7/17/2017

DIY Doll Bakery Display Shelf and fake food!



Hi friends!

So do you remember when I said I was going to blog less this summer?  Yeah....I don't know what happened.  Somehow our summer has been filled with projects and so I figure that you might like to see them!


Here's one of the projects that I really didn't plan for.  Now to be fair, the hubby and I decided that it was on our summer bucket list to do a wood working project with our kids.  When we asked them what they wanted to make, this is what they came up with!  It's a bakery display shop for their dolls!  I just really didn't plan to do a whole tutorial here for this.  I think it turned out cute though, and I do have several process pictures (and even a video) to share, so I figured I might as well share it!

First though, here are some "after" pictures:

The stand itself came together pretty quickly.  We scavenged the garage to find all the wood, nails, and screws that we needed.  We had leftover white paint too, so we didn't buy a single thing!
  We made lots of sweet treats for the bakery out of clay, and painted them with acrylic paint. My kids literally spent HOURS making food for this bakery.  I helped too, and it was a lot of fun!  The trick to making so many of the same types of food is to make molds, but more on that later.
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this little walk through of our summer project!

If you'd like more details on how this project came together, keep on reading below!

7/10/2017

Summer Art Series: Picasso

Hi friends!

I hope you are having a wonderful summer! Today I'm sharing with you the next installment of my summer art series, and this time it's about Pablo Picasso!  

This post is probably my simplest art project to date, but it's still fun.  And the benefit is that there really aren't any expensive or hard to find supplies needed for this project, which is really awesome! 
 I used this lesson as an opportunity to teach the kids a lot about cubism and perspective, which they enjoyed.

7/03/2017

Easy DIY Unicorn pillow!


Hi friends!
 
I have a fun sewing project to show you all today!  It's a unicorn pillow!  

The whole tutorial is over at Make it Love it today, and I hope you go and check it out!  It's a fun and easy sew--perfect with sewing with your kids this summer.

I hope you all have a wonderful week everyone...and a wonderful 4th of July tomorrow if you are in the US!

XOXO,

Jill

6/26/2017

Summer Art Series: Van Gogh

 
 Hi friends!

I'm really excited to share the next project in my summer art series.   Last week I shared a project inspired by Edgar Degas, and today I'm sharing one inspired by Vincent van Gogh.  

My kids begged for me to do this series because they've been learning about famous artists at school, and they really love art.  My goal is to plan two lessons per month this summer. So far I've found that setting up these projects really makes them want to learn more about famous artists.  We've checked out books from the library, and watched some videos.  If I find a particularly good source I will share it here!   I have some Van Gogh sources below.


For van Gogh I picked to do a project inspired by his Irises painting.  We were lucky enough to see this painting last time we were in Los Angeles, so I thought it might be fun for the kids to create a project based off of a van Gogh that they actually saw.  When I saw the van Gogh painting I think the thing that inspired me most was the use of colors and light....so I thought what better project than a "stained glass!"

 I think that they turned out so cool!  I can't wait to share all the details for how to make them below.  I also want to say that you can really make famous art inspired sun catchers with any art, you just need a very basic template to trace.  Coloring books can actually be really good for this.

Before we get too lost in the details of how to make these beauties I want to share a few resources that I found for this artist.  We read van Gogh and the sunflowers, which the kids really seemed to like.  It's not too dense a book, and seemed perfect for my kids aged 5 and 7.

I also really liked this TED video which talked about how van Gogh captured light in different ways.  It's a great video incorporating science with art.  It's probably a bit more appropriate for older kids and adults, but my kids still enjoyed watching it even if they couldn't quite appreciate all of the concepts explained.


The suncatchers are made of wax paper, with colored white glue as paint.  The black outlines were made with black fabric puff paint.  Alright, who's ready for the tutorial!

What you'll need:

Let's get started!  

6/19/2017

Summer Art Series: Degas

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Hi friends!

I mentioned last week that this summer I hope to have a bi-weekly post on some sort of art or craft project for kids.  Lately my kids have been really fascinated by the art masters and have been wanting to check out books and videos from the library.  They were fascinated by Degas, partially because they've seen some of his paintings, but also because my kids love to dance.



When I think about Edgar Degas I think mostly about his paintings.  However we read the picture book, "Degas and the Little Dancer"  my kids were much more excited about making a sculpture than painting a picture. (The picture book is good, btw!)


We made the these ballerinas over the course of two afternoons, and I have to say this project was a total hit!  My kids loved sculpting the bodies and playing with the clay.  They wanted to make more out of clay after we finished the ballerinas.

The ballerinas have a pipe cleaner and foil center, and the clay is just wrapped around the formed body.

Ready for the tutorial?  Let's go!

Here's what you'll need for each ballerina:
  • a 20 mm wood bead
  • 2 pipecleaners
  • foil
  •  modeling clay.  I used polyform model air, and it worked well.  It's very light and pliable.
  • permanent marker to embellish the face
  • small scraps of tulle for the skirt, if desired
  • paperclip 
  • hot glue gun to attach the skirt
 Let's get started!

Start by making the body out of two pipe cleaners and the wooden bead.  I made a loop at the top of the head so that I could loop a paperclip through.  This is great if you want to make your ballerina into an ornament.

Wrap foil around the pipe cleaners to make the body.  We found that our clay didn't stick well to the pipe cleaners themselves, so make sure you cover it all in foil.

Once your ballerina is about made, let it dry at least 24 hours.  Mine was still a little wet the next morning. We took strips of tulle and ran a simple gathering stitch to puff them out.  Then I just used a hot glue gun to attach the skirts to the ballerinas.

We used a permanent marker to draw in the eyes.
And that was it!  Of course you can always add some more details with markers or even paint them!  So fun, right?


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