Dollar Tree Finds

The Dollar Tree store near us always seems to have something fun in the way of toys and crafts. I love going there are finding neat things for only $1.00 each! I was happy with some things I found the other day and wanted to share them with you.

Playmobil individual figures.

Playmobil is a great toy, but they aren’t the cheapest thing around, so I thought it was great to find these surprise packages with a Playmobil figure inside for just $1.00!

They come with some directions but you might have to figure out some of it by looking at the picture on the package. This is the surprise that was in my package. Pretty cool dude!

I also found a chalkboard with an easel back on it ($1) and a pack of 4 chalkboard heart tags ($1). And there were several colors of chalk writer pens ($1 each). I bought purple and white. Next time I’m there, I’m hoping to buy some more colors. 🙂

Just for fun, here’s an idea of what you can do with the chalkboard and chalk writer pens. The pens do write a fairly wide line.

Because it has the easel backing on it, you can stand it up anywhere.

When you’re ready for a new sign, simply wipe the chalkboard clean with a damp paper towel.

Do you like to shop at Dollar Tree? What are some of your favorite finds there? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

Diamond Dotz Crafting Fun

I have seen the Diamond Dotz craft kits around for a while, but I finally sat down and made one today. It was fun! (My old eyes could have used the help of a magnifying glass though! Lol) This craft is not for really young children, but maybe starting around 8 years old, depending on the child. Here is the kit that I made:

Here’s what came in the package: The special pre-printed fabric, a plastic frame, an applicator stylus, soft gripper for the stylus, a sorting tray, some wax and printed instructions.

5 colors of Diamond Dotz

After laying all the supplies out on the table, the first thing to do is push the stylus down into the wax a few times until the bottom of the stylus is full. Once this is done the first time, you will only need to get more wax occasionally.

The wax makes it so you can pick up an individual dot with the stylus and place it on the picture. Make sure the dot is curved side up against the stylus and the flat side is down when placing it on the picture. Most of the dotz in this picture are facing upside down. You can gently turn them over using the stylus.

You pick out a certain symbol on the fabric, then find which color of dotz it represents by looking at the little chart. You will place the correct color of dot on each symbol like that on the fabric. As you can see, I have just placed the 4th dot on the fabric. The fabric is sticky where the dotz are to be placed.

This picture has all of the first color of dotz in place.

All of the second color (brown) is done.

Now the yellow dotz…

Now the second color of blue.

And last, the sparkly blue ones.

Isn’t it pretty? One suggestion I’d like to make is after you are finished with one color of dotz, roll the open end of the little bag closed and put a piece of scotch tape across it to hold it closed. That way you’ll have the leftover dotz for a future project.

The instructions say you should roll a rolling pin or other round object like a glass, over the dotz to make sure they are all stuck firmly to the fabric.

Now for the framing…there actually isn’t any instructions for using the frame but here is what I did. Cut the picture part out of the fabric following the outside of the square.

Take the outside of the frame and lay it face down.

Place the cut out picture face down into the frame.

Put the back piece of the frame into the opening and move the 3 tabs so they lock into place.

And your beautiful butterfly is finished and ready to hang!

The Diamond Dotz come in different sizes of pictures and you can even make greeting cards, stickers and bracelets. I hope you’ll give them a try because I think you’ll find them fun to do! 🙂

Makit & Bakit Kit for Making a Suncatcher

The other day I mentioned we would be making a suncatcher with a Makit & Bakit kit that I bought at a Joann Fabrics store. Today’s the day! I have seen this type of kit before but I had never done one. So time to teach an old dog a new trick! 😉 Here’s how they are done:

This is what was included in the kit. The instructions were printed on the back of the cardboard.

The idea of making them is simple. First line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil.

Place the frame, flat side down, onto the foil lined cookie sheet.

Start with one color and fill an area of the frame with that color of the little plastic pieces. First I did orange.

Then the yellow…

Next came green…

And finally the blue.

The trick is getting and keeping the colors in the places you want them. It’s good to have a toothpick and a pair of tweezers handy for moving the little pieces around. And tweezers are nice for filling in the little spaces. Here’s a closer view so you can see what they look like when they are ready for the oven.

