Thursday, January 9th, 2014
Cool crafts…get it? Ok, bad joke, but what else can we do in this frigid weather if not laugh? Rarely is there an outdoor craft that can only be done a certain time of year, but if there’s one genre, it’s these frozen ice crafts! Check out 3 fun ways to “enjoy” this sub-freezing weather creatively with your kids!
How cute are these ice cube boats? Stage a little boat race by patting down the snow on a slight incline and see whose boat makes it down the fastest. If you don’t have snow, just put a trash bag on your driveway. (You might want grease it up a bit first with some soapy water.)
What you’ll need:
- Ice cube tray
- Food coloring
- Aluminum foil
- Hole punch
- Fill up the ice cube tray spaces with water (as many boats as you’d like to make), mix in a few drops of food coloring, and cover with aluminum foil.
- Poke little holes in the middle and insert 5″ straws straight up and down. Put the tray outside (or in the freezer) until frozen solid.
- Cut a paper sail about 2″ tall by 3″ wide, punch a hole on the top and bottom edges (centered), and insert the straw through the holes. (Smaller second sail is optional.)
Be nice to the birds that didn’t make it far enough South this winter to avoid the cold. Freeze birdseed and cranberries into ice cube trays and hang them on your trees. Check out the how-to at Henry Happened. (BTW, she made the rings by putting a glass in the center of a bowl, putting the seeds and cranberries around it, then filling it with about 1″ of water. Clever.)
It’s no doubt looking a little bleak in your yard…even if the sky is blue, everything is looks pretty sad and lacking some green. Add decor to your trees with these colored ice ornaments from Design Mom.
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Friday, January 11th, 2013
1. Amanda’s recipe for Fairy Dust is the perfect sparkly, sweet smelling something for hours of magical play. My Hazel is very excited to make a little pot of her very own! And, honestly, I’m kind of excited to dab a bit onto my hair and shoulders.
2. I love the bright colors and interesting textures of Dana’s Spaghetti Box Feathers. Cereal boxes are one of my favorite materials, so these speak to my heart. And, oh my, the feather necklaces are so sweet!
3. Homemade Snow Dough!
4. These beautiful snowflakes made from twigs and bits of nature. Via The Crafty Crow.
5. This oatmeal cake looks amazing. Yum!
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Monday, November 26th, 2012
Gather your white paint and children on a cold afternoon and make this cheery holiday gift wrap. It is a fun way to spend a few hours in the afternoon and my children always feel so proud and excited to see stacks of packages wrapped in their own artwork.
Materials: kraft paper (or brown paper bag), snowflake stamp(s), white pigment ink pad, white acrylic paint, paint brush.
Easy peasy instructions:
1. Cut paper to size
2. Draw a horizon line.
3. Use the white paint to fill in the hill under the horizon line.
4. Use the snowflake stamp and pigment ink to create falling snow
5. Let dry and then use it to wrap your gift.
If you are going to use a big sheet for a bunch of smaller gifts, you might consider painting hills all over the paper, so all of the presents will have both hills and snowflakes.
Oh, and snow forts, snow people, and snowball piles would be great too!
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