I Have Some Explaining To Do

I’ve been a bad blogger. I know. I promised that there would be a post everyday in July for Kids’ Craft Attack. I did pretty well, only missed a few days, but other than that, I think I did just fine… until the end of July. As you all know,  my niece was here for two weeks and then my sister and her three other kids came to visit. Everything got very hectic while they were here and there was basically no time for blogging while the children were awake and when they all fell asleep, the rest of us just collapsed in exhaustion. It was great to have them here and I miss them so much already, but having four children under the age of eight be in your home at once when you’re  used to having no children around at all is pretty exhausting. They have been gone for a week and I had to take that week to decompress and clean house (kids can be  messy), so I didn’t blog last week. But, today, I decided it was time for a come back. The school year is coming up soon, and since I do the typing (which overwhelms Mom), posts may be a little late or off schedule. Instead of every Tuesday, I will just be posting once a week when I find time in between my school work. Thank ya’ll so much for understanding and I hope you have had a wonderful summer thus far!

~Maegan

Sponge Bombs: Kids’ Craft Attack Day 12

kids craft attackIt is Kids’ Craft Attack Day 12 and today we made some Sponge Bombs. Now, I’m sure you’ve seen them all over Pinterest which is exactly where we got his idea from! We decided this would be a perfect alternative to water balloons, especially for our family because Mom is allergic to latex, which with the supplies we used, the sponge bombs were one hundred-percent latex free and reusable, unlike water balloons!

 

Materials: 

  • Sponges
  • Rubber Bands (we used latex-free ones)
  • Scissors

Steps:

  1. Cut the sponges into strips. We were able to get four, nearly half inch, strips out of each sponge. We ended up using about 30 sponges.
  2. Group about 12 strips together and secure them with a rubber band, wrapping it around the bundle two or three times.

And you’re done! The sponge bombs were very easy to make. I think the hardest part was cutting the sponges in to pieces. I hope you have fun playing with the sponge bombs that you’ve made and thank you so much for reading!

~Maegan

 

Name Canvases: Kids’ Craft Attack Day 11

kids craft attackIt is Day 11 of Kids’ Craft Attack, and today we made Name Canvases!

Materials:

  • Painter’s Tape
  • Paint
  • Paint Brushes

All you have to do it use the tape to make the letter’s of your or your child’s name (or in our case, the initials) and paint whatever over the top, keeping in mind, once you are done, the tape will be peeled up, revealing the name in white while the rest of the canvas looks like a rainbow explosion!

My niece spend over an hour painting hers and it turned out very well! Thanks for reading!

~Maegan

 

Flower Pots: Kids’ Craft Attack Day 10

kids craft attackI deeply apologize for not having a post yesterday. I had set one to post, but it just didn’t happen (I probably messed something up), so here it is! I will be posting both yesterday’s and today’s posts today!

We decorated some flower pots and let my niece pick out some flowers to take care of for the rest of her stay here. We really liked this idea because it helps her express her creativity and learn responsibility!

Materials:

  • Flower Pot (We got one at Hobby Lobby on Spring clearance for less than a dollar)
  • Decorative pieces (buttons, stickers, beads, etc.)
  • Glue (I would recommend a hot glue gun)
  • Potting Soil
  • Flowers
  • Watering Can

All you have to do is go wild decorating the flower pot, wait until it is dry and put your flower in it. After that, all you have to do is keep the flower alive!

My niece loves watering her flowers everyday and she had a blast decorating her flower pot! If you try this craft, let us know how it went and thank you so much for reading!

~Maegan

 

Sun Catchers: Kids’ Craft Attack Day 9

kids craft attackIt’s Kids’ Craft Attack Day 9! I can’t believe it’s only been nine days! It seems like my niece has been here a lot longer! Today we made sun catchers!

IMG_0578 Materials

-Plastic Sun Catchers (we got ours at Hobby Lobby in the clearance section for only eighteen cents!)

-Sharpies

  •  -Suction Cups

 

 

Don’t spend money on the special paints that are used for sun catchers, because Sharpies work just as a well and there is more of a variety of colors and they don’t cause a huge mess! Just go crazy coloring in the sun catchers that you picked out and once you’re done, use the suction cup to hang them on your windows!

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I hope you had fun with this craft if you tried it out and thank you so much for reading!

~Maegan

 

CD Fish: Kids’ Craft Attack Day 8

kids craft attackIt is Kids’ Craft Attack Day 8, and today we made CD Fish. This is something that my mom found and Pinterest and she thought it was adorable and that we just had to do it!

