Get Crafting at a Discount with Blitsy


This post brought to you by Blitsy. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Making of a Mom. I love to make crafts. Notice I didn't say I am necessarily good at it, but I like doing it. It is therapeutic to me. I prefer having someone else's work to copy because I lack the confidence to just strike out and do it on my own. When I have done that I have come back with weird crafts not quite suitable to display. Since I love to craft, but maybe waste some of my supplies it's … [Read more...]

Building Our Boxtroll for the #BuildABoxtrollSweeps


Remember earlier when I told you about the fun #BuildABoxtrollSweeps? Well my family decided to take the challenge and build a Boxtroll. These are the supplies we gathered to get our troll off the ground. You can just look around your house for things you have on hand to build your own Boxtroll.   We got the kids together and asked what the Boxtroll should look like. My daughter wanted to come up with his face. She drew it and colored it and was in charge of putting it together. … [Read more...]

Back to School with Silhouette – August Sale


It's my favorite time of the month when Silhouette America has it's great sale! This month there are some fun items included in the bundles! Portrait Bundle: Silhouette Portrait Chipboard Printable Silver Foil Printable Gold Foil Printable White Sticker Paper Printable Clear Sticker Paper Printable Cotton Canvas Adhesive Washi Sheets Sketch Pens Basic Pack SALE $149.99 CAMEO Bundle Silhouette CAMEO Chipboard Printable Silver Foil Printable Gold Foil Printable White Sticker … [Read more...]

Five Ways to Use Tissue Paper to Entertain Your Kids


Do you have a kid (or two, or three) that is just as content to play with a box or empty paper towel roll as they are to play with a top of the line toy? A kid who can invent a million games and make believes inspired by a mound of dirt? (Were you that kid?) Although toy and game makers continually create inventive products to stimulate and captivate our children’s minds and imaginations, there’s something to be said for simple crafts and games you can create at home. Next time it’s … [Read more...]

4 Easy Steps to Cutting on the Silhouette

4 easy to steps to cutting out your project on a Silhouette cutting machine

So you've created a wonderful masterpiece in Silhouette Studio but some how you have to make that picture on your computer come out of your Silhouette machine. Here are the 4 easy step to get your project from digital to actual.   1. Set your cut settings 2. Print out your project 3. Load the machine 4. Send your project to the Silhouette   Cut Settings, make sure you have cut lines for everything that needs to be cut out. … [Read more...]

No Sew Flag Onesie


For this cute project I decided to combine a pinterest inspiration with the desire to send my newest niece a present and BAM, out came the No Sew Flag Onesie (of course you can adapt this into a shirt). What you need: Onesie (or shirt) Red rick rack Blue and white polka dot ribbon Fabric Glue Directions: Since you may be using a different size onesie or shirt than I did, the best advice is to eye-ball how big you want the flag. Cut two shorter length of rick rack and 3 longer … [Read more...]

DIY Dress Up: Mailman

DIY: Dress up - Mailman with a vest, mailbag and letters

At our house I have one daughter and two sons, yet we have a TON of girl dress up clothes and not so many boy dress up clothes! I decided to change that! Get ready for a 5 series post on simple DIY boy's dress up outfits. Here's a DIY Mailman Dress up outfit. In this set we have: Mailman vest Mail bag Letters Mailman vest We picked up a Mailman vest at our local JoAnn craft store and decided to accessorize the "Mailman" with some easy DIY crafts. No Mailman is complete … [Read more...]

License Plate Bingo Travel Game

Free Printable for license plate bingo for the us

We have a huge road trip sneaking up on us fast! I have been trying to think of a lot of different types of activities to keep my kids busy and happy in the car. We will be taking our Leap Readers, tablets, portable DVD players, a couple of favorite toys and lots of snacks. When I was growing up I remember singing a variety of weird travel songs like "One bottle of pop, two bottles of pop, three bottles of pop, four..." Anyone else sing this song? No? I also really loved trying to find the … [Read more...]

4th of July Firework Blocks


I enjoy doing crafts but I am not the best at making them. I try to stick to quick and easy crafts (sounds like my meal plan as well). With having 3 young kids I need to be able to start and finish my crafts in a short period of time so I can do it without too much hassle from the kids. If you are interested in a quick and easy 4th of July craft FOR your kids, check out these Popsicle Stick Flag Magnets. One of my favorite sites to visit everyday is Pick Your Plum. They have daily deals on … [Read more...]

Popsicle Stick Flag Magnets – Easy Kids Craft


While I was making my Firework Blocks the other day, my kids told me they wanted a 4th of July craft to make. I headed to my craft room to see what supplies I had. I saw a bag of popsicle sticks and inspiration struck. I told them to give me a few minutes to prepare and I would call them when I was ready. What you need: Popsicle sticks Glue Red, white and blue paint Paint brushes Adhesive magnet strips You can prepare the popsicles a couple different ways. First I decided … [Read more...]

DIY Phone Covers with Silhouette Clear Sticker Paper

DIY Phone Covers with Silhouette Clear Sticker Paper

Part of the May Silhouette promotion includes clear sticker paper. Thinking of a cute craft to make with clear sticker paper, besides labels, is harder than you think. While my wife and I were brainstorming we came up with a cute idea to decorate our cell phone cases. My wife has a cheap case on hers that is a solid color so we thought it would be fun to add some design to it. We also decided to get a couple more cheap cases (seriously, they are like $1.87 on Amazon) and made several different … [Read more...]

5 Unique Uses for Christmas Lights

Christmas Light Topiary

I have a hard time being creative so I search for creative things on Pinterest, or I ask my blogger friends for their unique ideas they have blogged about. I was recently thinking it would be fun to find unique ways to use Christmas lights. I am feeling crafty so I went searching for ideas. First you'll need a supply of Christmas lights to use, or take apart and create with.I've teamed up with Christmas Lights, Etc and they are having a spring sale where they are up to 40% off right now, so that … [Read more...]

How to Make Homemade Bird Feeders


  When the warm and sunny days of spring finally settle in for good, our yard becomes a retreat for birds of many kinds. From robins to bluebirds and even, occasionally, hummingbirds, we seem to get quite the nature show around here. My daughter loves spotting new kinds of birds and looking them up in our bird books. A brown-headed cow bird? Who knew? So this year, to entice even more feathered friends to flock to our house, we’ve decided to make our own homemade bird feeders. The … [Read more...]

Spring Time Round Up


Spring is finally here and we are ready to share some great posts with you!  Whether you like crafts, baking or gardening, you will find some great information below! Do you children love to help you bake and decorate? Thanks to Madame Deals for sharing these fun flower pops. This cute Mothers Day Recipe: Sweet Tulip Pop Treat is the perfect activity to do with your children.  I know I would love to receive these Tulips for Mother's Day! Madame Deals shares some great tips on  How to … [Read more...]

May the Fourth be with You printable card

May the Fourth be with You printable card @

There are just a few days left in April and then it is May, which bring us holidays like May Day, Cinco de Mayo and Star Wars Day - May the 'Fourth' be with you. Here is a fun printable card to celebrate this one of a kind holiday. All you need is a sheet of card stock and some glow sticks. Once the card is printed and cut out, make a cut with a razor blade along the top of the light-saber handle just wide enough to slide a glow stick through. I taped the glow stick on the back of the card to … [Read more...]