Large Group Games for all Ages

Need some large group games for all ages on any holiday or occasion? Here are some great ones!

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BUNCO REVISED

I’ve enjoyed playing Bunco with adult groups, but for families with young children, the rules don’t work. I needed a Large Group Game for All Ages at Christmas time so that everyone (young and old) could take part. I had 40 family members coming ages 2-72, so I adapted the rules a bit and everyone got to participate and have fun!

Supplies:

  • 3 dice for each group
  • Disposable plate with edges (this keeps the dice from rolling all over)
  • Tally Sheet
  • Total Score Sheet
  • Prizes  I gave a “2 dollar bill” to each one of the winning team (get them at your bank) and gave small bags of candy to all the kids participating. It’s your choice for prizes.

Here’s what I did……

I had family groups, but you can divide into groups however you like. In Bunco, you move from group to group and keep an individual score. In Bunco Revised,  I didn’t have people move. They stayed as a family unit. It didn’t matter that some had 3 or some had 6. You just played when it was your turn.

The goal for each round is to roll a given number until the team reaches a score of 21.

Round 1 : Give a signal to start. Each player takes a turn. If they roll a “1”, it scores a point. If they roll three 1’s in one roll, they score 5 points. When no 1’s are rolled, they quickly pass the dice to the next player and they roll until no 1’s are rolled. Speed in rolling the dice is important. When the team reaches 21 points, they yell “BUNCO” and the session is over.

The winning team gets 5 points on their Total Score Sheet and any team with 18 or more scores 3 points. (I scored it this way, so the teams had closer scores and one team didn’t run away with the scoring.) You can score anyway you like.

Session #2 is for 2’s, session 3 is for 3’s, and so on until you have completed 6 sessions. The team with the highest total score wins.

Everyone loved it and had a great time!

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3’s are FREE!

Another game that works is “3’s are FREE!”

This game can be played in family groups or any number of groups you wish.

In this game, each player rolls the three dice. Any “3” that is rolled doesn’t count. Player totals the other dice for the first round score and writes their score on the tally sheet.

Roll 1…..    On this roll, the player would score 7 because the “3’s” are free and don’t count.

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Roll #2……  On this roll, the player would score only three! Add this number to the first score.

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Play three rounds and total all three scores. The person with the lowest score wins!  Young children will need help totaling their score, but it’s a great addition game, too!

Play several rounds and award  5 points for the winner of each round. Total the awarded points to find the overall winner.

HEADS or TAILS!

This game starts by everyone standing up. (Elderly can play sitting down, too.) Each player chooses what they think a flipped quarter will be “heads or tails”. Their choice is indicated by where they place their hands. Hands placed on top of their head is “heads” and hands placed behind on their “boom-pa” or “rear end” is tails.

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Players must stay with their choice. Flip a quarter and call it heads or tails. Those that chose wrong, sit down. Players left standing will play another round. Again, they choose and when the coin is flipped, those who guessed correctly, stay standing and those wrong, sit down. When it is down to two or three players, they can’t all make the same choice. We’ve used this game with 165 players down to only a couple of players. If you have just a few players, you can play this multiple times and give the quarter to the winner or give points. Be sure to have a bunch of quarters on hand or the other option is to tally the points for the overall winner!

Other game options include some published games:

BINGO – an old favorite  Do this with pictures or numbers.

SCATTERGORIES ( play with families so kids can have input or divide into teams and move to different rooms or areas to compile their lists)

PICTIONARY – Young kids can take part in guessing, but sometimes they have a hard time drawing items. Make sure they feel comfortable if they want to try.

Be sure to check out my other posts on Christmas Games, Valentine Games, Thanksgiving Games  Easter and Halloween-Harvest Games.

Have fun!

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Christmas Idea House 2016 Part-3

 

This third and last tour of the Christmas Idea House 2016 Part 3 has just as many ideas for decorating and adding special touches for the holiday season as the other posts. Now, if you missed Part 1 and Part 2, be sure to go back and check out the ideas there. In Part 3, I will cover 3 bedrooms, a living room, and small bathroom. I know you’ll enjoy these ideas!

