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Cardboard Tube Bud Vase

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Mother’s day is a month away. If you are looking for a cute gift idea for mom or grandma, these simple cardboard tube vases might be just what you are looking for.

My daughter loves to run around the yard and pick flowers for me. It is the sweetest thing. We will usually put the flowers in a Dixie cup and save them, but we thought that it would be nice to make and design our own bud vases. These cardboard tube vases are perfect for the spring and would make an adorable Mother’s Day gift. You can choose to make a tapered vase, as we did or keep it even simpler and keep the tube as is and glue it to a base.

Cardboard tube flower bud vase. This is a great idea for Mother's Day or Valentine's. Recyclable arts and crafts for kids.

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Lego Easter Basket

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If you have a Lego crazy child like I do, this Lego Easter basket is just what you are looking for this Easter.

My little girl is a huge Lego lover. We have more Legos than we know what to do with.  Her last birthday was even a Lego themed party. When thinking towards Easter and what I wanted to fill her basket with, Legos were the first thing to pop into my mind. Then I thought it might be even more fun to make her a Lego Easter basket, so I played around with her Legos to see what I could come up with.

Lego Easter basket - a great gift idea or Lego build for the kids. Kid's arts and crafts

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Popsicle Stick Heart Puzzles

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Make a sweet message of love for mom, dad or grandma and grandpa. Popsicle stick Valentine's heart puzzle. Arts & crafts for kids and preschoolers. Cute gift idea.

Love is in the air. Valentine’s Day is just a few weeks away and my daughter is loving all of the hearts. She has been making sweet Valentine’s every chance that she gets. She even learned to spell and write the word love on her own. It is wonderful to get love messages from my little girl now.

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Salt Dough Flowers

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My daughter is 4 this year. This year I promised her that she could have a garden of her very own. We have selected our spot outside & are getting ready to prep the area.  I let her pick the seeds that she wanted to grow. She picked 2 flowers & 2 vegetables.

Painted Salt Dough Clay Flowers with photo. This adorable spring or summer arts & crafts project for kids would also make a wonderful gift for Mother's Day or any special occasion.

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The flower packets recommended that we start the seeds inside first & once they sprout to transport them outside, so that is what we will do. Both of us are anxious for our flowers to sprout, but we know that it will take some time.

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While we wait, we felt inspired to make some flowers that we can enjoy right now. As you know, my little is a big fan of salt dough projects of any kind, so that is what we made our flowers out of.

We started with a simple salt dough clay recipe.

We rolled out our dough & used a flower cookie cutter to press out our shapes.

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We pressed lightly on our flowers to spread them out a bit to make our surface area larger.

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We put our flower shapes on an ungreased cookie sheet. We pressed a Popsicle stick into the back of each flower. You may also insert a stick right into the middle of one of the petals to be able to utilize both sides of the flower.

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We pressed a shot glass into the center of the flower to make an outline to make the petals more distinct.

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We baked our flowers for about 2 hours at 250 degrees. When they were done & cooled, we painted our flowers with acrylic paints. My daughter, as usual, opted for rainbow colors.

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We set them on a paper towel to dry. When they were dry, I cut leaves out of green foam sheets & glued them in place.

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Salt Dough Clay Flowers. This adorable spring or summer arts & crafts project for kids would also make a wonderful gift for Mother's Day or any special occasion

We had some cute little colored flower pails to stake them inbut a Dixie Cup would work fine as well. We filled the containers with packed soil & inserted the flowers in the soil.

Painted Salt Dough Clay Flowers. This adorable spring or summer arts & crafts project for kids would also make a wonderful gift for Mother's Day or any special occasion.

We used crazy glue to glue a photo in the center of one of the flowers that my daughter painted to make a special gift for her lucky Nana.

Salt Dough Clay Flowers with photo. This adorable spring or summer arts & crafts project for kids would also make a wonderful gift for Mother's Day or any special occasion

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Free Fill-In Mother’s Day Poem

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A Free Printable Fill-In Poem for Mother's Day. It is fun to hear the answers to you kid's questions..

Mother’s Day is only a few weeks away. There are many things that us mother’s could get on Mother’s Day, a day at the spa, flowers, maybe jewelry or chocolates or perhaps just some time to take a much deserved nap. My favorite part of the day will still be to cuddle up with the ones that made me a mother in the first place.

My daughter & I had a little question and answer session that we turned into a customizable poem that I thought that you all might enjoy.

