Edible Bouquet for Valentine’s Day!

Hi friends! Make this sweet treat for a classroom or office full of friends using supplies from our sponsor Papermart!

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Watch the video to see how!

Supplies:
Pretzels
Chocolate candy wafers
Clear cello bags or plastic wrap
Crepe Paper
Washi Tape
Mason Jar
Ribbon
Flower & leaf dies (Tim Holtz/Sizzix)

Directions:
1. Place pretzels in clear bags or wrap with plastic wrap.
2. Die cut flowers and leaves from crepe paper. Fold flowers into quarters and snip off point. Unfold and slide on pretzel.
3. Secure flowers with washi tape. Shape and tape on leaves.
4. Place in mason jar decorated with a ribbon.

Here is a tutorial on making the pretzels.  I hope you try this fun craft and let the kids help, mine love making the pretzels and they are such a fun treat to share with classmates on Valentine’s day! Happy crafting!

Origami dolls in the living room…

Howdy friends! Today we put away all of the Christmas decorations. It’s funny how spacious the house feels after that! We finally got some snow and the kids got to play in it. I was still feeling a bit run down so I decided to try the paper doll kit my sister gave me  for Christmas

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Hopefully the pic is OK, I am on the couch blogging from my cellphone but was having so much fun with this I had to share! All of these dolls take 4 pieces of paper. I am making notes in the book that came in the kit of the paper sizes so hopefully I can make these with my other origami papers. I was actually going to buy this kit for myself, I carried it around Barnes & Noble for an hour one day but put it back because I am frugal or whatever, and my sister snuck back in the store and bought it for me! :) She is a keeper!
My girls are going to make some of these tomorrow. Maizy did a good job making one tonight, I love how she put a face on her doll:

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We are going to laminate it tomorrow so it can be a sturdy bookmark. I think I will use mine to decorate cards. What would you use them for?
Please excuse any typos (phone typing problems lol) and til next time happy crafting!

Easy Winter Decorations!

Hi Friends! Looks like we are going to get some snow tonight! We had a 50 degree green Christmas yesterday but the weatherman says 1″-3″ of snow tonight and 4″-8″ on Tuesday. I am glad to have snow when the kids are on break because then we won’t have to go anywhere and they can play in it! Even if you are not getting snow where you live ay least you can make some paper snowflakes! I’ll show you how with inexpensive doilies from our sponsor Papermart!

I also want to let you know that Papermart is having an after Christmas clearance sale with 30% off selected items, just click on the after clearance banner on the Papermart website to see all the deals. The Candy Cane stripe and Christmas tree ribbon might have to come live at my house, it would look fantastic on kraft paper packages! They even have Disney and Simpsons Christmas wraps and stockings!

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I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season:) I have been feeling off all week (I know I’m sick when the smell of coffee turns my stomach and my energy is zapped!) but it’s probably my body telling me to rest and enjoy the holiday break with the family. Stay safe and healthy and til next time happy crafting!

 

 

Clay Play! (DIY Ring Dishes)

These little dishes can sit on the window sill and keep your rings safe when you wash the dishes and they are so easy to make!

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I used supplies from the October Smart Art box. If you are looking for a gift for an artist (or yourself) you might want to give these a look. Every month you get an ample box full of supplies to try a new kind of art. I have been receiving these boxes for a few months now and they never disappoint! I have been sent other monthly art club boxes in the past but this was the only one I would allow as a sponsor because it is the only one I felt had a good value of what you get compared to what you pay. You can see past boxes on their website if you want a better idea. The boxes are a surprise, you never know what you are going to get but that is also part of the fun!

Supplies:
Polymer Clay-Super Sculpey-firm
Molding Tools

Other supplies:
Toaster oven
Craft mat or waxed paper
Acrylic paint and varnish (Liquatex paint and Minwax polycrylic)

Directions:
1. Condition clay.
2. Shape into dishes.
3. Press leaves in clay.
4. Bake at 275 F for 15 minutes. Let cool.
5. Paint and varnish.

