Father’s Day Accordion Frame Craft Project

 

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Craft Supplies Needed
·    Accordion Book from your favorite craft store
·    Paper & stickers.   I added Dad, Sports, family & Adventure stickers to scrapbook paper I had on hand.
·    Permanent adhesive roller (Xyron)
·    Pre cut scrapbook paper border
·    Photos
·    Paper cutter
Project Instructions
  1. First decide what photos you want to use. Lay them out first and decide what order you want to put them in.
  2. Cut and papers to fit a page. Save the left overs so you can use them as a collage on other pages. On some of my pages I have as many a three different papers for a background.
  3. Add stickers to fit the theme of each picture.
  4. Add ribbon or pop up stickers if you like.
  5. You will find your book will probably not close completely flat. That’s okay. The card is made to stand up and be admired over and over.

Stars and Stripe T-shirts and Guest Soaps

The day Americans celebrate freedom is midweek this year. For those of you celebrating your freedom at home, here’s a pre-party project for your bathroom plus one you can have super quick fun project an older teen can help the younger kids make.

Are there red white and blue towels in your bathroom this Fourth of July? How about white daisies and red carnations in a blue vase beside the sink? Well, you need soap for your Independence Day guests.

It’s pretty simple to make those pretty glycerin soaps with different colored shapes inside when you know how!

super simple with terri oScented Glycerin Soap

Materials Needed:

Glycerin soap
Large soap molds
Small soap molds
Small paintbrush
Soap fragranceSoap colorant
Spray bottle filled with alcohol

Step 1:

In a microwave-safe bowl, melt a small amount of glycerin soap in microwave for approximately 1 minute; add soap colorant.

Step 2:

Carefully pour soap into small mold, making certain to fill mold to the top. Spray with alcohol to get rid of any bubbles, then place in freezer for approximately 10 to 15 minutes.

Step 3:

Remove soap from molds and allow them to come to room temperature.

Step 4:

Using soap colorant, paint your small molds, then allow them to dry overnight.

Step 5:

Melt remaining glycerin soap in a medium-sized bowl for approximately 1 minute, or as needed, being careful not to burn the soap.

Step 6:

Add fragrance to melted soap. Note: A little goes a long way.

Step 7:

Carefully pour a small amount of soap into large mold; spray with alcohol to get rid of any bubbles, then place in freezer for approximately 2 minutes.

Step 8:

Place small soap pieces into the center of the large soap mold; spray with alcohol.

Step 9:

Heat remaining unused glycerin soap until just liquid. Make certain the soap won’t melt the small insert, then pour soap to the top of the large mold, spray with alcohol, then freeze 10 to 15 minutes.

Step 10:

Remove soap from molds, smooth sides of soap bars by rubbing sides, then trim as needed.

The kids will need supervision on this next one, but it goes pretty fast depending on how many little ones are celebrating.

terri oFabric Transfers

Materials Needed:

Crayola fabric crayons
Few sheets of white typing or copier paper
T-shirt, cloth bag or fabric item of your choice
Iron
Ironing cloth (optional)

Step 1:

Draw a picture or design on piece of paper. Remember, when you iron it on, it will be reversed. So, the design should look as it would in a mirror. (For example, the “S” in the Superman symbol would look backwards to you unless you held it up in a mirror.)

Step 2:

After finishing your drawing, brush off any excess crayon. Then, place the picture face down in the spot where you want to transfer the image.

Step 3:

Use an ironing cloth or an extra sheet of paper between the iron and picture so your iron isn’t damaged by the crayons.

Step 4:

Set iron on cotton setting and no steam. Put iron down over a portion of the fabric. Let sit for a couple seconds, lift and move to another spot. Do not rub back and forth with iron; it will smear image.

Step 5:

You can lift up the corners of your paper to see if your image has transferred, being careful not to shift paper. The design will also begin to show through the paper once it’s ironed.

Helpful Hints:

The colors become more vibrant once they are ironed onto fabric.

Have fun!

