Category Archives: Kids crafts

Scrabble Ornaments

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Scrabble Ornaments

 This is a quick and easy project… My favourite kind! All you need is some scrap fabric, a glue gun, some thin ribbon and some old wooden scrabble tiles.

I had this gold leather fabric left over from my daughter Sam’s Halloween costume, which worked perfectly, but any kind of fabric would work.

I started by trying to figure out what words I could make from the letters I had… Kind of like a real scrabble game! I also used some “words” like Xmas and OMG, although according to my daughter, I shouldn’t be able to use them because they are not real words… But, my glue gun, my rules! 
  

I started by gluing a loop of ribbon onto the back of one of the tiles.  

Then, I glued each of the letters on the wrong side of the leather…
  

Then I cut around the tiles, being careful to cut neatly, and to not cut the loop off.
I decided to add a little drop of glue in between each letter so they wouldn’t bend backwards.  

Here is what it looks like from the back. Because I cut so close to the tiles, you can’t even see the fabric on the front, which is why I let the gold side show on the back.  
Here are the ones that I made… All ready for the holidays!  
 

I ended up using almost two whole sets of letters… I knew I could put those garage sale purchases last summer to good use! 

Did I mention that I sold my stuff at a craft sale a few weeks ago with a friend? She talked me into it, and I did my second sale today…(thanks Julie!) I’m not making enough money to quit my job yet.. I am selling the Scrabble ornaments for $4.00 each, so I am going to have to sell quite a few before I make retirement plans, but I am contributing to supporting my crafting habit! Today, along with the Scrabble ornaments, I sold couple other kinds of ornaments and t-shirt scarves. Here is what my set up looked like today… Notice I had some help!   

And, below is my set up with my friend, Julie. She makes really cool arm-knitted infinity scarves, along with apple sauce and chilli sauce. At this sale, I also sold chocolate bark, but I didn’t sell the chocolate today because today’s sale didn’t allow food so I am going to keep the chocolate for Christmas presents… 

I’m not sure what kind of crafty stuff I will have to add for the next sale… Never know what will pop into my head in the next couple weeks…lol. I’ll keep you posted though.

Thanks for reading!

 

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Medal and ribbon display!

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Medal and ribbon display!

My next project this summer has been my son’s room… He has been asking me do do it all summer, so I finally caved. He wanted a sports theme, and was really interested in picking his own paint colour, so I took him to Home Depot, and check out the paint colour her picked!     

When we first moved into the house, he was about 6, and he decided that he really wanted a Van Gogh mural on his wall…. Ok, fine, I’ll admit it was totally my idea… But he did really like it! Here is what his room looked like before we painted…. (By painting I mean, sanding, priming, sanding again, then painting two more coats of the green! That Starry Night was quite a few layers of thick paint!) 

 I even painted a lot of the swirls with glow in the dark paint, so it looked even cooler with the lights off. I’m going to miss my Van Gogh, but totally understand his wanting to change it 😦 

So, his request for a sports room wasn’t really a surprise. He has played on summer and winter soccer teams since he was 4, he has played baseball for the past 4 or 5 years, and he is now playing rep basketball. Put this together with school track and field, school basketball, and other school events, he has accumulated a few trophies, ribbons, and medals over the years. So after painting, we thought we would start with a way to display all of his awards. 

I started by buying a couple cheap curtain rods, and I found these curtain clips (I used the same type of clips for the diningroom curtains). I’ll show you a close up later…   

Here are some of his ribbons….

  

To hang the ribbons, we started by punching a hole in each ribbon. We tried it without the hole, and it worked, but they looked much flatter with the hole.  

Then, to open the clips, we just squeeze them open, and threaded them on the curtain rod.  

I bought enough hoops that we did all of the ribbons he had, plus we even have some left over for future ribbons…  I used the mounting hardware that came with the curtain rods, the hang up the rods….just two screws on each side…  

Then, we hung the rod and straightened out the ribbons.  And we hung a second curtain rod for his medals…    We were really happy with the little display. We put up shelves beside to display his trophies too…

  
The thing I like about this display is that there is room to grow. We can keep adding ribbons, trophies, and medals as the years pass by. 

Now that we have found a great way to display his accomplishments, our next project  is to make some artwork for the walls…we still need to tone down the green a little! 

Btw, I thought I would share this too… Before we painted and moved his furniture, we used this app to see what it would look like. It actually saved us some time and energy because we could move around the furniture and then see what it would look like in the 3D view. The app is called interior design… 

This is the before….

  

And the after…

Wish I could show you the 360 view!  

We adjusted the virtual furniture so it was approximately the same size as his real furniture, and we tried a few different arrangements before we found one we liked. Much easier than moving the real stuff!

