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Paper Plate Suncatcher Christmas Window

Paper plate sun catcher Christmas window scene. holiday and winter arts and crafts for the kids. Wax paper and SHarpies
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We have a tradition in our family. Every year, since the first year that my husband and I have been together, we put up our tree on the first weekend after Thanksgiving. It is always the same. We throw on the movie Elf, pour ourselves some egg nog and decorate for the holidays. This year, we are in a new home and there has been a little debate as to which window the tree will look best in front of. For me the view from the outside is just as important as the view from within.

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Shopkins Inspired Paper Plate Mask

My daughter loves the Shopkins. We have a bunch of those little Shopkins baskets and characters all around our house. My daughter loves all of those little characters.

Paper plate mask inspired by Shopkins Green Apple Blossom - kid's character crafts and activities for pretend play

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What she also loves are masks, more specifically paper plate masks. I have made her many over the past couple of years & we still have every one. Our latest is inspired by the green apple from Shopkins.

We have a ton of pre-painted paper plates left over from a mask making activity that we had at a kid’s craft party, so I just grabbed one of those.


I drew a simple flower on white foam using a green outline with magic marker & drew a simple stem on brown foam.


I cut out the flower & the stem & glued them to the top of the plate.


I cut a worm out of pink foam and leaves out of green. I drew in details to both and added googly eyes to the worm.

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I glued extra-large googly eyes to the plate & drew in the rest of the face using Sharpies.


I added the little feet in at the bottom to finish it off.

Paper plate mask inspired by Shopkins Green Apple Blossom - kid's character crafts and activities for pretend play

My little girl loved her new mask.

Paper plate mask inspired by Shopkins Green Apple Blossom - kid's character crafts and activities for pretend play

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Sew & Weave Easter Bonnets

Sew & Weave Easter Bonnets - A cute & fun fine motor craft & activity for kids

We had a lot of plans for this weekend. My daughter had a birthday party for one of her best friends & we were throwing a Super Bowl party at our own house. Unfortunately, a case of the sniffles changed things a bit. Mai had a nasty cough & a runny nose, so we stayed in our jammies all weekend. She may have been a little under the weather, but it did not slow her down any. She was still running around like crazy. I wanted to get her to sit down & relax, so we sat down & did a quiet & simple activity together.

We cut the center of a paper plate out.


Mai loves using the paper hole punch, so she was excited when I gave it to her & let her punch around the inside & outside of the paper plate. I started it & showed her where to punch so that it didn’t clip just the edges.


I punched the outer edge of a paper bowl because that was a bit too tricky for her & then poked the bowl through the center of the plate and glued it into place.

We used a yarn needle to sew the bowl & plate together with yarn & then to sew lacing around the edge of the plate. I showed my daughter how to use the needle under & over, under & over. She skipped some holes at first & would ask me for help when it would tangle, but eventually she got into the groove & was able to do it perfectly without any help.

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We had so much fun with our project that we made several.

She enjoyed the sewing so much that I wanted to see if she would enjoy weaving as well.

I took a paper bowl & cut around the edges like shown.


The weaving was similar. It weaved over & under, over & under between sections.

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My daughter was not interested in weaving. I finished the weave myself. We glued the woven bowl into the center of another paper plate & then punched more holes around the plate for sewing.


She liked this hat the best of all. We had fun sewing our hats, sniffles and all.

Sew & Weave Easter Bonnets - A cute & fun fine motor craft & activity for kids

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Sew & Weave Easter Bonnets - A fun & adorable fine motor craft & activity for the kids

Mr. Paper Plate Head Mask

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


Magic markers



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.


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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‘Home’ Inspired Paper Plate Masks

Home Inspired Paper Plate Masks

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Last weekend we took a mini vacation to the beach with some family friends. We had a great time & made some wonderful family memories.


The drive to the beach was long though & the drive home seemed even longer. Mai’s uncle downloaded her a movie on the Ipad before we left for our trip. It was for just in case she started getting punchy during the drive. She did great the first hour, but then started to get antsy. We started the movie for her. It was Dreamworks ‘Home’.

