Ok, it’s time for a moment of shameless self-promotion! My craft book, Project Kid, hit the shelves this week, and I couldn’t be more proud! It’s a book for kids ages 3 and up (I don’t like to put an end cap because even adults tell me they want to make my projects!) with over 100 unique (and awesome, if I do say so myself) projects.
I really tried to look at the world through the eyes of a child, seeing juice boxes as the bodies of owls and paper towel tubes as freight trains. My trips to the grocery store were spent staring at oatmeal containers and cereal boxes, trying to invent new ways to transform them. The rocket on the cover? That’s a Dove body wash bottle covered in a sock! Scroll down for a how-to of one of my favorite projects in the book, but first, check out this fun video that my publisher, Artisan Books produced to really capture the whimsy and playfulness of the book.
And now, let’s get crafting! Visit my website ProjectKid.com for information about craft events and book signings in your area! You can also follow me on Facebook and Twitter for updates and fun pics!
Painted Feather Peacock Fan
What you’ll need:
8 to 10 white feathers
Acrylic paint in blue, yellow, green, and turquoise
Gold glitter glue
Blue and yellow craft paper
Paint the feathers as shown or in your own design. Let dry.
Add glitter glue embellishments—tiny dots or thin stripes are best. Let dry.
To create the peacock’s body, draw a 2-inch tall figure eight on the back of the blue craft paper; make the top oval about half the size of the bottom one. Cut along the outside edge of the figure eight, leaving about 1⁄8 inch of space around it.
For the beak, cut a tiny triangle from the yellow craft paper and glue it, pointing down, to the small end of the figure eight.
To create your fan, cut a 1-inch square from either color of craft paper and glue the bottom points of your feathers to it close together in a fan shape.
Finish by gluing the large side of the figure eight on top of the junction of the feathers.
I was so happy to see the wonderful Sew Fun Projects feature in this month’s FamilyFun magazine! My friend Nicole Blum‘s beginner’s projects are delightful — simple and super fun to make and appealing to both kids and adults! Those t-shirt dresses make lovely play dresses for kids, but wouldn’t it also be perfect as a stylish tunic for an adult?
Oh, and my two daughters also happen to have participated in the shoot! So, ahem, that is pretty darn fun too! They are dressed in green (left and center) and had a blast romping and crafting with the group. My little one (posed in front) was especially happy to be part of it all. Her smile tells the story of a fun-filled day, yes?
The key chain project from the feature is one of my older daughter’s favorites; she is planning to make one for her back-to-school back pack. Did I just whisper the words “back-to-school”? Shhhhhhh. Please continue on with your summertime fun.
My dear friend Emily at Tea & Laundry has embarked on a magnificent and inspiring 52 Weeks Project adventure. Starting on the first week of January, she has chosen to do one creative project each week for all of 2013, and she’ll document each one on her blog and on her instagram account. Emily’s photographs are always so beautiful and she has an eye for whimsy and charm, so I am so excited to follow along.
The above photograph is from her 52 Weeks Project :: Week 2 post where she made lots of little magnets using her instagram photos. So sweet! And, so nice for little hands to play with.