Wall Art Calendar

Here is a simple project for your kids.  They can make a simple art calendar using a favorite piece of art work, picture, card or anything else they like.

Items Needed:

  • heavy card stock
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • scissors
  • glue
  • favorite art work
  • hole punch
  • ribbon, cord or string
  • small paper calendar

Steps to Make:

  1. measure a 6″ x 9″ rectangle on card stock
  2. cut out
  3. choose the art work piece to fit on the top half of the calendar – you may need to trim it to fit
  4. glue the back of the picture and place on calendar
  5. use the hole punch and make 2 holes at the top of the calendar about 1″ from either side
  6. thread the ribbon or string through both ends and knot each end in the back

These also make great gifts for family and friends.  Hang it on the wall and enjoy looking at your handmade creation!

Critter Creature Cutouts – A Kids Project

Your kids can create a collection of paper animals with this project.  They are made of folded paper and can be decorated to their liking.  When done, they make great toys, homemade gifts or handmade greeting cards.


Items Needed:

  • sheets of construction paper
  • pencil
  • colored pencils
  • scissors
  • items for decorating such as glitter, sequins, ribbon, etc.



  1. fold the sheets of construction paper in half so that the short ends meet
  2. draw animal shapes so that the top of the animal is along the folded edge
  3. cut out the shape leaving the folded part uncut
  4. decorate
  5. open slightly so that it stands up for display


Children can create a circus train, a petting zoo, a barnyard, a safari, a seaworld or whatever their favorite animals are. 

Have fun!

Little Friendship Book Project for Kids

A perfect rainy day or any day project for kids to make.  These sweet little gift books can be made from the scraps of paper you have on hand.  Your kids can personalize them as much or as little as they want by decorating the cover and inside pages with stamps, paint, markers, crayons, glitter or any other art supplies you have on hand.  They can draw special pictures for friends and family.


Items Needed:

  • tracing paper,
  • pencil
  • clear tape
  • 5 sheets paper 5.5″ x 8.5″
  • thin cardboard
  • scissors
  • binder clips
  • hole punch
  • ribbon or cord


  1. draw a simple shape such as a heart or circle on the tracing paper and cut it out
  2. tape the pattern to the cardboard, outline it and cut it out
  3. fold the 5 sheets of paper in half so the short edges meet – crease well – cut along crease
  4. stack the paper together and clip together with binder clip
  5. tape the cardboard shape to the top of the stack and cut around the chape
  6. clip the paper shapes together with binder clip
  7. mark hole down 1/4″ from the top outer left and right edge and punch holes
  8. take the ribbon and bring up through the holes going from the bottom to the top
  9. take the ends of the ribbon that are on the top and tie a bow – trim ends
  10. decorate the pages and cover as you wish

Your kids can pick a theme to decorate and fill the book or just anything that they like.  Have fun!

Friendship Pin

These simple pins are a great rainy day project and they make fabulous gifts for friends and family members.  Your imagination and sense of design will create unique pieces of art to wear.

Items Needed:

  • saftey pins
  • colored beads


  1. put beads in a small bowl or tray
  2. for each pin, take a safety pin and open the clasp
  3. slip on beads to your liking
  4. pin on clothing and close clasp

As simple as that!

Make Your Own Tooth Fairy Pillow

The tooth fairy is a fantasy of early childhood.  When a child loses a baby tooth, he/she then places it beneath his/her pillow on a bed and the tooth fairy visits while the child is sleeping, taking the lost tooth and leaving a small payment.

This craft project for kids is to make a little pillow that is the perfect size for a lost tooth and perhaps even a note for the tooth fairy.

Materials Needed:

  • pencil
  • ruler
  • 2 –  4″ x 5″ pieces of felt
  • scissors
  • pins
  • large-eye needle
  • 1 – 3″ x 3″ piece of felt
  • embroidery floss
  • jumbo cotton balls


  1. cut out a 2″ heart shape from the smaller piece of felt
  2. pin the heart to the center of one of the 4″ x 5″ pieces of felt
  3. thread the needle with the floss, tie a knot in one end and with a running stitch, sew around the outline of the heart – starting at the middle of one of the upper rounded edges and ending in the middle of the other – when done, tie a knot on the back side of the piece
  4. pin the 2 pieces of 4″ x 5″ together with the right sides facing out
  5. use a running stitch to sew around the edges leaving an opening on one side large enough to stuff the cotton balls in
  6. stuff the cotton balls using a pencil to push them down – stuff it with enough so it is pleasantly plump with enough room to pull the open part together
  7. sew the top closed

Now you are all set for the tooth fairy.  How much do you think she will leave?

Tooth Fairy

Tooth Fairy


Tooth Fairies by North American Bear Company.

Make a Pin Cushion from a Jelly Jar Lid

If you or someone you know does their own canning, this craft project will make a great gift for them.  You can take the lid and band from a canning jar and transform it into a pin cushion.

