How to make a unique DIY Pine Cone Halloween Costume

How to make a unique DIY Pine Cone Halloween Costume

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When my 3-year-old and I were talking about what she wanted to be for Halloween this year, we scrolled through Amazon looking at all the costumes. She loved the Paw Patrol ones, thought the Batgirl costume was pretty cool but then told me, “No, no, no, I want to be a pine cone for Halloween”. And it stuck. I asked her about it the next day “I want to be a pine cone”. Finally, we made the trip to the craft store and she decided that even though she loves pink AND purple, a pine cone it is.

While I adore her creativity and uniqueness…..not even on page 147 of Amazon’s costume selection am I going to find a pine cone costume. I did find a pine cone mascot for 327 UK Pounds. No. Thanks. And one DIY project on Pinterest but it didn’t really fit our pine cone vision.

I don’t shy away from craft projects, especially for one of our favorite holidays! Looking for other Halloween inspiration or an easy recipe for Halloween Rice Krispie treats, then I’ve got you covered.

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Supply List for this Toddler Halloween Costume:

  1. Brown T-shirt
  2. Brown Tutu
  3. Brown Felt
  4. Craft Paint
  5. Sponge
  6. Glue – hot glue AND fabric glue

How to Make a Pine Cone Costume

I ordered a brown t-shirt and brown tutu from Amazon to use as the base and they were surprisingly affordable. Then I bought a few pieces of felt to experiment with to make sure that was the right fabric. Felt is easy to work with because it’s hardy and forgiving and cheap! I got a few sheets for a dollar and experimented with a few sketches on the shape of the pine cone pieces. There is a fine line between a pine cone and owl feather so I made sure that we stayed in our pine cone lane. Once I settled on the shape, I traced it on the felt and cut a few out.

Once I was happy with the size/shape, I bought a yard of brown felt and cut out as many pieces as I could. I laid them out on the shirt and tutu to get the pattern right. It felt like it was lacking depth.

Pine cone felt pieces
Cut out felt pieces
Pine Cone costume version 1
Laying out the pieces to see if I’m on the right track

I bought some light brown craft paint and sponge painted the edges of the felt. I flattened the tutu and started laying out the felt with straight pins.

Pine Cone tutu
Painted pieces pinned to the tutu

Then it was time to glue. I started from the bottom and ended up not doing the top row shown above. I didn’t want to lose the elasticity of the waistband because of the glued felt. The No-Sew fabric glue worked pretty well but I ended up having to use my glue gun on a couple of spots. I still felt that she needed something on her head. Thankfully I found this hat on Etsy and it was perfect.

The finished pine cone

I’m pretty happy with how this turned out. The true test will be if it can withstand the dance class, school parade, and actual trick or treating. The most important part though is that Big Nugget is so excited about her costume.

Update – it made it through all of the events that we had for Halloween! Super durable and such a unique costume – it’s 3 years later and one of our dance teachers still has a picture of Big Nugget in this costume on her phone.

Kid friendly Easter table

Kid friendly Easter table

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We are hosting Easter this year and to make it extra special, we will have family in town to celebrate with. Traditionally, we go to church and do an egg hunt for the kids and then stuff our faces – all. day. long. I’m starting to pull together our menu for this year and getting excited about our favorite dessert and sweet rolls. My sister in law is going to make Grannie Maine’s potatoes (who Little Nugget was named after) and we’re going to order a ham. Lots and lots of ham.

Since our nieces will be in town, I put together a fun Easter table so that all the cousins can sit together. We only get to see each other a couple times a year and it’s so fun to see the kids bond and create memories together, despite their age differences.

Kid Friendly Easter Table

These plates are from Pier One and I could not resist them. What’s more whimsical and fun than rabbits with glasses and spring formal wear?

Easter Kids Table above glasses

The napkins and napkin rings are also from Pier One. Each one of the set has a different word on it – Nosh, Nibble, Pick or Graze. Pretty much sums up my kids appetite on any given day. I love that they work on the Easter table but could be used any time of year.

Easter kids table nosh

When I was taking pictures of the Easter table, Big Nugget asked if she could help. I asked her to go around and take pictures of all the things she liked on the table. This was one of her pictures and I thought it was great! Especially for a 4 year old. I asked her what she liked about this picture and she told me that she could see everything fun in it – the silly rabbits, the yummy candy and the twinkle carrot lights in the tree.

Easter kids table clara

The Peeps centerpiece was fun to put together and so easy. See the full tutorial here.

Easter kids table centerpiece

The place mats are just brown craft paper and are fun to draw and write on when the kids are waiting on their food. These crayons are perfect for little hands and in a great spring color palette.

Easter kids table nibble

Seriously, I can not get enough of these plates. So stinking cute. The glasses are the perfect size for the kids also and from the Magnolia for Target line. Egg holders, bunny and rolled paper flowers were all found at the Target Dollar Spot.

