Easy Sew Kids Waterproof Art Smock

Easy Sew Kids Waterproof Art Smock at The Happy Housewife

By contributing writer Beth

This cute, easy-sew waterproof art smock took less than an hour from beginning to end, and it’s completely adjustable so it will fit your child perfectly. There is no pattern to print – just use one of your child’s tank tops for sizing!

I used a remnant of fabric that I found in the clearance rack at my favorite hobby store. It’s flannel backed vinyl which makes this smock perfectly water resistant and great for painting projects. It’s super cute while keeping her clothes clean and safe from spills.

Money Saving Tip: Use an old vinyl tablecloth to create several smocks for all the kids.

Supplies Needed

  • Scissors or pinking shears
  • ~½ yard flannel backed vinyl (you can also recycle an old vinyl tablecloth)
  • thread
  • sewing machine
  • 2 yards grosgrain ribbon
  • marker or pencil (for tracing pattern onto flannel backing)
  • child’s tank top (for creating the pattern)

Easy Sew Kids Waterproof Art Smock (Supplies) at The Happy Housewife

Instructions

1. Cut the ribbon into two 12-inch pieces and two 24-inch pieces.

2. On the flannel side of your fabric, trace out the pattern of the tank top you’re using (or trace onto the front if you want to center the pattern). Add 1 inch to the arm opening area and  2 inches all around the rest of the tank top.

Easy Sew Kids Waterproof Art Smock (Step 2) at The Happy Housewife

3. Cut out the fabric according to your outline.

Easy Sew Kids Waterproof Art Smock (Step 3) at The Happy Housewife

4. Hem the edges. Starting from the top of one shoulder strap and using a zigzag stitch, sew a ¼ inch hem around the arm area and down the side. Sew the same hem from the shoulder down on the other side. Sew another hem along the neckline and then also along the bottom hem.

Now all edges have been finished except the very top of the shoulders.

Easy Sew Kids Waterproof Art Smock (Step 4) at The Happy Housewife

5. Attach the 12-inch ribbon.

Pin the right side of the 12-inch ribbon to the right side of the smock.

Easy Sew Kids Waterproof Art Smock (Step 5) at The Happy Housewife

Then sew a zigzag stitch ¼ inch from the edge to secure the ribbon.

Easy Sew Kids Waterproof Art Smock (Step 5) at The Happy Housewife

Now turn up the ribbon and sew a straight stitch ⅛ inch from the edge of the shoulder. This is a simple way to finish the shoulders so that only finished edges are showing.

Easy Sew Kids Waterproof Art Smock (Step 5) at The Happy Housewife

Repeat on the other shoulder.

6. Attach the 24-inch ribbon.

Pin the right side of the 24-inch ribbon to the top of the wrong side of the smock where the arm area begins. (The unfinished ribbon edge should be on the back of the smock.) Attach the ribbon to the smock with a zigzag stitch.

Easy Sew Kids Waterproof Art Smock (Step 6) at The Happy Housewife

Repeat to attach the final piece of ribbon to the other side of the smock.

Easy Sew Kids Waterproof Art Smock (Step 6) at The Happy Housewife

You’re all finished!

I really like this smock and it was very simple to put together. The only thing I would change next time would probably be to trace out the pattern onto the front of the fabric. That’s because this print is so cute and I would much rather have it centered than off to the side like it turned out.

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DIY Outdoor Games

We spent last weekend in Pennsylvania enjoying family, friends, food and fun. My sister’s in-laws hosted the event and did a great job arranging activities for over 30 people.

DIY outdoor games

They are the ones responsible for the dunk bucket, as well as putting together several other yard games.

Dunk Bucket

Many people have asked for the dunk bucket instructions. My brother-in-law just kind of made it without writing down instructions. Here is a very basic version of what to do:

1. Take some wood and cut out a target
2. Take wood and cut out base for 5 gallon bucket
3. Use hinges to attach bucket to tree and to attach target to tree
4. Use washers or some other mechanism to hold bucket up
5. Use piping as a delivery method to fill the bucket
6. Buy/find tennis balls
7. Sit person in front of bucket
8. Throw ball at target (repeat if necessary)

Also, a reader sent the following instructions:

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  1. Take some wood and cut out a target
  2. Take wood and cut out base for 5 gallon bucket. Make sure the bucket is well attached to the bucket platform or base.
  3. Use hinges to make bucket and target move sideways and attach bucket and target to tree or fence.
  4. Use washers, doorknob or some other mechanism to hold bucket up. The knob will be pushed behind rim of the bucket closest to the tree/fence.
  5. Use piping as a delivery method to fill the bucket. Attach to tree/fence.
  6. Sit person in front of bucket and throw tennis ball at target (repeat if necessary).

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The homemade corn hole game.

The cornhole game was pretty easy to make with some wood, paint, and a sewing machine. This game was a huge hit with everyone at the event. My arm was sore from playing too many times one afternoon.

Ring Toss

This game is really fun for little kids. This was a wooden box with a coffee can screwed to the bottom of box. We used washers for the rings. I almost beat my brother in this one, but not quite.

We also played Hillbilly Golf.

This was the one game they didn’t make themselves because it was cheaper to buy the kit. I have included a link for those DIY people out there if you are interested. It looks like it would be easy to make if you were so inclined.

My sister’s in-laws did a great job with these activities. The dunk tank was made the biggest splash with the kids last weekend! If you look close at the next two pictures you can see the tennis balls that were thrown at the target.

Hosting a great party doesn’t have to be expensive! Try a few of these homemade games to stay under budget and have a great time!

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Gardener’s Hand Scrub

The following is a guest post from Merissa from LittleHouseLiving.com.

