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Must Have Craft Supplies for Kids!

Create a Kids Craft Tote

 

Creating crafts with kids can be cherished memories and tons of fun.  In the winter, while we’re watching two feet of snow fall outside, the kids love to gather around our kitchen table and cover it with craft supplies.  They will sit and create “masterpieces” for hours.  We all love every minute!  In order for them to create their best work, I like to have an essential list of craft supplies on hand at all times.  I add to this weekly it seems, sometimes with something as minor as a paper towel roll.  Nonetheless, I want to be prepared when the next paper towel roll rocket or pipe cleaner queen’s crown is created.

We use a large plastic tote that I keep on a high shelf in their play room.  Since we often have friends visiting with smaller children, I do not want to have it where everyone can get into paint or markers without preparing a space first.  You can certainly get fancier, but I find that the plastic tote provides easy clean up should something be spilled in the tote or not capped correctly.   Now, grab your essentials and get crafting with those kiddos, they won’t be little for long!   

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Essentials List

 

 

  • Pom Pom ballshttps://amzn.to/2rO3ryw   

  • Foam shapes, sheets and stickershttps://amzn.to/2rQdpP4 

  • Kids washable painthttps://amzn.to/2Kyqap8

  • Dot paintershttps://amzn.to/2It6Clx 

  • Tons of paint brushes, foam brushes and uniquely shaped brusheshttps://amzn.to/2rP4H3C or https://amzn.to/2IqxnHq

  • Card stock (better quality) or construction paperhttps://amzn.to/2rPDFZX 

  • Washable markers-https://amzn.to/2ItfXd3 and https://amzn.to/2rOS6hL

  • Crayonshttps://amzn.to/2IwWDvm

  • Pipe cleaners (chenille wire stems)https://amzn.to/2Kyz8ms

  • Glue and glue stickshttps://amzn.to/2Ku5WwI and 

  • Tapehttps://amzn.to/2LbArJ5

  • Painter’s tapehttps://amzn.to/2L8kMdL

  • Old t-shirts or smock to protect their clothinghttps://amzn.to/2Lb4OiU

  • Googly eyeshttps://amzn.to/2wP0oLt

  • Craft stickshttps://amzn.to/2IvKJSJ

  • Empty and cleaned cream cheese bowls, butter tubs, oatmeal canisters, cheap paper plates, paper towel rolls, ketchup containers, lids to large bottles (if age appropriate), etc.

  • Chalkhttps://amzn.to/2IpTIsI

  • Q-tips and cotton balls (great for paint)-https://amzn.to/2IOHOrr and https://amzn.to/2IIdpLJ

 

Simple Farmhouse Decor

 

Simple Farmhouse Decor 

 

The best part about farmhouse decor is that it is easy to reuse things you already have on hand and make them new again.

When we moved almost two years ago, I left a great deal of our decor boxed in the basement. Recently, while going through a box of glassware my grandmother had given me over a decade ago, I found an adorable vase in the bottom of the box.  I had no idea it was there.  What a find!  It immediately became a part of our decor.  It is a cute white vase that looks great on a metal charger.  I add greens to give it dimension.  

I use faux floral arrangements all year round.  While it brings me joy to use fresh cut daisies, lilacs or azaleas during the spring and summer in vases, the faux stuff wreaks less havoc on my seasonal allergies and are consistently beautiful.  I also really enjoy sticking with one color palette when arranging flowers.  I tend not to mix a bunch of colors.  That’s a matter of preference though and you want to work with your home color scheme.  Aqua blue and orange are in most of our living spaces.

