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Thankful and A DIY 100 Day School Craft Project – Mummy Shirt (from the non crafty)

Some days, it’s hard to not bring the feelings from what’s going on outside – freezing rain mixing with piles of partially melted dingy snow – to the inside. Gray skies make Spring feel far away. While I know that it’ll come sooner than I want it to in the weeks that fly by, the hours are long. Even this year’s early upcoming daylight savings doesn’t lend enough brightness. Knowing that springing our clocks forward will mean that daylight will stay later makes me happyhappy. Also, daylight without sunshine is blah.

We’ve had snowdays and cabin fever and real fevers.

We’ve also had fun, thankfulness, and unexpected triumph with a DIY 100 Day School project that turned out pretty awesome considering there’s a reason that this site doesn’t have any crafting projects on it (unless you count my Ghetto DIY Tampon Box Carwash).

Here are a few of those moments. The ones that were “On Fleek.” (<—- blame Kenya for that expression and 10 points if you know what it means without having to consult Urban Dictionary and 1001 to her for trying to keep me cool-ish).

On a day when school wasn’t cancelled for snow or cold the way that it has been at least once each week since the holiday break, we instead had to visit the doctor to find out that Tucker had come down with Fifth’s Disease (it’s actually not bad but in our case, was followed by a fever and flu for the both of us). While his cheeks looked red and blotchy…

Finding Ninee Slap Cheek Disease Fifths Diseasehis smile didn’t.

Tucker leaving the doctor

Tucker leaving the doctor’s office before the fever but after finding out what the cheeks meant.

A week ago, we had nine hours of warmth and sunshine. We made a snowman and pulled out our beach toys to create castles and forts. We had fun. Even found a few warm enough moments to sit our waterproofed butts in the snow to build.

Snow castles

We had unexpected beauty on a frozen tree when the ice in its branches looked like a beautiful spiderweb.

Unexpected Winter Beauty when tree looks like a spiderweb

I had IRL lunch with Dana. And talked and talked and almost missed getting Tucker off the bus but found myself here, just in time, smiling because well Dana is awesome.

Kristi and Dana Blog Friends

We celebrated Tucker’s 100th day of kindergarten. The assignment was to create a shirt with 100 tags of some type on it. I consulted the Almighty Pinterest and found a cool eyeball monster that we could make together. It meant drawing a blob with arms and legs and glueing 100 Googly Eyeballs to it. Something like this:

100 Day Eyeball Monster

I showed it to Tucker. Excited. Relieved I’d found a craft that we could probably do easily together. He looked at it.

At me.

At it.

At me. And said, clear as day “But I want a Mummy.

(F******) “No problem!” I said, as I consulted Pinterest and Google and Yahoo for images of a DIY Mummy Shirt. Nothing. I found nothing.

So I did what any good mom would do. I poured a glass of wine, located my Googly Eyeballs for the eyeball monster, binge watched Netflix and went to bed.

But then.
Then, I had this idea! I could make a mummy!

And a mummy I made.

Here’s what I did to make a 100 School Day Mummy shirt for my little boy’s 100th day of school.

1 black t-shirt
3 rolls (only needed about ½ of one) of ⅜” white ribbon
Fabric glue
Fabric paint pen
Red embellishment dazzle fake ruby things (Scrapbook section)

I cut the ribbon into 100 different sized pieces and drew a little mummy pic on a piece of paper so that I’d have something to consult while making the one on his shirt.

Glued a rough outline of a mummy on the shirt and Tucker and I then stuck ends of all of the ribbon pieces to make the shape of it. Filled in the ugliest parts with more ribbons, and glued on the eyes.

DIY 100 Day School Shirt  MUMMY

Wrote on the back of the shirt. Let it dry and felt hugely crafty.

You, too, can make a DIY 100 Day Mummy shirt for school! See? Also – at first I was a little bummed that you could see the glue dots and ribbon ends fraying but my husband assured me that real mummys are kinda messy so I’m embracing his imperfections. 

Ever made a craft that you thought was beyond your skills? Does this give me a pass from all crafting activities until like 7th grade? Do tell.

This has been a Ten Things of Thankful post because duh – there are like 87 things here people.


