Crafting with my lil lady

So is everyone back to school now? It’s so weird to me that I have a child in school full time and that we actually have a “back to school” season. It’s a very odd feeling when you go from having babies and toddlers who are at home all the time to suddenly having to send your child off to school for almost 40 hours a week. First of all, I can’t believe that I’m old enough to have a first grader, and secondly, where the heck did the time go? Ayden will be 7 this Friday! I have a seven year old. Insane. 
One thing that is great about this school thing is that I now have tons of time to spend one on one with my little Lily. For the last 3 1/2 years I’ve had to split my time with the kids & try to find time to be with them each one on one. Well, now that big brother is at school me & Lily have Girl’s Day every day. We get to hang out together all day just the two of us and she loves it. We play “work” where Lily pretends that she works at Macy’s (I used to work in cosmetics there) and we play makeup, do our nails, and take turns being the ma’am (the customer) and the worker. She loves it. She also just told me that she wants to play sewing just like Mommy, so I’m going to have to get her a little girl’s sewing kit that she can play with while I sew & quilt. Until I get my sewing stuff unpacked & set up I’m trying to find cute little crafts that I can do with her to make her feel like she’s a big girl & that we can do on our Girls Day. So we looked online (love Pinterest!) and found tons of things that she liked that we could make to beautify her bedroom, and then headed out to get our supplies. 
The first thing Lily decided she wanted were these cute little tissue paper rosette ball thingies (yep, that’s what I call it!) that we saw on Pinterest from The Idea Room. They look like this:
Cute right? I wasn’t sure if I could replicate these perfectly since paper crafting is not my exactly my forte. Give me a needle and thread & I’m good, but I haven’t done a ton of stuff like this before. But if my little lady wanted them then I’d give it my best shot! So here’s how it went:
Here’s our supplies. The ugly vase I already had (garage sale!), the spray paint I already had, and then we bought some Styrofoam balls, crepe paper, and tissue paper for our little crafty party.

I started off by cleaning the vase & giving it a couple coats of the Krylon Matte Aluminum spray paint. I absolutely love this color. It’s so pretty and it covers so well.

This is what Lily did while Mommy painted 🙂

For the rosettes I started by cutting a strip of crepe paper (maybe 20-25 inches- I didn’t measure) and then I crumpled it up really well to kind of soften it & make it flexible. Then I started rolling it up & twisting the bottom to make a stem to hold on to. 

Then I started wrapping and twisting the paper around.

Keep twisting & wrapping and it will start to take form. In the beginning it doesn’t really look like much, but keep going! It takes some practice but you’ll figure it out after you make a couple of them.

Just keep twisting and wrapping and when you get to the end of your strip of crepe paper you’ll have a cute little rosette! Use a dab of hot glue to secure the end of the paper and voila! A rosette! Again, it takes some practice. The first few I made looked pretty crappy & sad but then I got better.

So the next part I didn’t take pictures of because it was just too hard to take them myself and I was kind of wanting to get it done at this point. Basically you’re just going to make a ton of the rosettes & then you start gluing them to the Styrofoam ball. To make them sit flat you will probably want to cut off the little “stem” part that you created when you were rolling & twisting it together. Just put a big glob of hot glue on the bottom of the rosette & stick it on the ball. Just keep gluing them on there close together so that you can’t see any of the ball showing through. When you’re done it should look something like this:

Pretty cute huh? Mine didn’t turn out exactly like the gorgeous ones from The Idea Room, but mine looked ok to me. Everyone’s rosettes are going to look slightly different & you can manipulate them & fluff them up or squish them down until you get them to look exactly how you want them to.
When I was done gluing them on I just took my little rosette ball & set it on the vase.

This is where it went in Lily’s room She has a “special” shelf in her room where she has things that she loves. It’s nothing too fancy…just a few pictures, an Ariel birthday card, a little jewelry box, her pink piggy bank, and a few other things that she’s collected. It fits perfectly on the shelf & looks so cute.

The little lady loves it. When I showed her its spot on her shelf she gasped & said “It’s so beautiful! Thank you!” I’d say mission accomplished.
The other craft we made were the tissue paper flowers that you might have seen everywhere. They hang from the ceiling & look adorable in little girls’ rooms or can be used as decorations for a baby shower, birthday party, bridal shower, etc. These were really quick and easy and they turned out perfectly. Lily loves them and I hung them right above her bed so she can look at them when she goes to sleep. I think I’m going to end up making a few more, but at this point I was all crafted out & Ayden was home from school. 
Here’s the tissue paper flowers hanging in her room:
I decided that my next project will have to be a new quilt for Lily’s bed. I made her two quilts last year and they are super cute, but she has a bigger bed now & the quilts look teeny tiny on her new big girl bed. Not sure what colors I’m going to do (I’m sure it will involve pink, obviously) but I think I’m going to go for a more “elegant” look as opposed to just all pink & super girly like everything she already has.
Also, Ayden’s birthday party is next weekend so I have to figure out what he wants his theme to be. I’m hoping I can just go the lazy route and buy all of the matching party decor (I know I know, store bought decorations! The horror). I think I’m probably going to end up making cupcakes like I did last year but I kind of want to attempt a cool tiered layered cake. Not sure yet so I guess we’ll see how I feel when it gets closer. I’ll also have family in town too so if it gets too crazy busy then I’ll probably just do cupcakes. The big tiered cake would be so fun though don’t you think?!
Enjoy these last few weeks of sunshine & warm weather! Are you ready for Fall? I am, just because I want to wear my cute boots but figured it was probably a bad idea today in our 95 degree weather we’re still having. Come on fall! 
xoxo, Melissa
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