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Easy Pink Dough Valentines for Preschoolers

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An easy way for toddlers and preschoolers to celebrate Valentine’s Day!  Pink dough to play with!  Mix up a quick batch of pink colored dough and break out the heart cookie cutters!  The recipe I used is at the end of the post.  Here’s my nostalgic look back at my babies busy at work on their “Valentines”Pink Dough for Preschool Valentines by dennasideas.com - Page 008We’re going to make something!Pink Dough for Preschool Valentines by dennasideas.com - Page 007Pink Dough for Preschool Valentines by dennasideas.com - Page 005Squish that pinkness!Pink Dough for Preschool Valentines by dennasideas.com - Page 004The idea was to get them to make a Valentine on the table, then I would photograph it as their “valentines” for Daddy and Grandma and Grandpa.Pink Dough for Preschool Valentines by dennasideas.com - Page 006And that’s what we did.Pink Dough for Preschool Valentines by dennasideas.com - Page 002Pink Dough for Preschool Valentines by dennasideas.com - Page 001It was a lot of very pink fun!  I had to play a bit, too….Pink Dough for Preschool Valentines by dennasideas.com - Page 003Here’s the recipe I use for play dough:

2 and 1/2 cups of white all purpose flour   (I’ve tried it with whole wheat flour, and let’s just say…No!)

1 cup of salt  (fine, not coarse)

2 small packages of Kool Aid  (the ones without real sugar)  this is optional. if you don’t have Kool Aid, then add food coloring

3 tsp. vegetable oil  (canola oil is good)

2 cups of boiling water

Mix all the dry ingredients together, then add the boiling water.  Stir it all together very well and turn out onto a surface where you can knead it a bit.  It will be hot, so let it cool a bit before kneading.  Then knead away until it becomes smooth.  When it’s cool enough, the kids can start playing.  As soon as it’s cool enough, either play with it or seal it in plastic bags so it doesn’t start drying out.  This will last for quite awhile in a sealed bag.   Note:  the Kool Aid is just for easy color and aroma!  We used cherry for Valentine’s day.  If the kids love the smell so much that they taste it, it won’t hurt them at all, just a little salty.  If there’s worry about the flour, then I’d say don’t add the Kool Aid and then it won’t smell appetizing enough for little ones to put into their mouths!

Fun for the kids to make, and the photos are easy to send to everyone online, no mess, no snail mail! 😉  Just digital cuteness from the kids!  Happy ❤ weekend!

Lalaloopsy Party for a sweet little girl

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Lalaloopsy Party for a sweet little girl

The day of the party (post) is finally here!  After a lot of thought, and a bit of prep, the Lalaloopsy and Hello Kitty Cute-as-a-Button birthday party actually came together.  Here are some photos of some very budget-friendly DIY ideas for decorations, food and activities at a sweet little girl’s party.  It was supposed to be a sewing party, but no sewing was actually done by anyone!!  Buttons were the big inspiration for this party. Buttons and a crazy brightly-colored curly-haired doll….paper button decor at a Lalaloopsy party by dennasideas.com - Page 022A button paper punch from Martha Stewart supplied a whole bunch of cute buttons for party decor, as confetti scattered on the table, and as wall decorations and even ended up on the juice cups!   {The table runners (in turquoise and in yellow) were part of Ikea’s summer line.}  Here’s the Lalaloopsy doll that also inspired the party and the party color scheme.  Her name is Marina Anchors, with her little pet whale and dressed in a cute sailor suit.  I found a perfect turquoise metal bicycle for her.  Her friends Hello Kitty and Pink Sock monkey took a ride with her.

