diy sprinkler

The weather is warming up, every so f-cking slowly, and we’ve entered the “water play sometimes” phase of the seasons. I wanted a fun sprinkler for the kids to play with but not something so huge that they’d get soaked. Heck, they’re going to get soaked no matter what I try so who cares?.

I finished my B Vitamins supplements so I drilled a bunch of holes in the empty pill bottle. I fastened it to the hose with duct tape, which is actually what it’s for. I amused the kids by telling them to watch it, once they’d turned the water on it would turn into a “pisseuse” (a pisser). It’s the proper Montreal term for it so they might as well learn.

pill bottle sprinkler spray

pill bottle sprinkler spray

That’s my son enjoying the spray from my diy sprinkler.

pill bottle sprinkler

pill bottle sprinkler

Reuse plastic bottle – Pikachu

My daughter’s hair detangler spray comes in a yellow bottle, once you peel the cherry label off, and how can I not reuse an empty yellow bottle? I don’t even need to paint it!

Who is yellow that I know of and would make my kids happy? Pikachu! I decided to google an image of Pikachu and draw it onto the bottle. Hubby pointed out that my drawing skills suck ass and that I should make a stencil or template instead. He’s right of course.

I googled “Pikachu black and white” and printed out one that I liked. I laid a piece of parchment paper (wax paper works too) over the print and drew Pikachu with a permanent black marker. Then I cut out the parchment Pikachu and taped him to the yellow bottle.

I took a warm/hot iron and ironed over the marker drawing of Pikachu. A faded outline of it transferred to the bottle which was just enough for me to retrace it with the permanent marker. Hubby approved and my son is thrilled.

Now we wait for the next yellow bottle of detangler to be empty so I can make one for my daughter.

reuse plastic bottle

reuse plastic bottle

reuse shirt into cape, no sewing

The kids wear through their clothing so quickly that it seems a shame to throw them out so soon after getting them. In the case of this former butterfly shirt, I turned it into a cape.

reuse shirt into cape

reuse shirt into cape

How to:

Cut off sleeves.

Turn shirt inside out and cut off side seams.

cut off sleeves and side seams

cut off sleeves and side seams

Open shirt and cut back into a triangular cape shape (wider at the bottom, narrower at the armpits).

cut into cape shape

cut into cape shape

Cut around the collar, removing the front half and leaving enough to pop over the kid’s head.

cut around collar

cut around collar

Easy paper fish

You will need:

2 different sized circle hole punches
scraps of paper

Punch 2 circles with the largest circle punch. Take a “bite” out of the top circle with the smaller hole punch.

To make the fins and tail punch 3 of the smaller circles. Fold them in half and cut out a heart shape. Glue to the large circle that will go in the back, then glue the circle with the bite on top.

Voilà, fish.

2 circle hole punch sizes

2 circle hole punch sizes

cut smaller circle, fold in half and cut heart shape to make fins and tail

cut smaller circle, fold in half and cut heart shape to make fins and tail

fins and tail, make 3

fins and tail, make 3

easy paper fish

easy paper fish

Lego Squirtle, Pikachu, Ivysaur and Marill free instructions

We here have reached the Pokemon psycho-motor stage of our children’s development. That means I have hundreds of new names to learn. Since Lego also remains a staple of the toy diet, I put the two together so that my kids would think I had magical powers of awesome.

Lego Pikachu

Lego Pikachu

Lego Marill, back

Lego Marill, back

Lego Marill

Lego Marill

Lego Ivysaur

Lego Ivysaur

Lego Charmander

Lego Charmander

Lego Charmander, back

Lego Charmander, back

The nice thing about these Lego creatures is that they are open to vast interpretation. I made the Marill mouse thing once I’d run out of everything else and all I had were the bigger, block-y pieces. Good luck.

DIY craft table for kids

More specifically, an end of the table for my daughter to use her enormous nail polish collection. Or paint. So I sewed a ratty old towel to the end of the table.

We recently bought a new dining room set for dining, so the old table went to the basement for the kids’ crafts. And my sewing machine from time to time.

raggety table complete with messy basement behind

raggety table complete with messy basement behind

ratty towel laid over one end of the table

ratty towel laid over one end of the table

I was going to use these sheet-holder-in-placers-over-the-corner-of-the-mattress thingies, but the towel was too thick so I had to sew it in place instead.

