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Make it: Bubble Printing

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

A few weeks ago, sounds of bubbly water and giggles filled the room as  my children and their cousins experimented with bubble printing.  I was doing some craft development for a FamilyFun feature and the children were more than delighted to be the testers.

The activity involved filling a tin with bubble solution and paint, asking children to blow bubbles until the tin was frothy and full, and then gently placing paper onto the bubbles to make lovely little prints.  We cut the printed paper into squares and plan to use them as gift tags.

This is a nice rainy day project, and would also be a great backyard activity for a group of friends.

Cheers,

Emily

 

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5 Bright Spots: DIY Summer Bracelets

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Make them, trade them, wear them in the ocean until they are sun faded!

1.  Friendship Bracelets  (above photo) are the timeless way to bond with friends, whether it be at camp, the pool, or in the backyard.

2. Use wire, cord, and buttons to make these simple Color Block Bracelets.

3. T-Shirt Bracelets are the perfect way to recycle old shirts while creating a cool summer accessory.

4. These DIY Fabric Bracelets are gorgeous and so simple to make.  Dig into your bin of fabric scraps for inspiration!

5. Anette’s DIY Leather Bracelets are woven together beautifully!

Enjoy!

Emily

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Make it: Flower Garden Sculpture

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

We are lucky ducks because The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is a mile down the road from our home.  It was pouring last Friday, so we packed lunches and met friends at the museum for some creative fun.  While there, the children participated in the project in the art studio where they made their own flower gardens.

It was a simple, clever idea with florist foam for the base and all sorts of materials to stick in for the “flowers” and garden flora.

I love how the flowers tended to look like something from a Dr. Seuss book with over-sized, odd shaped petals and long, twisty stems.  Their finished gardens were gorgeous and they’ve been brightening our space ever since.

Oh, and for those who are in the area, I’ll be running a three day class Storytelling Art Workshop at the Eric Carle Museum on July 16-18.  Registration is required!

Cheers!

Emily

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Collage with Kids: Making Mountains

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

In need of a creative way to pass some time with your children?  Make mountains! This is an easy project that will have children dreamily crafting a mountainous skyline where imaginary friends romp and play.

Simple How To:

1. Using watercolors, paint a sky on the entire sheet of watercolor paper.

2. While sky dries, gather scrap paper

3. Cut scrap paper into mountain top shapes.

4. Glue shapes to the bottom of the paper to create a mountain range.  Continue to build up the mountains until the range is complete.

5. Hang and admire.

Cheers!

Emily

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5 Bright Spots: Warm weather fun!

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Here in Massachusetts, the sun is finally reappearing after days of steady rain.  This parting of the clouds along with my children embarking on school break inspired this week’s 5 Bright Spots.  Now that we’re spending more time in the fresh air, we’re always looking for fun activities that make us smile.

1.  Jackie’s Summer Twig Ornaments  (pictured above) fit the bill!  They are beautiful, creative, and will festively decorate our indoor and outdoor spaces in a fresh, summery way.  I can’t wait to make these with my children!

2.  I love the idea of creating a summer camp vibe for your kids where they set fun goals for themselves and create merit badges when they achieve them.  Julie offers a gorgeous tutorial for handmade Merit Badges on the Etsy Blog.

3. Cork Canoes, people!  This is project looks fabulous and SO fun.  Perfect for bringing along on camping trips, I imagine.

4. Lee offers a step-by-step tutorial on making Strawberry Rocks. These are so pretty!  Seeing that I have a special affinity for crafting with rocks, I had to post about these.  (via hodgepodgecraft.com)

5. Make  Grape and Tomato Caterpillars for a delightful outdoor, picnic treat. (via craftgossip.com)

Happy warm days!

emily

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