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  • ivy - AWESOME mummy! Even cooler than the eyeball guy….wayyyyyy cooler! Hope my fav guy is feeling better! & you too of course!March 1, 2015 – 11:21 pmReplyCancel

  • Kenya G. Johnson - Wow! You did all of that after Netflix and wine?! You are a Fleek mom! I feel I will never use that word IRL but I can comment it just this one time 😉 Nice job on the shirt!March 1, 2015 – 11:30 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Well the wine and Netflix was the night before (or maybe 2 or 3 days before) I actually got the for-real idea. The for real Fleek On Fleek idea!! LOL. Loved our convo. Big.March 1, 2015 – 11:57 pmReplyCancel

  • Chris Carter - AW!! I love that you had some fun snow time and got to see DANA!!!!! Damn winter… so DONE.

    And that DIY project- BRILLIANT!!! SO proud of you!! And there is nothing sweeter than seeing Tucker’s precious face. NOTHING.March 2, 2015 – 12:38 amReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - So so done with winter, Chris. So done. Thank you for liking the dang DIY project! I can’t believe I pulled it off!March 2, 2015 – 10:04 pmReplyCancel

  • clark - very cool creative shit there!

    (actually my main, ‘hey you totally rock that parental-unit gig’ is that you brought out the beach stuff to play in the snow. lol (my-never-too-far-away-five-year-old-self) totally is laughing in appreciation…. nicely done!)March 2, 2015 – 6:21 amReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - LOL thanks Clark. Yay for beach stuff in the snow. More at the beach but yeah the snow… 😉March 2, 2015 – 10:46 pmReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - That. Was. Brilliant! So creative! And it looks terrific! Way to go Mom! Whoo!March 2, 2015 – 10:12 amReplyCancel

  • Janine Huldie - You did a great job on the mummy! We made a flower pot that housed a 100 lollipops and seriously isn’t Pinterest great for stuff like this, because as you totally consulted good, old Pinterest for a bit creative mojo for this project. And jealous you and Dana got to meet! Hope we all get to meet soon though.March 2, 2015 – 10:26 amReplyCancel

  • Allie - I’m impressed. I hate the DIY projects – I always get Audrey to do them for me:). And I wish could have had lunch with you and Dana. Did you know she lives about 4 four miles from where I used to live in Maryland?March 2, 2015 – 12:29 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - I hate DIY crap too but this time? Maybe I don’t hate it as much as I think I do. Maybe I just don’t like the idea of it. And really? You used to live right by Dana??? I wish you still did!March 2, 2015 – 10:58 pmReplyCancel

  • Kim - I’m impressed with the shirts (I don’t craft!) but mostly I’m just excited that you and Dana actually know each other in person – so fun!!March 2, 2015 – 1:08 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Knowing Dana is huge fun and I don’t really usually craft, either! But this one worked…March 2, 2015 – 10:59 pmReplyCancel

  • Kerri - Oh my, I am loving the mummy shirt and that he SAID it and you were able to reward his expression and well the fact that he is adorable. Now I have to figure out what “on fleek” means so I can be coolMarch 2, 2015 – 1:15 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - HAHA let me know when you google On Fleek. I can’t even remember what the word Fleek is and have to read this again and yay Kenya for making us cooler. And for um unexpected crafts???March 2, 2015 – 11:01 pmReplyCancel

  • Yvonne - I read what Tucker said about wanting a mummy and thought, “Aw, that’s sweet, he wanted to have his mummy on a tee-shirt.”
    And then I read on, and remembered that in America you are slightly more sensible than us Brits and don’t refer to your mothers as dead embalmed Egyptians!
    And what a great mommy – I mean mummy – Tucker and his mummy – oops I mean mommy made!March 2, 2015 – 1:26 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - HAHA Yvonne! I wish he wanted me on his tee-shirt! So funny that you assumed mummy was me and that completely makes sense! haha 🙂March 2, 2015 – 11:05 pmReplyCancel

  • Sarah - Next time you have lunch with Dana I want to come!!!!March 2, 2015 – 2:10 pmReplyCancel

  • Dana - Sorry I talked your ear off – I could have stayed and chatted for a few more hours! You are a very impressive mummy/mommy, my friend.March 2, 2015 – 3:00 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Dude! Do not apologize for talking my ear off! I’d have loved to have stayed for hours more!!! I had a blast (thank you). 🙂March 2, 2015 – 11:07 pmReplyCancel

  • Pattie Thomas - The Mummy Shirt is Pinter-tastic! You ARE a crafty Mama! Tuck is so cute – I love his smile. Wine and binging on Netflix is a perfect day/evening/weekend to me.March 2, 2015 – 3:43 pmReplyCancel

