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We Tried It! How To Make DIY Seed Bombs

A few weeks ago, I saw a video for these adorable little diy seed bombs. I made sure to save it so that Miss Bean and I could make some of our own. We soon needed some gifts for a family gathering, and I decided that these would be the perfect solution.

SEED BOMBS

Luckily, we already had most of the supplies on hand. We just needed a packet of wildflower seeds. Funny enough, we had sent away for some seeds to help bring back the honey bees, and they just happened to arrive in our mailbox the exact day we needed them!

It was meant to be!

To make these seed bombs, you just need some paper, a muffin tin, a food processor, and some wildflower seeds.

I realize that you can just watch the video, but I broke down the steps here so you could see our results as well 🙂

First take your paper and tear it into tiny pieces. We filled a small bowl about halfway with our paper scraps.

seed bombs

Next, pour water to coat your paper pieces.

seed bombs

Let that sit for about 15 minutes.

seed bombs

Next, put the paper in a colander and use a sponge or a towel to help soak up the excess water.

seed bombs

Then, put your paper into the food processor, and grind them up into shredded pieces.

seed bombs

Aren’t all of the colors fun?!

Press and pack your shredded paper into muffin tins.

I just used basic muffin tins, but if you have some that are fun shapes, those will make your seed bombs look even cuter!

Pour your wildflower seeds over the top of each seed bomb, and then add the rest of your shredded paper as a top layer, and pack the paper down.

seed bombs

Then let them sit and dry for 24-48 hours.

Once they are dry, they are ready to go!

Since they were gifts and we needed to wrap them somehow, we made little baskets out of muffin liners and used pipe cleaners to make little handles.

seed bombs

Just drop them where you would like your flowers to grow and wait for the sprouts to happen!

 

seed bombs

These were fun and very easy to make. The hardest part was just waiting for them to dry!

My daughter really enjoyed helping to create such a fun gift, and it was easy on our budget.

She was especially happy to hear from her great grandmother that her seed bombs had already started to sprout!

Happy planting!

xo Melissa

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How To Make Critter Bookmarks – A Quick and Easy Craft

This week Bean and I decided to play with paper and make some critter bookmarks.

For those of you new to the blog, I love crafts, but don’t have a ton of time. I love finding quick and easy projects that add a little fun to our day.


Think of Bean and I as your craft testers, our creations may not be the most perfect, but they are real and made with love.


BOOKMARKS
We do our best to find the easiest, cutest projects, and these critter bookmarks totally fit the description!

bookmarks

You don’t need much at all in the way of supplies. Grab some paper, scissors, a glue stick, markers and googly eyes.

bookmarks

Because who doesn’t love a reason to put fun eyes on things?!

Your paper to be in the shape of a square. We happened to have some origami paper on hand, so we used that, but you can easily use card stock or construction paper and just cut it into a square.

Here are the steps that you need to follow to make these super cute bookmarks:

  1. Fold your paper in half to create a triangle.

bookmarks

2. Fold the top point (just the front layer of paper) of the triangle down to meet the bottom edge of the paper.

bookmarks

3. Fold in the left and right corners in to meet the middle triangle fold.

bookmarks

bookmarks

4. Open up your side folds, so that they look like this:

bookmarks

5. Then fold both of those sides up, along your middle triangle fold.

bookmarks

bookmarks

6. Next, tuck in the two new folds that you just made into the middle fold.

bookmarks

bookmarks

7. Take a second piece of paper, and cut another square. It should be the same size as the square you just folded.

bookmarks

8. Then tuck that square into your folded paper, and secure it with a little glue.

bookmarks

9. Finally, glue on some googly eyes, and a little tongue.

bookmarks

There you have it! Your critter bookmark is ready to help keep your place in the books that you are reading.

bookmarks

bookmarks

bookmarks

Now, you don’t HAVE to make a frog. Bean had fun just making some little monster bookmarks and then decorating them. I also made a vampire one. Just pick your favorite critter and start creating!

bookmarks

I hope you found these critter book marks fun, and will give them a try the next time you are looking for a quick craft. I know the ones we made will definitely give some character to our reading time! <3

xo, Melissa

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How To Make Reading Wands – Another Quick and Easy Craft!

reading wands

We have been working very hard on learning to read in our homeschool classroom.

