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Tin Can Creatures: Bat and Ghost


Tin Can Creatures: Bat and Ghost #fall #Halloween #crafts #kidscrafts

I told you Monday I’d be sharing two more Halloween creatures to make with tin cans and here you have it! Technically these could easily fall into the Craft Lightning category as well. Even before I sped up the video it was only six minutes long. Not too shabby if you ask me, I think even my kids could make it through this one without getting bored!


Sure all these little guys are cute on their own but they’re even cuter all together! Be sure to stop by Create.Craft.Love. for instructions on how to make the pumpkins and you can go here to find out about Mr. Frankenstein.

Tin Can Creatures #Halloween #recycledcrafts #fall

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Tin Can Creatures: Frankenstein


Tin Can Creature: Frankenstein via @mvemother #fall #crafts #Halloween

A couple weeks ago I shared how to make these Tin Can Pumpkins on Create.Craft.Love. and the more I looked at them, sitting all alone, I thought that they could use a little company! We’re up to four creatures in our creepy tin can town but for now I just want to show you had we made our Francanstein.

Just squeaking in under the Craft Lightning 15 minute time limit, Franky is a great ‘green’ (Get it, cause he’s green and it’s a way to re-use a can…oh, I know it’s corny, just indulge me!) craft! I was a little surprised it took me as long as it did but it’s probably because I wasn’t happy with my first face and decided to spin him around and re-do it! Now that I look at them both maybe that original wasn’t that bad, I’ll let you decide. On to the project!

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CraftasticTV: Halloween Paper Plate Silhouettes


#Halloween #Crafts via My Very Educated Mother

I’m getting in more screen time with a craft I actually made last year for Kids Craft 1-2-3 magazine. It’s a Halloween project that’s super easy (I’ll say that a good million times in the video) and perfect to make with the kids!


In case you missed it here is the supply list. Be sure to also stop by CraftasticTV for more projects like this one.

Supplies Needed:
2 paper plates (any size)
black and yellow paint
pencil
scissors
glue
paintbrushes
double-sided tape
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Glow In the Dark Spider Web Earrings and a Giveaway


Guess what? I’m a video brand ambassador for AdTech! I know what you’re thinking; what does this mean and who is AdTech? What it means is I’ll be sharing more glue gun projects and hosting a number of Hangouts On Air where I’ll be crafting live! As for AdTech they are THE glue gun people: hot glue, cool glue, foam glue, low temp/high temp, designer guns, you name it, they’ve got it in spades! But that’s not all, they also offer spiffy dot glue runners!

#HalloweenCraft Glow in the Dark Spider Web Earrings


I’ve been playing (mostly coveting) the goodies they sent, thinking of all the projects I want to share and when I spied the Glow In The Dark sticks I knew I wanted to make some kind of jewelry with them. Since Halloween is right around the corner why not a set of spider web earrings?

*Be sure to read the entire post – giveaway info is at the bottom!

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Kids Crafts: DIY Dragonfly


Did you know that dragonflies have been on Earth for over 300 million years and once had a wingspan of over 2 ½ feet?  The fastest recorded insect, their four wings allow them to fly in any direction, hover, and reach speeds of up to 30 miles per hour.  That’s an amazing feat for such a small creature!



Here's a fun dragonfly craft you can make with your kids, it's fast, easy, and looks awesome on a bedroom wall! 

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Mythology Lesson 1: The 12 Labors of Hercules


A homeschooling co-op can offer the opportunity to teach a lesson better suited for a group, it can also mean you get the group rate on your next field trip, or it can simply be an afternoon break when we let someone ELSE be in charge of lessons. Whatever it is, I highly recommend becoming a part of one.

For nearly two years we've been active members of a local group. Though our size fluctuated we are a relatively small group who meet 12 weeks out of the semester so we try to keep things light and fun, but still informative. When it's my turn to teach I tend to stick to Art themes because it's what I'm comfortable with, but this semester I've branched out and let the kids decide. Much to my delight they chose a semester of Mythology!

Mythology Lesson: The 12 Labors of Hercules #Homeschooling #lessons #mythology


Mythology can be so much fun and since it's a topic even public schools tackle I figured I'd find a ton of free projects and resources online...I was mistaken. While I did find many things few of them were free and even fewer were more than a retelling of the various stories. Thankfully I stumbled along MythWeb, in particular their MythWeb's Heroes Page. It's a simple enough page that provides a quick and easy reading of various myths and if you venture to their Teacher's page they have a listing of various lesson ideas.

Considering the trouble I had finding free ideas I thought I'd share what we came up with using this resource as well as one other. Here's the breakdown of our 3-part lesson on the 12 Labors of Hercules.

1. Read the story. We hooked the laptop to a tv and used the mythweb site but any book or reference could be used.

2. Discussion. Sometimes it's hard to know where to go with a discussion, especially when you have all ages. So I used the bullet points of this articles about the life lessons of Hercules as a starting place. Be sure to get the kids involved...it IS a discussion after all. Ask them leading questions. Do they have a similar experience they can relate it to? Do the ancient lessons still ring true today?

3. Older Group: Round Robin Writing Exercise. This is pretty self-explanatory, the older kids broke into groups of three and spent 15 minutes writing their own hero stories.

3. Younger Group: Grecian Urns. This is such an easy project while also giving the younger ones a chance to craft their own tales of heroism via the images they drew. Here's a quick run down of how to make your own Urn.
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CraftasticTV: Felt Straw Flowers




The past six months have been filled with new adventures, one of which is Craftastic TV!  It's a new site spotlighting crafty videos from a collection of creative folks and I'm going to be regular contributor! For my first project I'm sharing how to make these quick and easy felt straw flowers.




It doesn’t take much to turn a few sheets of felt into a fun and colorful flower you can incorporate into your next decorating or DIY project. With a stack of scraps, and not quite an hour, this old wreath was brought out of retirement and transformed! Best of all, since all the supplies are craft stash staples, it didn’t cost a thing!

Supplies Needed
• Felt
• Fabric glue
• Scissors
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