A Punk Rock Easter

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Please enjoy this throwback to my favorite DIY Easter project. Inspired by the music from my youth.

Gabba Gabba Hey! It’s time for an old fashioned Punk Rock Easter. Slip on your combat boots. Throw on that kilt, and dye your hair pink like the Easter Bunny. Hard-boiled and hardcore, these punk inspired eggs are sure to make your kids Sid and Nancy scream for joy. – Jill Topol

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SUPPLIES

  1. Hard Boiled Eggs
  2. Easter Egg Dye (I used PAAS Brand)
  3. A Colored Newspaper (try looking at financial & foreign papers)
  4. Safety Pins
  5. Color Copies of your Fave Music Icons
  6. Mod Podge (Matte Version)
  7. Sponge Brush
  8. Easter Basket

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Dye your hard-boiled eggs pink, purple and yellow. While your eggs are drying, cut out your music icon images. You must cut slits all around your images in order for them to lay flat on your eggs. Remember you’re pasting a flat image on a curved surface!  Cover the back of your images with Mod Podge using your sponge brush and adhere to your eggs. Next cover the eggs in a thin coat of Mod Podge and let dry.

To make your punk rock grass, simply take your colored newspaper and run it through a paper shredder. Decorate your basket with safety pins and you’re ready to rock!

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DIY Left & Right Hand Gloves

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My kid still has days where he can’t remember his left from his right. To help him out in the past, I’ve labeled the inside of his sneakers and even resorted to drawing a big L and R on his hands with magic markers. A perfect solution until bath time.

It’s time to take advantage of this frigid winter and finally put to rest the age old question “Mommy, which hand does this go on?”.

Let’s make some left & right gloves! Not only is this a super easy craft, but the end results are “right on”. – Jill Topol

Supplies:

1. A pair of acrylic gloves or mittens
2. Iron-on letters (.75 – 1 inch size) I used glitter, but flocked letters would work well too.
3. An iron

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Cut out your letters spelling out “left & right”. Lay out your letters on the gloves. Apply heat with an iron until set. Make sure to check the instructions for iron-on application. This can vary depending on brand and material.

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15 Best DIY Kids Halloween Costumes Your Mom Never Made For You

1. Paul Stanley from KISSKiss'PaulStanley

Yes, this is my own boy Max! I made him this KISS costume (complete with Killer Teddy Bear boots) for Halloween back when he was 2 years old. A true labor of love and worth every minute!

2. Bjork in her Swan Dress

BjorkSwanwww.costume-works.com

3. Alice in Wonderland

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4. A Chanel BagChanelBag 

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5. Colonel Sanders and a Bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken 

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6. Charlie BrownCharlieBrown

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7. Anna WintourAnnaWintour

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8. A Starbucks CoffeeStarbucks

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9. A SlurpeeSlurpees

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10. Cotton CandyCottonCandy

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11. A Wind-Up DollWindupDoll

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12. Karl LagerfeldKarlLagerfeld

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13. E.T. Extra-TerrestrialET

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14. Mister RogersMr.Rogers

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15. Gomez Addams & ThingGomezAddams

And we close the 15 Best DIY Halloween Costumes Your Mom Never Made For You with another one of my son Max. Here he is at the ripe old age of 1 as Gomez Addams with his best friend Thing. Is it wrong I got pleasure from drawing a moustache on my baby? – Jill Topol

 


A Punk Rock Easter

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Gabba Gabba Hey! It’s time for an old fashioned Punk Rock Easter. Slip on your combat boots. Throw on that kilt, and dye your hair pink like the Easter Bunny. Hard-boiled and hardcore, these punk inspired eggs are sure to make your kids Sid and Nancy scream for joy. – Jill Topol

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SUPPLIES

  1. Hard Boiled Eggs
  2. Easter Egg Dye (I used PAAS Brand)
  3. A Colored Newspaper (try looking at financial & foreign papers)
  4. Safety Pins
  5. Color Copies of your Fave Music Icons
  6. Mod Podge (Matte Version)
  7. Sponge Brush
  8. Easter Basket

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Dye your hard-boiled eggs pink, purple and yellow. While your eggs are drying, cut out your music icon images. You must cut slits all around your images in order for them to lay flat on your eggs. Remember you’re pasting a flat image on a curved surface!  Cover the back of your images with Mod Podge using your sponge brush and adhere to your eggs. Next cover the eggs in a thin coat of Mod Podge and let dry.