The Christmas Idea House is decorated each year with a team of talented decorators. The tour features creative inspiration for your home as well as featuring new decor and vintage re-purposed items.

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The first bedroom is quite dramatic with walls painted black! Dark walls set off the white birch bedposts. The added Christmas greens and lights make this a dreamy bedroom.

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To carry out the birch theme, birch branches are used as curtain rods. Red plaid placemats hang over the branches for an easy and striking valance.

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A vintage white cabinet, filled with books, pictures, and seasonal decor, adds lots of interest and color to this room. christmas-idea-house-part-3 grandparentsplus.com

In the hallway between rooms, a sled hangs with cotton batting added for snow.

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Next, the master bedroom is decorated with Native American decor. Wall art, colorful pillows, and natural items carry out this theme.

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The curtains have an added touch of Christmas with greens attached to the natural rope used for tie-backs.

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On the vintage cabinet, re-purposed as a dresser, is a metal sheet pan (the ones used in a commercial kitchen). It is spray painted brown and  filled with faux snow along with decorative ornaments and decor. What a nice way to contain the faux snow as well as re-purposing an ugly metal pan!!

 

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Wood slices with hooks mounted on a board make an interesting coat or garment rack..

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Here’s another idea of using a door knob for a unique hook.

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The tree in this bedroom is embellished with a garland of rope lighting, natural-looking ornaments, feathers, and colored balls. Hanging on the wall, dream catchers (made from doilies) add interest.

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Continuing on into the small upstairs vintage bathroom, wood slices along with hanging votive candles become wall art above the sink.

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A birch branch tree becomes a decorative towel holder in the shape of a Christmas Tree!

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Also, in the bathroom, a toilet paper holder is created from a slice of wood, hook, rope, and a birch branch! How unique!

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In the third bedroom, a wall mirror becomes a beautiful headboard and serves as the focal point in this room.

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 Window treatments are embellished with ornaments and draped with pearl garlands. Lots of gold ornaments and tiny white lights make the Christmas tree in this room sparkle.

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A look under the tree reveals this idea! If you don’t have a tree skirt, make one from decorative tissue paper. Each piece of paper is accordion-pleated and glued or stapled together to form the skirt around the tree. Using a coordinating color, a second and third layer is added on top.

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In the final room, a salvaged metal window is layered with artwork and metal sconces making an interesting statement above the fireplace. The sconces have battery-operated lights placed inside. Inside the fireplace, a galvanized mirror is also lit with battery-operated lights. Birch planters hold white poinsettias.

The same birch planters with poinsettias are repeated by the windows.

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Another salvaged metal frame creates a backdrop for more artwork over the couch.

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Using a vintage office cabinet on top of an industrial cart, creates a moveable coffee table. On the top, it is layered with salvaged wood.

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A salvaged wooden gate gives dimension and height to the metal clock.

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By adding birch poles to a mirrored shadow box, it repeats the theme on the wallpaper.

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Additional lit branches gives drama and depth to this Christmas Tree. Warm lights and grey balls, together make a beautiful tree.

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So many ideas for decorating your home are represented here that it’s hard to remember all of them. I’m sure you’ll want to pin them for future inspiration. Remember, many ideas are not just for Christmas, but anytime!

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Nutcracker Tablesetting

Many people collect Nutcrackers. They come in all sizes and styles. My sister did a Christmas Nutcracker Tablesetting for her family. I had to share the photos of this cute theme for a Christmas table.

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A red, winding scarf adds color and texture to the table as it flows down the middle. It highlights the nutcrackers, candles, and trees. The varied heights give interest with the tallest in the center of the table.

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When you have an idea for a theme, after Christmas is the time to find the savings. If you’ve hunted before Christmas, remember where they are for the after-Christmas sales. Even the English Crackers at the table carry out the theme.

