Crepe Paper Pom Pom Flowers

Who wouldn’t want a vase full of these colorful crepe paper flowers!

Materials:

  • Crepe paper
  • Scissors
  • Green floral stem wire
  • Floral stem wrapping tape (green)
  • Wire cutters
  • Tacky glue
  • Optional food coloring

Directions:

Cut a 12″ to 18″ long piece of crepe paper, with your scissors make cuts into the paper about every 1/4 of an inch without cutting all the way through, coat one end of the floral wire (stem) with Tacky glue, lay glued end onto crepe paper that was not cut and press with fingers to hold in place.

Add more glue and roll crepe paper around wire, pinching, and gathering with your fingers.  You do not want to just roll the wire flat onto the paper, I think the flowers look best with some gathering!

As you are forming the flower, keep the crepe paper going straight around the top, you do not want the crepe paper going down the wire!

When your flower is the size you want, glue the end of the crepe, with your fingers push in and around the base of the flower making sure it held tight in place and is not too thick.

Tear off about 6″ of the floral tape and wrap around the glued end and down around the wire.

Depending on the vase size you are using, you may have to cut the wire stem to size!

It so easy to make multi colored flowers!  Start with a center color, glued in place and then add another color and another!!

For the multi colored look, I took white crepe paper and dipped it into food coloring!

I love the look!

Maybe red, white and blue for the 4th of July table!

Leather Cord Bracelet

These leather cord bracelets are so quick and easy, you can use beautiful buttons or colorful glass beads.

Materials:

  • Buttons or glass beads
  • 1.8m Leather cord
  • Scissors

Button bracelet:

Before you start make sure the leather cord will slide through the button holes!  I’m using 7 one inch mother of pearl buttons and one 1/2″ button as the fastener.  I want the bracelet to be 7″ to 71/2″ long when finished, so I will need to cut the leather cord 36″ long.  Fold the cord in half, make a knot on folded end about 1/2″ in, this end will be your fastener, so make sure your button (the 1/2″ button) will slide through!  To keep the first button in place tie one more knot about 1/4″ from the first knot.  Slide your button through one of the cords.

Slide the button all the way to the knot, tie another knot with both cords to hold button in place!

Add another button, tie a knot until you have all your buttons on and the size you want.

To finish your bracelet, tie one more knot to keep the buttons from being to close to each. Slide the smaller 1/2″ button on, sliding a cord through each button hole, and tie cording in strong knot.

Cut off extra cord.

Button bracelet done!

Glass bead bracelet on a leather is just as easy!

For the glass bead bracelet, cut the leather cord 36″ for a finished 7″ to 71/2″ bracelet.  Fold cord in half and make a knot, with the opening large enough for your last bead to go through (this last bead will be your fastener).

Before you start make sure the glass beads will easily slide on the leather cord!  And the bead that will become the fastener needs to slide on to both cords!

Slide the first bead onto just one of the cords, and make a knot, slide next bead on and make a knot, until you have the size you want!

 

Now for the last bead, slide this bead through both cords knot a strong knot and cut off extra cord!

Done, how easy and quick!

Or try this, make a loop large enough for a bead and tie a knot.  Slide the first bead through both ends of the cord, cut extra tail of cord hiding it in the bead!

Make a knot, add a bead, make a knot, until you have the size you want.

The last bead will be the fastener, so it needs to fit through the loop!  Slide this bead on, make a tight knot and cut off extra cord!

These bracelets would make a great “crafty” project for a tween sleep over or for a birthday activity!

Enjoy and be inspired!

Chick Egg

So cute, so easy these little chicks eggs.

Materials:

  • Plastic eggs
  • Orange felt
  • 7mm eyes
  • Feathers
  • Tacky Glue
  • Scissors

Directions:

Cut orange felt into long triangle shape for the beak, and glue onto egg.  Glue 2 eyes just above beak, glue small colored feather to the center back of the egg.  If you want to be able to open the egg, glue feather just above the opening!

Fill with your favorite treats, fun for an egg hunt or a adorable center piece!

 

 

Paint Pen Decorated Plastic Eggs

So much fun to decorate eggs with paint pens or colored sharpie pens, the kids will want to get in on the fun.

Materials:

  • Plastic eggs
  • Paint pens or Sharpie pens

 

Let your creativity out, have fun with poke a dots, squeegly lines, little flowers!!

