Make A Hobby Horse Out Of A Sock

Filed under: Kids — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:36 am on Monday, December 22, 2014

Here’s a good tutorial on How To Make A Hobby Horse Out Of A Sock. It looks pretty easy! These suckers can be expensive too.

Build A Toy Workbench For A Lucky Kid This Christmas

Filed under: Kids — Savvy Housekeeper at 9:43 am on Tuesday, December 16, 2014

In my quest to Make My Son A Play Kitchen, I came upon another great gift idea: make your kid a toy workbench out of recycled furniture.

Here’s one out of a $3 nightstand.

And this one from a $12 DIY bookshelf kit.

And finally, this one from some kind of TV console.

Leap And Sparkle In A Unicorn Horn Headband

Filed under: Kids — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:35 am on Thursday, December 11, 2014

For more great DIY gift potential, check out this tutorial for a Unicorn Horn Headband. I would have loved this when I was a little girl.

Kitchen Playset Dishes For $1

Filed under: Kids — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:18 am on Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Yesterday, I mentioned my annoyance at the high price of play kitchens for children. Even if you Make Your Own Play Kitchen, there’s still the price of the pretend dishes to contend with. They often cost $30.

Then yesterday, I was in the Dollar Tree toy aisle, and I ran into a set of pretend dishes for $1. Now, that’s more like it!

The five-piece sets come with a pot, lid, and two utensils. I bought two, thereby saving myself some money, had I been inclined to buy the $30 set. (I wasn’t.)

And yes, the Dollar Tree set isn’t as nice as the $30 set, but considering that these are pretend dishes for my son to bang around, that doesn’t matter to me one bit.

Child DIY Gift Idea: A Fun and Frugal Play Kitchen

Filed under: Kids — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:51 am on Monday, December 8, 2014

I looked into buying my son a play kitchen and was pretty surprised how much they can cost. This gift guide is pretty typical, with the kitchens ranging from $60-$300.

I feel like I’m missing something here. This is a pretend oven that my son can shove all his toys into and tell me he’s baking pie, right? Yeah, I thought so. I don’t think I need to spend a lot of money on that.

Here are four ways to recycle material around the house and make your own play kitchen, for a fraction of the price.

PLAY KITCHEN FROM A NIGHTSTAND. This project took a $6.50 nightstand from the thrift store and made a great play kitchen.

PLAY KITCHEN FROM A ENTERTAINMENT CENTER. Since the entertainment center was free, the entire kitchen cost $15 to make.

A PLAY KITCHEN THAT FITS OVER AN OTTOMAN. If you can sew, this is a great option: sew one to fit over an ottoman. You can fold it up when it’s not being used.

A PLAY KITCHEN THAT FITS OVER A FOLDING TABLE. This one works for small spaces.

A PLAY KITCHEN MADE OUT OF A CARDBOARD BOX. This one won’t last forever, but hey, they lose interest in these things pretty quickly.

Make This Eloise Baby Sweater

Filed under: Kids — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:52 am on Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Check out this free crochet pattern–the Eloise Baby Sweater. What a great gift for a little girl.

Monster Hooded Towel Tutorial

Filed under: Kids — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:16 am on Thursday, October 9, 2014

I love this tutorial to sew this Monster Hooded Towel Tutorial. What a great baby shower present.

5 Halloween-Themed Snacks

Filed under: Kids — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:53 am on Monday, October 6, 2014

Here’s some fun after-school Halloween-themed snacks that are easy to make (more or less) and healthy too.

Bat Bites: Grape “bats” with black tortilla chip “wings” perched above cheese cubes.

Monster Sandwiches: Round sandwich bread, olive eyes, and cheese teeth.

Spider Deviled Eggs: Deviled eggs with olive “spiders” on top.

Apple Mouths: Slice apples, hold them together with peanut butter, and add marshmallows for the teeth.

Tangerine Pumpkins and Banana Ghosts: Tangerines with celery stems make good pumpkins and banana ghosts with chocolate chips for eyes.

DIY Cardboard Camper Playhouse

Filed under: Kids — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:21 am on Tuesday, September 30, 2014

So cute! A DIY Cardboard Camper Playhouse. All it takes is a big box, paint, and duct tape.

10 MORE Awesome and Easy Kid Snacks

Filed under: Kids — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:26 am on Wednesday, September 10, 2014

My post on 5 Awesome And Easy Kid Snacks seems especially pertinent right now, with kids going back to school and all. Plus, I’m always looking for new things to feed Savvy Jr. So here are 10 MORE Awesome and Easy Kid Snacks:

Hungry Mice: The mice are made out of hard-boiled eggs with raisin eyes and almond ears. And of course, don’t forget the cheese.

Fruit Train: A train from watermelon, bananas, grapes, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and a piece of pineapple, held together with toothpicks. So cute!

Fruit Snake: Strawberries and bananas, cut and arranged in a snake shape, with a strawberry for the head and a blueberries for the eyes.

Veggie Flower: Cucumbers, tomatoes, celery, spinach leaves, carrots, and radishes, arranged in the shape of a flower. Serve with hummus, ranch dressing, or some other kind of dip.

Fruit Flower: Here’s the same idea with bananas, almonds, pretzels, tangerines, and chocolate chips (could also use blueberries).

Banana Rolls: Take a whole wheat tortilla, spread peanut or almond butter inside, then place a banana in the middle. Roll and slice into sushi-shaped snacks.

Apple Mouths: Slice apples, hold them together with peanut butter, and add marshmallows for the teeth.

Dinosaur Sandwich: Cut the bread in the shape of a dinosaur, make a sandwich. Then use cheese crackers for its spines and feet, and stand him on some grapes.

Apple Sandwiches: If that’s too complicated, try these apple sandwiches. Fill two apple slices with options like nutella, peanut butter, almond butter, raisins, granola, chocolate chips, or anything else that sounds good.

Green-Eyed Kitty: And for my personal favorite, make a cat with a round sandwich of your choice, kiwi slices for eyes, and bananas for the ears. Adorable.

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