Gift Ideas

Olaf Snowman Building Kit with FREE Printable


It’s no secret that I like to shop at the Dollar Store, especially around this time of year when I am looking for inexpensive and easy Christmas gifts.  The Dollar Store is my go-to for most of the kids stocking stuffers, gift basket fillers, and when I am looking for a little something extra to finish off a gift.

When I came across this Snowman Accessories Kit in the Christmas section at Dollarama, I knew immediately that it would make the perfect friend or neighbour gift.  I had bought a similar kit for $10 last year, so I was excited to see these were only $2 each.


I’ve been subjected to a lot of Frozen watching lately, so the first thought that came to my head when I saw the kit was “Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?”.  I decided to repackage the kits and personalize with my own topper featuring everyone’s favorite talking snowman.

To tie in my Olaf concept, I dressed my graphic of him up in some of the included accessories from the kit.  Once happy with the design, I simply sent the toppers to print at Staples, then cut them out and stapled them on.  I even decided to keep the kits in the clear plastic bags the kits were already in and just switched out the cardboard topper.


With the Dollar Store packaging removed, I am excited to give them out as gifts and am willing to bet most people would never even guess how little my finished kits cost.  They are great little gift to make and have on hand for the Christmas season, and I love that it makes for a fun family activity that will work for a wide range of ages.


These would also make great favors if you are having a Frozen themed or Christmas party.  If you are looking to DIY there are some great tutorials on Pinterest to show how to make your own snowman building kit, but I don’t think I would be able to make them for less then the $2 I paid per kit.

FREE PRINTABLE: To make your own toppers, simply click the artwork below to save and send to print.  I have sized the artwork to 7.75″ wide to fit perfectly over the Dollarama kits.











Celebrations, Parties

Olympic Party Game: Pin the Rocks on the Rings


At 4 years old, I think we are finally to a point where I can begin planning some small games and activities for my son’s birthday parties.  In the past it has just been a free for all with his toys, but this year I wanted to plan a few fun things that related to my theme.

Pin the Tail on the Donkey is a pretty common party game but I decided to give it my own Olympic spin by making it curling themed.  My husband is a curler and the kids and I often spend time at the rink watching him play so I figured this was something fun my birthday boy would recognize and enjoy.

To make the board, I simply created a curling ring design and will be printing it as a 16×20″ print ($8.99 through the Costco Photo Centre).

Pin the Rocks on the Rings Board

The rocks are sized on 4×6″ sheets so they will be printed as standard photos and then cut out.  I will attach double sided tape to the backs before the party so we are all ready to play the game.


For your own game of Pin the Rock on the Rings, please click on each of the images above  and save as a jpeg to your own computer for printing.


Celebrations, Crafts, Parties

Free Printable: Winter Olympics Party Banner


My little guys Olympic themed party is just over a month away so I have begun work designing printables for the party.   I usually like to do a banner of some sort and when I saw these icons for the Sochi Winter games I knew they would look great as a banner great strung across a table or mantle.


I selected 10 of  the icons and then put them against the bright colors of the Olympic rings.


And here they are printed and strung up, all ready for the party:


To print your own, please follow this link for the artwork: OlympicsBannerPrintable_DolledUpDesign




Crafts, Little Hands

Halloween Wall Hanging Kids Craft

Halloween Wall Hanging Kids Craft with Printable Templates I DolledUpDesign

Tuesday morning we celebrated Halloween at playgroup with snacks, costumes and a Halloween themed craft.  Leading craft time has been my duty for the last couple months and I have spent a lot of time on pinterest trying to find toddler appropriate crafts.  When I saw these Halloween Paper Plate Crafts through Tip Junkie, I knew right away they were what I wanted to make for our Halloween craft.  I love the cute, simple shapes and thought they were something nice enough for the mom’s to actually hang in their homes as a Halloween decoration. Continue reading “Halloween Wall Hanging Kids Craft”