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DIY Magical Felt Star Fairy Wand

Star Fairy Wand DIY Magical Felt Star Fairy Wand
What little girl wouldn’t love a magical fairy wand? This craft makes the perfect present for the little princess in your life. She is sure to enjoy this fairy wand, using her imagination to create hours of fun!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 20 Minutes
Age range: 12 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Dowel rod
Ruler
Various Ribbons
Sparkle Thread
Felt squares
Acrylic paint
Spray Finish
Stuffing
Hot Glue Gun
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Trace two star shapes onto a piece of felt. Cut out the shapes.
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2. Use sparkle thread to sew the star shapes together, leaving a 1 inch opening to add the stuffing, dowel, and ribbon.
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3. Paint your dowel with a color of your choice and apply a matte finish. Let dowel dry completely.
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4. Fill the star shape with stuffing. Using the end of a paintbrush to ensure stuffing fills every point of the star.
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5. Cut 2 feet of ribbon. Use a tack to secure them to the end of the dowel.
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6. Cover the top 2 inches of the dowel and ribbons with hot glue and insert them into the stuffed star. Allow glue adequate time to dry.
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Make Your Own Easter Baskets

Make Your Own Easter Baskets Make Your Own Easter Baskets
These two variations make wonderful Easter baskets. Not only will your children love what’s inside, but also the container that the treats came in! In this tutorial, I’ll be showing you how to turn a sand bucket and a popcorn container into adorable Easter baskets that any kid is sure to love!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 Minutes
Age range: 8 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Container (Popcorn box, Sand Bucket, Etc)
Yellow and Orange Felt
Yellow Paper
Foam Stickers
Ruler
Tape
Craft Glue
Googly Eyes
Glue Gun

Things to do:
Sand Bucket Easter Basket
1. For a sand bucket Easter basket, simply decorate the bucket with foam stickers. You can use carrots, rabbits, eggs, etc. This idea is great, because your kids will love to play with the sand bucket at the beach all summer long.

Popcorn Container Easter Basket
1. To make the popcorn container into a chick, start by covering the sides of the container with yellow paper. I’ve found that tracing the sides to get a perfect fit is the best method. Simple trace the sides, cut them out, and secure them with tape.
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2. Cut out a pattern for the feet by cutting a 2″ by 2″ triangle and trace it onto a piece of gold felt. Cut out the shape.
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3. Cut out a pattern for the beak by creating a 3” by 1 ½” diamond. Trace the pattern onto a piece of orange felt and cut it out. Glue the beak in half, using craft glue.
4. Cut a square that is 1 ½” out of gold felt. Cut ½” slits around the edge of the square.
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5. Glue the square along the top of chick’s head. Finish the face by adding wiggly eyes, the beak, and the feet. I’ve found that hot glue works best.
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6. Fill the basket with candies and treats and enjoy!
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DIY Twine Easter Egg Banner

Twine Easter Egg Banner DIY Twine Easter Egg Banner
This banner is perfect for Easter, or any time of the year. I’ve hung this garland above my hutch during Easter, and also for birthday parties. The simple steps are fun for kids of any age, making this a wonderful family craft.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 1 hour
Age range: 5 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Water Balloons
Butcher’s twine
Vaseline
½ tsp. Craft Glue
Acrylic paints
Scissors
¼ cup flour
Water

Things to do:
1. The first step is preparing the ingredients. Mix the flower, water, and glue together to create a paste. Once you reach a slightly runny consistency, mix in a color of paint.
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2. Blow up a water balloon and apply Vaseline to the outside of it. The Vaseline will keep the string and paste from sticking to the balloon.
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3. Cut 3 yards of string and submerge it in the paste mixture until it is completely covered.
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4. Find the end of the string and wrap it around the water balloon. Continue wrapping the string until you’ve covered a large portion of the balloon.
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5. Allow the balloon and string to dry completely. I’ve found that hanging the balloon from a clothespin works best.
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6. Once the paste is dry, pop the balloon and remove any excess waste.
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7. After you’ve made several balloons, you can string and hang them up.

