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Works For Me Wednesday- The Backward Crafty Edition

worksformewednesday.jpg I am not going to lie, Shannon throws me for a loop with her backwards editions. I never know what question to ask that you readers will want to answer. (as a WFMW primer, backwards edition means we pose a question rather than share our brilliant tips). So this week, I turned to my hubby.

I am leaving this weekend to go lead worship at a women’s conference in my home town. That sounds way more impressive than it is. The fact is the church I grew up in is where I started singing and they still think I am the next Amy Grant waiting to be discovered. I am pretty sure they need to get out more. Actually, my mom is the speaker at the conference so we are kind of like some sort of dynamic duo (without the tights and cod piece). Anyway, they asked me to sing and who am I to turn down the opportunity to get a break from caring for my kids. Any by that, of course I really mean usher people into the Lord’s presence through song. In complete seriousness, I am very excited to go back “home”, see familiar faces and sing in the place that made me fall in love with singing and God in the first place.

So the hubby will be alone with the kids. He is actually brilliant with the kids (did I just sound British there? I just finished watching American Idol and I think Simon is rubbing of on me). I don’t worry about him for a second. Well, except for what the girls will be dressed in. Cause quite frankly, he sucks at that part. In fact he said to me the other day, “Please don’t die cause I don’t know how I would dress the girls if you weren’t around.” Seriously, he should just quit his job and go work for Hallmark.

So this plea for help is really from him. First childhood girl fashion advice. But more importantly, he really enjoys doing crafts and projects with the girls. Painting, cutting, pasting, paper mache, basically all the stuff I would rather gouge my eyes out than do. So he is looking for some great ideas for easy, inexpensive craft projects to do with our 4 year old girl this weekend. You get bonus points if it involves fairies, princesses or mermaids. I also have a 40% off coupon for Michael’s sitting around collecting dust so you can even suggest something that uses a Bedazzler. That just shows you how crafty I am that the only thing I could think of for crafting tools is a Bedazzler. Martha watch your back.

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  1. Administrator says:

    when my kids were little they loved helping me make Rice Krispies treats – I know that’s not a “craft” but it’s a fun project! As for artsy stuff, they would love to make stuff with popsicle sticks, pom poms, and you could always bedazzle painters hats and t-shirts which are pretty cheap and you can also take fabric markers and create designs around the bedazzles.

  2. Wait, I need to be clear. I don’t actually own a Bedazzler. Although that would be really cool…or maybe not.

  3. They could make princess crowns out of paper? Michael’s has tons of crafts with stickers. She could use sticker’s to decorate a frame? for you? These aren’t so great, but I’m trying here. I only have a 2 1/2 yr old, I’m pretty much limited to playdoh, the fishing game and hi-ho cherry-o. A new board game perhaps?

  4. Ohhh, how about this: http://www.creativemomcafe.com/make-faeries-real/

    It’s a post all about making faerie princess goodies yourself.

  5. Becky says:

    Have you ever tried making Play-dough? I would always do this the first time I babysat for anyone–reeled ’em in every time! ;) It’s really fun and easy, but a little messy. The basic recipe involves flour, salt, water, and food coloring. There’s probably a recipe online, but let me know if you need it. Heck, I still enjoy making the stuff!

  6. Okay, I thought of one more: snow globes. My mom used to make these with us when we were little. Find a small baby food jar or a jelly jar. Clean it out and remove the labels. Then pick out a figurine to put in the snow globe. You can find cheap little things at craft stores. We always made them around Christmastime, so we usually used a little elf or an angel or something like that. But here’s where the princess/fairy/mermaid could come in. Just make sure the figurine will fit into your jar. Glue the figurine to the lid of the jar (hot glue would probably work best–you’ll need something strong). Then fill the jar with water, and add glitter. The glitter is your “snow,” and what little girl doesn’t love glitter? Then carefully twist the lid with the figurine on it to the jar. Make sure it’s really tight so the water doesn’t get out. Voila! Instant snow globe!

  7. Somewhere near the back of (our) Michaels they have a kids craft department. He can go with the girls, pick something out, use your coupon (unless the item is already on sale) and do that project with them. They have things from painting suncatchers, mini-scrapbooks, filling little bottles with colored sand, you get the idea. They come with directions and may take up some good time while you’re gone!

