Liquid Watercolor Coffee Filter Pumpkins

Liquid Watercolor Coffee Filter Pumpkin Sun Catcher
Liquid Watercolor Coffee Filter Pumpkin Sun Catcher

I’ve been wanting to do something festive for the fall season. Originally I was thinking that we could make the pumpkins in to Jack-O-Lanterns by cutting faces on them, but then decided against it since Sophia’s scissor skills aren’t up to that task yet.

What you will need:

  • Liquid watercolors (can be replaced with food coloring)
  • Cups for your watercolors
  • Pipettes (you can get ones from your pharmacy)
  • Coffee filters
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Wet wipes (for clean up)
  • Baking sheet
  • Cling wrap
  • Oven (not necessary)
Liquid Watercolors
Liquid Watercolors

Set up: Place a cling wrap on your baking sheet.

I chose to use red, orange, yellow, and brown liquid watercolors for our pumpkins. For each of the colors in a cup I put about a 1/4 inch of water and added a bit of the watercolor in.

So excited!
So excited!

First I sketched a pumpkin shape in pencil on to a filter that I wanted to use as a template. Cut out several filter pumpkins at the same time to with the template until you have cut out as many as you want to make. Place pumpkins on top of the cling wrap on the baking sheets. I put 2 pumpkins on top of each other (one pile had 3, we made sure to put extra paint on that one) since I only had 2 baking sheets to use and didn’t want to try to transfer wet filters.

Painting away
Painting away

I found these spill proof paint cups on Walmart.com and I’m happy to say they worked great. I love that they come with lids so you can store paint in them as well.

Fun squirting paint
Fun squirting paint

Let your child explore and mix colors to their hearts content.

Fun mixing colors
Fun mixing colors
Wet Painted Pumpkins
Wet Painted Pumpkins

The colors will be more vibrant when wet. You want to make sure there is plenty of paint on the filters unless you are looking to have very muted colors.

All painted!
All painted!

I placed the pumpkins in the oven to dry, with just the oven light turned on for a small source of heat. I wanted the end results to be as vibrant in color as possible, so I wanted all the paint to dry on to the coffee filters. It took about 5 hours for the hearts to fully dry.

TIP: You can remove the pumpkins off the cookie sheets and set to dry on a dry surface. Note that the colors will not be as bright if you do this though.

Drying out in the oven with the light on
Drying out in the oven with the light on

Once the filters have dried you can tape them on to a window and the sun will light them up beautifully.

Liquid Watercolor Coffee Filter Pumpkins Ready to Hang Up
Liquid Watercolor Coffee Filter Pumpkins Ready to Hang Up
Liquid Watercolor Coffee Filter Pumpkin Sun Catcher
Liquid Watercolor Coffee Filter Pumpkin Sun Catcher

Easy Fast Cheap Easter Bunny Craft (sun catcher)

I found this at Hobby Lobby on sale for 40% off. I picked it up since I always have my eye out for simple fast in-expensive crafts.

Easter Craft kit
Easter Craft kit

I was a bit surprised that what I had thought was a paint brush was actually a plastic pick.

Easter Craft kit came with a pick not a brush
Easter Craft kit came with a pick not a brush
Testing out a new method of painting
Testing out a new method of painting

It’s always fun to explore new things and ways to paint.

I set up painting projects in trays to contain potential messes.

TIP: Have wet wipes handy for easy clean up

Fun painting
Fun painting

Sophia’s finished Easter Bunny.

Easter Bunny all painted
Easter Bunny all painted

Stamping fun with a toddler, making cards

Excited to stamp!
Excited to stamp!

I’ve been wanting to do a stamping project with Sophia for a while but I didn’t have many stamps and I know they can get expensive fast. However, yesterday I scored a ton of stamps off of a garage sale app for only $10 for it all.

I scored all these stamps from a garage sale app for only $10
I scored all these stamps from a garage sale app for only $10

Luckily I had bought an ink pad at my last outing to Hobby Lobby, so we got right into to stamping first thing this morning.

