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May Article Recap


Below you will find a list of the articles that were published during the month of May. Hopefully you'll come across something that grabs your interest. Also, please feel free to check out my Family Crafts Facebook page!

1. Mother's Day Candy Gram Craft: Tell your mom how much she means to you with this Mother's Day candy gram craft.

2. Mosaic Probability Craft: Help your children understand the concept of probability with this fun craft.

3. Newspaper Palm Tree Craft: This is a craft that I remember doing as a young child. Now I make them with my kids.

4. Forest Diorama Craft: Teach kids about forest habitats with this fun diorama craft.

5. How to Make an Ancient Mayan Indian Mask: This craft is perfect for children who are learning about the Mayan Indians. Kids can wear the mask or set it up to be displayed.

6. Patriotic Fruit Pizza Flag Recipe: Taunt your taste buds with this delicious dessert that resembles the American flag.

7. Patriotic Memorial Day Rocket Craft: This fun rocket can be attached to the refrigerator or even taped to a wall so that it appears to be in flight.

8. Father's Day Candy Gram: This fun craft uses real bags of candy and candy bars and acts as both the card and the gift.

May Article Recap originally appeared on Family Crafts on Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 at 09:24:40.

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Delivering a Father's Day Message


I've come across a few cute ways that parents are helping their children say "I Love You" to their dads on Father's Day. Delivering this message isn't hard, but doing it in a unique way makes the day just a little more special.

Write it on your feet. Some parents are using washable markers and writing a few words on their children's feet and then taking a picture. You can do something simple like "We Love Dad." Take a picture and then have it blown up at your local photo department. Dad will love it!

Hold up a message on poster board. Another way to help your kids deliver their Father's Day message is to give each child a piece of poster board and have them write some of their favorite things about dad on the poster. Then take a picture of each child individually and arrange it in a frame.

Create a candy gram. I just published an article on creating a Father's Day Candy Gram. Kids can use candy and chocolate bars to spell out a message to dad. Then dad has a few treats to enjoy later on.

Delivering a Father's Day Message originally appeared on Family Crafts on Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 at 08:52:57.

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Cute Lighthouse Craft



Yesterday my nephew came home with the cutest lighthouse craft. He had gone on a field trip with his class the day before to see our local lighthouse, so I guess they made these to remember what they learned.

To make the lighthouse you'll need to stack two styrofoam cups on top of each other.

Next, cut a few squares out of yellow paper. You can use one of those yellow sticky pads or yellow construction paper. Glue them closer to the top of the styrofoam cup to represent windows that have a light shining through them.

Now you can create a top for the light house by folding a black piece of paper into the shape of a cone. Glue it in place.

Give the lighthouse a door by drawing it in with a permanent marker. That's it. You now have a cut little lighthouse.

Check out my two latest crafts below which are perfect for Memorial Day.

Patriotic Memorial Day Rocket Craft

Patriotic Fruit Pizza Flag Recipe

Also, I'd love for you to visit my Facebook Family Crafts Page.

Cute Lighthouse Craft originally appeared on Family Crafts on Saturday, May 24th, 2014 at 13:27:04.

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Patriotic Porch Swing



After my grandmother passed away, the kids and I inherited her porch swing. It needed a paint job pretty bad. My teenager and her two friends asked if they could paint it. I decided to let them come up with their own design and carry it out.

I was very impressed with their work. They turned my grandmother's porch swing into a patriotic symbol for all to see as they pass by our house (we live on a highway).

First the girls turned the back of the porch swing into an American flag. Then they turned the arms of the swing into red and white stripes. They got creative with the seat portion of the swing by painting it white and then splattering red and blue paint over it.

I get compliments on this porch swing all the time. This is another reason why I advocate for parents to allow their children to be creative and explore their talents when an opportunity arises.

Please feel free to check out my latest articles below.

Desert Diorama Craft

Ancient Mayan Indian Mask

Patriotic Porch Swing originally appeared on Family Crafts on Friday, May 23rd, 2014 at 15:16:15.

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Tissue Paper Flower



My nephew made me this tissue paper flower at church for Mother's Day. It was so cute I thought I might write a little blog post on it.

First, each child needs two pieces of tissue paper that has been cut into a rectangle. My nephew used two pink pieces, but I saw kids using two different colors and it looked just as good.

Next, the children need to place the two pieces of tissue paper on top of each other and then fold them the same way you would if you were making a fan.

Now pinch the center together with your hand and wrap a green pipe cleaner around it so that the pipe cleaner then hangs down to form the flower's stem.

Pull the sides of the flower out to form your flower.

To give your flower a center simply use a hot glue gun and attach a pom pom. The glue only takes a few moments to dry and you are all done.

My niece took her flower and turned it into a ring by wrapping the end of the flower stem around her finger.

Please feel free to check out my latest craft article here: Newspaper Palm Tree Craft

I'd also love it if you joined me over on my Facebook Family Crafts Page!

Have a great day!

Tissue Paper Flower originally appeared on Family Crafts on Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 at 09:16:37.

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Love Cotton by Dawn



I'm not the only one in my family who is talented when it comes to crafts. My Aunt Dawn just started her own website to sell and take orders for items created using 100% cotton. You can check out the site here: Love Cotton by Dawn

I should just add a disclaimer that I don't gain anything by telling you about my aunt's website. I just believe in her products and know how much love and hard work she puts into making them. She is a loving mother to 8 grown children and over 20 grandchildren.

