No-Sew Cup Cozy for Mom

This No-Sew Homemade Cup Cozy is perfect for Mother's Day or anytime you want to let Mom know she's on your heart. She will love that you made it yourself!

By contributing writer Beth

This No-Sew Homemade Cup Cozy is perfect for Mother’s Day or anytime you want to let Mom know she’s on your heart. She will love that you made it yourself!

No Sew Felt Cup Cozy Supplies at The Happy Housewife

Supplies Needed

Instructions

1. Measure the circumference of the hair elastic when it is at rest (unstretched).

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2. Cut the red felt to a rectangle that will fit around about 2/3 of the holding area of the cup. The length should be no longer than the circumference of the elastic.

3. Cut a piece of pink felt a little smaller than the red piece.

4. Cut the trim to fit along the bottom of the red piece of felt.

5. Place a line of glue at the very bottom of the red felt. Allow it to set for about 10 seconds to get a little tacky.

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Firmly press the lace trim into the glue. You might even consider adding a few books on top of this to apply a few minutes of pressure.

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6. Apply a liberal amount of glue onto the red felt where the pink felt will be positioned.

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Press the pink felt into the glue firmly for about 20 seconds. Don’t worry if the edges overhang a tiny bit. We’ll trim that later.

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7. Glue the heart to the pink felt. You’ll need a lot of glue for each of these steps because felt doesn’t like to be glued together. It’s mean that way. So use a lot of glue and pressure to get the job done.

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8. Trim any overhanging lace or felt to make the edges nice and neat.

9. Cut a rectangle of felt to fit on the back side of the main piece of red felt. This is going to be the element that holds your elastic in place. Glue the TOP only of the rectangle to the red main felt piece.

Allow the glue to dry for 1 hour. I know this sounds like a long time, but you really need these elements to be solid before you move to the next step.

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10. When the glue is dry, turn the cozy upside down and form it in a cup shape. The unglued portion of the felt flap will be facing up. Place the hair elastic INTO the felt flap.

Glue the other edge of the felt (once again, the top edge) so that the elastic is glued into a felt sleeve. You may want to use pins or clamps to hold this in place. It is crucial that this sleeve dries completely or your cozy will fall apart. Let it dry overnight before removing the pins or clamps.

Your cozy is ready for gifting!

When you stretch the elastic it will be exposed and the felt cozy will look like an apron on 2/3 of the cup. It doesn’t go all the way around the cup. If it did, the elastic wouldn’t be able to shrink back.

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DIY Tangerine Lip Scrub

This Tangerine Lip Scrub exfoliates dry skin around your lips and helps to moisturize them. It's easy to make and has a delicious tangerine flavor.

This Tangerine Lip Scrub exfoliates dry skin around your lips and helps to moisturize them. It’s easy to make and has a delicious tangerine flavor. It would be a perfect Mother’s Day gift!

This Tangerine Lip Scrub exfoliates dry skin around your lips and helps to moisturize them. It's easy to make and has a delicious tangerine flavor.

Ingredients

Instructions

1. Add all the ingredients to a small mixing bowl and stir until well blended.
2. Transfer to airtight lip scrub containers and store for up to 3 months.

This Tangerine Lip Scrub exfoliates dry skin around your lips and helps to moisturize them. It's easy to make and has a delicious tangerine flavor.

How to Use

1. Wet lips with warm water.
2. Generously apply the tangerine sugar lip scrub to lips.
3. Rub in a circular motion to allow the sugar to exfoliate.
4. Rinse dry with warm water (try not to lick it off).
5. Pat dry with towel.
6. Apply your favorite lip balm.

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Growing True Leaders

Since our first child was born twenty-one years ago, my husband and I have tried to instill leadership skills in our children. I want my children to be impacting the world around them in a positive way for many years after I’m gone.

This starts when your children are young, if you wait until they are “old enough” you don’t allow them to develop skills and habits that will help them become great leaders.

In our family this begins in the home by giving our kids responsibilities (aka chores) at a young age. As they grow older we look for opportunities for them to serve their community by volunteering. We try to find opportunities that allow us to work together as a family, so we can help shape positive attitudes and instill a good work ethic.

This could be something as simple as working around the house, helping a friend move, or mowing a neighbor’s grass when they are out of town.

We also participate in community events that allow our family to serve in a greater capacity and help our children develop the leadership skills that they will need as they grow older.

You may wonder, how do chores and volunteering help develop leadership skills? When our children have responsibilities around the house they are given ownership of those responsibilities. After they are able to complete their chores they are in charge of certain areas of the house (room, bathroom, kitchen counters, etc). They take responsibility for keeping those areas clean and organized.

