Handprint Santa Ornaments

handprint santa
I love making hand print crafts with my kids since they are such cute keepsakes. Last year we made hand print Santa ornaments!
For your basic salt dough ornaments you’ll need to combine the following:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup water
Knead until smooth and then roll out to 1/2″ thick. You can roll out to 1/4″ for standard ornaments but for the handprints I like to keep it a bit thicker. Have your child press his or her hand into the dough and then cut a circle around it. Poke a hole in the palm of the hand (Santa’s hat) using a straw and bake at 250 until dry (about 2 hours).
Once they come out of the oven and cool you can paint! The thumb becomes the pom pom on Santa’s hat and his beard is the fingers.
One thing I learned is that salt dough becomes smoother the longer you knead it. We made Will’s ornament first and the dough wasn’t quite as smooth and it ended up with a little crack across it. So make sure you knead the dough well. For all of Santa’s features I just used a black sharpie.
With our leftover dough we cut out shapes with cookie cutters and then I let Anne paint them however she wanted :)

Easy Snowman Ornament

snowman ornament
Anne loves Christmas and Frosty so for our ornament this year we did Snowman Ornaments! These are super easy and are a great kids craft or you could whip up a bunch to give as teacher gifts, neighbor gifts, etc.
I let Anne make her ornament all by herself and her Frosty has a nice sly smile :)
Here’s what you’ll need:
- White ornaments (I found mine at Wal-Mart in a combo pack with red and green)
-Pom poms
-Pipe Cleaners
-Paint: orange and black
-Glue: We tried tacky glue but hot glue ended up being easier
1. Decide on a color for your ear muffs and cut your pipe cleaner down so it will cover about the top 1/3-1/2 of the ornament. Hot glue the pipe cleaner in place and cover the 2 ends with pom poms
2. I let Anne paint the face on herself using a q-tip. It was a little easier for her to control than a paint brush. We practiced doing the little dots for the eyes and mouth first on a paper plate but she ended up doing her smile all in one swipe which was fine :)
Have fun!

Halloween Matching Game with Free Printable

Today I have a fun Halloween craft and game to share with you!
My oldest is almost 4 and just starting to really have fun with games so we made this fun Halloween matching game together. Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:
  • Halloween Clip Art or you can print out my set here
  • 2 Sheets of 12×12″ scrapbook paper (double sided works best)
  • Crayons, colored pencils, etc.
  • Glue stick
  • Laminator or clear contact paper (optional)

1. Cut out all of your clip art. You’ll mount them later on 4×4″ squares so just make sure you trim them to smaller than that
2. Let your little artist go to work. Anne’s a bit of a scribbler so I had to remind her to do a nice job :)
 I knew she wouldn’t last coloring all 18 so I did half and matched my colors to what she choose
3. Cut your scrapbook paper into 4″ squares and glue on your pictures. If you’re going to laminate don’t worry about gluing them down very well
4. For extra stability we ran them through the laminator so they’ll last for more than one Halloween season
And that’s it! Have fun playing :) We sure have!

For more Halloween fun with your kids you might enjoy these projects:
  
Happy Halloween!

Amy

Summer of Joann Tye Dye Tote

School is out and the kids are running wild which means it’s time to plan some summer fun!
Plan out some exciting craft projects to do with your kids this summer with Joanns!
After browsing the Cape Discovery catalog for project ideas Anne settled on the tye dye tote bag
Help Anne and I win the Pinterest contest by pinning our image (^^^) with the hashtag #summerofjoann
You know you want to :)

We picked up our tye dye party pack, iron-on letters and a tote bag at Joanns and we were ready to roll!
The tye dye kit includes everything you need and there’s enough dye for up to 10 shirts. The dye is a one-time use sort of deal so grab some friends and do a bunch of projects at once :) We decided to just use blue and green and save our other dyes for another day. 
The kit includes instructions for different tye dye patterns (swirly, stripes, etc.). Since Anne was helping me we just decided to wing it and went crazy with our rubber bands :)
The bag is on the left and we also did a shirt
And then I set her loose with the dye which she was super excited about
After washing out the excess dye and letting it dry we added our letters. We’re using this for the library summer reading program so we added “READ” to our bag. She filled it up with books and is ready to go! 
I think this bag might hold a bit more than can she lift :)
 What crafts do you have planned for this summer?

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Amy

Spooky Spider Tees

Halloween is right around the corner so to celebrate the kids and I whipped up these spooky spider tees. I love how they turned out!

Since you can really only wear a Halloween shirt for one month I wanted something super quick and easy. We decided to use the same method as this cute handprint card I made 2 years ago:
Suprisingly both shirts came out perfect on the 1st try! If you’re working with a baby I highly recommend taking off all their clothes and you’ll want an apron on too. I kept some wipes handy to wipe him off as soon as we finished and before he could cram those little chubbies into his mouth. 
If you’re worried about getting it right the first time I would stamp onto a smaller piece of fabric and then applique it onto your tee. 
I used fabric paint to keep the shirts nice and soft (don’t forget to slip some cardboard underneath!) and then sewed on googly eyes. If you’re worried that your kid will still manage to get them off you could always paint eyes on instead. To add a little girly touch to Anne’s shirt I sewed a quick ruffle on to the bottom. 
Quick, easy, and a fun memento!

Amy

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