Are the Kid’s Driving You Nuts Yet? {Fun Summer Kids Craft!}

Howdy friends! Today I have a fun craft that will keep the kids from saying “Mom, I’m bored!” at least for an hour or so LOL!

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Watch the video to see how to make these fun sun catchers!

Supplies:
Black cardstock or construction paper
Bright colored tissue paper
White Glue
Waxed Paper (from the kitchen)
Scissors

Directions:
1. Cut tissue paper into small squares. Cut a shape out of black paper (fish, seashells, sea horses, octopuses, dolphins, crabs, and mermaids are all fun ideas but you can cut any shape you wish)

2. Apply glue to the black paper around he cut-out and place a sheet of waxed paper on top.

3. Apply a layer of glue to the waxed paper on top of the cutout and cover with tissue paper squares. Seal the paper with another coat of glue and let dry.

4. Cut around the window shape, if desired, leaving a1/2″ border or leave it as is and hang in a sunny window and enjoy the beautiful colors!

Thanks to Papermart for sponsoring this video and thank you for spending some time with me today! Til next time happy crafting!

 

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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!

A Corny Craft for Kids!

Good morning friends! Now, I bet a good chunk of my blog readers have children or grandkids in primary school. I also bet that they volunteer from time to time in their kids classrooms. Well, here is a fun project that is easy enough to do with a room full of children and it won’t put you in the poor-house either!

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I tested this craft out last night at the local library and it was a hit! Plan on 20 minutes for a child age 6-9 to make this and you will not be rushed. Here are the supplies you need and they can be found for the lowest possible price at Papermart:

Twisted Paper Cord in yellow or Ivory ($2.69 for 25 yards)

1″ Pin Backs (.60 cents for 24)

Raffia Ribbon in brown ($3.26 for 100 yard spool)

Basic craft supplies: Tacky glue, scissors, golden orange cardstock, inkpads in brown, purple, red and orange and an embossing folder with a corny texture. *Please note: I embossed the paper before I brought the supplies to class. Please watch the video to see how easy it is!

Last night during the craft one little girl asked “Did you get this at Papermart?” Hahaha, I guess I know another chunk of people watching my videos! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Kid’s Craft! Make Newspaper Baskets!

Howdy Friends! Today I have a craft for the kids to do using recycled materials to make something really useful:

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For this project you will need:

newspapers

white glue

think cardboard (like a cereal box)

a pencil

clothespins

Something round to trace like a plate

Watch the video to see how easy it is to make a rolled newspaper basket:

Tip! If you want to make this project with a bunch of children you can use hot glue and make the basket bases (the cardboard with the spokes) ahead of time! Here is a recap of the steps:

  1. Cut the newspaper pages in half.
  2. Roll the newspaper using a pencil as a guide and secure the ends with glue.
  3. Trace a plate on cardboard 2 times and cut out.
  4. Glue an odd number or rolled newspaper “spokes” to the cardboard. Add the other cardboard piece on top and place a book on top to weigh it down as it dries OR have an adult hot glue it for you.
  5. Weave the remaining newspaper tubes around the spokes. Use a bit of white clue each time you add a new newspaper and clip it with a clothespin to hold it in place as it dries.
  6. Finish your basket by painting it with acrylic paint, spray paint or just seal it with a layer of glue or Mod-Podge.

Bonus ideas! You can use wrapping paper, magazines and comics to make really cool looking baskets! You can easily make a square, rectangle or heart shaped basket using the same technique, just cut your cardboard in the shape you would like your basket. Bold shapes with few details are best!

Parents & Teachers: If you try this project with your kids please let me know how it turns out. If you have any questions just leave a comment and I will get back to you! Happy crafting!

40% Off Today Only & a Creature Craft!

Howdy folks! Just wanted to kick things off by letting you know that you can save 40% on everything at Lindsay’ Stamp Stuff today (Thursday) until midnight! I am hosting my monthly craft class at the library tonight and we are making mix & match monster bookmarks. I designed an 8.5″x11″ SVG file with a bunch of creature bodies and heads on it and cut it out of several colors of cardstock. I arranged the SVG die cuts so I could get a variety of monsters with little paper waste. Then I mixed and matched the heads and bodies and glued them together! I ran some pieces through an embossing folder and rubbed them with ink, drew on faces and added yarn hair and googly eyes. I think the kids will enjoy the creative possibilities in this kit-not all shapes are shown here! You can check out my Crafty Creature Kit here.

I had a fabulous time and this craft is easy enough to do with a classroom full of kids (or in my case a library full!) The kit is on sale for $1.20 today and, yes, there is a printable sheet included in the kit for you to use if you don’t have a die cutter. Don’t wait, the sale is today only at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff at MyGrafico! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s Make May Baskets!

I was out walking with my daughter and dog yesterday and a neighbor pulled up next to us and invited us to come make May baskets with her kids and a few friends. I asked my other kids if they would like to go and they were excited (as was my hubby who was in the middle of a carpentry project-he had more “help” than he needed with the kids home:) so over we went and made these:

 

There are many ways you can make the baskets. These were made with paper cups but you can use clean milk cartons or juice boxes too. For the basket on the left I cut a bunch of squares from party streamers then wrapped them around the eraser end of a pencil and glued it on. I like to put a bead of glue around the cup and stick the tissue on that. It takes a while to fill up the cup. But I find the wrapping and glueing very relaxing. The art of zen and basket making 🙂 I also fringed a bunch of party streamers to trim the top. Pipe cleaners are attached through holes near the top, nothing fancy.

For the other basket I used a 3″ wide strip of crepe paper that I scalloped cut the top (while folded), ad wrapped it around the cup then added a strip of fringed green at the bottom. You can embellish the baskets with crepe paper flowers too!

Just remember: You can’t go wrong with party streamers and crepe paper, it all works out beautifully!

Now all we have to do is fill them with candy and drop them on our neighbors doorsteps on Tuesday! thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

WOYWW: A Native American Craft For Kids!

Happy Wednesday! Today I am working on a craft for my daughters’ 2 grade classes, they are studying Native Americans so I volunteered to do a craft with the kids, here is what I came up with:

 

You can see the stuff I used on my very messy desk. If you want to see other busy crafty desks be sure to check out the What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday challenge at the Stamping Ground blog. I’ve been doing the challenge for the past few weeks and it is great fun!

OK back to the craft. I went a- searchin’ online for ideas and I saw a tutorial for a basket here. The template looked just like my I-Top punch so I tried punching a shape from brown cardstock and making a basket with that but it was so small and I thought the kids might have a hard time so for the larger basket I cut a 3.5″ circle and cut “v” notches around it so I had 9 tabs to weave my twine in. I cut mine about 3/4″ in so there was plenty of room to weave. As for the canoe I pretty much followed the tutorial I found here using brown construction paper. Then I drybrushed some brown watercolor on and did some rubber stamping cuz that just the way I roll. 😀

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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