Eyes in a Bowl

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By Kid’s Crafts Contributor Stephanie, from the Blog A Geek in Glasses.

Spooky Eyes in a Bowl Decoration

My daughter loves Halloween and making crafts. This is the perfect project for little hands to make a spooky decoration. There are not a lot of steps and by using glues dots there is no mess. This could be a fun project for Scouts or Classroom parties.

Materials

Supplies:


First place a glue dot on the back of the eye.

Next stick the eye to the foam ball.

Red Veins

Use a red maker to make the bloodshot veins.

Bowl of Eyes Craft

Then place all of the eyeballs into a glass bowl. Spooky Fun!

Eyes in a Bowl Halloween Craft

Kids Crafts: Googly Eyes

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By Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and is always looking to improve her crafting skills. Join Mable on Facebook to socialize and share with other crafters!

If you have a creative child around, there are many great craft supplies to keep them busy, and keep you worry-free. Keep the right supplies on hand, and crafting with your kid can be fun and help you build memories that can last well into their lives.

Slimy Eyes Sensory Bag - Hands On As We Grow

Slimy Eyes Sensory BagHands On As We Grow

Wiggly, jiggly eyes add humor and character to any craft project. They’re fun to shake, sound really cool, and instantly give anything personality. Kids love watching their creations come to life when they add googly eyes. You’ll love the simplicity and the hours of fun these simple supplies can bring. Here are some of our favorite creative googly eyes crafts…

Googly Eyes Headbands - The Crafty Blog Stalker

Googly Eye HeadbandThe Crafty Blog Stalker

Girls won’t be able to stop giggling once they make these fun and funky hair accessories. Grab some old headbands and find the craziest googly eyes you can!

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I Love Googly Eyes!

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Welcome Guest Blogger, Chris Steele.

I love googly eyes.  They’re just plain fun.  They can turn anything into a crafty project.  Literally.  Anything.  Anyone can use them, and everyone enjoys them.  Kids LOVE them, in fact.  They’re great for spontaneous giggles.  I’ve included a few pictures of our recent googly-eye forays-hopefully you can use the ideas yourself.

First, the magnetic sketch board (Doodle Pro?).  My 2 ½-year-old daughter, Emily, looooves the episode of “Blues Clues” where the kids put googly eyes on things around the house…but that is not exactly practical.  At least not at my house.  Plus, I’m not sure that I want Emily to get used to sticking things all over everything.  It’s something I could regret later.  So we compromised.  We put some on the Doodler (as it will be named from here on out), and she had the best time drawing all around them.  There was a turtle.  Then a dog.  Then Daddy.  Please don’t tell her that they all looked the same to me.  But the best part – only one set of googly eyes, dozens of different pictures, hours of fun.

Doodler with googly eye

The doodler with googly eyes

Next came the plastic-ware characters.  These were SUPER easy, and lots of fun.  They also lasted a really, really long time, which surprised me.  If you’re like me, you have all sorts of random plastic-ware around the house, just begging to be turned into crafts.  I used sharpies to draw faces (those did need touch-ups every so often), then we played around with chenille stems to dress the characters up a bit.  Emily’s favorite was the dog (come on…it looks like a dog if you squint a little).  I’m certain you could also use something actually crafty, like Popsicle sticks, too.

Plastic-ware Characters

Plastic-ware Characters

Emily showing off her creation

Emily showing off her creation

Then came what I consider to be my crowning glory.  Those who know me understand that I am NOT a girly girl.  Those same people laughed hysterically when I found out that I was going to have a second daughter.  Needless to say, I’ve done my best to turn Emily into a tomboy, and she is basically as far from that as you can get.  She is a princess through and through.  Part of being a princess is having weekly (or daily, if she had her way) pedicures.  I’m always looking for ways to spice them up-new colors, painting little flowers or hearts or polka dots.  But as I said, I’m not very girly.  These things tend to elude me.  BUT, in the midst of my googly frenzy, I decided that they would be the perfect accent to newly-polished toes.  They were a big hit.

Emily's new pedicure

Emily's new pedicure

So, go crazy with the googly eyes.  And share your good ideas with me, too.  In the future I’m thinking that I might stick some on a balloon.  Or on a lunch sack to make a puppet.

Cuddly Bunny Card

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By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor

Peg Rounds

Peg’s Crafting Corner

Cuddly Bunny Card with a Hidden Message

This cute little bunny has some fun to share with a hidden message.  It’s perfect for an Easter card or for a baby shower announcement.  Wouldn’t you love to share your special message with this cuddly little bunny card?

This little guy can be created using any sized ovals and circles as long as everything is kept in proportion.

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Hoppy Bunny Basket

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By Scrapbooking & Card Making Contributor

Peg Rounds

Peg’s Crafting Corner

Hoppy Bunny Basket

Who doesn’t love a cute little bunny basket in the spring?  Of course, they are a must for Easter to put those small pieces of candy in.  This box is the perfect size for the little candies and the little hands that carry them.

If you would like a bunny on both sides of the box, use the directions and double the number of items that are cut.

