Summer has officially arrived today! And it’s come in with very warm temperatures here! One way to cool off might be to have a paper fan handy to wave in front of your face.
No electricity required so it’s good for wherever you might be. You will need a piece of paper, (I used a 12 inch square piece of scrapbook paper) scissors, glue, a piece of thin string or thread and 2 craft sticks or popsicle sticks.
If your paper has writing along the edge, trim that off first.
Fold your paper in half and crease it firmly.
Use your scissors to cut along the crease. Or if you want to, use a ruler and pencil to make a line on the crease on the backside of the paper that makes it easier to see where to cut.
Now you will make several creases in the paper that will help you fold it like an accordion. Using one piece of the cut paper at a time, fold the paper in half by bringing to 2 short ends together.
Fold it in half again in the same direction. It will look like a rectangle now. Crease firmly.
Open the paper back up one fold so you can see the middle fold.
Now fold each side in so the ends meet on the middle fold.
Open the paper all the way open now.
Next, turn the paper over. Beginning at one end, fold the front side of the paper in to meet the first crease. You will be making one fold in between each crease you already made.
Turn the paper right side up and make another fold in the other direction. This is the “accordion” part. Continue folding the paper back and forth until the entire paper has been folded into an accordion.
Repeat the folding steps with the second piece of paper.
We want to make the accordion part longer, so now you’ll need to glue the 2 pieces together.
You will have 1 piece of accordion folded paper.
Pinch it all together to firm up the folds.
Bend your fan in half to get an estimate of where the middle of the fan is.
Open the fan up again and wrap a piece of string or thread several times around the middle.
Tie a good knot and trim off the ends of the string.
Fan out the paper and glue the 2 sides together to form half of the fan.
Glue 1 craft stick to each side of the straight edges of the fan. Leave enough of the stick hanging out past the end of the paper so you have some stick to hold onto as you wave the fan.
And your fan is now ready to be used to keep you cool in the summer heat!
You can make one for yourself or make more for your friends and relatives. I hope you’ll have fun making fans and that you’ll have a wonderful summer! 🙂
Today I want to share a super simple way to make a birthday card using Washi tape. In case you’ve never heard of it, washi tape can be bought at craft stores and big box stores. It comes in many colors/patterns and in different widths. Super cool stuff! Isn’t this card cute? 😉
For this project you will need some blank cards and envelopes, a few different colors/patterns of Washi tape, scissors and some markers. You can pick whichever width of Washi tape you like and the number of different colors/patterns that you use, but I used 5 colors/patterns in about 1/4″ wide.
Begin by cutting and placing a piece of Washi tape perpendicular to the bottom front of the card.
Continue cutting and placing strips of Washi tape in a line across the front of the card with each piece right up against the previous piece of tape. I like to vary the heights of the “candles” by using different lengths of tape.
Continue adding pieces of tape until you have the number of candles you want on your card.
Using a black thin marker, draw a short line on the top of each candle for the wick part of the candle.
Next take a yellow marker and draw a tear-shaped flame on the top of each candle wick. Use an orange marker to outline each flame. I drew my flames going in different directions, but you might like to make yours all lean the same way so it looks like someone is blowing on them.
Now all that’s left to do is to add whatever message you’d like to include. For instance, you might write “Wow…that’s a LOT of candles! Happy Birthday!” You can write on the front of the card and/or put a message on the inside of the card. It’s all up to you and what you want to say to the recipient.
Super simple card to make but so cute when you’re done! If you don’t have washi tape, you could cute strips of scrapbook paper or use construction paper of different colors. Your imagination is the only limit! 🙂 Have fun!
Let’s talk about octopus today and then I’ll show you how to make one with a few craft supplies. I bet you know quite a bit about an octopus already. Like do you know how many “arms” an octopus has? Yes, eight! Wow, do you think it would be cool to have 8 arms?! Is the body of an octopus soft or hard? It’s soft, so soft in fact that they can alter their shape so that they can squeeze through small spaces. How many eyes does an octopus have? It has 2 just like we do and they have excellent eyesight! Octopus are actually quite intelligent too. How do octopus protect themselves from predators? One way is to camouflage themselves into their surroundings so its hard for their enemy to see them. Another way is by expelling “ink” which is a dark colored substance and that gives them some time to swim quickly away. Did you know that when an octopus swims, it’s “arms” extend behind them? So, what do you think? Are octopus pretty cool? I think so too! Now let’s craft an octopus! 🙂
You will need 2 pipe cleaners (or chenille stems), 1 pom-pom, 2 wiggly eyes, a pair of wire cutters or strong scissors and some glue.