As we drove, all I could hear were squeals & laughter coming from the backseat. She loved the movie & quickly started to imitate the characters.

My daughter loves to pretend play. To encourage her pretend play, we often make paper plate masks. Last night, she very enthusiastically helped make ‘Home’ – inspired masks. Here is how.

What you will need:

A paper plate for each mask

Paint in purple, blue, white, light brown, dark brown, red & green

Craft sticks

Purple foam or construction paper

Glue gun (for adult use – use caution)

Black sharpie


Draw a slightly curved lined about 1/3 of the way up from the bottom of a paper plate.


Paint on the top of the line in purple. I helped my daughter by painting a strip of purple for her along the drawn line. I let her paint the rest.


Paint under the purple in blue.


Outline between the blue & purple with a darker purple & then draw a curve to form Oh’s uniform. Paint a purple circle in the middle of the curve as show, Paint in the white’s of the eyes & use a Sharpie to draw in the mouth & eyebrows. The face does not have to be perfect. Your child will know who it is supposed to be.


Cut long ovals out of purple foam & glue them to the side of the head.


Glue two craft sticks together & then glue them both to the back of the mask.


Paint in the eyeballs to finish off your mask.

Paper Plate Mask - Inspired by Oh from the movie home

To make a Tip – inspired mask:

Paint the plate in light brown.


Paint in the hair using a swirling pattern to form curls. The headband is optional.


Draw in the face. Markers work best on smaller details.


Paint in Tip’s green eyes & her sweatshirt. Add the craft sticks for the mask handle.


Mai could barely wait until these were finished. She stood next to me anxiously waiting for the masks to be ready.

She loved them of course.

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23 Adorable Pumpkin Crafts For Kids

23 Adorable Pumpkin Crafts For Kids For The Fall

I know that I may be a little premature in my excitement, but my favorite season begins next month and I couldn’t be happier. I adore the fall & I feel the same way about fall crafts. This week we made our first pumpkin craft of the year. We made some simple cupcake liner pumpkins. We glued our liners down to a piece of paper with a glue stick & drew in our stems with markers.

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It was as easy as that. Our first pumpkin craft of the year was done.

Cupcake Liner Pumpkin Craft For Kids

I know this will be the first of many, as I love pumpkins. There are so many possibilities. If you love the fall & pumpkins as much as I do, here is a great list of ideas for you & your kids to do together.

Bottle Cap Pumpkins by Crafty Morning


Coffee Filter Pumpkins by The Happier Homemaker


Jack-o-lantern Potato Stamping by The Pinterested Parent


Little Pumpkin Suncatcher by Minne-Mama


Pumpkin Gift Bags by Glued To My Crafts Blog


Smoosh & Stamp Pumpkins by Happy Hooligans


Button Pumpkin by Adventure In A Box


Mini Glitter Pumpkins by The Pinterested Parent


Yarn Pumpkins by Enchanted Homeschooling Moms


Popsicle Stick Pumpkin Magnet by That Girl’s Life

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Easy Rolled Paper Pumpkin Craft by One Creative Mommy


Pumpkin Seed Counting Puzzles by I Can Teach My Child


Toilet Paper Roll Pumpkins by Crafty Morning


Pasta Shell Jack-O-Lanterns by The Pinterested Parent


Scissor Skill Pumpkins by Nurture Store 


How To Make A Paper Mache Pumpkin by Nikitaland

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Terra Cotta Pot Pumpkin by Glue To My Crafts Blog


Paper Plate Jack-O-Lantern by The Pinterested Parent


Stained Glass Pumpkin by Crafts On The Sea


Water Bottle Pumpkin Jack-o-lantern by Motherhood On A Dime


Felt Pumpkin Faces by Two Big Two Little


Toilet Paper Tube from Crafty Morning


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23 Adorable Pumpkin Crafts For Kids For The Fall

Paper Plate Fire Breathing Dragon Mask


We ate at Wendy’s this weekend for dinner. My daughter got a kid’s meal. It came with little cut-outs from Dreamwork’s Dragons. My daughter was so excited about this. “Mama, what is this dragon’s name?” She asked me this with each character that she picked up. She played with these until bedtime. Right before she fell off to sleep, she asked me if we could make a dragon craft the next day. She woke in the morning still wanting to make her dragons, so of course dragons are what we made.

