Plantable Paper


Happy Earth Day! Here’s a craft from the past, handmade paper with seeds and flowers from a post that I wrote for Alpha Mom a few years ago.

Give thanks.

Happy Thanksgiving! This holiday almost makes me want to quote inspirational sayings about gratitude. Almost.

Image above is from the Thankful Forest Card from Rifle Paper Co. They have some nice holiday cards plus some pretty card sets that would make perfect teacher, hostess or neighbor gifts this time of year.

Winner of Hello!Lucky Giveaway

Congratulations to lucky #72, Karine! You’re the winner of the Hello!Lucky giveaway. And now we all have a reminder to send someone a handwritten note.

Tattoo Valentines

And here are the ones we made with my seven-year-old. She drew the designs for these tattoos and we printed them on tattoo paper.

I ordered this Silhouette tattoo paper after reading the reviews on amazon, but you don’t need to have any special cutter to use this paper. Just an inkjet printer. I scanned my daughter’s drawings, reversed them (important!) and printed them on the paper. Then you have to wait for it to dry (which took almost an hour) and then ever so carefully apply the adhesive paper on top, and finally rub any air bubbles out. I was nervous since I only ordered two sheets, but it turned out fine and we were able to get 40 tattoos on two sheets.

So I took her drawings and added some typed text as I wasn’t sure how legible her writing would be on a small tattoo. Then of course she wanted to attach candy to the cards, and knowing how much parents love their kids to eat a teaspoon of colored sugar, I acquiesced and bought Pixy Stix, cut some slits in the card and my daughter attached one to each card. The heart paper clips came from Paper Source and were a bit of a splurge for me. As you can see below, the quality of the tattoo is just OK, but about what you normally see with temporary tattoos.

If you’d like the printable for this one, you can download the .pdf file here.

Kids’ Crafternoon Book Giveaway

I’m happy to be part of the blog tour for the new kids’ crafting books from Kathreen Ricketson of Whip UpKids’ Crafternoon Sewing and Kids’ Crafternoon Papercraft are published by Australian publisher Hardie Grant, but you can also find the books online in the U.S. from independent sellers through amazon.

Kathreen compiled and edited this series of books with many different contributors (including me), who developed 25 projects for each of the books. Two more books in the series will be available this fall — beading and felting. As with all of Kathreen’s kid projects, they seem to be “kid-tested, mother-approved”. My kids (six and eight years old) looked through the books and found projects they want to make and I love that the projects are at a skill level that is actually achievable for them. The books are hardcover with spiral binding, filled with charming photographs, clear and simple instructions and adorable illustrations (drawn by Kathreen’s husband).

Pictured above are the iPod Creature Cosy from Holly Keller, Jellyfish Pendant (my project), Wallflowers from Dana Willard and Kirigami Snowflake and Star from Elod Beregszaszi. The top two are from the sewing book and the bottom two from the papercraft book. Other projects in the sewing book include a pencil pouch, brooch, scarf, bag, checkers board, softies, pillows and more. In the papercraft book there are kites, puppets, pinwheels, a monster piñata, cards, paper toys and still more! The target ages are 7-12, but there is something for all ages and definitely projects that appeal to boys as well as girls. We’ll be making things soon!

Thanks to Hardie Grant, I’m giving away a copy of the sewing book for residents of North America. Just enter by leaving a comment below by Wednesday, August 10 at midnight eastern. I’ll choose a winner with the random number generator and announce it the next day.

And be sure to check out Kathreen’s digital kids’ craft magazine Action Pack. There are five in the series so far, filled with craft ideas, recipes, science experiments and all kinds of fun kids’ stuff.

Take a look at the previous and upcoming Kids’ Crafternoon blog tour posts here:

  1. 22 July Poppytalk
  2. 23 July Picklebums
  3. 24 July Little Eco Footprints
  4. 25 July Beaspoke quilts
  5. 26 July Maya Made
  6. 27 July Checkout girl
  7. 28 July The red thread
  8. 29 July We Wilsons
  9. 30 July Maggie Makes
  10. 31 July Mmm Crafts
  11. 1 August Domesticali
  12. 2 August Floating Ink
  13. 3 August Elizabeth Abernathy
  14. 4 August Mommy Coddle
  15. 5 August The Long Thread
  16. 6 August Hannah Fletcher
  17. 7 August Between the lines
  18. 8 August Go Make Me