To begin, use the wire cutters to cut the 2 pipe cleaners in half so you have 4 pieces.
Arrange the pipe cleaners into a star pattern like in the picture below.
Wrap 1 of the pipe cleaners once around the group to hold them all together.
Curl each end of the pipe cleaners up a little bit for the octopus’s arms.
Put some glue in the center of the pipe cleaners…
…and place the pom-pom in the center. Push it firmly down into the glue and hold it in place for a few seconds.
Glue the 2 wiggly eyes to the pom-pom and your octopus is complete!
Find a fun place to display your octopus. Hmm, do you suppose an octopus would be good at playing the piano since it has so many arms? Haha! Yes, we are just being silly now but it’s fun to think about an octopus playing a piano! 😉
I hope you had fun learning a few facts about octopus and that you will have fun making your own! 🙂
St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow! Do you decorate your house in green four-leaf clovers and shamrocks? Maybe some leprechauns and pots of gold? Here is a super simple way to make some greenery for tomorrow! All you need is a piece of green paper, a green pipe cleaner, scissors, a pencil and some tape. Start by making a square piece from the green paper.
First we will make a four-leaf clover. Fold the green square in half.
Then fold the paper in half the other direction.
Use your pencil to draw a heart shape on this little folded square. Keep the folded side at the bottom.
Use your scissors to cut on the line you just drew.
Open the paper up and you have a four-leaf clover! 🙂
Turn your four-leaf clover over and tape the pipe cleaner to the back side.
Turn the four-leaf clover right side up again and there is your finished project! Great job! You can go on to color or decorate it if you want to.
Now, using the same idea as we did for the four-leaf clover, we can make a shamrock with just a couple of cuts with the scissors. Cut on the fold lines and remove one heart shape.
There is your shamrock! Tape the pipe cleaner to the back to have a stem for your shamrock. If you would like to, you can cut on the folds where the heart shapes meet, but only cut about half way. Then the leaves on your shamrock can separate a little.
I hope you will have lots of fun making four-leaf clovers and shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day! 🙂
I found these 2 craft kits for kids at a Hobby Lobby store the other day and wanted to share them with you. While I haven’t made these kits yet, they look like a ton of fun for a really great price! These are normally priced at $2.99 (which seemed like a good price already) but were on sale for 40% off which brought their price down to only $1.79 each! 🙂
The first kit I want to share is a sand art kit. This kit comes with 6 pictures and you use sand to color them. You pull off a bit of the paper and it’s sticky underneath. You pour a little sand over the sticky part and then shake off the excess. Then you’ll move on to the next section.
On the back of the package, you can see the 6 cute designs that are included. (I’m ready to start!) 😉
The second kit is for making key chains with beads.
Each keychain kit makes 3 keychains….1 alligator, 1 snake and 1 lizard. This looks like a fun activity to me! 😉
Hobby Lobby has lots of items on sale this week that are great for Spring! Hurry on in and see what goodies you can find! 🙂
I don’t know how the weather is where you live, but we just had an ice storm last night into this morning. It’s rather pretty but it makes the sidewalks and roads quite slippery and almost impossible to stand up even on the grass! I’m getting a bit “winter weary” and am dreaming of warmer temperatures.
I decided we needed a craft today that will help us think about Spring coming! Let’s make a Spring Chick or two! 🙂
You’ll need a toilet paper roll, some paint, a paint brush, some craft feathers, glue, wiggly eyes, a small piece of orange paper and a pair of scissors. Oh and some newspaper to protect the table or countertop from the painting process. 😉
The first step is to paint the toilet paper roll in a bright cheery color. It’s up to you if you do 1 or 2 coats of paint.
