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.
Categories: 5 Bright Spots, Crafts, Everyday Fun, Fun, Group Activities, Seasonal | Tags: beautiful, color, crafts, creative, fabric, flowers, fun, kids, magnets, paper, template, terracotta
Friday, March 1st, 2013
1. The sun is setting at 6:ish these days, which makes me a bit dreamy about green things popping out of the soil. Jackie’s Spring Flower Pot Mini Muffins aren’t green, but they are a fun way to start thinking about spring.
2. Look at this mini-bell jar woodland terrarium. Cute, cute, cute! Children can create their own spring habitat in preparation for the real deal!
3. This punchy Paper Plate Wall Art project is a lovely way for children to add color to their walls!
4. Alicia’s Miss Maggie Rabbit softie kit is just about the most adorable thing I’ve ever seen. So sweet! And her dress fabric is so springy! (Do you sense a pattern?)
5. Jessica’s origami arrow magnets and tacks are brilliant!
Categories: 5 Bright Spots, Crafts, Everyday Fun, Food, Fun, Group Activities, Seasonal | Tags: art, cute, flower, food, kids, magnets, mini, muffin, origami, rabbit, spring, terrarium, wall, yum
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!
wooden circles 1″ or 1 1/2″ wide
heart stamp (carving block and carving tool if you plan to carve it yourself)
hot glue gun
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!
Categories: Crafts, Everyday Fun, Fun, Holiday, Must Read, Seasonal | Tags: carve, craft, cute, friends, fun, heart, hearts, love, magnets, make, print, shape, stamping, stamps, valentine's