Wednesday, December 19th, 2012
Once you’ve driven all of the miles, eaten lots of pie, watched the candles dance, given beautiful gifts, and hummed all of the familiar tunes, you might take a deep breath and settle down with your family for some quiet fun. If this is the case, this updated version of the traditional macaroni necklace is a lovely family activity for both the very young and the very old (and everyone in between). You can all talk about how far macaroni necklaces have come while sipping hot chocolate and munching on popcorn. Consider inviting your children to help you dye the macaroni; it will make them even more excited to string them up later on.
You will need:
macaroni in interesting shapes
plastic bags (optional)
How to dye the pasta:
1. In a bowl, mix a 1/2 cup (approximately) of rubbing alcohol with some food dye. Stir.
2. Dump a bunch of macaroni into the bowl. Stir until fully coated. If you want to make the process a bit easier, use a plastic bag instead of the bowl and shake and mush with your hands. It will help distribute the dye. And, hey, children love smushing and mushing!
3. Cover the baking sheets with one layer of paper towel. Use a spoon to lay the dyed pasta onto the baking sheet. Let dry overnight.
1. Cut the yarn into 18″ pieces (approximate).
2. Tie a bead onto the end as an anchor, which will prevent the macaroni from slipping off the end.
3. Tape the ends of the strings, which will make it easier for little hands to thread the yarn through the macaroni beads.
4. Present the prepared string and bowls of colorful macaroni to a bunch of children and watch them create.
5. Make your own.
(This is one I made two years ago)
Happy family gathering to all!
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Friday, November 30th, 2012
1. These sheep ornaments were made by my friend, Susan, and they make my heart flutter. She used long yarn scraps and craft plywood. I bet you could also use cardboard or cereal box panels for the sheep. CUTE!
2. Apartment Therapy has an lovely snowflake roundup. My 5-year-old daughter is having a snowflake birthday party this weekend, and I’m so excited to offer the snowflake resist project at the party.
3. These DIY cross stitch napkin rings would help make lovely holiday place settings. (via shelternesss)
4. I love bird crafts! These made me smile. (via crafty crow)
5. Marconi & Cheese BFF necklaces. (There is PB&J and rock, paper, scissors too). Eeeep.
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Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
Welcome to Everyday Fun! I’m Emily Neuburger, and I’m thrilled to be making myself at home in this lovely new blog space. I’m an artist, teacher, and children’s craft designer as well as the author of the blog red bird crafts and the newly released book Show Me a Story. Each week, I’ll suggest interesting and inspiring ideas and projects with the hope that they pave the way for lots of fun adventures! I’m always in search of new ways to become inspired by my everyday surroundings, and I am really excited to share these new-found tips and suggestions with you. For me, this space is all about community, so please comment, share ideas, ask questions, and link to finished projects.
Given that birds tend to find their way into my artwork, I decided that bird collages would be an auspicious way to kick off Everyday Fun. On one of the cold and rainy days last week, I made these punchy birds with my daughter. We simply gathered brightly colored scrap paper and used scissors to cut out lots of eyes, wings, and beaks in various shapes and sizes.
Then, we drew bird bodies onto white paper and painted them. Once the paint was dry, we glued the cut-outs onto the bird bodies to create our unique winged friends. The quirkier the better, I think. You can use a bird resources like Peterson’s Field Guide of North American to get ideas for the shape of the body and wings.
Wouldn’t this project be fantastic at a birthday party or group play date? After the birds are all constructed, the children can give them names and personalities. I’ll start by naming the blue bird Priscilla Plume.
My daughter and I had lots of fun playing with different wing, beak, and body combinations before we used the glue to affix them to paper. It was such a nice way to explore color combinations.
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