I decided to paint a second toilet paper roll while I waited on the first one to dry. 😉 (I love this blue color!)
You can also cut out the chick’s beak while you wait for the paint to dry. Take your orange piece of paper…
Make a fold and cut out a triangle shape with the bottom of the triangle being on the fold.
The beak will open up like a real chick’s beak.
When your chick is dry, glue on 2 wiggly eyes.
Next, to glue on the beak, put glue only on one side of the beak.
Then stick the glued side on the chick under the wiggly eyes.
Glue on a few feathers inside the toilet paper roll on the front side.
If you want to, you can add a piece of a feather on each side for the chick’s wings.
And your Spring Chick is done! 🙂 For my blue chick, I added 3 feathers to his head but didn’t use any for wings.
Use your imagination and make your chick special!
I hope making some Spring Chicks will cheer you up and make your house brighter! Stay warm! 🙂
Learning the alphabet with 26 letters can be a bit daunting for some kids. Finding ways to make it fun can help to ease the stress or anxiety they might be feeling. Here are 2 quick ways to make it seem more like a game or a craft and help you sneak in some learning when they aren’t looking! 😉
The first way is to use some magnetic letters. I found this batch at Walmart. Your kids can play with the letters on the side of your refrigerator or try using a metal cookie sheet. The cookie sheet keeps the letter all in one easy place and means it can be taken to a chair or comfy spot for playing.
The second idea is to use some beads with letters printed on them. These come in several shapes, sizes and colors. With some string, your kids can make a bracelet while putting the letters on the string in order. Wearing the bracelet can make it fun to sing the alphabet song while moving each letter bead as that letter is sung.
Or make a slip knot in each end of the string after the letter beads have been strung and now the letters can be hung up. 🙂 Hope these 2 quick and easy ideas will bring some fun to your house while learning letters. 😊
I found this oh, so adorable little teddy bear while I was looking through Pinterest. I had to see if I could make him look as cute as the instructions showed him and I think my second try turned out pretty well. 🙂 I didn’t have ribbon that was really thin enough so my bow might look a little bit big for him, but he’s still adorable.
This would be a fun project for kids that are a little older, say maybe starting around 8-10 years old. You only need 1 pipe cleaner per bear plus a little bow and 3 seed beads and some glue. The bears are pretty little which adds to their “cuteness factor”. They fit in the palm of your hand.
Here is a link to the Pinterest page with a video that shows you how to make the teddy bears.
Or here is another one that has written instructions and pictures in case you want to see things a little slower than the video. 😉
I hope you and your kids will give these fun little bears a try!
Today I want to share with you a Christmas garland that I made using puffy stickers. It’s simple to make but does require using a hot glue gun. Regular school glue might work but I wasn’t sure it would hold the weight of the stickers so I used a glue gun.
You’ll need some ribbon in the color/design of your choice and some puffy stickers. You could use regular stickers too, but leave the backing on them for this project. Begin by picking your ribbon.
Get your stickers out and ready. I found these at Hobby Lobby for 50% off. Except for the burlap bows…those are some I had leftover from another project.
Decide how long you want your garland to be and cut the ribbon a few inches longer to allow for making a slip knot on each end for hanging.
I folded my ribbon in half and made a tiny mark on the center. I picked which sticker I wanted to be in the center of my garland. Then I put some glue on the mark.
Don’t remove the backing on the sticker. Just place it on the glue dot and hold it in place for a few seconds.
I used a ruler to measure from the center of the sticker to 4 inches in each direction. I made a small dot on the ribbon with a pen and that’s where I placed the next dot of glue from the glue gun.
I followed the same pattern on both sides of my center sticker.
Just keep marking the ribbon every 4″ and gluing on stickers until you run out of room on your ribbon.
The weight of the puffy stickers made the stickers want to lean forward when I tried to hang the garland up. So I used some of these little dot adhesives to help hold my garland to our fireplace mantel. Depending on what type of stickers you use if you will need to do this step. (The pop-adhesive dots might not work well on painted walls so be careful where you use them.)
So here you are! I think my garland is cute and I’m sure yours will be too!
I hope you will have fun making a Christmas sticker garland for your home! 🙂