Make Blow Paint Art With A Straw With Kids

DIY blow art with a straw-googly eye monsters art for kids

Well, we love straws in our drinks, but we never knew we would like them so much for art. We recently blew our way to colorful art with paint and, yes, a straw. Our kids loved this project. It’s fun year-round; on sunny days, and on cold days too, when the kids need to get creative, and off the screens. Since Halloween is around the corner, we made the colorful blown art into cute, adorable monsters. Get those straws out, and those lungs ready to blow.

Blow Art With A Straw

Materials:

  • Watercolor paper
  • Crayola washable paint (watered down with drops of water)
  • Straws (we used paper, but plastic would work, too)
  • Dropper
  • Sharpie
  • Googly Eyes

Directions:

Step 1: Get a paint tray, or tiny cups. Pour about 1/2 tablespoon paint into a cup, along with 1/2 tsp – 1 tsp water. If it’s too watery, the paint will run off the pages too quickly. If it’s too thick, it will not move much at all. Try to find the right consistency that makes drops when placed on paper, and moves well with some wind.

DIY blow art with a straw-googly eye monsters art for kids

Step 2: Use the dropper to drop “blobs” or dots of paint onto the paper. You can place them wherever you want – some close, some far, some big, some little, etc.

DIY blow art with a straw-googly eye monsters art for kids

Step 3: Now, it’s time to blow. Use the straw to create one-of-a-kind art. As you will discover, the art changes with the direction of the straw and wind. If you blow from the top, it’s a different effect if you blow from the side. We made tiny dots of color, big blended works of art, and medium sized ones, too! It was a lot of fun.

DIY blow art with a straw-googly eye monsters art for kids

DIY blow art with a straw-googly eye monsters art for kids

 

Step 4: Add googly eyes, and use a Sharpie to draw arms, legs and any monster-like accessory or body part you want. How cute are they?

DIY blow art with a straw-googly eye monsters art for kids

DIY blow art with a straw-googly eye monsters art for kids

 

DIY blow art with a straw-googly eye monsters art for kids

DIY blow art with a straw-googly eye monsters art for kids

 

 

Stock Up On Pool Noodles Now To Make These DIY Giant Flowers

DIY giant pool noodle flower

We know school is in limbo, and our world has been rocked with the arrival and contagion of COVID-19. Spring plays were cancelled, graduations were virtual, and birthday parties became drive-by, honking car parades. Although you may not have a large school play or birthday party in the very near future, it will happen again. In fact, small, safer gatherings are happening now. When the time is right (even if it’s next spring) we have the cutest decoration, DIY giant flowers, that costs less than $5 each. We are sharing this spring and summer DIY craft now, so you remember to stock up while they are “in season,” (and store the ones you have) to make these large DIY flowers. It’s easy to do, and adds a dose of sunshine to any space, or party.

Sorry about the ‘non-professional’ photos. This was a quick project in spring 2019, and didn’t think it would be such a hit, so cell phone photos have to do.

DIY Giant Flowers Made With Pool Noodles

Materials:

  • Giant tissue paper flowers
  • Pool noodles, green
  • Industrial buckets, Walmart (they were about $2.97)
  • Cardboard
  • X-acto knife
  • Acrylic paint, green
  • Rock
  • Card stock, green
  • Wood skewer, thin
  • Glue, glue stick works fine
  • Packaging tape

walmart buckets

walmart pool noodles

Step 1: Buy stems, or the pool noodles, from Walmart. Also at Walmart, find the colors buckets that will serve as the “pots” or “planter” for the flowers.

cardboard cut out and pool noodle stem

Step 2: Cut left over cardboard packages from all those Amazon packages you’ve been buying. Trace the opening of the bucket on the cardboard, and cut it slightly inside the pencil outline. I find that an X-acto knife works better than scissors when working with cardboard. Also, trace the outline of the noodle in the center of the cardboard circle. This will be where the stems fits inside, so cut it slightly inside the pencil outline as well, so the pool noodle fits nice and snug.

green cardboard cut out

Step 3: Paint the cardboard with acrylic green paint.

diy pool noodle flower

Step 4: Add heavy rocks to the bottom of the buckets. We know it’s just a pool noodle and a tissue flower, but it’s somewhat heavy, so you will need something to stabilize them so they are not top-heavy.

diy pool noodle flowers

 

giant DIY flower

Step 5: Cut leaves from green paper (we love Astrobrights Paper), and glue two stems with a large thin wood skewer in the middle. This will look like a “leaf vein”, and also makes it easy to just stick inside the noodle so it will stay in place.

diy pool noodle flowers

Step 6: Insert the stems inside cardboard cut-outs, and then insert it inside the buckets. They fit nice and snug in the buckets. Fluff some pre-made tissue flowers from Amazon. They come with a string attached, so I wrapped it around the top of the noodle and also secured it with a piece of packaging tape.