Baby gifts 

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Baby gifts 

At my work right now, there are at least 6 women who are pregnant, which doesn’t sound like much, but out of a staff of 40, it is a considerable number! Plus two of my kids teachers are pregnant. So, I have been crocheting a lot, and making these cool baby photo props!  

 

The ideA of these photo props is that you take a photo with each card, at each milestone of the baby’s first year. This serves as a fantastic record to remember how much your baby has changed each month. Also, if you put them together into a frame or collage, this would make a great gift, or keepsake! 

I began by using Microsoft publisher to design each card. I made them 4″ by 6″ each. Then, once I had the design the way I liked, I took them to be printed at staples. I figured it would probably be cheaper to pay 39 cents a copy, than to pay for toner! After I printed them all out, I cut around each card, leaving about a millimetre of white showing.

 

Once I had them all cut out, I used my portable laminator to laminate them in plastic. I bought this laminator a few years ago at Walmart, and it has been worth every penny! 

 

You just have to buy the laminating pouches to go along with it. Which is why I made all of the cards 4 by 6, because the pouches come in that size, so no more cutting.

So it is just a matter of putting each card inside a pouch…

   

    

And waiting for them to go through. I tried to get a helper, but the kids were not biting. This isn’t the fastest moving laminator! I have hand drawn these before for friends, and covered them with clear shelving paper, but with so many pregnant women around, I figured I might need to speed up production a little!

So, I made cards that say, one day old, one week old, one month old, two months old…. All the way to a year old. Fourteen cards in total.

 

  

  

  

Here is a random copyright free baby I found to give you a visual…  

 And, speaking of mass production, I am so excited that I have finally set up an account on Etsy! Etsy is like eBay but for crafts only, it’s pretty amazing! I have listed an extra set of cards I made for $15.00. And I also added a few crocheted blankets I have made in the last few weeks. So if you are looking for a baby or shower gift, check out my Etsy store!

Here is the link!

  Artzcool on Etsy  

If you have never been on Etsy before, I apologize, it is just as addictive as Pinterest, but unlike pinterest, if you see an idea you love, you don’t have to make it yourself, you can just buy it! Once again, my apologies! 

Anyways, have a great rest of the weekend, I am going to go for a walk, or sit outside in the sun with a book! 

Emoji Easter eggs

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Emoji Easter eggs

Every year, I try out a new idea for Easter eggs, 😄 and I came across this one on Pinterest, (I think) and I couldn’t resist! My daughter Sam, is all over any excuse to use emojis… 😜😣😫😬😖😲😤😇 look, I even have them installed on my iPad keyboard.



Here is the original post….Link to Egg tutorial

Sam had a friend over, so when I showed them the above picture,they instantly jumped at the idea. 😛

So, we started with some paper, I had them look online to find some Emojis, and sketch out a few ideas.





Luckily, every year starting in February, I start saving eggs. Instead of cracking them, Using a skewer, I poke a hole in the top and bottom, and blow out the yolks, 😮 so i had a few eggs on hand. I figure if we are going to go to the trouble of decorating the eggs,we might as well keep them. 

The original post said to pain the eggs with acrylic paint, 😴  but we decided to simplify the idea a little, and we used food colouring to colour the eggs. The simplest way I have seen to dye eggs is to pop them into a sandwich bag, and add a few drops of food colouring, and rub around. It worked pretty well, much less mess than paint, I am sure!  😥



We had to let the eggs dry for a little bit until the food colouring was dry. 😴Then, the girls sketched their designs in pencil and traced over them in Sharpie markers…man, what can’t you do with sharpies? 👍

Anyways, here are the end results….really cute! 👏😄😋😆😊

I almost forgot to mention that they are double sided! We drew two different faces on each egg. The girls just picked the side they liked the best for the photos. 😉

Valentine’s treats- chocolate bark!

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Valentine’s treats- chocolate bark!

I know I am a little late in posting this, but better late than never! Last week, Sam’s class was doing a little Valentine’s Day gift exchange where everyone brings in a little gift, then they shuffle the gifts and randomly give them out. We were thinking about sewing or crafting something, but it’s hard to make a lot of things that would be appropriate for boys or girls. Finally we decided that food was the safest bet, because everyone likes food. And from there, it didn’t take us long to decide on chocolate.
I have made this as Christmas presents before, you really can customize your “toppings” for any holidays or occasion.
I dug through the cupboards for all of our chocolate supplies, and I ended up finding quite a stash. I found dark chocolate chips, some Hershey’s kisses, some butterscotch chips and white chocolate melts. Then, for the toppings, I found cinnamon hearts, a package of skor bits, some heart sprinkles and some red candy dipped chocolate chips.

