Words of Whimsy

Category: Crafts/DIY

Cheap & Easy Thanksgiving Classroom Craft for Kids – Pudding Turkeys
November 24th, 2015

Last year I had Thanksgiving plans all ironed out months before the big day, and planned in time to prep, assemble, and distribute Turkey Oreo Packs in Miss P’s preschool class. This year I’m still in denial that Thanksgiving is even on this page of the calendar. Where did the time go?!?!? I hadn’t really…

Baby Shower Activity – Customize a Bodysuit
June 5th, 2015

Here’s another dose of baby shower inspiration with step by step instructions for you! Our event had a bee theme, but this could easily “bee” altered to butterflies, ladybugs, and probably even farm animals! Have everyone add a “grape” with the tag “welcome to the bunch” or a petal to a flower. Google “thumb print…

Welcome to the Hive Baby Shower – Diaper Cake DIY Tutorial
June 1st, 2015

There are a million articles out there about the “right” way to make a diaper cake for a baby shower gift or centerpiece (I know, I Googled). Some of them are super complicated, most of them are super cute, but this one is super easy and sometimes that makes all the difference! Here’s what you need:…

Quick Easter Hostess or Teacher Gift
March 30th, 2015

Look at these pretties! These will be little Easter gifts for Miss P’s teachers, but they would also be great little projects for your Easter dinner or egg hunt hostess, teens who have outgrown the cutesy baskets, Sunday School teachers, coaches, service industry extras, etc. Yes, I realize that Easter isn’t necessarily a gift-giving holiday,…

DIY Free Giant Pirate Map – Neverland Party
March 6th, 2015

We’re all about recycling around The Whimsy Factory, AND saving money on party supplies. While hosting an epic Neverland party last year we found a way to do both – creating a giant treasure map for FREE out of recycled packaging materials. The giant kraft paper was wadded up as stabilizing filler in a big package we had…

A Lego Birthday for Adults
March 4th, 2015

My husband Shawn turned 40 this year and I knew the one thing he really wanted was a big birthday party. It was Heather who came up with the Lego theme, which is so fitting because Shawn loves Legos. He has his collection from when he was a kid, which he keeps adding to “for” our son…

Super Hero Photo Booth with DIY Instructions!
February 17th, 2015

We had a WONDERFUL time at the St. Paul Winter Carnival’s Kids’ Day on January 24, what a fun event! Held in the beautiful Landmark Center, each vendor offered their wares in conjunction with a giveaway or activity – so we brought our super hero photo booth! Here’s how we put it together: We started…

Easy Hair Bow Organizer/Hanging Display Board DIY
February 15th, 2015

Here’s another little easy craft share. I love that it’s both organizer and wall art – we pay so much for all those pretty hair trinkets, why not get more out of them by putting the collection on display? This took less than half an hour to make and cost under $20. It’s been hanging…

Gorgeous Jam-Filled Sandwich Cookies – Perfect for Valentine’s Day!
February 13th, 2015

I have made these shortbread sandwich cookies a couple of times now, and while they are pretty time consuming, they are so beautiful it’s worth all the work – especially when you are making them as a Valentine treat, the whole point being to show someone that you care! It’s an impressive presentation for sure….

Halfway Homemade Valentines
February 9th, 2015

There is some TV cooking personality who has made a whole career on halfway homemade, isn’t there? Like how to dress up a store bought cake or throw a few extra ingredients in hamburger helper and create something new? Well I totally get that, for two big reasons. #1 making stuff from scratch usually bites….

Valentine/Wedding Shower/Bachelorette Game DIY – Stick the Smooch!
January 25th, 2015

Here’s a cute and easy game that can be adapted to a Valentine’s party, birthday, retirement, bon voyage, bachelorette, or what we originally created it for – a wedding shower! It’s a personalized and theme-able twist on the old classic “pin the tail on the donkey,” so it’s great for guests of all ages and…

Cute, Non-Candy Valentine DIY Idea
January 22nd, 2015

There are lots of great ideas floating around the interwebs these days for DIY Valentines and a whole subculture dedicated to non-candy card ideas. While I don’t have anything in particular against candy, I fell in love with these sparkly heart shaped sunglasses at a local party store and knew they would be a fun…

Preschool Paper Crafting: DIY Thanksgiving Turkey Treats!
November 18th, 2014

My little turkey LOVES to do art projects! And I love handing out party favors! So this year we adapted a cute little project I saw at a Stampin’ Up display into a kid-friendly craft that will be a perfect little Thanksgiving treat for Miss P’s teachers and classmates. Here’s what you need: brown paper or…

A Duplo/Train Table
November 7th, 2014

Like many children, my kid LOVES trains. Put him in front of the train table at the toy store or Barnes and Noble and he could easily spend an hour happily gliding the trains around the tracks. So, we were super excited when a dear friend gave us some of her children’s old tracks and…

Monster Doors
October 30th, 2014

I came across this photo via a Facebook share, and I am IN LOVE with these adorable monster doors! Just seeing the initial photo brightened my day (a little whimsy every day keeps your heart healthier, I swear it)…

Rounded Superhero Mask
October 24th, 2014

You know those photos of babies with giant flower headbands, sort of like a second head, or some kind of moon orbiting the sleeping cherub? We don’t have any of those photos of Miss P. Partly that is because she never slept, but also she had NO INTEREST in keeping something on her head, or…