Category Archives: Crafts

Craft Table for Kids

To be honest normally I do not search for things on Pinterest, I normally just pin my things and few extra here and there. Thursday I was looking for some craft ideas to do with my kids while my son is on spring break.

Yeah, that was a mistake because now I want a craft room! So many wonderful ideas! Then I came across one. Turning a crib into a craft table for kids. So I am on a mission and so far my husband seems to be on board! This project I wont start till after we move but here is the plan:

I am going to take this crib which has an attached dresser :

And turn it into a crafting station 🙂 I have no use for this crib any more and since it is 6 years old no one wants to buy it, I will use it for my kids 🙂

I can not wait to start this project, and hopefully I can keep my husband on board with this one. Stay tuned!

Picture Frames

This is a real quick easy craft. I went to Walmart with my son today and they had some wooden picture frames for 97 cents. They also had some prepainted wooden decals for 57 cents. So we got a few and had fun.

First I sprayed them with primer

Then I painted on a base coat of paint

Then I let my kids have at it! The one on the left with the writing is my son’s (he had me do the letters) and the one on the right is my daughters. I sprayed it with a high gloss finish to help seal the paint in.

Once they were dried I took some crazy glue and put the store bought decals on. Now I just need to get some card board to support the picture and find pictures for them. It was a fun project (and yes messy)! The best part:

Seeing my kids stand there and take pictures of them lol. My son went all out and stood on the chair to get a better shot. Yep… taking after their mommy 🙂

Hand Print Flower Pots

This was a fun and easy project to do with the kids. It was also fairly inexpensive and most of the items you can find at a craft store like Michaels (most locations have a rewards program with extra savings).

What you need:

  • Ceramic flower pot and base (Make sure the size of pot can fit the hand)
  • primer
  • spray paint
  • paint
  • sealer
  • pencil

First put a base coat of primer on the pot and base and let dry according to the directions.  Then using a can of spray paint- spray the pot and base with a base color. Let that dry for about a day. Then using a pencil trace the hands where ever you like on the pot. Using a paint brush and a ceramic paint trace and/or fill in the hand print. You can add leaves to make it look like a flower and add other decorations. Have fun with it and be creative!

I used my son’s hand on one side and my daughter’s on the other

Once the pots have dried fill with potting soil and your favorite flowers!

These make great (and useful/reusable) Mother’s Day gifts, or a gift for Grandma. The one in the two above pictures I used to give to my mom for Mother’s Day.

Pine Cone Bird Feeder

This was a cute and fun craft my mother in law did with my kids the other day. Thought I would pass it along.

What you need:

  • string
  • pine cones
  • peanut butter
  • bird seeds (a bird food mix)

Tie some string around each of the pine cones.

Spread Peanut Butter all over

Once covered in peanut butter roll in the bird food.
When all cones are done hang on a tree. My kids love watching the birds eat (we also have a regular bird feeder) and love learning the names of the different types of birds that come into our yard. We will even look them up online and listen to the different sounds they make.

Cinnamon Ornaments

I am a member of a site where mom’s can chat and share ideas and parenting tips. One of the moms posted about these ornaments and I had to try. I remember making these as a kid and now my kids can share in the fun. A fair warning: Your house will smell heavenly!!!!!

What you need:

  • 3/4 cup applesauce
  • 5 oz cinnamon

Mix the cinnamon and applesauce together. Make sure you really work the dough with your hands to form a firm ball. Do not be afraid to add more cinnamon if needed as the dough should not be sticky. Take a little piece of the dough and roll out till 1/4 inch thick (making them to thin will make them brittle) and cut out desired shapes. Continue until all dough is used laying the cut outs on cookie sheets lined with either parchment paper or wax paper. Depending on size of cut outs and thickness you roll them out you should get 15+ ornaments.

ornaments drying

Using pieces of straws cut out the holes for a ribbon to be tied through. As the dough dries the hole will shrink, leaving the straw pieces in during the drying process will keep it from getting to small. The drying process will take approx 3 days. For the first day or 2 flip the cut outs over every 6-8 hrs on the 3rd day transfer to a cooling rack and let dry the rest of the way.

Once dry decorate. I used a hot glue gun and let me kids put glitter over it. I have heard elmer’s glue works or glitter pens also work. I did see a picture where someone used things other then glitter (like tiny buttons). have fun! Once glue has dried put a ribbon through and tie it off!

A few of our decorated ornaments

Count Down Chain

Tonight my kids and I worked on an old Christmas classic: The count down chain. My kids had fun putting the links together. This was a quick and easy project for my kids and I to do. We ran out of glue so we used tape and I cut my strips to be 1 1/2 inches wide. My son was excited about creating a pattern (something they have focused on in his kindergarten class).  The highlight for my daughter was getting to tape things. I love how it is the simple things that makes a child excited.