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  • DIY Wrapping Paper

     

    DIY Wrapping Paper

     

    If your house is anything like ours, you're looking for ways to entertain kids in the waning days of summer. Homemade wrapping paper is a great idea for a way to spend a day being creative while creating something useful.

    Over on Pinterest, we found a bunch of ways to make homemade wrapping paper. For each idea, start with either a large roll of craft paper or a few big sheets of art paper. (You can even cut up a paper grocery bag in a pinch!) Here are three of our favorites:

    Potato Watermelon Print

    This one requires just a paintbrush, some paint, and a potato. Cut the potato in half once, then in half the other way. Use the edge to make red prints onto the paper. Once dry, add black "seeds" and green "rind."

    Twine

    This one has a sophisticated, artsy look we love. Wrap a small woodblock with twine. Make sure not to be too neat with the wrapping, since you want a loose, organic look. Then use a stamp pad to make prints of the wrapped block. Try different patterns.

    Corn Cob Print

    How fun is this? Use a corncob like a rolling stamp to make interesting prints and patterns. See if the recipient of your gift can guess how the prints were made!

    Spend a day making a few sheets of DIY gift wrap. School will be here before you know it, but so will the (gift-giving) holidays!

  • DIY Pushpin Travel Map!

    Car Rentals. DIY Pushpin Travel Map Image via Car Rentals

    It's time to embark on unforgettable summer adventures!

    Summer marks the season of travel, where many of us will collect a passport full of stamps, take hundreds of photos and return home with trinkets to decorate our living spaces. After the dust has settled and our schedules return back to normal, there’s no better way to relive your adventures than with a pushpin travel map.

    A pushpin travel map allows you to creatively showcase your past travels, upcoming adventures and plan for your next dream destination all in one place. Many maps are costly and simply purchasing one can lack the sentiment that goes into creating your own. That’s why Car Rentals created this beautiful step-by-step guide that walks you through how to create your very own pushpin travel map complete with examples, materials and custom printables to help save you the money all while adding a piece of unique art to your walls that matches both your travel and living style.

    Whether you choose to create one for yourself or gift to family and friends, using this simple DIY guide makes the process a breeze. They also include a handful of free pinning legends to match the aesthetic of your map. Learn how to create a pushpin travel map from scratch using their simple step-by-step tutorial to walk you through the process!

     

    Car Rentals DIY Pushpin Travel Map Image via Car Rentals
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Activities

     

    Dream Cloud by Anne Bollman Dream Cloud by Anne Bollman

     

    Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. It's a day we set aside to focus on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luth

    er King, Jr., a leader of The Civil Rights Movement. Dr. King's most famous speech is the one in which he said "I have a dream." Here some ways to remember that famous speech and create new ideas and plans to keep Dr. King's dream alive.

    I Have a Dream Mobile

    Draw one large cloud on a piece of paper and cut it out. Then draw and cut three smaller ones. On the large cloud, write "I have a dream." And then on each small cloud, write down a dream. Maybe one for yourself, one for your family, and one for the world. Or maybe just three things you hope to accomplish in the future. Punch three holes in the large cloud. Along the base, and one at the top of each small cloud. Cut three pieces of string, each around a foot long. Tie one end of each piece to a hole in the large cloud, then attach each small cloud to a string. Punch a hole at the top of the large cloud for hanging. And now you have a Dream Mobile! Find some examples here.

    Volunteer

    Want to help make other people's dreams come true? You can be a volunteer. Maybe a small child you know has a dream of learning to read. Can you help? Maybe an elderly neighbor has a dream of seeing her yard neat and tidy. Can you help? Here's a Pinterest link that lists lots of good ways to find out where your volunteer help is needed.

    Read

    There are lots of really good books about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A new one just came out last year, called I Am Martin Luther King, Jr. by Brad Meltzer and illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos. Go to your local library and ask a librarian what books they have about this great man. You may even find a display of books about Dr. King in honor of the holiday.

    Most importantly, keep dreaming! (Here's a link to our featured art by Anne Bollman.)

  • Snowflake Art

    Are you cold? We are cold. It seems like the whole country is cold right now, even in the South (but especially in the Northeast!). Whether you have snow or not, this week seems like the perfect time for snowflake art.

    Folded Paper Snowflakes

    Have you tried folded paper snowflakes? They're fun to make because all you need is a piece of paper, a pair of scissors, and your imagination. Take a square piece of paper (you can cut the short side of a piece of printer paper to make it a square) and fold it in half, then in half again. You can fold it in triangles or in rectangles and squares--or even both! Then make cut-outs in the paper. Make sure lots of the cutouts are along the fold, cutting all the layers of paper. When you unfold the paper you will have one-of-a-kind snowflake art! Here's a pretty terrific template you can print out for free. Just fold the square into triangles, cut on all the lines, and you'll be all set.

