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Torn Paper Heart Art

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We don’t throw anything away in our house. We save cardboard tubes, egg cartons and every little scrap of paper. We work with construction paper a lot and we love to use scrapbook paper for our projects as well. Every left over piece of paper goes into a drawer in my daughter’s craft room. The drawer is full of scraps. You may wonder why we would save a drawer of scrap paper. Here is one reason that we love to hold on to these pieces.Torn scrap book paper heart craft for kids. Easy & pretty Valentine's mixed media art project for preschoolers and kids. Painted newspaper arts & crafts

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We dug through our drawer and found the colors and patterns of paper that we wanted to work with. We looked for larger pieces of scrap. I love the look of torn paper, so we tore our paper into different sized strips and tossed them into a box.

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Fizzing Heart Art Eruptions

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These fizzing heart eruptions are a fun way to combine science and art with beautiful and unpredictable results.

Baking soda and vinegar eruptions are a favorite in our house. The ingredients are usually always readily available, they are easy to set up and fascinating to watch. My daughter wanted to make them this week and so we did. With Valentine’s Day nearing, we thought a fizzing heart project would be perfect.Fizzing heart baking soda and vinegar heart paint eruptions. Science and art fun for kids perfect for Valentines Day or any time. Also great for fine motor skills. Arts and crafts activities for kids & toddlers.

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She has recently perfected making hearts. She draws them and cuts them out all the time, so with her love of hearts and Valentine’s approaching quickly, hearts were the perfect choice for our fizzy paintings.

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A Piece of My Heart Homemade Ornaments

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Whenever I look at our Christmas tree, I have to smile. Slowly over the years, all of our beautiful glass bulbs have been being replaced one by one by homemade keepsake ornaments.  Our tree is filled with so much love and memories.

Pieces of my heart salt dough puzzle piece ornaments that kids can actually make. Christmas arts and crafts. This is a sweet handmade gift that your children can make for the family.

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My daughter has been insistent that our tree doesn’t have enough ornaments this year, so we have been working on filling it up. Salt dough ornaments are our favorite. With cookie cutters and paint, there are a million possibilities. We had an idea to press puzzle pieces into our clay to make these “pieces of my heart” ornaments.

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Hole Punch Red, White & Blue Heart

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Paper hole punch red, white & blue confetti heart craft for kids. Arts & crafts for 4th of July Great for fine motor skills as well.

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My little girl loves to hone her fine motor skills. She is getting really good at using her scissors & she just loves our paper hole punch. She will grab pieces of construction paper & punch holes all over them. She loves playing with the collection of dots collected inside of the puncher too. She punched a few sheets of blue paper the other day & collected all of the dots in a cup. It looked like confetti.

With the 4th of July nearing, I had her punch some red & white too & thought we could make a craft out of all of those holes.

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I drew fireworks out onto black paper with school glue & sprinkled the red, white & blue confetti over it.

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We tried this again using a heart shape. My daughter loved throwing the confetti around. The paper dots made such a colorful & festive craft & they were so easy to make.

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We will start collecting all of our hole dots for future crafts.

Paper hole punch red, white & blue confetti heart craft for kids. Arts & crafts for 4th of July

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Paper hole punch red, white & blue confetti heart craft for kids. Arts & crafts for 4th of July

Clay Fingerprint Keepsake Ornaments

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    These clay fingerprint ornaments are perfect for any occasion. They make a great keepsake gift for grandparents and mom and dad.Clay Fingerprint Keepsake Ornaments for the family - a sweet and easy arts & craft idea and keepsake that the kids or the whole family can make together

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My daughter has inherited a lot of hand-me-down books. We have so many that we don’t even know what we own. For a very long time, my daughter has only read a few of these books. Many just sat there collecting dust, but recently she has been diving into them all. We came across a few art books the other day. We found a few great “how to draw” tutorials and also came across a cute book filled with fingerprint crafts.

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Cardboard & Yarn Craft Ornament

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Since Mai has started daycare our craft collection has doubled itself. We have a collection of home crafts & now the take home ones as well. Our kitchen island has a pile of them. This week, we hung up a few of our favorites to display them. This weekend we decided to make some crafts that were meant to be hung. Since Halloween is over & Christmas is everywhere, now was as good a time as any to make our first ornament.

What you will need:

Cardboard

Paint

Yarn

Glue

Directions:

Cut out your desired shape

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Cut out notches in the cardboard.

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Paint the cardboard shape.

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Wrap yarn around an empty toilet paper roll to make it easier for little hands.

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Pull the end of a piece of yarn through one of the notches. Pull tight around another notch & continue until you achieve the look you like. Younger toddlers may need a hand with this.

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Pick a side that you like better. Glue a string to the opposite side.

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Valentine’s Day String Art

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String art has had me curious for a while now, but I was not brave enough to tackle it. It seemed so time consuming & difficult that I did not have the motivation to try it… until now. This was my first attempt, so I had a few crafting bumps & bruises along the way but all & all I was happy with the finished product. Here is what you need..

Supplies:

A square of solid cork board (You can substitute wood as well)

A box of small nails

Hammer

Embroidery threads of varying color. I used shades of purple with green as an accent

Lightweight paper

A pen, pencil or a marker

Tape

Glue

 

Draw the design of your craft project out on paper.

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Tape it to your cork board or wood.

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Using a hammer lightly tap your nails into the pattern. Only tap about halfway in, leaving room on the nail to wrap your string. Remove your paper template carefully by tearing it out from under the nails.

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To start, tie a piece of the embroidery thread to the nail that you intend to start with. Use a dab of glue to secure in place & let dry.

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Wrap your thread around the nails, weaving it back & forth between nails. You can weave it however you choose as long as you make sure to follow the design of your pattern. Keep an extra sketch of your drawing handy for reference. It is easy to lose your pattern in the nails after a while.

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Continue to weave your thread around the nails following your pattern until complete. Tie off your thread at the end & use a dab of glue to secure. Be sure to tie off your thread in between colors too.

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Hang up your finished product.

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This was a fun project. I think I might have the string art bug. I can’t wait to design my next project. It takes a little getting used to. I lost myself a little in my lettering but once I referenced my drawing I was able to decipher my pattern again. This is a very forgiving project. There is plenty of room for error & to go back.

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3 Hands, 1 Heart Valentines Craft

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Three Hands One Heart Handprint Craft - a sweet gift for the family - mom, dad & child

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One of my favorite kinds of kid’s crafts are any that have to do with there little hands or feet. I love hand prints & tracings. My daughter and I have been dabbling with tracing a lot lately. She loves trying to trace her hand. It is adorable,really. She will trace hers & then say “Mama, trace hand toooo?” Absolutely, baby!
Their sweet little hands make such wonderful keepsake art. It will be such an “awwwwww” inducing memory to look back on in the future. Here is a Valentines inspired craft featuring the whole family’s hands.

What you will need:

Construction or scrapbook paper

Glue stick

Scissors

Marker

Letter stencils

Tracings of your hands

Directions:

Place your hands (mommy, daddy, baby) on a piece of construction paper.

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Outline each hand.

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Cut around the outlines of each of your hands.

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Place hands in an overlapping pattern to form a heart in the middle.

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Using a glue stick, glue them into position over a contrasting color.

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Flip over & cut any excess to the contrast paper so that only the heart shape shows.

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Glue the hands & heart to another piece of contrasting paper.

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Use a stencil to trace out your saying.

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Let the marker dry & glue dry.

Place your new creation in a frame.

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We have since made a new family heart using our family hand prints instead of the cut-outs.

Three Hands One Heart Handprint Craft - a sweet gift for the family - mom, dad & child

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