Thursday, January 30, 2014

February Craft Kits have shipped!

If you ordered a February craft kit, you should have received it.  Here's what's in the kit this month!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Facebook Giveaway

When the Kristin's Crafts for Kids page reaches 100 likes, I'll give away a February craft kit.  Please go to the page.  "Like" and "share" and then comment below the giveaway post.

February Craft Kits Ready for Shipping

I have pink fingers from dying playdough this morning! It is ready to go and that finishes the February craft kits.  This month you will receive...

1 Bird Watching Month craft
2 crafts for Dental Health Month
1 Groundhog Day craft
3 Valentine's Day crafts
3 crafts for President's Day
1 craft for Gumdrop Day
1 Polar Bear Day craft

There's cotton balls, gumdrops, yarn, popsicle sticks, foam stickers, tissue paper, wax paper and a bunch of other stuff included.  All you need is scissors, glue, tape, markers and/or crayons.

I'd like to get everything shipped no later than the 24th, so if you are interested in purchasing, please do so before then.

And, for all the Catholics out there, I'm starting work on the Lenten craft/activity pack.  Look for it in the next few weeks as well as the March kit.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

January projects

Just a quick pic of some of the January projects.  Happy crafting!

Paper Lanterns for Chinese New Year

A quick apology before we begin. On the instructions, I listed Chinese New Years as January 23rd.  I'm not sure where I got my information, but it's really the 31st.  I don't think doing this craft a few days early would hurt anything, but I do like to be accurate, so I thought I'd fix my mistake.

In the January kit, I included a paper lantern craft for Chinese New Year.  Here's a quick how-to.

Begin with one full sheet of 9 x 12 construction paper and 3 strips of 1 x 12 construction paper.  You will also need scissors and glue, tape or stapler.  I used tape for the lantern and trim and a stapler for the handle.

Start by taking your full sheet of construction paper and making a hot dog fold (that's long and skinny instead of short and fat, which is a hamburger fold--got that from my art teacher in high school).  Starting with the folded side, make slits in the paper about 1 inch apart and ending about 1 inch from the edge (see picture left).

Open up the paper and bring the shorter sides around to meet each other. (see below)  Overlap ending strips on each side and tape or glue together.  I chose to tape because I wasn't patient enough to wait for the glue to dry.

Now, take one of the 1 inch strips and wrap it around the top edge of the lantern (tape or glue it down).  Repeat with the bottom edge.

Finally, use the last strip to make a handle.  Tape or staple one end to the inside of the lantern.  Bring it over to the opposite side and attach it there as well.

Voila, the end result! 

Happy Chinese New Year!