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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

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.

MY GREEN SIDE · Photo Friday – Crayon Hearts We spent an afternoon making crayon hearts for Little Greek goddess’s classmates for Valentine’s Day. A friend of mine suggested the craft because she knows how I love to reuse and my aversion of sugar. We were so pleased at how they turned out… they’re adorable! Here’s all the information in case we’ve inspired you to make this cute and practical Valentine’s craft: Materials Crayon pieces (Tip: dip crayon pieces in warm water to make removing the paper a lot easier)Heart-shaped metal cookie or muffin tin Scrap paperDouble-sided foam mounting tapeScissorsColored card stockMarker Instructions Heat the oven to 250°. Fill each mold with crayon pieces and bake until the crayons melt, about 10 to 15 minutes (Tip: Place a sheet pan under the crayons to catch any drips). Once they’re cool, remove the hearts from the molds and smooth any rough edges by rubbing them on a piece of scrap paper. Suggested messages: You color my world Valentine, you make my heart melt Source: Family Fun

Easy Origami Picture Frames - Micador With only a few simple folds, these origami picture frames are super easy and perfect for displaying your favourite photos or as a gift! You will need: Micador Create It Two Colour Magic Paper Glost Jumbo Paperclips Sizzle Scissors Sticky tape Step 1: Fold one of the top tips of the A4 paper inward to meet the adjacent edge so that it makes a triangle. Step 2: Using the bottom of the folded section as a guide, cut the page to make a square. Step 3: Fold the square piece of paper in half, then half again. Step 4: Fold each corner into the middle. Step 5: Now fold each corner into the fold then fold down. Step 6: Turn the piece of paper around, and fold each corner back. Step 7: Secure the back with sticky tape. Step 8: Grab a Glost Jumbo Paperclip and pull the smaller curved wire up to an angle to create a base.