Gratitude Turkey Treat Jars

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These adorable turkey jars are fun and easy to make Thanksgiving gifts. This craft is a great way for children to practice their attitude of gratitude by writing the reasons they are grateful for the gift recipient on the turkey feathers. It makes an ideal Thanksgiving teacher gift when you have kids write things they are grateful for about their teacher or class on the feathers. Please see below for step-by-step directions, a link to a delicious recipe you can use when filling the jars and a variation of the craft that works well with younger children.

Gratitude Turkey Treat Jar

Inspiration for this craft came from here: http://www.toddlerapproved.com/2011/11/gratitude-turkey-treat-jar.html

Supplies needed:

  • Tape or glue
  • Jars with lids – We used glass jars we found on clearance at Michael’s for .99
  • Colored cardstock
  • Orange & red felt
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Googly eyes

Directions:

  1. Draw an outline of a feather onto cardstock in 5 different colors. You can make these as simple or elaborate as you desire. We did a very basic shape.
  2. Cut out the 5 feathers
  3. DSC_0191On each of the 5 feathers have your child to write a reason they are grateful for the person they will be gifting the jar to
  4. Secure the feathers to the back of the jar.  We actually used tape for this step, but I think glue would work better because the tape was getting stuck to the lid of our jar.
  5. Cut a small triangle to be used as the turkey’s nose out of the orange felt
  6. Cut a small waddle from the red felt
  7. Use glue to secure the googly eyes, felt nose and felt waddle to the front of the jar so you create the turkey’s face
  8. DSC_0225Fill the jar with a delicious treat. We used an amazingly easy and delicious 4-step recipe to make pumpkin spice popcorn to fill our jars. Click on the link below to view that recipe: http://www.wineandglue.com/2013/09/pumpkin-spice-popcorn.html

Variation of this craft for younger children:

Since younger children don’t have the ability to write reasons they are grateful onto cardstock feathers, you can make the feathers of their jar using an outline of their little hand. You need the same supplies as the ones listed above, except you omit the 5 pieces of colored cardstock and use one piece of white cardstock instead.  Also, we liked the finished look of these jars better when a smaller glass jar was used.

 Directions:

  1. Trace the outline of your child’s hand onto a piece of white cardstock. Try to have your child stretch out and separate their fingers as much as possible.
  2. TurkeyJarColoringHave your child color the handprint
  3. Glue or tape the handprint to the back of the jar
  4. Cut a small triangle to be used as the turkey’s nose out of the orange felt
  5. Cut a small waddle from the red felt
  6. Use glue to secure the googly eyes, felt nose and felt waddle to the front of the jar so you create the turkey’s face.
  7. Fill the jar with a delicious treat. We used Reese’s pieces to fill ours.photo
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Learning with Leaves – Fall Butterfly Craft

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The beginning of a new season always provides a wonderful opportunity for me to engage my daughters in discussions about change. I have found that a great way to do this is through fun and age appropriate activities that get us out in nature and talking about all the changes we see around us.

This year, as fall approached, I set out to look for a simple nature craft and came across this Fall Leaves Butterfly Craft here: http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2009/08/fall-butterfly-craft.html. I loved that this craft was easy, adorable and convenient!

Below I have laid out a supplies list and simple step-by-step instructions for completing this craft. I also have provided a few ideas for initiating conversation on the cycle of seasons and change that you could use with your child(ren) as they work to complete this craft.

