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Fairy Watching Binoculars

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

Disclaimer: I received a gift card from Jo Ann Fabric and Craft stores to help with purchasing the products to create this craft.

BINOCULARS

Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores is one of my favorite places to shop. This summer they a fantastic program that has 72 wonderful Summer Crafts. These ideas are spectacular on their own but I like to put my own twist on things. When I saw the Binoculars project I knew it would be a fun project to work on with my kiddos.

We make binoculars every summer. They are fun and easy. Jo-Anns came up with a super simple way to make soft fun binoculars. I love it and it made me start thinking we need to make our binocular making to the next level. Jo-Anns has a ton of really cute craft foam in different colors and prints. I fell in love with this scrapbook paper. It is glittery and iridescent and it does not flake. Meaning the little glitter bits don”t come off with rubbing etc. This is important to me since the binoculars will be next to their eyes.

I started with two toilet paper rolls. We always have a ready supply of those. I cut my paper to the right length using the toilet paper tube as my guide. I then did a mock roll and cut the paper to the right width. You can use your first piece as a guide to make your second. I then glued the piece of cut scrapbook paper to the roll. Once that was done I glued the other end to itself. I also used glitter ribbon. I love it I got some that is self sticking and some that needs glue to stick. I love both I am totally sold on using this for craft projects it is so pretty!

Now its time to glue any other paper embellishments that will be going around the roll completely. Once that is done. Glue the rolls together to create your binoculars. You can now glue on any other goodies you would like attached. Like rhinestones, flowers, stickers etc. Once you are done doing this punch a hole in each of the outer sides of the binoculars to connect your neck strap.

In the Jo-Anns version of this project they use some cording. I wanted ours to be different. So I started thinking maybe ribbon or rickrack. And then I thought mardi gras beads. I just cut the beads. One cut anywhere on the strand. Now push the end bead through your hole you created. I added a dab of hot glue to the inside bead in the TP roll and one to the outside bead that you can see. There I added a little fabric rose to conceal and block the hole where the bead was pushed through. Repeat this on the other side.

You can see the rose up above where I added it to conceal the hole.

I absolutely love them. They turned out so cute!

Kaia loves them too. She immediately took them out and went searching for faeries. She wears them around the house and hangs them above her bed.

You can view the full online Cape Discovery Catalog & Jo-Ann’s Weekly digital advertisement to see everything that is going on! You can find a single coupon for 40% off one item there as well! There are even more craft ideas & you can find out what is on sale when you visit in store & online!

What kind of Summer crafting activities do you enjoy doing with your kids or even for yourself? Which one of the Jo-Ann Summer craft activities are you most excited about?

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Making a Sensory Play Mat and Peg Characters

Saturday, May 11th, 2013

Disclaimer: I received a gift card from Jo Ann Fabric and Craft stores to help with purchasing the products to create this craft.

I love Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. This summer they a fantastic program that has 72 wonderful Summer Crafts. These ideas are spectacular on their own but I like to put my own twist on things. So when I saw the fabulous Treasure Map project I knew it would be a fun project to work on with my kiddos.

First we had to decide what kind of map we were going to make. Mikey decided he wanted a Treasure Map. He wanted there to be a castle. He has been really into Knights, Dragons, castles, and swords. So I went to making our castle, It was easy. I just did a quick sketch of what I wanted the castle to look like. You don’t need it to be perfect. It’s for kids they will love it no matter what it looks like. I made a drawbridge I cut a half oval in my castle and then glued some of the same paper to the back of the oval so that the scrapbook paper would be thicker and the print would be on both sides.

After we had decided what we wanted to be on our map. I began to cut shapes to represent different landmarks. Every night Mike tells the kids stories. The kids tell him what they would like the story to be about. Kaia’s stories are almost always about Unicorns, Princesses and Faeries. While Mikey likes his stories to be about Knight ,Dragons, and other creatures. These stories have become a whole world created by Mike with suggestions from the kids. Meaning the Unicorns almost always are in a forest called the Tangle Wood Forest, The Mermaids are generally in the Singing Spring etc. So that is what we decided our Map would be. It would be a map about this world that they hear about every night.

The base of this map is made from a cork roll which gives it a fun attribute. You can stick things in it. In our case I made little Flags out of craft foam and pipe cleaners. I cut the pipe cleaners to the size I wanted and hot glued them to small pieces of cut up craft foam. I also decided that I wanted this map to have many different textures. I wanted it to not only be visually exciting but and exciting sensory experience for them as well.

Here is our castle which we call Bright Stone Tower. I glued jewels to the inside of the drawbridge so when the kids open it they can see and feel the beautiful treasure inside. There is also Dead Man’s Ditch. It is made from scrapbook paper that has a weaved texture. It feels kind of like a basket. I also used foam stickers to liven it up a bit.

