Posts Tagged ‘ child ’

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: Weekend Fun!

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Are you looking for fun things to do with your family this weekend?  Perhaps one of these five fun projects will be just the answer!

1. Make  Crepe Paper Wind Catchers (pictured above) with Jessica Wilson.

2. Or, how about a Kite on a Stick?  My two would love to zip around the yard with these flying high.

3. Jessica Okui pointed me to her incredibly realistic Make-Your-Own-Fossil project.  What a wonderful way to learn about Ammonite Fossils!

4. Make your house festive with lovely Felt Party Flags.  Perhaps, they’ll provide an excuse to have a spring gathering?

5. Gather all of the bright, beautiful fabric scraps in the house and round up children to Weave with Fabric Scraps.  via The Crafty Crow

Happy weekending!

-Emily

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5 Bright Spots

Friday, May 17th, 2013

1.  Helping Little Hand’s Eye Spy Cake makes me happy. What a fabulous, creative cake idea!

2. These puppets made out of recycled and reused materials look SO fun to make and also lots of fun to play with too.

3. Author Ben Zackheim’s third Shirley Link book is now released!  The extra awesome news is that he is offering it for free today (5/17)! I’ve mentioned before that my daughter LOVES the Shirley Link series.

4. This Handmade Solar System in a Box is a gorgeous way to teach children about outer space.

5.  Just say YES! to Toilet Paper Tube Cars.  Oh my!

Happy Friday.

-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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Make it :: A Spring Nest

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

One of my most precious treasures is my collection of actual birds’ nests .  Of course, I only collect if I find one on the ground, discarded and clearly not in use.  This happens so rarely, since they are often reused again and again, which is why I treasure the ones that I have. The way the bird weaves and shapes with the promise of safety and coziness is breathtaking.

One day, a few springs ago, I decided to make a spring nest — just like a mama bird.  I shaped the eggs out of clay, painted them blue, and wove a snug little nest for them to rest in.

Each spring since, I set the nest in my dining room as a way to welcome the promise of new life. More photographs and directions can be found here, at my other blog.

Happy spring cleaning and nesting!

xo emily

 

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