I’ve made decoupage bowls before and I’ve always found it a pretty messy craft. I came across this technique recently for creating little paper birds nests without ending up with glue covered hands and decided to try it out with Jenna. We made a bird nest (using long strips of paper) first, and then I tried making a couple with paper punch circles. Both were very easy and turned out super cute.
Here’s how to make them:
Cut decorative paper into narrow strips or use a paper punch to create small circles.
Mix glue and water (2/3 glue to 1/3 water) and paint the inside of a small bowl.
Cover the inside of the bowl with plastic wrap and paint another layer of glue over the plastic wrap.
Add a layer of paper, starting at the bottom and working your way up the side of the bowl. Use a paint brush to gently coat the paper with glue as you go. You can add a second layer and additional coats of glue for a sturdier bowl.
Let the paper dry in the bowl for several hours. Once the inside is dry, lift it out of the bowl and remove the plastic wrap. Turn the bowl upside down and let dry completely.
Jenna’s class has a Valentine’s Day party next week, and since candy is not allowed, I wanted to include a gift item that all of the kids would like. Jenna loves art, so watercolor sets were a perfect fit. I found a batch of inexpensive watercolors at the craft store and then set to work. My first step was figuring out what the Valentine’s would say. This was much harder than I expected, and my husband and I brainstormed for quite awhile to come up with ideas. I also found a great resource for all sorts of Valentine’s puns, and two of my final messages came from this list. I especially love these because Jenna helped paint them!
This weekend we attended the grand opening of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in downtown Dallas. The building is amazing. It’s located right off the highway, so I’ve been watching the building develop over the past year or so. I only recently found out what it was, and once I did, I immediately wanted to join. The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is one of Jason and Jenna’s favorite places to visit in the DFW area, so I had no doubt that this would hold a similar appeal.
The museum includes several exhibit halls, including sections dedicated to dinosaurs and space discovery. I hope we’ll explore these areas more as J+J get older, but for now, our main destination will likely be the Moody Family Children’s Museum. Jason and Jenna would have stayed all day if they could.
Here are a few scenes from our new favorite spot in Dallas:
Have you heard of Kiwi Crate? It’s a subscription program that provides amazing crafts and science projects for kids each month. Each crate revolves around a theme and is designed for children ages 3 to 7. Kiwi Crate recently sent me a couple of sample crates to try, and Jenna and I couldn’t be happier with them. I think our favorite so far is this month’s theme: Farmer’s Market. The box included materials and instructions for creating fruits and vegetables, decorating an apron and playing a farmer’s market game. I think this is what I love most about their projects – they start with making and then continue on in the form of creative play.
Here are a few scenes from our recent Farmer’s Market play:
With just one week until Jason’s 6th birthday party, I went into Lego overload this weekend. The theme is Lego Monster Mash, a mash-up of Lego and Halloween. Here’s a peak at the party planning, along with a few templates.
Jenna is very specific about what she wants to be for Halloween this year. A Kitty. A White Kitty. With Whiskers.
I love homemade costumes. But since I don’t sew, ‘homemade’ mostly means ‘assembled.’ I’ve pretty much got Jenna’s costume nailed with the items above, two of which she already owns, but Jason’s costume will be more of a challenge. He’s decided on “Kai” from the Lego Ninjago video game. At first I thought this would be as simple as a trip to the party store. I’ve been to two so far, each time receiving blank stares from the staff when I describe the character: “It’s a ninja and a Lego …” Hmmm.
Today is Jason’s very first day of school. He was pretty excited about starting ‘big boy school,’ and even woke up before his Darth Vader alarm sounded. That. Never. Happens.
I knew this morning would be hectic and emotional, so I decided in advance that I wasn’t going to document every second in my usual photography-momma kind of way. But I definitely wanted to commemorate the event somehow, so this weekend I decided to start an annual tradition: back-to-school portraits. For our inaugural portrait, Jason and I went to his new school to play on the playground. I also snapped a few pics of him sitting in the empty parking lot, which ended up being my favorites. What can I say, photography momma loves stripes.
What about you, do you have any annual start of school traditions?