Sometimes, my daughter starts feeling overwhelmed, distracted or bored. She has trouble keeping her place while reading out loud.

To help combat this, I decided that we should make some magic reading wands with our craft sticks.

As you know I am a fan of quick and easy crafts, and this one doesn’t disappoint.

They are the perfect way to add a little excitement and sparkle to our reading practice.

To make these reading wands, you will need the following supplies:

reading wands

Modge Podge

Glitter

Medium Sized Craft Sticks

Buttons

Craft Glue

Paint brush

Sharpies (for decorating – opitional)

Washi Tape (for decorating – opitional)

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Reading Wand Instructions:

First, place some glitter in a small container to make it easier to paint on the craft sticks.

I have discovered that muffin liners are perfect for this purpose!

Dip your brush in a bit of modge podge, and then in the glitter, and paint onto your craft sticks. You can also dab the glitter to help get a good thickness so the reading wands are nice and sparkly.

Set aside and let it dry for a little bit.

reading wand

It is also fun to try a few different ways of decorating the reading wands.

Sharpies, stickers, washi tape, and paint, would all work. Just dig into your craft stash and see what you can find.

If you use sharpies to decorate your reading wands, I recommend painting a layer of modge podge on your craft stick first. It helps the ink not bleed into the wood.

reading wands

The final step is choosing the perfect button for the top of the wand. Use a little craft glue to secure them to the top of the wand.

If you don’t have buttons, but have craft jewels or foam stickers, those would also work as a good accent.

reading wands

Once the glue is dry, your reading wands are ready to help make reading time fun.

They are a great way to help keep young readers focused on keeping their place while reading.

Best of all, they are super easy to make!

reading wands

Happy reading!

xo Melissa

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How to Make a Puffy Heart Pin – Quick and Easy

Today I am going to show you how to make a puffy heart pin with felt.

puffy heart

I needed a cute, but quick craft for Valentine’s day because we had some unexpected medical stuff come up in our house that put me behind.

These little hearts fit my need perfectly, and I even had all the supplies on hand!

Of course February has Valentine’s day, but it is also heart month. I have always had a fondness for hearts, but they took on an additional special meaning when my daughter had open heart surgery.

I will proudly wear this pin, not just for the holiday, but to honor my strong heart warrior, Miss Bean.

puffyheart


To make these puffy hearts, you will need the following supplies:

puffy hearts

Felt

Scissors

Embroidery thread (or regular thread)

Safety pin

Polyfill stuffing


First, you need to cut a heart shape out of the felt.

puffy heart

I used a scrap piece of paper to create a pattern. Then I used it as a guide and cut two heart shapes out of my felt.

puffy heart

Next, cut a small rectangular piece of felt. This will be used to secure the safety pin to the back of your heart.

puffy heart

Place the felt piece over the base of the safety pin, but make sure that you can still open up the pin to secure it to your clothing.

Use your thread and stitch all the way around the small piece of felt. Now your pin is attached, and you are almost ready to wear your puffy heart.

puffy heart

Take your two hearts and place them together, with your safety pin at the back. Begin stitching the two pieces together.

Be sure to leave a little hole so that you can stuff it with the poly fill.

Fill your heart with the stuffing, and finish stitching it closed.

puffy heart

There you have it! It is a fast and easy craft, but is a perfect accessory for Valentine’s day. It would also make a great gift as well.

puffy heart front puffy heart

If you are feeling adventurous, try making other shapes. I made these cute cat pins with little beads for their eyes too.

puffy heart
Enjoy creating and spreading the puffy heart love!

Xo Melissa

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How to Make A Craft Stick Chalkboard

craft stick chalkboard

This month, as part of my series, I got out my craft sticks and made a few different chalkboards.