The paint pens seem to give a brighter colors and show up more, but you do have to give time for drying!  The Sharpie pen dries right away, so you can keep drawing!

Recycle last years plastic eggs into fun art pieces!  Your possibilities are endless!

 

Wire Spiders

Spiders, spiders….everywhere!  Black wire and seed beads for eyes will be all you need for making these spiders, you will have a jar full in no time!  If your children want to help make spiders, let them use black pipe cleaners, pony bead eyes and follow the same directions!

pipe cleaner spider

Materials:

  • Black 26 gauge wire (I found at Jo Ann’s)
  • Seed beads: red, yellow, orange
  • Wire cutters or scissors
  • Optional: for kids black pipe cleaners, for eyes pony beads (or any type of bead)

Directions:

I’m using 26 gauge wire, because it is so easy to work with.

Cut a piece of wire about 18″ long, slide seed bead (eye) onto wire, about 2″ in and twist wire to hold bead in place.

Add another bead eye and twist to hold in place.

Now start forming the body (any shape), with the shorter wire, bend around with your fingers making a circle/oval shape, now bend the longer end around one or two times.

Now  start wrapping the wire around and around, going  in different directions around the body.  You want to pinch down every once in a while to keep your spider body flat.  If you have too much wire, cut off what you do not want, or add more wire if needed.

I just pushed the end of the wire into the body.  Fun right!  Any size or shape is going to work, that’s what makes this so fun, you can’t go wrong!

For the legs,  cut 4 piece of wire about 6” to 8” long (better to have them too long than too short) and one piece 8′ to 10″ long (this wire is for attaching body to legs).

Wrap the longer wire around all 4 legs wires, twist the wire to hold.  Now wrap the wire through center of legs, 2 in front and 2 in back on each side… see picture below.

Now to attach the body, we are going to use the same piece of wire (not a leg).  Lay the body on top and wrap the wire around, and around the body.

All you have to do is shape the legs, if they are too long or not all the same length cut them.

Since the spiders are made from wire, it is so easy to gently bend a leg to hold them on to branches, or gently push a leg or two into a candle, or cover a pumpkin with spiders.  If you are like me they will be everywhere!

If your children love the idea of spiders everywhere, let them make spiders from black pipe cleaners which are easier for children to handle!  They could use orange, red, or yellow pony beads or, depending on the age they might need your help, with cutting the pipe cleaners.

I used 3mm size pipe cleaner (they are not as fluffy), you will find them at any craft store.  I used a total of 6 for one spider, 4 for the legs, 1 the for body, and 1 to attach legs to body, and 2 pony beads for eyes!

Enjoy your spiders!

 

 

 

Coffee Filter Flowers

It’s so quick and easy to put together these beautiful coffee filter flowers.  They can be made in any size and can be used on gift bags, gift tags, or on a wreath!  These coffee filter flowers are stuning in white and the paint dipped coffee filter flowers are just as easy.

White coffee filter flower with inked edges

Paint dipped coffee filter flowers

 

Materials: for inked edge flower

  • Round Coffee Filters (white or unbleached)
  • Scissors
  • Small medal brads (decorative)
  • Optional ink pads, large needle, for paint dipped flowers acrylic paints

Directions:

Gently flatten out your filters, I like use a total of 8 to 12 filters for each flower. Start with 3 to 4 filters and fold in half, then fold in half again, you should have a triangle shade (this will be the first and largest layer).

With your scissors shape the larger end into a half circle petal, this is the first layer of the flower, so when cutting this layer you want to just round the edges.  For the middle layer, fold 3 to 4 more filters into the triangle shade, but this time cut a little  down into the filter (so this layer will be smaller).  For the center layer fold 2 to 3 filters into the triangle, cutting even smaller.

Inking the edges is an option, the flowers are elegant all white.  To ink, just run the ink pad over and over the edge until you have the color you want.

Any or all the layers can be inked, the possibilities are endless!

Putting it all together and making the flower:  Starting with the center layers unfold and with the tip of the scissors or a large sharp needle gently make a small hole in the center for the brad, push the brad through and do the same for the next two layers, closing the brad when done.

With the brad in the center, with your fingers gently start pulling and squishing each layer starting in the center.

The flower is ready for a gift bag /gift box or make a wreath.

I made smaller flowers for an added touch on the burlap covered foam ring.

 

Quick, easy and looks beautiful.

It is just as easy to make the paint dipped coffee filter flowers.  Remember coffee filters come in different cup sizes, making it so easy for small to large flowers.