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It takes just a few Nutcrackers in the middle of the table along with the English Crackers and the ornaments (all purchased at 1/2 price the Christmas before) and you have a beautiful Nutcracker Tablesetting for a Christmas dinner.

What themes have you done for a Christmas table? You might find some inspiration at Christmas Tablescapes Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.  

I really enjoy a beautifully set table, don’t you?

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Christmas Idea House 2016 Part 2

Christmas Idea House 2016 Part 2 is the continued tour  through a vintage home filled with ideas for Christmas decorating. A team of decorators create ideas using vintage finds as well as seasonal items found in the marketplace. I always find inspiration for my Christmas and home decorating. I’m sure you will, too.

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As you enter this home, the dining room is what you notice first. They use many different metals in their arrangements and it looks beautiful! So, don’t be afraid to mix them up!

Above a side table, a large industrial metal frame is layered with winter art. A mix of bronze and silver are also used in the display below.

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Here’s a closer look at the arrangement in the bowl. Notice the re-purposed cabinet door under the arrangement.

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On the table, metallic wallpaper lengths are layered with rhinestone edged runners. In the center, gold and gunflint metal candle holders mix together for a lovely table display. Also, notice the birch bark planters filled with white poinsettias.

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Each place-setting includes coordinating plates, napkin rings and a spray of miniature pinecones.The small deer at each place serves as the name-card. (A nice re-useable idea!) The name of the guest is written on the deer with dry erase marker.  Small mirrored candle plates serve as coasters.

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This small vintage kitchen always has many unique ideas.

First, the island is a re-purposed industrial cart.

Next, notice the two pieces of wall art. Framed pieces of galvanized metal gives you the opportunity to change notes or sayings on them.

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In the kitchen, the open cupboards show off the red patterned china while re-purposed drawers hold tea and hot cocoa supplies.

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The last feature in the kitchen is a garden arbor over the stove. Hanging lanterns and seasonal greens make this an unexpected focal point in the kitchen.

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The small vintage bathroom uses a wagon shelf unit as towel storage. The wall mirror is decorated with greens and hanging lanterns. Right under the mirror, a small wooden sleigh makes a lovely seasonal wall shelf.

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Have you ever thought of using an old drawer for a toilet paper holder? Love it, don’t you?

 

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The next three ideas are for tall narrow areas. The first narrow hallway area uses a vintage section of a cabinet with a metal panel above. The second area uses salvaged wooden gates layered with holiday decor.

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In the stairwell hang decorative curtain panels of a pine tree embellished with garlands and ornaments. If you are artistically inclined, you might want to paint your own.

 

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One bedroom is a “Sports Den”. Industrial clamp lights are attached to pipe making it look like stadium lighting. An old incubator table is re-purposed as a coffee table.

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In keeping with the theme, a small Christmas tree is decorated with sport-themed ornaments and shoe laces as garlands.

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Two golf clubs wired together form the curtain rod!

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I had to look twice when I walked into the room and saw this 3-dimensional looking wallpaper on one wall. It looks like the real corrugated metal siding. Going along with the sports theme, the hockey stick, attached to the wall, makes a great ledge for pictures!

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The last piece highlighted in this Sports Den is a metal store rack used as a shelving unit. It fits in perfectly when decorated with sports containers, glasses, snacks, and sports related games.

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You’ve seen several unique ideas both for Christmas and year round. Did you get inspired? Which idea did you like the best?

If you missed the Christmas Idea House 2016 Part 1 post, be sure to check it out, too. Part 3 will be posted soon.

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DIY Best Nativity Crafts

DIY Best Nativity Crafts

Christmas is about the birth of Jesus and I enjoy making Nativity Crafts with my grandchildren at Christmas time. It is the real reason for the season and it gives opportunities to talk with the kids about why Jesus came to earth. The following is a round-up of many Nativity crafts that you can make with your kids, grandchildren, or for a Sunday School project. They are great to give as gifts, or hang on your own Christmas tree. I’ve included a couple of my own posts here as well. There’s a total of 35 wonderful ideas in this DIY Best Nativity Crafts post for you to make.

