Star Mobile

As I mentioned in my cocktail umbrella wreath post, we had a rainbow themed party for my son.  One of the decorations that we did for the dining room, was to spice up our light fixture with a star mobile.  This is basically the same craft that I did in my Butterfly Mobile tutorial, but I made it a little more pro this time because it wasn’t just a whim.

Here’s what I used:

  • Craft foam in various colours
  • scissors
  • elmer’s glitter glue
  • crayola glitter glue
  • vinyl thread
  • needle

I cut out craft foam stars in 6 different colours and had my kids decorate them using glitter glue.  I then used clear vinyl thread to attach them to the light fixture.  I used a needle to get the thread through the foam and tied a double knot so the thread wouldn’t pull all the way through.  I then tied the other end to the light fixture.  This gave the illusion that the stars were just hanging in mid air, which definitely impressed the 5 and under crowd 🙂

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Cute Hand Print Penguin

Hand Print Penguin CraftI got this idea from a recent Kindermusik class.  I thought it was too cute to pass up.  I did this craft with my 2 year old, and it was a really good fit for her skill.

What you need:

  • 1 piece black construction paper
  • 1 piece white construction paper
  • scrap of orange construction paper
  • glue stick
  • tacky glue
  • 2 googly eyes
  • pencil
  • scissors

How to make it:

  1. Place your hand with fingers closed on the piece of black construction paper.  Trace around your hand with a pencil. Cut along your pencil line.  This will be the body for the penguin.
  2. Place your child’s hand with fingers closed on the piece of black construction paper.  Trace around his/her hand with a pencil.  Cut along your pencil line.  Repeat this step to make two wings for your penguin.
  3. Trace your child’s closed hand on the white construction paper and cut out.  This will be the penguin’s tummy.
  4. Cut out an orange triangle for the beak.
  5. Using the glue stick, glue the wings, tummy and beak in place.  I let my daughter go wild with the glue stick, and then helped her place the parts to make it look like a penguin.
  6. Use the tacky glue to add the eyes.  I put down the dabs of glue and let Anna place the eyes.

We went a step further to turn this into a Father’s Day card.  We glued the penguin to a blue piece of construction paper that had been folded in half.  We added “Happy Father’s Day” and my daughter added some doodles to turn it into a Father’s Day card.

Coat Hanger for Kids

We’ve been living in our house for almost two years now and there are still tons of things I want to do to make it more livable.  When we first moved in, we thought we would only be here for two years.  That meant that it wasn’t worth doing a lot of customizing.  However, we found out in April that we would be staying here for at least another year, most likely another three years, and possibly as long as five years.  I felt that that was enough to make it worth my while to start customizing.

There are a ton of things that I love about our house, but the front entry way is not one of them.  When you first walk in our door you see the stairs up to our top floor.  Immediately to the right and left are doors into other rooms.  Our front closet is just a little further down on the right in the hallway that leads to our kitchen.

This doesn’t leave a ton of room for storage of all our “front hall stuff”.  Ideally, I would love to have a mud room, but that’s just not going to happen in this house.  One small thing that I realized I could do, was to make a small kids storage area.  I waited to find a nice set of hooks on sale, then had my husband install them in the hallway that leads to our kitchen.  This small set of hooks is at just the right height for little kiddos to put away their own stuff!  The fun part is that they actually like taking care of their own things now that they can actually reach them.   I was a little worried that the hall was too narrow, and that we were always going to be bumping into the coats and back packs.  Luckily that has not happened and it doesn’t obstruct traffic flow at all.  Now I just need a good idea for storing mitts, hats etc in the winter.  Any suggestions?