Fairy Garden Fun!

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I know I’ve already blogged about the fairy gardens my lovely nieces created, but I wanted to show off Marissa’s two fairy gardens and present it as a tutorial.

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The great thing about this craft (and most kid crafts) is that the supply possibilities are only as endless as your child’s imagination. In this case, get your child to think “miniature”. Wooden (or plastic) spools can turn into a table and chair set (or make up the trunk of a tree) with button plates, etc. etc. etc. I did purchase some of these supplies from Michael’s, the dollar store and Walmart’s craft section (I don’t sew haha!), but other materials were what we already had on hand. Some of the craft materials we used were:

  • crepe paper, tissue paper, scrapbook paper, flower stickers
  • cotton balls
  • wooden spools of various sizes (could be plastic), tiny wooden flower pots
  • colorful thread (for the spools)
  • Easter grass, hobby moss/grass/blossoms, hobby flowers
  • buttons (we found adorable wooden buttons)
  • paint, Mod Podge, sponge/paint brushes, paper plates/bowls (for the paint), newspaper or plastic table cloth (to protect the table)
  • polished pebbles, sea shells, hobby sand, glitter (for a fairy touch)
  • tiny accessories such as a bench, wheel barrow, wagon, frog, turtle, bakery bread, soda bottle, fence, door, mushrooms (these can get pricey so I suggest a budget or inspiring your child to make her own; Marissa made her own watermelon slices out of the rounded ends of craft sticks)
  • a cardboard “book” or shallow wooden base/tray (but your child could use a shoe box or a thick cardboard base)
  • hot glue gun, glue sticks (please supervise your younger children)

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The first fairy garden my daughter created was hidden inside a “book”. First, Marissa painted the outside of the book. She even painted the words, “fairy garden” on the spine of the book. Once the paint was dry, she chose to cover the inside-bottom with moss which she glued down. She added a picket fence around half of the border, made a table and chair set out of spools (after Mod-podging thread around the middle and gluing a fabric “cloth” over the top of the “table” spool), a bench, wheel barrow, two flower bouquets in flower pots (she created this from a bag of “blossoms” and “grass” mixed & glued together) and a turtle inside a “giant” flower.

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Marissa added a mini door on the cover for easy fairy access.

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Can’t you picture a fairy-size tea set on the table and a tiny book on the bench?

The second fairy garden my daughter created started with the wooden base I purchased for her and each of her cousins (from Michael’s). Each girl came up with a unique scene. That’s the beauty of crafting! Everyone’s creation is perfect. To see the other girls’ fairy gardens, visit this post.

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Marissa started by painting the inside-bottom of her base with brown paint (for dirt). She then added the elements she pictured in her mind, such as a little brook/stream, picnic blanket with a spread, wagon holding collected sea shells (because in a fairy forest, anything goes) and three trees built from painted wooden spools stacked & glued together, topped with painted cotton balls. She used Easter grass and hobby grass to create patches of green and her picnic “blanket” is scrapbook paper.

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If your child creates their own fairy garden, we would love to see it! Please leave us a comment with the link to the picture. Now I want to create my own fairy garden. There’s just something magical about a fairy garden and who else loves things in miniature?

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Snow Day & Fairy Gardens

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It seems northern Utah isn’t quite ready to welcome spring! We woke up to a blanket of white. These were the views from my front door and my back balcony.

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My brother and his family joined us for most of the day and that was a lot of fun. The girls spent all their time in my basement, crafting. They created adorable fairy gardens. Maybe their gardens will usher in spring!

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Each girl started off with a wooden base, which I purchased at Michael’s. They had a lot of materials to choose from, including buttons, polished pebbles, moss, wooden spools, paint, etc.

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These pictures aren’t the greatest since I only had my camera phone (I’ve loaned my actual camera to my son who loves to take pictures), and I don’t know why I took such aerial views!

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Marissa hasn’t finished her fairy garden yet, so I’ll post hers later in the week.

Little Girl Craft Party

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Yesterday afternoon, Marissa hosted a craft party for five young neighbor girls. With her help, they each created three ornaments. The first was a birthstone ornament. We used clear plastic ornaments, Epsom salt and lots of bling from Hobby Lobby and Michael’s, such as beads, sequins and buttons. Shown above is Marissa’s Garnet ornament.

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Then they decorated pine cones with glitter glue and miniature pom-poms and made their own snow globes using sticker figures of snowmen, penguins and reindeer and modeling clay.

The crowning event was decorating sugar cookies. The snowman cookies turned out super cute. We borrowed ideas for these ornaments and snowman cookies from Pinterest, although we tweaked them a bit. The snowman’s scarf is made from fruit roll ups. His hat is made from one thin Oreo and one miniature Oreo or a miniature peanut-butter cup. My kitchen was a complete disaster area afterwards, but it was worth it to see six smiling faces. 🙂

Halloween Mod Podge Fun

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No surprise here, if you follow my blog. We couldn’t let a Halloween go by without one Mod Podge craft. 🙂

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Here’s what we started out with: one cardboard pumpkin and one cardboard witch hat, one roll of textured orange paper and several sheets of black and gray printed craft paper, all purchased from Michaels. Then of course we had our Mod Podge and a foam brush. After setting up your work station, tear the paper into 2 inch strips and tear each strip into 2-3″ squares or rectangles (the size of the torn paper really doesn’t matter; just keep in mind that smaller pieces are easier to work with than bigger).

