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No Sew Barbie Mermaid Tail

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Turn an old kid’s sock into a Barbie mermaid tail without ever picking up a needle and thread.

My daughter just received her first Barbie for her birthday, as well as an Elsa and Anna doll. She loves playing with them, but hates that they only have one outfit. I told her that when I was a little girl, I used to make my own Barbie clothes out of socks, so of course she wanted to do this. While sliding one of her dolls into a tube sock to show her, she told me that it looked like a Barbie mermaid tail. Light bulb! We found our first project.
Use an old tube sock and some sequins to make this no sew mermaid tail for your Barbie. Arts and crafts for your kids

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Egg Carton Crown

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We use recycled items in our crafts all the time. It is very difficult for me to throw anything out. This has crossed over to my 4 year old & my husband as well. My daughter will save bottle caps & other random things & tell me “This will be good for a craft” & my husband won’t throw anything away without asking me if I can use it first.

Egg carton crown craft - use recyclabes to make this dress up crown or tiara for pretend play for the kids

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Our craft room has bins of recyclables, but most prevalent in our collection is egg cartons. We have piles of them. It was time to put some of them to some good use. Here is a great craft that parents can do for their little kings & queens.

Egg Carton Crown

What you will need:

Egg cartons

Glue gun (Use caution when operating a glue gun. Low heat guns are recommended for children.)

Acrylic Paints

Buttons

Pom Poms

Directions:

Egg Cartons do come in a variety of different shapes. We used a family sized pack that looked like this inside.

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Cut through the egg carton the long way. You will want to cut through the centers of the 2 spiky portions running along the middle of the carton.

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Your cut piece should look like this.

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Cut through the middle of your cut section the long way until you have two halves.

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Use a glue gun to glue the two pieces together to form one long piece. You should be able to get the spikes to match up so that they blend when gluing them together. Depending on the size of your child’s head you may need to glue on a few extra spiked sections.

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When you reach the desired length, bend the long piece of egg carton to form a crown shape & then glue into place.

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Paint your crown in the color of your choice. My daughter wanted red for hers.

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Use buttons & pom poms for embellishments or add on whatever you like to create your crown.

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My daughter loved her crown. It fit her head perfectly. She had a crown fit for a queen.

Egg carton crown craft - use recyclabes to make this dress up crown or tiara for pretend play for the kids. Arts & Crafts

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Styrofoam Ball Necklace

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Painted Styrofoam Ball Necklace

Painted Styrofoam Ball Dress up necklace - fine motor activity and craft for kids

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Like many little girls, my daughter loves to play dress up. She loves putting on her princess dresses & trying to walk in mommy’s high heels and she loves jewelry too. Lately, she has been enjoying threading buttons & pasta and anything else she can get her hands on to make necklaces for me & her to wear. Yesterday, we added Styrofoam to that list too.

We grabbed a handful of 2″ Styrofoam balls out of our craft supplies & then one larger one. I poked a wooden skewer into each to make it easier for painting & drying.

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Hold on to the skewer & use acrylic paints to paint around each ball.

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Put the skewers in a deep container ball side up & let them stand to dry.

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Once dry, remove the skewer & use a plastic yarn needle to poke through the existing hole & string up your painted Styrofoam.

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Threading Styrofoam balls for fine motor activity & necklace craft

Tie a knot at the end to finish it off.

Just look at that smile.

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Pipe Cleaner Tiaras

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Pipe cleaner tiara for princess & pretend play

I have had a rough week. I have been sick this whole week. I left work early twice & yesterday stayed home all together. I lounged on the couch, slept a lot & binged watched Netflix, but then got very fidgety & bored. I had a big bag of shimmery white pipe cleaners that I had been wanting to make something out of, but I didn’t know what. I began playing with them & then knew what I wanted to make.

Pipe Cleaner Tiaras

So this is what happens when mommy stays home from work sick.

Grab two cleaners & twist them together. Do this again to another pair of cleaners.

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Take both twisted pairs & twist them together at the ends so that they formed a circle. Tuck in the sharp edges.

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Make another twisted pair & formed it into a bow.

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With a single pipe cleaner, bind the bow to the circle by weaving it around the bow & the circle.

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Fold a pipe cleaner in half & then twist it. Roll the cleaner so that it forms a shape as shown below. Do this again with another cleaner.

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Use a pipe cleaner to bind each shape to the side of the bow & to the circle. Weave in and out. The better you bind it, the sturdier your crown.

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Use another twisted pair. Fold it in half & then roll each end down & outward to form a shape like this.

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Bind it right above the center of the bow.

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Form a heart out of another twisted pair.

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Line up the point of the heart behind the center of the bow & bind in place with a single cleaner.

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Form two more curly shapes like shown & bind to each side of the heart and any other points that the shape meets. Weave in & out and always remember to tuck the sharp end in.

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Add colored pom poms to your tiara with a glue gun to add color. (As always use caution when operating a hot glue gun. It is recommended for adult use only.) If you still have sharp edges from your pipe cleaners, try dabbing the edge with just a bit of hot glue to cover the end.

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I had so much fun with this one. I made a few more with different shapes & colors.

Pipe Cleaner Tiaras - For princess pretend play & dress up

Try your own designs. I surprised Mai when she came home from pre-school. She liked this one the best.


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Her animals really liked them too.

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Pipe Cleaner Tiaras

50+ Mask Crafts For Your Kids

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50 Mask Crafts for kids

September is coming to an end already & with October quickly approaching, we are starting to get ready for Halloween. When I think of Halloween, I think of ghosts and goblins, jack-o-lanterns, candy, costumes & masks. My daughter loves to dress up and play games of make believe. We have made many masks and have stumbled across many great ones too. Here is a list of some of our favorites. They are made of everything from paper plates & egg cartons to leaves and paper mache.

