We made some beautiful winter crafts last year with clay and nature. We loved them so much, that we wanted to try something similar again for the fall. I am glad that we did. These fall tree mosaics came out just lovely and are perfect the upcoming season.
Paper mosaics are a simple and easy craft for all ages. This ice cream cone mosaic is a great project for the summer.
Summer is just a couple of weeks away. I love the summer for so many reasons, but one of my favorites is the ice cream cones. There is nothing better on a hot summer day. If you are looking for an easy and sweet craft for the season, this one is perfect.
These paper mosaic Easter eggs are cute and easy to make and great for practicing scissors skills.
My daughter loves to cut. It is a very normal occurrence to see her sitting at her craft table cutting construction paper into little pieces. I have bowls of cut paper all over the house. This is one of the reasons that we love to make paper mosaics. Easter is only a few weeks away. If you are looking for a simple craft for Easter for the kids, these mosaic Easter eggs are perfect.
Owls have been my favorite animal for as long as I can remember. My daughter loves them as well. Every day she snuggles up with her favorite owl blanket and her stuffed owls. We can’t leave the house without them.
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I had an idea for a simple owl craft for me and my owl lover, so when my daughter had a sleepover this weekend and the girls asked me to do a craft with them, I was over the moon.
I am a huge fan of gingerbread. Every year in November, I start gathering my supplies to build a big gingerbread house.
We love clay & play dough projects in our house. My daughter just can’t get enough of it. We make new dough every week, sometimes even a couple of times a week. We are just about settled into our new home, but are still missing pictures on our walls. I thought it would be fun for us to make some homemade frames together.
We started with a simple clay recipe.
2 1/2 cup of flour
1 1/4 cup of water
1 cup of salt
1 Tbsp of oil
1 Tbsp of cornstarch
Mix all the ingredients together & then knead with your hands. My daughter always loves this part. You may need to add less or more water.
Roll out your clay.
Cut a few long strips out of your dough & then cut into small squares.
Cut out a shape for your frame & then cut out the inside window. Use a photo as a template to know how big to cut your window.
Lightly wet the top of your frame. Press the squares on top until the frame is covered. Press the squares in enough so that they stick. For my frame, I etched designs in with a toothpick. Since Mother’s Day is nearing, I thought that a Mother’s Day themed frame would be a good choice. Mai chose to draw in her designs after.
Preheat your oven to 250 degrees. Bake for 1 hour & then flip your frame & bake for another hour. Depending on the thickness of your frame, you might need more or less bake time. When hardened, remove from the oven & let cool.
Paint your squares with acrylics or glaze.
After the paint dried, Mai used a marker to draw in her designs. She wanted to write letters & numbers on hers.
Glue yarn or a ribbon to the back to hang & glue a picture to the back. (We used crazy glue. Let adults apply crazy glue.)
My daughter was so proud of her finished project. She asked that both be hung in her room.
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This weekend it was my husband’s birthday. For his birthday, we had a nice family breakfast and spent some quality time together, but daddy really wanted to watch football today. Since he so willingly gives up football every Sunday for Paw Patrol & Doc McStuffins, Mai & I were determined to let him watch his team play today. We needed an activity to keep our little one occupied for a long period of time.
As you all probably already know, I am a huge fan of pasta crafts. We have more boxes of pasta for crafting than we do for eating in our house. One of my favorite pastas to use is Ditalini. When dyed, it looks like beads. We made pasta jewelry a while back and colored much more of the small pastas than we needed. We had a ton leftover to use. We just needed a project that we could use them on.
Luckily we had the perfect activity in mind that both kept her busy for a shockingly long long time & used up all of our little Ditalini.
Spread out Play-Doh in the center of a paper plate.
Color pasta by shaking pasta in a plastic Ziploc bag with food coloring & let dry.
Have them press the pasta pieces into the Play-Doh one by one.
You can also use another pasta to outline a shape and work around it.
This was a fun activity and craft for us. I was impressed with how thorough and thoughtful Mai was when placing each piece as if she already had a plan for each piece.
Hey, why does yours look better than mommy’s?