Skip To My Lou http://www.skiptomylou.org Craft, Create, Celebrate! Wed, 23 Jul 2014 01:47:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Nature Sun catcher Garlands http://www.skiptomylou.org/2014/07/22/nature-sun-catcher-garlands/ http://www.skiptomylou.org/2014/07/22/nature-sun-catcher-garlands/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 hands on as we grow http://www.skiptomylou.org/?p=41573 This Nature Suncatcher Garland is the way to get creating!   It is  a fun kids activity that will keep feeling crafty! If you are looking for more boredom busting ideas check out all our summer crafts and activities  ideas to keep kids active and entertained this summer!  The best craft bloggers are sharing  fun kids crafts! From making a Sling Library Bag to a A Summer Donut Picnic you will find fun creative ideas!

kids craft ideas

 

Hello Skip to My Lou fans! I’m Jamie, the mom behind hands on : as we grow where I share fun activitiescrafts and art projects I do with my three boys.

I am so excited to be here and to share  this fun wind chime crate to be a part of the Fun Crafts for Summer series here!

We love to make window decorations, they always brighten up the room and are so cheery! Perfect for summer!

This is a fun nature suncatcher that was inspired by our heart garland we made for Valentine’s Day, mixed with our nature suncatchers.

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To make these nature suncatcher garlands, you’ll need:

  • Contact paper
  • Scissors
  • Marker or pen
  • Items from Nature
  • String (we used hemp cord but yarn works too)

This activity starts out by exploring in the backyard. A favorite of my active boys.

We looked for small items in nature, small leaves, flowers, or even the petals of the flowers. We kept an eye out for anything with color!

You could definitely make this part an entire activity in itself and do a scavenger hunt for certain colors, textures, or shapes. We always love a good scavenger hunt, and nature ones are classic!

nature-texture

Then the boys made a nature collage using the contact paper to hold them in place.

I first traced circles onto the contact paper to give the kids some guidance to place their nature items.

If you need it, you can get the full details of how we made the collage part on hands on : as we grow where we also made these into suncatcher wind chimes that are just stunning in the morning sun.

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We cut out the circles and hung him in the window!

Some circles need a little tape help to hold them together in spots.

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jamie-headshotJamie learned to be a hands on mom by creating activities, crafts and art projects for her three boys to do. As a former marketing manager, Jamie needs the creative outlet to get through the early years of parenting with a smile! Follow Jamie on and Pinterest!

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Made by you Monday http://www.skiptomylou.org/2014/07/21/made-by-you-monday-213/ http://www.skiptomylou.org/2014/07/21/made-by-you-monday-213/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:00:37 +0000 Cindy Hopper http://www.skiptomylou.org/?p=41562 Looking for fun ideas to keep kids entertained this summer?  Don’t miss all these boredom busting ideas check out all our summer crafts and activities  ideas to keep kids active and entertained this summer!  The best craft bloggers are sharing  fun kids crafts!

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DIY Bow Napkin Rings http://www.skiptomylou.org/2014/07/20/diy-bow-napkin-rings/ http://www.skiptomylou.org/2014/07/20/diy-bow-napkin-rings/#comments Sun, 20 Jul 2014 23:21:08 +0000 Cindy Hopper http://www.skiptomylou.org/?p=41602 Cricut has divided some amazing bloggers into teams and challenged each team member to come up with a project for their home. I am part of  Team 5 so we made our team theme for this months challenge… the number 5.

I made 5 golden rings! That is napkin rings.

DIY Bow Napkin Rings

This is a quick and easy project with the Cricut Explore Electronic Cutting Machine .  I used a shimmery gold flannel backed vinyl (made for tablecloths), metal D-rings and hot glue. All items can be found at a fabric store.

DIY Bow Napkin Rings Supplies

I used the bow from the gift wrap embellishment from the Design Space.  I deleted the objects I didn’t need and enlarged the bow.

cutting with the cricut

Choose cut 5 and it will neatly place 5 bows on the page. Super easy!

making a bow napkin ring with Cricut design

Place vinyl on mat, choose fabric setting, load mat and cut.

