Posts Tagged ‘ beautiful ’

Backyard Nature Collecting

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

In our backyard, Magnolias are blooming, Lilacs are bursting, patches of chives are thick and green, and Violets and Dandelions are polka-dotting the grass. Last weekend, my two daughters set to work harvesting some of the beauty — some for spells and magic potions and some for a gorgeous flower garden centerpiece.  Not only was their creation beautiful and a true independent creation, it was a lovely way for them to explore the different textures, colors, shapes, and smells in their backyard.

Encourage  children to pick and collect the flowers, weeds, herbs, and growth in your surroundings (teach them to skip over special, planted flowers like Tulips and Irises). Leaves from trees and sticks and twigs are great additions to a natural collection!  Ask them to share notes about their observations and to draw pictures of their bounty.

Sometimes, it is okay to pick the flowers.

-Emily

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5 Bright Spots: Beautiful Mother’s Day Crafts

Saturday, May 11th, 2013

Happy Saturday, friends!  Here is a list of beautiful handmade gifts that mothers will love! The bonus?  They are simple enough to be last minute creations!

1. Lovely Collection Jars from my blog, Red Bird Crafts.

2. This sweet strand of Flowers on a String is just the thing for giving mom some spring love.

3. Clever!  Turn nice cloth napkins into throw pillows.

4. Visit our very own Family Fun for a video tutorial that shows you how to make GORGEOUS (and super easy) Twig Necklaces.

5. How perfect is this?  Make bright, colorful Silhouettes of Your Children to give to a dear grandmother or…….to yourself!!

xo e

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5 Bright Spots: Fun Flower Crafts

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

It is May and (for most of us) vibrant flowers are in full bloom.  For those of you with snow on the ground today, your flowers are coming soon, soon, soon!  Here is a sweet little round-up of beautiful flower crafts that are perfect for decorating and gifting!

1. willowday offers a tutorial for a gorgeous, simple, peony inspired Felt Flower Necklace.

2. Make punchy floral fabric covered terracotta pots with Christine!

3. Visit the Purl Bee where Molly offers a tutorial for making Felt Anemone Flower Magnets. Aren’t her color choices gorgeous?

4. This Paint Chip Hyacinth tutorial provides a creative way to use up all the extra paint chip samples you’ve collected.

5. Make bright and beautiful Paper Ranunculus Flowers with Sarah (free template included!).

Don’t forget to stop and smell the flowers.

Happy Friday!

-emily

 

 

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Make it :: Spring Crowns and Wreaths

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

It is yard clean-up time around these parts!  This weekend, we have grand plans to rake, pull, and trim in order to make room for all of the new growth that is coming our way.

Hook your kids into helping with the promise of beautiful decorations.  Encourage them to collect vines, twigs, long grasses, and dried stalks –all leftover from last autumn– to use as materials for crowns and wreaths.

They can twist, tie, wrap, and shape until the vines and grasses become circular and perfect for hanging or wearing.

Happy day!

xo emily

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Make it :: Hanging Flower Box

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

When the violets begin to pop up around our home, my children love to gather miniature bouquets for me. Sure, we can fill tiny glass jars with them, but I also like to make hanging flower boxes, so they can decorate our door knobs, walls, and cabinet handles.

I love how a rice or packaged macaroni and cheese box from your recycle bin can transform into a sweet hanging box of beauty.

1. Measure how tall you want your hanging box to be, draw a straight line (front and back) with a ruler, and cut it with a craft knife (adults should do this part).

2. Wrap the box with any kind of paper.  I like to use kraft paper because it allows the colorful flowers to pop.  Brightly colored paper is also a vibrant and fun choice.

3. Smooth the box with a bone folder or with the back of a spoon.

4. Encourage children to decorate the box with crafty bits (glitter, sequins), natural bits (tiny pine cones, pine needles, or even a bit of moss), stamps, or drawing.

5. Punch holes on both sides and thread a piece of yarn through.  Tie yarn to make handle.

6. Fill with flowers and hang on a door knob.  Change flowers when they begin to wilt (or fill with dried flowers from last year).

xo emily

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