Jun 10

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Are you planning your summer activities with your kids already? Here’s a fun little project they will have fun making: memory matching cards! My kids love to play Memory–my preschooler plays the official version at Grandma’s house, but we don’t have that game at home, so we decided to make our own with readymade stickers and cardstock. Such a quick and easy project!

The stickers that come with many stickers to a sheet, with repeating images are ideal, like the ones sold in the education/teacher aisle at your local dollar store. Or, buy two packages of identical stickers. Any kind of unmarked cardstock will work. The heavier, the better!

Project Materials:

  • Stickers (you must have 2 of each image), $1
  • 1-2 sheets of cardstock or heavy paper, $.50 or less
  • Paper cutter or scissors, on hand

Total cost: $1.50

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To Make:

You will need one card per sticker. Determine how many cards you will need.

Cut cards from cardstock. To cut 16 cards from one sheet of paper, cut paper in half from both directions. Cut resulting rectangles in half again in both directions. This is easiest if you have a paper cutter, but you can also do it with scissors.

Stick stickers to cards. Your child can help with this (my two year-old did a pretty good job! The images weren’t perfectly lined up on the card, but he didn’t care, and he had a ball sticking the stickers on the cards).

Note: it is best if stickers are different-looking enough to not be confusing to little ones. In other words, two different shots of the same doggie might be a little too similar! We used these stickers that all have a different baby animal on them!

Play the game!

To Play (ages 3 and up):

  1. Mix cards up.
  2. Lay all cards face-down on table (in a grid pattern).
  3. Youngest player goes first and turns two cards of her choosing over. If cards match, she takes the cards and has another turn. If cards don’t match, move to the next player.
  4. When all cards are matched, the player with the most sets of matching cards wins.

To Play Simplified Version (ages 2 and under):

  1. Limit total number of cards to 8, or four sets (you adjust for your child’s skill and interest level).
  2. Youngest player goes first and turns two cards of his choosing over. If cards match, she takes them, but does not have another turn.
  3. Next player takes a turn.
  4. When a match is made, everyone cheers.
  5. When all cards are matched, start over again.

The Not-Ready-For-Organized-Games version (younger 2s and under):

  1. Turn 4 sets of cards face up.
  2. Take turns looking at each card and trying to find its partner.
  3. Cheer when child finds a match.

Other tips:

  • You can also use these cards to play other games like Go Fish!
  • If you don’t have stickers that match, how about making your own? Print photos of your family (faces are good) on labels and stick onto cards. Avery has free label-making software that makes it super easy to print straight to labels! This would also be a fun handmade gift for a birthday boy or girl.
Apr 1

As I was making the graphic for “Make Something Cool Everyday”, my son picked up some of the alphabet pasta that I used and started to string them onto a pipe cleaner. I was so impressed that he started his own crafty project! I threaded a ribbon onto the pipe cleaner and let him use the pipe cleaner as a beading needle for the pasta. I also had some terry ponytail holders out that he strung onto his necklace. Not a bad project for a 2-1/2 year old to come up with on his own!

He loves to “do a little project.”

Feb 10

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After all the crafting I did for the holidays, I have been strangely un-inspired by Valentine’s day, even though it seems like it should be so inspiring! I have had a couple little projects in mind, but the day has almost come and gone, and no projects yet.

I did alter some Valentine’s day candy to make these cuties! They would be adorable as cupcake toppers! I love the extra pop the candy discs (Neccos) give to the conversation hearts.

To make:

Attach conversation hearts to Neccos with marshmallow creme! Use to adorn cupcakes or cookies!

Hope that sweetens up your day!

Jan 8

I love hoodies with ears. Adding ears to this baby hoodie took about two minutes, including cutting the ears out of felt. (Note: if you want these hoodies to really hold up, use wool felt instead.) Now that I know how easy it is, all the hoodies in the house might suddenly sprout ears!

To make:

Cut 2 ears out of felt. Make them wider than you want them to be when they are finished. Fold over in the center, as shown.

Pin to hood. I pinned them so that the seam on the hoodie would act as a guide for where I would sew on the hoodie.

Sew across the ears, as shown. Use the same color of thread as the ears if you have it. (I actually couldn’t find white thread, so I used the oh-so-cheery red).

Flip the ears up. Put the hoodie on your kiddie. Take pictures because they’re 10% cuter now. Bribe them with candy when they won’t pose for you.

Post about it on your blog even though the candy bribe didn’t work.

Jan 4

I’ve been swapping up a small storm to get over the post-holiday crafting doldrums. Here are some fingerless gloves I made from the arms of a felted sweater. These sewed up in about ten minutes, including the heart applique, which is awesome. Of course, I could have just made them without any sewing… but they needed to be a bit snugger. I like them! Wish I could have kept them, but I think the swap recipient was pleased.