To make your punk rock grass, simply take your colored newspaper and run it through a paper shredder. Decorate your basket with safety pins and you’re ready to rock!

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Coloring Book Couture

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The thought of a magic marker stain on my kid’s clothes would normally make me cringe and run for the soap and water. But lucky for our DIY enthusiastic children, designers are embracing the art of customization. Color Your Own Tees are a big trend for this coming spring. The idea is simple. Think of a coloring book, but instead of paper it’s fabric. Your children are encouraged to scribble away till their heart’s content, creating a one of a kind fashion masterpiece. And as proud as they are to show you their latest artwork from school, chances are they’ll be even more proud to prance around showing it off on their chest.  – Jill Topol 

  1. Mini Rodini Godzilla Pen Tee with textile marker kit (size 80-146) $40.00 www.minirodini.com
  2. Crayola Fabric Markers (pack of 10) $4.79 www.joann.com
  3. Stella McCartney Kids Goldie T-Shirt with fabric marker kit & pencil case (size 3-12yr) $75.00 www.stellamccartney.com
  4. Lacoste Color by Numbers Boy’s Graphic T-Shirt Gift Set with case and fabric markers $65.00 www.sonatafashion.com
  5. DC Comics Superman Color My Tee T-Shirt with fabric markers (size 5-8yr) $5.99 www.myteespot.com

Be My Valentine

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Hello lovebirds! The holiday of amour is fast approaching. One of my favorite Valentine’s Day memories growing up was receiving little cards from all my classmates. With meaningful sayings like “I choo choo choose you. (train theme)”,  “Bee Mine (bug theme)” and the always sentimental “Best Friends 4Eva”. I didn’t have a ton of friends in elementary school, but on Valentine’s Day I felt like the most popular kid in class. I would bring home my love notes and tape them to my bedroom wall so I could stare and admire them. Someone had thought of me.

To continue this feel-good tradition, I decided Max and I would spend some quality mommy and son time and make his cards. I found the idea for this awesome Valentine card on 24-7-365. Don’t be intimidated. This is actually really easy to make. Cross my heart.  – Jill Topol

  • Take a photo of your kiddo holding their hand out in the foreground making a fist. Have them wear something Valentine’s Day themed. Red, Pink, Hearts etc…
  • With a little Photoshop magic add text.
  • Print out your cards. I did 4 cards per standard letter size piece of paper.
  • Use an X-Acto blade to make a little slice on the top and bottom of the fist.
  • Insert a lollipop into the slits. You can also tape the back of the lollipop to avoid slippage.

Sundries & Plunder Halloween Masks

You know Halloween is fast approaching when the leaves start changing color and every coffee house and ice cream shop in America feature pumpkin flavored delights. If you haven’t already bought or started to make your kiddo’s costume, it’s time to get a move on. Before you can blink a bat’s eye, All Hallows’ Eve will be upon us.

If your child prefers animals and nature to superheroes and princesses, than Sundries and Plunder has the ultimate Halloween mask for you. This Oregon based sister duo create handmade animal inspired masks that put all other Halloween masks to shame. Each mask is sculpted from a single piece of leather and then meticulously hand painted in acrylic. The end result is a one of a kind mask that looks like it should be featured in the pages of Vogue for a Halloween spread. And the beauty of such a gorgeous mask is that it doesn’t take much to complete your child’s costume. For the more delicate birds and animals a simple matching leotard and tutu will complete your look. And for the more rugged animals, a color coordinated hoody with sweats or leggings are all you need.  – Jill Topol

Sundries and Plunder handmade masks range from $58-$68.00 Visit their Etsy shop at www.etsy.com/shop/SundriesAndPlunder