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Quick Summer Crafts for Camps

I have a strong feeling about crafts for children. They are fully able to make great items if given the right tools. Kids love making things for Mom and Dad and these crafts are things that make great gifts and are easy to make.

I write craft posts for Create for Less on their blog Think Crafts. follow the links below for full tutorials.

Ribbon Keychain – I love mine and use it all the time since we made it!!!

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Ok, I love this one too – Leather Fringe Keychain

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Table Cloth Weights – PERFECT for Picnics! Plus what kid doesn't like beads?

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 Just a couple of quick and fun ideas for summer vacation. Check out all of Think Crafts Blog for more terrific ideas!

Watercolor Tree Print using Mod Podge Rocks! Stencils

Amy from Mod Podge Rocks! offered me a chance to try out the new Mod Podge Rocks! Peel and Stick Stencils. They are reusable and adhere to anything to create a great pattern. I was sent the wood grain stencil. These stencils work great using Mod Podge and glitter or sand, but I thought what about just using Gloss Mod Podge, letting it dry and then paint on a layer of watercolor.

I'm loving the painting technique paired with the Mod Podge and stencil.

I created a cute Love Tree print.

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here's how:

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First, I peeled the stencil off of the plastic back and placed it on a piece of heavy Bristol board. I pressed the edges to ensure a prefect print.

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Next, I applied a heavy coat of Gloss Mod Podge. I made sure all the areas of the stencil were covered. Then I removed the stencil while the Mod Podge was still wet.Stencil-5

While waiting for the Mod Podge to dry on the board, place the stencil back on the plastic sheet and wash all the extra Mod Podge off the stencil and out of the brush.

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The next day I painted brown watercolor paint over the dry Mod Podge, with a lot of water to create the tree look. The Mod Podge repels the color and paint is absorbed into the paper.

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Let the paint dry. Cut a cute little heart out of red paper and glue to the watercolor print. Frame it and you're done.

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Just think of all the different painting, cards and wall-hangings you can make using the entire line of Mod Podge Rocks! Peel and Stick Stencils, Gloss Mod Podge and Watercolors!!!

Mod Podge Rocks! Peel & Stick Stencils come in six different patterns and are $4 each. Find them exclusively at Michaels stores or get them here online.

 

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Accessories need Bling too!

Here is a simple way to add a little something to the everyday phone charger. I am in love with the White Dazzling Diamond sticker sheet from The Buckle Boutique. I think it was the perfect match to jazz up my otherwise boring iPhone charger. There are many colors available, so go grab your fave and make something sparkle!!!

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The Dazzling Diamond sticker sheet is an adhesive vinyl that you can cut with everyday scissors and stick to anything!!

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Start by measuring the width of your plug, then get a measurement for the wrap. Cut a piece of vinyl to wrap around the plug, remove the backing and stick. Done, so simple. You're plug is now bedazzled and it took you maybe 2 minutes! Cut smaller pieces to wrap around the ends of the cord too. How cool is that?

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Quick and Easy Kid Friendly Crafts – Kick Winter Break Boredom!

The kids are on winter break and they are driving you nuts already, right? Here are some quick and easy crafts that they can make that make a cool end product. I'm not into construction paper reindeer or paper plate snowflakes. Children can make quality items just like adults. I think this makes the kiddo proud of her project and makes the receiver actually use the gifted item, which also boosts the kid's feeling of pride in quality work.

Too many times we simplify or dumb down a project because we don't think the age group can handle it, kids are amazing little people and with a little guidance they can make amazing things!

I wrote all these posts over the last couple months for Think Crafts Blog and my little one (5 years old) has been able to help make all of them. So, kick boredom outta that house and get crafting!

Fingerprint Light Strand

Ok, this one is just plain adorable. I'm not a huge fan of finger print pictures, but this one was fun and combind her tiny prints with my mad skills of drawing a black line to connect them.

Craft time about 5 – 7 minutes. Just long enough to settle down, not overly intense.

Check the full tutorial here

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The Button Wreath

Just because Christmas is over doesn't mean you can make a wreath. These are so cute and can really help with those extra buttons dangling from your newly purchased clothing presents. The supply list is simple and it requires no tying, unless you put a bow on it. That's just practice for our Kindergartners anyways, basic shoe tying. Use the pipe cleaner to twist around itself, it couldn't get any easier!

