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I know it’s very girly-girl of me, but I’d have to say that flower crafts really are some of my absolute favorites to make. In fact, I just bought more tissue paper today to play with some more paper flower ideas in the next few weeks. I truly believe you can never have too many paper flowers in your house!

Tissue Paper Flower Crafts

Tissue Paper Flower Topiary Basic Tissue Paper Flowers Flower Pillbox Hat Advanced Tissue Paper Flowers
Tissue Paper Flower Topiary Basic Tissue Paper Flowers Flower Pillbox Hat Embellished Tissue Paper Flowers

Preschool Flower Crafts

Preschool Paper Flowers Cupcake Liner Flowers Handprint and Footprint Flowers Pipe Cleaner Flowers
Preschool Paper Flower Garden Cupcake Liner Flowers Handprint and Footprint Flowers Pipe Cleaner Flowers

Flower Printables

Summer Flower Coloring Pages Spring Flower Coloring Pages Printable Flowers and Baskets Printable Flower Letters
Summer Flower Coloring Pages Spring Flower Coloring Pages Printable Flowers and Baskets Printable Flower Letters

Flower Desserts and Treats

Flower Cupcakes Flower Cookie Pops Flower Cupcake Toppers Flower Basket Cupcakes
Flower Cupcakes Flower Cookie Pops Flower Cupcake Toppers Flower Basket Cupcakes

More Flower Crafts for Kids

Origami Flowers Dried Flower Crafts Flower Fairy Crafts Paper Mache Flowers
Origami Flowers Dried Flower Crafts Flower Fairy Crafts Paper Mache Flowers

I can’t believe that May Day is almost here! These printable baskets and flowers would make a great May Day kids activity for preschoolers and younger children. There’s both color and black and white versions for coloring pages. Just have the kids cut out the flowers and paste them wherever they want to in their May Day baskets. Alternatively, you could have them cut out flowers from construction paper or make small tissue paper flowers to decorate the baskets with!

Related Pages: May Day Coloring Pages, Flower Coloring PagesSpring Kids Poems, Plant Life Cycle Printables

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Printable May Day Basket

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Printable May Day Flowers

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Printable May Day Flowers to Color

Check out all of our Spring Kids Activities from Woo! Jr. Network sites!

February is over?! Really?!! That was so fast! Yay! Craft Jr. is coming up on being one year old soon, too – so many things to celebrate!

I’ve always loved putting up my printable pinwheel crafts - here’s more spring printable pinwheels, which also includes a blank one if you want to decorate these yourself.

St. Patrick's Day Pinwheel Craft

St. Patrick's Day Pinwheel Craft

Pot of Gold Pinwheel Craft

Pot of Gold Pinwheel Craft

Puppy Leprechaun Pinwheel Craft

Puppy Leprechaun Pinwheel Craft

Shamrock Pattern Pinwheel Craft

Shamrock Pattern Pinwheel Craft

Next week on February 11th, Disney is releasing The Jungle Book for the first time on Blu Ray and Digital. The movie is *ahem* older than I am – it was released in October of 1967. It was one of my favorite movies as a child, and I’ve even gotten my children to like it – which surprisingly is sometimes a problem. Kids these days are so spoiled with great entertainment and flawless special effects that the classic movies from decades ago seem to have a hard time making an impression. Just a few weeks ago my youngest daughter fell in love with The Bare Necessities song on YouTube and played it over and over again. There’s something to be said for that!

The folks at Disney sent me some new activity sheets to celebrate the movie rerelease in style. The first one is a printable craft. You’ll need thick paper, scissors, a pencil, stick or straw and tape.

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Printable Craft Kaa the Snake from Disney's The Jungle Book - Click for full size printable image

Directions: Cut out the snake with scissors along the dotted line. Tape a pencil, stick or drinking straw to the bottom side of the head and let the rest of the body bounce underneath. You can use it as a puppet or pretend to hypnotize your friends with Kaa’s wild eyes!

