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  • Kids' Summertime Creativity Boosters

    Summertime for children is a time of sun, fun and relaxation. It's also a great time for them to be creative! Crafting not only allows children to express themselves in new ways, it helps with self-discovery, gives them a sense of accomplishment, and builds self-esteem. And, they will have a fun time doing it. Just think, you may never ever again hear those two dreaded words: "I'm bored."

    Just Plane Craftastic

    Children will fly into DIY - Simple Kids' Crafts with 13 easy-to-make projects with little or no help needed. From flowers made out of muffin cups to airplanes made out of clothespins, their creativity will have no bounds!

    Clothespin Wooden Airplanes; DIY - Simple Kids' Crafts #7193

    Muffin Cup Flowers; DIY - Simple Kids' Crafts #7193

    Knot Your Ordinary Friendship Bracelets

    Bracelet yourself! You'll be in awe of what the younger crown can create with Friendship Bracelets Beyond the Basics. Taking friendship bracelets to a new level, this book's 19 designs make each bracelet as unique as each friend. Last but knot least, this is an excellent activity for siblings or friends to do together.

    Friendship Bracelets Beyond the Basics #6284

    Foam Is Where the Art Is

    Easy Foam Crafts is perfect for younger kids. The super easy craft projects are a joy to create and will inspire them to do even more. Some of the projects in the book are storytime play sets, so the creating is only the start of the fun. The children in your life will hit a foam run with any of these activities, and will be clamoring for more.

    Easy Foam Crafts #6107

    Crafting Never Felt So Cute

    From royal crowns to fishing games to gardens, the fun designs in Kids' Felt Cuties will keep children engaged and entertained. Patterns and step-by-step instructions make them all easy, with just a little bit of cutting, gluing and simple embroidery stitches. Let their gardens grow!

    Kids' Felt Cuties #7166

    Celebrating Friendship

    "A friend is someone who reached for your hand and touched your heart."
    -Author Unknown

    Friendship Crafts are a great way for kids to celebrate their best relationships, and be creative together. The designs in this book are fun for best friends to make together and share with each other. Projects include a secret notes necklace, best friends bracelets, BFF monogram; heart charms bracelet and a friends pillow with a photo sleeve. One or all of these projects are sure to be a hit.

    Friendship Crafts #6092

    Patch Me If You Can

    Children of all ages can spread joy and sparkly cuteness with Leisure Arts Diamond Art Powered by Diamond Dotz Diamond Dotting Patches Book. Easy enough for young children and entertaining enough for teens, the 20 quick and colorful patches can add a personal touch to tumblers, phone cases, notebooks, and more. We'll discuss fabrics, adhesives, tracing techniques that will make a procraftinator out of any child.

    Leisure Arts Diamond Art Powered by Diamond Dotz Diamond Dotting Patches Book #7682

    Looking for A Boulder Craft?

    This book will rock their world! The whimsical designs in Rock Painting will bring a smile to any child's face, and to your face as you see the pride in their creations. Step-by-step photos and instructions make each design easy to create. When they're finished, the rocks can sit on a shelf and look pretty, but they can also be used to create fantastic story adventures over and over again. Add a little sunshine to someone else's day by leaving them out and about for others to find.

    Rock Painting #7240

    For The Sheer Fun Of It

    Teach a special kids in your life how to knit or crochet—they wool love you for it! Check out our recent blog, Pass On Your Love Of Knit Or Crochet, for some awesome books that will guide you and and the special child in your life step by step. Ewe won't be sorry!

    Blog Post: Pass On Your Love Of Knit Or Crochet

    Now that your children have something to keep them happily occupied, you can enjoy a bit of summertime relaxation yourself! Their faces will be beaming with pride at what they can create, and it will inspire them to do more. You could say they will be riding into the sunset, happily ever crafter.

    Be sure post photo/s on social media and tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts, so we can all enjoy their summertime fun as well!  

    -Leisure Arts

  • More-to-Explore Clothespin Magnets to Paint, Color & Glue

    Enjoying craft time is fun for older kids and adults when making clothespin magnets. Decorating can be easy to more complicated by using mixed media such as painting, coloring and gluing paper, fiber or other embellishments. This is one of those "more to explore" projects that can grow from simple to more advanced -- enjoy!

    I loved using large, wide wooden clothespins so much for the younger kids' project (see the egg carton flower clothespin magnet in the second image), as described in my blog post on May 18th, I wanted to expand my decorative uses for the clothespins while still making them into magnets.

    Remember, here is what the large clothespins look like before decorating them:

    Large, natural wood clothespins measure approximately 2.875" long x 0.625" wide; four per pack. Leisure Arts item #48165. Large, natural wood clothespins measure approximately 2.875" long x 0.625" wide; four per pack. Leisure Arts item #48165.

    And here are some of my finished, decorated clothespin magnets (I even included the younger kids' version of the egg carton flower clothespin magnet -- pictured in the upper left-hand corner of the image]).

    A variety of clothespin magnets painted and decorated with embellishments. A variety of clothespin magnets painted and decorated with embellishments.

    Now, grab your paint -- I used either spray paint or acrylic -- and start by placing at least two layers of paint on your clothespins. While you let the paint dry in between each layer, start gathering your embellishments: wrapping paper, coloring book pages, mini paint canvases, buttons, beads, artificial floral items and markers.

    These uses of other embellishments can be as simple as gluing an artificial flower to the end of your painted clothespin, to the more complicated use of mixed media with multiple steps as seen by adding a mini canvas to a clothespin.

    Paint and other embellishments are added to clothespins that older "kids" and adults can make; magnets can be added to the backs. Paint and other embellishments are added to clothespins that older "kids" and adults can make; magnets can be added to the backs.

    If you decide to use mini canvases to attach to your clothespin(s), determine the size clothespin you need. My mini canvases were so small, that I actually used a smaller 1.5" clothespin as its backing. I used a coloring book page from the Art of Coloring Vintage as part of my canvases' decor; read about it here from an earlier blog post.

    The daisy page was cut into 2" sections. The design was placed "en pointe". Glued onto the backside of each canvas panel, was a painted clothespin and magnet. The daisy page from the Art of Coloring Vintage was cut into 2" sections. The design was placed "en pointe". Glued onto the backside of each canvas panel, was a painted clothespin and magnet.

    I also learned that there are BIG differences in round magnets sometimes called 'button magnets'. I didn't remember that my first purchase of magnets had no felt backing. I quickly grabbed a package of adhesive-backed magnets that were in the same area as the acrylic paint; I thought this would save me the step of gluing.

    The difference in magnet buttons: thickness and adhesive backing! The difference in magnet buttons: thickness and adhesive backing!

    But I didn't like the weaker strength of these adhesive-backed magnets and ended up using two per clothespin. I much prefer the strength of the plain magnets that needed to be glued onto my clothespins. See the image below for a visual comparison.

    Close-up: the difference in magnet buttons clearly shows the difference in thickness. Close-up: the difference in magnet buttons clearly shows the difference in thickness.

    I thoroughly enjoyed using these larger wooden clothespins as part of another art project -- it was fun to do while I was making them, and upon completion the clothespin magnets are useful to me at home and office!

    Have fun exploring; let me know what embellishments you used when making your clothespin magnets!

    Martha

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