I did a photoshoot of Marina and her friends and made up a digital invitation.  If you would like a copy to use for your little girl’s party, just let me know!!  They can be emailed or printed out as 4×6 photos.  lalaloopsy party invite by dennasideas.com - Page 075

For place-mats at the table, I made up my own Lalaloopsy coloring page using some images I found online.  Did you notice that her eyes are black buttons?  And the sock monkey has button eyes, of course.  I know a lot of people think that the button eyes are a bit creepy, but they fit so nicely into the cute as a button party idea….
Lalaloopsy party by dennasideas.com - Page 024There are lots of sewing party and cute-as-a-button party ideas online (Pinterest) that I found.  You can look at my Lalaloopsy and Cute as a Button party idea board here.  I loved the idea of using embroidery hoops as wall decorations at the party.  I decided to use scrapbook paper and wrapping paper in the hoops.  It was a little tricky squeezing the paper in some of the hoops, but it did work out.  On one pink page, I printed out the title “Tasya is turning Sew Seven” (the Sew Seven title was an idea from the Sweet Designs blog, and a few other sewing party ideas).Lalaloopsy party by dennasideas.com l - Page 007
Here’s some wrapping paper with a doily….Lalaloopsy party by dennasideas.com - Page 026And a few paper buttons were added on some of the hoops and on the wall.  Hmmm, how to arrange these hoops on the wall….should I set them out on the table and arrange them….?  It was easier than that….
Lalaloopsy party by dennasideas.com - Page 025Using sticky tak, everything was strategically arranged on the wall to cover up every mark and ding possible!!  I just followed the places I wanted to hide…..right above my old sewing machine.  That’s why there are buttons scattered randomly around.  Pretty clever if you ask me…..that’s how I work, my motto long being Necessity is the Mother of Invention.Lalaloopsy party by dennasideas.com l - Page 005I pulled *all* my sewing stuff (a very small collection, as I am not a sower, but just terribly fascinated with it all).Lalaloopsy party by dennasideas.com l - Page 006Lalaloopsy party by dennasideas.com - Page 018Add a little baker’s twine to the machine!!  It’s in the party colors, too.  I had seen a lovely banner to make on the Raising Up Rubies blog, and I really really wanted to make one, but at the last minute (as with a lot of things) ran out of time, so my daughter made a few for a small scalloped edge below the sewing machine and it looked very cute.  Made from paper doilies and cupcake wrappers.  Click on the blog link for a tutorial!Lalaloopsy party by dennasideas.com - Page 023The morning of the party, I decided to do a little craft with the b-day girl’s photo…..on a canvas on an easel.  I was so pleased with the way it turned out!  It was super easy, too. I’ll try and get a post done of this little DIY craft…Lalaloopsy party by dennasideas.com - Page 014

There were a few other photos displayed….Lalaloopsy party by dennasideas.com - Page 020

Along with some vintage handkerchiefs that belonged to my grandmother.  They seemed to go with the sewing theme…Lalaloopsy party by dennasideas.com - Page 027

Another awesome decorating idea, which was super easy, super budget-friendly and super fast was this paper plate button banner.  My older daughter and her friend whipped it up for me very last minute (like, guests were already inside the house!!)  Paper plates + punched paper circles + glue stick + hole punch + ribbon= party banner!!!Lalaloopsy party by dennasideas.com - Page 019One of my favorite ideas was another last minute brain wave, when I brought down my vintage sewing basket and realized that the inside lining was perfect party yellow!!  I decided to line the top tray with yellow cardstock and set the mini cupcakes right into the sewing basket!sewing basket on dessert table at a Lalaloopsy party by dennasideas.com I have already posted about how to make button cookies here, and they made it to the party, too.  The day before the party, they were sent to my daughter’s class packaged in little bags that said “I’m Sew Blessed to have you as my friend!”  They make perfect party favors, too (but I didn’t actually get enough made for party favors…)button cookie favors for a Lalaloopsy party by dennasideas.com I put the buttons in a jar…for the sewing machine dessert table….they were my favorite dessert at the party!Lalaloopsy party by dennasideas.com - Page 011Then there was a cute sewing button cake.  Here’s a step by step how to for decorating the cake.  It was very quick and easy…even the little doily banner.  It seemed like a good idea at the time to use a cake mix…..bleh!denna's ideas: how to make a Lalaloopsy Sewing party cake with sprinklesSo here’s how the display turned out:Lalaloopsy party dessert table  by dennasideas.com Lalaloopsy party by dennasideas.com Lalaloopsy party table by dennasideas.com Lalaloopsy party by dennasideas.com

