Chalk Paint

Drawing with chalk is a favorite activity for the boys. Yesterday during naptime I decided to make something new for them to do.(Honest has done it before but he was really little) 

While they snoozed, I grated sticks of chalk. I use the Crayola 24 pack because we love all of the vibrant colors. I grated about half of a stick for each color and divided them into a regular sjzed muffin tin. 

Once the chalk dust was in the pan I gathered different sized paint brushes and a big, easy to pour, cup of water.  
The boys liked watching me mix the water in once we got outside to the cement. They picked their brushes and we started painting! 

Their favorite thing was to splatter paint. I love how it turned out.


This was somewhat messy. I wiped their hands and feet before we went inside and I changed their clothes afterwards just so chalk dust wouldn’t get on the new couch. 

Honest kept checking on it throughout the remainder of the day because it changed as it dried. Once we woke up the following morning he went to see and the rain had washed a lot away but it was still there. 


He asked to do it again right away. I said coffee first ๐Ÿ˜

Popsicle Stick Chicks

I love all the variations of this craft. So far we’ve made scarecrows, snowmen, and leprachauns. Now to celebrate spring we made chicks!

Supplies:

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Popsicle sticks
Paint
Googly eyes
Glue
Cardstock
Scissors

I found this awesome pack of card stock at Hobby Lobby for half off! I’m excited to use all of the colors ๐Ÿ˜€

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Step one is to glue your sticks to a piece of cardboard.

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Once that’s dry paint them!

We used finger paint because it was the only yellow we had on hand. Mr.3 painted the sticks. I think they needed multiple coats but he insisted they were good with one.

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Once your paint is dry (we waited overnight just because we were busy but I’m sure half an hour to an hour would be fine) add your eyes, beaks, feet, wings, and as H called it “feather hair”

Use the time the paint is drying to cut out all of your parts. If your kiddo isn’t old enough to, then you should do it while they’re distracted because it takes a while.  Or maybe it’s just me trying to get it to look perfect then giving up and not caring. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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We used school glue to attach everything.

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His favorite part is glueing.

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Once all of your pieces are attached let it dry. You can attach string or a magnet to display them. We like to just lean them against the side of the microwave on the counter.

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They’re cute and I love how they look a little crazy. Happy Spring!

Easter Egg Wreath

I’ve come across a lot of variations of this craft. It is cute and really simple. Honest helped once I got it all cut out and ready.

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Cute baby hand belongs to Sage, who tried helping me get set up. He ended up using some crayons to scribble while I worked.

Supplies

Decorative paper
Glue (I used tacky because I couldn’t find my Elmer’s school glue)
Paper plates
Scissors
Ribbon
Egg shaped cookie cutter

First you’ll need to cut out the middle of your plate. I didn’t have any so I traced a plate onto a poster board and then cut out the middle.

Next trace your egg shape onto the backs of your paper. I divided my 12 pages in half and just traced on two pages. I fit 9 eggs on each.
(I wanted to make multiple wreaths so I used a lot of paper for eggs)

Keep your pages bundled and cut out your eggs.

Now place a line of glue around your circle and add your eggs! I was able to fit 12 eggs per circle. Honest liked glueing the most.

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Once your eggs are on you can attach your ribbon. We just glued them but I suggest stapling.

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Once that’s dry you’re done and can hang them up. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Together H and I made three big wreaths and two small.

If you don’t want to do eggs you can do
something that’s more springy like flowers! It’s my favorite kind of craft- versatile. (And cheap ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

Playdough

I found a new playdough recipe! I love it! I think it’s softer than my other one and the colors mixed better.

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2 cup flour
2 cup water
1 cup salt
1/2 cup cornstarch
2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tbsp cream of tartar
Food coloring (I used gel)

Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl. Add in the wet and mix.

Then divide dough  into however many colors you want (I did 3) and one at a time, cook your ball on the stove,(medium heat) mixing in the color as you go.

Once the dough changes from liquid to a solid and isn’t sticky,  take it out and let it cool on wax paper.
Once it’s cool enough to touch knead it to remove lumps and ensure color is thoroughly incorporated.

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Squuuuuiiiissshhhh

Store in an airtight container! (We use sandwhich bags)

Happy crafting ๐Ÿ™‚

Hole Punch Hearts

When we got home earlier from taking Hubby to work, I noticed our Christmas window clings still decorated the master bedroom window. H’s room has some suncatchers but they aren’t very festive.

