Just in Time for Earth Day & Cinco De Mayo!

Hi friends! Do you have any leftover plastic Easter eggs kicking around the house? If so you can make some fun Maracas!

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With Earth Day tomorrow I thought it would be nice to recycle and use up some leftover supplies from past projects. Look around your stash, do you have some odds and ends that can be repurposed into a new treasure? Watch this video to see how to make these fun noise makers!

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Recycled items:
Plastic Easter Eggs
Filler such as leftover beads, dried rice/beans or gravel

Papermart Stuff (leftover from other fun tutorials on this blog!)
Duct tape
Paper straws

I hope this inspired you to turn some trash to treasure and use up your leftover supplies rather than tossing them in the trash. If you hate keeping leftover supplies around you can always toss them in a box and donate it to a preschool or scouting group when the box is full, they will gladly make some art with your leftovers! Thanks to Papermart for sponsoring this post and til next time happy crafting!

Here Comes Peter Cotton Tail!

I love the days getting longer, pastel colors and everything that comes with spring including Easter!

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Today I will show you how to make this sweet favor bag. You can fill it up with candies or maybe a few small toys to entertain the kids before Easter dinner.

Supplies:
Tin Tie Coffee bags
Crepe paper
White, pink and orange paper
Glue
Google Eyes
Scissors

Tip! Fill the bag with goodies before assembling the bunny. Thanks to Papermart for sponsoring this video, thanks to YOU for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow Craft!

Here is a fun craft to make with children! Pass this idea along to a teacher because it is fast and frugal too!

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Watch the video to see how it’s made!

Supplies:

Directions:
1. Draw and cut large cloud shape from 2 sheets of white paper.
2. Cut strips of paper (or use party streamers) and glue them to the bottom of one of the cloud shapes.
3. Cut a 6′ piece of gold ribbon, fold in half and tie in a knot in the middle to make a hanging loop, then glue to cloud so the loop comes out the top and the ends dangle down between the rainbow streamers. Add more dangly pieces of ribbon (about 1 1/2′ each) between the other rainbow colors.
4. Make gold coins by covering punched cardstock circles with gold foil candy wrappers and glue to the ribbons.
5. Glue the other cloud shape over the first one (only glue the top) and stuff with crumpled plastic shopping bags, then glue the bottom part of the cloud down. This is a great way to use up old shopping bags and recycle!
6. Now hang your beautiful rainbow mobile and enjoy! Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

Thanks to Papermart for sponsoring this post, thank you for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Mask painting is FUN!

Hi friends! This project took me back to the summer art camps I used to run back in the day before I had kids of my own and actually had the energy to handle large groups of kids all day!

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So when the February Smart Art box arrived on my doorstep I knew I would have a good time! Some good news! Smart art is doing another shipment of the February box and giving you a 10% discount but order soon because they ship out March 1st. Smart Art now ships to US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland and Austria! I love that this company listened to your suggestions. You asked months ago to be able to order the boxes after you saw what was in them and you asked for international shipping and they aim to please. Don’t worry if you’d rather get a surprise box, you can still subscribe and get the boxes a month before everyone else. I think it boils down to the amount of stuff you already have. If you are new or have not branched out into many art forms the subscription is a good bet because it is unlikely that you will have the supplies in the box and the boxes have everything you need to get started in a medium, but if you already dabble in many crafts you might want to wait and see to make sure you aren’t getting supplies you already own.

Now, let’s paint a mask!

That was fun, I think I might try and get more blank masks for the kids class I teach at the library, they would love that!

Supplies:
Paper mask
Acrylic paint (Turner Acryl Gouache)
Ebony Splendor Brushes (#4 round, 1/2″ wash)
Glitter glue

Directions:
1. Mix paint to create shades of tan and brown and apply with a crumbled paper towel.
2. Add “veins” with brown using the round brush.
3. Add colorful details around the eyes, nose and top of the mask. Let dry.
4. Brush on a coat of glitter glue with the 1/2″ wash brush.
5. Tie elastic (supplies with mask) on and wear!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Sponsored by Smart Art

Fancy a Tassel?

Howdy friends! Today I am going to show you how to impress your friends and wow your family by making homemade tassels. OK, that might be a bit of an overstatement but they are cute and fun!

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And they are very easy! You can use any string, floss or yarn you like (smoother fibers work best) and make these in minutes. I think they look nice on bookmarks.

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But really, they are showing up everywhere from home décor and fashion so there has never been a better time to learn to make these beauties and I’ll show you how in today’s video:

Supplies:

Directions:
1.Cut cardstock 2.5″x8″ to fit in sleeve.
2. Stamp on designs and place bookmark in sleeve.
3. Punch hole in bookmark and set eyelet (optional)
4. Use bakers twine to make tassel and insert in bookmark hole.

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Thanks to Papermart for sponsoring this post and thanks to you for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

 

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!

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