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!

Phyllis

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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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Valentine Straws – quick and easy

Here’s a quick, last-minute, easy idea for Valentine’s Day. Make Valentine Straws to make a drink for kids special! It makes drinking milk or juice extra fun! Imagine coming home from school to this Valentine treat! YUM!

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You can make these in 5 minutes! Surprise the kids or have them make the Valentine Straws for their Valentine dinner.

Materials Needed:

Fun Foam (pink or red)  Use fun foam as it doesn’t tear or get messy with drinks.

Stickers – self stick

Scissors

Straws

Single Hole Punch

 

Directions:

Draw a heart or use a cookie cutter as a template on the fun foam. My samples measured about 3 1/2 in. wide by 2 1/4 in. tall.

Optional:  Decorate with stickers or a cute saying, “Be Mine”, “Love you”, “You are Special”

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Punch hole near the top and one near the bottom. The holes are about 1  1/2 inches apart.

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Push straw through the holes.

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Serve Valentine Straws with Valentine Flavor Cookies for a great after school treat!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Enjoy! 

Phyllis

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Valentine Breakfast

On February 14, set the tone and start the morning right with a Valentine breakfast! Hearty oatmeal, orange juice and a heart-shaped cinnamon roll will be a perfect start to a great day. Everything is quick and easy to make and will delight your family with this special Valentine breakfast combination!

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I used store-bought refrigerated cinnamon rolls and fashioned them into a heart shape. It worked best to unroll them and twist each end to form the top of the heart and then pinch the dough together for the point at the bottom. 

 

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When ready to frost, add a bit of red food color to the prepared frosting. The oatmeal is given just a drop of food color to make it pink and chocolate chips added to form the heart!

 

 

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Another variation is to add strawberry preserves and a gummy heart in the middle.

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Your family will love this quick, easy Valentine breakfast!  Make Valentine memories! 

 

Enjoy! 

Phyllis

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Valentine Decorations with Pringles Lids

Valentine Decorations with Pringles Lids is a reuse and recycle craft! It is very inexpensive and fun to make as well.

I like the Pringles Lids because they are clear. All the other plastic lids on cans I have found are translucent; not clear. This clear lid makes a great project for Valentines (as well as other holidays) as a window decoration or for hanging from a chandelier.

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When making as a window decoration, you only need to decorate one side. ( This is easier for young children.) I’ve decorated both sides and repeated the same design matching each of the stickers on the back side, but you only need to do this if you are going to hang them from a chandelier.

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By using sparkle foam self-stick stickers or any Valentine sticker, the application is easy. A few glitzy, rhinestone stickers add a little sparkle! I happened to get a red rhinestone ribbon 70% off after Christmas so I used that for the edging. Just cutting a row of two wide and applying it to the edge with a glue gun, finishes it off nicely. If you don’t have this, glue the edge with a tacky glue and roll in pink, white or red sparkle glitter to finish it off or a 1/4 ” seasonal ribbon works, too.  Younger children will find it easier to roll the edge in glitter.

 

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Punch a hole in the lid and add fish line or ribbon for hanging. Now, hang your “Valentine Decoration” creations in the window or from a chandelier.  

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Enjoy! 

Phyllis

 

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Valentine Box Ideas

The next holiday, Valentine’s Day,  is just around the corner and hopefully these Valentine Box Ideas will get your creative juices flowing for your child’s own Valentine box. I remember making my Valentine box for school so many years ago.  Do you?

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If you’ve saved a few cereal, oatmeal, kleenex, shoe, and gift boxes, you’ve got the makings for your creations. Add a few cardboard tubes, egg cartons, duct tape, google eyes, construction paper, paint, yarn and perhaps a mop and see what you can create. These 40+ Valentine Box Ideas will be great inspiration! Some are easy and some are more involved. Pick your level and create! It’s a fun project for you and your child or grandchild to work on together.

For each creation, I’ve linked to the blog where it can be found. A few pictures were unidentified and no blog was found so those are left blank.  Enjoy all these fun ideas…..

