I generally like crafting, but when it comes to my daughters and making little keepsakes I have to say I LOVE crafting! I love making anything and everything to capture precious moments and create memories that they can look back on in the future. For example, each one of my daughters has a total of 3 baby books…I might go a little overboard as they also each have a special first year calendar that I have written what we did each day in for their entire first 12 months, a storage bin of my favorite outfits and keepsakes, a ‘day you were born box’, scrap books, photo albums, shadow boxes and notebooks that I try to write in once a month. Ok, I definitely go overboard. It’s probably because I grew up in a pretty chaotic household and I don’t really talk to my mom anymore. So when it comes to my childhood, I don’t really know much except for the things I can remember. I have two scrapbooks with some pictures in them, and that’s really all I’ve seen. So when it comes to my daughters I think I tend to try and over compensate for what I have been lacking in my life. But all of that aside, I really also just enjoy doing these things. It’s fun to create the shadowboxes and fill in the baby books.It gives me time to sit down and reflect on how lucky I am and how wonderful and unique each one of my daughters is. Sometimes in the chaos of having 3 children I don’t exactly have a lot of time to do that. Especially with twins, it’s so easy to lump them together and forget to remember and cherish the fact that they are individuals who have very distinct and unique personalities. So my latest craft project is something that I did for Lily and Erin and am now working on for Jacy. It’s called a ‘Day you were born box’. And basically it is a box containing smaller boxes that contain various items from the day Jacy was born, or rather the first couple of weeks. What I usually do is go to a craft store, typically Michaels and buy a larger cute box. This is the box I bought for Erin.
Then I buy a few smaller boxes, all in various sizes to fit in the box. Once I have those smaller boxes I decided what items to put in each one and then decorate the outside of the boxes. I mostly use stickers, some pictures and I went online to find some fun facts about their birthday, horoscope, name meaning and printed those out to also put on the boxes. My favorite part is the map showing where they were born. I put all of these inside along with a receiving blanket from the hospital and one of their first diapers and then it is all set. The best part is they fit nice and neatly in the girls closet so I can store them safely until they are older and can hopefully appreciate them 🙂
Yesterday was Matt’s birthday so I decided to get crafty with the girls and “help” them make some presents for him. I got my inspirations for the presents from a few different things I saw on pinterest and facebook. I really wanted to create some little things that would show Matt how much the girls love him even though they can’t quite say it yet. So I started with the card.
The top part is a poem I found online that I thought fit perfectly because believe it or not raising twins can be stressful and exhausting at some points, but it is also one of the most rewarding and amazing experiences in the world. It says,
“My footprint is small but getting bigger everyday, I am learning how to be big by watching you work, love and play, Remember when your days are long and you can’t walk another mile, That this little footprint makes it all worthwhile.”
And naturally I added one footprint from each of the girls 🙂
Then I just typed up a quick little note from Lily and Erin that also credited me (of course).
Now here is where the crafts got really fun. I used paint and construction paper to get Lily and Erin’s handprint (which was NOT easy). Then I cut the handprints out and used them to trace more handprints which I then cut out so that I had some cute little hands to work with. Using a handprint from each of the girls I created a little craft to show their daddy just how much he means to them.
First I took a long strip of blue construction paper that I pre-cut and folded it several even times so that I had 11 rectangles to write on. Then I wrote “We love you…” on one hand, and “This much” on the rectangles. After which I glued the hand to a blank sections at each end. On the second handprint I wrote “Love, Lily & Erin” and finished by gluing that handprint to the end of the blue strip.
The last craft I did was based on something I saw online but with my own twist added.
I used the girls handprints to trace their hands onto construction paper in the shapes of hearts over their feet. Then I wrote “From the bottom of our hearts to the tips of our toes, We love you!”
The final step was wait and surprise the birthday man 🙂 And I am happy to report that he loved his birthday presents! And I had a blast making them, so it was a win win 🙂
A few weeks ago I decided to do some spring crafts with the girls. I was inspired by some butterfly footprints I saw on pinterest. So I used some green, blue and red paint I had at home to paint the bottoms of the girls feet. Then I pressed them on some construction paper and painted a brown line in the middle to create the butterfly. I finished by drawing on some antennas and a trail, and then decorated the paper. The most challenging part of this was actually getting the footprints, it turns out 10 month olds really don’t want to sit still and let you press their feet into construction paper, who would’ve thought. But even though they didn’t want to sit still it was a lot of fun and was nice to do something crafty with them 🙂