DIY Easy Canvas Art Project with Painters Tape for Kids

While I am not the most artistic person, I try to keep my kids creative and so I am always searching for some easy art projects, especially on rainy days. One project I liked specifically, was painting a canvas using paint and painters tape. It is really easy, and the results are great! You can choose whatever colors you think will complement your home or use metallic colors for vibrant art work. The possibilities are endless.

painters tape diy canvas art
Painters tape diy canvas art

You will need:

  • Paint brushes
  • Various paint colors
  • Painters tape
  • Canvas

You can begin either by painting your canvas with a base color and leave it to dry or leaving the canvas plain white. Tape pieces of painters tape in any way you want, covering the canvas edge to edge. You can keep it symmetrical, geometrical or just chaotic.

painters tape star canvas art
Painters tape star canvas art

Next, choose your colors and paint each distinctive part in the color you want. The paint will help you keep the edges clean, but try not to get into other parts of the canvas. Let it dry completely and carefully remove the painter’s tape. And voila! There you have it: a great, easy, handmade piece of art!

painters tape heart canvas art
Painters tape heart canvas art

My kids loved the outcome and they wanted me to make some simple shapes with painter’s tape, so I made the first letter of their name, a star and a heart…

Painters tape kids canvas art
Painters tape kids canvas art

I think they turned out quite nice! And they look great on their wall, too! And if you are more talented than me in arts, here are a few projects from Pinterest that really look professional!

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DIY canvas art (image source)
Canvas diy steps
Canvas diy steps (image source)
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Canvas art with metallic background (image source)
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How to Make your Own Homemade Playdough Recipe

Today my son asked me to fetch him some playdough to play. The problem was, I hadn’t any at home and getting to the store was kind of difficult. So, lucky me, I remembered a Pinterest posting about a recipe to make your own play dough and I thought to give it a try. It worked out wonderful! As a bonus, I don’t have to worry so much that my youngest would eat some, as she usually does with the store-bought play dough. It is really easy and fast. I made mine in about 20 minutes. And you probably have all ingredients in your house like I did, too.
So here is how to easily make your own play dough for your kids to have some fun with.

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Why not organize a play group with homemade play dough? (image source)

Ingredients for homemade playdough recipe

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup salt
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil (I used olive oil)
  • 1 cup water
  • Food coloring
  • Aroma (optional, I didn’t use any)
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Home made play dough would make a great gift for kids (image source)

Directions on how to make homemade playdough

  1. In a saucepan, combine the flour, salt and cream of tartar.
  2. Add the water and oil and mix well.
  3. Turn the heat on, and let the mixture get warm over low to medium heat. Stir for about 4-5 minutes, until you have an elastic mixture.
  4. Now let it cool down a little so you can handle the dough and divide it into as many parts as you want. Mix in the food coloring of choice.
  5. Let it cool as much as necessary until your kids can handle the dough. That takes about 5-10 minutes. That’s it! The homemade playdough is ready for use!
homemade play dough
Our very own homemade play dough!

That was easy, right? Never run out of play dough again and no worries about chemicals? And save money, too? Well, I for one have found a keeper recipe! Next time I will let my kids be involved in the procedure. They can easily help with the ingredients and later on with mixing the food coloring into the dough. This should double the fun for sure, since they are crazy about helping out in the kitchen every single time.

So the only thing left to do is to go and have some quality time with your children. Cause that is what it’s all about, isn’t it? And you know what? They would make a great gift, too!

Kids Christmas Craft With Carboard Paper Tubes

We have been busy the last days, since Christmas is on our doorstep! One of the craft we did was making some christmas people out of cardboard paper tubes! Those are so versatile, I did never thing about them that way.

You can use whatever tubes you can find, from paper towel rolls to toilet paper rolls everything goes. We also used some googly eyes, but you can paint the eyes on. So, you’ll need, other than the tubes and colored paper, glue and scissors and maybe some items for decoration.

figures out of tubes
Figures out of tubes (image source)

When you’ve decided what you want to make, measure the paper and cut it the length of the tube. Then put some glue on the tube and wrap it with the paper. If you don’t have colored paper, just paint on some plain white paper. Or you can paint directly on the tube or even use it as it is.

