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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚
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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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

Itโ€™s ok if the pieces arenโ€™t perfectly placed. Some of the ones she put on were crumpled and folded up and thatโ€™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

 

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

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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:ย 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 ๐Ÿ˜€

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).

Love Owls!

Valentines Day fun project to make for whoo you love ๐Ÿ˜‰

The Love Owls would be great on Valentines Day cards, as well, but we decided to make a bigger picture to hang up instead.

Finished Love Owls
Finished Love Owls

We went to Hobby Lobby for a few items and we also found some inspiration.

I had seen really cute cupcake paper owls for a skip counting activity on Kids Activities blog, link here. When I saw the heart papers at Hobby Lobby I knew we were making some Love Owls ๐Ÿ™‚


Ps all of Hobby Lobby’s Christmas things are 80% off currently. (The deco tubing ribbon was only $1.20!)

What you will need:

  • Stick on Googlie Eyes (aka Wiggle eyes)
  • Elmers White Glue
  • A large sheet of scrapbooking paper (Sophia chose one with hearts)
  • Heart cupcake papers
  • Deco Tubing ribbon (for the tree branches)
  • Glitter foam sheet (for cutting a beak and feet from)
  • Scissors

TIP: You can use regular googlie eyes but I would suggest using gorilla glue to glue them on, they don’t stick well with Elmers white glue.

Love Owl materials
Love Owl materials
Excited to craft!
Excited to craft!

We hadn’t done any crafts over the holidays, so Sophia was really pumped up to make some Love Owls.

Two beaks and four feet ready to glue on
Two beaks and four feet ready to glue on

From the glitter foam sheet cut out two triangles for the beaks and 4 feet to your liking. We chose to make the feet look like puffy “M’s”

Cupcake paper
Cupcake paper

For the owl bodies flatten out the cupcake paper.

Flatten the cupcake paper
Flatten the cupcake paper

Fold down first wing. Sophia helped with pushing down the creases.

Fold down first wing
Fold down first wing

Fold down second wing.

Fold down second wing
Fold down second wing

Fold down the head.

Fold down the head
Fold down the head

Repeat for the second owl. Put small dabs of glue under both of the wings and head folds.

Owl bodies ready to place on the paper
Owl bodies ready to place on the paper

Pick the spots on the paper where you want your owls to be. Glue the owls on to your paper as desired.

Glue on owls where you would like them to be
Glue on owls where you would like them to be

Put a small dab of glue where you want the beak to go and place beak. Peel off the sticker backing off of the googlie eyes and place as desired. Lastly, put dabs of glue for the feet.

First branch glued on
First branch glued on

Cut a desired length of the Deco Tubing ribbon. Test to see how you want it to lay. Then run a bead of glue where you want the branch to be and then place the ribbon on it.

Finished Love Owls
Finished Love Owls

Repeat for second branch. I love that this project has fun texture and depth from the ribbon and cupcake papers.

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 isย 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).

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

 

Pine Cone Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Pine Cone Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Pine Cone Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

What you will need:

  • Small and Large Pine Cones
  • Hot glue gun and glue stick
  • White and Red Felt for making a hat (or buy a hat pre-made)
  • Googlie eyes
  • 3 Brown pipe cleaners
  • Red pom-pom
Santa Hats
Santa Hats

I was planning on making a Santa hat out of felt for our pine cone Rudolph, until I found these cute Santa hats on sale at Hobby Lobby for 50% off.

Things needed
Things needed
Placing the leg
Placing the leg

Weave/wrap the first pipe cleaner through the pine cone in the spot you want the legs to go, when the two ends meet leave them about an inch apart.

Weave through
Weave through

Fold back the end of the pipe cleaner back up to the pine cone (so you have shorter sturdier legs) the finished legs should be about 2-3 inches long.

Fold up
Fold up

Weave/wrap the second pipe cleaner about an 1.5 inches down from the first legs.

Weave the pipe cleaner through the pine cone
Weave the pipe cleaner through the pine cone

Once the legs are on there make sure that it balances well.

TIP: You can re-adjust them as needed since they are only pushed in the pine cone cracks and not permanently attached in any way.

Once the legs are on there make sure that it balances well
Once the legs are on there make sure that it balances well

Weave the remaining pipe cleaner to one end of the small pine cone. Cut off about 2 inches off the end of the pipe cleanersย  and then twist them on to the antlers as desired.

Weave the remaining pipe cleaner to one end of the small pine cone
Weave the remaining pipe cleaner to one end of the small pine cone

Squeeze hot glue to the large pine cone to where you want the head to sit and put the smaller cone into place. Glue the hat on behind the antlers.

Gluing the nose on Rudolph
Gluing the nose on Rudolph

On the tip of the small pine cone put glue and put the pom-pom nose on.

Lastly glue on the eyes
Lastly glue on the eyes

Lastly glue on the eyes.

Reindeer hugs
Reindeer hugs

Your reindeer is ready for some love ๐Ÿ™‚

Reindeer kisses
Reindeer kisses
Pine Cone Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Pine Cone Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Pine Cone Holiday Penguin!

Holiday pine cone penguin!
Holiday pine cone penguin!

What you will need:

  • A Pine Cone
  • Black tempera paint
  • Paint brush
  • hot glue gun and glue stick
  • Black, White and Red Felt for making tummy/face, wings, and a hat (or buy a hat pre-made)
  • Googlie eyes
  • Orange pipe cleaner
  • Wet wipes (for cleaning)
Santa Hats
Santa Hats

I was planning on making a Santa hat out of felt for our pine cone penguin, until I found these cute Santa hats on sale at Hobby Lobby for 50% off.

Paint the pine cone black
Paint the pine cone black

First paint the pine cone black and let the paint dry.

TIP: If you the squeeze the paint directly on the pine cone and then spread it with a brush, it is easier to do than putting the paint on a plate and having to scoop it up with the brush.

Things to make a holiday pine cone penguin!
Things to make a holiday pine cone penguin!

Cut the white felt in a oblong 8 figure as shown in the picture above. Cut two wings out of the black felt. If you are making your own Santa hat make it before you start on the penguin.

Penguin's beak and feet
Penguin’s beak and feet

Cut a small part off the orange pipe cleaner and bend it in a “V” shape for the beak. Then take the remaining piece and bend 3 toes on each end as shown in the above picture.

Ready to hot glue!
Ready to hot glue!

Plug in your hot glue gun and let it heat up.

Gluing the face first!
Gluing the face first!

Start with gluing the face first on to the white felt piece.

Then take the pine cone and glue the white felt piece on as desired. After that glue the hat and wings on as desired.

Penguin's feet glued on
Penguin’s feet glued on

On the bottom of the pine cone glue on the feet as shown above.

Pine Cone Holiday Penguin!
Pine Cone Holiday Penguin!

Enjoy your new Holiday Penguin ๐Ÿ™‚

Penguin love
Penguin love <3
Pine Cone Holiday Penguin and Rudolf!
Pine Cone Holiday Penguin and Rudolf!

Instructions for Rudolf here.

Our holiday pine cone friends ๐Ÿ™‚

Holiday pine cone friends
Holiday pine cone friends

Instructions for pine cone Santa click here

Instructions for the painted tree click here

Instructions for the salt dough ornaments click here