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It’s Guest post Thursday and I am thrilled today to introduce you to Ashley from Life with Moore Babies. The Moore Babies are a crafty little crew and I believe you are going to enjoy the projects they come up with as much as I do!
Today Ashley is sharing with us a craft that is extremely frugal and very green. These cute little up-cycled owls will be great for keeping little ones busy while you work to prepare for Thanksgiving. As a matter of fact, they would make adorable little place holders or decorations for the kids table – Don’t you think?
As sweet as these little birds are, they aren’t very complicated, nor do they require many supplies. You can always substitute with things you have on hand.
Cut the top off the bottom of an egg carton. Then cut the top into two pieces and the bottom into sections of two, and make the eyes. When Cutting the eyes, be sure to include the pointy section between the egg spaces, which will make the beak. They do not have to be exactly the same. You can experiment with various angles to create slightly different facial features for your owls.
The idea with a project like this is not to make it difficult or to stress about getting it perfect, but to enjoy the process and be creative – together!
Provide simple paint supplies, or even markers to color the body and the face (eyes and beak) of your up-cycled owl critters. Googly eyes and feathers are the perfect accent pieces to finish off these fun little creatures. If you don’t happen to have them on hand, the eyes can be painted on or colored with sharpie markers, and the wings could be cut from colorful paper. Be sure the paint is dry before you begin the gluing process.
Simple tips for crafting with kids:
- Cover the surface area with newspaper or a plastic tablecloth that can be re-used
- When painting – have children wear large T-shirts to protect clothing
- Don’t worry with perfection
- It’s much more important to enjoy the time together than to worry about kids technique
- Make suggestions, but allow them to get creative (you might just be surprised)
- Use sincere encouragement & be specific – Instead of “good job” try “I really like how you used that bright blue to differentiate between the body and the head” or “I am impressed with your attention to detail” & “Your placement of the feathers make him look as though it could fly away – It really comes to life”
I hope you’ll enjoy some fun & frugal crafting with the kiddos this holiday season. I hear it can reduce stress!
Be sure to hop over and visit Ashley @ Life with Moore Babies