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{May Day Baskets} Seattle Area Lifestyle Photographer

April 24th, 2013

April showers bring May flowers, as the old adage goes. I love getting flowers, and a tradition I also love is giving flowers on May Day (the first of May). Last year the boys and I made these cute paper cones as baskets, and left them for our neighbors. They loved the craft AND the […]

 

April showers bring May flowers, as the old adage goes. I love getting flowers, and a tradition I also love is giving flowers on May Day (the first of May). Last year the boys and I made these cute paper cones as baskets, and left them for our neighbors. They loved the craft AND the giving, and are already asking to do it again. It is a simple little thing, but my boys got a huge kick out of leaving the little baskets for all of our neighbors and friends. Try your hand at making your own May Day baskets, and filling them with flowers, whether it be flowers from your garden, or painted flowers your child made, or hand crafted flowers. The gesture will be much appreciated!

 

We started off with some pretty cardstock. You can probably use scrapbook paper, but I wanted something a little sturdier for my paper cones.

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I measured a semi-circle with a compass (or, you can just eyeball it), and had my boys cut it. Then, we glued it. I used the clothespins to hold it shut as the glue dried. This year, I think we may use glue dots.

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From the leftover cardstock paper, we made tags for our paper cones that said “Happy May Day!”

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Yes, these lilacs are from my yard. ūüôā

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I punched holes in the side of the cone and threaded ribbon and the tags through,  in order to hold up the cones.

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Knock, knock!

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Happy May Day! Wouldn’t finding this on your door bring a smile to your face?¬†

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{Paper Marigolds in Baskets} Seattle Area Lifestyle Photographer

April 1st, 2013

When I saw this craft on Pinterest about paper marigolds, I knew I had to try it with my boys. ¬†Spring is coming up, the garden is getting planted, and yellow and orange marigolds are just so sunny and happy looking! What I liked about this craft was that it also taught the boys about […]

 

When I saw this craft on Pinterest about paper marigolds, I knew I had to try it with my boys.  Spring is coming up, the garden is getting planted, and yellow and orange marigolds are just so sunny and happy looking! What I liked about this craft was that it also taught the boys about (paper) weaving, which was  kind of a new concept to them, and something they had a lot of fun with as well. Also, my preschooler got to practice his cutting skills! In a sanctioned project by mommy! And the end product is so very pretty.

What You’ll Need:

  • Brown construction paper (or some other color for the basket. I recommend two different tones, light and dark, for easier weaving)
  • green, yellow, and orange construction paper
  • scissors
  • glue
  • tape
  • **optional** something round to use as templates for the flowers. I used canning jar lids.

 

Let’s get started! (bonus points for enthusiasm!)

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My oldest son and I traced out circles and the leaves on the green, orange and yellow paper. We did the 4 of each: big orange circle, little orange circle, big yellow circle, and little yellow circle.

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What the circles looked like. These will become the marigolds. Then I had the boys glue the small circles to the big circles. Be sure to use opposing colors!

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Then, we cut “petals” on the outside of the big circle. I told my oldest son to cut to the edge of the small circle, all the way around the big circle. My youngest son had some troubles with this, and did need help. Then, we glued on stems and leaves.

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While the flowers were drying, we cut out strips for the baskets. I used a few, wider strips for my preschooler. For my older son, I used narrower strips, but twice as many.

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I taped all the ends together to make it a little easier for them to weave. Then, I demonstrated the “over, under, over” pattern, and let them go to town. This was where the two different colors helped them keep track of the weaving (especially for my preschooler).

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All done! Both kiddos really enjoyed the weaving, which was surprising to me. I will have to look up some more weaving projects up for them to do!

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Finished marigolds! Don’t they look cheerful? We taped the woven paper “basket” to our background paper, then stuck in our paper marigolds.

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All done! The one on the left was done by my seven year old, the one on the right (with all the happy faces) was done by my preschooler).

Four thumbs up!

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{Paper Heart Valentines} Seattle Area Lifestyle Photographer

January 24th, 2013

February is just around the corner, and with that comes one of my favorite holidays, Valentines Day! I was looking for some fun crafts to do with the boys, and came across this paper heart craft from Roots and Wings. Theirs seemed a little more work than my boys could handle (aka it looks more […]

 

February is just around the corner, and with that comes one of my favorite holidays, Valentines Day! I was looking for some fun crafts to do with the boys, and came across this paper heart craft from Roots and Wings. Theirs seemed a little more work than my boys could handle (aka it looks more mom intensive than boy intensive), so I tweaked it a bit. I used old magazines papers, and had the boys tear out any that were red or reddish colored for them to cut up to use. Then, we cut them up into strips, and used a ribbon instead of a brad to hold it together in the middle. I think it came out very well, and adds a pretty decoration to our home!

 

Concentrating very hard, the sparkly cape gave him super cutting powers.

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You want to end up with different lengths of paper (I chose three different lengths for the boys)

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To make it easier for them, I placed a ribbon down the middle of the paper heart to help attach it, instead of using brads. The other paper sides would go on the other side of the ribbon.

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The other side (yes, it does look exactly the same). You sandwich them together with the ribbon in the middle, smallest lengths closest to the ribbon.

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Then, I had them staple the bottom of ALL the paper strips to the ribbon, and then fold the strips up (shortest strips first) into a heart shape onto the ribbon and staple it. Repeat with the longer lengths.

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This was a super easy project! We then hung them on crepe paper around the house as decorations. So pretty!

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A close up. I loved using the recycled papers to give the hearts a unique look.

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Our garland! You can see we made some with construction paper as well. It was really fun, and an easy craft for both the boys!

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{Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow} – Seattle Area Lifestyle Photographer

December 16th, 2011

One thing about living in the Pacific Northwest, we don’t get a lot of snow precipitation during the year unless you go up to the mountains (we get cold, and we get rain – just rarely together at the same time). ¬†Usually when it does snow, everything shuts down and we get to stare outside […]

 

One thing about living in the Pacific Northwest, we don’t get a lot of snow precipitation during the year unless you go up to the mountains (we get cold, and we get rain – just rarely together at the same time). ¬†Usually when it does snow, everything shuts down and we get to stare outside at all the pretty pretty flakes.¬†One of my favorite things about being a parent is having family traditions. I love looking back on my childhood and remembering the special things my parents did to make the holidays special, and most of them involved a lot of time with my parents and very little money. One of my favorite traditions now with my boys is making snowflakes to help decorate our home. We have made ours out of paper, and for the younger kiddo, we do popsicle snowflakes as well. It’s really fun, it’s a way to bond with my boys, and I hope when they’re adults, they’ll be making paper snowflakes with their own families as well.

 

These are really simple to make, but the 3D effect makes them stunning. Here’s a link to a step by step tutorial. I made mine with six instead of eight pieces.

 

Here’s a good step by step tutorial on how to fold a six sided snowflake. This is what you end up with after the folding.

 

I made designs for my six year old, and just had him cut out the dark parts of the snowflake

Little kid scissors weren’t heavy enough to cut through the layers of paper, so we opted for adult scissors

And here’s our snowflake gallery! We put them on our slider door so we could admire them and pretend it was snowing outside.

Why yes, that is a Darth Vader snowflake

We glued big and little popsicle sticks together for the painting snowflake craft

Who says snowflakes need to be white?

No craft at my house is complete without glitter.

Waiting to dry! We ended up putting these snowflakes on the penguin footprint picture we made (yes those are my feet in the picture)

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!