They all were quick and easy crafts to make, and I know that I will get good use out of them.


If you would like to make some, all you will need is:


 

Craft Sticks (large, medium and small)

Chalkboard Paint

Glue

Small piece of twine

Acrylic paints (if you want to paint the craft sticks)


Craft Stick Chalkboard Sign

For this chalkboard sign, you will need the large craft sticks.

First, line up seven sticks horizontally, and then with the glue, attach two more sticks on either side vertically.

craft stick chalkboard

Let the glue dry, and then spray paint the front surface with the chalkboard paint.

Once the paint is dry, attach a little bit of twine to the chalkboard so you can hang it up.

craft stick chalkboard

So far, we have used it to announce a stuffed animal tea party picnic, and a game night with friends. I also think it would be fun to hang one on the kids doorknob so that I can leave them special messages.

Craft Stick Miniature Chalkboard Easel

Once I finished the chalkboard sign, I was hooked. So I thought it might be fun to make little chalkboard easels.

To make these, you first need to form an upside down V out of two small craft sticks and then glue three more horizontally across the V.

craft stick chalkboard

Once the glue dries, tape off the top point of the easel, and the bottom part and paint the three horizontal sticks with the chalkboard paint.

When the paint is dry, glue another small craft stick at the back to create a tripod leg, so that the easel will stand up.

craft stick chalkboard

Aren’t they cute? I am going to make a few more so that I can use them to label place settings for dinner parties.

Craft Stick Chalkboard Garden Markers

Finally, I decided to make some plant markers for when we plant our seeds in our garden.

Here you use both the small and medium craft sticks.

Glue three small sticks horizontally across a vertical medium craft stick.

craft stick chalkboard

Let the glue dry and then tape off the top and bottom part of the vertical stick. Paint the three horizontal sticks with the chalkboard paint.

Chalk can be used to write the different seeds that are planted, but if it gets wet, it may wash off and leave you without knowing what you planted! Use modge podge to create a seal over the chalk, or use sharpie instead.

craft stick chalkboard

As you can tell, I am not the best at using fancy lettering and chalk. However, I can’t wait to put all of these mini chalkboards to use. I loved how fast it was to make them, and inexpensive too! Give it a try and let me know how it worked out for you 🙂

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How to Make Craft Stick Story Fairies

craft stick story fairies pinterest graphic

These craft stick story fairies are inspired by my daughter’s love of acting out stories.

Craft sticks are one of our favorite things to create with, and we decided that it would be fun to have a little set of fairies to help her act out her tales.

They were super easy and fun to make, and you can create a lot or just a few.


CRAFT STICK STORY FAIRIES


SUPPLIES:

craft stick story fairiesHot glue gun and glue sticks

Small craft sticks

Felt and/or fabric scraps

Yarn, ribbon, and fiber scraps

Pipe cleaners

Paint or Sharpie

Scissors

INSTRUCTIONS:

To make a shirt, take a small craft stick and put hot glue on about a half inch surface, leaving a small space at the top for the face.

Wind the small scrap of yarn around the area with the glue.

craft stick story fairies

craft stick story fairies

Next cut a small scrap of fabric or felt for the bottom. You can cut a simple rectangle, or get a little fancy and make a triangle for a skirt.

We even found some tulle that worked well as a tutu, we just made some folds to make it fluff out a bit and attached it to some hot glue.

craft stick story fairies

craft stick story fairies

Now it is time to make the fairy wings. If you have the long craft pipe cleaners, cut it in half. Then bend it in the infinity shape or a figure 8.

Push the sides in a bit to make a little indentation for the wing shape. Put some hot glue in the center of the wings and glue it onto the back of your fairy.

craft stick story fairies

craft stick story fairies

Finally it is time to add some fun hair and the faces. My daughter helped to make these, so we kept the faces simple. We discovered that a sharpie marker bleeds a little on the craft stick, so we used a toothpick dipped in a big of black acrylic paint and drew on eyes and smiles.

