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Bleeding Tissue Paper Christmas Gifts

We are huge fans of making art using bleeding tissue paper. The effect is so lovely and the process is a ton of fun.

Bleeding tissue paper painted Christmas presents and gifts. Pretty arts and crafts project for the kids during the holiday season. Watercolors would work nicely as well.

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I don’t know about the rest of you, but I always take great care in picking my wrapping paper each year. I love the look of the wrapped presents under the tree, the shine of the wrapping paper, the patterns and the bows. Christmas gifts are just plain pretty.

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Pipe Cleaner Christmas Tree

Our Christmas tree went up this week. My daughter was excited to decorate for the holidays, but when we finished, she told me that we did not nearly decorate the house enough.

My daughter wanted a Christmas tree for her doll house, so we made one. Pipe Cleaner Christmas Tree craft - arts and crafts for kids pretend play or decoration

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She went on to tell me that we needed to get her dollhouse ready for Christmas. “My dollhouse needs snow and a Christmas tree.”

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Warhol Inspired Easter Art

Andy Warhol Inspired Easter arts & crafts projects for kids with free printables for coloring or painting

A funny thing happened at my daughter’s preschool last week. One of the teachers mentioned to me that my daughter talks to her about all of the crafts that we do at home. She said to me in a very puzzled voice that my daughter was telling her about Kandinsky. This made me smile. I gave her a little lesson on Kandinsky last month and then did an art project with her inspired by his works. She remembered it well and when she sees circles now, she observes that they look like a Kandinsky. We did the same with Jackson Pollock last month & this weekend we learned about one of my personal favorites, Andy Warhol.

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Tie Dye Paper Towel Art

Tie Dye Paper Towel Art For Kids - A fun arts & craft project

I am looking forward to the nice weather. I can’t wait for the obvious reasons, of course, but I also am excited because I have been itching to make some tie dye. I have plans to make tie dye curtains for our craft room & I wanted to experiment with a few scarves & shirts with some new design ideas. Since it is so messy, I am waiting for the warmer weather to be able to do it outside.

This year, I intend to have my special helper out there dying shirts with me. We may not be able to get outside yet, but we can still dabble in a little bit of tie dying indoors.

All you will need is paper towels, yarn & watered down paints or food coloring. We watered down acrylic paints in rainbow colors.

I showed my daughter how I was wrapping my paper towels with the yarn & let her wrap her own. Make sure that you wrap the yarn snuggly.

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We wrapped our paper towels with very little rhyme or reason. Here is one of the wrapped towels.

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We dipped the paper towels into the watery paint & dripped paint on with brushes.

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When finished, we unraveled the yarn & very carefully opened up the paper towels & laid them out on a piece of cardboard to dry, but I would suggest laying down wax paper. Some of my daughter’s were very wet & stuck a bit to the cardboard.

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Wait until they are completely dry before picking up or they might tear.

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My daughter thought these were very cool & oohed and aahed over the pretty colors. These were so much fun to make.

When we were done, we cut some of them into flower shapes & made a few flowers out of them. Our flower bouquet came out lovely.

Tie Dye Paper Towel Flowers - a pretty summer arts & craft project for the kids Tie Dye Paper Towel Flowers - a pretty summer arts & craft project for the kids

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My First Attempt At A Diaper Cake & Sunday’s Best Linkup #19

4 Tiered Monkey Diaper cake _ Baby shower gifts

 

It is a big year for babies in my family. I have 3 cousins that are expecting & my sister-in-law is pregnant with her first baby. I am excited to become an auntie & for Mai to meet her first cousin. My sister-in-law’s baby shower was this weekend. I had wanted to try my hand a making a diaper cake for a while & thought that this was the perfect time to try it.

I was a little nervous. I had an idea in mind based on a combination of different diaper cakes that I had seen. I wanted to form a tiered diaper cake that looked like a monkey. Here goes nothing…

Form a base to carry your cake on. Cut a circle out of cardboard.

