Thursday, December 17, 2009
More Bookmark posts
I found all sorts of quick and easy ideas - plus instructions - for making edible bouquets, candy crafts and decorations with sweets and fruits, including a video on how to make a candy wreath plus ideas for year-round kid crafts made with candy and cookies.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
These aren't just kiddie crafts, although there is a good selection of kid-friendly Christmas crafts. There are some beautiful but easy paper ornaments, garlands and free printable greeting cards along with creative ideas for gift wrap, tags, labels and ornaments.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
If you have no album covers, take heart. You can still make a #1 Fan Mask from a photo or a cereal box ... read on.
How to Make a #1 Fan Mask
If you've got a bunch of old vinyl record album jackets hanging around, you can recycle the jacket fronts into celebrity masks on sticks. You could also use cereal boxes or magazine photos if they've got celebrity faces in jumbo head shot sizes. You'll need a face image that's approximately life size, so it will cover your face ...
Cut the face out of the album cover, cereal box or magazine page leaving just a slight margin around the face and hair.
Glue the face image to card stock; trim excess card from edges after glue dries.
Gather up some wooden paint-stirring sticks (the kind you get at the hardware store when you buy a gallon of paint). Or, if you've got some old wooden rulers around, they'll work too - and you'll be doubling your recycling efforts. You could even cut a wooden yard stick into 3 fan-mask holders. (Side note: Years ago roller-type window shades had wooden sticks in the bottom - if you have any of those hanging around, recycle those into handles.)
Paint the sticks if you wish, or leave them natural. Let paint dry.
Attach the cardboard cut out faces to the sticks using tacky glue or duct tape.
Enjoy your celebrity status by holding up your fan/mask to disguise your face ... or keep your cool. You can get really fancy with this project and attach a sign or another face to the back side of the stick.
Celebrity Photo Fan Masks
For another version of this project, print out enlarged photos of anyone - family, pets, celebrities. Find lifesized portrait pictures or enlarge them using a color copier, scanner or your computer and a good graphics editing program. Print the enlarged photo onto card stock or heavy paper and proceed with the project instructions above.
The best results come from photos that are life size with the subject facing straight ahead (or you can get silly and use a back of the head picture instead!).
Here are links to a few photos of famous faces available at Wikipedia.com that you can use to make your own celebrity face masks or mask-fans:
Pres. Bill Clinton
Pres. George W. Bush
VP Dick Cheney
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger
PS Don't throw the vinyl albums away! You can recycle those into nifty bowls and wrist cuff bangles ... directions to follow in a future post.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
I know, I know. It's not yet Halloween. But if you like to create hand made gifts for the holidays, it's time to start thinking about what you'd like to craft for Christmas or Hanukkah gifts this year.
If you have kids, why not get them into the handmade holiday habit? You can start off with these easy Christmas Crafts for Kids, or let the children help you organize your supplies and gear for this year as you get going with your Christmas Crafts Head Start.
Monday, August 17, 2009
I just created a new Amphibians & Reptiles Coloring Page lens at Squidoo, and thought I'd make a custom Guestbook header for it. I used a snake photo I shot early this summer, right outside my studio door. Slide on over and Sssss-sign my Guestbook at the Reptiles Coloring Book lens!
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Children can celebrate the Queen's birthday by decorating a crown colouring sheet in early June. Learn about Trooping the Colour, which occurs on the Queen's Official Birthday.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Designs include flags, stars and stripes, peace fingers and remembrance poppies for US and Canada patriotic crafts.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Find these free printable diploma certificates for all students Kindergarten to Grade 8 at Pastiche Family Portal.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly.
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
How do you celebrate Memorial Day?
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Print on self-adhesive paper and cut the individual Easter stickers apart. No special paper? No proglem. You can use a glue stick to attach your stickers or make your own sticker glue. I like to use these little motifs as small gift tags - simply write on the back.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
This girlfriends graphic collection includes clip art of makeup, purses, sunglasses, mirrors, photo corners, borders - even some high heel shoes to decorate your girlie-girl paper crafts.
Monday, April 6, 2009
Celebrate Earth Day with cards,crafts and decorations that celebrate nature, recycling, green living and Mother Earth. Here's a list of Earth Day printables and nature-related craft resources:
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
This is one of a whole page of free printable Easter cards some in full color ready to print and fold, others with cute drawings waiting for kids (or adults) to color in and decorate. Lots of cute bunnies, eggs, chicks, peeps and flowers for Easter card craft fun.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Mothering Sunday in the UK is celebrated on the Sunday that falls on the fourth Sunday of Lent.
Mothers Day UK 2009 is on March 22. Even the youngest child can make Mum or grandmother a greeting card or lovely bookmark for Mother's Day.
Monday, March 2, 2009
Irish derby, shamrock, leprechaun and a tiny Happy St. Patrick's Day label all on one printable page.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
It's time for Mardi Gras party fun for all ages. Kids and adults will find Mardi Gras coloring pages and masks to color at Mardi Gras Coloring Fun. All pages are free to print for personal use.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
It's time to make printable masks for Carnival season - print out these full color paper craft Mardi Gras masks with fancy features - Mardi Gras 2009 (Fat Tuesday) is February 24. Add some glitter and feather trims for more pizazz.
These free masks are easy to make: print, cut out, add ribbons to tie on. Get fancy and attach your Mardi Gras mask to a stick along one side to make a masquerade ball style mask. Let the Good Times Roll for Mardi Gras!
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Find the gold at the end of the rainbow with this lucky shamrocks paper craft mobile. This paper toy's popular all over the world for St. Patrick's Day. It's even been downloaded and used to teach English in Asian classrooms.
Print, cut, assemble - full instructions on the craft sheet.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
It's almost Valentine's Day and most of the shops will be low or sold out of greeting cards in a day or so. If you haven't got the time or the cash to get an overpriced commercial card, you can print your own from this collection of 4 elegant and romantic free printable Valentine cards.
Print on card stock or heavy-weight glossy photo paper for extra pizazz, trim the edges and add a sentimental greeting inside. Free Valentines - with love from Pastiche to you. Happy Valentine's Day!
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Here's an easy trick you can use to entertain table mates at a wedding, anniversary or perhaps impress your Valentine's Day date.
After you finish a bottle of champagne (or two), save the cork and wire from the stopper and make it into a Romantic Table Top Bistro Set.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Printable Valentine gift coupons don't cost a fortune but they're heart felt gifts that mean so much. You can find printable Valentine coupons for children and friends, IOUs and blank gift certificates plus romantic love coupons to customize for your sweetheart
Monday, January 19, 2009
Two Valentine card bookmark collections to choose from, each with 4 bookmarks you can cut out to use for Valentine cards or gift tags.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Have the kids mix up some batches of effervescent bath powder and home made bath salts to give as gifts to Mom or Grandma for Valentine's Day. They're easy to make and you can scent them with essential oil or a favorite fragrance for instant aromatherapy.
You can find the bath salts recipes at Valentine's Day crafts for kids, plus there are lots more ideas for easy on the budget crafty cards, gifts and decorations the kids will love making.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Teddy bear with roses and Valentine's Day candy box card is a free printable for personal use.
Each printable Teddy Bear Note Card sheet has 2 cards to print, cut and fold. Add your own greeting or note on the inside of the card. Could also be a gift tag to attach to flowers, candy or a personal present for your Valentine.