Monday, January 28, 2013

Egg Carton Jewelry Box

We made a lovely jewelry box the other day from a recycled egg carton...who knew something you normally throw in the recycling bin could be so fabulous!

Here's what you'll need:
  • An egg carton (any size will do)
  • Paint and brush
  • Embellishments (pom poms, foam letters and shapes, sequins, gems, feathers, glitter, scrap paper, or anything else you fancy)
  • White glue

For our embellishments, we chose foam sparkly letters, gems, and glitter,

I really love these letters, we use them a lot.

Because it is a jewelry box, we decided on the biggest most beautiful gems we could find.  I think sequins would be pretty too.

Then we chose our paint...definitely want it to be fairly thick to cover the eggy wording on the carton.  We did a few coats and all was well.

After the carton is dry, time to embellish!

Ours says "My Jewels" by you can put a name on it too,

Then we added glitter and gems,

Lots and lots of them...

Egg cartons make perfect storage containers for jewelry, barrettes, legos, doll accessories, and other little things that need a home.

Super cute and fun!

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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Valentine Mail Box

Every year we make a family Valentine mailbox.  This year, we decided to get fancy and decorate it instead of a plain old box.  What we do is in the weeks leading up to Valentine's Day is make little things for everyone in the family and stick them in there, then on the holiday, we unseal the box and someone plays "cupid" and passes everyone their treats and treasures...a fun family tradition!

Here's what you'll need to make yours:
  • A cereal box (the bigger the better, a shoe box would work nicely too)
  • Tape
  • Paint, markers, crayons, etc.
  • Glitter, stickers, scrap paper, or other embellishments
First cut a rectangle in the front of your box where the mail will go in,

Now seal the top shut with some there is no peeking!

You can now paint and/or color you box any way you like.  We painted some paper and wrapped ours like a present.  That fun swirly and splattery effect you see below was from our Salty Watercolor project:

Click here to make your own salty paintings!

Then using leftover pink envelopes, we cut some festive hearts,

Painted up the sides,

Next we added stickers and such...we went through our sticker collection and searched for all of the pink stickers we could find, here are some cute pink piggies:

Then some glue blobs to cover with glitter...for the lettering we had some foam letter stickers on hand, but you could also write it on the box, or cut some letters out of construction paper:

All finished!  Here are some ideas of what to now fill your box with:
  • Handmade valentine cards and messages
  • Stickers
  • Small books
  • Art supplies!
  • Playdough

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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Coloring Book Puppets

Do your kids love to color?  We seem to have piles and piles of masterpieces stashed everywhere in our house.  We can only hang so many of them up!  The other day I was thinking about this and how sad it was to just stash them away somewhere where they would be forgotten.  Here's a fun solution...I love activities that are two in one, the creation of the puppets and then the best part, the puppet show!!

This is so super simple!  All you will need are a few coloring book pages with characters on them, some craft sticks, and some masking tape...

Start by cutting out each can help with this part if they are able.  

*Tip for Moms: You might want to ask your child first if it is alright to cut their pictures, I asked my kids to pick out pictures that were okay for this project.

Cut a few out, we didn't do this, but you could also cut out some "props" too, like trees, cars, etc.

Now tape a craft stick to the back of each character.  Tape it as close to the top as you can because coloring book paper tends to be flimsy.  The stick taped up high will give it the support it needs.

Puppets!  Aren't they cute?  Kids get excited too to see their creations come to life as well.

We took ours a step farther and rolled some balls of play dough to make a base for them to stand on their own.

That way you can play with several at once...

Happy creating!

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Friday, January 4, 2013

Learning Letters With Play Dough

Today we had a fun time playing with our letters! We rolled out slabs of play dough and cut them with cookie cutters to practice our alphabet and make some new words too.

This activity was especially engaging for the littles because it was actually several activities in one. First we pretended we were detectives and searched for each letter from the giant pile of cutters. Then we cut them out. Then we carefully arranged them in order. Then finally, we made some simple words to show off our alphabet expertise. Fun was had by all!

Note: If you don't have letter cookie cutters, just roll out a slab, then cut letters with a plastic knife, chopstick or even scissors would work.

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