The tubes can also be used to create wreaths or ornaments and some even use them as gift tags, napkin holders or treat or gift boxes; when they are beautiful crafted and decorated that is.

This beautiful wreath is easy to make. Who could imagine what you used for them?

Wreath out of tubes
Wreath out of tubes (image source)

If you take just one of those “flowers” and use some glitter, they can become ornaments for your tree!

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Tube ornaments (image source)

Here are some instructions on how to make little santas to use as gift tags or ornaments, even to hold some treat or gift themselves. You can see also a little gift package out of a plain tube tied beautifully with a ribbon. Aren’t they just adorable??? And they are so simple to make!!!

how to make some santa ornaments
How to make some santa ornaments (image source)

And finally!!! My son’s creations with a little help from me cutting the paper pieces.

My boy's tube creations
My boy’s tube creations

Try it and have some easy, inexpensive, creative fun making these or try making easy Christmas ornaments from dried fruits!!!

Romantic Dried Fruit Decoration Idea: Orange Peel Roses

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Dried Orange Peel Roses (image source)

Romantic Dried Fruit Decoration Idea: Orange Peel Roses

Orange’s peels are very versatile, as it seems! Remember the Toddler Fun Making Ornaments With Dried Citrus Fruits article? Here is another idea on how to use the peel. Make amazing flowers out of them. And the kids can easily help at any stage. Just the peeling will be have to be done by a grown up. And maybe when you need to stabilize something with a toothpick, you should do that, too, if your kids are not old enough. All the other stuff – making the oranges, arranging them, dust them with some confectioner sugar, and eating the oranges, of course (lots of vitamins and Vitamin C!) – all can be done by the kids! So, here is how to do it and some ideas to display them. And if you’re interested in making dried fruit ornaments for cheap christmas decorations that are natural and earthy, take a look at our related article.

How to make orange peel roses

It is really easy. Peel the oranges carefully and then just roll them up. Ready are the roses!  When they are fresh, they are great decor for salads or other dishes, and if you let them dry, they can be used for decorating your home. By adding some essential oils or cinnamon sticks, they will make the room smell wonderful.

How to make orange peel roses
How to make orange peel roses (image source)

Decoration ideas

They can become pieces of art

Framed orange peel roses
Framed orange peel roses (image source)

Roses of other citrus fruit peels

You can use other citrus fruits as well. Then you will have a nice variety in flower sizes and colors!

Roses out of citrus fruit peels
Roses out of citrus fruit peels (image source)

Other flowers out of citrus fruit peels

And lastly, by cutting the peel on the one side (zick-zack or curves) and then rolling them up, you will get some beautiful flowers, even other than roses!

Various flowers out of orange peels

Various flowers out of orange peels (image source)

 

DIY balance beam for toddlers using carpets

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Carpet rolls (image source)

This one was discovered by my kids. Here in Greece, most of us have winter carpets and – not that necessary – summer carpets. So, the time came for us to roll out our winter carpets, as annoying as it is to try to get some play dough out of it. We rolled the first one out, but, something – I don’t remember what – happened and we let the second one rolled up on the floor. The minute the kids saw it, the fun began! Up and down, back and forth, crawling, running or balancing, they couldn’t get enough of it!!! It is kind of safe, since it has almost no height and we have it on the other carpet, so even if they should fall – which has not happened yet – it won’t be a hard fall.

It is so funny! You go out and buy all this stuff for them, only to find out that an everyday item could be so much more entertaining. And it is good for gross motor skill and balance skill development, too!!!

So, we let the carpet a few days rolled up, luckily the weather is warm enough until now. And also, the carpets are so old, we don’t mind if they get fed up some more… after all, it’s highly unlikely that they will survive the next few years.

If you have somewhere an old carpet, bring it into the room, tie the ends with some tape so it doesn’t roll open, and let your kids enjoy it!

