Jack O’ Lantern Punch Art
Super cute – super easy punch art project for Halloween!!!! Use as a holiday decoration or on a gift tag. Also very cute for a Halloween greeting card!!! Eliminate the jack o’ lantern face and make a cute pumpkin for fall!
In my e-mail this week was an awesome project from Crafts By Amanda that I just HAD to try right away – – – Paint Stick Snowmen. As you can tell by my title (and because I’m me) I made some changes. I think both projects look great and what I love the best about crafting is the fact that you can take a pattern or tutorial and do something a little bit different and personalize the project. It impresses me that there are just so many ways to go when you first look at a project.
I didn’t do a photo tutorial but this is a simple fairly straight forward project. Take a look at Amanda’s tutorial if you get lost.
These would look great on a seasonal tree in January. I see white bark and white lights.
If your kids are like mine they love to give gifts but buying gifts for EVERYONE on your little person’s list (from grandma to the dog to the man in the moon) is impossible unless you are independently wealthy! If you are then stop reading this and immediately wire me a couple of million (lol)!
I always took my kids to a dollar store (the one’s where everything is literally a dollar) when they were younger to buy their gifts. But the usefulness and quality of the selections leave a little to be desired and after all – how many coffee mugs and “dust collectors” can one person use?
So, why not make a gift card that will last longer than the gift? If you have punches grab some wrapping paper, construction paper, glue, gift ribbon, buttons, yarn, etc. If you don’t have any punch outs you can acquire some punch outs on eBay or Listia.
This craft project costs you nothing but time to make the punch outs as you simply use materials like construction and wrapping paper and glue sticks – which every prudent mother has on-hand. I also like this craft project because it saves bits and pieces of paper (i.e.; the wrapping paper scraps) and crafting materials (ribbon “snips”, stray rhinestones, etc.) from the trash. I keep a jar beside my craft desk and I throw those scraps of ribbon, stray rhinestones and buttons, snips of fabric, and such. And when I am doing a project that requires bits I turn to this jar.
This also makes a great last minute gift (or even a “not-so-last-minute”) when combined with some handmade coupons for a kiss, a hug, 10 minutes of quiet time, clean room, trying a new vegetable, etc. If you are at a lost on how to get started there are some very good sites out there that will show you how. Find one on eHow; “How to Make a Printable Coupon Kids Can Give”. And find some great suggestion on what to put on your cards on Kids Love To Know “How to Your Own Coupons Your Parents”.
Thanks so much for taking a look. I’d LOVE to hear from you!
Here is a craft idea for those who have a need to do a fall craft project with multiple children.
Oriental Trading sells these kits for decorating a “Scarecrow Pumpkin”. The unit has three different designs. Look in the “less than perfect” section and you can get 12 kits for about $2 and SHIPPING IS FREE thru this THURSDAY for any size order!!! Enter key code WCE3585 during checkout. If you buy these clearance kits you may need to use your own glue as the adhesive may be dried out – but hey, for $2/12 I can use my glue!!!
Instead of using a pumpkin I purchased dinner size orange paper plates at Wally World I think 20 for $2. You could also use yellow or buff paper plates to make him more scarcrow-y and less pumpkin-y.
Attach a hanger to the back – glue on a soda pop ring a loop of ribbon or other hanger to the back so he can be hung as a cute handmade by your kid fall decoration!!!
I added the button and wouldn’t he look cute with an addition of buttons on his eyes? You could also add silk fall leaves, foam fall leaves, and other fall-ly craft items to make your plate unique!
So this works out to be a pretty cheap project for a children’s group to do. And if you just need to make one project you can hand cut your pieces from craft foam or construction paper!
Made from just seven beads these mini canes are the perfect holiday earrings for a young girl or any time you just want a hint of bling.
The real beauty of these little earrings is there are so many variations you can make – change the color – or the direction – or the length – or just make as many pairs in as different ways you can dream up! I’ve listed a few below to get you started.
Why only use these cute little canes to make earrings? Like real candy canes they have a bevy of uses. I’ve listed a few below to get you started. I’d love to hear about how you’d use these beauties in your crafting this season!
Last summer I found these really dated wooden bead belts at a local craft/home decor store for a grand total of twenty five cents each so even though I’d never dream of wearing one (and I am NO fashionista!) I bought several just for the beads.
The round spacer beads I had an instant use for but I held on to the triangular ones for a while because the holes just don’t run the right way to use them as beads.