Remember to thank a veteran or someone in ser

Kids Will Love Their Own Puppet Theater

I love children! They teach us to look at the world through fresh eyes and at a different height. “Look! A catterpillar!” They sing when they feel like it. They laugh with their whole bodies.
Super Simple CraftsThis project is great for the budding imaginations of three and four year olds. These simple handmade puppets will take you and your kids just a few minutes to make, while the puppet theater will take about an hour.
It’s also a fun project for slightly older siblings to put on a show for the younger ones or the whole family!
Handmade Puppets
Materials Needed:
For Photo Rod Puppet:
One of the following: dowell, skewer or straw
Photo (one you don’t mind cutting)
Construction paper
Glue

For Wooden Spoon Puppet:
Wooden spoon (one you won’t cook with again)
Yarn
Paint or markers
Piece of fabric
Scissors

For Marionette Puppet:
Pompoms (3 or 4 little yarn balls)
Little feathers (or any feathery-like material)
Popsickle stick
String
Tiny piece of felt (yellow)
Pair of tiny eyes
Glue

For the Photo Rod Puppet: Our puppet expert took a photo of a child, cut out the face and glued that onto a body made out of construction paper. You can make your own or cut out figure from an old greeting card, wrapping paper, etc. Simply glue a stick or skewer (We used a straw!) onto the back of your character.
For the Wooden Spoon Puppet: The part of the spoon you used to stir with is now the head of your new puppet! Glue a little yarn around the edge for some hair. Paint or draw on a face. Cut out a little square or triangle of fabric, gather it around the neck area and glue it down. With a pair of scissors, cut out a small hole on each side for a finger.
For the Marionette Puppet: One pompom will become the head of your bird marionette. The others glued together will make up the body. Glue all of the pieces together until you’ve created something that looks like a bird. Glue feathers onto the sides, a little felt beak and eyes on the head. Take a nice piece of string or thread and glue the center of it onto the popsickle stick. Glue each end of the string onto each side of your bird.
Helpful Hints:
Materials for toy theaters and handmade puppets are often found around the home or you can pick them up in any craft store.

Toy Theaters
Materials Needed:
For Marionette Stage:
Cardboard box (Ours measured 12 inches by 12 inches by 8 inches.)
Construction paper (various colors to decorate interior walls)
Tape
Spray paint
Exacto knife
Glue

For Hand Puppet Stage:
Cardboard box (Ours measured 16 inches by 18 inches.)
Spray paint
Construction paper (or markers, stickers, etc.)
Sheer fabric for curtain
Glue
Tape
Exacto knife

Step 1:
To make a marionette stage, start with a fairly clean box. Place the box with flaps open, away from you. Using the Exacto knife (Adults only, please!), cut out a hole in top of the box (Ours measured 4-1/2 inches by 11-1/2 inches, allowing for a 3-1/2-inch border on each side).
Step 2:
You can cover the exterior sides with either construction paper or spray paint. If you choose to paint, be sure to do it outdoors. If you prefer paper, use tape to hold it down. (We chose green construction paper.)
Step 3:
Next, cover the top of the box with construction paper. Cut out a rectangle smaller than the hole cut out of the box. Cut slits at each inside corner and fold the tabs down, taping them to the inside of the box.
Step 4:
Cover inside walls of box. We used three pieces of blue construction paper (measuring 12 inches by 18 inches) covered with four cutouts of trees, each made from brown and green construction paper. The trees were glued before the paper was taped in place. For the floor, we used two pieces of green construction paper (One measured 12 inches by 18 inches; the other 6 inches by 18 inches). For the top, use a 6-inch-by-18-inch piece of blue construction paper. You can also create clouds by tearing out pieces of white paper and gluing them onto the blue construction paper.
Step 5:
To make a hand puppet stage, use another cardboard box (Ours was 16 inches by 18 inches). Cover or decorate the outside of box using construction paper, markers, stickers, etc. We spray painted ours red.
Step 6:
This next step is for an adult! Cut out a hole in the bottom of the box (Ours measured 13 inches by 15 inches.) using the Exacto knife. Tape flaps down inside box and, using sheer fabric, glue in a curtain on the inside of box at center.

For more things you can create and do with your little kids check out some of my featured videos on Favecrafts!