I used knitting yarn and tied a nice bow around the two front table legs, then a less nice bow through the back of the towel and the posts for the leaf insert.

sew towel around table leg

sew towel around table leg

sew towel through posts in leaf insert

sew towel through posts in leaf insert

Sturdy, homemade memory game for young kids

1. Collect 20 or so milk bottle caps in the same colour (red for me).
2. Buy two sheets of identical stickers (a gift in our case).
3. Stick pairs of stickers on the caps.
4. Cover stickers with Modge Podge or a homemade facsimile of 2 tsp white glue and 7-10 drops of water.

I stored the whole thing in an empty jam jar.

they're flower stickers in case you can't tell

they’re flower stickers in case you can’t tell

flip em over, flip em back

flip em over, flip em back

diy reuse milk jug lids to make a memory game for kids

diy reuse milk jug lids to make a memory game for kids

Lego Digital Designer

Due to the “hundred millions of Lego” that we have here, Hubby and I discovered http://ldd.lego.com/en-us/ which is an online way to design and build your own Lego creations. Or you can browse the gallery archive for patterns, such as Thomas the Train.

http://ldd.lego.com/en-us/gallery/archive

Type “Thomas” in creation name and select your model to download. I made the 5th one from the left, top row, first page.

My guess would be that I had 50% of the pieces that the pattern called for and totally improvised the rest by running up the stairs to my son’s room then down to the basement to the playroom. It took a few days to make Thomas this way but it was totally worth it for all the joy Thomas brings my son. He had to make a few adjustments to Thomas, for instance, putting windows on the cab so the driver could see out, making the funnel all one piece and adding a lantern so Thomas could see.

My son let me draw on his Lego piece (cardinal sin otherwise) because I showed him that rubbing alcohol will remove permanent marker.

My son let me draw on his Lego piece (cardinal sin otherwise) because I showed him that rubbing alcohol will remove permanent marker.

Lego Thomas

thomas front

Didn't have enough square single pieces so used round ones.  Artfully.

Didn’t have enough square single pieces so used round ones. Artfully.

I had no train wheels or train sets to draw on so Thomas' carriage is totally improvised.  The front buffer is a "holey" blue piece with a flat single piece pressed into the holes to hold the buffer button pieces.

I had no train wheels or train sets to draw on so Thomas’ carriage is totally improvised. The front buffer is a “holey” blue piece with a flat single piece pressed into the holes to hold the buffer button pieces.

Today I’m making a princess castle for my daughter, as per her request. She’s already made a giant, poufy dress out of Lego for her princess.

A DIY Barbie closet rod and hangers

Following up on the lack of space for Barbie clothes on the clothespin board I made, I made a Barbie closet.

My daughter’s closet has a built in unit with adjustable shelving option. You’ll see in the picture that the sides have little holes at regular intervals where you can put a shelf holder peg in the hole. What I did was enlarge a hole on either side (already pre-measured to line up!) with my drill and a 5/16 drill bit. Then I cut my 5/16 wooden dowel to the right length and popped it into the holes.

I twisted paperclips into clothes hangers (USE THE BIGGEST PAPERCLIPS YOU’VE GOT FOR THIS).

None of this is difficult, you just have to have the tools and dowel lying around. Otherwise you have to leave the house to get stuff which is not my idea of a fun project.

DIY Barbie closet within tall closet shelving unit.

DIY Barbie closet within tall closet shelving unit.

DIY popsicle stick catapult free instructions

I found the picture on Pinterest from 4hbakerco.blogspot.com but there were no instructions so I just winged it. Here’s what I did:

diy popsicle stick catapult free instructions

diy popsicle stick catapult free instructions

You will need

8 popsicle sticks

4 elastics

1 bottle cap

pom-poms to catapult across the living room or at your older brother

The Dollar Store has a bag of popsicle sticks for $1 so buy in bulk. If you have kids, you need popsicle sticks. The elastics I used are the “ouchless” hair elastics for my daughter, again buy in bulk. They’re $4 for 100, roughly.

Instructions

Assemble 6 popsicle sticks together with an elastic on one end (or both ends if you prefer but I didn’t find it necessary).

Make a “T” with the remaining 2 sticks, one under the bundle, one over.

Attach with 2 elastics.

slide elastic this way and loop it on the diagonal.

slide elastic this way and loop it on the diagonal.

now twist elastic around "T" part to hold in place.  Do the same with an elastic from the other side.

now twist elastic around “T” part to hold in place. Do the same with an elastic from the other side.

Pinch the end shut with another elastic.

Glue a bottle cap to the top, leaving a little stick sticking out to flick with your finger as indicated by the arrows in the first picture.