Easter kids table pick

Easter Table Kids

Still looking for Easter basket ideas? See what the Easter Bunny is bringing to our house this year, here.

 

11 Must Haves to Pull Together Easy Easter Baskets

11 Must Haves to Pull Together Easy Easter Baskets

Some of our family will be in town over Easter weekend and we are so excited! I’m starting to pull together my menu for the day but I can guarantee my favorite dessert and these raspberry sweet rolls will be included. The Easter bunny already finished it’s shopping on a swoop through Target and a few clicks of the mouse online. Take and look and see what will be in our girls Easter baskets this year, including their darling outfits for Easter day.

Looking for more Easter ideas? Check out our complete guide here.

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Easy Easter Baskets

Easter Basket Gift Guide

One – Both our girls love Pete. Pete the Cat Big Easter Adventure

Two – Big Nugget is loving Beat Bugs lately on Netflix so this I Can Read! Beat Bugs book is perfect.

ThreeNever Touch a Monster is colorful and tactile, perfect for the toddlers in your life.

Four – Big Nugget picked out this darling sparkly Easter dress from Mini Boden. Ebates is currently offering 4% cash back on your purchase!

Five – Big Nugget is really into puzzles lately, this Discover America puzzle will keep her occupied and help her learn the states.

Six – This jumper is also from Mini Boden, perfect Easter outfit for the Little Nugget. I love the versatility of it depending on the weather and it matches sister without being identical.

Seven – Big Nugget and I saw Coco in the theater. The music, the visuals, the story…we loved it all.

Eight – No Easter basket is complete for Southern California kids without some new beach toys. I love the Antsy Pants line from Target.

Nine – Spring is also a great time to refresh our swimwear, between chlorine at swim class and sand/salt water at the beach, our suits take a beating. This suit from Cat and Jack is perfect for Big Nugget.

Ten – Long sleeve rash guards are a necessity here and I love the front zipper on these, also from Cat and Jack at Target.

Eleven – Another swimsuit from Cat and Jack, long sleeve tops provide an extra layer of sun protection and are easy to get one and off.

What’s your go to for your kiddo’s Easter baskets?

Holiday Craft Brunch

Holiday Craft Brunch

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Can you believe that Christmas is ON MONDAY!?!?! I feel like this holiday season not only snuck up on me but flew by so fast. I’m just about done with my shopping but I’m still frantically trying to finish some last minute items, finalize menus and wrap. Ugh.

This year, I kicked off the season with a small holiday craft brunch with some other Momma’s to paint ceramics from Clay a Go Go with our kiddos. For the past 3 Christmas’s I’ve done ceramic mugs and ornaments with Big Nuggets feet and I love having my coffee out of these each morning.

holiday craft mugs

Holiday Craft

They are the perfect gift for Grandparents and I always keep one mug for myself. I posted some ideas here for unique handprint designs which some of us did on our ceramics this year.

We had the Clay a Go Go team come with an assortment of mugs, ornaments, plates and platters.

holiday craft drying

They were so helpful getting the little one’s hand and foot prints just perfect.

holiday craft giggles

holiday craft with baby toes

holiday craft experts

The Menu

Since this was a brunch, I did a simple menu of homemade granola which I adapted from the Pioneer Woman’s recipe and these cinnamon rolls from Two Peas and a Pod – no adaption needed because they are perfection.

holiday craft brunch granola

holiday craft brunch cinnamon roll

I coupled those with yogurt, fruit and Pirate Booty plus juice boxes for the kiddos and a small mimosa bar for the Mommas.

holiday craft food spread

Finished Product

We painted the ceramics at my house and then Devonee from Clay a Go Go took them back to be glazed and fired in her kiln.

Holiday craft ideas

Everyone was so pleased with how they all turned out.

Last Minute Gifts

You don’t need a friend with a kiln to do some handprint gifts for people on your list. If you are looking for a great last minute gift, other than this AMAZING candle from Target, that is not only quick and easy but memorable and adorable, you can do any of these designs on a clear ornament or a canvas. You don’t need a team of artists or helpers to make them happen…although I would recommend sticking to feet with the littles who can’t follow directions to not make a fist. Trust me, I learned this the hard way.

holiday craft brunch ideas

 

Make a Standout Cheese and Charcuterie Board

Make a Standout Cheese and Charcuterie Board

Last weekend we hosted our annual Christmas party. Each year our friends gather, bring unwrapped gifts for a local toy drive and even Santa pays a visit. It’s one of my favorite parties that we throw. It’s such a hectic time of year, it’s nice to get our close friends together for one night to celebrate.

