Lazy Day Art

June 27, 2013

Paper Art

Only three weeks into summer break, and I’m already running out of activities for the kids. Help! We have some road trips planned for later this summer, but we’ve done nearly everything there is to do locally short of playing in the trees (saving that for my birthday!) and I’ve also exhausted anything of interest to the boys on my ‘potential activities to do with the kids’ Pinterest board.

A lazy day at home and bored (eg. messy and cranky) kids spurred me to think of an easy craft with a satisfying payout, because projects with a longer prep and clean-up time than the actual project itself are a complete buzz kill. Painting with the kids, for example, equals…panic attack!!! Or is that just me?

Paper Art

But paper! Yes. Cut into tidy geometric shapes with a paper cutter and paper punch. That is something I can handle while my toddler tears apart the kitchen (typically Tupperware, cooking utensils, and occassionally a bag of marshmallows because of big bro’s forgetfulness). Armed with glue sticks, glue dots, and these cute inspirational postcards that came with my latest Birchbox package, the boys set to work designing their own cities out of the shapes I prepared for them.

Paper Art

Paper Art

I find that my kids are more invested and engaged in their projects if they have an example to loosely follow and be inspired by.

Paper Art

Paper Art

Paper Art

I think their artwork turned out awesome. They must have thought so too because they’d stop and admire their work every so often.

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And not at all related, but three necklaces, stickers down her arm AND pigtails warrants pictorial evidence. My heart explodes.

DIY Bear Mirror for Hellobee

June 17, 2013

DIY Bear Mirror

This new mirror I whipped up for M’s room is probably one my most favorite DIYs, though I can’t take any credit for the original concept. To make your own, visit the full tutorial at Hellobee!

DIY Bear Mirror

DIY Bear Mirror

DIY Bear Mirror

Magic Wallet

May 29, 2013

DIY Magic Wallet

DIY Magic Wallet

DIY Magic Wallet

Over Memorial Day weekend, I put together a couple of magic wallets for the boys. As a kid, I remember being fascinated at the mysterious way a piece of paper would transfer to the other side of the wallet upon opening it back up.

I found my instructions for the wallet at Mini Eco. Our only modification was covering the backside with a few strips of duct tape.

DIY Magic Wallet

And speaking of fun and easy projects, the folks over at Kiwi Crate (we did a crate review earlier this year) sent over a couple of coupon codes, both good until June 3rd!

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Bud Vase DIY for Project Wedding

May 27, 2013

DIY Bud Vase Souvenir

DIY Bud Vase Souvenir

You can find my instructions for these little bud vases over at Project Wedding!

DIY Bud Vase Wedding Souvenir

DIY Moon Clock for Hellobee

May 23, 2013

DIY Moon Clock

DIY Moon Clock

DIY Moon Clock

I shared this easy moon clock tutorial at Hellobee. Follow the link for instructions!