• Crafts

    Fall Tree Paper Collage

    Inspired by Tracey English’s artwork I created a Fall Tree Paper Collage craft for kids and grown-ups. A few weeks ago I discovered artist and illustrator Tracey English and fell in love with her hand-painted paper collages. They are colorful, happy, and whimsy. She creates beautiful art by cutting and arranging painted paper. Check out her website to view her work. We especially like her dog cards. Materials white card stock tree template printed on card stock – link below watercolors and paint brushes water scissors glue, liquid or glue stick Instructions Print out the tree template on white card stock. 2. Paint the blank card stock sheets with watercolors.…

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    4th of July Star Ornaments

    4th of July star ornaments are an easy patriotic craft and make a great decor for Independence Day. These suncatchers will look pretty in your windows. Make a whole bunch to decorate your home red, white and blue. Smaller kids will need help but are going to like sticking tissue paper on the stars. Here is what you need: Card-stock in Navy blue and red tissue paper in red, white and blue silver glitter star stickers (optional) pencil scissors glue thread to hang the ornaments clear contact paper star template Preparation: Print and cut out the star template. Cut tissue paper into small pieces or let your child tear it.…

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    Donuts for Dad Father’s Day Cards

    Father’s Day is coming up and that means making something cute and thoughtful for all Dads and father figures out there. Last year my preschool class made donut Father’s Day cards and they turned out adorable. They were a big hit at the “Donuts with Dad” breakfast. I made a few donut cards to show you how to create them. This is a quick craft and can be personalized in lots of ways. Small kids will definitely need help with cutting and assembly but older children will be able to make them independently. Materials: Card-stock in beige and brown and assorted colors for icing and sprinkles printable template scissors and…

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    Fortune Teller Cootie Catcher

    Fortune Tellers Cootie Catchers were very popular when I was little. According to my kids and their friends they still are. I will show you how to fold a cootie catcher and added a free printable for you to use. Or you can make your own with a square piece of paper. Print and cut out out the cootie catcher printable. Take your piece of paper and fold it in half diagonally, making sure the two opposite corners meet. Crease the fold with your finger, and open it back up. Then fold it in the opposite direction and open it. You should have an X showing on your paper. Then…

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    Pinwheels that really spin

    Pinwheels are pretty and versatile. They make great home and party decor, you can wear them in your hair, stick them in your yard or on a stroller to entertain your toddler. I am going to show you how to make pinwheels that really spin because they are so much more fun than the ones that are just plain decor. This post contains affiliate links to products I use for crafts. If you follow the links and make a purchase I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Material: colorful construction paper or scrapbook paper, preferably printed on both sides ruler and pencil scissors paper straw…