Fingerless Gloves from Felted Sweater

To make:

  1. Stick your arm in the sleeve of a felted wool sweater and decide how long you want your gloves to be.
  2. Cut off at determined point.
  3. Cut small hole in seam of sweater for thumb hole. Either stop here, or…
  4. Embellish as desired. I actually cut my gloves open at the top so I could machine-stitch the heart applique on. When I was done with that, I stitched them back up.
  5. If you want to make fit of gloves snugger, sew a seam from the thumb hole down to the bottom of the glove. To determine this point, you can try the gloves on inside-out and then pinch the gap in the gloves together at the bottom and pin at that point.

Dec 18

These are nothing near as exciting as the chenille stem wonderment that’s going on over at Craftypod, but here are some ten second pipecleaner ornaments for you to make. Or, more probably, for your kiddos to make! This would be a great scout or classroom project. Or, these could make cute package tie-ons.

What you need:

  • Cookie Cutters
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Ribbon (optional)

To make:

Bend a pipecleaner along the edges of a cookie cutter, paying special attention to each crease and corner of the cookie cutter. When you have bent around all edges of cookie cutter, fasten ends of pipecleaner together to finish shape. Tweak the shape of the ornament, if needed.

You have to hold the pipecleaner with both hands simultaneously while doing this, but I was taking a photo

You have to hold the pipecleaner with both hands simultaneously while doing this, but I was taking a photo

If your cookie cutter’s sides are longer than one pipecleaner, you will want to start by bending two pipecleaners together (leave a loop at the top, if desired, as in the star ornament shown in the photo at the top of the page).

I think it could be cool to do a couple pipecleaners twisted together to make a sturdier frame, and then wrap some fabric or ribbon around the pipecleaners (wrap-style) to make it a little less, uh, tacky-lookin’.

Nov 16

Kids of all sizes will enjoy making a pretty fall tree art project using a tracing of their hands as a tree trunk and branches, and finger painting the fall leaves. This is a quick and simple toddler art project, but older kids will also enjoy finger painting again! Use washable paint for easy clean up.

Materials:

  • Paper
  • Crayon or marker
  • Paint

Instructions:

1. Trace the hand using a crayon or marker

2. Allow child to dip fingers in paint and smear, smudge, or dot in some fall leaves.

3. Admire!

Nov 15

My husband came up with this super easy and fun toddler sewing card project! You probably already have all the supplies you need to make this project, and it only takes a minute to put together. Your toddler will be occupied for awhile, too!

Materials:

  • Piece of construction paper or cardstock
  • Length of yarn
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Ball point pen
  • Hand towel

Instructions:

1. Place paper on towel, and poke holes in paper with pen. You can use a random pattern or a pattern that forms a picture, like a heart.

2. Make a “needle” with a short length of pipe cleaner. Bend the end of the pipe cleaner securely around the length of yarn.

3. Your toddler can use the pipe cleaner “needle” to sew through the marked holes. You will probably want to demonstrate it for him, and get him started.

That’s all there is to it! Don’t be too structured – allow your toddler to sew into whatever holes she wants to. There’s no wrong way to do this fun activity!

Nov 2

I saw tattooed soaps at Soap Queen (as designed by Johanna) and posted a tutorial for tattooing your own soap at my other blog, Dollar Store Crafts. (If you haven’t checked it out yet, you should! Don’t forget to subscribe to my RSS feeds, too!)

If you have temporary tattooed yourself or someone you love, you are fully capable of doing this, and it takes less than five minutes, from gathering the supplies up to completing the soap! Easy!

What you need:

  • A bar of soap (3 for $1 at the DS)
  • Temporary Tattoos ($1 for a bunch)
  • Wet washcloth, paper towel, or sponge

Total Cost: $2 for 3 bars (price goes down the more soap you make, though, because you can get a sheet of multiple tats at the DS)

To make (or follow your temp tattoo directions, if they are different):

  1. Unwrap soap
  2. Place tattoo sticky side down onto soap
  3. Use wettish cloth to completely dampen tattoo paper
  4. For best results, burnish tattoo (use a spoon to rub the paper, paying close attention to tattoo edges, especially if there are any little pieces of the tattoo that stick out from the body of the tattoo)
  5. Using care, apply pressure with your fingers as you slide the tattoo paper across the soap, away from the applied tattoo
Oct 31

Happy halloween! I looooove these argyle pumpkins by georgie, my love. Found via Handmade Parade. I am a fool for argyle.

Also, happy birthday to Sister Diane!