Summer Fun Crafts for Kids as seen on WGN Chicago

I had a blast being a part of the Midday Fix on WGN!

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Slumber Party Pillow Bag Craft Project

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Craft Supplies Needed

  • Pillowcases that have been pre washed without fabric softener
  • Stamps
  • Fabric paint
  • Sponge brushes
  • Paper plates
  • Colored permanent markers
  • Piece of cardboard to put in between the layers of your pillow case

 

 

 

Project Instructions

  1. It is really important that your pillowcase has been prewashed with fabric softener.
  2. Decide what design you want on your pillowcase. If you use fabric paint (Tulip by Duncan or So Soft by Decoart) you can stamp all over your pillowcase and it will dry soft to the touch.
  3. Place your colors onto a paper plate. Use a sponge brush for each color. Use the brush to apply the paint to your stamp. I don’t recommend putting the stamp into the paint. It just makes a mess.
  4. Before you stamp place the cardboard inside your pillowcase and under where you are going to stamp. That way the paint won’t bleed thru to the other side. Stamp away!
  5. After you have stamped use the markers to draw in any detail. Let dry and set with an iron or in the dryer for about 10 minutes. Make sure it is completely dry first!!!
  6. Now you can enjoy your personalized, custom pillowcase. Bring it with you to any sleepover and make your friends jealous!
This next project comes from the wonderful folks at: 

CREATEI Heart Tie Dye
Designed by Pattie Wilkinson
Show your love for tie-dye fashion with a vibrant heart tee! Use bold Tulip® One-Step Dye™ and Tulip® Soft Fabric Paint™ for a look that’ll make you swoon.

Instructions
1. Prewash T-shirt; do not use fabric softener. Do not dry.
2. Protect work surface with Surface Cover then lay damp shirt on work surface.
3. Fold shirt in half vertically, with fold pointed toward the right.
4. Use a pencil to lightly draw half of a heart in center of shirt, beginning at fold.
5. Pinch the shirt along the pencil line with fingers, gathering all the way around the heart shape. Wrap a rubber band tightly around the heart section then wrap another rubber band 1” below first rubber band.
6. Wearing plastic gloves from box, add water to dye bottles, filling to line indicated on bottles. Replace caps tightly and shake bottles until dye is dissolved.
7. Squeeze Fuchsia dye onto heart section of shirt, getting dye close to rubber band. Squeeze Yellow into the 1” section below heart section, then squeeze Fuchsia onto remainder of shirt.
8. Cover shirt with Surface Cover to keep damp and let set 4 to 6 hours or longer for most intense colors. Fill washer to large load setting with cold water and a small amount of laundry soap. Cut rubber bands off shirt then wash separately on a large load setting with a small amount of laundry soap. Dry separately in dryer.
9. Insert Fashion Form between layers of shirt.
10. Squeeze puddles of Azalea and Berry Red Soft Fabric Paints onto a piece of foil. Mix colors with paintbrush then brush feathered lines along the edge of the heart as shown.
11. Let dry flat 2 hours. Wait 72 hours to wash.

See it done: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sl7mOF4ZJo8

super simple with terri oHaving an assortment of craft products on hand while the kids are home for the summer means it is super simple when you are ready to do art together!

Googly eyes, crayons, pipe cleaners, papers, paints, popsicle sticks, craft glue, feathers, pom poms, paint brushes. Add a few new things to your kid craft basket once in a while.

 

 

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

Create a Potato Necklace

Did you play games with potatoes when you were a kid—tossing the hot potato or that one where you and your friends stood in two lines and you had to pass a potato from under one chin to another?

We aren’t going to play those games today. :0)

Super Simple with Terri OI have a necklace project that is simple for you to help your child make. It’s also perfect for a young Girl Scout Troop to create.

Potato Necklace

Materials Needed:

2 potatoes
Yarn, string or fish line
Beads
Acrylic paint
Paintbrush
Paper plates (for paint)
Darning needle
Toothpicks

Step 1:

Peel potatoes and chop into 1/2-inch pieces. This next step takes quite a bit of time: you want to dry out the potatoes so they will shrink and shrivel. You can do this one of two ways. Use a darning needle and thread the pieces through the middle onto a string of yarn, or place a toothpick in the middle of each piece and place in the oven (on a cookie sheet) for 6 hours at 200 degrees. The end result: you want them to be hard and blackened.

Step 2:

Once pieces have properly dried, they’re ready to paint. Use any color you’d like — turquoise paint actually makes the pieces look similar to real turquoise! Let dry.

Step 3:

Now you’re ready to string your painted pieces. potato pieces and beads on fishing line, yarn or string, for a beautiful necklace. Tie off the end with a knot.

Helpful Hints: Two potatoes yield approximately 20 pieces.

 

Summer Water Toys

Level: Super Simple

Designed by: Terri O

The Foam-O-rater and the water sponge bombs are a blast! Yes that pun was intended. They are not only very inexpensive to make but your kids will stay cool in the summer heat while having fun.

Sponge Bomb Supplies:

3 sponges
Scissors
String

Instructions:

  1. Cut the sponges into strips. You should get about 3 to 4 strips per sponge.
  2. Stack them on top of each other and tie a string around all of them in the middle.
  3. Soak your sponge bomb in water for a few seconds.
  4. Pick your target, aim and throw!

Foam-O-rater Supplies:

Empty plastic water bottle
Scissors
Rubber band
Old wash cloth
Dish soap
Lid to plastic dish
Water

Instructions:

  1. Cut off bottom of water bottle. About 1 or 2 inches up.
  2. Cut a piece of wash cloth big enough to cover bottom of water bottle and secure with a rubber band.
  3. Wet the wash cloth with water. Pour some dish soap inside the plastic lid.
  4. Dip the wet end of the bottle into the dish soap and blow into the top.
  5. See who can make the longest foam snake.