Summer Sun Prints

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Summer Sun PrintsI love this idea! How many times have you hung a piece of construction paper in a window only to find that after a short while, the sun has faded the main color and everything that was underneath is still the original color? Why not make a craft using this same idea?

That’s what one blogger did over at Mom, I’m Bored! and I wanted to post it here for all of you to see! This would be a great kids craft for all ages.

Give it a try and let me know how it turns out.

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Summer Crafts for Kids

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My friend Aurelia Williams over at Real Life Solutions has a great page with some quick and easy Summer Craft ideas.

Graph paper designOne of her ideas is making graph paper drawings. I love doing this! The kids take a sheet of graph paper and a pen, pencil or markers. They draw a picture on the graph paper using only the lines on the graph paper. No curved lines allowed.  I can picture my youngest daughter Jillian sitting under a tree on a sunny day, graph paper in hand, coming up with all kinds of creations!

If you don’t have access to graph paper, you can make and download your own by going to Graph Paper Maker.

Let their imaginations run wild!

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smiling heartsHearts! Don’t you just love these smiling hearts? Jillian has been practicing her counted cross stitch, so she started off with a butterfly, then worked on these hearts. Her next project is just getting started and for the life of me, I can’t remember which character it is! I’m pretty sure it’s Eeyore, but it might be Winnie the Pooh… I’ll have to check later and let you know….

Anyway, she’s doing a great job as a brand new counted cross stitcher! I’m very proud of her. She wanted to jump right in with a very difficult pattern but I convinced her that she had to start small and make sure she liked it before she took on a big project! After she’s done with the next one, I think she’ll be ready for something bigger!

4-Given Key Chain

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4 givenThis is a very easy key chain for anyone to make and would be great for vacation Bible School, Sunday School or a Youth Group to make.

You can click on the picture to view it in a larger image.

All you need are 9 colored beads in whatever color you would like, a key ring, alphabet beads to spell GIVEN and the #4, and cord. This project could be completed in about 15 minutes!

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Boa Covered Flip Flops

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Boa Flip FlopsI have seen more young girls with these flip flops on lately!  They are really cute and very easy to make in any color.   I found this pair at Michaels’ with directions on how to make them.  All you need are flip flops, crafting boa and a glue gun.

Start at one end and poke the end of the boa into the sole where the strap attaches.  Hot glue the whole way across the strap, leaving a short tail to poke into the other side of the sole to finish.

Jillian has a pair that a friend made her that are bright red.  She loves wearing them because she gets comments on how cute they are constantly!

Father’s Day Ties

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Origami TieHere it is!  The ultimate Father’s Day tie!  Jillian can’t wait to make this one for her daddy.  She loves to make Origami animals so when I found this online at Activity Village, I just had to show it to her!   I can’t wait to see Frank’s face when she gives it to him!

There are some really neat Origami projects on that website, like a business card holder, wallet, van and even a neat looking photo frame!  Check them all out and let me know what you think!

Flowerpot Pencils

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This desktop arrangement brightens a child’s homework nook and keeps all her pencils ready for the picking..

MATERIALS:Flowerpot Pencils
Pencil
Hair scrunchies
Craft foam leaves
Craft scissors
Hole punch
Clay pot

Black beans

Time needed: Under 1 Hour

1. For each blossom, wrap 1 or 2 colorful hair scrunchies around the top of a pencil. Next, cut out a pair of green craft foam leaves, using craft scissors to create a scalloped edge. Lightly etch leaf vein lines in the foam with the tip of a toothpick. Using a hole punch, make a hole in the base of each leaf.

2. Then slide the leaves onto the pencil so they rest right beneath the flower. You can even attach a “silk” butterfly (sold at craft stores) to the blossom.

3. Finally, plant the finished flowers in a clay pot filled with dried black beans (if beans fall through the hole in the bottom of the pot, just tape over it).

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Found at FamilyFun.com

Tooth Fairy Tote!

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I saw a friend tonight whose daughter lost her very first tooth. Ahhh, that sure brought back memories of my girls losing their teeth! I asked her if she was going to put her tooth under her pillow and she said that her grandma gave her a pillow to put the tooth in! Now why didn’t I think of that when my girls were small?

Tooth fairy with wingsSo, I decided to check online to see if there were any cute craft ideas on making tooth fairy pillows and I was amazed at all the choices! I’d have to say that one I found on Disney Family.com is my favorite! It’s an adorable tooth with wings! It’s made of white, blue and purple felt and looks very easy.

Here’s another cute pillow idea that I found over at Crafty Carnival. You can get step by step directions from her site on how to make them.

Tooth Fairy PillowInstead of using a pillow, my girls would wrap their teeth in a tissue and put it under their pillows and I had to dig for it! lol! I can remember one time when I went into Jillian’s room to retrieve the tooth, I found a note she had written to the tooth fairy! It was adorable!

Let me know if you try either of these!

Plate Wall Hanging

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This is a really neat idea for a Mother’s Day gift for grandma’s from a small child.  It’s something they will definitely cherish! Handprint on Plate

Materials Needed:

Paper Plate, Paint, Lace and/or Ribbon, Glue

Instructions:

Paint the child’s hand then press it onto the paper plate.  Once the paint dries, glue the lace around the edge of the plate, then add lace or ribbon to the top to hang it.  Don’t forget to write the child’s name, age and date on the plate!

For a little variety, use colored paper plates with a contrasting color.

Make It Yourself Placemat

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This is truly unique! I found this over at Mom Gadget.

Placemat

What kid wouldn’t want a placemat made out of his favorite cereal box? Here’s the instructions:

What you’ll need:

an empty milk carton
an empty cereal box
some dental floss

1. Disassemble your milk carton and cut into ½” strips. Do the same with the front panel from your favorite cereal box.

2. Weave together. directions

3. Finish ends by weaving dental floss around the edges so your beautiful new placemat doesn’t come apart.

Pretty cool, isn’t it!  I can’t wait to show this to a friend of mine who has younger kids.  I can just see them eating off their cereal box placemat at every meal! lol!  Or, this could be a neat Girl Scout project for the older girls to teach the younger girls!

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