How to make children’s masks

It is certainly a little bit early for Halloween, but since when do children need a good reason to put on masks and run around?  And, equally important, what constitutes a good reason for putting a mask on and running around and is there such a thing?

plain paper bags, mini size writing pens Cougar niece by MoToMo ( via Creative Commons

This summer, your children can spend a day working on making a creative mask for him or herself and then putting it on to get into character and play elaborate games using the imagination.  Making masks may seem simple on the outset, but, in reality, you have to give children very specific instructions if you want them to stay focused on their task.

So, here is a list of materials you should have prepared for your kids when you want their mask making mission to commence:

  • Plain paper bags
  • Scissors
  • Construction paper of various colors
  • Diverse set of stencils
  • Colored pencils, markers, etc.
  • Ruler
  • Glue
  • Popsicle sticks

Step 1

First, have your child choose a design.  Perhaps they want to make a mask of their favorite animal or their favorite cartoon character.  Let the creativity flow!

This is also the time to decide if you want the mask on a piece of construction paper.  In this case, it will eventually be glued to a popsicle stick or on a plain paper bag.

Step 2

Get to work on designing the face.  Drawing in the eyes, nose, and other features of the face can be made much easier with the help of a stencil.  Use some  to get colorful with the face!

Step 3

Cut out the eyes – and the rest of the face, if need be – and put the mask on.

Now that your child is in character, he or she will surely spend at least one summer day keeping him or herself entertained in this manner.

How to make a decorative tissue box cover

Brian Reid Tissue Box_1331 by Brian Reid Furniture ( via Creative Commons

Whether you’re nursing a mean cold, feeling the aftereffects of a bad breakup, having a terrible day, or watching the latest made-for-TV tearjerker, one trusty item you can always count on is a box of tissues. A box of soft tissues can be comforting during moments that are emotional or downright miserable. Why not house them in a decorative tissue box cover? Making a decorative tissue box cover is a quick and easy way to  transform a functional item and add some instant charm to your room.  And who knows – taking a tissue from a beautifully decorated box just might brighten up your bad day.





What you’ll need

What to do

  1. Grab your tissue box cover and wrap it with adhesive contact paper. Use scissors to create the opening for the tissue.
  2. Cut a length of ribbon long enough to wrap around your tissue box once and tie the ends into a bow.  Trim the ends.  Secure the ribbon to the box by applying small pieces of double-sided tape.

DIY paper heart garland

DIY paper heart garland Paper hearts growing by feli ( via Creative Commons

Paper is a crafters best friend! So bring out a pile of paper and have reams of fun with these paper crafts for kids. They’ll enjoy making masks, hats, baskets and other paper crafts. Assuming you’re an avid scrap-a-holic who has got tons of scrapbook paper laying around, put it to use with this fun and easy DIY paper heart garland. Whether they’re cut, folded, pasted, or printed, paper heart garlands are easy to make – and make pleasant interior home décor for birthday parties or other in-home events! Read on to find out how you can make your own DIY paper heart garland in under 10 minutes!

What you’ll need:

What to do:

  1. Cut your scrapbook paper into strips. You can choose whatever width size you see fit. For this project, I used strips of about an inch wide.  I also decided to use polka dot paper to make the colorful designs pop out more. You could use jet print photo paper or even newspaper! I would also maybe buy or use paper that is double-sided.
  2. If you desire a more layered touch, cut the strips into different heights.
  3. Lay each strip and layer in a sequence. For my paper heart, I used a total of 7 strips. 3 on each side of the larger, middle strip.
  4. Next, you can either staple the pieces together but I’ve found that gluing each piece together works best as well.
  5. Fold all the strips towards the center strip to make a heart-shaped piece and glue or staple to the center strip.

You can decorate a room with these easy-to-make hearts or punch a hole through the middle strip and string a fishing line through it and hang you new paper heart designs up! You’ll surely love how these turn out and what’s best is that they don’t have to just be Valentine’s décor!

How to recycle old game pieces


domino game pieces, jumbo sized playing cards  "Altered Domino Art" by Shelly ( via Creative Commons

Before you take that stack of old games to the donation station, there are few items you might want to recycle into something beautiful and artistic. I love to keep recycle old Dominos and make them into pretty keepsakes. Sometimes they make cute little personalized gifts as well. You might not have dominos, but this project idea might just inspire you to recycle other game pieces into coasters, magnets and other treasures that you can keep for yourself or give as gifts.




Here’s what you need:

Domino game pieces

– Rubber stamps

– Ink pads

– Black and colored Sharpies

– Glitter glue

– Stickers

Here’s what you do:

  1. Make sure you wipe your domino pieces clean, so that there is not dust or crudy stuff on them.
  2. Take a lighter ink color and use a rubber stamp that could act as a background pattern. Think stripes, circle or just use a Q-tip the smear a light ink color on the domino.
  3. This should be dry after a minute and then you can more on.
  4. Take another rubber stamp that you want to be your main or dominant image dip it in darker ink. Stamp the domino. If there areas that need to be filled in or corrected, use a Sharpie.
  5. You can also just stamp a pattern onto the domino piece and fill in the lines with different colored Sharpies. If you don’t have Sharpies you can use your stamp ink and a pointed Q-tip.
  6. To decorate the domino piece even more, you could also use stickers, glitter glue or any other crafting items that you might have around the house.
  7. You can use this other game pieces with this craft idea. You tweak it a little so it works. You can decorate and embellish jumbo sized playing cards and make them into greeting cards or decorative magnets.
  8. Other game items that can be recycled include scrabble pieces, dice and game boards. Be creative and always recycle.

How to make your own Holiday Cards this year

avery textured greeting card stock, glue stick for envelopes Creative Commons | amy gizienski | great way to wish your loved ones a Merry Christmas this year is with handmade cards! You can make some beautiful, personalized Christmas greeting cards at home. This is an inexpensive and simple way to express your love. Along with this, it is the personal touch which makes these cards special.

Here’s what you need:

  • Scissor
  • Glue stick
  • Black sketch pen/black marker
  • Pastel sheet
  • Textured paper

Here’s what you do:

  • First choose a textured paper for your card. You can pick some designer sheets from Avery textured greeting card stock. These sheets make card making easier because you don’t have to paint or decorate them. They also help you create really beautiful cards as they come in various designs and patterns.
  • Now fold this paper like a book. By doing this you basically divide a paper into two equal parts.
  • Now make a wavy design at three open ends of the card with a scissor. You can also use a crafting scissor to give the edges that wavy look. Give your card the desired size with the help of these scissors.
  • Take a pastel sheet matching with the color of your card and cut a long rectangular shape out of it. Paste it on the front of your card and write ‘Happy Holidays’ or ‘Merry Christmas’ on it using a black marker.
  • You can write a festive message and your name inside the card.
  • Use glue stick for envelopes and seal it properly.

Making handmade Christmas cards is a great idea because it gives you an opportunity to do something nice for your loved ones. Expressing your love with these cards will make your Christmas extra special this year.