Category: Art Project

Wednesday
April 24, 2013

Digi-Scrapping // My New Geek Chic Hobby

I always fancied the idea of scrap booking. The pictures, the memories, channeling my inner creativity to create beautifully perfect pages full of memories…but when it came down to it, I just didn’t want to go out and buy a ton of paper-stickers-stamps-and-who-knows-what just to make a book. Call me lazy, call me cheap, or call me both…

Then I discovered digital scrap booking…and I was instantly hooked. I am by no means a Photoshop expert, but downloading a template, adding some pictures and text?  This I can do.

So I’m officially a digi-scrapper. But you know…in a geek-chic sorta way.

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Wednesday
March 20, 2013

Cardstock Paper Animal Masks

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What do you do on those rainy days when you’re homebound with the kids? It has been such a miserable winter and Pinterest has been a life savor for us! I’ve pinned all sorts of arts & crafts and DIY projects for yucky weather days.

A few days ago I saw a printable bunny mask (via fellowfellow.com) and thought it would be fun to try making my own! I used the same idea of folding a paper in half to cut out lion & kitty cat shaped masks (requested by Harper & Rex).

I love the simple concept of folding your cardstock and then cutting a silhouette. When you open the cardstock both sides are perfectly symmetrical no matter how quirky your silhouette is!

This project is super simple. You will need:
* Cardstock
* Scissors
* Exacto Knife (I used my Quick Changing Utility Knife from my Tomboy Traveler set)
* String (If you have elastic string that would be best)
* Crayons/Markers/Washi Tape (or anything to decorate the mask)
* optional: hole punch

1. Fold your cardstock in half and cut your silhouette.
2. Use your exacto knife to cut out the eyes
3. Use your exacto knife or hole punch to make holes where you can tie your string.
4. Decorate! I used crayons + washi tape for the lion’s nose, cat’s nose, and cat’s ears.

My kids loved playing in these masks and the ideas are limitless. Rex has already requested a piggy next time!

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Wednesday
February 13, 2013

4 Easy Last Minute DIY Valentines

Little A and I have managed to do a Valentines project every year since he was just a couple of months old, but we are always out at the last minute. If you too have been procrastinating, but still want to DIY something, here are 4 easy last minute Valentines you can still do in time!

 

This year we made Easy Salt Dough Necklaces – pendants and beads and threaded them onto ribbon necklaces to send to Alec’s friends. Salt dough uses stuff you DEFINITELY have at home. Easy peasy!

 

Last year we had our first adventures in finger painting. Since Little A was only just past a year old, we made our own 100% edible finger paint out of yogurt. All you need is yogurt and food color.

 

Our first Valentine’s project was a cute cupid photo to email to Dad who was abroad at a congress. Click here to make your own!

 

Potato stamping is something you can do for any occasion. It’s easy and you can stamp all sorts of things for Valentines Day, like cards, envelopes, gift bags and wrapping paper.

Happy crafting!

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Sunday
November 11, 2012

DIY Playdough Gift Box

The holidays are coming up and it’s time to start thinking about gifts! It’s always extra fun to give something you’ve made yourself. Here is a play dough gift set we recently put together for Little A’s friend Rebecka when she turned two:

Mini Piccolini - DIY Playdough Gift Box

We filled our gift box with homemade playdough (see recipe below), the mat, some plastic cookie cutters and molds, a little rolling pin and a butter knife (which is Alec’s tool of choice when he is “working” with playdough).

Mini Piccolini - DIY Playdough Gift Set

This is a really doable project with a fun end result.

Mini Piccolini - DIY Playdough Gift Set

Alec was proud to hand over our homemade play dough gift set to Rebecka and we hope she has had a great time playing with it!

DIY PLAYDOUGH

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 2 tbsp cream of tartar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • gel food coloring
  1. Mix all of your dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl.
  2. Add your wet ingredients and mix well.
  3. Divide into as many bowls as you have colors. We made four colors out of this recipe and actually gave away half of the playdough, so you will definitely have enough for 6-8 colors or more. Now add your food coloring. The end color will be pretty much the same as what you see now, so add as much color as you want to get really bright, saturated hues of playdough. Or use less color for soft pastels.
  4. Place a small sauce pan your pan on the stove top over medium heat. Start with your lightest color (so you won’t have to clean out the sauce pan between colors). Pour the mixture into the pan and stir continuously until it starts to get chunky. Keep stirring until it forms a big dough ball. 
  5. When all the wetness is gone, remove the dough from the pan and leave it to cool. Once cool, knead it a bit until it is soft and smooth.
  6. Repeat for each color. I just did yellow first, then green, then blue then purple, without cleaning out the pan in between.
  7. Store play dough in an airtight container at room temperature. We’ve been playing with the same batch for a few weeks now.
Monday
November 5, 2012

DIY Colored Pasta

DIY Colored Pasta Play by Mini Piccolini

The last few days have been mostly grey and chilly and wet and fall is in the air. After his first three days of “schooling in” at nursery school, Little A came home with his first nursery school cold and had to be kept home. So we had to think of a new indoor activity to keep us a bit busy.