DIY Bow Napkin Ring tutorial

Put a dab of hot glue on one end of the bow piece and fasten to other end to make a circle.

how to make bow napkin ring 2

Pinch the middle and wrap the small rectangle around the bow. Fasten with hot glue.

how to make bow napkin ring 3

Flip it over and you have the perfect bow.

how to make bow napkin ring 4

Attach the D-ring to the back with hot glue. Cover the d-ring with a small square of vinyl.

how to make bow napkin ring 5

In no time at all you can make five golden rings perfect for your next dinner party!

Bow napkin rings with Cricut

The Cricut cut the vinyl cloth like butter! This vinyl table cloth material comes in such a variety of patterns and colors that the possibilities are endless for making cute napkin rings for any party!

DIY Bow napkin rings skiptomylou cricut

Please be sure to check out my fabulous team members and their “5″ themed home decor projects!

100 Directions Blog – Five Fabulous Picture Frame Refrigertor Magnets

Create Craft Love – Five DIY Clipboard Kids Art Display

C.R.A.F.T. – High Five Notecards

Just Between Friends – Photo Collage

Cricut is giving away a new Explore machine every day until the end of July!  To enter,take a picture of a project (ANY project) and post to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Be sure to use the hashtag #IMadeIt and #cricut! Official entry rules.

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A Summer Donut Picnic with Glaze recipes http://www.skiptomylou.org/2014/07/20/a-summer-donut-picnic-with-glaze-recipes/ http://www.skiptomylou.org/2014/07/20/a-summer-donut-picnic-with-glaze-recipes/#comments Sun, 20 Jul 2014 12:00:41 +0000 I'm Topsy Turvy http://www.skiptomylou.org/?p=41552 This Summer Donut Picnic is the way to get kids to have fun in the kitchen and learning to cook  It is  a fun kids activity that will keep kids entertained and busy!   If you are looking for more boredom busting ideas check out all our summer crafts and activities  ideas to keep kids active and entertained this summer!  The best craft bloggers are sharing  fun kids crafts! From making a Sling Library Bag to a Duct Tape Spinning Garden Bee  you will find fun creative ideas!

kids craft ideas

My name is Ashlee from I’m Topsy Turvy and I’m SO excited to be here for the Fun Crafts for Kids summer series again!  Last Summer I shared my no bake Cheesecake, perfect for summer picnics, and this summer I’m sharing my kids new favorite, a Donut Picnic (can you tell we like eating outside?)!!!

a fun donut picnic to enjoy with your kids this summer, includes easy glaze recipes

You start with plain donuts (my grocery store sells plain ones, or order plain donuts, OR simply make your own like I do!) and a few glaze options, add some toppings and it’s a fun create your own donut picnic.  Perfect for a fun snack, or a crazy sugary dinner (pick the night Dad’s in charge of putting them to bed, right?)

donut-picnic

I let my kids pick what glaze and toppings flavors they wanted.  We went with a basic vanilla glaze, chocolate glaze and maple glaze!  For toppings we have Cinnamon/Sugar, sprinkles, chocolate sprinkles and coconut!  If I was making this for adults I’d add chopped candied bacon, but my kids aren’t a fan.

glazed-donuts

This DOES get messy so make sure you use a blanket that washes easily.  I made this durable denim blanket years ago, and its still a favorite!  You want to make sure the bowls you use are wide enough to fit an entire donut face down.  Teach the kids to drop the donut in, give it a twist and then pull it up and let it drip off a bit.

chocolate-glazed-donut

My youngest doesn’t quite get the concept, but it’s fun to just let them do and create whatever they want.  Just keep some wet wipes handy. And getting messy is part of the fun for kids, right?

sprinkles

Make sure you add the toppings while the glaze is still wet.  If you want too long it will crust over and then the toppings won’t stick!  I let them add as much toppings as they wanted, but once they added the toppings there is no dipping again…

homemade-donut-holes

Also I did have a rule about double dipping the donuts in the glazes, I didn’t want the glazes to mix, but we had plenty of donuts if they wanted to try a different flavor!  Donut holes are PERFECT for trying various flavors as well!

cinnamon-sugar-donuts

My favorite? a basic cinnamon and sugar.  This is the ONE donut that I let them flip the donut around to cover both sides.  If your makeing them homemade the cinnamon and sugar will stick right to a warm donut.  If your buying plain donuts just dip once side in the plain glaze first, OR warm them in the microwave for a few seconds!