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We melted one kind of chocolate at a time. I started melting them in pot, but then realized I needed double broiler. The chocolate heated up way too fast, then it seized, and became difficult to stir and pour. So I would strongly recommend using boiling water and putting another pot or bowl on top.

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After much deliberation of all of the different kinds of chocolate and topping combinations, we decided on four delicious combinations:
-cinnamon hearts and white chocolate
-heart shaped sprinkles and milk chocolate
-skor bits and butterscotch chips, with red and white drizzled chocolate
-dark chocolate and red candy dipped chocolate chips
The procedure is pretty simple. Once you have a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (not wax paper, parchment paper, big difference!) you basically melt, mix and pour. Here is what a few of our combinations looked like:

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Then, here’s a trick, once you have spread out the chocolate, and sprinkle your toppings on, often it is bumpy or rough looking. To get that smooth look, bang the cookie sheet on a hard surface a few times. This relaxes or settles the chocolate, gets rid of the bubbles and smooths out the surface. Here is what it looked like before and after (sorry, photos are reversed, after, then before)
Also, if you look back at the white chocolate and cinnamon hearts picture, after banging it, the cinnamon hearts settled right into the chocolate.

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After all of the chocolate was melted, stirred and the toppings added, we put the cookie sheets outside in the cold for a few minutes.

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Then, once the chocolate was nice and hard, we snapped it into bite sized pieces. The kids love this part!

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Finally, we packed it into small containers. I have a really difficult time throwing out our sushi containers because I use them all of the time for baking. They are the perfect size and shape, and they make the food look great. Turns out that we made 7 containers, so Sam gave one to her teacher, I brought a couple into work, and we had some left over for special treats and dessert a couple nights! Here is the finished product:

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Happy Valentine’s Day.
FYI – here is the link to the chocolate bark I made one christmas
christmas chocolate bark

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Easy team spirit cupcakes

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Easy team spirit cupcakes

What were we thinking? Today we had Dylan’s entire basketball team over for the afternoon… That was 13 ten and eleven year old boys running around our house!
They were going bowling first, so we were hoping that they would use up a little bit of their energy at the bowling alley! Not sure if that went the way we planned, they were bouncing off the walls (literally) by the time they got to our house 😃

I figured the best way to keep a large group of boys happy is to keep their bellies full. So we bought a bunch of snack foods, and I thought we needed something to show our team pride. So I decided on cupcakes. I have done variations of these cupcakes over the years. They are quick and easy, but look really cute! And who am I kidding, 10 and 11 year old boys are not going to stop and admire and compliment the hours I spent meticulously decorating their cupcakes, I am quite aware that there is about 10 seconds from the time they spot the cupcakes to the time where they shove them in their mouths. So I might as well do something quick and easy!

I started with baking the cupcakes. I always try to scoop out the cake mix as evenly as possible by using an ice cream scoop.

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Then, I dug up some orange candy melts, they are the chocolate disks that come in different colours.

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I melted a handful of chocolate chips in a mug of hot water. While I was waiting for the chocolate to melt, I laid out the Orange candy melts on a piece of parchment paper so the flat sides were up.

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Then, once the chocolate chips were melted, I snipped a tiny corner off of the sandwich bag, then used it as a piping bag to decorate the candy melts to look like basketballs.

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I also wrote their jersey numbers on a red candy melt. (And extras for the coaches)
Once the cupcakes were out of the oven and cooled, I evened them out by trimming off any lopsided parts with a knife. Then I piped some plain chocolate icing in a spiral pattern.

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I found some fancy silver sugar, so I added a little pinch of silver sprinkle to the top of each cupcake…

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Then, because I didn’t have the patience to wait until the chocolate had hardened a little, I decorated them while the chocolate was still wet. I would recommend you don’t follow my lead on this one… I stuck my finger in and messed up a couple, but hey, it’s not like the noticed or anything!
Anyways, they seemed to go over pretty well, they all picked their number, and it was quiet for a whole thirty seconds, so I am calling that a success!
Here is the final product…

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I am going to have to do the same for the baseball team! I would say soccer too, but I think soccer balls would be tricky, maybe I can just do their jersey numbers… At least I have a few months to think about it!
Have a great week!

Candy cane reindeer craft!

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I have been so busy getting teacher gifts ready, baking, packaging, And wrapping, that I haven’t even thought about posting any ideas, or even taking pictures! I am such a bad blogger 😦 I only remembered I forgot after all the gifts were handed out, and the kids had eaten half of the gingerbread village! Oh well, there’s always next year! I will share a couple of the smaller projects. This one we did this afternoon was a quick and easy craft that Samantha and her friend made.
All you need to make the candy cane reindeers are a couple candy canes, some yarn, googly eyes, and a pom pom for the nose.

