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Posted by Erika on Sep 22, 2009 in Crafts , Family Crafts , Uncategorized

  • Try these great Kanzashi designs for your next DIY project. Use it for your hair or as an accessory to your purse.

  • For great ideas on elegant paper projects for sophisticated entertaining, use ideas from Paperie. Make your own coasters or any variety of classy and creative handmade paper projects for every occasion, from New Year’s to Oscar Night party.

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4th July Crafts – Star Wavers for Independence Day

Posted by Erika on May 12, 2009 in Family Crafts

Let your kids exercise their independence by taking on a crafting project of their own. Starry wavers are the perfect easy-to-make kid’s craft for this 4th of July.

What you’ll need:

  • Pieces of colorful felt
  • Colored ribbons
  • 10 to 12-inch wooden sticks or dowels
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue
  • Sequins and glitters (optional)

How to make it:

  1. Tie ribbons at one end of the stick.
  2. Cut a pair of 6-inch wide stars from your felt.
  3. Glue the felt stars together with the ribbon-tied tip of the stick/dowel inserted between them. Allow glue to dry.
  4. Decorate the felt stars with glitter or sequins.

Congrats! Your Independence Day waver is ready. :D
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4th July Crafts – Star-Studded Door Hanger for Independence Day

Posted by Erika on May 8, 2009 in Family Crafts

Jazz up your Independence Day celebration with some easy kids’ crafts. Decorative door hangers are a perfectly patriotic way to welcome your guests this 4th of July.

To make the star-studded door-hanger you’ll need:

  • Paper plates
  • Star-shaped foam sticker (red)
  • Tubes of blue and golden glitter glue
  • Patriotic star garland/thin blue ribbon
  • White yarn
  • White craft glue
  • Scissors

How to make it:

  1. Cut five 10 to 12-inch pieces from the garland/ribbon.
  2. Cut a 6-inch piece from the white yarn.
  3. Glue two paper plates together with both ends of the yarn inserted about 1½ inches deep in between them.
  4. At the bottom end of the plate, insert the pieces of garland /ribbon about ½ inch away from one another. Allow the glue to dry.
  5. Paste the red star shaped foam sticker on the center of the top plate.
  6. Write a welcome message with golden glitter glue right above the red star.
  7. Create a border along the rim of the plate using blue glitter glue. Allow glue to dry.
  8. For further embellishment, draw a glittering golden border around the star.
  9. Happy Independence Day! :D

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4th July Crafts for Kids – Independence Day Firework Themed Cards

Posted by Erika on May 4, 2009 in Kid's Craft

Capture the sparks of Independence Day with this fun craft idea.

To make these fire-work themed cards, you’ll need:

  • Black construction paper sheet
  • Colored glitter glue
  • A straw
  • Scissors
  • Sequins (optional)

How to make it:

  1. Cut a rectangular piece from the black construction paper and fold it in the half (long ways).
  2. Drop a big blob of soft glitter glue on one side of the folded paper. Blow air through the straw to control the spread of the glue.
  3. Repeat the process using other colors.
  4. Allow the glue to dry.
  5. Glue some silver or gold sequins to create a sparkling effect.

Your 4th of July fireworks card is ready, enjoy!

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Posted by Erika on Feb 13, 2009 in Valentine's Day Crafts

In these times of economic uncertainty, family crafts are the perfect low-cost activity. The time you spend crafting can bring your family closer together, and can save you loads of money (crafting is way cheaper than a movie).

Make this Valentine’s Day special with an ultra-cute V-day card. This project if perfect for kids 4 years and older (younger children will likely need some help). Here’s what you need:

  • 8.5” x 11” construction paper (assorted colors),
  • Heart shaped stickers (or you can cut your own hearts out of construction paper),
  • Safety scissors,
  • Glue stick,
  • Glitter (assorted colors), and
  • Glitter glue (assorted colors).

Step by Step Instructions:

  1. Cut a piece of construction paper into four quarters.
  2. Fold each quarter in half to make a small card.
  3. Apply your heart-shaped stickers to the front of the card. (If you don’t have stickers, cut small hearts from your construction paper, and apply them with a glue stick.) Experiment making different patterns and collages with your hearts.
  4. Use the edge of your glue stick to write short words and phrases on your card. Dust your glue-stick-writing with glitter. Allow glue to dry.
  5. Trace the borders of your cut out hearts with glitter glue. Allow glue to dry.
  6. Place each card between two sheets of plain paper. Set a book on top of your card while it dries (to prevent bending).

Neatly re-pack any leftover papers, glitter and stickers for future craft projects.
Once your cards have dried, your children can personalize them and hand them out to friends, teachers, and neighbors.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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