    Popsicle Stick Snowflakes

    Another easy one! This craft requires just popsicle sticks (craft sticks, found at craft stores), glue, and glitter or markers. Glue three or four sticks (or more if you want to get really fancy) at the center and decorate. Suddenly, it's snowing!

    Beaded Snowflakes

    This snowflake art is as fun to make as it is to look at, because putting the beads on the pipe cleaners makes the snowflake appear right before your eyes. Here's a link on how to do this one, but it's not hard. Just cut some pipe cleaners, wind them together, and string on some pretty beads. Blue ones work well, but you can create rainbow snowflakes if you want to.

    Stay warm, everyone!

     

  • Snow Fun Crafts for Winter Days

    Winter is here, and no matter where you live, that means Snow Fun is here too. You may live in an area where there's lots and lots (and lots!) of snow, or you may only get a little, or you may never have actually seen real snow before. No worry. Here are some fun snow-related activities that can be done anywhere. All you need is your imagination!

    Snow in a bag

    This project is just one of many we found at a fun website with a science focus for kids. To make snow in a bag, you need a large zipper plastic bag, snow, and an Alka-Seltzer tablet. Don't have snow? Crush ice really, really fine in a blender. Fill the bag with ice, drop in the Alka-Zeltzer, and watch it expand. And expand!

    Snow Dough

    This one is pretty amazing because it's so incredibly simple! Just combine corn starch and lotion until it's in a clay-like consistency. You can add some peppermint extract for a nice scent or glitter for a glistening snow effect. Now use this just like clay and make a (tiny) snowman!

    Baby Snowmen

    These little guys are so cute we can't stop making them! All you need is white pom-poms of differing sizes, glue, and black felt. The rest is pretty explanatory; just build them, glue them, and decorate! Make a whole family or a whole classroom full.

    Be sure to take a look at our snow art, too--we love the snow as much as you do!

  • New Years Eve Noisemakers

    New Year's Eve is all about making some noise to ring in 2017. Here are a few of our favorite, kid-friendly, New Years Eve Noisemakers. Each of these is simple to make and a fun project for the kids while the grown-ups sing Auld Lang Syne.

    Easter-Egg Maracas

    These Easter Egg Maracas are a definite case of "why didn't I think of that?" All you need are 2 plastic spoons, a plastic Easter egg, beads or rice or pennies for inside, and tape (electrical tape or duct tape works best, but masking tape will do!). Fill the egg with the noise makers, hold it between the spoon heads, and wrap in tape. That's it! Then decorate and shake, shake, shake.

    Noise Maker Cups

    You just might have some of these clear plastic cups out for the party anyway--turn them into Noise Maker Cups. Fill one with beads or pebbles, and add some tinsel or confetti. Tape the two sides together. Decorate with stickers or magic markers.

    Jingle Bell Noise Makers

    We love these jingle bell noise makers because they incorporate sleigh bells! Paint a craft stick and hot-glue three jingle bells to it. Decorate with ribbon. That's it! Jingle all the way into the new year.

    Happy New Year from all of us at Oopsy Daisy, Fine Art for Kids!

     

  • Holiday Crafts for Kids

    Winter is here! And with it brings our favorite holiday crafts for kids. As you count down to the holidays, here are some very easy and very cute crafts the whole family can make together. We've provided instructions for each, and for more details you can click on the link for each one to go to the original site where we found it.

    Cotton Ball Snowmen

    Cotton ball snowmen are ideal to make just about any old day. That's because you most likely have all these items on hand: cotton balls, construction paper, glue, and magic markers. That's it! Draw a snowman shape (or download a template from the link) and use that as the guide to glue in cotton balls. You can decorate the snowman with buttons or glitter or cut-out hats or beads, or you can use those magic markers. Easy-peasy.

    Candy Cane Chenille Stick Ornaments

    These candy cane beaded ornaments look great on gifts, doorknobs, and of course, Christmas trees! Just take a green chenille stick (that's a pipe cleaner, for those of us of a certain age!) and string it with red and white craft beads. This is the ideal size for little hands, since the holes in the beads and the chenille sticks are both nice and big. Crimp the ends so the beads don't fall off and bend the stick into a candy cane shape. Voila!

    Hand Print Wreath

    This hand print wreath is pretty lovely, don't you think? All you need is green construction paper (two different shades look extra nice), red construction paper, glue, and ribbon. If you'd like a little more stability, cut out a cardboard ring to glue everything onto. Trace your child's hand onto the paper and cut around it. Double up a couple sheets so you only have to make half as many cuts. Then glue the hands overlapping, into a circle. decorate with red holly berry circles, and once it's dry, hang with a pretty ribbon. A lovely gift!

    Most of all, have fun with these holiday crafts for kids. They're perfect for long days off from school or evenings when the grownups want to get together and celebrate.

    And if you love art for kids, come see what we've got at Oopsy Daisy. We know you'll find some art you love.

