Bunny Mask {kid craft}

We made this adorable bunny mask last year but I wanted to share it again because it is my favorite Easter craft!

We have made some other cute paper plate masks but this is my favorite one because it shows off his adorable face (and not just his eyes)!

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Materials:
2 paper plates
pink construction paper
cotton-balls
scissors
elastic
glue
stapler (not pictured)

 1.  Cut a hole out of the center of one plate.  Cut the other plate in half and then cut out 2 bunny-ears.  Cut 2 smaller ear shapes out of the pink paper and glue them to the center of the larger ears.  Then staple the ears and the elastic band onto the plate, with the smooth part of the staple on the back of the mask and the sharp side on the front of the mask (you don’t want to poke your lil’ darlin’ in the face).

2.  Put glue around the outside border of the plate and let your child help you glue cotton balls on (being sure to cover up the staples).

Once the glue dries it is ready to go!  Hippity-hop!

 

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Easter Play Tub {from dollar store}

 

 

30 Beautiful Things to Make out of Recycled Materials!

In honor of Earth Day coming up in a few weeks I wanted to share some ideas for beautiful things you can make out of recycled materials.  I love creating things out of recycled materials because it is earth-friendly and budget-friendly!

I hope these beautiful ideas will inspire you!

30 beautiful things to make out of recycled materials!

 

DIY Air Fresheners from Glass Jars {from Cheap Crafty Mama}

Recycled Aluminum Flowers {from Cheap Crafty Mama}

Trash To Treasure Turquoise TP Art from The How-to Gal

Bottle Cap Magnets from Everyday Lovely

Woven Rag Rug from Bedsheet

Recycled Packaging for Sweets from Paper, Plate, and Plane

Fabric Scrap Necklace from Smaller

Recycled Bottle Birdfeeder from Centsational Girl

Yarn Scrap Bowl from Elisabeth Andree

Bottle Cap Tray from Sweet Something Designs

Sweater Pillows from Centsational Girl

Hanging Tin Can Herb Garden from Lillys and Lollipops

Planters out of plastic bottles and CDs from Creative Ideas on FB

DIY Project: Shoe Box Phone and iPad Charging Station

DIY Project: Shoe Box Phone and iPad Charging Station from Dagmars Home

Recycling Tin Cans into pencil box from Crazy Crafts

Bottlecap Wind Chime from Trina is Artsy Fartsy

Recycled Tire Garden from DIY Home Decor

Tin Can Planters from Grow Creative

Recycled Wine Bottle Torch from Design Sponge

Magazine Bowl from Crab and Fish

Soda-tab Bracelet from Crafting a Green World

Soda-tab Bracelet from Crafting a Green World

Aluminum Can Rose Pendant from Saved by Love Creations

DIY Glass Jar Air Fresheners

Basket made from recycled plastic bags from Lucky Ladybird Crafts

DIY Apron from a T-shirt {from Cheap Crafty Mama

Soda Can Tab Pendant Light from Reduce Reuse Redecorate

Woven Paper Basket from Make:Projects

Cereal Box Organizer from Katydid and Kid

Cereal Box Drawer Organizer from IHeart Organizing

T-shirt into Skirt/Tank {from Cheap Crafty Mama}

Here are some more tips to inspire you:

6 simple things you can do to reduce WASTE

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Recycled Robot Craft

Cheap Crafty Holiday Gift Headquarters

I first shared this last year but I have updated it for 2014!

 Who says you have to spend a lot of money to be a generous giver?  You can be generous with the thought, time, creativity, and love put into making your holiday gifts!  Here are some of my favorite DIY gift tutorials!  There are gifts for adults and kids!

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Want to see more great DIY gift ideas?  Check out our Create and Share party, and also link up your own!

And here are more great DIY photo gifts:

DIY Photo Gifts

Fall Table Runner {easy!}

{This post was originally published a couple years ago but I wanted to share it again because it is still one of my favorite fall decorations and was incredibly easy to make!}

I was so excited when I received a box full of Aleene’s glues and adhesives; maybe a little too excited because I tore into them and started using them before I even had time to take a picture of them.  I have found them SO useful in so many projects… I especially love using the Tacky Tape Runner on projects that I make with my toddler because  it holds as well as craft glue but doesn’t require drying time!  I also used the Max Tacky Adhesive on a caterpillar craft I made with my son and it has held up great to lots of playing (he even sleeps with it!)

This is an insanely easy and cheap project to make and I think it looks super cute!  Besides the glue, all of the supplies came from the dollar store!  Believe me, you don’t even have to be crafty to pull this one off!

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Materials:
Aleene’s tacky glue
felt leaf place-mats from the dollar store
1. Lay out the leaves along the edge of a counter-top in an arrangement that will look good as a runner.
2. Now for the hard part (not really)… put glue along the edges that overlap.
3. Use heavy objects like pots and pans or books to hold the leaves together until the glue is dry.
When the glue is dry, it is ready to go!  Now you can look like a craft rock-star and nobody has to know how cheap and easy it was to make!

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Here are some more fabulous projects using Aleene’s glues and adhesives:



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Top 10 Fun and FREE Summer Activities for Kids!

Looking for great activities to take your kids to do this summer that don’t cost a dime?  I am amazed at all of these free opportunities offered by stores that I never even knew about!

Also I wanted to mention to get online to look for more local freebies near you!

Public libraries usually have lots of great summer programs for kids.  We have found several churches nearby us that offer free indoor playgrounds to the public.  There are also fabulous city parks and splash parks that we love to visit!

 

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Home Depot Free Kids Workshops

• FREE hands-on workshops designed for children ages 5 – 12 offered the 1st Saturday of
every month at all The Home Depot stores between 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
• Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety and instill a sense of pride
and accomplishment.
• All kids get to keep their craft and receive a FREE Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative
pin and certificate of achievement.

Lowe’s Build and Grow Free Kids Clinics

*Free classes for kids offered on Saturdays and Sundays

Apple Retail Store Youth Programs

*Free workshops for kids ages 6-13

“At the Apple Store, we offer kids a variety of programs tailored just for them. Youth Workshops, Field Trips, and Apple Camp are great ways to get kids thinking, learning, and creating —all while having fun.”

Michaels Free Crafts Club for Kids

*Variety of free in-store events for kids (ages 3 and up) and adults.

*This month they have “Passport to Imagination” classes for kids where they get to make projects form different countries around the world.

Pottery Barn Kids in-store events and book club

*Different Kids activies all summer- including a Tuesday morning book club.

Free Bowling for Kids at AMF

“At AMF, kids 15 and under can bowl for free all summer. Simply register and you’ll get a weekly voucher for two free games per child per day through September 3, based on lane availability. Shoe rental is not included.”

Barnes and Noble Kids Club and Events

Free activities this summer include a Lego building event, American Girl Clubs, game nights, and summer reading clubs where the kiddos can earn free books!  Search your local store for upcoming events.

Celebrate Arts, Culture, and Design with Target

“Through our partnerships with educators and arts organizations, Target helps students and their families engage in arts and cultural events nationwide.”

Check the website to learn about the free concerts, museum events, and cultural happenings sponsored by Target this summer.

The Lego Store Monthly Mini Model Build

“One day each month you can learn how to build a cool LEGO mini model, and take it home – for free!”

*Ages 6-14

Find volunteer opportunities at Volunteer Match

Search for local volunteer activities for your family to do  together.  Helping others in need will be a fun and fulfilling activity for your kids!

Here are some more ideas of things you can do at home with your kids:

MOTHER-load of RAINY DAY Activities for Kids

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