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DIY Memory Stepping Stone

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Stepping Stone 1Now you CAN save those precious hand and foot prints or even handwriting! 

This is a fabulous activity for kids of ALL ages, and what a terrific way to spend some valuable time together as a family.

It’s also a much appreciated gift for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Grandparents Day, birthdays, or simply a fun way to decorate your yard as a family project.




Do-It-Yourself Stepping Stones

*If you’d rather purchase a kit, than make it from scratch, you might want to check THIS out.

 

Directions:

Buy a package of concrete at your local hardware store.

Stepping Stone 2

 Mix concrete according to package directions.

As you will see, we made several at a time.  Stepping Stone 3

Because we made half dozen at a time, for convenience Stepping Stone 4




We used a drill and a a mortar mixer in a 5 gallon bucket.

Stepping Stone 5 After making the concrete, pour into disposable aluminum pie tins and smooth with a putty knife, spatula or any flat object. Stepping Stone 6 Let the concrete set up enough until it will hold an imprint.

Then decorate with handprint, footprint, marbles, stones, have the kids write their names with a craft stick; whatever your heart desires! Stepping Stone 7




Allow to sit overnight at room temperature. And voila! Stepping Stone 8 They pop right out without any problem or hitch at all as along as they are dried completely through.  Stepping Stone 9

In humid or cold environments, let them dry as long as needed before removing them from the tin.Stepping Stone 10 These stepping stones can be placed outside in the garden or where ever you desire because they are made out of cement it can withstand the weather. Mom’s, dad’s, grandparents, friend’s, anyone appreciate receiving one of these and the kids will have a blast making them!

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2015

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Kids Crafts gifts for Mom

5 Kid Craft Mother’s Day Gifts

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Kid Craft Gifts

Need a quick Mother’s Day gift for the kiddos to make for mom, grandma, aunt – any wonderful lady in their life!      Here are FIVE unique, useful and easy ideas.




 #1 – Personalized Hot Pad & Spatula
Supplies:
Hot Pads Sharpie Markers Spatulas with wooden handlesKids Craft 1
Directions:

Have the kids color or write, depending on ability, on the hot pad and handle of the spatulaKids Craft 2


#2 – Magnets
Supplies: I used Staples Inkjet Gloss White Magnet Sheets   Directions: Get your favorite selfies, family pictures or fun pics. Load onto your computer and print them out on the magnet sheet.Magnet Picture

Cut them out and presto – personalized magnets to hang on the fridge, in the office or anywhere metal Extra pieces trimmed off the photos can be drawn on, or a special message written,  for a personalized gift.
DIY Magnets 1
#3  – Foam Coozy
These would be terrific as a pencil holder, a flower pot (it has a small hole in the bottom which would allow water to drain) or filled with mom’s favorite candy.  Supplies: Foam coozy holders Foam stickers Items to fill coozy  
Directions:

Have kids decorate foam cozy as desired.Foam Coozy


#4 – Chip Clips
 Wanbi Tape Clothes Pins Mod Podge & foam brush, optional

Chip clip

Directions:
Have kids (help if young) center the wasabi tape on the paperclip and press down, tucking under on ends. Do this on both sides of the clothes pin. If desired, have child (or help if needed ) cover the wasabi tape covered clothes pin with mod podge which will help it last longer and keep it nice.  Also, the bit that is folded over the sides

For the gift attach to mom’s favorite chip or treatKids Craft 3

#5   Sugar Scrub
You may need to help the young kids with this awesome project  Click Here for instructions
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Copyright Carrie Groneman,  A Mother’s Shadow, 2014

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how to use stencils on a pillowcase with kids, for yourself, or a gift

DIY Stenciled Pillowcases

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How to easily make them and ways to gift them

Doing crafts with the kids, grand kids or a youth group is a great way to spend time together and have fun.

However, do you ever wish you could find something they could learn from while participating, was practical, inexpensive and they would actually enjoy making it?

These DIY Stenciled Pillowcases are THE answer!

The stenciling is a great way to teach a new form of art, or how to paint and decorate in a different way. 

Stenciling is easy and the results are always picture-perfect because there is no right or wrong. It’s creative, individual and allows the person to have help with design.

Our family can’t say enough about the STENCILS we used from STENCIL REVOLUTION. to create our pillowcases.

