Showing posts with label kid craft. Show all posts
Showing posts with label kid craft. Show all posts

Crafting with Kids: Gingerbread Cookie Christmas Ornament {Blog Hop!!}

Thursday, November 20, 2014

I'm thrilled to be a part of this Trim the Tree Blog Hop, where I've teamed up with a bunch of talented bloggers and we're all sharing DIY Christmas ideas with you.  I had a ton of fun decorating Gingerbread Cookie Christmas Ornaments with my boys recently and I'm here to share how easy it was!  Crafting with Kids is super fun, but sometimes it gets messy and out of hand... this is truly the easiest Christmas Crafting Ornament I've ever done with my boys.  


I bought a pack of 8 gingerbread cookies with the hole already in them for only $1.29 at Ikea!  I seriously envision making all kinds of cute Christmas crafts with these- garlands, more ornaments, classroom cookie decorating party, name tags on wrapped gifts.


These Gingerbread Cookies from IKEA are just so cute and ridiculously low-priced!  


We used clear Elmer's glue to add sprinkles to our ornaments because I knew we wouldn't be eating them, but if you're decorating these as edible cookies, you will want to use frosting instead of glue of course... obviously :) 

All I did was add a ribbon for hanging...


Then I just let the little guys go to town with Christmas sprinkles!


We let them dry overnight and today we have adorable, kid-made Gingerbread Cookie Christmas Ornaments hanging on our Christmas tree! 


Be sure to stop by and check out the other handmade Christmas ornaments and decorations at the bottom of this post!

And if you're looking for a fun Thanksgiving idea, check out my Thankful Tree - a great way to help teach kids to be grateful.


Here's a delicious and easy dessert recipe for you too.


And be sure to check out my favorite way to make a healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte! 


xoxo,
Laurie 


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Crafting with Kids: Gingerbread Cookie Christmas Ornament

Thursday, November 13, 2014

I'm thrilled to be a part of this Trim the Tree Blog Hop, where I've teamed up with a bunch of talented bloggers and we're all sharing DIY Christmas ideas with you.  I had a ton of fun decorating Gingerbread Cookie Christmas Ornaments with my boys recently and I'm here to share how easy it was!  Crafting with Kids is super fun, but sometimes it gets messy and out of hand... this is truly the easiest Christmas Crafting Ornament I've ever done with my boys.  


I bought a pack of 8 gingerbread cookies with the hole already in them for only $1.29 at Ikea!  I seriously envision making all kinds of cute Christmas crafts with these- garlands, more ornaments, classroom cookie decorating party, name tags on wrapped gifts.


These Gingerbread Cookies from IKEA are just so cute and ridiculously low-priced!  


We used clear Elmer's glue to add sprinkles to our ornaments because I knew we wouldn't be eating them, but if you're decorating these as edible cookies, you will want to use frosting instead of glue of course... obviously :) 

All I did was add a ribbon for hanging...


Then I just let the little guys go to town with Christmas sprinkles!


We let them dry overnight and today we have adorable, kid-made Gingerbread Cookie Christmas Ornaments hanging on our Christmas tree! 


Be sure to stop by and check out the other handmade Christmas ornaments here:

And if you're looking for a fun Thanksgiving idea, check out my Thankful Tree - a great way to help teach kids to be grateful.


Here's a delicious and easy dessert recipe for you too.


And be sure to check out my favorite way to make a healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte! 


xoxo,
Laurie 

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DIY Minecraft Figures!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Do you have kids that are crazy for Minecraft?  I know I sure do, and my boys went crazy for these DIY Minecraft Figures that I made last week! 


They looked pretty impressive, but they were honestly one of the easiest things ever to make because they're just wrapped empty boxes connected together with clear packing tape, and store-bought Minecraft box heads.  I just grabbed boxes from bigger items I have bought recently and stored the boxes in case I needed to make any returns.  One of our boys helped hold up different boxes until we were happy with the shapes together.  Ignore our garage floor... unless you're a company looking for a blogger to do a garage floor makeover.   Geeeeeez! 


I bought the wrapping paper at Walmart and the Minecraft heads are from Target.  The brown skin color for Minecraft Steve's arms are Trader Joe's paper grocery bags, cut and turned inside out.


Except for the pig... I just cut squares of white paper and colored part of the eyes black.


My friend Sarah told me about these after going to a Minecraft Birthday Party recently.  I was kicking myself that I didn't think of these a few months back when I hosted a Minecraft Party for one of our boys.  His party was still pretty Minecraft-cool, but these guys would've been awesome to have there!  


Make your little Minecrafters wildest dreams come true by making a set of these guys for them too! 