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This one works for preschool, but I would mark the dots lightly with a pencil for the child to follow! Older kids can just follow the pattern. Go to each site posted under the photo for complete directions.

 

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For the wood slice ornament, older kids would enjoy wood-burning this design.

 

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Wow! Lots of ideas for making your own Nativity Ornaments! I will be making some of these with my grandchildren, too!

Here’s hoping that your Christmas is meaningful and Christ-filled! Have a very Merry Christmas!

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Christmas Idea House 2016 Part 1

Need some fresh ideas for your Christmas decorating? You’ll find them in this tour of the Christmas Idea House 2016 – Part 1.There’s lots of interesting ideas with re-purposed vintage finds along with just using easily found items in unique ways.

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The decorator team, that transforms this house, doesn’t leave any place without a decoration or two! The outside is just as festive as the inside. There’s an old shed (called a warming shed) all dressed up in greenery and festive banners. Birch logs in front give a hint about what theme you’ll find inside the house.

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On the door, hangs a cute wreath made of red and white mittens! They are simply wired onto the wreath base. Such an easy and fun decoration!

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Inside the shed, is a tree made from graduated sizes of scrap wood mounted on a center board. A host of gnomes sit on the shelves. Any collection you have would look great on this tree! Make it any size, too!

 

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On the wall, vintage skis make an interesting coat-rack.

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Outside, three metal deer stand under a garden arbor embellished with garlands, ornaments, ribbon, bells, small trees, and birch logs.

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Another outside focal point is the tree made from salvaged windmill blades. Add lights, a few snowflakes and you’ve got one re-purposed, unique tree!

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The garden containers look lovely with greens, birch, and pinecones along with white artificial stems.

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Upon entering the front porch,  a lovely Christmas table greets guests. Lots of metal, wood, and red plaids give a warm cozy feeling to this setting. Birch rounds become the coasters. Another birch accent is an empty birch shell placed in the vase for a Christmas arrangement.

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Above a vintage cupboard, a sled combined with a wreath and a framed Christmas piece, make an interesting combination for the wall.

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Ever thought of using a galvanized tub as a chandelier? I haven’t, but I just love this one! Add hanging electric lights   (through openings made in the base) along with seasonal decorations, and you’ve got a very unique light fixture! After Christmas, change out the seasonal decorations for Spring! Sorry, the tub will no longer hold water!

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Baby Jesus Ornament

The birth of our Savior, Jesus, is what Christmas is all about. This little Baby Jesus Ornament reminds us of that wonderful event. 

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I found the idea on Pinterest and adapted it as an ornament using Pringles Lids. The complete tutorial is found at TheGoldenGleam.  You can see how they used them as window decorations instead of ornaments. The Pringles Lids are the tops of the canisters of Pringles potato chips. They are just the right size for ornaments.

Basic Materials:

Pringles Lids

coffee filter

black paper

glue (use Tacky Glue as regular school glue doesn’t adhere to the plastic over time)

scissors

Food Coloring – red and yellow   or Water Color Paints

I found that the food coloring stays nice and bright while the water colors are more muted. However, young children should stick with water colors as they are washable!

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When using the Pringles lid, trace the circle of the lid on the filter, but cut inside the lines as the inside is slightly smaller. If kids are working on this ornament,  make a simple pattern for the three pieces so they can trace and cut it themselves. For the star, a sticker works well, too! Lightly glue the pieces together on the coffee filter circle.

 Place a small amount of tacky glue along the edge on the inside of the lid. Place finished piece inside the lid and hold down with a coffee cup until dry. Finishing options for the edge are to roll in glitter, edge with a ribbon, or leave plain. Go to Pringles Lid Ornaments to see other options on finishing the edges. Hot glue a ribbon or string to hang  your Baby Jesus Ornament on your tree.

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The lights of the tree makes the Baby Jesus Ornament look like stained glass! Very cute  ornament, don’t you think? Also, very inexpensive to make!