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Here are a few pics I found online for inspiration:

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To make it easier to handle, I taped the two candy canes together with a piece of making tape before we started.

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Then, we wrapped the yarn around the candy canes until they were covered.

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I glued down the end of the yarn with my glue gun.

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Then, with the glue gun, I attached the eyes and nose. You can really change the look of the reindeer by moving the eyes and nose around, and even try using different sized googly eyes.

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I added a little bell and ribbon and glued them down as well.

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Look at how they turned out using different colours of wool. I would love to do these for the kids in my class next year!

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Hopefully I will have time to post at least a couple more ideas before our holidays are finished, but if I don’t have a chance before The 25th, have a wonderful Christmas! Hope you have lots of time to celebrate as well as relax!

Making a Mummy (actually a Mummy’s Mommy)

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Sam had the cool idea for her Halloween costume this year of being the Mommy of a mummy. She wanted to dress up like a mummy, and dress up one of her dolls too. So, we got down to some serious work the other night.
At fabricland, I bought 2 yards of the cheapest broadcloth fabric, which was I thing three dollars a yard. We ripped it into strips about an inch and a half wide. Sam loved ripping the fabric! I have to agree…. there is something theraputic about the sound and feel of ripping fabric apart. Anyways, we ripped a bunch of strips the length of the fabric.

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And we started with an old black shirt and track pants. Sorry, I forgot to take a picture before we started gluing… we were just too excited to start!

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So, as seen in the pictures, she put on the black shirt and pants before we started gluing the strips. I used a low melt glue gun and started from the bottom, and wrapped around as loose as possible. We wanted to make sure she could take everything off and on after.

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Then, we used a second piece to wrap around the opposite way. I glued a tiny blob of hot glue every few inches.

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It took a while to glue down both legs, arms and the body…

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I have to admit that I should have wrapped a little more loosely around the body. To get out of the costume, Sam needs help and it is a little like escaping from a straight jacket. So, thinking that at some point during the day she might want to sit down, I decided that it would be a lot easier to make a little skirt, rather than wrap the rest of the pants. So, we took a strip of the broadcloth, and measured the length to her knees. We folded over the top to add elastic at the top, and left the bottom raw.

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Then, we ripped slits into the bottom.

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And, we glued down a few strips on top of the skirt…

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They using a grey marker, and a couple brown markers, I antiqued or aged the bandages by drawing a bunch of lines.

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And we hot glued a bunch of spiders. I also got a short string of spider lights from the dollar store that we wove into the bandages. I think that was one of my favourite parts, plus there will be no missing her at night when she is trick or treating!

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Finally, we mummified her doll, by covering her with strips of fabric too. I didn’t want to ruin the doll, so I was careful to not actually glue the strips directly on the doll.

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And… here is the final product….

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Happy Halloween!

What to do with all of those tiny toys?

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What to do with all of those tiny toys?

After sorting out all of our toy boxes and the kids rooms, I was amazed at the pile of tiny toy pieces that we ended up with. Some of them were toy parts, some were freebees, and some I swear I have never seen before! I had them all bagged up, ready to donate, when I saw a fantastic idea!
Why can’t I make all of these little pieces into an Eye Spy game? I have these Eye Spy books at school that the kids love, so I thought, why not make a real life one? I am always looking for quiet activities for the kids at school.
Once again, my hoarding tendencies have paid off, because I have carefully washed and saved every sushi platter we have ever ordered! I had this huge party sized platter just waiting for a project like this! It even has a clear lid so the kids can’t pick off the toys.

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So I gathered up all of the little toys…

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I got out my glue gun, and started gluing! I started with the larger pieces. I had to make sure all of the toys were small enough so the lid would close.

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So after I glued all of toys down, I picked off all of the glue gun threads. I was pretty surprised how well the glue gun glue held everything down.
Then, I glued the lid down, so no little fingers are tempted to pick any of the toys off.

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Then, I took the tray to the computer and typed out a few lists of things to hunt for. When I ran out of ideas, I listed things like 4 things that start with s, and 3 yellow things.
Here is the finished product. I think the kids at school are going to love it!

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Teachers Pay Teachers!

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I discovered this website a couple months ago, and it is fantastic! Teachers Pay Teachers is a website where teachers can post lessons, posters, or worksheets they have developed, and sell them. I love it because you can list something that is one or two pages and charge $1.00. In order to begin selling, you also have to post something for free, so there are tonnes of free resources too! So, I have slowly started listing stuff (I think I have 6 or 7 things listed now), and I am really excited about it! I have been teaching now for over 15 years, and I have boxes and boxes of stuff that I could list! I just have to get around to scanning all of it, and posting it.

So, I thought I would share the link, for all of you teachers out there!

Link to Artzcool’s Store on Teachers pay Teachers

Let me know what you think!

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