I have a kid that absolutely loves things in nature. She brings home every leaf, stick, rock,and the occasional pinecone that we find when we take walks. So what's a mom to do with all these "treasures". Well, I of course throw most of them out, but I saved a couple of the pinecones to use for crafts.
I thought a pinecone looks somewhat like a turkey body. So, I told Sophia to paste some feathers on it and gave her a bag of pom poms, and a twisted pipe cleaner and now we have a mini turkey centerpiece for Thanksgiving day.
Kaylee has been eating lots of jars full of baby food so rather than throw them out, I thought we would recycle them.
Sophia painted the lids.
Sophia and I molded the polymer clay into Christmas shapes and then she painted them.
Then I baked them at 275 degrees for about 20 minutes to harden them up.
Next I let her place them on the jar lids. I then glued them down permanently with Gorilla glue. I let her add about a teaspoon of glitter and then I added the distilled water and a teaspoon of vinegar to keep the mold away and glued the lids permanently shut.
She turned them all over and now we have lots of mini snow globes to give to family for Christmas presents from Kaylee and Sophia.
We are in the process of making home-made special gifts for family and friends for Christmas this year. I have several simple ideas we are working on
Here Sophia is painting baby food jar lids for our projects. Everyone is jumping on the recycling bandwagon these days and we are trying to help in small ways. With Kaylee eating baby food now, we have an abundance of these tiny jars so I thought rather than throw them out, let's put them to good use.
Cleaning her brush
Painting the jar lid
Over the next couple days I will post fun little crafts we are making out of these baby food jars and painted lids.
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We hosted a painting play-date in our basement with a couple of Sophia's friends. I covered everything in newspaper and a drop cloth worried how toddlers would do with this acrylic paint and hoping to not have to explain what happened to the basement later to my husband. I was surprised that the girls were so careful that they didn't even get a drop of paint on the drop cloth on the floor. I remember when I first started doing painting crafts with Sophia and somehow she got paint on everything including her socks so I was amazed all the paint managed to stay on the ornaments, and the newspaper topped kid table.
The idea was to have the girls paint ornaments as gifts for family and friends for Christmas.
Each mom bought several little ceramic ornaments for the girls to paint.
We handed the girls paint brushes and a little paint and they began to paint.
Sophia is painting the ornament.
Working on the details.
I was surprised how quickly they finished the ornaments.
Here are sophia's finished ornaments. I was pretty impressed with how well she did especially for a three-year-old.
We use a lot of soda bottles in this house. So, I thought why not recycle them into something good? Let's make birdfeeders. We have lots of bird lovers in our family, Grandma, Great Grandma and Sophia. Last year we painted a wood one, but this year I wanted to make one out of recycled stuff. So I created the basic birdhouse design out of a two-liter bottle. Obviously, a three- year old can't do the cutting on this so I had to do that ahead of time. She glued the pieces on though.
After we laid everything out, I put some Mod Podge on a paper plate, handed Sophia a sponge brush and some pictures of the Wonder Pets I printed and cut out from Nickjr. I briefly told her that it was like glue and to use the sponge brush to apply them. She got the picture right away and started working.
She began by coating the plastic soda bottle in Mod Podge and them applying the paper cut-out characters. She told me that it was fun.
Then, she began to cover the paper cut-outs in Mod Podge
She put a nice thick coat of it on the bottle.
She told me it was like painting.
Almost done... We sprayed them with a clear coat to protect them and let them dry.
Here are the two birdfeeders we made. She then wanted to make more and told her dad to drink another soda so we could make another one.