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If you want to try making your own raised donuts head over to my site today to get this recipe.  It takes about 2 hours total, but only about 20 mins is actual work time, the rest is letting it sit and raise!

donut-glaze-recipes

And here are the Glaze recipes:

Vanilla Glaze
1 1/2 C powdered Sugar
2-4 Tbsp Milk
2 tsp vanilla
Mix the powdered sugar, 2 Tbsp milk and the vanilla. Stir with a whisk or fork until smooth, add more milk if the the glaze is too thick 1/2 Tbs at a time.

Chocolate Glaze
1 1/2 C powdered Sugar
2 Tbsp cocoa powder (I like the dark cocoa powder)
3-5 Tbsp Milk
1 tsp vanilla
Mix the powdered sugar, cocoa, 3 Tbsp milk and the vanilla. Stir with a whisk or fork until smooth, add more milk if the the glaze is too thick 1/2 Tbs at a time.

Maple Glaze
1 1/2 C powdered Sugar
2 Tbsp Maple Syrup
1-2 Tbsp Milk
1 tsp mapaline (or other maple extract)
Mix the powdered sugar, maple syrup, 1 Tbsp milk and the mapaline. Stir with a whisk or fork until smooth, add more milk if the the glaze is too thick 1/2 Tbs at a time

Cinnamon Sugar
1 1/2 C Sugar
2 Tbsp Cinnamon
Mix!

I hope you liked this donut picnic! Come visit me for other fun ideas like these:

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Easy Waffle Recipe | Crochet Bobble Beard pattern | Anna & Elsa Cake Tutorials

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Sling Library Bag Tutorial by Patchwork Posse http://www.skiptomylou.org/2014/07/19/sling-library-bag-tutorial-by-patchwork-posse/ http://www.skiptomylou.org/2014/07/19/sling-library-bag-tutorial-by-patchwork-posse/#comments Sat, 19 Jul 2014 12:00:25 +0000 patchwork posse http://www.skiptomylou.org/?p=41460 This Sling Library Bag Tutorial is the way to get kids to enjoy sewing and they will love having their own little library bag!  It is  a fun kids activity that will encourage kids to read!   If you are looking for more boredom busting ideas check out all our summer crafts and activities  ideas to keep kids active and entertained this summer!  The best craft bloggers are sharing  fun kids crafts! From making DIY Super Hero Mask to a Duct Tape Spinning Garden Bee  you will find fun creative ideas!

kids craft ideas

 

Hi everyone, I’m Becky –designer of Patchwork Posse, where I share easy sewing projects and free quilt patterns!  Today I’m sharing a sling library bag tutorial.

This bag is great for those quick trips to the library.  It is ‘hands free’ allowing the kiddo wearing it to browse the shelves and then stuff the easy front pocket with treasured choices. Besides the library, it would be a great bag for hikes, outings, or hauling things back and forth to friends homes.

sling library bag tutorial | craft camp

The size of the bag can be easily adjusted if needed as well as the length of the strap.   The back of the bag has light weight interfacing to help keep it’s shape and not be floppy when the books are all loaded.

The fabric on the front of the library bag is a panel (fabric is by Blend)– you can substitute this with your favorite quilt block, a panel of your own or fabric print.   On the front I also added an E for my Eliza.  If you’d like to personalize your bag, you can find printable alphabets here.

sling library bag tutorial | craft camp

Materials Needed:

front and back pocket:  14″ X 11 1/2″ – one for each

Lining: 14″ X 11 1/2″ -one for behind pocket, one for back of bag

interfacing- non fuse- 14″ X 11 1/2″

strap: 2– 3″ X 42″ strips

sling library bag tutorial | craft camp

Sling Library Bag Tutorial:

Strap: 

1)  Sew the front and back straps on each side

2)  Turn right sides out and iron

3)  Sew along the sides and two additional lines down the center of the bag

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Measure the length you need an make adjustments to the length now

Set aside for later

Sling Bag:

1)  Pin the front and back pocket pieces together

2)  Sew across the top edge only

3)  Turn right sides out and iron

4)  Sew across the top edge a finishing seam 1/4″

5)  Pin the strap to the top edge of the bag- make sure you don’t twist the strap

6)  Sew the strap in place- 1/8″ seam 1″ from the sides *if you’d like you can sew a setting seam 1/8″ across the top to keep it from shifing in the next step.

7)  Pin the layers– behind pocket, pocket, then the back piece {right sides facing down} and the interfacing.  The pocket will not be as tall as the backing!  Match up the edges along the sides and across the bottom of the bag.

