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 This black cat won’t bring you bad luck and he’s a fun project for Halloween.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Paper plate (small and large size)
  • Black crayon/Black wide pen
  • Construction paper (black, green and pink)
  • White Pen or white out
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Ribbon (any color)
  • Hole puncher

 How You Make It:

  1. Color two black paper plates – one small and one larger size. Crayons are easier to use, but you can also color the paper plate with markers or colored pencils.
  2. Cut out two small ovals from green construction paper for the cat’s eyes. Draw a black dot in the middle of each oval with your crayon. Glue the eyes near the top of the small paper plate.
  3. Cut out two triangles from some black construction paper. Glue them to the top of your small paper plate for the cat’s ears. The ears should be apart, so put one on each side of the plate. Add two smaller triangles using pink construction paper to create the center of the ear (see image).
  4. Cut out a small triangle from some pink construction paper. Glue it to the middle of the small paper plate for the cat’s nose.
  5. Cut out a long black tail out of black construction paper (make it as long or squiggly as you would like). Glue to the side of the larger black paper plate.
  6. Cut out two small “kitty” feet with small black construction paper circles; you can also add curves to the circle as “toes” (see image) – use a white pen or glue to draw lines for toes.
  7. Glue the small and larger black paper plates together (i.e. connected the head to the body). Wait at least ten minutes for the glue to dry. For faster results you can use a stapler to connect the two plates.
  8. Tie a bow with 1.5 feet of ribbon.
  9. Glue the ribbon to the “neck” of the cat where the two plates are connected.
  10. Wait for the glue to dry and you are done.
  11. Using a hole puncher, poke one hole at the top of the cat’s head and string a ½ foot of ribbon through the hole. Tie the ribbon in a knot to hang the cat on your front door or any door inside the house.

MEOW! NOW THAT IS A CUTE HALLOWEEN KITTY!

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Fall is here and pumpkins are everywhere! With rain coming our way, what is a fun project – we love the idea of a pumpkin bird feeder.  Here is what you can do as a family that will make a nice outdoor decoration…

  1. Go to any local grocery store or nursery and pick up a small pumpkin (3-5 lbs.)
  2. Buy regular bird seeds/supplement at a local pet store
  3. Cut a 3- to 5- pound pumpkin in half
  4. Scoop out the seeds, but leave a ½-inch thick wall
  5. Cut a ½-inch-deep groove in the rim for pumpkin seeds
  6. For perches, poke holes and insert twigs from your yard
  7. To hang, knot two lengths of twine together in the center; tack knot to feeder bottom
  8. Fill with birdseed
  9. Hang anywhere from your porch to a tree in your front yard and enjoy!

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Spell out to your daddy how much you love him this Father’s Day!  Make him a paper picture frame using the letters of his name or simply “DAD”.  This gift from your child can stand proudly on his desk, around the house or next to his bed with the easy help of bent paper clips! The photographs in this craft are trimmed to show your baby or kids faces, where they peek through the holes of the letters.


Items Needed:

  1. Lightweight card stock in any color
  2. One sheet of plain white paper
  3. Scissors
  4. Pencil
  5. 2 paper clips

Frame How-To

  1. Draw in block letters “DAD” with thick lines on a white sheet of paper to create a template for the picture frame (see picture for the shape you are).
  2. Lay the template over lightweight card stock – choose whatever color you like!
  3. Trace with a pencil and cut out.
  4. For all you mommies, cut out the middle parts of each letter.
  5. Trim photos to fit the openings, making them slightly larger than the holes
  6. Tape the photos behind the frame.
  7. To make the frame stand up, bend open two paper clips and tape the small sides to the backs of the letters at the very bottom (see picture).
  8. Give Daddy a hug and present this gift with love!

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Hope you are enjoying this wonderful holiday!  Did you know that Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day? It is a day of remembrance for those who have died in the service of our United States nation.

Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, but it’s difficult to prove the origins of the day. An interesting tid bit is that there is also evidence that a women’s group in the South decorated graves before the end of the Civil War. All in all, Memorial Day is intended to honor those who have given their all in service to our country.

Show your patriotism and make this beaded flag pin that is fun and quick.  You can hand out these pins at your Memorial Day BBQ party or have it as a fun and fashionable way to show your American pride with the family!

Follow the instructions below to create your own red, white and blue flag pins.

