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Watercolor and Sharpie Shamrocks

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All you need for these simple watercolor and Sharpie shamrocks is watercolors, a paint brush and a Sharpie.

We had ourselves quite a shamrock filled art day yesterday. Being the big bleeding tissue art fan that I am, I made some bleeding tissue paper painted shamrocks  for St. Patrick’s Day. My daughter began the project with me, but then chose a different direction. The end result is these easy and lovely watercolor and Sharpie shamrocks.

Watercolor and Sharpie shamrocks for St. Patrick's Day. Simple kid's arts & crafts, painting projects. Great for preschoolers too.

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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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Popsicle Stick Turkey Craft

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Popsicle Stick Turkey Craft for Thanksgiving - kid's crafts and activities. Preschoolers, toddlers

I am often asked about the emphasis I put on arts & crafts in our home. I get teased by friends and family about the abundance of craft supplies & projects all over the house. I get poked at that I must have too much time on my hands. I know that some do not understand it, but art is a huge part of my life & something that I am happy that I can share with my daughter. There are many reasons that I craft with her, but the main one is the great talks that we have while working on our projects together. I love watching what she can do & I love watching her creativity blossom, but mostly I love our bonding time. The best conversations we have are during these times. Last night was no different. She dug through my craft bin & pulled out Popsicle sticks and asked if we could paint them. I of course, said yes.

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Mr. Paper Plate Head Mask

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Mister Paper Plate Mask - Mask with interchangeable felt pieces. Fun Crafts for kids.

We went to Applebee’s for dinner last night. Applebee’s has small laptops at each table that you can place your orders from. It also has a bunch of games & kid friendly apps. My daughter found one that allowed you to take photos of yourself & then add artwork to it. She thought this was great fun. She kept giving herself a mustache and laughing. I got a kick out of watching her and her mustached face.

Her funny faces inspired this paper plate craft.

Mr. Paper Plate Head Mask

What you will need:

Paper plate

Flesh-toned paint

Felt in different colors

Velcro tabs

Craft sticks

Glue

Magic markers

 

Directions:

Paint a paper plate in a flesh tone. Let it dry. Glue two craft sticks to the back of the plate for your mask handle. Place Velcro tabs around the plate where you would like your facial features to be. Make sure that you use the rough end of the Velcro. Add one to the top of the mask handle for the bow ties.

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Draw & cut out facial features such as eyes, noses, mouths, mustaches & ears. We also cut out glasses & assorted bow ties.

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Let your child decorate their mask.
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Add as many extra features as you like for more face varieties.

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Mai daughter thought the mustaches were funny here too.

Mister Paper Plate Head Mask - A fun changeable mask made out of felt pieces. Kid's crafts

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Gustav Klimt’s Birch Forest Inspired Craft

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Gustav Klimt Birch Forest Inspired Craft Project

When I was a teenage girl, I had a huge poster print that hung over my bed. It was Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss. I loved this picture. I would stare at it every morning & it just made me smile. A few years back we were lucky enough to visit Austria, the birthplace of Klimt. While there, I fell in love with more of his work.

We have been tackling many artist inspired projects lately & I wanted to try one inspired by Klimt. With it being fall & with all of fallen leaves, I thought The Birch Forest would be the perfect project for me & Mai.

We started out with a light blue piece of construction paper.

I covered the top 1/3 of the paper with a piece of paper, lightly taped into place.

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I added fall paint colors to our palette. We used safety Q-tips to dot on the paint colors. The safety Q-tips are much larger than regular swaps & work great for art projects like these.

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There was a lot of surface to cover so Mai & I dotted the paper together. It is always fun when we can work as a team.

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After covering the uncovered area in paint, remove the taped on piece of paper.

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Pour gray paint on to a large flat surface. Flatten a paper towel roll & dip it into the paint at the crease.

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Stamp the paper towel roll on the paper vertically to form the tree trunks. Start with a few long trunks & then cut the paper towel roll in half.

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Flatten the tube more to form a tighter crease & continue to stamp with branches.

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After you are happy with the amount of branches that you added, dot in green between the branches on the top portion of your picture.

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Let your project dry & find a great place to hang up your new masterpiece.

Gustav Klimt Inspired Art Project - Inspired by The Birch Forest, this craft was made Q-tips

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Puzzle Piece & Q-tip Skeleton

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Puzzle Piece & Q-tips Skeleton Craft - Halloween Crafts for kids

This time last year, we made pasta skeletons for Halloween.

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I just re-shared it on Instagram last week. One of my Instagram friends recommended that I make a Q-tip skeleton. This sounded like a great idea, so I took her up on her suggestion. We made our skeleton using Q-tips & old mismatched puzzle pieces.

Puzzle Piece & Q-tip Skeleton

What you will need:

Puzzle pieces

Q-tips

Black & white paint

Black marker

Pipe cleaner

Glue gun (Use caution when using hot glue. Recommended for adult use only.)

Directions:

Pick out the puzzle pieces that you would like to use for your craft. We used 7.

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Paint the pieces black & let dry.

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Paint a skull & neck with white paint & let dry.

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Glue a Q-tip to the neck & then vertically across two more puzzle pieces like shown. Break a Q-tip in half & glue on either end of the first Q-tip for shoulders.

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Glue on the arm & leg bones as shown. Draw a face on your skull. Glue a pipe cleaner to the back to hang.

Puzzle Piece & Q-tip Skeleton - Halloween Kids Crafts

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Popsicle Stick Ghost Window Crafts

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Popsicle stick Ghost Window - Halloween and fall arts & crafts for kids

We have made quite a few fall & Halloween crafts over the past few weeks. Last week we made a fall window scenes. I made a fall tree, while Mai chose to make monsters in the windows. It was a fun craft for both of us. Last night, she wanted to make more window crafts. We used popsicle sticks to make our windows last night. We put ghosts & a glittery spider in our windows, but you may choose to put anything in yours. An owl, bats, a witch or a haunting moon would be great options as well.

What you will need:

6 popsicle sticks

Acrylic paint

Googly eyes

Construction paper

Glue

Yarn

Directions:

Paint 6 popsicle sticks in the color of your choice. I went with black, while Mai chose to make a pink window. Let the paint dry.

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Glue 4 sticks together to form a square.

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Glue the other 2 sticks through the middle to form a cross.

Cut a square out of construction paper in the same size as the window.

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Glue a cut-out of a ghost to the square & then glue the window over it.

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Use glue to add googly eyes to the ghost. Glue a button on for the mouth.

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Glue a piece of string or yarn to the back of the window.

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We made a glitter spider web in Mai’s window.

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They all came out so cute that we had to hang them in our front window.

Popsicle stick Ghost Window - Halloween and fall arts & crafts for kids

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Puzzle Piece Spider

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If you have old puzzles with missing pieces lying around, instead of throwing them out, consider using your old puzzle pieces to make a cute puzzle craft . Here is a quick and easy craft for the kids for Halloween.

Puzzle Piece Spider Craft

Paint a puzzle piece for each spider that you would like to make.

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Dot on gray spots & let the paint dry.

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Use a hot glue gun to glue googly eyes on. (Use caution when using hot glue. Adults should operate the glue gun.)

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Cut 4 pipe cleaners in half for each spider.

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Bend the pipe cleaners & glue in place.

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