Strip animation is one form of animation that's easy to duplicate. Turn it into a card to give to a friend or family member and you've got a win-win.Read on to see how to easily make your own!
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The simple, but fun, winter craft - paper snowflakes! I like this method of folding because you can cut anywhere top, bottom, or any side and your snowflake turns out - the less rules the better right?!
You'll need a square sheet of paper. I like to cut a stack of papers into squares with my paper trimmer ahead of time.
First you fold the paper in half to form a triangle
and in half again
Next you're going to take the open end and fold it towards the other side about 1/3 of the way in
fold the other side over the top of that one
Now you're going to cut off the "tails" at the bottom. If you turn it over you'll have a nice straight guide.
Now the fun part - cut away! Cut triangles, squares, wavy lines - whatever you like
The fun part about folding this way is that you can cut whatever side, top, or bottom you like.
.When you're satisfied with your cuts - carefully unfold your masterpiece.
The boys made a ton of snowflakes and wanted to know where I was going to hang them all. I think I found the perfect way and now they are itching to make more!
I'm sharing how I like to hang their snowflakes over at Modern Parents Messy Kids - come stop by!
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 have posts started/planned but we've been passing around back to school germs over here so getting anything finished is just not happening this week! Good thing there is so much inspiration to be had around the internet!
I love this wooden chalkboard city by dandee. This would make a great DIY holiday gift for the little ones in your lives. I think this would even make a great cityscape for Super Heros or LEGO city!
The full tutorial can be found on Hello Bee
I wanted to post this before the weekend but we finally moved (in 113F weather) and had an evening pool party celebrating my little man with our close friends and family. So I'll share some today and hope that you can get around to doing some before or on the 4th!
Oh and Happy late Canada Day to our friends North of us. Hope you all had a fun weekend!
Paper sparklers for the younger ones from Say Yes to Hoboken
Noisemakers from Supermom Moments
Firework art from BHG - straws, glue, and sand? Count us in!
DIY Confetti Paper Rockets from AlphaMom
Fourth of July Printable Paper Badges from Ambrosia Creative
Red, White, and Blue crayons from Love Them Madly (I think we may actually do this but stick them in the car instead of the oven)
Printable Pinwheels from Skip to My Lou
Sandwich Pops from Living Locurto (a request from my youngest)
Qtip Fireworks from Busy Bee Kids Crafts
For this and some other awesome ideas see our roundup from last year!
While we are mourning the ending of our big summer vacation many of you are still preparing to leave on yours. Even if you aren't going on vacation this is a great activity to keep in the car.
A DIY Magnetic Travel Activity Tray from Craft, Interrupted.
When my boys were little we'd make little sticker scenes but with magnets and a cookie sheet for them to play with in the car and they loved it. I really love this more 3D version.
Go check out the post over at Craft, Interrupted for the how to, the other versions, AND printables!