Mason jars with cupcake wrappers over the top and a blue paper button, for the very pink lemonade:mason jar drinks for kids at a Lalaloopsy or Sewing Party by denna's ideas.com

My Lalaloopsy girl was wearing a pink dress and eyelet pinafore that my mother sewed for me, oh, years ago!!  I used to wear it to school….without blue curly hair, though.Lalaloopsy party by dennasideas.com - Page 035

Here’s where Hello Kitty makes her appearance at this party!!  She didn’t want to be left out.  Super cute plates from Target…
Lalaloopsy party by dennasideas.com - Page 010Giant sized coloring pages, also from Target, were used to last-minutely add some wall decor…just right to cover up the annoying thermostat….Lalaloopsy party by dennasideas.com - Page 013And here is where my big splurge comes in….I’m usually pretty good about DIYing my party stuff from dollar store supplies, but I found THESE.  These pink sparkly purses with big bows.  There were 6 of them and they were on sale!!!  So I guiltily bought them and saved them for the party…for the party favor bags.  In the end there were going to be more guests, so I went back to Claire’s and found some more matching little backpacks and purses.  They were pink and purple plaid.  I had not wanted to invite Purple to this Pink and Red and Yellow and Turquoise party, but she ended up sneaking in anyways.  She would have looked cute in the button cookies…oh well.  So the purses were tied onto the backs of the chairs…party bag purses at a Lalaloopsy & Hello Kitty party by dennasideas.com l - Page 002Filled with a few treats and candies…not too many as the purse was the big favor!!  (the colors in my photos are so wonky!!)Lalaloopsy party by dennasideas.com - Page 016There were a few more last minute decorating ideas that actually happened…like this poster cloud that had to appear to hide a big decal on the wall….with pink sharpie stitches running around the edge and a doily and more paper buttons to disguise the nail sticking out….Lalaloopsy party by dennasideas.com - Page 017My sister had given me this adorable fabric for Christmas, with little paper dolls on it!!  So last minute it was taped to the lampshade and pinned onto a pillow….(with safety pins of course!!)Lalaloopsy party by dennasideas.com l - Page 003Hmmm, that other pillow….I guess I did actually sew it, about 10 years ago, with my Mom supervising me on her surger….!  I suppose I do occasionally sew things, with a lot of supervision, but in between projects, I actually forget how to sew.  And still can’t get my machine’s tension right!Lalaloopsy party by dennasideas.com - Page 028There was also this cute flower arrangement on the table….like a cherry sundae made of flowers!  There’s a how-to right here under budget-friendly flower arrangementdenna's ideas: how to make a budget friendly ice cream Sundae flower arrangementLalaloopsy party by dennasideas.com

Lalaloopsy party by dennasideas.com We had the table set with the coloring place-mats and crayons in mason jars so the girls could color right away as the first activity.crayons by dennasideas.com - Page 001 denna's ideas.com Lalaloopsy partyLalaloopsy party by dennasideas.com - Page 034

And then came lunch!!  The food was Lalaloopsy themed and you can see the recipes and how-tos here in my previous post.denna's ideas: pasta salad, party food for a Lalaloopsy party denna's ideas: pasta salad, party food for a Lalaloopsy or Hello Kitty  party denna's ideas: party sandwiches for a Hello kitty party or for a Lalaloopsy girly party

