Button Toadstool Craft

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Button mushroom toadstool craft. A cute idea for a woodland themed or fairy tale kid's room

We are a bit button obsessed in our house. We have several boxes of buttons for crafts & play.

My daughter is in a very fairy loving phase right now. Her play room has a fairy door, fairy dust, fairy costumes and a variety of butterfly & toadstool clings to decorate the walls. Together, my daughter & I made a little something special to hang in her already enchanted room.

We drew a toadstool shape onto a piece of cardboard. We separated buttons into three piles, a pile of red, beige & white. I started gluing buttons in place and my daughter quickly jumped in & wanted to take over. We worked together to finish up our toadstool.

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Our toadstool came out adorable. Now we just need to find a shadow box to fit our finished project in.

Button mushroom toadstool craft. A cute idea for a woodland themed or fairy tale kid's room.

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Chalk Watercolor Painting

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Chalk Watercolor Paintings - easy & beautiful art for kids - rainbow arts & crafts for children.

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It has been a beautiful summer so far. We have spent a lot of time enjoying the wonderful weather and playing outdoors. We swim in the pool on hot days and practice playing Wiffle ball, but my daughter’s favorite outdoor activity is making art with sidewalk chalk. She can’t get enough of it. We have buckets of it & believe me, it does not go to waste.

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Since she loves using it so much outdoors, we tried making some art with it indoors as well and we found that it is just as much fun inside as out.

Our project was simple. We used the chalk to draw on watercolor paper.  My daughter chose to make a rainbow & I made a sunset.

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When our chalk drawings were finished, we used water & a paintbrush and painted over our chalk drawings following the lines of our drawing.

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The water on the chalk had a lovely effect & looked like watercolors.

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My daughter actually got pretty excited painting over each color and watching the colors change & blend. She made me watch as she ran her paint brush over every layer of her rainbow.

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I had fun watching my painting take form as well. This is a perfect rainy day activity when we can’t hit the sidewalk.

Chalk Watercolor Paintings for kids - easy arts & craft projects for children

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Tin Foil Embossing

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Tin Aluminum Foil Embossing - Painted embossed hearts. Pretty kid's arts &crafts projects for kids.

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My favorite crafting tool is my glue gun. I love my glue gun. There is nothing that it can’t do. I bought my daughter her first low temperature glue gun a few months ago & like her mother, she loves hers too. Obviously, it is great for gluing things together quickly, but it is also a wonderful tool for art projects. This weekend we used ours to emboss tin foil.

We cut shapes out of cardboard. My daughter wanted to make hearts, so we started with embossed hearts. We both used our glue guns to squeeze designs out onto the cardboard. The low temp guns are still hot at the tip & can burn, so use caution when operating & use your best judgment as to whether you think your child should operate one. Glue a piece of tin foil over the heart and smooth out over your design. Paint the foil around the embossing & let dry.

Tin Aluminum Foil Embossing - Painted embossed hearts. Pretty kid's arts &crafts projects for kids.,

Next we made fish. I drew & cut out two fish shapes & drew in scales with the glue. We repeated the same steps as above.

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My daughter had fun with this project & our embossings came out great. You may also try this technique using regular glue and then letting it dry overnight or by using yarn to make your designs.

Painterd tin foil embossed fish arts & craft for kids. Great summer craft using aluminum foil, cardboard & glue for embossing

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Painterd tin foil embossed fish arts & craft for kids. Great summer craft using aluminum foil, cardboard & glue for embossing.

