Fox Leaf Art For Kids

Create a fun and simple craft with your kiddos that cost next to nothing by using some fall leaves to make cute foxes.

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 I love getting outdoors with my girls and going for walks in nature.  This time of year is perfect to have your kids collect some leaves that they can use to make some really cute art work and enjoy the outdoors at the same time.  There are so many things that you can make with leaves… the possibilities are endless.  Here’s a craft idea to make a really ADORable Fox Leaf Art piece with your kids.  You will love how simple this project is and it honestly doesn’t require a whole lot of supplies.  Let’s get started and see just how easy this project is!

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Supplies Needed:

  • Variety of Orange or Yellow Leaves
  • Dark Colored Leaves For the Ears
  • Glue
  • Googly Eyes or Sharpie Marker
  • Scissors

Step 1:  I learned from experience that it’s best to press the leaves for at least a day.  This way when you glue the foxes to the paper, the leaves won’t curl up and make your foxes look funny.

Step 2:  Cut the stem off the leaf that will be used as the foxes face.  Cut out triangle shapes for the ears.  My daughter cut the ends of the dark leaves for this.  Cut a triangle for the nose.  Glue all of this onto your main leaf.

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Step 3:  Glue on the googly eyes.

Step 4:  Glue all of your foxes to your paper or papers.

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My daughter thought these were so fun to make that she made several of them.

I love how each one takes on a different personality… the googly eyes make me laugh.

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This fox was my daughter’s favorite.  It makes me laugh…thinking this fox must have of had a rough day.  I need to keep this one around for when I have a bad day so I’ll be sure to giggle. 🙂

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These really are the cutest.  If you don’t have any googly eyes, just use a piece of white paper and a black marker as a substitute.  I promise your kids will love these and you will just as much too.  They will bring a smile to your face.

Happy creating!

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5 Minute Mason Jar Christmas Decor

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Do you need a quick Holiday decoration?  Are you looking for a really cute gift idea?  This quick and simple 5 Minute Mason Jar Christmas Decor combines the best of these two ideas.  Not only does this project make for a quick and simple Christmas decor but it is also beyond cute.  If you really wanted to, you could give it away, but I don’t think I will be parting with mine.  I have a slight obsession with Mason Jars and this one is too cute.  Let me show you just how easy it is to create this very simple project.  Let’s get started!

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Supplies Needed:

  • Soft Snow
  • Little Christmas Tree
  • Mason Jar with Chain Lid (These can be found at Michael’s)
  • Hot Glue
  • Hot Glue Gun

Step 1:  Hot glue the tree to the inside bottom of your mason jar.

Step 2:  Fill with a fair amount of Soft Snow and hang!

 

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Yup, it’s really that simple.  You could have a couple of these hanging in a large window, one on either side of a fire place, or perhaps several hanging from a tree.  The possibilities are just endless.

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Have fun making this jar of cuteness!  I can’t wait to share more of my cute holiday creations with you.  Until then…

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DIY Paper Mache Santas and Darice

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Hi Everyone!  Today, I’m over at Darice’s blog, Live Craft Love, sharing a tutorial for these DIY Paper Mache Santas that are super easy to make.  They will make a great addition to your mantel or table decor for the holidays.  Plus, they’re so easy too make you’ll have plenty of time for more crafts or holiday shopping.  Go check out this easy tutorial and make some Santas that scream cuteness!

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DIY 15 Min Ocean Painting

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This post was originally create for Darice. I love to paint.  However, with all the demands of being a mom and teaching, I often find it hard to find time for painting.  Well, if you’re super busy like me and are looking for a quick way to get your artistic juices flowing, here’s a super easy and fun DIY painting tutorial on how you can paint your own ocean scene in about 15 minutes.  This allows you to create your own painting in no time at all, and still accomplish all of the other things on your to do list.:)

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Ocean Scene DIY Painting Supplies:

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Step 1.  Start your DIY painting by mixing the cerulean blue with a little of the titanium white and paint the top portion of the canvas.

As you can see here, I worked with one paper plate and kept blending my colors.  You want to work quickly so the colors blend together and create a nice gradation from one color to the next.  I also used this fan brush because it works best when creating the gradation and doesn’t require using a ton of paint.

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Step 2.  To create the next couple layers of the sky, I added a little more cerulean blue back into my mixture.

Step 3.  For the ocean, I used the ultramarine blue and painted a band of color.

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Step 4.  Mixing the ultramarine blue with the bright aqua green, I created another gradation into white.   At the bottom, I used a little brown and cream and mixed it with the white to create the sand of the ocean.

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Step 5.  I went back and layered some of the titanium white to make it look like the white wash of the waves and I dabbed some of the areas to further emphasize them.

There you have your DIY painting!  Fun, simple, and easy.  All you’re doing is blending some colors and  painting horizontal lines.

This is a great way to experiment with paints and color blending to create a beautiful ocean painting that is sure to impress all of your friends and guests when they come over.  Not to mention, you’ll make your room look nice and relaxing.

