Christmas has come and gone and New Year’s Eve is upon us. Have you taken your Christmas decor down yet or are you one of those (like me) who love a few extra days of festive glow. There is just something special about the cozy feelings you get with the strings of lights and warm candles all around. Well, winter is still here so let’s make a DIY snowy luminary to keep all the warm “feels” through the rest of the winter!
I belong to a Sustainable Craft Challenge Group that challenges us to use a pin we have saved and actually create the craft. How many pins have you saved that you haven’t gotten back to???? We spend all of that time researching pins and then just let them sit there….so let’s get going! We also have to use some items that are recyclable, unused, reduces waste, etc. I don’t know about you but I have a collection of saved items to “use in a craft later.” Let’s do this! Continue reading
You need to try these little gems! Kids not only like to get Valentines, but they love to give them as well! They will be filled with such pride as they help with everything from the design to the fun tassel finish. Everyone will love being a part of this zany bookmark DIY fun!
String, Yarn, Ribbon, Embroidery Floss
Thermal Laminating Pouches
(you can use contact paper, but this post is about laminating. I have not used the contact paper, but have read articles about it)
Empty Toilet Paper Roll
Optional – Laminating Machine
Optional – Print Shop Program
Cut Out Photo Bookmark ~
The most fun to making this one is the photo session itself. Have the children pose in funny ways with their hands up in the air. Tell them to pretend they are hanging on to a tree limb or rope. They can put both hands up or just one. Encourage them to hold their legs in various ways as if they are suspended in the air. It is also fun to have them make silly expressions. This makes the final product so much more fun!
We have all heard the jokes…let’s just skip through Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas and move on to 2021! Everyone is officially FED UP with 2020. However, we still have time to make this year memorable in ways other than the dreaded virus that has haunted us these last few months. I truly believe this. Maybe it’s because I ABSOLUTELY LOVE HALLOWEEN! Let’s set aside the frustration and enjoy the rest of this year because YES~Fall is Around the Corner! Ok, ok I hear you. It’s August 14 and the official start of fall is September 22. That means we have time to plan new activities, make new crafts and search for delicious new recipes….let’s go!
Start Collecting Pine Cones and Nuts NOW!!!
The wonderful thing about crafting with nature’s wonders is that adults and children can craft together using the same materials but with different outcomes. Pinecone and nut crafts have evolved through the years. I have been urging my family members to start collecting pinecones and nuts now so we will have a nice inventory when we get ready to start crafting. I am absolutely loving some of the ideas I am seeing on Pinterest like these cute ideas: Click here for some creative nature holiday crafts like the pics below!!
I have been wanting to try leaf print stamp art with my grandchildren for a while. I have looked through so many pictures and ideas of how to do it. Let’s just say that when Addi, Max and I did this fun craft together yesterday, our artwork did NOT turn out like the images I had in my mind. BUT….that’s ok! In fact, it is MORE than ok! If there is one thing I have discovered in life with kids…nothing ever really turns out the way you plan. It’s the fun and laughter along the way that makes it all worthwhile!
STEPS AND TIPS TO LEAF PRINT STAMP ART WITH KIDS~
Set up your craft area with markers and paper. If your children are smaller, I believe white copy paper will be best. I considered colored construction paper, but the leaves are a bit hard to color on without ripping, thus making it more difficult to get a dark enough image for colored paper. ***You can use paint as well, but I need to up my art supply game first…including art aprons!
Be sure to have butcher block paper or kids placemats to put under their artwork to save your craft area from looking like a rainbow.
Collect leaves. I recommend that you do NOT do this ahead of time. I know many of us like to be prepared for crafts with littles, but I guarantee you that it will be more fun if you let them pick out their own leaves. Never underestimate a good little walk in nature with children!
Have each child collect at least 5-10 leaves. It is great to get several different types of leaves, however, the number collected is equally important as you will quickly learn.
Using a small leaf, do a VERY QUICK tutorial for the kids. Color a small leaf, instruct them to watch as you then turn the leaf over and stamp onto the paper. I say very quick because they will be anxious to get started!
Make sure you explain that they need to color gently so they do not rip their leaves. This takes us back to #4 and why you need several leaves. .
It is fun to color with different colors, but I recommend you color with one color first until they get the hang of it. It takes children quite a bit of time to choose colors and also get the lids on and off. This results in the leaf colors drying before they ever get to stamp.
Once they have colored their leaf, help them turn the leaf over by the stem and press down on paper.
Of course, praise them for their wonderful artwork!
Anyone who knows Mimi knows my love for all animals. This is something our daughter is instilling in her kids as well. I truly believe children who are taught to love and care for animals carry that on into how they act with their friends.
This simple craft is fun to make and you get to reap the benefits of it for quite some time as well. It requires only 2 items: pipe cleaners and cheerios. What is even better is that there is not a lot of help needed from adults. Kids can feel very proud of what they make “all by themselves!” The benefits to wildlife is an added bonus as well.
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