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DIY Magnet Fishing Game

DIY Magnet Fishing Game DIY Magnet Fishing Game
Give the gift of hours and hours of fun! This is adorable toy is the perfect thing to take along on road trips or airplane rides. The little one in your life is sure to love this fishing game.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: One Hour
Age range: 13 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Felt
Dowel
Buttons
Needle
Thread
Mint metal tin
Magnets
Twine
Scissors
Paper
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:
1. The first step is making your pattern. Cut a rectangle that is 2 ¼ tall and 1 ¼ inch wide. Draw a fish shape that fits inside this rectangle.
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2. Lay the pattern on your felt and trace the shape. Cut out two fish shapes in each color of felt.
3. Use a needle and thread to attach button eyes to the fish.
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4. Place a magnet in the center of the two fish shapes and sew them together. You can sew them on a machine, or by hand.
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5. Attach a button to a piece of twine, tying it in place at the end.
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6. Hot glue a magnet to the button.
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7. Apply a thin line of hot glue to the end of the dowel and wrap the end of the twine around it until the top ½ inch is covered.
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8. Put your fish and pole in a metal tin and you’re ready to play!

Puzzle Monster Magnets

January 16, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Kid's Arts and Crafts

Puzzle Monster Magnets Puzzle Monster Magnets
We have a secret and abiding love in our house for monsters! From Leonardo the Terrible Monster to some homemade creations so ugly they are cute, monsters are always a big hit with my kids so you can bet this project brought a smile to their faces and I’m sure they will for your kids as well! And bonus! Here’s a way to use up some of those random puzzle pieces that don’t seem to go with anything, always a fact of life when you have young kids around!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 15-20 minutes plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Puzzle pieces
Acrylic paint in various colors
Googly eyes, beads, sharpies and other craft supplies
Magnets
Paintbrush
Super glue

Things to do:
1. Most kids love to start with a blank canvas so it’s best to begin by pre-painting all the puzzle pieces one color, here we chose white, and allow that to dry before setting the kids loose.
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2. Once the base coat is dry, let the kids add eyes, teeth, hair and other details using their craft supplies. Encourage them to use the shape of the puzzle piece to inspire their monster.
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3. When their creations are finished and dry, attach a magnet to the back with super glue and allow it to dry before hanging.
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Make Your Own Block Dollhouse Kitchen

Block Dollhouse Kitchen Make Your Own Block Dollhouse Kitchen
Sometimes, the simplest toys are the best ones, right? You almost can’t beat the fun of a basic cardboard box, after all. Blocks are another one of life’s simple toy pleasures, able to turn into so many things. These little kitchen blocks are a great addition to your toy collection. Perfect for building or house playing, they’ll be a hit, you can be sure!

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 1 hour

Things you’ll need:
Wood blocks
Paint in a background color, plus grey and black
Black permanent marker
Paint brushes

Things to do:
1. Paint each block on all sides in the background color. You’ll want to paint two coats, allowing each to dry before adding the next.
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2. Using your grey paint, add handles on each of two blocks for the refrigerator, a band of grey along the top of one for an oven and circles on another side of the oven block for the burners and a rectangle of another block for a sink with dots for the faucet and knobs.
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3. Once the grey paint is dry, use the black paint to add the window of the oven and dots for the oven dials.
4. Finally use your black pen to outline the sink and fridge handles, add grates to the burners an draw cabinets on the sink block. Allow the paint and ink to dry before playing.

DIY Wood Slice Tick Tac Toe

DIY Wood Slice Tick Tac Toe DIY Wood Slice Tick Tac Toe
With winter days, it’s time to start thinking of things to keep the kiddos busy when the weather is too cold to venture out. Tick tac toe is one of those perennial favorites that never seems to get old. Perfect for quick games or long marathons, this Wood Slice version of the game makes a lovely gift or leave out all the time game set.

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 30 minutes

Things you’ll need:
1- Large wood slice
9 – Small wood slices
Wood burning tool

Things to do:
1. Plug in the wood burner with the chisel tip attached.
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2. On the large wood slice, burn lines to create the grid of a tic-tac-toe board.
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3. On the smaller wood slices, burn a large X on one side of each disk. This makes each disk playable for either team, the X side for the crosses and the blank side for the O’s.
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House Candle Block Holders

House Candle Block Holders House Candle Block Holders
When the days are dark and dreary, there’s nothing like candle light to brighten your day! These sweet little candle holders are a fun addition to any room and a charming way to bring a little candle light into your winter world. This is a fun projects to involve the kids in, allowing them to sketch the houses onto the blocks before you do the burning. You can also drill holes to fit your favorite candles!