DIY balance beam
DIY balance beam

Ikea Hack: How To Make A DIY Kids Bookshelf

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Our children’s new book shelves

Ikea Hack: How To Make A DIY Kids Bookshelf

I didn’t have any place to arrange my children’s books, and I certainly didn’t want to spend

Our DIY books shelvesa lot of money to store them. While surfing the web one day, I came across this idea and the day came to make it! In that post they painted the shelves white, we on the other hand thought to make them cheerful and colourful!

What did we do to make these kids bookcase?

First of all we bought some inexpensive selves used for storing spice containers. We used the ones from IKEA, which cost 3.49 € each here in Greece. I am sure there are other selves suited for this as well, but those were used also in the original article I got the idea from, so I used them, too.

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Ikea shelf (image source)

Next, we bought some plastic colours – they were cheaper than the made for wood ones. We went for the colours green, yellow and red and our super-dad painted them.

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Everything is ready to start painting

After they were complete dry, our dad put them together. Although first we wanted to make one shelf green, one yellow and one red, our dad assembled it using different colors – brilliant!

Ready shelfs
All colourful, dry and ready

Then he got his drill and put them up on the wall. Come to think of it, all the hard work was done by my hubby. Thank you so much for that!!!

And here is the result! Colorful, vibrant kids bookshelfes, perfect for any kids room! Aren’t they great?

childrens book shelves
All ready children’s book shelves

The kids loved them, they immediately wanted to start reading their books!!!

We made pompoms!!!

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Those are the first tries – it’s going to get better, I promise!!!

As promised, I took my kids today outside and on the way to the grocery I made a quick stop at a store with yarns. We made plans to have some fun play with pompoms!

I bought a few nice ones – actually some were chosen by my three-year old son (you know how they choose, right? Son: “That one mom, I want that one!” Me: “Oh that’s nice! But isn’t this one with the many colours super-great?” – Well, it worked half the times and we fortunately avoided that awful brownish one he wanted at first!).

So, back at home, we began with the pompom making!!! That was fun!!! First, I tried a few methods and determined that I liked the one with only using the hands better. Next, I asked my boy for his helping hand. Literally! I used his sweet little hand for the first step. He was delighted! I don’t think he stands often that still for that “long”. Meanwhile, my 18-month old girl decorated the whole house laughing and running around with the neon-yellow yarn! She was having a blast!!! As soon as my son’s job was done, he moved on helping her decorating! You can imagine what my house looked like!

Next I made the knot (it has to be as tight as possible). And then the cut with the scissors (you’ll need a good scissor for best results). And then… well then… well, at least my kids loved them, lol!!!

It took a few moments for me to realize that trimming the yarn was of out-most importance!!! Also, I maybe should choose some thinner yarn next time. Oh, and next time I’ll choose some funny yarns, too. You know, those fluffy, or flattened ones. And I saved the yarn that was trimmed. I really don’t know why!!! Maybe I’ll find some way of using them, stuffing something with it, perhaps.

Anyway, it was fun and we will surely make lot’s of them – after all, we have the yarn!!!

Toddler Fun Play With Pompoms

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Colour learning with rainbow pompoms- for more ideas and patterns click on the link (image source)

I never thought pompoms are that versatile! There are a lot of great, fun ideas out there, to entertain a toddler with them! Of course you have to supervise them heavily, especially if you want to give them to a young toddler (under 20 months or so).

Here is something funny. I started out writing this article about pompoms because I saw great uses for them, believing that you only buy them from a craft store. And then I saw tutorials and I thought: Hey, I’ve done this!!! I recalled a long forgotten memory…somewhere in my past, I had made pompoms myself! I must have been somewhat under 10 years or so, and I really did never think about that until now. Isn’t that great?

So, having shared that interesting fact (!), I am going to also share with you some ways of making and using those great pompoms! …continue reading

Toddler Fun Play with “Mais”

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Autumn tree decoration (image source)

So, do you know the craft material “Mais”? It’ s an amazing, versatile, creative toy! They are like those eco-packaging material, with the difference that they come in colours! They stick together just with a little water and you can cut them, in order to get the shapes that you need. It’s a really great toy for toddlers and younger children. It promotes fine motor skills, colour recognition, imagination and creativity. You can really build whatever you want with it – well, we build mostly chains, but that’s another story! – and here are some examples of what you can do with them. …continue reading…