 

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   Angry Bird Valentine Box Ideas:  juliedavison.blogspot.com

 

Valentine Box Ideas - Pokemon

Pokemon Box

vivaciouslyvintage.com

 

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Alligator Box

crayonboxchronicles.com

 

 

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What girl wouldn’t love to create a castle?

mommylessons101.com

 

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Rapunzel Box …. Notice the child’s picture as Rapunzel.

jungeberg.blogspot.com

 

Sports Boxes……..

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worthpinning.com

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I’m sure you could take this idea and make a hockey one, too!

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Here’s a few animal creations…..

Isn’t this dog cute? Got a mop?

 

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mymixofsix.blogspot.com

 

Next, a darling raccoon.

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procrastistamper.blogspot.com

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www.daniellesplace.com

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A baby wipe’s box was reused for this idea…

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atozandj.blogspot.com

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Monsters of all kinds…….

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www.upcyclethat.com

This Frankenstein box is actually a Halloween Treat Holder, but it would work as a Valentine Box Idea, too!

 

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paulastamps.blogspot.com

 

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This site has lots of other ideas for Valentine boxes, too!

www.daniellesplace.com

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simplykierste.com

I guess all monsters have to have sharp teeth, right?

 

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This polka-dot monster is more feminine with only one set of teeth!

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Yes, Frozen makes its way into the Valentine Box Ideas.

 

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www.oneartsymama.com

 

Now, some more ideas…….

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the5cundicks.blogspot.com

 

 

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www.my719moms.com

 

 

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from www.joplinexpressions.com

 

Robots!

Small…..

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And BIG!

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 Cute shark!

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Here are ideas for “things that go”!

 

 

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www.babble.com

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trailteach.blogspot.com

 

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thedoodlespot.blogspot.com

Doddlespot has some other creations as well….

 

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utah.todaysmama.com

Utah.todaysmama, also, has a few other Valentine box ideas.

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lifewithfingerprints.com

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Wouldn’t these heart people be a cute classroom project?

Next. is a very simple idea to do. Got a bunch of bottle caps? This might be the easy idea for you!

 

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Now, which of the Valentine Box Ideas was your favorite? I found it hard to choose, didn’t you?

Lots of cute ones, right?

Thanks for stopping by and have fun creating!

Phyllis

 

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Puzzle Piece Crafts for All Seasons!

 

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Puzzle Piece Crafts for All Seasons!

Do you have some old puzzles that have some pieces missing? If not, you can find them easily at garage sales and thrift stores. Puzzles are frustrating when there are pieces missing so might as well recycle them into some puzzle piece crafts.

I’ve included a few ideas that I have done and then rounded-up lots more for all seasons of the year! Hope they come in handy!

To get started, on a nice calm day, place puzzle pieces in a box and spray paint. If  painting each piece by hand with acrylic paints, the paint stays better on the back side of the puzzle pieces. Otherwise, spray paint is fine on the front.

Paint  pieces with many different colors. It’s a good way to use up extra spray paint, right? You will want a variety of colors so you have them on hand for any season. Let dry and bag them according to color.

Red for Valentines, Apples, Christmas

Green for Christmas Trees, wreaths, Spring leaves, aliens or monsters

Yellow for sun, Easter Cross, lions

Orange for pumpkins, fall leaves

Pink for Valentines

Black for Halloween bats, faces on pumpkins

White for lambs, bunnies, snowflakes, snowmen

Brown for reindeer, trees

 

Here are ideas for each season:

Winter:

 

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                                                       Wreath from www.timesobserver.com

Place a child’s photo inside the wreath!

Reindeer-

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Go to FamilyCrafts.about.com  for a complete tutorial!

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Go to www.daniellesplace.com

Nine other puzzle piece crafts  from Daniellesplace include: lion, cow, whale, turkey, penguin, Frankenstein, butterflies, baby and giraffes!

Now that should be enough to keep you busy for months! But wait! There’s more!

 

Jesus – The missing piece in Christmas….

I love this one – also from  daniellesplace.com

It makes a wonderful Christmas card!

 

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Candy Cane- 

This is one I have done!

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Santa’ s Hat –

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Go to www.familycrafts

Christmas Tree

Another idea from www.familycrafts

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Here’s another variation with a tutorial on both the tree and wreath.

