Kid Friendly Crafts

Handprint Christmas Tree

Who doesn’t love a good handprint craft that you can cherish forever!?

I’ll admit that by the third kiddo, I don’t keep every little thing that they make. But if it involves a handprint, I will save that sweetness FOREVER!

So today I want to show you one of my favorite handprint crafts. We have also made these as gifts to give to grandparents and it was a big hit.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

  • a canvas or some sort of flat surface for the handprints
  • A sharpie or black paint marker
  • foam brushes

All of the paint used is acrylic. Here are the colors you’ll need:

  • green paint-you will need a shade of green paint per kiddo
  • colored paint for the tree lights
  • gold or yellow paint for the star
  • brown paint for the tree trunk

Here is we what we did…

  1. I started with Molly’s (our oldest) hands. We brushed a shade of the green paint on her hand and then did her layer of handprints. This will take a little planning on your end depending on the canvas size you’re working with and how many kiddos you’re hand printing. See how we did ours above. You will repeat this until you have your first layer of handprints. Next, we did Maggie’s handprint in a different shade of green, followed by Millie’s hands for the top and final layer of handprints.
  2. Once this dries, you are ready for the lights. I used a sharpie to draw the string on the tree. We used this as a guide for the placement of the lights. I let each girl pick a color and then one at a time, we used their thumbprints to place lights on the tree. I went ahead and did all of Molly’s, followed by all of Maggie’s and then Millie’s.
  3. See their names on the bottom? The color that they wrote their name in corresponds to the color of their thumbprint on the tree. I knew I might forget from year to year which thumbprint belonged to which girl. Problem solved.
  4. The final thing we did was the star and the tree trunk. I don’t know why I didn’t paint the tree trunk in. I must have gotten distracted and not finished. Ha. Maybe I’ll paint that in this year. Or maybe not.

Before we had 3 girls, we did a similar version with two handprints. On this canvas, we let each girl have two different colors of lights for their thumbprints. It looks like I colored the trunk in that time, too! I’ll have both trees out at Christmas each year.

Happy handprint tree making. I hope that if you do this with your kids or grandkids that it is something that you can also cherish for years to come.

If you want another handprint idea, see this post on what you can do with a tree skirt. 🙂 Handprints EVERYWHERE. I love it.

Being a Christian is like Being a Pumpkin

Being a Christian is like being a pumpkin.

I love when we can do something hands on and visual to help the kids learn some awesome truths from the Bible.

My mom showed me these verses the other day so I decided to make a cute little picture that you can use to walk through these verses with your family.

Click the picture or the link below for your FREE printable that will guide you through this activity.

Click here to download your free printable!

Grab a pumpkin and invite your neighbors over!

WARNING! This may get messy, but that’s how life is sometimes, isn’t it?

God Picks You From The Patch And Brings You In

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

Look at the stages as the pumpkin grows on the vine before it is ready to be picked!

One of my favorite things about Maggie is how she always slows down to study and appreciate God’s creation.

Then He Washes All of the Dirt off of You

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

He Opens You Up and Scoops Out all of the Yucky Stuff. He Removes the Seeds of Doubt, Hate, and Greed

“For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin.” Romans 6:6

Then He Carves You a New Smiling Face

“My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to you—I whom you have delivered.” Psalm 71:23

He Puts His Light Inside You to Shine for all the World to See

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

Certain members of the family wanted to carve puppies and a cat. 🙂

Look at those smiles!

 

Save the Pumpkins and Your Money

Let me set the scene for you. It may sound familiar.

It’s October. If you live in Texas, that doesn’t mean much. But we pretend it feels cooler out.

You burn that pumpkin candle. This is the one I’ve been burning lately.

The crockpot is on and you’re making that family favorite soup.

Today is the day.

The day you decorate for fall.

You get those tubs out of the attic and you can’t wait to open them. But when you do, you realize a lot of it is dated and “not your style anymore”.

So you make an action plan.

Go tell hubby that you need to go to Hobby Lobby because fall stuff is 40% off. To which he will remind you that “they always have a sale.”

Darn it. He figured it out.

Sound familiar?! If so, let me share with you what I do in situations like this.

I do go and get maybe one or two new things a season. Nothing big. I’ll sometimes try to wait until the season is over and the price is really marked down. But when all else fails, I paint!

PAINT YOUR OLD PUMPKINS

You will soon learn that about me. My family jokes that if you walk by me, I may paint you.

I’ve tried to do more neutral fall stuff inside the house but I had so many bright orange pumpkins. If you want to update your old pumpkins the way that I did, here is what you’ll need:

-old pumpkins

spray primer for plastic. There are many different brands and I didn’t spend much on it. Just grab whatever you can find at your local hardware store. I did fid it online, but he price was higher than I paid.

-paint in color of your choice (latex or acrylic craft paint would work)

sponge brush

Side note: Another thing you could use is chalk paint. No need to prime with chalk paint and it should stick to your pumpkins just fine.

It is really pretty simple from here. You could even involve the kids and they’d love it! Maybe even give them a few to do their way. Warning…it may end up with 6 googly eyes all over it if you do. We kind of have a thing for googly eyes when we do crafts. Don’t ask me. It just kind of happened. 🤷🏼‍♀️😆👀

First, you’ll want to spray prime the pumpkins. As soon as it dries, you’re ready to paint.

