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DIY Watercolors from Upcycled Markers

Upcycle Dried Out Markers into Watercolors

Sweet Pea is 6 years old.

From: I found instructions for this fun and frugal activity from Julie Finn at Crafting a Green World.

Material:

Several old dried-out markers in a variety of colors. Pliers. A few small glass or plastic jars with lids. (Julie suggests using old spice jars, but I […]

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Washi Tape Pencils

Washi Tape Pencils (@Shannon's Tot School)

Sweet Pea is 6 years old.

 

From: I got a pack of washi tape on Black Friday last year as a door-buster at a craft store. I didn’t have any idea what to do with it until I saw this cute idea for washi covered pencils at Punk Projects. I modified her method […]

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Edible Marbled Easter Eggs

Beautiful Edible Marbled Eggs (Shannon's Tot School)

Sweet Pea is 5 years old.

From: Many people have asked me if my original Marbled Easter Eggs are edible. I always respond by saying that I don’t recommend eating them. Since the egg shells are porous enough for dye to leak through and stain the egg whites, I imagine that the shaving […]

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Origami for Kids: Simple Cat

How to fold an Origami Cat

Sweet Pea is 5 years old.

 

Prerequisite: Your child must be able to fold a sheet of paper and make a crease in it, which can be tricky for a for a small child. If your tot struggles with this, then start with something like Kumon Let’s Fold book.

Material:

A […]

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Glue Paint and Chalk Pastels

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Sweet Pea is 5 years old.

 

From: I found this cool idea on Mommy Labs.

Material:

A bottle of white school glue. One color of Liquid watercolor or food coloring. A chopstick or thin paintbrush handle to stir the glue. Paper or card stock.

Chalk Pastels

Damp cloth for […]

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20 Frugal Holiday Crafts

I was recently asked for some good frugal Christmas craft ideas, so I created this list. You should be able to make most of these crafts with things you have around the house. Even if you don’t have the exact supplies, I think all of these activities lend themselves well to improvising.

I am […]

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Last Minute Advent Activity Calendar

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Sweet Pea is 5 years old.

From: A couple of years ago, I saw several ideas for advent calenders that contained activities instead of candy or toys. I loved the concept, but found it overwhelming to get the entire thing organized, especially considering how busy the holidays usually are. I found tons of idea […]

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Acorn Cap Jewels

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Sweet Pea is 5 years old.

 

From: I found these beautiful acorn cap jewels at Homemade Serenity.

Material:

Acorn Caps. (Acorn caps by themselves should be fine, but immediately bake whole acorns for 1-2 hours in a 170 degree oven to kill any insects that are hiding inside!) Glue. Colored Markers. […]

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Acorn Pumpkins

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Sweet Pea is 5 years old.

 

From: These adorable acorn pumpkins were featured in Family Fun Magazine last year.

Material:

An oven. (Absolutely Critical!) Acorns (While you are at it, make sure collect some acorn caps for next week’s craft!) Orange and brown craft paint. Paint brush. A black fine point […]

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Berry Basket Weaving

Berry Basket Weaving (Shannon's Tot School)

Sweet Pea is 5 years old.

 

From: I loved this beautiful strawberry basket weaving with yarn at Paint Cut Paste, and decided to try let Sweet Pea try an easier version with ribbon.

Material:

Berry basket. Ribbon. Scissors.

Procedure:

Wrap a piece of ribbon around the basket 2 times to […]

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