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DIY Nature Wood Play Block City

Nature Wood Play Block City DIY Nature Wood Play Block City
We’re big block builders in our family. Even as my kids start reaching out of the toy years, they still like to dig through that big old bin of blocks and build away. This project has taken that age old game to a new level, expanding on the creativity that makes their city-scaping so fun. And to add to the fun, let the kids sketch out the city blocks themselves and take over for the burning portion of the project.

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 1 hour

Things you’ll need:
Wood blocks
Pencil
Wood burning tool

Things to do:
1. Sketch, or let your kids sketch, the basic elements of a building on the blocks. Mix it up, making some blocks have doors, some have windows, some work as roofs and some have whole houses or buildings on them.
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2. Screw in the fine or chisel tip into the wood burner and plug it in.
3. Trace the lines that you sketched with the wood burning tool.
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4. Once the basics are done, start embellishing. Add buntings, hash marks, dots and shutters to give texture and interest to the blocks.
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Recycled Egg Carton Candy Monster

Egg Carton Candy Monster Recycled Egg Carton Candy Monster
It’s that time of year again, Halloween! And when all those cute little costumed ghosts and ghouls come do your door, why not give them just a little fright when they reach for their candy with this fun little Recycled Egg Carton Candy Monster. Fill the “mouth” with candy and (gently, of course) snap the jaws closed as they reach in!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 15 minutes plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Craft Paint
Egg Carton
White construction paper
Googly Eyes
Glue stick
Scissors

Things to do:
1 . Paint the inside and outside of the egg carton in the colors of your choice. You may need two or more coats. Allow the paint to dry completely.
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Egg Carton Candy Monster3 Recycled Egg Carton Candy Monster
2. Remove the flap on the bottom half of the egg carton using the scissors.
3. Using glue stick, place the eyes to cover the holes on the top half of the carton.
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4. Cut the paper into two jagged strips for teeth, just slightly shorter than the length of the egg carton.
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5. Using the glue stick, attach the teeth flat against the bottom edge of the carton and inside the top edge.
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6. Allow the glue to dry then add candy and get ready for the trick or treaters!
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Easy Glue Spider Web Hairclip

Spider Web Hairclip Easy Glue Spider Web Hairclip
Looking for a spooky hairstyle for Halloween… something a little creepy, a little whimsical, but still fun? Look no further. This spider web hair clip seems to float on the hair, weighs almost nothing and looks creepy. Perfect for the spookiest holiday of them all. Change the size to suit larger or smaller heads or make small pairs to adorn pigtails or twisted buns. These are simple and fun to make, so why not make them for the whole gang?

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 10 minutes plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Glittered white puffy paint
Parchment paper
Permanent marker
Bobby pins with pad
Craft glue

Things to do:
1. Lay the parchment paper out on a flat surface and draw a spider web with the marker.
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2. Use the drawing as a guide, trace the spider web with the puff paint.
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3. Allow the paint to dry completely.
4. Carefully peel the paint off of the paper. On the underside of the web, glue a bobby pin or two to the web so they are just slightly leaning in. Allow the glue to dry before wearing.

Wood Burned Clothespin Dolls

October 9, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Kid's Arts and Crafts

Wood Burned Clothespin Dolls Wood Burned Clothespin Dolls
I’m a big believer in kids using their imagination, so simple is, in most cases, better in my book. And when they get away from the technological wonders and buzzing, beeping toys, most kids will feel that way too. So these little dolls are right up my alley. Personalize them to look like your child or even allow the kids to draw the dolls themselves and take over for the burning part.

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 15 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Wood burning tool
Flat clothespins
Pencil

Things to do:
1. Using your pencil, lightly sketch out the doll’s features.
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2. Screw in the fine or chisel tip on your wood burning tool and plug it in to warm up.
3. Trace the lines using the tip of your wood burner.

Make Your Own Glow in the Dark Playdoh

glow in the dark playdough Make Your Own Glow in the Dark Playdoh
My kids are absolute suckers for anything that glows. And they are also sucker for playdoh, even though they are way beyond the preschool play time years. So what could be better than glow in the dark playdoh? Well, nothing! Perfect for summer evening fun, this dough is simple to make, lasts well in a sealed container and is buckets of fun. Be sure to store the dough in an airtight but clear jar in the sunlight so that the glow can “charge” during the day for plenty of glowing fun at night!

Difficulty level: Easy, but an adult needs to make the dough
Time required: 20 minutes plus charging time

Things you’ll need:
2 T. Cream of tarter
1 c. Flour plus more for working the dough
½ c. Kosher Salt
1 T. Vegetable oil
Water
Glow in the dark paint
Glass jar

Things to do:
1. Mix the first four ingredients in a bowl and then add 1 cup of BOILING water. Stir until you have a sludgy, smooth mixture free of lumps.
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2. Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface (it will be hot!) and knead, adding more flour as needed, until you have a smooth, elastic dough. Allow the dough to cool.
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3. Re-flour your work surface and begin working in the paint, a tablespoon at a time, adding more flour as the dough becomes sticky. Check for glowyness occasionally by taking to a darker area of your workspace.
4. Once you’ve reached the desired level of glowyness, place the dough in an airtight, clear container (a glass jar works well) and place in a sunny spot to “charge up” for a few hours. Once it’s nice and charged, turn off the lights and play away!
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Clothespin Mermaids

September 19, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Kid's Arts and Crafts

Clothespin Mermaids Clothespin Mermaids
I don’t know very many kids who aren’t fascinated by mermaids and for good reason, they are pretty amazing as far as magical creatures go. These little clothespin mermaids are fun to make and even more exciting to add to your daily dose of play. Look for paint, craft foam and fabric that match or look good together and make a whole family of mer-people!

