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When Is a Leaf Not a Leaf?

When they are adorable little animals instead:

Have you ever seen such a sweet and pretty craft with leaves? ko-ko-ko KIDS have a wonderful imagination.

Visit their website for more ideas. They also have a really lovely Etsy shop.

Images: ko ko ko kids
via Sara Strand

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Rainy Day Mobile by Mini Eco

Mini Eco Cloud and Rain Mobile Tutorial 3

Mini Eco Cloud and Rain Mobile Tutorial

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Mini Eco Cloud and Rain Mobile

Kate over at Mini Eco made this rainy day mobile craft for Okido magazine. Her crafts are unbelievably adorable and impeccably styled. If you’re looking for fun, colorful craft inspiration, her site should be one of your first stops.

Images: Mini Eco

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14 Fun, Easy (and Cheap!) Easter Crafts for Kids

My easy-to-make spring baskets were featured on iVillage along with several other great Easter craft ideas.

Thank you, iVillage!

Find the original tutorial here.

Image: Charlotte’s Fancy

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Mini S’mores!

Elena and Rosa made mini s’mores using Golden Grahams cereal, mini marshmallows and chocolate chips, and then shared the fun on the Carson Wrapped Hersheys blog, a company that makes custom candy bar wrappers for your parties, weddings, etc. (I’ve used them for teacher gifts in the past, as well as party favors and birth announcements – they’re terrific).

This is a very easy little snack that kids can make. Come see how they did it, plus their ideas for new (good and bad) ingredients for s’mores.

(p.s. Total coincidence that yesterday was National S’mores Day. Who knew?)

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Easy Felt Art Pouches

I was puttering around this weekend, thinking about what crafts we might like to make, when Elena presented me with one of these little art pouches that she made out of felt from her DIY Kids book. They are simple to make and can be filled with all kinds of fun things.

Supplies

  • Felt (regular sheets of it from the craft store)
  • Ribbon (about 18″ – 20″ long)
  • Glue gun + glue
  • Buttons, trim, other decorations

To make a pouch with two pockets, fold the bottom flap up to get a sense of how tall you want your pockets to be (for this one, I folded the flap up about halfway):

Unfold the flap, and with your glue gun, draw three lines of glue – one on each outside edge and one in the middle (see pic below) – and then fold back up. Press down on the glue lines to make them stick:

Turn the piece of felt over so that your newly-made pockets are facing down. Hot glue a piece of cloth ribbon across the middle of the pockets you just made (that is, do not glue the piece of ribbon across the middle of the full length of felt because it will be too high when you fold up the kit):

Once the ribbon is glued down, flip the piece of felt back over so that pockets are showing.

Now comes the fun part: fill your pockets with whatever art supplies or trinkets you like. We used colored pencils, a mini notepad and stickers:

To finish, fold the top flap down over the pockets, and fold the whole kit in half:

Tie your ribbon and you’re done!

These little pouches take about 5 minutes each to make, unless you want to get fancy and decorate the outside of them a little more, like this ice cream cone pouch:

(Be sure to glue the ribbon on first, then glue your decorative felt, buttons, and other trim on top of the ribbon.)

The mini Moleskine notepads, which come two to a pack, and short colored pencils, or Toysmith’s mini crayon or mini marker sets, are the perfect size for these handy little pouches.

This green pencil pouch has one big pocket (in Step One, only glue the edges of the felt, and do not add the third, middle line of glue) so it can hold a lot more – bigger notepads, magnifying glasses, 3D glasses, a spy handbook, band aids, Monopoly money – whatever you can think of:

You can make some of these to stick in the car for roadtrips. They would also make great party favors – fill them with any treats or treasures to match your party theme. So many possibilities!

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[Crafty Monday] Spoon Friends

These Alexander Girard-inspired wooden spoon puppets are another kid friendly craft from Todd Oldham’s excellent Kid Made Modern. (See the Marimekko-inspired scarves we made which were also a project from this book).

Supplies

Wooden spoons (I got mine at Target – 3 for $1.99)

  • Paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Masking tape
  • Plate or palette for paint
  • Sharpies

Todd Oldham suggests sketching out what you want your design to look like before you begin – an excellent suggestion…that I did not follow. I just took a look at the examples in the book and jumped right in. This is a simple craft: starting at the top, you tape off sections for horizontal stripes or vertical stripes or however you want to design it, and paint away.

Be sure to let each section dry before removing the tape.

