DIY Doctor Who Pajamas

DIY Doctor Who TARDIS pajamas

Last winter my son saw a pair of Doctor Who pajamas on one of his favorite websites. They were $50. I am not a very frugal person, but even I would never spend $50 for a pair of pajamas. Especially for a kid who seems to grown an inch every single day.

Besides, I am kind of obsessed with figuring out how I can DIY almost everything. I used to never believe people when they said that DIY-ing is the greatest hobby.

My son was laughing in the photo above because he said, “Mom, are you going to put this on the Internet?” I said, “Be proud of your immense geekiness my son.”

These pajamas are very soft and durable. They even came with socks and – hold back your laughter – a zippable butt flap! Search for Forever Lazy Soft Fleece Lounge Wear on Ebay and you’ll find a ton for sale, new in the box. At the time I paid only $12, but I see some now as low as $8!

I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the TARDIS light for the hood, 12 small rectangles for the windows, and one large rectangle for the sign. I used plain white heat transfer vinyl. I had to be very careful when ironing the material onto the fleece because too much heat can cause fleece to melt.

Next, I used the Cameo to cut out all of the letters in black heat transfer and I ironed those right on top of the large white rectangle.

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My DIY Doctor Who and Hobbit Aprons

I love to be in the kitchen and am a big fan of aprons. They come in so handy when you are creating a delicious but messy masterpiece.  Not to mention, us ladies look so cute in aprons! Try one on for yourself and see how feminine, pretty and dainty you feel.

Hobby Lobby sells aprons for $4.99 (plain) and $8.99 (has ruffles.) Don’t forget your 40%-one-item coupon every time you visit Hobby Lobby! Of course, I had to make a Doctor Who apron and a Hobbit apron.

DIY Apron: the Hobbit Diet | breakfast, second breakfast, elevenses, luncheon, afternoon tea, dinner, supper

This is the Hobbit diet. Or pretty much the diet of all tween and teen boys. “What about second breakfast?”



DIY Apron: the Hobbit Diet | breakfast, second breakfast, elevenses, luncheon, afternoon tea, dinner, supper

For the Hobbit apron, I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the famous words in heat transfer vinyl.  This is what heat transfer vinyl looks like as you are pulling away the excess material.

DIY Apron: the Hobbit Diet | breakfast, second breakfast, elevenses, luncheon, afternoon tea, dinner, supper

I have found that the easiest and fastest way to iron the material onto the fabric is to crank up your iron as high as it will go, iron your material lightly so it is warm, place your heat transfer words on the material – plastic side up of course, place a very thin piece of shipping paper, also known as mailing paper or packing paper over the plastic, and press down hard with your iron for 10 seconds. The heat transfer vinyl that I buy only needs 10 seconds. Then peel off the plastic slowly, place the shipping paper back over the words and iron again.

DIY Apron: the Hobbit Diet | breakfast, second breakfast, elevenses, luncheon, afternoon tea, dinner, supper
Now onto the Doctor Who apron…

DIY Doctor Who Apron

I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out shapes in adhesive vinyl. The 5 foods are an apple, a banana, a stalk of celery, a slice of bread, and a cup of custard with 2 fish sticks sticking out. Doctor Who fans will know the significance of these foods. Fish fingers and custard can be explained in this absolutely hilarious clip. If you’re not a Doctor Who fan, there is a strong chance you will be after watching this clip. This was Doctor #11′s very first scene.

Yes, we actually have eaten fish fingers and custard (fish sticks and pudding here in America.) It is really not that bad.  Anyway, back to the apron.

DIY Doctor Who Apron

I used fabric paint to fill in all the shapes and words. I let it dry overnight and woke up in the morning to find several characters admiring my work.

DIY Doctor Who Apron

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DIY Minifigure Display Case

Doctor Who Character Display Case

This was a very easy father-son Saturday project. So easy that it only took a couple of hours.

What you need:

  • six craft boards – the dimensions of one piece = 1/2″ x 2″ x 36″
    • seven 14″ long pieces for the shelves.
    • two 18″ long pieces for the sides.
    • two 16″ long pieces (glued on top of each other) for the top section with Police Public Call Box on it.
    • two 10″ long pieces (glued on top of each other) for the section above that.
    • one 2″ x 3″ block of wood for the tippy top of the TARDIS.
  • nails and wood glue
  • paint – TARDIS blue
  • vinyl letters or stickers – I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the words Police Public Call Box, but you could also use stickers or paint the letters on by hand.

The characters need at least 2″ in between shelves and the TARDIS needs at least 4″.

Doctor Who Character Display Case

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The Ultimate and Inexpensive Minecraft Birthday Party Gift Bag

Easy and Inexpensive Minecraft Party Gift Bags - $5.15 per bag!