The second is a printable maze and two super-simple picture sudoku puzzles. I’ve also created an answer key in case you might want to use this as a mini lesson plan!

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Jungle Book printable maze and sudoku puzzles for kids - Click for full size printable worksheet

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ANSWER KEY - Jungle Book printable maze and sudoku puzzles for kids - Click for full size printable worksheet

Meet the most unforgettable characters and embark on a thrilling adventure with Mowgli as he journeys deep into the jungle and learns “The Bare Necessities” of life from happy-go-lucky Baloo the bear. Meet Bagheera, the wise old panther, and crazy King Louie, the orangutan. But watch out for the cunning tiger Shere Khan and Kaa, the ssssneakiest snake in the jungle! The Jungle Book is available for pre-order now and goes on sale for real on February 11th, 2014.

I have shared some great vintage printables and paper crafts with you before – but today I’m sharing one of my favorites of all. I have a small but growing collection of lovely vintage Halloween items, and this paper doll is one of the prettiest pieces of ephemera I’ve ever owned!

Free Antique 1912 Halloween Paper Doll

Free Antique 1912 Halloween Paper Doll

The original artwork appeared in an October, 1912 issue of the (long-defunct) Delineator Magazine. It was illustrated by Carolyn Chester, who made many paper dolls that were ’round bottomed’ and were intended to be more 3-dimensional that the regular flat paper dolls that appeared in most magazines at the time. While having a stand-up paper doll is nice, it makes the construction of these a little more challenging than normal paper dolls. Plus, Ms. Chester’s illustrations were quite intricate, which makes for tedious paper cutting. Very young children might have a hard time with this project, so I suggest that it would be a kids craft most suitable for ages 6 – 12 (and older, depending on how much you like paper dolls!).

Vintage Halloween Printable Paper Doll - Giving Dolly a Hallowe'en Party by Carolyn Chester, 1912

Vintage Halloween Printable Paper Doll - Giving Dolly a Hallowe'en Party by Carolyn Chester, 1912

There are several elements you can cut out for this project: There is the girl, her witch hat, a bobbing-for-apples barrel & apples, jack-o-lantern, witch broom, candelabra, and two black cats and an owl. I found the candelabra to look too delicate to cut out, so I didn’t even bother trying to construct it. I also didn’t cut out the Halloween animals, because they are rather small and need no assembly.

The doll comes in two pieces, her front with skirt and back torso. Cut out the full body and gently curl it around to meet in the back. there are paper tabs you can use, but I didn’t think they worked very well so I just taped her together. I then cut out the back view of her torso and used a glue stick to glue it to the back of her front torso.  You probably won’t get the edges to line up, so once they are glued together you can trim them to hide any mismatched edges.

Paper doll assembly - back view

Paper doll assembly - back view

For her hat, I cut out the front and back, and made a slit in the front piece along the top edge of the white opening. Then I glued them together only on the top and sides. You can see in this photo where the slit is, so that you can insert her head for her to wear her witch hat. I also cut out the broom and glued it to her hand (you could sandwich the broom between the two layers of paper, too!):

Making and assembling the paper witch hat.

Making and assembling the paper witch hat.

The jack-o-lantern is simple glued on two sides (not in the middle) and slightly bent outwards so that it can stand on its’ own. The barrel comes in three parts – it is shown fully assembled here:

Halloween paper pumpkin and bobbing for apples

Halloween paper pumpkin and bobbing for apples

Here’s another view of the barrel – the outside is taped into a cone/cylinder, and the inside is lined up with the barrel handles and taped in place. The ‘water’ is then cut out, and arrows folded under so that it can sit inside of the barrel along with the tiny apples:

Paper barrel for the bobbing for apples paper toy

Paper barrel for the bobbing for apples paper toy

Since the magazine page I own didn’t come with instructions, there could be other ways to play with this printable – have fun with it! I have another set of Halloween paper dolls from 1917 in my VintageFangirl Etsy shop – these would be great for any age!!

