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Well, it’s still winter out there, isn’t it, friends? It seems like every year I’m more surprised by how quickly summer comes and goes and how long winter stays and stays and STAYS. It can be brutal. Plus, with little kids around the cabin fever is only multiplied resulting in the end of my rope being verrrrry nearby a lot of the time. However, like any time of year, it is what you make it, and although I’d love some sunny skies and warm afternoons, there are plenty of ways to survive and thrive that cold, long winter (Yes, some of them include Netflix and baked goods, but that is for another post).
So, today I am going to share a couple of ways that our family survives this season. One is a super fun DIY for keeping little indoor hands busy and the other is my winter lifesaver: Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Essential Healing Lotion. This lotion is a MUST in the dead of winter when my skin is struggling in the dry, cold air. Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Essential Healing Lotion keeps my entire family’s skin hydrated and soft, leaving our skin deeply moisturized and looking noticeably healthier. Using it means one less bummer winter thing to think about so we can spend more time enjoying every snowflake, every sip of cocoa, and every snuggle session just a little bit more.
Now, with your skin all soft and hydrated, we can more on to the DIY project! These DIY Dipped Stitching Boards are perfect for a cold afternoon inside. My kids have had a blast stitching away, following the patterns or making their own. These are great for little ones developing motor skills and fun for older kids who love being creative with colors and shapes. Plus, using these little wood boards makes them completely reusable all winter long. Here’s how you make them:
Unfinished Wood Rectangles (you can find these in the wood section of any craft store)
Craft Paint (I love Folk Art Acrylics)
Plastic Yarn Needles
1. Draw your designs with a pencil on your rectangle. I used a ruler to make them all straight as possible. Then, mark the spots on your design where you plan to drill your holes.
2. Using a bit that is just larger than your needle head (plastic yarn needles are great for little kids to use because they aren’t sharp, but they are large so make sure you compare your drill bit to the needle head so that it’s easy for the needle to pass through the hole), drill the holes in the places you marked.
3. Using sand paper, sand all around the rectangles, smoothing out around the holes and getting rid of any rough places that may have been created by the drill.
4. Using painter’s tape, tape off the sections of the rectangles that you want painted. Then, apply two coats of paint. Let dry completely.
That’s it! Your boards are made and it’s time to start stitching! This project is so great because you can combine so many colors and patterns to make the boards super fun. I had so much fun picking out coordinating paint and yarn colors with my kids, and they loved creating shapes on the different colored boards.
Plastic yarn needles are great for this project because you don’t have to worry about your kiddos poking any eyes out. My kids love feeling being totally in control of a project and it’s nice when you don’t have to hover and make sure they aren’t stabbing each other. Motherhood is the best, isn’t it?
Your kids are going to love stitching away, and you are going to love having a winter afternoon where you aren’t going crazy. Combine those good feelings with the soft skin you’re going to get with Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Essential Healing Lotion and winter is going to feel just a little shorter. You can find All Vaseline® Intensive Care® lotions can be used daily and are available at Walmart and other food, drug and mass retailers nationwide. Plus, every purchase of Vaseline® lotion (or jelly) in the U.S. will help support Direct Relief through a buy one to help heal one promotion! Learn more here and see the difference The Vaseline® Healing Project is making!
What are your favorite boredom-busters for the long winter? I’d love to hear your tips!
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