MY MOM FILL-IN PRINTABLE POEM

MY GRANDMA FILL-IN PRINTABLE POEM

A Free Printable Fill-In Poem for Mother's Day. It is fun to hear the answers to you kid's questions.

Here is the poem that my daughter came up with based on her answers about me.

A Free Printable Fill-In Poem for Mother's Day. It is fun to hear the answers to you kid's questions. Would make a great gift or card

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20 Star Wars Themed Gifts For The Kids

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20 Star Wars Themed Gifts For Christmas That The Kids Will Love. The Levitator is so cool.
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Last week my sister-in-law had asked me to make Star Wars inspired footprint crafts out of my nephews feet. I was so excited being that I am a bit of a Star Wars geek. I was happy with the results & so was she.

Star Wars Inspired Footprint Crafts - Adorable Keepsakes made out of kid's feet

The post was very popular & after a lot of feedback on our Star Wars project, I realized that a new generation of Star Wars fans were here. Star Wars is a favorite of both young & old & with the new movie coming out it is just gaining more fans every day. I can remember being a young girl and playing with my action figures. Leah was my favorite, of course. I loved her so much, that my mother had to put my hair in those famous side buns every day.

The holidays are upon us. If you have a little one that embraces the force as much as I did, I know that they will love these great Christmas gift ideas inspired by the movie.

JEDI MIND TRAINING

Use science to suspend and move things in air with this …

Star Wars Jedi Force Levitator

20 Star Wars Themed Gifts For Christmas That The Kids Will Love

Challenge your mind or a friend with this 3D maze puzzle.

Death Star Maze & Puzzle Box

20 Star Wars Themed Gifts For Christmas That The Kids Will Love

ITS ALL FUN & DROIDS

Now why didn’t they have these when I was little. I am half tempted to buy these for my daughter just so I can play with them.

Darth Vader Potato Head or Storm Trooper Potato Head

20 Star Wars Themed Gifts For Christmas That The Kids Will Love

20 Star Wars Themed Gifts For Christmas That The Kids Will Love

 

What child doesn’t like Legos? They always make the perfect gift.

Star Wars Legos

20 Star Wars Themed Gifts For Christmas That The Kids Will Love

FOR YOUR LITTLE WOOKIE

Chewbacca Slippers

20 Star Wars Themed Gifts For Christmas That The Kids Will Love

 

TO DECORATE YOUR DEATH STAR

All of these would be great for a Star Wars themed room.

 

Star Wars Peel & Stick Wall Decals

20 Star Wars Themed Gifts For Christmas That The Kids Will Love

Star War Night Light

20 Star Wars Themed Gifts For Christmas That The Kids Will Love

Darth Vader Alarm Clock

20 Star Wars Themed Gifts For Christmas That The Kids Will Love

Light Saber Motion Lamp

 

20 Star Wars Themed Gifts For Christmas That The Kids Will Love

FEELING CRAFTY

I am a huge fan of hand, foot & finger print crafts. This is adorable & all of the creations look like so much fun to make.

Star Wars Thumb Doodles Kit

20 Star Wars Themed Gifts For Christmas That The Kids Will Love

Make 30 different folded flyers.

Star Wars Folded Paper Flyers

20 Star Wars Themed Gifts For Christmas That The Kids Will Love

MAY THE FORCE BE WITH FOOD

I am sure a few little Star Wars fans will love waking up to a waffle in the shape of the Death Star.

 

Death Star Waffle Maker

20 Star Wars Themed Gifts For Christmas That The Kids Will Love

If your child enjoys helping you cook, check out this adorable measuring set.

R2D2 Measuring Cups

20 Star Wars Themed Gifts For Christmas That The Kids Will Love

Star Wars & candy.. two great things that go great together.

Star Wars Jelly Belly Dispenser

20 Star Wars Themed Gifts For Christmas That The Kids Will Love

This R2D2 lunch box has both light & sound.

 

R2D2 Light Up Lunch Kit

20 Star Wars Themed Gifts For Christmas That The Kids Will Love

LUKE, I AM GOING TO READ TO YOU

See the gentler side of Vader in these sweet & funny children’s books.

Darth Vader & Son or Good Night Darth Vader

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AND FOR THE STOCKING

If your child is anything like mine than they love Bandaids. My daughter fakes boo boos just to be able to put them on & just a plain Bandaid won’t do.

