Summer Crafts for Kids #3: Gaudi-inspired Coaster

Since we’re always at the beach these days, we got to collect a lot of sea glass. At a certain point, we had one too many. So, we thought of another super simple craft to make use of these beautiful beach finds.

Level of Difficulty: Beginners

In this craft activity, you will need:

Used paper bowl (cleaned and dried)

Sea glass

Scissors

Silicon

Acrylic paint

Paint brush

What to Do:

  1. Cut the bottom of the paper bowl.
  2. Flip it and paint the sides with acrylic paint. Set aside to dry.
  3. Once the paint is dry, fill the bottom with silicon. (Note: silicon sets very quickly so your sea glass pieces should be on hand).
  4. Decorate with sea glass. Leave overnight to dry.

Summer Crafts for Kids #2: Bohemian Keychain

As a tourist in a foreign country, I found it very challenging to engage my child in crafts, while making sure that 1.) we don’t spend on too many craft supplies that we can’t bring home and 2. We also don’t create more garbage.

As a result of some creative thinking, we came out with this very simple and whimsical accessory.

Level of Difficulty: Beginners. This is literally a 5-minute craft. The only part that took long was for the glue to dry.

In this craft activity, you will need:

0.5 cm wide ribbons, cut into 8 cm strips  (the ones we had on hand were from clothing tags)

Jump ring

All purpose glue

Feathers (*optional. We picked these feathers on the beach)

What to Do:

  1. Get a strip and fold into half.
  2. Attach to the jump ring using a cow hitch knot.
  3. Continue to do this until you’ve covered about half of the jump ring.
  4. To achieve a more bohemian look, you can also glue feathers.

 

Summer Crafts for Kids #1: Aqua Beads

It’s summer once again and for parents, this means that a lot of time will be spent on thinking of what to do with the kids at home. Luckily, I’ve discovered that there are a lot of simple and relatively inexpensive crafts to do with the kiddos to make sure that their time is occupied on meaningful endeavors, and not just mindless play (eg. Internet surfing, etc.).

Level of Difficulty: Beginners

For this craft activity, you will need:

  • Aqua beads set (which includes templates, aqua beads, water spray, and layout tray)
  • Clean bottle with lid
  • Glue gun

What to Do:

  1. Put the layout tray on top of the bottle lid so that you can measure how big your design can be.
  2. Start putting the beads on the tray to make your design.
  3. Once you’re happy with the design, spritz the entire thing with water. Let it dry overnight as the beads will not attach properly if the water is not completely dry.
  4. Glue the pattern to the lid using glue gun.

The advantage of this craft is that the beads come in a variety of colors. They also sell beads by the pack. The disadvantage is that once the kids get a hang of making them, they can finish quite quickly. Challenge them to a game of making the most number of designs.

Watch out every Wednesday for a new set of summer crafts!

Rainbow Rain Craft Tutorial

Hello!! It’s been a while since I did a tutorial. It’s not because I don’t craft anymore. It’s more of because I’ve been doing so many, but failing to take pics of the steps =)

So for this craft, I’m featuring my daughter’s work of art. I’ve always encouraged my daughter to craft. So, when she saw a tutorial on melting crayons, she decided she’d try it out!

For this craft, we used:

clean paper, a printout of a silhouette of her original drawing, scissors, old crayons, double-sided tape, glue gun and a blower

F7A13CBF-98DC-414E-AF5D-B2C50CDDD2FF

What to do:

  1. Using your glue gun, stick the crayons to the top of the paper.16E653FD-AFFA-48A0-9DC7-0A78DBDF2A99
  2. Cut the outline of the silhouette and stick this to the bottom of the page using double-sided tape.
  3. Melt the crayons using the blower. Hold the paper standing up so that the melted crayons flow downwards.5E1FFAC9-038E-4083-A32F-8A9855EC51BA
  4. Let this dry completely. You can add cutout of clouds to make it even cuter! You can mount this on a frame and hang as a room decor.

This is definitely a kid-friendly craft that’s quick to make and a lot of fun! (Also, I didn’t spend a cent on this =)

56A70E46-8B01-4D59-ACCD-CE1595D5A986

Tiny Knick Knack Jars

Hello crafters!

It’s been a while since my last craft post. Apologies, but no excuses. I am a strong believer that if you want to get something done, you make time for it. So this is me, carving out some time to post a new project for you to try out.

I love tiny things, I love organizing and I love upcycling! So for this easy five-minute project, I combined my three loves.

For this craft, you will need–

*washed, cleaned and dried glass jam jars (the one that you usually see in hotels)

*paper tape

*circular stickers

*supplies (paperclips, pushpins, etc.)

What to Do:

  1. Fill your jam jars with supplies. Sometimes, I like to put monocromatic stuff inside (eg. same-colored pins, paperclips, etc.). Or if I’m feeling playful, I’ll mix all different colors in one jar!

2. Get your paper tape and cut the end into an inverted V. I do this by folding my tape in half and cutting the end at an angle. Stick the end of the tape to the metal lid of the jam jar.

 

3. Finally, I put my circular stickers on top of the lid. As you can see from the materials I used, most of them were in the gold color theme.

Happy crafting!

Customized Kiddie Shoes

I really love making my daughter smile. It’s part of the reason why I craft. So for another easy tutorial, I designed this pair of shoes for my daughter. 

You will need:

Canvas shoes

Pencil

Acrylic paint
Paintbrush 

Ribbon

What to do:

1. Pick a design that you want to paint on the canvas shoes and trace it on the shoe itself. I picked a cat drawing because my daughter loves cat faces. 

2. Paint it on. 

3. Sew matching bows on top of the canvas shoe.

Antique-ified Owl

So we moved into our new home and my favorite space is the mini library. As we needed a lot of bookends, I asked my daughter what she thought would look good. She responded that she read in a home styling magazine not to get a plain, boring metal bookend. But since her dad had bought just that, I decided to decorate it on my own…simplest craft ever.

You will need:

Plain bookends

Decor with flat back (the cute owl was a garage sale find)

Pearl gold acrylic 

Glue gun

Paintbrush 

What to do:

1. Brush the decor with a coat of gold acrylic. Let it dry completely and then brush with another coat. (Best if original color still peeks through a little). 

2. Stick the decor to the bookends. 

Yeah, that’s it! P.S. I put the owl in the Harry Potter section of my library 👍