Easy Foam Easter Wreath

Foam Easter Wreath Easy Foam Easter Wreath
This Easter wreath is made out of foam eggs and is the perfect decoration for any spring party. Let your kids help customize the colors and stickers to create a look that everyone is sure to love.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 Minutes
Age range: 5 and Up *Younger ages may need help with the hot glue.

Things you’ll need:
Foam Easter Eggs
Foam Stickers
Ribbon
Hot Glue Gun

Things to do:
1. Arrange the foam eggs in a circular shape, creating a wreath. I’ve found that it is best to complete the entire wreath before gluing the eggs together. You want to be sure that you like the shape and that they fit together perfectly.
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2. Use a hot glue gun to attach the foam eggs. Continue around the circle until the entire wreath is glued.
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3. Decorate the wreath with foam stickers.
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4. Create a hanger by hot gluing a piece of ribbon to the top of the wreath.
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Washi Tape “Silly String” Easter Eggs

Washi Tape String Easter Eggs Washi Tape Silly String Easter Eggs
Spring is coming and that means Easter and all the fun of decorating eggs eggs eggs! I love to find new and unusual ways to decorate our Easter eggs and this combines the mess free aspect of washi tape with the look of a string covered egg, plus it’s a great project to do with kids as they can wrap and wind the tape and if the “strings” break, you can just press the end on top of the broken spot and keep winding!

Difficulty level: Easy but requires adult supervision.
Time required: 10 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Washi tape
Craft knife and cutting mat
Ruler
Hard boiled eggs

Things to do:
1. Allow your eggs to cool down to room temperature to help the tape stick well.
2. Stretch lengths of tape out onto your cutting mat, you’ll want it to be at least an inch shorter than your ruler is for ease of cutting.
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3. Measure out and cut long, thin strips from the tape using the ruler and craft knife.
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4. Peel up the strips one at a time and wrap around the eggs, either in even stripes or in a random pattern. The tape will stretch slightly so can make nice curves for wilder, more abstract looks.
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5. Smooth down the tape and get ready for some Easter fun!
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Yard Art to Paper Weights Plaster Bugs

April 5, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Kid's Arts and Crafts

plaster bugs  Yard Art to Paper Weights Plaster Bugs
This simple and affordable craft will keep your kids busy for hours of fun! Inspired by the lid of an air freshener can that was being thrown away, these little buggers can be used for anything from yard art to paperweights! Would be a fun activity for a kid’s party as well!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Age range: 10 and up
Approximate time: 60 minutes over several days

Things you’ll need:
Plaster of Paris
Forms (muffin tins, plastic lids, storage containers)
Egg container
Cooking spray
Acrylic paints
Brushes
Googly eyes, pipe cleaners, embellishments, glue
Paper towels (lots of paper towels)
Water-proof Sealer

plaster bugs supplies  Yard Art to Paper Weights Plaster Bugs

Things to do:
1. Spray the interior of your form with cooking spray. This will help with the unmolding process.
plaster bugs spray forms  Yard Art to Paper Weights Plaster Bugs
2. Mix Plaster of Paris according to manufacturer’s directions.
3. Pour mixture into molds.
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4. Allow mix to set up in mold, make sure they’re level. We used egg cartons to hold our rounded tops. Add pipe cleaners now if you want your bugs to have antenna.
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5. When they’re set up, unmold and allow the bugs to finish air drying. You could make another batch at this point.
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6. Paint and decorate your bugs! Have artists sign and date their bugs on the bottom. Great blackmail!
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7. Seal with water-resistant sealer if you want to leave them outside. Enjoy!
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Handprint Daffodils

Handprint Daffodils Handprint Daffodils
Absolutely nothing says spring like the daffodils making their first bright and showy appearance, bursting out of the ground all yellow and wonderful. Bring that color inside for your little ones by helping them to create these sweet hand print daffodils. The perfect spring project, it’s also a great way to share those sweet little hands with grandparents or other relatives before they grow too big. You’ll love looking back on these little flowers one day.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Yellow craft foam
Green craft foam
Pencil or marker
Scissors
Craft glue
White paper