My son turned 12 a couple of months ago. My baby is one step closer to being a teenager. Since Minecraft is the thing among boys his age, selecting a theme for this year’s party was easy. We always host birthday parties at a local entertainment center/restaurant. It is basically a giant arcade that serves awesome food. Think a classy Chuck E. Cheese for big kids and adults. They supply everything, so I never need to decorate, bake, cook, or clean up.

Easy and Inexpensive Minecraft Party Gift Bags - $5.15 per bag!

So the only thing I ever need to do for parties is the gift bag. I try to do my best to make sure my son’s friends go home happy, without breaking the bank over goodies for 12 kids.

Total cost: $5.15 per gift bag

Easy and Inexpensive Minecraft Party Gift Bags - $5.15 per bag!

Step one: the invitations

Cost: practically nothing since all that is needed is card stock and a printer.

These cubes are all over Etsy and Ebay. You can purchase them already personalized and ready to print. I found a free printable cube and made my own. My Silhouette Cameo has a print and cut feature so I didn’t even have to cut them out by hand.  I am going to probably irritate some sellers out there, but I am going to give you mine for free, to download, edit and print on your own.

Download blank Minecraft invitation cube (jpg)   |   Download blank Minecraft invitation cube (Photoshop file)

Easy and Inexpensive Minecraft Party Gift Bags - $5.15 per bag!

Step two: Minecraft Creeper t-shirts

Cost: $3.89 per shirt

I am a huge fan of DIY t-shirts and am pretty much obsessed with making them. I purchased the shirts from Blank Apparel for only $2.70 each.  These are not junk either, they are soft yet durable. The black Creeper face is iron on heat transfer material, purchased from Amazon. It averages out to $1.19 per shirt for the material.

Each boy wore his Creeper shirt around the arcade. The bright green made it VERY easy to keep track of them.

Easy and Inexpensive Minecraft Party Gift Bags - $5.15 per bag!

Step three: Minecraft Creeper cups

Cost: 43-cents per cup

These cups came from the dollar store. They are nice sturdy plastic in the perfect creeper green. A pack of 3 cups was only $1. I heart our local dollar store. The black Creeper face and the name on the opposite side is sticky vinyl. Each cup used only 10-cents in material.

Easy and Inexpensive Minecraft Party Gift Bags - $5.15 per bag!

Step four: Minecraft chocolate bars

Cost: 33-cents per candy bar

Hershey bars were only 3/$1.00 at Meijer. I tried my best to find Minecraft characters online that resembled my son’s friends. That brown-haired Jonathan is Renee’s son and Trevor belongs to Colleen. I printed the characters out on regular paper to fit around a Hershey bar.

Download printable Minecraft Candy Bar Wrappers. You can edit the images to include names, or write them on after printing.

Easy and Inexpensive Minecraft Party Gift Bags - $5.15 per bag!

Step five: Minecraft TNT bunches

Cost: 25-cents per bundle

The Twizzlers were $1 per bag at the dollar store. Each bag contained enough Twizzlers to make 4 TNT bundles.

Download printable TNT label

Easy and Inexpensive Minecraft Party Gift Bags - $5.15 per bag!

Step six: Minecraft Creeper bags – a place to store everything

Cost: 25-cents per bag

The bags were also purchased at the dollar store and I thought that it was a miracle that I found so many items in Creeper green. The faces were simply black paper, glued onto the bag. The Silhouette Cameo makes things so easy.

Easy and Inexpensive Minecraft Party Gift Bags - $5.15 per bag!

Total cost: $5.15 per gift bag

 

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May the 4th be with you! Win an ultimate Star Wars prize pack ($150)

Congratulations to Kathy D. from Maryland

May the fourth be with you!

Did you know that May 4th is the official Star Wars Day? Need some ideas to help you celebrate this fun day with your family?

Star Wars BINGO

Watch one of the Star Wars movies and play Star Wars BINGO as you watch. (These cards go along with the originals – episodes 4, 5, and 6.)

Star Wars themed dinner

Plan out an entire Star Wars meal. Here is a picture of the spread from one of our Father’s Day Star Wars dinners at the Mos Eisley Cantina. The dishes were:

  • Death Melon (watermelon carved into the Death Star)
  • Tie Biters (Tie-Fighter cookies made from Whoppers and hexagon shaped cookies)
  • Leia Cupcakes (a disaster of a cupcake that was supposed to look like Leia with Oreo hair buns)
  • Pretzel Sabers (pretzels dipped in colored chocolate, with foil handles)
  • Carbonite Jello (a Han Solo action figure stuck in Jello)
  • Degobah (A Yoda action figure standing in swampy mashed potatoes and gravy, with broccoli trees)
  • Tauntaun Meat (shredded pot roast)
  • Veggie Sabers (carrot sticks with zucchini handles)
  • Jedi Juice (blue Hawaiian punch)
  • Darth Dog Sabers (2 hot dogs stuck together with a crescent roll to resemble Darth Maul’s light saber)

DIY Star Wars t-shirt
Make your own Star Wars t-shirt using heat transfer.