 Supplies needed:

  1. Cardboard
  2. Crayons or markers
  3. Scissors
  4. Tape
  5. Fall leaves

 Directions:

  • Gather the first four supplies listed above.
  • Then set out on a nature walk to collect two to four leaves per child.DSC_1112
  • Clip the stems off the leaves and set aside.
  • It is now time to craft the butterfly. First, draw a butterfly body on your cardboard.
  • Next, have your children color in the body and add eyes and a mouth.
    • You may want to help younger children by providing them the outline for this step.DSC_0994
  • The body is now ready to be cut out.
  • Once the body is cut out you will want to have your child flip the butterfly body over and tape the leaves (wings) and stems (antennas) to the back.DSC_1119
    • If you want a double leaf layer look (like my younger daughter created) simply layer two leaves on top of each other and tape them down.
  • Your butterfly is now complete!B-ButterflyCraft

Possible discussion starters:

  • While you are outside gathering the fall leaves engage your child’s senses by asking them what they notice about the leaves, trees and weather. Some simple questions you could ask are:
    • Do you notice anything different about the leaves? If so, what? What color are the leaves? Are they all the same colors? Why do you think that is?
    • What do you notice about the amount of leaves on the trees?
    • How does it sound to jump in a pile of leaves?
    • How does the weather feel today? Does it feel warmer or cooler compared to the last few weeks?
  • Take a moment to discuss the different seasons we have. Ask them questions like:
    • What season is it right now? What are all the different seasons we have? Which one came before and after the season we are in right now?
  • Have your child consider what they think would happen if we didn’t have seasons. Ask them what they think things would be like if it was always hot and sunny…or cold and wet/snowy. Spend a few moments helping them to see the effect it would have on our earth if the seasons never changed.
  • Ask them to name other things that change. Gently point out that there are always things changing around us. Have them explain why they think it is important to experience change.FallButterflyCraft

Fun with Color – Tie Dye Shirts

TDP8Today we have a craft to share that our kids all LOVED – Tie Dyed Shirts. Tie dye shirts are a fun craft because you can select specific colors to customize the shirts any way your child desires. My kids chose a sports theme and since it is football season, they used the colors of their favorite NFL teams. Keeping with the sports idea, you could use the colors of youth sports teams your child plays on, the colors of your local high school or the colors of your alma mater so your family has something fun to wear during games. Or, if your child is not into sports, you could use their school colors, the colors that their favorite super hero wears, or simply use colors they love. What makes this fun is that the possibilities are endless.

TD3The mess factor can seem a bit intimidating with this craft, but we found ways to keep the process simple and relatively mess free. Also, since little K managed to tie dye herself while the adults were busy shooting pictures for this post, we know from experience that if the dye does happen to get all over you or a child it will wear off in just a few short days :-).

Supplies Needed:

  1. White 100% cotton T-shirt
  2. Rubber bands
  3. Rubber gloves
  4. Tie dye (we purchased ours at Michaels and would HIGHLY recommend purchasing the ones that come in the little squirt bottles)
  5. Gallon Ziploc bags

Directions:

  1. Pre-wash and dry the shirts you will be using.
  2. Prepare the dye according to the directions on the box. As mentioned above, when doing this project with children we recommend the dyes you can purchase that are powder in squirt bottles. You simply fill the bottles with water, shake them up and are ready to dye. Leave the prepared dyes out of reach of children while you prep the shirts.
  3. Lay the shirt on a flat surface, grab a big pile of rubber bands and select one of the various techniques to create the patterns your child would like on their shirt. A simple internet search will provide you with many different options, but we selected three simple techniques that our kids loved.
  • Option One – Starburst:TD16

Pinch the fabric of the shirt where you want the circle to be and pull the fabric into a cone shape. Wrap a rubber band approx. 1-2 inches below the tip of the fabric. Be sure to wrap the rubber band several times and make it very tight. Repeat this process all over the front and back of the shirt.

  • Option Two – LinesTD17

Roll your fabric up until it is a tightly wrapped thin cylinder.  Wrap rubber bands tightly around the entire shirt about 1-2 inches apart.

  • Option Three – Rainbow SpiralTD15

Select the spot on the shirt that you want to be the center of your spiral and pinch a small piece of fabric.  While holding that begin to twist the fabric around in a circle until the entire shirt is wrapped up into a flat spiral. When that is done, carefully bind the shirt with rubber bands that go all the way around and across the shirt so it ends up looking like a circle that is divided into several wedges. Make sure you bind the shirt up tightly.

