Toilet Paper Roll Four Leaf Clover

by Dinah Wulf

Toilet Paper Roll Four Leaf Clover

I thought we should make ourselves a lucky charm for St. Patrick’s Day coming up, so we made our own lucky toilet paper roll four leaf clover. I got this idea when we made our toilet paper roll hearts for Valentine’s Day. This came by accident when I had randomly saw my Valentines hearts in the formation of a four leave clover on my craft table.  It was a complete accident and luckily (see it’s already bringing me luck) I remembered to do it for St. Patty’s Day!

You only need a few things to make them.

Materials:

  • Toilet paper or paper towel roll
  • Scissors
  • Green paint
  • Paint brush
  • Glue

First start with a toilet paper roll (I don’t know why I felt the need to take a picture of a toilet paper roll. It’s not like you don’t know what one looks like!)

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I had my daughter paint it green. She loves to paint and this craft paint easily wipes off.

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Once it dried, I cut out five equal widths, four for the leaves, and one for the stem. I shaped the leaves into hearts like we did for our Valentine’s hearts. For the stem, we simply pinched the circle closed to form a stem. This way, it is painted on both sides and is actually the perfect length.

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Using a hot glue gun, I glued the leaves and stem together.

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There you have it! A simple four leaf clover! You can make several and string them together to make a garland. Consider painting them in different shades of green.

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We put this one on our Leprechaun trap as a decoration!

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Saint Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Trap Tradition

by Dinah Wulf

Saint Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Trap Tradition

Are you familiar with the Saint Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Trap Tradition? Me neither. I had to Google it!  All I knew was that my best friend Jenny from Simply Creative Ways did it every year with her daughter’s, and now that Mia is three and a half, I thought it’d be the perfect age to start (kind of like the Elf on the Shelf).

Tradition

According to Irish folklore, a leprechaun is a little shoemaker that stores their gold in little pots hidden at the end of a rainbow.  They are often mischievous and like to play tricks like turning your milk green or rearranging items around your house. If they are ever captured by a human, it is said that they must grant you three wishes in exchange for release, hence the Leprechaun trap.

Here is how we made ours.

I covered an old shipping box in green wrapping paper that I had left over from Christmas. Mia and I dug through our bin of paper scraps and pulled out the green and yellow scraps.  We punched out different sized circles with various circle craft punches.

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She glued them on, along with some butterflies, plastic gold coins, and glitter shamrocks.

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We also added a paper rainbow and fluffy clouds on top to entice any unsuspecting Leprechauns.

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We also added the toilet paper roll four leaf clover we made for good luck.

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We went to outside and searched for the perfect stick in our backyard.

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Mia (with my help) tied some green yarn to the one end of the stick.

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Mia set it all up.

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We will set up come chocolate gold coins underneath our trap the night before St. Patrick’s Day. Hopefully we’ll catch one and get three wishes! {Fingers Crossed}

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Candy Filled Leprechaun Hat Craft

by Dinah Wulf

Candy Filled Leprechaun Hat Craft

This post, Candy Filled Leprechaun Hat Craft, was a tutorial I did for my other blog that I am officially saying farewell to. It was a lot of fun, but I quickly found out that it was more work than I can handle maintaining two blogs. What was I thinking? So, slowly I will be moving over some of my posts, over here to DIY Inspired.

This is a fun St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun hat.  I made two for Mia’s teachers last year. Here is how I made them.

Materials:

  • Clear plastic cups
  • Gold, Black, and Green card stock
  • Cutting mat
  • Craft knife
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Plate or cup to trace a circle for the rim of the hat
  • Tape
  • Rubber bands
  • Plastic wrap
  • Green candies

Instructions:

First I cut out large circles for the rim of the hat. I found that a large cottage cheese container worked well for the type of cup I used.

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Next, I cut out black strips to go around the hat and two gold squares for the buckle.

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Using a craft knife, ruler, and cutting mat, I measured and cut out a buckle.

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I glued the buckle to the black strip and fit it around the hat. It should fit snuggly.

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Next I filled the cups with green candies.

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I covered the top with plastic wrap and secured it closed using a rubber band.

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You can now turn the cup over without the candy spilling. I taped the circle to the bottom of the hat and tucked in the plastic wrap around the edges.

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Lastly, I slipped the buckle and black strip around the hat and secured it with tape. There you have it!

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Last Minute Halloween Craft for Kids

by Dinah Wulf

Last Minute Halloween Craft for Kids was written for my other blog where I shared kids crafts and activities. I had to bid farewell to it because maintaining two blogs was a lot more than I could handle, BUT I still wanted to share the post with you. Enjoy!

