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Journaling Your Art Projects

Thursday April 17, 2014
Journal

This week I wrote a review of the craft book "Wreck This Journal" by Keri Smith. It got me thinking about journaling more than just my feelings or what I did this week. I thought it might also be neat to journal the kids art projects.

To start you'd need a blank journal, or you'd have to make one yourself. I plan on getting a 3-ring binder and filling it with scrapbooking paper that is 8 1/2 X 11. You could also use typing paper and just decorate it.

Next, I'm going to take pictures of the kids as they create their art projects. You can take a picture of just your child with the finished product, or several pictures that reveal the process from start to finish.

You can print your pictures out if you have a color printer, or you can order a copy of the pictures from any pharmacy that develops photos.

Title your journal page with the name of your craft and glue in the pictures. You can give the journal a title too. You can use your child's name and the current year. I think it would have been really neat if I had done this when my kids were little. Then they could see how much their crafting skills have improved over the years.

These journals will make great keepsakes for your children when they grow up. Just a thought that came to me today that I thought I'd share with you.

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Top Easter Crafts

Monday April 14, 2014
Celebrate Easter

There are only a few days left until Easter so I thought it might be helpful to compile a list of the best Easter crafts. Of course, there are plenty that won't make it on the list, but you can still use the search box on the site to find any specific crafts you are looking for.

Homemade Bouncy Balls: Okay, so this craft doesn't have Easter in the title, but you can certainly make a few to go in the Easter baskets you plan on setting out Sunday morning.

How to Dye and Easter Egg with a Silk Tie: Yes, this craft is on the homepage currently. That is because it is one of my favorites. I hope you will find the time to give it a try this Easter!

Bunny Easter Basket Craft: This basket is so cute and a great idea for giving away small pieces of candy to the kids in your Sunday school class, or to the friends of your children.

Hot Cross Buns Recipe for Kids: Easter crafts don't just have to be made from construction paper. You can also help your kids make an edible treat that is sure to satisfy any snack craving.

Faberge Egg Craft: Learn a little bit about how Faberge eggs came to be and then make one with your kiddos.

How to Make This Year's Easter Egg Hunt a Little More Challenging: Why not throw an Easter egg hunt that will not only bring joy to the faces of your children, but will also stimulate their minds as well.

Simple Easter Basket Craft with a Fortune Easter Egg: Make your own little Easter basket and then fill it with a fortune Easter egg.

Feel free to share your favorite Easter crafts in the comments section below!

Decorating Easter Eggs with Hot Glue

Tuesday April 8, 2014
hot glue Easter egg

There is never a shortage of ideas when it comes to decorating an Easter egg. One method I bet you haven't thought of is to use the glue from your hot glue gun to give your Easter eggs a unique look.

Hot Glue Covered Easter Eggs

In order to make these beautifully decorated Easter eggs, you will need a glue gun (compare prices) and colored glue sticks for the glue gun (compare prices).

The first step is to dye the Easter eggs as you normally would (after hard boiling them of course). Once the dye has completely dried, you can continue.

Plug your hot glue gun in and let it warm up for a minute. Mine doesn't take but 30 seconds, but all glue guns are a bit different.

Select the color glue stick you want to use (they even have glue sticks that are filled with glitter). Place the glue stick in your hot glue gun and use it to create a pattern over the egg. It should look web-like.

Repeat with another color if you want your egg to have multiple colors surrounding it.

Set your Easter egg aside until all of the hot glue dries. This won't take too long. Then display your egg for all to see.

Check out my latest article here: Easy Hot Cross Buns Recipe for Kids

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Make Your Own Ice Packs

Sunday April 6, 2014
Earlier I posted an article on How to Apply Chalkboard Paint. Now I'd like to move on to making your own ice packs.

Surprisingly, ice packs only require two ingredients. For every one cup of water, you need 1/2 a cup of isopropyl rubbing alcohol.

Select a plastic zipper bag in the size you desire for your homemade ice pack. Fill the bag three-quarters of the way full with the above liquid solution.

Squeeze any air out of the plastic zipper bag before sealing it shut.

Color the outside of the plastic zipper bag with a few permanent markers. You can make a face or turn it into an animal, such as a teddy bear or a giant goldfish. This is optional of course, but will make it more likely for younger children to leave the ice pack on when they get hurt.

Place the homemade ice pack in the freezer for a minimum of one hour before using.

Tip: Add food coloring to the homemade ice pack to make it more attractive to children.

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Easter Egg Snorkeler

Tuesday April 1, 2014
Easter Egg Snorkler

My daughter was feeling a bit creative this weekend. We dyed Easter eggs with one of her friends, but this particular egg she decided to paint.

She turned her painted Easter egg into an Easter egg snorkeler. She took the cap from her water bottle and glued it to the top center of the egg. The bottle cap was the Easter egg's goggles. Then she drew eyes inside the goggles with a permanent black marker.

Next, she gut a straw so that it was small enough to represent the Easter egg's breathing apparatus. She glued it in place and once the glue dried she had her very own Easter egg snorkeler.

Have you turned your Easter eggs into any characters? If so, feel free to post a picture of them on my Family Crafts Facebook page. I'd love to see them and I'm sure other readers would enjoy the inspiration.

Have a great Easter!

Lazy Weekend Easter Crafts

Saturday March 29, 2014
My kids have musical practice this weekend, but other than that we just plan on having a lazy weekend. We picked the perfect weekend for it since it is suppose to rain through to Monday. Anyway, I plan doing a few Easter crafts with the kids while sipping on some homemade hot chocolate (if it wasn't so cold we'd make smoothies).

Below are a few Easter crafts you can make with your little ones the next time you want to have a lazy weekend.