Vintage Halloween Betty Bonnet 1917 Paper Dolls

Vintage Halloween Betty Bonnet 1917 Paper Dolls


I’ve been a little obsessed with vintage stuff lately. I have a pretty awesome collection of vintage figurines, plates, and kitchenware. As the 4th of July approaches, I’ve been finding really adorable old patriotic decorations on Ebay and Etsy. Since I’m good about sticking to my ‘vintage collection budget’, I decided to come up with a way to make my own vintage 4th of July decorations.

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Vintage Paper Crafts for the 4th of July

These paper crafts are super-easy to make. If you are glitter-adverse like I was when my kids were younger (it’s still in my couch cushions!!!) then omit the glitter and simply paint the paper with red and blue water colors.

What You Need for these Vintage Paper Crafts

You might even already have everything you need at home. If not, head out to your local dollar store to get the rest!

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4th of July Paper Rosettes Materials

Round coffee filters

8 inch doilies

Glitter

Glue

Ribbon

Water based paints (watercolors or acrylics)

Optional – spray adhesive

Free Vintage Printables (below)

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Vintage July 4th Printable

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Vintage America Printable

How to Make These Vintage Paper Rosettes

Print and cut out one or more of the vintage art printables above.

To make sure they are the correct size, be sure to tell your printer to print at 100%. Most printers will ‘shrink to fit’ the images – that will still work, but they will be smaller.

Put a small line of glue around the edge and dust glitter on it.

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Gold Glitter on Vintage Printable

Paint one coffee filter in red or blue. The center is covered so you can leave that part dry if you want.

Let it dry. (Or use a blow dryer if you are impatient like me!)

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Painting Coffee Filters

Put a small line of glue around the edge and dust a different color of glitter on it.

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Glitter on Coffee Filter Edges

Cut a 12-14 inch piece of ribbon and fold it in a V. Glue it on the bottom of the coffee filter.

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Rosette Ribbon Attachment

Either use spray adhesive or paint glue onto the doily. Dust glitter around the edges – you can again avoid the middle to save glitter and time.

glitter doily Vintage Paper Crafts: 4th of July Rosettes

Glitter on Doily Layer

Once everything is dry, you can star sandwiching the layers together with glue:

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Gluing Vintage Paper Crafts

Put the coffee filter with ribbon on the bottom, next the doily, and finally the vintage artwork on top. And you’re done!

Variations

You can print out the vintage artwork at a smaller size and use cupcake liners instead of coffee filters. Just make sure to also buy smaller doilies!

Last year, my teen daughter started out her last year of high school – while her boyfriend started his first year of college. It was a super-stressful time as a mom for me, because it was heartbreaking to watch her say goodbye and embark on a hopeful long-distance relationship with an awesome kid that we love as much as she does. In the final week before he left, tensions were high and anxiety was on overload. So I came up with an idea based on a Christmas tradition I started many years ago – I created a countdown calendar ‘Waiting Jar’ for her to count the days until their first visit four weeks away.
pin it button Make a Personalized Countdown Calendar

countdown calendar diy Make a Personalized Countdown Calendar

How to Make a Countdown Calendar for Your Kids or a Good Friend

I realized that this idea could be used for a lot of other occasions – for when a parent travels far away, for when a educational goal is met (the end of the school year is fast approaching!!), or for any number of times when kids need a little help building patience while they wait for something important to happen. I would also even do something like this for an adult friend who needs a little support through a stressful time in her life. When I have done this in the past for an Advent Calendar, I came up with 24 mini-activities for each countdown day. Most days it was something simple, such as having an extra dessert or renting a favorite Christmas movie. On the weekends, the activities would be more involved, such as baking cookies.

