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Cute Bird Ornament – DIY Christmas Craft for Kids

We signed up to offer a craft at our December 4H meeting. Our club’s theme is wildlife, so I wanted something that had something to do with animals. I scoured Pinterest for a Christmas ornament craft that was easy enough to be done by 6-year-olds but interesting enough for teens (as that is the age span of our club). It wasn’t easy, and I ended up finding exactly nothing that would work. If you follow me on Instagram, you saw a picture of the Christmas tree our club decorated at Christmas Magic in York this year. It had a bird … Read more

Popsicle Stick Christmas Tree Triangles

Clearly, we had a giant party with popsicle sticks, stick-on pearls and gems, and glitter glue, right? We bought a whole bunch and then went to town on all kinds of ornaments including these traditional little trees. If you’re a new subscriber, you should know that I don’t just post about crafts, but we are on a big Christmas crafting kick, so that’s what you’re getting right now. Things will return to normal soon. I have made these little triangular trees at least five times in Grace’s 8 years. I may even have posted them before here. They’re just a … Read more

Easy Popsicle Stick Snowflake Ornaments for Preschoolers

We’ve been crafting so much that my glue gun caught on fire. For real. I had to throw it out after flames shot out of it and it set off the smoke detector. Okay, not really about the smoke detector, but everything else is true. I love crafting with my kids. I feel the same way about crafting with them that I feel about cooking with them. I absolutely positively love doing it. Except for the mess they make. I could do without that. But anyway. I sat down one Saturday afternoon while the girls were playing Barbies, and I … Read more

Painting with Cookie Cutters

Painting with Cookie Cutters - This is so simple and easy! Plus, it uses barely any paint so there's no mess.

Allie loves to paint, and I do like to help her paint, but at 4, her paintings are all the same sort of globby mess. It frustrates me that she soaks her brush full of paint and slops it around the paper (though I never let on), and I think it frustrates her that she’s not able to make things look the way her sister does (like actual things instead of abstract art). I came up with a way to paint that uses minimal paint (no big globs) and lets her find success in creating just the shapes she wants. It … Read more

How to Make a Painted Doily Garland

I have seen lots of painted doilies around the blogosphere the last couple of weeks, and I wanted to make a painted doily garland for the girls’ room. One of my favorite techniques is to color with washable markers and then spray the paper with water, so that was my plan for the activity. Allie and Grace both had other plans, so I went with what they wanted to do. In the end, we discovered the very best way to make a doily garland was to simply paint the doily with watercolors. They really were too fragile for much of … Read more

Cross Resist Paintings for Preschoolers and Big Kids

How to do Cross Resist Paintings for Easter or any time of year

This is one of those projects that I’ve been meaning to do for a long time. We tried some resist painting using stickers a few months ago. It went well at first, but the stickers got too wet and let behind half of the sticker paper on the canvas. Someday, I’ll blog those pictures. The finished paintings look great, but the process was more difficult than I expected. Because we were making crosses this time (for Easter but really, is there a time of year when the cross is not timely and relevant?), I knew painter’s tape would work out … Read more