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Crafts to do with Kids – FELT CROWNS

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We’ve found one way to get parents’ attention is to have something for the kids to do. Red Bank has a street fair twice a year and this Spring, we had felt crowns available for the kids to decorate. 

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We took two strips of different colored felt, cut the points into the top and sewed them together.

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Then we had buckets of buttons and beads ready for the kids to pick out their “jewels”.  We threaded needles ahead of time so we could sew them where directed.


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We charged $5 a crown and we were the hit of the street fair!

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We Are Loving Pinterest

Are you on Pinterest?

Mary Beth and I are having so much fun with our Pinterest account.  You can find our boards here.  We pin our window displays,

Mardis Gras 2012

crafts,

Monster Garbage Bags for Craft Tables

and funny and cute pictures of animals, just to name a few.

What do you pin?

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.

Page Corner Bookmarks – Day 24 National Craft Month March 2012

Today’s craft is another Pinterest find.  (We LOVE Pinterest!)

We love these corner bookmarks.  What a great use of paper scraps.  Thanks to I Could Make That for the great step by step post.

Abstract Art Pattern – Day 22 National Craft Month March 2012

Abstract art often uses bold, repeated patterns.  You can make your own abstract pattern by weaving paper strips together.

To make a similar pattern and teach your children about modern, abstract art all you need is construction paper, scissors and some tape.

Take three pieces of paper in different colors.

Draw wavy lines across one piece.

Cut along the waves.  Be sure not to cut right to the edge.

Cut the other pieces of paper into strips.

Weave the strips under and over the waves.  Turn over and tape the ends.

This craft came from The Usborne First Book of Art which is a great introduction to art in all forms.

Daisy Paper Chains – Day 20 National Craft Month March 2012

Today we are celebrating 70º days in March and the first day of Spring by making paper daisy chains.

These daisy chains and other great crafts can be found in Usborne’s 50 Rainy Day Activities.

Materials needed:  white paper, green and yellow markers, scissors and tape.

Step One – Fold your paper in half, with its short edges together.

Step Two – Fold the paper in half again.

Step Three – Draw a daisy near the top of the paper.  Add a thick stem to each side.  Then draw more daisies below.

Step Four – Using scissors, cut around all the daisies, but don’t cut along the folds at the ends of the stems.  Open out the daisy chains and using a yellow marker, add the middles of the daisies.

Step Five – Fill in the stems with a green marker.

Step Six – Tape the chains together to make one long chain.

A quick and easy craft that little girls will love.