With spring finally here, and Easter and Passover right around the corner, there are lots of ways to celebrate the season with crafts and egg decorating. Some of the easiest and festive kids crafts can be found on the RED TED ART sight. There are 40 Easter crafts using eggs, pompom balls, and readily available materials. http://www.redtedart.com
When I was a kid, we died eggs by dipping them into cups of colored water. You can still do that, but now there are many other ways to decorate eggs for the holiday. You can use non-toxic water color paints to create works of art. Try paint daubers to make dots, Crayola or other non-toxic markers to draw designs. The Red TED sight has many other ideas for egg decorating. If you wish to try the Polish art of PISANKY egg dying, you can order your own kit from: http://www.chinaberry.com
I decorated this egg at a workshop on how to do PISANKY.
Here’s a unique way to give out chocolate treats for the holiday: Create egg-shaped baskets out of balloons and dazzle family and friends with your talent. Check out the how-tos for MAGIC BALLOON TREATS at: http://www.thewhoot.com.au
Happy Easter and Happy crafting!
Even though 2018 celebrates the DOG, DRAGONS are always popular symbols of the celebration. Here is a great and easy DRAGON BOOK MARK craft you can make with your kids to join the celebration.
Here is the link to the step by step video directions for this fun craft:
My daughter came across these simple – yet festive – ornaments that are perfect for even young kids to make on their own.
Shower Curtain Ring Wreaths:
- shower curtain rings
- chenille/pipe cleaner stems of assorted colors
- tacky glue
- buttons, beads, ribbons for embellishment
Step One: Using two pipe cleaner stems together, wrap around the ring to cover it as shown.
Continue until the entire ring is covered. Tuck ends of the pipe cleaner into the wreath to hold tight. Repeat as many times as you wish, making each ring different…or a matched set…your choice.
Step two: Decorate with buttons, beads, etc. Tie with ribbon or string to hang.
Here is an easy no-bake dough you can use to make holiday ornaments, beads for jewelry or magnets. The fragrance is heavenly and lasts for years…even after being stored away with other Christmas ornaments. All you need is the following: 2 C. applesauce, 2 C ground cinnamon and 2 T white glue. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl until you have a soft dough. Roll it out onto waxed paper until about 1/4 inch thick. Cut it into shapes using various cookie cutters. Use a straw or nail to poke a hole at the top if you are making ornaments. This will give you a hole for the string. Set the cut ornaments aside to dry. They will take 24-48 hours and should be turned over half way through to ensure both sides are completely dry.
After they dry, you can decorate them with glitter, sequins, etc. by brushing a layer of glue onto the front and sprinkling the decoration of choice.
CAUTION: Even though this dough smells heavenly and is made of food products, don’t eat it. It is strictly for craft use only.
When I was a kid, my sister and I spent endless hours making fancy and colorful pictures using a compass and crayons or colored pencils. We called these compass circles flowers and decorated the house with them. You and your child can create a few of these easy “flowers” just in time for Mother’s Day.
You need: a compass, a clean sheet of paper, colored pencils, crayons or markers, scissors.
Draw two circles of the desired size with the compass as shown. You will be able to make them darker later.
Now comes the fun part. Place the POINT of the compass – NOT THE PENCIL END – on the circle edge.
Move the pencil from one side of the circle to the other as shown below.
Keep repeating by moving the compass point to the new line, drawing the arc to connect with the outer line of the circle, until you connect the arcs into flower petals. Smaller Circles can be made by adjusting the compass to a smaller circumference.
You can experiment with designs….there is no right or wrong way to do this.
Color your flowers as desired.
Use as a greeting card, or as package decorations. Cut them out and mount to sticks for “flowers”. Why not give compass flowers a try?
With all the excitement and preparation that takes place BEFORE the holidays, our kids often seems to bounce around, get bored, or underfoot. If you’ve exhausted the usual “let’s decorate or bake together” options, try some of the great activities found on the BuzzFeed website:
Here is also a quick and EDIBLE Gingerbread Play Dough option that kids will love. This recipe comes from Hannah Holt at Lightbulb Books:
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup salt
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp ground cloves
1 packet unsweetened orange […]
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