  1. TD2Once the shirts are bound gather up the dyes, shirts and rubber gloves and move outside onto the grass. Using string or some other type of marker block off a small section that will be the tie-dying area (we didn’t do this and that is how we ended up with kids and moms with the bottoms of our feet beautifully tie-dyed). Have the child place their shirt in the center of the tie-dying area.

Note: If you don’t have grass to dye on, you can do this on any surface, but you will want to lay down plastic to protect the surface you are working on.

  1. Ask the child to put on rubber gloves. I would recommend that adults helping wear them as well. Leave the shirt in the center of the marked tie-dying area and have the child sit right outside the area. Hand them the bottle filled with the dye they are going to use first. For the starburst option it works best to have the rubber banded areas dyed one color and the background of the shirt a different color. For the rainbow spiral option you get a more colorful design if you use different colors in the wedges that the rubber bands created.  The same is true for the separate sections created on the line shirts. Have them continue using the bottles filled with dye until their entire shirt is covered in color.
  2. Place the wet shirts into a gallon Ziploc bag and seal them shut. Let them sit for several hours so the dye has time to set. We let ours sit overnight.TD14
  3. Remove the shirts from the bags and carefully cut off the rubber bands. Enjoy the excitement your child feels as they see how awesome their shirt turned out. This is a really fun step :-).
  4. Then launder each shirt so any excess dye is removed. I did a very small load with nothing but the tie dyed shirts in it just to be certain I did not ruin any other laundry.TDP10

For the shirts we made for the girls we added a few extra touches after the shirts had been washed and dried. Details on those variations are below:

Dress Variation:

For these we simply cut the sleeves off the shirts and using the material from the sleeves, we cut long strips of fabric that were about 1″ thick.  We used those strips to tie bows around the material between the arm and neck holes. Then we used a third strip to bring together and tie the fabric that was left between the arm holes on the back of the shirts.  In one dress we left the neckline alone and in another we cut it off. Both ideas worked well.TDP6TDP5

Tank Top Variation:

For the tank top I cut off both the sleeves right at the seam and cut off the neckline a bit below the seam line.   Using the fabric from both the sleeves and the neckline I cut approx. 1″ thick strips. I tied one of the strips around the material that remained between the neck and armholes of the shirt. I simply did a double knot to secure the fabric and then wrapped it around and around the material between the neck and arm holes. The idea is to create thin, round straps. I continued this until I got to the section that would be on the back of the shirt. When I got there I pulled both sides together to create one strap that ran down the back. When I would run out of fabric I would cut another strip and tie a knot to begin the new strip right on top of the piece I had just finished. After my straps were finished I went back and cut off any extra fabric that was showing from the knots I had tied and I twisted the fabric so the knots were on the inside of the straps and not visible. If my directions are at all unclear, here is the link to the post I viewed for inspiration on the tank top shirt idea: http://www.luluandsweetpea.com/2012/08/no-sew-diy-t-shirt-to-tank-tutorial.htmlTDP2

Friday Favorite – Glass Bowl Picture Frames

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Today’s Friday Favorite has to do with one of my true loves, family vacations. Adventuring away from home with Hector and the kids is easily one of my greatest joys in life.   Since sadly, we can’t be off on vacation all the time, I really enjoy having simple reminders of our best get-a-ways on display in our home and I thought it would be fun to share one of my favorite display ideas with you. I love these glass bowl picture frames because they are a simple, inexpensive and personalized way to get your most-loved vacation photos out and visible in your home for daily enjoyment. It honestly takes just minutes to create this adorable keepsake.

