Idea for Wrapping Gifts – Your Kids’ Artwork

I was surfing the internet the other day and I came across A Pumpkin and a Princess who had a great idea…Wrap gifts with your children’s artwork.

Idea for Wrapping Gifts - Your Kids' Artwork

As a mother you probably have so much children’s art sitting around, on your walls and on your refrigerator.  I know you hate the feeling of throwing any of your children’s artwork away.  That feels terrible.  But, what else can you do with the extra artwork you can’t possibly display?  How about use their artwork as wrapping paper.  Children go to so many birthday parties.  Frankly, my children have more of a social life than I do.  They are constantly going to birthday parties.  Use your children’s beautiful artwork to wrap the birthday gifts.

And, you don’t have to just stick with children’s birthday gifts.  Your family member will love opening gifts wrapped with your children’s artwork.  It is so much more special than using store bought wrapping paper and a lot cheaper.  Plus, it helps the environment to have another use for your children’s artwork.

So, let your kids keep drawing and coloring away without fearing that you will have to eventually throw them away.  Simply store that artwork away for a future gift giving event or birthday party.  It will give you a good feeling to know you are doing something special with your children’s artwork.


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How To Make A Blarney Stone Craft for Saint Patrick’s Day Celebrations

Blarney Stones are for the luck of the Irish and this Blarney Stone is super simple to make too. St. Patrick’s Day is coming up in the middle of March so it is time to star thinking about the arts and crafts projects that you can make to celebrate the grand occasion. Have fun.

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How To Make A Blarney Stone Craft for Saint Patrick's Day Celebrations



How To Make A Blarney Stone Craft for Saint Patrick’s Day Celebrations

Blarney Stone Crafts Materials and Supplies

* Smooth river rock or other smooth rock, medium sized
* Green paint
* Paint brush
* Glue
* Googly eyes
* Green glitter
* Sequins or jewels, small sized
* Black marker

Blarney Stone Instructions

Step 1.



Wipe the rock off to remove any debris that might be on it.



Wipe the rock off to remove any debris that might be on it.

 

Step 2.



Paint the entire rock green with the green paint.



Paint the entire rock green with the green paint. While the paint is wet, sprinkle on a bit of the green glitter.

Let the rock dry completely.





Step 3.



While the paint is wet, sprinkle on a bit of the green glitter.




Once dry, glue on the googly eyes…or paint eyes.

 

Step 4.



Let the rock dry completely.



Draw a letter ‘J’ for the nose.

Draw a smiley face by drawing a letter ‘u’ for the mouth….and draw a curved line on both sides of the ‘u’.

 

Step 5.



Once dry, glue on the googly eyes and use the marker to dry eyebrows.



Paint an orange beard on it.

 

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How to Make Duct Tape Tote Bags with Easy Steps Crafts Tutorial for Kids

Today we will show you how to make a very sturdy tote bag out of nothing other than duct tape. This duct tape bag is able to hold about 30 hard covered library books without tearing. You can also make these for grocery shopping so that you don’t have to waste plastic and paper bags. Learn how to make this cool duct tape bag with the following steps below.



How to Make Duct Tape Tote Bags with Easy Steps Crafts Tutorial for Kids



How to Make Duct Tape Tote Bags with Easy Steps Crafts Tutorial for Kids

Crafts Materials Needed

– Duct Tape
– Scissors

Step 1

We aren’t going to give you any specific measurements because we don’t know how big or small you want your bag. I wanted a huge bag to hold my library books, but you might just want a normal sized tote bag.

Firstly, we make the fabric. The way that we make the fabric is by sticking tape together, stick end to stick end.







When you have one strip done, then take another piece of tape and stick it lengthwise along the finished strip (illustrated above).  Then turn it around and cover up the sticky part with another piece of tape the same size.



Step 1 : Making Duct Tape Tote Bags Kids Arts and Crafts Instructions



Make 2 rectangles about the same size (it is optional to make them 2 different colors) and one long rectangle that is a little bit longer than the combined height of both of the other rectangles that you made.

Step 2



Step 2 : Making Duct Tape Tote Bags Kids Arts and Crafts Instructions



Now duct tape them together like the picture above….the long strip in the middle and 2 around it as if it ere a bird or airplane.


Step 3







The above illustrations show you how you will need to tape the sides together. You might need an extra hand to do this so ask a friend or parent or sibling if you need some help.



Step 3 : Making Duct Tape Tote Bags Kids Arts and Crafts Instructions



Here is a picture of me taping the sides together.

Step 4



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I taped together the strap by taping end to end pieces of  tape. I then cut a hole in the bag, pulled the strap through and taped from the outside and the inside of the bag. It seems to hold really well.

Finished Duct Tape Tote Bag.



How to Make Duct Tape Tote Bags with Easy Steps Crafts Tutorial for Kids



The finished tote bag.

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How to Make No-Sew Tote Bag Craft from Recycled Old T-Shirts

Who doesn’t have tons of old t-shirts that they don’t even wear anymore? I have tons so I decided to make a tote bag out of one of them. I hate to sew, so I thought of a way to do it without sewing. It landed up being very easy to make. These are so easy to make that you can make a dozen of them to take with you to use instead of plastic or paper grocery bags. Why throw more plastic bags into a trash heap, when you can help the environment by not using these wasteful bags anymore. Follow the easy-to-follow, step by step instructions below.

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How to Make No-Sew Tote Bag Craft from Recycled Old T-Shirts



How to Make No-Sew Tote Bag Craft from Recycled Old T-Shirts

Crafts Materials Needed

– Old T-Shirt
– Scissor

Step 1



Step 1 : Making No-Sew Tote Bags with T-Shirts Craft for Kids



Take out your t-shirt. Cut off the sleeves and a portion of the collar as well.

Step 2



Step 2 : Making No-Sew Tote Bags with T-Shirts Craft for Kids



This is what your t-shirt will look like after you cut off the sleeves and collar.


Step 3



Step 3 : Making No-Sew Tote Bags with T-Shirts Craft for Kids



Now cut slits on the bottom of the t-shirt (going through both sides). Cut each slit about a half inch apart. We are going to use these slits to tie the bottom of the t-shirt together with double knots. If you don’t know how to tie knots, then the instructions below will help.

Step 4



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Step 5



Step 5 : Making No-Sew Tote Bags with T-Shirts Craft for Kids



Step 6



Step 6 : Making No-Sew Tote Bags with T-Shirts Craft for Kids



Now pull the 2 tabs sticking out until it is tight and you have one knot. Now do this process again to make a double knot.

Step 7



Step 7 : Making No-Sew Tote Bags with T-Shirts Craft for Kids



After you have tied all of the slits together, your bag will look something like the above picture.

Step 8



How to Make No-Sew Tote Bag Craft from Recycled Old T-Shirts



This is what your bag looks like with stuff in it. It is very sturdy as this tote bag is filled with very heavy books. I hope that you had fun.

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