What you will need:

  • White card stock
  • Stamps of your liking
  • Ink pad(s)
  • Wet wipes (for easy cleaning)
What you will need
What you will need

I picked out several stamps I thought Sophia would like to stamp with. I found a pink ink pad that had come in an art kit Sophia had received as a Christmas present. The purple on is the new one I got on sale. We folded the card stock in half.

The pink ink pad is a bit dried out so it wasn't really working
The pink ink pad is a bit dried out so it wasn’t really working

TIP: Test the ink pads before hand. I should have tested pink one but we found out it was a bit dried out so it wasn’t really working well.

Testing out the purple ink
Testing out the purple ink

It took her a little bit to get the hang of the process. She wanted to just keep stamping with out grabbing more ink on it in between.

Pushing the stamp down with all her might
Pushing the stamp down with all her might

I told her to push the stamp all the way down since she was only pushing half the stamp, so then she pushed on it with all her might πŸ™‚

Sophia got ink on her finger and she said "I'm sooo pretty" I think she likes the ink color :)
Sophia got ink on her finger and she said “I’m sooo pretty” I think she likes the ink color πŸ™‚

TIP: Have the wet wipes with in easy reach for wiping off ink from little fingers πŸ™‚

Making butterflies
Making butterflies

After the first card was all stamped up, Sophia wanted to make another one.

Fronts of the two cards Sophia made
Fronts of the two cards Sophia made

Finished cards πŸ™‚

Insides of the cards
Insides of the cards

This is a great activity for exploring new vocabulary, a new multi-step process, listening skills and learning to follow instructions.

Depending on the stamps you use, these can be modified for any occasion or holiday. Very quick easy fun to make.

Pot of gold St Patrick’s day project, great gluing practice

I was looking for some thing fast, easy, and fun for Sophia to do. I figured it’s about high time she experiment with gluing things by herself.

She loved her first time gluing by herself
She loved her first time gluing by herself

What you will need:

  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Black cardstock
  • Green and yellow/gold construction paper
  • Something round for a template or a round paper punch
  • Stick or Elmers glue
Sketch out the pot you like
Sketch out the pot you like

Sketch out the pot you want and cut it out.

Fold up the yellow/gold paper so you cut multiple coins at the same time
Fold up the yellow/gold paper so you cut multiple coins at the same time

Cut a strip of yellow/gold paper wide enough for your circle template to fit multiple times on it. Fold it like shown above.

I used the cover off our sea salt grinder as a template for the coins
I used the cover off our sea salt grinder as a template for the coins

Place your template on top of the folded paper stack and sketch the circle with a pencil.Β I used the cover off of our sea salt grinder as a template for the coins

All ready to be glued
All ready to be glued

Repeat last step until you are satisfied with the amount of coins you have cut.

Gluing the pot
Gluing the pot

I gave Sophia the option between stick glue and elmers school glue and she picked the stick for this project.

Gluing her gold doubloons
Gluing her gold doubloons
She said the pot of gold is a lot like a team treasure chest
She said the pot of gold is a lot like a team treasure chest

Sophia really likes Jake and the Neverland Pirates and kept calling the coins gold doubloons. She kept saying that the pot of gold is a lot like a team treasure chest πŸ™‚

Gluing practice
Gluing practice
Sophia's pot of gold
Sophia’s pot of gold
All done
All done

Glittery Valentines Sun Catchers

I decided that with our painted doilies we would make glittery Valentines sun catchers.

Glittery hearts in the window
Glittery hearts in the window

What you will need:

  • Scissors
  • Black cardstock
  • Glitter
  • Contact paper
  • Pencil
  • Doilies of your liking
  • Wet wipes (for clean up)
  • Baking sheet

At first I was thinking we would glue the glitter to the frame but then we decided to put the glitter all over the contact paper instead.

