Monday, April 3, 2017

Easter for Mom & the Kids

                    Plastic Canvas Easter Cross



This is a simple craft for Easter using only plastic canvas and ribbon.

Materials and Tools:

  • 1/8 inch ribbon
  • plastic canvas
  • scissors
  • Instructions:

      First you should cut a pattern, start with a rectangle that is 21 squares by 17. Find the center on top edge, leave center square uncut. Cut diagonally until you reach side. You now have a start to the top of the cross. Cross points should go, 1 square/3 square/5 square and then switch to strips of squares, that meet in center.
    1. OK, hopefully you were able to cut a pattern from my instructions. Once you have pattern you can hold it up against more canvas to cut more out easily.
    2. Cut a piece of 1/8 inch ribbon that is 4 or 5 feet long. Knot one end, and seal the other end with a lighter (angle cut edge is best), this will make a built in needle. Put through very center of cross.
    3. Start to "sew" from bottom right of cross, through square and around back, up through the top left of cross. You will continue to go to opposite sides in a "loop" fashion (this is so back and front of cross are visually pleasing). Once you finish vertical part of cross, bring to center: loop around and start to do the same thing to horizontal cross arms. When you are finished, wrap to the center, and either knot or run through top center square and use as a bookmark.



Light bulb bumblebee craft
What you'll need:
light bulbs
yellow paint
paint brush
black permanent marker
white pipe cleaners
black construction paper
googly eyes
glue
scissors
What you'll do:
Paint the light bulb with the yellow paint. Let the paint dry completely, then apply a second coat of paint.
Draw stripes on the light bulb with the black permanent marker, then color the metal part of the light bulb with the black permanent marker.
Glue the googly eyes on the metal part of the light bulb.
Cut a white pipe cleaner in half. Bring the ends of the pipe cleaner together to form the wings. Use a dab of glue to secure the wings in place.
Cut two narrow strips of black construction paper that are approximately 2 inches long. Curl the ends of the strips to make the antennae, then glue the strips just above the eyes.
Cut a piece of white pipe cleaner that is 3 inches long. Coil the pipe cleaner around a pencil or your finger, then glue it to the back of the light bulb to form the stinger.

Easy wind chime craft
What you'll need: paper or plastic cup
hole punch
string
cord or twine
beads
washers
markers
jewels, sequins or stickers
What you'll do:
Use the hole punch to punch holes in the bottom of the cup.
Cut one 6-inch piece of string for every hole. Thread a string through each hole and tie the string to the cup.
Thread some beads on to the string, then tie a metal washer to the end of the string.
Decorate the sides of the cup with markers, jewels, sequins or stickers.
Turn the cup upside down. Use scissors to cut an "X" in the bottom of the cup.
Feed the cord through the "X" and tie a knot on the inside of the cup. Use the cord to hang the wind chime.

Fireflies or Lightning Bug Craft from Plastic Eggs

What You Need to Make Fireflies from Plastic Easter Eggs

  • One plastic Easter egg
  • Two pipe cleaners
  • One LED tea light “candle”
  • Hot glue and hot glue gun
  • Two googly eyes (optional…you could just draw on the eyes)
  • About 8″ of tulle
  • Marker

Craft supplies to make Easter eggs into fireflies.
Use a pushpin to make three holes on either side of the longer section of the egg. This is where your firefly’s legs will be. Then add two more holes at the top of the shorter section for antennas.* 
 Cut your pipe cleaners into four even pieces and thread through the holes as shown in the picture to give your firefly craft some legs and antennas. 
Glue or draw on eyes, and give your lightning bug a smile with your marker.
Tie a knot in the center of your tulle and then affix it to the top with hot glue to give your bug some wings.
Turn on your tealight and snap it closed inside your firefly’s body. It will flicker and glow! 

