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Quick and Easy Holiday Paperclip Kids Project

Reported by Maria del Pinto

Christmas Paper Clip Kids Project
Christmas Paper Clip Kids Project

Well school is out and the kids are home, so I thought that I would post a really easy Christmas Paperclip kids project that can be used to decorate their notebooks & planners, mark a page in their book, or for them to make as stocking stuffers.    The supplies for this one are fairly easy – you just need a set of stickers that are symmetrical in shape so you can align them when you stick them back to back.  I chose a pack of snow globe shaker stickers because the are easy to align and the shaker part makes them fun for the kids to shake.

Supplies:

  • Paperclips
  • Symmetrical Christmas Stickers (such as snow globes)
Supplies for Christmas Paperclip Project
Supplies for Christmas Paperclip Project

Step 1:

Remove the snow globe stickers from their packaging.

Step 2:

Place a sticker face down with the sticky side up. Carefully place the paperclip onto the adhesive.

Step 2: Holiday Paperclip Project
Step 2: Holiday Paperclip Project

Step 3:

To finish, place another snow globe sticker directly on top of that sticker. Please make sure to align the stickers before pressing them firmly together.

(If you are worried about the adhesive on your stickers holding, use a dot of a strong liquid glue like Glossy Accents in the area of the paperclip before pressing the second sticker on top.)

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Step 3: Align and stick the stickers together.

Now you have a two sided snow globe shaker paperclip that can be used to decorate notebooks and planners!

Penguin Shaker planner clip
Penguin Shaker planner clip

This is a simple and fun project that the kids can do themselves! My kids are adding them to gift tags and Christmas cards (we deliver some personally instead of mailing them).

Penguin, Santa, and Snowman paperclip.

Christmas is a great time for crafting with kids…what are you and yours making this holiday season?

Tie Dye Summer Fun for Kids (and Grown-Ups too!)

Welcome to the Summer Fun blog hop on Craft Critique!

Today I’ve got a fun project that will not only keep bored kids busy – it will create something practical they can use and enjoy all summer long. I’m talking, of course, about that never-goes-out-of-style tie dye!

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Summer Fun Tie Dye

For these shirts (due to a craft fail on my part), I actually ended up working with two different tie dye kits from Tulip:  Tulip One Step Mini Tie Dye Kit (Princess) and Tulip One Step Mini Tie Dye Kit (Pixie). They are different color versions of the same product, Tulip’s One Step Mini Tie Dye.

I used basic white t-shirts purchased from Walmart and the local craft store for this tie dye project. It’s important to get 100% cotton shirts if possible and to also wash them before dying them (let’s not talk about how I know that…).

The Tulip dye packages come with instructions for creating various kinds of dye designs on an item. My daughter chose a simple striped design for her shirt, and I decided to experiment with a more complex swirl design. The great thing about tie dye is that there really are no mistakes! Anything you do just adds to the character of the design.

tied up tshirts

The striped t-shirt for my daughter was dyed dry (and it hadn’t been washed on top of that). It used loads of dye – almost two whole of the mini bottles for a medium sized t-shirt.

Tie Dye Shirt in process

The upside of this was that the color on the shirt is intense, especially on the purple. And using the dry method meant I controlled exactly where the dye went.

Striped Tie Dye Shirt

For the swirl shirt, I used the wet method (wetting the shirt before applying the dye) and the shirt had been pre-washed. It used much less dye as the dye traveled a lot through the shirt instead of staying exactly where it was applied. The color was still quite intense but there wasn’t the same white borders between the colors since the dye traveled into the banded area.

Swirl Tie Dye Shirt in process

The result with the swirl design was much more white area than with the stripe, because of the the way the shirt is bunched up to achieve the swirl design.

Swirl Tie Dye Shirt

I recommend completing tie dye projects outside to minimize messes. I cut open trash bags to use as a protective cover for my porch table, and then used the bags to roll the shirts up in while the dye had to set (6-8 hours) before being rinsed. Very efficient!

In all this is a quick and easy (and affordable) project that is practical too. Tie dye is a fun way to work with groups of kids to make t-shirts that then make the kids easily identifiable when you take them out as a group (such as for a summer camp) if you give them a limited set of colors to work with like school colors.

Looking for more summer fun? Check out the links below!

Summer Fun #1 Cotton Candy Cookies - tie dye shirts - fruit juice lego jello - Splatter shirts - Beach Bag - From Nap-Time Creations

Fruit Juice Jello Lego Snacks – Nap-Time Creations

Zipper Beach Bags – Sew What Alicia

Splatter Shirts – Andrea’s Notebook on Nap-Time Creations

Cotton Candy Cookies – Sweet Jenny Belle Bakery

Crafty Holiday Gift Idea | Duck Tape for Kids

Reported by Maria del Pinto

Awhile back, I picked up this fun Duck Tape Creativity kit to entertain my daughter who is a huge Duck Tape fan.

Duck Tape Creativity Kit

The reason my daughter wanted this Duck Tape Creativity kit is that it has some fun Duck Tape patterns and colors.

Duck Tape is an often overlooked kid’s craft idea. It’s a versatile material that can be used to craft a variety of items, including – as has been proven repeatedly during the company’s annual scholarship contest – beautiful Duck Tape prom dresses! The booklet in the kit that I bought is written for kids and teens, and had 18 different projects that range from bracelets to flowers to shoes to even diy sandwich bags!

Duck tape patterns
duck tape patterns

On their website, Duck Brand has loads of “how to” pages for projects using their tape. Want to make a wallet, a rose, or a tablet cover? They’ll show you how!

My daughter used a Blue Hawaiian Duck Tape sheet to cover her cell phone case and give it a great eternal summer feel.

Duck Tape Covered Cell Phone Case
Duck Tape Covered Cell Phone Case

Looking for a creative stocking stuffer? Duck Tape offers a huge variety of colors. Duck it! Pop in a roll in your kid’s favorite color – or even their favorite team – and stand back on Christmas morning and watch the creativity!