Materials (we didn't end up using the glue stick)
Materials (we didn’t end up using the glue stick)

Cut out a suitable frame for your doilies.

TIP: If working with a toddler you may want have some extra space in the frame for placement of the doilies.

Sizing out the opening on the first frame
Sizing out the opening on the first frame

After you are satisfied with your frame, if you are making multiples like we were, use the cut out frame as a stencil and lightly trace it on to the remaining cardstock.

Once you have one frame sized to your liking, lightly trace it on the others with a pencil
Once you have one frame sized to your liking, lightly trace it on the others with a pencil

I chose to have the contact paper pieces not cover the whole frame. I wanted it about half way on the frame so I measured it out as shown below, leaving roughly two edges out.

Measuring out the contact paper
Measuring out the contact paper

The front piece of contact paper I wanted to be even smaller (as at this point I was still thinking of gluing glitter on the frame). I used one cut out piece and measured a slightly larger piece for it.

Measuring out the smaller piece of contact paper. I didn't want it to be much larger than the opening
Measuring out the smaller piece of contact paper. I didn’t want it to be much larger than the opening

Once you have all your cutting done place the larger piece over the opening, as shown below.

TIP: If you aren’t planning on doing anything to the frame it is easier to make them the same size for the front and back.

Place the contact paper over the opening
Place the contact paper over the opening
Ready to place hearts
Ready to place hearts

Let your little one place the hearts as they desire.

Hearts all set in their frames
Hearts all set in their frames

For glitter portion you want to place the frames in to a baking pan or tray of some sort to contain all the glitter.

Ready to glitter
Ready to glitter

Sophia wanted to show the kids how to glitter πŸ™‚ Video below

Glitter fun
Glitter fun

After glitter has been placed you will want to shake or (rub with a finger) the excess glitter around so they aren’t in big piles.

Place the smaller piece of contact paper over the top opening
Place the smaller piece of contact paper over the top opening

After you are done, place the remaining piece of contact paper over the top to seal it in.

Finished glitter hearts
Finished glitter hearts

It is ready to stand up on a window sill πŸ™‚

Primary color mixing experiment with coffee filter snowflakes and heart-flakes

I love the color wheel and love seeing what colors you get from mixing paints. This was the perfect project to let Sophia experience the wonder.

Finished snowflakes
Finished snowflakes

This is a project I’ve been dying to try out with the liquid watercolors… you can substitute food coloring or even cake watercolors (you would need paint brushes for this option).

What you will need:

  • Liquid watercolors/food coloring
  • Cups for your watercolors
  • Pipettes
  • Coffee filters
  • Scissors
  • Wet wipes (for clean up)
  • Baking sheet
  • Tinfoil
  • Oven (not necessary)
Heart-flakes and snowflakes cut out
Heart-flakes and snowflakes cut out

Flatten, fold and cut out your snowflakes to your liking from the coffee filters.

I cut out 3 filters on top of each other in the heart shape and 4 together on the snow flake. For painting them I placed them on the baking pan 2 on top of each other (I didn’t think Sophia would have the patience to repeat the process 7 times and 4 seemed just right). One of the heart ones was on the pan singly (for the math minded πŸ˜‰ )

Ready to experiment with primary colors
Ready to experiment with primary colors

I diluted the liquid watercolors quite a bit. I put about a 1/4 inch of water on the bottom of the cups and then added the paint to my liking.

Below is a time lapse video of Sophia having fun squirting and mixing the paints together.

So much fun mixing colors
So much fun mixing colors

All done with the first set.

Snowflakes ready to dry
Snowflakes ready to dry

The second set got more brown as she liked putting all the paint in one spot.

Heart-flakes ready to dry
Heart-flakes ready to dry
Drying in the oven with the light on for heat
Drying in the oven with the light on for heat

I placed them in the oven to dry, with just the oven light turned on for a small source of heat. I wanted the end results to be as vibrant in color as possible, so I wanted all the paint to dry on to the coffee filters. It took about 5 hours for the hearts to fully dry.

