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Felt and Button Dress-Up Fashion Rings

July 14, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Kid's Arts and Crafts

Dress Up Fashion Rings Felt and Button Dress Up Fashion Rings
My little girl loves to dig away in my jewelry box, trying on necklaces and bracelets, and most especially rings. She’s fascinated by them, as I think most kids are, and while she’d love to tote them off to her room for some imaginary play, they’re too special to turn into play things. So instead I’ve been making her, and helping her make, these cute felt and button rings. Perfect for dress up and playtime, these are also great friend gifts or birthday favors!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 5 minutes

Things you’ll need:
White felt – or other colors of your choice
Buttons or other buttons of your choice
Scissors
Embroidery thread and needle
Measuring tape

Things to do:
1. Let your little one select a stack of two or three buttons for each ring.
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2. Cut a strip of felt about 1/3 of an inch wide and three inches long.
3. Wrap the strip around their finger, cut just past the spot where the end overlaps the tail.
4. With your thread and needle, stitch a solid X on the felt where the two ends overlap then sew the stack of buttons on, running the thread through all the layers and in through the layers of felt and then back up again a few times.
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5. Tie off on the inside of the ring and trim away excess thread.

DIY Alphabet Card Banner

July 12, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Kid's Arts and Crafts

Alphabet Card Banner DIY Alphabet Card Banner
When my kids were little I had alphabet cards all over the house to help them learn their ABC’s but now that they are older the cards are stowed away in drawers and books rule the day. Instead of letting those cards lie unused, however, I’ve given them new life as little mini banners, such as this bookshelf beauty reminding them to always READ!

Time required: 10 minutes
Difficulty level: Easy

Things you’ll need:
Alphabet cards
Sewing machine and thread
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Sort through your cards and use the letters to spell out whatever word you want your banner to say.
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2. Pull some excess thread out from your machine to create a tail.
3. Stitch along the top edge of the cards in order and pull out more excess thread at the end. Cut the threads.
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4. Tie off the threads about an inch from the cards and trim away excess.
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5. Hang the banner from pins or hooks and enjoy!
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DIY Camp Stationary

July 10, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Kid's Arts and Crafts

DIY Camp Stationary DIY Camp Stationary
It’s almost Summer and all across the country kids are gearing up to head off to camp, grandparents and long stays with friends. While cool stationary won’t guarantee that they will write to you, it can’t hurt and you might actually find one of these brightly colored envelopes in your mailbox sometime this Summer. Just remember to pre-address and stamp at least a couple of them to up the chances of getting a letter home!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 10 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Envelopes and appropriately sized paper
Washi tape
Scissors
Stamps and inkpad
Pen
Postage stamps

Things to do:
1. Stamp the top center or top left of each sheet of paper with a fun stamp.
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2. While the ink dries, smooth a piece of washi tape across the bottom edge of the paper. To make the neatest edges, go over the edge with your tape and then use your scissors to trim right up to the edge of the paper.
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3. Run matching pieces of tape at 45 degree angles across the front left side of each envelope, leaving room for the address and return address.
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4. Add a stamp and, if desired, an address and the kids are set for all sorts of fun letter writing!
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DIY Story Stones

June 29, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Kid's Arts and Crafts

DIY Story Stones DIY Story Stones
I come from a long line of storytellers. We love family legends, long jokes, tall tales, all sorts of stories. It’s a gift I want to pass onto my kids, of course, and one of my favorite ways of encouraging their imaginative stories is with story stones. These little pebbles are fantastic story starters to help spark kids ideas. For the youngest children, use the stones to tell a complete but simple story. Old children can draw a few stones from the pile and weave a tale around them. Either way, they are tons of fun!

Difficulty level: Easy – these don’t have to be intricate! Simple shapes work well! Just have fun with it!
Time required: 30 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Acrylic Craft Paint in lots of colors
Paintbrushes
River rocks

Things to do:
1. Wash and dry your stones before you begin to remove any dirt or debris.
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2. This is a great activity to do with your children! Start by making a list of objects that they would like on the stones and then add some of your own.
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3. Paint simple shapes onto the stones such as a house, an animal, the sun, anything that might spark a story! Have fun with this!
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4. Let the stones dry thoroughly before using.

Summertime Pebble Face Puzzles

Summertime Pebble Face Puzzles Summertime Pebble Face Puzzles
A great summertime craft for the kids, these puzzle faces offer hours of fun, both in the making and in the playing! Start with a small collection and keep adding or make tons of pieces right off the bat. Display them outside on a picnic table to keep the kiddos occupied in those hectic moments before dinner or bag them up and you’ll always have a fun activity on hand when someone needs a little distraction.

