Sunday, November 20, 2011

2011 Advent Calendar Ideas!

2011 Advent Calendar Ideas!

Christmas advent calendars are not only so much fun to make but create a family tradition that your kids will remember for years to come.  For even more free advent patterns check out the Tip Junkie Christmas site.  You’ll find everything you need for a homemade holiday season! (by Laurie)

Advent Calendar Tutorials

all crafts 34 Best Christmas Advent Calendar Tutorials {diy}
1. Silver Tray Advent Calendar – A gorgeous silver tray with chalkboard spray paint with embellished count down markers.  This would make such an elegant gift.
all crafts 34 Best Christmas Advent Calendar Tutorials {diy}

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Thanksgiving Crafty Ideas and Free Printables!

This weekend we are going to have our annual Fun and Facts with kids Thanksgiving Craft Day!  We thought we would share some free ideas and printables we found that helped inspire us for our crafts.  

Kitchen Utensil Turkey

Kitchen Utensil Turkey

I came across this adorable and unique turkey project. Christina from I Gotta Create! took a pumpkin and then rifled her kitchen utensils and silverware drawer to make this totally fun Thanksgiving centerpiece! I’m loving this turkey, too cute. Head over to her site to get the scoop — Guess What’s In My Silverware Drawer!.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Our Halloween Fun and Facts with Kids Party!

This year for our annual Fun and Facts with Kids Halloween craft day, we all decided on a spooky cemetery theme.   We asked Matthew to help create a giant Haunted House.  Using his imagination and a lot of duct tape, he fit together 6 pieces of black poster board.  With white chalk, he drew a picture of a haunted house.  After this, he took a box cutter (while supervised!)  and cut it out.  We then taped yellow construction paper behind the doors and window to create the effect of lights in the haunted house.  We then took a piece of fencing and put that in front of our haunted house and decorated that with assorted grave stones and fake skeleton bones.  To add a 3D effect to the whole thing we added one cob web draped around the whole house.   We turned on our fog machine to give our whole room a spooky feel which really added a lot of ambiance to our lunch.

For our table setting we used a black table cloth and draped gray cheese cloth over it.  For the place setting we used plastic silver platters with black plates and dark brown glass bowls.   We then spread out a few items that fit in with our graveyard theme.  We made brown paper coffin treat boxes filled with Halloween Candy (of course!) and a plastic skeleton.  Wrote R.I.P. on them and then wrapped black string around them – these were adorable! 

 Keeping with our graveyard theme we decided to serve beef stew.  We added mash potatoes to the center of each bowl of stew in the shape of a ghost and added two peas for ghost’s eyes.  We also created mummy rolls.  With a bone shaped cookie tray we created 5 bone cookies, one for each of us.  We created a black/dark brown punch by combining ginger ale, purple and orange cool aids together.   At our local craft store we found Graveyard Cupcake Wrappers which were perfect for our theme!   We placed them around our homemade pumpkin spiced muffins – and there you have it! Spooky fun lunch in a grave yard!

The whole party was Spooktacular!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Owl Craft ideas for kids!

We just couldn't help ourselves showing you all these adorable Owl Crafts we found online!

Owl Crafts

Plastic Bottle Owl

Craftberry Bush owl from a recycled plastic bottle
Well, I gave it away in the title of the post, but
would you ever have believed this sweet owl was
made from a plastic bottle? I think it's amazing and
definitely worth trying with a group of kids. Get the
details at Craftberry Bush.
Make Something Happy halloween bag topper owl candy bag topper printable 

Owl LanternThe first word that comes to mind when I see this owl lantern is CUTE! I mean really cute. Cute as can be… overkill? I digress. I love how adorable this lantern is and Jill will show you how to make your own. So head over to Meet the Dubiens for the how to on this owl lantern.

Make Something Happy

Here are two quick and easy ideas for Halloween treats made from store-bought goodies… Find step-by-steps to make owl S’mores HERE and Oreo spiders HERE at Craft Buds.

Find step-by-steps to make owl S’mores HERE

Framed Pine Cone Owl

Framed Pine Cone Owl

This unique and beautiful piece of art from The Shady Porch is an ideal nature and fall project. I love the way this turned out, and that’s not just because I’m an owl lover! Check it out at The Shady Porch — Framed Pine Cone Owl.

Free 2012 Owl Calendar from MY OWL BARN
Click HERE to go to her site and then select the month from the drop down below each art work and hit "Download Calendar" button at the bottom of the page. You'll be prompted to download or open the PDF file. Make sure you choose to download it. Once you have the file, you can open it using Adobe Acrobat Reader and print it.

In a rush? Click here to download our pre-made calendar.

5 Orange Potatoes pinecone owl
pinecone owl craft 
5 Orange Potatoes

Artolazzi spatter paint owls
spatter paint owl art 

That Artist Woman macrame owl
macrame owl necklace 
That Artist Woman

Laura Lee Burch needle felted owl
needle felted owl 
Laura Lee Burch

Painted Paper picasso owls
Picasso inspired owl art 
Painted Paper

Art Projects For Kids soup can paper mache for kids
soup can owl craft 
Art Projects for Kids

Andiland paper bag owls
paper bag owls 

Nini Makes egg carton owl
egg carton owl craft 
Nini Makes

Csupamoka2 acorn owl
acorn owl 

Amelie's House paper craft owls
paper craft owls 
Amelie's House

The Crafts Dept. mini owl softies
miniature owl softies 
The Crafts Dept.

Made In Me owl leaf mask
owl leaf mask 
Made In Me

Make a Santa Owl ornament

Jenni of Vintage Umbrella has started a series of tutorials for 24 handmade ornaments. Yea! First up is this precious Santa Owl. Go to her blog post for the free pattern and tutorial.

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