I made these colored pasta pieces several weeks ago and since we were stuck inside, we brought them out to play.

DIY Colored Pasta Play by Mini Piccolini

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Wednesday
October 31, 2012

Halloween Bread Tag Monsters

I posted these Halloween Bread Tag Monsters back in Sept. 2010 & thought I’d repost again today. This is one of my favorite Halloween projects– easy & inexpensive! I have yet to make these, but I’ve recently started collecting our bread tags.

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Sunday
October 28, 2012

Mini Piccolini’s DIY Personalized Stroller Bunting

Our new Little Baby L is such an awake and aware little boy. When he’s not sleeping he always seems to be intently focused on something or smiling and laughing and trying to get our attention and he’s especially into his mobile at home.

During our long walk the other day, Louis was quite awake for awhile and I felt bad that he was just staring into the roof of the black sun shade. So I decided to make him something to look at. We ended up with a personalized stroller bunting – little flags with his name.

Mini Piccolini - DIY No-Sew Personalized Stroller Bunting

As I’ve said before, I’m obsessed with bunting right now. So I got some felt scraps, ribbon and fabric glue out and made some bunting for the stroller. Here’s how it turned out!

Mini Piccolini - DIY No-Sew Personalized Stroller Bunting

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Monday
October 22, 2012

Mini Piccolini’s DIY Playdough Recipe

Little A is crazy about playdough right now. Cannot get enough. He asks to play with it several times a day and it keeps him busy for ages.

DIY PLAYDOUGH

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 2 tbsp cream of tartar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • gel food coloring
  1. Mix all of your dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl.
  2. Add your wet ingredients and mix well.
  3. Divide into as many bowls as you have colors. We made four colors out of this recipe and actually gave away half of the playdough, so you will definitely have enough for 6-8 colors or more. Now add your food coloring. The end color will be pretty much the same as what you see now, so add as much color as you want to get really bright, saturated hues of playdough. Or use less color for soft pastels.
  4. Place a small sauce pan your pan on the stove top over medium heat. Start with your lightest color (so you won’t have to clean out the sauce pan between colors). Pour the mixture into the pan and stir continuously until it starts to get chunky. Keep stirring until it forms a big dough ball. 
  5. When all the wetness is gone, remove the dough from the pan and leave it to cool. Once cool, knead it a bit until it is soft and smooth.
  6. Repeat for each color. I just did yellow first, then green, then blue then purple, without cleaning out the pan in between.
  7. Store play dough in an airtight container at room temperature. We’ve been playing with the same batch for a few weeks now.

The set we are using right now is a batch I made a few weeks ago.

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Making your own playdough is super easy – it literally just takes minutes. And it’s nice to know you have a natural end product. The recipe that we use makes a soft, lovely, pliable dough with fantastic colors and it keeps quite well too in a sealed container.

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Monday
August 20, 2012

Button Monogram

This is a really COLORFUL & creative way to display your child’s initial. Super easy for sewers & crafters who have lots of extra buttons laying around. Gosh I LOVE buttons…

Supplies needed:
- Printer (to print out your letter) or a large letter stencil
- Scissors
- Cardstock (large enough to fit your frame)
- Pen or Pencil
- Adhesive, Scotch Tape Runner allows you to reposition buttons
- Paper Piercer
- Buttons and Brads
- Frame without glass or shadowbox (this one is from IKEA)


Click here for step-by-step directions to the entire project.

Sunday
August 5, 2012

Milk Painted Toast

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Make Sunday breakfast a little more artistic!

*White toast sliced bread
*Milk
*Food colourings
*Paint brush

Pour a small amount of milk into a container and add food colouring for your desired shades. You can use natural colourings if you wish, although be aware that it may impart the flavour to the toast.

**Don’t paint too much milk on your bread or it will get wet/soggy!

recipe and photos by Sunday Hotpants

Tuesday
June 26, 2012

Colored Duct Tape

I was walking through the paint section of Home Depot over the weekend & this gorgeous neon pink duct tape jumped out at me. I had no idea that duct tape came in so many pretty colors. Did you?

