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Aug
21

Make Your Own Shrinky-Dinks

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Get ready for a cool crafts for kids project, which is a great indoor activity for children. Remember Shrinky Dinks? Well did you know you can make your own Shrinky Dinks from styrofoam trays that are packaged with supermarket meat and veggies. That’s right, those trays make a great styrofoam craft project.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Wash and dry your tray(s). Draw simple pictures on the bottom of the tray. Coloring pictures with permanent markers is the easiest way to do this but you could also use colored pencils. Don’t color with crayons though as they will melt in the oven. Cut around the outline of each picture and place each shape on a cookie sheet or piece of aluminum foil.

Place shapes in the oven for a few minutes. When they stop shrinking take them out of the oven.

You can make your own jewelry by by punching or cutting a hole in the top of each shape before putting them into the oven. When your shapes have cooled thread the Shrinky Dinks onto yarn or colored string.

Note: You can use a Styrofoam plate instead of a meat tray, however it will curl up so that your picture is inside. This can be half the fun though, when you end up with a secret picture inside a tube that you can see when you hold it up to your eye. Tip: you can cut away the turned up edge of the plate before placing it in the oven and it will not curl up.

Now that you know how to make your own Shrinky Dinks you’ll never throw away another styrofoam tray again. Right?

Aug
18

Save on Boxed Lunches

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Next time you find pre-made lunch packs on sale snap up as many as will fit in your fridge and freezer. Store as many as you can eat in one week in the fridge and the rest in the freezer. I actually like to store all my boxed lunches in the freezer as then I don’t have to pack an ice-pack in my lunch bag.

Aug
14

Play Activity for Children: Broomstick Horse

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Another easy kids craft project which is also a play activity for children. Make a simple broomstick horse using an old broom handle and an old or mismatched sock. Families.com has published an excellent project sheet for how to make a broomstick horse. Click on over and check it out.

Aug
07

Kids Crafts Projects Using Old Appliances

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In the interest of home safety for children, before starting this kids craft project, make sure to check all pieces you’ll be using in this kids craft project for rough or sharp edges and do not give children anything that is small enough that it could be inserted into their mouths, ears, noses, etc. That said, an old appliance can be a treasure chest for the artist within you or your child.

Use the “inards” for craft projects such as:

  • Toddlers can stick the parts into balls of clay to make “machines” or “aliens”. Make sure that you wean out any parts that are sharp enough to hurt a child.
  • Glue parts to inexpensive frames to decorate a techie’s room.
  • Glue parts around the edge of an unframed mirror.
  • Attach jewelry backing to parts to make brooches, barrettes, necklaces, earrings. You can find jewelry backings at craft stores or use your own jewelry that you no longer like.
Aug
04

Kid’s Art Gallery – Ways to Preserve Your Childrens Art Projects

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Displaying and preserving your childrens art projects can be a challenge. Way too much art and way too little refrigerator space. If you are determined to display each piece of art, before long your home starts to look like a kindergarten classroom. If it breaks your heart (or your child’s heart) to toss out even one piece of precious art read on for some ways to preserve those precious pieces.

Cable Display

In a playroom or child’s room decide how high you will want the art to be hung and attach one hook at that height in a corner and another hook at the same height in the opposite corner.

Cut a piece of picture wire the length of the wall plus six inches. Use pliers to twist one end of the frame wire tightly to one hook, stretch across to the other hook and twist to attach. Clip colored clips, binder clips or clothes pins to the cable and use them to hang your childrens art projects.

Display Board

Install a cork board with decorative moulding in your child’s room and/or playroom.

Magnetic Wall

Paint a child’s bedroom wall or walls with magnetic paint. After the magnetic paint has dried, you can then paint with your regular wall color. Now your child can hang the art work in their own room with magnets.

Magnets

I like to save those ugly advertising magnets that are delivered to me with each pizza, that are sent to me as thank you gifts when I start a new service, etc. and use them to make my own beautiful magnets.

Scan your childrens art into your computer then arrange several them on a blank document so that each piece is roughly the size of your advertising magnets. Alternatively you can take the art to a copy shop and have it shrunk down on a color copier.

Cut out each piece of art and glue to the advertising magnet.

Spray the finished creation with clear polyurethane for a beautiful shine and a protective finish.

When you have enough of these for your own fridge don’t forget that these magnets can make wonderful gifts for family members and teachers.

Memory Album and CD

Take pictures of the art work to put in a memory album or on a CD. Then discard the original art.

Create an art notebook by punching three holes in each piece of art and placing it in a special notebook.

Hopefully I’ve given you enough ways to display and preserve your childrens art projects to satisfy the onslaught of projects your child brings home from Sunday school, preschool, art class … but if not, then share your ideas in the Comments section.

Aug
01

Credit Card Crafts – Crafts For Older Kids

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More fun kids craft projects at Fave Crafts Blog! If you’re looking for crafts for older kids this article on how to re-use all those unsolicited credit cards we all receive in the mail will give you lots of ideas for crafts for older kids. Check out these ideas: Credit Crunch Bracelet, Mosiac Picture Frame & Guitar Picks.