Do you hear it? The birds have begun their yearly song…spring has arrived! On our little farm, this is a time of great preparation. I’ve started working on some simple meal plans that will get us through the summer when it’s too hot to want to cook much and when we are too busy to go to town often for groceries.

I’ve already planted my seedling starts and in just a few weeks it will be warm enough here in South Dakota to plant them outside in my garden.

I love to garden. It’s been my passion for many years to use my garden to provide as much food as I possibly can for my family. But of course, we all know that it’s not easy or clean work! We not only have a garden to sustain ourselves but we also plant extras to preserve food for winter and to sell at the local farmer’s market. By the end of the day I’m tired and full of dirt.

The signs of a good gardener right?!

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That’s when I pull out my jar of Gardener’s Hand Scrub to clean and freshen up. It’s so simple to make with just a few basic ingredients! Today I’m sharing the recipe with you so that you can enjoy using it this summer just as much as I do.

Gardener’s Hand Scrub

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar (white or brown will work)
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  •  ½ cup coconut oil
  • 5 drops tea tree essential oil

Directions

  • In a medium bowl, mix together the sugar and the salt.
  • In another bowl, melt the coconut oil until it’s liquid. (Or you can stick it in the microwave for a few seconds.)
  • Pour the coconut oil over the sugar mixture and mix all the ingredients together until the sugar is thoroughly coated.
  • Add a few drops of the tea tree essential oil and give the mixture another stir to incorporate it throughout, then pour the scrub into a container or jar that can hold at least 2 cups.

Store in your bathroom or wherever where you regularly wash your hands after coming in from outside.

The sugar and salt will scrub any garden goo from your hands.

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The coconut oil helps to rehydrate your hands after you’ve worked with them and scrubbed them clean, and the tea tree oil is antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, and antimicrobial, so it adds several great properties to the scrub. You could also replace the tea tree oil with lavender essential oil since it has similar properties.

This simple hand scrub will help to keep your hands clean and free of dirt, no matter how much you work in your garden this summer!

Merissa Alink loves making the most with what she has and she blogs all about it on LittleHouseLiving.com. You can find her recipe for Gardener’s Hand Scrub and over 130 other DIY recipes in her book, Little House Living: The Make-Your-Own Guide to a Frugal, Simple, and Self-Sufficient Life, which is available on Amazon.

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How to Make a Spring Wreath

How to Make a Spring Wreath at The Happy Housewife

By contributing writer Jordon

Spring! Yes, it is finally here! The sun, the windows open, the walks, the colors, grilling, the birds singing, plating flowers, gardens, and much more. I love it! Winter has worn out its welcome, and I am so excited to get started on all my spring projects. But first thing is first.

I had to switch out my front door winter wreath and replace it with a bright colorful Spring one. It is the first impression of your house, you know?!  I wanted it to look natural and colorful, so I went to the craft store and started putting some foliage together. This is what I came up with, and I love it on my front door!

So, do you want to add some “happy” to your front door?!

First, a shopping lesson. I went to Hobby Lobby and bought a 18 inch grapevine wreath. I then went over to the flower foliage to pick out my flowers and could not believe the price! Hobby Lobby usually has great sales, but this was not the day for foliage. I should have looked before I went, but you know how that works! But hey, at least I could use my 40% off everyday coupon to Hobby Lobby for the grapevine wreath.

I then drove over to Michaels in hopes of a better foliage price, and JACKPOT! All the foliage was 50% off! I was one happy girl and ready to start putting my flowers together.

My whole point in giving you this extra detail of my shopping trip is that crafting is supposed to be fun and creative but also cheaper than just buying something already made. You have to hunt for it sometimes and prepare before you make it. I need to learn this! What I did was risky, and had I not found the sale at Michaels, I would have paid a lot more. So, the money I saved on my foliage I used to to do a little extra shopping….I know, I know. I have a problem. :)

Okay, now that my therapy session is over, lets get down to making that wreath!

How to Make a Spring Wreath

How to Make a Spring Wreath at The Happy Housewife

Supplies Needed

  • 18 inch grapevine wreath
  • Foliage. Yellow was my main color, so I got 7 branches of that and then 4 bunches of purple and 3 of orange. Tip: Always buy a little more than you think you need. You can always take it back if you don’t use it, and you can always keep it for another craft.
  • Wire cutters
  • Floral wire

Instructions

First, be aware that the grapevine wreath can get messy from little pieces breaking off. Just something to think about when you are setting up.

1. Lay your wreath on the table and start cutting some stems off the yellow flowers to place in your grapevine. I wanted a natural look, so I made them a little long to give a wispy appearance. Then fit the bottom of the stem into the grapevine. Make sure to weave it around in there or use floral wire to hold it into place.

Note: Even though I wanted a natural look, I had to flow to the wreath. I placed the yellow flowers in the wreath with some consistency, flowing in a clockwise pattern.

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2. Get most of the yellow flowers in and then add the purple flowers. Keep a consistency with these as well, and somewhat intertwine them with the yellow to give it a natural look. My purple bunches had some long green grasses in them. So I cut those off separate and added them in individually.

3. Do the same with the orange flowers.

4. Go back over the wreath and add in the remaining yellow flowers.

5. Pick and play with it to get it how you want and hang it on your door. And if you are like me, you will pick and play with it some more to get it just perfect!

How to Make a Spring Wreath at The Happy Housewife

So, since you know I am pretty excited about spring, I wanted to share with you how I switched out my Christmas Greenery from my DIY stocking mantle I posted about in December, to a fun accent piece on my wall with spring flowers in it. I get to keep it out all year!

Christmas stocking holder updated for spring! At The Happy Housewife

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