After lunch I wanted to play “Button, button who’s got the button?” but wasn’t sure exactly how it was played…so I invented my own version, with the girls hiding buttons in their fists, and the next one guessing and keeping the button if guessed right.  It worked!  Another game was the one where you get lengths of yarn, and must tell something about yourself while you are winding the yarn around your finger.  That worked to get the girls telling some things about themselves!  Oh yes, and a button craft!!  I had wanted to do a sewing craft, but it just didn’t work out.  So we made cards with a stamped mason jar and there were lots of buttons for the girls to choose from to fill their jar…lalaloopsy party by dennasideas.com - Page 006lalaloopsy party by dennasideas.com - Page 004lalaloopsy party by dennasideas.com - Page 003I had some stamps with phrases, so the girls could choose to add Thank you or Happy Birthday or Happy Holidays.  Most of them chose Thank you.  The girls were quite creative with their cards, and decorated the envelopes, too.  After the party was over, I found my daughter’s card…Lalaloopsy party by dennasideas.com - Page 012It says Thank You Mom for my Birthday, with adorable misspelling!!  How cute is that?  So wonderful to know that she was happy with her birthday party! 🙂Lalaloopsy party by dennasideas.com - Page 033The girls had a laugh making “lalaloopsy eyes” heh, heh!Lalaloopsy party by dennasideas.com - Page 032And trying on Hello Kitty glasses!!denna's ideas.com????? denna's ideas.com denna's ideas.comIt was a lot of fun!  Here are a few last ideas for a Lalaloopsy themed party.  One of the snacks could have been Froot Loops (loopsy, get it?)  I had found the perfect box. a Birthday Edition with hearts in with the loops….since that’s our birthday tradition, sugary cereal of their choice for the birthday child…Lalaloopsy party by dennasideas.com - Page 015Lalaloopsy party by dennasideas.com - Page 031And then there were some really cool spool of thread pops that I saw in several places on pinterest, made from marshmallows and fondant and candy melts, that I started working on…but I wasn’t pleased with them, the marshmallows were too weirdly-shaped for my liking, so I didn’t finish them….and we totally didn’t need any more sugar!!  (I never put the candy melt “thread” on the “spools”)lalaloopsy party by dennasideas.com - Page 002 lalaloopsy party by dennasideas.com - Page 001As you can probably tell, I do a lot of things last minute for my parties.  Not to mention that the whole house has to be tidied up before the party, too.  It all adds up to a lot of work!  I’m grateful for my family’s help!  My oldest daughter especially helped me get a lot of the last minute decorating done.  Seems like I don’t stop decorating ’till the 2nd or 3rd party guest arrives… Ah well, Lalaloopsy party has now come and gone, good thing I still have my little dolly around to brighten my days!
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Mermaid Party

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Under the ocean blue, swam a mermaid or two, a school of fish, a sugar starfish, and an octopus cried boo hoo! (he was about to be mermaid food!)

For weeks my daughter and I had been planning her mermaid party (for her 6th birthday), and the day finally arrived!  Mermaid invitations had been sent out:

Everything for the party had been thought out, but we had to do all the decorating last minute! (nothing new there!) Our dining room was transformed into under the sea caverns.  Blue and purple origami fish swam by in schools (made by little mermaid’s big mer-sister!)Under the table was the Secret Sea Cavern, where the girls could hide, relax on some sand-colored pillows and blankets and watch some Backyardigans mermaid movies for a little while…This little mermaid was hanging around in her undersea world (hanging from some fishing line) She was the inspiration for this party!  See Mermaid Color Palettes.  Swimming by was her friend the Paper Jellyfish.Starfish crafts were popular and expanded the undersea population.  How-tos for crafts are here.Many of them drifted up into the “fishing net” suspended from the ceiling.Silver glinted off the walls of the undersea caverns.  (10 minute picture frame makeover: just covered up my wall-art with wrinkled tissue paper and ripped silver wrapping paper and secured with lots of green painters tape on the back!)A sandy sand castle complete with shells and starfish appeared on the bottom of the ocean, along with beach glass and that rock that floats: pumice…

Mermaidy mirrors were around (dollar store) so our little mermaids could check out their face-paint (face painting by mermaid Avery)!Surrounded by sea friends, our little mermaids were starting to feel hungry….but not exactly for seafood!See some more under the sea party food ideas here.  Guzzling down the “goldfish guts punch” (named by Carrie….hey get out of that punch!), the girls also munched on veggies and octopus dip, “clam sandwiches” and other goodies like oatmeal sand dollar cookies.This is the octopus that was about to get eaten!!After munching away for awhile, the little mermaids smacked around the piñata for a bit….just waiting their turn….to rip up the piñata!!And after that, time to gobble up the purple octo pops that they had made during “crafting” time.The party favor bags (piñata bags) were really organza wine-bottle covers from the 50 cent bin at Michaels, just perfect colors.  Add a mermaid fin (glue or sew) and some fishy tags for great party bags!A few more crafting ideas:  cute clothespin mermaids….(painted body or silver paper wrapped body, glitter glue and ribbon)…and a bottle filled with sand, paper “lucky stars” and shells and a small paper boat (this would be more fun for the boys…if any were brave enough to show up at a mermaid party!)Wrap the end with “pearl” bracelets from the dollar store (I sure got a lot of use out of those bracelets!!)The girls (and I) decorated some cake box favors, and I made some to match the cake,