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Last weekend, my daughter had a last minute sleep over with her best friend, Becca which resulted in this last minute Halloween craft for kids.  It was actually her VERY First sleep over.  So cute! She’s only three, but her best friend is MY best friend’s daughter and I feel like she’s one of my own.

Every time Becca comes over she always wants to do a craft. I don’t blame her! Have you seen my craft room?  ;) So, after breakfast we ventured upstairs, still in our PJ’s, and I broke out some supplies.  In the spirit of Halloween we decided to make pumpkins and spiders. I cut out the pieces free-hand and let the girls have free range with the glue and markers. I cut out eyes, a nose, mouth, stem, and leaves for the pumpkin.

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For the spider I cut out eight little legs each and punched out circle eyes and rhinestone eye balls.

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I think it’s so important to let kids have creative freedom.  They came up with the spiders and pumpkins and I just followed their lead. I let them get a little sticky with glue and messy with the markers but it was all worth it.  The girls were so happy making them and very proud of the results.  This last minute Halloween craft for kids couldn’t have been a better activity for them.

Recycled Box Photo Booth

by Dinah Wulf

Recycled Box Photo Booth was originally written for my other blog that sadly I took down since it was too hard to manage two at once. I did however still want to share this fun post with you!! So here it is!

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Summer is here and this recycled box photo booth such a fun and creative upcycle and it’s perfect for any summer party, especially for kids!  It’s really fun and a great creative exercise if you get your kids involved in decorating it.  Here’s what you need to make it!

  • Large cardboard box
  • Paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Decorative Paper or gift wrapping paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Crayons or markers
  • Amy embellishments
  • Unused or thrifted frames
  • Imagination

Instructions:

A box from a large flat screen TV or a refrigerator is the perfect size for a photo booth for small children.  You can make it a two sided photo booth as well.  The larger the box, the better, of course!  Cut out one side, and cover the entire box in wrapping paper, newspaper, or paint it.  Cut out holes for little heads.  Add decorative embellishments to add dimension and make it festive.  Add picture frames as a border.  Your party guests will have a great time posing for pictures.

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This cardboard box photo booth could go with any party theme, the possibilities are endless!  Consider draping it with material, covering it with patterned gift wrap, or painting it.  You can also place a box or basket of photo props like hats, boas, funny glasses, and masks.

Some other ideas for reusing  an old cardboard box in a creative way with your kids are; 1) make a car or bus for your child to sit in complete with a steering wheel and headlights and watch a movie together, 2) make a play kitchen like a refrigerator or stove, or 3) with smaller boxes make a doll bed or toy storage bin by covering it with fabric.

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Recycled Kid’s Craft: Cereal Box Puzzles

by Dinah Wulf

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Happy Earth Day!  In honor of Earth Day, I wanted to share a special recycled craft I did with my daughter.  She may only be two, but crafting runs through my little one’s blood!  I love it!  We are always trying out different kid’s crafts.  Most of the time, I look for things around the house to repurpose and reuse.  Today I want to share a recycled kid’s craft my daughter and I did made out of cereal boxes and the covers of her coloring books.

Materials:

  • Cereal boxes or old board game boxes
  • Coloring book covers or damaged soft book covers
  • Scissors
  • Straight edge
  • Craft knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Glue sticks

Like most kids, my daughter has several coloring books.  Oftentimes, we tear out the pages and color and we are left with an empty spine and cover.  We decided to save these to make these puzzles.

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Using a cutting mat, straight edge, and craft knife, we cut the coloring book covers to our desired puzzle size.  Mainly, we cut off the titles and price tags.

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Next I cut the fronts and backs of the cereal boxes.

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Mia glued the covers to the cereal boxes with some kid-friendly glue sticks.  The cereal cardboard makes the puzzles more durable.

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After the glue dried, I trimmed around the sides and cut out the puzzle in different shapes.  Cut larger shapes for younger children and smaller pieces for older children.  If your kids are older, they can cut out the shapes themselves.

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Mia loved them!  I’m guessing it’s because she helped make them.  She did them over and over again, clapping as she finished each one.  This was such a great kid’s craft for us to do together, and the puzzles are sturdy enough to keep and use over and over again.