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8)  Sew along all four sides, leaving a 3″ opening for turning along the top edge in between the strap– make sure the strap is out the way and doesn’t get in the way of the seam

9)  Snip the corners and turn right sides out

10)  Iron well and sew a long the top edge of the bag to close the hole and add stability to the bag and strap

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Time to start hunting for something to put inside…..

sling library bag tutorial | craft camp

Have a great summer full of wonderful reading materials,

Becky

Catch the rest of the Fun crafts for Kids! series on Skip to My Lou – there’s a new project every day for 30 days!

patchwork posse | easy sewing projects and free quilt patterns

Hey All- Becky here.  I’m a pattern designer who loves thinking outside the box. I design dolls, plushies as well as quilts and bags.  Patchwork Posse is a place where you can start your sewing adventure.  There are easy sewing projects and how to tutorials to help you along and keep you on the right sewing path.  Every year I host a Quilt Along- The Round Robin, where I team up with other designers to bring you a beautiful quilt.  I also guest write for Moda Bake Shop, Thermoweb and The Ribbon Retreat.

Some of my popular posts are:  Ending Bum Crack, Quilt As You Go Projects, Bunny Tutorial, Elastic Waist Skirts, and Printable Hexagons for Quilting.

You can find me on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter and one of my favorite places to hang out is on Pinterest. Even better, get all my posts sent to your email!

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Garden Gnome Craft Sticks DIY http://www.skiptomylou.org/2014/07/18/garden-gnome-craft-sticks-diy/ http://www.skiptomylou.org/2014/07/18/garden-gnome-craft-sticks-diy/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:00:09 +0000 chica circle http://www.skiptomylou.org/?p=41478 This Garden Gnome Craft Sticks DIY is the perfect outside project for kids this summer! It is  a fun kids activity that will encourage kids to garden and play outside.  If you are looking for more boredom busting ideas check out all our summer crafts and activities  ideas to keep kids active and entertained this summer!  The best craft bloggers are sharing  fun kids crafts! From making DIY Super Hero Mask to a Duct Tape Spinning Garden Bee  you will find fun creative ideas!

kids craft ideas

 

Hi ya’ll! It’s Pauline from Club Chica Circle, and I’m so excited to be here sharing a fun kids craft idea for summer!

Gardening with kids can be really fun, and when you add little friendly gnomes to the mix, it can be that much more fun.
painted garden gnomes craft for kids

The supplies and the steps are really easy, and each one can turn out a little different, which is the best part.

To make your own Garden Gnomes you will need:

  • wood craft sticks (I used the ones shaped like ice cream scoops)
  • craft paint in a rainbow of colors (I used Americana Multi-surface paints)
  • paint brushes
  • thin black Sharpie marker
  • Mod Podge dimensional clay in white (or vanilla)

How to Make Cute Garden Gnomes #funkidscrafts

I thought the shape of the craft sticks lent itself really well to a garden gnome. One end is a little pointier, but still rounded. This became the hats on their head. And the bottom portion of the sticks became the body.

Here is how to make these garden gnome craft sticks:

  1. With a paint brush, paint the top tip of your craft sticks with red paint, about 1/2″ down on both the front and back.
  2. Paint the bottom of the craft stick with your color of choice for the body. Leave about 1/2″ – 3/4″ space in between the paint colors for the face.
  3. When all the paint is dry, squeeze a little of the Mod Podge dimensional clay on the “face” to make the beard and let dry. It will set up and harden in about 30-60 minutes.
  4. Then finish off by drawing in your garden gnome faces with a thin permanent marker.

That’s it! Each one will be their own unique friendly garden gnome.

They look so cute in planters…

fun and easy garden craft for kids

…or in the ground in your garden. I know our zucchini plant seems to like the company. = )

Homemade Garden Gnomes from Craft Sticks

With a little help, this craft is perfect for kids of all ages. After they are made, then you can have so much fun figuring out where to put them. Make a game of it and keep moving them.

easy garden gnomes craft idea for kids

For more fun and easy craft ideas come visit me at Club Chica Circle.

Check out how to make pretty glass stained garden globes.

Or, for another fun kids summer craft idea, try out these BBQ bead suncatchers.

For some indoor summer camp craft fun, how about trying finger weaving. So simple and fun!