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                                                                                          Go to www.worldofwhimm

 

Add a little bling to your tree….

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visit :   urbanpaisley.blogspot.com

 

Snowflake

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                                                                                  From   mamapapabubba.com

Snowman- 

I love this cute snowman!

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                                                                  For complete directions go to  familycrafts.about.com

 Large Snowman

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This is adorable!   Go to thesenorthernskies

Christmas Garland

 

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Go to  CarolineKiberd for complete instructions!

Valentines

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Go to 123toddlerandme

Some adult crafts for inspiration, too! Great looks for your Valentine decor! Sorry, but I found no identification on these photos or websites for these crafts! Please let me know if you know the source!

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Puzzle Piece Crafts for All Seasons

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Spring:

 

Easter Cross

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Go to grandparentsplus.com

 

 

Whimsical Lamb

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Found at  freekidscrafts.com

Spring Tree

No need to paint puzzle pieces if you can find similar colors to create a picture!

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Lamb and Lion

 

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Idea from …  thesenorthernskies

Earth Day Idea

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Visit   freekidscrafts.com

Summer:

 Flowers

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Use puzzle pieces that have muted shades of the same color.

Butterflies

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Complete directions found on Makingfriends.com

Fall:

 

Autumn Trees

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Idea from  meaningfulmama

Pumpkin Place Card

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Go to exquisitelyunremarkable

Apple

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Visit savingcentswithsense.net

I love the brown paper bag background!

Jack-O-Lantern

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Go to  Jadaroo

Turkey

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Miscellaneous Ideas:

I thought this idea was so cute. Imagine it on a card.

  Puzzle Piece Crafts for All Seasons   grandparentsplus.com Go to squidoo

Jewelry

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Found on Folksy

Napkin Rings

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Found on hgtv.com

Framed Name Using Puzzle Pieces – Such a great idea!

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Go to NurseryProject to see this!

Aliens, Monsters, and People

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Found on CreationsbyCheryl

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Found on funfamilycrafts

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Found on AllKidsNetwork

Frames

I like the use of denim puzzle pieces on this frame!

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Go to MakingFriends

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Go to BuggyandBuddy for instructions

This by no means is a complete list of possibilities, but it will give you lots of ideas to try. Perhaps,  more than you need!

Hope you found some new ideas of what to do with your old puzzle pieces!

Thanks for stopping by,

Phyllis

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Jeweled Wire Heart

Make this lovely Valentine jeweled wire heart to hang in your window and let the sunshine show off the colored beads! That is, if you have some sunshine! Oh well, sunshine or not, it looks great in your window.

This is a Valentine to keep and use each year. Hang in a window or hang several of varying sizes from a chandelier for that special party! While it is easy for elementary kids to string the beads, an adult needs to help shape the wire into a heart.

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Beautiful jeweled wire heart craft! Easy for elementary kids to do!

Items Needed:

Supplies of Bead and Sequins. Vary the sizes and colors! #heart #craft #beads #valentine

I happened to have a package of sequins that had flowers and hearts – Perfect!
They added a lot of sparkle!

Supplies

  1. 12 gauge Aluminum wire to make the shape (any color wire will do)
  2. 24 gauge Aluminum wire to string the beads
  3. Faceted Beads or other various beads or sequins
  4. Suction Cups – for hanging on the window
  5. Needle Nose Pliers

First, bend the 12 gauge wire into desired shape. I used about 18 ” to make the heart. If you have trouble making the shape, form around a large cookie cutter! Another method is to make a circle, find the half-way mark and make the bottom point of the heart. Then push the twisted area down until you have a heart shape.

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Found this wire at Michael’s after Christmas on sale! Any color wire will work!

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Wire heart can be formed to any size. This is about 5 in. across.

 

Next,  measure a length of 24 gauge wire to go back and forth 3-4 times inside the shape.

Twist the 24 gauge wire to the top of the shape and start threading the beads. Use different shapes and sizes of beads along with sequins, if you wish. When it reaches the other side with the beads, string the wire across and then wind it tightly around the wire a few times. Start back to the other side and string more beads and sequins. When finished, be sure to secure the wire well by twisting it around several times.

