Wood Slice Turkeys For Kids

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At our house, it’s typically a long day for the kids and they get a little restless waiting for the big Thanksgiving dinner.  Not this year… I’ve come up with a clever way to create a turkey  using just a few materials and some wood slices.  I love wood slices and how versatile they are for so many crafts.  Plus, they make the cutest darned turkeys.

This project is great because you can have the pieces pre cut and put in separate bags for the kids to complete on Thanksgiving day.  That really helps make this project extra simple, easy to distribute and manage on that busy day.

 

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Supplies Needed:

  • Wood Slices
  • Red Felt
  • Orange Felt
  • Googly Eyes
  • Tacky Glue (It’s great for kids to use for this project.) or Hot Glue
  • Colored Ribbon

 

Step 1:  Cut several pieces of different colored ribbon to roughly 3″ in length.  Make a loop and place a dab of glue between the ends of the ribbon to glue them together.

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Step 2:  Glue the loops of ribbon to the back of the turkey and space them out just a little bit in a fan pattern.

Step 3:  Next, you will create the legs of the turkey by taking two pieces of ribbon, roughly 1″ in lenght and glue these pieces to the back of the turkey.  If you’re using ribbon with a pattern (like mine) make sure the pattern is facing the front so you can see it.  You can angle the legs like I did or have them just go straight up and down.

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Step 3:  Take a little piece of red felt and a cut a curved waddle shape.  Use a small piece of orange felt and cut a triangle for the beak.

Step 4:  Glue the waddle shape down first.  Followed by the beak.  Finally, glue the googly eyes on.

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 Look at these cute turkeys.  They will be a kid crowd pleaser for sure.

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They are not only cute, but they make great a table decorations.  You could also turn these into magnets for the fridge too.

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I hope you enjoyed this project!  I wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Until then you can follow me for more craftiness fun at Artzy Creations or on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and Google +.

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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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Pom Pom Ice Cream Cones For Kids

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It’s that time of year. Whether you’re young or old, you probably have ice cream on the brain.  Warm weather and warm evenings bring out the ice cream monster in everyone. Here’s a cute tutorial for making some ice cream craft cones that your kids can use to play with in their kitchens or just around the house.

Just a few supplies are needed to create these cute pom pom ice cream craft cones.

Ice Cream Craft Supplies:

Pom-Pom-Ice-Cream-Cones-For-Kids-Artzy-Creations-2Step 1. Create the pom poms using a large pom pom maker and yarn.  I have found that using the pom pom maker creates a more uniform pom pom.

Pom-Pom-Ice-Cream-Cones-For-Kids-Artzy-Creations-3Step 2. Using a scrap piece of paper, form it around the paper mache cone and cut it to size.  This will be the template of the ice cream cone that you will use to cut out your cute paper.

Pom-Pom-Ice-Cream-Cones-For-Kids-Artzy-Creations-4Step 3. Using the ice cream craft template, trace the cone shape onto the adhesive paper.

Pom-Pom-Ice-Cream-Cones-For-Kids-Artzy-Creations-5Step 4. Cut the cone shape out of the adhesive paper.  Peel the backing off and apply it to the paper mache cone.

Step 5. Using a hot glue gun, glue along the top of the paper mache cone opening to cover the lip.

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Step 6. Stick a yarn pom pom to the top of the cone.

Step 7. Hot glue a small acrylic pom pom to the top of the ice cream craft cone like it’s a cherry on top!

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This ice cream craft is so much fun and are over the top cute.  These would make a great garland for a birthday party too.  I think when my daughter gets tired of playing with these, I will have to try making a garland.

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 These are great addition to any play food that you might have in the house.  My daughter was so excited about these that she immediately put these in a shopping basket and started to carry them around saying she was the ice cream man.

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Watercolor Love Hearts For Kids

 

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My Daughter Lily absolutely LOVES hearts. As a matter of fact, she loves hearts almost as much as she loves painting. Well, with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we decided to do a craft project that was just a little bit different, but incorporated both of her loves. And the best part is it resulted with something she can keep for a long time. Well, if you’re looking for a craft that is simple to make and doesn’t involve construction paper, then these watercolor hearts are perfect for you.

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Materials:

  • Paper Clay
  • Rolling Pin
  • Heart Shaped Cookie Cutter
  • Water Color Paints
  • Stamp for Words (optional)
  • Ribbon (optional)

Step 1:  Roll out the paper clay to about 1/4″ thick.

Step 2:  Take your heart shaped cookie cutter and cut out some hearts. If you want to add words or phrases use your stamps now. I also decided to make a hole near the top so I could add a piece of ribbon to make the heart easier to hang.

Step 3:  Let the heart dry over night or you can place them in the oven on very low heat for about 10 minutes.

 

 

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Step 4:  Once the hearts are dry, it’s time to paint them with the watercolor paints. Have your kids go to town painting them.The trick with these, is to use plenty of water with the paints in order to get the softer pastel look. We made quite a lot of these and Lily really enjoyed cutting them out as well as painting/decorating them. She also really liked the way that they could be hung in things with the ribbon.

