Stamped Stripey Star T-shirts

As I was browsing Pinterest the other day, I came across this awesome activity and knew my kids would love to do this for the 4th of July.  I already had most of the supplies needed to do this project:
  • corrugated cardboard - cut into star shapes (I just traced around some cookie cutters)
  • red and blue acrylic paint mixed 2:1 with textile medium (or use some fabric paint and skip the mixing step)
  • a white t-shirt
  • newspaper to place inside of the shirt while painting so the paint doesn't bleed through
Before I cut out the cardboard shaped, I peeled apart the top layer of my cardboard so the ribbed texture was revealed and ready for stamping. I also glued some old bottle caps to the back of the stars to act as a handle for easier and less messy stamping.  You could also just cut another square of cardboard and glue that on the back as a handle.

I set out the t-shirts and paint, and my 3 girls got to work, stamping away.  My girls are ages 9, 6, and 4 now and they were each able to do this project with ease.

This one was created by my 6-year-old

This is the creation of my 4-year-old

This is the work of my 9-year-old
We are so set for the 4th now!  I just need to take these shirts to the iron and heat-set them after they have dried for at least 24 hours.

School's out! - Teacher gift

Just a small post to share what my kids are giving to their school teachers this year as school is coming to an end.  I found this cute "orange you glad it's summer" printable here, found an orange insulated tumbler at the grocery store, and filled it up with a variety of crystal light drink mixes along with a hand-made card from my child.  I also wrote a short note to the teacher on the back of the orange tag expressing my appreciation.  

Happy summer vacation!

Colorful glue suncatchers

My kids have been begging me for a long time to do this project again.  We did it the first time to make some Halloween decorations, but this time it was a little more of an open-ended project. 

To make glue suncatchers, all you need is:

  • School glue 
  • Food coloring to tint the glue 
  • Wax paper, plastic wrap, or cellophane (make sure all wrinkles are smoothed out)
  • A cookie sheet, so that the creations can easily be transported to a drying spot

To begin, lay out your wax paper (or plastic wrap) on a cookie sheet.  We used wax paper for this project, but it can be a little tough to peel the final product off.  A couple days later, we tried using plastic wrap.  The only problem we had was getting all the wrinkles out, but if you can get it smooth I would say that plastic wrap is the way to go.

To color the glue, add a few drops of food coloring to your glue and shake or squeeze it around in the bottle to mix it up.  It's ok if it's not completely uniform, the color will gradually blend itself in to the white glue.

Maisy started out wanting to use some cookie cutters and fill the shape in with the glue. She was happy with simply filling in the shapes, but once the cookie cutter was removed the edges were smudged a bit.

Since the wax paper is translucent, I thought I could place a simple drawing or block letter outline underneath and the girls would be able to trace it and fill it in. The girls preferred this method since it was easier to create exactly what they wanted to.

Mina was happy making her "M", but was even more thrilled to make her Mickey Mouse head.

Once the art is complete, allow the glue to dry overnight .  The top will feel dry in an hour or two, but to be completely dry and ready to peel off, it will take several more hours or even a full day (or two if the glue applied super thick).   Lucky for us, it was a sunny day and leaving them outside for a few hours worked wonderfully.

Once the glue is completely dry, the figures can be peeled off and strung with a thread and hung on the window, or simply stuck on with some clear tape.

Spring Tulip Paintings

It was my turn this past week to host the weekly playgroup that my 4-year-old Mina participates in.  Spring flowers are finally in bloom, so it was the perfect chance to try out this clever art project I saw on Blog Me Mom.  I quickly showed the kids how I could get some paint on the back of my fork and stamp it onto my paper to make a tulip shape.  I handed them each a fork and a paintbrush (to paint on the stems) and let them have at it.

Each child's artwork was completely unique.  I loved all the extra color and detail one of the girls decided to give her painting.  

And in the end, what all 5 girls had really been dying to do was slather their hands in the wet paint.  I had to hurry and grab a clean sheet of paper to stamp those handprints onto, or else those beautiful spring paintings would have been destroyed!


Painted washer necklaces

This post is way overdue since my girls made these necklaces back in December to give to their friends as gifts.  But these spunky necklaces would make a great gift any time of the year, and also make a great rainy day activity.  I came across this idea in Family Fun magazine and instantly knew my girls would not only love to make these, but I also loved how inexpensive these would be to give as gifts.  

To make these colorful necklaces you will need:
  • metal washers (between 10 and 20 cents a piece at the hardware store)
  • a spool of skinny ribbon
  • nail polish in a variety of colors (we headed to the dollar store and bought colors we didn't already have)

The magazine article suggested doing a coat of white or yellow for a background, letting that dry, and then painting a design on top.  My 9 year old daughter understood that process a little better than my 6 and 4 year olds, but it actually didn't turn out to be a necessary step.  Most of our necklaces ended up with a top coat of glitter nail polish for the finishing touch.

Here's a quick shot of what some of our necklaces ended up looking like in the end.  My two younger girls just didn't know when to stop.  They were having such a fun time using the nail polish that I had to tell them when enough was enough, and swap out their colorful creations with a new blank washer.  We had to let a few of them dry overnight because of all the layers of paint.

My 9 year old got the idea to create a double-layered look by using two different sizes of washers.  I love her coordinating patterns on this one:

My girls really loved using nail polish to create their own wearable masterpieces.  While my 4 year old had a blast doing this, it was definitely better suited for my 6 and 9 year old girls.

Owl Valentine Mailbox

This is the first year my oldest daughter (in the 3rd grade) has had the chance to make her own Valentine's box to take to school for their Valentine exchange. In past years, the class has simply decorated a bag in class for Valentines. We went to Pinterest for some inspiration and found this cute owl pinata which Lou fell in love with. It was so easy to convert this idea to make her Valentine mailbox. She is in love with this little guy! I had to share because I'm in love with him, too.

She simply used a cereal box, crepe paper, patterned cardstock, and some googly eyes.  I especially love his heart-shaped ear tufts and feet. 

What fun Valentine's creations have your kids been doing? 


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