Here are some variations of mermaid cake.  🙂Ahh, we’ve come to the end of another party!  And I know the photos make everything look less crazy than they really were, but that’s ok.  My little mermaid and I had fun (and work) celebrating her birthday.  I think she’s already coming up with ideas for next year’s party…..!

Customize your Cake= Party Favor Boxes

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Customize your Cake= Party Favor Boxes

I have had so much fun with these little “paper cake slices”!  They are such a cute paper craft idea.  Since we were having a mermaid party for my daughter, I wanted to make them look like mermaidy cake!  I saw these printable cake favor boxes a long time ago and just drooled over them!  There are so many cute styles, most of them are already colored, but these ones have just the outlines so they can be colored in by you or your children.  There is also a spot for customizable text, so the birthday child’s name and age or something like that can be printed on the cake.

First of all, you can buy and get the download for the file for the paper cake favor boxes here from Paperglitter. I did that already, because I made a piece of cake for Guatemala’s birthday!!

Ending up with lots of mermaidy-colored cardstock from my other decorations, it was an easy choice to print out the cake boxes on shades of purple and green…I wasn’t worried about the paper being too dark to color in, because I have my new Prismacolor colored pencils! yay!  I printed out the boxes and candles…lots of them, because we ended up using them as a party craft and I also made favor boxes.  I pulled out my party craft tub where I had all the junk  stuff I used to decorate for the party, so there were ribbons, ric rac, glitter glue, all sorts of things!

At the party, the little girls went to town with markers and glitter glue on their cake box printout!  Some of them started the cutting-out (I think) but that job went faster with an adult doing it!  Here’s my daughter’s decorating job:It seemed like the best idea was to decorate the boxes before they were cut out and while they were still flat.Sparkle holograph wrapping paper was easy to punch out and paste on.  But then I was the one going to town with ric rac, rhinestones and my shell stamp and silver embossing powder…I like details!!! And when I get on a roll, there’s no stopping me!Oh! and seashells, for mermaids of course, glued on with some glitter glue.Use a circle punch for mermaid scales:(in case you are wondering, I glued the ric rac over the text that says “Tasya’s Mermaid Party” on this box).  After all the decorating is done and the glitter glue is dried, then cut the box out.I just used the tip of the scissors to score over the dotted lines, but you can also use a fancy scoring tool 😉This will make it very easy to fold up the box:There are only 2 spots that need some double-sided tape to keep them closed:I used my double-sided scrapbook tape,The end of the box stays open so you can fill it with treats. 

Something that works well is to buy velco fasteners, the round ones, from the dollar store, then cut the circles in half and use them to keep the box lid fastened but still openable! (do I make sense?)  And don’t forget to color or decorate the candles!!  It’s 2 to a cake, then they are folded and glued so that they are double sided, and they just fit snuggly into the slit on the top of the cake!  Love those candles!Rhinestones!!Here are my daughter’s assembled boxes.And some of mine:Taking it to the next level: hahaha! Something “extra” for those candles= ribbons and (dollor store) stretchy pearl bracelets:

Of course I tried to color the boxes to look like the real cake! 😉Also of course, I did a little photoshoot of the boxes.  I always do that and my kids know that I prefer to photograph “still life” because it holds still, unlike wiggly funny-face-making kids! ha.

