“Spilt Milk” Craft

“Spilt Milk” Craft

Yesterday, I discussed the abstract beauty of spilt milk.  Today, I am going to teach you how to spill your milk in a beautiful way.

I have done this craft with both elementary students and college peers, and both groups enjoyed naming their creations.  With basic craft-cabinet supplies and a little bit of creative thinking you can make your own abstract paintings as well.

Supplies:

  • Paint
  • Construction paper
  • Straws (optional)

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Directions:

  • Fold each sheet of paper in half.

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  • Squeeze a small puddle of paint onto the middle of the paper.

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  • (Optional: use a straw to blow or smear the paint around the paper.)

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  • Re-fold the paper along the same crease.

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  • Unfold the paper.

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  • Let dry and name your creation.

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DIY Mini Pinatas

DIY Mini Pinatas

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Happy Fiesta Friday!  Every fiesta needs a pinata, and I have a simple method for making miniature pinatas with elementary-aged children.  They require no papier mache, no cardboard, and no candy (thus, no sugar-high!)!  Simply color, cut, fold, and glue to make adorable, fiesta-worthy pinatas.

DIY Pinatas for Kids

Supplies:

  • Templates
  • Crayons
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Directions:

  • Print templates (found below).  You will need at least one template per child.

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  • Color the sheet

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  • Cut out the shape

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  • Fold on every line and make a definite crease
  • Securely glue the tabs underneath

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  • Let dry

And there you have it!  If you want, you can put a small piece of candy on the inside of each pinata and attach a string to one side.

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Happy Fiesta Friday! What are you bringing to the party?

 

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Picnic Craft for Kids

Picnic Craft for Kids

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As the weather gets warmer, picnic season arrives.  I love soaking in the sun as I eat my meals.  Honestly, I think sunshine may make food taste better 🙂 .

This week, I taught the children in my daycare class how to weave paper.  With help, even the preschoolers were able to make beautiful “picnic blankets.”  Help get your children or students excited for picnic weather by making this craft.

Picnic Blanket Craft

Supplies:

  • Construction paper in contrasting colors
  • Scissors
  • Old magazines or sales-papers
  • Glue

Directions:

  • Fold one sheet of paper in half width-wise (like a hamburger)
  • Face the open end away from you and the crease towards you
  • Cut strips approximately 1 inch apart, stopping about 1/2-1 inch from the edge

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  • Cut 1-inch strips width-wise from the other piece of paper

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  • Begin weaving the individual strips through the other piece of paper.  The strips should be alternated to make a checkered pattern.  If one strip begins under the other paper, the next one will begin over the other paper.

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  • Continue weaving until you have filled the paperpicnic5picnic6
  • Cut pictures of food from a magazine or sales-paper and glue them to your picnic blanket

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Happy Fiesta Friday!

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Covered Kaleidoscopes

Covered Kaleidoscopes

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It’s no secret that I am frugal.  So when I needed a pack of kaleidoscopes, I bought the cheapest ones Amazon had to offer.  With a $1 roll of contact paper, I turned the kid-friendly animal prisms into chic, college appropriate kaleidoscopes.

Here’s the process:

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DIY T-Shirt Quilt

DIY T-Shirt Quilt

Do you give yourself presents? I do!  For my high school graduation a few years ago, I decided to give myself a t-shirt quilt.  Instead of paying upwards of $500 to have a stranger create my quilt, I decided to pay less than $50 on supplies and employ myself to sew.  Under my mom’s instruction, I completed my first quilt.

If you are interested in making your own t-shirt quilt, check out some of these tutorials:

DIY Hair Bow Clips

DIY Hair Bow Clips

bowI make the same mistake every Christmas.  As soon as I am done opening presents, I head upstairs to my bedroom with the goal of finding a home for my new acquisitions.  Within minutes, I have a pile of “old stuff” ready to be donated to the nearest thrift shop in order to make room for my new gifts.  One girl can only own so much, you know…

This year, my creative grandma made me a zippered pillow that houses a throw blanket (that’s a really bad explanation.  It’s sort of like a quillow, but it is two separate pieces).  Because she knows that I love to craft, she gave me the leftover material for my own sewing enjoyment.  Suddenly, I had to use all of my old scrap material to make room for my new material.  I was an overjoyed, harried seamstress.

Thank goodness for Google and Pinterest.  Before long, the glue gun was plugged into the wall, and scissors were hacking the material into hastily measured pieces.  Inspired by this tutorial for making bows, I formed my own process for making cute hair accessories.  After successfully making a few bows, I photographed my personal process to share with others.

DIY Hair Bow Clips

Materials:

  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Pen
  • Ruler
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hair clip

Directions:

  • Cut two pieces of material.  One should measure 5 x 6 inches.  The other should be approximately 2 x 6 inches.  bow1bow2
  • Slightly fold the edges of the larger piece over, and use hot glue to secure them.bow3bow4
  • Determine how large you want your bow to be.  Pinch the fabric together to get a visual of how large it currently is.  If it is too large, fold the shorter edges slightly in towards the center and secure them with a small dot of glue.bow5
  • Squeeze a dot of glue onto the center of your fabric.  Fold the long edges over to meet on the dot of glue.  Let dry.

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  • Fold the long sides of the small piece of fabric in and secure with glue.

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  • Squeeze a drop of glue onto the center of the back of your bow.  Place one end of the smaller fabric strip on this glue dot.

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  • Tightly wrap the strip around the bow and secure in the back with glue.  Trim remaining material.
  • Glue the hair clip to the back of the bow.

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  • Once all the glue has dried, flip your bow over.  Your bow is now ready to be worn!

bow10I hope you enjoy this project!  Show me photos of the finished product 🙂

A Work Refashion

A Work Refashion

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You may not have noticed, but it has gotten cold out there!  This poses a serious problems: I don’t have any long sleeve shirts that meet work dress code.  That is, until now.

It all started with a stained polo from last year.  Although the shirt had pink splotches, the logo was salvageable, and I saw the perfect opportunity to practice my sewing skills.  I snagged a plain sweatshirt at Goodwill and set to work.  Below are photos of the process.

Thanks, Mom, for helping me sew this project.  I would have had it in a state of disrepair without you!