Have fun! 

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“O Holy Night” Scrabble Ornament

I just love the song “Oh Holy Night”! It’s a favorite Christmas carol with such powerful words and melody. This scrabble ornament is based on those words and an inspirational idea found on Etsy. Since I didn’t have the small figures and wanted it to be lighter in weight, I added the star at the top of the Scrabble letters.

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If you don’t have Scrabble letters, search online for them, find them at your local craft store, or look for Scrabble games at a thrift store.

Materials:

Scrabble Letters:  O,-2, H-2, L-1, Y-1, N-1, I-1, G-1, T-1

Small star (wooden or foam) I used a 3/4 inch wide wooden star.

Gold Tinsel Stems

Gold ribbon or string for hanging

Directions:

Step 1  – Glue scrabble tiles together and let dry completely  I found that using a stronger glue worked better.

I used GOOP.

Step 2 – Cut 2 Gold Tinsel stems-  1- two inches long, 1- three inches long

Step 3 – Fold tinsel stems in half and glue tinsel stems onto back of star.

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Step 4 – Glue Star onto Scrabble letter “O”

Step 5 – Glue ribbon or string on back of star for hanging.

Listen to the song while making this O Holy Night Scrabble Ornament….

 

With the ornament done, hang on your tree! It’s what Christmas is all about!

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Amazing Grace Easter Wreath

The Amazing Grace Easter Wreath says what Easter is really about. While I’m not against bunnies and chicks, Easter is really not about them, but about the amazing grace given to us through Jesus Christ, God’s son, by paying our sin debt on the cross. 

I’m thrilled to have found a source for the beautiful wooden crosses. I’ve made my own displays by cutting out paper letters and forming a cross, but this wood cut-out is beautiful to just hang by itself or use in a wreath. It greets your guests with the message of Easter.  They make a wonderful hostess gift if you’re invited out for Easter dinner.

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I bought 3 Amazing Grace crosses at under $4 each. I thought I would need to paint them, but when they arrived, they looked absolutely fine without painting. That saved a step! Click on Artistic Supply to find them. They were quick on delivery, too! They have several different styles of crosses that would work if you would like a different style.

The first version I tried was working with this gathered green burlap wreath. I had bought it for a couple of dollars on clearance, as it was missing several pieces, and looked awful. For the money, I thought I could change it up into something worthwhile.  So, fixing some of the flaws, I used the cross in the middle and highlighted it with bunches of white lilies.

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This wreath went from the above picture to the one below!

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For the next design idea, it was simple, but tedious, to add the two types of ferns to the twig wreath. I had seen something similar and had the ferns at home, so just worked with it to tuck and glue the ends into the twigs.( A boxwood wreath works, too.) I simply added the cross in the middle. I felt it didn’t need any more than the simple greenery elegance to let the cross stand out. If you’re pressed for time, buy one!

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The third idea was to use palms for the base.

First, I cut a small rectangle from a cardboard box. I tried foam, but it stood out from the wall or door and I wanted it to be flush against the wall. The cardboard worked well.

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I found a small artificial bush that had eight palm branches on it. It was around $9.00 at Michael’s, but a coupon took that price down. With eight, I could make two of them.

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Using the glue gun, I secured the top and bottom palms on the cardboard.  Continuing  on with the other smaller palms, I glued them on horizontally forming a palm cross. Make sure that the top vertical palm part is slightly smaller than the lower part.

 

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I twisted some wire to form a hook for hanging, and glued it on the back of the cardboard.

 

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The last part was to carefully glue the wooden cross cut-out on top of the ferns.

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The last version turned out to be the easiest. So if you don’t have a wreath that you can use, make the version with the palm leaves. It really goes together fast!

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The wooden cross cut-out certainly may be used alone, but it looks outstanding on a wreath. I hops you enjoy your Amazing Grace wreath however you choose to make it!

Happy Easter! 

