Archive for the ‘Crafty’ Category

Don’t Forget Watercolors

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Sometimes I get so stressed trying to find things to occupy the kids that I forget the basics.

Like watercolors.

Over an hour a peace and quiet.

They’re cheap, they clean up pretty easily as long as you have down a weeks worth of newspaper, and old clothes (or in Alex’s case, no clothes), and the resulting artwork is generally quite pleasing, if you keep them away from black and browns.

How do I forget these things.

Free Pretty Flower Pots

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

If you’ve ever bought any plants for you yard then you probably have a few of these not so attractive black pots stored somewhere in your home.  (You may also have an adorable, although very loud, stubborn and moody toddler, if you do, this post will not help you with that.)

But, if you’re like me, then you have dozens of them (the pots, not toddlers) floating around your garage, shed, basement and attic just waiting to be used because they’re pots and they must be useful for something.  Right?  So you keep them, indefinitely, and you accept more of them from friends and family, who know you like plants, because they can’t bear to throw them out either, but unlike you and me, they don’t want them cluttering up their house. 

Meanwhile you go out and buy similar pots because they’re prettier colors.

Enter the always useful can of spray paint.  You have your choice of any color, and one $4 can will cover a dozen or more pots depending on their size. 

We’ve previously done pink and blue pots for the twins to each have their own flowers, but this year I went bland and got a terra cotta color to match my other pots.

Oh, and one last thought, as far as paint durablity goes, we’ve found that most of our pots look nice for about 3 years before we have to repaint them.

More Great Things To Do

Friday, April 16th, 2010

These Coordinated Fabric Wedding and Party Favors at Sew Mama Sew are perfect for all those spring and summer events coming up….and what a great way to use up some of your fabric stash.

These Book Makeovers at Sassy Style are unbelievably cute, and simple…I think I could do this.

What a precious idea, Blossoms for Birds, at The Magic Onions to ‘help’ the birds in your neighborhood build their nests.

Who wouldn’t love to make their own Wallpaper Decals for any room in their house at Apartment Therapy.

Pretty Plastic Eggs

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

It’s 3 days before Easter, and no, we haven’t gotten around to dying any real eggs yet…yes, there are about 3 dozen extra eggs in the fridge for that sole purpose, but is it just me or is the whole dying eggs thing quite messy and time consuming.  Which is ok, except that you can’t keep the eggs indefinitely, and so we end up not eating half of them, and the half we do eat become egg salad which gets old after the 3 day of having it for lunch.

So for an easier (and less messy) project to keep the kids busy the other day, we dug out the permanent markers and plastic (egg hunt) eggs and decorated those.

I like them.  Not only did it liven up the eggs, but it kept the kids busy over an hour without needing my help.

So if you want to occupy the kids over the holiday weekend, just give them some markers and plastic eggs and relax.  (or do all that cooking, baking and egg hiding and holiday stuff you have to do without interruption.)

Easy Painted Eggs

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Ok, so truth be told, I planned on making newspaper Easter Eggs for us to paint this year.  Newspaper eggs like these newspaper beads we made a few months ago.

But, alas, I can guarantee we won’t get around to doing that this year, so I opted for the easy way out. 

We purchased some wood eggs and some brown paper eggs at the craft store and painted those with our stash of acrylic paints.

I think they turned out pretty cute.  Coming up with designs is always the hard part….and we still have more to do.

And in case you’re wondering, the speckled eggs were done using a dry toothbrush with some paint and then pull back on the bristles with your thumb and let go.  The paint will splatter finely like you see on the photos.

What are some quick last minute Easter crafts you’re doing?…I’d love to try some and share the links!

Oh… don’t you just love the ladybug fabric.   It has clovers on it so it was considered a ‘St. Patrick’s Day’ design and was half price at Joann’s this week!

Crafty ‘To Do’ List

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

I always love a great use for the empty toilet paper rolls that I cannot bear to part with, and this Draft Stopper at Creative Kristi and so useful and cute.

