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DIY Claw Machine Kids Costume

I have to say….this is not be finest moment as a photographer….these pictures were taken last September…at night…many by kids….we were in a “getter-done” mode if ya know what I mean. But….the costume turned out so cute that I wanted to share.

I was visiting Melissa last September…and we had planned to do these costumes all weekend…but like usual the time flies by and we realized the night before I left that we hadn’t even started. (by the way….the next morning I was flying around 9:30am and I woke up with the stomach flu….it. was. awful….worst flight of my life…moving on…)

This Claw Machine costume was thought up by my little friend Abby. She is the oldest of Melissa’s daughters and she is really creative. It was our job to tackle this costume together….we shopped Michael’s…shopped around the house…and put it all together. I am going to remember as best as I can to share with you how we put this together….if you have any questions just ask and I will try to help…or just I can just call Abby and ask her:)

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Three of the sweetest girls I know….

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Ok..here is what you will need….

Supplies

– cardboard box large enough to have child inside

– razor blade

– sharp scissors

– piece of foam board

– pencil

– measuring tape

– small paper box (square)

-hot glue gun and glue

-craft foam (2 sheets cut into 4 by 4 square)

-duck tape to match foam (ours was red)

– small dowel rod (5 – 6 inches long)

– small wood disc (or something of your choice for “buttons” on the front of machine

– cellophane for front

-wrapping paper (candy paper) to decorate back of the machine

-Abby wrapped hers in black paper but you could probably spray paint the box

– wooden letters “the claw” for front of box

-Abby held a small bag of candy but a fanny pack would work great (when kids placed a “coin” in…she would move the “claw” her hand to grab candy…and place it in the little box to dispense. Hope this is making sense:)

Steps (as best as I can remember…)

1. Cut box on the top to fit child’s head. Measure and cut out arm holes also. Make sure it fits ok.

2. Cut out front of machine with a razor….leaving enough room on the sides so that the box is still 4 sided.

3. Cut a piece of foam board for the “control panel”. Ours is about 12 by 5. Be sure to leave it wide enough to hold your “joystick”.

4. Cut a slit under the front opening. Secure piece of foam board with hot glue.

5. Make the joystick. Stack the 4 by 4 pieces of foam together. Take a sharp razor and cut a deep slit for the dowel rod to be placed. Glue and duct tape the joystick together. Glue dowel rod (and tape). We covered our dowel rod with black duct tape.

6. Cut a slit for the small square box. You need to make sure you cut it tight enough to hold it on it’s own….but also so that it is able to slide in and out.

7. Decorate the box as you like….

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If you would like to see the JellyFish and the Cookie On a Pan….I already shared those…

Melissa tells me that this claw machine was the most popular costume….all the kids wanted to try it!

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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Cheer on your team…with help from Duck Tape®

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My friends at Duck Tape® asked me to share with you a fun fall project. I thought since it is football season…and there are tailgates galore…it is a perfect time to pull out the Duck Tape® to cheer on the home team. These fun little lolli-banners in a custom team spirit container are just what your crew needs to cheer on to victory!!

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It’s easy to buy Duck Tape at Walmart. They have a huge supply and I am sure they will have a color that will help you cheer on your team:) …you will have a hard time choosing! Blue and white are perfect to cheer on the Kentucky Wildcats:) The kids will have a ball putting these together and giving them out to friends:) Here is how I put these cute little banners together…

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Supplies:

Duck Tape® of your choice

scissors

lollipops

Pumpkin container ($1 at Wal-Mart)

 

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To put the banners together:

Cut a piece of Duck Tape® 4 inches long.

Cut it down the middle (I actually found it easiest to rip it)

Place the end of the lollipop stick in the center of the Duck Tape®

Fold onto each other

Cut in a triangle to resemble a pennant. Done!

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To make the cute team spirit container:

Cut pieces of Duck Tape® about 9 inches long

Place first color on container leaving room for a stripe of the other tape in between

Finish the bottom by placing two pieces of tape to cover your seams.