Now you preheat the oven according to the package directions. Do NOT use a microwave!! Place the cookie sheet with your suncatcher in the heated oven and follow the package directions for how long to let it bake. Mine took about 15 minutes. A word of caution: Open your windows while your suncatcher is in the oven. It will give off a plastic smell. The package says it is not harmful, but if you are sensitive to odors, you might not like this part of the process. After the plastic pieces have melted, remove the cookie sheet and let the suncatcher cool before handling. Then it should peel off the foil easily. Because of the odor, I sat my cookie sheet outside to cool and that helped a lot to dispel the odor.

And there is your suncatcher! Add a bit of string if you like to hang it up. It was a fun project but a little tedious getting the little pieces in just the right place, so this might be good for kids that are a bit older. (I accidentally dropped my tweezers on my suncatcher which made the tiny pieces go flying all over…and then I had to clean them up!) And of course, adult supervision is needed when using the oven. Let me know if you give this a try! 🙂

Beautiful Paper Easter Eggs

Let’s decorate some eggs today that are not the edible kind. 😉 There are many variations in how you can make these eggs, so read through this post and decide what supplies you’ll need. Let’s start out by drawing some egg shapes on a piece of white paper. You can draw them freehand or trace around an egg shaped cookie cutter. OR here is a link to a free page you can print out that has different templates for different sizes of eggs. (Thank-you to firstpalette.com!)

https://www.firstpalette.com/printable/easter-eggs.html

Ready? Let’s get started creating!

Here is the page from firstpalette.com that I chose to print out.

Hold your egg paper up to a window and trace the egg shapes on the back side of the paper.

Using 1″ strips of scrapbook paper, glue the strips to the front side of the egg. Allow the strips to hang over outside the lines of the egg shape.

Be careful not to cover up any of the other egg shapes on your paper. Another way to use the strips of scrapbook paper is to glue the strips horizontally across the egg.

I left 2 spaces between the strips that I colored in using markers.

Cut the 2 egg shapes off the paper away from the other eggs.

Now turn the eggs over to the backside and cut out the egg shapes using the lines you drew on the back.

And there you have 2 adorable eggs! 🙂

Go ahead and cut the rest of the egg shapes out, but leave a little extra paper around the outside edges of each shape. For the rest of the eggs we are making, we will put the glue on the FRONT side of the egg shape and then put it on the BACK side of the materials we’ll be using. Spread the glue right up to the edge of the egg shape.

For the next egg, I used a piece of origami paper.

Remember to glue the egg to the back side of the origami paper.

Use your scissors to cut out your egg, again using the line you drew on the back of the paper. Isn’t it pretty?

For egg #4 I used a piece of printed felt. Glue the egg to the back side of the felt. You can see the paper sticking out around the edges of the felt.

Go ahead and cut out your egg. You might need a pair of adult scissors to be able to cut through the felt. I love this egg because I love paisley!

For the next egg, I used a scrap piece of leftover kids’ fabric.

Reminder…glue the egg to the backside of the fabric. Position the egg on the fabric so you get the part of the picture where you want it to be on the egg.

A word of caution…the glue may leak through the fabric some so its a good idea to have some wax paper underneath of it. Cut your egg out. 🙂

Just one more egg to show you. For this egg I used yellow construction paper.

Before gluing the egg to the construction paper, I used markers to color little dots all over the paper.

Then I glued it on and cut it out.

For some extra fun, I added a pair of wiggly eyes. 🙂

Which egg is your favorite? Use your imagination and see what other supplies you might have around your house that you can use to make beautiful Easter eggs! Enjoy!

Easter Basket Stuffers at Joann Fabric Stores!

Easter is just over a week away! Are you still looking for some fun crafts for the kids to stick in their Easter baskets? Then take a look at what I found at our local Joann Fabric Store! These prices are amazing! Up to 70% off the original price! WOW!!

A Pop! Basket Glitter Art Kit and a Pop! Flower Glitter Art Kit. Remove the paper over all the stickers with the same number and sprinkle on the glitter from the little glitter packs. Regular price on each is $3.99, but I only paid $1.19 each.