The hair was the fun part. Just arrange it however you like, and attach it with the hot glue.  We used some wool and yarn scraps and made some crazy hair do’s. We thought it would make the story telling more exciting.

craft stick story fairies

Aren’t they fun?

They are the perfect size to play with and different from the usual finger puppets.

After we played a bit, Bean and I decided that these story fairies needed a special place to rest when they weren’t busy acting out stories.

So we made a cute box out of our craft sticks to store them in. Here is how we did it.


STORY FAIRY STORAGE BOX


SUPPLIES:

Medium sized craft sticks

Hot glue gun

INSTRUCTIONS:

First, line up 11 sticks vertically. Then, use the hot glue gun and attach a craft stick horizontally at the top and bottom of your 11 sticks.

This is the base of the box.

craft stick story fairies

To give depth to the box, glue a craft stick vertically on the right side, and another on the left side.

Next, line up a craft stick with the horizontal stick at the top, and glue it to the one that you just placed vertically. Do the same thing for the bottom.

Keep alternating and gluing your craft sticks horizontally and vertically until your box is deep enough to fit your craft stick story fairies.

craft stick story fairies

The lid is the final step. Line up another 11 sticks vertically.

Leave a space of about the width of three craft sticks (this helps the lid stay on and not just slip off) and glue a stick horizontally on the top. Do the same thing for the bottom.

craft stick story fairies

Now you have a cute little box to keep the story fairies in when they aren’t being used!

craft stick story fairies

The lid can be decorated any way that you want, or it could just be left plain.

We debated using glitter or paint, but instead we kept it simple and cut out some magazine letters to spell out “once upon a time” to decorate the lid. Bean had a fun time helping search for the perfect letters.

craft stick story fairies

These were both fun and easy to make. We are already thinking up different sets that we can make next.

If you decide to try this out, let me know how it went in the comments.


This is the first of several craft stick projects I will be sharing, so be sure to stay tuned for the next one!



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Welcome Fall With 3 Easy Acorn Crafts

acornMy favorite time of year has arrived! What a better way to welcome the arrival of fall, than with a few easy acorn crafts. This past weekend, Miss Bean and I had some fun and used up our acorn stash to make a few.

Would you like to make some too?

The first step is to collect your acorns! Put on those walking shoes, grab a bag, find a park and gather a bunch of acorns. It doesn’t matter if the tops aren’t intact, because you can glue them back on.

acorn

Before you begin your crafts, you will want to clean and cook the acorns.

First, rinse and brush them off in the sink.

acorn

Next, spread them out onto a towel, and set them in the sun for about an hour to dry.

acorn

Once they feel pretty dry, put them in the oven at 250 degrees Fahrenheit for about an hour and a half. This will get rid of any bugs that might have made the acorns their home.

acorn

While the acorns are cooling off, gather up some craft supplies. To make this round of fall crafts, I used:

Glitter

Modge Podge

Acrylic Paint

Paintbrush

Felt

Scissors

Black Sharpie

Craft Glue

acorn

Once the acorns have cooled, it’s time to craft!

Here are the three fall acorn creations we made.

PUMPKIN ACORNS

To make these, you will need acorns without the tops attached, orange acrylic paint, a paintbrush and a sharpie.

We made this one first, so that the paint could dry while we made our other acorn crafts.

First, grab your paintbrush and paint the acorn orange.

acorn

Next, set them aside so that the paint can dry.

Once the paint is dry, draw pumpkin faces with black sharpie on your painted acorns.

acorn

That’s it! We loved how SUPER EASY this one was. I think we will make a whole bunch of these to create a pumpkin patch for our gnome and fairy villages. 

GLITTER ACORNS

For these fun sparkly acorns, you will need acorns with tops, glitter, modge podge, and a paintbrush.

Pick out an acorn, and paint modge podge all over the base of the acorn. Do not put it on the top.

acorn

Next, roll the acorn around in the glitter.

I found that  filling a few cupcake liners with my different glitter colors was the perfect way to get a good layer on my acorn base.