Supplies:

  • Small Glass Bowl – I purchased the ones we used at Michaels in the candle aisle for $1 each
  • Paint Pen
  • Printed Photos
  • Sand

Directions:

  1. PicBowlUsing the paint pen write on the front of the glass bowl the location and date where the photo you are going to display was taken. Be sure to keep your writing closer to the top of the bowl so it will be legible even after it is filled with some sand.
  2. Next fill the bowl about 1/3 of the way full with sand
  3. Insert your photo into the bowl while taking care to push it all the way down into the sand so it remains upright
  4. Add any small embellishments to the bowl that you desire. On this day we used a couple small rocks in one and we didn’t use anything in the other two. In the past we have used things like sticks, leaves and small shells.

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DIY Meal Planners

ChristieMealCraft3KellieMealCraft3Earlier this week we wrote about meal planning as a way to help clarify chaos in the kitchen.  After writing that post, Kellie and I had the idea that we could make meal planning more enjoyable if we had a fun way to write and display our weekly menus.  We each crafted a simple meal planner for our homes and today we are sharing our creations with you!

Christie’s Picture Frame Meal Planner

I found the inspiration for my craft on the blog My Sister’s Suitcase.  The main thing I wanted for my menu board was to have it to be dry erase.  My kids have always been obsessed with writing on dry erase boards so I figured this gave me the best odds of having the chore of writing out the plan done by someone other than me :).

Supplies:ChristieMealCraft1

  • Picture frame (any one will work as long as it has glass)
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Twine or string
  • Tape or glue
  • Scissors
  • Letter stickers

Directions:

  1. Cut a piece of paper to serve as the background for your craft.  I sized and cut mine using the glass of the frame as a stencil.
  2. Hang a piece of twine or string around the upper right-hand edge of your background paper.  Cut the piece the size you will use for your flag.  Be sure to leave just a bit extra on each end so you will be able to secure it to the backside of the paper.
  3. Take your scrapbook paper and cut the small triangles you will use for your flag.
  4. Tape or glue these triangles to your twine or string.  I used tape but I think either would work fine.ChristieMealCraft2
  5. Once your flag is complete, secure it to your background paper.  To do this, simply bend the ends of the twine or string from your flag around the edge of the scrapbook paper and secure it to the backside of the paper with tape.  If the flag is not laying exactly the way you want it too, use additional tape or glue under some of the triangles to help with the placement.
  6. Use stickers to spell out menu across the top of the paper and the days of the week down the left side of the paper.
  7. Put the scrapbook paper inside the frame, replace the glass and there you have it…your very own dry erase meal planner!!

Kellie’s Picture Frame Meal Planner

After searching images on the web for meal planning display inspiration, I came across a few versions that were made with cookie sheets and magnets.  I loved how that looked so I created my own customized version to match my home decor.  I also really liked that this style of planner would allow my daughters to get involved in the weekly meal plan since they could easily help change the meal options under the magnets each week.

Supplies:

  • Cookie Sheet KellieMealCraft1
  • 12″ by 12″ Scrapbook paper
  • 8.5″ by 11″ paper
  • One 3” by 4” paper bag
  • Lined paper (I used a lined notepad I found for $1 at Michaels)
  • Scissors and/or paper cutter
  • Tape
  • Letter stickers
  • Circular magnets
  • Marker

Directions:

  1. Cut the 12″ by 12″ scrapbook paper to fully cover the back of your baking sheet.  Secure it to the baking sheet with tape.
  2. Tape the 8.5” by 11” paper on top of the background paper.
  3. Next, cut out the triangles to create the flag look for the top of your board. Tape them down across the top of the baking sheet.
  4. Place your letter stickers spelling “MENU” onto the flag shaped paper.
  5. Get the circular magnets and attach your letter stickers for the days of the week right on top of the magnets.KellieMealCraft2
  6. Cut the lined paper to create the small sheets you will write your menu items on (I cut about 40 so I had plenty of blank ones to add menu items on over the coming weeks) and begin writing some of your favorite meals.
  7. Next, display your meals for the week by using the magnets to secure the sheets of paper with meals written on them down the left side of the baking sheet.
  8. Now grab your small envelope and tape it wherever you desire.
  9. Using stickers or marker label the envelope with “Menu Items”.
  10. Load up your menu items envelope with the rest of the cut lined paper.
  11. Use stickers or markers to add any additional personal touches you desire.
  12. Now grab your marker and lay it on the bottom of your pan and congrats!…You are ready to display your handmade menu planning board.  I displayed mine on my kitchen counter using a picture frame stand.