Simple pieces that can be used and reused can be found in your basement, in your pantry (spaghetti sauce jars/mason jars) and in discount bins at your favorite store.  Examples of things to use in your decor: 

  • Chargers (simple one color or metal)-https://amzn.to/2Ij4sZI 
  • Simple greens-https://amzn.to/2Ijtw2M 
  • Faux florals 
  • Mason jars or sauce jars-https://amzn.to/2jWYyPs 
  • Rocks and shells
  • Cactus or other succulents (the ones pictured are faux), https://amzn.to/2IjaM3r 
  • Wooden spoons-https://amzn.to/2L037Vj 
  • Pitchers-https://amzn.to/2rI5yE4   
  • Old windows (yard sale finds) 
  • Galvanized metal vases like this one https://amzn.to/2IneM37 

 

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Must Have Craft Supplies for Kids

Craft supplies for kids

Get Crafting with Kiddos

Kids naturally love to create and make things for the people they love.  There is nothing better than to see your kids’ faces light up when they have created something.  My son will use everything that’s not nailed down in our house to create something else.  Paper towel rolls and milk jug caps become cars or airplanes.  My daughter will take a pair of scissors and some cardstock and make confetti for hours.  Of course, we would then glue that to another cardstock and make a mosaic picture.  There are always things that I have on hand for the kids to ensure they can create something wonderful.  Attached is my go to shopping and gathering list.  Our craft bin always has these items.

Simple Green Wreaths

 

The Simple Green Wreath

Simple green wreaths are my go to wreath all year.  It can be kept as just a simple green wreath which adds richness and beauty to any door or decor.  However, adding goodies based on the season or occasion makes it fun.  Best of all, they are so simple and inexpensive to put together and change quickly.

The wreath in its simplest form:

  • Wire wreath form
  • Greens (This wreath is made from faux eucalyptus branches-sold in a large bunch)
  • Floral wire
  • Ribbon of choice

Start by taking your bunch of branches apart so that you have separate branches to work with.  These eucalyptus bunches had four long branches together on one stem. Then, wire them to the wreath form in the shape and direction desired.  You can add as many branches as you choose, covering the wreath form.  Leave a small space in the wreath form to allow you to tie your ribbon of choice for hanging the wreath.  That’s the wreath in its simplest form which is perfect for every day use.

Pink and Aqua Wreath for Spring

While I enjoy simple green wreaths by themselves, I think aqua blue and pink make a beautiful pairing for spring.  With this, I took floral wire and attached pink silk flowers to the wreath form on top of the eucalyptus.  I then clipped in one bird to add the blue color.  It took just a few minutes and few dollars to change the look of the wreath completely.

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simple green wreath with blue birds and nest

green wreath with blue birds in nest

Blue Birds on a Green Wreath

 

This is the wreath currently on my front door for spring.  While I would not want a real bird to nest in my wreath (been there and done that–tragic results for the birdie).  I love the idea of adding these cute little blue birds and some simple brown grasses as a nest.  These items were less than $5 to add and made an adorable display to my simple wreath.

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simple green wreath with hearts for valentine's day

 

Valentine’s Day Heart Wreath

 

This is more of a Valentine’s Day specialty.  But, I just love it.  I took red and white striped wrapping twine leftover from Christmas and tied it to the wreath form.  I then took red felt and cut out heart shapes.  I stuffed each heart with a little polyfill and sewed two hearts together.  I found some miniature clothespins in my craft supply storage to hang the hearts on the twine.  Voila!  I had all of the supplies for this one in my collection (#hoardingtendencies), so I did not need to purchase anything.  However, the supplies for this could be purchased for less than $10.

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green wreath with fall flowers

 

Fall Wreath

 

Fall colors add warmth to this wreath.  I like to keep my green wreath simple, so I just wired on some fall flowers that I had on hand.  I did not spend any additional money on this wreath.  I repurposed flowers I had used on a project the year prior.  It’s a great way to use what you have to create something adorable for your decor.

Most Important Information to Keep for Kids

Most Important Information to Keep for Kids

 

Paper clutter drives me crazy!!  Yikes!  It’s so easy for a stack of mail to turn into an avalanche of papers ready to take over my kitchen counter.  For my sanity, it’s important to tackle that stuff as it comes into my house or I get overwhelmed.  There is so much important information that we need to keep for our kids.  I like to have it in one place so that I can easily put my hands on it when it is needed.  And, if your kiddos are like mine, you are not told a form is needed until the day it is due.  It’s always helpful to know where to find it quickly.

