1. Crafty Corner: Save Those Dried Out Markers!

    Looking for an easy and (virtually) freeway to recycle those dried up markers that you normally look to throw away?

    Artopotamus has introduced a great idea: Make watercolors out of them!

    It’s simple:

    • Soak the dried out markers in water 
    • Fill your new “watercolor” into bottles for storage & easy dispensing

    Easy, economical, and something that almost any mom can do!

    Click here to read the rest of her article, "Free Liquid Watercolors!"

    Do you have any “upcyling” projects that you do in your home to create new projects and equipment from old or unusable craft supplies?

     

  2. Crafty Corner: Easter Bunny Self Portrait

    Project from Two Hearts Together:

    This craft takes a simple art project and turns it into something unique by adding your child’s photo in the center of a paper plate to be the face of a bunny!


    Supplies:

    • Digital camera
    • Computer with printer
    • Printer paper (I used regular paper, not photo paper.)
    • Paper plate
    • Black, pink and white construction paper
    • Scissors
    • Pink ribbon
    • Glue
    • Black marker

    Directions:

    1. Take your child’s picture with a digital camera, download it and print it out on 8.5 x 11 printer paper.
    2. Cut their picture around the face in the shape of a circle and glue it in the center of a paper plate.
    3. Cut out two large Easter Bunny ears from the white construction paper and two smaller Easter Bunny ears from the pink construction paper.
    4. Glue one pink Easter Bunny ear in the center of one large white Easter Bunny ear, and then repeat this step with the other pink and white bunny ears.
    5. Glue the Easter Bunny ears to the top of the paper plate.
    6. Cut out a small pink triangle and glue it on your child’s nose in the picture.
    7. Cut out six black strips about 1/4 inch wide and three inches long and glue three on each side of the pink triangle to look like the Easter Bunny’s whiskers.
    8. Use the black marker to draw on the Easter Bunny’s mouth and buck teeth.
    9. Tie a bow in the pink ribbon and glue it to the bottom edge of the paper plate.

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  3. Crafty Corner: Easter Egg Potted Plants Kids Craft

    Project from Two Hearts Together:

    Kids can create an Easter inspired table decoration using fake eggs and mini pots!


    Supplies Needed:

    • 6 Polystyrene eggs
    • 6 Small Terracotta pots
    • Ribbon, green tinsel, paper or foam letters to spell EASTER
    • Colored sticks or straws
    • Loose Glitter
    • Craft paint
    • Super Glue
    • Hot Glue Gun
    • Multi-Colored Mini Rhinestones
    • Other decorations of choice for Eggs

     Directions: 

    1. Set aside 6 small terracotta pots and glue on your Easter letters.
    2. Decorate the rims with loose glitter and fill the pots with green tinsel.
    3. Paint your polystyrene eggs with paint and set aside to dry.
    4. Decorate the eggs as desired.
    5. Once done, insert a stick or straw into the bottom of each egg and secure with super glue or hot glue gun.
    6. Position and secure each straw or stick into the pots with a blob hot glue.
    7. Make and stick little ribbon bows onto the bottom of each egg with super glue.
    8. Enjoy!

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  4. Crafty Corner: April Showers Cloud

    Project from Two Hearts Together:

    Growing up, I am sure we were all familiar with the saying, “April showers bring May flowers”. This project says just that with a cloud shaped mobile with dangling raindrops! 

     Supplies:

    • 2 Sheets white construction paper
    • Scissors
    • Crayons
    • Pencil
    • Blue paint
    • White cotton ball
    • Paper plate to hold paint
    • Yarn
    • Glue

    Directions:

    1. Freehand draw a cloud.
    2. Cut out the cloud using scissors.
    3. Squirt some paint onto paper plate.
    4. Dab cotton ball into paint and dab onto cloud shape. Repeat as desired
    5. Let dry. Using the other pieces of white paper, color entire sheet with blue crayons.
    6. Cut out raindrop shapes out of the crayon drawn blue sheet.
    7. Cut out strips of yarn and glue raindrops to the end.
    8. Glue yarn to the bottom of the clouds.
    9. Hang to display.

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  5. Crafty Corner: How To Make A Tutu

    Don’t we all love tutus? They’re perfect for playtime - whether your little girl dresses up as a cheerleader or as a princess.

    Holly at Heart Break Kids shows how simple it is to make your own tutus as home. They’re so simple to make, you’ll wonder why you never thought of making them before!

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  6. A Cute Way to Say “Happy Valentine’s Day!”

    This Valentine’s Day, show your love by getting crafty with your little one!

    This fun project from Frame Fanatic is easy for little hands and makes a great gift too. Check out the super-easy instructions below and submit pictures of your finished products!

    What you need:

    • Cardstock paper in white, pink, & red
    • Black ink
    • Rub-on numbers
    • Scrapbook glue or other adhesive
    • Frame (optional)

    Step 1: Trace the outside of the hands with a pencil. I really only needed to trace one hand, cut it out, flip it over and trace it the cut-out template to have 2 hands cut out. This is key when trying to keep a busy toddler still while tracing tiny fingers.

    Daughter’s hands cut out in red card stock

      

    My hands cut out in pink cardstock

    Step 2: Ink the edges of all the hand cut-outs. Once both hands are inked, glue both hands together to make a heart shape.

     

    Step 3: Adhere the heart-hands onto the page. I tried to layer them slightly so that they both fit onto the 8 x 10 white cardstock. Place rub-ons anywhere you like. I put “2011” to date how tiny my daughter’s hands were this year.

    Step 4 (Optional): Place artwork inside a frame. Voila! Two hands, two hearts, one very special project.