How to Create a Video Collage with Music.

Last week Abby and I participated in the Lyme Disease Challenge, which just so happens to be going on through the whole month of March. It’s a campaign to increase awareness around the this terrible disease that devastates so many lives and raise funds for more research, better testing, and more effective treatments. If you haven’t taken part in the challenge and donated, I urge you to do it today!

The challenge is to take a bite out of a lime, post a picture or a video of yourself doing just that, include a fact about Lyme disease, link to, and make a donation. So, Abby and I recorded each other taking the challenge and I made a fun collage to post to Instagram. Here’s how it turned out. Just click play to start the loop and click the image to stop play.

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I really love the way it turned out, with it’s modern Brady Bunch feel. It was really easy to create right on my iPhone 5, and I had some people ask how it was done, so I thought I’d share it here.

Here’s how to create a video collage on your iPhone…

1. Record your videos on your iPhone.

2. Take screen shots of the images that you want to use in the boxes that will not be filled with video. Crop them down to square sized images in an app called Afterlight. (I love this app… use it on a daily basis to filter, crop, and frame all of my images.) Save them to your camera roll.

3. Go into the PicFrame app and choose the foursquare collage, click on each square separately and place your images and videos from your camera roll.

How To Make a Video Collage

Save the entire collage to your camera roll when you are done.

4. The last thing to do is to add music to your collage. Go into the PicPlayPost app and chose the single square layout since you now have one single collage image.


5. Choose music, then add music. You now have the option of buying music or using your own music that you have already downloaded to your phone. You can choose whether to loop it for the entire video or not.

How To Make a Video Collage

6. Touch your image and touch the preview button at the bottom right of the screen to preview your video. If you love it, then touch the share button to save it to your camera roll or share it!


How To make a video collage

That’s all there is to it! Have fun with it and let me know how it goes in the comments!

Easy Tea Party Place Cards.

I always say I have “two sets” of children: my “first set” and my “second set”. That’s because my two older girls are both in school and my two younger children (a girl and a boy) are still toddlers and home with me during the day. Because there is a slight “gap” in the ages of my “sets” I feel like with the younger ones, I’m able to re-live all the fun things I’ve experienced with my older kids. One of those fun things? At home Tea Parties! They are my favorite. I gather all the fun and pretty table clothes I can find in the house and let the kids have tea with their friends.

I came up with this idea the other afternoon while my kids were having a tea party and I thought that it has endless possibilities. I made little banners out of card stock paper then wrote names on them in markers then glued the banners to a wooden clothespin. You could also write “tea”, or “napkin” or “cup” on them as well for small children and they would act as flash cards. For adults, these would be a great fun way to set the table.

I made a quick little video for you to show you the place cards in action.

For this craft you will need:

Card Stock Paper (any color)

School Glue (or hot glue)

A Marker


Enjoy the short little video and enjoy your tea parties!

Tea Party Place Cards from Caroline Urdaneta on Vimeo.

DIY Superhero Cape Tutorial.

Creating for boys can be so easy and so much fun!  Let’s face it, most little boys aren’t too picky about their apparel are they?  You may think that you’re little guy needs the best of the best of everything,  but really, sometimes, the most unlikely objects hold the most fuel for his big imagination.  I learned this last year when I found myself in a bit of a pinch and found myself making…  

The Superhero Cape Tutorial!



Luke is a little man of many interests, one of them being superheros (at least at the moment).  I had been wanting to make him a little cape, but hadn’t been able to get any fabric to make him one at the time.  That didn’t keep him from requesting one though.  So, like any good mom of a superhero would do, I decided to look around the house and see what I could find.  Then…

It hit me!  I realized that I had the perfect thing for making a quick and easy cape… enormous t-shirts!  I have a stack of them from the Goodwill that I use to make upcycled shirts for the boys.  Here’s my superhero cape tutorial (technically, you don’t even need a sewing machine!):  You can view the video version that I did for Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts Creativity Made Simple Campaign or scroll down past it for the pictorial tutorial.  (Hint: the video tutorial has a little shortcut that I started using after I had made the pictorial)…

Disclaimer: Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts supplied me with a gift card which I used to buy supplies for the cape in the tutorial.

What you’ll need: One large t-shirt, one piece of interfacing (2″ x 7 1/2″), velcro, sewing machine(I have a Singer Curvy and I really love it), or hot glue gun.

1. Lay out one large t-shirt.


2. Cut off the sleeves.


3. Cut up the sides and lay the shirt open.


4. Cut out the shape of a cape, being careful to keep the neck hole in tact.
I cut some off of the bottom too, so he wouldn’t trip.


5. The neck hole will be too big for your little guy…
cut out a section.
Even if it fits, for safety’s sake, make sure you make this cape detachable by adding the velcro closure.
Without the velcro closure this cape could be a choking hazard! 

Here you have two options:

#1 Sew velcro on as a neck closure or,
#2 Use a hot glue gun to attach velcro for the neck closure

You have 1/2 of your little guy’s power outfit.

Now for the Superhero Power Cuff.
(Being a superhero doesn’t mean you can’t accessorize.)

1. Take your discarded sleeves and cut out
two 2.5″ x 8″ strips.

2. Attach interfacing to one of the strips, centering it on the fabric.

3. Right sides together, sew around the edges, 1/4″ in,
leaving one short side open.  Clip the sewn corners.
4. Turn the cuff right side out and press.

5. Tuck in the open edge, press.

6. Sew all the way around the cuff.

7. Attach velcro pieces, one one the inside of one end, 
one on the outside of the other end.

Your Power Cuff is done!  You now have a complete outfit!

You can totally be creative when it comes to decorating your cape and cuff.  I used a freezer paper stencil to decorate both of these (I have a tutorial here).  Here are a couple other capes that I have used fusible and machine stitched appliques on:
Simple but fun, I promise your little super heros will be fighting evil all day long in their capes and cuffs, and you will feel like…

(And don’t forget to post your capes in 

Thanks so much for coming by!  Have a super day!

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