I love to see ya there!

Happy Crafting!

Pauline Molinari guest post from Club Chica Circle

Pauline Molinari is the Crafty Maven counterpart of Club Chica Circle who is on a mission to spread craftiness. She has a fine arts degree and over 15 years experience in children’s publishing, plus a savvy, stylish, sassy tween daughter, which gives her the perspective and passion to craft fun things, not only for herself, but with her daughter. Connect with her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Google+, Bloglovin’, or Instagram.

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Duct Tape Spinning Garden Bee http://www.skiptomylou.org/2014/07/17/duct-tape-spinning-garden-bee/ http://www.skiptomylou.org/2014/07/17/duct-tape-spinning-garden-bee/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:00:52 +0000 crafts by amanda http://www.skiptomylou.org/?p=41426 This Duct Tape Spinning Garden Bee is the perfect creative project for kids this summer! It is  a fun kids activity that will encourage hours of imaginative play.  If you are looking for more boredom busting ideas check out all our summer crafts and activities  ideas to keep kids active and entertained this summer!  The best craft bloggers are sharing  fun kids crafts! From making DIY Super Hero Mask to a Water Bottle Bangle Bracelets  you will find fun creative ideas!

kids craft ideas

Happy summer to all the Skip to My Lou readers out there! I’m Amanda from Crafts by Amanda and I’m really happy to be a part of the Fun Crafts for Kids summer series. Kid’s crafts are kind of my specialty, so when asked to participate it was an absolute no-brainer!

Duct Tape Spinning Garden Bee by Amanda Formaro

Summer means spending lots of time outside, taking care of your herbs and vegetables in the garden, and includes plenty of flying insects, especially the bee. Bees are a very important part of the ecosystem. Did you know that about one-third of the food we eat each day relies mostly on pollination from bees?

We are going to celebrate the bee by using some duct tape and a little string to make this fun spinning garden decoration. Check out the this short video for a quick demo of what we’re making!

For this project you will need:
(Supply list and instructions are for ONE bee)

Yellow duct tape
Black electrical tape
String
8 large googly eyes
Tools: cutting mat, non-stick scissors, craft knife, hot glue gun, pen

You will also need something round, approximately 4 1/2″ in diameter. I used the lid from a paper mache gift box, but a small paint can will work, or a large oatmeal container.

Duct Tape Spinning Garden Bee by Amanda Formaro

Make a sheet of duct tape “fabric”. Measure and cut a strip of yellow tape on the cutting mat (for one bee you will need the sheet to measure 11-inches). Measure and cut a second piece the same length, overlapping it slightly over the first strip. Repeat one more time for a third strip.

Duct Tape Spinning Garden Bee by Amanda Formaro

Carefully lift the sheet of tape off the mat and turn it upside down so that the sticky side is facing up. Measure and cut a strip of tape and place it onto the bottom of the sheet, sticky side to sticky side. Continue with two more strips until you have a double sided sheet.

Duct Tape Spinning Garden Bee by Amanda Formaro

Trace around your round object onto the tape sheet to get two circles.use scissors to cut out the circles.

Duct Tape Spinning Garden Bee by Amanda Formaro

Use two small pieces of tape to stick the circles, side by side, to the mat. Measure out a couple long strips of black electrical tape and use a craft knife to cut those strips in half lengthwise.

Duct Tape Spinning Garden Bee by Amanda Formaro

Place strips of black tape across the bottom of each circle. Place a second strip above that and a third above that, leaving an equal amount of yellow tape showing between each strip.

Duct Tape Spinning Garden Bee by Amanda Formaro

Turn each circle over and add black strips to the back.

Duct Tape Spinning Garden Bee by Amanda Formaro

Use scissors to trim off the excess black tape around the circle.

Duct Tape Spinning Garden Bee by Amanda Formaro

In order for the bee’s stripes to line up properly when assembled, you will need to start off with the stripes opposite of each other. Place one circle with the stripes at the bottom, and turn the second one around so that the stripes are on top. Place one on top of the other.

Duct Tape Spinning Garden Bee by Amanda Formaro

Hold them together and cut a slit through both circles until you reach the center of the circle.

Duct Tape Spinning Garden Bee by Amanda Formaro

When separated you will see that one has a cut through the solid yellow area and the other’s cut is through the stripes.

