Easy Halloween Masks

20131006-IMG_7971_SmallThese beautiful masks will WOW all of your friends at any Halloween party this season and they are fun and easy to make!  20131006-IMG_7982_Small MaterialsDOWNLOAD MASK TEMPLATE: Mask_TemplateIMG_0003_SmallPrint Mask_Template onto Card Stock (preferably 100lb) and then cut it out. IMG_0005_SmallStart by gluing your novelties around the outside edge of the mask and work your way towards the center. IMG_0006_SmallIMG_0010_SmallCut to size and apply fabric trim around eye holes.IMG_0013_SmallIMG_0015_SmallFirmly glue thick ribbon to the back side of mask.20131006-IMG_8018_SmallFor fun try making more than one mask with different novelties. Enjoy!20131006-IMG_8007_Small

Under the Sea – Tissue Paper Craft for Kids

School is nearly over and summer is headed our way! YAY! The hope is that the sun shines all summer long but there is the possibility that you might experience a rainy day or two. So, Whimsical Publishing has created this fun summery craft for those rainy afternoons. This crafts includes free printable PDFs and requires minimal supplies. IMG_9901_SmallIMG_9879_SmallMaterials: Scissors, Paper, Coloured Pencils or Crayons, Glue Stick, Coloured Tissue Paper, and our Free Printable PDF Cut-Outs. (It’s also nice to have white card stock but it’s not necessary.)Mermaid_SmallOriginally I planned to only make the above cut-out page for this craft but my kids got in on the action and they created two more (below). Thanks Hannah and Hunter! 🙂Shark_Small Serpent_SmallYou can download these free printable PDF pages at these links below >

Sea Serpent & Treasure Chest

Sharks & Fishes

Mermaid & Dolphin

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First, colour your printed pages. IMG_9895_SmallThen cut out your coloured characters.IMG_9881_SmallNext, randomly tear up tissue paper pieces and glue them onto a plain piece of paper. (I like to use white card stock because it is thicker and makes a nicer backing to glue the tissue on.)IMG_9888_SmallGlue the tissue paper on until the piece of paper is completely covered. IMG_9898_SmallLastly, take your coloured cut-outs, arrange and glue them onto your tissue paper ocean. IMG_9899_SmallIMG_9903_SmallIMG_9901_SmallHappy crafting and don’t forget to check out all of our other craft ideas as well!

~ Micheline

Father’s Day Card to Print & Colour

Father’s Day is coming up! Check out this cute Father’s Day printable card, designed by Micheline Ryckman. All you have to do is download the free PDF at the link below the picture, print it off and colour it. We hope you and your Dad enjoy!Father's Day CardClick this link here to download a free printable PDF version >>> Father’s Day Card

Let’s Go Fly a Kite!

Hunter looked outside and remarked, “It’s really windy – I think it’s a good day to fly a kite!”  I knew that we had some old broken kites somewhere in the garage but I wasn’t up for the search.  Instead, we did a little online searching.  The kids and I found some instructions which assured us that drinking straws, plastic grocery bags, string and tape would quickly produce fully functioning kites. Perfect – we set to work!Kites_2011_01 Kites_2011_07I’m sure you are not surprised to hear that once we got our homemade kites outside, they didn’t fly at all… 🙁  Hannah took this disappointment in stride but Hunter was pretty bummed. It’s always sad when your hard work doesn’t quite pay off…Kites_2011_09Hannah didn’t give up though! She went into the garage, rummaged through and found one of our old kites. After a bit of sawing, taping and tying we managed to create a NEW-OLD kite that flew perfectly!Kites_2011_05We all know that life is often more about the journey than the end result. My kids and I had a lot of fun constructing those kites together. And in the end, I also learned that making old things new again can sometimes be a better option than starting from scratch. 😉Kites_2011_03

Happy Sunday,