Here’s why Stencil Revolution Stencils are the BEST

  • They are high quality products
  • The kids used them, then the adults, and they held up extremely well!
  • The variety of stencils are huge!
  • There are several options in sizes of the same stencil.
  • The customer service at Stencil Revolution is outstanding!
  • Because of the variety in choice and size of these stencils, the possibilities are in the millions….ok, just wanted to see if you were still reading:) But it’s A LOT!

 

We first started by letting the kids, my grand kids stencil their own pillowcase.

After giving them a little lesson on how to use the stencils (see my post HERE on stenciling Windsocks for a tutorial and video for more information) and the paint sponges they went to work.

how to use stencils on a pillowcase with kids, for yourself, or a gift

How to easily make them and ways to gift them

It was a wonderful time to watch them be creative, mix the colors and be imaginative on how they wanted to express them-self on their very own pillowcase.how to use stencils on a pillowcase with kids, for yourself, or a gift

 

No technology.  No television.  We talked, laughed, shared stories and PLAYED by learning and trying something new.how to use stencils on a pillowcase with kids, for yourself, or a gift

How to easily make them and ways to gift them

And the result….

WOW!  That’s really cool!!!

how to use stencils on a pillowcase with kids, for yourself, or a gift

How to easily make them and ways to gift them

Love those happy, proud faces when they see how they accomplished something amazing and finish a project.how to use stencils on a pillowcase with kids, for yourself, or a gift

How to easily make them and ways to gift them

To make your own DIY Stenciled Pillowcases for youself, or with your family, here is a list of what you’ll need –

 

Supplies:

FIRST visit Stencil Revolution HERE and choose the stencils you want for you project. They have SO many quality options for you in various sizes too!  The shipping is extremely quick and if you have any questions at all during your check out process, the friendly and helpful staff are there to help you all the way!

 

Pillowcases such as THESE

Plastic Paint Tray Palettes like THESE

Acrylic Paint like THIS

Round Sponge Brushes like THIS

Paint Brushes for those small details and to personalize – optional, like THESE

Painters Tape – optional, like THIS

Disposable Table Covers, THIS is a pack of 4

 

 

Tawni, my daughter-in-law aka one of the mom’s, wanted to make a pillowcase for her toddler son, my youngest grandson.  She did a marvelous job using the small dinosaurs STENCIL REVOLUTION Stencils!

how to use stencils on a pillowcase with kids, for yourself, or a gift

How to easily make them and ways to gift them

w to easily make them and ways to gift them

As I mentioned at the beginning, these will make ideal gifts.  HOW?

First I need to show you this –

My husband Stan using the BUTTERFLY STENCIL REVOLUTION  

and paint sponge made this adorable butterfly.how to use stencils on a pillowcase with kids, for yourself, or a gift

How to easily make them and ways to gift them

After quickly and easily painting the stencil his butterfly looked like this on the pillowcase.  how to use stencils on a pillowcase with kids, for yourself, or a gift

How to easily make them and ways to gift them

He also made a vine and then it turned out like this:how to use stencils on a pillowcase with kids, for yourself, or a gift

How to easily make them and ways to gift them

I LOVE how it turned out!!! 

For a gifted pillowcase, it doesn’t need complicated, or involved. It can be simple, quick for you to make, but look extraordinary and considered the best gift they have received because it’s practical and needed!

how to use stencils on a pillowcase with kids, for yourself, or a gift

How to easily make them and ways to gift them

 

A FEW of the MANY WAYS TO GIFT A DIY STENCILED PILLOW CASE:

  • Let the family, or extended family, make their own for an activity to spend time together
  • To have their own on campouts
  • To take on a trip, or reunion
  • For a birthday gift
  • For a graduate’s gift – high school or college, it would be a wonderful gift  You could use the STATE STENCIL for where they are going to school, or the SPORTS STENCIL if they have a favorite, or put in their name with these LETTER STENCILS
  • For a bridal shower, the new bride would really think this was special to have a pillowcase or two with any of these WEDDING STENCILS painted on them.

The ideas are in the billions!!!

Here’s how one of the kids pillowcases turned out –how to use stencils on a pillowcase with kids, for yourself, or a gift

How to easily make them and ways to gift them

And another one-

how to use stencils on a pillowcase with kids, for yourself, or a gift

How to easily make them and ways to gift them

And lastly this one!!!

how to use stencils on a pillowcase with kids, for yourself, or a gift

How to easily make them and ways to gift them

ow to easily make them and ways to gift them

I hope you’ll send your pictures of what you make with STENCIL REVOLUTION products so we can see what you’ve made.  Share with us at: A Mother’s Shadow on Instagram, the blog and FB too.  We want to thank STENCIL REVOLUTION for their generosity.  We all had such a great time making these Pillowcases together!

