Friday, April 20, 2018

Coloring Page Gift Box

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It's amazing how many ways you can use completed coloring pages when you stop and think about it. I came across this empty box with a clear window...


... and realized that I could add a completed coloring page and use it to hold a gift. No wrapping paper required! I cut a completed coloring page from The Art of Coloring Kaleidoscopes to fit the opening. It looked OK, but the colors weren't quite right. 



I painted the box white and it looked so much better.


You could do this with literally any coloring book and any box, tin, or pouch with a clear window. Get those completed coloring pages out of the book and out where they can be admired!

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Sympathy Card

I made this sympathy card for a friend who lost his mother to pancreatic cancer.

With Deepest Sympathy (affiliate link)

It's hard to tell from the photo, but I used grey chalk to shade the white background, starting from the dove and moving to the upper left. At that corner, where the grey is most concentrated, I added the smallest hint of blue, orange, and pink chalk. To me, the color represents hope and promise, which can be hard to see during the pain of grieving. I hope my card brings him some comfort.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

New Mexico, 2016

Another travel page into the album! This was from our November 2016 trip to Santa Fe and Albuquerque

New Mexico, 2016 (affiliate link)

That was a really fun trip. It was hard narrowing down which photos to use, but I think these hit the main highlights. 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Pulling Prints from Poured Paints (Kid-Friendly! Yes, Really!)

Poured paint crafts are REALLY popular right now. I'm not surprised, as poured paint is mesmerizing to watch, fun to do, takes no special skills, and yields gorgeous end results. There are some downsides, of course: it uses a ridiculous amount of paint, the paint is mixed with a pricy pouring medium, the drying time is crazy long, the potential for a messy accident is huge, and even if everything goes right, clean-up is a pain. I challenged myself to come up with an inexpensive, low-mess version of a poured paint project that is 100% kid-friendly. In fact, I made three cards and wrapped a gift from a single poured paint project!


It took a bit of experimenting to get the results I wanted, so let me walk you through what I did. I'll also tell you what I wished I'd done. Lucky you, learning from my mistakes! 

The first step is to choose your paint colors. I'd stick with three for your first project. I chose green, yellow, and pink. I should mention that I used Folk Art acrylic paint (affiliate link). I didn't try other brands, so I'm not sure if they'll work as well. Don't use tempera paint. It will flake when it dries.

Find three empty containers (K-cups are PERFECT for this) and pour about 1/4 oz. (1/2 tablespoon) of paint into each. Thin the paint with a few drops of water, mixing it with a toothpick. Add more water until it will pour smoothly, but not be runny. Think heavy cream.  

Set the paint aside and prepare your work surface. I covered my table with paper, then taped a piece of aluminum foil to the paper. In retrospect, I should have put the aluminum foil into a low-sided box, like the kind that hold flats of soda. But this worked out fine. I set up a posterboard behind my work space, which I envisioned as a just-in-case splash barrier (which I didn't end up needing). It did prove valuable though, as it reduced the glare on the foil significantly.

Next, I wadded up a small ball of foil and set it in the center of my foil work surface. I started by pouring pink onto the foil ball from a height of about 8 inches. It was too thick and the paint mostly just sat there. Trial and error. I thinned my paints a little and tried with yellow. Yes!


I poured green on top of that, then added more pink. Do you have any idea how difficult it is to use your non-dominant hand to take a photo of pouring paint while you focus on making sure said paint doesn't end up in the wrong place? I'll tell you. It's quite difficult. 


After pouring the last of my paint, I used a toothpick to drag the paint out from the center just a little bit. Then I poked the foil ball to remove it. 


I carefully lined up a piece of white cardstock over the paint...


... and lowered it into place. I gave it a gentle press...


... then carefully lifted it up. It worked!


I repeated the process two more times for a total of three pulled prints. I set them aside to dry. By now, the paint on the foil had smeared quite a bit and nearly reached the edges of the foil. It was really pretty and I had high hopes that the paint would dry nicely on the foil. I left it overnight and was happy to see that it dried beautifully.

I turned my attention to the cards. I trimmed them to size and mounted them onto green, yellow, and pink card bases. 


Now, the foil. I had just enough to cover a small box. I crossed my fingers... and was thrilled that the paint didn't flake off when I bent the foil. Yea! I've never wrapped a gift in foil before, but it was so quick and easy. No tape needed!


This was such a fun project! I think the gift wrap and card go together beautifully. I consider this whole paint pouring experiment a grand success!


Have you tried pouring paint? Tell me what you've tried and how it worked, or if you're now inspired to give it a try! 

Monday, April 16, 2018

Cardboard Tube Lion

We receive a lot of submissions at Fun Family Crafts and it's part of my job as Editor to process them. This means I look at each one to determine if it is indeed a craft, child-friendly, and written as a tutorial. If so, then I write up the description, add tags, and schedule it to be featured. (If you have a blog and would like your craft tutorial to be featured at Fun Family Crafts, submit it here!) I love going through the submissions because it is such a source of inspiration. 

For example, when I saw this:


... I immediately thought of this:



You can find the instructions to make Petro's flowers here. Continue on to learn how I made my lion. 

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Cardboard Tube Lion


Materials:

  • cardboard tube
  • pen
  • scissors
  • foam brush
  • brown paint
  • yellow paper
  • glue

Steps:


Use the pen to draw 2 parallel lines around the center of the tube. They should be about 1/8" apart. Make a cut from one end of the tube and stop when you reach the closest line. Continue to do this every 1/8" or so. Then rotate the tube and cut from the other end toward the closest line. If you offset these cuts from the cuts on the other side of the tube, you'll get a fuller mane. 


Bend all the cut sections in toward the pen lines you drew. Use the foam brush to paint the tube brown. (Or, you can paint the tube first on the inside and the outside, let it dry, and then make the cuts.)


While the paint dries, cut out a head and two ears from yellow paper. You can use a solid yellow construction paper or cardstock; I used a scrap of yellow patterned paper I had on hand. When you cut the ears, make the ends extra long so you have a place to put glue. Draw a face on the circle, then glue the ears in place behind the face. 


Press down gently on the cardboard tube to flatten the mane. Then use the scissors to trim the mane so it is even and looks fuller. I cut about 1/4" off both the front and back portions. 



Place the lion face on the mane. If you like how it looks, glue the face in place. To make it a bit more realistic and less whimsical, you'll do some trimming before you glue.  


First, trim the face by slimming down the bottom portion. Then trim the mane so that it is shorter on the sides and tapers down toward the bottom.


When you are happy with the lion, glue the face to the mane. Fun!