pipe cleaner glasses.

PIPECLEANER.jpgSo not the most complex of crafts, but my kid was pretty stoked to make and wear some pipe cleaner glasses. We even made a matching pair for his favorite stuffed piggie.

A good diagram and instructions are here

Take 1 pipe cleaner and wrap one end around in a circle.
Then wrap the other end around in a circle leaving a space in the middle between the 2 circles.
Take another pipe cleaner and cut it in half.
Wrap one piece around each of the circles. And there you have it – glasses!

pipe cleaner snakes.

SNAKESMy husband came home with a random pile of pipe cleaners and Milo was all about making something with them. We scoured through pinterest and landed on making snakes out of pony beads and pipe cleaners. A simple craft, but one that my 7 year old can do almost completely on his own, so he felt accomplished. He made five total, and has plans to give them to his friends. I helped with the glueing of the eyes, since we used hot glue for that.

Pipe cleaners
pony beads
googly eyes
hot glue

Fold the end of the pipe cleaner over a bit to make the head. Put beads on the pipe cleaner until reach the end, but leaving about an inch or so to fold back into the beads to close up. Hot glue the eyes onto the head.  easy peasy!

drum.

DRUM

Milo found this tutorial to make a drum in one of his books he was reading for school. We finished a can of oatmeal this weekend, so the timing was right! It came together in no time and he felt accomplished after we created it together. Best of all, we had everything we needed on hand in the house.

Oatmeal container
2 balloons
2 rubber bands
construction paper
scissors
tape
crayons, markers, paint, glue
2 pencils

First, take the lid off your oatmeal and cut the bottom out of the other side.  So now your oatmeal can has an open top and bottom.

Fit the piece of construction paper around the drum, and tape into place. Decorate as you wish gluing other construction paper to it, or using crayons or markers.

Cut the long part of the ballon off and stretch over the top and bottom of the oatmeal can as tightly as you can. Use the rubber bands to secure into place.

Use the eraser part of the pencil to hit the drum.

 

pipe cleaner ninjas.

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I found this post on pinterest and knew that as soon as milo saw it he was going to be ALL about making these. The fun thing was, after we figured out how to do the first one, he was able to make the second one almost all by himself. So they are really easy for kids to complete. He needed two, so that they can have a battle.  He wants to make one in every color!

Heres what you need:

  • Pipe cleaners
  • Colored drinking straws
  • Plastic pony beads
  • Wooden beads for the heads
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Sharpies or markers

here are the steps, but i definitely reccomend checking out the original post for photos of how to do it!

1.  Twist 3 pipe cleaners together in the middle so they are kind of like a star shape. Make sure that you do at least a couple of complete twists, or the pipe cleaners won’t stay together.

2. Slide 3 pony beads over both of the legs together.

3. Cut a drinking straw into 8 1″ segments.  Slide two segments onto each arm.  Slide two segments onto each leg with a pony bead in the middle of the leg segments.

4.  Twist the extra pipe cleaner into hands and feet.  For the hands, I made one loop for the “hand” and a smaller loop for a thumb.  Then I wrapped the excess around the wrist to help keep the straws from sliding off.  For the feet, I just made one loop and then wrapped the excess around the ankle.

Step 5:  Draw a face on a wooden bead and slide it over the top two pipe cleaners. Twist the two pipe cleaners a few times, cutting it off, and putting a little Tacky Glue on the pipe cleaner ends to keep them from untwisting.

beaded suncatcher.

suncatcher

My mother-in-law recently unloaded a lot of random craft supplies on us, and in there we found a BIG tub of various beads. One evening a friend and I started stringing them and came up with the idea to make these little suncatchers.

What you need:
Fishing wire
Scissors
beads
Small plastic bracelet or top of a mason jar lid
string or twine

String beads on the fishing line and make a bunch of strings of beads.
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When you are finished, tie them along the perimiter of the bracelet and cut loose threads. Tie string or twine to the top for hanging. Hang it and marvel at the lovely colors as the sun hits them.

homeade wedding gift.

