child craft: beaded snake bracelet

Beaded Snake Bracelet
adult supervision for little ones when crafting with small pieces

Supplies:
Chenille stems
Plastic beads

Directions:
1. Hook two ends of 2 chenille stems together and twist. This joins two stems together to make a make really long one.

2. To create the snake tail, feed a few beads through the end of the stem, hook the last two inches, then go around the last bead and feed the stem through the beads. This secures the end and prevents the beads from falling out.

3. Fill your stem with beads to make the snake body. Stop adding beads with about 7 inches left to go on the stem.

4. Add about 12 more beads to create the snake head. Notice the pattern we used to give our snake “eyes” with the black beads.

Allow some small spacing between the beads in the snake body, so it can wrap nicely when wrapping around the wrist to make a snake bracelet. Create a small loop with the head and twist.

5. To fill in the snake head, fill in the remaining stem with some beads. Bring the remaining end through the center of the head, twist the stem around the front head of the snake, and add two more beads for the tongue. Lastly, have the last bit of stem wrap around the last bead, and feed the stem through the previous bead to secure the end. Essentially, repeating what you did for the other end of the snake.


The girls liked this craft so much they made two each! And now each wrist is adorned with a snake bracelet. Their snakes even have names! I believe one is Lavender Chai and another Blue River. I’m not sure what the other two are!

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diy: watercolor bubble art

Watercolor Bubble Art

Supplies:
Bubbles solution
Watercolor, tube set
Cups
Bubble wands
Poster board

Directions:
1. Pour about 1/4 cup of bubble solution into each cup.

2. In each cup, add a large dollop of watercolor.

3. Mix the color and solution together.

4. Go to town blowing bubbles on the paper!

There you go! Some easy art that children will love creating. They’ll enjoy watching the bubbles pop as it leaves a burst of color on the paper. Allow paint to dry completely, then frame. This is a wonderful summer project, so don’t forget to stock up on bubble solution and watercolor!

We’ve been doing some redecorating, so while I’ve done this project before (see here), I wanted one with some hints of black. Plus, after blogging for 10 years now, it’s fun to revisit some past projects and do them again.

Supplies provided as part of the Michaels’ Makers Series. Looking for more inspiration? Make sure you visit Michaels’ blog, The Glue String, to see the rest of the Michaels Makers’ summer fun project ideas.

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DIY lightsabers

DIY Lightsabers

Supplies:
Cardboard paper roll (best from a wrapping paper roll, or paper towel rolls work for a smaller lightsabers)
Duck tape (silver & black for the base; green, blue, purple, or red for the blade)
Black Sharpie marker
Non-stick scissors

Directions:
1. Wrap the base of the roll with the silver duck tape to make the lightsaber handle. Cut a strip of duck tape and wrap around. We used for 4 strips to make the handle of the lightsaber.

2. For the rest of the roll, cover completely with the duck tape color chosen for the blade. Lightsabers blades typically come in green, blue, red, and purple.

3. Cut out 5 thin strips of black duck tape, and space them out on the bottom of the handle to create the lightsaber power cells.

4. Lastly, draw a black circle on the handle to turn on your lightsaber. Technically, this is called the “blade length adjust button”.

This is a project my girls came up with! They first made it about 3 years ago, before they had official lightsaber toys. It’s also one of the most frequently made things in our house. I always keep cardboard rolls for them to make lightsabers. They have plenty of duels with them, and you can imagine they eventually get bent out of shape, so then they make more. If you have little Star Wars geeks in your home, I think this is a craft they would definitely love to make! If you happen to catch this post on May 4th, the girls share a little Instagram video on how to make these lightsabers. Check it out here.

May the FOURTH be with you!

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easy crepe paper flowers

Easy Crepe Paper Flowers

Supplies:
Wooden skewers
Crepe paper streamers
Floral tape
Craft glue

Directions:
1. For shorter stems, break skewers in half. Add a dollop of glue at the top of the stick, and wrap the crepe paper around. To make the flower head, wrap the crepe paper around, and pinch and glue as you go. Continue to wrap around until you have your desired fullness.

2. Tear off a piece of streamer for the leaves. Wrap the floral tape around the base of the flower head, insert leaves in the middle of the stem, then continue wrapping all the way down the stem.

Make a bunch and put together a small bouquet for Mother’s Day gifts. Maybe add a little note that reads, “Roses are red, violets are blue, if you were a flower, I’d definitely pick you!”

If you need more ideas, here are some we’ve made in the past… gifts made from kid art, clay necklace, pin-on paper flower corsage, or make a giant Mother’s Day posters.

 

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true’s drop waist birthday dress

The destination for True’s birthday is Palm Springs, so I wanted to make her a birthday dress with retro modern vibes. The fabric fits the bill perfectly. I accidentally made the torso part too long (I was working on it while she wasn’t home to measure), but I do like the end result much more. It was a happy accident. To balance out the really low gathered waist, I added in some waist ties. The skirt has a light gather, so the bottom isn’t too full. I would totally wear this style, but maybe in a plain white linen (or light grey) fabric, and Soul is already requesting I make her one just like this. The dress turned out better than I planned, and seems perfectly fit for celebrating this 11 year old.

on true: dress, homemade. leopard sandals, jcrew (birthday gift from her grandmama).

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diy: bunny mask

Bunny Mask
make with the bunny ears headband

Supplies:
3 pipe cleaner stems
Pom pom (or cottonball)
Popsicle stick
Craft glue

Directions:
Center the pipe cleaner stems at the top of the wooden stick. Next, wrap the 3 stems around the top of the stick. Glue the pom pom on top of the stick (over the stems). Arrange the whiskers and wear!

Isn’t it so easy to make?! Anybunny can make it!

This is a simple craft that lots of little hands can do with very little assistance. You probably already have everything you need to make this craft, so you better get hopping!

on glow: dress, vintage via ms. tips. bunny ears, see the full instructions here.

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