Handprint Menorah Craft

When I was interviewing an interfaith family this week, the mother told me her son had made a menorah out of handprints at his preschool. I thought that was such a cute idea. It was definitely something I wanted to do for my in-laws, who are Jewish.

So, today on our way home from my sister-in-law’s house, we stopped by Hobby Lobby and grabbed some supplies. We spent around $10 after two 40% off coupons for two canvases (two pack for $3.99), 2 bottles of paint and a pack of brushes. I didn’t realize the yellow paint was more expensive but, I figure we’ll be able to use the paint and brushes for many, many other projects, so spending $10 isn’t too bad.

Lucy was psyched to paint. She talked about this the whole way home. Thankfully, it was only about a 10 minute drive. 🙂 After we cleared a space on the table, we put down some paper towels and got to work. The first step was to paint her hands. Rather than painting both and then putting them both down at the same time, we did them one at a time. I think that was much easier for a toddler. Mom tip of the day. You’re welcome.

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We put her left hand down first and then the right, putting her right thumb on top of the print from her left thumb, which made a candle holder for the middle menorah candle.

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While Joe washed Lucy’s hands, I painted the base for the menorah. It was fairly simple, which is saying something coming from someone who has no artistic abilities whatsoever. I just painted a line from one hand to the other, then added a thick base. Then, Joe and Lucy added the flames.

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Want to see the finished product??

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Seriously, how cute is that?? And the best part is that it only took about 10 minutes to make! I have plans now for a Christmas-themed painting, which we’ll do when Lucy gets back from her trip with the grandparents this weekend. Can’t wait!

DIY: Hair Band Holder

I have long-ish hair and, with the incredibly hot summer we’ve had here in Georgia, I pull my hair up every.single.day. It’s just too hot to leave it down.

That means, I have hair bands all over my house from where I’ve taken them off or from where Lucy has left them after playing. I don’t really have anywhere to put them, so they are primarily kept on my night stand or on the bookcase in our bed’s headboard.

Then, I saw this fabulous idea on a website (and, if I could remember which one, I would give them credit here) to make a hair band holder. It is ridiculously easy (I think it took me literally a minute to make) and it’s free if you have scrapbook paper or around 25 cents if you don’t. You can’t get much more frugal than that!

I took an empty toilet paper roll, picked out some scrapbook paper I liked, cut it to the length of the roll and then wrapped it around. That’s it! Easy-peasy. I put the one I made in Lucy’s room (because I have nowhere to put her hair bands either), and it looks super cute next to her headband holder. Now, I need to make one for my room!

DIY Headband Holder

I’ve been at a loss at what to do with Lucy’s headbands. I can pile them on her dresser (as I’ve been doing) or put them in a basket. That’s the extent of the options I’ve come up with.

Until now. My husband had a brilliant idea for a DIY headband holder, and it was probably the easiest project ever. Seriously. A couple coats of paint, some ribbons and you’re done. It’s that simple.

We got a letter holder from Hobby Lobby (on sale for $6 — the total cost for this project).

We sprayed on one coat of primer, and then sprayed on pink paint. I tied ribbons to the ends to make it look cuter. The ribbons and paint we already had on hand, so this was a super frugal project, and it turned out great!

I haven’t decided yet whether I’m going to hang this on the wall (possibly by her bow holder) or stand it up on her dresser. That’s one thing I really love about this project — it’s so versatile. Love it!