When I got home I googled colored duct tape and I found all of these cool craft projects. Here are a few of my favorites by Merrilee from Mermag.blogspot.com. Her projects are sooo sooo cute & she’s included the instructions for all of them. Merrilee also has some great tips about working with duct tape with children.

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Monday
June 11, 2012

Edible Finger Paints for Baby

This is the very first art project I did with my son Alec. He was 14 months old at the time and we settled on finger painting for his big debut.

It was really important to me to use edible finger paints so I mixed my own out of greek yogurt and food coloring. It worked really well. The colors were bright and really saturated and looked so inviting. We just made a light and a dark pink as this was our first project. I wanted something more red but there is a lot of red food color in that dark pink already and I was having hot flashes about red paint on the walls, so I settled for pink.

We did our painting at the kitchen table with Alec in his high chair in a not-favourite outfit with a smock on top. It actually didn’t get too messy – much less so than I had feared. We used thick children’s craft paper which was definitely a necessity since the yogurt paint is quite heavy and wet.

At first Alec dipped his finger tips in the lighter color and immediately took a taste. He didn’t seem to love the taste so after the first taste we were able to concentrate on the painting instead. I showed him how to paint and guided him a little in the beginning. He was most happy (and I was least happy) when he discovered what happens when you smear your hands with a lot of paint and then clap your hands. Hence the little splatters on the finished product (last photo) and all over the walls, Alec’s face, the high chair etc… But clean up was easy – even the splatters on the walls wiped off easily.

I would definitely recommend mixing edible finger paints from yogurt and food coloring for baby’s first art project. Very fun!

Thursday
May 31, 2012

Cardboard Houses

Jenn made these cute cardboard play houses for her kids. LOVE them! & how cool is the neon pink duct tape? Learn how to make your own HERE

Monday
March 26, 2012

Artwork

How do you decide what to keep? Harper does a LOT of watercolor paintings, and they often turn out so pretty that I’ve thought about framing them and starting a “gallery” in my upstairs hallway! For the time being, I photograph each one and am saving them in my Instagram gallery!

Thursday
August 11, 2011

Paper Boat Place Cards


I love a good origami project & making paper boats is something that we have all done, RIGHT? I am imagining a whole birthday party centered around this sailor theme. & loving those polka dots and stripes together!

BTW, all you need is:
wrapping paper
twine
wooden skewers
scissors
pen

Visit niftythriftythings.blogspot.com for the tutorial.

Tuesday
July 26, 2011

Ten Creative Ways to Display Children’s Art

I am so ridiculously excited for the day when Violet starts to create some artwork of her own. I absolutely love children’s art and think it is important to display it in a beautiful way your home. Not only does it show your children that their creations are valuable to you, it is also very beautiful and can really add life to any space. (Case in point):

Here are a few of my favorite ways in which to display your little one’s masterpieces:

1. Traditional frame wall:

2. Metal clips:

3. Cable system:

4.Using larger, permanent frames, but clipping or taping in the art allows you to rotate it more easily:

5. Grid collage:

There are a few different ways to do this. The first is to have someone else do it for you, but this can be very pricey.

             

If you have a little computer-savvy and a bit of time, you can create the same effect yourself for less:

And if you don’t get along with computers, here is a more hands-on technique:

And if that looks intimidating, a smaller, more friendly version:

6. Magnets! You can use trays like this project, or most anything made of metal:

Or, of course, there’s magnetic paint. Layer it beneath chalkboard paint or just your regular old wall color for a cleaner look.

7. Clipboards:

8. Make it into a book. Again, this is something that you could pay someone else to do, or DIY:

9. Clothespins. Go crazy with some chicken wire, or keep it simple with a bit of string:

10. Wall decals. Another, more whimsical way to have the look of a permanent frame wall but with the ability to rotate the art:

Do you have any creative ways for displaying children’s art? I’d love to hear about them!

Monday
July 25, 2011

Creative Summer Camp Postcards

Ah, summer is in full swing and the kiddos are headed off to camp! I love that these Junior Camp Postcards from Felix Doolittle encourage them to stay in touch creatively. One side is blank, framed with a colorful border, so they can share their camp stories through artwork- it’s the perfect canvas for doodles, thoughts and creations (just don’t forget to pack the colored pencils and watercolors!)

On the other side there’s room for a note along with one of five summery illustrations by Felix, for a little artistic inspiration. How cute would it be to get a postcard from your little sweetie with their own artwork on the front? SO CUTE!

You can also order them with stamps included so you can just slip ‘em in your little camper’s bag, ready-to-send.

Edited to add: Felix Doolittle would like to offer Spearmint Baby readers 25% off these postcards! Use code FDONSB25CPC3 at checkout, valid thru 8/1/11.