Items Needed:

  • red, white, and blue seed beads (you can find at Michael’s or local craft store)  Note: Make sure you get seed beads with holes large enough for the pins to go through.
  • a dozen large safety pins. (The exact number will vary a bit depending on your safety pin size.)

Steps to make your Flag Pin:

  1. On your first safety pin, you will load thirteen 13 seed beads. Seven will be red and six will be white. Alternate them as you put them on the open pin: red, white, red, white, red, white, red, white, red, white, red, white, red.
  2. Repeat that six more times, so that you have a total of seven safety pins with thirteen red/white beads on each of them.
  3. On the eighth safety pin, you will start making the blue ‘stars’ section of the flag. It’s important that you load the blue beads first; otherwise your flag will be wrong side up. Put seven blue beads on the pin, and push them towards the hinge-spiral. Then add 3 red and 3 white, alternating. From hinge to clasp should be blue, blue, blue, blue, blue, blue, blue, white, red, white, red, white, red.
  4. Repeat that three more times, so that you have a total of 4 pins with flag sections above the stripes.
  5. With your last pin, you will string all the others, by putting the opened pin part through the hinge-circle of the other eleven. Put all the pins with blue beaded sections on the pin first (with the open sharp part of the pin facing your right), followed by the red-and-blue striped ones. BE CAREFUL FOR THE SHARP POINT!
  6. Close the safety pin, and double-check that your flag is hanging correctly.
  7. Pin on a loved one and enjoy!

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Memorial Day weekend is only 1 day away!  Not only is it one of my favorite 3 day holiday weekends, it is always that first feeling of the “official” start of summer.  I am sure a lot of parents are wondering (other than BBQing) what they will do with their kids over the long weekend.  Below is a fun wind streamer craft that is patriotic and easy to do with the whole family!  Don’t worry – it doesn’t make noise (I personally get a headache from chimes!), and you cam make this craft with little more than an empty oatmeal container and colored paper.

You can also use this activity to teach younger children about the “wind” (like a science lesson) and illustrate the direction on wind and how it plays a part in the environment. Martha Stewart was my inspiration for this project. 


How to Make a Patriotic Paper Wind Streamer

Items Needed:

  • Empty oatmeal container, or similar cylindrical container
  • Blue craft paper
  • White craft paper
  • Star-shaped paper or you can cut stars out on white craft paper
  • Craft glue (Elmer’s works fine!)
  • Double-sided tape
  • Waxed twine
  • Red-and-white grosgrain flat ribbon
  • Red ribbon
  • White ribbon
  • Paper punch

Instructions:

1. Remove the bottom of the cylindrical container.

2.  Measure and cut the blue craft paper to fit inside and outside the container. The paper should come right up to the top and bottom lip of the container.

3.  Lay the double-sided tape to the three edges of the paper on the wrong side, and stick it to the container’s interior.

4. Create stars from the white craft paper, and glue them onto the second piece of blue paper. Lay the double-sided tape to the three edges of the paper on the opposite side, and stick to the container’s exterior.

5.  With the fine paper punch, punch four holes at the north, south, east, and west points of the container’s top. Thread a piece of waxed twine through one hole and its opposite hole, and tie in place. Repeat for remaining holes.

6. Cut lengths of the red and white ribbon to create streamers, and glue them at the bottom edge of the container. Lay double-sided tape all the way around the top and bottom edges of the container, and adhere the red-and-white grosgrain ribbon.

Enjoy this colorful and patriotic craft!

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Discover Easy as 1-2-3- Steps to Making a Pipe Cleaner Cocktail Ring

This past Sunday I attended a Baby Naming celebration for a very special little girl named Ari.  The grandparents, Bobbie and Papi, decided they needed entertainment for all of the kids attending along with the 60 guests.  As I helped to greet guests upon their arrival, one colorful, cheery guest arrived with her humongous cart of pipe cleaner fun – Wendy the Pipe Cleaner Lady.  What a grand idea!  She was like a balloon artist who twists and ties pipe cleaners to create everything from rings to crowns to footballs to monkeys and more! 

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Not sure what to do with all those broken crayons you have been storing away? Instead of replacing them, reuse and remake them into a whole new kind of crayon. There is a range of colors, but depending on what you decide to meld together, your newly created crayon can be psychedelic or just a solid larger, more easy to hold version of a crayon! Be creative, have fun and see what you can come up with.

