Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Coffee Filter Butterflies

This is one of the crafts that my daughter did in school last year that we couldn't wait to do at home. She loves repeating her favorite crafts, I think in part because she likes to 'teach' her brother to do things. And also because she loves being able to make as many as she wants without being rushed.

We started by splitting the filter in half, following the line. At this point you can cut off the border to make it neater or wait to do it later.

Then we colored the filters using washable markers. This was a fun step because my son just did random lines and dots whereas my daughter did drawings. Later on they were both amazed to see how much what they colored changed when they added water.

Take a paintbrush dipped in water and "color" over the marker to make the colors bleed into each other. This part can get a little messy, so we did it on top of plastic place mats.

Allow the filters to dry before the next step.

Add a handy little pipe cleaner and you got yourself a butterfly!

This was my creation... can you tell we did these while watching Spain play in the World Cup? :)

We made a bunch of these and they look so pretty 'sitting' on our windows overlooking the lake.

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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Fun Zippered Pouch

While organizing the master bathroom the other day, I noticed I have a ton of little zippered pouches given to me by different companies with samples of their products. My daughter loved this green/blue one and asked me if she could have it. I agreed but told her I wanted to make it special. The reality is I wanted to cover the name of the company advertised on it.

I traced a butterfly on a scrap of felt and then picked some buttons to add a some color.

My daughter did a great job tracing the flowers for the other side. I really enjoyed the hand stitching and finished it while watching some World Cup action.

There are sure to be many more alterations to zippered pouches in the near future!

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Bead Crafts

Do you ever look back at purchases that seemed trivial at the time but later make you think they were the best money you ever spent? That recently happened to me with some beads we bought at Ikea. I have seen these particular beads many times, but for some reason decided to pick some up on our last trip. I guess I was thinking that perhaps they would be fun for the summer break. I am happy to report that they were a HIT! All I have to say is they kept my kids entertained all afternoon... yippee!

My daughter (4) decided to make a heart shaped necklace while my son (2) sorted them by color. I loved that they had fun while working on their fine motor skills. We also practiced saying the colors in different languages and talked about the rainbow.

In addition to the huge tub of beads, we purchased a set of bead boards. That is what my daughter used to make her shape which I then ironed to set. The possibilities for these beads are endless... still to come are fridge magnets and traditional bead jewelry. I'll be sure to keep you posted on our future projects!

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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Father's Day Cake

The minute I saw this cake, I knew I had to make it for Father's Day. At the time I thought that with two fondant classes completed I would be ready to tackle something of that magnitude. I was wrong. Welcome to "bubbly-bumpy fondant city"!

In our first two clases we have only worked with fondant to make bows and flowers. I learned this morning that covering a cake with fondant is not as easy as it seems. Furthermore, I decided to make my own fondant and while it tasted fantastic, it was definitely a tad harder to work with than the store bought variety. But let me focus on the positives.

My 2 year old thoroughly enjoyed rolling out the fondant and my four year old had a blast making and placing the polka dots. Papa was very surprised and LOVED it! I used Devil's food cake, butter cream frosting and homemade marshmallow fondant. It might have not looked perfect, but it tasted GREAT!

Thanks for your visit! I hope all the Dad's out there had a fantastic day.

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