#3 Easy Halloween craft Paper plate tissue paper ghost

Alright folks, here we are with #3 of our Easy Halloween craft for kids! Paper plate tissue paper ghosts. I mean is there anything a paper plate can’t do? It is a dream object for crafting that can turn into anything your little heart desires. But let’s take it easy and not go crazy with imagination, because today our paper plate will turn into a ghost head. Let’s get to it Halloween is near!

Tools For the Trade:

1. Paper plate- white preferred but you can basically use any round object, cardstock, yogurt lid, cut out a circle from a cracker box, upcycle an old CD whatever you may have on hand

2. Xacto knife or scissors

3. Glue stick

4. Tissue Paper- we used one sheet

5. Colored paper scraps for the face- we used black

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Cut out the center of your paper plate. As you can see, ours is not white but the back of the plate is, so that’s fine. Save (hoard) the external part for a future craft.

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Slather glue all over the front of your circle and smooth the top part of your tissue paper sheet around it. Secure the corners with glue on the backside as well.

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Cut out some spooky shapes for your ghost face and chop off some of the bottom to make it look ghost like. We taped string to the back and hung it on our window. Isn’t it just adorable? Perfect for the little ones. Happy Crafting!

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A Pretty Little Wall Hanging AKA Pretty up some sticks! A Things To Make With Sticks Craft

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We made some pretty little wall hangings out of felted wool balls, sticks we’ve collected, bits of string and yarn, stickers, paper bits, washi tape and a little owl charm. They were gifts Penelope was giving to her teachers and, I thought they were lovely. If you have never felted before, no worries you can purchase felted wool balls at craft stores and Etsy or use pom poms instead. Pom poms come in different sizes and you can find them in any craft aisle or craft store. Dollar stores carry them as well. I needle felt (ouch! Those needles can be painful) and had a lot of these around from garland making. I love garland making, felting the balls not so much lol! We have made a variety of things with sticks this summer so I suppose this is Post number 1: Things to make with sticks! Let’s get this show on the road:

Tools For the Trade:

1. Sticks

2. String, Embroidery Thread, Yarn– For stringing the felted balls you will need a thinner thread such as Embroidery Floss or Sewing Thread so that you can push it through a needle and then through each ball. The yarn may be used for decorative wrapping but it would be too thick for stringing.

3. Needle– We used an embroidery needle with a large eye.

4. Felted balls or pom poms

5. Embellishments of your choice. We used an Owl Charm and little bits of Washi tape, a sticker, and paper bits.

6. Glue– We used Tacky Glue

The How To:

I always start out by just laying things down on the table and letting Penelope explore. Originally she wanted the balls hanging down in strands but that soon evolved into a single curve.

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After lining the balls up she decided she liked the single curve so we went with that design.

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I threaded the needle with embroidery floss, blue was her color pick, and she went to work threading.

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Penelope wanted the owl bead hanging down the middle, so it was an opportunity for me to dust off my jewelry making tools and put in a silver bead to act as talons and use a head pin to make a hanging loop. It had been many years since I had used these supplies and it felt good to have them in my hands again.

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She wrapped the ends of the Embroidery floss onto the stick and slathered with glue. She then wrapped yarn around the stick and hung the owl. An Ice Cream sticker finished it off and our gift was complete and ready for giving.

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This is the second one we made later that evening, no owl just little bits of paper, tape, and a sticker.

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I think they are just darling! And most importantly they were made with a lot of love and thoughtfulness.

I hope you enjoyed this craft, and I hope that it inspires you to go out and pretty up some fallen sticks! Happy Crafting from our home to yours!

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Paper fish wall decor

Hello everyone! I hope you are all enjoying spring! Her in Chicago, everything is budding and blooming. The colors of spring are just so inspiring, as is spring itself, reminding us of rebirth, regrowth and new beginnings. So beautiful.

This post is part 3 of our little wall decor. We started with the paper garlands then went on to our ribbon and paper cloud craft and now we have Miss Fish, what a cutie pie!

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This is our original fish on the wall.

This craft was inspired by the book “Hooray for Fish” By Lucy Cousins . It would make a great Mother’s day gift, because it celebrates a child’s love for Mommy. On the cover is Mommy fish and little fish. We love Lucy Cousins here at home and have a number of her books. She is the author of “Maisy” series of books, which have all sorts of wonderful pulls and flaps and are just downright fun to read and explore. Our favorite is “Maisy’s Book of Things That Go” it has a surprise ending!