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My good friend got married this past weekend and milo made her this watercolor painting as a gift. We put it in a vintage frame and wrapped it up. I drew a heart very lightly with pencil, then had him outline it in red watercolor paint. Then he filled in the middle using different colors and blending them together.  Once it was dried, he used a sharpie to write “LOVE” across it. Then he signed the bottom and I took care of framing it. Thinking we might need one for our house!

lego friendship bracelets.

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The perfect craft for your lego-obsessed kiddo! Actually mine loves making bracelets too so this really was the perfect craft. We had everything laying around at home, even the correct drill bit!

Flat LEGO bricks
Drill and 3/32″ drill bit
Embroidery thread (three colors per brick)
Scissors
safety pin or needle

Using a drill and the 3/32″ drill bit, drill 2 holes in each LEGO brick; We found it was easier to do it from the back and through the round hole because when we did it through the front the lego broke.

Cut embroidery thread in a few different colors to one length.  Put all of the colors together and fold them in half. Thread the loop through one of the holes.Pull the loose strands through the loop you have formed once pulling part of the thread through the hole. I used the a safety pin and the top of a needle to help push the thread through the hole because the hole was kind of small. Pull the thread tight. I had milo hold the lego while I braided the thread. Tie knots at the end and you are done!

I found the original idea here. 

creeper mask.

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Is your kid mine-craft obsessed like mine??! I dont know what hes more crazed about – watching the videos on you tube, or actually playing the game….I got this perfect sized box to fit right on my kiddos head, so we made a creeper out of it. We used masking tape and all our green shades of prismacolor markers to make it work. We taped off the squares, one by one, which worked as a good guide for milo to color in the squares evenly. We looked at a pattern online of the creeper so we would have an idea where the eyes would go.  When we were finished we cut out squares in the eyes so he can see.

dream catchers.

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Milo and I made these dream catchers on saturday and I absolutely love them. We made one for his room, and one for my room. We used plastic bangle bracelets we found at the thrift store, and some random other materials we had laying around. Milo and I collect feathers when we find them, so this was a good project to use some of those from our collection. His includes a skull bead from a bracelet he got on Olvera Street that broke on him. It was fun to give it a new life.
I really really love these little dreamcatchers, and love that we worked on them together, repurposing items around our home, and giving them new life.

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For these dream catchers you will need:
Yarn (thanks for the scrap yarn jennifer! We put the white to use!)
Embroidery Thread, bakers twine, cording, etc.
Hot glue
beads
feathers
Bracelet or something round

First wrap your bracelet in yarn, very tightly. Leave a long strand at the end so you can hang your dreamcatcher. I secured the end with some hot glue as well to be safe.
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Next, use some of your embroidery thread, cording or twine and string some beads along on it. Tie an end of the string onto your round circle and wrap around making some kind of shape and adjusting your beads accordingly. I used a dab of hot glue on the back to secure my end of the string.

Next, affix your feathers and beads if you prefer to more of the string of your choice and have them dangle from the bottom to your liking.

Hang on your wall and dream some good dreams!

pajama pants.

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We had a blizzard on sunday, which got me in the mood to do some sewing. A few years ago, I picked up these star wars sheets at the thrift store for milos big boy bed, only they are too small. I almost threw them out recently, but decided to keep them, just in case the crafting bug were to hit. I’ve made pants a few times now, out of old sheets, and its pretty easy to do and can be whipped up in no time. This time around, I had a helper. Milo did alot of the pinning, and helped me figure out the seams. He helped me prepare a bobbin, and I even let him do some sewing towards the end of the project. Good teamwork!
He loves his new pants!!

I have a pattern I use from a book, which looks like its out of print, but its very similar to this tutorial here.
I use my pattern, but then use a pair of existing pajama pants to adjust to make the size work to be a little bigger, since I have a growing boy!