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Yarn Art With Watercolors

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These yarn art pieces are inspired by the book ‘Art & Max’.

We love finding inspiration for arts and craft projects from the books that we read. One of our new favorites is Art & Max(affiliate link). It is a wonderful book about two lizards. One is an artist and the other is an aspiring artist. When Arthur (Art) suggests that Max paint him, things quickly get colorful and then begin to slowly unravel. The lines and the colors in the book inspired these yarn art creations.
Inspired by the book 'Art & Max'. Yarn art and watercolor painting. Arts and crafts projects for kids.

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Pine Cone Pets

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A fun thing happened the other day. I found a huge bag of pine cones in my basement.Pinecone and pipe cleaner animals. These are cute and easy to make. Use clay or play dough for these Owl, butterfly, turkey craft for kids. Fall or autumn arts and crafts. Nature

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I was excited beyond belief with our find. Pine cones make wonderful craft materials. The scales and the spaces in between make it a great material for children to use. They can stuff pom poms or tissue in between the scales or wrap the pine cones in yarn or ribbon. There are a number of options.

We wanted to make some cute critters with our pine cones and used air dry clay and pipe cleaners to form our creations. We are huge fans of the air dry clay, but you can try this with play dough as well.

Air Dry Clay

Press a small piece of clay underneath the pine cone to make a sturdy base for your creature.

Roll out a ball of clay to form a head and press it into the upper portion of your pine cone. Press googly eyes into the clay. (When the clay hardens, if an eye falls out, use a dab of glue to hold it back into place)

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We cut a bunch of pipe cleaners in half and some into smaller pieces to form arms, wings, antennae or other details. You may also carve into the clay to form facial details. My daughter used her finger to carve a mouth into one of her creations. She made four critters in all. They were adorable and she even gave me one as a present to put on my night stand.

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pine cone creatures. Use Pipe cleaners, clay and pinecones as an invitation to create a variety of creatures. Arts and crafts for kids with nature

 

I made a few animals of my own.Pinecone and pipe cleaner animals. These are cute and easy to make. Use clay or play dough for these Owl, butterfly, turkey craft for kids. Fall or autumn arts and crafts. Nature

I used the same techniques as above. We used the clay at the bottom to form a solid base and then used clay to form the eyes for the owl and then the head for the butterfly and the turkey. Each of these got a pair of googly eyes pressed into them. The beaks for the owl and the turkey were cut out of orange foam and the waddle for the turkey was cut out of red foam. Glue was used to hold these into place. Pipe cleaners were used to form feathers, wings, feet and antennae and horns for our assorted creatures.

These were so much fun to make. I am sure that we will be making more of these together soon.

                       Pinecone and pipe cleaner animals. Check out our other pine cone animals. These are cute and easy to make. Use clay or play dough for this Owl craft for kids. Fall or autumn arts and crafts. Nature Pinecone and pipe cleaner animals. Check out our other pine cone animals. These are cute and easy to make. Use clay or play dough for this turkey craft for kids. Fall or autumn \, Thanksgiving arts and crafts. Nature Pinecone and pipe cleaner animals. Check out our other pine cone animals. See our other pine cone animals. These are cute and easy to make. Use clay or play dough for this butterfly craft for kids. arts and crafts. Nature

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Paper Plate Owl Suncatcher

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I adore owls. I have since I was a little girl. My home is filled with owl knicks knacks and wall hangings. My daughter inherited her mother’s love. Her favorite blanket just happens to be a beautiful owl blanket that a sweet friend made for her for my baby shower.

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Owl Shaped Breakfast

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My daughter is a sweet girl most of the time, but mealtimes in our house are & have been a battle for quite some time. She is a very picky eater & mealtimes in our house are often very stressful. Over the years, I have found fun & creative ways to try to get her to eat. I have tried it all from reading to her while she eats to bite sized meals to fun food art.