Recycled Straw Necklace Craft for Kids

by Dinah Wulf

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Lucky for me, I get to spend at least two times a week with my best friends and their kids.  We try to schedule play dates every Tuesday and Thursday.  Our little ones have become so close they treat each other like sisters (AKA, an occasional hit or raised voice).  Often times we try to come up with a craft the girls can do together.  Most recently we made these cute recycled straw necklace craft.  I got this idea from Jamie over at hands on: as we grow.  She is one of my main resources for the activities I do with Mia.  This kid’s activity in particular is great for fine motor skills.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Yarn
  • Straws
  • Scissors
  • Craft Punches
  • Paper scraps

We chose some of our favorite colored yarn. Cut different lengths for bracelets, anklets, or necklaces. We cut them extra-long for the younger kids.

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We also used various craft punches to create our own “beads” with circles and flowers from scrapbook paper scraps I had left over from other projects. Make sure the hole is large enough for little fingers to maneuver.

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You can pre-cut the straws, or if your child is old enough you can allow them to do it with safety scissors.

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Here are our little ones in action.  Please ignore the dirt on my daughter’s face and shirt… oh and the disheveled hair…they were playing outside I swear!  Ha!

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The girls (ages 2-5) had a great time and were happy to take and wear them home from our play date.

Recycled Arrowhead Water Bottle Pineapple

by Dinah Wulf

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I’m excited to partner up with Arrowhead® 100% Mountain Spring Water’s ReBorn™ Bottle made with 50% recycled plastic! Recycling is one of the easiest and most beneficial ways we can all help the environment. Sadly, only about 30% of PET plastic bottles get recycled. For recycling to work, we all have to do our part. Unfortunately, not all plastic bottles are made with recycled plastic. It’s Arrowheads goal to continue increasing the use of recycled materials in their bottles, but they need everyone’s help. Currently, there isn’t enough recycled plastic available for Arrowhead to make 100% rPET bottles. Join me in the Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water in the recycling movement today! I’m also excited to share the recycled Arrowhead water bottle pineapple my daughter and I made.

 

Make recycling a part of your family’s routine.  My daughter Mia and I not only recycle all our paper, plastic, and glass in our home, but we also recycle creatively by repurposing old or discarded things and turn them into something new and useful.  Today I want to share our Recycled Plastic Water Bottle Pineapple we made to give as a gift to a family member who LOVES pineapple candy.

Here is what you’ll need:

  • Two Arrowhead® 100% Mountain Spring Water’s ReBorn™ Bottles
  • Craft knife
  • Green scrapbook paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape and/or glue
  • Yellow ribbon or adhesive ribbon
  • Hot glue and glue gun

First, we started with the leaves of the pineapple.  Make a cone shape out of the green scrapbook paper and secure it with tape.

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Cut out several triangles in varying lengths and sizes.

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Tape the leaves around the cone, forming the leaves of the pineapple as shown.

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Here is what the top should look like.

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To make the body of the pineapple, cut two Arrowhead® 100% Mountain Spring Water’s ReBorn™ Bottles in half using a craft knife.

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Fill the bottle halves with the candy of your choice.  If the candy you choose is not yellow in color, you can always paint the inside of the pineapple with yellow craft paint.  I used an adhesive ribbon to secure the two halves together.  If you do not have adhesive ribbon, tape the halves together first and then cover the tape with yellow ribbon.

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Here is what the body should look like.

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Attach the leaves to the top of the pineapple with hot glue.

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There you have it!

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Before I leave you, here are some important facts about recycling:

1. U.S. plastic beverage bottle recycling rates are only at about 30%

2. 2.8 Billion plastic bottles ended up in California landfills in 2011

3. Even though a package says it is “100% recycleABLE”, that does not mean it is made with recyclED plastic.  It just means it CAN BE recycled.  In fact, most containers are not made of recycled plastic.

Recycled plastic is simply a better source of plastic. It’s part of Arrowhead’s ongoing commitment to preserving our natural springs, and ensures that every bit of Arrowhead, both inside and out, is truly Born Better.  Click here to learn more!

A big THANK YOU to Arrowhead Waters for sponsoring this post! 

 

Kid’s Craft Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

Thank goodness I enjoy crafting!  I say that because sometimes the trials and tribulations that come with raising a toddler seem less stressful when I can break out a craft activity for the two of us to do.  I have found some fun resources for kid’s craft ideas that I want to share with you today.

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Jamie is a mom of three boys and has art projects, crafts, and activities for kids from newborn to three years old.  From parenting tips to teaching phonics, Jamie’s website is full of amazing ideas for parent and child to do together.  Two of my favorites are a snowman wind chime made out of tin cans and a Dinosaur Fossil Excavation that is a hands on sensory experience.  You can follow Jaime on Facebook, Google+, and Pinterest for more inspiration!

