I can’t believe this is my last project for EyeConnect Crafts. I’ve had fun this past year crafting and creating, and I’m ending things on a high note with a beautiful Crepe Paper Butterfly!
Crepe Paper Butterfly
Butterflies are such delicate creatures and when I started gathering supplies for this project I wanted to be sure I picked a medium that relayed the texture and fragility of their wings. Crepe paper with its vein-like wrinkles fit that bill.
To get started with this project I covered the Monarch Totem with a layer of decoupage medium and then covered it with orange crepe paper (streamers).
Decoupage is so easy to work with that I was able to cover both sides of the wings easily.
After they were dry, I painted the butterfly’s body black and started trying to paint veins onto the wings. This was such a bad idea! No matter how thin the brush I couldn’t get it thin enough and opted to use a good old marker instead.
Lastly, I used the mini-brads to put the butterfly together and then added white dots of paint along the body.
It’s NOT the natural pattern of an actual Monarch butterfly, but it’s close enough for the kids to enjoy. They were amazed at how the texture of the crepe paper made the wings look so real!
Did you know Monarchs will be emerging from hibernation the next two months (February and March) to begin looking for a mate and starting their migration cycle?
You can learn more about Monarchs and how you can help them by visiting Save Our Monarchs.
It’s the holiday season, which means it’s time to make some ornaments! The great thing about ornaments is that making them creates just as many memories as displaying them. Especially when you’re crafting with little ones who are brimming with holiday spirit. Read on to find out how we made these Angel Wing Ornaments using the EyeConnect Crafts Large Smooth Wings.
Angel Wing Ornaments
First, I coated the wings with a layer of glitter, when they were completely dry I enlisted the help of my three-year-old. He helped me glue craft feathers along the edges of the wing.
Next, I dumped a container of sequins on the table and we carefully picked out our favorite colors. Then we glued them to the center of our wing and let it dry.
Finally, we twisted a pipe cleaner through the pre-made hole on the wing to create an easy way for us to hang our ornaments on the Christmas tree.
Some of my favorite artwork has been born from doodling, tinkering, and letting my imagination go. So, when my daughter asked if she could make something with the EyeConnect Lace-Up Moon and Stars, I immediately said yes.
I pointed her towards the craft closet and told her the only requirement was that she had to let me take pictures. As expected, she reached for the glitter and never look back! Here’s how we turned a little bit of afternoon crafting into a custom piece of art!
Custom Artwork Created By Kids
First, she covered her moon with a layer of glue and then both coarse and fine, silver glitter. I suggested she paint them first for a brighter color. She assured me she’d make sure there was enough glitter to make it very bright.
Next, she hit the stars with a fine golden yellow glitter. Thankfully, she took my advice and waited to pop the stars out of the packaging until AFTER they were coated and dried.
Finally, she brought it all together with a few pieces of scrapbooking paper and a painting she’d made on a previous afternoon.
While I think I’d have used a brighter background to showcase her work, I still think she did a great job!
It’s simple projects like these that my kids end up most proud of, and I can’t blame them. The moon and stars were the perfect addition to our gallery wall, and I love telling people my daughter made it! Next time, her brother wants to use the Totem Spider to make a picture for HIS room!
I love all things steampunk, so when I came along the Lace Up Hot Air Balloon I knew I wanted to create a great flying contraption of my own…even if it was made of paper!
Using a handful of supplies, many I’m sure most of you crafty folk already have, I made this shining balloon to use in scrapbooking and card-making projects, or you can attach it to a magnet and hang it on the fridge!
Steam Punk Hot Air Balloon
The first step of this project was covering the bracing and basket pieces with the gold label paper.
I realize that everyone might not have gold label paper, any metal colored paper will do. In fact, this might be an excellent opportunity to try out your paint or stamping techniques to create a faux sheet of metal.
Secondly, I used a bit of glue to cover the balloon chipboard piece with a cool checkered paper from an old Flow book. Have you checked these books out? They are a paper lover’s dream!
With all the pieces I just used scissors to trim away excess paper, but if you have a craft knife, it’d be even easier.
The ropes were not nearly as complicated as I thought they’d be!
First, I looped six pieces of the elastic thread through the bracing piece and then the top of the balloon. I used hot glue to secure the ends to the back of the balloon.
Second, I repeated the process with a thick quilting thread, but from the bracing to the basket. *You don’t want to glue these strings down just yet, so make sure they are plenty long enough.
Third, I stretched the bracing down to where I wanted it and hot glued it into place.
Finally, I flipped over the entire project, pulled down the basket so that all the strings were even, and hot glued everything into place.
This project was so much easier than I thought I was going to be! I’m sorry I didn’t get more complicated and create a clever steam-punk inspired pattern with the “ropes!”
There are few cultures whose fables and lore are untouched by the mythical dragon. It has long been the center of fascination and to this day the cause for celebrations. Did you know, for over 2000 years the Dragon Boat Festival has been taking place in China? This year the event will be taking place at the end of next month at cities around the world.
