If you have a toilet paper roll lying around, use it, or else fold a strip of card paper /cardstock to make the inside skeleton
Now paint up the popsicle sticks in vibrant colours. We used acrylics
Let them dry.
Stick them up.
For the base, you could cut styrofoam/ thermocol or cardboard circle, and slide it in.
Your multicoloured super adorable Pen Stand is ready.
You could always add toys /bling/ decorations to it. We kept it simple.
6. Mother’s Day Crafts Kids Can Make
Get out the crafts supplies for these easy, heartfelt gifts that kids can make for Mother’s Day. Mom or Grandma will love the thought put into these sweet projects, from handmade jewellery and magnets to wall art and button bouquets.
7.Who doesn’t love Handmade cards? They are so much more thoughtful and expressive than Store Made cards and the best part is that you can personalize them as much as you want.
It was my In-Laws Marriage Anniversary on 5th March (Happy Anniversary Mom n Dad!!!) and since they stay in another country we usually send them Greeting Cards on all significant occasions.
But this time I wanted Samaira to make a card for her grandparents so that they will feel special and know how much we miss them. I looked for how to make a card ideas on the internet and found the perfect one. It is an easy yet beautiful handmade card which will definitely be appreciated by the receiver.
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You Require: Cardstock (I used recycled one), Red Paint, Brown Paper, Glitter, Scissors and Glue
How to make :
1) Fold the card paper in half and make a greeting card format.
2) Take the brown paper ( I didn’t find brown paper so I used a shopping bag from Lifestyle Stores) and cut it in the shape of a Tree Bark. If your child is slightly older you can ask them to cut this shape. Glue the bark on the cardstock.
3) Now dip the thumb of your child in the red paint and ask them to make thumbprints which will look like heart/leaves.
4) Now take the glitter and spread it on the bark. That’s it DONE!! Personalize it with your message.
5) On the inside, all three of us made our thumb impressions (Hubby, Me and Sam) and then I just dressed them up a bit (Saw this on Pinterest). It looks so cute, doesn’t it?
Needless to say, my In-laws were over the moon to receive this card and it occupies the prime space on their mantle. It is one of the simpler crafts for children which lets them bond with their grandparents however far they are.
You can also decorate it further if you want. This will also make a great handmade birthday card and card for grandparents day. It is also the perfect Springtime craft.
9.Handprint Garland Mother’s Day Card
Can you believe that there is hardly a week to go for Christmas? Me neither, this year just flew past me and I am still trying to figure out a lot of stuff that happened this year. But the good news is that our Christmas tree is finally up and the best part is that we made homemade Christmas decorations with Salt Dough. Yes! Salt Dough ornaments!
I had saved the last year’s Christmas tree decorations but I still wanted to make some Christmas ornaments for our tree because what’s Christmas without a little bit of homely touch. As an Indian parenting blog, I have used only materials which are easily available here. And making Salt dough ornaments is so easy that it is almost addictive. I had the bare minimum supplies but I think we still managed to create some pretty awesome Christmas ornaments. Here take a look!!
How to make Salt Dough Ornaments
What you need
1 Cup Flour (maida)
1/2 Cup Salt
Cookie Cutters (optional)
Any other decorations you want to put
1. In a mixing bowl, add the flour and salt. Now slowly add water to the mixing bowl till you are able to knead a dough out of it. The dough should not be sticky and should not leave any residue on your fingers.
2. Now flour the working surface lightly and start rolling the dough. Once it is about a five rupee coin thick you can start cutting out the shapes.
3. At this point, you can use your cookie cutters and cut out whatever shapes you fancy. Now I didn’t have cookie cutters with me, I guess lost them during moving house, so I decided to go free hand. We used a steel glass to cut out round shapes and I did stars, heart, Christmas tree and diamond shapes using a knife. I even made a letter ‘S’ for my daughter’s name. See all our beautiful shapes!!
4. Don’t forget to use the straw to create holes in the ornaments through which you can loop the wires to hang them on the trees.
5. Next was the baking part. You basically want to dry out all the moisture from the ornaments. Now there are many ways to make these ornaments. You can dry them in sun but it will take at least three days and with the winter sun you can never be sure. Next is baking them in an oven at around 100° for 2-3 hours. Again this method will consume a lot of time and electricity so I didn’t go for that.
If you have a convection oven you can bake them at 180°c for 15 mins and I did bake half a lot of mine that way but they got a bit puffed up and way too brown.
6. I found the best and the easiest way accidentally on a community forum (unfortunately this was during a midnight surfing session and I didn’t get the link ). You need to microwave the salt dough ornaments to dry them up. But if you microwave them just like that they go all puffy. There is a way around that. Put your ornaments on a microwave plate and then put another plate on top of them, creating a kind of sandwich. Now microwave them at 100% power at 30 seconds interval. Mine took around 3 mins but it can differ according to your microwave specifications. Tada!! The ornaments don’t puff and come out real smooth and flat.
7. Let the ornaments cool for around an hour or so. Now you can bring out the acrylic colours and paint according to your whims and fancies. I chose red, green, pink, purple and icy blue. Then all you need is some glitter paint to bling out the ornaments. I even created a small Santa ornament using googly eyes. Cute ain’t it?
8. I used wire to create loops to hang them on the tree but you can also use ribbons or pipe cleaners to create loops. Just hang them and marvel at their prettiness.
It just makes our tree come alive. These are really easy to make and hardly cost anything. There is no reason you should not be making some for your own tree. The bonus is that the kids can help with the dough making and painting part. It is a fun activity and you can make all kinds of ornaments for your Christmas tree.