 

 

Sunday’s Best Link-up Week 81

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blog hop, linky parties,

Welcome to Week 81 of Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup. We’re heading to the beach this week to ride some waves. Get your sunscreen, beach towels, snacks, and chair. We’re starting our Beach Party theme this week. We are looking for all things that pertains to the beach. Where to go, snack ideas, safety tips, games, travel tips and anything else you would like to share to help inspire us this summer!
We also welcome other recipes, crafts, DIY, home makeover, gardening tips, SEO & blogging information, sewing projects, patio and deck makeovers, front porch makeover ideas, organization tips, ideas for backyard hot dog roasts, and more. Blow the dust off your old posts and link those too. They’re great for inspiration.
Don’t have posts that fit into the theme, link up whatever post you would like to share. We would love to have parenting tips, DIY projects, homesteading, homeschooling, makeovers, cocktails, and your posts on family and life. Your linkups and giveaways are welcome here too. Anything goes, as long as it’s family friendly and you may linkup as many posts as you would like. Be sure to tell your friends they will want to join the festivities too.
Each week your hosts will select their favorite post and it will be featured the following week. An image from your post will be used on our linkup post the following week with a link back to your blog. Be sure to check back to see if you’re a Sunday’s Best Featured Blogger. All Featured Bloggers will have their posts pinned to Rhonda’s Sunday’s Best Pinterest Board and Kim M. pins the weekly featured bloggers to her Sunday’s Best Linkup Pinterest Board too!
The Reader’s Choice post(s) will be determined by the post(s) with the most clicks. We will be adding the winner to our Sunday’s Best featured bloggers.

All posts linking to Sunday’s Best will be promoted on Twitter.

In addition to the Reader’s Choice and Host selections, a post for our monthly themes will be selected and featured each week as well.

If you are interested in becoming a Sunday’s Best host, please contact me for details at rhonda@mother2motherblog.com or email one of our other hosts.

Your Sunday’s Best Hosts Are:

mother 2 mother sunday's best co-hosts

Rhonda at Mother 2 Mother ~•~ Kim U. at Pinterested Parent ~•~ Kim M. at Life in a House of Testosterone

Here are the rules, please connect with us on social media before you leave or subscribe to/follow our blogs:
Mother 2 Mother: Please like Rhonda’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, BlogLovin, or subscribe/join her blog on the right sidebar before you leave.
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Sunday’s Best Featured Posts Are:

Kim U. selected Tipsy Iced Mocha Recipe from Growing Up Gabel

chocolate desserts, desserts

Rhonda selected 5 Easy & Useful Mason Jar Ideas from Keeping It Real

DIY ideas, headboard ideas, Upcycle ideas

Kim M. selected Boy’s African Safari Themed Budget Bedroom Makeover from Domesblissity

boys room makeovers, safari themed rooms

The Post with the Most Clicks

43 Healthy Gluten-Free from Healthy Helper Blog

gluten free, healthy snack recipes, snack ideas

The “Let’s Celebrate Summer” Favorite Theme Posts

Dino Diggers from What Happens At Grandma’s

summer activities, kids activities

Summer Time Cupcakes from Dabbling Momma

beach fun, beach desserts

Congratulations to our featured bloggers! All of the posts were great, and we deeply appreciate each of you linking up. We have so many great posts that it gets difficult to choose a featured blogger. Rhonda, Kim and I would like to invite all of you back to link up your post(s) again … you could be selected next week! While you’re here, take a minute to visit these great blogs. It’s a great way to meet and connect with new bloggers. Be sure to PIN or share any posts that you like, we all appreciate a little love and be sure to connect with others on social media!


20 Fall Tree Arts & Crafts Ideas For Kids

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20 Beautiful Fall Tree Arts & Crafts Ideas for kids - Autumn crafts for preschoolers..

I am a New Englander. I love the changes in seasons. I love winter, spring, summer & fall for very different reason. I know that we still have a lot of summer left & I am enjoying every bit of it, but I have to admit, I am looking forward to my favorite of all of the seasons. Fall is nearing & I cannot wait. I love the crisp autumn air, Halloween, apple picking, cider & the changing of the leaves. Fall trees are so beautiful & they offer great inspiration for arts & crafts. Here is a collection of wonderful fall tree projects that you can do with your kids.