Materials:

  • Blank CDs (We had a lot left over from when people actually knew what CDs were)
  • Colored card stock, construction paper, or phone
  • Googly eyes, rhinestones, or anything else you want to decorate your fish
  • Glue (My niece used liquid Elmer’s Glue, but I opted to use a hot glue gun)

Steps:

  1. The first thing you will want to do is cut out the pieces for the lips, fins, and tail fin using the card stock, construction paper, or foam
  2. Attack the pieces or the non-reflective side of the CD using the glue
  3. Use googly eyes, rhinestones, or anything else you would like to decorate your fish. Feel free to go crazy and made sure to decorate on the reflective side of the CD

And there you have it! Pretty simple, huh? My niece had a lot of fun making this craft, although she didn’t like have the glue on her fingers! Thank you so much for reading and I hope you try out this craft, too!

~Maegan

 

Foam Critters: Kids’ Craft Attack Day 7

kids craft attackYes! It’s Kids’ Craft Attack Day 7! I am so sorry I missed posting yesterday, we had a very busy day at the pool and Vacation Bible School, so I was exhausted by the end of the day and didn’t end up posting, so I will post day 7 and day 8 today so I can catch up! The first craft we made was Foam Critters!

Materials: 

We just used a little kit thing that we got at a Dollar General when it was going out of business near our house, so it was very cheap.

 

All we had to do was look at the picture on the front of the package and attempt to recreate it with the materials we were given. My niece misplaced a few of the items, and we realized that you can easily take of the pieces, but if you try to place them somewhere else, they won’t stick, so you might have to use some glue.

Thank you so much for reading!

~Maegan

 

Paper Towel Roll Animals: Kids’ Craft Attack Day 6

kids craft attackIt is Kids’ Craft Attack Day  6 and today we are going to be making Paper Towel Roll Animals. When Mom saw these on Pinterest, she knew that we had to make them because they were the cutest things. Not only did my niece have fun making hers, but Mom and I loved making them, too.

We actually found how to make these on Creative Me, Inspired You, so please be sure to check out the source and see their adorable animals!

Materials

  • Paper Towel Rolls (cut them in half) or Toilet Paper Rolls
  • Paint (we used acrylic paint)
  • Paper (colorful, printed, etc.)
  • Anything you would like to use to decorate your animals (googly eyes, paper punches, etc.)

 

Steps

  1. Fold down the top of the paper towel roll that you’ve cut in half so that it is closed. This creates the ears.
  2. Paint the rolls any color you would like.
  3. GO WILD! You can create any animal you would like. There are descriptions of how to make certain animals on the source blog, but you can do whatever you would like to make your animal look the way you want it to.

I had so much fun making these and so did my niece. They turned out to be absolutely adorable. If you try this craft, let us know because we would love to see it and how we could possibly make it better. Thanks for reading!

~Maegan

Loom: Kids’ Craft Attack Day 5

kids craft attackOkay, so we had intended to do this craft with my eight year old niece, but when we did a trial run, we decided that it would be better if we skipped it because this craft takes a lot of attention and patience. It actually turned out that I really enjoyed doing this, maybe because I did it all the time as a child.

IMG_0579 Materials 

You only need to go to your local craft store and by a loom kit and some nylon weaving loops

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_0580IMG_0581Steps 

The actual looming is very easy, it just takes a while to get into the swing of things.

1. Stretch the weaving loops vertically from one peg to another. E.g. the first peg at the top pairs with the first peg on the bottom.

2. Use the hook to weave over and under the vertical pieces. It is very difficult to explain how I did it, so I completely understand if you don’t get… I still don’t really understand it, either. Loop one end of a weaving loop on the end that looks like a candy cane. Use the end with with a curve before the hook the weave through the first few vertical stripes. Secure the weaving loop to the peg and continue weaving until you get through all of the verticals and secure it to the peg                                                                               on the end. I know it sounds really complicated and confusing, but it is quite easy once you get the hang of it. It just takes                                                                               patience.

3. Crotchet the edges together. I don’t know how to crochet, so mine are still sitting in their frames!

 

Thank you so much for reading!

~Maegan

 

Sand Bottles: Kids’ Craft Attack Day 4

kids craft attackWelcome to Day 4 of Kids’ Craft Attack! Today we made Sand Bottles. I always loved making sand bottles at VBS or outdoor events that my parent’s had at work (there was always sand bottles to make at the kid’s station). Once, instead of a bottle, they had really thick pens that you could fill the body of it up with sand. I thought it was the coolest thing. Because I loved it so much, I was so excited when my mom decided that we should do it with my niece.

Materials

  • Bottles (you can just use leftover water bottles to recycle or buy the special bottles from the craft store)
  • Colored sand (we bought some of ours at Dollar Tree, believe it or not)
  • Little things to put inside it for the kids to try to find (shells, etc.)

The only thing to do it to fill the bottle up with any colors of sand you want. If you would like to put little things in it, add a some sand and then add the item.

 

I hope you liked this craft and thank you so much for reading!

~Maegan