  8. Something fun if hubs is capable of small wood working projects would be to make a small bird house for the back yard. Clare did this with my dad a few years ago, and it hangs proudly on our back fence hoping for a bird to make it it’s home soon.

  9. Play dough making is great – and you can use any old tool he can find in the kitchen that isn’t too sharp.

    recipe here:
    http://www.preparedpantry.com/playdough.htm

    Here’s some other ideas;

    http://notquitecrunchyparent.blogspot.com/2007/12/best-toys-for-holidays-part-5-arts-and.html

  10. Family Fun magazine has tons of stuff online!

  11. Check out FamilyFun.com for tons of ideas…or send them to Michael’s armed with that coupon to pick a project themselves!

  12. For crafts with the kiddos I love this site!

    http://www.makingfriends.com/concraft.htm

    By they way, major props to your hubby for getting crafty with your daughter!

  13. wearethatfamily says:

    You’re too funny. I’m actually going on little girls weekend on Friday and so my husband is in the same predicament. He resent when I lay out their clothes-as if HE can’t dress them all by himself. But just between you, me and the internet=it’s a sad sight, indeed. I plan to leave a couple of crock pot meals, pizza coupons, videos, and a couple of $20’s for co-pays! Seriously, I like the bedazzler idea. I’m going to surprise the family with a GIGANTIC package of construction paper from Sam’s. They are easy to please.

  14. I love the Family Fun site.http://familyfun.go.com/
    There is so many different things to do.

  15. Check with your local Michaels’ store; ours has a craft for kids each Saturday morning for $2 each kid. Another thing is to go to JoAnn’s Fabrics and visit their kids’ craft section; they have lots of small, simple craft kits for kids. There are a lot of foam kits that are just gluing together. They aren’t expensive and you can find 40% off coupons easily. Michaels’ probably has the same thing.

  16. adventuremom says:

    Here is something fun that J has been like doing lately. Make your own life size drawing of yourself. Parents or kids draw and cut out shapes for head, body, arms, legs, feet and hands. Decorate the clothing with whatever craft stuff you have and glue all parts together. Color faces, add hair. All kinds of fun stuff for the imagination.

  17. Go to the furniture/appliance store and get a refrigerator box. Let the kids imagination run wild, make it a house, a castle, a corvette… whatever. Give them some paint, glitter, stickers, anything. My kids love to do this and it will keep them entertained for days. It’s cheap and fun!!

  18. Saw your question on WFMW-
    Something that’s quite girly is making your own butterfly wings- take a posterboard and draw two large “B’s”- one backwards and one normal, with the middle line connected-so you can fold it in the middle. (Don’t know if that makes any sense to you!) Then let your little one color the wings however she wants- and even glue some treasures on there- little craft jewels, etc… Then use a hole punch in the middle and loop string or yarn and tie on her back for her own wings! (I’m doing this for my daughter’s 5th birthday as a craft.) Girl crafts are fun!

  19. try going to familyfun.com – They have an arts & crafts portion. I’ve used it several times for ideas to do with the kiddos.

  20. You could do a basic drawing on construction paper and then let the kids fill in the picture with small squares of tissue paper bunched up. :) Sometimes mine just lay the pieces on flat, but they enjoy it. :) A glue stick is less messy.

  21. Angrychicken is my favorite blog for kids crafts.

    http://angrychicken.typepad.com/angry_chicken/2006/07/sharing_is_hard.html
    Above is a link for fairy wings which since they involve bending of metal are kind of a manly craft for the dad.

    http://angrychicken.typepad.com/angry_chicken/2006/11/makin_stuff.html
    The second link is for a super cute, super simple doll house which uses wooden cd houses from Michaels craft store.

    Hope he has a great time! I think a crafty dad is about as good as it gets!

  22. canearl says:

    You got some great ideas! You’ll have to post some pics for us to let us know what he comes up with.

    Tagged you for a meme.

  23. Find a spot in your backyard and make things to decorate a fairy garden.

    Stepping stones, a welcome sign, etc. Stepping stones are fun to make. You can get the kit at Michael’s. They can make and hang wind chimes in a tree to welcome the fairies.

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