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!

geometric valentine poster.

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Milo and I didn’t make his valentines this year because he found some star wars ones he HAD to have for his classmates – but we worked on this valentine poster for the house, since he LOVES having decorations. (we are seriously slacking on the valentines decor this year as well…i blame the cold weather).

This was a fun little project that we originally found here.

We used some rogue paint chips I had laying around, and that seemed to work perfectly, and was a great way to upcycle!
Milo had fun figuring out the pattern – it was almost like a big heart puzzle.

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You will need:
Cardstock, colored paper, or paint chips
exacto knife or rotary cutter
cutting mat
Gluestick
Large sheet of white paper

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Measure the colored paper and cut into squares. Ours were 5 inch squares, because we were working with the paint chips but you can do any size really!

Cut the squares in half, into two triangles.

Layout the heart design on the large sheet of white paper. Using a glue stick, glue each triangle onto the white paper.

Previous valentines here, here and here!

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minecraft perler beads.

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Milo loves following patterns, puzzles, and building legos. So perler beads are a great activity for him! After seeing how much he enjoyed a few of the $1 kits from Micheals, I bought him a giant tub of them.  So we have been busy looking at what people have created with them and then getting inspired to make our own creations. Milo has recently been playing minecraft, so we thought these little characters would translate well into the beads.  He loved how these turned out – I especially love the sword. He took these to school the next day to show his friends, so that declares these an absolute success! HA!

toilet paper bats.

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This is a simple halloween project you can make using old toilet paper tubes.
You will need:
Toilet paper tubes
black paint
black construction paper
googly eyes
elmers glue
hot glue
String

1. Fold the ends of your toilet paper tube in.
2. Paint your tubes black. Let dry.
3. Cut out bat shaped wings and glue on the back.
4. Glue on googly eyes.
5. Using hot glue, affix some string to the back of your bats and hang.

tissue paper chicks.

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Easter is right around the corner and I had to rush to get our craft on! This is an easy craft that you can put together with your little one in no time. Milo liked doing this project because he got to do just about all of the work, even the cutting.

heres what you need:
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glue
tape
googly eyes
orange pipe cleaner
yellow tissue paper or streamers
feathers

Cut a circle shape to your desired size out of white or yellow paper. Cut your tissue paper into all kinds of shapes and sizes. this is a great step for your child if you have child-scissors because tissue paper is really easy to cut and there is no exact science here. Put some glue all over the circle and have your child place the tissue paper on it until its totally covered. Glue the eyes and nose in place. Glue (and tape for extra support) the feathers to the back of the piece, as wings. Cut your pipe cleaner to four pieces (two longer, two short). bend the short piece around the long piece to make the feet, and affix with glue (and tape!) to the back of the chick.

Display proudly!

Here’s another fun easter craft we worked on last year.

bottlecap magnet.

magnetMilo loves easter, and who isn’t ready for spring… so we kicked off this spring season with a simple little craft using bottle caps and some construction paper.

I did the measuring, he did the gluing and cutting. It was great team work. when it was all done, we hot glued a magnet to the back and viola! Bring on the bunnies and the sunshine!

valentines day paper crafts.

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Taking some inspiration from pinterest, Milo and I made these valentines paper crafts during a case of cabin fever. I did the cutting, he did the gluing.

bottle cap ornaments.

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We have been collecting bottle caps for some time for various projects. We finally put some to use. Creating these little reindeer bottle cap ornaments (or I bet you can stick a magnet on back if you wanted to do that instead) was pretty easy!

You need:
bottle caps
Super GlueHot glue
small googly eyes
small red pom poms
pipe cleaners
ribbon

First we created the antlers from the pipe cleaners. Cut your pipe cleaners to size and create little antlers.
I then used hot glue to affix the ribbon to the back upper center of the bottle cap. Also use the hot glue and affix the antlers to the back.

Turn your bottle cap over to glue on the face. I used super glue here, since I had little hands helping me, I didn’t want them to get burned by the hot glue. I suppose elmer’s glue would work as well, but I went with super glue, hoping it would hold up in the long run.

Hang on a tree or attach to the top of a present!

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cardboard tree ornaments.

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Milo and I made these christmas tree ornaments out of an old cereal box. Its really easy, and Milo enjoyed this little craft. It was a good project for him because he was able to do just about all of the steps himself. He was super proud of his little trees at the end!

Materials needed:
cereal box
green paint
paint brush
buttons of various sizes
popsicle sticks
glitter
string

I drew triangles on the cereal box and had milo paint right into the box. While the paint was drying we sprinkled some glitter. Glue the buttons and let dry. Once dry, cut out the trees, and glue half a popsicle stick to the back. (I used hot glue for this step)
Punch a hole in the top and insert string. Hang and enjoy!

paint chip halloween decorations.

IMG_1484We’ve had a crazy month, but we’re doing all we can to make time for Halloween! This project is perfect, since it coincides with some home rennovation projects. Those projects have led us to multiple trips to home depot, menards, etc. So access to paint chips a plenty!

This was a great project for milo and I to work on together. I cut out all the pieces and he was able to glue them on, transforming paint chips into halloween decorations!