 

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For more fun filled Duck Tape® inspirations be sure to check them out on Twitter @theDuckBrand and go see some really fun projects at www.duckbrand.com

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Skirt from a shirt (repurpose men’s shirt)

Say that 5 times fast….hey….stop swearing at me….ok moving on….I recently cleaned out a few things in our closet. A couple of my hubs shirts were still in great condition….they were just a bit over sized for him. I made a few into my fancy camera strap…and my daughter wanted to use the another shirt to make a skirt. It turned out really cute so we wanted to share it with yall….

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Supplies:

  • men’s button down (ours was Large)
  • elastic (1/4 inch)
  • sewing machine
  • safety pin
  • scissors
  • ruler
  • iron

Steps

  1. Lay the shirt flat and cut under the armpits straight across.
  2. Fold top of skirt down 1 inch and iron. This will be your top seam. Pin your seam.
  3. Sew a straight stitch all around…leaving a 2 inch opening for your elastic to be threaded through.
  4. Attach elastic to safety pin and push through the seam. (ours was measured 2 inches longer than waist measurement)
  5. When elastic meets…sew together then stitch up the seam.
  6. Ta Da! You made a skirt from a shirt!

A fun little project to try this week!
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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Whip it up Wednesday: Summer crafting series

I briefly told you last week that I was going to replace Tech Tuesdays with something fun to do this summer. Let me introduce Whip it up Wednesdays!

Lazy summer days sometimes mean finding fun things to do with the kiddos. I thought it would be fun for the next 10 weeks to share a unique, fun, easy craft to do with the kids. My goal is to scour the internet for the most unique crafts that kids of all ages can enjoy. Do you have one to submit? Great…just email me to tell me all about it. (Cleverlyinspired at gmail dot com)

Here is a really fun one to try…The source is a blog called AtHomeinLove. These super easy DIY coasters would be a great painting project that would remind you of summer all year long. I love the fun bright colors she used. Go visit this blog for more info on how to craft your own….

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Also: voting ends on June 19th for the Earth 911 challenge…I would love your votes! You can vote once a day:) I am number 4!

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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Host a Garden Craft Breakfast: with Miracle Gro

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Remember a couple weeks back when I showed you this super simple Polka Dot Planter? Well, we invited a few little friends for a garden breakfast paint party….it was such a great way to kick off summer time! Some paint, brushes, bagels, donuts….all adds up to a really good time. The best part was that our little guests got to take home what they made and watch it grow….love that!garden craft breakfast party @cleverlyinspired (16)

 

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garden craft breakfast party @cleverlyinspired (17) After we had some munchies , the pots were dry and ready to fill up with some Miracle Gro potting mix and our little tomato seeds. When they were all assembled…we placed the recipe for garden tomato sauce on the plant and they were ready to go home. garden craft breakfast party @cleverlyinspired (8)

garden craft breakfast party @cleverlyinspired (18) Sometimes, we think that a get together has to be a big affair with lots of planning. Not so. Our homes are meant to be shared. Share your garden and your home…and you will be so glad you did. Don’t wait until this room is perfect…or that room needs new paint….you will always find an excuse. garden craft breakfast party @cleverlyinspired (11) Thanks to all my little friends who came over for our breakfast garden craft party :) I hope we can do it again soon! garden craft breakfast party @cleverlyinspired (14) Homes are best used when they are loved. Friends laughing and sharing in the fun help make a house into a home. I would encourage you to have friends over and do this…a breakfast works out great…a perfect way to start the day with a great group of friends. Easy planning too….I mean who doesn’t like donuts and paint?!?! Supplies for this craft: Terra Cotta pots Outdoor paint (I used red, white and blue) Brushes Sponge paint dabber (for dots….you could use qtips too) Miracle Gro potting soil Tomato seeds Bamboo sticks Printable below for Garden Tomato Sauce Tape garden tomato sauce printable @cleverlyinspired.com

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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