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She did a great job trying a bunch of different decorating combinations.

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Well, both Lily and I LOVE  how well these turned out and since we made quite a few of them, Lily decided she wanted to give them as gifts to her Grandparents. I think she’s right…. they make the perfect Valentine’s Day gift straight from the HEART! 🙂

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Mason Jar Lid Snowmen

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Today I’m sharing with you a great craft that you and your kids can create for the holidays.  Nothing says winter, holidays, and Christmas like snowmen.  I’ve seen snowmen made out of just about anything.   But, I thought… wouldn’t it be fun and easy to make some out of Mason jar lids.

Supplies Needed:

  • Glossy White Spray Paint
  • Mason Jar Lids (Small or Large)
  • Black and Orange Acrylic paint
  • Pom Pom Trim Optional
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue
  • Hot Glue Gun

Step 1:  Spray paint the top of the Mason jar lids with the white spray paint.  Let them dry thoroughly.

Step 2:  Using black acrylic paint, paint the eyes and mouth

Step 3:  Using orange acrylic paint, paint the carrot for the nose.

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Step 4:  Attach pom poms by hot gluing them to the back of the lid.  Work quickly because the hot glue will dry fast once it’s on the lid.

Step 5:  Use ribbon to make a loop.  Hot glue the ends of the ribbon together and attach the loop to the back or the front of the snowman depending on what look you like.

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It’s so simple and easy.  Yet, so much fun for the entire family.  After making these two, I think I will have to make one for each person in the family.

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These are just too cute for words!  Have fun making them.

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Candy Corn Craft

Candy Corn Craft_Final Now that Fall has officially arrived  and the weather in Washington is getting cooler and rainy, my kids have been looking for more indoor activities. If your are too, here is a fun one… my Candy Corn Craft! It’s fun and I’ve helped make it even more simple by providing you with two easy to use printable templates! Materials Needed:

  • 8 1/2 X 11″ Printer Paper
  • Tag board or Bristol board
  • White, Yellow and Orange Construction Paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue or Glue Stick
  • Markers or crayons- Optional

Step 1: Download the FREE PRINTABLESParts 1  &  Part 2 .   Then, print them out. Glue the printed sheet of paper with the candy corn shape to the heavier weight paper. This will help it hold it’s shape and not wrinkle so much.

Candy Corn Craft_Strips   Step 2:  Cut 1/2″  wide strips of construction paper.  Do this for all three colors.

Candy Corn Craft_Torn Pieces Step 3:  Tear the strips so you have squares or rectangles. It’s easier to glue them in place if you keep them sorted.

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Step 4:  Take the pieces of torn construction paper and have your child begin gluing them in place. If you really want the colors to work out like the candy, start with yellow at the bottom, orange in the middle and white at the top, otherwise, let your child take some artistic liberty 🙂

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Step 5:  You can also glue these to a piece of heavier paper. Then, have your child color the eyes and mouths, and cut them out. Combining the different eyes and mouths was my daughter’s favorite part. Once they have a combination they like, they can glue them in place.

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Once the entire craft has dried, have them cut the candy corn shape out and you have a fun, home made Fall or Halloween Decoration that kept your kids occupied… for at least a  little bit!

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Straw Weaving

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 Growing up during the summers, I would make tons of bracelets.  There could never be enough string or yarn around the house.  It was one of the best summer boredom busters for me.  My daughter is now showing the love for making bracelets too, so, I introduced her to these Straw Weaving Bracelets.  Straw weaving is a great way to make bright chunky bracelets that are perfect for the kids. The best part is that they are inexpensive to make.

Here’s What You Need For Straw Weaving:

  • Straws
  • Scissors
  • Yarn in Different Colors
  • Tape

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Step 1: Decide how wide to make your bracelet 3, 4, or 5 straws wide.  Cut the straws 5″ in length.  This length of straw works well for my daughter who is 9.  If you have a child making this that might have a larger wrist, increase to 6″ or 6.5″.  Tape the ends of the straws together to hold them in place. Step 2:  Cut three pieces of string that are roughly double the length of the straws and thread each string through a straw.  At one end, tie all three strands together in a knot like seen above.  Step 3: Choose a color of yarn that you would like to begin weaving with.  Tie it to the first straw.  I always double knot mine to make sure it’s going to hold.  Step 4: Begin weaving in an under & over pattern. Over the first straw, under the next, back over the next. You get the idea.  When going in the opposite direction, make sure to do the opposite pattern of the one before it. After your band of color is the thickness desired, tie on your next colored piece of yarn and continue.  Step 5: When you get to the end of the straws, wrap the yarn around the end of the straw and make a loop.  Pull the end of the yarn through the loop to make a knot.  Step 6: Pull this tight and double knot it to tie it off.  Carefully, push your weaving up to expose the straws and begin to slide the straws out untill they have been removed.  Push the weaving together and straighten it up as needed.  Tie it onto your wrist and trim the excess yarn.

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 So easy and simple!  Yet, it will literally keep your kiddos occupied for hours.

