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Natural Mother’s Day Crafts: Painted Flower Pots & Recycled Butterflies!

Supplies Needed:

Natural Earth Children’s Paint Kit
Empty Toilet Paper Rolls
Construction Paper
Clothes Pins
Coffee Filters
Pipe Cleaners
Glue
Scissors
A square of cardboard or poster board

 

Painting Palette

After you’ve gathered all of your supplies and mixed up your Natural Earth Children’s Paint you can begin by flattening the toilet paper rolls. Now open the roll back up and form into a petal shape. Then place open end of toilet paper roll onto your poster board and trace around with pencil/pen.

Apply a generous amount of paint along the pencil mark. This will allow your child to dip the roll into the paint and not waste paint. 

3D Petals

To add a 3D element you can paint the toilet paper rolls and cut out 1/4 in or so petal shapes. Flatten roll and then cut! 

You aren’t concentrating hard enough if your tongue isn’t sticking out just a little. 😉

Stamping Flower Petals

To stamp, begin by applying some paint to the bottom of the toilet paper roll by dipping it into our petals of paint. Then stamp the petals onto the construction paper. Working in a circle to create a face of a flower. 

Working in a circle to create a face of a flower. 


Flower Pot

Don’t forget to add the STEMS! (Whoop! we forgot, but we caught it before the glue dried) 

Then cut out the flower pot. You can get super creative with your flowers with different shapes and colors here. We opted to go with simple lines for the little fingers to cut out.

She tried very hard to stay on the line we had drawn on the paper. Be sure to make the pot large enough to allow all the flowers to fit into it.  

Once the pot is placed you can go back over some of the petals that were coved and re-stamp them. That way it will look as if the flower petals are hanging over the side of the pot.

Adding 3D element (optional)

After the painted rolls are dry you can cut them. As stated above about 1/4 inch or so will do. You don’t want them to thick. Little hands might struggle cutting through the toilet paper rolls (my 6 year old needed a little extra help). 

Flatten roll and then cut!

You can glue them on as leafs or add depth to your flower petals. We opted for flower petals. 


Butterflies!

Now it’s time for the butterfly! Grab the coffee filters, clothes pin, pipe cleaners and paint brush. It’s best to double them up of the coffee liner just incase the paint seeps through. PAINT

Here you can be very detailed or sporadic. Either way they are going to look ADORABLE! Once you’ve painted the coffee filter and the clothes pin (one side is plenty) and they have dried you will assemble your butterfly. 

With the coffee filter flat on the tap use your thumb and finger to pinch the top and bottom together gathering it in the middle. Clasp the cloth pin around the middle of the filter you just gathered. Then wrap pipe cleaner around the clothes pin opening. Keep the pipe cleaners straight or wrap them around your finger to give them a curl. 

Personalize it!

Let your little one write a special message or opt for the traditional “Happy Mother’s Day” like my little one did.

She added her special message at the end.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you beautiful ladies! 

Share A Little Luck!

 

This month lets share a little luck around our communities with this fun rock painting craft that the whole family can enjoy. 

Things you’ll need:

Start off by collecting any rocks you might have found on a past nature walk. If you don’t have any then its a perfect time to head out for a walk. Look for rocks that are smaller than the palm of your hand, but larger than a quarter. 

 

Mix up your paints and start painting some liquid luck onto those rocks. I went with clovers, pot of gold, hearts, rainbows, etc (Mine have a St. Patty’s Day theme 😉 ). The more creative the better! 

Once your rock master pieces are dry they will need to be sealed. Sealing them will protect them from any weather they may endure. Here in Oregon we’ve had our fair share of rain and snow in some places this winter.  

To seal your rocks coat them with a layer of the Acri Glaze. It goes on white and once dried it will be clear. 

   

Now the real fun begins!

While you are out in your community place one of your painted rocks where it can be found by a passerby ie, a low hanging tree branch, a bench, the side of walking path, a fire hydrant, near the door of your local grocery store, etc. The list could go on and on, there are so many great places. Or you could hand it to the cashier, bank teller, mail person, teacher, or someone you just met. Who ever finds your rock will be just a little bit luckier that day and you can bet you put a smile on their face.

    

Many communities already have painted rock groups that you can participate in and share pictures of your rocks and other rocks you find on facebook (just search “painted rocks” in the search bar). If your community doesn’t have a painted rock group that’s ok, doing it just because you want to make someones day a little brighter is even better. 

Happy Rock Painting! 

Share A Little Luck!

 

This month lets share a little luck around our communities with this fun rock painting craft that the whole family can enjoy. 

Things you’ll need:

Start off by collecting any rocks you might have found on a past nature walk. If you don’t have any then its a perfect time to head out for a walk. Look for rocks that are smaller than the palm of your hand, but larger than a quarter. 

 

Mix up your paints and start painting some liquid luck onto those rocks. I went with clovers, pot of gold, hearts, rainbows, etc (Mine have a St. Patty’s Day theme 😉 ). The more creative the better! 

Once your rock master pieces are dry they will need to be sealed. Sealing them will protect them from any weather they may endure. Here in Oregon we’ve had our fair share of rain and snow in some places this winter.  

To seal your rocks coat them with a layer of the Acri Glaze. It goes on white and once dried it will be clear. 

   

Now the real fun begins!

While you are out in your community place one of your painted rocks where it can be found by a passerby ie, a low hanging tree branch, a bench, the side of walking path, a fire hydrant, near the door of your local grocery store, etc. The list could go on and on, there are so many great places. Or you could hand it to the cashier, bank teller, mail person, teacher, or someone you just met. Who ever finds your rock will be just a little bit luckier that day and you can bet you put a smile on their face.