CREATIVE MASK CRAFTS FOR KIDS

Nature Owl Masks by Fun Stuff To Do

Emotion Masks by The Pinterested Parent

Vintage Swimmer Paper Plate Mask by Pink Stripey Socks

2 Vintage Swimmer Paper Plate Mask Kids Craft

Superhero Paper Plate Masks by Meaningful Mama

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Halloween Skull Mask by Red Ted Art

Monster Masks from Crafts Unleashed

Mardi Gras Hand Print Face Mask by Stockpiling Moms

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Egg Carton Eye Masks from The Pinterested Parent

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Baymax Face Masks by Makes & Takes

Adorable Lion Mask by Parents.com

Click Clack Moo Paper Plate Masks by ABC Creative Learning

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Dr. Seuss Mask by Mighty Media Press Blog

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Uncle Sam Mask Craft by Fantastic Fun & Learning

Paper Owl Masks by What The Craft

Paper Plate Scarecrow Mask by The Pinterested Parent

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DIY Emoji Masks by Alice & Lois

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Water Color Paper Plate Fairy Mask by Kids Activities Blog

‘Where The Wild Things Are’ Mask by Spins & Needles Blog

Harry Potter Hedwig Owl Mask by Homeketeers

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Hello Kitty Mask by The Pinterested Parent

Hello Kitty Paper Plate Mask

Paper Plate Sheep Mask by Danya Banya

Paper Plate Santa Mask by Susan Weinroth

Polar Bear Masks by I Heart Crafty Things

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Paper Plate Bear Mask by I Heart Crafty Things

Paper Plate Bear Mask

Paper Bag & Leaf Animal Masks by Handmade Charlotte

Masquerade Masks by First Palette

‘Inside Out’ Inspired Character Masks by The Pinterested Parent

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‘Home’ Inspired Oh Mask by The Pinterested Parent

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Paper Plate Panda Masks by Fiestas Y cumples

Paper Plate Cheetah Mask by Learn Create Love

Letter “Z” Zebra Mask from East Coast Mommy

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DIY Paper Mache Animal Masks by Ambeau

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My Little Pony Party Masks With Printable By Illistyle

DIY Paper Fan Arctic Animals by Mr. Printables

Funny Face Paper Plate Masks by Preschool Crafts For Kids

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50+ Creative Mask Crafts For Kids - Perfect for Halloween Dress-up games or pretend play

Paper Plate Wig Masks

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IMG_34041My daughter loves to pretend play. She has a vivid imagination & it is fun watching her explore her world of make believe. She loves to play baker and bake us beautiful cakes. She will take the little cherries out of he Hi Ho Cherry-o game and decorate her stacking cups with them and make tiered cakes. Last week when I didn’t feel good she made me a bowl of chicken soup complete with ABC magnets & a plastic drumstick. Delicious!

One of her favorite cartoons is Sheriff Callie. She has a cowboy hat that she wears & a pink hamper that she calls Sparky her horse. Giddy Up Sparky.

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She loves wearing dresses & twirling around & saying “Look Mama, I look like a princess.” Yes you do.

With her growing interest with the world of dress up & make believe, I thought we could have a little dress up fun.

Paper Plate Wig Mask.

What you will need:

Paper plates

Yarn

Glue

Pipe cleaner or string

Scissors

Directions:

Cut a whole out of two paper plates following the line of the first inside circle in the plate.
Cut a hole out of two paper plates following the line of the first inside circle in the plate.
Glue the two paper plates together for a sturdier mask base.
Glue the two paper plates together for a sturdier mask base.
Measure out how long you want your bangs to be & cut a piece of yarn at the desired length.
Measure out how long you want your bangs to be & cut a piece of yarn at the desired length.
Measure out and cut several more pieces of this length.
Measure out and cut several more pieces of this length.
Glue the bang pieces into place. Do not worry about them lining up perfectly, you can trim them later.
Glue the bang pieces into place. Do not worry about them lining up perfectly, you can trim them later.
Trim along top and cut until flush along the curve of the plate.
Trim along top and cut until flush along the curve of the plate.
After you have placed your bangs, add a strand of yarn on the out edge of the plate following the curve of the plate about a 1/4 of the way down & then let the yarn hang straight down & cut to desired length,
After you have placed your bangs, add a strand of yarn on the outer edge of the plate following the curve of the plate about a 1/4 of the way around & then let the yarn hang straight down & cut to desired length.
Add another piece of yarn  right up against the other following the same pattern. Do this until you have worked your way to the inner edge & then switch sides & repeat.
Add another piece of yarn right up against the other following the same pattern. Do this until you have worked your way to the inner edge & then switch sides & repeat.
Continue  until both sides are finished.
Continue until both sides are finished. Trim the uncovered portion of the plate.
Insert a pipe cleaner or string between the two plates or to the the back of the plates to create the backing to your mask.
Insert a pipe cleaner or string between the two plates or to the the back of the plates to create the backing to your mask.

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And for the boys…

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Cut out a half circle within your paper plate.
Sketch out & cut a mustache shape.
Sketch out & cut a mustache shape.
Start with one side of your mustache, laying down strand by strand similar to above.
Start with one side of your mustache, laying down strand by strand similar to above.
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Working from the top end of one side of your mustache work to the edge of the plate and follow downward along the curve of the circle until you meet the opposite side of the mustache.
My big kid enjoyed his mask too.
My big kid enjoyed his mask too.

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