Tag Archives: Techniques and Mediums

Kids’ Crafts: Flower Power

Here in Portland it’s the most beautiful time of year. Everything seems to be blooming at once. I know it won’t last forever, so we’re enjoying it while it lasts; going for nature walks, playing in the backyard, and taking lots of pictures of the beautiful flowers we find. Another way for the family to preserve some of the color and texture of spring is by using real flowers in our crafts projects with the kids.

This first project is a fresh take on a pressed flower craft kids can make using fallen flowers found in the neighborhood.

Dried Pressed Flowers SuncatchersIn the Playroom

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Kids’ Crafts: Felt

Looking for Bright Colors and Cozy activities to bring cheer to dreary winter days? I’ve found some felt crafts and games for the kids to make and play with for calming indoor activities this winter.

This first one is more of a Springtime activity, but the basic tutorial for wet wool felting can be used for a variety of themes. Felt beads, flowers, or balloons would all work similarly.

Wool Felted Wool Eggs

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Kids’ Crafts: Making Puppets

My nieces love finger puppets so I thought on my next visit home to see them I’d bring along supplies for making our own puppets. Here’s a variety of puppet making projects to inspire you and your little ones. Great especially for a rainy day craft.

Sock puppets are the classic, inexpensive, puppet project we all know and love. Here’s a great tutorial to get you started.

Sock PuppetsThink Crafts

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Kids’ Crafts: Zentangle

Zentangle has become such a popular and creative hobby and the more I try it the more I understand why! Zentangle is a style of drawing or doodling in which the repetition of a variety of patterns creates dynamic, unique results. Zentangle drawing can also be quite relaxing. This method requires both creativity and dedicated focus. This art form does require fairly advanced fine motor skills so these projects are geared mostly towards school aged children and teens.

This first project is very involved and is therefore age appropriate for older children and teens, but the project is so unique and the results so beautiful that I find this tutorial really inspiring.

Embossed Foil A Faithful Attempt

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Kids’ Crafts: Sand

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.

I love playing with sand just the way it is, but I thought summer vacation would be a great time to round up creative new ways of playing and creating with sand.

Growing a Jeweled Rose has so many terrific play recipes for sand. Here is a favorite I’ve tried with my niece’s that they loved.

 Magic SandGrowing a Jeweled Rose

I find the following tutorial really exciting. It gives kids the opportunity to learn about Rangoli Designs made during Diwali celebrations and to make or ‘perform’ their own temporal art. The possibilities are endless, but the art created is not lasting, so remember to have a camera handy to capture the experience and beauty of Rangoli Inspired Sand Art.

Rangoli Inspired Sand ArtMy Little 3 and Me

The  next project is another great outdoor craft for school aged kids that would make a lovely outdoor or indoor decoration.

Rainbow Sand Casting Art Club Blog

Here’s another awesome activity for on the beach or at home. Magic Aqua Sand is fun and educational with really cool results.

How to Make Magic Aqua SandPaging Fun Mums

This next tutorial is a great way to liven up sand and use it to create a bright, textured medium.

Kool Aid Sand PaintLearn Play Imagine

Kids’ Crafts: Dinosaurs!

My niece’s and nephew are very interested in dinosaurs these days. We’ve been reading Encyclopedias of Dinosaurs and learning so much! The little ones have so many questions – many of which can actually be answered now a days. (Paleontology is definitely one of those topics you will want to find the most recent books about because so much has changed in the past ten years or so.) If your kids are curious about dinosaurs, or if they are currently studying dinos at school or at home, the following activities are sure to keep them engaged for hours of crafting and play.

This No Sew Dinosaur Play Mat is a such great project to make with your kids. It will allow you to discuss what the environment was like during the prehistoric periods, note key features such as swamp, lava pits, caves, mountains etc, and what dinosaurs diet and lifestyles may have been like. Kids can help plan out their own play space and then build it with your help.

No Sew Dinosaur Play MatFun at Home with Kids

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Design with Stencils

This Spring I’m feeling more enthusiastic than usual about sprucing up my surroundings. My husband and I bought our first home this year and there are still many bare walls in need of arts and crafts. What better way to spruce things up than with pretty stencils and paint! Stencils and paints are on sale and I’m busy drafting up projects for wall art, patio art and some newly decorated accessories to make with my pretty new supplies.

I’m enamored with the Folkart Bird stencils. I can’t wait to use them on my husband’s herb planters. The chalkboard paint also gives the planters such a clean bright quality.

Chalkboard Planters with Folkart Stencils and PaintTried and True

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