A Saint Patty’s Craft for Kids!

Hi friends! Here is a colorful decoration that you can make with your kids this Saint Patrick’s Day. It is a great way to use up leftover supplies too. I used many odds and ends I had lying around as well as useful staple craft supplies from Papermart.

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This project will take about 30 minutes to complete. Take your time and have fun! Watch the video to see how it is made.

You will need:

  • 8″x8″ cardboard or matboard
  • Burlap
  • Pipe Cleaner
  • Craft foam/Fun Foam OR construction paper
  • Paper Straws
  • Crepe paper
  • Something to color with like chalk, crayons or paint
  • Quick grab glue such as low temp hot glue, Thick & Tacky glue, Beacon 3-in-1 or Helmar 450. (You need a glue that grabs quick!)
  • Paper ribbon
  • Wire
  • Beads
  • Scissors and wire cutters

And anything you want to add! This is a great project to use up leftovers you have so customize it to fit your supplies!

Directions
1. Cover a square of cardboard with burlap and glue the ends to the back.
2. Color or paint the front if desired.
3. Cut the foam into a pot, cloud and shamrock. You can use a die cut machine, if you have one, or scissors.
4. Loosely arrange the elements on the canvas and glue the items down when you are happy with them.
5. Make a frame by gluing paper straws to the edge of the picture but before you glue the top straw down insert a ribbon for hanging.

Please refer to the video for more instructions! Big thanks to Papermart for sponsoring today’s Video! Happy crafting!

Wait Summer! Don’t Go! {A fun outdoor craft!}

Hello friends! Every month at my local library I have a free craft night for children. I wanted to show the kids how to make something that they could use outside during these last remaining weeks of summer and I decided on this fun fish windsock:

To make this craft you will need:

  • 9″x12″ watercolor paper or poster-board
  • crayons
  • watercolors/brush,water
  • fishing line or string
  • tacky glue or a hot glue gun
  • wiggle eyes
  • Time: This craft will take about 30 minutes

Note: to make this project weatherproof substitute the crepe paper with ribbon or strips of plastic (you could cut strips from a disposable plastic table cloth or plastic bag) and laminate the watercolor paper before gluing it into a cylinder.

Please watch the above video to see how it is made! Happy crafting!

Fun & Easy Watercolor Butterfly Doily Craft!

Hello friends! The project I am sharing with you tonight will make a great party decoration and craft to make with your kids! And it is affordable using supplies from Papermart. Watch the video to see how it is done:

To make the butterfly¬†I first sprayed the doilies with my homemade spray inks (you can see my homemade ink spray tutorial hereūüôā then shaped the doilies into wings. I also used the spray inks to color white raffia ribbon and¬†wrapped it around a marker so it ¬†would be curly when dry. Then I glued glitter on wooden clothespins and let them dry. ¬†The antenna was made from star garland. I clipped the wings, raffia ribbon and star garland antenna together and added googlie eyes and rhinestones and it was done! These can be made in bulk assembly-line style for a party decoration too. Have fun with this project and til next time happy crafting!

A Jellyfish Craft for Kids!

Howdy friends. My children have really been enjoying Greek style yogurt lately and I was looking at the neat roundish shape of the containers and thought “Jellyfish!” so I washed them and got to work making these whimsical sea creatures! It was a blast and I even made these with my daughters and some of their friends and I didn’t have to worry about running out of supplies (or how much they cost) because they came from Papermart!

See how easy it is? I think these look kind of elegant and when they catch the breeze they float around so prettily:) Here is what I used for today’s project:¬†Tulle, glitter, paper ribbon, acrylic paint, wire, beads, glue and a clean Greek yogurt cup. ¬†If you don’t have these supplies on hand why not check out the fabulous prices and selection Papermart. I do hope you try this craft with a child in your life!¬†Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

A quick and easy crochet for kids!

Howdy friends! Tonight I am going to share a project I taught to my children’s knit and crochet class. All you need to know is how to chain, making it the perfect beginner project. This is a great way to use up scrap yarn too!

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You will need 3 colors of yarn about 6′ each, a large 4 holed button, a tiny crochet hook that will fit through a button hole and a medium crochet hook such as a US size G.

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Start with one piece of yarn and use the tiny crochet hook to pull the yarn through 2 buttonholes and make the ends even. Make a slip knot close to the button with one string and chain until you run out of yarn, do the same for the other side, just be sure to keep the slip knot as close as you can to the button. Repeat with the other 2 colors and you should have 6 strands of chain stitch crochet hanging from the button. Divide the strands into 3 groups by color and braid.

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Now make 2 knots: one to end the braid and one to form the toggle and you are done! These make cute Christmas presents and kids can use this technique to make bracelets, necklaces and belts for their dolls too! 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!

A Menagerie of Monsters! {but they’re cute!}

Happy Sunday folks! Sunday is always “Family Craft Day” during football season. I love that everyone is home and cozy whether we are sitting upstairs by the fire and knitting while watching the Patriots play or hanging out in the studio making messy crafts. We had a day like that yesterday. After soccer in the morning we all came home and chilled out, listened to music and created, my husband was working on a workshop redo and the girls and I made monsters:

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this craft is really easy and a great use for leftover yarn. You will need Styrofoam balls, pipe cleaners, felt scraps, gogglie eyes, pom-poms, golf tees (for legs), cardboard or any other leftovers you want to use up! You will need thick and tacky glue or low temp hot glue as well.

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Here’s what you do:

  1. Wrap a Styrofoam ball with yarn. I used hot glue to secure it but you can use thick and tacky glue if the kids want to do this step themselves.
  2. Make a base for it to stand, you can cut feet out of cereal box or stick golf tees in for legs. Use hot glue to stick the ball to the base.
  3. Decorate the monster with felt, pipe cleaners, sequins or whatever! Googlie eyes are a nice touch!

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Variations!

I would love to find a substitute for the Styrofoam balls, they are expensive in price and cost to the environment. I think you could ball up newspaper and tape it for an alternative or make a big pompom (using one of the c shaped pompom makers or cardboard) and decorate that! OR just wind up a ball of yarn and decorate with felt pieces without gluing (they will stick with static) and you can use the yarn again! There are a lot of ways to make a monster! Hey don’t forget today is the last day to sign up on last Monday’s post to win a stamp from Art Neko/About Art Accents. I’ll pick a winner tomorrow! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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