To commemorate this beautiful creature the kids and I created our own Dragon totem. Instead of the usual green or red dragons we decided to use shades of black, white, and silver. Here’s how you can put together, and embellished, your own dragon poppet.
Feathered Dragon Totem Poppet
First, sponge paint the pieces while they’re still attached to the packaging. It is much easier and cleaner than painting them individually.
Second, after the pieces have dried, pop them out and begin putting them together using the black mini brads. You can use the photo included with the poppet as a guide.
Third, use the glitter glue to attach sequins and other embellishments to your dragon. You can use regular glue as well, the glitter just ads a bit of sparkle. You know, legend tells, that most dragons are particularly fond of shimmer and shine.
After everything has dried flip over your dragon and glue feathers to the main body to create wings.
You’ll also want to take this moment to attach a dowel or skewer to make it easier to hold and play with the poppet.
This would be such a fun craft to make during a birthday party or with a group of children. Be sure to encourage each child to use their own color palette to make their dragon unique.
From there, you can use the dragon to tell a story, act out a scene from a favorite movie, or just play pretend!
Spring is almost here!!! The weather has been pretty good around here!
Time to put some plant pots outside! I hope I don’t forget to water them! =)
1. Take the pieces off the carrier.
2. Use Gel Sticks to color the Totem Snail. Apply some color and smudge it with your finger (I used green for the body and red, orange and silver for the shell). For the shell, I drew some patterns on the shell before smudging:
Optional: Seal the pieces after coloring them to avoid dirty fingers. You could use Gel Medium or sealer of your choice. Let dry.
1. Use a 5.5″ x 8.5″ piece of cardstock for the card base (I followed the tutorial from HERE to trim and score the card). You can adjust the width of your panel and/or steps for different looks, depending on the size of your stamps and embellishments…
2. I trimmed designer paper to decorate the side panel and the steps.
3. I layered digital stamps, printed and cut them out (optional: use rubber and/or clear stamps + ink pads if digital isn’t your thing!).
4. Color the images with markers (I used a green fabric marker and alcohol-based ones) and adhere them on the steps.
Live FaceBook Tutorial with MyKidsTime This Fri. Feb. 3 at 10am!!
Thanks for joining us during our fun -and crazy- kids craft time! The live video is available on MyKidsTime FB page and will soon be available on YouTube as well as here.
Here’s our final Valentines Day card using the Lace-Up Broken Heart:
Scroll to the end for your discount code!
Thanks for watching!!!
This Fri. Feb. 3 at 10am Erin, the owner and founder of EyeConnect, and her son Elon -age 5- will show you how to make a fun simple kids craft for Valentines Day. Join us live as we paint, stamp and lace-up 2 of our Lace-Up Hearts is a simple kids craft idea for Valentines Day.
Tune in on MyKidsTime’s Facebook page at 10 AM EST Fri. Feb. 3 for this short and easy kid’s Valentines Day craft tutorial!
If you’d like to craft along with us or if you’re visiting after the live feed here is a supplies list of all of the different materials that we utilized in the craft. And of course please feel free to alter or substitute anything that you may have, that is part of the fun of crafting, experimenting!
And make sure to watch to the end, as I offer a discount code for all of the people that joined us on Facebook live! Thanks for watching! Have fun crafting!
Supplies list for the Facebook Live Tutorial:
[ ] One pack of EyeConnect Crafts Lace-Up Broken Hearts in size large (comes with 2 broken hearts)
[ ] An assortment of string, ribbon or leather to lace up your broken hearts
[ ] Stamps
[ ] Ink stamp pads
[ ] Quotes, expressions, or phrases either as stamps or pre-printed stickers.
[ ] One or two piece of long chipboard and/or patterned paper
[ ] One or two pieces of chipboard or card stock to form the card base size 8.5 x 11″ or 10 x 7″
[ ] Glue, glue stick or white craft glue works fine or if you want to be more permanent about it I hot glue gun works well too
[ ] Assortment of watercolor paints, or acrylic paints, or spray inks
[ ] Assortment of pens, pencils, crayons or other implements of destruction
[ ] Baby wipes
[ ] Water brushes, regular paint brushes will do fine as well
[ ] One or two mini clothes pins More Broken Heart Project Ideas:
Here are some of the many different ways you could design your Lace-Up Broken Hearts:
Hi Peeps, it’s Majo here today to show you a festive holiday table centerpiece I made with the Lace-Up Celebration Bulbs.
I painted them all with silver acrylic paint and stamped a fir leaf image on each bulb. Than I heat embossed them with chunky powder in gold and then strung them all on a thin wire.
These Lace-Up bulbs make a super easy and fast festive addition to any table centerpiece. Or to your Christmas decoration, holiday wreath, Christms tree, a picture frame etc., or as in my case the table candle decoration!