Encouraging Imagination: Crayon Print Shirts

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These t-shirts were one of the most fun projects I’ve done with the girls this month.  They’re easy, cute, affordable, and I smile every time I see them wearing their adorable artwork.  I’m seriously considering buying a few more t-shirts for myself so I can wear some of their drawings.

The supply list is really basic:

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T-shirt (We bought ours at Michaels for $2 each, and the quality is decent.)
Quality crayons (We used Crayola)
Fine grain sandpaper (We found a multi-pack at the Dollar Tree)
Iron

So first, draw your design on the sandpaper, then go back over the design to really give a thick coating of crayon.  I went over the girls designs several times to make sure it would transfer well. (Can you guess who drew which?)

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Put a piece of cardboard inside the shirt so the image doesn’t bleed through the layers.   July 2013 030

Position sandpaper face-down on the t-shirt and cover with a towel (or paper towel) to protect the iron.  Iron on the cotton setting for about 30-40 seconds.   July 2013 032

Lift the edge of the sandpaper to make sure the image transferred well, and if not, iron for a little longer.   July 2013 033

To set the image, throw in the dryer or use a blow dryer for 15-20 minutes.

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I love the antenna on the ladybug.  Madeline explained as she drew them that “they were blowing in the wind.” 🙂

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Fairy Tale Month: the Princess and the Frog

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Our week 2 pick is The Princess and the Frog.

Source: google.com via Barbara on Pinterest

 

 

I’m not a fan of the Disney version.
At all.
The whole “friends from the other side” or whatever are scary and demonic and something I’d never let my little girls watch.

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But I do like the story.
It stresses the importance of following through on the promises you make.

It also teaches little princesses that the world doesn’t revolve around them, which is a lesson we seem to be needing around here these days.

And finally, it shows that you can’t judge a person by the way they look.  (Not that I believe there are actually princes trapped in frogs bodies or anything, but you know what I’m saying.  I hope.)

 

 

Today was a MONDAY.
You know what I mean?

So we didn’t get into it much yet this week, but we have some fun activities planned for the week that we’ll be sharing over the next few days.

31 Day Challenge: Day 25 (Wax Paper and Crayon Leaves)

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I hadn’t done the old wax paper and crayon shaving thing in a long time and thought it would be fun to try with the girls.
What was I thinking?
I tried to convince myself to let them help with the iron, but decided it wasn’t worth the risk.
They couldn’t figure out how to use the sharpener to make the crayon shavings.
And they also couldn’t cut out the shapes.
Total fail.

So…I did the whole thing myself, while they watched and grumbled.
It was a hectic day already, so I ended up only cutting out two lonely little leaves.
Susannah and I were on our way out the door for our hot date so that was as good as it got today.

Hopefully I’ll get the rest of them cut out and hung by a window tomorrow so they’ll be as pretty as I imagined them being when I started.

Yeah, I’ll add that to the list that also has “make more play dough” noted.
Sigh.

So this is pretty simplistic.
Use a pencil/crayon sharpener to collect crayon shavings in the colors you want your leaves.
Spread them on a piece of wax paper.
Top with another sheet of wax paper.
Place a towel on your ironing board, then the wax paper sandwich, then a paper towel on top.
With your iron set on low, melt the crayon shavings until liquified.
When cooled, place template under wax paper (you should be able to see through the colors) and cut out. Or just freehand.

This would be a better project for older kids.
Not so much for the 3-5 age range.
Anyway, I’m beat and headed to bed.
Hopefully we’ll have better luck on the project front tomorrow.
Night, all.

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31 Day Challenge: Day 24 (Jello Cookies)

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I’ve had these cookies on my to-do list for ages.
I thought it would be particularly fun for my rainbow-crazed girls to help out with.

Jello Cookies
(found here)

3.5 cups flour

1.5 cups salted butter, softened
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
4 boxes (3 oz) Jello (any flavors)

Cream the butter, then add the sugar, beating until fluffy.
Add the egg and vanilla, mixing well.
Combine the flour and baking powder seperately, then add gradually to butter mixture.
Divide the dough into four parts and add 2 TBSP of Jello to each (different flavors/colors).
Form dough into balls, then roll in remaining Jello granules.
Flatten with bowl or glass.
Bake on greased sheets at 350 for 10 minutes.

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31 Day Challenge: Day 19 (Lace Crowns)

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Wow, this month is flying by.
NOT!

Actually…it really is.
But you won’t find me crying in my Coke Zero when November 1st rolls around and I’m not obligated to complete an activity and then blog about it on the same day.
I know, I know, it would have been smart of me to plan ahead and have a few already completed activities for the unexpectedly crazy days when I really don’t have time to craft, take photos, and write, but again…that would require planning ahead.
I’m not exactly known for that.
Plus, I forgot about the whole challenge thing until about September 28th.

But enough rambling.
This activity actually took us several days, because there was a lot of drying time involved, but it was simple and the crowns turned out so cute!
They’d be cuter if they were embellished, but don’t make me go into the whole planning ahead bit again…

Supplies needed:
Crocheted Lace, cut to 18″
Fabric stiffener
Hot Glue
Embellishments (if desired)

Completely soak the lace in fabric stiffener.
Lay flat to dry on wax paper (overnight is a good idea).
Repeat until the lace is completely stiff.
Paint the lace if you like the idea of colored crowns.
Spray paint is easiest.
I used Krylon Glitter Blast for the pink one – this stuff is amazing!
For the silver crown I used a can of spray glitter that I bought way back in 1998. I remember because I bought it at Ben Franklin’s the first time me, Reb, Josh, and Caleb went shopping on Black Friday, the first in what’s become one of my favorite Thanksgiving traditions. I bought it for the twelve million angel costumes I made for the Christmas play that year. I have no idea how it’s lasted this long.
Or how I remember all that, for that matter.
Anyways, not as superior a product as the Glitter Blast, but it’s pretty on the crown.

After the paint has dried, bend the lace into a circle, matching ends, and glue together.
Embellish if you have your act together.





P.S. I know what my kids hairs look like. In my defense….I’ve re-done their braids three times today already. It’s hopeless.

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31 Day Challenge: Day 17 (Baby Bird Pinecones)

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Forgive the lack of progress photos today.
I saw this idea a while back on parents.com and fell in love with the adorable little pine cone birds.
After making our own, I wouldn’t recommend this for little kids. We used hot glue, which made it pretty much a mom-only project.
(Hence the lack of photos.)
The kids did help me make the feet and dig out poms, but that’s about it.
Still..they’re having fun toting their little birdies around the house now.

Supplies:
Pine cones
Chenille wires for feet
Cardstock or foam for beak
Google Eyes
Poms for eyes
Glue gun

Glue the eyes to poms, then when dry, glue to top of pine cone.
Twist the chenille wires to form feet, then glue to bottom of pine cone.
Cut beak, glue on, and you’re done.

Easy, but not easy enough for little kids to construct on their own. Maybe if there was a good glue alternative, but at least with the pine cones I used, I don’t think anything else would have worked well.


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31 Day Challenge: Day 16 (Homemade Puffy Paint)

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Today we made some puffy paint.
It was…messy.
I think next time I’ll do it on a day we can be outside.
And hose everyone off when we’re done.

To make your own puffy paint, mix:

1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup water
food coloring

Pour into squeeze bottles and create a masterpiece.
Or you could be like Madeline and just make gigantic puddles (she calls them pancakes) that will more than likely never dry.




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