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Christmas Fun!

So, I just made about 17 of these little Gingerbread houses yesterday for a cub scout project for my 7 year old and had to share them! They were so easy to do and I can’t wait for us to decorate them! I plan to use the puffy paint for the “icing” on the  houses! We have fake “snow” to sprinkle on it after putting on glue in fun designs…green paint for the grass, who knows what else we may add? You may note that mine has a little snowman and a pine tree out front.

All you need to make the house are scissors, a cardboard box, and a glue gun! I cut the “house shape” first, two square shapes with a triangle shape on top. Then two small rectangles for the sides, hot glue these four pieces together for the base of the house. Then cut out the two larger rectangles for the roof-I liked mine a bit long to have some overhang. Hot glue the roof on. Cut out a door shape, windows, pine trees, bushes, mini “wreaths” for the door, whatever you want! I also added a half circle for the platform or “front yard” of the house and a couple of little half circle strips for the “Gingerbread” along the edge of the roof. The red and white striped additions are cut paper straws.

I love to be able to have fun decorations that are homemade, that the kids themselves can decorate, and that I can bring out again year after year! Have fun!

Have fun and check back to see our finished houses!

 

Happy Thanksgiving! Door Sign revisited 2012

I just love bringing this door sign out every year! Look how big my little guys are getting! This year I had a smidge of extra time and put together several for some friends and family. Here are some tips to make your own:

You will need preferably a thick rectangular piece of fabric-a denim weight or a twill would work well, brown,yellow, red and orange medium point sharpies, fabric pen (the blue kind that blots off with water), an ultra fine black sharpie, trim of your choice, a ribbon for hanging and about 3 of those popsicle kid craft sticks.

I just love the look of the khaki/sand color mixed with the dark browns and oranges of Thanksgiving and fall! I used scrap fabric I had laying around (waiting for just such a use!) and cut it in a rectangular shape-long enough to include all three of my boys hand prints.

First, I used my fabric pen to mark on the “Happy Thanksgiving”. I love the look of the curlz MT font from MS word. You can print it out and then just do your best to copy it as closely as you can. Choose whatever font you like, of course, but it looks so much neater if you can pick a specific font! Or if your child is learning to write it would look adorable in their cute handwriting! Let them use the fabric pen then you can go over it with the other markers. The great thing about using a fabric pen is that if you don’t like how it looks-blot it off with a damp paper towel, wait for it to dry and just redo it!

Once you’ve got your writing on the way you want it go over your letters with a medium or dark brown, highlight parts of the letters with the orange then outline the letters with the fine point black. Be careful not to hold the pens down for too long or they will bleed into the fabric and leave a big spot! Use a “light hand” when doing your lettering!

Don’t forget to put the date somewhere on your sign as well, I chose the bottom right corner.

Put your child or children’s names below where you intend to put their handprints.

Attach your trim of choice with fabric glue.

To do the hanging ribbon, attach the ribbon about say 1 inch down on the back on each side with fabric glue. Fold the fabric over top of the ribbon on the back and secure with fabric glue. Here is where you also use fabric glue to attach the popsicle sticks. I had to cut one in half then attach another over top of the two. That way the sign hangs straight and doesn’t curve inward in the middle.

Then the handprints!!!! Get several wet paper towels ready for after the printing. Squeeze a bit of oranges, reds, browns, yellows on a paper plate. Get a sponge brush and sponge the different colors on different parts of the little hand. Gently place the hand on the sign where you want it to go! Don’t panic if it doesn’t look perfect! That is part of the charm!

After the handprints have dried take your ultra fine sharpie and outline the turkey, add his feet in brown, use red for the comb above and below the head, add the eye and beak with some yellow. Be sure to outline the comb, beak and feet as well. Not sure exactly how you want to do these parts? Check out my silly turkeys!

For more fun Thanksgiving hand print ideas and more check out the rest of my Thanksgiving items here or click on the Thanksgiving link to the left! Check out the Felt Handprint Turkeys, Turkey handprint bibs, Thanksgiving food toss game including food bean bags and more! Have fun!

Not up to doing this by yourself? Want to give a one of a kind gift? Just email me at shannon@coffeycreationsforkids.com and I will make you a Turkey Handprint Door Sign kit! Including the sign made and ready to go with little pots of paint and even a spongebrush for the recipient!

3D Wooden Letters

I have been wanting to do these little wooden letters for ages. They are hand drawn, then cut out using a scroll saw and a drill to start the holes. These are perfect for learning your letters-upper and lower case (which most blocks, for some reason, only have the upper case letters), and are great for learning to form words and learning the sounds as well, of course if you want to really improve your learning you could learn how to use subconscious mind power to change your life in every aspect not just learning! We still intend to paint the letters, but we’ve already begun to play with them!!!