Duct Tape Spinning Garden Bee by Amanda Formaro

Next, connect the two pieces by intersecting the slits.

Duct Tape Spinning Garden Bee by Amanda Formaro

Run a thin line of hot glue where the slits intersect to connect them together. Cut a piece of string and glue it in with the slits. Glue one googly eye to each yellow section.

Duct Tape Spinning Garden Bee by Amanda Formaro

All that’s left to do is hang the bee outside and let the breeze twirl it!

Thank you all so much for letting me stop by today. I’d love to connect with you more! You can find me on the following social channels: Facebook, Google +, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

amanda formaro of crafts by amandaAmanda Formaro is a well-known craft expert and author of the books “Rubber Band Mania” and “Duct Tape Mania“, the first two in a series of craft books for kids. She has been writing and crafting on the Internet for over fifteen years. Find out more on her blog, Crafts by Amanda, where she shares tutorials with step-by-step photos for adults and kids alike.

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DIY Super Hero Mask http://www.skiptomylou.org/2014/07/16/diy-super-hero-mask/ http://www.skiptomylou.org/2014/07/16/diy-super-hero-mask/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:00:24 +0000 Cindy Hopper http://www.skiptomylou.org/?p=41523 This DIY Super Hero Mask is the perfect creative project for kids this summer!  It is  a fun kids activity that will encourage hours of imaginative play.  If you are looking for more boredom busting ideas check out all our summer crafts and activities  ideas to keep kids active and entertained this summer!  The best craft bloggers are sharing  fun kids crafts! From making Orange Granita Recipe to a Water Bottle Bangle Bracelets  you will find fun creative ideas!

kids craft ideas

Hey guys, Vanessa here from Our Thrifty Ideas. I’m so excited today to share this tutorial with you.  My kids have absolutely loved it, and so we know have the supplies on hand at all times for when they come up with a new idea for a superhero. The best part of this, the kids can be whoever they want. My kids have been “Super bathroom girl” “Super power boy” “Super grass kids” and so much more! It seems like every little thing will spark a new superhero and they need a new mask. They are super simple to make and bring out so much imagination that I love making them with the kids.

DIY superhero mask from craft foam. Let the kids use their imagination and create new superheros every day.

Supplies:

  • Craft foam ($.50-$1 at Walmart)
  • Scissors and chalk or anelectic cutting machine like a Cricut or Silhouette
  • Hot Glue
  • Elastic Cord

I used my Cricut Explore machine to cut the foam. You can too using THIS LINK to get my same cuts. If you don’t have a cricut, don’t worry. Just download THIS PAGE with a mask template. This will fit most kids. It’s approximately 4.5 inches wide. Just trace the mask with your chalk (so it wipes off) then cut it out. If you don’t want to cut the side holes, you can use a good hole punch.

DIY superhero mask from craft foam. Let the kids use their imagination and create new superheros every day.

Tie the elastic cord to one end of the mask. Then measure it around their head and add about an inch to give yourself room to tie it to the other end. Then let your kids take all of the shapes (buy the stickers from a craft store, or cut your own from more craft foam) and place them where they want on the mask.

DIY superhero mask from craft foam. Let the kids use their imagination and create new superheros every day.

Then using the hot glue, you attach them in place.

 DIY superhero mask from craft foam. Let the kids use their imagination and create new superheros every day.

You’re kids are sure to love coming up with new heros and running around saving the world!

DIY superhero mask from craft foam. Let the kids use their imagination and create new superheros every day.

 

Vanessa from Our Thrifty IdeasVanessa is the mastermind behind Our Thrifty Ideas, a blog about sharing recipes, DIY projects and simple crafts for the everyday Mom. Inspiring you to live in the home and life that you love and are super proud of. Making all aspects of life and home enjoyable.

Check out a few of my popular posts:

FREE kids crafts - DIY necklace made from magazine pages

Paper bead children’s necklace

Homemade Poptarts - so quick and easy to make and they are amazingly yummy!!!

