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Frankenstein Sun Catchers

Posted by on Oct 1, 2015 | 0 comments

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These Frankenstein Sun Catchers crack me up! If you drive by our house they’re the first thing you see – and we’ve been getting quite a few compliments on them (from our neighbors, walkers, even the mail lady!).

If you have little ones and want to spark their creativity, these are the perfect project!

Materials Needed:

  • Scissors
  • Pencil (for tracing templates)
  • Construction paper (colors: black, white, green)
  • Green tissue paper
  • Contact Paper
  • Frankenstein Sun Catcher Template (if you have several children, or are a teacher and want to try this with your students, I have included a classroom set of templates to the PDF)

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To make your own:

  1. Cut out a large piece of contact paper (approximately 12″ x 12″). Peel off the paper backing so the contact paper is sticky side up.
  2. Assemble the construction paper Frankenstein on top of the contact paper.
  3. Cut green tissue paper into tiny pieces and let your child fill in the face. (There is no wrong way to do this!)
  4. Once the face is filled in, press the contact paper onto a window and enjoy! (The contact paper is easy to remove, and you can move it from window to window easily without the project falling apart.)
  5. Once the Halloween season is over, you can press the contact paper onto a piece of white paper and use as a keepsake!

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Looking for more Halloween projects? Check out our Witch Handprint Project!

Wishing you and yours a fun October! Happy arting!


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Witch Handprint Craftivity

Posted by on Oct 1, 2015 | 0 comments

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I love making projects with my little ones that combine holidays and their handprints. Not only are they cute, but they make the perfect keepsakes!

For Halloween this year, we decided to try a handprint witch.

There are so many variations you can try – for example, you can let your little one add their handprint with paint (like my son did), or, if your little ones don’t like messes (like my daughter), you can trace their hand onto green paper and apply with glue.

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Either way – the finished project is so stinkin’ cute!

Materials Needed:

  • Scissors
  • Pencil (for tracing the templates)
  • Glue
  • Construction paper (colors: yellow, orange, black, brown, purple, white, and green)
  • Black marker (optional)
  • Handprint Witch Template (if you have several children, or are a teacher and want to try this with your students, I have included a classroom set of templates to the PDF)

It took us about an hour to make two – and that was with a lot of interruptions, diaper changes, and potty breaks.

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Want more? Try our Frankenstein Sun Catcher idea!

We have our handprint witches hanging on our art gallery. They always bring a smile to my face! Enjoy!


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End of the Year Teacher Gift

Posted by on Feb 15, 2015 | 0 comments

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It’s been five months since my son started preschool.

I vividly remember dropping him off on the first day. I was expecting tears, nerves, and lots of hugs… Instead, he jumped out of the van without hesitation, yelled “Bye Mom! Love you!” and walked away. (I was the one who cried!)

A big reason for his love of school are his teachers. They are rock stars (honestly, aren’t all teachers?). It’s been a year of finger painting, gluing, and learning to write – and we’re thankful our son is in such good hands.

When Christmas rolled around, I was put in charge of finding a class gift for each teacher. I was hoping to find something meaningful, but also useful… Then I stumbled upon this awesome idea from Everything Pink and Spoiled But Not Rotten.

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In a nutshell, it’s a homemade book filled with student quotes, drawings, and cold hard cash! (Spoiler alert: The teachers LOVED this gift!)

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To start, I cut a bunch of paper into slips the size of a dollar bill (click here for a free template).

Then I gave each class member a slip of paper and asked them to draw a picture for their teachers.

I also asked each student four questions about each teacher, and used the extra slips to record their answers. (Example: “What did Mrs. Corrigan teach you this year?” One student answered, “How to play with play dough!” – or – “What do you like best about Mrs. Shink?” One student answered, “She likes Frozen!”)

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Once all the slips were filled out, I started assembling the books. I layered one slip of paper, one $1 bill, one slip of paper, one $1 bill, and so on.

I topped it off with a simple yellow cover that said, “75 Reasons We Love Mrs. (fill in the blank)”.

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Then I clamped the paper together and used a paintbrush to apply a coat of padding compound to one side. (I bought the Padding Compound from Amazon for $7. A little goes a long way – I’m convinced the bottle I bought will last me a lifetime!)

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The padding compound dried clear, was extremely flexible, and it held all 150 sheets of paper together beautifully!

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And the best thing about padding compound: you can pull pieces of paper out of the book without them ripping. It doesn’t leave any sort of film behind, so you can cleanly pull out the dollar bills and use them – no rips, no mess!

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I thought the cover looked a little empty so I added a small bow to the front. (Polka dots always make me smile!)

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And there you go! If you’re willing to put in the prep work (cutting paper and collecting quotes), this book is extremely easy to assemble and makes a great gift! (My son’s teachers still talk about how much they loved their gift!)

You can download a free template to make your own books here: Teacher Gift Idea (Template)

Teacher Appreciation Coupon Book

Happy creating!


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