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.
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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!!
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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.
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Friday, April 26th, 2013
1. Jessica at scrumdilly-do posted a simple, creative, fun paint chip plant markers tutorial. Not only does this reuse materials, but it also encourages children to plant some seeds!
2. These egg carton boats are adorable! via crafty crow
3. I’m kind of obsessed with the thought of making these superhero hand cuffs for my daughters. Made using toilet paper tubes, they are simply magnificent!
4. Mmmmmm. Chocolate Flowerpot Cakes! What a sweet way to celebrate the earth and its flowers!
5. Amy offers some artistic inspiration for making homemade wrapping paper out of painted newspaper. Pretty!
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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).
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