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Paper Towel Butterflies

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Thank you to Viva for sponsoring today's craft with my kids!



We have gorgeous butterflies in our backyard right now.  It's so fun to watch them flutter around.  We really aren't sure which plants they're attracted to and we aren't sure how long they'll last, but we do know that seeing those real butterflies make the little guys happy so we decided to do a Paper Towel Butterfly Craft to hang in the sun room windows today.

We bought Viva Vantage paper towels at Walmart because they are more durable than other brands and they s-t-r-e-t-c-h!  We needed strong paper towel because these little hands are pretty strong and would tear right through thinner paper towels.


Here's how we made our Paper Towel Butterflies.

Supplies needed:


Food coloring
Small bowls
Small spoons
Clothespins
Goggly eyes
Twine 


It's okay that the yellow colored water spilled because those paper towels soaked up that mess and many more during this craft :) 



Viva Vantage paper towels can be torn off in different sizes, which I love because I don't always need a big paper towel and I really don't like to waste them.  For these butterflies, we used the smallest section that you can tear off at the perforation.  


The boys gently used either a small spoon or a paper straw to drop their colors onto the paper towel.


Allow the colors to dry. Scrunch up the middle of the paper towel and clip using a clothespin.  Attach goggly eyes and embellishments, then tie on a piece of twine to hang your beautiful butterflies.


SO easy, fun, and adorable!  xoxo 
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Build your own Snowman Pancakes!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Everything becomes exciting with kids during Christmas time, especially our Sunday morning breakfast.  We made Build Your Own Snowman Pancakes last year for the first time and loved it so much that we did it again next year.  I love how sometimes a simple little idea turns into a new family tradition.


We start with hot, homemade pancakes then top them off with a variety of toppings.  

Sausage and pretzels for arms... 

Trader Joe's Chocolate Chips, Peanut Butter Chips, and M&Ms for buttons and smiles... 

Bananas and oranges from our backyard for smiles, buttons, and eyes...  

And raspberries because they are delicious.  Not pictured: blueberries because the boys ate the whole container within 10 minutes of getting them home from the grocery store yesterday!

I love how no two snowmen are alike, and each one actually reflects the personality of the kid who made it.


Samuel makes his with plenty of sweets, sausage arms, and great attention to detail.


Luke makes his with plenty of M&Ms and asks Mom for "extra snow please!"


And Jake's is cute, simple, and healthy.

And mine...
Fairly healthy, sausage arms, and a big orange smile!

Daddy and Bryce's aren't pictured because they were too hungry to stop for the camera :)

We love our Build Your Own Snowman Sunday morning breakfast.  It's pretty easy to pull together and it's so fun to see everyone's edible snowman creations.  What's your favorite family tradition at the holidays? xoxo
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Three Easy Fall Crafts for Kids!

Friday, November 22, 2013

I'm over the moon excited about having our boys home from school for a whole week for Thanksgiving next week!  Whether you have yours home for a few days, a whole week, or all of the time, here are three fun, easy, and budget friendly crafts that our boys love!  


We did all three of these fun, easy activities on Veteran's Day.  But I think it would be fun to do one of them each day during Thanksgiving break too.


Sugar Cookie Decorating is one of our very favorite family activities.  Using my favorite Sugar Cookie Recipe {once you try this one, you'll be hooked... it's THE best!} and a simple frosting recipe and whatever sprinkles I had on hand, the boys loved decorating Fall cookies {squirrels, acorns, and leaves}. I used to use food coloring and have a bunch of different colored frosting, but we're really trying to focus on simpler, healthier ways these days.  And guess what?  Not a single complaint about only having white frosting!


So cute!  I gathered up paint, foam brushes, goggly eyes, and glitter in a plastic tub and we headed out to the backyard.  Each boy chose their own rock and got creative with it.  This is Luke's.  He just turned three and I think it's about the cutest rock ever.


We're fortunate to have a pretty cool backyard for living in San Diego.  It's full of big, beautiful trees and other fun stuff so we "hiked" around our yard, gathered up stuff they thought was cool, glued it all to white card stock paper, and labeled everything.  These nature journaling pages now hang in their playhouse in the backyard.  I loved going on our little nature hike because it gave us the chance to slow down and really appreciate all of the different kinds of trees and plants in our yard.

Hope you have a GREAT Thanksgiving week with your family!  I have so, so much to be thankful for, including each and every one of you who visits me here at Gallamore West.  Thank you for reading, thank you for supporting me, thank you for your sweet comments, thank you for your encouragement, and thank you for allowing me to fulfill my dream of being a Stay at Home Mom and Blogger.  This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for YOU! xoxo


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