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Art Birthday Party

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Instantly upon asking my soon to be 11 year old daughter what kind of birthday party she wanted this year she knew.  She had her heart set on a art party complete with canvases, easels and lots of color.  I love this idea not only was it great for her age but with a few modifications it would be great for younger and older kids.

 

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 These crazy young ladies had a great time!

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Decorations were very simple.  I bought cheap paint brushes at my local hardware store and painted the handles.  Then I attached a ribbon and had a instant banner.

I found a fabric on clearance at Hobby Lobby and let it be the inspiration.   I hung some of the fabric on the curtain rod and made 2  table runners. I then used paper lanterns and  tissue paper pom poms all over.

 

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IMG_3028No art party would be complete without easels.  My husband made ours and  I think they turned our perfectly.

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Each girl had a packet of how to draw and  ideas and inspirations. But the girls were encouraged to paint whatever they wanted.

Everyone had a 11×14 and 8×10 canvas as well as a wooden letter

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A colorful surprise awaited the girls when the cake was cut.  They all commented on how they loved all the colors.

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Here were just a few of the works of art from the day.

Graduation Party

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Last weekend was a big day at our house. My youngest son was graduating preschool and had to have a party just like his big brother and sister did. IMG_2549

With just a few little details he felt like a king for the day.

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My sons only request for his party is that his cupcakes had to have eyes.  He loved them!

Cupcakes were just hat and diploma picks, candy eyes, and black cupcake wrappers.

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Next was Swiss Cake diplomas

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These cups and straws were my favorite element.

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Now we just have a few more years until we can have another graduation party at our house.

Easter Topeary Decor

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I have been looking for something like this for a few years but have not had any luck so yesterday I made it for myself.  It was very easy project and the eggs would look great in a bowl or jar as well.

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What you need:

  • Foam Cone
  • Glue Gun
  • Plastic Eggs
  • Moss
  • Planter
  • Paint (spray paint would have been easier )
  • Paint brush

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Using low temp glue gun I added spots and stripes to the eggs.  They didn’t need to be perfect the randomness of the design is what I wanted.  After the glue dried I painted the eggs with metallic white paint.  I also painted the planter I had with a light uneven coat of silver so the original color was still visible.

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I then glued the cone to a foam block in the bottom of the planter.  I then randomly glued the eggs to the cone.   Then the blank spaces I filled with 2 different mosses.

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QR code Valentine card

My 4th grade daughter loves making still motion videos with her and her brothers toys. This year she made one for her entire class as a “Valentine card”. She had so much fun putting it together and was truly a project she was in charge of.  visit her video at http://caleigh.yarianfamily.net

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The best part of this project is you can have your QR code direct them to whatever you want it to.  You could do a photo, some kid of art, or a video.  All you need is a place to post the images and a QR code.  There are free QR generators  all you have to do is put the web address in and it gives you the QR code image.  In our case it goes to a website where her video is posted.

The card was simply made in publisher and printed on cardstock.

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Easy Photo Valentine Cards

Cute and memorable valentines cards for kids.
I just had them hold their arm out and take a picture.  Then then I ordered one hour prints from our local department store. Using  a craft knife to cut a line above and below their hands and side a sucker stick through.  Its crazy how much it looks like they are holding the sucker.  I had to take a few shots because in some of my pictures the camera had trouble figuring out where to focus.

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I had the kids write their names on blank address labels  then placed them on the back.  I was worried they would press to hard if I had them write directly on the photo.  You could add text to the front of the photo or add stickers such as hearts on top.

New Years Tree

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This year we had one of our family Christmas get-togethers after Christmas and were planning to have Company on New Years eve.  The decision was made to leave up all the Christmas trees until after.  (We all know how much work it is to pack everything up.)   I had bought New Years Items such as party glasses, hats, blowers….  the problem was the kids would not leave them alone.  I decided to take everything but lights and ribbon off of our small tree in the family room and place the items in the tree.  It worked like a charm no one messed with the items any longer and everyone liked selecting their items from the tree on New Years.  The tree was topped off with one of the party hats it was so cute.

Paper Lanters W/Balloon

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Have you ever used a paper lantern for a party and you cant get it to look full.  This past November I pulled out some lanterns that I had used 2 years before but I could not keep them from collapsing.   Just blow up a balloon of a matching color inside and it looks great!

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I found the balloon a plus with this one cause I attached it to a balloon stick.

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