Category Archives: Cute Crafts

Shoe Box Valentine Holder

This Friday (more than likely) is the day in which schools will celebrate Valentine’s Day.  During this, kids usually pass out little (and absolutely adorable) Valentine cards.  With all the cards and no where to put them…..let’s just say that’s a big problem.  I’m writing this today to solve that problem by creating the Shoe Box Valentine Holder.

This box is a super easy and fun way for kids to express creativity while preventing a possible disaster of loose Valentines.

All You Need Is: a shoe box, wrapping paper, and any heart/Valentine decorations!  We  mainly used cut out hearts and glitter stickers!

To Make Your Shoe Box Valentine Holder: Wrap a regular sized shoe box in wrapping paper.  I used red because it looks lovey and it acts as a simple background.

red box

Cut a 3 inch rectangular slit in the middle of the shoe box.  This is where the Valentines will go.

slit

hearts around slit

Then, cut out hearts from construction paper and use stickers to decorate.  I used tape, but glue would work on the wrapping paper.  When decorating the box, try not to cover the slit.  Also, keep in mind that the hearts can overlap and bend over the edges of the box.  Not every part needs to be covered.

hearts cut out

big cut out heart

Be open and let your kids go crazy with creativity!

heart box

heart box angle

heart box side

Plus…..for a little extra fun, “write” your child’s name on their box with duct tape (example below).  You can also use duct tape to make a border on Valentines!

name on heart box

duct tape heart

Wishing you and yours an amazing Valentine’s Day!

happy heart day

P.S.  I may have a duct tape problem/obsession! 🙂

Kids’ Resolutions – Making and Keeping

Starting off, I hope you had a Merry Christmas!  Now, it’s time for 2016….and with the new year, comes resolutions.  *sigh*  Resolutions (at least for me) typically last 1-2 weeks.  For kids, though, resolutions can be fun!  I’ve created 3 ways for you and your child to keep track of their resolutions.

First, talk to your child about what a resolution really is.  You make a resolution when you take a not so good part of your life, and replace it with a good thing.  Resolutions are different for everyone and don’t have to be huge.  Resolutions don’t have to be you doing something (Ex: doing chores), but it could also be not doing something (Ex: quit biting nails).  Have your child do some soul searching and come up with one or multiple things they would like to try to improve on.  Agree on something reasonable and encourage your child.

Next, it’s time to keep track of their progress.  One of the easiest ways to do this is with a chart.  I have 3 examples of charts that you and your child could make to show their improvement.

  1. Basic Monthly – This chart is quite generic.  It is a monthly chart with a space for each day.  If your child practices their resolution on that day, they could put a sticker on the box, mark it out, or get your signature.  There are no rewards except the encouragement you give and the success they feel from making you proud (This can be a good thing).                                                                                                                                             basic monthly
  2. Decked Out Monthly –  This monthly tracking calendar definitely has goals.  It has to “Prize Days” where your kids can get a little treat (Nothing huge).   The goals are clearly outlined.  It is extremely similar to the first example, except the reward.  *Don’t use the prize as a bribe.  It’s supposed to be their decision to make a resolution.  It should be an encouragement.                                                                                     decked out calendarresolutionsstickers on calendar
  3. Yearly Check Up – If you don’t want to keep track daily, use this yearly check up.  This requires a little less effort, but provides a the same amount of encouragement.  Month by month, you will check each box and comment on your child’s improvement (I like writing improvements).                                                                                     yearlycomment3 resolution

Hang these (however many you do) in a central location and have a Happy New Year!  See you in 2016!

Peanuts Crafts Part 3: My Favorites

This is the final post in the mini series: Peanuts Crafts.  Now that you’ve seen some of my crafts, I’d like you to see other people’s crafts.  Have a great day!

My Favorite Peanuts Crafts:

And of course, don’t forget to check out my other Peanuts Crafts.

Part 1- Fluffy Snoopy

snoopy craft

Part 2- Striped Kite

kite

Peanuts Crafts Part 2: Striped Kite

Sorry I haven’t written in a while.  You know how the holidays get!  Our next Peanuts craft is a kite like Charlie Brown’s shirt.  If you’ve ever seen a Peanuts comic, you know that Charlie Brown tries very hard to fly a kite.  He typically fails, but never gives up!  It’s important that your kids know that if they set their mind to something, they shouldn’t give up!

Striped Kite

Materials:

  • 1 Sheet of Yellow Construction Paper
  • 2 Pencils (optional)
  • Hot Glue (only if pencils used)
  • Crayons or Markers
  • 1 Sheet of Blue Construction Paper
  • 1 Sheet  of Purple Construction Paper
  • Tape

How To:

  1. Cut a large diamond out of the yellow construction paper.  Draw a large black zig-zag on the diamond.                                                                                                                                              kite front
  2. Glue two pencils to the back of the kite to be the support.  I didn’t do this because it made it hard to hang.
  3. Cut a long strip of blue construction paper and tape it to the back of the kite.                   kite tail
  4. Cut out 6 triangles from the purple construction paper.  These will be the bows on the kite’s ribbon.
  5. Tape the triangles on the kite’s tail.  Place to triangles opposite each other.  Cut out three purple circles and tape them where two triangles meet.  I outlined the circles so they are easier to see.                                                                                                                                bows
  6. Write some encouraging words on the kite.  They should be to the effect of, “Follow your dreams and never give up.”  You can also write words on the circles.

kite

This craft is inspirational and fun to make!!!