Items Needed:

  • felt and fabric pieces
  • lid and screw on band from a canning jar
  • jumbo cotton palls
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • white glue


  1. place the fabric pieces on  a flat surface with the right sides facing down
  2. place the jar lid  on top and trace around it
  3. draw another circle about 1 inch wider than the one you just drew and cut it out
  4. place the jar lid on the felt piece and trace the circle
  5. cut the circle out of the felt
  6. take the band and place it on the flat surface with the top side down
  7. put the fabric circle with the right side down into the band
  8. place 4-5 jumbo cotton balls on top of the fabric to make a small mound
  9. put the lid on top of the cotton balls and press firmly into the band – the fabric edges will push out from underneath the lid
  10. push against the band until the lid is against the band and the mound has pushed trough the other side
  11. glue the inside edges of the fabric circle and press firmly until the fabric lies flat against the lid
  12. apply glue on one side of the felt circle and set it iside the badn with the glued sided down on top of the fabric – press it down
  13. let dry


This makes a great gift for someone special you know who sews.  It also makes a great gift for someone who has given their homemade goodies that that canned themselves.  I once had a neighbor who would bring me over jars of pickles she canned.  When I had finished the jar of pickles, I would fill it with her favorite candy and return the jar.  One good turn deserves another!

Recycled Containers

If you look around your house, you would be surprised at what everyday containers can be re-used for storing your supplies – whether they are sewing, art, craft, school or other supplies.  No need to run out to the store to buy a bin, basket or box, just check your closets and cupboards for useful items you ordinarily would throw away or put in the recycling bin.  Below is a list of possibilities.  Be sure to clean everything out before using.

  • berry baskets
  • baking powder tins
  • biscuit tins
  • cookie tins
  • candy tins
  • gum tins
  • cardboard cheese containers with lids
  • cardboard oatmeal containers with lids
  • drawstring cloth bags
  • lidded candy boxes
  • plastic or metal toolbox
  • shoeboxes with lids
  • small orange crates
  • soap boxes
  • straw baskets with lids
  • tea tins
  • small tea boxes
Garden 123 Dominoes by Crocodile Creek

Garden 123 Dominoes by Crocodile Creek

Crocodile Creek is a children’s toy company that does a fabulous job in packaging their puzzles and games in easy to store and tote containers.  This game comes in a box that looks like a lunch box – complete with a handle and a latch to keep it shut.  Beautiful designs and sturdy materials make all the products by Crocodile Creek nothing but high quality.  Thwir toys are made to last.

Check out the line of Crocodile Creek puzzles, games, children’s dinnerware, plush animals, lunchboxes, backpacks, stainless steel drinking bottles, food jars, snack packs, sandwich keepers, ice packs, doodle pads, playground balls, and much more.  http://www.cowandlizard.com/brand/crocodile-creek


Design – Memory – Craft

Creative Journaling

Creative Journaling

The Creative Journaling kit from Faber-Castell is a complete 35 piece set to create a keepsake journal with art & soul.  Included in the kit are:

  • 3 PITT Artist Pens
  • 3 Art GRIP Aquarelle Pencils
  • 15 Clipart and Collage Papers
  • 12 Page Blank Journal
  • Gesso
  • Glue
  • Graphite Pencil
  • Paintbrush
  • Sharpener
  • Eraser
  • Pack of Big Illustrated Instruction Cards

Creative Journaling combines keeping a journal with scrapbooking and mixed media techniques.  It’s a great way to add visual elements to your written thoughts and feelings – a dynamic new venue for self-expression

PITT Artist Pens are made with premium India ink that is light fast and waterproof, acid-free, odorless and will not bleed through your pages – perfect for Creative Journaling.

Art GRIP Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils have water-soluble pigments that become watercolor paint at the touch of a wet brush.  Discover the magic of watercolor pencils!

The Idea Deck includes 12 big double-sided cards chock full with dozens of ideas and illustrated how-to techniques for creative journaling.  Learn how to use these classic tools in new and exciting ways and how to keep a journal like never before.



NEW 3D Wonder Paint

New from Creativity for Kids – 3D Wonder Paint.

Similar to puffy paint, 3D Wonder Paint is an art medium used to create window art, dimensional crafts, sun catchers, holiday projects, fashion accessories and much more.

The 3D Wonder Paint collection of products includes activity books, activity kits, paint sets, refills and project sheets.

It is simple:

  – Outline the design

  – Color it in – goes on light, dries bright

  – Peel and place

3D Wonder Paint Kit

3D Wonder Paint Kit

Happy Crafting!
the folks at Cow & Lizard

Yarn Bowl Craft Project

A fun project to make with all the leftover yarn you have in your craft stash.

You Need:

  • a bowl
  • plastic cling wrap
  • yarn
  • white glue
  • water
  • scissors
  • stiffen quick spray (optional)


  • cut several strands of yarn about 1 foot long
  • wrap a bowl in the plastic wrap
  • turn bowl upside down on surface
  • empty the bottle of glue in a small dish and add water to thin
  • strand by strand, soak the yarn in the glue-water mixture and start wrapping the bowl at the center of the bottom
  • the color pattern is your choice
  • OPTIONAL – as the yarn starts to dry, you can spray it with the stiffener
  • when the bowl is completely dry ( a day or two) gently remove it from the mold

Voila!  you now have a colorful bowl to store all your treasures in or to display for everyone to admire.


Happy Carfting!

the folks at Cow & Lizard