Tuesday, December 13, 2011

* Re-Cycled Paint Stick Snowman Snow Ruler!

Here's a fun oldie but goodie, winter time craftivity!
Frosty the paint stick has made an appearance on the blog before 
but it's that time of year for him to come out again! 
"E" made him when she was 3 and-a-half or 4-years-old and I love him. 

Start with a wooden paint stirring stick from the hardware store
(or, if you're like me, from the garage box of misc. house painting stuff)

Let your kids paint it white (acrylic craft paint or house paint works best)

After it's dry, help your child use a ruler to measure 
and mark the stick with one inch increments
using a black permanent marker. 

Embellish and add "Snow Man" details
at the top with scraps of ribbon, fabric, or fleece for a hat and scarf.
A face can be drawn or painted on.

Or, raid some mini pom poms like we did,
or use googly eyes, dried beans, beads, sequins -- whatever you have around.

Carrot nose can be made out of paper, felt, or craft foam.

This is a fun and easy winter craft
and they make fun gifts for relatives, teachers, and neighbors as well!

Now you have your very own (adorable) way 
to measure the snow - just take your snow man outside
after it snows to stick in the snow and see how many inches you got!
(You can spray him with clear sealer if you're worried about his paint running)

Happy Winter Crafting!

Pink and Green Mama

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Dad's Homemade Christmas Gift Surprise! "Back Massage" Shirt

Shhh....this project is a surprise.
My husband is under strict orders to NOT read my blog post today!

The girls and I always try to make a gift for Geoff that is useful as well as creative. 
This year, while trolling Pinterest, I came across an image of a back massage t-shirt and knew it was the perfect kid-made gift for daddy this Christmas.

You draw a map on the backside of a t-shirt and the kids drive cars all over daddy's back to give him a "massage" I predict there will be lots of giggling Christmas morning.

The blog post that the shirt idea originated fromprovided templates if you'd like to use them but we like to do things our own way and freehand it.

We raided one of Geoff's white t-shirt style, 100% cotton, undershirts.
Then, we folded up some newspaper and put it inside to keep the ink from bleeding through to the front of the t-shirt.

We thought about using fabric crayons or markers but decided to use what was in the house
and it's probably not going to be worn or washed that much anyway! 

So, we got out our permanent markers.
I marked off some roads and "E" got to work adding the yellow dotted lines. 

Then, both girls colored houses, a coffee shop, parking lots, a football stadium (On Wisconsin!), a playground and traffic lights. 

So many fun details.

They named it "Dad-Ville" 

After all of the details were in, we put it in a gift box with some new Matchbox cars. 
The idea is that Geoff will wear the shirt and lay down on the floor while the girls drive cars all over his back! : )

We had fun working on it and I know their daddy is going to love it.

Happy Homemade Gift Making!

For more homemade gift ideas, 
check out my FREE  Pink and Green Mama Crafts 

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