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I only took pictures of Marcus creating his pumpkin, but the process was the same for both the pumpkin and the witch hat. Since Mod Podge is both a glue and a sealant, you use it on both the surface of the object you’re covering, and over the paper (or other material) that you’re using. It dries clear.

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My kids ended up using both their brushes and their fingers, but Mod Podge is like Elmer’s glue when you clean up. It just peels off your fingers and washes off your skin with soap and water. We found it helpful to protect the table surface with plastic art mats we bought from the dollar store (or use newspaper). You will probably want to change out the surface for drying. It dries in a couple of hours.

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And here are the finished products!

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I loved the paper combination my daughter chose for her witch hat. She used four different prints. She did trim some of her pieces with scissors for a cleaner edge look.

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My son only used one textured paper for his pumpkin, plus a little bit of brown scrapbook paper for the stem. We love the look of the white edges, which is caused by tearing the paper.

Clipboard Craft

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We have found that clipboards really come in handy in our homeschool. As a not-back-to-school craft, my kids turned something plain and boring into something fun and inspiring. 🙂

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This is an easy and inexpensive craft. We found all of the supplies at the dollar store and the dollar bins at Target (even a miniature bottle of Mod Podge, although the bottle pictured here is from Walmart).

Your child will need the following items: a plain clipboard (wood or plastic), stickers of their choice (as long as they are flat; don’t use the bubble kind), a sponge brush and Mod Podge. (If you don’t have Mod Podge, use clear nail polish instead.)

First, if there is plastic covering the clipboard, make sure you remove it. Remove the stickers from their plastic packaging.

Second, let your child place the stickers anywhere and anyway they wish on the front and back of their clipboard. (Don’t worry about the front becoming a bumpy surface. Simply pad the clipboard with extra paper before using it.)

Third, once the stickers are in place, pour a small amount of Mod Podge in a paper bowl or on a paper plate.

Then, have your child dab the sponge brush in the Mod Podge and lightly paint over each sticker. The Mod Podge will dry clear. (If using clear nail polish, use the brush that comes with the polish and paint over each sticker. It will also dry clear.) With the Mod Podge, the entire surface of the clipboard may be lightly painted if your child so desires.

Make sure your child allows one side to dry before painting the other side. It won’t take long to dry.

That’s it! Now your child has a personalized clip board they’ll love using. 🙂

 

 

Crafty Kid Fun

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Marcus has been in a crafty mood lately. Here are some of his latest projects, which he made for his online class

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Marcus enjoyed recycling materials into these musical instruments. He found the instructions for the kazoo HERE.

He found the instructions for the banjo and the matchbox guitar HERE.

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He had a lot of fun making these paper cranes. I bought the origami paper at a craft store. There are lots of youtube videos showing how to make an origami crane. Here is one we like:

He also made a dreidel. He made this without instructions, using oven-bake clay, a golf-pencil and a sharpie.

You can learn about the dreidel and the game HERE.

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What crafts have your kids made lately?

Spring Paper Craft

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As I’m posting this, it happens to be snowing here! Needless to say, it doesn’t resemble spring at our house at this moment. I am crediting this craft project to my son’s online teacher as it was an assignment for his history class, tying in with his agricultural revolution studies. She called it nature paper. She has a blog called Puddle Wonderful Learning, which hasn’t been updated since the end of last summer, but still contains some fun ideas for children that you should check out.

For this craft your child will need the following supplies-

*White tissue paper  *Elmer’s glue *Water *String *Hole punch *Sponge brush *Construction paper (any color- 2 sheets) *Wax paper *Scissors *Flat leaves, blades of grass, flower petals, etc. collected from your yard. (All nature items must be able to lay flat.)

Start by folding a sheet of white tissue paper in half and cutting it to the size of an 8 & 1/2 x 11″ paper, or to the size of the construction paper if so desired. We used a regular sheet of printing paper as our template. Remember to keep the fold intact.

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Lay out some wax paper as your working surface. Open up the tissue paper (over the wax paper) and on one side of the fold only, lay out the leaves, grasses, flower petals, etc. Leave the other half of the tissue paper alone so that you can fold it over to cover the nature items.

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In a small plastic bowl, mix equal amounts of Elmer’s glue and water. Using the sponge brush, lightly dab the glue mixture all over the folded tissue paper. This will seal the nature items to the paper. If your child accidentally tears the tissue paper, just patch it with left over tissue paper. Tell your child not to brush the paper with the glue, but to sponge it on. There will be wrinkles.

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I’m not sure if I can recommend what we did next, but I’ll tell you anyway. We covered our wet paper with a layer of wax paper, and pressed on it to completely fuse the nature items to the tissue paper. Although our paper turned out ok, it was tricky to peel it off from the top layer of wax paper (the bottom layer was easy to peel off).

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Whatever you do, make sure the nature items are completely sealed into your folded tissue paper by the glue-mixture and that the whole thing is as flat as possible. Then let your paper sit somewhere safe and allow the glue to dry naturally. This may take a day or two.

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Once your textured paper is completely dry, carefully peel it away from the wax paper. If you want, turn it into a nature journal cover by hole punching it, and 2 pieces of construction paper (one for the cover, to go underneath the textured paper, and the other for the back), with blank or lined paper layered in between, tied off with string.

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We’ll have to try this again in the fall. Then it can be fall paper.