The most efficient way to keep this organized is with a 3-ring binder and sheet protectors.  I keep most documents in their own individual sheet protectors.  However, I have also put folders with velcro flaps and binder holes in it as well.  These are useful to hold sports information that you do not access daily, multiple letters from teachers or awards, etc.  I also use these to group each school year’s report cards once the year is finished.  You can also add tabs and cover sheets to each section if you find this helpful.

 

Most Important Information to Keep for your Kids Binder 

 

 

  • Immunization Records (updated with print out from the doctor’s office yearly) 
  • School Physical Form (or copy) and Athletic physical form 
  • School Dental Form (or copy) 
  • Medical Summaries from yearly check-ups or from special visits requiring follow-up care 
  • Report Cards (printed from school website if electronic) 
  • Letters from Teachers 
  • Awards and Recognition 
  • Sports/Activities contact information, league info., etc.  

Homemade Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

 

Mother’s Day is fast approaching.  Nothing says love to a mom or grandma more than a homemade gift.  But, let’s face it, you can only have so many cupcake liner flowers, right?  Here are some homemade gift ideas that Mom or Grandma will love for years to come and truly put them to good use.

 

Spring is a time for fresh flowers.  I love to have brightly colored flowers everywhere once spring finally arrives.  It clears out the winter blues and celebrates new life.  I decided to have the kiddos paint terracotta pots for Mother’s Day.  I’m sure Grandma will love them, too.

What you need:

  • A terracotta pot of desired size (this is from Joann Fabrics for less than $5)
  • acrylic paint in desired colors
  • clear acrylic spray to coat (optional-if used inside, the paint will not have an issue of running)

As you see, one of the pots was painted white.  I let this paint dry before helping my son to make fingertip flowers on the pot.  I painted stems on the flowers.  The other pot was left plain with just the fingertip flowers.

terracotta pot with fingerprint flowers
Making a cute flower pot does not have to be expensive or even time consuming.  This can be a last minute gift that Mom will love.

What you need:

  • Plastic flower pot (this is from Wal-mart for $2.97)
  • Acrylic paint
  • Kiddo willing to dip their hand in paint and supply the hand print)

 

green flower pot with orange flowers
Picture frames are always a terrific gift for Mom or Grandma, especially when filled with adorable pictures of the family.  For this gift, I bought an inexpensive frame from Walmart and then my 4 year old daughter and I hot glued wooden buttons from Joann Fabrics.

What you need: 

  • picture frame (Walmart for $2.84)
  • wooden decorative buttons
  • hot glue
picture frame with wooden buttons
Artwork by little hands is so precious.  For this gift, I gave my kiddos a canvas covered cardboard and washable paint.  This is a board which can easily be displayed on an office wall or leaned on the fireplace mantel.  It can also be framed and proudly displayed.

What you need: 

  • Canvas board (I purchased this at Joann Fabrics for $7.99 for 3 canvases)
  • Washable kids paint
kids painting on canvas board
Trinket trays are the perfect gift for everyone.  They can be used for jewelry, keys, or any other small items.  These are easy for older kids or adults to make.

What you need: 

  • Terracotta pot tray (size as desired for gift)
  • acrylic paint (optional)
  • decorative paper
  • Mod Podge

 

For these trays, I painted the terracotta pot trays and allowed them to dry.  Then, put the tray down on the decorative paper and traced the bottom.  I cut this out just inside the line I drew to fit the inside of the tray.  Using Mod Podge, I painted a thin coat on the tray and applied the paper cut out.  Then, I sealed the paper cut out by applying a coat of Mod Podge to the top of the paper.

terracotta pot tray with mod podge and paper
trinket trays
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