Sort of #SilentSunday

I would normally stick with the theme #SilentSunday, but I have been so absent from my little blog that I feel obligated to write something!

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I setup a wide variety of paper, stamps, heart punches, and other craft items for the kids.  They went CRAZY making pictures and cards. While I wasn’t thrilled with the mess (or using blank cards as “picture paper,” I stepped back a bit after a few days and just enjoyed their creations that were made with love.

I believe my five year old made most of these. They are pretty sweet.

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A whole lotta love went into these masterpieces

After all of their card-making, the kids insisted that we make cards for them, and so Daddy O. and I did.  It’s becoming a tradition each year, as I shared in this Fly on the Wall post from two years ago now.  Daddy O. broke out the Spirograph and even made me a card. It was pretty sweet.

So cheers everyone! I hope you felt the love this past week as much as I did!

Whoo Whoo is Having an Owl Party?

Sometimes what’s old is new again. Or what one child has another one wants.

These two sentiments rang true for our latest birthday party. My seven year old wanted an owl party – the same theme I had for her brother when he turned one!

If you remember our Halloween, when I made owl costumes, we are kind of on an owl-kick here!

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Whoo whoo are these cuties?! 

Owl Party Ideas

Of course, I turned to Pinterest for some ideas. Simply search owl and you’ll have so many fun pictures to ogle. There were a few that I tackled:

We had Big Sister’s friends over for a party on Friday night and then family came over on Saturday for a lunchtime party, so the owl theme was enjoyed for two celebrations. Here are some pictures of what we did:

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Pin the bow on the owl, Easy Owl Pinata, Owl treat bags

I found adorable owl print table cloths and masks in the party department of Wal-mart. It was a great way to cover the table for the “make your own owl” by glue-ing together the pieces craft.

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Craft table – make your own owl. Kitchen table runner & Digi Owl centerpiece.

I folded up another tablecloth for a table runner (the inside was just white and looked too plain), and added the kids’ Digi Owls as a centerpiece. As I’ve written about before, I love using what we already have for birthday party decorations. I did the same for my son’s jungle themed party.

Just like at my son’s party, we had cupcakes, but this time, I let the kids decorate their own owl cupcakes. For our family party, I bought a cake from our local bakery, whoo did such a great job decorating it!

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Seriously cute owl cupcake creations, and the professional’s work on the cake.

This was a really cute and fun theme, and I couldn’t believe all the owl stuff that’s out there.  Some friends even brought owl-themed gifts (drawing pictures of owls on cards, owl crafts, owl p.j.’s).

Have you re-used or re-purposed party themes in your own house? Let me know what you think of my owl parties, and share your own favorite party themes in the comments.

By the way, if you’re planning a party, I DO currently have a giveaway going on, and you could use the credits to create beautiful invitations. Comment on this post and enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway!

#ThrowbackThursday: Halloween Crafts Through the Years

In the spirit of Halloween and #tbt, I wanted to share our Halloween crafts that are now decorating our dining room walls.  Many are a throwback to my kids crafts that they made in years past. I save special art projects in a big plastic tub that is stored under my daughter’s bed, and rummage through it as the seasons change for decorations.

The kids helped me arrange their crafts (my son’s on the right; my daughter’s on the left) and most of them ended up on our dining room wall.  Here they are in their glory:

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From top: all of the crafts together, spider web plate, pumpkin on a paper plate, bat handprint craft.

While I don’t have step by step instructions, I think many of the pictures are self-explanatory, but to help you out, here are some notes:

  • The ghosts are probably the oldest projects that we have. The kids made them using marbles dipped in paint and rolling them around over the ghost cut out in a tub. I have an old wash bin that I like to use for such projects.
  • I LOVE the hand print bats! My son and daughter each have some, and we hung more up on our dining room chandelier.
  • The spider on the purple plate was a craft that a room mom prepared for a 4K Halloween party. She wove most of the “web” together on the plate and had the black pom pom spider pre-attached to a piece of a plastic straw.  There wasn’t much for the kids to complete at the party (maybe just string the spider on the web, and then tape the web on the back).
  • The pumpkin & candy corn pieces are super easy – just cut up your squares & let your kids glue away.

What are your favorite Halloween crafts? How do you save and display your kid’s old artwork?

Last Minute, Easy Valentine’s Day Craft

Given the extreme cold and general winter-blahs (as I wrote about here), we had fun crafting today! Little brother made an awesome wax paper heart sun-catcher this morning, so naturally, when big sister came home and saw it, she wanted to make one too.  I loved this project because it only required materials that we already had at home. Take a look:

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Supplies needed: wax paper, glue, variety of tissue paper, and sparkly gems / buttons.

I just used random tissue paper that we had left over with our gift wrapping supplies and cut it into shapes per my daughter’s request. I also traced the heart on wax paper, using little brother’s as a template. I cut it out myself instead of letting big sister do it, since the paper is so thin and delicate. Our glue sticks tend to dry-out too quickly, so I just squirt some glue into a cap of a recycled container (I think this is from a spice jar) for my kids to dip the paper into. Voila! That’s all you need! Here’s our finished product:

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Cute, colorful wax paper sun-catcher decor brightening up our view

This is what my dining room table looked like after our major crafting:

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one big creative, crafty mess

You can see a scrapbook type box in the middle of the table, which we use for holding my kids craft supplies.  It all jams in there nicely and cleaned up pretty easily.  All in all this was a fun, last minute, and easy Valentine’s Day craft.