Henna Hands by Kids


Henna Hands by Kids

There is a fad brewing in our house. My daughter and her friend, both 11, came downstairs the other day and showed me their hands. OMG, so beautiful! They had both created the coolest designs on each other with gel pens. Wow!

kids can create henna hands for their friends with washable neon markers

kids can create henna hands for their friends with washable neon markers

They called them “henna hands”, named after the Indian tradition of painting on your body with henna dye. She is now a self-proclaimed pro. All of the little girls at art camp have been waiting patiently for their turn with the henna girl.

She uses these super duper neon gel pens. They don’t smudge when dry, but wash off instantly with water. And they are scented! So your hand smells fruity and delicious.

kids can create henna hands for their friends with washable neon markers

I tweeted the company who makes these cute little gel pens, and they assured me that YES they are non-toxic. Phew, because the henna hands have been the perfect summer craft in our house for the last two weeks. I love when my kids tap into their own creativity and go with it!

xo, Bar

 

Cardboard Ice Cream Cones


Cardboard Ice Cream Cones

This is a super fun and colorful art craft for the kids to do this summer. It takes a bit of prep, but after that the execution is very easy. And the final results are downright adorable!

make these paint + collage cones ~ great summer art craft

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Here’s what you’ll need:

Cardboard + scissors

Black fine tip Sharpie

Tempera paint (I used neon colors mixed with white )

Colored paper cut into “sprinkle” pieces

Circle + shape punches (optional) to make more candy decoration

Glitter glue

make these paint + collage cones ~ great summer art craft

make these paint + collage cones ~ great summer art craft

make these paint + collage cones ~ great summer art craft

How to make your cone:

1. Cut out an ice-cream cone from your cardboard. I don’t have a template because it needs to be really big…bigger than printer paper. But drawing a cone is easy. It’s an upside down triangle and then two circles on top. You can do it! (Tip: draw your cone on the backside of the cardboard box).

2. Cut out little pieces of colored paper that will be the sprinkles. Punch out some circles or other shapes, like hearts or stars, that will be the candy. I used old art to cut the candy pieces.

3. Mix some sherberty paint colors. And mint. Chocolate was the kids’ fave flavor, but we all decided that brown paint would be boring on brown cardboard. They actually helped me choose and name the colors which was an extra fun activity.

4. Show them on a separate piece of paper what diagonal lines look like on a cone. Then give them each a black sharpie and let them do the lines, showing them how to draw one line across the top of the cone, then diagonal lines in one direction and then the other. They love this part because it seems so grown-up to use a sharpie, and it instantly looks like a cone!

5. Now it’s time to paint. Anything goes. I even had a three-year old paint right over her cone. She wanted it pink. Then another one copied her (trends start fast with little ones). It’s all good!

6. Next take out the glitter glue and let them glue on their sprinkles and decoration. You could even bring out pom-poms which makes the kids really happy. That’s it! Let dry overnight before they can take it home.

make these paint + collage cones ~ great summer art craft

make these paint + collage cones ~ great summer art craft

make these paint + collage cones ~ great summer art craft

This project was so successful, I cut out cardboard popsicles for the next day. I’ll share those some other time, they are really cute, too.

Have fun!

xo, Bar

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Make Pretty Things with Paint Chips


Make Pretty Things with Paint Chips

Using paint chips to make art and crafts is pure genius. They are so colorful, and they are free! There are so many ways to create with paint chips I had a hard time picking. Just type “paint chip” in the Pinterest search bar and you can scroll for ages. But I wanted my round up to be full of pretty things that you could make fairly easily, so I narrowed it down to these eight:

1. Gorgeous ombre wreath from Style at Home / 2. Sweetest heart garland from Lovely Indeed / 3. My daughter made this very pretty name garland, you can find the instructions here / 4. The most lovely chandelier made by Hey Gorgeous / 5. I made these gift tags for the teachers a few years ago, you can find out more here / 6. Brilliant use of paint chips for mini notebooks. There are no links for this but it looks super simple! / 7. These paint chip feathers are so pretty on their own, but Mer Mag made them into headbands. / 8. A beautiful piece of framed artwork by A Beautiful Mess.

I would suggest running to your nearest paint store a.s.a.p., before they catch on and start charging for these things! We love having paint chips around because you never know when you need a splash of color in a collage or a garland.

Have a great week!

xo, Bar

 

Watercolor Garland {paint with Q-tips}


Watercolor Garland {paint with Q-tips}

I am so in love with these garlands that the 4-yr olds made in art camp last week. This technique was such a success that the kids asked to do it again the next day! They LOVED painting with q-tips. And I swear, there was literally no way to make these mini paintings look bad. They were all just so beautiful!

make a beautiful garland with liquid watercolors & q-tips

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Here’s what you’ll need:

Liquid Watercolors (I use these, buy the 8oz bottles because you will love and use them that much. I used yellow, orange, red, pink, metallic gold and fluorescent pink for this project. Amazon doesn’t display their colors, so if you want to see the full color chart you can look or buy them here.)

Watercolor paper (I use this lighter weight paper, cut to 3″ x 4″)

Q-tips

Small containers (I used plastic egg cartons, or you could use these palettes)

Hole punch (1/8″)

Yarn

make a beautiful garland with liquid watercolors & q-tips

make a beautiful garland with liquid watercolors & q-tips

make a beautiful garland with liquid watercolors & q-tips

The instructions for this project are so easy. Simply put out your watercolors, let the kids add a q-tip to each color, then have them paint on their little rectangles. Once they are dry, punch a hole at the top corners and string them together. Voila! I do have a tip: cover the end of the string with a little piece of tape so it resembles a shoelace. This will make it easier to get through the little holes.

make a beautiful garland with liquid watercolors & q-tips

make a beautiful garland with liquid watercolors & q-tips

I cannot mention this enough…these are GORGEOUS!! Something so easy and pretty should be made by everyone.

It’s almost the weekend…yay! Have a great one.

xo, Bar

 

Rhode Island Summers


Rhode Island Summers

My husband’s parents have a house in Westerly. We’ve spent every summer there since my oldest daughter was born. I love it there for so many reasons, but the biggest reason of all is the time my kids get to spend with their grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles. It’s a week where they don’t fight with each other because they are too busy running into the ocean waves with their cousins, or playing massive games of whiffle ball, or scheming about how to get one more morning of donuts for breakfast. On cloudy days we go to the water slides in Misquamicut, on rainy days we go bowling and out to our fave pizza place. Mystic Seaport is half an hour away…a place where you can go back in time and make candles, or visit the aquarium and see the cutest sea lions.

A walk down the beach brings us to the best climbing rocks, and a walk across the parking lot gets us to the big pond where the water is still like glass, and warm. If the boat is working, we can go tubing, or just park it in the middle of the pond and jump off the sides. Watch Hill is a 15 minute drive. We go here sometimes for a little shopping, to check out the beautiful homes (Taylor Swift’s place is pretty amazing), and to visit their favorite candy shop. The Ocean House just got rated one of the top five hotels in the country. Someday I want to spend a night there!

Rhode Island holds years of memories for all of us. My oldest said to me on this last trip that she loves it so much she never wants to go on any other vacation ever again. Only Rhode Island. It feels like home, she said.

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xo Bar