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2018
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Homemade Bird Feeders Kids Can Make

DIY Summer Bird Feeders

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DIY Summer Bird Feeders

Kids DIY Homemade bird feeders and Binoculars

DIY Summer Bird Feeders

Here BIRDIE, birdie!

Spring is here and time to get out and enjoy the season as friends and family. 

I have simple binoculars the kids can make out of toilet paper rolls to go bird watching.

Also EASY and FUN bird feeders to bring the feathered friends to your yard that the kids can make as a family activity, or craft time.  You’ll love how easy they come together.  Then watch all the different kinds of birds that come to eat. 

While making the bird feeders and binoculars take the opportunity to teach about the different types of birds that are in your area.  You could look at the library, or pictures on the internet to show pictures, flight patterns to older kids and really have some FUN!  

 

 

Cheerio Chain Bird Feeder

Supplies:

  • Pipe Cleaner
  • Cherrios
  • Ribbon, yarn or string

 Directions: Have children thread cheerios onto pipe cleaner, leaving room to twist ends together to form a circle. Repeat, except loop through other circle before twisting ends, forming a link.

Do as many links as desired. Tie a ribbon, yarn or string onto an end loop and hang.

DIY Summer Bird Feeders

Bagel Bird Feeder 

( from:  The National Audubon Society)

Materials: • stale bagels • peanut butter • bird seed • string or yarn

Tie yarn or string around the bagel.

Slather stale bagel with peanut butter.

Roll in birdseed.

Hang from a tree.

TIPS: • Place your bird feeders in places that aren’t too windy, have good cover nearby, and minimize other hazards. 

Fill your bird feeders with the amount of food that can be eaten in 2-3 days. 

Keep your feeders and feeding area clean by raking up spilled seed under them and wiping off permanent feeders.

Provide water at your feeding area. Place a clay saucer that’s at least 24 inches on a low stump or on the ground, and fill it with about 1 1/2 inches of water.

Refill it every few days.

DIY Summer Bird Feeders        

 Bird Watching Binoculars

Gather up some empty toilet paper rolls, or cut paper towel rolls into segments. 

Glue rolls together.

1-punch holes

2- tie with string

3- paint or use stickers

4- go bird watching!

DIY Summer Bird Feeders

Bird Watching Binoculars

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BIRD FOOD

Kids Craft Bird House to build together

Kids Bird Watching Binoculars 

Copyright Carrie Groneman,  A Mother’s Shadow, 2013, 2018

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Really fun and cute card with the front decorated with a bunny face. The face is made from the child's hand-print. Then embellished with wiggly eyes, markers and cotton ball to make it come alive. A clear cellophane bag holds chocolate dipped pretzel rods that have been rolled in sprinkles.

Easy Kids Easter Craft

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Easy Kids Easter Craft

Easy Kids Easter Craft

Easy Kids Easter Craft

 

This Easy Kids Easter Craft is a wonderful way to help your children remember others and not just what they are getting from the Easter Bunny.

What makes this Bunny Card so sweet and extraordinary, is that it captures a moment in time as the Bunny’s face is made from your child’s hand print. You can help them write, or they can draw a picture, to a loved one, or a person who could use a little special attention.  It will surely brighten everyone’s day.

The pretzel rods are a scrumptious treat!  

The pretzels can be covered in white, milk or dark chocolate, then in a so many options of toppings it would be hard to stop.  Your family, coworkers, neighbors, everyone will want to receive these treats….without, or without, a Bunny note:)




Easy Kids Easter Craft

 Chocolate and Sprinkle Covered Pretzels

 Bunny Handprint Card

Supplies:

Pretzel Rods  HERE

Chocolate Buttons  DARK HERE     WHITE HERE     MILK HERE

Sprinkles    HERE

Cellophane Bags    HERE

Curling Ribbon       HERE

Waxed paper or parchment      HERE

Kid’s Washable Paint          HERE

White card stock      HERE

Wiggle Eyes      HERE

Pom Poms for nose     HERE

A Black Sharpie to draw bunny face

Washable markers, crayons or whatever you prefer for the kids to write or draw inside the card with.