Happy Crafting!

Craft Fun in the Summer Sun: Acrylic Sun Prints

KidsCraft1Hi Everyone! After our recent post highlighting the effects of praise on children, we thought it would be neat to share an activity that would be both fun for families and an opportunity for parents to practice effort based, non-evaluative praise :-). The acrylic based sun prints we are sharing here are both these things!

I originally found this craft on the Craftiments blog. When I saw it I knew my girls would enjoy this because it combined their love for collecting nature items with their affection for being outside in the summer sunshine. I shared the craft with my sister and she decided to try it with her own children. Her family chose to make sports themed sun prints and she provides their variation of the craft below as well.

Supplies needed:

  • White 100% cotton fabric (Note: You can purchase this at a craft store, or you can cut up a worn out t-shirt you have at home)
  • Measuring stick
  • Fabric pen
  • Acrylic craft paints (darker colors work best)
  • Paint brushes
  • Water
  • Spray bottle
  • A tarp or plastic bag
  • Any item that lays flat, i.e. nature items (flowers, rocks, leaves), cut-outs, foam shapes, etc.

Craft1Directions:

  1. Gather all the supplies listed above
  2. Use your measuring stick and pen to outline a large square on the cotton fabric (Mine measured 11×14)
  3. Cut out the square along the lines drawn on the fabric
  4. Lay out a tarp or plastic trash bag to protect your driveway or patio
  5. Select the paint colors you will use and thin them about 1:1 with water
  6. Completely wet your fabric
  7. Squeeze it out just enough so it remains very damp, but no longer drips
  8. Lay your wet fabric flat on the tarp or plastic bag
  9. Let the painting begincraft3craft6
  10. Immediately after painting, press your items on the fabric gently. Press the edges as flat as possible to get a sharp image of your item.
  11. Let the fabric dry completely in direct sunlight (ours took 4 hours to dry)
  12. Once dry, begin the fun part, the peel and reveal of the itemscraft8craft7
  13. Heat set the paint by putting your dried prints in the dryer at high temperature for 45 minutes
  14. Now you can wash them if you desire to soften them up
  15. Display them however you choose

craft15Sports-Themed Variation of the craft: For the version of the craft my children did, the only thing that differs from the above is instead of pressing nature items into the wet fabric, we prepared letters that spelled the names of their favorite football teams and used those instead. We used stencils to trace the letters onto black light-weight poster board and then carefully cut them out. We placed light-weight wood star shapes that we purchased at the craft store on our prints as well. One thing to note is that you can buy pre-made wood letters pretty inexpensively at the craft store and use those in place of the poster board letters. It will save you the effort of cutting out the letters, but add a bit of additional expense.craft12 A few things to keep in mind:

  • Try to avoid doing this on a windy day as the items may blow away
  • If the paint begins to dry before you put the items on, use your spray bottle to mist the fabriccraft9

If you would like to be prepared when questions on how this works begin, here is a brief summary of the process. The water rapidly evaporates from the surface of the fabric that is exposed to the sunlight. The areas that have been covered by leaves, flowers, poster board letters, etc. are protected from evaporation, so it is wetter under the items than it is on the exposed fabric. This causes the water to slowly spread from under the covered fabric to the drier exposed fabric. When this happens, the paint pigments under the items are pulled out along with the water.  craft10craft14