The Creeping Marsh and The Worlds End. These places often make appearances in their nightly stories. There are mermaids who live at The Worlds End which was made with blue craft felt and fiber fill (usually used to make pillows). Big Bug like creatures live in the Creepy Marsh which was made from fabric (found in the scrap fabric area) and craft foam bugs.

The Sky Cap Mountains were made from textured craft felt and the white snow is made from fabric paint. The Wandering Island was made from scrap book paper, in both a water print and a textured weave. The palm trees are craft foam stickers.

Tangle Wood Forest is made from scrap book paper. I did use a tree punch that I already had. I am sure you could find something similar at Jo-Ann’s.
We decided that we love our map but that it needed a little something more. So we created figures to go along with it. I used wood clothespins to make our figures.

The first figure I made was this Knight. I used gray acrylic paint to paint the knight. I used puffy paint for the shield and a sharpie for the sword. The cape was made with felt. I used a glue gun to attach it.

The Dragon was made next. I used two different shades of green acrylic paint to paint the dragon. I used a sharpie for the face and tummy scales. The wings, tail and back spikes are made from green craft felt.

The Princess was made with pink acrylic paint. The dress, crown and cape are made from craft felt. I added a few gems with my hot glue gun. Because Princesses need some sparklies.

The Unicorn may be my favorite. I am not sure its between the Unicorn and the Dragon. I used a silver pipe cleaner for the horn cut to size. The eyes are made form small rhinestones. The hair is actually made form party blowers. I just took off the pretty foil part and turned it into unicorn hair. I added a small flower to the front because it needed it. The muzzle or nose is made from a small white pompom. The ears are made from craft felt.

The Mermaid was made using acrylic paint again. This time though once the paint dried I used teal glitter glue over it to make the mermaid tail sparkle. The bottom fin is made from craft felt.

This play set is super easy to put together and take apart. I had an extra baggy that we use to keep all the figures and flags in. Then we just take the baggy and roll it up in the map its very compact.

You can view the full online Cape Discovery Catalog & Jo-Ann’s Weekly digital advertisement to see everything that is going on! You can find a single coupon for 40% off one item there as well! There are even more craft ideas & you can find out what is on sale when you visit in store & online!

What kind of Summer crafting activities do you enjoy doing with your kids or even for yourself? Which one of the Jo-Ann Summer craft activities are you most excited about?


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Making Fossils

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013


We made fossils! We used this Salt Dough Recipe to make them

The kids rolled out the dough and used a biscuit cutter to cut out circles

They then pushed small dinosaur toys into the dough to create imprints

We then baked them and let them harden


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Sight Word Smash

Saturday, January 12th, 2013


We have been Kaia’s sight words so I thought it would be fun to make a game out of it. So we made Cotton Ball Rocks here is my recipe for them
The kids each chose a color

After being baked

I used a sharpie to write kaia’s sight words. Mikey is not yet learning sight words so for him. I used shapes, letters, and numbers, to help him with his recognition.

We made a lot!

The kids used real hammers they are kids sized and sold at Red ToolBox

Our children were very well supervised. Please supervise your children if you decide to do this activity

Kaia was reading her words in no time and very excited to do so.

Mikey loved this activity too!

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Meal Planner

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

i had a large bulletin board in my kitchen that was just an accumulator of  various paper clipping, business cards that were out of business and other various things. It really was not doing anyone any good and was more of an eye soar than anything else. So I decided to do something about it! Believe it or not I already had everything  I needed. It was all around my house leftover from other projects. The fabric was leftover from a dress I made Kaia when she was One! I knew it would come in handy some day.

These letters were bought at Discount School Supply they are the Large Wooden Letters

I had an idea for my old pushpins to maker them cute again without buying new ones. I hot glued some rhinestones and gems on them.

Here they are all cute and snazzy.

I also wanted to make pockets for my menu cards

I hot glued fabric on them and used felt letters (I got these at Michael’s a few years ago)

Once that was done I stapled them to the board

I made cute clothespins too! So simple I just cut some ribbon to size and hot glued it to the clothespin with a gem

And then I hot glued the clothespins to the board

I made recipe cards by making a list with my husband of our favorite meals.  I then added more by going through our cookbooks and finding recipes I knew we had liked in the past or ones I wanted to try.

On the back of each card is the title of the cookbook and the page plus basic ingredients needed.

The clipboards are the kids chore charts. I covered them in the fabric as well. I have around 60 recipe cards, Once used for the week it goes into the “old” card holder. when most of the cards are used up those cards go back into rotation. This ensures that we are not eating the same thing every night.

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