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Vacation Fun :: mixed media collage

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

 

For many families, this is vacation week, which means different things for different families.  It can translate to trips to the slopes and flights to warm oceans or it might mean slow days at home with crafts, toys, and movies.   If you happen to be home and are still in your pajamas (ahem!), why not take the opportunity to encourage your children to get creative?!

Pieces of scrap wood are perfect blank canvases for mixed media collages.  If you happen to have a few hanging around, sand the edges a bit, and place them on the table.  Break out your markers, watercolor paints, paper, magazines, buttons, and other bits and bobbles like tiny pasta, beans, and sea shells, etc.  You’ll want to offer some brushes,  a little bowl of glue, and a cup of water (for the watercolors).  Ask children to consider painting or drawing on the wood before they begin gluing.

I love this project because the layering of colors and textures is captivating and so satisfying!

xo emily

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Love Rocks :: Valentine’s Day Craft

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

On the eve of Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d pop in to share my Conversation Love Rocks project with you. It is a simple, easy, quick project with super satisfying results. Check it out here, and spread some witty, cheery rocks to your loved ones.

Happy Valentine’s Day, friends!

Love,

Emily

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Valentine’s Day :: sew-a-heart

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Last February, I posted this Sew-A-Heart project on my blog and it was a big hit!  My children loved making this sweet and simple project for their friends.  It is easily modifiable for children of different ages: parents and teachers can punch the holes for little ones, so they can simply stitch, and older children can punch their own creative designs.

The best part?  You can transform stuff that you already have in your house (cereal boxes and random bits of yarn) into cheerful messages of love.

xo emily

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Valentine’s Day :: Accessories

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Make simple, cheery rings and things for Valentine’s Day! Children can help turn wooden and felt hearts into rings, hair ties, and bracelets.

Begin with a pile of felt hearts and freshly painted wooden  hearts.  (You can find wooden hearts at your local craft store.)  Children can help paint, cut, and organize the piles of hearts.

How to:

Materials: paint, wooden hearts (wood section in your local craft store), black 1/4″ flat elastic, scissors, thread, wool felt, elastic hair ties, and a drill.

After painting the wooden hearts, drill holes in them to make them into heart shaped buttons. The size of the holes depends on what you wish to do with them. Tiny holes are perfect for sewing them onto a black elastic ring, and larger holes are better for threading with hair tie elastics.

Trace hearts onto felt and cut them out.

Make the elastic rings. Measure little fingers and snip off a piece of flat elastic. While sewing the elastic into a ring, use a slightly larger piece with some overlap, and then snip off any part that hangs over.

Once you have a bunch of black elastic rings, sew wooden hearts, felt hearts, or whatever you want onto the rings.

**Children will need adult help and supervision with drilling and sewing.

Have fun!

xo emily

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Valentine’s Day :: Fabric Heart Necklaces

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

I had my two children in mind when I designed this little fabric heart necklace  for Valentine’s Day, but after I threw one around my neck, I was kind of feeling the vibe.  They make perfect lovey gifts for sharing with friends, don’t you think?  Plus, it is a fantastic way to use up those beautiful bits of leftover fabric.

Materials:
fabric
cereal box panels
sewing machine OR embroidery needle and floss
scissors
hole punch
pen
yarn

How To:

1. Ask a child to draw a heart shape on the back of some favorite fabric. Cut out the shape, and place it right side up onto a piece of cereal box panel. I didn’t affix the fabric to the panel with anything, but you could use a dab of a glue stick to keep it in place.

2. Put a denim needle in your sewing machine and sew around the heart. You could also use a big embroidery needle and floss. Once the sewing is completed, trim away the excess cereal box panel.

3. Use the hole punch to make holes in the two tips of the heart. The punch will go through the fabric and cardboard, but you’ll probably need to trim a bit of the fabric out of the hole to clean it up.

4. There are two different ways to string the yarn (both techniques shown below). You can simply thread it through the back and then use a bit of glue to affix the yarn to the back of the heart (so it doesn’t show when you turn it over). Or, you can thread the ends of a piece of yarn through the holes and then tie big, big, big knots so they don’t slip off.

Happy heart making!

xo emily

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