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 🙂

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 🙂
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 🙂

TIP: After you are done and cleaning up you can put your undiluted paints back in the original container. I saved the 2  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

Baby’s first edible finger paints! 9 Different Recipes :D

I was just recently asked how old Sophia was, when we started arts and crafts with her. Sophia’s first hands on art activity was finger painting. She was 8 months old. I made her edible finger paints to explore on water color paper, that I then later used for our Valentines Day cards. I did a ton of searching around and looked at different recipes. I have compiled a list of 9 different edible finger paint recipes that I found.

First finger painting
First finger painting

I used a 3 ingredient recipe that was just cornstarch, water, and food coloring. 1. The Imagination Tree has a good recipe for it here. (Cooking required)

First finger painting
First finger painting

As you can see in the pictures it is pretty chunky and a bit jello-like.

Chunky paints
Chunky paints

There are plenty of other kinds of edible finger paints. Some of them require cooking and a few do not.

2. Here’s one from Mom Tastic that uses flour, salt, sugar, and food coloring, link here. (Cooking required)

Exploring new textures and colors
Exploring new textures and colors

3. Here’s a jello based one from the Imagination Tree, link here. (Cooking required)

Sensory fun
Sensory fun

4. A yogurt based 2 ingredient recipe from Make and Takes, link here. (No cooking required)

Edible paint!
Edible paint!

5. Flour and salt based one from E how, link here. (Cooking required)

6. Here is a sugar and cornstarch based one from Dixie sugar, link here. (Cooking required)

7. Here is a pudding based one from Pop Sugar, link here. (Cooking required unless you buy the pudding already made)

8. This one is cornstarch and gelatin based from Invitation to the Butterfly Ball, link here. (Cooking required)

9. Here is a simple 3 ingredient one with flour, water and food coloring by Mama Ot, link here. (No cooking required)

I know I’ve seen a recipe that used some thing else to color the paints instead of food coloring but I’m not able to locate it. If you have other good recipes please leave a comment!

 

4 Super Cute Valentines Day Tree Craft Ideas

I figured I’d share some of the awesome ideas I’ve come across on Pinterest lately. I want to try all these out soon 🙂

Tree of Hearts- From Ideas from the Forest

tree of hearts
tree of hearts

Magazine Tree of Hearts- From Family Fun Crafts

Magazine tree of hearts
Magazine tree of hearts

$1 Heart Tree- From Money Hip Mama’s

$1 Heart Tree
$1 Heart Tree

Tweethearts door decoration- From Life in First Grade

Tweethearts door decoration
Tweethearts door decoration

This one is super cute for teachers decorating their classrooms.

What do you think? What are your favorite Valentines Day crafts?

New Years Give Away!!

Go check out our Facebook New Years give away! I’m giving away two prizes: Love Owl craft kit and a Mystery Craft kit (you will need to supply your own glue). Go check out the Facebook post about it for your chance to win one or both prizes!

Drawing Closed!

2 winners have been drawn 😀

Love hand-print painting <3

This is my favorite art project from 2014 we did. (I only have this one picture of it.) We did this as a family project since Sophia was only about a year and a half old at the time. So having an extra person helping definitely keeps the mess contained better.

Love hand print painting!
Love hand print painting!

What you will need:

  • Acrylic paint
  • Water color paper
  • Paint brushes
  • Painters tape
  • Razor knife
  • A cup with water for setting dirty paint brushes in
  • Wet wipes (for easy clean up)

Tape the word you want on to the paper. Trim it with the razor knife to your liking. Paint your little one’s hand and have them place it over the paper. Repeat in as many colors as you like.

TIP: You want to make sure all the edges of the tape have some paint or it wont show up. (You can see the top corner of the L disappear).

Glue Batiks with a Toddler

 

Framed Butterflies
Framed Butterflies

I found this awesome idea on All Our Days blog. They had done two different variations and I combined the two together to make it easier for my daughter and still have a bunch of fun colors.

The Cat framed and ready to hang

Here is All Our Days blog’s many day project they did one with non watered down paint, instructions here.

Here is their version of making solid colors with watered down paint in a spray bottle, instructions here.

