Butterfly Mobile! Fun Kid’s Craft!

This morning we woke up to nearly 4 inches of snow in our neck of the woods! Craziness!!! So my daughter, Hannah, and I decided that we should post a fun SPRING craft for you all – we worked hard on it this morning and we hope it brings you a bit of warm indoor fun today.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s what you’ll need;

– Scissors – Clear Mac-Tac – Three sheets of colourful construction or scraping paper – Sparkles – Tape – 3 straws – 90 cm/35.5 in of ribbon – Three craft beads.

And our three printable butterfly templates – click on PDF files below to download and print each one >>>

Big butterfly template

Medium butterfly template

Small butterfly template

Cut out butterfly templates and then cut two butterflies out of each colour of paper.

Then cut a sheet of the clear Mac-Tac to fit butterflies.

Peel cut Mac-Tac sheets and stick first side of the butterfly right-side down onto the sticky side of Mac-Tac.

With sticky side up sprinkle sparkles into the center of the butterfly.

Lay second butterfly cut out on top of the first and then apply another sheet of clear Mac-Tac on top – sticky sides together.

Cut around the outside edge of the butterfly being sure to leave some Mac-Tac around the edge so that the butterfly sticks together.

Finish the next two butterflies in the same fashion.

Once all three butterflies are finished cut straws as shown below >>>

With clear scotch tape adhere straws to center of each butterfly.

Then take cut ribbon and tie a large enough knot at bottom to hold first bead.

After first bead is on – string ribbon through the straw on the largest butterfly.

In equal lengths up ribbon – tie knots – add bead and butterfly – as pictured below >>>

Then hang and enjoy! Hopefully hanging these little butterflies will make you feel like spring is coming soon!

~Micheline

Pencil Holder Craft for Kids

If you are like me – you didn’t get to go on holiday to Mexico for spring break – <big sigh..>.

A home based spring break might just induce a few – “I’m boooorrreeed Mommy…” – so here’s a fun craft to fill up an hour or so. ๐Ÿ™‚

You’ll need some ribbon of various sorts, a clean half-sized Pringles potatoe chip container, (that should fill an additional 10 minutes of time while they empty it ๐Ÿ˜‰ ), and a hot glue gun (you could probably use regular white glue as well – just give it lots ofย  drying time).

My daughter and I just used scrap ribbon and cording that we had around the house but you could certainly get fancy and buy ribbons that matched nicely.ย  You will need to wrap the ribbons around the container and cut to size.

Starting at the bottom glue the first ribbon – make sure the ribbon is pulled tight and the edge is up against the metal rim on the bottom.

Working your way up – keep ribbons tight together and tight around – feel free to overlap or even put one kind of ribbon on top of another. Always start and end your ribbon wrap in the same place so the cut ends meet at the back.

Once you have finished applying the ribbon all the way up cut another piece to cover over the ends at the back – this makes for a tidy finish.

Voila – a master piece! If you decide that you didn’t really want a pencil holder after all then you can easily use the lid and have it as a container to hold your precious items instead.

Happy spring break, Micheline

Kid’s Paper Puppet Craft – Big Mouth Critters!

Over the years my kids and I, Micheline, have done so many crafts together and I’m super excited to share some of them with you here. This paper puppet style craft has always been a hit – especially with my son. He makes them over and over again just so he can create another funny creature. The best thing about this craft is that all you need is some 8.5 x 11 sheets of paper (the same size you use in your regular home printer) and some crayons or markers. The rest is kinda like folding an airplane. ๐Ÿ™‚

Hannah and Hunter worked hard with me to create these sweet critters you see pictured here!

I hope you enjoy, Micheline ๐Ÿ™‚

You can download the free printable PDF instructions by clicking here >>> Big Mouth Critter Craft Instructions

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