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Holly and Mistletoe Arts and Crafts

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My daughter and I had a lazy pajama day yesterday. We starting baking for our annual gingerbread project and we painted, crafted and drew. We made a lot of mess, but had a lot of fun.

Holly and mistletoe arts & crafts. Winter and Christmas paint and craft projects for kids and preschoolers.

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We painted and crafted a ton, but we did get a bit carried away with making holly and mistletoe.

We made Christmas holly out of egg cartons first.

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Marshmallow Painted Christmas Crafts

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I know what you all are thinking. We have not even made it through Halloween yet, why are we already sharing Christmas crafts. Well, our first official snowfall just hit us in October. Our fireplace was lit for the first time this season and it was accompanied by hot cocoa with marshmallows.Use jumbo marshmallows to make these adorable Christmas and winter crafts - paint stamp to make a snowman, gingerbread man, or a Rudolph the red nosed reindeer. Arts and crafts for kids And preschoolers

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While digging out our marshmallows, I found an old bag of jumbo marshmallows which were just too big and soft to resist. Marshmallows make wonderful paint stamps and are just fun to paint with because of their soft, bouncy texture.

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Craft Stick Stamped Thanksgiving Turkey

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Craft stick stamped turkey for Thanksgiving and fall. Art and crafts for kids - painting with Popsicle sticks - preschoolers

My daughter loves to create and will do it with anything that is at her fingertips. Yesterday, she grabbed a pair of scissors and cut out two squares. She told me that she was going to make a jelly sandwich. She went and got some paint and a craft stick and spread her two squares with paint and made a grape jelly sandwich.

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Watching her paint with the craft stick gave me an idea. With Thanksgiving nearing, I thought that we could use the craft stick as paint stamp to create a cute turkey craft.

Craft Stick Stamped Turkey

We squeezed acrylic paints in the color of our choosing onto paper plates and then dipped half of the craft stick into the paint.

We pressed the paint covered stick onto a piece of paper. We continued to dip and stamp the craft stick around the paper to form the turkey’s feathers.

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Once we stamped on all of the feathers to our liking, we set our paint aside to dry. If the paint is very thick in spots, you can blot the paint to help it dry.

While the paint dried, we cut two circles. We made one of the circles larger than the other and then cut out a small triangle for a beak and a waddle to go under the beak.

We just slightly overlapped the smaller circle over the larger circle and glued it into place. We each glued a pair of googly eyes onto the top of the smaller circle and then glued the beak and waddle underneath it.

Once the paint dried, we glued the turkey’s body in front of its feathers.

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Craft stick stamped turkey for Thanksgiving and fall. Art and crafts for kids - painting with Popsicle sticks - preschoolers

Craft stick stamped turkey for Thanksgiving and fall. Art and crafts for kids - painting with Popsicle sticks - preschoolers

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Feather Process Art & Painting

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I am certain I have mentioned this before, but owls are my favorite animal. They have been my favorite since I was a little girl. When I was a young artist, they were also my favorite art subject & they still are today.

feather stamped painted owl & butterfly process arts & craft for the kids with a feather

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I wanted to make an owl craft with my daughter. We had some craft feathers handy & I thought that they would be perfect. They were perfect, but it turns out that they made a perfect paint brush instead of a craft material. I used the feather to press & brush acrylic paint across a piece of watercolor paper. I showed my daughter what I was doing & asked her if she wanted to make one of her own. She did, so she set up shop next to me.

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When the paint dried, I glued on eyes & a beak & my daughter began to work on hers as well.

feather stamped painted owl process arts & craft for the kids with a feather

She chose her own colors & dipped her feathers into the different colored paints.

Feather stamping & painting process art for kids

Pressing the feathers onto the paper can get messy on the fingers, but luckily my daughter is no stranger to messes.

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I watched as she formed symmetrical patterns with her feathers. While she worked, she explained “Mama, I don’t want to make an owl. I am going to make a butterfly. Can you see my wings?”

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She asked me to help her cut antennae out of pipe cleaners. She glued on a piece of paper for the head & drew on some eyes.

