Little Hands Big Hearts Canvas Valentine Kids Can Make for Grandparents and other Important Loved Ones

Try_this_homemade_Valentine_s_Day_projec_2535530000_13020515_ver1.0_640_480I was inspired with this project from Pinterest. It’s so easy and fun to make. One important tip…preparation is everything with this project!

Supplies:
Canvas
Acrylic paint
Sponge brushes
Wet rag
Paper plate
Marker
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Make sure you place something under the canvas to support it before you do the handprints. Also have everything ready before you bring the kids in. It’s hard to wrangle kids with wet paint on their hands!

Once the paint dries draw a heart around their prints and write a little message!

http://www.abc15.com/lifestyle/sonoran-living/try-this-homemade-valentines-day-project

Celebrate Chinese New Year with Paper Fortune Cookies

supersimple-chinesenewyear-terrioFortune Cookies are the treat at the end of a meal in a Chinese restaurant in America, although according to an article in the Smithsonian, the cookies originated in Japan. Here’s a link to my blog for both paper and edible ones.

How long has it been since you ate in a Chinese restaurant, opened your fortune cookie, and read a fortune that forecast the future? Ages, right?

Why not make your own?

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Making fortune cookies out of paper is super simple compared to making the edible cookies so I will share those instructions here.

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You will need:

Scissors and a lid to trace that is about 4.25 inches diameter or a circle cutter

Pen or pencil

Patterned scrapbook paper

Glue dots or double-sided tape

 

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  1. Cut your circle.
  2. Fold your paper in half.
  3. Make a crease perpendicular to the half with your forefinger as shown.
  4. As you are doing this, use your thumb and middle finger to pull the open ends closed while allowing one of the rounded paper edges you are holding in your other hand to slide under the other rounded edge. (Doing it is much simpler than describing how to do it!)
  5. Open it up to add your fortune and close it again.
  6. Add 2 glue dots to secure.fortune-paper-4

 

Not so super simple, but really a treat, are edible fortune cookies in a treat box. These little treasures sell for 35 cents each with your choice of one personalized saying  and this price  is in quantities of 500.

Make your own bonus: You can adjust the fortunes to the gift or party!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bake your own fortune cookies to celebrate Chinese New Year or Valentine’s Day

baked fortune cookiesI suspect these cookies would be simple to make the more practice one had at making them. The secret is how thin you can make the cookie and how fast you can shape it.

The best thing about them is that you can adjust the enclosed fortune for virtually any party or holiday theme.

Interesting: Fortune cookies are often equated with Chinese food, but according to the Smithsonian the cookies originated in Japan.

BAKE AT HOME FORTUNE COOKIES

3 egg whites

3/4 cup white sugar

1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon almond extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons water

Fortunes, printed or written and cut

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
Grease cookie sheets, or line with parchment paper.
Have fortunes ready to go on small strips of paper.
In a large glass or metal bowl, whip egg whites and sugar on high speed of an electric mixer until frothy, about 2 minutes.
Reduce speed to low, and stir in melted butter, vanilla, almond extract, water and flour one at a time, mixing well after each.
Consistency should resemble pancake batter. Spoon the batter into 3 inch circles on the prepared baking sheets. Leave room between for spreading.
Bake for 5 to 7 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the edges begin to brown slightly.
QUICKLY remove one at a time, QUICKLY place a message in the center, and fold in half.
Fold the ends of the half together into a horse shoe shape. Hang over cup to dry. If they spring open, place them in a muffin tin to cool until set. (I skipped the hanging over a cup and just put them in the tin.)
Although these cookies are not malleable if overbaked, you need to bake them long enough until they are golden around the edges or they will be too under baked and remain soft, spongy and pancake-like.
Enjoy!

Don’t you think these would be fabulous dipped in chocolate on one end and then dipped in sprinkles?

Want to put your Fortune Cookies in a TAKE-OUT BOX?

You can find templates on the web—you may need to re-size depending on the size of paper your printer can take and how many cookies you want to box—grab some pretty scrapbook paper, cut and fold.

 

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supersimple-chinesenewyear-terrioWant to make paper fortune cookies instead? Here’s the link!

 

Folding Paper Photo Books

paper folding picture bookGo crazy making Folding Paper Photo Books for everyone you love.

Materials and Tools:

5 – 12×12 inch double sided design scrapbook paper

coordinating embellishments

scissors

bone folder

adhesive – glue or tape runner

cardboard (like from a gift box, not corrugated)

wire ribbon

Instructions:

For the pages….

1) Fold paper into triangle.

2) Open back up and fold paper in half.

3) Open again and fold paper in half the other way.

4) Bring the edges in making it a 6×6 inch square.

5) Repeat Steps 1 through 4 with two more sheets of paper.

For the covers….

6) Cut 2 6×6 inch pieces of cardboard.

7) Cut 2 approximately 7×7 inch pieces of scrapbook paper.

8) Center the cardboard on the paper and adhere.

9) Fold over the outer edges but don’t adhere yet.

Trick: If you miter (cut the corners off at an angle, your project will lay flatter.

Another cover option:

Use fabric and craft foam instead. Cut the fabric to go over the craft foam. If you miter the fabric, you may need to paint on a bit of fray check.

10) Fold the paper edges over the cardboard and adhere.

11) Cut a strip of ribbon and adhere to cardboard showing side of  one of the covers.

Put it together…

12) Adhere the covers each to one of the unfolded sides of the 6×6 inch squares.

13) Adhere the unfolded corners of the squares as shown in the photo.

Now you are ready to add pictures and tie the bow!