Easter Finger Puppets

What you Need to Make Easter Finger Puppets


Pipe cleaners of various colors
Mini pom poms of various colors and sizes (you can substitute cotton balls sometimes)
Googly eyes
Hot glue gun
Wire cutters
(Our local Dollar Store had great cheap coordinating sets of pipe cleaners with matching pom poms)

How to Make Easter Finger Puppets

Once you see the components of each of these pipe cleaner finger puppets, assembly is pretty self-explanatory. But here’s the key “puppet base” that they are all made from:
Step 1 is to take the pipe cleaner and wrap it around your finger. I like to do it rather tightly, because once it is off of your finger, it is easier to stretch it out than it is to tighten it up.
Important: Notice that the top of the pipe cleaner coils down to a smaller circle. Do this so that it is easier to glue the pom pom head on top, and to lessen the possibility that you will get the hot glue on your fingers (which, if it hasn’t happened to you yet, pray that it doesn’t. OMG.)
Here are the pieces of each of the pipe cleaner finger puppets shown above. I was skeptical whether the hot glue would work on some of these pieces, but it worked perfectly. Just put a tiny dab of glue onto the wire end of the pipe cleaner and stick it straight down into the pom pom – it er just a second or two of holding it in place.will stick after just a second or two of holding it in place.
Easter Bunny Pipe Cleaner Finger Puppet
After gluing the white head onto the pipe cleaner body, stick a dab of glue onto both wire ends on one of the bent pipe cleaner ears. Stick them firmly into the pom pom while squeezing the ends together.
Glue two tiny white pom poms on the face as a base to stick the googly eyes. This is really optional, and you can see on the kitten finger puppet below that you can also just glue the googly eyes directly onto the pom pom head.
Then glue on the pink nose and the medium sized pink pom pom for the tail.
Easter Chick Pipe Cleaner Finger Puppet
After gluing the white head onto the pipe cleaner body, clip a tiny piece of orange pipe cleaner and bend it into a V shape, and glue it onto the middle of the face. Glue the two yellow mini pom poms right above the beak to make a base for the googly eyes, then glue them on top of them. Take about a 4 inch piece of extra yellow pipe cleaner and bend it into the wing shape as shown. You don’t even need to glue these in, just slip them onto the body in between the coils and they will stay put.
Spring Kitten Pipe Cleaner Finger Puppet
After gluing the white head onto the pipe cleaner body, clip two small pieces of white pipe cleaner (about 3/4″ long) and bend them into a V. Glue them onto the top of the head. I skipped the extra tiny pom pom eye base on this one, wanting to go for a more “Hello Kitty” look. You only need one tiny pink pom pom for the nose, but here’s a little tip: if you don’t have a tiny pom pom to use, you can clip a tiny piece of pink pipe cleaner (less than 1/4″ long) and glue it onto the face instead. The tail is attached by bending it onto the bottom coil on the back of the kitten’s pipe cleaner body.

Bluebird Pipe Cleaner Finger Puppet
To make this variance on the Easter chick, I omitted the mini pom pom base for the eyes, and added a little tuft of feathers on the top of the head the same way I did the kitten’s ears (but only added one and put it on lengthwise instead of sideways). The wings are also a slightly simpler version of the yellow wings, and might be easier for smaller children to bend on their own. 

Fireflies using old plastic Easter Eggs!


These little critters are by far the nicest – littlest – sweetest things we have made, and when their bums light up… well that just brings squeals of happiness!!
You just have to try make some of these!
One of the positives about 100% humidity and a tropical climate are the fireflies that come out at night and really are just amazing every time you get lucky enough to spot some!
We have a bunch of left over Easter eggs lying around, so deciding what to do with them, I saw a post about turning them into a firefly using a glow stick.
We don’t have glow sticks, but we do have lots of little tea lights, the battery kind, so we got making!

Firefly Materials:

  1. Plastic Eggs – you can collect these after Easter or buy them empty from the affiliate link!
  2. Tea lights – with a battery
  3. Cardboard and tissue paper to make wings
  4. Pipe cleaners for legs and feelers
  5. Googly eyes – you could make your own from paper if you like!

Method:

An egg usually has a smaller – more pointy side – this is the back side!
The yellow eggs work the best – we also used a purple one, and it glows, but not as well.
Assemble your firefly by sticking 6 legs underneath the egg – I used 3 long pipe cleaners and stuck them in the center, feelers – I used a longer piece as I did the legs and stuck it in the center.
Add wings, which you can make from card or tissue paper (I used both) and eyes.
And then, the fun part – which I’ll admit even had me excited… turn on your tealight, pop it into the egg, facing backwards, and close the egg!
A firefly with a glowing bum!
How much fun is that!


