Crafting with Kids: Spring Birds

Hello Spring!

Spring is here, and it’s time for gardening and pretty flowers.   I decided we should pretty up some of our pots by making some birds to plant in each.  This was a great project for the kids to help with, and they take less than 30 minutes to make.

Items needed:

pre-cut wood birds (available at craft stores)

wooden dowel rods

scrapbook paper

mod podge and hot glue

sandpaper

pencil

silver glitter glue

Begin by laying the wood bird on the piece of scrapbook paper and trace around it.  Carefully cut out the scrapbook paper bird.  You will need to cut one for both the front and back side.

Apply a layer of mod podge to one side of the wooden bird and gently attach the scrapbook paper bird to it.  Repeat on the reverse side.   Once dry use the piece of sandpaper to gently sand the edges so that the paper blends with the wood and isn’t hanging over.  Apply another layer of mod podge to the outside of the paper, and repeat once dry on the reverse side.

Apply hot glue to about one inch of the wooden dowel rod and attach it to one side of the bird.   Add a dot of silver glitter glue to the bird for the eye.  Pop your pretty bird into one of your flower pots. Make sure that your birds are in a protected area where they won’t be ruined by the weather.  Ours will be making their home indoors.

Happy crafting!

Tonya

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Crafting with kids: Spring Memory Books

Creating memories for each season is something that I love to do with my children. Last year I found mini scrapbooks in the $1 section at Target and had the kids create their own Spring Book. They added stickers and drew pictures on each of the pages, creating what was their definition of spring. This year, now that they are just a little bit older, I decided to have them make the actual books. In fact, we have made a book for each of the children in their preschool class that we will give them around Easter. This book has a dozen blank pages which the children can use to write, draw, add photographs, or embellish with stickers, dried flowers, anything that they want to remember their spring adventures.

Handmade Spring Memory Book

What you need:

Foam sheets

Card stock

Scissors

Washable paint (in assorted colors)

Cookie Cutters (spring themed)

Hemp, cord or ribbon (whatever you have on hand)

To make:

I began the project by cutting the front and back cover (from white foam sheets) and pages for the inside from card stock. I used a 4×6 photograph as my template ensuring that I left enough space for a border around it – so the book would measure about 5×7”.

Next, the kids set to work making the front cover for each book. I like to call this cookie cutter art. I set up re-usable plates with a thin layer of paint in each, you want to use a plate as opposed to a bowl because you don’t want all of the paint to end up in the middle and then leave lots of excess paint on the paper as it’s stamped.

Cookie Cutter Art

This made lovely spring-themed painted images on plain white card stock that we would use on the front cover of each spring book, once they had dried.

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It’s important to wipe off each cookie cutter as it’s been used so that you don’t end up with excess paint, or risk mixing the colors before the next page is stamped.

Once the paint was dry, Marisol set to work attaching each piece of card to the foam cover using foam mounting pads.

Foam Mounting Pads

Once all of the covers were finished, we hole-punched 2 holes along the side of each of the covers and internal pages and threaded a piece of hemp through each hole and tied it together.

And the final product:

Spring memory book

Happy Crafting!

Tonya

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Crafting with kids: Spring Flowers

Spring is just around the corner.

Here is a beautiful bouquet of straws flowers you can make with your kids.

Flower Straws

Items needed:

  • Bendy straws
  • Flower cookie cutter or stencil
  • Assorted scrapbook paper – preferably card stock (this is a great way to use up scraps)
  • Glue Stick
  • Scissors
    To make:

Trace around the stencil or cookie cutter with a pencil

Flower Stencil

Cut out the flower shape and cut out some smaller circles too – trace around a tiny glass on plain card stock (we used circles from Martha Stewarts Playground Multimedia Pad).

cut out collage

Next, glue the center spot onto the flower, then a grown-up will need to punch a hole through the center of the flower. Then have your child very gently push the straw from the bottom up through the flower until it is at the top of the bendy part. Bend the straw and the flower will stay there.

flower collage

Now get them a special drink to try out their fabulous fancy spring straws.

Flower Drinking Straws

Happy Crafting!

Tonya

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