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.
There are so many amazing ways to craft and use the EyeConnect Totem Poppets, but one of my favorites is turning them into puppets. Marionettes are loads of fun to play with, but if you’ve ever tried to make one, it can get complicated in a hurry! Thankfully, the Totem Poppets are made to move, so turning them into marionettes is effortless.
Here’s how I turned the Wolf Poppet into a Wolf Marionette Puppet!
Making a Marionette Using A Totem Poppet
First, I started off by coloring my totem using an ink pad. I’ve sometimes learned the easiest way to get this done is to sponge the pad across my project.
Next, I wanted to add a molted look to the coloring of the wolf, so I used a spray ink. While it was wet, it looked perfect. Unfortunately, as you can see in the picture below, when it dried the spots completely disappeared.
Since I was still dead set on creating a detailed look, I used the Smooch accents to draw on fur.
Finally, I put my totem together using the mini brads. Then, I tied both ends of a piece of thread to the front and back of the wolf.
From there I simply looped it repeatedly around the two ends of the small dowel. You can always cut two individual pieces of thread and tie the totem to the dowel that way. However, I think it is easier to find the right length when you just wrap it around the dowel. That way, if a smaller child is playing with it, you can easily shorten it for them.
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!”
It’s summertime, well, not officially, but close enough, right? The heat of the coming months makes this the season for reptiles. While we have plenty of snakes to contend with we don’t have alligators in Missouri. As long as you don’t count this alligator collage we made using the Alligator Totem Poppet.
To celebrate the start of summer the 3-year-old and I made this super simple collage to house our scary alligator. Here’s how you can make one of your own!
When you’re crafting with younger ones, you’ve got to have everything ready to go. So be sure to set out all your supplies so when one portion of the project loses it’s appeal you can move on to the next step without much fuss.
First, we started our river scene by glueing ripped brown and beige pieces to the sides a blue sheet of scrapbooking paper.
From there we added little scraps, here and there to break up the starkness of the page. Truth be told, I’d hoped for this to be more like a mosaic, but, the toddler had other plans.
Using this stylus (by Colorbox®) made it easy for my little artist to use ink to color in our alligator using a couple different shades of green, gold, and brown.
For the next two steps I was on my own. I used the accent ink to add spots, bumps, dots, whatever you want to call them to our gator.
Once everything dried I used the mini brads to put the reptile together. As you can see in the picture, I like to lay it out how it’ll go and use the picture that comes with it as a guide.
Now, we used a tiny bit of double-sided tape to place our alligator on the paper river, but you could always glue it down. It depends on if you want to move it and play with it. My kids always want to play with them first.
So, what are you’re plans for the summer? Do you live in alligator country?
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!
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:
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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 everyone, Steph Ackerman here today and I’ve created a spooky owl shadowbox. It’s almost Halloween and the decorating is just beginning.
With Halloween drawing near, it’s always fun to create some spooky projects. Check out the Eyeconnect store and see all the fun projects you can make. I’ve used the Totem Owl opting to gesso it first. I find that adding gesso to the chipboard pieces first allows the colors I want to use really stand out.
I decided used the reverse side of the canvas to create a shadow box. First I added gesso around the edges of the canvas, then painted the edges of the canvas with black paint. Using a stencil, I added molding paste to create a textured background.
Next I spritzed colors in the shadowbox.
The owl was adhered to the lower corner and the moon was adhered to the upper corner.
Finally I added a spooky banner with some wiggly eyes peaking out. Then a spider was added along with some gauze.
Quick and easy and a perfect Halloween piece don’t you think?
Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today and I’ve created a spooky Halloween card today. October is not too far away so it is time to get ready for Halloween. This quick and easy card uses the Totem Cat as the focal element.
I wanted to keep my card simple, so I stamped the card with a collection of Halloween stamps from Joy Clair stamps.
I painted the chipboard black before separating the pieces.
Once assembled with brads, the cat looks amazing popped on the card as the focal point.