1. Colored Oats Fall Tree via The Pinterested Parent

2. Crumpled Paper Fall Tree via Fantastic Fun & Learning

3. Tissue Paper Fall Tree via I Heart Crafty Things

4. Pasta Shell Fall Tree  via The Pinterested Parent

5. 4 Seasons Nature Tree via A Little Pinch Of Perfect

20 Beautiful Fall Tree Arts & Crafts Ideas for kids - Autumn crafts for preschoolers,

6. Fall Yarn Trees via 3 Dinosaurs

7. Sticky Wall Apple Tree via Mama Papa Bubba

8. Handprint Tree & Leaf Canvas via Arts & Crackers

9. Cauliflower Stamped Fall Trees via The Pinterested Parent

10. Foil Printed Fall Trees via Muchkins & Moms

20 Beautiful Fall Tree Arts & Crafts project Ideas for kids - Autumn crafts for preschoolers

11Cork Printed Autumn Tree  via Rainy Day Mum

12. Autumn Forest Craft via Kidz Activities

13. Paint Chip Mosaic Fall Tree via The Pinterested Parent

14. Easy Autumn Tree Craft via Crafts On Sea

15. Thankful Tree Craft via One Creative Mommy

20 Beautiful Fall Tree Arts & Crafts project Ideas for kids - Autumn crafts for preschoolers.

16. Pom Pom Apple Tree via Crafts On Sea

17. Puzzle Piece Fall Tree Craft via I Heart Crafty Things

18. Fall Tree Window  via The Pinterested Parent

19. Mystery Letter Fall Tree  via Buggy and Buddy

20. Bleeding Tissue Paper Fall Tree via Fantastic Fun & Learning

20 Beautiful Fall Tree Arts & Crafts project Ideas for kids - Autumn crafts for preschoolers.,

All of these lovely crafts have gotten me excited for autumn, but until then I am going to enjoy the sunshine and warm weather.

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20 Beautiful Fall Tree Arts & Crafts Ideas for kids - Autumn crafts for preschoolers

Egg Carton Cars

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Simple Egg Carton Car craft for kids. Easy arts & crafts with recyclables

My daughter has the most magnificent imagination. It is fascinating to watch her play. She loves to build villages & towns with her blocks & she picks up random odds and ends around the house often to incorporate into her pretend worlds.

We painted some egg carton pieces & toilet paper roll earlier this week to keep for future crafts. We started playing with the painted pieces & we thought of a great craft that she could use later for her pretend play.

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We made these simple egg carton cars. All you need is buttons for the wheels & some foam pieces or construction paper for the windows and headlights. Use a Sharpie to draw in the doors.

Simple Egg Carton Car craft for kids. Easy arts & crafts with recyclables..

Simple Egg Carton Car craft for kids. Easy arts & crafts with recyclables.

These were quick and easy to make and made a fine addition to my daughter’s block city. “Look mama, I parked all the cars in the parking lot.”

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Clay Suncatcher Ornaments

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Clay Suncatchers - summer arts and crafts projects for kids made with clay & tissue paper.

It seems as if these days the only thing that my daughter wants to play with is clay, so forgive me for the overload of clay projects lately. It is her activity of choice and I have been enjoying working with it as well.  She comes up with some interesting designs & loves to incorporate other craft supplies into the mix.  She made one clay project with pieces of tissue paper the other day & it gave me an idea.

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All of these suncatchers were made with air dry clay.  For the first one, we rolled out 2 clumps of clay & used a cookie cutter to cut out the same 2 shapes. I used a straw to poke holes all around one of the shapes. When I had enough holes, I placed the hole punched shape onto the other like shape. Using it as a guideline, I used the straw to make holes onto the other shape too. I carefully pulled the 2 shapes apart. We ripped up different colored tissue paper & glued them to the bottom shape. After adding the tissue, I placed the other shape on top of the tissue paper while lining up the 2 shapes. I pinched the outer edges & used a touch of water to smooth out any creases or lumps.

Poke an additional hole if you want to hang it up in the window. String a piece of yarn through the hole. Painting is optional once the clay dries.

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Clay Suncatchers - summer arts and crafts projects for kids made with clay & tissue paper

For this next one, we used cookie cutters again. We used a similar method as above, but instead of little holes, we cut out one heart shaped hole in the center and then used wax paper & tissue paper.

