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. 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 🙂

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 🙂 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 🙂

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 😉 )

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

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

Love Owls!

Valentines Day fun project to make for whoo you love 😉

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 🙂


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.

Foot Print Turkey Craft!

Foot print turkey craft
Foot print turkey craft

What you will need:

Pressed leaves
Pressed leaves

To press leaves:

I placed the leaves in between pages of a drawing pad (any heavy book will do) and placed a weight on top. Let sit for a day or two and they will dry flat and be ready to use.

TIP: You could use craft feathers instead of leaves

To make the turkeys body. Paint the bottom of you little ones foot and press carefully on to the white card stock paper.

Painting the bottom of the foot
Painting the bottom of the foot

Tip: If you do it in the bath tub the cleanup is so much easier.

Pressing foot carefully  to card stock
Pressing foot carefully to card stock

Once the foot print is dry cut out the foot print.

Ready to put together the turkey
Ready to put together the turkey

I cut two circles out the the same paper, as the foot print, to make “targets” for the leaves to be glued on. One larger than the other.

Apply Elmers glue liberally to the circle target and start placing leaves in a circular fashion. Repeat with the second circle.

Take the black card stock and apply liberally Elmers glue to the back of the larger circle and stick it on the paper.

Gluing the circle targets down
Gluing the circle targets down

Then take the smaller circle and liberally glue the back of it and place over the bigger circle as desired.

The 2 targets glued down on the card stock
The 2 targets glued down on the card stock

Take your pipe cleaner and cut a short piece off for the beak and bend it in a V. The rest of it is for the feet and bend 3 toes on each end of it.

pipe cleaner beak and feet
pipe cleaner beak and feet

Using the Gorilla glue, glue on the eyes to the foot print.

Googlie eyes!
Googlie eyes!

Then glue on the beak with Elmers glue.

Adding the beak
Adding the beak

With Elmers glue, glue the feet on to the card stock where you want them to go. Once they are where you want them apply a liberal amount of Elmers glue to the back of the foot print and place on top.

TIP: Place something heavy on top to help it dry flat (I used the sketch pad)

Foot print turkey craft
Foot print turkey craft

Hang it up on the your refrigerator for everyone to enjoy 🙂

Shelf Liner (Contact Paper) Magazine Cutout Collage

Shelf Liner Collage Finished
Shelf Liner Collage Finished

I had a big pile of magazines ready to go in the recycle bin and decided I would cut out all the fun pictures I could find. Once I had cut out all the ones I liked, it came to me to see what Sophia would make with them and this is how her first collage came to be. Tip: If your child is working on scissor skills or has mastered them then I would suggest including them in on the fun.

What you will need:

-Pictures from magazines

-Clear Shelf liner (Contact paper) several feet long

-Tape (I prefer Packaging tape but regular clear scotch tape would work fine too)

-Scissors

Shelf Liner Collage Invite to Play
Shelf Liner Collage Invite to Play

To set it up you will want to cut two same size pieces of shelf liner. Peel one of the pieces and tape the corners of it on to your table, so it will stay put. Place the backing paper under the liner so your child will be able to see where it is located. Tip: I cut it in half before sliding it underneath for easier maneuvering.

Shelf Liner Collage
Shelf Liner Collage

I positioned the bigger pictures to the top of the pile for Sophia to pick from first. Tip: talk about all the different pictures, this is great way to learn new vocabulary

Shelf Liner Collage Fun
Shelf Liner Collage Fun

Once she had most of the areas covered I removed the larger ones so she could put the smaller pictures in the sticky parts remaining. Tip: Allow the creative process, Sophia put pictures upside down, on top of other pictures, even over the edges and that’s ok 🙂

Shelf Liner Collage Finished
Shelf Liner Collage Finished

After it is all done take the other shelf liner piece and peel the backing off and line it up over as close to the other piece as possible. Remove the collage from your table and fold over or cut off the tape pieces. The parts shelf liner that didn’t line up I just used tape to cover them (so there wasn’t anymore sticky parts).

Hang it up for everyone to enjoy.