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About Tracey

I am a work at home mother of two living just outside Kansas City, KS. I started crafting with my oldest daughter to spend more time with her and to get her to focus more. And I have to say it has been a great experience for us both. As a matter of fact I have created a craft monster since she tells me several times a week “Let’s do a project MOM!” My youngest is finally at an age where we can start crafting with her too, but then comes the challenge of coming up with something a toddler can do that a preschooler will enjoy also… oh the challenges of a crafting mom. I hope to inspire other parents to craft and create things with their kids.

Pom Pom Caterpillars

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

Pom Pom Caterpillars

My little one is a morning person, which basically means she wakes up super early even on the weekends.  So before my oldest even opens an eye, my little one is usually up for hours and ready to play and have some fun.  I have found that I can usually keep her quiet by doing some fun crafts with her.

Her daycare just got done releasing the butterflies they were raising and my daughter thought the whole process from caterpillar to butterfly was neat.  Since she talked about it so much, I thought it might be fun to make these pom pom caterpillars with her.  She had so much fun making these and picking the different colors to make them.  They now sit on her dresser in her room, awaiting to turn into butterflies.  Um I have a feeling she might get a little disappointed when they don’t change, so our next craft may have to be some butterflies!

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Flip Flop Crafts

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

DIY Flip Flops

It is finally warming up here in the Midwest.  And with this warmer weather comes the opportunity to pull out our flip flops.  This year I thought it would be fun to do this flip flop craft with the girls and make our own flip flops the way we wanted them.  We each picked out what colors we wanted and the embellishments to go with them.  And of course we all decided to do something a little different than the others.

My oldest daughter actually bought a kit for flip flops that came with the gems and flower.  The gems were supposed to go on the straps, but she wanted to put them around the bottom.  I actually think it turned out super cute on the bottom and then had to get some gems for the bottoms of mine too. They sell these gems on a clear sticky back so that you can apply the strips all at the same time, instead of gluing one gem on at a time.  My little one ended up wanting to do hers the same way her sister did so her flower ribbon went on the bottom too.

Neither one of the girls wanted to decorate the straps of their shoes, but I still wanted to so I added some ribbon to mine. I also bought a pretty gem in the jewelry section to add on instead of a flower.  I know mine are not quite as fun as the girls, but they are more sophisticated (if you can call flip flops sophisticated).  We had so much fun making these that I think we will do this every year as a way to celebrate the start of warmer weather!

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Mother’s Day Chocolate Flowers

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

Mother's Day Chocolate Flowers

We always make flowers for my mom for Mother’s Day, but this year I wanted to mix it up a bit and make her some edible ones.  That is why we decided to make these yummy Mother’s Day Chocolate Flowers.  I know my mom will love them because she loves flowers and she loves chocolate, so this is a win-win. The fact that the grandkids made them just makes these the best gift we could make for grandma.

This was actually our first time ever making candy like this, so I was not really sure how it was going to go. I have to say it was way easier than I thought it was going to be.  Both girls were able to help, which just shows you how truly easy this was.

I decided to just melt the chocolates in a plastic bag to make the whole process quick and less messy which ended up working great.  While one bag was in the microwave melting, I had my daughter making flowers with another one.  It took less than 10 minutes to fill our mold using 4 different colors.  Then, we just waited for them to harden and we made some more.

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Beaded Butterflies

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

Beaded Butterfly

With spring finally here I wanted to do a fun craft that would get us in the spring spirit.  And what better craft than a butterfly craft to do that?  So we decided to make some beaded butterflies that the girls could play with.

This was a great fine motor skill activity for my youngest daughter since it takes a lot of hand eye coordination to put the beads on the pipe cleaners.  Younger children may take a little more time with this project but it is great practice for them so let them do it themselves if you can.

After the girls each made a butterfly, my oldest daughter was feeling really inspired and decided to make a horse.  I posted a picture of it at the bottom of this post so you can see how it turned out.  That is the great thing about this project is that really you can make any animal you want using just pipe cleaners and pony beads.

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Washer Flower Necklace

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

Washer Flower Necklace

The other day my oldest daughter came home and told me that she wanted to make a necklace for her friend at school.  Since we have made a few Washer Necklaces in the past, that is the first thing I thought about doing.  However, I wanted to do something a little different so I took my daughter to the hardware store with me and we started playing with all the different washers.

We decided to make a flower since it is Spring and designed this pretty flower using one large washer and 6 small ones.  I just love how they turned out and my daughter can’t wait for Spring Break to be over so she can take this one in to her friend.

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  • 1 Large Washer
  • 6 Small Washers
  • Yellow Nail Polish
  • Pink Nail Polish
  • String
  • Glue Gun

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Shamrock Button Art

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

St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Button Art

With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to have my daughter make this Shamrock Button Art project to put on the mantel.  She has really been in to crafting with buttons lately and was really excited when I brought out a bunch of green buttons for a project.

I traced the shamrock pattern onto the burlap frame and then she used the glue gun to glue all the buttons on.  The easiest way to do this is to start by gluing the buttons around the outline first, then move into the middle.  It is okay to glue buttons on top of one another to cover up all the burlap in your shamrock.

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DIY Cat Fishing Pole Toy

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

DIY Cat Fishing Pole Toy

Last year my daughter worked really hard to reach a goal in school so she could have a kitten.  Since then the two of them have been best friends and are almost never apart when at home.  He sleeps with her every night and comes running when she gets home from school.  So it is not a surprise when she comes to me on occasion and wants to make something special for her best friend Buddy (that is what she named her kitten).

This time we decided to make Buddy a cat fishing pole.  When we first got him we bought one from the store and he really loved it, so much so that it was destroyed several months ago.  So I figured he would probably love to have another one, and boy was I right.  You don’t even need to be holding the thing and the cat is playing with it.  He even carries it around the house in his mouth like a lion carrying his prey home for a meal.

My daughter was able to make the entire thing all by herself.  She wanted it to be orange since Buddy is orange and she said that is his favorite color.  You of course can make yours in any color you like.  We used a smaller wooden dowel but then made the ribbons about 9 inches long and then added the feathers to the end.  If you have a longer stick you can make the ribbon shorter if you want, but if your stick is short you want a longer ribbon so the cat does not get too close to your hands since they will be going for those feathers with nails and teeth.

Buddy played with this toy all day, tugging on it, swatting it, and carrying it around the house, and after all of that only one feather fell off which we glued back on and have not lost another one since.  I am sure over time it will get worn out but so far it has held up great and still has many hours of use left on it.  Which is a good thing since these two are sure to be playing with it for hours and days to come.

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Wooden Dowel (any size)

3 Different Colored Ribbon

3 Different Colored Feathers

Glue Gun

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