Time required: 20 minutes plus dry time
Difficulty level: Easy

Things you need:
Round clothespins
Blue acrylic paint or other colors of your choice
Royal blue craft foam sheet or other colors of your choice
Fabric scraps
Scissors
Paintbrushes
Craft glue

Things to do:
1. Paint the clothespin from the split down with a color of paint that closely matches your craft foam and allow the paint to dry.
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2. Cut fins from the craft foam.
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3. Add details to the mermaid such as hair and eyes with paint or markers.
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4. Tie a scrap of fabric around the mermaids body to create a top. Trim away excess fabric at the back.
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5. Glue the fin in place and allow it to dry before playing.
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Upycle: DIY Playing Card Notebooks

Playing Card Notebooks Upycle: DIY Playing Card Notebooks
I have a pair of little scribblers here in my house. Always writing notes, drawing sketches, taking down ideas. And they love little notebooks to write their words and pictures in. These little playing card notebooks are so much fun to make and pocket sized for easy toting and perfect for their scribbles. I bet your little artists and writers will love them just as much.

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 15 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Blank paper
Double sided tape
Playing cards
Washi tape
Pencil or pen
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Carefully trace the outline of the card onto the paper at one end. Repeat, running across the end of the page.
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Playing Card Notebooks3 Upycle: DIY Playing Card Notebooks
2. Fold the paper just at the top edge of the outline of the card so that when you cut them out you’ll have a doubled card shape piece of paper.
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3. Repeat until you have enough pages for your book. Fold each in half.
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4. Cut the double sided tape into thin strips. Lay the tape at the top edge of one of the folded pieces of paper and top with another. Repeat until you have a nice stack of folded papers.
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5. Apply double sided tape to the back side of two cards and press them onto the first and last page of the stack of papers.
6. Cut a piece of washi tape longer than the top of the card.
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7. Lay it along the top edge and then fold over to the back to bind the book. Trim away the excess tape.
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DIY Alphabet Magnets

DIY Alphabet Magnets DIY Alphabet Magnets
My kids love alphabet magnets, even though they are long past learning their ABC’s. Spelling out words and messages on the fridge never seems to get old but (and especially as they get older and learn longer words) a basic set of letters really isn’t enough. You need lots of every letter to really get a-spellin! This project allows you to make as many sets of letters as your kids need AND in the colors you like!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 30-50 minutes plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Wooden letters
Acrylic craft paint
Paintbrush
Magnets
Tacky Glue

Things to do:
1. Lay out all your letters on a covered work surface and paint a base color on each of the letters.
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2. Allow the paint to dry and add a second coat if necessary.
3. Using a contrasting color of paint, add dots, stripes or wiggles to decorate the letters.
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4. Once this paint is dry, apply a small dot of glue to the back side of each letter and place a magnet on the dot. Allow the glue to dry before sticking the magnets to your fridge.
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Upcycle: Playing Card Bookmarks

Playing Card Bookmarks Upcycle: Playing Card Bookmarks
We play a lot of cards in our family and, inevitably, we have ended up, over the years, with several incomplete decks from toting cards with us on trips or days out. I hate to toss those cards so I’ve kept them all for various projects and here’s an excellent one! Bookmarks! Perfect for keep your spot, easy to make in bulk for gifts or as Valentines using only the hearts cards, these are easy and fun!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: less than 5 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Playing cards
Hole punch
Scissors
Yarn matching the cards

Things to do:
1. Punch a hole at the center top of each card.
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2. Cut yarn into 8 inch strips.
3. Fold two pieces of yarn in half and tuck though the hole, back to front.
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4. Slip the tails into the holes and pull through to create a tassel. Trim ends evenly.
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‘Back to School’ Custom Pencil Bouquet

Custom Pencil Bouquet Back to School Custom Pencil Bouquet
The leaves are starting to fade into golden hues, meaning school is just around the corner! What better way to welcome the change of season than with an adorable bouquet of back to school pencils! Your son or daughter are sure to love these customizable pencil sets that allow their unique personalities to show through. Put a bouquet in their backpack the night before class for a fun surprise, or give to their teachers as a thoughtful gift. Everyone is sure to adore these darling pencils!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 10 minutes
Age range: 13 and up.

Things you’ll need:
Pencils
Paintbrush
Tacky Glue
Scissors
Ruler
Paper of Your Choice
Paper Cutter

Things to do:
1. Measure your pencil in length and width. The easiest way to measure width is to roll the pencil in the paper and make a small mark with a pen. Measure the pencil in length with a ruler.
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2. Trim a strip of paper that corresponds to the length and width of your pencil.
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3. Cover the strip of paper with a thin layer of glue. Make a zig-zag pattern with your glue and spread over the surface evenly with your paint brush. Make sure you cover the edges well, otherwise the paper will curl up.
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4. Place your pencil alongside of the paper and make sure your measurements were correct before wrapping the pencil in the paper.
5. Begin to roll your pencil with the glue side touching the pencil. Once you’ve completely rolled your pencil, press down firmly to ensure the paper sticks to the pencil. If excess glue squeezes out when you apply pleasure to the pencil and paper, simply wipe it off with a rag.
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6. Allow pencil to dry before sharpening. Complete these steps with several more pencils and tie a decorative ribbon around the bunch to make an adorable gift!

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