Things to do:
1. Trace your little ones hands onto the yellow paper or craft foam and cut out. This will create the base of the flower.
2. Cut a slightly curved strip with a wavy top from the same material. Roll it into the daffodil’s tube and glue to the handprint.
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3. Glue the flower, along with stems and flowers cut from the green paper to your white paper to display your new flowers.
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Children’s Art Tags

Childrens Art Tags Childrens Art Tags
I have two little artists in my house and they are, shall we say, very prolific. We have boxes and files and pile and stacks of art around here. And while I like to put the best of the best (or at least the most special) of their work away so I can gaze at it some day when they are grown, I’m always looking for ways to use up the rest of the art in a fun way. These tags are a GREAT way to use art in a fun way that allows others to enjoy the work of your little artist.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 10 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Kids Art
Spray Mount Glue
Window Tags
Scissors
Hole Punch

Things to do:
1. On a covered work surface, lightly spray one side of the tags with a coat of spray mount glue.
2. Position the tags onto the art so that the whole tag is on the new layer of paper and the best of the art is in the window. Smooth the tags out to work out any bubbles.
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3. Allow the glue to set up for a few minutes and then trim around the tag tightly so that there are no edges hanging over the tag. Punch a new hole where the tag hole was and add a ribbon to tie!
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Easy DIY Lego Magnets

Lego Magnets Easy DIY Lego Magnets
I have two Lego maniacs in my house. They aren’t just fans, no, they love Legos like nothing else. So anything with Legos on it becomes a huge hit around here. And since we’re also always on the lookout for fun ways to display the piles of art that the kids produce, these Lego magnets are a perfect fit for our house! Look for very strong, but thin magnets for the best finished result.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 5 minutes plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Strong magnets
Lego bricks
Craft glue

Things to do:
1. Look for the center point on the underside of the Legos and add a generous dollop of glue. Longer bricks may require two magnets.
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2. Place the magnets in the glue and allow the glue to dry completely before using.
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DIY Personalized Wood Letter and Name Decoration

DIY Personalized Wood Letter DIY Personalized Wood Letter and Name Decoration
It’s almost Spring again and that means Spring cleaning! In our house we are taking this opportunity to redecorate our little man’s bedroom and he decided that his door was a little too “boring.” So we came up with this fun monogram letter that we can hang on the outside. It’s a great way for him to have a special sense of ownership and it was fun to have a little mommy and son time!

Things you’ll need:
1 – Large wood letter
Small wood letters
Wood cutout shape
White acrylic paint
Black acrylic paint
Ribbon (of your choice)
Foam paint brush
Matte sealer spray

Things to do:
1. Begin by sanding the larger letter to your liking. Be sure to sand down any rough or splintery edges. You want everything smooth to the touch before you start to paint. Check your smaller letters and cutout embellishment, in case they need a quick sanding as well.
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2. You can choose to seal your large letter before or after you paint it. Sealing it before you paint will save you a little bit of time during the painting process, as you wont need as many layers of paint. Sealing it after you are done painting protects the surface from any scuff marks or minor chipping. I would recommend doing both.
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3. Now begins the fun (and messy) part of the project… painting all the letters! Lay out an old piece of cardboard or newspaper to protect your working surface. Tip: Try using a couple of push pins on the back of your cutouts to lift them off of the table. This way they wont stick to your working surface while they are drying!
4. Allow all letters to sit for 30 minutes, or until the paint has completely dried. After they are dry, add another coat of paint and repeat the process until you are satisfied with the coverage.
5. Once your letters are completely dry, you are ready to put everything together. Before you start any gluing, you want to play with the placement of all your small letters and your cutouts. When you are completely satisfied with your arrangement, lightly mark the area around the cutouts so that you know where to place them again when you start to glue everything down.
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6. Heat up you glue gun and begin carefully gluing all the pieces in their proper place. Don’t forget to add your wood cutout embellishment and a simple ribbon hanger on the back of your letter! Easy peasy!
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