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i saw this craft after the years of different butterfly punch art and i was finally ready. i had pictures of annie painting the paper but they have disappeared. the first step is to watercolor paint on paper.paint all over with pattern or with out....less water makes for brighter colored paint.and let it dry. then punch out as many butterflies as you can. i bought this martha stewart butterfly punch at joann's.they are not cheap but it was on sale and they do have 40% off coupons quite often.and THAT punch is really cool.VERY easy to use! we used 10x10 canvases also from joann's....i wished i had bigger 20 x 20 would have been great! the girls painted them with acrylic paint. it was fine to have the streaks in the paint....i liked it. when the paint was dry they plugged in their glue guns and got to work with a pile of colorful butterflies.we bent them in the middle and put a tiny dot of hot glue in the center of the back of the butterfly. i hope that works. Related:  Programming - Kids

life in general: yarn bowls Okay, here's how it goes. It's super easy and just a little bit messy. ;) Supplies: yarn + glue + bowl Prep: Cover a bowl with plastic wrap. Or use a balloon as your form. (I think these look pretty.) Method: Dip yarn into glue. *Once the bowls were constructed I considered brushing on some liquid starch (just to help stiffen the yarn) but I didn't get around to it. The kids had a fun time with this project. The other two needed help from time to time. The other one loved the project, repeatedly complimented everyone's "awesome" bowls, and made a good effort until she ran out of steam and I finished the bowl. Bottom line . . . it kept them busy for an hour, yes there was lots of hand-washing and wiping but the mess was contained to 1/2 of the dining table (not too bad), and they all ended with a project they were proud of.

Paper Plate Yarn Weaving - Sewing Hearts This paper plate yarn weaving activity combines an easy Valentines Day craft with a beginner sewing project! It’s great for fine motor development, and the results are so pretty! Not long ago, we did this paper plate yarn art project, and I was amazed by how lovely two simple supplies (yarn and a paper plate) could look. We’ve put the two materials together again today for this paper plate yarn weaving activity, and once more the results are beautiful! Because many people use the words “weaving” and “sewing” interchangeably with a project like this, I’ve use both words in this post. I love that this simple weaving project offers a variety of skill-development. That’s great! The idea for our weaving project came about the other day when I mentioned that my son had ripped his pyjamas, and that I had sewn the hole closed by hand. One of the hooligans asked what I meant, and I explained that I’d used a needle and thread to sew the pyjamas back together. Ahhh, I thought!

DIY Pendant Lamps | Glitter Weddings I was awesome at papier-mâché. When it came time in Geography to create our own papier-mâché globe, those 5th graders had nothing on me. I would sit for hours, hands covered in school glue, concentrating at an intense level for a ten-year-old. It’s been a few years, but something tells me I’ve still got it. These DIY Pendant Lamps are essentially papier-mâché for grownups. The two projects today employ hemp and lace doilies as the papier-mâché craft of choice, along with a balloon and glue; but all this talk of fifth grade makes me want to glue macaroni. We’re still in the honeymoon phase of marriage, the phase where your husband still thinks everything that you do is beyond cute (eh, usually), so I’m thinking he will LOVE a macaroni lamp. Directions for these fun-tastic projects here and here. Via Glitter & Pearls // DIY Lace Lamp Via Urban Taster // Hemp Pendant Lamps Via Craft Nest

Baby Shower Poems Whether you're one of the expectant parents or simply a shower guest who'd like to help make the day just a little more special, baby shower poems can help you express many sentiments about the little one on the way. Read some original poems and get ideas on ways to incorporate them into the celebration. A Collection of Baby Shower Poems The following poems could be nice to read or include in a speech at a baby shower. A Bundle of Love A bundle in pink, A bundle in blue, A bundle of love Is coming to you. Treat it with kindness, Treat it with care, Always be gentle, and Great love you two will share. Babies Are Like Flowers Babies are like flowers... Give them a rich foundation so they grow strong roots. We Can't Wait to Meet You We can't wait to meet you So we're gathered here today, To shower you with presents That you're going to need someday. Until the day that you arrive And we all get to see you, We'll give your mom the support she needs And eagerly wait to greet you. A Note to Mr.

Capture the Details: Easter egg craft - suncatchers! The kids and I made some pretty Easter egg decorations for our sliding glass door. They are super easy to make, too! You will need: crayons in pretty colors, a crayon sharpener (usually built in to the larger crayon boxes), wax paper, invisible thread, a small hole punch, an iron and old towels. I chose bright 'girly' colors for my eggs and so did Sarah. Ben chose darker 'boy' colors. Start by peeling the back end of a crayon and sharpening it onto a piece of wax paper that is on top of old towels (the crayon wax can seep through the wax paper). Let the shavings fall evenly. When you are happy with your shavings piles place a second sheet of wax paper over the top and another old towel over that. Let the paper cool - it won't take long - and then hold it up to the light to inspect your work! Create an egg template from heavy cardstock and trace the shape onto the wax paper. Here is my pile - Benny and I held them up to the light... Some close-ups..... Happy Spring!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Paper Lanterns (with LED lights) Paper lanterns everywhere. These non-flammable, simply beautiful, versatile, paper lights, have been a staple in our summer entertaining --- scattered on dinner tables, added to picnic blankets, strung across the patio; they're even a excellent kid's craft: the kids have made night lights for their rooms. After making "night lights" for Grayson's camping birthday, I just couldn't stop. My personal current favorite are the ones made of news print. Paper: regular, transparent, news print, etc. HOW TO: 1. 3. Supplies: Sheet metal (craft store) or use recycled metal, as we did. They gave me large metal sheets which are used in 4 color printing. As a final touch, we thread wire through the top of the lights so that these could hang, as well.

Small beginnings {Part 1} - making space Hello, my name is Joan. For a while I will be blogging in this section of the Pretty Blog. This is Part 1 of Small beginnings. Visit regularly for more in this series of topics around small space living and starting out. My husband moved in with me just after we got married and in the flicker of an eyelash my living space was halved! Here is some clever storage inspiration that I’ve come across which may help to make space for your other half. Tip no.1: Up-cycle vintage items or hand-me-downs into clever storage spaces: Image left: Suitcase drawers designed by James Plumb; Image right: Old suitcase turned into a bathroom cabinet Image left: Old drawers can do wonders for hiding modern-day admin or accessories; Image top right: Steel cabinet drawers in the kitchen ideal for big utensils; Image bottom right: Vintage architectural drawers adds character to almost any space (bottom right). Image left and right: Use old fruit or wine crates to make a beautiful wall unit.

Proof of benefits of reading to children Photo: Phil Carrick MELBOURNE researchers have proven what parents have intuitively known all along - the more often you read to your children from an early age, the greater the positive effect on their reading and thinking skills. The Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research has not only proven a causal effect between the frequency of reading to a child and his or her development, but have also for the first time measured the benefits. Children four to five years old who are read to three to five times a week have the same reading ability as children six months older (who are read to only twice or less a week). Reading to children six to seven days a week puts them almost a year ahead of those who are not being read to. It was also found that reading to small children has a positive effect on the development of numeracy skills. Advertisement ''We worked with children representing a whole range of families, from all different backgrounds and economic circumstances.