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March 5, 2013

Crafting with Kids: Compromising

Crafting with Kids



Now that my daughter is older and we also have a 2 year old, compromising has been the key to art projects lately.

My daughter is 7 so she is full of ideas of projects and activities she wants to do and, quite frankly, none of them match up with what I had in mind. As for the 2 year old, he isn’t interested in doing art projects with us but, if he isn’t included he gets upset and tries to help his big sister do hers and that never ends well.

This means that our art projects can consist of a million and one steps and if I am completely honest, they never end up being what I had originally planned as both kids (when the 2 year old decides he wants to do one too) do whatever they think is a better idea.

None of this sounds like comprising right? Well, stay with me.

Compromising usually means a couple of people give way on part of what they wanted and both come to an agreed upon conclusion. But, if you ask me, when it comes to art projects with your little ones compromising has a different meaning.

To me, compromising means that you need to be open minded. If your little ones are older like my daughter, you can present your idea but, be open minded to any “suggestions” that they may have. If it doesn’t work with your plans suggest that you would be happy to do their project as soon as yours is finished. You also have to be okay with it looking different than you pictured it because their ideas vary greatly from what you are picturing (we can touch more on this in another post).

If you have little ones like my 2 year old well, compromising is a bit harder. Usually, he wants nothing to do with any projects we are doing unless we are outside or painting. I still make sure I have the supplies set out for him if he decides he wants to do it. Where does compromising come in with him you ask? Well, usually it’s more compromising on my end because he does whatever he is in the mood for but, usually it ends up being where we try multiple days to get 1 project done.

I still have a Christmas stocking that he painted but didn’t want to finish sitting around because he has had no interest in finishing it. Instead, he has done other things that he has decided are more important. The compromise comes in with this, when you are willing to wait on them being ready. Like I said before, this could be hours, days, weeks, months, you just won’t know when they will be ready to finish it. Just keep trying with them and eventually, they will be right on board with it and once it is done it will look wonderful.

Make sure to check out our DIY Craft Ideas for fun projects to work on! 

Meet Stephanie! She’s a 24 year old stay at home Mom, who couldn’t ask for a better blessing than to be home with her daughter!! Their favorite things to do together is working on art projects and they enjoy sharing them with people at Crafting with Bug!! In her free time she enjoys reading and scrapbooking!!

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Straw Hat Decoration for St. Patrick’s Day

Bring some Irish to your front door with this Straw Hat Decoration .

straw hat decoration

Everyone will be all smiles when they see your door decorated with this Cute Straw Hat Decoration for St. Patrick’s Day. The best part is all items can be purchased at the dollar store and assembled in less than 15 minutes. It is so much better than window clings also because it is simple to store and reuse for next year.

Straw Hat Decoration Supplies List:

9 inch straw hat

St. Patrick’s Day Headband

Pipe Cleaner

Googly Eyes

Black Permanent Marker

Hot Glue Gun or Tacky Glue  (Tacky Glue works best with kids but does take longer to dry. If you are using hot glue make sure to have something to press the objects down onto the hot glue or you will burn your fingers.)

19 inches of Ribbon for bow(width is your choice)

2- 8 inch pieces of ribbon for bow.

Green or White Pom Poms (amount is up to you)

Wire, bread ties or Pipe Cleaner (to create hanger for the back)

Straw Hat Decoration Directions:

  • Run wire thru the back of the hat. If you are using pipe cleaners you will need to glue them to back of hat.

Tip: If you you have a peep hole make sure you do it so you can still see out .

  • Next glue the 2 – 8 inch ribbon pieces onto the bottom of the hat and trim ends at an angle.
  • Fold the 18 inch piece of ribbon in half and using a pipe cleaner (or wire) wrap it around the middle to secure. Glue on top of ribbon pieces.
  • Glue on eyes  at top of dome of hat.
  • Draw on eye lashes with magic marker. (you can also cut black pipe cleaner into small pieces and glue on)
  • Glue on pom-pom(s) for nose
  • Take a small piece of pipe cleaner and make a smile glue under nose.
  • Cut off ends of the  head band to fit over top of hat and glue onto flat edge of hat above dome.