Some of the items you'll find on my aunt's website include bibs, rope baskets, baby blankets, quilts, and ornaments. If you have something special in mind that you'd like her to make, all you have to do is send her an email. She does take special orders.

Afterward, you can check out my latest published craft article here: Mosaic Probability Craft

Also, please feel free to come and visit me over at my Facebook Family Crafts page!

Love Cotton by Dawn originally appeared on Family Crafts on Thursday, May 8th, 2014 at 15:35:17.

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Surprise Your Mom with Candy This Mother's Day



Mother's Day is just a few days away. There are several things you can do for your mom, including give her the gift of candy.

I recently published this article: Mother's Day Candy Gram Craft This is such a fun way to present your mom with candy and a card all in one. I hope you'll check it out.

Another way you can present your mother with candy is to make this Candy Plant Craft. Each flower pulled from the flower pot is a tasty treat.

Perhaps you'd like to make one single edible flower for your mom. Then you can complete this Candy Kiss Rose Bud Craft.

If you want to surprise your mom with dessert, how about making this Candy Pizza!

No matter what you choose to do this year, I hope you have a Happy Mother's Day!

Surprise Your Mom with Candy This Mother's Day originally appeared on Family Crafts on Monday, May 5th, 2014 at 06:35:49.

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April Article Recap


April is drawing to a close so I thought I'd publish a blog post that highlights all the articles that were published throughout the month in case you missed anything that you'd like to give a try.

Mother's Day Book Craft: This craft is for kids who are looking for a gift to give their moms that is sure to evoke the biggest of smiles.

How to Create Your Own Juggling Balls: Ever wanted to learn how to juggle? Why not practice with your own homemade juggling balls.

Scratch and Sniff Paint Recipe for Kids: What's even more fun than painting a picture? How about making one that releases a pleasant odor when you scratch it.

Wreck This Journal: A Review: Ever wonder what all the hype over Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith is about? Read my latest review for all the pros and cons.

Homemade Bouncy Balls: When I was a kid we always bought bouncy balls out of a little machine for $.25 at the local grocery store. This article teaches you how to make your own instead.

Easy Hot Cross Buns Recipe for Kids: Although this recipe is popular at Easter, you can make it any time of year.

How to Apply Chalkboard Paint: This tutorial takes you through the steps of turning a section of your child's bedroom wall, or another surface, into a chalkboard.

Easter Advent Calendar: Help your children count down the days until Easter with this fun Easter Advent calendar craft.

April Article Recap originally appeared on Family Crafts on Monday, April 28th, 2014 at 11:55:24.

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Pussy Willows



When I was growing up, my great grandmother had pussy willow plants (Salix cinerea) all over her house. My kids didn't even know what one was until I began to tell them stories about my great grandmother. I thought it might be fun to talk about planting a pussy willow branch and then constructing a few pussy willow crafts.

Ask a friend that has a pussy willow bush for a 12-inch pussy willow cutting. Have your child set the cutting in a clear vase filled at least half way with water. Change the water every few days and after two or three weeks you should be able to plant it. You'll know it's time because you can see the roots forming through the glass vase.

Take your pussy willow branch outside and locate a spot that receives full sun. Pussy willow plants do well in almost any soil type, but you can mix some compost into your soil to give the plant a good start. Now all you need to do is keep the soil watered until the pussy willow bush is well established.

Once your child has started his or her own pussy willow plant, you can change the focus to creating a pussy willow craft.

You will need cotton swabs, scissors, thin twigs, glue, and some construction paper.

Pick one piece of construction paper to be your background. The next sheet of construction paper should be cut into the shape of a vase or flower pot. Glue the vase onto the bottom center of the background piece of construction paper.

Find some thin twigs outside and glue them so that they are coming out of the vase.

Cut a few cotton swabs to resemble the pussy willow's catkins and then glue them coming off of the twigs.

Wait for the glue to dry before displaying it in the house.

Please check out my latest craft article: How to Create Your Own Juggling Balls

Pussy Willows originally appeared on Family Crafts on Saturday, April 26th, 2014 at 14:11:04.

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10th Annual Mother's Day Drawing Contest



It's time to switch gears from Easter to Mother's Day, so have your kid grab their crayons, paints, or colored pencils and enter this year's Mother's Day drawing contest.

Sing Tao Daily holds The Annual Mother's Day Drawing Contest each year for kids between the ages of 4 and 18. There are three age categories: Kiddo for children between the ages of 4 and 7, Junior for kids between the ages of 8 and 11, and Teen for children 12 years and up.

Children simply need to depict the love they have for their mothers on a piece of a paper or canvas that is 11" x 14" in size. Over 40 awards are given in total and prizes include cash and other gifts. Some of the artwork will even be selected to be shown publicaly in an exhibit.

You can get the application form to send in with your child's artwork HERE, or view previous drawings that won the contest HERE.

Check out my latest article here: Scratch and Sniff Paint Recipe

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10th Annual Mother's Day Drawing Contest originally appeared on Family Crafts on Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 at 05:18:10.

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