For your own custom children’s items e-mail me at shannon@coffeycreationsforkids.com or check out my Etsy shop by clicking on the link to the right.

Happy 1st Birthday Hadley!

Happy 1st Birthday Hadley! Your Lalee and Grandy love you very much!

What a treat it was to restore this vintage toy box. The box had many layers of paint on it and was finally done in a goldish yellow that had obviously been done long ago. This toy box needed a bit of work, I filled in lots of cracks from the wood separating over the years and replaced the hinges on the inside and added a slow release hinge on the side so little Hadley’s fingers don’t get smushed!

I then primed the toy box and hand painted the outside to match the decor of Hadley’s room. (the Serena and Lily Lola Bedding). I painted Hadley’s monogram right in the middle in a fun french font.

The inside lid of the toy box has a special painting also. I painted this to reflect the story on Churchill’s Blue Willow China-a favorite of mine from childhood! A sad starcrossed lovers story, but with beautiful Asian trees and buildings and, of course, the love birds! I did the painting in the same colors as Hadley’s room-in keeping with her room theme-and think the little birdies continue that theme perfectly!

Then, the surprise! I had been wanting to do a little puppet theater for ages! This puppet theater has a wood base and fabric added for the stage curtains and little pockets on the back to store the little finger puppets in. This little stage has hand painting on it and also shows off Hadley’s monogram on either side of the center of the stage itself. The stage is meant to be propped up on the top of the toy box for lots of fun puppet shows and play which is perfect for kids birthday parties as many other entertaiments as birthday castles you can find at sites like http://www.jumpersjungle.com/las-vegas/ or you can also rent Newest and Cleanest Water Slide Rentals in all of Florida with Water Slide Rentals Orlando FL. When not in use, the puppet theater stores neatly in the bottom of the toy box.

Enjoy, little Hadley!

For your own custom children and babies items email me at shannon@coffeycreationsforkids.com or check out my Etsy shop!

If you want to give your kids the dream party they want, you can contact Race Party (kids birthday parties) at (03) 9882 1391.

Check out Hadley’s custom hand painted dollhouse/bookcase here. Baby Hadley’s handmade wooden tree playset, her Mommy and baby bird bookshelf, and lots more here.

 

 

Alphabet/Number Mat-work in progress!

I bought this “runner” from Lowes. It’s actually a 3 ft piece of their indoor/outdoor carpet that comes in 12 ft lengths. It was only about 12$! I had decided that I was going to make a hopscotch/game mat out of it with the ABC’s and as many numbers as I could fit on it. After I had sectioned off the squares and drew in the numbers (kind of making “bubble” letters and numbers that I intended to color in) I thought to myself…”Hmmm….I bet my guys would love to color these in themselves!” And, they have! I also wanted to add animals or items in each square for each of the letters-for A, an apple and an alligator, for D, a dog and David wrote his name in the square, for L, a lion and Leonard wrote his name in that square (backwards!), and so on.

This has turned out to be a great “rainy day” project and the boys have loved coming up with ideas for what to put in the squares, all while enjoying pointing out the letters and numbers that they are coloring in as they go. I’m already imagining the fun we’ll have playing games on it-making them up as we go!

For more extensive directions e-mail me at shannon@coffeycreationsforkids.com . Or would you like your own custom made runner? A gift for a mom with no time on her hands? I can draw all the animals/letters and numbers for you and the child can color them in-or I can do that as well.  You can pick your theme and colors or let me do it for you. Also, check out my Etsy shop!

 

 

Art Kits-by your own artist-CHEAP!

A friend told me about this super cheap art set at Walmart-5$ for all of these great supplies! You couldn’t buy 1/4 of these supplies for that price! My guys all love to draw, color, paint-they love it all. So, I figured I’d at least buy the kits for the supplies.

When I got it home I started thinking…hmmmmm…bet if I took a utility knife and just cut a sliver here (cut a small line, but be sure to press down where your knife is on top of the paper showing underneath), then slide the utility knife along the side to open the rest. Voila! You can now take out the advertisement and insert your own artist’s artwork! Now, your little artist has their own portfolio as well as supply case. And, the case has the advertisement on both sides so you can put art on both sides as well, AND change the drawings/artwork whenever they’re finished with their latest masterpiece!

How easy is that? Imagine the pride of carrying along their own portfolio and supplies with their own artwork showcased on the outside of it! And, another great idea of what to do with all of that artwork!

