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January 10, 2013

Crafting with Kids: Using Kits is Okay

 

Art projects and crafts have kind of always been “my thing”.  I am one of those “weird” people who don’t mind playdough and glitter. I love watching my kids create things and draw pictures but, we don’t always have the needed supplies on hand to create what they want to. This is where ready to use kits come in.

What is a kit?

Crafting Kits are boxes or containers that come with all the needed supplies and directions to create the project.

Guilt

I used to try to avoid using kits. I felt like I was cheating my kids out of valuable crafting time and the ability to use their imagination. However, this is not the case by any means. Just because the kits contain all the needed materials, doesn’t mean that it will take any less time to complete the project. The only time it truly saves is those few minutes it takes to gather all the supplies. So, they really aren’t missing anything by using premade kits.

Why I love Crafting Kits

I love these kits because, while the general idea of the project is there, kids can still be creative with it. While it comes with all the materials, your kids can still make it their own. The directions are there as a guide but, creativity doesn’t need to be limited.

Even if you give several kids the same kit, each project will turn out differently. Just because everyone is provided with the same materials, they will interpret it differently. That is the beauty of letting them be in charge of their creativity.

Where can I find them?

Finding crafting kits is so easy. They can be found at Walmart, Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, Joann’s and on Amazon. I’m sure many other stores carry them as well but, those are just the few places that popped into my mind.

 

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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December 19, 2012

Crafting with Kids: Winter Fun

The snow is upon us (at least temporarily) and I have to admit…I am far from excited to be outside playing in the snow. My daughter on the other hand, is so excited to see the snow! There was hardly a dusting on the ground and she pulled out all of her snow gear and was ready to go outside! So, I was on a search to find things to do outside besides the typical winter activities.Continue reading

December 13, 2012

How to Do a Snowman Christmas Ornament

So it’s close to Christmas time, and of course the tree is already up.  But maybe you need a few more ornaments.  Or you are looking for a great craft for the kids school parties.  Or maybe even a family party.  These are SUPER cute and aren’t that expensive and the kids love them.

What you need:

  • A clear ornament
  • Sugar
  • Peppercorns
  • twig
  • piece of fabric
  • orange construction paper
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November 17, 2012

How to Make a Photo Candle Holder

Supplies

  • See through Candle holder (I used 1 from the dollar store)
  • tea lights
  • Glue
  • Water
  • Paintbrush
  • Photos (printed on paper or newspaper clippings)

Directions
In a bowl mix 1 part glue and 2 parts white school glue, if you want it to have frosted glue make sure it’s not the kind that dries clear.

Clip out the photos you are going to use, I used newspaper comic clippings, but you can use photos printed on normal printer paper.

Use a paint brush to paint some of the glue onto the inside of the glass then stick the picture to the glass coating the back of the photo with more of the glue water solution.

Continue doing this around the inside of the inside of the glass till you have it covered as much as you want.

Let it dry.

Turn on your LED tea light candle and put it in.

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November 10, 2012

How to do Tile Coasters

Supplies

  • Tiles
  • Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • A Clear Coat Spray Paint (I used Ceramic Sealer Matter finish)

Directions

Take your tile, I bought them for $0.25 each at our local Habitat for Humanity, you can find them for cheap at a hard ware store. Make sure it is clean of any dirt, or dust.

Using a paint brush paint on any design you want, or let your children, this is a great chance for hand print coaster.

Allow it to dry.

After it dries spray it with the clear coat spray sealer.

Let it dry.

Repeat steps 4 and 5 twice more.

This is another cool tile project..

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October 16, 2012

Crafting with Kids: Bathroom Arts and Crafts

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!!

 

“For the love of all things holy please stop running in the house.” “We don’t jump off the furniture!” These are words I may or may not have muttered countless times in the last few days as we have been stuck inside due to everything being coated in ice. Is this what happens at your house when you are stuck in the house too?

 

If your house is anything like mine there are toys scattered from one end of the house to the other and the kids? Yeah they aren’t touching any of it. Despite the repeated “please pick up the toys”, they just sit there. I see you shaking your head, you know exactly where I am coming from right? Wouldn’t a simple solution to make the chaos stop just for a little bit be wonderful? I’ve got you covered!

 

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When it comes to keeping your kids occupied getting messy can do the trick! “Oh please! I don’t need another mess in my house.” Is that exactly what you just thought? Right? Stay with me! One of our favorite things to do when we are stuck inside on bad weather days is messy art projects.

 

We like to get creative with what that entails. Today, we took our mess to the bathroom. Stay with me. When the weather outside keeps us cooped up inside the bathtub is one of my favorite places to do messy art projects. The tub contains the mess (for the most part) but, my kids feel like they have free reign of what they are doing without me cringing and worrying about my carpet.

 

We love to get messy but, don’t get me wrong, but, my house is all carpet so it takes a lot of preparation to do messy art projects inside if they are not in the tub. You can do anything from painting a regular picture to something like we did today!

 

Today we took some marshmallow fluff I had in the cupboard, added some orange tempera paint and turned my 7 year old loose in the tub! You can also use food coloring but, depending on your tub it may stain.

 

We also love the tub for messy projects because of the easy clean up. Just some warm water and it’s back to normal.

This can be done with kiddos of any age but, as you can see, my two year old wanted nothing to do with it except watch. Check out how much fun we had today!

 

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