TIP: You can remove the snowflakes off the cookie sheets and set to dry on a dry surface. Note that the colors will not be as bright if you do this though.

The colors dry a lot lighter
The colors dry a lot lighter

It’s crazy how much less vibrant the colors are after they dry.

TIP: If you want to get some of the wrinkles out, place them in side a book. Each snowflake on their own separate page and then place a weight (or more books on top). Let sit over night.

Love how these snowflakes turned out
Love how these snowflakes turned out

Once dry they are ready to tape to your windows.

My favorite one
My favorite one
Snowflake and heart-flake in the window
Snowflake and heart-flake in the window

Liquid watercolor doilies

Red hearts ready to dry
Red hearts ready to dry

I received liquid watercolors for Christmas and have had this project in mind ever since. I’m so glad we finally got to try them out and it was an instant hit πŸ™‚

Finished hearts
Finished hearts

What you will need:

  • Liquid watercolors
  • Cups for your watercolors
  • Pipettes
  • Doilies of your liking
  • Wet wipes (for clean up)
  • Baking sheet
  • Cling wrap
  • Oven (not necessary)

I found these spill proof paint cups on Walmart.com and I’m happy to say they worked great. I love that they come with lids so you can store paint in them as well.

materials
Materials

Set up: Place a cling wrap on your baking sheet.

I chose to use red liquid watercolor for our first batch. In one cup I put about a 1/4 inch of water and added a bit of the watercolor in. The second cup I poured undiluted watercolor in (as you can see above, in a lot smaller quantity).

Too excited to start
Too excited to start

Separate the doilies so you only have one in each spot. Our pan fit six nicely.

Got the doilies separated
Got the doilies separated

I let her have one of the paint cups at a time. It fits nicely on the baking sheet to help keep mess down. I had her do the diluted one first since it is easier for her to get the paint in the pipette by herself.

So exciting to squirt paint :)
So exciting to squirt paint πŸ™‚
Mid squirt
Mid squirt

After she got done with the diluted version of paint I let her have the undiluted cup. With that she asked me to help her a few times to fill it up.

Red hearts ready to dry
Red hearts ready to dry

It’s ok if the hearts have white spots on them. There is plenty of paint underneath the doilies that will soak up in to them.

Admiring her hearts
Admiring her hearts
Blue hearts
Blue hearts

We repeated the process with the blue liquid watercolor.

Already a pro
Already a pro
Mid squirt
Mid squirt
Blue hearts ready to dry
Blue hearts ready to dry

You can see the darker blue spots in the picture above (the undiluted paint)

Ready to dry
Ready to dry

After sitting out for a while you can see the doilies absorbed the paint underneath them.

I placed the hearts to dry in the oven
I placed the hearts to dry in the oven

I placed the hearts in the oven to dry, with just the oven light turned on for a small source of heat. I wanted the end results to be as vibrant in color as possible, so I wanted all the paint to dry on to the doilies. It took about 5 hours for the hearts to fully dry.

TIP: You can remove the doilies off the cookie sheets and set to dry on a dry surface. Note that the colors will not be as bright if you do this though.

Finished hearts
Finished hearts

You will notice the color variations on all the hearts. I love how they turned out πŸ™‚

TIP: After you are done and cleaning up you can put your undiluted paints back in the original container. I saved the 2Β  diluted paints in the spill proof containers to use in later projects.

Coloring Page Stained Glass Valentine (easy with contact paper)

This is a great project for boys and girls. This can be done with any free coloring pages you find to your liking online. I found some cute teddy bears, Pooh characters, even a super cute Ninjago one (link here). Just Google for free Valentine coloring pages.