Chocolate Covered Pretzels with Sprinkles

Directions:

Give each child a plate of sprinkles.

In a microwavable bowl, pour in as many of the chocolate buttons as desired.

Kids Homemade Easter Candy and Card

Easy Kids Easter Craft

Melt for 30 seconds and stir.Continue this process of heating in small increments and stirring until the chocolate is melted and smooth.

Kids Homemade Easter Candy and Card

Easy Kids Easter Craft

Use caution not to overheat and burn the chocolate.You or the child/teen dip the pretzel into the melted chocolate.  

Kids Homemade Easter Candy and Card

Easy Kids Easter Craft

Scrape of slightly on all sides. (You can see we are using small pretzel rods as well as long ones too!)Let the kids/teens roll their coated pretzel in candy sprinkles.  

Kids Homemade Easter Candy and Card

Easy Kids Easter Craft

You could also use finely chopped nuts, other types of sprinkles, heath candy bits, so many options would be mighty tasty here!


Lay the coated rods onto the waxed paper or parchment; which I prefer actually, until the chocolate is set.

Place set pretzels in the cellophane bags, and tie up with the ribbon, or ribbons if you want to get extra creative.

Easy Kids Easter Craft

Easy Kids Easter Craft

A few must be taste tested first, of course – quality control you know:)

 

Now for the Easy Kids Craft Easter Card

 

Paint one hand of a child with the washable paint -painting the two middle fingers for small hands and the pointer and pinkie finger like they are making a ‘hang ten’ sign for the bunny ears of an older kid. 

This is because their hand would take up too much room on the card if fully extendedKids Homemade Easter Candy and Card

Easy Kids Easter Craft

For small children help them press down their hand and fingers to create the head and ears.Kids Homemade Easter Candy and Card

Easy Kids Easter Craft

When the paint is dry, attach the eyes. Easy Kids Easter Craft

Easy Kids Easter Craft

Use mini glue dots like these HERE. (love and have them on hand for so many uses)

To finish this treasured Kids Easter Craft , if the children can write, let them pen notes to loved ones or friends, or have them draw a picture if younger:)

This is a wonderful opportunity to  spend time as a family.  And to reach out and thinking of others….and not just what they are getting for Easter.

Attach the Easter Craft Bunny Card to a couple of the Chocolate Covered Pretzels with Sprinkles OR simply put it in the mail in an envelope.

Copyright, Recipe by Carrie Groneman,  A Mother’s Shadow, 2014, 2018

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KeepSake Kids Handprint Apron

Easy Kids Craft Turkey Hand-print Apron

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KeepSake Kids Handprint Apron

Turkey Hand-Print Apron

 

This personalized apron would be perfect for mom, dad, or grandparent, or kids to make one for them self while waiting for dinner to be ready. 

Seriously, it’s the BEST gift ever!!

You could  write the child’s name and year under the hand-print and even a few things they are grateful for. An older child can write it them self.




 

Kids Craft Turkey Hand-print Apron

Supplies:

Canvas apron’s like these are inexpensive to make for everyone!

Acrylic Paints in a set like this will last a long time and wash well

Foam paint brushes are awesome to reuse or toss, depending on the how chaos:)

This Round Foam Sponge Paint Set is also inexpensive to toss or reuse, with various sizes to make it fun

Thin paint brush, and THIS SET is a fabulous value with various sizes

Sharpies like this will serve many purposes and are water resistant too

Googly eyes if desired make an eye

Fabric Glue like E6000 works well if using Googly eyes




Instructions:

Paint child’s, or adults hand with paint, using the foam brush, covering well and the entire hand.

Press the hand evenly and firmly onto the apron

Hand Printed Turkey Apron 1

When the hand-print is dry,  draw the wing on with a black sharpie

With the paint brush paint on the beak and legs

If using the googly eyes attach with glue.

With the round sponge daubers, randomly make circles of different colored paint.

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With the round sponge daubers, let the kids randomly make circles of different colored paint. 

This can be done before you create the turkey or after.

If the kids are older, they can make the turkey them self!

Allow the apron to dry completely. Sitting overnight gives best results.

Hand Printed Turkey Apron

When laundering, do so according to paint instructions (usually in cold water and hang to dry)

ENJOY the memories and fun with the family!