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Whimsical Spring Arrangements

The cute little bunnies, ducks, and chicks that you see in stores are hard to resist. Well, last year I bought a few on clearance (75% off)  and this year made a couple whimsical spring arrangements with the bunnies and ducks.

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For the first one, I used a vintage berry carrier. By just placing some artificial grass on the bottom, adding the three different size bunnies, and placing artificial succulents here and there, the arrangement is complete.

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I used this arrangement as a centerpiece.  Notice those little bunnies on each placesetting….those I got for 12 cents each! I happened to find them at 90% off of sale price! Such a deal!

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Use those whimsical animals perched on a candle holder and alternate with green moss balls.

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The little feather chicks in a nest were purchased some years ago in Germany. I just love the detail. They’re cute to use with a place-card.

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Perhaps this gives you some ideas on how to use those bunnies, chicks, and ducks in a whimsical spring arrangement of your own.

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Now, watch those sales and take advantage of them for next year!

Phyllis

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Irish for a Day!

We’re not Irish, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t be Irish for a Day! You can have fun with it and make the day special for your children or grandchildren. There’s green scrambled eggs, green oatmeal, pots of gold pineapple, and a rainbow of fruit just to name a few easy ideas. So, why not print an Irish picture, button, or card to greet them on the morning of St. Patrick’s Day? It is easy to do and will guarantee a smile on your kids’ faces as they see their own picture in green! Best of all….IT’S FREE!

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First, find a picture of your child or grandchild on your computer. Go to glassgiant.  This link should take you to “St. Patrick’s Day”.

Next, click on “choose file” and find your picture on your computer to upload and double-click on the picture. It should upload to their site. Then click on “send”.

This will make a button, but I’ll show you how I changed it for a picture. I’ll walk you through those instructions after you have finished your button.

Once you have the basic button made with adding the words on it and picking the background, now download it to your computer. The picture will be off-center and look like this…

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If you’re making a button, you are done.  If you want to make a frame and change it to a picture for a card, continue on……

After you have downloaded the picture, go to Picmonkey.   Picmonkey is a free online editing site for your pictures. You’ll love this site and have fun enhancing your own pictures.

On Picmonkey, click edit and double-click to upload the picture you downloaded from glassgiant. Now, click  “crop”, and change to the size you want. Like this…..

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If you want a border, click “frame” and select the type you want and the color. You can always change if you don’t “apply” it..

Finally, when you get the picture the way you want, click “save” on top and it will save to your own computer. You can now print the picture and place on a card or use however you wish.

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This is actually a quick and easy process, once you have done it. Remember, anyone can be “Irish for a Day”! Your children or grandchildren will be delighted. Have fun!

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Easter Cross Scrabble Craft

Do you have extra scrabble letters? If so, this Easter Cross Scrabble Craft is an easy, quick, yet a meaningful one to make. If you need to find them, just do a search online or find at your local craft store. Thrift stores are a good source, too! I’ve included 2 versions of this craft; one for kids, and one for adults.

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I recommend using a strong adhesive like GOOP instead of a glue gun. The pieces are varnished and mine broke easily when I used the glue gun. I re-glued with the stronger glue. This version is for adults as I found it hard for kids to use the glue. The” kid version”,  is explained later in this post. It makes it easier for them to do and you don’t have to find all those tiles for multiple kids doing this project.

Here’s the number of letters you will need for the cross….

H-1, E-3, D-2, I-1, F-1, O-1, R-1, M-1

When your Easter Cross Scrabble craft is completed, you can hang it as is, or frame it. 

An easy way to do this for a “kid version” Sunday School Craft is to copy the letters on your printer. It’s a lot cheaper, too.

Materials Needed:

1 copy of letters for each child

Scissors

Glue and Toothpicks (flat work better for glue)

1/2 sheet of construction paper red and black

 

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Have students cut out the squares and glue to a half-sheet of paper. It helps to fold the paper in half the long way, and about one-third down. Now, students can follow the folds to glue on the letters. Have them start in the middle with the word “died” placing two letters on each side of the fold. This way, they will line up easier. Hope you can see how I folded this sheet of paper.
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Hint for gluing….  Kids always add too much glue.  Have a dish of glue where they use a toothpick and apply just a dab. This will be enough to glue it on, but not enough to ooze out.