Hello Kitty Stained Glass Valentine
Hello Kitty Stained Glass Valentine

What you will need:

  • Printer and computer/tablet/or smart phone and a sheet of printer paper
  • Find a free coloring page online you like and print it out
  • Clear Shelf liner (Contact paper)
  • Scissors
  • Tissue paper in at least 2 different colors
  • Heart paper punch (size about 1 inch)

TIP: You don’t need a heart paper punch. Other shapes will work as well and you can even forgo it completely and just tear pieces of tissue paper for a more rustic look.

Fold the tissue paper over several times so the punch makes multiples with each punch
Fold the tissue paper over several times so the punch makes multiples with each punch

TIP: You could have your little one color the picture too

Cut out the heart
Cut out the heart

Cut out the heart on your coloring page. Also cut two pieces of the contact paper large enough to cover that area.

Place one piece of contact paper over the front side of the picture over the heart cutout
Place one piece of contact paper over the front side of the picture over the heart cutout

Place one piece of contact paper over the front side of the picture over the heart cutout. Place face down on table.

Excited to craft
Excited to craft

It’s ok if the pieces aren’t perfectly placed. Some of the ones she put on were crumpled and folded up and that’s ok.

Almost done
Almost done
Admiring hanAdmiring her handy-work dy-work
Admiring her handy-work

Note: the left edge has some overhang from the contact paper. Trim off any overhanging contact paper.

Place the other sheet of contact paper over the tissue paper
Place the other sheet of contact paper over the tissue paper

Place the other sheet of contact paper over the tissue paper. Start on one edge, line it up as close as you can. Then pull back the rest of the backing paper and set it down like in the picture above.

She loves her Hello Kitty Sun Catcher Valentine!
She loves her Hello Kitty Sun Catcher Valentine!
What it looks like against a window
What it looks like against a window

 

Love Bugs 3 versions trials and tribulations

You may have seen these cute critters on Pinterest. We made 3 different versions since we kept having glue issues. I’ll show you what we all did. With pro’s and cons as they appeared.

Toddler approved
Toddler approved

1. First we tried to make them with Elmers glue as a post on Pinterest had suggested. I found it very flimsy and not toddler friendly as I had to hold the pieces on for a long time and the pom poms sucked in all the glue I put on. However this is a great version for older kids with patience and enough skills to do this on their own.

Things for the Elmers glue version
Things for the Elmers glue version

What you will need:

Put glue on the clothes pin
Put glue on the clothes pin
We wanted our Love Bug to have legs so we cut a pipe cleaner in 3 and folded little feet at the ends
We wanted our Love Bug to have legs so we cut a pipe cleaner in 3 and folded little feet at the ends
Placing pom poms
Placing pom poms
As you can see the 4 pom poms didn't fit all that great and were having trouble drying nicely
As you can see the 4 pom poms didn’t fit all that great and were having trouble drying nicely

2. The second Love Bug we tried Removable Clear Mounting Squares instead of the Elmers glue. This version is great for toddlers as a sensory and exploratory experience, as there is no messy glue to work with. However, the end product is not stable to hang up and the mounting squares don’t grip very strongly. So we ended taking it apart and using the pieces in the final version.

What you will need:

  • Elmers Glue
  • Clothes pin
  • Googlie eyes
  • Deco Tubing ribbon for the legs
  • Red and pink pom-poms
Removable clear mounting squares trial
Removable clear mounting squares trial
Sticking on the legs
Sticking on the legs
Great art material  exploring experience
Great art material exploring experience
Toddler approved
Toddler approved
Love Bug with removable clear mounting squares
Love Bug with removable clear mounting squares

3. The final and most successful version, we used hot glue. As I mentioned we used the pieces from the second version so the googlie eyes are already attached. This method will give you the most durable end result. Not as toddler friendly unless they know how to use a glue gun. Sophia is good about listening to instructions so I don’t have problems with her putting pieces on to the hot glue dabs I place. Plus I’m like a hawk with 100% attention on what she does when we are working together. I think in a few months (if I can find a suitable glue gun) I’ll let her practice holding it.