It’s also the reason why I keep the party menu as simple as possible. This year we had Costco pizza’s (TIP: order them uncut and then you can cut them into small squares), a kale and feta salad, a couple other dips from Costco, fruit salad and a giant cheese and charcuterie board.

meat and cheese tray

I’ve done these boards for a few other parties in the last year and they are so easy to throw together but make a huge statement.

The Cheeses

I usually start with my cheese choices as the anchor. I do at least three and like to mix it up with one soft cheese and one white and one yellow.

white cheese

This time I did a smoked gouda, a giant manchego, a white cheddar and a brie. Since we were having 40 people over, I got them at Costco, but you could find good cheese in the deli department at any grocery store.

The Meats

I used a mixture of cured meats – salami and prosciutto. You could use any meat that would compliment the cheese you selected. The key to a good presentation is to pull the meats apart and “fluff” them when you set them down. It also makes it easier for guests to grab just one piece.

Folded meats

With a larger salami, I fold in half and then half again and lay it down with the edges up. This gives it depth and fills the space more. The prosciutto gets cut in half and then gathered up so that it’s easy to grab and will fit on a cracker easier.

Board Extras

For this year’s party, I put the crackers on the side of the board because I had other dips and spreads that they could be used for. Instead, I filled the rest of the space with two holiday cookie cutters with cashews and almonds.

Cookie Cutter

I also used a snowman ramekin with some pickled garlic. Since the cheeses where so large, I put the olives on the side as well.

tray with olives

To make the board a little festive, I added some grapes, sprigs of rosemary from my garden and some cranberries left over from the sangria I made for the party. The fig jam that is on the board is THE BEST fig jam on the market. It’s perfect with either a soft brie or a hard white cheddar.

Brie

I’ve done boards in the past that incorporated the crackers and the olives with the meat and cheese. I shared this board on Instagram (@nuggetlands) that I did for our Father’s Day BBQ.

Fathers Day Board

The fun about doing a cheese and charcuterie board is that it can fit any size party and any budget. You can customize it for a theme or just put out what you have in your fridge’s deli drawer. You could even do an all veggie board. The sky is the limit. One of my favorite Instagram follows is Weelicious and she does some amazing boards with her farmers market finds.

Create an amazing meat and cheese board
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Get creative, have fun putting it together and watch as your guests are wow’d by the presentation.

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Kid Friendly Christmas Decorations

Kid Friendly Christmas Decorations

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My Christmas decorations are a hodgepodge of pieces I’ve had or collected over the years with a few new items mixed in. I love having familiar pieces mixed with a few new elements each year. We kept the decorations somewhat simple this year considering that we have a 10 month old that is now walking and into EVERYTHING.

Trees and mirrored tray are both from Target.

Real life….those stocking were only up for the pictures since Little Nugget can reach and pull them down.

All of these pillows, with the exception of the cream/blue square one, are from Pier 1. I’m obsessed and they are currently 20%!

Usually I incorporation some poinsettia’s in our Christmas decorations but considering how poisonous they are, they have been relegated to the front porch this year.

Bronners

Every summer when we go back to Michigan to visit my family, we always head to Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland. It’s a place that I’ve grown up going to and the best Christmas store you’ve ever been to, I swear. There are more ornaments than you can dream of and we order our garland and stockings from there. I try to add a few ornaments each time we go to commemorate where we are at in our life. It’s a fun way to remember the trip. This year I added this ceramic tree to our collection, I think everyone had one of these growing up, if not at your house then at your grandparents.

While you are there, stop into Frankenmuth’s famous Zehnder’s restaurant for chicken dinner and pick up the seasoning, which is my secret ingredient for my family’s chicken soup.

The Tree

Our tree has always been a collection of ornaments that mean something or have a story behind them. It’s something that I always buy when we travel.

Last year I started to trace Big Nugget’s handprints on the tree skirt. I had to get Little Nugget’s hand print in play-doh and then trim that out to trace it. Hopefully next year will be easier but it’s such a fun way to see how they change year over year.

I got the burlap tree skirt from Target.

The puffy ornaments at the bottom of the tree are ones that my mom handmade when I was a baby. I kept all the soft and non-breakable ones towards the bottom so that the baby could explore without causing too much damage.

Play Room Decorations

The girls have their own small tree in the play room this year since we moved the big tree into the family room. Mostly so we could keep a closer eye on the baby around the tree but also so we could enjoy it where we spend most of our time. This tiny tree has all soft ornaments and they have been removed, chewed and put back on the tree countless times already.

Did anyone else grow up with Santa Bears? I have them from every year and love putting them out in the playroom during the holidays.

We put the tree in the family room because that’s where we spend the most time but the playful fun festiviness in the playroom are quickly making it my favorite room to hang out. Plus there is an amazing view out the front windows of our crazy beautiful winter sunsets.

Where is your favorite space this holiday season?

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