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I’d like to begin be saying that when you are crafting and creating with your child, you are teaching valuable math and science skills. Glue drying, is a lesson of evaporation, liquid turning into solid. Placing the circles on the fish not only uses fine motor skills, you are teaching counting, how many dots do we have on the fish? Is the total an even or an odd number? The small dot is 1/2 the size of the big dot etc. Math and science is everywhere in our lives, why not make it fun!

The tools for the trade:

1. Pencil- To draw out your fish shape

2. Scissors

3. Glue- We used a glue stick and white glue

4. Colorful paper- We used Orange for the fish body, Yellow for the spots, scraps of white and black for the eyes.

5. Glitter

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The How To:

1. First I freehand drew a fish onto our Orange sheet of paper. You….can…..do…..it! A fish is just an oval and some curvy triangles, it is not fine art.

2. I cut a circle for the eyeball out of white paper and the used the black paper scrap to make the pupil of the eye. (Anatomy! Science opportunity: )
I also made little eyelashes with the black scraps.
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3. I made the spots out of yellow paper all different sizes.

4. Before we glued everything down we took a moment to play with the paper bits. See photo above. That is me in my wheelchair shooting a basketball, or a cat, or a man with a mustache with pancakes. Just play!

5. Then we took our glue stick and my daughter put it all together.

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We made the original 2 years ago this is one we made for the blog post

6. In the end she decided to squirt white  glue on to the fish and add glitter, to represent water, so feel free to do so if you wish. Glitter makes everything magical doesn’t it?

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This is our original fish on the wall.

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And that concludes the little wall series. I hope you enjoyed these crafts. I certainly enjoyed making them with my child and then sharing them with you!

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Ribbon and Paper Clouds

Hello everyone! I hope you all found lovely ways to celebrate Earth Day yesterday. Today I am doing part two of our little wall series. This craft was originally from this mom blogger: http://www.meetthedubiens.com/2013/03/a-happy-cloud-and-rainbow-craft.html

I came across her website while searching for bento box ideas and found some lovely crafts to boot! I made a few minor changes to make it fit my personal style.

This craft is also very sentimental to me, as tomorrow marks the one year anniversary of my mother’s death. I was preparing this craft while she was in her final weeks. A music therapist from our hospice came to play music and sing at her bedside. As my daughter and I put this cloud together in the other room, we could hear “Somewhere over the rainbow” in the most beautiful, soothing voice. That song was a favorite of my mother’s, we would sing it together, she would sing it to me while I was sick, or having trouble sleeping. These little clouds on our wall are a memory of that day and of all the days she loved me so. I hope you enjoy it.

Let’s get started

Tools for the trade:

1. White paper- We used cardstock. If you do not have cardstock, you can use printer paper, old mail, the blank side of a letter, felt, cardboard painted white etc.

2. Circle punch- You can trace circles onto paper with a can and cut out with scissors.

3. Bits of colored paper- Little scraps to make the face.

4. Scissors

5. Glue stick and white glue

6. Colored Ribbon- If you do not have ribbon use thin strips of paper, left over party streamers, strips of thin fabric scraps etc.

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The how to:

1. Begin by punching out your circles, we used a 2.5 inch punch and made 9 circles.

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2. Use your glue stick to adhere the pieces together, arranging them to look like a fluffy cloud.

3. Cut out 2 little eyes and a mouth using your paper scraps and glue them onto your cloud with your glue stick.

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4. Turn the cloud over and get all of your ribbon laid out.This is where we used our white glue, slather a generous amount onto the back of your cloud and adhere your ribbon, trim ends.

5. Let dry completely

6. We made 2 versions of these. This craft is so fun to wave around in the air, that I added a colored popsicle stick for holding. During a play date with 3 girls it was so neat to see all of these flying in the winds of spring as they ran outside. They also double as masks this way.

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Just glue on a popsicle stick for holding!

7. The original we have hanging up on our wall.

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I hope you enjoyed this craft. Be sure to check out the Meet the Dubiens blog for the original post linked above and her many other wonderful crafts.

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