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Last year we purchased a fixer upper house. All our kids worked on the home renovation. Even Cora could help by peeling wallpaper and doing other small jobs. The level of ownership our children have in the house they helped renovate is something that can only be achieved by doing.

They learned how to manage their time, get jobs done, ask for help, teach others, and work together. They developed leadership skills by working together and finding ways to help out even when they weren’t asked.

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We also try to get involved in community projects. My boys have coached soccer teams, helped the elderly in our community with home repairs, and volunteered at the local food bank.

Today’s youth want to make a difference. According to a National 4-H Council and Harris Poll, when it comes to their personal role in addressing key issues, most youth (88%) say they believe they can make a difference, they see themselves as leaders (74%) and they feel a responsibility to lead (73%).

However, only one in three young people says they have the skills they need to be prepared to lead. Half of all high school students report they are not prepared to lead in their life after high school – for college or career.

Here are some practical ways our children have learned how to be leaders in our home and community.

  • Coaching sports teams
  • Helping out at the local food bank
  • Volunteering at local events, such as Easter egg hunts, Trunk or Treat, and Vacation Bible School
  • Helping friends/ family move
  • Having responsibilities around the house
  • Doing odd jobs for the elderly in our community

This year my son had a unique opportunity to give a presentation at his younger sibling’s school. They were studying reptiles, and since my son has several reptiles as pets he was asked to talk to the kids about snakes and lizards.

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My son was able to give a unique and informative presentation to almost fifty children, answer questions, and teach them about animals in a creative way. He did a great job and the kids were excited and interested in his talk.

I have no doubt that all his leadership opportunities in the past helped my son give an hour and half presentation on animals without even breaking a sweat.

As my kids are growing up, I try hard to notice their leadership efforts and motivate them by giving positive feedback.

4-H wants to help you recognize and encourage our youth. You can join with 4-H to help more kids get the opportunities they deserve by publicly honoring youth who are making an impact (big or small) in their lives and the lives of others. You can recognize the youth in your family and local community by sharing their leadership efforts on social media with the hashtag #TrueLeaders.

You can also take a moment to join their ThunderClap to share one unified message about how great kids are today.

Help the next generation become leaders by offering them opportunities, encouragement and recognition.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of 4-H. The opinions and text are all mine.

  

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How to Make a Shopkins Headband

This tutorial shows you how to make a Shopkins headband with very little sewing. The sewing is so basic you could even have your child help you make it.

Does your little girl love Shopkins? This tutorial shows you how to make a Shopkins headband with very little sewing. The headband would make a great gift and you can customize it with any fabric for holidays or special occasions (think 4th of July or Christmas), or you could use school colors. The sewing is so basic you could even have your child help you make it.

Supplies Needed

This tutorial shows you how to make a Shopkins headband with very little sewing. The sewing is so basic you could even have your child help you make it.

Instructions

1. Iron the fabric and then cut out 3 pieces with these dimensions: 9 x 4 inches, 8 1/2 x 3 3/4 inches, 1 1/2 x 3 inches.

This tutorial shows you how to make a Shopkins headband with very little sewing. The sewing is so basic you could even have your child help you make it.

2. Fold over the 2 long sides of each piece about 1/2 inch and iron.This tutorial shows you how to make a Shopkins headband with very little sewing. The sewing is so basic you could even have your child help you make it.

3. Fold the 2 small sides of your largest pieces into the center.

This tutorial shows you how to make a Shopkins headband with very little sewing. The sewing is so basic you could even have your child help you make it.
4. Now place the small rectangle on the large rectangle and sew a basic hand stitch down the center.

This tutorial shows you how to make a Shopkins headband with very little sewing. The sewing is so basic you could even have your child help you make it.

5. Pull your thread tight to create a bunch in the fabric and wrap the thread tightly around the center to create a bow.

6. Now hot glue the center of your small piece of fabric to the center of your bow.

This tutorial shows you how to make a Shopkins headband with very little sewing. The sewing is so basic you could even have your child help you make it.

7. Place your bow onto the headband and hot glue the long sides of the middle of your bow around the headband.

8. Cut off any excess and glue a small piece of felt onto the bottom of the bow.

This tutorial shows you how to make a Shopkins headband with very little sewing. The sewing is so basic you could even have your child help you make it.

9. To complete your headband, glue the undersides of the bow onto your headband.

This tutorial shows you how to make a Shopkins headband with very little sewing. The sewing is so basic you could even have your child help you make it.

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