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Beauty is in the Eye of the Flamingo

26 Mar

Handmade gifts are the best, right?  Don’t you love receiving a gift that someone you care about has painstakingly fabricated with their own two hands?  And it’s the thought that counts, even if you don’t totally adore the gift . . . right?

Muuwaaaahaaahaaa UNLESS the gift was made with pure malice and EVIL by your cunningly handy sister!  Muuwaaahaaaaahaaaa!  My friends, may I introduce to you . . .  My sister’s birthday present . . .

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A little back-story may be in order here.  My sister HATES pink flamingos.  She thinks they are the tackiest animal on the face of the earth.  So naturally, she despises those lovely plastic pink flamingos that grace the gardens and yards of home everywhere.  What’s worse than an ugly plastic flamingo?  A BEJEWELED plastic flamingo!

If you want to make one of your own, because well why the hell not, right?  All you need are an ugly plastic flamingo, 1500 crafts jewels, a LOT of hot glue, and a lot of patience.  This bad boy here took me about 6 hours to bejewel, and is the reason I no longer have finger prints.  And since I ended up with 2 of these flamingos, of course I HAD to make a 2nd one!  Any takers?  Hehehehe

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Kids Art Frame

14 Mar

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASorry I’ve MIA, life caught up with me!  But don’t think I haven’t been busy crafting and DIY-ing . . . because I have!

My kids make all sorts of cute projects between school, the library craft time and with me at home.  We have a gallery in the hall that we hang their little works of art on.  We also hang them in windows and in their rooms.  But I like to be able to hang some of their masterpieces in the playroom as well.  I don’t want to do/buy artwork for the playroom, since it is their special room, I think they should be able to display their own artwork there!

We made these cute changeable art frames to hang in the playroom so the boys can hang whatever special works of art they want on their own.  These were totally FREE to make with simple supplies we already had lying around!

The back of the frame is actually from a storage cubby I bought and put in Little C’s room for toys.  They give you these thin plywood type backs to nail to the back of the cubby to keep toys from falling out.  Well, we decided not to use them so they were just sort of lying around the house.  I thought they would make great art frames!   If you don’t have these at your disposal, you could use any other piece of wood, cardboard, a dry erase board . . . whatever you want.

Little C chose craft pom poms to glue around the outer edge to create his frame.  Big A chose craft glass marbles.  I hot glued 2 clothespins to each frame for the boys to clip their art in.  I also wrote “Look What I Made” at the bottom.  Now the frames-which are works of art all on their own-hang proudly in the playroom for the boys to hang special projects.  They can easily change out their art as often as they want!

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Melted Bead Sun Catchers

4 Mar

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA I had a terrible, throbbing headache for several days last week.  The kind that makes even a whisper seem like someone is using your head as a bongo drum.  The kind that makes it very difficult to be home with a rambunctious 3 year old all day.  I needed a quiet activity that would keep him busy and quiet long enough for my Advil to kick in.

Little C and I, thinking Spring and sun, made some cute little sun catchers using plastic craft beads and muffin tins.  Here’s how it’s done:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Do NOT grease the muffin tins.  Create designs in your muffin tins using the craft beads.  We had quite a few designs, as well as a few cups where Little C just packed in as many beads as he could.  You only want to cover the bottom of the tin with your designs.  The thicker you pack them in, the longer they will take to melt and cool.

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Bake the beads at 400 degrees for 30-40 minutes, or until fully melted.  The beads stink a little as they are melting, but not nearly as bed as I thought they would.  I cracked a window even though it was pretty cold out, just to ventilate for a while.

When the beads are all melted, remove the muffin tins carefully from the oven and set them somewhere safe to cool.  Little C was anxious to take them out, but you have to let them fully cool and harden or you are going to get some nasty burns!

Once they are cooled and hard again, there are a number of ways to get them out of the tin.  You can place it upside down on a towel on a hard surface.  The towel just softens their fall so they do not break.  The tapOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA the tin until they pop out.  Or, you can use a butter knife and simply press down on the edge of on of the sun catchers until it pops out.

I drilled holes in each little disk using a very small drill bit in Handy Hubby’s power drill.  Then we strung them up with fishing line and hung them in the window!

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Cars Valentines

7 Feb

Here is yet another Valentine’s Day craft!  We’ve been having a lot of yucky weather lately-Gee thanks Mother Nature for sending your kids Winterstorm Allen, Brianna, Charlie, Denise and now Elijah.  That’s enough of your kids already, Mother Nature!  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Alas, winter is a biatch here in the Arctic, so we do a lot of indoor activities!  Today we were slightly less creative in our endeavors.  I did not come up with this one on my own, rather I took the idea from Spoonful Crafts.  I get their emails a few times a month, and they have some really cute Disney themed crafts featuring your kid’s favorite characters!  Tons of printables too!  We made the Charm-ing Cars Valentines, which were really cute and simple for Little C to put together once we cut out all the shapes for him.  They even have a printable template for Lightening McQueen, Tow Mater and Sally, which makes it even easier because you don’t have to try and figure out what sizes to make the eyes and mouths and end up getting faces that look nothing like the characters you intended!

