Wordless Wednesday: Art By Poppet

One of my favourite things about motherhood is watching my children grow. Over the last few months, Poppet’s art has just blossomed. From colouring in the lines (when she feels like it) to images that actually resemble people, she continues to blow me away with her creations. My current dilemma is what do I do with all of her artwork?

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What do you do with your children’s art?

7 Days of Love – Paper Plate Heart Handbags

I’ve seen variations of this craft floating around the Interwebz, and because I have daughters who love dressing up and accessorising, I thought they’d enjoy it. Besides, every little girl needs a paper plate heart handbag in her dress up box, don’t you agree?

I gave each of the girls two paper plates and asked them to decorate them however they wanted. Pixie took full advantage of Daddy’s day off work and roped him in to help her with hers.

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When the plates were decorated, we folded them in half.

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Then I stapled the two plates together.

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I used staples to attach a ribbon for a strap.

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A quick and simple craft for anyone.

Do your kids like to play dress-up?

7 Days of Love – Hanging Hearts

Pixie informed me the other day that her favourite kind of crafting activity is painting. I was going to use crayon for this activity, but changed my mind after Pixie’s declaration.

I used a cookie cutter to trace heart shapes on pieces of cardboard.

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Then the girls painted their hearts. We used pink paint for all the hearts, but you could make each one a different colour.

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When the paint dried, I cut out the hearts and used a glue gun to attach them to a length of ribbon.

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I made a loop at the top also using the glue gun.

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We hung the hearts on the cupboard doors in the girls’ bedroom.

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Do you decorate the house for Valentine’s Day?

7 Days of Love – Tinfoil Hearts

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This is one of those crafts that didn’t work out quite like I’d planned, but the girls had fun doing it anyway.

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It seemed simple enough: cut two heart shapes out of cardboard, glue random items onto the heart, then cover with tinfoil for a textured heart.

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If we do this craft again, I’ll use bigger items to glue and a stronger cardboard base. Things like shells, bolts, pasta shapes could work. Our hearts ended up being a bit flimsy and didn’t last longer than a day.

Did you try this? Did you have better luck than we did?

7 Days of Love – Love Bugs

These little love bugs are easy to make and oh-so-cute.

Materials:
Egg boxes
Pink paint
Paintbrushes
Pipe cleaners
Scissors
Googly eyes
Heart stickers

Cut up the egg boxes and paint them pink.

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Poke holes for the legs and antennae. Cut up the pipe cleaners and fold over the inside end so that they don’t slip out of the holes.

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Glue googly eyes on the head.

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Decorate with hearts.

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Easy peasy.

Have you tried this craft? Post a link; I’d love to see it.

7 Days of Love – Valentine’s Door Hanger Craft

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This is a simple and quick Valentine’s craft to keep little hands busy. All you need is cardboard, glue, pipe cleaners (or string/wool/ribbon) and things to stick on.

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Cut the cardboard into a narrow-ish strip. (I divided an A4 piece into three.) Punch two holes at the top, then let the decorating begin!

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In keeping with our Valentine’s theme, I made heart-shapes with glue and let the girls stick their items on it.

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When the girls were finished sticking, I bent the pipe cleaners and threaded them through the holes to make a handle.

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These would make sweet gifts for your children to exchange with each other, or give to a grandparent or friend. Ours lasted just three days – Pixie the Destroyer decided to see what would happen when she pulled off all the decorations. Sigh.

Have you tried this craft? Post a link; I’d love to see it.

12 Days of Christmas – Paper Plate Snowman

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This is a quick, simple craft for little ones. Do you wanna build a snowman . . .?

What you need (per snowman): three paper plates – one normal size, one cut slightly smaller, and one cut even smaller than the second; two buttons, a piece of ribbon; glue; a piece of orange cardboard; a straw; sticky tape; stapler; scissors.

First, glue the buttons onto the smallest circle.

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Then stick the ribbon on in a smile.

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Cut the orange cardboard into a long-ish triangle. Fold the bottom edge up a little and put some glue on the folded piece. Stick onto the face.

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Cut the straw in half and stick a piece on either side of the middle-sized paper plate.

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Staple the snowman together. Ta Da!

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Who’s your favourite snowman: Frosty or Olaf? (I like Olaf.)