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Art Project: Fall Mosaics


Colorful Fall Art Project

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago the struggle I've been having in finding time to work on even the simplest of art projects with the kids. Hopefully, this is a good sign, we've finished another.

The trees have barely changed color around here, but the leaves have started piling up, so I thought it fitting to make a mosaic with colorful fall leaves...still on the tree.

Paper Scrap Projects

We began by cutting up lots and lots of scrapbook paper in a variety of shapes and sizes. We did stick to a few color palettes, though. Browns for the trunk, green for the grass, shades of red for the leaves, and later we added blues for the sky.

Autumn Art Projects

As is the fashion in our house, my daughter was all about getting to business drawing a rough sketch to fill in with the paper pieces.

When you do start filling in your drawings be sure to point out that a mosaic will have small spaces between the papers because you are recreated what would have been made with tile and grout. Collage on the other hand, would have overlapping pieces. This is what Es ended up creating - but, that's ok too!

Colorful Fall Mosaic Trees

My son, on the other hand, took his sweet time.

Do you have a child who could build Lego creations for hours but when you ask them to work on a simple art project they have a fit, rush through it, and then try to turn in sloppy, haphazard work? That's my Vin. It's a constant struggle to get him to put as much effort into school work as he does projects closer to his heart. This time I told him I was considering it an Art project meaning, he would get a grade on it.

Glueing Paper Mosaic

We left our work on the table and went back and forth to it throughout the day.

Paper Mosaic Art Project

Our finished projects are below! I think they turned out lovely.

Paper Mosaic Trees

Fall Mosaics

Kids Art Project Mosaics

What kind of projects have you been working on?


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29 Creative Apple Recipes


29 Must Try Apple Recipes
The leaves in our yard are starting to pile up, the weather is cooler, and our calendar is filling up with holiday events; there's no denying that autumn is here! One of my favorite fall activities is a good old baking marathon. Nothing beats a house warmed by the scent of fresh apple pies, am I right?

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Monster Medusa Halloween Popcorn Box


Medusa Popcorn Box Party 2016

It's my second year taking part in the Popcorn Box Party hosted by Laura of Laura Kelly Designs. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the post to get entered to win a World Market gift card and see more Popcorn Box designs. 

Last year I played it safe with a cute little candy corn inspired owl, this year I decided to get a little spookier. Halloween is all about monsters, and one of the most frightening monsters I know is Medusa! With a couple of dollar store toys, paint, and glue, we created this amazingly creepy popcorn box!

Monster Popcorn Box Craft


Using the techniques below you can add a Medusa to your popcorn box or candy bowl this Halloween!

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Kids Craft: Paper Plate Art Spirals


Quick Kids Craft Art Spirals

I spend more time than most crafting and yet when it comes to crafting with the kids the list of to-do projects is always much longer than that of those we have accomplished. If I'm going to be completely honest, I added a historical Art project to our History agenda this year. Take a guess at how many we've done. ZERO!

I think a Family Art Challenge, here on the blog, might be in order because...accountability. Most days I feel like this blog is a letter to my children or a glorified crafting diary! I'm always surprised at how many of you guys are reading; it can be very humbling. It also makes it harder for me to back down on something I say I'm going to do.

Would you be interested in taking part in a crafty challenge?
Let me know in the comments. 

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How To Make a BOO Kit In a Book



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How to Make a BOO Kit In a Book


Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays, and now that I’m a parent the excitement of the season has magnified. I get a kick out of helping the kids create costumes, decorate the house, tell scary stories, and make memories. One new tradition we’re starting this year is making a BOO Kit in a Book for our local librarians. The first step in this adventure is heading to the BOO It Forward page on Walmart.com for all our BOO’ing needs!



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