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Everything St. Patty's Day

Wine Cork Shamrock Crafts for St.Patrick's Day


                         
                                           You will need green paint, 
                                a tiny paintbrush,tape, 
                                and three wine corks

                  Start by aligning the three wine corks so that 
                  they make a flat top, 
                  then tape them together. 
                  I used washi tape just because it was 
                  green but it really didn’t stick too well!

                                        Paint the flat part of the wine corks 
                              green, or have the kids dip them from 
                              a plate. Stamp the corks  against 
                              a piece of paper 
                              and push really hard.
                                                                   

Add some shamrock stems with the little paintbrush to
finish them off!

Hear a few thing you can make as well
doesn't say how to make them but you can see it.





St. Patrick’s Day Tissue Paper Topiary
You will need:
STYROFOAM Brand Foam: 12” cone
Tissue paper in three shades of green, plus white (I found white tissue paper with gold polka dots at Target)
Gold coin
Low-temp glue gun
Optional: Thick, white craft glue

Tools needed: Scissors; tape measure; straight pins


To make a St. Patrick’s Day Tissue Paper Topiary:

Cut a strip 12” long and 5” wide from a double layer of tissue paper. Fold in half to measure 12” long x 2-1/2” wide. Your tissue paper strip should now have four layers.
Hold the layers together, and cut fringe along the open, 12” edge. Make about 4 – 5 cuts per inch. It doesn’t have to be perfect, and it will go faster than you think.

Wrap the fringed strip around the base of the 12” cone and pin in back. Adjust as needed so the strip is straight. Optional: Spot glue in place with white craft glue.
Wrap the tape measure around the cone, about 1” above the last fringed strip. This will be the width for the next paper strip. Continue to wrap the cone in fringed tissue paper strips, completing seven rows.
For the last three rows, cut your tissue paper strips 3” – 4” wide, so they measure 1-1/2” – 2” wide when folded. This will make it easier to wrap the strips around the narrow top of the cone.
Glue the gold coin to the top
THE HISTORY OF ST. PATRICK'S DAY
May your blessings outnumber
The shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go.
–An Irish Toast
St Patrick's Day is celebrated annually on March 17th, the traditional religious feast day of St. Patrick and the day he is believed to have died in 460 A.D.  The Irish have observed this religious holiday for thousands of years. But, how did we come to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in the United States?

WHO WAS ST. PATRICK?

St. Patrick painting

St. Patrick is the beloved patron saint of Ireland. The Irish are famous for spinning exaggerated tales, so despite the infamous stories traditionally attributed to St Patrick, quite little is actually known about his life. We do know that St Patrick was born in Britain and that at the age of 16 was captured by Irish raiders who attacked his family's estate. He was then transported to Ireland where he was held captive for six years, living a solitary, lonely life as a shepherd.  It was then that he became a devout Christian, embracing his religion for solace. From his writing, we know that a voice, which he believed to be that of God, spoke to him in a dream, urging him to leave Ireland. He did. Walking nearly 200 miles, Patrick escaped to Britain and undertook seriously religious training.
After 15 years of study, Patrick was ordained as a priest and sent to Ireland. His mission was to minister to Christians and to convert the Irish, then pre-dominantly pagans, to Christianity. Because Patrick was familiar with the Irish language and culture from his years of captivity, he chose to incorporate Irish ritual and symbols into his teachings rather than to eradicate Irish beliefs. Thus, was born the Celtic cross. Patrick superimposed the sun, a powerful Irish symbol, onto the traditional Christian cross so that the result would seem more natural to the Irish.

Traditional Celtic Cross

 WHY DO WE CELEBRATE  ST. PATRICK'S DAY

Believe it of or not,the first St. Patrick's Day parade was held in new york city on march 17,1762. Irish Americans were not the first, however, to celebrate the feast of St Patrick. Irish families have traditionally celebrated the feast of St Patrick as a religious holiday for thousands of years—a great pause during the Christian season of Lent when prohibitions were lifted for one day of dancing, drinking and feasting on meat. Corned beef and cabbage anyone?