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Thin 24 gauge wire is used to go back and forth after beading sparkly beads and sequins.

 

Using a variety of beads works well and gives it lots of sparkle and color!

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By hanging in a window, the sunshine bounces off the colored beads and makes them sparkle!

This Valentine craft is worth keeping each year!

Add another to it next year!

Isn’t this easy?

 

 Have fun!

Phyllis

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Valentine Tablescape

For a Valentine dinner, the colors of pink and red make it romantic and beautiful! Using red chargers, red heart napkin rings, my mother’s pink flowered china and pink goblets along with a pink and red-flowered centerpiece, the table looks spectacular!

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For the centerpiece, I filled the container with red and pink silk flowers, then added distilled water.  It coordinates with  the pink and red combination used throughout this Valentine Tablescape.

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The pink china is from my mother and I remember many Sunday dinners, right after church, with the table set so beautifully with this china! Lots of great memories! People don’t do Sunday dinners anymore! It’s a lost art!

I can blame my mom for giving me the “bug” for beautiful dishes and entertaining. She had many sets and loved to set a beautiful table.

The pink and red candlesticks are from  Czechoslovakia. I hand carried them home from a fun trip years ago.

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The heart napkin rings are wooden heart ornaments I found after Christmas. They were unpainted and I merely painted them red and then gave them a coat of red sparkle paint.

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Hope this gives you some inspiration for your own “Valentine Tablescape”!

Enjoy!

Phyllis

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Best Valentine Cookies! – “Flavor Cookie”

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I am not kidding!

This is the best cookie! It is not just a sugar cookie. It has a wonderful cherry-almond flavor! You won’t eat plain sugar cookies again!

I usually save this recipe just for Valentine’s Day because of its red color and wonderful flavor.  I started making these when my kids were young and they have eagerly anticipated that these cookies would “show up” every Valentine’s Day since then!

When they went to college, I sent a package of them to each one of my kids on Valentine’s Day.

When they got married, they still wanted the cookies. One year, I thought, ” Well, they are getting older and they probably don’t care about getting them.” Wrong!

They called on Valentine’s Day and asked, “Where are the cookies?”

Guess I can’t stop sending them each year. Now they’re married with children and they still want those cookies! It has become a tradition!

 I’m sharing the recipe so you can start the tradition in your family, too!

 

Flavor Cookies

1 cup butter

1 cup sugar

1 (3 oz) package Cherry jello

3 eggs

1 tsp. almond extract

3 cups flour

1 tsp. Baking Powder

1/2 tsp. salt

Mix and chill overnight. Roll out like a sugar cookie on a floured surface.

I use a pastry cloth and a rolling-pin cover. The dough never sticks! When done, just shake the flour outside and roll the cloth together and place in plastic bag in the freezer! This way, it won’t mold or spoil. Just take out and use again the next time!

"Flavor Cookies" a family favorite! Cherry almond flavor!

Flavor Cookies with cherry almond flavor! Awesome!

Bake cookies on an un-greased pan at 375 degrees for 8 minutes (larger cookies) – 7 minutes (smaller cookies)

Cool completely and frost

Frosting

1 cup powdered sugar

2 t. cherry juice ( from maraschino cherries) or use milk and red food coloring

2 tsp. light corn syrup

1 tsp. almond flavoring

Mix and add more corn syrup and cherry juice to get the right consistency.

Frost cookies and let dry!

Makes about 5-6 dozen depending on size of cookie.

Best Valentine Cookies! Cherry almond flavor!

Best Valentine Cookies!
Wonderful cherry almond flavor! Delicious!


These are also good with other flavors of Jello, but the Cherry gives it the most flavor! Try lime and make shamrocks! Almond flavoring doesn’t go with lime, however, so leave it out.  Don’t use strawberry as it doesn’t give enough color or flavor! These would also be good at Christmas, but I have so many cookies that I make at Christmas that I just save this one for Valentine’s Day! It makes it special!

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What are your Valentine traditions?

Enjoy!

