Category Archives: kids crafts

Tie Dyed 4th of July shirts

So my sons wanted to be creative and make something over the long holiday weekend so we decided to make 4th of July tie dyed shirts to wear.  We made extras for other family members and it was so much fun!!

We went to Hobby Lobby and started out with white shirts and a 3 pack of dye.  We mostly only used the red and blue so we could be patriotic with our shirts.

We made shirts a few years ago courtesy of JoAnn Fabrics if you’d like to see them, click HERE

We searched the Internet for different patterns and found a couple different cool ones.  We tried a few different patterns but one turned out the best.


Let’s get started!  We twisted and bunched the shirts up to how we wanted our designs to turn out.  Next we started to put the dye on them.  Make sure you wear gloves or your hands will turn colors!!


We let them sit in the sun to dry and then rinsed them out to rinse the color out and then washed it in the washing machine.


We decided that the color on Caden’s turned out the best!


It’s a super easy project to do with your kids and they will love to wear their new shirts proudly! 🇺🇸

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Teachers- Save Money at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores this weekend!


Teachers save 25% on all in-store purchases August 10 and 11 at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores nationwide. 

Jo-Ann is hosting a Teacher Appreciation Days savings event August 10 and 11!

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Teachers will receive 25 percent off all purchases throughout the weekend at Jo-Ann stores nationwide. And the best part is no coupon is needed! Simply present your current teacher identification and state-issued photo identification upon checkout.

To find the nearest Jo-Ann location, click on the link below.

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Slime? Flubber? Let’s make it!

My oldest son made this before at summer camp and when he saw I had the Borax out the other day making my homemade laundry soap, he’s like “Mom, can we make slime?” Sure!  We had to find some glue in the house but we found a bottle I had got super cheap with coupons when school started so we made green slime!

Materials

  • Elmer’s white glue or Elmer’s school glue gel
  • Borax (find in the laundry detergent aisle of the store)
  • Water
  • Two bowls
  • Food coloring (optional)

What to do:

  1. In one bowl mix 1/2 cup (4 oz) glue and 1/2 cup water. 
  2. In the other bowl, mix 1 teaspoon borax with 1 cup water until the borax is dissolved.
  3. Add the glue mixture to the borax solution, stirring slowly.
  4. The slime will begin to form immediately; stir as much as you can, then dig in and knead it with your hands until it gets less sticky. (No one makes slime without getting a little messy!) Don’t worry about any leftover water in the bowl; just pour it out. 
  5. Put the slime in a plastic bag and add a few drops of food coloring.  Squish it around in the bag and it will magically turn colors! (Brody chose green) 

What’s happening?
The glue has an ingredient called polyvinyl acetate, which is a liquid polymer. The borax links the polyvinyl acetate molecules to each other, creating one large, flexible polymer. This kind of slime will get stiffer and more like putty the more you play with it.
Store it in a plastic bag in the fridge, to keep it from growing mold.

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Minecraft Valentines- DIY

Valentine’s Day is coming up this week and since my oldest son, Brody, is really into playing Minecraft on the computer lately I figured I’d do an internet search and find some images and see if we can make our own cards this year. 

Using my new Silhouette Cameo, I figured it would be super easy to do!  And it was! 🙂 

I searched on the internet and found an image, made it our own and valentine’s cards via at home! 

Using the print and cut method, I set up my program to print out the paper, and then you put it on the machine and it cuts them out individually.  Pretty easy!

I bought him some Fun Dip’s to tape on to the cards so he could give out some candy too. 

Someone’s 3rd grade class is gonna have a very Happy Valentine’s Day!  What kind of cards are your kids using this year?? Did you make them yourself?  Comment below and let me know!

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Pumpkin Milk Jug

So Pinterest is an addicting website but there are always cute ideas on it!  I got this idea from there but they had cut holes in the back of them and put string lights but since I didnt know where any were because we have recently moved, I just filled it with water, added food coloring, INSTANT PUMPKIN!

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Recycling Crayons

My older son, Brody, wanted to use our old crayons that are broke up and make new crayons.  So last night while Caden, my youngest son, was still napping we went for it!  We unwrapped quite a few crayons, and sorted them in piles by color. 

We sorted them by color after we sprayed cooking spray in the muffin tins.  This is so they don’t stick after they have been melted.  While this is going, make sure and pre-heat your oven to about 300 degrees F.   Put them in the oven and cook them for about 7-8 minutes.  When they are done, they will be melted.  Be careful taking them out of the oven.  Sit them in a space where the kids won’t get them til they are cooled off and wait for them to cool down.  I used a toothpick to stir them around a little bit to make sure they were thoroughly melted.  We also did one mixed color one, so we made that look like a marble design.

Enjoy the new crayons! You can also use candy molds or soap molds.  Just heat the crayons up in an old soup can them our them into the molds to make different fun shapes for your kids to enjoy coloring with.  These would also make great party favors for birthdays!

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