Finally, set the acorns gently on wax paper to let them dry.

acornAren’t they pretty? Totally worth being covered in glitter for most of the day. I am definitely incorporating these into a fun fall centerpiece.

OWL ACORNS

For the last craft we made, we used more acorns without the tops, felt, scissors, a sharpie, and craft glue.

Choose your felt colors, and cut two round circles for the eyes, a triangle for the beak, and two teardrop shaped wings.

Glue your pieces on with craft glue.

acorn

Let the glue dry, and then use the black sharpie to draw two dots for eyes.

acorn

Aren’t they cute?

We had a blast making all of these! All three crafts were very easy, and also did not take very long to make.

Maybe these will inspire you to put on a spooky or fun Halloween movie and to start creating with acorns!

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Gnome Peg Person Tutorial – Free Printable!

gnome peg person tutorial and printable pin graphic

Today, I am sharing my gnome peg person tutorial. Once in awhile I get a moment to make a crafty project of my very own. When this happens, I love to break out my supplies and make a few peg people. It is a great project because you can make a bunch, or even just one. Because you need to use so little, the supplies will go a long way once you have them on hand.

gnome peg person

 

Do you think it sounds like fun? In order to make your own gnome peg person, you will need the following supplies.

pegpersonsupplies

Glue Gun and glue sticks

Acrylic paints (a little goes a long way!)

Small Paintbrushes (the tinier the better!)

Wooden Peg People 

Felt

Felt Clothing Template (click to download & print)

Needle and Thread 

Pencil

Toothpicks (optional)

Yarn or embroidery thread for hair (optional)

Scissors

To begin, I recommend painting your pegs first. By doing this, the paint will have enough time to dry while you are working on the felt pieces. While there are many different peg shapes and sizes, I used a peg person body that was sized 2 3/4″ for this project.

First, you will want to grab a pencil and then draw a little face for your peg person gnome.  If you are at a loss for a design, search pinterest. You will find tons of great ideas there. I usually keep mine pretty basic. Since the lines are so fine, I prefer using a toothpick for to paint on my peg people eyes and mouths. A sharpie might also do the job, but sometimes the ink will bleed a bit onto the wood.

gnome peg person

Next, add some hair for your peg. If you happen to be feeling adventurous, try a little yarn or embroidery thread to make the hair. Today I kept things simple, and just used paint.

gnome peg person

While the paint dries, it is a great time to work on the felt clothing,  I created a printable template, and then cut out the pieces and used them for a pattern. First, choose what color you want the clothing, cape, and hat to be. Then, print, and cut out the template pieces. Finally, pin them to your felt, and cut around your pattern pieces.

gnome peg person

gnome peg person

Now it’s time to dress your gnome peg person! Start by wrapping and gluing your rectangular clothing piece to the peg person body.

gnome peg person

Next comes the cape. I decided to cut out a small felt heart accent for the gnome cape. If you chose to add one of your own, glue or stitch that piece onto your cape. Then, take your needle and thread and make decorative stitches around the edge.

gnome peg person

To finish, stitch the two front end pieces together around the neck of the peg person.

gnome peg person

Finally, it is time to make the gnome hat. The triangle felt shape will need to overlap a little to get a good fit on the peg head. Test it out a bit until you feel it is snug, and then use a couple dabs of glue to secure it. Once again, take your needle and thread and stitch the hat together. Last, secure the hat onto the head with your hot glue gun.

gnome peg person

Woohoo!! You now have your very own gnome peg person!

gnome peg person

gnome peg person

Now, go make some more and create a fun world for your gnome peg people. Also, peg people don’t have to be just gnomes. I love making all kinds of different characters. There are also different shapes and sizes of wooden peg people available. You can even find some of my creations in my etsy shop in the near future!