Game table for kids

This kid table top had been scratched, gauged, basically ruined. The disappointing thing is that apparently it wasn’t solid wood. For a pretty expensive table from Land of Nod, I was pretty disappointed to find that out. I loved the table because it has a storage area underneath, but ever since we’d gotten the table it kept coming apart. I was resolved to fix the whole thing! My kids use it all the time-many times a day. And, I wanted to make it even more fun!

I tried sanding it, priming and repainting it and you could still see the large scratches in it. I was also concerned that even if the scratches were only visible by looking at an angle that they would get wet and would swell up since the table wasn’t made of real wood. It’s a kids table for goodness sakes! I want them to be able to play on it not worry too much about it, you know?

Well, after exploring many options I finally found the one that seemed to fit our needs. I bought a ready made table top from Lowes. It was solid wood, perfectly round, and even stainable. It only cost 30$ and if the kids scratch this one up I figured I could sand it, strip it, whatever I wanted to do later on. I decided to paint a checkerboard pattern ont the top of the table to play games on-checkers, eventually chess, made up games-whatever. I picked cream, a medium sand color and a darker khaki or tan. I made the edges the darker color-hopefully hiding fingerprints, etc. Then I found this stuff by Rustoleum-it says Maximum scratch resistance, it’s basically a spray on polyurethane. It didn’t dry nearly as quickly as I would have liked it to, but it seems to be holding up really well so far!

We’ve played checkers with lego blocks, chess, made patterns with shaped wood pieces, used the bucky balls, the kids have used their crayons, pencils and markers for drawing on it, and even eaten countless meals on it. So far, so good!

I attached the table top to the existing one by predrilling some holes-not all the way through, of course! Then attaching them with wood screws. I also used small metal braces to secure the legs of the table to the middle wood pieces all the way around so the table will actually stay together. All in all, this table is now meant to last! It is a lot heavier and sturdier-perfect for my three boys!

You could even make your own sturdy kid table by checking out the supplies at Lowes-they have the table tops and all different sizes of legs! Or take a small regular table and cut the legs down a bit. It’s something your kids will use again and again.

Want a play table created and painted just for your little ones? Maybe you have the idea but aren’t sure how to do it? I’d be happy to help or make it for you! Contact me at shannon@coffeycreationsforkids.com

Haunted Castle-Cardboard Creations

What a blast this was! I had saved these huge boxes knowing that eventually we would find something fun to do with them. We got out our Halloween decorations and the inspiration hit! The kids loved hanging the lights and spider webs across the top of the Haunted “castle” (I had cut pieces out to give it a castle effect).  I also cut out several windows and left a space for the door. In one window we hot glued a raven, in another a dragon’s head  (cardboard cut out and colored in with markers, we attached the dragon head with duct tape on both sides of the bottom of the head so he could be “defeated” and knocked down with nerf gun darts-then propped back up again for more defeats!), another window was made to open and close by leaving one edge uncut.

Keep checking back for more fun ideas of stuff to do with your kids!

Thanksgiving Food Toss Game for Kids-Wooden!

The food toss game was such a hit I decided to “upgrade” it to a wooden toss game instead of the cardboard box! I actually made this last year and forgot to put it on the blog! How nice to be able to pull this out again and let the kids and their friends have a blast throwing “food” into the pilgrim’s tummy, mouth and hat! And “stuffing” the turkey! HA! Then I talked to them about how important is to eat healthy food for you and your pets, and give your dog the best calming treats for dogs.

The board is approximately 3 feet tall by 2 feet wide. It is propped up by two hinged angled “legs” in the back so that it lays slanted (like cornhole boards!) when in use. Then when it’s time to put away the legs fold behind making it easy to store.

To check out the play food and the original cardboard Food Toss Game, click here.  For lots of other fun Thanksgiving ideas, click here.  Not the crafty type? Woodworking not your bag? Contact me at shannon@coffeycreationsforkids.com and I’ll make one for you!

Thanksgiving fun!

Oh, my little boys are getting so big! These Felt Turkey Handprints are a joy to bring out year after year-my boys love comparing how their hands have grown and I love looking at how little they were!

Thanks to Craftgossip.com for putting my little Turkey’s on their site! I love to be able to share my fun creations with all! Click on this link Felt Turkey Handprints for the original post with the directions for how to make them for your own lovies!

Also, check out my other fun Thanksgiving ideas-Take a Feather From Tom Turkey (hide and seek game), Turkey Pancakes, Turkey handprint bib, Thanksgiving Kid Art, Thanksgiving Handprint Door Banner, and the Thanksgiving food toss game! Click on “Thanksgiving” here or on the left under “Categories” to view them all!