When you’re all done painting, and the paint is dry, you can use paint to make the spoon faces, or do like I did and use Sharpies. I don’t trust myself to use a paintbrush to paint tiny eyes and mouths.

You can also add ribbons for decorations, or maybe yarn for hair and hats too, if you’re feeling ambitious. I used glow in the dark paint on the green Martian guy, so he’s fun for playing with at night under the covers.

Also, I have to give credit to the Small Object – I knew I wanted to draw a man with a mustache on one of the spoons, but I needed something to look at, so I turned to these Peg People stamps (which I own) for help. Elena has already determined that he and the woman with the pink and white polka dotted ribbon are married – she performed the ceremony.

When the girls and I were in Santa Fe last month (visiting my mom), we were bummed that the extensive Alexander Girard exhibit at the Museum of International Folk Art was closed for renovations. Next time, I guess.

Many of Alexander Girard designs have been reintroduced on an array of products – from bikes, to pillows, to rug collections at Flor – by máXimo, the official agent to his estate. As I sat with Elena and showed her who Alexander Girard was (in my ongoing effort to indoctrinate her with good design) she and I agreed that we loved the Alexander Girard collection at House Industries.

Do you have a favorite Alexander Girard design?

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[Crafty Monday] Pretty Paper Bunnies

My last Easter-inspired craft before Easter comes on Sunday. These super sweet bunnies are the easiest thing to make, and so pretty to hang as an Easter garland.

The idea came from “Crafting with Kids” by Catherine Woram – it’s a great book. I’ve made several of the crafts and recommend it.

In the book, she used different colored solid paper, but I decided to dress up the bunnies a little more with some patterned paper.

The supply list for this very kid-friendly craft is ridiculously short. You need:

  • Colored/patterned paper (heavier paper/cardstock is best)
  • Six metal fasteners per bunny (I call them “brads”)
  • Scissors

There’s really not much to this tutorial. You don’t need a pattern. You just need to cut out a few pieces and then fasten them together with the brads. See the picture below for the pieces to each bunny.

Cut out:

  • Two ears
  • A triangle / A-shaped body
  • An oval for the head
  • Two small ovals for the feet
  • Two more small ovals: one for the nose and one for the tail

If you look at the picture below, you’ll understand easily how it fits together.

When I made my bunnies, I started at the top, attaching one ear to the head with a brad. Notice how the brad becomes the bunny’s eye, so when you attach the other ear to the head, make sure the second brad lines up with the first one so that the bunny doesn’t have crooked eyes.

When you attach the nose, you’re actually attaching the head to the body, using the brad that goes through the nose. This brad is a little more difficult to poke through the paper, because you’re going through three layers. You might want to take an awl or something sharp to poke a hole.

After you’ve attached the head to the body, then you can attach the feet and the tail.

It’s that simple.

You can play with all different colors and patterns. And it’s fun for kids because the bunny’s body parts are movable. You could make floppy-eared bunnies too.

I love how these turned out.

Did you have a good weekend?

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[Crafty Monday] St. Patrick’s Day Treats

This is a sweet little craft, inspired by the beautiful old fashioned candy cups tutorial by Such Pretty Things (a blog I happen to love). It’s fast and easy and sure to delight your kids as a surprise St. Patrick’s Day treat.

Materials

Paper party cups (the largest ones I found were 2″ cups in the baking section at the craft store)
Black crepe paper
Gold pipe cleaners
Ribbon
Elmer’s glue
Glue gun + glue
Colorful candy + gold chocolate coins

Put a line of Elmer’s glue around the outside middle of the cup, and lay the crepe paper on top, sort of pinching it/scrunching it as you go.

When it’s done it looks basically like this:

Embellish the cup with a ribbon over the crepe paper. You can tie the ribbon with a bow, or you can wrap the ribbon around the cup, using a glue gun to glue down the two ends. (Later, I added a rainbow ribbon on top of the green ribbon).

Next, put a dab of glue from the glue gun on the ends of the pipe cleaner, to make the handle. Hold the pipe cleaner in place for a few seconds until the glue drys.

At last, the best part: fill with gold coins and rainbow colored candy!

Simple, right? This does not take more than ten or fifteen minutes to make.

Here’s a similarly cute and easy to make St. Patrick’s Day pot of gold from the archives.

I highly recommend the Such Pretty Things blog for Jessica’s beautiful photography (especially for lovers of all things pastel) and fun craft ideas. I will probably make her version of the paper party cups for Easter. I like how she covers the piper cleaner with ribbon and adds a cupcake liner to the inside of the paper cups. Very sweet and pretty touches.