What you will need:

  • Hot glue gun and glue stick
  • Clothes pin
  • Googlie eyes
  • Deco Tubing ribbon for the legs
  • Red and pink pom-poms
  • Glitter foam sheet (for cutting feet from)

Plug in your glue gun and let it heat up before starting.

Hot glue version we added little feet on to the ribbon
Hot glue version we added little feet on to the ribbon
I hot glued the feet on to the ribbon before hand
I hot glued the feet on to the ribbon before hand
Love Bug hot glued
Love Bug hot glued

Since we were working with a hot glue gun I didn’t get any action shots. But I would put a dab of glue and Sophia would stick either a leg or pom pom into it, as she wanted.

Stained Glass Heart (made easy with contact paper)

I kept seeing cute stained glass hearts on Pinterest but didn’t find the one I had in mind, so I made up my own version.

Finished Stained Glass Heart
Finished Stained Glass Heart

What you will need:

  • 1 sheet of construction paper (I picked red)
  • Clear Shelf liner (Contact paper)
  • Scissors
  • Tissue paper in at least 2 different colors
  • Heart paper punch (size about 1 inch)
  • Pencil
Materials I used
Materials I used (pencil not pictured)
Start with a sheet of the construction paper and fold it in half
Start with a sheet of the construction paper and fold it in half

Start with a sheet of the construction paper and fold it in half.

Sketch a half of a heart on there to your liking
Sketch a half of a heart on there to your liking

Sketch a half of a heart on there to your liking, the folded edge of the paper is next to the pencil.

Cut out the heart
Cut out the heart

Cut out the heart.

Then cut out the center of the heart
Then cut out the center of the heart

Then cut out the center of the heart, leave about 3/4 inch wide edge for your frame. I free handed the cutting but if you want you can sketch it on before cutting.

Place your heart frame on the contact paper to measure it out
Place your heart frame on the contact paper to measure it out

Place your heart frame on the contact paper to measure it out. I cut out a rectangular piece of the paper off the roll.

Trace the shape of the heart on the paper
Trace the shape of the heart on the paper

Trace the shape of the heart on the paper.

TIP: If you are doing the project right away you can just remove the backing off the contact paper, place the heart frame on there and then trim around it.

Make sure they line up
Make sure they line up

I was setting up the project ahead of time so I didn’t place the contact paper on the frame at this point.

Fold the tissue paper over several times so the punch makes multiples with each punch
Fold the tissue paper over several times so the paper punch makes multiples with each punch

Fold the tissue paper over several times so the paper punch makes multiples with each punch. This one I folded so it punched 4 hearts out each time.

I punched one row and had enough of one color
I punched one row and had enough of one color

I punched one row and had enough of one color. The second color I did I folded it so it punched out 8 hearts at a single punch.

Sophia just came in from playing in the snow and was ready to craft
Sophia just came in from playing in the snow and was ready to craft

Sophia just came in from playing in the snow and was ready to craft. I placed the contact paper on the frame and let her place the hearts where ever she desired.

It's ok if the pieces aren't perfectly placed
It’s ok if the pieces aren’t perfectly placed

It’s ok if the pieces aren’t perfectly placed. Some of the ones she put on were crumpled and folded up and that’s ok.

I kept reminding her to flatten the papers out a bit
I kept reminding her to flatten the papers out a bit

I kept reminding her to flatten the papers out a bit.

Concentrating
Concentrating
Finishing up
Finishing up
She was excited to put it on the window lol
She was excited to put it on the window lol
I didn't use tape to hang it since there was just enough little areas left uncovered of the contact paper for it to hold
I didn’t use tape to hang it since there was just enough little areas left uncovered of the contact paper for it to hold

I didn’t use tape to hang it since there was just enough little areas left uncovered of the contact paper for it to hold.

Sun shining through
Sun shining through
Admiring her work
Admiring her work
Finished Stained Glass Heart
Finished Stained Glass Heart