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KIDS' ARTWORK GIFT WRAP GARLAND
This is a fun way to incorporate kids' drawings into packaging that also doubles as a keepsake AND your kids don't have to draw them over and over.
I tend to shop in the remnants section in the fabric department of our craft store so my fabric was just chosen from whatever I had on hand! But first you'll want your kiddos to draw their best little holiday pictures. They don't have to make them small you can do that on the computer!
Next you'll scan their images into the computer. You can resize the images in your choice of software - there are SO many choices with image software so I wouldn't be able to touch on all of them. Some of the things you may want to do is resize/cut out and place the images all on one page/increase the saturation a bit if they used crayons/ and if there are words written you'll want to flip the images at this point so they are backwards usually it's referred to as "flip horizontally" in the photo editing software.
Print the images onto Iron on T-shirt transfer paper and cut them out.
I cut my fabric into little triangles to form a garland. Then I ironed the transfers on using a sheet of cardboard underneath and a kitchen towel on top to protect my iron just in case!
Last they all get sewn together (or you can iron them into some fabric binding as well). I used a black fabric binding for mine and sewed the triangles in. I just eyeballed the spacing - not much perfection here. And if you're like me you'll be sewing late at night when everyone else is sleeping!
Then you're done!
Cute little gift wrap that can double as a keepsake decoration for the recipient.
We've also done something similar on the reusable canvas bags. Instead of the transfer paper I used the printable fabric for that one.
How do you incorporate your kids' artwork into gift giving? Kelle Hampton made some super cute ornaments
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I'm declaring this a "crafty" week. We all love getting new crafty ideas. I've got ornaments, gifts to craft, and just fun things to keep the kids busy this week. I hope you love it!
My boys love making ornaments - it's usually me that gets bored with the same ones all the time! I've been looking for ideas for ornaments for us to make this year and I've found some that I thought you all would like! I haven't gotten our decorations out yet but once I do I'll share 2 of our favorites that I haven't seen yet on the internet!
This helicopter from craftycounterpart on Instructables has to be one of the most unique - love it!
Cute reindeer ornaments from fingerprints by Little Bit Funky
Snowmen handprint ornaments from Meet the Dubiens
For the older kiddos - mosaic ornaments from old CDs from Creme de la Craft
Love just doing a little handprint on a clear glass ball for babies first Christmas - from a sorta fairytale
A cornstarch/baking soda/water clay ornament from the woodside kitchen (kids could get creative with the shape, stamps, or colors)
Egg Carton Folk Ornaments from Michele Made Me
The boys and I are loving this idea for an ornament/topping presents - from Creature Comforts
Magnets but you could do double sided for ornaments! from Urban Comfort
Create a winter wonderland (so many options with this one!) from Spoonful
Feel free to leave a link in the comments to your blog post about ornaments you like to make!
We have a few fun Thanksgiving/Fall themed activities we are working on for you but I wanted to share a few fun ones I've found.
Make a teepee (perfect for LEGO minifigs ;) from Kaboose
I love these gourd turkeys from All You
This kids Thanksgiving table set up is so perfect! - from Fiskars
We are definitely fan of the paper airplane here. We've done Strawplanes, oversized planes, and dragon planes. Well here's a new one to try - catapult plane from Minieco that they saw in The Usborne Big Book of Science Things to Make and Do. Add a rubberband (and some tape or cardboard for stability to the bottom of your plane) and see how it affects your launch!
Let me know how it goes if you try it out soon!
Have you ever had an idea you thought made you so smart and then discovered you weren't the first one to have that idea? That's what happened with these for me lol! I had been wanting to do these for a while and about a week ago I was flipping through a magazine at the store (Family Fun maybe?) and saw the same thing - of course executed cuter for a magazine. Oh well, not going to stop me from sharing it with you!
You'll need ping pong (table tennis) balls, LED tealights (the cheapest I found them was at Walmart 6 for $2.50 regular price or you could get a 12 pack at Michaels or Joan with your weekly coupon), a small knife for the parents, and whatever materials you'd like to decorate them with.
Start by cutting an "x" on the bottom of the ping pong and sticking the fake flame of the tealight through the x. This will let your child know right where to draw the eye.
Next just decorate! You could get creative and make eyebrows, eyelashes, a body etc but my boys just wanted eyes. And wanted none of them to match. Whatever floats their boat!
They loved finding places to stick them. Most were on the mantle.
Linking up with the Eighteen25 Halloween Link Up Party
Does anyone else have kids on Fall break right now? We've never had a Fall break until this year and it's been a little strange. We've had 3 days off but haven't really done much or gotten anything done. We've been all over the place. Here are a couple things on our to do list:
LEGO pencil holder from Handmade Charlotte
DIY Marble Ramp from Ambrosia Creative
DIY Cardboard bed also from Ambrosia Creative (my 8 year old still loves his stuffed animals)
and spider webs from Small for Big
But for now we're headed outside to run/walk/jump some of their energy out.