Materials: for paint dipped flowers

  • coffee filters, white or unbleached
  • Acrylic paints ( I’m using burgundy, buttermilk, barn red and copper)
  • Brads
  • Scissors
  • Bowl(s)
  • Water
  • Newspaper
  • Optional gloves

Directions:

You are going to start by coloring the filters in watered down paint.  Mix each color or one at a time, in a bowl add about 2 tablespoons of paint and about 1/3 cup of water, mix and test to see if you like the color (add more paint or water if needed).  I find it faster to dip 3 to 4 filters at a time, take the filters and place in water-paint mix until they have soaked up color, squeezing out extra water-paint.  Gently pull apart and lay on newspaper to dry.

I like adding color to the edges on a few filters to make the flowers have more variation.

While the filter is still wet, gently fold the filter so you can dip just the edges.  Unfold and let dry.

I also like to add paint to edges after the filter is dry!  Pick a few and follow the steps from the white filter, folding and cutting.  Now just dip the cut edge into the paint, open and let dry.

Once all filters are dry, fold and cut to size, and arrange them in the order big to small for each flower.  I made all different sizes, some have 4 layers of the filters where some have 6 to 9, it’s up to you!

I like to mix the colors, making sure a few have the paint dipped centers.  Push the metal brad in the center and open the brad (I like to use my small scissor to start the hole for the brad).  Starting in the center, with your fingers gently squish up to filter, do this to each one until you have your flower.

Glue all the flowers on to a burlap covered foam ring for a wreath!

I love of all the possibilites for color combinations and holidays, celebrations and parties where these easy, unexpected beautiful flowers could be used!

Pick up extra coffee filters and get the kids to help!

 

Tissue Paper Balls

It’s so fun to make these tissue paper balls, your children are going to want to help! They can be made in any size and any color, they instantly add color and a wow factor to any party.

Materials:

  • Tissue paper (larger ball 8 to 12 sheets)
  • Fishing line or string
  • Scissors

Directions:

Lay out and flatten the tissue paper, you will need at least 8 to 12 sheets for a large ball.  With the tissue paper going long ways in front of you (it really doesn’t matter which way, it just makes a difference in size) fold up one end about 1 1/2″, and keep folding like you are making a large fan!

Now find the center by folding your fan in half, with fishing line or string (about a 8″ long so you have extra for hanging), tie in center.

Start on one side and pull up one tissue.

If you used 12 sheets of tissue, pull 6 sheets from each of these two sides. If  you have 8 sheets, pull up 4 on each side, and so on!

Now just turn over the ball and pull up each sheet for this side.  You now have a tissue ball, you may need to adjust some the sheets.

Find your fishing line (or string) in the ball and tie them together, with another piece of fishing line (as long as needed for hanging) loop through the string you just tied and tie the longer line on.  Let’s go hang them under the  large pool umbrella!

A fun way to decorate and add a lot of color!

This pink ball has rounded edges (cut before pulling sheets) looking like a large flower.  For a birthday party I made 2 dozen pink and purple balls (different sizes) and hung them from the trees!

You can shape the ends of the tissue “fan”, before pull the sheets for a different look.

You can make them smaller by cutting the tissue!  For these small half balls, I cut one sheet of tissue into 3 equal strips, stacked them, folded, tied and only pulled one side!!

Did you know you can iron tissue!  With the iron set on low, no steam, and iron…you can recycle, used tissue paper and make beautiful tissue balls!!

 

 

For the Birds

The children will have so much fun helping make these easy bird feeders and even more fun watching the birds come to the feeders!

Materials:

  • 4 cups bird seed
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons Corn Syrup
  • 1 envelope unflavored Gelatin
  • Wax Paper
  • Mixing bowl and spoon
  • Cookie cutters
  • Straw or toothpick
  • Ribbon, yarn or string
  • Optional: large paper clips

Directions:

All hands ready for measuring and molding!  In large mixing bowl, mix all ingredients with spoon and get out the cookie cutters.  Place the cookie cutter on wax paper, spoon in seed mixture. With your fingers push into the cookie cutter (add more seed mix if needed).  Use a straw or toothpick to make a hole in the seed for ribbon to hang feeder.

You should get about 12 feeders depending on the size of the cookie cutters.   Once the cookie cutter is filled  with seed and the hole is made, the cookie cutter can be pulled up and used again.