DIY Clipboard Frames

Inspirational quotes and sayings make me very happy.  I enjoy reading them, I love to share them with my family and I am very excited to distribute them to our Clarified Chaos readers.   It was this excitement that lead me to select these DIY clipboard frames as our first DIY Saturday post because they are an inexpensive, attractive and simple way to display your favorite inspirations in your own home. I first saw this project on the blog, Love Grows Wild.  The post on these frames is provided here: http://lovegrowswild.com/2013/08/diy-photo-clipboards/.  My slightly simplified version of this craft is explained below. Clipboard3 Supplies:

  • 11.5” x 13.5” piece of wood – Mine was from Home Depot. I bought a larger piece of wood and had it cut it into 3 pieces this size at the store.
  • Sandpaper – I used medium grain
  • Wood stain – I used Miniwax wood finish in Dark Walnut
  • Rag or paintbrush for applying wood stain
  • Small sawtooth hangers
  • Hammer
  • Hinge Clips – I found mine in the clearance section at Michaels, but they are available here: http://www.amazon.com/Idea-ology-Antique-Nickel-Finish-TH92692/dp/B001F6TDEW 
  • Super glue

Directions:

  1. Sand down the corners and edges of your board with sandpaper to give them a slightly rounded appearanceclipboard1
  2.  Wipe off wood to remove all dust
  3.  Stain wood according to directions provided on wood finish container
  4.  Allow stained wood to dry
  5. Once dry, turn wood over and attach one small sawtooth hanger. We used both a tape measure and level to get it straight.
  6. Flip wood back over and place the hinge clips on the frame base. I feel you need to decide your own measurements based on the size of your clips. Mine are spaced approx .5” from the top and 1.75” from the sides of the frame. Use a tape measure to help get the clips spaced correctly.
  7.  Attach the hinge clips with super glue and allow sufficient time to dry
  8. Print out a Wellbeing Wednesday quotation from Clarified Chaos: Weds Quote or you could also use any other inspiration you like or even a photograph that you have printed as an 8×10. Attach to the frame using the hinge clips.

Variation of this project for children: My 10 year old daughter did this craft with me and she wanted to decorate her frame in a way that would match the decor in her room.  All items are the same in this version as the version I did, except you use acrylic paint in place of the wood stain. My daughter chose a bright purple paint and after allowing the paint to dry overnight, she used a hot pink paint pen to decorate all the edges of the frame with pink polka dots. We both love how it turned out and had fun picking a quote together to display in her room. Clipboard2

Happy Fourth of July!!

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY EVERYONE!! It seems so fitting that our very first Friday Favorites post would fall on a holiday. In our family holidays are one of our absolute favorite things.  The main reason Kellie and I enjoy holidays is because they give us a great opportunity to establish family traditions and we enjoy the familiarity of returning to them no matter what else is going on in our busy lives.  Some of our most lasting memories of the people we love stem from our family traditions.  Holidays also provide us with a wonderful opportunity to discuss values with our children, and they often afford us a chance to flex our creative muscles.  Here are handful of our favorite ways to celebrate on the Fourth!!

Quotation Conversation Starter

On the morning of a holiday, I often print out and hang up a quote that I can use to start a conversation about the holiday with my kids. This year I am going to use this one that Kellie made for me: 4th of July Kids Printable

Click here for your own copy to print: 4th of July Kids Printable

Possible conversation starters are:

  • A discussion of what our flag stands for
  • A review of the significance of the stars and stripes
  • Have a dialogue about what it means to be a part of one nation
  • A short brain-storming session on age-appropriate ways your family can contribute to our country. Possible ideas are; writing a letter to a solider, cleaning up a local park or beach or having a family history lesson

Printable Activities

Another thing we often do on holidays is print out a few activity sheets for the kids to do at some point during the day. We typically pull them out at the point that our hands are the most full (often during meal prep time). Kidsactivitiesblog.com is a site that we have found with great options. The link below will take you right to some fun sheets you can use: http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/54263/4th-of-july-free-activity-printables. We also like to find activities that make fun keepsakes. Here is an example of one we created:4th of July Poem-1 And here is a link to a blank version of the above image for you to print: Freedom Worksheet for Kids

Themed Treats

We enjoy celebrating with a themed treat! Scroll down for a post on a festive treat that Kellie made.

