Category Archives: Printables

Apple Alphabet Puzzles

By Crafts for Learning Contributor, Danielle from the blog Crayonbox Learning.

This is a fun activity for kids to learn their letters. The kids will match up the capital case letter puzzle piece with the matching lower case letter puzzle piece. Kids will think they are just playing with a puzzle!  

Materials Needed:

Directions:

1. Print Apple Alphabet Puzzles Template onto cardstock.

2. Option 1 is to print black and white onto cardstock and color with ink pens, option 2 is to color the template prior to printing.

3. Cut out whole apple alphabet pieces (do not cut center for puzzle until after lamination)

4. Laminate apple alphabet pieces.

5. Cut center of apple alphabet pieces to complete the puzzles.

Sports Page Gift Bag

By Paper Crafts Contributor, Lauren Romano.

I have a ton of gift bags, but none are exactly guy-friendly. I decided to make my own little gift bags instead of going out and purchasing some that are just going to get tossed in the trash. What better item to use than the sports page of the newspaper when you want to make guy-friendly bags? It’s eco-friendly and your guy will love checking out the stories. Bonus points if you can find vintage sports pages.

What you’ll need:

Step 1. Cut one sports page out of the newspaper, fold it in half to overlap the ends and glue it closed.

Step 2. Now you’ll want to fold each side so it’s flat. To do this, make a single crease along the side, then make another one an inch above that crease so it forms the side of your bag. Do the same with the other side.

Step 3. Face the bottom of the bag toward you, then push in the bottom middle of each side and crease it so it looks like you have two Ms facing each other.

Step 4. Fold the bottom portion up, then the top portion down and crease it so it forms the bottom of the bag. Overlap the ends and glue together. Give it at least an hour to dry before you put anything in the bag.

Step 5. Place your items in the bag, fold over the top then close it with an envelope seal.

Back to School Key Ring

By Crafts for Learning Contributor, Danielle from the blog Crayonbox Learning.

As summer draws to an end, students will be heading back to school. The Bus Key ring is designed to put the important information for each student in one location in the event the student becomes lost, or forgets what bus they need to get on, or who their emergency contact is.

The Bus Key ring was designed with safety of young children in mind. Most children carry backpacks or some sort of bag to carry their books and papers back and forth. The Bus Key ring template does not put the child’s name on the outside of the key ring. The purpose of the name being placed on the inside of the key ring is so that persons coming up alongside the child will not be able to call their name. (The same principle applies to not putting the name of the child on the back of shirts/sweatshirts).

The 4 page template includes a yellow bus cover, blank bus covers with lines to write information on, and a blank bus template for you to add your own information.

Materials Needed:

Directions:

  1. Print the bus templates onto cardstock.
  2. Use a permanent ink felt marker (non-bleed) to write the specific information for each child.
  3. Cut out the individual bus pieces.
  4. Laminate using a heat seal laminator. (Hint: cutting out the pieces before lamination provides a better seal around the individual pieces.)
  5. Use a hole punch to punch out the ring hole in each bus piece.
  6. Add binder ring and secure on student’s bag or backpack.

Apple Flip Book

By Crafts for Learning Contributor, Danielle from the blog Crayonbox Learning.

This Apple Flip Book is a great tool for new learners. The flip book is quick and easy for little hands to flip through. This tutorial includes an Apple Flip Book with Numbers and a blank Apple Flip book template to add your own ideas.

Materials Needed:

Directions:

Print apple template pieces onto cardstock. Trace “back” apple template piece onto thicker cardboard. (This forms the base for the flipbook). Cut out apple template pieces, and laminate. (Draw on blank templates optional). Hole punch where indicated. Insert 2 binder rings. Embellish rings with ribbon. (Optional)

Hula Bear Alphabet Tracers

By Crafts for Learning Contributor, Danielle from the blog Crayonbox Learning.

The Hula Bear Alphabet Tracing Cards are perfect for a summer theme! A blank template is being provided as well as the pre-made alphabet tracer cards in case you’d like to make other tracers to go along with the same theme.

