Within the past year I’ve found that it is easier to make my own cards than go out and buy them. As many other parents know, it’s hard to keep you children occupied while you peruse the MANY card options at any given store. So I’ve resorted to making my own, which has been a fun, creative outlet (and something to do while the kids do their own craft projects).
One of my favorite cards is this cute & easy birthday card. I’ve made several variations by just using my scrapbook paper scraps. This particular one used packaging from a favorite toy: B. Zany Zoo Activity Cube. It came with such unique packaging that we’ve actually up-cycled the box as a ball toss game / toy bin / duct tape project! The tag itself had such vibrant colors and really fun sayings from kids. Check out the picture below –
Finished Birthday card
paper recycled from a toy’s packaging
Beyond cutting a few scraps into “candles”, using scrap wrapping paper for the polka dot “Happy Birthday” on the brown paper cake, all I used was a black and yellow pen to draw on the flames and candle wicks. It doesn’t get much easier than this!
I felt inspired by Crafts by Amanda – Cardboard Tube Bunny Rabit on Pinterest yesterday, so with an eager 3 year old helper, we made our own version yesterday. Instead of paint we used colored construction paper and double sided tape and glue.
After cutting the cardboard rolls (and covering an old container in purple to make a big bunny), I adhered the paper, glued on the pom pom noses and tails, and used some marker for the eyes, whiskers, mouth and ears. I had some scraps of felt and fabric that I cut into shapes for the cute bow and clothes. Pretty cute, huh?!
I’m all about quick and easy crafts – especially with little kiddos with short attention spans! I also like using whatever we have around the house to create little projects. As we wait for more spring-like weather, crafting has been a good boredom buster in our home.
I like breaking out the art materials for my daughter. Last time we had the crayons out, my 1 year son even grabbed one and did some scribbling. Concentrating on an art project can quiet and calm kiddos like magic! My daughter has cut paper for 45 minutes non-stop – incredible, right?! She just likes to cut paper. I’ve tried introducing the collage concept, but glue sticks just aren’t her thing right now. We have a lot of scrap paper around and receive old office paper from my mom, but still I wanted to do SOMETHING with the pieces. So I came up with this cute card idea.
We also had a lot of fun finger painting and tracing hands a few times. The finished pieces were cute for sure. I turned them into big flowers to decorate my daughter’s bedroom. I’m glad I took pictures of this because the next day she ended up tearing them down during her “nap” time. Sigh…I guess the next room decor is only one more art project away.