Craft D.I.Y.

Marshmallow Memories

Note: If you thought I was a crazy dog lady before reading this post (see Instagram account) well, it might be time to declare that “thought” official…

Ummm... what the?! Xo Spot Fiori

Ummm… what the?! Xo Spot Fiori

My friend, Nomi was visiting with her daughter, Ruby this past weekend and had mentioned she received this Handprint Ornament Kit as a gift and was hoping to do the craft before Ruby’s hand got too big. I never pass up the opportunity for a good “crafternoon“, so I ordered 2 kits myself and we got down to business.

The kit contains air dry marshmallow clay, as well as all you need to DIY craft (minus the wax paper to roll on)

The kit contains air dry marshmallow clay, as well as all the tools you need to DIY this craft (minus the wax paper to roll on)

Ruby could hardly wait to get her hand on the clay. We had to knead the air bubbles out of it for a few minutes before rolling.

Ruby could hardly wait to get her lil’ hands on the clay. We had to knead the air bubbles out of it for a few minutes before rolling…

Since I have many rolling pins to choose from and know my way around rolling, we decided to forgo the enclosed rolling dowel.

Since I have a few rolling pins to choose from and know my way around rolling dough, we decided to forgo the enclosed rolling dowel and cut to the chase…

Ruby had no problems squishing her handprint into the marshmallow clay.

Ruby had no problems squishing her handprint into the marshmallow clay…

Nomi paused her hand there for a few seconds to insure a good impression.

Nomi paused her hand there for a few seconds to insure a good impression.

Next up- Spot Fiori... he wobbled a bit but didn't really protest too much.

Next up- Spot Fiori… he wobbled a bit but didn’t really protest too much.

For Hope Fiori's impression we called in the Hope Fiori whisperer, KF. She didn't even growl once!

For Hope Fiori’s paw impression we called in the “Hope Fiori whisperer”, KF. She didn’t even growl once!

I carved their names in using a toothpick but if I did this craft again, I'd wait for the marshmallow clay to dry (24 hours) and write on it with a pen or thin sharpie.

I carved their names in using a toothpick but if I did this craft again, I’d wait for the marshmallow clay to dry (24 hours) and write on it with a pen or thin sharpie since carving into marshmallow clay isn’t ideal.

This is a fun, quick, easy and relatively un-messy craft. “Marshmallow” or Air Dry Clay is available in craft stores so you don’t necessarily need to buy the whole kit. I’d maybe fine tune it a bit going forward and maybe use a square or rectangle cookie cutter rather than the circle. I’d also hand write or stamp the lettering on or around the ornament once its dry. Even though its a slight bit “messy” looking (hey, they can’t all be masterpieces 🙂 ), it also has a sweet homespun quality to it. I love it as a sweet and sentimental keepsake. Cecelia is up next for marshmallow handprinting since I bought 2 kits! Stay tuned! Xo Dani

DIY Flower Crowns

Having some fun with flower crowns while lighting the candles on Nicole's 30th birthday cake!

Having fun wearing flower crowns while lighting the candles on Nicole’s 30th birthday cake!

Is it me or is everybody suddenly wearing flower crowns on their heads? Its a Summer trend I absolutely love and as much as I adore flower crowns made with real flowers, I thought it would be a bit more practical and a fun keepsake to use crepe paper to make the flowers for the crowns we wore at Nicole’s 30th Birthday Party.

I started with a bunch of supplies after an inspirational trip to one of my fave stores in NYC- Paper Presentation.

I started with a bunch of supplies after an inspirational trip to one of my fave stores in NYC- Paper Presentation.

I bought the Martha Stewart Crafts flower kit to start me off in my flower making. It includes supplies (floral wire, tissue paper, foam orbs, pre made paper leaves) and instructions. The included pre-cut sheets of tissue paper were a great way to get started and refresh my memory on how to make paper pom pom flowers.

For the pom pom flower, begin with a lyered square of tissue paper. I layered 6 sheets. Fold like an accordian then trim the triangle edges. Wrap tight with floral wire then carefully pull up the tissue paper and separate it layer by layer.

For the pom pom flower, begin with a layered square of tissue paper. I layered 6 sheets. Fold like an accordian then trim the triangle edges. Wrap tight with floral wire leaving a longer “stem” then carefully pull up the tissue paper and separate it layer by layer.

To make a contrasting center, add tissue paper in another color at the top of your stack.

To make a contrasting center, add tissue paper in another color at the top of your stack.

I loved the leave included in the kit. The pom pom style flowers were easy but I never did figure out these ones with the petals.

The pom pom style flowers were easy but I never did figure out these ones with the petals.

There’s also lots of DIY inspiration on making paper flowers on line. Some are great and super detailed. Check out our Flower Crown Pinterest board for more details and lots of inspiration. In addition to the Martha kit I bought magenta pink crepe paper (sold in a pack like tissue paper) and a roll of green streamers (also crepe paper). I also bought headbands to use as a base.

I bought these inexpensive headbands in Shop Rite. They proved to be the perfect base for what I had in mind.

I bought these inexpensive headbands in Shop Rite! They proved to be the perfect base for what I had in mind.

Once I got going on these I experimented with trimming the edges and cutting into them for a pom pom effect. Others I just left layery.

Once I got going on these I experimented with trimming the edges and cutting into them for a pom pom effect. Others I just left layery. I used a few of the orbs at the center but your couldn’t really see them so I decided to save them for a future crown.

I needed more leaves so I cut a 3 inch piece of crepe paper from the streamer roll. I folded it in half and cut a leaf shape.

I needed more leaves so I cut a 3 inch piece of crepe paper from the streamer roll. I folded it in half and cut a leaf shape.

I wrapped the headbands with green pipecleaners. The pipecleners softened up the headband and were a great base to hot glue on to.

I wrapped the headbands with green pipecleaners. The pipecleners softened up the headband and were a great base to hot glue on to.

I used mixed greens from the pack I bought, but one color would be fine.

I used mixed greens from the pack I bought, but one color would be fine. In addition to hot glue, I also twisted the excess wire from the flower “stems” around the headband.

To pull it altogether, I wrapped the headband with the green crepe paper. This was an extra step I added since all my pipecleaners didn't match.

To pull it altogether, I wrapped the headband with the green crepe paper. This was an extra step I added since all my pipecleaners didn’t match.

The green streamer layer really evened out the whole look and looked great with the leaves.

The green streamer layer really evened out the whole look and looked great with the leaves.

So pretty! I varied all the shapes and sizes of the flowers so each one was unique!

So pretty! I varied all the shapes and sizes of the flowers so each one was unique!

Hope Fiori loved them as well!

Hope Fiori loved them as well!

When we got to the restaurant I had that moment of panic hoping everyone would like them as much as I did and want to wear them...

When we got to the restaurant, I had a moment of panic wondering if everyone would like them as much as I did and want to wear them…

But sure enough, I was as each girl discovered their crown on their plates, they and did not hesitate to put them on!

…but sure enough, as each girl discovered their flower crown at their place setting, they did not hesitate to put them on! What a fun celebration!

Summer may be half over, but I hope this inspires you to make a beautiful crepe paper Summer crown for yourself… especially since this one will last forever! I have the feeling we might be making some more versions of these in the future… Life is Sweet! Xo Dani