Here are a couple flowers “on set” for a spring singing pageant.
spring school play DIY decor

DIY LaCroix Baby Shower Favors That Sparkle

lacroix cans make the cutest diy baby shower planter

We know you aren’t actually hosting a baby shower in the next month or so during stay-at-home orders, but we do know baby showers are going to happen again when we make it through this historic, difficult time. When COVID-19 does pass, and a baby shower is on the calendar, you will be ready with the cutest baby shower favors ever!! With this DIY favor, the colors pop (so it’s a decor piece as well) , you can drink ALL THE cans of LaCroix to make these DIY planters, and everyone loves a little “baby” succulent they can grow at home, too! It’s a win/win for the host and guest, and also for the mom-to-be because they can be gender-specific or neutral.

All the details are here at Momtastic.

 

DIY Perler Bead Art & Happy Snail Mail During COVID-19 2020

DIY perler bead art for easter-happy snail mail for kids

Easter is going to be one for the books this year. Due to COVID-19, we may or may not have eggs due to store shortages, we will not be doing an egg hunt with all our families, we won’t be drinking our aunt’s famous bloody mary’s or mimosas as we catch up with our cousins, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and we won’t be at mass with our faith communities. COVID-19 has brought all kinds of emotions, fears and also a personal challenges to be grateful for the simple blessings in life we often take for granted. We are beyond blessed that we can stay-at-home with our little families, and although this Easter will be hard, we pray it also brings hope. Hope in humanity. Hope that things will get better. Hope because He is risen. Hope that good things are on the horizon.

We are doing out best to get creative with the art supplies we have on-hand during these long days at home, and since we miss our family and friends so much, we wanted to send happy snail mail to remind them how much we love them. If you don’t have perler beads, we highly suggest that you buy them from Amazon. After all, we have 4 more weeks (at least) at home. The tiny beads provide hours of fun and creativity. If Easter is not feasible for DIY perler bead art, then do whatever designs you want, and glue them on cards to send through the mail. It will add sunshine to someone’s day, and right now, it’s the small things and acts of kindness that make a BIG difference.

DIY perler bead art for easter-happy snail mail for kids

This is so simple, it doesn’t require official steps. First, buy the beads (or use the beads you already have). Next, design something small that can fit on a card. You can find designs online, or create your own. Follow directions for ironing so the beads fuse together. Lastly, with a hot glue gun, glue it to a blank card, and write a sweet note inside. You can do this DIY perler bead craft year-round. For the words on the front, you can use a label machine, stamps, or write the words.

We hope you find the silver lining during these uncertain times, or something to be hopeful for in the coming months. Happy Easter. We are sending love and hope to everyone right now.

DIY perler bead art for easter-happy snail mail for kids

DIY perler bead art for easter-happy snail mail for kids

DIY perler bead art for easter-happy snail mail for kids

DIY perler bead art for easter-happy snail mail for kids-sunshine during COVID-19

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DIY Surprise Ball Twist: DIY Surprise Carrots With Trolls

diy surprise ball carrot-spring-and-easter-craftWe just can’t stop that happy feeling when we think of Trolls. We loved those crazy and colorful-haired toys when we were younger, and then a couple years ago, Dreamworks introduced a whole new family of Trolls, and our kids fell in love, too. The happy, glittery and music-loving Trolls are the source of inspiration for our latest DIY spring project, DIY surprise carrots with Trolls.

We’ve seen creative DIY surprise balls where kids unwrap, unwrap and then unwrap some more to unveil a special gift in the center of the ball. We made a modern and spring (Easter) twist on the DIY surprise balls with these DIY surprise carrots. The stem of a carrot has never looked for bright with hues of pink, teal and black Troll hair; however, the fun of unwrapping remains solid!

We can’t wait to see Trolls World Tour. And, we’re thrilled it’s (almost) Spring! Celebrate with these surprise gifts.

DIY Surprise Carrots with Trolls

Materials:

  • Orange crepe paper streamer, WalMart
  • mini Trolls (these, or these)
  • Mod Podge
  • Paintbrush

Directions:

Step 1: Begin by unraveling a bit of the orange crepe paper streamer. Place the mini Troll on the end of the orange paper, and begin to roll and wrap, and wrap and wrap.

DIY trolls surprise carrots with crepe paper

DIY trolls surprise carrots with crepe paper

 

Step 2: Continue to wrap tightly (don’t pull too tight to rip the crepe streamer), as you form the shape of a carrot. No carrot is perfect, so there will be lumps and bumps. Wrap the crepe paper around the Troll, and then wrap it below the Troll. Make this part thicker since there is no “base”.

DIY trolls surprise carrots with crepe paper

DIY trolls surprise carrots with crepe paper-dreamworks trolls world tour

Step 3: Once the crepe paper looks like a carrot, cut the end, add a dab of Mod Podge, and stick it to the bottom of the carrot. Then, top it off with a brush of Mod Podge, so it stays in place.

DIY trolls surprise carrots with crepe paper-dreamworks trolls world tour

DIY trolls surprise carrots with crepe paper-dreamworks trolls world tour

DIY trolls surprise carrots with crepe paper-dreamworks trolls world tour

Step 4: You now have the cutest little garden of DIY carrots that have a surprise inside!

DIY trolls surprise carrots with crepe paper-dreamworks trolls world tour

DIY trolls surprise carrots with crepe paper-dreamworks trolls world tour

 

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