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Fairy House Craft: Miss Bean Tested

easy fairy house toilet paper roll  craft tutorial pin

Miss Bean is great at remembering to collect the empty t.p. rolls in our house. As a result, we have quite a few saved up to use for crafts. Today we raided our supplies to make a t.p. roll fairy house craft.

fairy house

Would you like to make this too? Here is what you will need:

fairy house

Empty toilet paper rolls
Paper
Scissors
Glue Stick
Paint & Paintbrush
Markers

First, we set up our work area. Since painting can be a little messy, we were sure to put newspaper on the table. Then, we spread out all of our paint color options, and decided which we wanted to use for our fairy house craft.

fairy house

Next it is time to start painting! This is Miss Bean’s favorite part, she doesn’t even mind if the paint gets all over her fingers. Be sure you paint the entire surface your t.p. roll.

fairy house

fairy house

Set the painted rolls aside so that the paint can dry. If the paint isn’t too thick, it doesn’t take very long, and it gives just enough time to make the fairy house roofs.

fairy house

Next, get out your paper, grab your scissors and then cut circles to make the tops. We just used basic construction paper, but you could get super crafty and use paper with fun prints too!

fairy house

You will need to make a small cut about halfway through your circle. Later, this will help you fold it into the pointy roof shape.

fairy house

Once you’ve made your cut, use your markers to make fun patterns and drawings on your circles. We used zig zags, drew hearts, and our favorite, polka dots. You then, fold the circle, overlapping the cut you made to make a pointed top. Use your glue stick to secure the edges, and set them aside.  Now it’s time to check if your painted t.p. rolls are dry!

fairy house

fairy house

If the paint is dry, grab a marker and outline a small door shape. Then use your scissors to cut out half of the door. Be sure to leave one side in tact so that you can fold it open a bit.

fairy house

Then, use the glue stick on the bottom inside of the pointy roof, as well as along the top edge of the t.p. roll. Next, place your roof on your fairy house. This part was Miss Bean’s second favorite. For her, there is something quite magical about a glue stick.

fairy house

Finally, it is time to decorate the outside of your fairy house. This time, we kept it simple, and just used our markers to draw windows and flowers.

fairy house

Once that it is done, it’s time to set up your fairy house village and play!

fairy house

Miss Bean and I both think that this fairy house craft was a fun way to work through our t.p. roll stash. It  was another simple and quick craft to test out, and will provide lots of entertainment. We discovered our tiny peg people became the perfect villagers! Try making your own and share your results with me.

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Craft: Miss Bean Tested – Moving Fish

quick and easy moving fish craft tutorial pin graphic

Making crafts together is one of my favorite things to do with Miss Bean. So when a friend of ours sent this Moving Fish craft to me, I knew we had to try it! Especially since we had just seen Finding Dory. The supply list is a short one, and we already had everything we needed to make it at home.

Do you want to make this too? Here is what you will need:

craft

Colored Paper
Scissors
Googly Eyes
Glue stick

When I showed Miss Bean the craft I wanted to do, she exclaimed, “COOL!! I can do that!” I absolutely love her confidence and excitement about tackling new projects. We put on some fun music, started the video, and began to create our own dancing fish.

We discovered it was good scissor and folding practice for Miss Bean – gotta work on those fine motor skills while we craft! Of course, breaking out the glue stick and googly eyes is always her favorite part.

movingfishcraftfold

craft

Sometimes, she would start to get frustrated, and need a little assistance with the cutting and folding. At that point, we took a few deep breaths and then I would help by working hand over hand with her. She got in some good practice, and then towards the end, felt brave enough to cut the mouth piece all by herself. I am always so proud of her for not just giving up when things get tough for her.

craft

 

craft

After careful placement of eyes and fins, we had some awesome fish! Miss Bean put her fins towards the tail. She told me it was because he was a special fish, just like Nemo.

craftI believe having a visual to go along with the directions, was quite helpful to Miss Bean. Since the video was short, it kept her attention and allowed her to see the different steps involved. I imagine she prefers that over just listening to me giving her the instructions.

This was a quick and easy craft to make together. I see the an entire school of paper fish in our future, and our next batch will have more decorations. Miss Bean wants to use stickers, and I think using paper with different patterns would be fun. Now, check out the video, and try making your own!

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