Paper Plate Fire Breathing Dragon Mask 

What you will need:

Paper plate

Solo cup

Tissue paper in red, yellow & orange

Acrylic paint

Googly eyes

Construction paper




Cut the bottom of the cup off & trim any jagged edges.


Outline the cup onto the bottom portion of the paper plate & cut out the circle.


Paint the plate in the colors of your dragon & let dry.


Cut out shapes for the dragon’s horns & head fins.



Cut out strips of the tissue paper to form the fire.


Tape the tissue strips into the cup with the strips sticking out of the cut end.


Put the cup through the hole in the plate & glue it in place. Add googly eyes & a craft stick for the mask handle.


Place the mask up to your face & blow through the cup to blow your fire.

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This is fun for little kids & big kids alike.


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20 Character Inspired Kid’s Crafts

20 Character Inspired Kid's Crafts Inspired by Disney, Pixar, Dr. Suess & more...

A few weeks ago we took our daughter to the movies to see ‘Inside Out’. I cried, my daughter laughed & we all left the movie happy. After the movie, my daughter insisted that we all call her Joy after the main character.  She wanted to wear green every day & asked people what they thought of her blue hair. This is a common occurrence in our house. Her character changes from week to week. She has been Hello Kitty, Elsa & other assorted characters and animals. Not only does she enjoy pretending to be them, she loves making crafts that are inspired by them. We have made many crafts over the years & have stumbled across quite a few amazing ones as well. Here are some of our favorites.

Cardboard Tube Olaf Craft by Crafts By Amanda


Lego Baymax Building Instructions from Frugal Fun For Boys


‘Inside Out’ Paper Plate Masks by The Pinterested Parent


‘Finding Nemo’ Nemo & Dory Hand Print Crafts by A Little Pinch Of Perfect

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Paper Plate Eeyore Craft by Crafty Morning


Little Einstein’s Felt Hand Puppets by The Pinterested Parent


Popsicle Stick Minions Craft by Glued To My Crafts Blog



Spiderman Super Hero Hand Print Craft by Messy Little Monster

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Hello Kitty Paper Plate Mask by The Pinterested Parent


‘Monster’s Inc.’ Inspired Potato Stamps by I Heart Arts N Crafts


Paper Plate Octonauts by 3 Kids And A Gluestick


Egg Carton Kermit Craft by The Pinterested Parent


16 Disney Inspired Footprint Crafts by The Keeper Of The Cheerios


Easy Muppet Craft Rocks by Sandy Toes And Popsicles


Pasta Mike Wazowski from ‘Monster’s Inc.’ by The Pinterested Parent


Handprint Thing 1 Craft by This Girl’s Life Blog


Cardboard Tube Superman Craft by Crafts By Amanda


Despicable Me’ Shadow Puppets by The Pinterested Parent


Dusty Crop Hopper & Skipper inspired from ‘Planes’ by Pink Stripey Socks

1 Make Cardboard Toilet Roll Planes Dusty Crophopper Skipper

Styrofoam Peppa Pig Craft by The Pinterested Parent

Peppa Pig Craft made out of styrofoam ball & recyclables.

Who are some of your children’s favorite character’s?

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Paper Plate Stingray Craft

A few months ago we went to a fair while we were on vacation. My daughter became fascinated by the squirting race game that they had. She referred to it as “the contest”. We all played the game together and our daughter won of course. After her victory, she was able to select her prize. She picked a purple stingray to take home with her. She loves that stingray. Her stuffed stingray was the inspiration for this cute and easy paper plate craft. This is perfect for the summer.

Paper Plate Stingray craft for kids. aN adorable project for summer made with paper plate & bowl

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