old school dinosaur shadow boxes

Do you remember in grade school when you made shadow boxes for art class or for some school project… or just so your Barbies had a place to hang out?! Yes I did! Well… she couldn’t always be in the dream house, or at her pool, or in her convertible…! {smirk}

So my crew hasn’t slowed down much this summer with swim lessons, tennis lessons, baseball, playdates at the zoo… and on and on, but there have been a few days when we’ve just stayed at home and played. I love to get creative with my boys and there isn’t always a plan.

So on one rainy afternoon… okay it stormed big time… we were looking for something to do when I thought about those old school shadow boxes we used to make. And since we don’t have Barbies (except my old ones that I’ve stashed in a box with my mom’s very first Barbie, yep… that baby should be worth something!) we chose to go with dinosaurs. Those we have more than enough of!

The boys loved stealing my shoe boxes, raiding my craft room and getting to use my “good” paper scissors. My little guy even managed to find a use for my Martha Stewart fringe scissors. See the grass; they worked perfectly!

My favorite elements of what they created was the snake on the rock (top image), you see he’s smiling, the drawing of the volcano and the sun.

So if you’re looking for a fun afternoon project that gets the kids thinking prehistoric, or any theme for that matter (we started to make round two boxes with an ocean theme when Dad came home early and interrupted us… at which time I was abandoned because the storm was over and they could play in the remaining drizzle) consider whipping up some of these old school shadow box crafts.

By the way, stop in the shoppe and see our dinosaur birthday party supplies, perfect for your little paleontologist.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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5 easy kid Mother’s Day crafts

Hey everyone! It’s Bridget, again. I’m back to share some sweet kid crafts I rounded up for Mother’s Day!

I discovered most of these during my search for DIY inspiration for a Mother’s Day project with my Daisy Troop of 11 young ladies. As the a leader, I found that crafts need to be simple, simple, simple! Fun and environmentally-friendly does’t hurt either! I chose a Aluminum Can Flower Pot idea inspired by Craftzine and will share our version with you in the next few days.

Until then, I thought I’d share some of my favorite craft finds that also include DIY tutorials:

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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crafting away the winter blahs

Hi Everyone! It’s Bridget, again. Since I haven’t shared in a while, I thought I’d kick off my first post of the year with some of my favorite ways to keep away the winter blahs. With school back in session and short, cold days here in Ohio, it’s pretty hard to get out and enjoy the world outside. So, as my littlest strapped on her new roller skates and desperately tried to find entertainment by rolling her way around my kitchen, I realized I REALLY need a plan! Preferably one that includes some fabulous boredom busters… and if my floors avoid inevitable demise, all the better!

My oldest is a science buff and fell in love with these Crystal Geode Eggs we found at Martha Stewart. I can see this project “hopping” up again in our future soon! {wink}  My middle one is a bit more crafty and has become enthralled with the world of  friendship bracelets. We couldn’t resist the sweet way to share her new passion that we found from Dandee Designs 

In a perfect world, I’d have this list of exciting, crafty educational ideas with which to fill my kiddo’s days. On second thought, I do… I just call it pinterest (these are Kim’s boards, but I have some too!); which was exactly how I found these fun and fabulous fingerpainting ideas, too. No parent who fingerpaints with the kids is bored!

As always we hope you are inspired to craft, bake and create!

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Christmas tree footprint art

I often wish I could freeze time. My little boys are the most precious part of my life and I just want to squeeze them and snuggle with them forever.

But every time I turn around they’ve grown another two inches, so I’m always looking for ways to capture their sweet little features… like their little feet!

For your Christmas tree footprint art, you’ll need: white canvas and paint: Christmas Green, Cranberry and Bright Yellow. (I picked up all of my supplies from JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores.)

And little feet. {wink}

Aren’t they sweet?!

Next, cut a piece of paper the size of your white space to the right of your print and write your child’s name on it. Then cut out each letter and place them next to the print. This will allow your child to keep good spacing when painting on their name.

Now it’s time to let the little ones paint. We started with a star to top our tree.

Next we added their names. I suggest starting with the middle letters in case they get a little high or a little low so you can correct the spacing with the top and bottom letters.

And we finish with the year.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create! Happy Monday everyone!

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DIY snowman cello bag treats

I’m a bit excited to share my snowman cello bag treat craft with you this morning! I’m just in love with him and he will absolutely be making an appearance at school this season, at my Snowman party in January (the kids keep wanting to have a snow related party so they can have a snowball fight off the new tree house with friends) and maybe even at my annual Christmas cookie decorating party… I plan to use my Santa collection… hmmm… {note to self: make a Santa version! Update! Made Santa version!}. 

Here’s what you’ll need: white powdered donut holes, pretzel cello bags (I picked mine up at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores), orange and black ultra thin point Sharpies, craft paper (the designs shown are from my Ice Cream Social collection) and tape.

Start by putting three donut holes in a cello to measure approximate height. Cut a strip of paper that length and insert it into your pretzel cello bag as a guide. Draw on your snowman’s carrot nose with the orange Sharpie and the eyes, mouth and buttons with the black Sharpie.

Punch a 1″ circle and a 2″ circle (my Fiskar punches came from JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores) for the hat brim and top. Cut a 1″x3.5″ strip for the hat and a 1/4″ wide strip for the scarf.

Assemble the hat with tape. (Note: Use your 1″ circle to make sure the diameter of your hat is correct. I allowed for overlap in the 1″x3.5″ strip.)

Trim fringe on the end of the scarf and attach just below the first donut with a touch of glue or tape. 

And if you like my snowman cello bag treats, make sure you hop over and check out my Halloween monster cello bag treats and my Thanksgiving turkey cello bag treats for next year!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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DIY turkey cello bag treats

Thanksgiving is only a day away and I’m still planning and crafting. Yesterday I made these favors for our Thanksgiving kid’s table (I also made Halloween monster cello bag treats last month)!

So simple to make. Cut feathers, beak and eyes out of card stock.

Select your candy. I chose REESE’S Pieces. They’re the perfect color for a turkey and super simple to find. I picked this box up at Target for $1 and used the entire box for one turkey.

Fill a pretzel cello bag and tie it off with ribbon. I picked the cellos and the ribbon up at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores.

Arrange your feathers and glue them together with a glue stick.

Attach eyes and beak with another dot of glue.

Gobble! Gobble!

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