All you need is construction paper, markers or crayons, scissors and glue.  Cut out the shapes using the templates provided, glue the faces on and color!  So cute!  You could easily make enough of these for your child to hand out at school, or just make a few and keep them for yourself!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  They would be really cute party invites too, you could put all the party info on the back!

If you’ve seen Mater’s Tall Tales then you remember the part where Mater is in Japan and they are modifying him for street racing.  Modify!  Well, Little C felt that the Mater valentine needed to be modified so it could tow cars, so we added a tow hook!

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Valentine Puppy Craft

5 Feb

Happy Tuesday!  We’ve been VERY busy today!  Little C and I attended a Fancy Outfit party at the local library, went out to lunch, worked on the letter “A”, AND made a Valentine’s Day puppy!  Wheeeew!  We are pooped out!  (Just an FYI- Little C picked out everything he wore to the Fancy Outfit party.  Can you tell?)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

We made this cute puppy entirely out of hearts.  I don’t have any specifics for heart sizes-like their dimensions or anything like that.  But I can give you some pretty simple instructions on how to make one yourself!

The first heart is the largest, it’s the purple one that makes her hind legs, or as Little C called it, her booty butt.  So, start by folding a piece of construction paper in half and cutting out the largest heart for the booty butt.  Place the heart point-side up.

Next cut out another heart using a different color of paper.  This will be the body.  You need to make it slightly smaller than the first one.  Glue this heart over the top of the first one.

Now cut out a third hear, smaller than the last, for the head.  Glue this one over the points of the booty butt and body, but glue it point-side down.

Now you need 5 small hearts for the ears, feet and tip of the tail.  Also cut a long curved tail.  Glue the hearts on top of the head and on the bottom of the body.  Attach the tail and glue a heart to the tip.

You can draw the face on if you like.  We used one more tiny heart for a nose and a belly button because Little C thinks everything MUST have a belly button.  He drew the eyes and mouth and had my write our dog’s name on the belly, then he “wrote” love you.  (he’s 3, he can’t REALLY write, but far be it from me to stop him from trying!)

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There you have a cute Valentine puppy, or a Valentine for your puppy!  Little C hung his right above Moxie’s food and water so she could look at it while she eats!

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Kid’s DIY Valentine Goodies

2 Feb

The big V-Day is fast approaching.  The groundhog saw his shadow and there will be 6 more weeks of Winter.  Unless you live in the Arctic like me, then there will be handprint_heartWinter until about May.  Combine these two things-Valentine’s Day and frigid cold- and you have the recipe for a lot of crafts to keep a certain 3 yr old busy!

The first Valentine craft Little C and I attempted was making cute little heart shapes with his hand prints to give to the grandparents.  The problem was that no matter how many time I showed him how to place his hands, he just couldn’t get them to look like a heart.

In the end, we had a bunch of adorable little hand prints and Momma thought on her toes and came up with a few ways to incorporate them into some really sweet Valentines.  I hope they turn out just as cute for you and your little ones!  And stay close by, more Valentine’s goodies to come!

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Lego Ninjago Valentines

31 Jan

Every year the kids in Big A’s class exchange Valentines.  Every year I say “Next we are going to make the Valentines instead of buying them.”  This year, I finally actually MADE the Valentines!  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACrazy thing is that making them didn’t cost any more than buying them, and they are way cooler than the store bought ones!

Big A LOVES Lego Ninjago, so naturally we made Lego Ninjago Valentines.  I bought a box of craft foam with assorted colors.  They are about the size of a note card/recipe card and have a peel off backing, so there was no need to use glue.  I bought 3 large sheets of craft foam in yellow for the faces.

I folded the small foam rectangles in half and cut the  middles out, almost like doing a figure eight.

Next, I peeled the backing off 9 cards, stuck them to a yellow sheet and then cut between them.  This made cutting the yellow a lot faster!  I repeated this step until I had 30 Valentines.

Next, I drew the eyes and eyebrows onto the faces.  Big A wrote to and from on the backs with his name and the names of each of his classmates in permanent marker.

I bought 2 large bags of M&Ms and sorted them by color.  Blue Ninja got a snack bag of blue candies, red got red and so on.  For the black ninja I did brown M&Ms and for the white one I did yellow.  I didn’t want to buy the special custom colored M&Ms, they are so expensive!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI stapled the snack bags of M&Ms to the Valentines, and they are done!  And so cute!

You could also do this for a Ninjago birthday party, these would make great invitations or thank you cards.