Cereal Box Cut-Out Crafts Thanksgiving turkeys

Get those cereal boxes out of the recycling bin, grab your scissors and some glue and delight your family with colorful Thanksgiving table decorations. With minimal effort and materials, you can transform used food packaging into cheerful holiday decor. To make these fun cereal box turkeys, you need simply: cereal boxes or other cardboard food packaging glue stick or craft glue scissors optional: popsicle sticks, clothespins, cardboard roll, cardboard or foam core board scraps preferably, but not necessarily: circle cutter Read the directions here for assembling your cereal box turkeys. Use popsicle sticks for standing your turkeys (or, rather, poking them into something). Kids can also use them as paper puppets too. To use your cereal box turkey as part of your … [Read more...]

Colorful Play-Doh Cookies

Or Rainbow Cookies.  Or Lollipop Cookies.  Whatever you decide to call them, these are a treat for the little ones.  Fun to make and fun to eat. I love that these cookies are versatile, too.  You can, of course, choose whichever colors you'd like.  You can insert a stick and make lollipops.  Wrap them up in cellophane bags and pretty ties for a sweet treat.  Try a red and green version for the holidays.  Let the kids shape them in some other creative way.  Lots of options. [sc:adsense ] The Ingredients are: 3/4 cup butter, softened 3 ounces cream cheese 1 cup white sugar 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt assorted colors of paste food coloring 24 lollipop sticks Original recipe found on All … [Read more...]

Turkey Art for Little Turkeys

My son had a friend over today and we decided to make Turkeys out of coffee filters. This project has been around for a while, but it's always a fun one! Here is what you need: coffee filters paper towels water-based markers (such as Crayola) a squirt bottle with water glue stick scrap paper in brown, red and yellow INSTRUCTIONS: Color the coffee filters in any way you like. Use lots of colors or just a few. I like to use at least two filters layered together. The color soaks through and you have two turkeys with just coloring one. After the coloring is done, spray the coffee filter with the squirt bottle, holding the filter over the sink. Hold it vertical and turn it around when you are done spraying. This will allow the colors to blend and run to make a neat … [Read more...]

Cereal Box Cut-Out Crafts Mobile

Making a brightly colored mobile is a fun way to use up those cereal boxes you may have sitting in the recycling bin. I made this mobile to hang over our changing table and distract my wiggly baby.  I tried to keep the materials to a minimum, using the cereal box circle cut-outs almost exclusively.  I did add cut straws for depth and buttons to secure the bottom of each hanging element.  Following are instructions for making your own. Materials: cereal boxes, some brightly colored embroidery hoop, I used a 10" hoop sewing tape measure cutting mat (if using circle cutter) hole punch (like this or this) scissors pencil string craft glue straws, about 2 or 3 circle cutter or compass (or round traceable objects) with pencil and scissors buttons 1. Begin by … [Read more...]

Nature Craft- Acorn Fairies

On our last trek to the woods, we gathered seeds and leaves. My daughter was fascinated by the miniature acorns. The tops reminded her of fairy hats, so we pushed the books aside, gathered supplies, and created dolls. Here is how we did it: Supplies Two complete acorns One acorn top (optional) Silk flower (stems and leaves removed) Yarn for hair Glue (I used hot glue) Permanent ink or paint Instructions Glue silk flower on the top of one acorn. Glue second acorn (head) on top of the silk flower. If the bottom is unstable, add the optional acorn top for feet. Cut short pieces of yarn or string for hair. It can always be trimmed if uneven, so don't worry about length. Put a line of glue around 3/4 of the top acorn just below the stem. Add yarn. Trim when glue … [Read more...]

Last Minute Halloween Costume Ideas

Some people have a fear of public speaking.Others fear spiders, the dark, snakes.Me?I fear costumes. I tried wearing my regular jeans and heels to Halloween parties, and saying that I was dressed up as a ‘designer’s rep’ – that didn’t cut it (since at the time, that WAS my job).Then there was the year that a boyfriend and I dressed up as the American Flag.I wore all white, and he wore all blue.With red construction paper, we cut thick strips and double stick taped them to my clothes.We found gold stars at a party supply store, and double stick taped those to his clothes.Simple, but creative. Need Last Minute Costume Ideas? If you or your kids have been putting off figuring out what to dress up as for Halloween, here are some simple ideas: Gum stuck to the Bottom of a Shoe - wear … [Read more...]