Owl shaped breakfast - sunnyside up egg eyes, toast, cheese & bacon - creative food ideas for the kids

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I am an owl lover. I have owls all over our house & it turns out, my daughter is an owl lover too. I recently bought a set of silicone egg rings and have been dying to try them out & they were perfect for an owl inspired breakfast.

What you will need: 

2 eggs

1 piece of bread

1 piece of cheese

1 or 2 slices of bacon

1 baby carrot

Directions:

Use a cookie cutter or cut a circle freehand out of your bread. I was able to use an egg ring for this.

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Cut two triangles out of the remaining edges.

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Crack both eggs & drop them into the silicone molds on a frying pan. We toasted our bread as well.

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Place the round bread on a plate & place the eggs over the top edge of the bread once they are fully cooked. Cut a triangular sliver of carrot for the nose.

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Add the bread triangles for ears & cut little owl feet out of the carrot. Fry a piece or two of bacon for branches to finish it off.

Owl shaped breakfast - sunnyside up egg eyes, toast, cheese & bacon - creative food ideas for the kids

Our adorable owl breakfast came out super cute & was delicious too.

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Acorn & Nature Crafts

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Yesterday was a beautiful autumn day. With the weather getting cooler everyday, I wanted to make sure that we enjoyed every second of the outdoors as we could before the cold weather hits. We went for a walk to look at the foliage, we flew a kite & cleaned up our yard. The leaves have begun to fall & so have the acorns. Our yard is covered in acorns. My daughter helped me gather up the acorns. We filled up her Hello Kitty bag with them. Now what we were going to do with them all?

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Paper Plate Bird Crafts

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Paper Plate Bird Crafts

 

It has been a tough couple of weeks in our house. Our daughter was sick last week & this week I have been battling one heck of a head cold. That means that my daughter & I were house bound yesterday. She wanted to play hide & seek, but mommy didn’t quite have the energy for it. Instead we spent the whole day doing my two favorite things, crafting and napping.

Mai wanted to make a bird, so we stuck with a whole bird theme & paper plates.

Paper Plate Bird

Mai wanted an orange bird, so we made two orange birds for her. I gave her paint & let her work her magic. After the paint dried, we used construction paper to make the wings, eyes & beak.

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Paper Plate Bird

Paper Plate Tropical Bird

Paper Plate Tropical Bird Craft

“Mommy look, a tropical bird!”

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Paper Plate Owl

I have a great love for owls, so mommy made one special for herself. I cut out a bunch of feather shapes in yellow, black & brown.

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Layer the feathers around the plate & glue in place.

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Add wings on both sides.

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Cut out & place the beak.

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Cut out two different sized large circles for the eyes.

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Add googly eyes & top feathers

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Paper Plate Owl

 

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Spice Up Your Art. Herb & Spice Art.

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I come from a family with a creative gene. When I was a little girl, my grandmother’s house was covered with drawings and paintings that she collected from my aunts and uncles over the years. One of the most interesting pieces was a landscape that my aunt Melanie had made. It was crafted out of different oats and grains. I always found it fascinating.
This weekend, I was cleaning out our spice cabinet. It is shocking how old some of the spices are in our home. I have been wanting to toss them for a while, but my husband hates throwing anything out. He doesn’t like to waste. All these herbs & spices brought to mind my aunt’s artwork. Instead of throwing them out, I thought we would experiment a little.

I started with a sturdy piece of scrapbook paper & drew out my design. I chose an owl because I love owls. In small sections, I outlined my drawing in glue. For smaller details, I used a toothpick to spread the glue. I shook out the spice and shook the paper lightly to spread the spice out until it covered the glue completely. The excess was poured onto a paper plate to use later. I continued to work in small sections, using dark spices for dark sections & lighter ones for light sections. Allow the glue to dry in between changing spices.

Herbs & spices used in my picture:

Pepper,garlic salt,oregano,paprika,parsley,bay leaves,celery salt & ground cloves

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I hope you enjoyed our spice art.

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