Martha Stewart’s Favorite Crafts for Kids Giveaway!

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I know that those of you who have kids are always looking for fun projects to do with them.  I know this because I am!  I love to find new and fun projects that I think the kids would love, and when I find them in a beautifully photographed book such as Martha Stewart’s Favorite Crafts for Kids, then I’m that much happier.  This colorful book has 175 projects that are geared just for kids…


That’s a lot of projects!  And each one is sure to engage your children and create a wonderful opportunity for you to spend quality time with them.  My kids and I were really excited when our book arrived in the mail.  We started flipping through it and bookmarking the projects that we wanted to be sure to come back to.  One of them was the Monster Salt Crystals.

The boys love science experiments and thought that these crystals looked pretty cool.  I myself, have never tried growing crystals before, and we had all of the supplies on hand, so we decided to try it today.  Look at the lovely photographs from the book…

Martha Stewart's Favorite Crafts For Kids || http://www.thesoutherninstitute.com

Martha Stewart's Favorite Crafts For Kids || http://www.thesoutherninstitute.com

So we made our salt solution, tied our washer to the string and tied the string to our pencil.  The washer keeps the string straight so that the crystals can collect on it as the water evaporates.  We can’t wait to see what happens!

Martha Stewart's Favorite Crafts for Kids: http://www.thesoutherninstitute.com

Martha Stewart and her team have done a wonderful job of putting together a resource for parents and their children that can be used for a long long time.  With 175 projects, you’d be hard pressed to be at a loss for a fun project to do this summer, or any time of the year!  Check out the  new crafts for kids video collection too.  You can watch the Monster Salt Crystals experiment in action as well as other videos of projects from the book.  It’s a lot of fun!

How about a giveaway?  
I’m giving away a copy of the book, Martha Stewart’s Favorite Crafts for Kids as well as some fun surprises from the Martha Stewart Crafts Collection!  Isn’t that so much fun?

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Turn Your Child’s Artwork Into Something Wearable!

Turn Your Child's Artwork Into Something They Can Wear! | http://www.thesoutherninstitute.com

 Kids love to create, don’t they?  Drawing is the thing around our home right now.  We have artwork for days and I don’t quite know what to do with all of it!  Do you have that problem at your house?

Lately my boys have been going through our printer paper like it’s water!  If only I could get them to put the caps back on their markers.  Luke is the king of the ninjas, pay no attention to the pirate patch… that’s covering a corneal abrasion.  The poor guy has had a tough month.  He draws tiny ninjas every day, cuts them out, and creates little ninja battles with his paper creations.  I love that he’s using his imagination!  However, I keep finding scraps of paper All. Over. The. House.  I confess it drives me crazy!  I needed to find a way to immortalize his awesome creativity, and I thought making wearable art out of it might be a fun idea.  He thought so too!

I had Luke draw one of his famous ninjas on a piece of freezer paper for me, which he was more than happy to do.  I cut it out with my trusty exacto knife to create a freezer paper stencil and proceeded to create the shirt that you see him wearing in the photo.  HE LOVES IT!  

What do you think?  Would your kids like something like this?  Would they be into wearing their own artwork?

If you’re not familiar with how to create and use freezer paper stencils, I have a step by step tutorial here that will walk you through it.  Follow steps 1-5 for the stencil and step 6 to attach it if you’re putting it on a patch like I did.  It’s perfectly acceptable to put it straight on a t-shirt!  It’s so simple and fun… you’re going to love it!

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Don’t forget to use the hashtag #makeyousomethin when you post a photo or blog about something that you’ve made!  Let’s share our creativity!

DIY Circle Punch Portrait.

  DIY Circle Punch Portraits at http://www.thesoutherninstitute.com

We long planed to do something pretty to hang on the kids walls. We wanted to use old photos of them but we didn’t want a regular collage. The inspiration was found, as so many times before, on Pinterest. Inspired by Mermag’s Circle Punch Art we made our very own circle punch portraits.

We used a circle punch, photos of the kids, patterned paper and pretty magazine pictures. We also used a white sheet of paper and glue.

1. We begun by punching out photos of the kids. To make sure we got their faces punched out we had to turn our circle punch up side down.

 

2. We wanted the finished picture to have certain colors. To get a good mix of color we also punched out circles of pretty paper and magazines pictures.

3. Freja placed out the circles on a sheet of paper. It took a while before she was completely satisfied. Then we glued the circles on to the paper. Our punch is well used and it gets a bit unsharp from time to time. To sharpen it we punch holes in aluminum foil. Works like a charm!

Our portraits are up on the wall and we’re very pleased with them! They will be framed eventually, but we find them adorable to look at even now.

 

This is unfortunately our last post on the Southern Institute. We’ll continue to post tutorials for kids and parents on Pysselbolaget.se from time to time, but we need to cut back on the time spent on blogging. Thank you so much, Jenny, for giving us the opportunity to share our crafts and ideas on you blog. We have enjoyed it a lot!