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Kid’s Activities Blog

Holly and Rachel are some quirky mommas who have collaborated with several creative moms to create a one stop resource for activities, crafts, and fun educational experiences for your kids.  You can find indoor and outdoor games, holiday crafts, and even jokes for kids of all ages from babies to middle school aged children.  A couple of my favorite posts are Homemade Toys from Your Recycle Bin and Word Family Tic-Tac-Toe reading game.  You can follow Holly on Facebook, Google+, and Pinterest for more inspiration!

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Last but definitely not least, Heidi and Nicci’s parenting website, not only addresses important pregnancy and birthing information, they share fun topics such as starting family traditions and Toddler friendly healthy recipes.  Of course, their kid’s activities and craft and DIY section is my fave, including How to Make Shelves out of Cardboard Boxes and How to Sew a Toddler backpack.  Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Pinterest!

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Be sure to check out these lovely ladies and their fun and useful sites!  Do you have any kid’s activities you’d like to share?

 

Conan O’Brien Glasses

by Dinah Wulf

I often take for granted the many fun activities there are to do here in sunny California.  I am always reminded when I have friends from my hometown come to visit.  Last week, my friends and I attended a taping of Conan O’Brien (it was the one with Snooki and Jwoww).  Of course, we HAD to set ourselves apart from the rest of the audience. So we decided to make Conan O’Brien Glasses.

My friend purchased orange sunglasses (Conan’s signature color) from a discount department store for $2.00 apiece.  What a steal!

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Her husband and my long-time friend is the owner of Custom Concepts, a signage and graphics business.  He designed and printed Conan’s hair, eyes, and nickname, Coco onto an adhesive vinyl.  The eyes and nickname had tiny holes in it so that you could cover the lenses and still see through them.

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Each of us attending the taping had a craft day and made our own glasses.  We even made a “blinged” out rhinestone pair for Conan himself.  For the hair, we stuck the sticker onto cardboard and cut them out.

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The material made it easy to smooth out.

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For the eyes and the nickname, we stuck them directly on the lenses and used a craft knife to trim the edges.

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Here are all five pairs of glasses we made.

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These are us being complete dorks and messing around and “modeling” in them!

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We had a fantastic time making them and attending the taping.  We had an audience page give the rhinestone pair to Conan.  They were a hit with the staff and fellow audience members.  A few couldn’t believe that we made them!

This is a great activity to do with kids (or adults!).  Consider making fun glasses like these for a birthday party activity or kid’s craft!

Valentines Day Craft DIY Garland

by Dinah Wulf

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This Valentines Day Craft DIY Garland is a fun and easy activity for kids.  It’s very easy to do and involves using recycled materials.  I always seem to work that in my crafty projects!  This was another one of those quick crafts that I made with items I already had.  My daughter and I always try to think of projects to do during the day and she had a blast helping me.

Here is what you’ll need:

  • Paper scraps (I used pink and red)
  • Old book pages
  • Paper cutter or scissors (preferably a paper cutter because it would be a pain to cut all those strips!)
  • Double sided tape
  • Felt (I had felt craft birds from the dollar bin at Michael’s Craft Store)
  • Ribbon
  • Hot glue

We cut several strips of paper and book pages into one inch wide strips in three different lengths with a paper cutter.  OK, I completely forgot to measure the lengths but if I had to guess I would say 6”, 7” and 8”.

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Fold each strip in half.

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Next, using a small narrow piece of double sided tape, bend the curve of the heart in and tape the ends together.

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It will naturally form the perfect heart shape.

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We decided to layer the large (red) and small hearts (book pages), attaching with double sided tape.  Using a hot glue gun, I glued a small felt bird with a gemstone eye to the tip of the heart.  If you can’t find felt craft birds, you can always cut and make them yourself with a simple bird silhouette and felt.

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We punched a hole in the last two hearts, and tied ribbon to it.

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We attached the hearts together with tape and voila!   You have a whimsical recycled heart Valentine’s Day banner.

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Recycled Christmas Cookie Tin

by Dinah Wulf

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Every year for Christmas we get several yummy treats as gifts… it’s the best!  It seems, however, that every tasty indulgence comes in a tacky Christmas tin.  Why is that?  I love receiving these tins because they are so useful.  You can use them for organization in your pantry, craft room, office, or bathroom.  This time I received one that was the perfect size to hold my daughter’s crayons.  It is wide enough to show several colors at once, which seems to be important to my toddler.  Here is how I made a crayon holder out of a Recycled Christmas Cookie Tin.