Add a black frame to finish it off. ( I would have these already cut for the students.)

Here’s the finished “kid version” project using paper tiles.

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Either version you make is a craft that is meaningful and memorable for the Easter season and throughout the year. It’s a great reminder of God’s love for us.

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Yes, Jesus died for YOU!

Romans 5:8-9  But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. 

He is Risen!

Phyllis

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Watercolor and Oil Art

Watercolor and Oil Art explores a science fact in a very fun and colorful way.  Oil and water don’t mix, you see, so you’ll have interesting things happen with your art project.  It’s so exciting to see how oil makes waves and moves the color. By using a glue gun, you can design shapes or squiggles that make a design among the melding colors.

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Using just liquid watercolors, a glue gun, and oil, you never know just what you’ll end up with for color variations. It’s fun to watch. Change this project for any holiday theme or design you would like to use. This is one art project that can be done over and over again. It will never turn out the same. Use your imagination and try different combinations.

The materials include: Watercolor Paper, Glue Gun, Liquid Watercolors, Brushes, Vegetable Oil, tray (optional), and Eye Dropper.

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Here’s an easy way to keep this project from getting messy. I bought 9×13 metal cookie trays at the Dollar Tree. They are the perfect size for any painting or craft project. It keeps the mess contained and if things need to dry, you can just dry them right on the trays. For this watercolor project, they can be stacked to dry by placing one tray horizontal and the next vertical. I have one for each grandchild, and it sure helps to keep glitter, glue, paint, etc. all contained! When the project is done, they are easy to wash off.

Ok, now to the directions….  This project requires watercolor paper. Construction just doesn’t work well. It is better with liquid watercolors, too. If you haven’t tried them, they are very colorful and easier to use than the watercolor paint trays. Have some wider brushes to use such as small sponge brushes.

You can buy liquid watercolors from Blick Art Supplies on the sidebar.

I’ve seen paintings that merely cover the entire paper, but I decided to experiment using some shapes outlined with hot glue. I liked the outcome. If you are using a shape, draw it lightly with a pencil and go over it with the glue gun. (I recommend that an adult operates the glue gun.)This will keep the shape from mixing with the other colors and it will stand out from the painting.

 

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Outline a shape with the glue gun.

 

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Paint watercolor inside the glue area.

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Drop oil in several places and watch it work!

Continue on and paint the background.

For our Oma and Opa Camp, I did the kids’ names in bubble letters with hot glue and they used liquid watercolors to make their project colorful and dotted it with oil . Even the boys got into it and thought it was “cool”!

 

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After you have painted a section, while it is still wet, drop oil in squiggles or drops, and watch it change the paint. Continue until the entire paper is painted the way you like. If the watercolors dry too much, just get them wet again with more color or spray with a little water before you drop the oil. The action will continue for a while as it dries.

Let dry for a day and enjoy your watercolor and oil art that you’ve created. 

There are so many ways to vary this project. For instance, you can outline a pumpkin, stars, names, trees, bells, angels, cross, bunnies, fall leaves, and flowers, just to name a few. It is changeable for any season and the outcome is always different. 

For Easter…..

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Christmas…..

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The oil was also dripped on the trees above.

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For Valentines…..

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This cross was painted with the usual watercolor tray instead of the liquid watercolors. It’s not as bright and harder to get the oil action to show. You need to use very deep colors, paint it heavy with color, and still it doesn’t have the same intensity as the liquid colors.

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It’s a good investment to get the liquid watercolors as they last a long time. Your kids will enjoy those bright colors! No messy watercolor trays to clean, either.

Now, what will you plan on making with your watercolor and oil art?  Have fun!

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Enjoy!

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Plastic Heart made with Milk and Vinegar!