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Wednesday
July 13, 2011

For Your Little Artist: Handprints and Footprints

It’s amazing how fast our babies grow up. I was looking at Violet’s hands the other day and realized how big they’re getting. I feel like I want to have a record of those little hands – I mean, sure, I have her newborn prints, but that doesn’t seem like enough. I’m thinking of maybe doing a yearly thing? Here are a few fun art projects I’ve found to document those precious little fingers:


Clockwise from top left: one, two , three, four

Wednesday
June 22, 2011

Soda Bottle Flower Stamping


Do you ever feel like you buy all kinds of expensive toys and your kids are bored with them after playing for about 30 minutes? Harper and Rex have much more fun playing with old boxes and other items they find around the house. Arts and crafts always seem to be the way to go if I want to keep Harper busy for more than 20 minutes!

I love this project that Heidi from Mom’s Crafty Space thought to try. Old bottles all of a sudden become a fun art tool, who would have thought? The project was a huge hit with her son and I cannot wait to try it out with Harper!

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Tuesday
May 31, 2011

Children’s Artwork

One of my favorite ideas for the nursery…
Let older brothers & sisters create one of a kind artwork for new baby’s room. A cluster of modern, white frames above the crib is so sweet! via Lonny Mag

Monday
April 25, 2011

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Egg Carton DIY


After posting the The Very Hungry Caterpillar birthday party last week, i’ve been looking for some fun caterpillar art projects that I could do with Harper. I found this one- so cute & so easy. You probably already have most of the supplies around your house: cardboard egg cartons, paint, scissors, and pipe cleaners! i am definitely adding this project to my rainy day list.

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Friday
April 22, 2011

Bottle Cap Frogs

Creative Jewish Mom always thinks of the cutest craft ideas with items that you’d normally throw away! these plastic lid frogs are so cute and easy…

just start collecting the green caps to your bottles. so many bottles come with green caps so they should be easy to find. with some simple decorating, you should have a collection of frogs in no time.

p.s. you can use these frogs to decorate your Passover Table, or pull them out when the plague of the frogs is mentioned!

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Tuesday
April 5, 2011

String Wall Letters



this is a really fun DIY project that Ann from whitehouseblackshutters.com sent me back in February. i love her pretty cursive writing!

all you need is some scrap paper, yarn, and Mod Podge!

it looks easy enough. wouldn’t it be fun to do the entire alphabet in colorful yarn?

if you try this project send me pics please :)

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Thursday
December 30, 2010

pretty crayon containers


a fun way to display crayons in your playroom or arts and crafts room!

some Del Monte fruit cans:

she actually screwed her cans to a piece of wood- love that you can’t tip them over!

the DIY from momscraftyspace.blogspot.com

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Tuesday
November 23, 2010

Gumdrop Turkeys Thanksgiving Project



LOVE these! definitely the cutest turkey food creation that i have seen!!

supplies: 1 large gumdrop, 7 small gumdrops, 6 toothpicks, nerds candy, gummy worm, marshmallow, scissors

instructions:

1. attach a small gumdrop to the end of 5 of the toothpicks, and poke into the large gumdrop to form the turkey’s tail and body.

2. cut a gumdrop in half and attach to the turkey body as wings.

3. create the turkey head by first cutting two small pieces of marshmallow and attaching them to a gumdrop as the whites of the eyes (the sticky marshmallow adheres quite well!). push a small candy nerd into the center of each eye. poke a larger candy nerd in the center to form a beak, and then trim a small chunk of the gummy worm to form the snood (red flap that falls along the beak).

4. cut the last toothpick in half and use it to connect the head to the body of the turkey.

via Design Wash Rinse Repeat

Monday
November 22, 2010

Decorate Thanksgiving Pumpkins


isn’t this a cute idea? paint your mini pumpkins white, and then let the kids use fabric paint to decorate them. use them as centerpieces at the table on Thanksgiving day!


A Beautiful Mess

Tuesday
November 16, 2010

little girl’s room






i first saw this beautiful room on Made by Girl – LOVE the gorgeous blue walls and ceiling. my absolute favorite idea is framing children’s artwork. i love that that she covered an entire wall with adorable handmade artwork. it is definitely the cutest (and probably the least expensive) part of the entire room. for more visit brookegiannetti.typepad.com

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Wednesday
November 3, 2010

a leaf garland




something fall and festive from Full Circle. my daughter LOVES to pick up pretty leaves on our walks through the park. i wonder if we could make a garland using real leaves? (as long as they are not too crunchy?)

