Friday, March 7, 2014

Celebrating Dr. Seuss

"You're never too old, too wacky, to wild,
to pick up a book and read to a child."
~ Dr. Seuss
We are a family that loves books and we all read something every day. Naturally, we were excited to participate in the celebration of Dr. Seuss's birthday during Read Across America week. The girls' school organized a week of fun days to get the students involved. Monday - Hat and Tie Day, Tuesday - Career Day (we had a spy and an author), Wednesday - Wacky Hair Day, Thursday - Crazy Sock Day (which is practically an everyday occurrence around here), and Friday - Dr. Seuss Character Day.  

The girls immediately decided that they wanted to be Thing 1 and Thing 2. Of course, we didn't plan far enough in advance to locate their size shirts off the rack--so I was presented with the perfect excuse to get a little crafty. All it took was a couple $3 tees, some white felt, black fabric paint, "fur" yarn, and some elastic headbands. (We already had the striped pajama bottoms. Shh… Don't tell anyone that they're Santa jammies.) 
I used a salad plate to trace the circles and then penciled in the letters, referencing some pictures I found online. I outlined the letters with a black Sharpie.
After pinning the felt patch to the front of the tee, I hand-stiched it around the edge. I thought I had iron-on adhesive--but shockingly {insert heavy sarcasm}, I couldn't locate any in my craft pile closet and I didn't want to drive out the craft store again.
After the patches were secured to the tees, I outlined and then filled in the letters using the fabric paint. 
The "Blue Hair" headbands (sorry no close-up pic) were achieved by wrapping the yarn around half of the band over and over. This took a ton of wrapping. The yarn wasn't nearly as "furry" as it appeared all balled up in the packaging. A better route would be to purchase a small length of synthetic faux fur fabric from the fabric store and hot-glue it to a plastic headband. 
All said, we had a Seusserific week!
And here's some of our CRAZY hair!
Cheers! And happy reading!

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