This is a fun thoughtful gift to make. Please visit our sponsor Smart Art to learn more about their monthly  art boxes or to subscribe today! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Snowman Spa Set!

Hi friends! Need a quick gift or party favor? This snowman gift set is fun and easy (and cheap too using supplies from our sponsor Papermart!)

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The inspiration came when my kids dropped a full plastic bottle of lotion o the floor and the plastic split. Rather than throw out all of the hydrating goodness I reached for the food safe bottles I used in my DIY Ink Spray video and filled them up. Then I thought that it would be a cute way to package homemade bath product too! Today I will show you how to make an easy bath soak and I will show you how to decorate the bottles too!

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Supplies:
4oz black cap bottles (sprayers and pumps available!)
1 oz lip balm pot
black and orange permanent markers
ribbon scraps
black and orange craft foam
epsom salt
essential oils
*or you can decant your favorite lotion into these bottles!

Directions for bath salts:
1. Fill bottle halfway full of epsom salts.
2. Add 2-4 drops of essential oils.
3. Shake well, add more salts and shake again.
4. Decorate the bottle!

Easy Lip Balm Recipe for Kids!
ingredients: All Vegetable shorting (like Crisco), powdered drink mix (like Kool-Aid)
1. In a glass cup mix 1/2 cup shorting with 1/2 teaspoon of drink mix and stir. You can microwave the mix for a few seconds to make it easier to mix.
2. Scoop mixture into small pots or tins.

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

Do You Want to Build a Snowman? {kit, that is!}

Hi friends! Today I am going to show you how to make a snowman kit-no snow required!

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This travel felt board activity is fun for kids to make, give and play with. It might just save your sanity during along car ride to Grandmas this Thanksgiving! Also it is a stash buster project, you can use up all of those felt scraps you have been saving!

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Supplies:
Clear pail
Felt (one 9″x12″ sheet of blue and scraps)
Metallic pipe cleaners
Hook and loop tape-hook side (for buttons or non-felt items)
Cardstock
Buttons
Button jars
Tools: scissors, wire cutters, circle punch
glue

Directions:
1. Cut out snowman, hats, scarves and other accessories from felt scraps. Arrange on a sheet of blue felt.
2. Glue small pieces of hook side of Velcro to backs of buttons and other non felt items. Cut pipe cleaners for hands.
3. Place items in pail and decorate lid!

I hope you give this project a try with your kids and til next time happy crafting!

Sponsored by Papermart

 

It’s Like the Marathon of Craft Nights!

Hi Friends! Lookie what i did tonight!

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It was the annual Day of the Dead celebration at our local library tonight and we had a ball. We almost ran out of sugar skulls and it took both Audrey the Librarian and me both to keep frosting bags filled and to the keep kids from eating the icing LOL! Oh, and we managed to teach them a bit too! I did not get a chance to sit and snap a pic of my decorated sugar skull til it was over! There is something so special and fun about watching 30 giddy kids wielding bags of frosting, feathers and sequins. I love how the Mexican culture is not afraid of death and honors and celebrates those who have passed. I know this custom can seem strange but that is what is great about public libraries, they open your eyes to other cultures and customs. Last year I filmed the process of making and decorating the sugar skulls, and also some info about the traditions of Day of the Dead in Mexico. Please take a moment to watch this video and meet my good friend Audrey who our community is fortunate to have as our local librarian.

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Even if this project isn’t for you I am happy your curiosity made you check it out. I am always a bit worried when I share a project from a different culture that I might get something wrong and offend someone. I hope I didn’t and if I did get something wrong you will teach me. This is hands down our most popular event for kids and families at the library, it is an all-hands-on-deck kinda thing but I wouldn’t miss it for the world. I’m pooped and my hands will be stained the color of frosting for a few days but I loved every minute of it! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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