Clay Suncatcher Ornaments - summer arts and crafts projects for kids made with clay & tissue paper

For the final project, we made a hand print suncatcher. My daughter traced her hand for me & I cut it out. I used the cut-out as a template and cut out a piece of wax paper. We covered the wax paper in tissue paper & then set it aside to dry. When the tissue paper dried, We rolled out long strips of clay & used it to line the front & back of our handprint.  Air dry clay can be delicate if not thick enough, so do not roll out too thin. Pinch, press and smooth the sides out to join the clay together. Set the clay aside to dry for a day or two.

Again, use water to smooth out any blemishes & set aside to dry. Paint it if you desire. We chose to leave ours bare.

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Clay Suncatcher ornaments- summer arts and crafts projects for kids made with clay & tissue paper..

Glue & Watercolors

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Glue Drip Watercolor canvas art - painting projects for kids -messy arts and craftsWhenever there is a sale on art canvases, we like to stock up on them. Currently, I have a closet filled with blank canvases that are just begging to be used. We love to experiment with different paint methods & techniques. This week, we played with glue on canvas.  Anything that allows my daughter to squeeze out an excessive amount of paint or glue is a hit with my little girl. We stood up the canvas and started squeezing school glue along the top and letting it drip down. Move your canvas around and let the glue travel.  Set the canvas down & let it dry overnight.

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Once it is dry, paint over the whole canvas in watercolors. This creates a fun abstract painting with a little texture.

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Glue Drip Watercolor canvas art - painting projects for kids -messy arts and crafts.

Another fun glue project is to use the glue to squeeze out a design or drawing. I chose a leaf design and created segments around the leaf for a mosaic effect. Set it aside to let the glue dry. When you are ready, paint around the dried glue.

glue & watercolor mosaic painting - arts & crafts

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Chalk & Nature Art

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Land & Chalk Art - Nature and outdoor play for the kids - Summer arts & crafts and activities

This was a great weekend for being outdoors. It was cloudy & it was not too hot or too cold. It was perfect for backyard exploring and playing and, of course, for sidewalk chalk.  My daughter & I love playing with sidewalk chalk. It is an outdoor favorite.

We both began drawing with our chalk & my daughter spotted some loose petals on the ground nearby. She ran to pick them up & brought some over to show me. We decided to work them into our sidewalk art. As we began working, we realized that we wanted more, so we walked around the yard and collected rocks, sticks, leaves & fallen petals.

My daughter loved this. she drew out her picture and placed her nature items around it. She kept jumping up and searching the yard for more. “I need white rocks and 1 stick.” She looked for her perfect pieces & returned.

Our creations were a lot of fun. We worked on them until it was time to start dinner.

Later, I asked my daughter if her favorite part was gathering the rocks. She said “No, I like drawing outside with my mama.” That was my favorite part too.

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Sunday’s Best Link-up Week #80

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Sunday's Best Linkup Theme Celebrate Summer

Welcome to Week 80 of Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup. It is really hard to believe that we are rushing full-blast into mid-summer already! The seasons seem to pass so quickly as the years go by. We are continuing our Let’s Celebrate Summer theme this week. We are looking for all of those fun summer recipes and BBQ tips, backyard makeovers and DIY projects, gardening ideas, cocktails to cool off after a hot day, brunch and picnic ideas – anything you would like to share to help inspire us this summer!

We also welcome other recipes, crafts, DIY, home makeover, gardening tips, SEO & blogging information, sewing projects, patio and deck makeovers, front porch makeover ideas, organization tips, ideas for backyard hot dog roasts, and more. Blow the dust off your old posts and link those too. They’re great for inspiration.

Don’t have posts that fit into the theme, link up whatever post you would like to share. We would love to have parenting tips, DIY projects, homesteading, homeschooling, makeovers, cocktails, and your posts on family and life. Your linkups and giveaways are welcome here too. Anything goes, as long as it’s family friendly and you may linkup as many posts as you would like. Be sure to tell your friends they will want to join the festivities too.

