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Caterpillar Craft



On Monday I had a friend over to craft with the kids and I. We had planned a pool day at her house, but the kids and I have something brewing in our sinuses and I decided that was a bad idea. Instead she came to our place and we had a crafty time. (corny I know)




A long time ago, probably a year ago like yesterdays post, I saw this caterpillar craft on Pinterest. I never actually pinned it because it didn’t seem like the thing that I needed a pin to remind me of. I loosely followed their craft for this project. By loosely I mean, I looked at the completed project picture, and how they cut the eggcrate, and then we got to it.



For this craft we used markers instead of the ever popular paint. Paint requires a lot more set up, clean up, and supervision than markers. I was looking for a more relaxed crafting time and something that K2 could participate in as well. While he did participate all he did, the whole time, was click the markers together and separate them. I was okay with that tho because he was entertained, and quiet. Then he discovered how to uncap one, just one, the black one I might add, so his hands were still covered in marker.

Just a tip If your going to do this craft, cut the egg crate ahead of time. Like before you set everything up ahead of time. It is more difficult than it seems. This was also my first egg crate craft, so maybe you have already learned that lesson.

I cut two of the caterpillars. You’ll see in the next photo that the one that got used it looks like it’s floating. Clearly I need egg crate cutting practice.



I watered down white glue on a paper plate for the gluing of the pompoms. I did this thinking that it would help the glue to dry faster. It may have, but keep in mind that white glue is not a sticker and it will need some time to dry, so place it our of reach after the pom poms are attached. And do all of your gluing last.

The pipe cleaner antenna are just poked through and bent under to stay in place. The one with the pink antenna is K1’s. She even curled them herself.

Yes it had to be pink. She HAD to have pink.




As soon as we were done K1 asked to do another craft. She really enjoys them. I need to fit them into our schedule more regularly.



This craft is really great because you can make it work with whatever you have on hand. I have seen some with “legs,” they use pipe cleaner, googly eyes, and foam shapes on their backs instead of pom poms. 



We will be doing this craft again, but next time we will use paint. 



Have you done this craft before? What did you do differently? 

What have you crafted lately?



Gwen

Easy Hanging Kids Art Display Tutorial

I had the crafty bug bite me on Sunday and it has yet to let go. 
I pinned this a year ago and I still haven’t made one. I told myself I would get frames at the dollar store or cheap wooden ones from the craft store, and I year later that hasn’t happened.
What has happened in the last year is that my refrigerator has been covered up with all the little lovelies that my kids make. Except it gets full fast, and I have to keep every thing out of my 20 month old K2’s reach. Otherwise it will be transformed into confetti all over the floor.
So on Sunday I solved my problem, without a trip to the store. Everything I needed is basically in the photo above. 

Supplies

  • Two nails
  • String – enough to cover the area where you would like to hang your children’s masterpieces. You could even use that fancy twine you’ve been hoarding
  • 6 (or more) clothespins
  • paint and paint brush- optional
  • hammer
  • scissors

Hang two nails and tie the string between them. I left a little end on each side because I liked how it looked, but you don’t have to do this. I also did was forced to measure and be sure that the nails were at the same height. 91″ if you interested.

Then I painted the clothespins in a rainbow of colors. You could easily skip this, but I thought it gave my super simple display a nice touch. It made it look just a bit nicer. You could even paint them to match the space where you are adding the display.
 I also added words to them, because my kids will be able to read soon enough. I thought it would look nice, and I was really happy with the way they came out. I know the letters were a little sloppy. The smallest brush I has was my daughters watercolor brush. I like how they came out. They are over 7 feet off the ground and it looks like I did it on purpose. Only you know different, so lets keep it between us.



Once your clothespins are dry hang your children’s beautiful artwork. It is safely out of the reach of grabby hands, and my daughter can show off her work to everyone that walks into the house.


Done! 15 minutes, no trips to the store, (because you had it all on hand) and you have created a new fun space to hang all that crafty goodness! Your welcome.

What do you do with your children’s crafts? Where do you display them, if you do?

Gwen

I linked up here check out some other great ideas!

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