DIY Pom Pom Party Placemats

DIY Party Pom Pom Placemats | 5 minute DIY by Rachael Mary | rachaelmary.com.au

I have a lot of friends who are have kids now and I'm always trying to think of fun ways to make them excited about meal times (let's face it, not a lot of kids love their veggies!).

These 5 minute DIY party pom pom placemats will get them running to the table! I made these for my favourite magazine - Frankie - and my nieces still adore them.

DIY Party Pom Pom Placemats | 5 minute DIY by Rachael Mary | rachaelmary.com.au

Supplies:

  1. 1/2 metre each of different coloured gingham fabric (makes 2 placemats)
  2. Glue gun
  3. Pom Poms
  4. Pinking shears
DIY Party Pom Pom Placemats | 5 minute DIY by Rachael Mary | rachaelmary.com.au
DIY Party Pom Pom Placemats | 5 minute DIY by Rachael Mary | rachaelmary.com.au
DIY Party Pom Pom Placemats | 5 minute DIY by Rachael Mary | rachaelmary.com.au

Steps:

  1. Cut your gingham fabric into rectangles depending on what size you'd like your placemat.
  2. Glue the wrong sides together and cut the edges with the pinking shears once the glue has dried. This will prevent threads forming.
  3. Place your plate down to make sure you don't get any random pom poms underneath where the plate sits (that will make mealtime even messier, trust me!).
  4. Glue your pom poms on.
DIY Party Pom Pom Placemats | 5 minute DIY by Rachael Mary | rachaelmary.com.au

It's probably wise not to serve cute cupcakes like this at dinner!

This little DIY should ease the trauma of those veggies however and make mealtime a lot more fun.

DIY Glitter Magazine Gift Tags

DIY Glitter Magazine Gift Tags | Easy DIY project from Rachael Mary | rachaelmary.com.au

Teach the kids to recycle and reuse with this fun gift tag project.

If you have left over glitter, you could go paint some animals too!

DIY Glitter Magazine Gift Tags | Easy DIY project from Rachael Mary | rachaelmary.com.au

Supplies:

  1. Magazines
  2. Glue
  3. Scissors
  4. Glitter
  5. Cardboard for backing
  6. Hole punch
  7. Ribbon
DIY Glitter Magazine Gift Tags | Easy DIY project from Rachael Mary | rachaelmary.com.au

Steps:

  1. Cut a rectangle from your cardboard backing.
  2. Use this a template to cut your magazine into rectangles too - make sure your template covers the pretty part of the magazine your want on your gift tag.
  3. Glue both sides together.
  4. Punch a hole at the top.
  5. Apply some glue to the parts of the tag you want to glitterize.
  6. Sprinkle the glitter onto the glue and let dry.
  7. Thread a ribbon through the hole and tie.
DIY Glitter Magazine Gift Tags | Easy DIY project from Rachael Mary | rachaelmary.com.au
DIY Glitter Magazine Gift Tags | Easy DIY project from Rachael Mary | rachaelmary.com.au

TIP: You could also use magazine pages with fun typography or words, of glue a variety of pages to your cardboard backing for a jigsaw effect.

DIY Glitter Magazine Gift Tags | Easy DIY project from Rachael Mary | rachaelmary.com.au

If you're not feeling very crafty or you don't have time to clean up a glitter mess, you could download these cute polka dot gift cards instead.

DIY Pretty Painted Leaves

DIY Pretty painted leaves | Easy craft project by Rachael Mary | rachaelmary.com.au

The leaves are starting to turn at my place and as I was sweeping them up today I remembered this pretty painted leaves project I did back in the days of Love From Ginger.

This is a relaxing. Sunday crafternoon DIY that the kids and the hubby could join you in doing. Imagine a giant vase of these gorgeous leaves on your dining room table!

DIY Pretty painted leaves | Easy craft project by Rachael Mary | rachaelmary.com.au

Supplies:

  1. Acrylic paints
  2. Paint palette or an old plate 
  3. Paint brushes
  4. Scissors
  5. Cotton thread (I used gold thread)
  6. Dried leaves
  7. Sewing needle
  8. Branch
DIY Pretty painted leaves | Easy craft project by Rachael Mary | rachaelmary.com.au
DIY Pretty painted leaves | Easy craft project by Rachael Mary | rachaelmary.com.au
DIY Pretty painted leaves | Easy craft project by Rachael Mary | rachaelmary.com.au

Steps:

  1. Paint your leaves in assorted colours and patterns. 
  2. Once the leaves are dried, sew them to your branch using the thread.
  3. Display your branch in a beautiful vase and enjoy the pretty pops of colour from your new fall leaves.
DIY Pretty painted leaves | Easy craft project by Rachael Mary | rachaelmary.com.au
DIY Pretty painted leaves | Easy craft project by Rachael Mary | rachaelmary.com.au

I'm such a sucker for colourful things and with this project you could make a whole variety of different branches to suit the different seasons of the year.

DIY Animal Makeovers

DIY Animal Makeovers | Easy kids' craft by Rachael Mary

If you have a few spare zoo animals lying around the house the kids have lost interest in, this little project will re-ignite their imagination and make play time with those animals awesome again.

Plus, this is a glitter project and who doesn't love that gorgeous, glittery mess afterwards!

DIY Animal Makeovers | Easy kids' craft by Rachael Mary

Supplies:

  1. Non-toxic acrylic paints
  2. Paint brushes
  3. Paint palette
  4. Assorted glitter
  5. Plastic or wooden animals
  6. Non-toxic finishing spray
DIY Animal Makeovers | Easy kids' craft by Rachael Mary

Steps:

  1. Paint your animals white. This provides a nice even base for the colours to pop.
  2. After the white paint has dried, start painting each animal one section at a time.
  3. Once all the sections have been painted and are dry, dip the feet, tails or heads into the glue and then dip into the glitter.
  4. Wait for the glue and glitter to dry and then spray with a finishing spray to make sure those glittery bits don't go all over the house!

TIP: Use as many bright colours as possible and mix and match your glitter colours too.

DIY Animal Makeovers | Easy kids' craft by Rachael Mary

I can guarantee the kids will love playing with their new zoo friends again once they are all shiny and glittered!

The perfect way to show kids how to reuse, recycle and create something beautiful.