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Valentine’s Day :: Heart Magnets

Monday, January 14th, 2013

As January progresses and our outside world becomes a icy, crystallized, study in white, I love to begin thinking about the season of bright, cheery colors.  Valentine’s Day is a month away, which means that it might be time to begin to consider how you and your children will send hearts into the world.

In honor of one of my favorite holidays, I’ll post four more Valentine’s Day projects in the coming weeks.  Be sure to stop by and check them out!

Heart Magnets

Materials

wooden circles 1″ or 1 1/2″ wide
heart stamp (carving block and carving tool if you plan to carve it yourself)
acrylic paint
magnets
hot glue gun

How To:

1. Find a nice heart stamp*.

2.Coat the heart stamp with a thin layer of acrylic paint and stamp the wooden circles.

3. Once the circles are fully dry, glue the magnets on the back with the hot glue gun.

4. Be sure to quickly wash the acrylic paint off the stamp, so it can be used again and again.

*   If you’ve never carved stamps before, and feel inspired to try, this would be a great first carving project. You’ll need a linoleum cutter and some sort of carving block material. My goodness, the heart shape is so simple and small, you could even use some sort of rubber eraser that is laying around the house. Using a pencil, ask child to draw the heart shape on a piece of paper. When she is happy with her shape, turn it face down onto the carving material and scrape/rub it with your fingernail. This will transfer the image onto the carving material. Use your linoleum cutter to carve away the negative space, and the wee heart will be complete.

Happy heart making!

xo emily

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5 Bright Spots

Friday, December 14th, 2012

1. Abby Glassenberg’s adorable mice softies make me smile! She posted this sweet design on her blog few years ago where she offers a free pattern for all to enjoy. Awesome, right?

2. Shirley Link is a new girl detective series that my daughter is crazy about. This is an amazing series, my friends! Your kids will be hooked and you’ll feel realllllly good about it. Visit author Ben Zackheim’s blog for more details and information.

3. Oooooh! A Book Page Star Garland! I have a thing for crafts made from dilapidated books.

4. This lovely wreath ornament uses left-over bits of yarn and fiber. Easy and beautiful! via craftycrow

5. LOVE these prints. (love, love, love)

xo e

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5 Bright Spots

Friday, December 7th, 2012

1. Lovely Jessica at Zakka Life posted this incredibly cute Packing Peanut Igloo craft last week, and I was instantly wild about it. The peanuts are fabulously re-purposed into an igloo that that lends itself to storytelling and play. We played with Insta-Snow at my daughter’s fifth birthday, and this adorable project would have fit in perfectly.

2. Homemade gift idea: herbal infused honey! Kristin of Banyan Moon Botanicals is a dear friend of mine and I trust all of her delicious and good-for-you creations.

3. Easy, Tiny Envelopes. LOVE!

4. Um, these homemade nesting dolls couldn’t be any cuter. And, they look so fun, satisfying, and simple to make.

5. These scenic stamp sets from Yellow Owl Workshop make so happy. Don’t you think these would make wonderful holiday gifts for kids who love to write letters? Add some blank cards and a nice pen and it would make a beautiful set!

What has made you smile this week?

xo

emily

 

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5 Bright Spots

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.

xo emily

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Bird Collages

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.

xo emily

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