D.Y.I. Skating Snowman

It's a Toy, Craft Project and Science Experiment All in One!

A new craft for 2018 and a perfect way to keep the kids busy during these cold days and months ahead. The snowman is made with white pom poms, attached to a brass brad. We used tiny black paper dots for the eyes, felt for the nose, scarf and hat. You can use an Altoids box or any tin box. We used a super strong magnetic push pins (used for magnetic glass board and whiteboard and safe for all ages). The background is just cut paper and the snowflakes were made with a punch. 

Enjoy making your skating snowmen!



Magical Unicorn Craft

We have a new craft that we will be making in our Spring after school workshops in the next few weeks. The kids will create a little magical setting for their unicorn and/or dragon. They can choose their favorite.

Blue crystal pebbles make a sparkly pond lined with white gravel rocks and moss for the land. These boxes are painted with shimmery blue, silver or pearl paints. They have a glass top so that they can still see their unicorns and/or dragons when their boxes are closed. They are secret little treasures that will make kids happy to keep in their rooms and/or share with their friends. It's like a storybook scene come alive in a miniature setting. 

These are also perfect for birthday parties and Girl Scout meetings. 


Springtime Bird House Crafts for Kids

Do It Yourself Bird Feeder Craft

These birdhouse / bird feeders were a big hit in our after school programs. We made over 60 bird feeders altogether. I had one hanging up in my kitchen and got more than a few compliments from my friends. They wanted one as well and/or wanted to know how to make them. Here are the instructions and some links to purchase supplies to make at home. 

Small unfinished wood bird house
Bouquet of daisy and mini flowers
Mini bird
Small wooden shadow box
5 small eyehooks
Twine or craft string
Yellow paint


1. Paint your birdhouse and let it dry completely.
2. Screw eye hooks to each side of the shadow box and also on the bottom of your birdhouse.
3. Cut apart leaves and take all the flowers off your flower bunch.
4. Add leaves to the top of your birdhouse. I used small pieces of double-sided foam tape. This worked well for the kids, but you can use a hot glue gun as well.
5. Add other details including: large daisy flower and mini bird perched on the side of the shadow box
6. Tie a piece of twine to each eye hook and knot on top. Use a piece of wire to attach to the eye hook on the bottom of your bird house.

How Do You Catch a Leprechaun?

Make a Leprechaun Trap!

This is still one of the favorite crafts in our after school workshops. The kids love making these as much as playing with them. These are easy enough to make at home. 

This year, we changed things up and make our traps into a wooden box that keeps all the pieces together and has a fun rainbow design on top. 

The wooden boxes can be any size and can be found at most craft supply stores. I purchased these at AC Moore. The popsicle sticks are sold natural or painted. The leprechaun is made with wooden parts, also found at most craft stores. With a little paint and felt for the hat and belt, the little guy makes this craft into a toy.

Fill the box with some foam shamrock stickers, green confetti and gold coins and the trap is ready. Enjoy!

Make Your Own Spooky Halloween Graveyard Terrarium

These terrariums are made to look like a mini spooky graveyard that is tucked into medium size canning jar.  

We will be making these in our Painted Bird after school workshops this week and next. The kids are going to love making these. The best part is that at night you can light them up to look even spookier!

See our step-by-step slideshow link above with easy visual instructions on how to make one at home using items you may already have laying around.  

a medium size jar
a piece of cardboard cut into a disc (Poke a few small holes into it to keep your tree steady.)
modeling clay to make a mini pumpkin and gravestone (Make these ahead of time and give them time to dry before painting and decorating.)
black floral decorations (We found mine at Michael's Store and cut into small pieces to resemble spooky trees.)
small skull (We bought a skull necklace at Michael's and used the pieces.)
burlap ribbon and a circle piece of burlap to cover the top of your jar
small craft painting brush
tacky glue
double sided foam tape
small piece of velcro
flameless tea light (We bought ours at The Christmas Tree Shops.)

You will need to glue the two pieces of the mason jar lid together so that when you velcro your flameless candle to it, it doesn't fall apart. 

You can substitute small pieces of raffia for the moss. Graves can be made with cardboard and painted and pumpkins can be bought at a craft store in the miniature section. 



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Hope Everyone is enjoying the Summer! Keep Crafting!

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