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 one way that our family survives this season: these DIY dipped stitching boards! 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?
What are your favorite boredom-busters for the long winter? I'd love to hear your tips!