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Great Easter Greeting Card

Thumpers Easter Greeting Card

Thumpers Easter Greeting Card

 

 

I have been seeing this craft around everywhere and really like it. I think this is a super fun project that makes really creative ideas. Easter has a ton of pretty colors to make fun swirls out of. If you have any kind of paper that you have been wanting to use and didn’t know what to do with it now here is your chance. I found this great Easter project from one of my favorite websites FamilyFun.com

 

 

 

Supplies:

Note card or cardstock folded into a card
Construction paper or other lightweight colored paper
Scissors
Craft scissors (optional)
White glue or glue stick
Paintbrush with a thin handle or wooden kitchen skewer
Toothpick
Colored pencil
Buttons (for added decor if you like)
Glitter (because why not)
Ribbons (if you feel your card could use them)

Directions:

1. First, create a simple landscape scene on the note card by cutting grassy hills and/or patches of garden soil from the colored paper and gluing them in place. Or, have your child draw or color a scene.

2. Now you’re ready to start quilling. To create the rabbit, begin by cutting strips from the colored paper that measure 1/4-inch wide and about 12 inches long. You’ll need 5 gray or brown ones, 3 white or tan ones, and 2 pink ones.

3. Glue the ends of 2 gray or brown strips together to form a single extra long strip. (Note: A toothpick comes in handy for applying the glue.) Wrap that strip around the paintbrush handle or skewer.

4. Slide the finished coil off the handle or skewer and let it expand into a circle that’s about 1 1/4 inch in diameter. Apply a drop of glue to the end of the strip and stick it in place. Gently pinch the top of the circle to form a raindrop shape. This will serve as the rabbit’s body.

5. Next, use a 12-inch strip to make a 3/4-inch circle and use it to create a teardrop shape for the rabbit’s head. Tear an 8-inch length from another strip and make a smaller teardrop for the rabbit’s foreleg. Set the remaining gray or brown strips aside for now.

6. For each of the rabbit’s ears, coil one of the pink strips into a circle and then pinch both the top and bottom. If you like, wrap a piece from the remaining gray or brown strips around each ear and use a couple spots of glue to secure it.

7. Use 2 of the white or tan strips to create the rabbit’s large hind feet in the same manner you did the ears.

8. Finally, use an 8-inch length from the remaining white or tan strip to coil a small tight circle for the tail.

9. For carrots, coil strips of orange paper (6 to 8 inches long). Pinch the bottom of the circle and then pinch the upper circle in two places. For carrot tops, simply fold short strips of green paper in half to form a V shape. Apply a bit of glue near the fold to hold the shape and then loosely coil the ends of the strip.

10. For the finishing touches, add a big round sun to the upper corner of the card. Then draw motion lines under one of the rabbit’s feet so that he appears to be “thumping,” and have your child print his or her holiday greeting inside.

Happy May May Day

May Day

May Day

Don’t laugh but I know I have heard of May Day but to be honest I had no idea what it was. Today I decided to Wiki it. This is what the almighty Wiki says:

Traditional May Day celebrations

May Day is related to the Celtic festival of Beltane and the Germanic festival of Walpurgis Night. May Day falls exactly half a year from November 1, another cross-quarter day which is also associated with various northern European pagan and the year in the Northern hemisphere, and it has traditionally been an occasion for popular and often raucous celebrations.
As Europe became Christianized, the pagan holidays lost their religious character and either changed into popular secular celebrations, as with May Day, or were merged with or replaced by new Christian holidays as with Christmas, Easter, Pentecost and All Saint’s Day. In the twentieth century, many neopagans began reconstructing the old traditions and celebrating May Day as a pagan religious festival again.
Origins
The earliest May Day celebrations appeared in pre-Christian times, with the festival of Flora, the Roman goddess of flowers, and the Walpurgis Night celebrations of the Germanic countries. It is also associated with the Gaelic Beltane. Many pagan celebrations were abandoned or Christianized during the process of conversion in Europe. A more secular version of May Day continues to be observed in Europe and America. In this form, May Day may be best known for its tradition of dancing the maypole dance and crowning of the Queen of the May. Various Neopagan groups celebrate reconstructed (to varying degrees) versions of these customs on May 1st.
The day was a traditional summer holiday in many pre-Christian European pagan cultures. While February 1 was the first day of Spring, May 1 was the first day of summer; hence, the summer solstice on June 25 (now June 21) was Midsummer. In the Roman Catholic tradition, May is observed as Mary’s month, and in these circles May Day is usually a celebration of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In this connection, in works of art, school skits, and so forth, Mary’s head will often be adorned with flowers in a May crowning. Fading in popularity since the late 20th century is the giving of “May baskets,” small baskets of sweets and/or flowers, usually left anonymously on neighbours’ doorsteps.

Personally I see this as being quite interesting…celebrating nature…I know a scary concept but I like it.  I like the idea of celebrating nature and spring.  It makes me all warm and fuzzy inside so today I will say Happy May Day and spread the warmth!

Fancy Rocks

Fancy Rocks
Fancy Rocks

 

 

The warm weather is here and if you are looking for something to craft for the kiddos or a party activity even a school craft here you go! Get a hold of as many rocks as you can (or tell the kids to bring there own cleaned rocks) and go to town. You know there are little tidbits of craft materials you have that you have been longing to finish up and rocks are the perfect small crafts to do just that. You can use paint, glitter, ribbon, feathers, buttons sequins, anything! You can turn this craft into beach fun too. While at the beach collect shells, rocks and whatever else you can get your hands on even sand to be decorated. You can use the finished product to decorate your home with. You can make garlands, decorate the inside of bowls or vases even attach to old picture frames and hand on your walls.  I personally love Owls which is why I chose these designs but you can decorate your rocks anyway you want.  You can theme them for holidays or for gifts.

Green Graffiti?

Moss Paint

Funny enough I found the green graffiti idea due to a tweet made by Andy Dick of all people. I saw the title Moss Graffiti  and I had to see what green graffiti was all about.
All you need is: a handful of moss, water, water-retention gardening gel, & buttermilk and you are on your way to making your own live graffiti that is probably better for the environment and better than painting on other peoples property. I am thinking green graffiti probably isn’t even illegal but don’t quote me on that.
I am not sure how green this really is but I do think this is a good idea to do at home as a project. Its an interesting activity to say the least.
I think creativity wise you could do fun things with green graffiti and maybe even figure out ways to make the moss different colors and possibly even include other plants in the mixture to see if they would grow as well. Spring is coming and there are plenty of things to plant but green graffiti would change up your garden up a bit. Try it as a science project for school or as an at home project with some friends! I know I am going to try some green graffiti at my home this spring! If you do send us pictures and we will post them on The Beagle!
As always creating more vegetation in our world is a plus so green graffiti earns points for that but I don’t suggest trying this on property that isn’t yours unless given permission. Green graffiti can be used to cover up difficult to remove paint graffiti which might be a more cost effective way to deal with unwanted graffiti and a good lesson for graffiti artists because painting over moss might be difficult. This might deter people from using spray paint which isn’t a bad thing either so maybe green graffiti is greener than I thought!
Click here to learn how to make your own green graffiti!
LandscapeUSA.com