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My Valentine // 52 Crafts with Your Toddler

We gave Valentine’s a bit of a twist this year. Instead of doing a traditional card, we created some V-Day artwork; something to last all year. For this project, you will need:

  1. Water Colors & Water Color Paper
  2. Picture Frame
  3. Chalkboard Spray Paint
  4. Silver (Metallic) Pen
  5. Chalk

My daughter loves to paint so that was the main inspiration for this project. I love abstract art and find her art very inspiring. My trick to a finished looking piece is after she’s done splattering a highlight color on to unify it.

Step 1. Spray paint the frame. I just picked up a couple of cheap $3 frames from Wal-Mart. The frame + the glass for $3 is quite hard to beat.

Step 2. I used the photo insert paper as a template and marked 2 sets of crop marks on a single 8.5 x 11 sheet of water color paper. Also known as a 2-up template. This way my daughter could paint a whole sheet and then I just trimmed the 2 panels out. When she handed the paper to me and said “Pretty!”, I knew she was done. I splattered my highlight color, wrote “love” with the silver ink pen and then splattered silver ink around to now unify the type with the art.

Step 3. Once the frame is dry, bring on the chalk for a bit of detail. To preserve it, you can us hair spray (the perfect substitute to spray fix).

Put it all together and you have a special little work of art. Enjoy!

Super City // 52 Crafts with Your Toddler

This craft accompanies the previous post Super Hero Capes. Part 2 is a Super City. The finale to my daughter’s 3rd birthday was to take pictures of my super heroes; defenders of Metro City. Things you will need:

  1. Cardboard boxes… and lots of them
  2. Printer Paper
  3. Glue (Spray adhesive, Hot glue, Mod Podge)
  4. Paint and Paint Brushes
  5. Foil Tape

Cardboard Box Buildings

I don’t have a lot of process pics for this project because it was very messy but it’s pretty straight forward. Step 1 is to work with your cardboard boxes. I messed around with the stacked boxes to get just the right arrangement of “sky scrappers” and then I hot glued the lot! I even glued all their lids together to give them a little extra strength. (Totally worth it.)

Step 2. Covering our buildings. Hod podge… lots of hod podge. To save time, I actually used some spray adhesive to do a basic cover but then all the edge stuff was hod podge. (2 bottles)

Step 3. Painting. This was literally just me dumping a bunch of acrylic paint into a plastic container and mixing it around to get the colors I wanted. I knew my daughter was going to be covered in red head-to-toe so I chose to paint my building with cool tones for contrast.

Step 4. Windows. Adhesive Foil Tape. Who knew right? I just cut a bunch of random strips and had my army of helpers put them on the buildings.

Again, pretty straight forward but so much fun when it all came together!

Paper Towel Roll Butterflies // 52 Crafts with Your Toddler

This week’s craft is paper towel roll butterflies! Things you’ll need:

  1. Paper Towel Roll
  2. A Few Cardboard Boxes
  3. Paint / Brushes
  4. Tape
  5. Scissors
  6. Scrapbooking Wire (Optional)
  7. Glitter (Optional)

52 crafts with your toddler // Butterfly

First thing is to paint the paper towel rolls. We painted one with a lighter green for the stripes and one with a darker green for the base. While those were drying, we painted the inside of the cardboard boxes with pink/red/yellow and glitter.

Back to the paper towel rolls we go. For the bodies, cut the darker green in two. For the stripes, split the roll down from top to bottom and then cut it into strips. I had originally hoped that the stripe strips would just kind of clamp on… not so much. You’ll have to tape those bad boys on.

For the wings, I just free handed the shape and trimmed them out. /insert more tape/ The spots where the same way; trim and go. /insert more tape/

Finally, the antenna. I had some scrapbook wire around so I cut 4 pieces, wrapped them around the end of a paintbrush and taped them to the inside of the roll.

There you have it. Paper towel roll butterflies.

Monster Boxes // 52 Crafts with your Toddler

A quick intro for 52 Crafts with Your Toddler… I was looking for a way to spend creative time with my 2 beautiful girls who are budding little artists. So, I figured if we set-up a weekly craft time why not use it as my blog inspiration. Pretty simple.

Now for this week’s craft: Monster Boxes. These were fun and pretty simple. All you need is:

  1. Tissue Boxes
  2. Construction Paper
  3. Paint and Paint Brush
  4. Egg Carton
  5. Tape
  6. Sharpie
  7. Scissors

Crafts with your Toddler - Monster Box

First, I removed the plastic around the mouth of the tissue boxes. Then I armed my 3-year-old with a paint brush. We used acrylic paint from our local craft store. Nothing fancy. While the boxes dried, I cut the “eyes” out of an egg carton and painted them white. The “eyes” I actually left 2 still connected to each other but then I also cut extra single cups to use as stamps for decorating our monsters. The “teeth” were the construction paper. I just cut them out of 1-2″ strips.

Once everything was dry, I taped the teeth inside the box opening and the eyes on top, colored the pupils black and there you go. Monster Boxes! Easy, fast and my daughter had a blast. This project is a definite must!

Doula Foundation Video

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The Doula Foundation of Mid America from The Canopy Collective on Vimeo.

When my co-workers first approached me with the opportunity to be involved with this video for the Doula Foundation of Mid America, I was so excited to be part of the cause. But, when the decision came to use the newest member of my family as “cutest baby ever,” I was one proud ma’ma.

The love child of Canopy Collective and The Alchemedia Project, this video for the Doula Foundation will touch your hearts. Let us never forget the value of children.

digital diaries

a little something to remember me by.

One of my favorite things about walking through historic downtowns is the idea of walking in the footsteps of great generations past. A period in time I’ve always been fascinated with is the 1920s. Social rebellion, a blossoming government and a great grandmother that weathered it all.

As my grandmother has recently passed and her belongings are still finding new owners, I began to wonder. In a day in age where technology is king, what will our digital footprint mean for future generations?

Facebook accounts are like digital diaries; a little piece of ourselves we offer up to the world. You’re hungry, you’re sleepy, in traffic, links to youtube… it all goes on facebook, chronicling your life. Our children will be able to look through the string of nonsense one day and get a glimpse of who we are and our own journey long before they knew us.

While my great grandmother never had a facebook account, my grandparents do. And even though it’s digital property that technically belongs to facebook, it provides us a way to preserve our legacy. Will user names and passwords one day be willed out to hires? I say yes. I think what we say and do in the digital world will one day be what’s left for the future to remember us by.