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Thursday
October 7, 2010

paper towel alphabet garland


this is our new artwork above the couch in the family room. we are a little obsessed with the ABCs so i wanted to make an abc garland for Harper while doing arts and crafts today. when i realized we were out of white paper i decided to use paper towels. it worked out just fine and now when we sing the song we can point to the letters!

did you do any art projects today?

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Saturday
September 25, 2010

Post-It Note Houses

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this is the perfect project for a rainy day when your child gets bored, but you are too tired to do arts & crafts!

via frugalfamilyfunblog.com

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Friday
September 17, 2010

sticks and stones

Painted driftwood! Love this… I’m going out to collect sticks and stones with my daughter today. Such a fun rainy day project!

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Thursday
September 16, 2010

Mod Podge Letters


To decorate these paper mache letters, I simply traced them onto the back of cardstock, cut out the tracing, and used Mod Podge to paste the paper on top of the letter. After waiting for it to dry, I lightly sanded the edges of the paper so that it would neatly blend in and then slapped on a few more coats of Mod Podge over the top. When the letter was dry, I added a cluster of scrapbook embellishments including paper flowers, decorative brads, and ribbon.
Stef thisismeinspired.blogspot.com

these are so cute! why spend money on letters when you can DIY??

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Tuesday
September 7, 2010

crayon initial DIY project

a fun crayon project from frugallifeproject.com. wouldn’t it be cute to have a crayon initial in each of the children’s bedrooms?




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Tuesday
August 17, 2010

Kid Made Modern

my Kid Made Modern book arrived yesterday and i could not be more excited! if you like to do craft projects and are looking for inspiration then i highly recommend this book. i cannot wait until my daughter is old enough to do more projects with me. i have already bookmarked several projects to try. (if only there were more hours in a day!)

here are a few favs:


spoon dolls are so so cute!


paint chips and paper clips = adorable window screen


make a custom paper lantern to match your child’s room!


LOVE tin foil bracelet!

there is also an adult version of this book (Hand Made Modern) for more mature projects around the house! purchase both books here:

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Sunday
July 18, 2010

Homemade Playdough

the hot weather is keeping us indoors this weekend, so i decided to try making play dough for harper. there are so many variations of this recipe, but i do recommend this one. i hope to try a few others in the future including one that uses cornstarch. have you made homemade playdough?

INGREDIENTS
1 cup flour
1/4 cup salt
1 tbsp powdered alum (find this in the spice section of grocery store)
3 tbsp vegetable oil
1 cup H20

MIX TOGETHER
flour, salt, and powdered alum

bring vegetable oil and water to a boil. pour the hot water mixture over the dry mix. let cool enough so that you can knead on floured board. add food color if you want.

i separated the play dough into 3 medium sized balls:

then added enough food coloring until i got the desired color. continue kneading, rolling, stretching until your color gets really rich.

and get busy creating with your kids! (i think i may have had more fun with this than my toddler!)

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Sunday
June 20, 2010

Alphabet Crayons DIY

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to my dad and husband!

my alphabet molds arrived the other day:

So, harper and i got working on our alphabet crayon project.

1. Peel the paper off of the crayons:

2. Fill the molds with the broken pieces.
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3. Put the molds into the oven for 20 min. at 300 degrees.
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4. Let them dry for about 30 min and carefully pop them out. here are all of our letters:
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Friday
June 4, 2010

Alphabet Crayons

wondering what to do with the old, broken crayons sitting in the plastic bag in your cupboard?….
i stole this amazing project from one of my friends on facebook the other day! (thanks, shannon!) project from lets-explore.net

i have to say that this is one of my favorite projects that i have ever posted about. i cannot wait to try this out!
steps:
*peel paper off crayons, break in pieces to fit in your mold.

(use regular crayons, not washable, or you will end up with a layer of clear wax on the top of your crayon)

*set oven at 275° Put molds on a cookie sheet and then into the oven.
*bake 20 min. remove from oven to cool.

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Friday
September 11, 2009

back to school printables

get the crayons out and color this fun school bus! free printable here

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Wednesday
July 8, 2009

Rock Crafts from Martha Stewart!

my daughter is not old enough for crafts yet, but i really want to make some rock crafts! visit marthastewart.com for more info.


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Tuesday
June 2, 2009

little hands art project

a really cute art project from Jade:

We bought these small square canvases, just big enough for their little hands. I applied acrylic paint to their hands with a sponge paintbrush and carefully pressed their hands onto the canvas. The kids really enjoyed this part. Once their handprints were dry, they used watercolors and painted the rest of the white space. With my help, they put their initial in the bottom corner.

check out chikaustin.com for a lot more fun projects to do with your children, then stop by her etsy store, chikaustin.

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