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014, 2017

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Bird Feeders

Homemade Winter Bird Feeder

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Bird Feeders

Lost Art of Being Kind – Feed the Birds

Homemade Winter Bird Feeder

Where I live it’s very, very cold  and all the birds do not fly south for the winter.  

It would be nice for them if they all could go enjoy some time at the beach, relax, sip on tropical drinks and enjoy the sunshine. Sadly, that’s not the case for some of the sweet little tweeters, they have to stay right where they are – like some of us:)  

Since we are all here, let’s make it a fun project for the family, and feed the birds!   When it’s winter where I live, the ground is covered in snow, or frozen, and the food supply is diminished making it is really difficult for our little feathered friends to get something to eat.  By having bird feeders out, it also brings the birds close so you can watch them; which also provides the opportunity to teach your family the various types as well as gives hours of enjoyment and entertainment to all ages. 

Here are a few ideas of quick and easy-peasy projects you can to together to provide the birds something to eat.  

I want to thank my daughter-in-law Tawni for the fabulous picture!

Pine-cone Feeder

Supplies:

  • Pine-cone String or yarn
  • Peanut butter
  • Bird Seed
  • Popsicle sticks  

Directions:

1- Simply spread some peanut butter on the pine-cone, getting into the spaces really good.

2- Roll in the bird seed.

3- Tie a string or yarn around the pine-cone, allowing enough length to hang the desired space.  


These two feeders were made in the summer, but they would work just as well in the winter too.

Cheerio Chain Bird Feeder 1Cheerio Chain Bird Feeder

Supplies:

  • Pipe Cleaner
  • Cherrios
  • Ribbon, yarn or string

 Directions: Have children thread cheerios onto pipe cleaner, leaving room to twist ends together to form a circle. Repeat, except loop through other circle before twisting ends, forming a link.

Do as many links as desired. Tie a ribbon, yarn or string onto an end loop and hang.


Bagel Bird Feeder 1  Bagel Bird Feeder

( from:  The National Audubon Society)

Materials:

  • stale bagels – we used mini bagels 
  • peanut butter
  • bird seed
  • string or yarn

Tie yarn or string around the bagel. Slather stale bagel with peanut butter. Roll in birdseed. Hang from a tree. TIPS:

  • Place your bird feeders in places that aren’t too windy, have good cover nearby, and minimize other hazards.
  • Fill your bird feeders with the amount of food that can be eaten in 2-3 days.
  • Keep your feeders and feeding area clean by raking up spilled seed under them and wiping off permanent feeders.
  • Provide water at your feeding area. Place a clay saucer that’s at least 24 inches on a low stump or on the ground, and fill it with about 1 1/2 inches of water. Refill it every few days.

HAVE FUN and FEED THE BIRDS! 

Copyright Carrie Groneman,  A Mother’s Shadow, 2016

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Homemade Kids Play Sand

DIY Kids Play Sand

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Homemade Kids Play Sand

Easy and Clean Kids Play Sand

Can’t go to the beach because it’s several hundred miles away and that’s just a little impractical for an afternoon of play?  No worries, I have the perfect solution!

Looking for a unique way to entertain the kiddos? This Play Sand is the answer!

It is so easy to mold, doesn’t make a mess on their hands and is made from just flour and some baby oil. 

Toddlers and kids really like this.

To keep them amused, you can put in ‘prizes’ of large rhinestones, beads, etc., so they can do some mining and treasure hunting.

Molds and plastic garden tools will keep them busy for hours and that lets you get your projects done, or a bit of much needed relaxing as you watch them have some fun.  You might want to double or triple this really simple and easy recipe, depending on how large your bin is and how many children will be playing.


DIY Homemade Play Sand

Supplies:

8 cups flour

1 cup BABY OIL

Bag or CONTAINER to store Play Sand (will last at least 1 year)

Toys for fun

Molds to play with  

 

Directions:

Put the flour in a large bowlPlay Sand 1Pour baby oil into the flourPlay Sand 2With your hands get in there and mix it well.

Continue until the oil is completely incorporated into the flourPlay Sand 3


Store in a bag or container with a tight fitting lid.Play Sand 4Now for the FUN!

Pour the Play Sand into a container large enough for the kids to play with.  Play Sand 5

It is best to let the kiddos do it outside, to accommodate any escaping Play Sand.

Play Sand 6Kids of all ages love this Play Sand.Play Sand 7A special thank you to my daugther-in-law Ashley for this idea and bringing the fun molds and toys.               Play Sand

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014, 2016

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