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Her butterfly was a great idea & it came out adorable.

feather stamped painted butterfly process arts & craft for the kids with a feather

feather stamped painted owl & butterfly process arts & craft for the kids with a feather

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feather stamped painted butterfly process arts & craft for the kids with a feather

Rock Stamp Painting

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Rock Stamp Painting - Painting methods & techniques

Last month we had family photos taken at a scenic area by our local reservoir. We had a hard time keeping Mai still because she was having so much fun splashing around in the water & collecting rocks. She ran & jumped & skipped and played, but luckily, we still managed to get a couple of great family pictures out of it.

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Not only did we leave there with some great family photos & memories, but we also left there with an armful of rocks. Mai gathered them as we did our shoot & then filled up the back of mommy’s car. Guess what? They have been sitting there ever since. I finally cleared them out of my car this weekend. The rocks were in a wide variety of sizes & shapes. I looked at some of the unique shapes in her collection & thought they might make an interesting art project.

Rock Stamp Paintings

I filled our art palette with a rainbow of colors & showed Mai how to dip into multiple colors & stamp.

“I want to do it. I want to do it.”

I handed her the pile of rocks & let her go to work.

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If your child is not afraid to get their hands a little dirty have them rotate & use the different ends of their rocks for different shapes.

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Mai stamped & dragged them around the paper.

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She pointed out objects that she saw in her rock stamps. “Look Mama, this one looks like a sea-horse.” It turned out to not only be a fun art project, but a great way for her to stretch her abstract imagination.

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Potato Stamps: One Potato – Three Designs

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Potato Stamps - one potato - 3 different designs. Make a snaiil, a rose or a lollipop

This morning I noticed that we had a couple of sad looking potatoes sitting on our pantry shelf. Whenever we have old potatoes we like to use them for potato stamping crafts. My daughter has a thing for snails lately, so I thought that they would make a cute subject for our morning project.

As usual I cut my potato in half & then cut the skin away from the edges to help the potato lay flatter for when we press it into the paper.

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I carved out a swirl into the middle of the potato.

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I called Mai into the kitchen & showed her the stamps & showed her how we could make a stamped snail with it. I used the potato to make the stamp for the snail’s body. Mai made a few stamps & then I drew in a head & little tail &  added a couple of googly eyes.

Potato Stamp Snails

I asked Mai if she wanted to make her own.

She stamped a few & said “Silly mama, this is for lollipops.”

She had a brilliant idea indeed.

I trimmed the edges just a touch more to make the potato more round than oval. We both stamped our pieces of paper.

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Mai painted in her own lollipop sticks.

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I added cake pop sticks that we had from a previous project to mine. I tied small pieces of yarn to form bows for our pops.

Potato Stamp Lollipops

 

The lollipops reminded me of roses, so we squeezed one more craft out of our old potato.

Potato Stamp Roses

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Ice Cream Cone Potato Stamps

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Ice Cream Cone Potato Stamping

This has been an amazing few days. There is still snow in my front yard despite the fact that we have had two warm days in a row, but I don’t even mind. It is almost gone & the nice weather is here. It felt great to get outside. Sunday we spent the day at the park with Mai’s best little boy friends & yesterday we hit our local drive in for hamburgers & ice cream. Mai was so happy to get her ice cream cone. Her face said it all. She savored every last messy bite.

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She didn’t want to go home. I bribed her with the promise of a project when we got home. “Can we make an ice cream project?” Sure can. It was getting late so I wanted something quick & easy before we needed to wind down for the evening. Luck would have it that I had one sprouting potato left that I was saving to make potato stamps with.

I cut about 1/3 of the potato off of the end. (Be sure to cut the potato straight & smooth so that it lies flat when stamping. This will leave a better pressed shape.)

On the smaller end, I carved out wavy shapes along one side as shown.

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I cut the larger end into a triangle holding the potato the long way. Using the edge of the knife, I scraped hash marks across the potato to form a waffle look.

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Pour paint onto a flat surface & dip the cone triangular potato into it & press firmly onto a piece of paper to form your cone.

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Using the other stamp, press on your ice cream scoops. You may wipe off between stamping scoops to change colors or just dip & let the colors bleed together. Mai was very proud of her ice cream cone. “Look mama, I made lots of scoops.”

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