Peanuts Crafts Part 1: Fluffy Snoopy

Today, I begin my mini series called “Peanuts Crafts.”  We recently saw the Peanuts Movie and loved it!  It was so cute and a lot like the cartoons.  Definitely will be buying this one!  Anyway, I wanted to do a 3 part mini post series on 3 crafts to do with the Peanuts Movie!

Fluffy Snoopy

I love Snoopy!  He’s my favorite character!  Using household items, you and your child can make a Snoopy head that can be used for many things.  Of course, you can hang it up as a piece of artwork, hang it on the door, or give it away as a gift.

You Will Need:

  • Glue (regular white glue)
  • About 30 cotton balls
  • Black paint
  • 2 paper plates
  • Scissors

How To:

  1. Squeeze some black paint into one of the paper plates.  On the other plate, trace an outline of Snoopy’s head.  Look at a picture of him if you need to.
  2. Fill in the outlined shape with cotton balls and glue them down.  Save about 12 cotton balls at least.                                                                                                                                      snoopy outline
  3. Using the paint, dip the tops of the rest of the cotton balls.  Set them out to dry.             black balls
  4. When dry, glue about 10 cotton balls to the back of Snoopy’s head to look like an ear.
  5. Use the next cotton ball to make the eye.  Glue it in the middle of the face.
  6. Next, put the last cotton ball on the tip of the face to make the nose.
  7. Lastly, using your finger, dab a smile on the bottom of one of the cotton balls.

snoopy craft

Tada!  There’s Snoopy!  Feel free to cut it out and hang it.  I pray you had a great Thanksgiving!  Happy Friday!

You Are Special: A Craft

Today, we were reading the book You’re All My Favorites by Sam McBratney.  It brought to mind a craft and popular struggle in kids.  Sometimes, their little minds try to compare.  Yes, this can be a good thing, but when kids start comparing themselves to other people for unnecessary reasons, it can get out of hand.  So, thus is born the craft I call You Are Special.

What We Used:

  • Paper cutouts of little people
  • Markers, googly eyes, buttons,etc.(Basically, things to decorate the people)
  • 3 Black, 2 white, and a 1 brightly colored (I used yellow) sheet of construction paper
  • Tape/Glue
  • Open space to hang

What We Did:

First off, call to mind the Bible verse Psalms 139:14.  It says, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”  Talk to your kids about how God made everyone differently.  We are all special, and that is a GOOD THING!  Ask your kids: What makes you special?  What makes {Insert name – Mommy, sister, friend} special?

Everyone should decorate their cutout to look like them.  Then, have them write on it their name and what is special about them.  These should be personal.  Let them come from the heart.

you are special cutout

cutouts

Have everyone in your house make a ‘person’, so you have a little family.  Next, make a pair of big eyes!  Yes, these will be “God’s Eyes”.  Eventually, we want this to look like God’s watching down on us and calling us special.  In order to make these eyes, cut off the corners of 2 of your black pieces of construction paper to form  2 octagons.  Then, using the white paper, cut 2 smaller octagons.  You should be able to overlap the black and white octagons and have about an inch of the black visible.  Then use your last piece of black paper to form the pupil.  Cut a circle with about a 3 inch diameter.  Glue or tape them together in the order you made them.  Big black octagon on the bottom, then the white octagon, and the black circle.  Hopefully this looks like an eye.

eyes for special

Finally, use your brightly colored paper to make your title.  We wrote: We are all special in God’s eyes.  You could say something like: God made us unique or When we listen to God (you could make an ear instead of an eye), our potential is revealed.

I hung up our people on a wall, kind of like a bulletin board.  You could hang them in a common family room or on the child’s door.

you are special wall

zoom special wall

This is a great activity to do with family and even friends!  Have a great day!

Flower Tags

This is a super cute craft that was brought to my attention by one of my dear subscribers and friend, Mary T.  It’s very fun and it allows kids to express their individuality.  These tags can be used for a gift tag (To and From) or a decoration to hang off of a door handle.

Simply cut a tag shape out of Kraft paper.  I went with the flower theme, but you can always make something else.  Maybe an initial?  I cut a flower out of construction paper (honestly, just the petals).  I glued buttons and glitter on it, but you can do more than that.  Use household items to create your masterpiece.  When you’re done, punch a hole in the top.  Punch hole reinforcements are great for making sure they don’t rip.  Tie your favorite ribbon by inserting it through the hole and knot it at the top!

flower  23Perhaps even give your kids a theme, like ‘summer’, and see what they come up with.  The point is, just be creative and let them go from there.  Enjoy!

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