The history of St Patrick's Day in America, however, begins with Irish soldiers serving in the British army. Befitting of the Irish, it is a tale of Irish patriotism and evolving political power. That very first parade in New York City not only helped the homesick Irish soldiers connect with their roots through the familiar strains of traditional Irish music—usually featuring bagpipes and drums, but also helped them to connect with one another, finding strength in numbers. Over the years as nearly a million Irish immigrants fled to America in the wake of the Great Potato Famine, St Patrick's Day parades became a display of solidarity and political strength as these often ridiculed Irish immigrants were frequently victims of prejudice. Soon enough, their numbers were recognized and the Irish soon organized and exerted their political muscle, becoming known as the “green machine”.    

Today, St Patrick's Day celebrations abound. Decidedly less religious, St Patrick's Day celebrations continue to be a show of Irish strength and patriotism.  So, get our your green and get ready to celebrate!

Happy St Patrick's Day

Irish Heritage Cabbage

25 m 4 servings 139 cals

Directions


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  1. Preheat your oven's broiler.
  2. Place cabbage into a large pot. Add water and bring to a boil. Simmer over low heat until tender, about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, cook bacon in a skillet over medium-high heat until crisp. Drain and set aside. Drain cabbage, and drizzle with melted butter. Sprinkle with bacon and nutmeg. Transfer to a baking dish.
  3. Place under your oven's broiler until the top layer is lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Serve with salt, pepper and vinegar as desired.





  1. Felt Clover Easy Sewing Project

  2. One Hour DIY Pillow
    • Clover Pattern (click here)
    • Kelly green felt ( 7” x 7” inches)
    • Dark green felt (small piece)
    • Scissors
    • Double-threaded hand sew needle
    • Instructions:
     
  3. 1. Pin the heart to the kelly green felt and cut around it. Repeat 2 more times.
    2. Cut out the stem. You should now have 3 hearts, 1 stem and a threaded hand sew needle
    3. Fold a heart in half and sew the bottom tip with a few stitches and a fold allowance of 1/4 inch. Cut your thread.
    4. This is how your heart looks now from the underside. Repeat with 2 other hearts.
    5. Place your 3 hearts side by side with the bottom tip facing and sew them together where you stitched before.
    6. This is how your (almost) clover will look like now.
    7. It’s time to sew the stem on.

    8.  And your clover is finished!

    9. Sew your clover onto the One Hour DIY Pillow or another one of your favorite free sewing patterns.
  4. One Hour DIY Pillow

  5. Materials:
    • Felt
    • Scissors
    • Needle for Hand Sewing
    • Fabric (measure to fit pillow)
    • Sewing Machine
    • Iron
    • Straight Pins
    Note: Measurements may differ depending on the pillow form you are using.

    Instructions:
  6.  Select your pillow form and measures 20×20 inches.

    2. Cut the front pillowcase to 21×21″ (note: if you are adding the Felt Clover Easy Seiwng Projects or other embellishment from the above tutorial now is the time to do that).

    3. Cut 2 backside pillowcase pieces to 21×15″ each.

    4. Fold the inner long edges of each backside pillowcase 1/2″ in and press, then fold again 1/2″ and press.

    5. Sew the fold down on both pillowcase sides.

    6. Place the inner pillowcase sides with right sides down onto the front pillowcase side which is right side up.

    7. Pin and sew along all 4 sides and sew over each backside overlap twice to reinforce those (seam allowance = 3/8″).

    8. Insert your pillow form into the envelope pillowcase (insert into the bottom envelope layer first).

    9. Admire your finished pillow!
  7. Lucky Four Leaf Clover Headband
  8. For this you will need:

    Fabri-Tac fabric glue
    Two different colors of green felt
    1/4" green elastic or white elastic in the length needed to fit either your or your kids head
    needle and thread
  9. First I cut 4 1" by 1" squares out of each piece of felt (I just eyeballed this, no need to be accurate), then I cut the top into two mounds like a little heart. Next, use your needle and thread to sew the four pieces together as shown in the photos below, pull tight and tie off the end. Using your fabric glue, glue the elastic ends together and onto a square felt piece. Next on top of the elastic, glue your little clovers. Wait for it to dry and cut off the excess backing felt. Tada! New Four Leaf Clover Headband to wear on the 17th!