I found the idea for this craft on Pinterest but the link didn’t work so I winged it, which is easy because it’s a simple craft!

Supplies:

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Paper
Heart template
Writing utensil
Scissors
Paper hole punch
String
(Ignore the glue… I grabbed it to make these cute heart penguins)

To start get a heart template you like. I freehanded mine but you can trace something heart shaped or print one out.

Fold your paper the long way (hotdog style) and trace as many hearts and will fit.

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Do so with all of your different papers

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Once that is done cut your hearts out. (Hehe)

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Here are my hearts.

Now take your hole punch and punch away! I folded mine in half so I could reach the middle. I tried letting H help but the punch was too hard for him to do. He tied some together with string instead.

Once all of your hearts are holy you can cut bits of string and tie them on. I used strings with varying lengths. Some of the hearts were hung at an angle as well.

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Finally use painter’s tape to hang them up!

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I put 7 in each window in H’s room and in the master bedroom.

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Tada! I think longer strings would have been better but the cat likes to sit in the window and I know she’d attack them.

Melted Crayon Art

I’ve seen so many variations of melted crayon art all over the internet. I love how many ways you can do it.

I’ve been wanting to try but I don’t normally buy canvasย ย  so I waited until I had some. Lo and behold a couple weekends ago Michael’s did a sale on all of theirs! Boolyah (as my Mother used to say)

Gather supplies:
Canvas
Crayons
Hair dryer or heat gun (will yield different results)
Hot glue
Newspaper
Painters tape or stickers

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Place your stickers or tape however you desire.

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Remove your wrapping if you chose to hold the crayon. If you are gluing them to the canvas it doesn’t matter. H chose the colors this time.

Use your blow dryer to melt the crayon. It will splatter everywhere.

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My melty crayon. Resting it on the canvas made out puddle a little and I liked how it looked.

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I worked from the right so it would all be going the same direction. My plan was to do the opposite way for baby’s name.

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Before starting the second I covered my area ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Stickers in place

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I outlined the letters to ensure they would show up once the stickers were removed. (I did this with the first one too)

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Messy splatters. I do like how they look…just not on my cupboards. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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The purple bled through for this one but I don’t want to paint over it. It’s a messy craft and I like it.

Now back to my messy cupboards.

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It looked worse in person. I grabbed a washcloth and petroleum jelly and rubbed it in circles after scraping as much as I could with a kitchen scraper. It came off pretty easily!

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I used it on H’s table and his cup that were covered before rinsing with soapy water. *cheesy grin*
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I love how they turned out and I definitely want to do more!

If you do this craft make sure to share pictures! Happy crafting!

Love Wall Art

It’s a snow day! We have about 6 inches with more forecasted to dump on us. Since we have nowhere to be and no plans ( and it’s February) I decided to break out the paint and do some crafting!

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H did the one on the left and I did the other. It was relaxing, making all of though little dots. ๐Ÿ™‚

This is a super simple project. I’ve made them in the past and I love how they turn out.

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This is last year’s Valentine’s Day art from H. He picked the colors both times. I used  painter’s tape for this one.

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These are a couple that hang in Honest’s room. The top one is canvas and a Dory quote from Finding Nemo. (Honest’s nickname is Squishy) I painted it a myriad of colors, put the stickers on, painted black over top, and removed the stickers.

The bottom one I let baby H paint and when I removed the stickers I didn’t like how it looked so I wrote in the letters.

Supplies:
White cardstock or canvas
Paint
Stickers or painters tape
Brushes

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This is what I used for my letters. I used a double sided sticky square (for scrapbooking) on each letter to hold them in place. Worked really well! I like the size of these letters.

Start with figuring out your design. If you want your letters to be white in the end then start by putting your stickers on. If you want the letters colored, paint the canvas first and let dry completely before placing your stickers.

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Next you’ll paint over your letters. Make sure you cover the outline of them with paint

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I used Q -tips for mine. H used a foam dot brush.

I let ours dry a little bit before peeling off the stickers. I don’t think it’s necessary though. Be careful doing this so you don’t rip your paper, (if that’s what you’re using)

I put them on the fridge to dry, using magnets on all corners so it wouldn’t warp the paper.

Very fun! I like the idea of using handprints to paint the page too. Or finger prints or even cookie cutters! So many ideas! Paint all the things!

You coukd also use markers or crayons. It doesn’t have to be paint!

Happy crafting and stay warm!