What You Need to Make a Countdown Calendar “Waiting Jar”

  • Paper – plain or scrapbook paper, whatever you want
  • A mason jar – or even simply recycle a pickle jar. Just wash it well first!
  • String or ribbon to tie the messages into little ‘gifts’

I wanted to fill up my daughter’s jar with empowering and positive messages so that she wouldn’t dwell on the fact that her boyfriend was gone. I also borrowed my own activity idea and came up with a handful of “assignments” for her to do, encouraging her to keep her thoughts positive. Examples were: “Write down 5 things you like and appreciate about yourself”, and “Write down 5 FUN things you will do between now and the 4th weekend in September.” Then I searched the web for appropriate fun quotes to remind her of how much we love her. You can see some of them in the image below:

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Daily Inspirational and Motivational Message Ideas

I counted the days until her boyfriend’s visit, (33), I typed the quotes onto my old advent calendar template, and spaced out the activities so that she’d get them about once a week. Then I cut and folded each one so that only the number was showing, and tied them up with some colored thread so that she couldn’t peek ahead too easily:

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Folded and Tied Daily Messages for the Countdown Calendar

Before I put them into the jar, I traced the lid onto a piece of perfectly-themed scrapbook paper and simply sandwiched the paper between the lid and rim. If you’re using a regular jar with a one-piece lid, you could decoupage it to the top, or even skip this step altogether.

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Trace a circle from the Mason jar lid to decorate the top

Lastly, I loaded the messages into the jar in order, putting #33 on the bottom, all the way to #1 at the top. Though now that I think about it, it would have made more sense to put the numbers in reverse, so that it would be easier for her to know immediately how many days were left.

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Add the dated messages from last to first so that #1 is on top.

I can unequivocally state that the Waiting Jar was a huge success, and truly made the wait to see her boyfriend easier for her to handle. She even took her favorite quotes and stuck them up on her bulletin board in her room! Below are 36 days worth of countdown calendar day templates that you can print and hand write your own messages for whatever your countdown occasion may be.

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Days 1-12 Personalizable Countdown Calendar

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Days 13-24 Personalizable Countdown Calendar

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Days 25-36 Personalizable Countdown Calendar

And in case you were wondering – yes, the boyfriend is still around! We’re both pretty pleased about that!

As many of you know, I have a thing for collecting vintage items. One of my favorite things to find are very old children’s activity magazines from the early 1900′s. Child Life and Junior Home are the two that I most frequently can find – and they are just full of amazing projects, gorgeous illustrations, and many crafts. It is really interesting to see what was considered age appropriate at the time, because both magazines frequently offer woodworking projects that require kids under the age of ten to use saws, hammers, and other tools that I’m not so sure we’d be comfortable with today.

Today’s project idea comes from a paper basket craft from one of these magazines, though I’ve changed and adapted it to make it easier to create. Back then most magazines (not just those for kids) offered very general templates and even more vague directions, because so many daily items were handmade in those days. So, this project originated as a tiny 1 inch diagram with a paragraph of instructions – I’ve redrawn the template, included some fun retro Easter character art, and created a printable project that you can download for free and use as much as you want! And I’ve also included…. real instructions! Fancy that!!

pin it button Printable Easter Parasol Baskets

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Free Printable Easter Parasol Baskets

What you need to make these printable paper Easter baskets:

  • Two yards of ribbon (NOT satin ribbon – grosgrain works best)
  • One wooden skewer (like you can find at any grocery store)
  • A standard hand-held hole puncher
  • Glue stick or regular school glue
  • A low-temp hot glue gun
  • Print out TWO COPIES of the Easter basket art for each basket you want to make
    I also recommend using regular paper and not card stock, only because the thicker paper is too difficult to fold accurately.
  • Easter basket stuffings of your choosing.
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Print TWO COPIES of this Easter parasol art to make EACH basket. CLICK TO PRINT FULL SIZE.

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Here is a blank template in case your kids want to decorate their parasol themselves. Remember - print TWO for each basket! CLICK TO PRINT FULL SIZE.

 

First, cut out the two sides of the parasol basket along the outside black line:

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You need both sides to make the parasol.

