Archive for the ‘Crafts & Hobbies’ Category

Repurpose Changing Table

Friday, October 3rd, 2014 by by

The Younger needed a desk, and we missed all the “Back to School” sales. She didn’t need anything major, but I did want there to be enough room for her computer and mouse, plus some extra room for papers and such. I figured we’d go to yard sales or whatnot, but sometimes getting something like that is more trouble than its worth in the end (think lifting, loading, unloading, carrying up the stairs).

I began thinking about what we had around the house, and I realized her changing table might work. I searched Pinterest (of course!), but there wasn’t anything that was designed like the one she had, so I had to come up with an plan on my own.

I think it came out well. All I had to do was removed the brackets that held the drawers, take the back off, and then remove the front lip at the bottom that secured it (which we then switched around to the back and drilled in place for more stability). We had to use a jigsaw for the bottom to cut it out (we wanted to keep the cabinet on the side for her computer tower), so that was the only ‘real’ hardware need.

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Artwork Display

Saturday, September 27th, 2014 by by

Now that The Younger has started kindergarten, I am overwhelmed with papers. I figured out that each person in the house needs a bin that they are responsible for checking if they’re missing paperwork or to see if they have mail (this is mostly for the 6’6″ child in my house), but I was struggling with what to do with The Younger’s artwork. Our refrigerator isn’t magnetic, and our pantry door has no more room to tape her latest creations, so I was stuck.

Until the Dollar Store that is! They had clothespins when I went this time, and right there next to it was a bin full of decorative masking tape!

All it took was some cutting, and the younger covered the top (displayed) side of the clothespin. Now I just string a ribbon wherever I want her art displayed, and we have the means to pin them up without a lot of fuss :-)

My Summer Project

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 by by

I had this crazy idea that I was going to do 4 giant mosaics on the front of my art building. I enlisted one of my staff members that I know would support me on anything, was a great draw-er, and I knew I could count on her.

I had this rudimentary drawing and she fine tuned it. Maddie took the idea and ran with it. We problem solved together but in the end, it was her baby. I can’t believe how gorgeous it is every time I look at it. Our campers did all of the glass layout and gluing it down. (more…)

Glitter Jars

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 by by

This craft was so easy! The Younger had a great time, and I absolutely love the way they came out :-)

We gathered glass jars that I had been saving for a while, Elmer’s Glue, glitter, and some paint brushes. I mixed some of the glue with water, and off we went!

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DIY Wood Stain Using Food Coloring

Monday, August 4th, 2014 by by


My husband is the king of the ‘Honey Do’ list. Not only does he do everything on his ‘list’, he also proactively searches for projects. “Want me to mow the lawn? How’s the disposal? Do you need me to build anything today?” Very productive. So, when I asked him to build me a spice shelf on Monday, I shouldn’t have been surprised that by Tuesday, I had two, with the only difference being their length, so that I could decide which was a better fit for over my stove. (more…)

Pinterest Fails: Fizzing Paint

Friday, June 13th, 2014 by by

So, I found this awesome blog post with fizzy sidewalk paint. How great for my boys! Outside, paint, mess, and science fizzing. I set to work one lovely morning!

The recipe called for 1 box of baking soda, 1/2 cup of corn starch, and warm almost hot water to get the thickness. I put a bit of water in, too thick. A bit more, still a thick paste. A little bit more….super thin. What? Oh well. Poured it into a few cups, added food coloring, and set the boys loose.

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It became immediately evident that it was too thin, as anything they painted was a slightly tinted wet spot. But hey, they were having fun.

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Once the painting fun wore off, I filled up a squirt bottle with about 1/4 water and 3/4 vinegar. I took it out to test spray…and the end of the bottle that makes it spray like we need instead of a thin squirt is missing. What? Ugh. Ok, so we’ll squirt and get some fizz. And we did. A teeeny, tiny bit where they painted, because duh, very little baking soda made it into the paint they were using.

So, I improvised. I stirred up the paints I could find (um, where did the red go?) and dumped them. (more…)

Spring Bird Using Child’s Footprint

Thursday, April 10th, 2014 by by

I thought this was adorable. The Younger made this in class, so I wanted to share it. It looks easy enough, and I think it would make a great Easter project/gift for Grandparents or other family members. Maybe even a good gift for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day!

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Making Puppets in Preschool!!

Thursday, March 27th, 2014 by by

I volunteered to come to Baby Bear’s class and do some crafting.  Baby Bear wanted to make puppets, so we did a little puppet show with some sock puppets and the kids got to make a puppet to take home.


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Valentine’s Day Bookmarks

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 by by

While I’d like to take credit for these, I didn’t come up with the idea myself. I saw it on Pinterest, and all I can say is that I did go to the store myself and I punched the designs into the paint chip cards. Not much effort on my part, but I’m still impressed that I did it…

The Younger and I had a good time with these, after a lot of silent cursing and bruised thumbs because I bought the worst craft punches ever. She got to cut the ribbon and told me where to punch the hearts and stars, and then she did some “free” art with the cutouts. (more…)

Valentine’s Day Mobile with Tissue Paper Dyed Hearts

Monday, January 20th, 2014 by by

Valentine's Day Mobile with Tissue Paper Dyed Hearts - with water and tissue paper kids can create this beautiful mobile.
One of our favorite mediums to create art is tissue paper. We have used it for so many fun kids activities such as Tissue Paper Turkey Craft and Coffee Filter Flowers Made With Tissue Paper. So when I was looking for a Valentine’s Day activity for my preschooler, I went back to my trusty tissue paper. What would Valentine’s Day be without hearts (and chocolate)? We didn’t use chocolate while making these tissue paper dyed hearts, but they are still pretty sweet. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.) The bleeding tissue paper dyes the hearts in bold, bright colors, making this a fun way to add some love to your home. (more…)

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