Craft time 10 mins.

Full tutioral here

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No Sew Hand-warmers

While I'm a firm believer in teach them a skill young and they'll knew it for life, I'm not ready to embark on the adventure Kindergarten Home Ecc. quite yet. So, this No Sew project is great way to introduce fabric into her crafting skill repertoire without actually stitching her finger to it. Fabric glue will become your new best friend!!!

Craft time 15 – 20 minutes. 24 hours for the glue to dry completely.

Check out the tutorial here

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No Sew (or Knit, or Crochet) Coffee Cup Cozy

I don't really know why we love these things, but if you've tried one, I bet you liked it. On a cold day it warms your hands and is snugly soft while keeping the precious "juice of life" hot in the mug. This is another No Sew projects that takes a basic sock and turns it into a great gift.

Craft time 7 – 8 minutes, but 24 hours for the glue to set completely.

Read the full tutorial here.

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Ornament Terrarium

Now is the time – Sales are on, run to the craft store and buy those glass or plastic fill-able ornaments!!! Just because you use a Christmas ornament doesn't mean it's just for the Holidays. These terrariums are a great way to teach about a basic eco environment. Use living plants and real water to create a little world that the kids can take care of.

Craft time 20 minutes.

Find the complete tutorial here.

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Enjoy the Winter Break with your kids and CRAFT ON!!

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Summer Crafting

I've been crafting like mad this summer! Check out some of my projects that I have done over at Think Crafts Blogs.

Here is my Hot Glue Painting. I really loved making this, it makes a really cool end result and is an unconventional medium to work with in paintings.

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I have shared my Frosted "Glass" Luminaries, but if you haven't seen them here they are. They look like glass – but ther are not! Go see how to make them.

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I also did some Bleach Stamping this summer. It worked better for The Kid to use stamps than to paint with bleach.

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My daughter loves hair bows and I hate sewing, so I created No Sew Hair Bows that can be glued to clips and done in minutes!

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Since we are on the hair clip theme, check these animal head clips out. Use $1 store animals to make these cute hair clips.

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We worked on reverse painting on Shrinkable Plastic. It makes the finsihed piece like 3D.

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and last but not leasst the Faux Wood Coasters. These have been a huge hit, if you haven't checked them out yet, please do. Fun to make and use.

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The Pin It Party #14!

Hey you fabulous, amazing, beautiful bloggers! Welcome to THE 14th week of THE Pin It Party! I have to tell you, week after week you guys amaze me with the awesome posts that you link up. There are SO many blogs out there, I feel like this is our little corner of the blogosphere to share with each other and really shine. So share away! XO


p.s. Are you interested in co-hosting THE Pin It Party? It is a WHOLE lot of fun and a great way to grow your Pinterest following. Send Ellie an email for the details! 


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7. Have a FABulous day and come back next week for more Pinterest fun. XO 
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1. Follow the host and co-hosts on Pinterest.

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6. Have a FABulous day and come back next week for more Pinterest fun. XO 
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Make Mom Happy – DIY Projects that are Beautiful

Mother's Day is just around the corner! Show Mom you really care by making something awesome for her. I write craft features for Create for Less and here are some of my favs from last month.

All of these would make perfect gifts for Mom so get your craft on and make her something she will actually use instead of that horrible woven potholder. (Just kidding, my woven pot holder is one of the best in the house)

This one is for the Knitter in your life. So easy, you could turn out a couple of these in an hour. stop on over here for the complete tutorial.
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Next is the ever popular nest necklace. Hubs call them the industrial bird's nest, but I love them. Just twisted wire and gemstone beads. Easier than you think and quite elegant. I really like the one for multiple children, my lone egg looks more like an art piece then a nest, but it's still cool.

The instructions are here.

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And lastly, this adorable Gift Of Wishes. A bottle, a dandelion, a cork and string. Fantastic! See the tutorial here

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Spring Craft Tutorials!

I've been busy writing Spring craft tutorials for Think Crafts! Stop on over and get the know how on these adorable little bead animals! Check it Here

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Make a Spring time garland with these stained glass flowers. Get ready to recycle all of those broken crayons! A little Earth Day, a little Spring time! Perfect. There needs to be some parental guidence on this one bacause of the hot iron, but totally fun!

Find the instructions here.

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