Do you remember the super cute “I am thankful for…” Shrinky Dink Necklace I shared at Mom Endeavors last year?
My daughter and I will be making a few this week to send to grandparents for Valentine’s Day. Instead of using the thankful theme, we are making “I love you because” necklaces.
A few weeks ago I co-hosted an entire week of the SheKnows TV Daily Dish show. Each day I shared a fun and easy kids craft. I had a great time teaching the host, Cathy Rankin, and her daughter how to make a journal page shrinky dink necklace charm.
Shrinky Dink Necklace video tutorial via SheKnows Daily Dish
You can watch me co-hosting an entire week with kids crafts at The Daily Dish on SheKnows TV. This week I’ll be sharing all the videos here with great ideas on how to incorporate these projects into Valentine’s Day crafts.
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As a crafty momma, it’s easy to forget that sometimes the easiest crafts are usually the most fun for little kids. With just a blank canvas, paint, and brush you can keep little ones busy for hours creating fun art.
With smaller children you can use one canvas to paint many layers with different colors over several different crafting sessions. I have a painting hanging in my office that my daughter made at only two years old. We worked on this one canvas for about a month, with a few days between each time she painted to allow the canvas to dry. You can see there are many layers of paint and glitter.
Little kids work much better on this type of project when they don’t have too many paint choices each time they work on a layer. Don’t use more than one exciting paint (glitter paint, textured paint, or favorite colors) each time they work on the canvas. By doing this you will guarantee excitement each time they discover you have something new for them to use. My favorite type of paint when working with small children is poster paint. You can find it at most craft stores. I like it because it’s washable and inexpensive.
For older kids you can use canvas to paint specific designs like our flag painting.
To make the flag start by painting seven red stripes.
Leave a blank square in the upper left corner.
Paint the square blue.
Then paint or stamp on white stars. We used potato stamps to add the stars.
You can find some great tutorials on potato stamping at A Couple of Craft Addicts. Jessica and I both shared the fun we had making potato stamps there. You can see our tutorials here and here. For a great video tutorial, this morning I hosted the SheKnows TV Daily Dish show and showed how you can quickly make stamps using potatoes and cookie cutters.
If you would like to see how I made the tote bag in the video, you can see the full project details here.
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I’m back on the SheKnows TV Daily Dish this morning showing you how to make Monster Shoes. This is a great kids craft perfect for the summer!