Horse framed and hung on the wall
Horse framed and hung on the wall

I combined both painting methods for a faster project. I didn’t think I could get Sophia to keep interested in a project over many days and yet I wanted a bunch of different colors in our end results. Here is the instructions I wrote of just painting the fabric. (We made these for Christmas presents so I couldn’t post about this at the time 😉 ).

What you will need:

  • White cotton fabric. (TIP: You could use pre-made napkins if you wanted to)
  • Elmers Glue Gel (the blue kind)
  • Tin foil (for underneath the fabric while gluing)
  • Acrylic paint
  • Cups (for watering down paints)
  • Regular paint brushes
  • Foam brushes
  • Packaging tape
  • Wax table cloth (the paint will go through the fabric and on to the surface below it) Or something else to protect your table
  • A cup with water for setting dirty paint brushes in
  • Wet wipes (for easy clean up)

If you want to frame them like I did you will also need the following:

Since I already posted about how to paint the fabric here.

I’ll just go into the glue portions of the project and framing in detail.

Glue Octopus
Glue Octopus

Place a piece of tinfoil under your fabric (as the glue will eventually soak through it). You can either free hand your designs or you can opt for finding templates to trace. I did two of each kind.

TIP: Leave at least an inch blank around the edges of your design for framing purposes

Glue Seahorse
Glue Seahorse

The Ocean Scene and Butterflies I did free hand.

Finished Ocean Scene
Finished Ocean Scene

TIP: The thicker you put the glue on the clearer the lines on the finished product will be.

The Horse image I found for a template
The Horse image I found for a template

This is the Horse picture I used as a template to trace with glue.

TIP: While tracing an image you will want to tape down the paper image and the fabric over the top of it so they don’t move.

When you are happy with your design allow it to fully dry before moving onto painting it.

Again instructions here for painting.

Painting the Butterflies
Painting the Butterflies
All painted and waiting for the paint to dry on the Ocean Scene
All painted and waiting for the paint to dry on the Ocean Scene
All painted and waiting for the paint to dry on the Butterflies
All painted and waiting for the paint to dry on the Butterflies
The Cat paint dried
The Cat paint dried

Don’t worry if you can’t really see the glue like in the cat picture above.

Fully dried paint and ready to soak in warm water
Fully dried paint and ready to soak in warm water

Once the paints have fully dried put the fabric fully submerged in to a bucket of warm water and let sit for about 20 minutes. The glue will begin to melt away. You can speed it up by rubbing the fabric together or scraping it with your fingernail. This is my favorite part, you get to see the art you just created with your little one!

Glue removed from the Ocean Scene
Glue removed from the Ocean Scene

Just washed Ocean Scene, still wet.

After you have all the glue removed hang up your fabric to air dry.

Once dry they are ready to frame. If you chose to make napkins this is where you need to follow an extra step of heat setting your paint.

 

Ironed and ready to frame
Ironed and ready to frame

Since it took me several months to figure out how to frame the fabric pieces, I needed to first iron all the creases out of them. Follow your irons guidelines for your fabric. I used misting and low heat for mine.

TIP: don’t let the iron sit in one spot too long as it may damage the paint.

Cut foam poster-board to size
Cut foam poster-board to size

I finally settled on using poster-board for the framing. Use your razor knife and cut a piece to size. You will want to leave about an inch on all sides for wrapping.

Cut a small "V" to the corner
Cut a small “V” to the corner

Put a bead of hot glue down the first edge of the poster board push the fabric firmly on it. Glue a second bead on the opposite side and pull the fabric taught before pushing it down on the glue bead.

Next cut a “V” in to the fabric where the corner of the board is. That way it wont bunch up when you glue the corners down.

Fold the over hanging piece and glue down on the board.

Gluing the second corner
Gluing the second corner

Next glue the second corner, the side of the unglued fabric, and fold down and glue. After both corners are glued as shown above put a bead across and pull the fabric taught and push into the bead. Glue other side.

Figure out where you want to place the self leveling picture hanger. As close to the middle is best. I hot glued mine on top of the folded over fabric. Once satisfied with the location put generous globs of hot glue on both ends of the hanger.

It is then ready to hang.

Horse framed and hung on the wall
Horse framed and hung on the wall

 

Painting wine glasses with a toddler!!

