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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diy: drawstring pom pom bag

Drawstring Pom Pom Bag
make to hold some easter goodies

Supplies:
2- 11 1/2″ x 18 1/2″ pieces of canvas fabric
2- 26″ strands of cotton cording
Yarn
Paint
Paintbrush
Scissors
Plastic sewing needle
Hand-sewing needle
Sewing machine
Pins, optional

Seam allowance: 1/2″

Directions:
1. Paint your design on the outer portion of the 11 1/2″ x 18 1/2″ fabric pieces. Allow to dry completely. 

2. To create the drawstring channel casing, fold both short sides of the canvas fabric down 1/4″, and then another  3/4″, and pin in place.  Sew along the the entire length. Repeat for second canvas fabric piece.

3. Make 7 small pom poms (see how to make pom poms here) and attach an 8″ strand of yarn to each, knot the ends of the string together. Space out 3 pom poms on each side of the bag, with the pom poms toward the center of the bag (and knotted ends off the edge of the bag). Fold fabric over width-wise, with the right sides together, so that the pom poms are sandwiched in the middle, line up the fabric edges and pin in place. Starting below the drawstring casing, sew along the sides of bag. Repeat for the second side, then turn bag right side out.

4. Hand-sew the remaining pom pom to the bottom, center of the bag.

5. Attach one end of the cotton cording through a plastic needle (or a large safety pin), and thread it through the drawstring casing on one side of the bag, and then back around the other side, so that you have both ends of the cotton rope on one side. Repeat with the other ribbon starting on the opposite side of the bag. Leave approximately 9″ of cording on each side, then tie the ends in a knot and cut off the excess.

I was inspired by this bag that was featured in J.Crew’s s/s 2017 fashion show. I don’t know if it’s an actual J.Crew bag since I don’t see it in their webshop, but I love the quirkiness of it, so I created my own version for kids. I think this would make a great alternative to Easter baskets stuffed with chocolates and some Easter eggs. It might not hold much for an Easter egg hunt, but it is definitely cute!

on true: ruffled blouse, c/o land’s end. pants, homesewn (see here).

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