Eyes in a Bowl

Crafts, Halloween, Kid's Crafts 1 Comment

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

Crafts, Holidays & Seasons, Kid's Crafts, Paper Crafts, Summer 1 Comment

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.

Snowman Season

Christmas, Holidays & Seasons, Winter 1 Comment

By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor

Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner

Snowman Season Card

Who doesn’t love building a cute snowman or receiving a fun snowman card?  This card is a fun way to use your basic shaped dies to create an inlaid circle which forms the snowman and the front of the card.  Now, go get your circle dies from Create for Less and let’s begin!

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Ask the Experts: Winter Crafting

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By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor

Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner

Decoart Americana Cool White

Q: How can I create a snow effect?

A:  Place white paint onto a paint brush and lighting run your finger across it allowing the paint to splatter onto the surface.

Buttons Galore Plantation

Q:How do I adhere buttons to my project?

A:  There are quite a few choices that create a strong hold so the buttons don’t fall off.  Some of the choices are Glossy Accents, Aleene’s Tacky Glue or Tombow Mono Glue and for a dry adhesive Glue Dots work well.

DieCuts Pearl Stickers

Q: How can I easily pick up and place small gems?

A:   The Uchida Jewel Picker has a small end which allows you to grab those small pieces and move them onto your project.

Martha Stewart Embossing Stylus

Q:What are styluses used for?

A:  They can be used for a variety of projects.  They are handy tools for embossing with stencils, making small dots on paper by dipping into paint or ink, shaping flowers made from paper and even making eyes or dots  in clay pieces.

Lawn Fawn Weather Die Cuts

Q: What is making the creases on my die cuts?

A:  Creases and wrinkles in your die cut pieces often come from the cuts that are in your plates from using dies.  If you notice that they are really bad the best option is to replace the cutting plates.  Make sure they are the correct ones to go with your machine.

 

Fuzzy Christmas Elves

Christmas, Crafts, Holidays & Seasons, Kid's Crafts 2 Comments

By General Crafts Contributor Michelle

Create Silly Christmas Elves for Holiday Decor!

Bring a little Christmas cheer to your tree by making these adorable little elves.  These simple elves are fun to embellish, and are the perfect craft to create with your kids.

Elf 2

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own elves:

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Turkey Tom

Fall, Holidays & Seasons, Kid's Crafts, Thanksgiving No Comments

By General Crafts Contributor Michelle

Decorate your Thanksgiving Table with a DIY Turkey Tom!

Thanksgiving is just around the corner!  Make this cute turkey Tom to decorate your Thanksgiving home.  Gobble, gobble!

Turkey 2

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own turkey:

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