Sounds scary right? But it’s not since they don’t hold on to the glass. We had so much fun with this one! We did three different sets of glasses for Christmas presents this year. Below I’ll show you two of the 3 we did, a “Frozen” set and a “Deer” set. These could be modified for all other occasions as well, from graduation, weddings, birthdays, and even Valentines day.

Finished "deer" glasses
Finished “deer” glasses

What you will need:

    • A pair of glasses ( I got ours at the Dollar Tree)
    • Paint brushes
    • Cup with water for setting dirty paint brushes in
    • Wet wipes (for easy clean up)
    • Rubbing alcohol
    • Paper towel
    • Dish soap
    • A few Q-tips
    • Shaped foil stickers
    • Oven
    • Painters tape
    • Razor knife
    • Acrylic paint made for glass painting. I used these:

Plaid:Craft Martha Stewart Pearl & Metallic Acrylic Craft Paint Set-10 Colors

First, wash the glasses with dish soap and dry them well.

Second, tape the parts you don’t want paint on. I chose to tape off the stem of the glass and the rim.

Tape overlap did not line up
Tape overlap did not line up

Press the edge of the tape on tight so the paint won’t be able to seep under it.

TIP: the easiest way I found to tape the top rim is to hold the tape in one hand and slowly spin the stem so it just barely sticks to it. This was the best way I got the tape to stay at the same height around the rim.

TIP: If it doesn’t line up totally like in the picture above then use the sharp razor blade knife to trim it to your liking.

Put the glasses next to each other to line up the tape about the same height
Put the glasses next to each other to line up the tape about the same height

Put the glasses next to each other, to line up the tape on the second glass, to get the two to be about the same height.

After taping take a piece of paper towel and put some rubbing alcohol on it and wipe the area you will be painting. You want to make sure it’s totally clean or the paint wont stick as well and may chip off.

Different shaped foil stickers
Different shaped foil stickers

You want to use shaped foil stickers.

TIP: Notice that you will only see the outline of the sticker after you remove it from the glass. So if you look at the Santa stickers above, if I had used them when removing the stickers they would have only look like random blobs 🙂

Stickers placed and ready to paint
Stickers placed and ready to paint

After cleaning your glasses place your stickers on as desired.

Ready to paint the "Frozen" glasses
Ready to paint the “Frozen” glasses

I would recommend sticking with two complimentary colors for painting with a toddler. For the “Frozen” glasses I chose two shades of blue.

Excited to paint!
Excited to paint!

For the “Deer” glasses I chose a green and blue paint.

Pure concentration
Pure concentration
Painting the "targets"
Painting the “targets”

It helps to tell your toddler to paint the “targets” (the stickers). You want to make sure that all sides of the stickers are covered in paint or their shapes won’t show up when removed.

Painting the "targets"
Painting the “targets”

When she got tired of one color I let her move on to the next. I didn’t wait for the paint to dry in between but allowed them to get mixed up.

Painted the "Frozen" glasses
Painted the “Frozen” glasses
All painted and ready to peel off stickers and tape.
All painted and ready to peel off stickers and tape.

Once they are painted, don’t allow the paint to completely dry before peeling the stickers and tape off (if it dries completely the paint may peel off with them). I pretty much started peeling the one that was painted first as soon as the second one was done with and I had Sophia cleaned off.

Very carefully peel the stickers off trying not to scratch off the paint around them.

What happens when you don't test the stickers first
What happens when you don’t test the stickers first

I didn’t think about how hard the snowflake stickers would be to peel off and they came off in tiny pieces, as you see above.

When you have them all peeled off, take your Q-tips and dip it in rubbing alcohol and wipe off the sticker residue and undesired paint that may have smeared on to the shapes left by the stickers.

Baking "Frozen" glasses
Baking “Frozen” glasses

Once you have the glasses cleaned off to your liking, follow the instructions on your paint for baking them. The Martha Stewart paint curing instructions said to place the glasses in a cold oven, heat the oven to 350F and bake 30 min and then leave in the oven until the oven has cooled off on it’s own. After that the glasses are finished, ready to use and top rack dishwasher safe.

"Frozen" glasses finished!
“Frozen” glasses finished!
Finished "deer" glasses
Finished “deer” glasses

(I have tissue in them so you can see the designs)