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Easter bunny handprint art!

I’ve gotta say, we rocked out some pretty awesome Easter bunny art this weekend.  Thanks to Pinterest, we were inspired to make some hand print Easter bunnies, and I think they turned out great!

We used regular white craft paint, and painted her hand, minus the thumb.  This may have been her favorite part.

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We used a sponge brush to paint her hand, then a dab of pink craft paint for the ears.  Add some googly eyes and puff balls for the nose (OK, maybe THIS was the new favorite part)…

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We used a sharpie for the finishing touches, including the bunny glass slippers…

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…which turned out to be high heels.  Here’s the final product, which I adore!  Happy Easter!

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Valentine’s Day Heart Mobile <3

Emma and I were working in the art room this weekend when we decided it was past time to put up some Valentine’s Day decorations.  Looking around for a quick, pre-nap craft, I had the idea for an easy heart mobile to hang in the dining room.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Squares of pink/red/purple paper (we used pink)
  • Yarn (we used red)
  • Scissors
  • Tape

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Step 1:

Cut out your hearts.  I did this quickly, and didn’t pay much attention to uniformity.  Since you’ll be sticking two together later, I suggest you do two at a time, keeping those about the same size.

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Step 2:

Decorate those hearts!

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Step 3:  Cut your string and tape hearts!  I folded a second piece of tape together to secure the second heart.

 

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Step 4: Hang and Enjoy!  I tied the strings in a loose double knot to our hanging light fixture over the table.  Easy as pie!

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pyramid ornament/gift box

Thanks to Etsy’s awesome How-To Tuesday’s for sharing this video on how to make a pyramid gift box that doubles as an ornament.  Fun things to do with them:

  • make a GIANT one with poster paper and put a stuffed animal in it.   Lower one flap like a door for them to come in and out of.
  • Instead of leaving a plate of cookies out for Santa, fill your boxes with cookies, hang them all over the tree, and make Santa hunt for them.
  • Unconventional jewelry gift box.
  • Fill boxes with a small dessert or after dinner treat and decorate your table setting with little gifts on each plate.

Any more ideas?  Share them in the comments section below!

 

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Tents!

Who doesn’t a good tent?  Em just received an early present from Santa (thanks Stephanie!), and we’ve been spending pretty much all our time in it.  Of course, we barely fit- what with her tea set, monkeys and babies, blankets, vacuum etc.  I started thinking about it last night- how I’d love to make her some giant, cavernous tent system in her room.  Or at least an area for us to stretch out in.

I kinda love this tent featured on Design Sponge (bonus tutorial attached!)…

Something like this would be fun…

this one: http://www.flickr.com/photos/uglyisthenewpretty/4282962834/

I’m starting to see a pattern…

Maybe I’ll get to working after Christmas.  Do you have any special reading areas or tent ideas to share?  I’m ready!

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Awesome DIY books

Winter is coming- here are some awesome books to keep you busy while you hunker down indoors!  Click on the book picture to get more information.

Craft Activism: People, Ideas, and Projects From the New Community of Handmade by Joan Tapper

The Black Apple’s Paper Doll Primer: Activities and Amusements for the Curious Paper Artist by Emily Winfield Martin

Green Crafts for Children by Emma Hardy

Kid Made Modern by Todd Oldham

Recycled Crafts Box by Laura Martin