What you’ll need:

  • Crayons (Either use ones you already have hidden in the couch or at the bottom of the toy box, or you can buy new ones)
  • Mini muffin pan (One that you don’t mind getting a little crayon on)
  • Exacto knife (Optional – don’t forget you need parental vision for this)

Preheat your oven to 265° F. Peel off all the paper from the crayons (for the new ones, I found it much quicker to remove the paper in one smooth motion if I carefully ran the exacto knife down the center of the paper and peeled the paper back), and break them into 1/2″ to 1″ pieces. Arrange two to three like colors in each slot, then bake for 6-8 minutes (don’t over bake – you want them just melted so you can’t distinguish the crayon shape anymore). Let them congeal a little on the counter, and then place them in the freezer until they are firm (approx. 30 minutes). They should then pop right out.

This is great for little hands that aren’t steady enough to hold thin crayons. They can wrap their whole hand around them and go to town without breaking them.

Source: craftydaisies.com

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Kira making Lion and Lamb Note Holders

For us here on the West Coast, April weather seemed to roar in like a Lion, but move out like a lamb.  So, I thought these crafty Lion and Lamb Note Holders that my co-worker Robyn, mom to Kira (10-years-old) and Alyssa (2 ½ -years-old), created for their refrigerator last year were apropos.  Not only were they fun to make, but their family still uses them on a daily basis! The ‘legs’ hold small pieces of paper that are useful for writing all of “those lists and notes” that so many of us parents must tally and keep track of.  I found a couple of different ways to make these nifty holders, depending on your (and your child’s) attention span and skill level. 

Option #1: (up to 2 hours)
Difficulty Level: 2 (of 10)
Note: This uses quilling, a decorative paper-rolling technique.

Materials:

  • Colored construction paper (white, orange)
  • Toothpick
  • Card stock (white, yellow, black)
  • Glue (Elmers type and non-toxic)
  • Googly eyes (found at your nearest craft store)
  • Colored Marker Pens (orange or black)
  • Clothes pins (2 per note holder, and found at your nearest hardware or craft store)
  • Magnetic strip (optional)
Directions:

Step 1

  1. For each, start by cutting a few dozen 1/8-inch-wide strips of colored paper, each at least 4 inches long. Curl each strip tightly around a toothpick.
  2. Next, cover a rounded, 3-inch card stock body with glue and attach the curls. Cut out a card stock face and ears, adding googly eyes and other facial features, and glue them all in place. Allow the glue to dry (20 minutes).
  3. For the legs, which also serve as note holders, glue 2 clothespins to the back of the body. Stand the critter on a table or attach magnetic strips to the back and stick it to your fridge, then post your message in the clips. For an added touch, either paint the legs to match the bodies or cover them with an appropriate colored cardstock.

Option #2: (up to 1 hour)
Difficulty Level: 1 

Materials:

  • Cotton balls or white pompoms
  • Orange yarn
  • Card stock (white, yellow, black)
  • Glue (Elmers type and non-toxic)
  • Colored Marker Pens (orange and black)
  • Clothes pins (2 per note holder, and found at your nearest hardware or craft store)
  • Magnetic strip (optional)
  • Googly eyes (optional, found at your nearest craft store)

Directions:

  1. For the lamb, cover a rounded, 3-inch white card stock body with glue and attach cottonballs.
  2. Cut strips of yarn and glue to a rounded, 3-inch yellow card stock body with on end starting in the center and moving to the outside of you circle.
  3. Cut out a cardstock face and ears for each. Draw the nose and mouth on the cardstock then attached googly eyes (or draw on eyes or cut eyes out of colored paper). Glue faces in place.
  4. For the legs, see option one (3).

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John LennonLast Sunday my daughter Lilah and I abandoned our football-watching dad/husband and met up with friends to do the ‘Solano Stroll’ in Berkeley.  It’s a big deal around here as people young and old flock to this huge street festival filled with folk dancers and performers, a petting zoo, local bands, art cars, a giant slide, food booths, magicians, face painters, carnival games, arts and crafters, and every T-shirt booth you could imagine.  Really fun!

Lilah and I wandered into a booth selling black, screen-printed T-shirts. I decided to let Lilah choose whichever shirt she wanted as a gift. She walked directly over to a tee with a purple screen of John Lennon. I was pleased with her choice and mentioned that fact to the vendor. He said “To you and me that is John Lennon, but to the kids it’s Harry Potter!”  It took me a moment to realize that it did look like Harry Potter!  I don’t think that Lilah even knows who Harry Potter is, but I will never again be able to see John Lennon’s image the same way!  Oh the ‘magic’ of growing older!

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