Yearly Archives: 2014

  • DIY mini felt garland

    Mini Felt Garland

    Sometimes I have a picture in my mind’s eye of something I want to make. I don’t know what triggered this idea (although I’m sure it was my hours of trolling through Pinterest), but I really wanted to make some felt garland. I knew this would mean dusting off my old sewing machine, but I didn’t care. …

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  • Smiling’s My Favorite // Elf Quote

    Do you guys watch Elf? It’s literally one of our favorites and we watch it all year whether it’s Christmas or not. Will Farrell plays Buddy the Elf, a human who thinks he’s an elf. It’s charming, wickedly funny, and sentimental all at the same time. Buddy is just so naive and sincere. It makes everything he …

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  • Printables // 12 Gift Tags for Christmas

    I love a good gift tag. We often make our own, whether painting or rubber stamping, but for last minute gift wrapping, printables are perfect. Especially free ones! Here are twelve of my favorites. 1. Patterned gift tags by Ambrosia Girl 2. Peace, Love & Reindeer gift tags by Eat Drink Chic 3. Hand lettered …

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  • make puffy paper stars with kids

    Puffy Paper Stars

    We looove making these little puffy “pillows” in art class. (We’ve made clouds and hearts before.) There are many steps involved, but that’s what makes it so exciting! The kids made these last week to use for holiday decoration. Some wanted to put them on top of their trees, and some wanted to hang them over their …

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  • Holiday Art // Christmas Tree Assemblage

    These beautiful and original Christmas trees were made by the four-year olds in art class! Aren’t they amazing? They loved learning the word “assemblage”, which is basically like collage except you you do more than just glueing. You can do anything to hold pieces together, like wrapping or weaving or cutting. It involves picking up …

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  • Gift Tags with Paper Punches

    Coolest technique ever to make gift tags!! I can’t stop making these, I literally have a hundred gift tags so far. It’s just so easy and they are so pretty and it’s SO FUN to use the punches!! Sorry for getting spazzy with all of the exclamations. If you try this, you’ll see why. This …

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  • My 10 Favorite Craft Supplies for Kids

    Last week I wrote about my Top 10 Art Supplies for Beginners. Today I want to share my fave craft supplies! Over the years, with my own kids and also with the kids I teach in art class, there are a handful of craft supplies that we use over and over and over again. These …

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  • Handmade Holiday // Paper Snowflake Garland

    Recently, I’ve become a little obsessed with learning how to make Pinterest-worthy 3D snowflakes. They are just so beautiful! When I walked into Michael’s the other day and saw these cute little shipping tubes, my mind began to spin. I would make a snowflake garland and fit it inside the tube!  It would be such …

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  • Kid Made: “ISH” Inspired Ornaments

    Today I am so excited to share with you one of the most favorite projects I’ve done with my art class this semester. Inspired by the book Ish by Peter H. Reynolds (author of another awesome book The Dot), I put out a few simple supplies and let them construct and create their own ornaments, …

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  • Pantone Playdough + Gift Tag

    Making playdough is something I could do in my sleep. I have made it for so many years. It is so far superior to store bought in every way! First of all, it’s really soft. Secondly, it lasts forever. Third of all, it’s really cool to watch the liquid turn into a solid right before …

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