Materials Needed:

Directions:

1. Print out templates onto cardstock.

2. Cut individual cards out, and laminate. Laminating after the items have been cut out provides a better seal around the cards.

3. Punch a hole in the left (or right) corner of the cards and insert a binder ring. Using a large binder ring makes it easier to trace on the separate cards without tearing them.

4. Cards are ready for play. Use a dry erase marker or crayon for tracing alphabet letters.

Butterfly Chandelier

By Craft Celebrity Mark Montano, from the blog Mark Montano’s Big Ass Blog.

Imagine your little girl looking up at night right before bed and seeing sparkling butterflies hovering above her head. This chandelier is perfect for any little girl who loves sparkles, flowers and butterflies. I’m pretty sure that includes them all. In fact, you don’t even need to install a light.

Supplies:

Directions:

1. Clip the larger rings off of the tomato cage with your wire cutters leaving 2 rings connected by extending wires.

2. Sand the wires to remove any dirt, rust or oil.

3. Curl the wires sticking out from the smallest ring of the cage like you see in the picture.

4. Bend the wires sticking out from the large ring toward the center so they meet.

5. Glue the wires together at where they meet with a big gob of E-6000 glue.

6. Hot glue your strings of pearls all around each wire of the now bent cage.

7. Once these strands are attached, take your E-6000 and carefully dab the glue all along the pearls so they are permanently attached.

8. Cut 6 strands of pearls in 12″ lengths and attach each end of the top ring so that you have two drapes in between each wire.

DON’T WORRY! This is the fun part. Just start draping any way you want to and you’ll see how beautiful it will be.

9. After you’ve attached about 6 drapes, dab on more E-6000 with a toothpick being very neat, but making sure to attach the pearl to the wire with the glue.

(WARNING! Hot glue and metal don’t work well together, so you are just using this to tack the pearls in place while the other glue dries.)

10. Once all of the pearls are in place, spray paint your chandelier with Krylon Silver Paint.

11. When it dries, attach your butterflies and flowers evenly all the way around first with hot glue and then with the E-6000. I only used 12 butterflies and 12 flowers, but go crazy if you want to and use a ton.12. OPTIONAL: Wrap your 6′ Snap-in Socket and Cord set around the top where the wires meet and hang from a hook in your ceiling. Sweet dreams.

DIY Monogram Napkins

By Home Decor Contributor Typhanie, from the blog Shoebox Decor.

Who doesn’t want monogram napkins? They are great for entertaining and make wonderful hostess gifts. The fun part is you can customize your own design and make it with printable fabric sheets. I love chevron and have always wanted chevron monogram napkins so I figured this was the time to do it. If you like the chevron template, I’ve shared my design. I hope you guys give this project a try and please let me know if you have any questions…Happy Crafting Everyone!

Materials needed

1. Photo Fabric by Blumenthal Craft {Cotton Twill}

2. Scissors {optional}

3. Fray Check {optional}

4. Serger {optional}

5. Chevron Napkin Template {click to open}

Step One:

Make your design! This is the fun part. I used word to create my template. If you would like to use my template, click here to open.

Step Two:

Test Print! I printed out my design on plain paper to see how it would look before I printed on the fabric sheets

Step Three:

Time to print! Put the photo fabric in your printer. If you have a single feed printer, it will probably need to go in fabric up. Tray loaded printers usually take it fabric side down.

Step Four:

Once you’ve printed your design, let the ink dry.  I let mine sit for about an hour.

Step Five:

Peel off the paper backing from the fabric sheets.

Step Six:

Rinse the fabric sheets under running water for 30 seconds. I had to rinse the pink area a little longer.

Step Seven:

Place on a towel until dry. I let mine dry over night.

Step Eight:

Once your sheets are dry you can choose from a number of options on how you would like to finish your napkins. I chose to serge my ends. If you don’t have a serger you can cut the ends and use no-fray to keep the ends from fraying, or you can hem the ends with needle and thread. And there you have it, your very own monogram napkins.

 

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