A reminder: if you haven’t already, leave a comment on last Thursday’s Blog It Forward post for a chance to win an assortment of letterpress cards and other notecards from my stationery stash. I’m picking the winner on Wednesday.

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[Crafty Monday] Bingo Bottles + Coffee Filters

These “bingo bottles” filled with ink are a great thing to add to your arts & crafts stash. You can get them from Discount School Supply (where you can also get 8 oz bottles of liquid watercolor. If you add a little water to the bingo bottles along with the watercolor, your ink supply will last a long time).

You might have seen these Do a Dot bottles, which are basically the same thing (the colors aren’t quite as rich as the liquid watercolors from Discount School Supply).

A fun way to use the bingo bottles is to flatten a coffee filter, then fold it in half, and again, and then one more time, so that it looks like this:

And then start dotting it with colorful ink, like Rosa, who is an expert at this:

Rosa is making a rainbow, but of course you can just stamp the heck out of it anyway you want. When you are done, unfold the coffee filter and see the results:

She had a few spots she wanted to fill in.

When you are done, you have to let them dry (which doesn’t take that long). Aren’t they pretty?

Here’s a fun experiment, too: if you stack them while they are wet, the color seeps through each one and leaves them kind of speckled. It’s a cool effect.

When they are dry, you can punch a hole in them and hang them as decorations.

Here’s another thing you can do: After the filter is dry, fold it back to its slice of pizza shape, then take some scalloped scissors and cut the outside edge. Pinch the filter in the middle and fold up the edges like a little flower:

Tie on a pipe cleaner as a stem and make a bouquet. Or put a string through it and hang several as a garland. You could also use it as a paper flower pin or boutonniere for a day. If I had the patience, I’d consider making a wreath from them.

Tissue paper works as well as coffee filters with these stampers. Regular paper works fine too, but doesn’t absorb the way coffee filters and tissue paper do, as you can imagine.

The bingo bottles are a great way to let your kids experiment with colors. They are also a great anytime or rainy day activity, when your kids are feeling restless. You can cover your table top with paper and let them stamp away.

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[Crafty Monday] Sweet Lunch Bag Houses

Elena Rosa and Mommy's Houses

A couple of weeks ago, Rosa came home with this sweet little house she made at school (the middle house pictured above), and I promised her I’d feature it here on Charlotte’s Fancy. I’d already lined up the two weeks of holiday gift guides, so she’s been waiting patiently for awhile now.

Rosa, today is the day!

This is a very easy, quick and fun craft that kids can do, with lots of opportunity for fun embellishments, depending on what supplies you have lying around the house. Here’s what you need:

SUPPLIES

  • Lunch bags (brown, white or whatever color you’d like)
  • A few sheets of newspaper
  • Construction paper
  • Markers
  • Glue
  • Stapler
  • Optional: tissue paper, scrapbook paper, felt, etc.

Step 1. Cut out the roof and a strip of paper for the chimney.
I took a piece of scrapbook paper, cut it to about 8″ x 12″, folded it in half and cut it like a trapezoid (make sure the fold at the top is the shorter of the two parallel sides). Set aside the roof and chimney for now – you’ll attach those at the end.

Make the Roof and Chimney

Step 2. Decorate your house.
The paper bag is going to stand, so you can draw the door (or a person standing at the door, as I did) and windows right at the bottom of the bag. Draw a 2nd story of windows about half way up the bag. Make sure not to draw windows too high up on the bag, or the roof will cover them up. I used sharpies to draw on the bag.

Decorate the House

Step 3. Add a door and shutters and any other decorations.
Rosa’s classes used that corrugated bulletin board decorative border. I didn’t have any of that lying around, so I used felt (glued it on). I used regular construction paper for the door and glued it on. Rosa’s class also used tissue paper to make grass. I didn’t have any green tissue paper, so I used construction paper for that too.

Add a Door and Shutters

Step 4. Take some pieces of newspaper, crumple them up and stuff them inside the bag, then staple your roof and chimney on (no need to fold over the top of the bag – just staple it shut).

Staple on the Roof and Chimney

Elena decided she wanted to get in on the action too. Here’s a close up of her house:

Close Up of Elena's House

Wouldn’t you love to live in this sweet little village? I bet all the little people who live here are happy and nice to each other.

Sweet Village

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