Star Wars Band Aids

20 Star Wars Themed Gifts For Christmas That The Kids Will Love

Add a little fun to tooth brushing with these cool toothbrushes.

Star Wars Toothbrushes

20 Star Wars Themed Gifts For Christmas That The Kids Will Love

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Whale Shaped Diaper Cake

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Whale Diaper Cake - Adorable idea for a baby showerThis has been a big year for babies in our family. I just became an auntie for the first time last week & I have a few cousins that are expecting soon as well. I have had and still have quite a few baby showers this year. A couple of months ago I was feeling brave & tried my hand at my first diaper cake.

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I had so much fun making it, that I was feeling brave again. My cousin is expecting a little boy in June. Her nursery has a whale theme, so in keeping with her theme, I decided to make a whale shaped diaper cake.

If you have ever thought of making a diaper cake, it can be a lot of fun, but it requires a little bit of patience & in the case of the whale, the ability to improvise.

What you will need:

A box of diapers (about 150 count)

Receiving blankets

Wash clothes

Paper towel roll core

Ribbon

String or yarn

Foam sheet (to make the face)

Pipe cleaners

Craft sticks

Safety pins

Glue gun

Directions:

Start with an empty paper towel roll. Wrap two rows of diapers side by side around the roll. Overlap the diapers slightly until they go all the way around. Secure in place with string or yarn. We used yarn.

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Wrap diapers around one end of the roll covering the hole & rounding the end. Layer them in different directions to achieve this. Secure with yarn. Secure with yarn after each layer.

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Wrap another layer of diaper around the first layer of diapers. Leave the rounded portion peeking out.

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Bend another paper towel roll & insert and glue into the existing roll. Be careful that you do not get glue on the diapers.

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Layer diapers around the new tube. Make this layer of diapers thinner than the others. Grab another paper towel tube & cut a 1/4 of it & glue & insert into the other. Place another smaller layer of diapers adjacent to the last layer.

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Our tail was formed from craft sticks. Glue 2 craft sticks in a wide “v’ shape to the top of 2 more craft sticks. Insert & glue the bottom sticks into the tube so that the “v’ shape is sticking out & let dry. Add another small layer of diapers.

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Add another layer of diapers down the center of the front portion of your whale, so that it covers the divide between the first two diaper layers. Do this all the way around. This will help round out the head more.

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Add another layer of diapers now running horizontally to the same front portion. Do this all the way around.

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Once you have achieved the whale shape that you want, you can begin decorating. Mai informed me that this looked like a plane, not a whale. I guess this would work as a plane as well. (Please excuse the messy work space.)

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Wrap the whale’s tail with a folded receiving blanket. Secure into place with yarn. Wrap a ribbon around the yarn. Secure it with a safety pin it at the bottom. Make sure not to pin the diapers.

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Wrap as many more blankets as you would like in the same fashion. Fold a couple of washcloths to form a fin. Tuck into an existing ribbon or add another ribbon. Form another fin for the other side. Wrap washcloths around the craft sticks to form the tail.

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Cut eyes and a mouth out of foam & glue them to the ribbon. Be careful not to drip glue on the blankets or diapers. Finish the whale off with a pipe cleaner water-spout.

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The whale was a huge success. My cousin loved it.

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Photo Name Frame For Mother’s Day

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Photo Name Frame

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We wanted to do something special for my mother-in-law aka Nana for Mother’s Day. Mai & I had some different ideas of crafts we could make for her Nana for Mother’s Day, but then I came across the most fabulous idea on Pinterest. I could not find the original source to credit it, but found it on a greatest gift ideas list from Tips From A Typical Mom.

It was so beautiful, I knew I had to try it. I immediately ran to Michaels to purchase the letters. I only needed to buy the “N’ & the “A”. They were in natural wood & only cost a few dollars each. I bought the frame while I was there too.

I told Mai that we were going to make a special project for Nana & she was excited. I gave her the letters & asked her to do a number of different poses for me. She did a great job for her Nana. She hammed it up and lit up the camera with her dimply smile. We took about 50 pictures & picked the best 4 from the bunch.

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I cropped them & changed them to black & white & arranged them in the frame.

The project came out beautifully.

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My mother-in-law absolutely loved her gift.

Mother’s Day might be over, but this is a great gift idea for any occasion & you can change the lettering to spell any word that you would like. I have even seen this done holding words instead of letters to spell out a message.

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