On Etsy

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!

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!

Penguin Set for Baby Miles

This penguin set was so much fun to make for baby Miles!

The mini blanket shows a silly penguin standing on a hill ready to let loose of his snowball, while another penguin slides on his tummy down the hill. At the bottom of the hill a baby penguin looks up at his Mommy penguin with the snow filled sky all around them. This mini blanket is done in a soft baby blue with a snow bank of white furry cuddle fleece and framed in a linen like khaki material. The whole blanket is then trimmed with mini white puff balls-reminiscent of little white snowballs. The baby’s first and middle name-Miles Garrett- are centered in the middle of the blanket and surrounded by french knot snow flakes.

Miles also received a little hand made coordinating penguin stuffed animal-with the super soft cuddle fleece on his tummy, beak and flippers (the beak and flippers in yellow)! 5 little penguin finger puppets with a card stock hand cut book telling the tale of the 5 little penguins themselves. The last page of the book shows the 5 Little Penguin Rhyme and has Miles’ full name at the top. Miles also got a hand painted note card and a personalized deluxe keepsake box.

Welcome to the world baby Miles!

For your own custom Coffey Creations for Kids gifts sets e-mail me at shannon@coffeycreationsforkids.com or check out my Etsy shop!

Fun easy necklaces for kids to make! Great to give as gifts, too!

These necklaces were so easy to do and I loved letting the kids use their imagination to create their own work of art! I love the Glass Connection on Etsy for their supplies! I used the “adhesive epoxy stickers” which were the 1 inch round size, the ready made 1 inch pendant trays, and the assorted multi colored waxed cotton cords with silver clasps. The adhesive stickers are fantastic for beginners or kids-no messy or dangerous glues- you just peel and stick! Another great thing about the 1 inch circles  is that they also fit perfectly into a bottle cap! So, you could make bottlecap magnets with them or even venture to make your own bottlecap necklaces, bracelets, whatever!

Check out the Glass Connection for lots of other fun ideas-they even have ready made kits for you to purchase!

Make your own custom photo necklace!

I LOVE being able to use pictures in such a fun way! And let me tell you, these were EASY! I save the little index prints that I get from Shutterfly (my absolute favorite photo website) and always find something fun to do with them. They are perfect mini pictures-that you get free when you order prints of any size!

I found these lockets at Michaels for under 10$ each. You open the necklace and insert your trimmed photo. How easy is that?! Not sure about exactly how to trim the photo? Take the sample photo out and use it as your template. With these necklaces you can actually put one photo on the front and one on the back. AND when your little one grows up a little more? Or you get a new favorite photo? Just switch it out! Truly the gift that keeps on giving!

Also check out my “micro mini” photo books. Fun to make with scraps of card stock, odds and ends and those great index prints! Here I’ve also used a bit of clip art of some of my guys’ favorite things! Create your own mini photo album, alphabet book, kid brag book (your little one’s favorite things), the ideas are endless. And, let me tell you, the kids LOVE them!

Have fun! E-mail me for your own custom children or baby items or for any questions or tips on how to create your own fun albums. Also check out my Etsy shop!

Art Smock for BOYS! and dry erase cat puppet!

School has officially started-and so begins the accumulation of school supplies. My son’s school requested an art shirt and a sock for dry erasing (among lots of other things). I scoured the internet in search of a really cute art smock for my 6 year old boy. I found lots of cute smocks, but they were all too girly.

What a fantastic repurposing of Daddy’s workshirt-Daddy gets a kick out of his little guy wearing his shirt, David gets a fun paint shirt, and David’s regular clothes stay paint free! I’m not big on machine embroidery (I don’t even have an embroidery machine!)-I did the embroidery years ago on an old sheet at my mother-in-laws-but I LOVE the formal look of it on a faux tie. I made a tie out of the embroidered material, and then sewed it onto one side of the shirt’s opening. I attached velcro to the other side of the tie and to the shirt to make fastening it a breeze for my guy.

As for the shirt itself, I just cut it down and sewed it back together so that it wasn’t overwhelmingly large on my little guy. He loves it! Easy to use, fun and personalized!

Then the little kitty! I know my guy is partial to “tiger cats” and was thinking how fun it would be to turn a sock (the requested item) into a puppet to use for the dry erase boards at school. No sock we had was quite the right color, then I remembered Martha Stewart had once turned old mittens into stuffed animals! I thought, hmmmm, how about a “hand erase puppet”?! It was really quite easy. I cut off the thumb and two middle fingers down to the base of the mitten, the two outer fingers I left a smidge of fabric in a triangular shape (kitty ears). I turned it inside out and sewed the ears and top together. I filled the longer fingers and thumb (to be the tail) with polyfil stuffing and then sewed the legs and tail in place. For the arms of the kitty I made extra holes in the side of the mitten and set the shorter fingers inside (with the kitty inside out) and sewed all around the edges of the finger and to the body of the cat. When finished, I turned it back out and voila! My little guy can put his hand inside and his fingers in the kitty’s arms to make the little kitty actually erase the board! Way too much fun!!!

For your own green items e-mail me at shannon@coffeycreationsforkids.com or check out my Etsy shop! Or, if you’d like to try it out yourself, don’t hesitate to e-mail me for more detailed instructions! Have fun!