This Toy Organization Tip at Ordinary Miracles of Life is so simple and yet this is not what our toys look like…. Maybe she makes house calls.

These Green Craft Envelopes at Secret Pie Shoppe would be such a pretty and fun way to use up some old magazines and send our letters with style!

I have been wanting to sew some Hanging Dish Towels for quite some time and these at Trey and Lucy made with a pot holder would be super quick to do.

Recycle it . Bird Feeder.

Monday, March 8th, 2010

We were excited when Jarod made this cool bird feeder at cub scouts last night because we’ve really enjoyed feeding our wild bird friends this year, and the birds seem to really enjoy the simple Milk Jug Birdfeeder that Makenna made them last fall. 

He used an

*Empty Pringles can with lid

2 sturdy ‘plastic ware’ plates

Piece of string

Two screws and a washer

Cut four holes at the bottom edge of the can for the feed to go through. 

Next, punch a hole (that is barely large enough for the screw to go through) in the lid, and bottom of the can, and through the center of each plate.

Punch two holes off center on the plate and two holes an inch from the top of the can for the string to go through.

Screw a plate onto the bottom of the can with the washer on the base,  and then screw the plate and lid together.

Put the string through the other two holes.

(this picture shows the inside of your feeder and where the string is attached to the can.)

Attach the lid to your feeder!

To fill the feeder simple pop the lid off and pour in the feed.

*next time we make one we will use a similar size plastic container for more durability in the wet, since a pringles can is cardboard we figure eventually the rain will ruin it.

Springtime Vase

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

The house needed some ’spring-i-ness’ and the kids needed a project and this is what we ended up with for our home.

We’re previously made fabric covered yogurt cup vases, which I love, but I was looking for something a little quicker and less messy for this morning.

They spraypainted some yogurt cups.

Then broke out the beloved acrylic paints and brushes.

The greens are compliments of a euonymous bush that has been very happy inside on our fireplace all winter.  (Little does it know that in the spring it will be planted outside and most likely end up being deer food, like every other bush in our yard.)

We tried a small ribbon grouping the vases together…but I didn’t care for that.

So we went with a bigger ribbon, which is nice if your kids designs aren’t exactly what you envisioned for on the vases.  (i.e. you can hide the paint job.)

But we decided we would use them all seperately to brighten up different areas in the house.

See, they even make my bathroom sink look more ’springy’…if only cleaner too.

Crafty ‘To Do’ List

Friday, February 26th, 2010

When there’s so much snow coming down outside I can’t help but think of warm, yummy food.  And this Garlic Bread at Cooking With Anne looks delicious.  Now if only I could get through the snow to the grocery store for some fresh garlic.

And for some tasty sweets, there’s this Homemade Taffy at Skip to My Lou.

What kids wouldn’t love  to play with these felt food items at Smashed Peas and Carrots.

I just love these soft baby blocks at Smile and Wave.  Perfect for a shower gift.

This messenger bag at Noodleheads is adorable!  What a great way to use some of the dozens of old pants I can’t bear to part with….and make great gifts at the same time.

Hot Wheels Garage from Recyclables

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

If you have any of these….

Then you probably have too many of these…..   scattered all over your house.

So we took some toilet paper roll tubes and a juice carton and made a garage.

It only fits 8 cars, but they’re fun to make, and this way he can keep a ‘garage’ or two in a few different rooms to play with at will.

Some basic instructions.

We cut folded the end down on a juice carton and taped it with duct tape. 

Next we cut a long front side leaving it attached at the long top side to make a garage door that folded upward.

We cut the toilet paper tubes so they would fit in the carton without the ends sticking out.

We used a hot glue gun to glue the tubes in the garage.

Next we spraypainted the whole thing silver.

He made a ‘Jarod’s Garage’ sign for on the front of the door. (which refused to have it’s picture taken….I discovered that white on shiny silver doesn’t photograph well).

Insert cars.

The end.

Oh, and Make more garages to fit all the other cars.