Hang up your Straw Hat Decoration for St. Patrick’s Day and Enjoy!!!

Special Thanks to Judy H. for contributing.

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How to Make a Boppy Slipcover

Boppy Slipcover

How to make a Boppy Slipcover

I found a really nice bobby that I fell in love with for my first two boys but by the time my little princess came along the blue with stars Boppy was just not going to cut it anymore. So I decided to make my own boppy slipcover.

I am not the best at sewing but believe me this is pretty easy. It’s very easy if you already have a bobby, so all you need to work on is the slipcover.

What you Need:

– Material 2 – 26 in x 23 in (average bobby is 19.5 x 16.1 x 5.8)

– Scissors

– Sewing Machine

– Thread

– Boppy for measurements

– Zipper or Velcro

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March 2, 2013

DIY Craft Minnie Mouse Mickey Mouse Ears

DIY Craft


How to make minnie Mouse/Mickey Mouse ears.

Purchase a black headband.

You will want to go to joann’s or michael’s or other craft store and purchase 1 sheet of black felt.  The 9×12 size.

These are super easy.  You want to draw out the circles.  for the ears.  I made mine approx 3 inches in size. You can adjust if you want them smaller or larger.


As you can see you want to have a piece between the circles to connect them.Then take a piece of foam or you could take cardboard.  Cut out a circle about 2 1/2 inches in size.  That will allow you to still be able to close the ears.  The cardboard/foam gives some stiffness so it will stay up.

Now glue the inner circle to the black on one side.  Then you can fold in half, so you know the middle point.Place the middle onto the bottom of the headband.  Wrap the ear around and use your glue gun to close it together.  Now you have a set of Micky mouse ears.  To make minnie mouse you just add a bow.  Or place on any cute little girl.

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Sharon is a Stay at home mom, who loves to craft. She started doing crafts as a young child. She started more crafting as she became a mom. She learned there was a lot of things that could be made yourself, and would last longer than store bought items. Crafting allows her to spend more time with her children. Her children are 2 and 4. They are at the age the perfect age where they enjoy making things for everyone else as well. She runs a HN Designs and has a Blog A Little Bit of Everything.

February 14, 2013

How to make Edible Finger Paint!

Today I am going to show you how to make Edible Finger Paint!

I don’t know about you guys, but my little girl LOVES to paint. She also loves to put things in her mouth that don’t belong there! (I.E, paint, nail polish, markers, etc) So I thought of a great idea, Edible Finger Paint! it’s easy to make, and fun!

Here is how to make Edible Finger Paint:

You will need:

edible finger paint

Plain Yogurt (Vanilla would work as well, just make sure it’s white), food coloring, and paper, that’s it! Easy Peasy!

Edible Finger Paint Instructions:

Edible Finger Paint

Step 1: Scoop out some yogurt into 3 separate bowls (or more, if you are using more then 3 colors)

Step 2: Add about 3 drops of food coloring into each bowl, then mix well (Make sure you don’t use more than 3-4 drops of food coloring, otherwise the “paint” will get dark and muddy.)

edible finger paint

Step 3: Taste Test! This will probably be your kids favorite part of the Edible Finger Paint craft, I know it was mines!

edible finger paint

Step 5: Get to painting! Painting with your Edible Finger Paint is just like painting with regular paint, expect it’s yummy!

edible finger paint

We made some abstract art for our Edible Finger Paint art work. I think they turned out pretty fun!

There you have it, DIY Edible Finger Paint!  

Me and my little girl had a great time making it, it’s easy enough that even little ones can do it themselves! The thing I like most about the Edible Finger Paint is the cleanup, or lack there of! What doesn’t get eaten, gets completely washed out with hot water, unlike regular finger paint that stains everything.

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What kind of picture will you and your little one draw with Edible Finger Paint?


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