This was initially posted on Design Dazzle on June 17, 2014

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Take a look at these other posts if you like the straw weaving bracelets.

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Great Camping Crafts & Activities

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With the summer getting warmer and the camping season ahead for everyone, I new I had to put this roundup together of great camping crafts and activities that the kiddos can do while camping. If your kids are anything like mine, they always have to be crafting or doing something and especially when we’re camping.  They like nothing better than to hang out at the picnic table and sketch, color, or play games.  So, here are some camping crafts and activities that you might want try the next time your family goes camping.

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1.) Fun painted sticks by To Swoon For.

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2.) God’s Eye Memory Keeper by Spoonful.

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3.) Pounding Leaf Prints by Kids Activity Blog.

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4.) Night time bowling would be a great activity.

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5.) Painted Rocks by Source Unknown.

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6.) Glow-n-the-Dark Ring Toss by Momma Did It.

e8eef2456f829b446b6316db538fd7f17.) Homemade Kazoos by That’s What We Said.

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8.) Super fun Glow in the Dark Bubbles by Growing a Jeweled Rose.

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9.) Nature made Tic Tac Toe by 86 Day of Summer Vacation.

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10.) Camping Bingo by Thirty handmade Days.

There you have it!  I hope you try some of these fun activities or crafts next time you’re camping.

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Mother’s Day Flower Pot Card

Flower Pot Card_Main ImageAre you looking for a super cute idea for a Mother’s Day card? Here, I am sharing an easy to understand step by step tutorial. PLUS, I am making it even easier on you, by including two printable cutout templates. 🙂 This is a great card project that kids of all ages can make for Mom.

These are the Materials Needed:

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  • A Variety of Construction or Scrapbook Papers
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • String or Yarn (approx. 18″ in length)
  • Templates Part 1 & 2 (can be downloaded and printed)

Begin by cutting out all of your pieces. If you’re using the shapes from the templates I provided, temporarily tape them in place before cutting. Once the pieces are cut, now would be the time to add any extra little details, like writing a note on the pot or centers of the flowers, etc.

Flower Pot Card_Cut PcsNext, take the pieces for your pot and glue along the tabs. Once they are dry, you should be able to squeeze the sides and have the center open like a pocket. Now, slide the rim over the base and glue it in place.Flower Pot Card_Pot AssemblyFor the next step, let’s put together the string of flowers… Place your flower front face down. Tie a little loop at the end of your string. Line up your 18″ string from the center of the top petal and in the center of the “V” between the two bottom petals. Temporarily tape it in place. Then cover the entire backside of the back piece of your flower with glue. Glue it in place, sandwiching the string between the front & back of the flower faces. Space them about 1 1/2 – 2″ apart. You want to space them far enough apart so that they stack on top of each other inside the pot, so don’t put them too close.Flower Pot Card_Flower AttachOnce all of the flowers are attached to your string, you can tape the end  of it to the inside of the pocket. Be sure to tape it deep enough so that  the flowers all fit within the pot / pocket.Flower Pot Card_Taping StringWell, that’s it. Your Mother’s Day card is now complete.

Flower Pot Card_DoneI hope she absolutely loves it.

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Garden Dragonflies

Garden Dragonflies_FinalHere’s an easy and fun craft to do with your kids in the Spring as well as the Summer.  These simple dragonflies made from spoons will be a hit in your household.  My daughters loved the fact that the dragonflies were made from colorful spoons and they also could create their own designs.  They go together so quick and easy.  You will probably end up with a house full of them.  If my daughters, had their way I know they would! 🙂

Here’s What You Need:

  • Plastic Spoons (Any color will work.)
  • Couple of Sheets of Transparencies
  • Dragonfly Template
  • Sharpie / Permanent Markers
  • Thin Sharpie (Optional)
  • Scissors
  • Low Temperature Hot Glue Gun
  • Wiggly Eyes
  • Sticks

Step 1:   Download the free dragonfly template above &  print it out.

Step 2:   Lay the transparency over the template and trace the outline of the dragonfly wings with the thin Sharpie marker.  Make sure to hold this firmly in place.  Younger kids will probably need help holding the slippery transparency while tracing.

Drawing ShapesStep 3:   After tracing the wings, fill them in with any colorful designs using the Sharpie markers.

Step 4:   Cut the wings out.

Overlapping WingsStep 5:   Take the cut out wings and slightly overlap them.  Hot glue the wings in place onto the spoon.

Step 6:   Add the wiggly eyes and draw on a little mouth or smile .

Garden Dragonflies_Glue StickStep 7:   Find a skinny stick and hot glue it to the bottom side of the dragonfly.  This is optional. Some kids may want their dragonfly with out the sticks.

Garden Dragonflies_Good 05ALook how cute these turned out!  Here’s our batch before we hot glued the sticks onto them.

Garden Dragonflies_Good 04AHere they are with the sticks glued onto them!  They’re so cute!

Garden Dragonflies_Good 01AYou’ll have a lot of fun making these really simple dragonflies.  I know we did!

Enjoy!

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