If you group together 8 boxes, they form a paper cake!!  Can I say it again: I had fun with these cute little boxes! 🙂

Mermaid party crafting

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Mermaid party crafting

More mermaids! I know, I know, you feel like swimming away, but hang in there a bit more…just swim through a few more posts and then we’ll leave the mermaids far behind us and swim off into the wild blue yonder, or the sunset or something.  The point is, I’m trying to finish up posting about this Mermaid party!!  If you are planning on hosting a mermaid party, then I imagine you are taking notes on every post, “pinning” your favorite ideas, etc.  If you have no wish of ever hosting a girlie mermaid party (and are glad that you never were invited to one) then you can do one of 3 things:  stop reading posts until next week, or scroll through and imagine that it’s a Marine Biologist party or a Sunken Pirate Treasure party….or just grab an idea here and there and forget the mermaids and the rest.  🙂

Just thought I’d mention a few crafts that went over well at the party.  Some little children’s parties have really gotten into the crafting aspect.  It just seems to work well to keep little fingers busy, if you have the patience to oversee the crafting and supply-buying.  I had to laugh when we were in the middle of our party, the girls were working away at something, and my 6 year old daughter comes into the kitchen and asks me very seriously, “What craft will we do next to keep the girls occupied?”  You hit the nail on the head, my little friend: keep them occupied.  I’m not really into let-them-all-run-around-and-yell-and-bounce-off-the-walls-and-furniture type parties.  Once in a while maybe…..

So….CRAFT is the word!  And the winner for the best all-around Under the Sea craft would be:

Paper Starfish!  And I’m proud to say that I invented this one all by my ownself (no ideas from Pinterest for this one!! insert proud but humble smile here.)

This craft works best if you just happen to own some fun paper-punching tools, and by fun I mean, punches that smaller hands can use without too much frustration.  Strangely enough, I have 2….one super old one that I bought at a garage sale because it looks like a Morse-code telegraph sender thingy….so it was originally bought to let the kids play with, and the other a mammoth Crop A Dile II, which has totally been worth it’s purchase (Michaels, with %50 off coupon of course. I needed it to punch through tin, many tins).

The easy to do instructions:  Trace out a starfish star onto a piece of cardstock (don’t complain that it’s hard to do, just try it, a star: a fat star: doesn’t matter if the arms are waving in different directions. If necessary, google an image!)  If the kids are into cutting, let them cut it out themselves, if not, it only takes a couple of minutes to do.

And now comes the fun part: let the kids go wild with the hole punchers!! 🙂 I can feel someone quaking in their boots.  Really, these little girls were very entertained by punching a bunch of holes into their starfish.  And the end result was cute enough to use as party decorations!!

Ok, there was one other result:  someone discovered that when you fling the starfish in the air, they kind of act like frisbees or boomerangs, so we did have a few minutes of flying starfish, but nothing was knocked over or anything like that.  Part of the party decoration was a large mosquito netting hanging from the living room ceiling, with the edges tacked up to the ceiling, so it looked like a fishing net, and when the starfish landed in the “net” it looked so cute, and turned out to be a not-so-bad game!!  So maybe that’s a little wild for you, but, I repeat, no one nor any starfish was harmed in this process and nothing was destroyed or dinged up.  So we were all pleased.Another idea was to make simple sand dollars with the hole punches.I was going to make octopus marshmallow pops for the party, but surprise surprise, I ran out of time, so decided to let the kids make their own, as another craft to “keep them occupied.”

The only prep work that I did was to cut a slit in the top of each large marshmallow, melt a little candy melt and put it on the end of the lolly sticks in order to keep the marshmallow safely stuck to the stick.  They sat out for a bit, so the marshmallows hardend up a tad, which helped when we were dipping them.Obviously we were doing this craft in the kitchen!!  I pre “piped” some purple melted candy melts into little legs on some parchement paper, they looked like stars.  So each girl dipped her marshmallow pop into the purple candy melts and then plopped them onto the octupus “legs” (which could have been made larger/longer!).

The eyes were tricky…..easier would have been buying those “pre-done” eye candies…..oh well!  I had to just let go of my perfectionist tendencies!!  The girls ran out to break open the pinata while the octo pops were “setting” then came back to eat them!The last craft we worked on were these cute paper cake boxes…the girls decorated them and then cut them out, then someone else assembled them….markers, colored pencils and glitter glue!!These little party favor boxes were so cute and fun, that I’m going to do another post about them in a bit, to let you know exactly what we did and where you can find them for yourself!! 🙂That’s a lot of crafting fun for one party, eh??!!  🙂  More mermaid stuff coming up…..heh heh heh.