 Phyllis

 

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Toddler Valentine Crafts

Toddler Valentine Crafts

 

Need something to keep your toddler occupied for a craft? These Toddler Valentine Crafts are easy to do and use materials you probably have on hand or are inexpensive to buy.

The Toddler Crafts are easily made by your child or grandchild, but need some final putting together by an adult!  Supervision and a paint shirt are recommended, too!

Each individual step doesn’t take long to do so it goes well with a short attention span.

Materials:

4 wooden hearts about 2  3/4 inches across. I purchased these at a craft store for $.29 each! You can use bigger ones if you choose. You don’t need four unless you are spelling out “LOVE”.

Red acrylic paint

Red Craft “Twinkles paint”  or glitter glue

Foam Letters (optional)

Red Ribbon (for hanging – optional)

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Kids love to paint and you really can’t mess this up! Use a sponge brush and let them dab or brush the paint on. Hint: the wooden heart moves around so tape it to the plate or paint area.

Let dry.

Next, paint with sparkle paint!  When dry, let them decorate with stickers or stick-on foam letters “L-O-V-E”

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When finished, an adult can drill the holes and put this together or hang each heart by themselves.

 

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The next two ideas of the “Toddler Valentine Crafts” use coffee filters.

Materials:

Coffee Filters

Permanent Markers – Pink,  Red

Rubbing Alcohol

Eye Dropper

Red or Pink Glitter Paint (optional)

Pipe Cleaners

 

First, lay a coffee filter on a foam or plastic plate.

Color at random with a permanent marker.

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When finished with markers, drop alcohol onto filter. Colors will run together.  Place filter over a jar to dry. This dries fairly quickly!

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When dry, fold together. Your toddler can dip it into the sparkle paint along the edges. It’s OK if it gets other places on the filter. When done, unfold and place over the jar again to dry. (The sparkle paint will take longer)

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When dry, fold together and attach pipe cleaner to the flower. (needs adult help)

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Display on your table for a Valentine centerpiece.

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Another version of the same technique is this….

Right after you have dried the filter in the rubbing alcohol step, cut the filter into a heart shape. Let the toddler decorate the edges or wherever with sparkle paint. Let dry if using the paint and apply stickers. Display on a window to highlight the colors!

Add to a Valentine card, too!

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Have fun doing these Toddler Valentine Crafts with your child!

For more ideas check out my post on Easy Valentine Crafts for Kids!

Enjoy!

Phyllis

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Easy Valentine Crafts for Kids

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The following ” Easy Valentine Crafts for Kids” all come from one package of materials!  The list of ideas could go on and on, but I will focus on 7!  Some are easy for preschool and some need more skill with the help of an adult.

I found this package at a Michael’s Craft Store. In it were 18 pieces all large foam hearts with 6 different textures. It is called Text-ur Foam. It retailed for $3.95 and I got at least 7 different projects from one package. What is unique about this material is that it has “texture” as the name says! They look 3D!

4 Valentine Crafts for Kids

The colors included: purple, pink, red, and white!

Here are some fun things to do with these materials…..

1.  Stamping – Great for preschoolers!

With such fun textures, cut smaller valentines from the larger ones and apply a “handle” and let them stamp away! Good handles include large legos, bottle caps and jar lids. The stamps wash off and are usable again.

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4 Valentine Crafts for Kids

2. Crayon Rubbings – Great for preschoolers!

For younger kids, tape the hearts to the table and tape the paper over the textured hearts. Use a thick crayon and let them discover the patterns.

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Cut the rubbings out and make Valentine Cards for loved ones.

 

3.  Combining Hearts to Hang

 

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Cut out smaller hearts from the big ones and glue together or hang individually. The foam is easy to bend, trace a half-heart and cut out the design out. (Adults may have to help young children with the tracing and cutting.) Hang on light fixtures or from the ceiling in their rooms. Add sparkles and sequins to glam them up! Both sides can be decorated!

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4. Make a wall hanging

Combine with sparkle foam or combine the colors and textures of the hearts together to create a wall hanging. Tie together with ribbon or fishing line. Use a nail or toothpick to punch holes in the foam hearts to string together.