    Happy Holidays!

  • Cookies for Santa

    The clock is ticking! It's time to make cookies for Santa. We leave a nice big bowl of oatmeal and some carrots for the reindeer (did you know that Santa's reindeer love uncooked oatmeal? Just pour some in a big bowl and it is gone by morning!). For Santa, there are lots of options. We know he loves cookies of any kind, but why not have fun with making them?

    Here are three different types of cookies for Santa that you can make. And here's the best part: you can follow a recipe (we've included a link for each one), or you can take some shortcuts. The shortcuts are included on this page. Because time is running out! Santa is packing his sleigh right this very minute.

    reindeer cookies

    Follow the recipe here to make these super-cute reindeer cookies, or just do what we did: buy a tube of sugar cookie batter, some chocolate-covered pretzels, and some chocolate candies (like M & M's). Decorate the sugar cookies and bake according to package directions. Ta da! Maybe the reindeer will try a few with the oats. If Santa's willing to share.

    snowman hats

    These snowman hats look difficult but they don't have to be! The recipe is actually pretty simple, but we like to make it even simpler: get chocolate wafer cookies, marshmallows, and chocolate frosting.Cover the wafers with frosting. Stick the marshmallow in the center and decorate the rim of the hat with sprinkles or candies (from the baking or cake decorating aisle of the store, the kind of sugar decorations that are meant for cakes).  Then decorate with all sorts of sprinkles and candies. Fruit leather makes a great hat rim.

    peppermint thumbprints

    The recipe (here) is for red velvet cookies with peppermint tops, which sounds simply amazing. But our favorite shortcut is to mix red food coloring into sugar cookie batter (get a tube of it at the store) and then press an upside-down peppermint Hershey's Kiss into each. Bake according to package directions. Delicious!

    While you're cooking, check out our festive Santa art to get you inspired. We've included this very sweet ornament by Amy Blay to get you in the spirit, and we've got many, many more.

    Now start baking! And have fun.

  • Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

    Thanksgiving crafts are an excellent way to keep little ones busy while the grownups are cooking (or conversing!). We have some fun crafts for kids straight from our Pinterest Page.

    Footprint Turkeys

    These are a terrific spin on the tried-and-true handprint turkeys we've been making for years. Unlike those handprint turkeys which are right-side up, the footprint is placed upside down. The toes become feathers! Use brown paint for the print and then draw or paste colored feathers around it. Or you can use fingerprints to make little feathers all around the turkey!

    Craft Stick Turkey

    These little charmers make great place cards for Thanksgiving dinner guests. (Bonus: guests can take them home!) Start with a craft stick, then paint it and glue on googly eyes and a beak (or draw them on). On the back, glue on craft feathers at the top. Once it's dry, you can use a permanent marker to write a person's name on the stick.

    Turkey Leaves

    This craft can involve a leaf hunt, which is a great way to get everyone outside - and out of the kitchen - before dinner! Find two perfect leaves and glue the larger on the back of the smaller (to look like lots of feathers). Add eyes and a beak, and then bend the two stems to look like legs.

    Have fun making your Thanksgiving crafts! There's nothing we at Oopsy Daisy love more than art for kids, except maybe art BY kids.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Decorate with Leaves

    It's not too early to plan ways to decorate with leaves! Fall gives us such a wonderful and colorful array of colors, and we like to bring that colorful array indoors. Here are a few ways to decorate with leaves to celebrate fall:

    Leaf Rubbings: These are an oldy but a goody, and if you live in a part of the country where you don't see a lot of changing leaves, this is a fun way to make them yourself. Find some leaves with interesting veins on the bottom. Place the leaves, vein-side up, on a table and put a piece of white printer paper on top (you don't want the paper to be too thick or the pattern won't come through). Peel the paper off a crayon and lay the crayon flat on the white paper. Rub the crayon back and forth until you get a full print of the leaf on your paper. You can use crayons in fall colors, or you can experiment and make pink and purple leaves if you want!

    Hanging Glitter Leaves: This one's from our Pinterest page. Collect fallen leaves, or get fake leaves at a craft store. Put the leaves on newspaper and spray with adhesive (you can find this at a craft store). Before the adhesive dries, sprinkle glitter on the leaves. Once it's dry, turn the leaf over and do the same on the other side. Then use a hole punch to make a hole at the top and tie a ribbon through it. Hang the leaves any place that needs some glitter!

    Autumn Leaf Mason Jar Candle Holder: We found this at a terrific DIY craft site called Spark & Chemistry. You just need Modge Podge, clean jars, and leaves (either real or imitation). You use the paste to glue on the leaves, then cover the whole thing with another layer (it's called decoupage). You can decorate the jar with a bow. Once it's all dry, put a tealight candle inside and watch it glow.

    Take a look at some of the Fall Art we have on our site, and enjoy the colors of autumn as they get more and more vivid every day!

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