Let dry 6 to 8 hours.  Once they are dry, pull ribbon, yarn or string through hole, tie on tree branch and wait for the birds.  If you find a tree branch that is too hard to get ribbon around to tie,  try this: tie tails of ribbon together and make a hanger from a large paper clip.  Shape the paper clip into a “S” to make a hanger, this makes it easier to hang up into the tree.

It will not take long for the birds (and the squirrels!) to find the seed feeders.  Have fun bird watching!

 

Painted Wooden Clothespin Snowman Ornament

These little snowmen will add charm to any Christmas tree or gift box!  They are quick and simple, and make a great project to do with the kids!

 

Materials:

  • Wooden Doll Pins 3 3/4″ (package of 30, sold in craft stores)
  • Red or Green felt for hat
  • Acrylic paint: white, black, orange, red and or green
  • Clear Gloss Varnish
  • String or ribbon for hanger
  • Thin ribbon (to tie on hat)
  • Paint brush
  • Black Ultra Fine Sharpie
  • Glue (I like hot glue)
  • Scissors
  • Optional: small jingle bell, sequin snowflake, Twinkle Crystal by DecoArt (glitter paint),fine sandpaper, toothpick, Q-tip

Directions:

Paint the wooden pins white (you do not need to paint the top ball part because the hat will cover it). If needed, sand with fine sandpaper; sometimes the sides are rough so just smooth with a little sanding.  It will take 2 or 3 coats of white paint, I have found that an old shoe box works great for a drying rack (you are going to want to make more than one). With black paint make 2 eyes (look at picture below for placement) and with red paint make a simple scarf, one stroke from the right side, one stroke from the left, small circle (knot) then two separate strokes down make tales to the scarf (hope that makes it easy).

Make a carrot nose with orange paint, let dry and add rosy cheeks.  Mix red and white to make a soft pink, I find it easy to use a Q-tip as the brush, just a quick up/down.  My next little trick is to use a fine line Sharpie pen for the smile, just 4 or 5 little lines and lets add some personality by adding 2 little eye brows with the Sharpie (wasn’t that easier than a thin paint brush).  Now for the white in his eyes, looks hard but it’s not, dip the end of a toothpick into white paint and make a little dot in each eye(you might to test out the size on scrap paper first).  After drying, paint with a coat of Crystal Twinkles (glitter paint…I love this stuff!). Let dry and paint with a coat of gloss varnish.

Let finish with the hat, cut a piece of felt 2″ by 3″. Fold up one side of the 2″ side and glue, glue hat on the snowman.  String a small jingle bell on to thin ribbon and tie tight with a knot around top of hat, you may need to cut a little off.

For the hanger, side or glue thin ribbon or string through tied ribbon on hat. Glue a sequin snowflake on hat.  You are finished!

How many of this cuties are you going to make?  They are great for the Christmas tree, and fun tie on to a gift bag or box!

Kid’s Artwork Turkey

Gather the kids, grab some paint and lets make paper turkeys that stand up!  How adorable are these  just make sure that Grandmother gets one, too!  These turkeys are so easy that any age can help make them.  This turkey pictured here has water colored tail feathers, but if you can get the kids to put their hands in paint.  I love the tail feathers to be hand prints.  Check out the turkey at the bottom.

Materials

  • Turkey template {DOWNLOAD TEMPLATE PDF HERE}
  • scissors
  • glue
  • paint for turkey body brown and paint for tail feather (I used water colors)
  • Card stock, poster board or any heavy type of paper
  • red and yellow paper
  • 2 eyes

Are the kids ready to paint?  Paint the turkey body and strip brown.  Fold strip to make a rectangle, 1″ on top and bottom, 2 1/2″ on the sides (there will need to be a small overlap to glue).

Cut a yellow beak and a red gobble.  Glue on eyes (or paint), beak and gobble.

Glue the center strip to back of turkey body.

Now for the tail.  I ran out of white card stock (due to too many little artists who love to paint) so I used white paper plates (2) and I liked the way it turned out!  When dry cut into feathers, I cut 7.  Cut a half circle shape out of card stock, glue on your turkey feathers.

Glue the tail with feathers to the center strip.

How much fun!  Check out the turkey below with the hand print tail feathers.  Made the same way, just used the hand print for feather.

This turkey pattern can be adjusted, making him smaller or big. If you change the size larger, made the center strip larger so he will stand up.

 

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