Paper Flowers – Make a Pretty Bouquet

Do you have a bunch of colored or decorative tissue paper you’ve been saving from gifts?  A perfect afternoon project for your kids is to make paper flowers from them.  You can use the flowers as decorations, gift box toppers, pin on hats, make a bouquet for your favorite vest, string them together in a garland, and the list goes on.

Items Needed:

  • decorative tissue paper
  • round shape
  • pencil
  • scissors

Directions:

  1. use the round shape as a template and trace circle on the tissue paper
  2. cut out the circles
  3. fold the circles in half and then in half again
  4. cut along the outer edge making a scallop edge
  5. open up and gently pinch the cent from underneath to form the flower
  6. twist the back to make a small stem
  7. adjust the petals as you like

 

Beaded Cards Project

This kids arts & crafts project makes a special keepsake for friends and family.  These beaded cards are a great project to make on your own or have a craft party and exchange cards with other crafty friends!

Items Needed:

  • 5″ x 7″ card stock
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • large eye needle
  • colored thread of embroidery floss
  • small beads

Directions:

  1. draw a pattern of dots on the card to use as a guide for stitching
  2. use the needle and poke holes along the edge of the card about 1/2″ apart
  3. thread the needle, double the thread and tie a knot at the end
  4. poke the needle up from underneath the card through the first hole  – pull snug
  5. thread enough beads on the needle to cover the space between the hole and the next one
  6. poke the needle down through the next hole – pull snug
  7. continue to the last hole
  8. weave the thread through the last stitch and tie a knot
  9. cut off excess thread

Handwritten notes are special to those who receive them.  Take your time and write a neat and thoughtful message to your family or friend.

 

Wee Enchanted Fairy Garden

Wee Enchanted Fairy Garden by Creativity for Kids

Wee Enchanted Fairy Garden by Creativity for Kids

 

Create and grow a magical minature fairy land with this kit.

A magical garden is waiting for you, just open the box and you will see waht to do.  Plant the seeds and the beans and water with care.  A fairy named Hannah will help you from there.  Paint tiny toadstools and  set them inside.  Add the sweet flower house so the fairy can hide.  Two beautiful butterflies dance in the air, chasing flowers and playing without any care.  Add a sprinkle of pixie dust and now you can seem how growing a garden can make you believe!

Easy Project for Girls – Hand Painted Barrettes

Easy Project for Girls - Hand Painted Hair Clips & Barrettes

This is a great project for girls that is easy and alot of fun - hand painted hair clips and barrettes.  Whether it is stripes, dots, flowers, zig-zags, creativity has no limits.  Girls can design their own hair accessories to match their outfits.

Materials needed:

  • plain metal hair clips or barrettes
  • paint from your local craft store (be sure to get paint that for metal)
  • paint brushes (fine points)
  • clear nail polish
  • piece of cardboard

Fasten the barrettes and clips to the piece of cardboard to hold in place.  You will need to cut slits for the barrettes and clips that fasten together.  Since only the top part shows, you do not need to paint the underneath and back parts.  Start with a base coat of the color you like.  Allow this to dry and then paint your designs on the base coat.  Once the paint has throughly dried, apply a clear coat of nail polish for protection.

A simple way to store your barrettes is to get a wide piece of fabric ribbon that you can clip the barrettes on. 

Have fun!

   the folks at Cow & Lizard

How to Tie Dye

Tie Dyeing a T-shirt, pillowcase, towel, scarf or whatever you fancy is fun activity for kids – either by themselves or as a group activity.  There are many pre-assembled kits available for purchase or the supplies can be purchased at your local craft store.

Tie dye is a way of creating patterns or color in fabric by preventing the flow of dye into the folds of the fabric.  This is done by folding, tying , stitching or crumbling the fabric.  The end result is always a surprise – which is what it makes it so exciting for kids.

What you need:

  • garment – natural fibers are best (ie: cotton)
  • soda ash fixer
  • gloves & mask recommended
  • dye
  • squirt bottles
  • rubber bands or string
  • plastic bag

Steps:

  • using the string or rubber bands, create the pattern you desire on your garment – we like to find the center of the Tshirt and section off every inch to create rings – but you can be creative and tie off the garment in any way you like
  • wear the mask and gloves, use 1 cup of soda ash fixer per gallon of warm water and soak the garment for about 15 minutes – squeeze out the excess water when done
  • mix your dyes in the colors of your choice in the squeeze bottles  – follow the directions on the dye label as to how much water to add
  • squirt your dye on the garment in the various sections
  • put the garment in a plastic bag and let it set from 4 – 24 hours – the longer for the brighest colors – in a warm place
  • rinse the garment in the sink thoroughly and remove the ties
  • wash in the washing machine – it may take a few rinse cycles to get all the dye out – but just check the water to see that it is clear

Enjoy your new works of art!

    the folks at Cow & Lizard