Next, I highly recommend scoring your folds before folding, because you want your folds to be as precise and crisp as possible. You can do this with a bone folder, by simply taking a ruler and tracing the fold lines (which are included a diagram on the printable). If you don’t have a bone folder, simply use anything with a dull-ish point that won’t leave a mark – I used the point of a knitting needle, and have used the dull side of a butter knife in the past.

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Scoring and folding the basket parts

Next you’ll need to punch holes on on either side of each fold – you can see them in this next photograph, which also shows how to glue the two sides together with the flap on the back, which will eventually be on the inside of the basket:

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First punch the holes, then glue the two sides together as shown. (You may need to re-punch the holes where the flaps overlap)

While the glue is drying, take your wooden skewer and wrap it with ribbon. I tacked the ends in place with a glue gun, but regular glue will also work if you can hold the ends in place until they dry. Do the next step before you insert the skewer handle into the paper parasol as shown in the last photo below. You’ll need to wrap that extra ribbon on the bottom after you insert it into the parasol.

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Making the parasol handle from a skewer and ribbon

This is actually the trickiest part – the folds on the parasol naturally want to reverse themselves and zig zag, but you obviously want all the folds pointing towards the inside of the basket. Feed the ribbon through the punched holes, and gently pull it into a smaller circle, which will hold the parasol in it’s shape. This might require the help of an adult if younger children are working on it, and it is especially important to NOT use silky ribbon here, because it simply won’t hold the paper, and it will slide everywhere, and you will want to throw it away thinking it is all messed up: ask me how I know this!! *smile* The grosgrain ribbon has just enough texture to hold the paper in shape while you try to wrangle the folds into place.

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How to tie the ribbon to hold the Easter parasol in shape

Once the ribbon is in place and folding is complete, insert the ribbon-wrapped skewer into the center of the parasol – you can see in the photo above that I’ve wrapped extra ribbon at the bottom of the skewer to help hold it in place. I also tacked it on the inside with some additional hot glue.

At this point, your basket can be complete! But if you want to hang it, simply hot glue a loop of ribbon to the top. You can stuff the basket with grass and goodies, but remember that it is made of paper and won’t hold anything too heavy. Peeps are perfect!

Sometimes I just can’t handle the cuteness.

Look at these printable Halloween masks! Adorable! I put up some very popular scary printable Halloween masks a while ago - so I wanted to make sure you had cute masks available for younger kids who scare easily! And that I did. As much as I am a freak about owls, I have to say I think the bat is my favorite. And even with my arachnophobia, I think the spider is cute, too!

Printable Halloween Bat Mask

Printable Halloween Bat Mask

Printable Halloween Spider Mask

Printable Halloween Spider Mask

Bat Mask Coloring Page

Bat Mask Coloring Page

Spider Mask Coloring Page

Spider Mask Coloring Page

Printable Owl Mask

Printable Owl Mask

Printable Cat Mask

Printable Cat Mask

Owl Mask Coloring Page

Owl Mask Coloring Page

Cat Mask Coloring Page

Cat Mask Coloring Page

Sometimes I just can’t handle the cuteness.

Look at these printable Halloween masks! Adorable! I put up some very popular scary printable Halloween masks last year – so this year I wanted to add cute masks. And that I did. As much as I am a freak about owls, I have to say I think the bat is my favorite. And even with my arachnophobia, I think the spider is cute, too!

Related Pages: Scary Halloween Masks, Cute Pumpkin Stencils, Halloween Animal Coloring Pages

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Printable Halloween Bat Mask

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Printable Halloween Spider Mask

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Bat Mask Coloring Page

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Spider Mask Coloring Page

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Printable Owl Mask

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Printable Cat Mask

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Owl Mask Coloring Page

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Cat Mask Coloring Page

More Free Halloween Printables

Halloween Scrapbook Kit

Halloween Secret Code Worksheet

Halloween Party Decorations

Adorable Halloween Paper Dolls (and a boys version, too!)

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