A Pop! Butterfly Felt Sewing Kit and a Pop! Butterfly Melty Bead Kit. (Similar to Perler beads) Original price $3.99, on sale for $1.19 each.

A Pop! Butterfly Foam Glasses Kit and a Pop! Bunny Foam Glasses Kit. Original price $2.99 each, sale price $.89 each.

A Pop! Butterfly Foam Door Hanger Kit and a Pop! Cracked Egg Foam Kit. Originally $2.99, on sale for $.89 each.

A Pop! Felt Birdhouse kit. Regular price $5.99, on sale for $1.79! Yes, really!

A Pop! Unicorn Foam and Felt Kit and a Pop! Fairy Foam Kit. Both regularly priced at $2.47, on sale for $1.85.

Little Makers Unicorn and Mermaid Foam Mosaic Kit. Makes one of each. Regular price of $2.47, on sale for $1.85.

A Pop! 100 piece Easter Chick Puzzle. Regular price is $1.99, I got it for $.59.

I bought 1 more item that is not listed as Easter, but will work great for some fun on Easter. This adorable 101 piece puzzle also has 101 things to spot in the garden after you’ve put the puzzle together. Regular price is $6.99, it’s on sale for $4.89.

I bought all these items $21.14, plus tax! I was pretty excited! Hope this will help you find some fun things for your family’s Easter baskets!

Leprechaun Binoculars!

St. Patrick’s Day is getting close! Have you noticed someone has been causing mischief around your house? This time of year they say there are leprechauns lurking about and they like to play tricks on people. They are so quick and small that they are hard to see. But here’s a trick for you – make some leprechaun binoculars to help you look for the leprechauns!

You’ll need 2 empty toilet paper rolls or 1 empty paper towel roll (cut in half), some construction paper scissors, glue, markers, a piece of string or yarn and whatever you want to decorate with like mini pom poms or stickers, etc. First cut a piece of construction paper the length of each empty toilet paper roll and long enough to wrap around it.

Glue one end of the piece of construction paper to the empty toilet paper roll, then wrap the paper around and glue the other end.

Hold it in place a little bit till the paper stays in place.

Do the same thing for the second roll.

Glue or use double sided tape to hold the 2 rolls together so they look like a pair of binoculars. Decorate them in ways that might be appealing to a leprechaun. They seem to like green, white, black and gold or the colors of the rainbow. Here I added some mini pom poms.

I added a rainbow and a shamrock to my leprechaun binoculars. What will you add to yours?

Poke a hole at the top of the binoculars on the two outside edges. Tie one end of a piece of string or yarn to each hole so that you can wear your binoculars around your neck.

And there you are! You’re ready to go looking for leprechauns! Happy Hunting!! 🙂

Inexpensive Suncatcher Fun

It’s Monday Funday and I have a nice inexpensive craft to tell you about today. I found a cute unicorn suncatcher at Walmart the other day…only $0.97!! (My guess is that some other craft stores likely have them too.) That is the regular price, not a sale price. 🙂

One thing to note is the picture shows 4 colors on the unicorn while there are actually only 3 paints. But it looks cute anyways, so I didn’t find that to be a problem. I suggest laying out some newspaper or paper towels before letting the kiddos start painting. The paint is fairly thin but I think that is because this is a suncatcher and you want the light to be able to shine through.

There weren’t any instructions but here’s what I did: the suncatcher is smooth on one side and has ridges on the other. I painted on the side with ridges. I stirred each paint with a toothpick when I was ready to use it. I also used the toothpick to paint the really small areas. I started with the blue/teal paint.

You can paint the unicorn any way you like. I’m just showing you how I chose to do it. Next I painted with the purple paint.

And finally I used the pink paint.

Here it is against a better background.

And here it is with the light behind it.

