Category Archives: Art and Crafts

Thankful Garland

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This may be one of my favorite Thanksgiving crafts of all time, I love that it looks pretty, is easy and it has meaning.

Thankful Garland:

What you need:
*Foam leaves
*Thread
*Sewing needle
*Permanent Marker

What to do:
*Have each person of the family write what they are thankful for on the foam leaves(how many each person writes depends on the number of people in your family and the size of garland you want)
*On one leaf write :”We are Thankful for: then leave 2 leaves blank
*Use your needle and thread to thread the leaves together starting and ending with the blank leaves and putting the I am thankful for leaf right after the first blank leaf,  in a straight line, leaving the thread loose enough for the garland to bend a little(make sure to tie off the ends)
*Hang up

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As an added bonus you can then spend time discussing the things you are thankful for and why.

Thanksgiving Magnets and a Door Hanger

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So between starting a business and being allergic to El Paso, which I am pretty much convinced of(I have been sick almost continuously since I have been here) I have been seriously slacking on my blog, and I have also been continuously promising that I will not be anymore, let’s hope this time it will actually happen and my blog will start being updated much more often.

Now since it is almost Thanksgiving I wanted to share a couple more crafts with you.

1st up is our TURKEY HAND MAGNETS

Here’s what you’ll need:

-Foam Paper
-Magnet Strips
-Glue
-Puff Balls(I know they are called something else but for the life of me I can’t think of it and googling puff balls only proved that other people apparently call them puff balls as well)

Here’s what to do:
-Trace your child’s hand print onto foam paper
-Cute it out
-Cut out a gobbler, nose and legs out of foam paper
-Glue puff balls onto the finger tips
-Glue a googly eye onto the thumb
-Glue Legs, gobbler and nose on
-Let Dry
-When it is dry turn over and glue a magnet strip to the back

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The 2nd thing is a Thanksgiving door hanger

What you need:
-Table cloth
-Paint
-Paint Brushes
-glue
-leaves or any other decorations you may want to include

What to do:
Measure the door and cut the table cloth to preferred size
Lay flat on a table or floor
Let the kids decorate with paint, leaves, or anything else
Hang on your door and enjoy
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I will be back tomorrow with one more Thanksgiving craft you don’t want to miss, so don’t forget to stop by

Turkey Thanksgiving Craft

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Turkeys

This is a pretty simple craft that is lots of fun and cute to display for thanksgiving

All you need is construction paper, feathers, glue and crayons (we got our feathers at the dollar tree)

  1. Cut 2 circles out of brown(or you could use white) construction paper)
  2. Take a piece of construction paper and glue down some feathers (no exact amount whatever you think looks good
  3. Glue your biggest circle so that the top of the circle is covering the bottom of the feathers
  4. Glue your smaller circle above the bigger one overlapping slightly
  5. cut 2 triangles out of orange construction paper and 2 gobblers out of red and glue on the head to create the face
  6. Draw on your eyes, and your legs

    Now hang your Turkeys on the wall, or fridge and enjoy!

 

Mason Jar Jack o Lantern Halloween Craft

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We did the Ghost Mason Jar Craft I posted previously last year, so this year my munchkins wanted to paint mason jars and make lanterns again and we decided to do Jack O Lanterns this time.  Still cute, a little less see through, but the munchkins love seeing them outside and in the window.

What you need:
Mason Jar
Orange paint (we used acrylic, but should have probably used glass I think it would have looked better)
Black permanent marker, or black paint
flame-less candles

What to do:
Paint the outside of your jar orange (use only 1 coat if you happen to use acrylic paint or it won’t be very see through)
Let dry
Once it is dry use your marker or paint to put a jack o lantern face on it
Drop in a flame-less candle

Viola all done!

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Halloween critters craft

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These were super fun to make and I loved that it was something different than your normal pumpkin, spider, bat, ghost, witch project 🙂

What you need:
Styrofoam cups
Paint(we used acrylic)
pipe cleaners
Googly eyes(optional, you could also use paint)
Glue
embellishments(optional)

What to do:
Paint your cup however you want your critter to look
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Allow to dry
Paint your mouth and nose on if your critter is going to have one
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Glue or paint on eyes
Stick pipe cleaners through the foam cups where you want the legs to be
Embellish your critter(optional)
We used pipe cleaners as hat edges, tails, and ears, we added gem stickers on some, you can make it as simple or as complicated as you like

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Ghost Windsock Halloween Craft

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Who’s ready for another ghost craft? I promise the next one will not involve ghosts lol, but this one is so fun and you don’t need a lot to make it so I wanted to share.

What you need:
Rectangle White Foam paper(you will want it to be a larger piece)
Black Marker
Glue(we used glue sticks)
Trash Bags(white)
Something to hang it up by(we used pipe cleaners, you could also use yarn, string ect)

What to do:
1. Cut trash bags into long strips(they do not have to be even)
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2. Apply glue along the bottom edge of the foam paper
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3. Stick the pieces of trash bag to the glue so they are hanging down length wise
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4.Draw a ghost face in the center of your white foam paper
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5.  Fold the foam paper and glue the 2 edges together(to form a sphere)

6. Add a hanger(we used pipe cleaners and put holes in the sides to attach it)

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Ghost Mason Jars Halloween craft

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This is another relatively simple craft that can be done by most ages and looks super cute inside or sitting outside with your jack o lanterns
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What you need:
Mason  Jar
White paint
Black paint or permanent marker
flame-less candle or battery operated lights

What to do:
Remove the lid from the mason jar
Paint the outside of your mason jar white and let dry
Once it is dry use black paint or a permanent marker to draw a face on (As you can see one of my munchkins wanted their ghost to be a dog)
Put the flame-less candle or lights into your jar and enjoy

I love this craft because it will last for years to come.

Glue Ghosts Halloween Craft

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This is a simple and fun Halloween Craft 

GLUE GHOSTS 

Here’s What you need:
Glue
Foam paper
googly eyes 
wax paper

Here’s what you do:
cut felt to look like bow ties and buttons 
Lay out a sheet of wax paper
Squeeze glue onto it in the shape of a ghost
add googly eyes
add bow tie and buttons
Let Dry, when it is completely dry you can pull away the wax paper and have just the ghosts

After drying the ghosts will be a little more transparent, we hung ours in a window 🙂 

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We <3 Autumn craft

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In honor of the first day of fall, I am sharing a mixed sensory, craft project using all those leaves that if you are not living where I am are falling in your yard 🙂

What you need:
Dry Leaves
construction paper
glue
fall stickers

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What to do:
crunch up your leaves
use glue to write We ❤ Autumn
Sprinkle crushed leaves over the glue, let dry then shake off any excess
Add stickers

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We ended up framing ours but didn’t get a picture of it like that

Autumn leaf crafts

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We love doing crafts and making decorations for the different seasons and holidays, and as many of you know Autumn is my favorite time of year, so of course we do lots of crafts to celebrate 🙂

The first one I am sharing is our Autumn trees.

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What you need:
Paper(I used white)
Pen or Pencil
foam leaves(I used the sticker kind so it was easier)

What to do:
Draw a tree trunk and some branches on your paper, then add leaves

Yep it is truly that simple, to mix it up a little I drew 2 different types of tree trunks and branches, 1 for each munchkin 🙂

The 2nd activity may be even easier 🙂

leaf magnets

What you need:
Large Foam Leaves
Magnets
Googly Eyes
Glitter Glue

What you do:
Glue googly eyes onto the leaves
Draw on a mouth with the glitter glue
Attach magnet to the back of the leaf

And Viola you have cute little magnets to hang on your fridge for fall 🙂