!

Hope you guys liked these crafts!

xx amy