Popsicle Stick Crafts : Coasters

 

summer craft for kids

 I love popsicle stick crafts and I made this craft for the first time while sick with mono in 1994, I was couch bound and bored to tears, and my sister needed coasters for her college dorm room. So since all I ate for 6 weeks were popsicles I made the coasters out of the sticks. She still has them 14 years later

  1. Gather your materials. You will need many popsicle sticks, markers, glue, a paint brush , small dish and some water.
  2. Start by using the markers to color half of the popsicle sticks. Permanent markers will work the best, but you can use regular ones and seal it later.
  3. Lay out the other half on a scrap piece of paper.
  4. Cover it with glue.
  5. Lay out your colored sticks on top going in the opposite direction.
  6. Let dry.
  7. Mix glue and water together to make a seal, you can also buy craft sealer at a art supply store but , I am way too lazy to drive 20 minutes just for that! I did 4-5 easy coats, applied after the previous was dry. If you are not using permanent markers your colors will run when you brush the glue glaze on it. I liked the effect! I haven’t had any color running since the seal but I would test it out on a washable surface first!
  8. Let it all dry and make some coffee!

Naptime Creation: Halloween Hair Do!

Easy Peasy
Hair Bow

Naptime Creations are fun activities for school age children and parents. These hair bows are incredibly easy, need no glue or hot glue guns and cost next to nothing! Oh and they are really cute too!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need two fun contrasting ribbons, I am using craft ribbon because it’s stiffer and will keep it’s shape well. You also need a hair elastic, some pinking shears and a can from your pantry.
  2. Cut 4 pieces of ribbon, 2 in each color in two longer and two shorter lengths. I used pinking shears to prevent unraveling and i like the way it looks.
  3. Pop the elastic on the can , this will keep your elastic in one place while you tie the ribbons on.
  4. Tie the ribbon on making a snug knot. If the ribbon isn’t even don’t worry you can always cut it later.
  5. Keep tying the ribbon OVER the original knot, with your last layer you want to tie a double knot.
  6. That’s it- told you it was easy peasy!

Magnet Mania !

Naptime Creations
Fall Foam Magnets!

I LOVE FALL! I am so excited to get my pumpkin decorations out and I am already trying to figure out how to buy more without annoying my husband. So for this weeks Naptime Creation ( crafts for the school age crowd ) I decided to make some fall decorations that can be useful too!
Gather your materials. You will need some foam sheets- they can be found at most big box stores, in multi packs or individually. A pen, glue, scissors, some glitter glue and magnetic strips.
  • Decide what designs you want to make. I decided on a fall leaf, an apple, a jack o lantern and candy corn!
  • For the leaf you will need to draw a leaf on one piece of foam. Cut it out. Lay it on face down a second color of foam and outline it with room to spare so that color will stick out. Cut the second leaf out. Glue the top on the bottom and add some gold glitter!
  • For the Apple cut out a red apple shape , brown stem and green leaf. Glue the stem on the back and the leaf on the front. Let dry.
  • For the jack-0-lantern draw a pumpkin, cut out, cut a small green stem and cut out three small black triangles, and a semi circle for the mouth. I cut the top with pinking shears for the zig zag . Glue together and add glitter to the eyes.
  • For the candy corn, draw the whole shape of the candy corn in orange and cut out. Next lay the orange on top of the yellow and trace only what you need and cut out. Repeat for the white layer. Glue them together. Beware since making this magnet I have been craving candy corn !
  • Let everything dry until you can see no more white glue at all, then apply the magnet strip. Even though this is for older children please make sure that if you have a little child in your house you use magnet pieces large enough not to be a big hazard.
  • Pop them on your fridge !
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    Naptime Creations are summer crafts for school age kids!

    1. Gather your materials. You will need some heavy paper or card stock, old greeting cards are a great free and environmentally sound option for fun paper! You also need some glue, scissors, ribbon, a hole punch or eyelet press, and paper punches . You can also use stickers, or stamps!
    2. Cut 2 rectangles out of different papers, one larger than the other.
    3. Punch some fun shapes out of paper .
    4. Glue onto the smaller rectangle.
    5. Glue the smaller rectangle onto the larger one , let dry some.
    6. Using the eyelet setter or hole punch, punch a hole at the top of the rectangles ( make sure that you go through both layers) .
    7. Thread a loop of ribbon through.
    8. Pull ends of the ribbon through the loop and tighten.
    9. Get to reading something GREAT!

    All Buttoned Up!

    Naptime Creation
    Button Mosaic

    I was hoping I would be able to do some art with buttons with my son, we played with the buttons carefully but as soon as we started art he tried to eat them. So we’ll try again in a few months. This is a great craft for preschoolers/ school agers who unlike my toddler are over putting everything in their mouths. Art projects like this help develop fine motor skills and hand eye coordination!

    1. Gather your materials. You will need some fun colored buttons, glue, a pencil or marker, and 2 pieces of construction paper.
    2. Have your child draw a simple shape or if they are older something more detailed. My son’s love of fish and my lack of talent lead me to choose a fish. You may want to map out your pattern before adding the glue but you don’t have to. I swear I took pictures of these steps, I however must be mistaken because they are no where to be found! )
    3. Add your glue
    4. Start adding the buttons! I added more glue as I went along as well.
    5. Let dry.
    6. Cut out and glue onto the 2nd piece of construction paper.