Cut out & cover your board in felt.

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Use an old paper towel roll. Place it in the middle of the circle & begin your cake by wrapping a diaper around the paper towel roll horizontally. Layer another diaper over it leaving about an inch or so of the original showing. Continue around in this manner.

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You may use a string to loosely hold your tier in place & then tuck more diapers in under the string. Continue around until you achieve the desired width for your bottom tier.

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Start your second tier using the same method. Do the same for your remaining tiers. We did 4 total.

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I covered the cake with a folded blanket. We folded it with the print side folded in & then secured it to the front with a pin.

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For the monkey head & arms we used a tummy time play mat that we found. I secured the arms with a safety pin hugging the top 2 tiers.

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To form the banana, roll a white washcloth. Roll it so that it is thinner at top & fatter on the bottom.

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Wrap another washcloth around it. Make sure that one side is smooth & gather the excess around the back.

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To form the peel, fold a yellow washcloth at one of the corners.

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Make a diagonal fold on one side into the center of the initial fold.

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Fold the other side over in a similar fashion. Fold them in again the same way & repeat these steps with a second washcloth.

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Place both of the folded wash cloths around either end of the white washcloth.

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Cover the yellow & white cloths with another yellow cloth & smooth out the front & pull the excess to the back.

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Fold & tuck the back in to secure it & pull the peels down so they droop.

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Pull the bottom of the cloths up & secure by tucking in at the top.

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To make leaves, fold a green washcloth from corner to corner to form a triangle.

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Fold the edges in around the triangle, except at the bottom.

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Start on one of the sides & roll in toward the center. Do the same for the other end. You may secure with a rubber band if you like or just tuck it in somewhere on the cake.

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We used branches wrapped in yarn to form the tree branches & tucked the leaves in around them.

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My first diaper cake attempt was a hit. I can’t wait for the next shower.  Now on to our main event.

 

 
Welcome to Week 19 of  Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup This week we’re celebrating mothers around the world. We would like to wish each of our moms A Happy and Blessed Mother’s Day. 
 
May is the month to plant gardens and flowers, open pools, fire up backyard grills, makeover outdoor spaces, and turn the kids loose in the yard. I know you’re jumping for joy, right!  I
know I am.  
 
This week we’re looking for posts on Mother’s Day past and ideas for this Mother’s Day, activities for kids inside and outside, recipes, crafts, DIY, home makeover and gardening tips, SEO and blogging information, sewing projects, patio and deck makeovers, backyard projects, front porch makeovers, spring organization tips, and ideas for indoor flower arrangements.  
Blow the dust off your old posts and link those too. They’re great for inspiration. Don’t have posts that fit into the theme, link up whatever post you would like to share. We would love to have parenting tips, DIY projects, homesteading, homeschooling, and your posts on family and life. Your linkups and giveaways are welcome here too. Anything goes, as long as it’s family friendly and you may linkup as many posts as you would like. 

Each week your hosts will select their favorite post and it will be featured the following week. An image from your post will be used on my blog the following week with a link back to your blog. Be sure to check back to see if you’re a Sunday’s Best featured blogger. All Featured Bloggers will have their posts Pinned to the Sunday’s Best Pinterest Board.   



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The Sunday’s Best Posts are:

Kim U. selected  Berry Delicious Cheesecake Fluff  from Dizzy, Busy and Hungry  

 




I selected Funny Face Seedlings from Made With Happy  





Kim M. selected – Who is Responsible? The Race Cards are on the Table from Living in Mommywood  


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Congratulations to our featured bloggers! All of the posts were great, and I appreciate each of you linking up. I would like to invite all of you back to linkup your post(s) again, it could be selected this week. While you’re here take a minute to visit these great blogs. It’s a great way to meet and connect with new bloggers. Be sure to PIN or share any posts that you like, we all appreciate a little love.