Manualidades para el 15 de Septiembre: Paper Crafts

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I can’t seem to stop myself from making paper crafts.  And so I made something for our Guatemalan Independence Day celebrations.  Out of paper, of course.  (As I’ve been working on this post I’ve been cutting out paper sea horses.  Sounds weird, I know, but later I’ll post about those babies.)  So without further blabbiness, I’ll show you the photos of some simple crafts to make from paper to decorate with.  (Lo siento que no estoy escribiendo en español, pero es que estoy muy cansada, y todavia es más fácil el ingles, perdonenme!)

I’m all into banners.  So I made one for this special day.  Please feel free to download the printable pattern for this banner and use it to decorate at your house!  The download is HERE.  Included in the zipped file are 4 sheets of patterned paper that the pennants are made from.  I had hoped to get some origami boxes and things made…anyways, you could cut out other things or do some Independence Day origami.  And here are the photos.  Easy to do: print out papers, cut on grey lines, punch holes in corners, string up, decorate! 😉And another paper craft:

A paper flower centerpiece!  I used my assortment of paper punches, but you can really do anything, like just cut a few circles from paper and then glue them to skewers.  The main thing is that they are blue and white for this holiday!  (we made red and white for valentines and Canada Day!)Glue circles on the back and front of the bamboo skewer.The leaves are punched out with paper punches, too.

The jar is filled with “colored sand”, well really it was colored sugar that the kids and I colored.  I didn’t have sand or salt, so sugar it was!

Paper Dolls: a project for little girls

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Paper Dolls: a project for little girls

Who else used to play with paper dolls when they were little?  I remember cutting them out of their cute little books, cutting out all the clothes…and later, punching out clothes for paper dolls when they were perforated.  I remember making my own dolls from scratch, I mean from paper. The crown of my paper doll collection was definitely the Princess Diana and Prince Charles paper dolls, bought for me in honor of their wedding day!  (You should have seen the gorgeous, hard to cut out wedding dress!)

This week I decided to make some paper dolls with my 2 little five-year-old friends.  I had just been dying for an excuse to buy these super cute paper dolls from Paperglitter.  One of my little friends just had a pirate birthday, and this paper doll kit has the cutest little girl pirate ever!  You need to have the latest version of Adobe Reader installed to read the files, then you can decide which pages you want to print.  This paper doll set is fun because there are pre-colored outfits, and outfits that are ready to color.  The dollies are in color already.  While the girls started coloring their outfits, I started assembling the dollies.  I had printed them out on white cardstock, which was not super high quality, so I decided to adhere 2 sheets together to make the dolls stronger.  So after printing out the doll pages, I stuck double sided tape on the back of the doll and the stand:Then just stuck a white sheet of cardstock to the back and cut out each dolly and each stand.  Add double sided tape on the back of the stand that goes right behind the doll’s neck, to give her a lot of support!There is a cute little heart on the back of the stand where you can write who handmade the paper doll.  Cute cute!!!

While I was doing this, the girls were busy with their markers,I did remind them to color in the lines, and they did really well, until the end, when a few scribbles appeared!After assembling the dolls, I started cutting out the outfits that the girls had colored.  Later on, my little buddy wanted to try cutting out dresses herself, so I just printed off the page of outfits again, and away she went with her little scissors!!  (good practice for those fine motor skills!!)Pretty good cutting job, I thought!  Then she colored them in later…

Here we have the fashion show of the dollies in their colored costumes!!  Coming down the catwalk:The dolly named “Cat” in her kitty cat outfit.The dolly named “Kitty” in her pirate outfit!

And presenting two pleased little fashion designers:We had a fun time (if you like fiddly cutouts! which I do).  The creation of the paper dolls took awhile, then the girls played with them for a little while.  I was just totally pleased with the pure cuteness of the whole project!!  (and spending time with the girls!)