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Kids thumbprint made into a pumpkin in a Halloween picture

Halloween Kids Thumbprint Pumpkin Keepsake Picture

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Kids thumbprint made into a pumpkin in a Halloween picture

A memento of kids thumbprint in holiday picture form

This Halloween Kids Thumbprint Pumpkin Keepsake Picture is a KEEPER for any mom, grandma, aunt; everyone will LOVE this picture.

See, the pumpkins are the kiddos thumbprint, isn’t that the most awesome idea ever! 

And the vine has the first letter of their name in the detail!

As your kids or grand kids are added to your family, so are the pumpkins, so this picture can be displayed year after year.  

The Halloween Kids Thumbprint Pumpkin Keepsake Picture a wonderful treasured decoration for fall or Halloween. 

 




Halloween Kids Thumbprint Pumpkin Keepsake Picture

Supplies:  

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8×10 stretch canvas

Foam stick on decorations, HERE is an idea, and ONE and ANOTHER,

Orange, green and black paint, HERE is a great  paint set

Paint brush, THIS is a good set

Halloween Thumbprint Pumpkin Keepsake Picture

Halloween Thumbprint Pumpkin Keepsake Picture

 

 

Directions:

Lay the largest piece(s) of foam decoration you are using on the canvas, placing where you would like it to be. 

Trace it lightly with a pencil, then remove it.

Dip the child’s finger or thumb into the paint and help place it where you desire, applying pressure and helping to roll the thumb.

When the paint is dry use the brush to draw the stem and leaves, making the child’s first initial, or even the name, as part of the stem. 

You can see in these pumpkins’ there is an “R”.

Draw faces on the pumpkins with the black paint and brush.

Halloween Thumbprint Pumpkin Keepsake Picture

Now place the large piece of foam, such as the tree, in place and decorate with any other pieces to fill in the space as desired.

Kids thumbprint made into a pumpkin in a Halloween picture

Halloween Thumbprint Pumpkin Keepsake Picture

A HUGE thank you to my daughters-in-law Ashley and Tawni for making this for Stan and me, we love it!  

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

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today.




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
Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today.

 

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

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today.




Memory Christmas Ornaments

Baby and Kids Keepsake Memory Ornaments

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Memory Christmas Ornaments

Keep Sake Baby and Kids Christmas Ornaments

Are you looking for a quick holiday craft,a keepsake or even a present that is economical yet sentimental? Look no further! Here are three ideas that your family can all do, no matter the age.  These would be treasured as baby’s first Christmas, or every year your children could see the growth as their hand covers more and more of the ornament.  A great gift for grandparents too.  These would definitely be appreciated by all. 


Baby and Kids Keepsake Memory Ornaments

Snowman Ornament

Supplies:

For the Snowmen & Foot Ornament:

Shatterproof ornament, color of your choice

Acrylic paint

Sharpie markers

Sponge wedges with handle  

 

For the Marble Spin Art Ornament:

Clear plastic or shatterproof ornament

Marbles

Acrylic paint

 

Directions:

Step 1 – 

Tickle your kidlets hand by painting them with acrylic paint of your choice with a sponge wedge. Kids Craft Christmas Ornaments 1Step 2  –

Have your kid hold their hand flat, place the ornament in the palm and ask them to curl their fingers over the bulb.

Help them press fingers evenly.Kids Craft Christmas Ornaments 2Step 3 – 

Place the ornament with the paint on it in an egg carton to hold it while it dries.Kids Craft Christmas Ornaments 3Step 4 –

Using the sharpies, draw buttons, hat, face and whatever you would like to bring Frosty to life!Kids Craft Christmas Ornaments 4


Baby Foot Print Ornament

Step 1 – 

If you have a baby, you can paint their foot, which is much easier than trying to get them to uncurl their fingers:)Kids Craft Christmas Ornaments 5

Step 2- 

Press the painted foot onto the ornamentKids Craft Christmas Ornaments 6Step 3 – Let it dry in egg carton and then write the baby’s name and year.


Marble Painted Ornament

Step 1 – 

Squeeze a small amount, about the size of a dime or less, of acrylic paint into the bottom of a clear ornament, use a shatterproof or plastic one for this craft.Kids Craft Christmas Ornaments 7

Step 2-

Drop a marble into the ornament with the paintKids Craft Christmas Ornaments 8

Step 3- 

Now let the kiddos shake, shake, shake, making a pattern inside the ornament with the marble painting the inside.Kids Craft Christmas Ornaments 9

Step 4-

Allow the paint to dry and if desired, repeat with a contrasting color, using a tiny bit of paint and a marble.

Kids Craft Christmas Ornaments

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2013, 2017

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today




Cute monsters from toilet paper rolls or tubes

Kids Halloween Craft T.P Scary Monsters

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Cute monsters from toilet paper rolls or tubes

Halloween Kids Craft Monsters from Toilet Paper Rolls

 

These Kids Halloween Craft T.P Scary Monsters are so easy, inexpensive and a great way  for kids to make their own Halloween decoration, or homemade toys to play with.  

It’s a perfect way to help encourage imagination and creativity.  

So simple, while a fun way to spend time together. 

Let the kids make a bunch of them for their own grundle of monsters!





Kids Halloween Craft T.P Scary Monsters

Supplies:

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  • Empty toilet paper rolls or cut empty paper towel roll into sections
  • Foam plates




Directions:

Kids Halloween Craft T.P Scary Monsters

Kids Halloween Craft T.P Scary Monsters

Give each child (and everyone if family activity) an empty toilet paper roll, a foam brush, and a bit of washable paints on a paper plate and let them go to work.
Have fun together while the paint dries (about 30 minutes or so), play a game, decorate cookies, whatever!

Kids Halloween Craft T.P Scary Monsters

Kids Halloween Craft T.P Scary Monsters

When the paint is dry, poke holes in the toilet paper roll so that holes are across from each other on the roll.Now stick the pipe cleaner through a hole on one side of the toilet paper roll then through the other hole directly across from it on the other side.

Do as many pipe cleaners as there are holes to make the ‘arms’. 

Kids Halloween Craft T.P Scary Monsters

Kids Halloween Craft T.P Scary Monsters

Let the kids twist the arms to make monster limbs.If the child is able, let them put the glue dots on the eyes and stick to their monster as they desire.

Kids Halloween Craft T.P Scary Monsters

Kids Halloween Craft T.P Scary Monsters

If needed, put the glue dots on the eyes for them, and they can stick the eyes on their monster.

They can make a family or village of monsters!

Kids Halloween Craft T.P Scary Monsters

Kids Halloween Craft T.P Scary Monsters

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

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today.

Kids Halloween Craft T.P Scary Monsters