Reusable Decorations

We like making a craft with our children each holiday. We are fond of choosing projects that can be re-used year after year as decorations. Below we have posted age-appropriate crafts we did with our children this year that doubled as decorations. Thank you for letting us share this short round-up of our favorite ways to celebrate the Fourth!

 

Patriotic Candle Holders Craft

These patriotic candle holders are a great craft to do with your family to get into the holiday spirit.  My kids really enjoyed making them and I am very excited that they turned out so pretty.  They are a colorful and fun addition to our patriotic decorations.DSCN4701My inspiration for this craft came from Ashley over at www.crunchyfrugalista.com.  I used her basic idea and revised just a few small things to make the craft our own. To begin this craft you need the following:DSCN4654

  •             Construction or scrapbook papers in red/white/blue
  •             Star hole punch
  •             Red and blue tinted Mod Podge
  •             Glass votive holders
  •             Paint brush

Notes on Supplies – I found all our supplies at Michaels. You could pick votives that all match, but each of my kids wanted theirs to be “their own” so they each picked two votives that matched, but all three sets had a different style. The square votives were the easiest to use. The round ones worked fine, you just need to work a bit harder to get the stars to stick.   If you are doing this craft with younger children I would recommend the square votives. Directions:

  1.  Using the paper punch, let each child punch a small pile of stars in different colors and patternsCandle3
  2.  Take two disposable cups and fill one with a small amount of red Mod Podge and the other with a small amount of blue
  3.  While holding a star on the votive use a paintbrush dipped in one of the Mod Podge colors to secure the star to the outside of the votive
  4. Continue placing stars on all sides of the votive in any arrangement you chooseCandle2
  5.  Once you have placed and secured all stars, coat the entire outside of the votive in Mod Podge.  You could coat the inside as well, though my children opted not to and they still turned out great.
  6.  Repeat the entire process using the other color Mod Podge
  7.  Allow to dry completely
  8.  Add a tea light candle and enjoy!Candle1

 

Handprint Flag Craft

Looking for a simple craft to do with your kids this 4th of July? Here is an easy and fun handprint flag for you! IMG_5220IMG_5218   Supplies Needed:

  • 5×7 size construction paper
  • Red/white/blue washable paint
  • Small paintbrushes
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon
  • Star stickers
  • Large craft sticks
  • Double sided tape or glue (whichever you prefer)
  • Bowl of water for rinsing
  • Newspaper

 Directions:

  1. Lay out newspapers over the surface you will be doing the activity on to make cleanup easier
  2. Set out the paper, hole punch, ribbon, star stickers, paint, paintbrushes, and bowl filled with water
  3. Punch a small hole in the upper left hand corner of the flag
  4. Dip paintbrush in blue paint and paint the palm of your child’s hand
  5. Dip another paintbrush in white paint and paint every other finger white
  6. Dip another paintbrush in red paint and paint remaining fingers
  7. Assist child as they place their painted hand onto their paper: (Note – To make it look like a flag the handprint should be rotated so the blue palm is in the upper left hand corner…but as parents, sometimes we know kids craft with their own idea of how something should go, so my daughters’ flags are flying a little differently this year)
  8. Press down firmly on child’s palm and each finger to ensure the handprint shows up
  9. Have child pull their hand straight up so the paint doesn’t smear
  10. Allow the handprint to dry
  11. Once dry, pull ribbon colors of choice through the hole you punched on the flag and tie one small knot
  12. Have the child decorate the blue section of the flag with small star stickers
  13. Glue or tape the craft stick to the backside left edge of the paperIMG_5212IMG_5210IMG_5211IMG_5215

You now have both a festive flag for your child to enjoy waving around on the 4th and a keepsake decoration to display in years to come!IMG_5217