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Color Blocked Leaves

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This post was originally created for Darice.  Fall is such a beautiful time of year.  I love all of the colors of the leaves and how each tree can be so many shades of red, orange, or yellow.  This inspired me to create some simple yet elegant color blocked painted leaves for table decorations this fall.  With Halloween and Thanksgiving coming up, there are so many opportunities to use these pretty gold color blocked leaves to make your table feel festive.  The best part about this project is…it hardly takes anytime at all.

Gold Painted Leaves Supplies:

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Just look at how beautiful these leaves are.  They’re the perfect color!

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Step 1.  To begin your color block painted leaves projects, take a piece of Washi tape and place it on the leaf at a diagonal. Make sure to smooth the Washi tape down a couple of times with your hands.  This is to prevent the Washi tape from lifting off while you are applying the gold gilding.

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Step 2.  Apply the gold gilding on with a paint brush.  Make sure you have proper ventilation when you are using the gold gilding.  The fumes are pretty strong.  When I used this, I was outside.  You will also find that the gilding dries pretty fast too.

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Step 3.  Remove the Washi tape and you are finished with your gold painted leaves!

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These turn out so pretty!  I know you will love them.

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There are so many things that you can use these color blocked painted leaves for.  You could hang them from a chandelier, fill a vase, decorate a table setting and so much more.  The possibilities are endless with these beauties.  Enjoy!

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Give Thanks Sign with Free Cut File and Darice

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Hi Everyone!  I have a great Give Thanks Sign with a Free Cut File today over at Darice’s blog Live Craft Love.  Get the how to on this super easy sign that is very simple to make.  You can also customize this sign with your own paper choices and create your own look.  You’ll love how this sign turns out.  Hope to see you there!

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5 Little Pumpkins Coloring Page

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Hi Everyone!  Today, I have another FREE coloring page for you.  This one was a request by my daughter who has been head over heels for pumpkins ever since she could talk.  She asked me if I would create a coloring page based on one of her all time favorite books, The 5 Little Pumpkins.  Of course, I couldn’t say no.  So, I thought I would share this coloring page with you too.  The 5 Little Pumpkin Coloring Page is fun for all ages.  When I was coloring this I couldn’t help but think of the song with the hand motions that I sing with my daughters  in both pre & elementary school.

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I love how all of the pumpkins turned out so cute!  They definitely bring a smile to my face.

DOWNLOAD THE 5 LITTLE PUMPKIN COLORING PAGE HERE!

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So, I’m hoping to convince you to go grab some colored pencils, markers, or crayons and have some down time relaxing to a fun Halloween coloring page.  Don’t forget to grab a cup of hot chocolate, coffee, or what ever you like to drink!

Enjoy!

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DIY Wine Barrel Halloween Wreath

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 I love Halloween… but I especially love decorations for Halloween that you can make in a jiffy and look really great.  This just happens to be one of those projects.  Being a busy Mom and an Art Teacher, I don’t always have a lot of the time for labor intensive projects, so I really appreciate the ones that come together quickly.  So, as you can see here, I’ve come up with a project that requires just a little bit of time and a few supplies, resulting in a fun, and not too creepy DIY Wine Barrel Halloween Wreath.

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Supplies Needed:

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Step 1: Wrap the wine barrel ring with the ribbon and overlap it slightly as you wrap.  Hot glue the end in place.

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Step 2: Lay the spider web off centered in the wine barrel ring.  Lace the cording through and around the spider web to attach it to the ring.  Once you are done, secure it to the wine barrel ring by tying a knot and finishing it wit a dab of hot glue.

Step 3:  Attach your spider and you are done!

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 By using the wine barrel for this wreath, this ends up being a good sized Halloween decoration.

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Free Halloween Coloring Page

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Today I have another FREE coloring page to share with you.  I’ve had several requests to create a Halloween coloring page so I decided to make this one very kid friendly.  I wanted to incorporate a witch, but I didn’t want  it be too scary .  I love how the witch turned out… so cheery looking.  If you haven’t yet tried a coloring page, you really should!  You’re never to old to do some coloring and I think you will find it’s very relaxing.  So, give it a try!

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DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE  HALLOWEEN COLORING PAGE HERE!

I hope you have lots of fun coloring this Halloween Coloring Page.  I know the kids will really enjoy it too.

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DIY Pumpkin Mug

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Sometimes you just need an easy project to make that requires minimal supplies and time.  This DIY Pumpkin Mug is just that type of project.  I found these orange mugs at my local Dollar Tree store.  What an awesome deal.  These mugs are perfect for teacher gifts, secretaries, friends and neighbors.  Let’s get started and see just how easy this project is.

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  • Dollar Tree Orange Mug
  • Porcelain Pen
  • Pencil

Step 1:  Wash and dry the mug to ensure that the surface of the mug is clean.

Step 2:  Use a pencil and lightly draw a face of the pumpkin on the orange mug.

Step 3:  Using the porcelain pen,  fill in the pumpkin face.  Let it dry. DIY-Pumpkin-Mug-Artzy Creations 1

Step 4:  Bake in the oven according to the directions.

Step 5: Fill with any treat you choose and trim with cute ribbon.

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