I really wanted some candy corn look-a-likes for a fall craft idea (more on this later) and after many attempts using paper, foam and felt that just weren’t what I wanted I thought of using the triangular beads from the belts. Even though I eventually decided NOT to use them on my fall door hanging I did use them as Trinity Candy Corn Pins.
I teach the children at the church I attend on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings so I have plenty of crafting opportunities and I really like to do crafts that will be kept and used. Even though I do a lot of “paper and glue” type crafts I am always on the lookout EVERYWHERE I go and with everything I use for FREE AND CHEAP CRAFTING MATERIAL. And this was just a perfect project for the kids – cheap, quick & easy and hopefully one that will be worn for years!
We put these on a card with a poem to make a great gift (and testimony) for a parent or grandparent. I am sharing a poem I’ve had practically forever with you. I have no clue as to the origins of the poem and I have rewritten it several times myself. If it sounds familiar to anyone I’d love to know the author. HappyBird’s Crafting Haven also has a slightly different poem (on a really cute bag header), Christian Candy Corn Poem, that is “not copyrighted so others can use and enjoy freely”.
Of course if you have been reading this blog for a while you KNOW I just can’t do a craft without a lesson to go along with it. Following is the lesson I used to TRY to explain this to for and five year olds. This is a very simplistic explanation of the Trinity and all the errors are mine, all the things I have right are from God!
TRINITY LESSON FOR CHILDREN
CANDY CORN TRINITY POEM
YELLOW is for LIGHT that Jesus is. We find this in John 9:5, NIV; Jesus said: “‘While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.'”
ORANGE is for the SON OF GOD that Jesus is. We find this in Matthew 3:16, 17; “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
WHITE is for HIS WORDS which are so sweet. We find this in Psalm 119:103; “The sweet taste reminds us of the sweetness of God’s Words!”
Thank you for reading (and I hope enjoying) this tutorial. If you have any questions or something is not clear, please let me know so that I can improve the tutorial.
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One of the themes for Vacation Bible School this year is Club VBS: SpaceQuest, an out-of-this-world experience! It was the theme we used at my church and it was such a BLAST!!!
VBS got here so much quicker than I EVER expected it too – and I was totally NOT READY for it! But fortunately I am not the one in charge – God is!!! He so blessed me for the week and took care of each night – lesson, craft, games, helpers, and all. And the kids, the helpers, and even me all had a wonderful time!
Here are my versions of the outer space decorating, activity and craft ideas I found on-line.
These would make great rainy day activities or add up to a super-fantastical outer space birthday party!
My “rocket ship” is a little different than the one I modeled it from. The only box I had available was not quite tall enough so I had to cut the top part-way off it off, flip it up and reinforce that part with a broken hula-hoop. Never throw ANYTHING away! I also added the SpaceQuest logo from the clip-art on LifeWay’s VBS site and put a starry night backdrop behind it. It didn’t turn out looking too terribly bad – from the front that is!!!
This is so super easy, and SO fun to do! The kids really loved these. It’s also very inexpensive and would make a great party game.
Instead of having the kids I taught (age 3) draw a rocket on their own I found calendar “die cuts” of rocket/space shuttles at the local teacher supply store (also a great place to find cheap room or party decorations). I also found some later at the Dollar Tree for, well, a dollar! The kids added accents to the space ships with crayons. They can also add their own “logo” to the ship either with a sticker or crayons. The “rockets” really look like they are blasting off when you launch them.
If you are going to have the children draw their own rockets use white cardstock. The “rocket” will stand up better than plain paper with heavy use.
Instead of using a slit in the directions I used the “hole-punch” method described in the comments and found this works GREAT!
I also found astronaut calendar cut-outs which could be taking a “moon walk” instead of blasting off.
I really love this craft as it is so easy to do and you can go so many ways – our solar system, random planets, moon-scape scene, etc. – AND you can use whatever materials you have on-hand to decorate it!
Luckily I found a big piece of black felt in the Children’s Church Supply Closet and I had some fabric scraps from a DIY “solar system fabric book” that came in a BIG bag of fabric remnants I bought at an estate sale so this was essentially free.
I cut the planets out and glued them to a felt backing with fabric glue for re-enforcement and then glued them to the felt. Be aware that the balls will not stick to the fabric planets. As I did not have all the fabric planets and wasn’t too concerned about being accurate I just glued them down randomly.
I also added felt planets and stars cut from felt scraps and to add some “sparkly” added several foam outer space glitter stickers.