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 30 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Wood blocks
Wood burning tool
Drill with a drill bit to fit your favorite candles (menorah sized candles work well)
Pencil

Things to do:
1. Using your drill bits, drill holes in the enter top of each block to a depth of about ½ inch.
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2. Sketch little houses on two faces of the blocks.
3. Using the chisel tip on your wood burner, burn along the sketched lines to outline the houses.
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4. Switch tips to the dot tip and add fun details to the houses.
5. Push candles into the holes to display.
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Wood Slice Snowman Ornament

Wood Slice Snowman Ornament Wood Slice Snowman Ornament
When the winter winds blow and the temperatures drop, it’s time to snuggle down indoors and get crafting! This wood slice snowman ornament is a sweet little project, perfect for those snowy days when it’s too frigid to build a snowman outside. If you are working with little ones, you can use black paint in place of the wood burner for the snowman’s eyes and mouth.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 20 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Small wood slices
Little top hats
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Orange paint
Wood burning tool
Paintbrush
Narrow ribbon
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Stack the wood slices end to end with the largest at the bottom and the smallest at the top and glue them where they meet with a generous amount of glue.
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2. Plug the wood burner in with the dot tip attached and burn eyes and spots for a coal mouth.
3. Using the paintbrush, paint a nose with the orange paint.
4. Cut a 5-inch piece of ribbon and fold in half to form a loop.
5. Add a dollop of glue to the top of the snowman and press the hat in place to finish.
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DIY Clothespin Nativity Ornaments

DIY Clothespin Nativity Ornaments DIY Clothespin Nativity Ornaments
Christmas is coming and it’s time to get thinking about ornaments! Every year my kids love to dig out our nativity set and set them up and most kids I know are the same! So give them a chance to build their own nativity set to hang on the tree! This simple project is fantastic for group craft projects, Sunday school activities or just something to keep the little ones busy on a snowy day.

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

Things you’ll need:
Old fashioned clothespins
Hack saw
Hot glue gun and glue sticks OR wood glue
Narrow ribbon
Scissors

Things to do:
1. For each ornament, you’ll need 3 clothespins. Take one clothespin from each group of 3 and cut off the “legs” to create a baby-sized doll.
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2. Lay the two large clothespins side by with one a bit higher than the other and run a bead of glue where the two meet. Set them aside and let them dry.
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3. Once the pair of clothespins are dry, glue the small doll at an angle on top of the two dolls. Allow the glue to dry.
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4. Cut a four-inch length of ribbon and fold in half to form a loop.
5. Flip the doll over and glue the ends of the ribbon to the center back of the dolls. Allow the glue to dry completely before hanging.
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How to Make a Wood Slice Snowman Face Ornament

Snowman Face Ornament How to Make a Wood Slice Snowman Face Ornament
Snowmen are one of those quintessentially winter things that, unfortunately those of us who don’t live in snow country, don’t always get to play with. But never mind! We’ll make snowmen indoors! This cute little guy is just perfect for your tree and a fun project for a cold day indoors by the fire.

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

Things you’ll need:
Small wood slices
Little top hats
Narrow ribbon
Scissors
Wood burning tool
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Orange paint
Paintbrush

Things to do:
1. Plug in your wood burning tool with the dot tip attached.
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2. Burn dots for eyes and mouth onto the snowman face.
3. Paint on a carrot nose and allow the paint to dry.
4. Cut a 5-inch piece of ribbon and fold in half to create a loop.
5. Flip the wood slice over and glue the ends of the ribbon to the back for hanging.
6. Add a drop of glue to the top of the snowman’s head and press the hat in place to finish.

Rustic Wood Slice Trees

Rustic Wood Slice Trees Rustic Wood Slice Trees
Bring a little of the great outdoors inside this holiday season with some sweet wood slice trees! These trees can be sized up or down depending on what size slices you use and are perfect for ornaments, place cards or mantle displays. You can also choose colored beads over natural beads for a different look.

Difficultly level: Easy
Time required: 15 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Wood slices in several sizes
Wood beads
Branch chucks (optional)
Hot glue gun and glue sticks (high temp)

Things to do:
1. Stack the wood slices in the order they will go, from largest to smallest.
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2. Glue a bead in between each layer to separate them a little.
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3. If you want a trunk on your tree, glue a branch section onto the bottom of the largest slice to finish.
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How to Make Pom Pom Snowmen

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

PomPom Snowmen How to Make Pom Pom Snowmen
We love snowmen here at our house, even though we don’t get a lot of snow, in fact, probably because we don’t get a lot of snow! These little pompom snowmen are so much fun to make and play with and they make fabulous gift toppers and wreath decorations.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 15 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Yarn
Forks
Mini top hats
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Scissors
Fabric Scraps (optional)
Mini buttons (optional)

Things to do:
1. Wrap yarn around a fork until you have a big thick bundle.
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2. Cut a 5 inch piece of yarn and tie tightly around the bundle.
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3. Trim the loops and then trim the edges so that the pompom is nice and round. Roll the pompom around in your hands to help make it round. Repeat with another pompom.
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4. Glue the two pompoms together and then add decorations such as a top hat, button eyes and a scarf to finish.
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