Monthly Archives: March 2012

Crayon Relief Easter Egg – Day 31 National Craft Month March 2012

Nothing like waiting until the last minute to post the final craft for our National Craft Month project. I’m very proud of us for getting something up every day this month – there were a few days when it was iffy, but we did it, so messy high-fives all around.

Since we’re only a week away from Easter, today we’re doing an Easter Egg project that can be made into a card or a decoration.

You will need an egg shape cut out of construction paper, a white crayon, and watered down paint. White paper will show the colors best. Be sure to use construction paper because it’s porous and will hold the color. The paint will just roll off slicker papers (like copy paper or card stock).

Use the crayon to draw designs on the egg.

Brush a colored wash (watered down paint) across the egg. The designs will pop out of the color.

Cover the whole egg with color.

Don’t worry – it dries a bit lighter than when first brushed on the paper.

Glue the egg on a coordinating color of construction paper and turn it into an Easter card for a loved one.

This ends our 31 days of crafts. Join us next month for a new adventure. Rumor has it, everything may revolve around fun recipes to do with your kids:)

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Beaded Key Chain – Day 30 National Craft Month March 2012

I first did this project at our Valentine’s Day party. I was going to use wire but worried about the kids scratching/poking themselves. So, on a whim, I tried stringing beads on a pipe cleaner and it was so much easier than I  imagined.

You will need a pipe cleaner, beads, and a key ring (found at craft stores)

First, shape your pipe cleaner into the approximate shape you want to make. I originally planned on making a flower (hence all the red/pink/white beads) but then changed my mind because this looked so much like a dinosaur foot to me.

After you shape your key ring, start feeding beads onto the pipe cleaner.

You may lose the shape at times, but pipe cleaners are easily adjusted. Don’t forget to add the key ring. It’s a pain in the neck if you close up the shape before putting it on.

Twist together the two ends and fold them alongside the pipe cleaner. If you’re using pony beads, you should be able to slide a bead over the join to cover any sharp ends like I did.

Voila! Personal key rings that kids will have a ball making.

Egg Carton Wreath – Day 29 National Craft Month March 2012

We eat a lot of eggs in our house, but I never remember to save the cartons. This is mainly because my dogs love to chew on them and I usually give them whatever they want. But I finally asserted myself and told them that needed the carton to make a wreath. As you would expect, they looked at me as if I had lost my mind, but I stood firm.

What you will need for this project:  a paper plate, crayons (or paint, if you have it), sequins, green construction paper, a ribbon to hang your wreath when you’re finished, and 8 cups from the egg carton.

Cut out the middle of the plate. The resulting ring will be the base for your wreath.

Cut 8 egg cups from the carton. The instructions call for neatly and evenly trimmed cups, but I just laughed derisively at that. Anyone who knows me knows that neat and even are two words that just don’t apply here!

Color or paint the inside of the egg cups. I kind of like the mottled effect of using two crayons inside the cup (which translates to I NEED TO BUY PAINT SOON!)

Glue a sequin in the middle of the egg cup for a little touch of bling!

Cut tiny triangles out of the edges of the egg cups. Fold the petals out.

Glue the flowers around the outer rim of the plate.

Using the green construction paper, cut out leaves to fill in between the flowers.

Glue the petals between the flowers.

Punch a hole in the plate and add the ribbon hanger. Be sure to place it in the darkest part of the store so the colors don’t show up at all in the final presentation.

 

Project originally found at Free Crafts for Kids and thoroughly mucked up by me.

Bunny Baskets – Day 28 National Craft Month March 2012

When I taught Kindergarten, class parties were always very exciting.

The parents in charge of the parties tried to find things to do that wouldn’t rile up the kids too much but that would also keep them involved.

Craft projects were always popular.

But a lot of times, providing materials for 22 to 25 kids could get expensive.

This bunny basket would have been perfect. Everything needed can be found at home or in the classroom art center.

Add a few plastic eggs with goodies inside and I can’t think of a child who wouldn’t love to get one of these:)

So if you’re the parent in charge of the Easter party this year, try these.

I promise, you won’t be disappointed!

 

Original idea from Martha Stewart – with some modifications by Fragile Earth Stuffed Animals

Paper Lotus Flowers – Day 27 National Craft Month March 2012

Last week, at Fragile Earth Stuffed Animals, it was 70°, last night it was 29°.  What happened to Spring?  That’s what we want to know.  In our search for Spring, we found this great craft idea on Better Homes and Gardens website.  In a few simple steps, you too can have a Paper Lotus Flower to decorate for Spring.

All you need are three different colored paper, scissors, yarn and a rubber band.  Note:  I used card stock and would suggest using a lighter stock paper because some of the folds were difficult with the heavy stock paper.

Step One – Select papers in three colors, one each for the leaves, outer petals, and inner petals (we used green, yellow and orange). From each color of paper, cut four 2-1/2 X 5-inch strips.

Step Two – Fold a strip in half so it forms a long rectangle. If there is a wrong side to the paper, fold so that the right side faces in.

Step Three – Fold one corner back so the edge is flush with the crease. Repeat with the remaining corners.

Step Four – Fold a long edge up to meet the crease. Repeat with the other long edge. Repeat steps 2, 3, and 4 for all 12 paper strips.

Step Five –  Hold one inner petal strip (ours is orange) with the right side up, and nest an outer petal strip (yellow) in the fold. Then nestle a leaf strip (green) in the outer petal strip. (It will look a bit like a paper taco when you’re finished.) Tuck in all corners. Repeat for the rest of the strips until there are four sets of nested petals and leaves.

Step Six – Create a lotus “heart” (center) by cutting several 2-inch-long pieces of yarn; tie them together at the midpoint with an 8-inch length of yarn.  Sandwich the four nested sets with long sides are together and leaves up; secure in the center with a rubber band., Tie the yarn heart to the rubber band. Make a star out of the paper sandwich by separating the points and lightly creasing them into a star shape. Flip the flower over so that the right sides of the papers are facedown and the yarn heart is on top.

Step 7 – To make the lotus flower “bloom,” gently pry the inner petals (ours are orange) from the outer petals, bending them up and toward the center.

Step Eight – Then pry the (yellow) outer petals from the (green) leaves, also bending them up and toward the yarn heart, leaving the leaves flat. Adjust the petals and leaves as necessary.

Thanks to Better Homes and Garden for this great craft idea.

Milk Carton Boats – Day 26 National Craft Month March 2012

Today’s craft is a great rainy day activity; making milk carton boats.

This fun activity comes to us courtesy of Lilla A.  While the directions are not in English, no words are needed to follow the step by step pictures.  Bon Voyage!  If you make this craft, please take pictures and post them on our Facebook page, we love to see what everyone else is doing.

Painted Chick Bookmark – Day 25 of National Craft Month March 2012

I’m always searching for something to use as a bookmark and I hate bending the pages to mark my spot. This is a fun bookmark you can make with your kids. Be forewarned, this will take a bit of time because you need to let the paint dry (much more than I did.)

Start by gathering what you’ll need. I only had washable fingerpaint on hand which did not work as well as I had hoped. I would not suggest using it.

After you’ve painted both sides, let the popsicle stick fully dry.

I chose to have both feet be one piece of foam.

The poor chicks of the world are always overshadowed by bunnies at this time of the year, so I decided to highlight them at least once in our month of crafts. Besides, who could say no to a fuzz-top like that??

Craft idea from Apples for the Teacher . Check them out – they have tons of great ideas of things to do with little kids.