Hi friends! Don’t you love it when something that almost ended up in the rubbish can (and subsequently the landfill) finds a new life in a DIY project? I do! That’s why I was so happy when I realized that the football banner I had used for my son’s flag football team end of season potluck would make the perfect cover set for a little mini album! Oddly, the string the banner came on was glued kind of poorly to the back of the footballs so I had to rip it off and then punch my own holes in the covers with my Cropodile. The spot where the adhesive was left a mark so I did cover the backs with patterned papers.
These football sequins are from the Clique Kits shop and are currently on clearance for $.99!
I used a couple of papers in my stash from the Doodlebug Designs Touchdown collection. I also used up some random stickers!
The name of Jesse’s team this year was the “Hard Naks” which in Hawaiian pidgin’ is an alternate spelling of “Hard Knocks”
My son really loved his little mini and I was pleased that it: 1. Used upcycled materials 2. Used up stash and 3. Was made in about 20 minutes.
I am not going to lie. I really don’t like sharing my art supplies with my kids. That’s why many years back I started Saturday Morning Art Kids or S.M.A.K. Sometimes we get on a roll and do a project every weekend and other times I slack off and space them out a bit more. But by setting aside this dedicated time to do an arts and crafts project with as many of the kids as choose to participate it prevents them from invading my space and messing with my stuff when left to their own devices and Im not around. They know that when it’s time for S.M.A.K. they will get a chance to play with all that tempting, colorful, and pretty stuff I hoard in my crafty hideaway. I even keep several storage bins of paints, markers, crayons, and scraps of paper and embellishments that are just for them. I’m a firm believer in controlled chaos.
Last week’s activity was kind of a no brainer since it is almost Easter. Instead of dying Easter eggs I decided to let them play with some acrylic paints from my collection of Spring colors from Target. They even have pretty metallics like gold and rose gold. Obviously, these are not artist quality paints and they are pretty cheap so they could go ahead and have at it!
These eggs are plastic ones. Acrylic paint should not be used on real eggs meant for eating of course. My kids still love to do egg hunts even though I think they are getting kind of old for it. How about you? Do you have any Easter traditions? Do you allow your kids to craft with you? That’s all for now!