I used sponge brushes to paint but I guess any brush that you have on hand would work. I did 2 coats of paint on most pumpkins and then they were good to go.

I hope this helps you update your fall decor and stay within your budget, too!

Molly’s New Desk

Grab a cup of coffee and let’s take a trip down memory lane together.

Do you remember where you sat to do homework when you were a kid?

For me, it was usually at this table.

This was the first set that my parents bought as a married couple. We now have this very table in our own dining room.

Every time I sit there, it kind of takes me back to those nights of AP calculus homework. The nights of studying for biology and listening to my mom as she made up goofy songs to help me remember all of those crazy words for my test. I thought were annoying at the time. But they helped me pass my test.

Thanks, mom.

I want to make those memories with my kiddos. To be there when they have those “oh I get it!” moments.

To watch them grow. To experience those struggles followed by the victories.

So when we moved and Molly said that she would love a desk for her room, this mama was ON. IT. 👊🏼

And for the record, I am now the one making up goofy songs. I’m quite certain she’ll thank me one day.

Now let’s walk through how we made this desk dream of hers come true.

FIND A DESK

The first step to a DIY desk project is to find a desk!

Anyone that knows me knows that I love a good deal! You don’t have to break the bank on your desk. Just find something that is the size that you need and has the drawer space that you’d like.

We found this one at a thrift store for $30!

Already have a desk that you like? Just skip the painting part and read ahead for the next steps on customizing the inside of the drawers.

PREP AND PAINT

After finding a desk, you’re ready to prep and paint. Clean that bad boy up. I would recommend priming but with the paint I’m about to share with you, it isn’t required. My favorite primer for wood is Zinnser BIN primer. You can paint it on with a brush/roller or get the spray kind. If you’re just using it for this project, the spray should be enough to cover your desk.

What paint should you use?

I do love chalk paint,  but for this project, I chose a latex/waterbased paint. In my experience it is more durable for pieces that will get lots of use.

So I used Sherwin-Williams proclassic paint. I love this paint when I paint furniture or cabinets that will get lots of daily use.

The pro classic latex (waterbased) has many great properties that you’ll love, especially if you’re just getting into painting furniture. It is self leveling (like oil based paint is) but won’t yellow over time. Basically, self leveling means that it won’t show brush strokes once it is dry. I give that 2 thumbs up! 👍🏼👍🏼

As far as sheen goes, you can get satin or gloss. For this project, I used satin. The color I used is Sherwin Williams Alabaster

Now that you have your primer and paint, start painting! I sprayed my primer and then used both a brush and roller for the paint. Don’t panic if the first coat of paint doesn’t look good! It took me three coats until I felt it was covered. Remember to check your paint can for how soon you can paint each consecutive coat. Most if the time, I wait about 4 hours.

SHOP FOR YOUR SCRAPBOOK PAPER

Now here is where the fun part began for Molly. I mean who doesn’t love a good trip to Hobby Lobby?

We went shopping for scrapbook paper that we used to line the inside of the desk drawers. Since there are 7 drawers, Molly picked out 7 different pieces of paper that she liked.

Measure your drawers before you go to the store to make sure that you get the right size and enough paper. I skipped this step and had to make an extra trip to Hobby Lobby (I actually didn’t mind that ha).

The pieces that Molly picked were all very random and I completely let go of control so that her little personality could come out!

I was very proud of myself. And her. 😆

This is my favorite piece that she picked out because every single time she opens this drawer, she will be reminded of how awesome our God is. Great choice, Molly!

APPLY THE PAPER TO THE DRAWERS

While you’re at the store, grab a few sponge brushes and two different types of Mod Podge. You will want to grab the spray kind and the kind in the tub. Is that what you call it? 🤔 Just look at these pictures and get these two!

Once you get home with your goodies, go ahead and trim your paper to fit the inside of your desk drawers.

Then you will want to get the spray Mod Podge and lightly spray each piece of paper, front and back.

It will discolor the paper for a minute and you just might panic when that happens.😬

Don’t panic. It will dry quickly and it’ll be just fine.

Doing this spray step preps the paper and makes it stiff so that when you begin to glue the paper into the drawers, it won’t wrinkle up as much.

I repeat…as much.

I did get a little wrinkling still, but I’m ok with that. If you’ve ever worked with Mod Podge, you know what I’m talking about. Those air bubbles make me a little stressed out🤪. Anyone else have tips for that?

Now it is time to glue the paper to the drawers. I use the Mod Podge as glue and applied it directly to the wood on the drawer. Then just apply the paper to te drawer base and brush a coat of the Mod Podge over the paper. This seals it. It will go on white then dry clear.

You may still have a few bubbles that come up. Just do your best to smooth them out. It prob won’t be bubble/wrinkle free though.

Check out all of Molly’s choices!

CHANGE THE KNOBS OUT

You’re almost done! The last step is optional, but you can always change the hardware out to add more character.

We originally tried to polish the brass hardware.  I liked it but Molly wanted something with more color, so we added these that we found at Hobby Lobby.

I hope this inspires you to do something fun with your kiddo so that you create lifelong memories together!

And maybe you can sprinkle a little homework and silly songs in along the way. 🙂