Each week your hosts will select their favorite post and it will be featured the following week. An image from your post will be used on our linkup post the following week with a link back to your blog. Be sure to check back to see if you’re a Sunday’s Best Featured Blogger. All Featured Bloggers will have their posts pinned to the Rhonda’s Sunday’s Best Pinterest Board and Kim M. pins the weekly featured bloggers to her Sunday’s Best Linkup Pinterest Board too!

The Reader’s Choice post(s) will be determined by the post(s) with the most clicks. We will be adding the winner to our Sunday’s Best featured bloggers.

All posts linking to Sunday’s Best will be promoted on Twitter.

In addition to the Reader’s Choice and Host selections, a post for our monthly themes will be selected and featured each week as well.

If you are interested in becoming a Sunday’s Best host, please contact me for details at rhonda@mother2motherblog.com or email one of our other hosts.

Your Sunday’s Best Hosts Are:

mother 2 mother sunday's best co-hosts

Rhonda at Mother 2 Mother ~•~ Kim U. at Pinterested Parent ~•~ Kim M. at Life in a House of Testosterone
Here are the rules, please connect with us on social media before you leave or subscribe to/follow our blogs:

Mother 2 Mother: Please like Rhonda’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, BlogLovin or subscribe/join her blog in the right sidebar area before you leave.

The Pinterested Parent: Please like Kim’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Bloglovin before you leave.

Life In A House of Testosterone: Please like Kim’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Bloglovin, or Instagram before you leave.

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Last, please help us grow by placing our button on your sidebar. If you are selected as a Featured Blogger please let your readers and followers know by placing the Featured Blogger banner on your site.

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Your readers may want to join the party too! For those who have a Link Party list/directory, please add us. We appreciate your help in promoting the linkup with Re-tweets and shares. Now, let’s party!

Sunday’s Best Featured Posts Are:

Kim U. selected Raspberry Mascarpone Hazelnut Chocolate Brownie Bites from Grandma Honey’s House

Week 80 Sunday's Best Featured Post - Raspberry Mascarpone Hazelnut Chocolate Brownie Bites - Grandma Honey's House2

Rhonda selected 5 Easy & Useful Mason Jar Ideas from Keeping It Real

Week 80 Sunday's Best Featured Post - 5 Easy & Useful Mason Jar Ideas - Keeping It Real

Kim M. selected Just Peachy A Delicious Summer Cocktail from Across the Blvd

Week 80 Sunday's Best Featured Post - Just Peachy A Delicious Summer Cocktail - Across the Blvd

The Post with the Most Clicks

Old Window Upcycle and Budget Friendly Living Room Update from Live from Julie’s House

Week 80 Sunday's Best Featured Post - Old Window Upcycle - Live from Julie's House

The “Let’s Celebrate Summer” Favorite Theme Posts

Cook Out Foods Kids Love to Eat from Grandma Honey’s House

Week 80 Sunday's Best Featured Theme Post - Cook Out Foods Kids Love to Eat - Grandma Honey's House

5 Ways to Have a Stress-Free Summer from Healthy Helper

Week 80 Sunday's Best Featured Theme Post - 5 Ways to Have a Stress Free Summer - Healthy Helper

Virginia Beach: Perfect Family Friendly Vacation Destination from Life in a House of Testosterone

Week 80 Sunday's Best Featured Theme Post - Virginia Beach Perfect Family Friendly Vacation Destination - Life in a House of Testosterone

Congratulations to our featured bloggers! All of the posts were great, and we deeply appreciate each of you linking up. We have so many great posts that it gets difficult to choose a featured blogger. Rhonda, Kim and I would like to invite all of you back to link up your post(s) again … you could be selected next week! While you’re here, take a minute to visit these great blogs. It’s a great way to meet and connect with new bloggers. Be sure to PIN or share any posts that you like, we all appreciate a little love and be sure to connect with others on social media!