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DECOUPAGED OLAF PENS – endearing aren’t they?

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Know where this little guy – or rather 2 little guys are from??

YES, FROZEN it is :)

Besides Princesses Anna & Elsa who stole our hearts, he was the other small one whose funny and endearing ways we carried back with us long after the movie was over. Learn how to make your own little DECOUPAGED OLAF PENS by following this quick, easy tutorial below.

Materials needed:

  • Pen
  • Newspaper strips
  • Wallpaper paste
  • White craft glue
  • White, black and orange acrylic paint
  • Black felt scraps
  • All-in-one water-based sealer, glue and finish

Directions:

  • Start by inserting the end of the pen in a small Styrofoam ball and wrapping the pens with newspaper to build out the body. Secure the newspaper in position with sticky tape.

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  • Tear up some newspaper into little strips and use wallpaper paste, with some craft glue added, to glue a layer of the newspaper onto the pens. Just one layer of paper mache, left overnight to dry, is all you need to create a sturdy shell

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  • Paint the entire paper mache surface in white, give it two coats to make it a solid, bright white. When dry draw Olaf’s funny little face with a pencil and then paint over the lines with black paint, and of course orange for the carrot nose.

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  • For the twig hair glue some small strips of black felt on to the top of Olaf’s head.
  • Seal the entire surface of the pen with one layer of all-in-one water-based sealer. It goes on milky but dries clear to give the pen a shiny, wipe-down surface.

 

Reference: http://family.disney.com/crafts/papier-mache-olaf-pens

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Dial a TELEPHONE – Keeping them busy for hours

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Remember those big instrument boxes that carried your voice from one place to another? We used to call them ‘telephones’. Although they are still called that, telephones nowadays have lost their entire intrigue and novelty; their large size, the long wire that connected the box to the receiver, dialing/ punching the numbers and hearing the connecting sound to an instrument far away.

Our craft today, brings back a little nostalgia of the instrument, helping you and your child connect on something that was a big part of your past. Craft this lovely little piece yourselves, and watch how a simple cardboard box becomes an interesting and fun way to spend the afternoon.

Materials

  • Two tissue boxes
  • Scissors
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Markers
  • Craft foam
  • Construction paper
  • Gift ribbon
  • Stickers
  • Glue stick
  • Hole punch
  • Glue gun or tacky glue
  • Glitter glue (optional)

Steps:

  •  You need two tissue boxes (or similar-sized boxes) to make this telephone craft. Cut one box vertically in half.

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  • To make the phone’s base, use glue gun or tacky glue to attach one box half with the whole box. 2
  • Notice the other tissue box half has a curved shape on one side. Trace this curve on the opposite side. 3
  • Cut along the line. Your box half now looks a bit like a phone’s handset. 4
  • Find a small box piece with the same height as the inside of the handset. Use glue gun or tacky glue to attach this at the center of the handset.

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  • Punch a hole on one end of the handset. 6
  • Punch a hole at the lower side of the phone base as well. 7
  • Paint the box telephone with your desired color of acrylic paint. 8

 

  • Prepare a long curly ribbon. Insert one end of the curly ribbon through the hole at the bottom of the phone base and the other end through the hole on the handset. Tape the ends in place.

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  • Measure the length and width of the telephone handset and draw the same dimensions on construction paper (paper’s color should be the same with the color of your painted telephone). Extend the length by about 5 inches. Cut the piece.

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  • Fold the piece to fit nicely onto the telephone handset. 11
  • Apply glue on the center box of your handset before laying down the construction paper piece permanently onto the handset. Glue the ends in place as well. 12
  • Cut 2 circles from craft foam or colored paper and glue onto the handset to mark the earpiece and the mouthpiece. 13
  • Cut twelve 1 in. x 1 in. squares from craft foam. Use markers to write the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 0 on ten of the squares. Draw fun shapes on the remaining two squares.

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  • Glue the number keys onto the telephone, making sure to put them in the right order. Each fun shape sits on one side of the number “0”.

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  • You may decorate your telephone further with stickers, puffy paint, glitter glue, or sequins. 16
  • Use the telephone to practice numbers. You can practice by dialing small digit numbers like “12” or “24” or challenge yourself by dialing up to 5 to 7 digit numbers.

 

Reference: http://www.firstpalette.com

 

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SOCK SNOWMAN- Adding to the Christmas cheer

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Christmas is just a week away, and everyone everywhere is gearing up for the festivities ahead!

Our craft today ties in with the festive spirit, something that you and your kids can sit together and make out of things found around the house. These SOCK SNOWMEN can be made in as many colors as you like. Craft them and display them on your mantel or table and watch them add cheer to the home.

You’ll need the following:

  • 1- White sock.  Use one that has a mid-calf or knee high tube on the top.
  • decorative socks
  • Rice for filler
  • twine or ribbon
  • rubber bands
  • buttons
  • something for the nose (like, a BBQ stick that I painted orange)

Making Instructions:

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First, cut off the top of the sock from the foot.

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Turn the sock inside out and attach a rubber band tightly to the top of the sock. Then turn the sock right-side out again.

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Fill the sock with rice. Make sure to pack it down as you go so the sock gets a nice round base.

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Rubber band the top of the sock closed and put another rubber band 3/4 of the way to the top for the head of your snowman.

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Now, decorate! Tie a scarf around your snowman’s neck and add eyes, nose, and buttons.

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Use the toe of your cut socks to fashion a stocking cap.

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You can either sew or glue on your buttons, and add embellishments – twine, bows, ribbons, etc – as needed.

Source- http://www.darkroomanddearly.com/blog

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DIY SILHOUETTE ANIMAL PAINTINGS to brighten up your kids bedroom

 

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All children love seeing what they’ve done, their art work displayed on their bedroom walls. SILHOUETTE PAINTINGS are super easy to create and makes for great and interesting artwork, and can brighten up your child’s playroom walls. Make these animal silhouettes yourself or download free samples from the net, and you are ready to go!

Follow the step-by-step pictorial for instructions.

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Source- Kori Clark of Paper & Pigtails

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A simple GANESHA DIY tutorial for your little ones!

‘Ganesha is the most loved god among the Hindus. His large head invites us to think BIG. His large ears and small mouth remind us to listen more and talk less. His single tusk represents the importance of holding on to the good and eliminating the bad. His large belly—necessary to digest all the world has to offer. Let these teachings become your mantra.’

Make this wonderful little Ganesha idol as show in http://induviduality.com with your little kids and watch them remember this auspicious day in a special way every year

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