A “Plastic Heart made with milk and vinegar”? Yes, I can show you how to make plastic with milk and vinegar! I didn’t believe it either, but it works. Kids will be amazed and have fun with this craft and science experiment. At our Oma and Opa Camp 2015, I used this experiment. I found this on ScienceBuddies.

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Use this idea to make Valentine hearts. ( or any shape you want) No need to run out and buy special stuff as the materials are right in your cupboard and refrigerator.

ll you need is…..

Materials:

Milk- 9 oz.  2% or whole

Vinegar- 4 teaspoons

Red Food Color – 2 drops (optional)

Small heart cookie cutters (mine were 2  1/4 and 1  1/2 inches across)

Straw or pen to poke a hole (optional)

Pin back or yarn for necklace (optional)

Glitter glue (optional)

Directions:

Add 2 drops of food coloring to  9 oz. of milk (use 2% or whole)  The color darkens a lot as it dries.

Heat 9 oz. milk in a glass for 2 minutes in a microwave or heat milk in a pan on the stove until hot, but do not boil!

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When hot, but not boiling, add 4 teaspoons of vinegar. Stir the milk and it will start to curdle. When curdled, pour into a strainer. This will look a bit like cottage cheese.

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I used a tea strainer after most of the water was out and squeezed more water from the curds.

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Place the plastic mixture on paper towel. Fold the towel over and over to squeeze more liquid out.

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Press the plastic down to uniformly flatten it out as much as possible. Take a cookie cutter and cut a heart shape from the plastic.

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 I was able to squeeze the remainder of the plastic together to cut out another smaller heart. You’ll notice that the plastic has a little texture to it.

Now, let dry on a flat surface such as a cutting board or counter top for a few days.

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scraps

If you want to hang the hearts or wear as a necklace,  put a hole in them while wet. Use the end of a ball point pen and do this everyday while it is drying as it shrinks back a little.

Be sure to clean your utensils right away so the plastic doesn’t stick.

After a few days and the plastic is completely dry and hard, put a layer of glitter glue on top. (optional) Just spread it on the heart generously and let dry. Now, the heart has a shiny side. If you’re hanging the heart, repeat again on the other side and let dry. String a piece of yarn through the opening and wear to school as a necklace. Another option is to glue a pin back on it. School friends will be amazed that you made a Plastic Heart from milk and vinegar!

This process is actually how many plastics are made. To see a scientific explanation, go to Science Buddies.

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Did you learn something new? I was skeptical when I first tried it, but it worked. Amazing! So, I adapted it for Valentine’s Day. Any cookie cutter or food color will work. Think of animals, insects, or basic shapes to use for other cut-outs. 

Have fun!

Phyllis

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Valentine Luminaries

The day after Christmas, Valentine decorations appear everywhere. It’s a quick transition from one holiday to another! Before you pack away those cute little Christmas battery lights, this craft puts them to use one more time.  The Valentine Luminaries gives a soft glow and make a great centerpiece or a cute night-light for your little girl’s room. It’s an easy project that kids can do. It involves the “tissue paper and glue technique” that perhaps your kids have done before with other holiday decor. It’s so easy!

 

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Materials:

white, light pink, dark pink, and red tissue paper. (Maybe you have some left over from wrapping those presents.)

watered-down white glue or Mod-Podge

brush

glass container or jar

battery Lights

Directions:

Start with your glass container upside down. The opening should be at the bottom.

Tear pieces of white, pink, and dark pink tissue paper and apply with watered-down glue or Mod-Podge.

When you’ve covered the entire glass overlapping pieces, let dry.

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Cut hearts out of red tissue paper. Make different sizes and apply to the container over the whites and pinks. Stickers won’t work as the light doesn’t shine through. They will only appear as black.

 

If you wish, add a few flowers or bow on top. Place the battery lights inside and light it up!

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Using the same idea, make 3 smaller Valentine Luminaries and string the lights from one to another.

Enjoy!

Phyllis

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