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Add some foam letters or use a cutting machine to make the letters.

5. Valentine Creatures

These Text-ur Foam Hearts make great creatures!

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With the foam, you can make a hole using a toothpick and thread yarn through for the hair. The arms and legs are pipe cleaners. They are able to poke right through easily. Just twist and they will stay! Use these as puppets or hang from the light fixtures or bulletin boards in kids’ rooms.

 

6. Valentine Butterflies or Bugs

The texture on this butterfly gives it a great look!  Let kids get creative and make their own butterflies and bugs. I added a few heart foam stickers for the body and wings. The antennae is a pipe cleaner.

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As I said, all the above Easy Valentine Crafts for Kids were made from one package of Text-ur foam! I still have this much left…..

 

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These projects are inexpensive!

 

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Just imagine the other project ideas  such as: Valentine wreaths, animals and picture frames, etc.!

Have fun! Hope I’ve inspired you for some Easy Valentine Crafts for Kids – all from one package of “Text-ur foam”!

 

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Phyllis

 

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Valentine Cream Cheese Delights

Valentine Cream Cheese Delights

Looking for a new delicious cookie for Valentine’s Day? Try these pink Valentine Cream Cheese Delights!  You can’t resist them!  Not only do they look pretty, but just one bite into this flavorful cookie with a wonderful chocolate or raspberry surprise inside, and you’ll be hooked!

They make a pretty addition to any Valentine cookie plate! After tasting them, your family will request them each Valentine’s Day and in between as well! Let the kids help put the surprise in each one!

Valentine Cream Cheese Delights

Ingredients:

1  cup butter

1  c. granulated sugar

6 0z.  cream cheese (room temperature)

1  tsp. almond extract

3 tsp. baking powder

2 cups flour

Red food coloring

Powdered sugar

Chocolate candy or  Kisses ( I used the raspberry flavor Kisses),

 

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Directions:

Cream butter, granulated sugar, cream cheese, and almond extract until fluffy. Add red food coloring and beat in. Add baking powder and flour until well mixed. Chill 1-2 hours.

Coat hands with a little flour and shape into walnut-sized balls around a piece of candy (if using Kisses, break off the top peak -). Be sure candy is totally covered with the dough. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes. (Watch so they don’t brown.) Cool slightly to handle. Roll in powdered sugar. When thoroughly cool, roll in powdered sugar again. Makes about 3 1/2 dozen.

 Let the cookies cool completely. The inside will look like this……

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 YUM!

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 I’ll bet you ate the top peaks of the Kisses, right?

Enjoy!

Phyllis

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Valentine Rag Heart- 30 minutes

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Left over from a earlier project, I still had some red sheet fabric to use.  I decided I would turn it into a Valentine Rag Heart! This is something school-age kids can do. Elementary kids that can tie a simple knot are certainly able to handle this craft! It turns out great and takes less than 30 minutes!

Materials:

Wire:

The gauge depends on the size. Larger hearts need a lower gauge (thicker) wire.

I had a package of floral wire from Dollar Tree so that is what I used. It didn’t have the gauge on it, but as long as you can bend a shape fairly easily, it  works. Using a wire hangar works, too for a larger project!  The larger the wreath, the thicker the wire needed for holding its shape.
An adult needs to bend and shape the wire.

Fabric:

Approximately  1/2  – 1 yard – depending on the size you want for your Valentine Rag Wreath. I used about a half yard for an 10×10 inch heart.

 

Directions:

 

First, shape the wire into a heart. I made a loop on the top for hanging. (The heart doesn’t  need to be perfect as you can adjust the shape when finished.)

Valentine Rag  Heart

 

Next, cut or rip strips about 1 inch wide. Cut into pieces 6 inch long. Don’t worry that they look a little long as the longer strips are easier to tie for elementary kids. You can always trim later. No double knots needed. Just do a simple one-step knot and it will stay just fine!

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You can trim as you go or trim everything at the end. Keep pushing tied strips together.

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Finished product looks like this….

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Add some embellishments or keep plain.

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 Have fun creating this Valentine Rag Heart!

Phyllis

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