Faberge Egg Craft: This craft guides kids through the process of making their own Russian Faberge eggs.

Carrot Cake Cupcakes: Okay, so this isn't a craft, but I love carrot cake! The kids will enjoy making these carrot cake cupcakes, and you can do it before or after the Easter crafts.

How to Make a CD Bunny: This cute bunny is made from an old CD and other items you have around your house.

Coffee Filter Easter Egg: Create an egg out of a coffee filter and a little food coloring.

Recycled Easter Basket Craft: You don't have to run out and purchase an Easter basket. This craft will teach you how to make your own out of recycled items.

How to Make This Year's Easter Egg Hunt a Little More Challenging

Monday March 24, 2014
Easter Egg Hunt

Each year I hide a bunch of Easter eggs around the house, and out in the yard. Then I set my kids free to go and find as many of the eggs as they can. I don't do anything special. This year I decided to make the Easter egg hunt a little more challenging. Not only do I expect this to be a load of fun, but it should also recapture the interest of my teenager, who was getting bored of the traditional Easter egg hunt.

Think back to all of the treasure and scavenger hunts you've organized (or went to as a kid yourself). This will give you a few ideas as to what you can do to create a more challenging Easter egg hunt. You can start off by following the scavenger hunt idea. Pick ten different objects that are small enough to fit inside a plastic Easter egg (a penny, a paper clip, a Hershey Kiss). Place them inside the eggs and create a list for each child that has the items on it. Set your kids free to find the eggs, but remind them that they must leave the eggs where they find them. The object of the game is to check off each item that they find and return only after spotting all ten items.

Another option is to give each Easter egg a number. You will have your child start off with the egg with the #1 on it. Place a clue as to the location of egg #2 in egg #1 as you would if you were organizing a treasure hunt. Repeat this as many times as you need to (maybe only 5 for younger kids, but 10 to 15 for older kids). The last egg can give the location of a special prize or an egg filled with chocolates. The prize doesn't have to be expensive, just something that will motivate kids to go on the hunt.

There is no right or wrong way to organize an Easter egg hunt so feel free to modify any of the ideas above to fit your situation, or create a challenging Easter egg hunt of your very own. Feel free to share what you plan on doing below so that others may also become inspired.

Pioneer Press Marshmallow Peeps Diorama Contest

Thursday March 20, 2014
Peeps

My youngest daughter has an obsession with marshmallow Peeps, although I find them a bit too sugary for my liking. Whether you enjoy Peeps or not, you can still put them to good use.

Pioneer Press is hosting their annual Pioneer Press Marshmallow Peeps Diorama Contest.

This Easter contest doesn't cost a dime to enter (my favorite type of contest) and you can submit as many entries as you'd like. You can create the dioramas individually, or together as a group.

When you submit a digital photo of your Peeps diorama, make sure you list your name, age, address, and telephone number. You can include additional information about yourself or your creation if you wish, but it isn't required.

All of your entries must be submitted no later than April 7th at 5 p.m.

If you have any questions about the contest, you can contact Richard Chin at 651-228-5560 or by emailing him at rchin@pioneerpress.com.

For more information about the Pioneer Press Marshmallow Peeps Diorama Contest click HERE!

Simple Smock Made From an Old Sweatshirt

Wednesday March 19, 2014
Smock Sweatshirt

Smock Sweatshirt Back

Don't throw away your child's old sweatshirts. My daughter discovered that they are really easy to turn into art smocks. She needed some red fabric for a project she was working on, so she cut the back out of my nephew's old sweatshirt. She discovered that when trimmed just outside the edge of the seams and below the collar line that it was still easy to slip the sweatshirt on. She brought it too me on my model nephew and showed me how it would make a great smock. She was right.

I have no doubt that the same thing can be followed with any old t-shirt, whether long or short sleeve. No need to go out and purchase an art smock when you can make one at home for free!

Catch up on a few of my latest articles below:

Top 5 St. Patrick's Day Pranks Why not have a little fun with your kids by pulling a few innocent pranks.

St. Patrick's Day Treasure Hunt Go on a hunt for an Irish treasure on St. Patrick's Day. Kids will need to follow the clues left behind by the leprechaun if they are to discover the treasure that was left behind.

Historical Figure Bottle Person Encourage your kids to learn more about an important person in history by creating a bottle person that resembles the historical figure you choose to research. This craft happens to focus on Jesse Owens.

Simple Leprechaun Trap for Kids Trick that pesky leprechaun into falling inside your leprechaun trap.

How to Create Perfume Using Essential Oils No need to use store bought perfume made with chemicals that irritate your skin. You can use essential oils that emit a pleasant fragrance when combined together.

Doodle 4 Google Contest

Sunday March 16, 2014
Doodle 4 Google

Google is currently hosting a Doodle 4 Google contest. Anyone that wishes to enter should do so right away. There are only 4 days left to this competition. I wish I had learned of it a bit earlier so I could have given you more notice. Still, I thought you might like to know in case you had the time to enter.

This competition is open to students in grades K through 12. The theme is "If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place..." The winning student will receive a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 Google for Education technology grant for his or her school. I don't know about you, but that prize is one of the higher prizes I've seen in any art or craft contest. I'd love it if my daughter won a $30,000 college scholarship!

If your child wants to enter the contest, you'll need to download the application. Once the application and the drawing are complete, you can either mail them in or submit them electronically. Here is the link to the contest: Doodle 4 Google You can follow the previous link if you plan on submitting your child's drawing online, or you can mail it to Doodle 4 Google, PO Box 510006, New Berlin, WI 53151.

Check out my latest article here: St. Patrick's Day Treasure Hunt This article shows you how you can create a leprechaun mask, shamrock clues, and a treasure for your kids to discover after following the clues on the shamrocks.

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