Here is the BEFORE photo.

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Here is what you’ll need:

  • Christmas tin of your choice
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint brush
  • Decorative Paper
  • Scissors or Paper Cutter
  • Ruler

This craft project is SO easy that I even had my daughter help me (I probably don’t even need to write a tutorial, but here it is anyway!).  After all, this was for her.  First, I let her choose the paper she wanted. Using a paper cutter or scissors, and a ruler to measure the tin, cut your paper to size.

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Using a paint brush, paint on a thin coat of Mod Podge or watered down glue.  Put your decorative paper on top.  Smooth out any air bubbles.  Paint another layer of Mod Podge over the top of the paper and allow it to dry completely (approximately 15 minutes).

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Repeat this process to cover the rest of your container.

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I applied two coats.

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Here is another after photo.

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Here are some more fun trash to treasure ideas and tutorials!

Kids Craft Ideas New Year’s Noise Makers

by Dinah Wulf

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Ever since I had my little nugget, New Year’s Eve hasn’t been quite the same.  Since it is extremely difficult to find a baby sitter on this popular night out, we have had to fit our little one into our New Year’s Eve party plans.  My friends who also have young kids will likely get together to celebrate the New Year at one of our homes.  To keep the little ones busy, I decided to think of some kids craft ideas.  This year, I thought it’d be fun to make New Year’s noise makers out of recycled items from around the house to help ring in the New Year.

Step One:

Gather your recycled containers.  Any plastic or cardboard box will work.  Make sure it’s small enough for little hands to hold and shake.  Check the kitchen, bathroom, and pantry.  I used a cracker box, soup can, medicine box, and aspirin bottle.

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Step Two:

Gather your embellishments.  Think vibrant, glittery, metallic, and bright…anything fun for the New Year!  I used glittered animal print scrapbook paper, neon paper, and glittered craft foam numbers.

Step Three:

Gather your noise making materials.  Look for anything around the house.  I used bottle caps, paper clips, elbow macaroni noodles, and coins.  The bottle caps make a nice chime sound in small cardboard boxes.

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Step Four:

Gather some basic craft materials like glue, tape, scissors, rulers, pencils, and craft punches and let the kids have at it! My daughter loved helping me.  She is learning to count so she had a great time counting each macaroni noodle or bottle cap and putting them in the box.

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Recycled Christmas Card Ornaments

by Dinah Wulf

I don’t know about you but I receive a lot of Christmas cards in the mail.  Don’t get me wrong.  I LOVE receiving them, especially the ones with the family photos.  I love seeing my loved one’s kids grow up, seeing new additions, and even seeing what funny costumes their pets will be wearing.  You can always make recycled bottle cap magnets out of them but that was SOOOO last year!  Just kidding ;)  This year, I decided to make Recycled Christmas Card Ornaments.  This is a fun and easy kid-friendly craft.  Here’s is what you’ll need:

  • Christmas Cards
  • Paper Cutter or Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Hot Glue
  • Embellishments (I used a scrapbook embellishment and plastic rhinestone gems)
  • Ribbon

Step One: Gather your Christmas Cards! I chose by color… red and green of course! Oh yeah… plug in your glue gun.

Step Two: Cut them up.  I cut them in one inch strips.  I cut two lengths just depending on the size of the card. I cut 16 strips all together (8 in two different lengths).

Step Three: To make them easy to maneuver, I stapled four groups of four together.  I also creased a few to make the shape more interesting.

Step Four: Put the four pieces together and pinch with your fingers.  This is the easiest way to apply the glue.  Apply your hot glue and hold it for a few seconds to allow it to harden slightly and then add your embellishment.

Step Five: Add a ribbon.

Step Six: Hang it! So easy AND your Christmas cards don’t get thrown away AND you just made your kid happy by doing a craft with them! P.S. Notice my recycled Scrabble tile ornaments in the background? :)

Bonus!  Guess what?  Here are two other fun ornament tutorials done by my friends and favorite Bloggers over at Pandora’s Craft Box and Chase The Star.

Here is Loren’s DIY Snow Globe from Pandora’s Craft Box!

Here is Barbara’s DIY Ornament from Chase the Star!

I hope you try them out!

Many, Many, Many More DIY Inspired Ideas!

 

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