When I started blogging, my kids were 10 years younger than
they are now; one is in college, one is almost in college and my baby
is in high school! Yikes, it goes so fast! Of course I have tons of
photos, artwork, schoolwork, calendars, and journals and all the big
events are recorded but it's easy to overlook the smaller events even
though they are just as significant. I remember when my son learned
to ride a bike, he learned on his brother's bike, but, what he
remembered most was getting his own bike and not having to share.
I'm glad I took a picture of him with his first bike because
that smile was the biggest!
I created this tutorial for Mini Milestone Award Ribbons to go along
with my new #StreamTeam partnership with Netflix*. Once a month
I'll share themed streaming suggestions and I hope you'll share some
of your favorites too. As you might have guessed,
this month's theme is Mini Milestones.
I found some cute little charms at the bead store and thought they
would be such a simple way to mark mini milestones in our kids lives.
Although you can put a pinback on them so they can be worn, I like
the idea of using them as ornaments so they can be brought out
year after year to reminisce and remember.
Ballet shoes can be for a first dance or recital, a moon for first campout
or sleepover, a schoolhouse charm for the first day of school. I like the
little hand made charm below for their first hand made project! There
are lots of charms and felt colors to choose from so it's easy to
customize the ribbons to your own family's Mini Milestones.
Tools & Materials:
click here for the pattern
felt in two different colors (minimum size 4" x 3" and 2½" x 2½")
4½" length of coordinating ribbon
charm to represent your Mini Milestone
sticky back glittered craft foam
scissors (use pinking shears for a nice decorative edge)
needle and thread
small piece of wire or string to make a loop for hanging
-OR- pinback to wear as a brooch
cardstock (not pictured)
1 Print out the pattern. Use it to cut out one notched rectangle, one
or two circles, and the number 1 from the craft foam. Reverse and
trace the number on the back of the craft foam so you will get
the correct direction. Two different sizes of circles are available
in case you'd like to layer them and there are two different
number fonts to choose from too.
2 Cut notches from each end of the ribbon, fold in half, and
place a drop of glue at the fold to hold it down.
3 Glue the top of the ribbon to the top of the felt rectangle.
Cut the number one from the craft foam. Peel off the backing from
the number one and stick it to the center of the smaller circle.
Glue the smaller circle to the bigger circle.
4 Glue the felt medallion to the top of the felt rectangle. Sew the
charm in the center of the notch at the bottom of the felt rectangle.
5 Glue or sew a wire loop or pinback to the back of the award. Glue
a piece of cardstock to the back of the felt ribbon if you'd like to make
any notes about the award - circumstances, comments and date.
Here are some streaming suggestions from
Netflix for celebrating Mini Milestones:
First Big Game: D2: The Mighty Ducks
First Spelling Bee: Akeelah and the Bee
First Job: Good Burger
Getting Glasses: Arthur: S15E09, Through the Looking Glasses
First Dance: Kickin' It: S01E20 The Wrath of Swan
Losing Your First Tooth: Super WHY: S01E10, The Story of the Tooth Fairy
First Sleepover: Bratz Kidz: Sleep-over Adventure
New Sibling: The Hive: S01E01, Babee's Room
First Time Babysitting: The Baby-Sitters Club
Of course, you know your children best so please
use any movie and TV suggestions only as a guide
and be sure to preview before sharing with your kids.
*I hope you'll enjoy this #StreamTeam sponsorship with Netflix
and know that all opinions and words written here are my own. I
choose my sponsorships carefully and only work with companies
that I like. I have been a long time customer of Netflix and was
thrilled to be able to partner with them as these kinds of sponsorships
help support The Crafty Crow. Blogging is more than a hobby for
me, it's my job and part of how I support my family as a
single mom so I appreciate your understanding.