Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Lose the Marbles


Paper marbling has been SO much fun! I have done this project with kids as young as 1 and all the way up. I personally enjoy it even more than the kids I think. I pulled this tutorial together so you can give it a shot at home if your are feelings crafty in a messy sort of way. Of course, you can always come join me in my classes if you prefer the mess to stay in my space not yours. :)

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Handy Keepsakes


"Time flies!" It's so cliche yet SO true. We go through the haze of being new parents and before we know it we are checking out college applications. OK, maybe not quite that fast but it really does fly, doesn't it? These handy keepsakes are a great reminder of the days when our kids little hands could fit in ours. The process I like to use for this project creates a result that captures all the tiny details. Using play dough as a base and pouring plaster into the mold we can really control the outcome of the plaque. This project is really fun for the kids and the outcome is treasured by the parents.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Finger Puppets


I really try to have craft projects that have a residual value. Something that the kids can create and continue to play with or enjoy once it's dry. Finger puppets have become a favorite for all my crafty kids. This is a project that is easy for the youngest of crafters and imaginative for the oldest.

I buy fleece gloves from the $1 store and cut the fingers off to create the base for the puppets. You can theme them for holidays or just use up some of your random collage items you might have available. Use tacky glue for the best results and quickest dry time.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Here Bunny, Bunny


I realize it's a bit early to start thinking about Easter. BUT! Do you know how much I LOVE decorating easter eggs?! I mean, come on! What's not to love?! In honor of the Easter Bunny we are going to decorate and color as many Easter eggs as we can and put them in the store. After all, the bunny needs to feel right at home. Print this image out and bring your eggs to the store or drop in to the store and grab one to color. Come on, get Hoppin'! (sorry, couldn't resist)

Friday, March 11, 2011

ROMP, CLOMP, STOMP!


This craft was in Family Fun magazine and I couldn't resist doing it with the Creative Tots! Luckily I have my friend Jackie who loves shoes so she supplied all the boxes for the class. Thanks Jackie!

I made a few edits to the original recipe of this craft. First we wrapped the boxes in white butcher-like paper then cut the holes for their feet. The kids (mostly 2 years old) painted their boxes with the bingo paint daubers and added collage items for extra detail. The toe nails are sponges cut into triangle shapes. (If you buy new sponges for this be sure to let them dry out. Damp sponges don't stick or cut very well.) This craft took about 45 minutes an dried quickly. I'm already waiting for Jackie to buy more shoes so we can do it again. Ahem...Jackie?

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

My OH Butterfly!


One of the perks of being known for loving kids crafts is that often times people will gift me with craft items they find. Most recently my friend gave me GIANT coffee filters! Seriously, GIANT coffee filters! I could hardly wait to use them. We folded them up as if we were going to tie dye them and used liquid water color to drip on them. The finished effect had a tie dyed pattern and the kids who loaded theirs up with paint looked even better! For the body we wrapped pipe cleaners around a straw.

Friday, March 4, 2011

First Saturday Arts & Crafts!


Tomorrow is our First Saturday Arts & Crafts. Each month on the first Saturday we will be having some fun with the crafts offered in the store. This month our craft is Shrinky Dinks. Yes! The same shrinky dinks you enjoyed as a kid. Only now they come in big fancy kits (some small too) and pre-printed. I like to push the limits a bit and we will be making a 3 dimensional bird in the creative space. The cost is only $5 per crafter. If making a bird leaves you wanting more, there are plenty of choices to take home with you too!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

New and Exciting!


I am slightly obsessed with all things creative. Ink, printing, design, you name it. I am also a huge fan of kids crafts. I look at kids crafts as a challenge just like designing invitations for a bride or a new logo for a start up company. It's truly a passion of mine and now I have found a home!

Tomato-Tomato, Creative Space is the official name of my new arts and crafts space inside Creative Mom Toys. Creative Mom Toys is a fantastic toy store that specializes in developmental and educational toys. It's the PERFECT fit for my creative space and I am thrilled that Cheri (the owner) is brave enough to let me in to her beautiful new store to get crafty!

Check out www.creativemomtoys.com to reserve a space in one of the classes offered.
If you live near the Renton, WA area be sure to stop in and say Hi. We'd love to see you.
Creative Mom Toys 840 N.10th Pl, Suite A • Renton, WA 98056 (just east of the movie theater) Phone: 206-388-3940