Homemade blueberry Poptarts

FROZEN movie party plus FREE printables

perfect and FREE printable for a Frozen party

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Recycled Advent Calendar http://www.skiptomylou.org/2014/07/15/recycled-advent-calendar/ http://www.skiptomylou.org/2014/07/15/recycled-advent-calendar/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 18:53:55 +0000 Cindy Hopper http://www.skiptomylou.org/?p=41501 We use a Keurig at  our home. At first I was concerned about the cost, but realized we weren’t throwing away coffee so it made sense for us. There was still one thing that bothered us….. throwing away all the K-Cups. It seems like a huge environmental footprint when you think of the billions of cups being thrown away…. actually 2.8 billion cubic feet of waste in our landfills every year to be exact!  16 million US households now own single serve brewers and that equates to 9.6 BILLION cups every year.  Well now there is a handy way to recycle those cups, The Recycle A Cup. It is specifically designed to help you split the K-Cups into their individually recyclable pieces.

recycle a cupIt cuts and separates the Keurig K-Cups for recycling. Load the used K-Cup in the Recycle A Cup holder. recycle a cup tutorial

Place lid onto holder, twist the lid 1/4 of a turn. Press both cartridge buttons. Keep buttons pressed and turn lid completely around the cup.

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It neatly separates the pieces for easy recycling and crafting!

recycle a cup how it worksSo throw the grounds and paper on the compost pile, foil into the recycling and be sure to save the plastic cup to make an amazing Advent Calendar!

How to use K-Cups to make an Advent Calendar recycled advent calendarSupplies for recycled Advent Calendar using K-Cups

You will need a 2 inch hole punch, patterned paper, tape roller, green cardboard (or cardboard painted green), dimensional glitter sticker numbers, glue gun and mini candy bars.

recycled advent calendar supplies

The plastic K-Cups cups hold a bite size candy bar perfectly!

recycled advent calendar cupsPunch 25- 2 inch circles to cover the tops of the cups.

recycled advent calendar making topsStick number on each of the circles.

recycled advent calendar numbersPlace the tape around the back edge of each circle.

recycled advent calendar elmers glue

Place circles on top of the cups.

recycled advent calendar daily cups

Cut a tree shape out of green cardboard.

recycled advent calendar how to

Hot glue cups to the green cardboard.

recycled advent calendar adding cupsWhat a great way to upcycle those plastic cups!

recycled advent calendar side viewI have a special offer for you! Order Recycle A Cup through recycleacup.com and you can purchase the Recycle A Cup for only $9.99 (retail value $14.99) and  also get FREE SHIPPING! Cool! This offer expires September 1, 2014. Use coupon code  ct39qq

Please tell all your friends about Recycle A Cup. We can each make this small contribution to our environment that will have a significant impact!

 

 

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Burlap and Vintage Button Jewelry Holder http://www.skiptomylou.org/2014/07/15/burlap-and-vintage-button-jewelry-holder/ http://www.skiptomylou.org/2014/07/15/burlap-and-vintage-button-jewelry-holder/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:00:01 +0000 Cindy Hopper http://www.skiptomylou.org/?p=41476 I got a sneak peak of a new line of craft supplies from Michaels called Raw Bar. Raw Bar is a line of products made of or accessorized by materials inspired by nature. Surfaces and textures include: burlap, cork, chalk board, wood, metal and canvas.I think you will love them! I read somewhere that burlap was on it’s way out. Well I just got back from five days at the Atlanta Gift Market and the showrooms were loaded with burlap. You will be able to stay on trend and craft away with these fun new products. From a metal and chalkboard labeled container to cork ribbon and burlaps frames there is some good stuff coming your way on August 8th to your local Michaels store!

Michaels and Skip to my Lou

Michaels asked me to come up with a craft using a few of the supplies.  I took the burlap canvas and some darling little spools and created a jewelry holder.

Burlap Jewelry Holder

It only takes a couple of steps to make this necklace holder. Attach the small spools to the bottom front of the burlap canvas with #10 by 1 1/2″ picture frame screws. These screws are threaded on both ends.

burlap jewelry holder step 1

Screw four spools along the bottom front.

burlap jewelry holder step 2

Cut a heart out of burlap and begin gluing buttons. Buttons can also be directly glued to the canvas.

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Continue until you have made a heart. A monogram would also be cool!

burlap and button jewelry holder step step 4

Glue the heart to the canvas.

burlap necklace holder step 5

Glue buttons to the front of each spool if you like.

burlap and button necklace holder

Hang on your wall and enjoy!

burlap necklace holder


I am proud to be part of Michaels Makers! This is a sponsored post but all opinions are my own. I only endorse companies that I believe in 100% and use in my day to day life!

 

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