Simple Beaded Pumpkin Craft for Kids

Here's a sweet little beaded pumpkin that even the littlest hands can make. Supplies: green chenille stems (pipe cleaners) orange beads Directions: Prepare your chenille stems by folding in half and twisting to create a loop -- this will be your stem. Fill both legs with beads, leaving a small piece of chenille stem empty at both ends. Twist the ends together and tuck inside the beads. Shape your pumpkin into a tall and skinny or short and plump shape! This is a great activity for a home or classroom Halloween party, or to keep little hands busy during pumpkin carving time. My girls like to wear them as bracelets and decorate all the door knobs in the house! Happy Halloween! … [Read more...]

Green Blob in a Bottle

What child wouldn't love to create one of these fun ooey gooey Blobs in a Bottle? I found this creepy craft in the Halloween craft book called, Make Yourself a Monster by Kathy Ross. There's tons of fun monsterish ideas, perfect for Halloween. Supplies for Green Blobs: corn syrup empty clear bottle/jar - with or without a lid green food coloring crafting googly eyes Pour corn syrup into your jar. Add 2-3 drops of food coloring. Now add your googley eyes. These will float, unless you glue on a weight to the back of the eyes, or something heavy. Now your Blob is ready for display. Keep these ghoulish eyes on hand, you may have a monster visit with only one eye that might need a spare!   … [Read more...]

Recycled Crayons Are an Easy Kids Craft

I have an easy Do-It-Yourself project!  It's fun and kid-friendly. And it's a great lesson in recycling. Impress your kids with this crayon recycling craft. Kids Love Crafts My kids love crafts, especially my oldest daughter.  About 42.9 times a week (averages higher in the summer) she wants to get crafty.  It's exhausting and she doesn't believe that folding clothes is considered an art form in some remote places. The other day, the kids were coloring and drawing.  It began to lose it's appeal and the craft begging began. I took one look at their pathetic collection of old, broken crayons and before I had a chance to call myself a bad mom, I said...   Crayon Recycling Craft Directions 1. Tear the paper off of broken crayons. 2. Place broken crayons into paper … [Read more...]

Ribbon Bookmarks

My sister Geri and I love to craft and we love to read. Every year along with our birthday gift to each other we include a new book to add to our collections. We also hand make a bookmark to keep inside. Sometimes we write a little message on the back or sew a tiny photograph to the bottom with a picture of something that we want to remember from that year. They are quick and easy to make and they are so classic looking. Here are some fabulous examples from Martha Stewart Living: Ribbon Book Marks Tools and Materials 2 1/4-inch-wide ribbon (16 inches long) 1 1/2-inch-wide ribbon (14 inches long) Pencil Ruler Utility knife A needle and thread Bookmark How-To Cut ribbons to a length a bit longer than the book they're intended for. On the wrong side of the wider ribbon, … [Read more...]

I Spy Bags

Want to keep your kids quiet in the car? Want to keep them quiet period?? Then you have got to get one of these little bags of bliss! They’re called I Spy bags and you’re kids will love them. They are little bean bags with a plastic window in the front. The kids read the list (or look at the pics) of items printed on the back and manipulate the bag to find the items through the window. Sheer Genius I tell you. My son loves playing I Spy when we drive but sometimes when I drive I have to pay attention ya know? So I started collecting little doodads around the house and saving some of the little things he collects (that we never have anything to do with) to put inside. Here's what you need to make one of these. 2-8 inch squares of flannel 4 inch piece of plastic, about 4mm … [Read more...]

How to Frame and Display Children’s Art

These are works of art by Hans Jean, Jean Dubuffet and Meret Oppenheim that hang in the Museum of Modern Art. They are my inspiration. These pieces reflect the bright colors, strong lines and cheerful simplicity that you often see in children's art. Many of us have been stashing such items in kitchen junk drawers and dusty shoe boxes for years. How to display children's art on the wall without it looking like the fridge: 1. Find a frame: My favorite frames for kids' art are called "floating frames". A floating frame can be purchased almost anywhere that sells frames. The prices range from under $10 for two pieces of plastic clenched by metal strips to $30+ for glass surrounded by wood. They are extremely easy to use. Many people may shy away from the initial contemporary look, … [Read more...]