Begin by punching using an oval punch, dies or template 2 ovals from white card stock and 2 smaller ovals from patterned paper (Secret Garden Paper Pad by Graphic 45 used here).  The ovals shown were traced using the template and then cut out by hand with a pair of scissors.  Attach the patterned paper onto the card stock using a tape runner and the lay them aside for later.

Trace Die

Patterned Paper

Create a circle from white card stock using a circle die (Spellbinders used here) and die cut machine for the body and use a smaller circle for the head.

White Circle

Add texture to the body of the rabbit by using an embossing folder (Swiss Dot folder by Provo Craft used for this) and run it through a die cut machine.  Lay both pieces aside with the ears.

Emboss

For the box, cut an 8” x 5” piece of card stock (white was used here, but you can also use another color) and score it using a scoring board at 1” on both of the longest sides.  Score the short sides 2” in from each side.  Cut the end tabs that were created just up to the score line using a pair of scissors as shown in the picture.  Next, score the center tabs at 1”.  Fold all of the score lines to get crisp folds.

Cut and Score Box

Turn the box over so that the outside is facing up and add a piece of tape to one of the end tabs.  Fold both end tabs inward and attach them.  Repeat this step for the other end of the box.

Fold Tabs

The box should now look like this.

Box Progress

Add a piece of tape to each end of the remaining tabs and fold them over the top of the side and then down into the box.  This will hide the end tabs and create a more finished look to the box.

Tape Edge

Cut 3 strips of patterned paper (Secret Garden by Graphic 45 shown here).  Two strips should measure 1” x 4” and one strip should measure 1” x 6”.  Cut the 1” x 6” strip in half.  Use a pair of fringe scissors to create the blades of grass and attach the strips to the sides of the box.

Fringe

Add a line of tape near the bottom of the rabbit’s body and attach it to the side of the box.

Tape

Now, attach the ears to the back of the head and bend one year slightly forward.  Use a small circle punch to punch 2 eyes from black card stock and attach them.  Punch a heart using a heart punch and turn it upside down and slide a small strip of white card stock that has been divided in half by drawing a line down it in marker to represent the teeth behind the heart shape.  Cut a piece of black card stock that measures ¼” x 1 ½” and use the fringe scissors to cut it into the whiskers.  Attach the 3 pieces to the center of the head using a tape runner.  Punch a hole into the point of the heart and add a brad for the nose.  Slightly fold each side of the heart upward to add a little dimension to the face.  Use a hole punch (Crop-A-Dile Big Bite was used) to punch 2 small pieces of the patterned paper from a scrap piece for the center of the eyes.

Attach Ears

Attach the head to the body on the box.  Punch a small circle from the patterned paper and cut it in half for the foot and attach it to the body.  Add a small amount of a cotton ball on for the tail.

This little bunny is now ready to bring some fun to someone’s day this spring.  Add some jelly beans or favorite small candies for a special treat.  The small box can make a great little gift for a child or an adult!

 

What Happened on Social Media Last Week

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As the marketing assistant for CreateForLess, I have a lot of fun coming up with new ways to help inspire and interact with all of you through social media. We try to bring new ideas and fun finds from around the internet right to your screen with our different social media channels. If you’re not already following, and like what you see, make sure to click over and like, follow, comment, and share!

Find some of our favorite social media posts from the last week after the jump…

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Valentine Heart Person

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By Kid’s Crafts Contributor Tracey, from the blog We Made That.

Valentine's Day Heart Person

I can remember making a Heart Person when I was a kid in school.  They were so fun to make and then when I got to bring it home and give it to my mom for Valentine’s Day, it was so great to see how much she loved it.

So it should come as no surprise that I wanted to make these with my girls for Valentine’s Day.  Since I made them with them, they won’t be giving them to me instead we hung them on the wall to decorate for the holiday.

I went ahead and cut out all the hearts for each of the heart people for the girls and my oldest folded the paper for the legs and arms.  I know my oldest could cut everything out herself, but since my little one can’t yet I thought it would just be better if I did it this time (she is getting independent and would have been upset if her sister did it and she didn’t).

I gave each girl all the pieces they need to make their own and explained what we were doing and then let them make them how they wanted.  So each one is a little different and unique.  This would make a great project for a class or a Valentines party since it is good for any age.

Supplies (for 1 heart person)

Directions

Template Cutout

Print out your Heart Printable on Cardstock.  Then cut out your hearts

Trace to paper

Trace your hearts onto red or pink construction paper, then cut out the hearts (you will need 1 large and 4 small hearts for each heart person)

Fold

Cut another piece of white card stock in to 1 inch strips, then fold them with an over then under pattern for the arms and legs.

Glue

Glue your arms and legs to your large heart

Add Small Hearts

Glue your small hearts to the other end of each arm and leg

Googly Eyes

Glue your googly eyes on your large heart.

Draw Nose and Mouth

Then use a marker to draw a nose and mouth onto your heart person.

Valentine Heart People

Hang them up to decorate for Valentine’s Day or use them as a card for someone special!

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