  • Emily - I am just so impressed with that t-shirt! We were never challenged with a craft that difficult for the 100th day. They always told us to bring in 100 of something and I always chose cheerios or pennies. I know – lame!!March 2, 2015 – 4:21 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - I’m kinda impressed with the t-shirt too! I had no idea about 100 day and asked Tucker’s tutor about it (who is a sped preschool teacher) and she said it was a big deal so I tried to go big!!March 2, 2015 – 11:08 pmReplyCancel

  • Asd-Dr - Love the t-shirt – my kids are way past kindergarten, but I remember how the class really celebrated making it 100 days into the school year – I still wonder why they only do that in kindergarten – my 10th grader would gladly celebrate surviving school for that long every year.March 2, 2015 – 4:58 pmReplyCancel

  • Tamara - Argh, what’s the first thing I should say??? It’s either that Dana IS awesome and so are you, or that your mummy shirt ROCKED and he will remember it forever.
    So will I.March 2, 2015 – 5:01 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Dana IS awesome. And so are YOU! I will remember his mummy shirt forever and love that you will and hope that he does. That works right? 😉March 2, 2015 – 11:09 pmReplyCancel

  • K - OMG that shirt is incredible! Sometimes it’s the little things in life that mean the most — like the fact that you made Tucker his mummy shirt even when it might have been easier to do a googly-eyed shirt. And it turned out AMAZING! I refuse to believe that you’re a non-crafter…you’re just a crafter in disguise (a crafty crafter! ;)).March 2, 2015 – 9:35 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - K!!! 🙂
      Hahah to me being a crafter! Maybe so! I mean I don’t actually *want* to be a crafter but this was pretty cool and way better than the googly-eye shirt.March 2, 2015 – 11:12 pmReplyCancel

  • Mike - Oh dang, Daylight Savings coming up! Thank you for the reminder. I hope Tucker is on the mend now…poor little guy! He’s still handsome always. I’m always so impressed with folks who can do DIY projects. I’ve told you before (in regards to your awesome drawings I love) that I would get kicked out of stick figure drawing class if there was one. That t-shirt rocks, my dear! Hey an IRL pic of Dana…you have nice IRL friends 🙂 So, to go off topic a tad…those boots are smokin’ hot, Kristi 🙂 I hope you have a great week! 🙂March 3, 2015 – 3:34 amReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - I can’t believe Daylight Savings is so soon Mike and haha to getting kicked out of stick figure drawing class. I probably would as well!! yay for you liking the boots too 🙂March 3, 2015 – 6:54 pmReplyCancel

  • Lisa - I loved this shirt when I saw it the first time and I love it still. I’m way impressed and I’m with your husband – mummies are not neat and tidy. This shirt is fantastic! You good mom, you!
    Oh those cheeks – was the rash painful? I just want to reach out and pinch that little face!
    You and Dana had real lunch in real life together – awesome!
    Have a great week! XOXOMarch 4, 2015 – 12:59 amReplyCancel

    • Lisa @ The Meaning of Me - I loved this shirt when I saw it the first time and I love it still. I’m way impressed and I’m with your husband – mummies are not neat and tidy. This shirt is fantastic! You good mom, you!
      Oh those cheeks – was the rash painful? I just want to reach out and pinch that little face!
      You and Dana had real lunch in real life together – awesome!
      Have a great week! XOXOMarch 4, 2015 – 12:59 amReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - I was pretty impressed myself, Lisa. I suck at this type of stuff! And no, the rash wasn’t painful except to look at poor guy!!!March 5, 2015 – 7:11 pmReplyCancel

  • Tarana Khan Siddiqi - This is a really cool shirt!March 4, 2015 – 7:36 pmReplyCancel

  • Lisa @ Golden Spoons - So jealous that yo and Dana got to have lunch!!! March 4, 2015 – 8:46 pmReplyCancel

  • Perfection Pending - I think this is so creative and awesome! I could have never thought of this! Great job!!March 4, 2015 – 10:48 pmReplyCancel

  • Sarah | Thank You Honey - This is so adorable!March 5, 2015 – 10:01 amReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Smith Sprenger - I am SO over this weather. It’s making everyone depressed and crabby. I am obviously a craft-idiot and get cold sweats thinking about this stuff, so thanks for throwing me a line. Also? How jealous am I that you and Dana got to hang out?! Miss you. As always. xoxoMarch 5, 2015 – 10:10 pmReplyCancel

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