 

 

 

 

Let Kids make Kid Goodie Bags with Cookie Cutters, Scrapbook Paper, and a See-through Bag!

kid to kid goodie bagsYou’ll need:

Supplies

·    Cookie cutters with a wide edge
·    Recycled plastic clear lids. (we used one from a party tray)
·    Marker
·    Clear bags with twist ties
·    Candy
·    Holiday paper
·    Clear tape
Instructions
1.      Trace out the design of the cookie cutter onto the plastic lid and onto a piece of holiday paper. Make sure the design of the paper will show on the outside of the cutter.
2.      Cut out your design. You may need to do some extra trimming on the plastic so it fits inside your cutter.
3.      Place the plastic inside your cookie cutter and fill it with candy.
4.      Place the holiday paper over the cookie cutter and tape the edges so the candy does not fall out.
5.  Put each cookie cutter inside a goodie bag and hand them out to your friends!

Pretty Holiday Containers

Who doesn’t love a little home baked goodie? While the cookies are in the oven personalize your containers for the extra added touch. It’s super simple and will make an impression.

1291141602Pretty Holiday Containers BicLevel: Super Simple
Designed by: Terri O www.terriocraftprojects.com

Giving away baked goodies is a great idea for the holidays. Why not add an extra touch and decorate the container! Using the blending technique and all the wonderful colors from Bic Mark-It Markers you can create & personalize for any occasion.

Supplies:
Bic Mark-It Markers in fine and ultra fine
Plastic or acrylic containers
Alcohol Blending solution.* If blending follow manufacturers instructions.
Cotton swabs

Instructions:
1.    Decide on your design by tracing or freehand. If your container is clear you can use just about any design as a template.
2.    **Designs are for the outside of containers only and for decorative use.
3.    Be as creative as you like by adding multiple colors. Containers with a rough surface will have a different look than containers with a smooth surface.
4.    Create you design and let dry before using. Wash containers by hand.

Time Capsule Ornaments

Materials and Tools:

time capsule ornamentSupplies

·    Holiday paper or fabric
·    Brush
·    Decoupage medium
·    Holiday stickers
·    Ornament that opens up (I found some from High School Musical in the kids section of a craft store. They had candy inside them.)
·    Pen or marker
·    Holiday memories
Instructions
1.      Take your ornament apart. That way you won’t decoupage it together!
2.      Cut your fabric or tear your paper into small strips. Be sure to leave some clean edges for the edge of your ornament.
3.      Cut strips of holiday paper and write your favorite memory of the year or the holiday. It’s your choice. Curl up the paper and put it inside the ornament.
4.      Decorate the outside with stickers or glitter. Whatever you like. Be sure to write the year on the outside.
5.  Open up your time capsule next year with your family and remember the great times. Create one every year for years of memories.

Party Animal 2015 New Year’s Eve Glittery Illusion Film Hat You Can Quickly Craft

party-new-yearsOkay, you do not have to be a party animal to make or wear this New Year’s Eve Hat, but my little party animal sure looks cute with it on!

You’ll begin with a sheet of Rowlux Illusion Film. It comes in 12 by 12 inch squares in a variety of colors and swirls.

I used a frying pan lid to trace the circle and I eyeballed the center and cut out a wedge, but you could certainly measure it.

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I used a combo of E6000 Adhesive and staples to hold the plastic in a conical shape. I know with paper, I could have managed with glue and clipped it until it dried, but the Rowlux is a might slippery.

Next I took the hat outside and gave it a few random spritzes of glue, set it on last weeks’ news and poured silver glitter on it.

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Embellish with some ribbon and lace — a chaotic sprout of fabric for the top and stapled rick-rack for the chin ties. I found measuring tape and cut it up to ring in the new year too!

Tip: I stapled the rick-rack on first and then added the white ribbon to cover the staples so there will not be any hair pulled.

Happy New Year!

Stay safe!

 

 

Simple Christmas Tree and Santa Hat Tic Tac Toe Kids Can Make

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Just as their website says, “Sculpey III is the perfect medium for anyone who likes to create.  Once cured, Sculpey III bakes hard and takes on a matte, bisque-type finish. It’s easy-to-use and stays soft until you bake it.”

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hatI decided to make a super simple project as it has been some time since I worked with clay.

The pieces for this game took just a few minutes to shape. I tried to make them about the same size/ height, (and there are tools for measuring your balls of clay if you are making beads), and I think they turned out super cute.

To make the trees, I took 3 colors of green and mashed/rolled them together. I used a little brown Sculpey to make the the tree trunk so they would sit a little higher.

I baked them per instructions on the packaging (about 20 minutes).

The game board is made out of contrasting Christmas themed scrapbook paper.

Sculpey is an oven bake clay that maintains tooling and detailing beautifully. I have this awesome tool kits, so….

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Next time I decide to craft with this medium, I think I will make jewelry or maybe Christmas ornaments!

Use Shimmering Vases to Create Ambience in a Room

Terri_O_makes_antique_looking_vasesThese vases take just moments to create and they glow beautifully!

This project is perfect to create some ambiance for any occasion. The technique I am using is to give the glass an antique look. It’s super simple and you can create any color you like.
IKEA offers many sizes and styles of glass vases. I choose three different heights.

Glass vases:
Large Cylinder skew # 602-233-28
Medium vase (Bladet ) skew # 301-221-99
Small vase (Bladet) skew  #601-505-31
Small push lights skew # 802-448-67

In order to create the antique look you will need:
1 part vinegar 3 parts water in a spray bottle
For paint I used Krylon Looking glass for silver mirror look and gold

To create the antique look:
1.    First clean the inside to remove dust.
2.    Lightly spritz inside of vase then quickly spray paint the inside. Be careful to not over spray. Less is better! Let dry.
3.    Place push lights at the bottom of the vase. Enjoy!

Watch the how-to video on Sonoran Living.

IKEA
 www.ikea.us/