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Forest Animal Crafts

By Guest Blogger Annabelle

Annabelle Short is a writer and a seamstress of more than 5 years. Annabelle is a mother and she loves making crafts with her two children, Leo (age 9) and Michelle (age 11). Annabelle writes about crafting, sewing, and parenting. She splits her time between London and Los Angeles and writes for Wunderlabel. You can visit her blog to learn more about her and her work.

Crafts are a great way to teach children everything from their colors to their numbers to some of the cutest critters around. And, one of my favorite things to do with my kids is forest animal crafts.

Rather we are creating an adorable, cuddly rabbit or a beautiful, prancing deer – each forest animal craft is unique and gives me the opportunity to teach my children a little bit more about yet another animal lingering in our forests.

Keep reading for the step-by-step how-to instructions for two of my favorite forest animal crafts: the rabbit and the deer.

Rabbit

We love to do this craft around Easter to incorporate the Easter Bunny into our craft. Holiday crafts are just so much fun!

We also always make a cute little felt bunny with a vibrant egg to accompany it.

For these crafts, it is important to note that you can add the details such as the face or design at two separate stages – if you are sewing them on, add them before you sew the front and the back together. But, if you are drawing them on you can simply do that at the very end.

First, start by grabbing your crafting tools. You will need: scissors, felt (colors of your choice), plush animal stuffing, thread, a sewing needle and printed labels to give your bunny a name.

Next, you will start by cutting out the shape of an egg – you will need two pieces so you can have a front and a back. Then, you will also do the same for your rabbit. Cut out the outline of a rabbit – you will need a front and a back.

For this third step, you might need to help your child a bit. This step is where you sew together the front and the back pieces. But, be sure you leave a small section open so you can fill the egg and the rabbit with the stuffing.

So, now comes my favorite part – stuffing the egg and the rabbit. Fill your craft with your plush toy stuffing and watch them come to life!

Lastly, finish sewing them up and add the finishing touches. You can sew more felt pieces to give the rabbit eyes and a mouth and add a design to your egg. Or, you could use glue and other crafting resources. Or, you could even decorate them using a marker.

But, we can’t let our rabbit be all alone in the forest. So, let’s make a deer to keep the rabbit company:

Deer

For the deer, we will follow just about the same steps as we used for the egg and the rabbit. Let’s get started:

Start by grabbing your crafting tools: Scissors, felt, thread, and a sewing needle.

Next, cut out the shape of the deer. Be sure to incorporate little ears into your cut out and also use another color of felt to cut out his antlers – these are a staple part of the project.

Now, it is time to stuff the deer! Just like you did with the rabbit craft, sew the front and back pieces together, leaving a small opening to stuff it.

Finally, close it up and add the finishing touches!

How did yours turn out? Share pictures of your finished product with us in the comments! 

DIY Mixed Media Ornaments

By Guest Blogger Nicole from kinueko.

Nicole Austin is an artist, instructor and designer living in Tempe, AZ.  She teaches mixed media art to people of all levels and interests at in-person workshops, art retreats and online.  Sharing her love of mixed media art continues to be her passion and she truly believes that everyone has the desire to create and develop their own unique style.

Looking for a unique way to add a POP of color to your holidays this year?  Here is a quick and easy tutorial for making beautiful, bright, DIY  ornaments!

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Patchwork Placemats

By Guest Blogger Seisha from Education.com

Create patchwork placemats with your kids for a fun geometry lesson.

When you’re preparing big meals for any occasion, it’s always wonderful to involve your child in any way you can. Looking to spruce up your table? Here’s a placemat your second grader can make, based on the classic frontier tradition of quilt making. Some second graders may be able to handle a needle and thread and a sewing machine, but if yours isn’t quite up to it, don’t worry. This project allows him to create a patchwork piece out of paper, no pins and needles required! To make the piece, he’ll need to practice good math skills of measurement and calculation. This activity also allows your child extra practice in combining geometric shapes, a skill which will continue to help him throughout each grade to come.

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Nursery DIY: Adorable Animal Storage

By Guest Blogger Monica from MonicaRichards.tv.

Monica Richards is an Eco-Baby Expert who is on a mission to keep your Little Ones safe in the only environment you can control – your home! With Eco-friendly products and beautiful nursery design for Baby, as well as natural beauty and green lifestyle hacks for You, Monica’s flipping your home into a chic, healthy one. Because Healthy equals Happy, and Happy starts at Home.

Baby stuff is tiny! So, why not stay organized with these adorable mason jars?!! You can customize them any which way you’d like: ANY color, ANY animal (or insect) for the lid!

It only takes 2 steps. And you only need 4 things: Mason Jars, Spray Paint, Hot Glue Gun, Plastic Toy Animals

These jars also make the sweetest gifts. And they’ll even look super chic on that gold and white desk of yours (think unicorns and metallic).

So press play, have fun & enjoy the cute outcome! X

Hot Chocolate Face Mask

By Guest Blogger Monica from MonicaRichards.tv.

Monica Richards is an Eco-Baby Expert who is on a mission to keep your Little Ones safe in the only environment you can control – your home! With Eco-friendly products and beautiful nursery design for Baby, as well as natural beauty and green lifestyle hacks for You, Monica’s flipping your home into a chic, healthy one. Because Healthy equals Happy, and Happy starts at Home.

Chocolate and Beauty Lovers unite!

During Winter, there’s nothing like warming yourself up with a big, cozy mug of rich hot chocolate. But what I just discovered, is that hot chocolate isn’t just for rosy cheeks when you’re cold. With some added flour, it’s also for rosy cheeks in need of soothing and plumping!

Press Play and get this easy, super fun recipe for your newest skin obsession – the Hot Chocolate Face Mask.

This mask also makes for the cutest homemade gifts – just skip the milk, mold into cubes, and individually wrap! Then when ready to use, mix each cube with 3 tablespoons of milk.

Here’s to spreading the joy of great skin! Be sure to use organic ingredients, of course. X

Create Easy Do-It-Yourself Snowflake Art

By Guest Blogger Rachel from the blog Rachel Antonia Designs.

Rachel Antonia Designs is a website dedicated to Rachel’s whimsical hand drawn illustrations and blogs about dipping her toes into the world of illustration, business, and the creative community.

DIY your own winter inspired art for Christmas and after!

This Christmas (much like every Christmas in years past) seemed to just creep up on me. As I’m writing this there’s only one more week until the big day and I’ve still got friends to see, cookies to make, and presents to wrap… So, naturally I’m crafting…

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