Other ways to celebrate

  • Check out your local libraries and parks, many of them offer May the Fourth be with you festivities for families.
  • Go pick up a new Star Wars set at the LEGO Store. They are having a sale May 3-5 and also giving away goodies with select purchases.
  • Disney Stores are having a fun event on May 4th too. Visit their website to find your nearest location.
  • Amazon has a ton of deals on Star Wars merchandise, including toys, t-shirts, light sabers, books and movies.
  • Think Geek is having a 20% all Star Wars merchandise sale

Visit some of my friends, who are joining me in celebrating Star Wars Day. You’ll find crafts, printables, educational ideas and more!

ultimate Star Wars prize pack

We are giving away one ultimate Star Wars prize pack, sponsored by DK Publishing!

  • LEGO Star Wars Jedi Interceptor (LEGO brick set – value $24.99)
  • Star Wars: Mega Models (book – value $12.99)
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles (book with minifigure - value $18.99)
  • Star Wars: Complete Vehicles (book - value $35.00)
  • LEGO Star Wars Character Encyclopedia (book with minifigure - value $18.99)
  • Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide (book - value $24.99)
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary: Updated and Expanded  (book with minifigure - value $21.99)

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Jane Austen Winner and How-tos

Two weeks ago I hosted a giveaway for a Jane Austen themed gift basket. The number of entries was overwhelming, and the comments and emails I received about the items in the basket were such a blessing. I wish I could give every one of you a basket, but alas, only one person can win. It has taken me so long to announce the winner because the first person chosen never replied to my email.

Congratulations to Kelley E. from Georgia!

Several of the participants asked where I bought some the Jane Austen goodies. Most of them, I did not buy. I made them and I am going to show you how!

A glass tea cup etched with silhouettes of Mr. and Mrs. Darcy gazing loving at each other.

A glass tea cup etched with silhouettes of Mr. and Mrs. Darcy gazing loving at each other.

What you need:

  • a glass mug, which can be found at dollar stores or home stores.
  • glass etching cream
  • sticky vinyl or
  • a wooden craft stick
  • a Silhouette Cameo cutting machine or craft knife to cut by hand

What to do:

  1. Find an image that you like. I googled Jane Austen silhouette and found one for Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy.
  2. If you have a Silhouette Cameo, cut out the image from vinyl. If you need to do it by hand, try to find an image that is not too elaborate. See this tutorial for help on hand cutting.
  3. After centering the vinyl on the mug, slather on big globs of etching cream with the wooden craft stick. Be generous, as the more you use, the better the etching will be. I leave the cream on for 10 minutes and then scrape the cream back into the jar. Yes, you can reuse it many times! Be sure to keep an eye on the mug, as dripping can happen!
  4. Rinse the rest of the cream off, wash the mug with soap and water and you are done.

A Mr. and Mrs. Darcy hand towel with the quote "How ardently I admire and love you."

A Mr. and Mrs. Darcy hand towel with the quote “How ardently I admire and love you.” This was made using a simple handkerchief from Hobby Lobby. The image is the same as the tea cup above. I cut it out of heat transfer paper, using my Silhouette Cameo. The last step is to iron the transfer onto the fabric following the instructions for your brand of heat transfer paper.

JA stamped sterling silver necklace with the words happiness and home, inspired by Jane Austen's quote "There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort."

A stamped sterling silver necklace with the words happiness and home, inspired by Jane Austen’s quote “There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.”

I think hand-stamped jewelry is stunning.  Rather than re-invent the wheel, I am going to direct you to the best DIY tutorial that I have found. She is right, the first necklace requires an investment because of the cost of the tools and metal letter stamps. But after that, you can make gorgeous necklaces very inexpensively.  I purchased almost everything at Hobby Lobby, except for the metal letter stamps, which I purchased on Amazon.

A collection of 10 glass magnets with images from Charles E. Brock's illustrated version of Pride and Prejudice.

A collection of 10 glass magnets with images from Charles E. Brock’s illustrated version of Pride and Prejudice.

Pride and Prejudice Magnet Images

To create the magnets you need:

  • the image above, printed out
  • round 1-inch glass rocks, which you can find at the dollar store
  • adhesive magnets similar to these
  • 1-inch circle punch or a pair of scissors
  • clear glue or Mod Podge

What to do:

  1. Right click on the image above and save it to your computer. When you print it, it will come out 5-inches in width by 2-inches in height.
  2. Cut out each image into a circle. I used a 1-inch circular paper punch, but you can always cut them out by hand.
  3. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the the flat side of the glass rock. Smooth out an image on the glue so that you can see the image while looking through the domed side of the rock.
  4. Let the glue dry.
  5. Remove the adhesive back from the magnet and attach to the paper.

 

Items purchased:

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