    

Many communities already have painted rock groups that you can participate in and share pictures of your rocks and other rocks you find on facebook (just search “painted rocks” in the search bar). If your community doesn’t have a painted rock group that’s ok, doing it just because you want to make someones day a little brighter is even better. 

Happy Rock Painting! 

Natural Marble Art Valentine’s!


A new take on an old tradition.
 

Supplies Needed:
~Natural Earth Children’s Paint (we used red and white)
~Marbles (3 or more)
~Construction Paper (We used Valentine colors, but any colors will work.)
~Baking Sheet
~Paper Heart Doilies
~Scissiors
~Pencil
~Glue
~Heart Shaped Hole Punch
~Twine (or any type of string) 
~Standard Hole Punch

 

Step 1:
Prepare your Natural Earth Paints so that they have a nice fluid movement to them. Pick out what color paper you will be using. Grab your baking sheet and head over to your kitchen table. 

     

    

 

Step 2:

Drop a marble into each Natural Earth Paint color, place paper onto baking sheet, and then place marbles on your construction paper. Lift baking sheet up on both sides and tilt back and forth. Watch in amazement as the art is happening right before your eyes! Re-dip marbles in paint as needed. Continue until you have the desired coverage on your page. 

             

              

 

Step 3:
While you wait for the Natural Earth Paint to dry, cut out the center heart of one of the small and one of the larger paper doilies. You will be able to use the cut out heart to trace the perfect size heart on the back of your marble art. 

                                        

 

Step 4: 
Once the Natural Earth Paint is completely dry, flip over your master piece and trace one of the hearts you cut out in Step 3. You can fit roughly three of each size heart on a standard size piece of construction paper. DON’T throw away your scrapes, you’re not finished with those just yet. 

             

                                      

 

Step 5:
After you have cut out enough hearts for your special Valentine’s, you can begin to glue them onto the paper doilies. Feel free to mix and match sizes and colors for more variations. Each Valentine will be unique, thanks to the Marble Art! 

                   

                                    

 

Step 6:
Now add any finishing touches. Write a special message, draw a picture, add smaller hearts (made with the heart hole punch), sprinkle with glitter, or add any other touches you can think of. They are now ready to be given to some one you adore or hung up around the house as decorations. 

                    

                                         

 

Step 7:
Remember those scraps we saved? We are now going to put them to use. Take the largest heart hole punch (We used the 1 1/2 in {3.81 cm}) and punch hearts out of any scapes. After you’ve successfully punched hearts out of the remaining scraps, you can now discard what is left. With the standard hole punch, punch two holes into each heart. Now you can feed the twine through each hole. Be sure to rotate colors to give it more depth. 

                                                     

                                     

 

 

Step 8:
String your beautiful, new, hand made Marble Art garland some where it will be admired. You can even pair it with our Natural Earth Flags painted with L.O.V.E. to add a little extra LOVE to your home.

       

                         

 

Natural Marble Art Valentine’s!


A new take on an old tradition.
 

Supplies Needed:
~Natural Earth Children’s Paint (we used red and white)
~Marbles (3 or more)
~Construction Paper (We used Valentine colors, but any colors will work.)
~Baking Sheet
~Paper Heart Doilies
~Scissiors
~Pencil
~Glue
~Heart Shaped Hole Punch
~Twine (or any type of string) 
~Standard Hole Punch

 

Step 1:
Prepare your Natural Earth Paints so that they have a nice fluid movement to them. Pick out what color paper you will be using. Grab your baking sheet and head over to your kitchen table. 

     

    

 

Step 2:

Drop a marble into each Natural Earth Paint color, place paper onto baking sheet, and then place marbles on your construction paper. Lift baking sheet up on both sides and tilt back and forth. Watch in amazement as the art is happening right before your eyes! Re-dip marbles in paint as needed. Continue until you have the desired coverage on your page. 

             

              

 

Step 3:
While you wait for the Natural Earth Paint to dry, cut out the center heart of one of the small and one of the larger paper doilies. You will be able to use the cut out heart to trace the perfect size heart on the back of your marble art. 

                                        

 

Step 4: 
Once the Natural Earth Paint is completely dry, flip over your master piece and trace one of the hearts you cut out in Step 3. You can fit roughly three of each size heart on a standard size piece of construction paper. DON’T throw away your scrapes, you’re not finished with those just yet. 

             

                                      

 

Step 5:
After you have cut out enough hearts for your special Valentine’s, you can begin to glue them onto the paper doilies. Feel free to mix and match sizes and colors for more variations. Each Valentine will be unique, thanks to the Marble Art! 

                   

                                    

 

Step 6:
Now add any finishing touches. Write a special message, draw a picture, add smaller hearts (made with the heart hole punch), sprinkle with glitter, or add any other touches you can think of. They are now ready to be given to some one you adore or hung up around the house as decorations. 

                    

                                         

 

Step 7:
Remember those scraps we saved? We are now going to put them to use. Take the largest heart hole punch (We used the 1 1/2 in {3.81 cm}) and punch hearts out of any scapes. After you’ve successfully punched hearts out of the remaining scraps, you can now discard what is left. With the standard hole punch, punch two holes into each heart. Now you can feed the twine through each hole. Be sure to rotate colors to give it more depth. 

                                                     

                                     

 

 

Step 8:
String your beautiful, new, hand made Marble Art garland some where it will be admired. You can even pair it with our Natural Earth Flags painted with L.O.V.E. to add a little extra LOVE to your home.