This easy fall craft doubles as a decoration and message board.
sugar pumpkin (or other small pumpkin)
Chalk Marker (these can be found at craft stores)
Tape around the stem so that paint doesn’t bleed onto it. Paint the pumpkin with chalkboard paint. Let dry completely. Remove the tape and tie the ribbon around the stem. Write your message!
This easy, DIY Post-It note stand is a great gift for teachers, friends, and kids alike. I originally got the idea from a blog called Paper Wings. Here is what you need:
5×7 Acrylic picture frame stand
Patterned scrapbook paper
A embellishment to hang in the middle of the ribbon
Cut the scrapbook paper to fit the 5×7 frame. Slide into the space. Position the Pots-Its where you want them to go. Using a glue gun, or tacky tape, stick the notes on the frame. Wrap various kinds of ribbon around the top and secure. Add the middle embellishment. I glue gunned the middle of the ribbon in place after I had finished tying it all on. Useful and fun!
I have been absolutely amazed at how much fun my kids have had with sock puppets this past year. They spend hours making various characters, then craft elaborate stories. When they are ready to roll, they find us and give us tickets for the big show. Chairs are lined up for each person to sit on, and the fun begins. For the boys, the story line usually involves lots of socks battling and jumping on one another, but nonetheless, they are engaging in the creative play that I love to see.
Every Christmas I try to come up with a homemade gift that my kids can help me create for families that we love. This seemed like the perfect one. It could also be given for birthday gifts, used at family reunions, or pulled out for a rainy day activity.
Here’s what you need:
Socks, Pipe Cleaners, Buttons, Various Colors of Felt, Feathers, Googly Eyes, Twine, Tulle, and Various Craft Balls.
Using Clear Plastic Bags, begin the assembly line, instructing the kids how many of each item to put into each bag:
I used these cute Christmas boxes to place everything in, wrapped it in cellophane, and tied instructions to the top.
You can download the instructions tag here.
HAVE FUN & LET THE KIDS CREATE!
Step 2: Rinse the brown paint off of the arm, and paint a hand in a color. Direct them to pull straight up off of the paper so it doesn’t smear. Have them do 2-3 handprints per color.
Step 3: While the child still has that color paint on their hands, have him make fingerprint leaves at the bottom of the paper around the trunk, or falling off of the tree.
Step 4: Repeat with the other colors of paint.
I have always loved barnwood and glitter — two opposites that go hand in hand. I suppose it is because they are both me. I am as comfortable in cowboy boots as I am in heels. I feel most at home in the rugged mountains, but love to wear long, glitzy chandelier earrings with hot pink. Barnwood and glitter — it just works for me! So I added sparkly, glitter letters that I bought in a pack at Michaels and hot glued them onto the frame.Attach picture hanging hardware to the back, and you have a very fun, personalized whiteboard!
The pink one with the cross is from my dear Grandma who is 89. I cannot tell you how much I love having a plate from her….