Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Paper Plate Snowmen

So, I was looking at a stack of paper plates that was sitting on our table this morning as I was eating cereal with my girls, and I got to thinking... "Hmm... I wonder if we could do some sort of Christmas craft with these plates." (yep, I'm crazy like that) And then it hit me... Snowmen! Perfect! So we pulled out some scissors, glue, yarn, and construction paper, and before we knew it, we had two adorable little snowmen adorning our kitchen wall. It's just a fun little craft that was quick and easy and the girls thoroughly enjoyed it.
My 3-yr old did hers all on her own and I helped the 2-yr old with hers (although she did surprisingly well), but I think they both did awesome. The trick was marking a little "x" on the paper plate where the different pieces were supposed to go. I even color coordinated the ink of the "x" to match the color of construction paper so that my oldest wouldn't have to ask me what to do but could do it more independently. I think she loved that. She even started learning how to tie the knots to hold the snowman together. (She'll be tying her own shoes before I know it!!) :)
Here are the masterpieces:

Anyway, here's the basic idea of how I did it, in case you get the itch to make one too. (You know you want to!) :)

What you'll need: 3 paper plates (per snowman); black, orange, and blue (or whatever color you want the eyes to be) construction paper; scissors; glue; hole puncher; white yarn; black marker (for drawing on the mouth)
What to do: Cut out your shapes (eyes, nose, and buttons) from the construction paper according to the design above, or however you want yours to look. (Note: the design above is not to scale. It is just a guideline for referencing.)
Mark your paper plates with the "x"s where you want your pieces to go. (Use different color ink to match the coordinating piece. i.e. a blue x where the blue eyes go, a black x where the black buttons go.)
Place a dot of glue on each of the "x"s and then place the coordinating piece on top of the glue and press.
Punch two holes in the top and/or bottom of your plates as necessary. Cut 4 pieces of yarn and tie your snowman together.
Now enjoy your winter creation! :)
Merry Christmas!

(Oh, and we did our snowmen with the plates concave, but I think it might actually be cuter with the plates backwards so they have more of a real snowman look. It would just make it harder to stick it to the wall that way. But either way works.)

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Butterfly Mobile

Wow! It has been for.ev.er since I've posted on here. I blame it on the kiddos not taking their naps anymore. :) I have SO many projects that have been left in limbo because I just have not made the time to finish them. But today I actually finished one off! Woohoo! It's this super cute butterfly mobile. I made one for each of my girls' rooms. I got my inspiration from HERE along with the template for the butterflies, but I made some changes (like making them 3 separate butterflies instead of one long mobile) and added some fun details as well (like the beaded butterfly bodies). These were fun to make, but I learned something very important: I. hate. working with invisible thread. It drives me bonkers! It gets tangled so easily and then is nigh impossible to untangle because you can't see the thread well enough to know which way is coming or going! Merciful heaven! But in the end, I guess it was worth it for the look on my daughter's faces when they realized they had BUTTERFLIES flying around their rooms. :)