I thought it was a rather fun project for kids for only $0.97! And there was some paint leftover. I’m pretty sure you can also buy the unpainted suncatchers at Walmart (not in a kit). So you might be able to make 2 suncatchers for $0.97! 😉

Fingerprint Heart Project

It’s almost Valentine’s Day! Are you looking for a project to keep the kids busy or to add to a Valentine’s Day party? This project is easy to do and looks amazing when you are done. You don’t need many supplies and it doesn’t take long to make it. You’ll need 2 half size pieces of construction paper, a pencil, scissors and a couple of markers or an ink pad. WASHABLE markers or ink is the best! 😉 (I’m speaking from experience and from my very colorful finger!)

Keep one piece of your paper for making the project on and the second piece you will need to cut in half.

Take one of the half pieces and fold it in half.

Draw half of a heart on the fold.

Cut out the half heart shape using your scissors.

Put the heart shape aside for another time. Open the heart stencil and lay it on top of the other sheet of paper.

Using your marker or ink pad, put ink on one of your index fingers.

Press your finger onto the paper inside the heart stencil area. (The cut out heart area.) Continue doing this step until you have either made a complete outline of your heart or you have colored the entire heart in with your fingerprints.

When you have finished the number of fingerprints you want to make, remove the stencil.

Isn’t that pretty? You can leave it this way or fill in the rest of the cut out heart area. Actually the stencil looks pretty cool too!

Here is one with the inside of the heart filled in with more fingerprints.

You can use your heart design just to hang it up and make your house look pretty or you can make it into a card to give to someone special on Valentine’s Day. Hope you had fun making your fingerprint heart! 🙂

Handmade Valentine’s Card for Kids to Make

We’re back with another idea for a Valentine card kids can make. This one involves strawberries and blueberries. Ready? Grab a piece of paper or a blank card, a pencil and colored pencils or crayons and some markers. Start with a half a sheet of paper, cardstock or construction paper.

Fold it in half to make it card-sized. On the front of the card, we’re going to draw a strawberry. Start out by drawing this shape.

Next, add some leaves and a stem.

Use your colored pencils, markers or crayons and color the strawberry. I used colored pencils.

Looking good! Now make some tiny little lines for the seeds on a strawberry. I used a black pen to draw mine.

Your strawberry is finished! Now add the words, “You are “berry” sweet!” to the front of the card.

Open the card and on the inside right hand side, let’s draw some blueberries. I drew 3 but you can draw however many you like. Start with a circle and then add 2 more circles that are partially hidden behind the first one.

Add one small circle inside each of these circles. Then add 5-6 almost triangles to the little circle.

Color the blueberries. You’re almost done! Add the words, “Have a “berry” Happy Valentine’s Day!”

Great job! Who will you give your handmade Valentine to? Remember to sign your name. I hope you’ve had fun making this “berry” nice Valentine’s Day card! 🙂

Clearance Prices on Kids’ Crafts at Michaels!

Are you always on the lookout for sale prices on things for your favorite kiddos? (Aren’t we all?) I wanted to share some great prices at Michaels craft stores for some kids’ crafts. I don’t know how long these prices will be in effect but they are available as I’m writing this post! Some items they show on sale are “in-store pickup only” but some items are available for shipping directly to you. If you want to go directly to their website instead of looking at some suggestions I have, here is the link:

https://www.michaels.com/shop-categories/kids/807060409?pmid=onclearance

Here we go! Color Zone Wooden Suncatchers Stained Glass Effect Kit. Regular price $4.99, Clearance price $1.99.

Artsi Dino Dig. Regular price $4.99, Clearance price $1.99.

Artsi Puff Paints. Regular price $4.99, Clearance price $1.99.

Sparkle Magic 3D Gemstone Mosaics Besties Kit. Regular price $4.99, Clearance price $1.99.

Color Zone Cling-Eez Perfect Pals Paint Kit. Regular price $4.99, Clearance price $1.99.

Color Zone 3D Scratch N’ Color Kit. Regular $4.99, Clearance price $1.99.

Mine 2 Design Fashion Sketchbook. Regular price $4.99, Clearance price $1.99.

Those are just a few of the cool items in the Clearance sale at Michaels craft store. Check it out for yourself and see what goodies you can find! If for some reason the link above doesn’t work, go to michaels.com and in the search box, type the word “clearance” and then click on the “Kids” tab. Happy shopping! 🙂