I left off the “orbit lines” of the planets for scoring as the kids I taught are 3 years old and I really didn’t want to make it a game where you scored points.
I push-pinned the game to the edge of a bulletin board and let it hang down. For “asteroids” I used Ping-Pong balls with self-adhesive backed Velcro pieces attached to them. You really, really need to use adhesive backed Velcro as you just CAN’T easily glue Velcro to plastic balls.
This would also make a great “Pin the Astronaut on the Moon” game. Glue a large felt moon to black felt and then add a Velcro strip to the back of foam astronaut sticker. Add craters to the moon with darker grey felt circles. Further decorate the background with fabric paint and/or felt stars, planets, comets, etc. and of course a U.S. Flag!
It could also be cute to make a super cute Outer Space Scene “rearrange-able puzzle”. All you need is an 11”x7” inch piece of black felt and felt star, moon, comet, planet, astronaut and space ship “stickers” for the kids to rearrange. If you are particularly handy you can make a pocket for the “stickers” to reside in. Glue a piece of ribbon on the back of one side of the felt so the space scene can easily be rolled up and secured for transport.
I modeled this after an Oriental Trading Company product I REALLY, REALLY wanted but just couldn’t afford. I had given up on this idea but a couple of days before VBS I found a bed canopy on sale for less than $10 at Justice. I had purchased a small glow-in-the-dark solar system model from the Dollar Tree eons ago in the event that one of my kids would need to do a Solar System project in school. I also found some glow-in-the-dark planets and stars like you would “glue” to the ceiling at you guessed it – the Dollar Tree!
First I pinned them on with safety pins but that just looked “tacky” and there was the (however remotely possibility) safety issue if one of the pins snapped open and stuck one of the kids so I tried sewing them on with a needle and thread but that was taking FOREVER! So after giving up and moving on to suspending the planets from the top of the canopy some brainstorming I “sewed” them on with FISHING LINE!!! It worked perfectly and you don’t even need a needle! Someone I had put glow-in-the-dark stars on the ceiling for a previous VBS probably around 25 years ago. Can you believe they were still there? So after hanging the canopy from a hook in the ceiling I was all set for a starry night.
WOW, did the kids love this! They had the best time sitting inside the canopy and counting down to blast off to see the stars – – – and listen to the Bible story. Just in case I had one child scared of the dark I got some of the battery operated push on lights shaped like stars and moons from my favorite store. They MAY have liked those more than the stars on the ceiling!
This was another one of the games we played that the kids LOVED. They had a blast looking for the “hidden” moon rocks. I used plastic whiffle balls but as my son pointed out moon rocks “aren’t white and don’t have holes in them – that’s pumice!” He is a little bit of a smart aleck takes after his mom! Wadded up balls of aluminum foil would work equally as well. Provide some astronaut gloves (i.e.; adult gardening gloves or leather work gloves) and a “specimen bag” (any type of bags you can find). Be sure to have the kids do the “moon walk” (i.e.; take big and bouncy steps)!
Decorating on a Shoestring
For some cheap decorations I stopped a local teacher supply store and picked up some solar system posters for a dollar each. I also found some great bulletin board posters, cut-outs & borders at the Dollar Tree. I set up the room in stations: Moon Room (Reading), Bible Dress-Up, Mission Central, etc.
For cheap Bible dress-up clothing I asked church members for old t-shirts and scarfs. Cut the tees down the front, turn them inside out and then tie them with a fabric belt, scarf, sash, or tie. I also made some belts by braiding some torn t-shirt strips.
This garland designed for the kiddies to complete came about this past Sunday when I was drafted volunteered to help out during the Extended Care Session for preschoolers (a.k.a. Children’s Church) and had to come up with an emergency patriotic craft project for the Fourth of July. I quickly came up with a project using items from our craft closet that takes about 20 minutes to complete.
The lesson to go along with this craft focused on the yellow ribbon symbolizing remembering our soldiers, the flag symbolizing our freedom, and the “God Bless America” & other religious “die cuts” our freedom of religion. We talked about children in other countries who could not attend church at all or those who did so with the possibility of being arrested.
This would be a great kid’s rainy day craft project for any patriotic holiday or an easy patriotic holiday decoration by varying the paper and foam die cuts used (i.e.; George Washington or Abraham Lincoln silhouette, stars, etc.).
You can also make this as long as you want. I choose to keep it short due to time constraints and to prevent tangling as the children carried it home.