Difficulty level: Easy to moderate
Time required: 30 minutes

Things you’ll need:
River rocks
Acrylic Craft Paints
Paintbrushes

Things to do:
1. Clean and dry the pebbles thoroughly.
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2. Sort through the stones, dividing them into piles for different face elements, roundish stones are great for eyes, odd shaped stones make for fun noses, etc.
3. Using your paints, paint the basic shapes of eyes, nose, and mouth of different stones.
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4. Once the first coat of paint is dry, add details like nostrils, irises etc to the stones. If you like, make extra stones for eyebrows, ears, even hair. Let your imagination run wild.
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5. Allow the paint to cure for a few hours before playing.
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Upcycle: Paper Tube Crown

Paper Tube Crown Upcycle: Paper Tube Crown
Every little princess loves a crown and this paper tube crown is as fun to make as it is to wear. Here we’ve covered the tube with colorful paper to add a little fun to the finished product but you can also leave the tube as is or let your little ones paint and glitter the tube before cutting!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 10 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Paper towel tube
Scissors
Glue
Foam brush
Colorful paper

Things to do:
1. Roll the paper up onto the tub to measure how much paper you’ll need and trim away the excess.
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2. Paint a thin coat of glue onto the back side of the paper and roll back onto the tube, right side out.
3. Smooth away any bubbles and allow the glue to dry. You may want to use paperclips or clothespins to hold the paper in place while the glue dries.
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4. Beginning at one end, cut the tube into a spiral with a width of about ½ an inch.
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5. Pull the spiral out slightly and wrap into a springy circle. Glue the ends together and pinch till dry. Once dry, pull slightly and crown your little prince or princess.
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Make Your Own Clothespin Fairies

Clothespin Fairies Make Your Own Clothespin Fairies
I have a passionate fairy lover in my family, two, actually, and they are always wishing for more and more fairies. They are loving these clothespin fairies, and loving making these as much as they are enjoying playing with them. Use fabric or paper for the petal skirts, whichever you prefer.

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

Things you’ll need:
Rounded clothespins
Lace ribbon
Paint for a shirt color, shoe color and hair color
Paint pen or thin marker
Glue
Paintbrush
Needle and thread

Things to do:
1. Paint the section from the neck to the split (the legs) with the shirt color and allow it to dry.
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2. Paint the hair and pointy shoes and allow them to dry.
3. Cut a length of lace long enough to wrap around the doll four times. Sew a running stitch along the top edge of the ribbon and pull to gather until the ribbon is just a little longer than the diameter of the clothespin.
4. Glue the top (gathered) edge around the clothespin at the “waist.” Allow the glue to dry.
5. Dot on eyes to finish.
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Make Your Own Clothespin Gnome

Clothespin Gnome Make Your Own Clothespin Gnome
My little ones are wild about gnomes, they are always excited to have a new one in the house. These little clothespin gnomes are so much fun! Perfect for the dollhouse, the fairy garden or even a color matching game, your little ones will love them and love to make them!

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

Things you’ll need:
Rounded clothespins
Paint
Felt or paper to match the paint
Scissors
Glue
Pen to black paint

Things to do:
1. On a covered work surface, paint the clothespins from the “neck” down and allow the paint to dry.
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2. Cut a circle out of the paper or felt and then cut each circle in half.
3. Roll the half circles into a cone just slightly larger than the “head” of the doll and glue to secure.
4. Once the glue and the paint is dry, add a few drops of glue to the head of the gnome and attach the hat on top, slightly tilted back.
5. To finish, add to tiny dots of black paint or black marker to create eyes.

Travel Loom: Dragon Scale Loom Band Bracelet

Dragon Scale Loom Band Bracelet Travel Loom: Dragon Scale Loom Band Bracelet
The Dragon Scale Bracelet is a more complicated rubber band bracelet which uses four pegs in a row on the travel loom. This style works well as a three color bracelet and appears as two single band bracelets joined side by side. It helps to separate out your bands before starting with this pattern to help keep the order straight. Simply make three piles one for each color.

Difficulty level: moderate
Time required: 15 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Travel Loom and hook
Loom bands

Things to do:
1. Choose four pegs that are lined up in row on the loom.
2. On the center two pegs, twist one rubber band into a figure 8 and place it over the pegs.
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3. Twist a second rubber band and place it over the first and second peg.
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4. Twist a third rubber band and place it over the third and fourth peg. From here on out you will no longer twist the bands before adding them.
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5. Push bands down gently on the pegs.
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6. Loop one band around the center two pegs and, using the hook, pull the bottom loop up over the top of the peg. Repeat on the other peg.
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7. Loop a band around the first and second and another around the third and fourth and, using the hook, pull the bottom loops up and over the tops.
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8. Repeat this process, working the center two pegs and then the outer pegs in turn, until you have the length of bracelet you want.
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9. Using an S hook, secure all the ends.
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Travel Loom: Six Peg Loom Band Bracelet

Six Peg Loom Band Bracelet Travel Loom: Six Peg Loom Band Bracelet
The Six Peg Bracelet technique uses six pegs in the center of the loom to produce a rounded bracelet that looks great in a single color or in three colors to make stripes. This utilizes the pegs around one diamond of the travel loom.

Difficulty level: easy
Time required: 10 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Travel loom and hook
Rubber bands

Things to do:
1. Open and lock your loom. If you are making a striped bracelet separate out three colors of bands.
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2. Place on rubber band, twisted into a figure 8, across two opposing pegs.
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3. Repeat this with two more rubber bands on the remaining pegs. Remember the order you placed them as you’ll continue in this pattern.
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4. Slip bands onto the pegs in the same order, this time without the twist.
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5. Using your hook, pull the bottom loop on each peg up and over the top loom.
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6. Press the remaining loops down on the pegs.
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7. Add another set of bands, again with out the twist and again in the same order, on to the pegs.
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8. Repeat this process until you have the length of bracelet you are after.
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9. Secure the ends with a S hook.

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