Recycled Flower Garden

Happy Earth Day!

 

Recycled Flower Garden {The Preppy Strawberry}

Today, I’m sharing with you a little project that we’ve been working on this past week – Recycled Flower Garden.  I did this project a few years ago and you can read that post here.  It’s so funny to look back and see how little my daughter was but then again she was only four years old!

I remember how much fun she enjoyed planting the flowers and decorating the cans that I decided we would try it again!  This time I did things a little bit different….

 

So here’s what I started with … 

 

Just some empty soup, sauce, and some tuna fish cans – pretty simple recycling project for Earth Day!

 

Recycled Flower Garden {The Preppy Strawberry}

Supplies for the project: 

Recycled Flower Garden {The Preppy Strawberry}

 

This time we painted the cans and then she went back and added some details (my little artist) 

Recycled Flower Garden {The Preppy Strawberry}

Recycled Flower Garden {The Preppy Strawberry}

Adding some detail …. I love the polka dots! 😉

 

This time we added some fun recycled water bottle flowers to the garden until the flowers grow! I think they turned out so cute!

Recycled Flower Garden {The Preppy Strawberry}

Recycled Water bottles – all you need to do is cut the one end off and then cut up and make your petals.  Once you have the petals cut just pull them back and bend the plastic to shape your flowers.  You can find lots of tutorials on how to make the flowers on pinterest. 

 

Here are few different examples of different ways to make recycled water bottle flowers. 

Crissy’s Crafts – modge podge flowers

Danielle’s Space – Recycled water bottle patio lights

Oopsie Maize – recycled water bottle flowers

 

 

Recycled Flower Garden {The Preppy Strawberry}Waiting for the cans and flowers to dry …..  after they dried I added a clear glaze to the flower and the containers. 

 

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We filled the cans with potting soil and then Lilly planted the flowers she picked out

Recycled Flower Garden {The Preppy Strawberry}

Once the flowers dried, I hot glued a wooden skewer to the back of the lid.  Yes, you will want to keep the lids!  Then I filled the center with a white pom pom  to make the center of the flower. 

Another good use for Washi Tape-  I covered my skewer with green/white chevron washi tape to give it a green stem look.  I also cut out of my water bottles .. the ends that I cut off.  I created leaves out of the extra pieces then I glued the leaves onto the skewers. 

 

Recycled Flower Garden {The Preppy Strawberry}

Welcome to our Recycled Flower Garden!

 

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Easter Egg Coloring

Good Friday, is the day we always set aside to color Easter eggs and this year we tried a new way.  We used the standard package dye kits one one dozen and then we used Sharpie Markers on the other dozen.  

 

Easter Egg Coloring {The Preppy Strawberry}

 

Easter Egg Coloring {The Preppy Strawberry}

Sharpie Easter Egg Coloring {The Preppy Strawberry}

I love markers …. Can you tell?  😉

Sharpie Easter Egg Coloring {The Preppy Strawberry}

 

Sharpie Easter Egg Coloring {The Preppy Strawberry}

 

Sharpie Easter Egg Coloring {The Preppy Strawberry}

 

How do you decorate your Easter Eggs?  Do you have any traditions you stick with each year? 

 

Amy

 

 

Penguin Art Project

Penguin Art Project {The Preppy Strawberry)

Looking for a fun art project to keep the kids busy this winter?  Well look no further … Penguin Art project will help keep them busy!  This project we did in two days only because we started the background too late one evening.   This is a perfect project for the snow day – start the project in the morning and paint the back ground first  and let it dry completely.  Then in the afternoon wrap up with finishing the penguin and adding any last details. 
SUPPLIES:

  1. Paper – white paper for background, black, white, orange
  2. Paint
  3. scissors
  4. misc. supplies, scrap fabric, yarn,

we used 8 1/2 X 11 watercolor paper but you can use a larger piece – it’s up to you!  Just note that depending on your paper size will depend on how large your penguin will need to be cut. For paint, I just used the poster board paint that we had on hand.  

Step 1:   for this step I just put out all the paint I had and told her to create a background for the penguin.  – As you can tell she created a rainbow background with all of the colors.  Let the paper completely dry before moving onto the next steps.
Penguin Art Project {The Preppy Strawberry)

Step 2:  once the paper has dried start working on your penguin.  To create the penguin you will cute a U shape out of your black paper.  This will be the penguins body.  Now, make sure your body is small or big enough to fit on your background paper you used in step 1.  After, you have the black U cut out – take the white paper and now cut out another U but make this one a little smaller – this will be the penguins front.  For the wings, beak, and feet  just have them cut them out any way they would like!  Set these pieces aside

Penguin Art Project {The Preppy Strawberry)
Step 3:  Take your extra white paper and cut out your iceberg – this is what your penguin is going to sit on and what you will be gluing to the background first. 

Step 4:  Glue your iceberg to your background.  Once you have this attached start putting your penguin together on the background.  Once your penguin is assembled you can move onto decorating and dressing penguin. 
We used fabric scraps and pomp poms for his hat and gloves. 

Penguin Art Project {The Preppy Strawberry)

Penguin Art Project {The Preppy Strawberry)
Saw this idea over at Deep Space Sparkle

Happy Crafting!!
Amy

How to make Homemade GAK

 

 

Homemade GAK {The Preppy Strawberry}

Looking for a  cheap, fun, and quick activity that is bound to bring hours of entertainment for the kids this winter?  Today, we made GAK!  It was so cool making it and watching it change into GAK!  I saw this idea  over at Lil Luna – check our her tutorial on how to make GAK. 

 Here’s what you’ll need …

 

Homemade GAK {The Preppy Strawberry}

 

Supplies: 

– TWO 4 oz. bottles of Elmer’s Glue

– 1 tsp. Borax (found in the laundry detergent section of the store)

– Water

– Plastic Cup

– Bowl

– Food Coloring

 

DIRECTIONS: 

 

Homemade GAK {The Preppy Strawberry}

1) Begin by emptying the two bottles of glue into a bowl. Then fill bottles with warm water and shake. Empty into your bowl.

 

Homemade GAK {The Preppy Strawberry}

2.) Add some food coloring. I used Wilton Food Colors  (all I had on hand) – she picked purple and green and I spooned out about a 1/2 tsp. of wilton food coloring.  By the way I dyed my hands purple on the purple GAK – YIKES!!!  In the tutorial from Lil Luna she used Betty Crocker food coloring so pretty much any food coloring will work! 

 

Homemade GAK {The Preppy Strawberry}

3) Add 1/2 cup warm water to your cup. Add 1 tsp. borax to the water and mix until borax dissolves. Then pour this into your glue bowl. Start stirring and you will notice how it starts becoming stringy. Keep mixing by using your hands and squishing around. You will notice after a few minutes that it has become pretty gelatinous.Homemade GAK {The Preppy Strawberry}

 4.) Now, it’s time to let the kids play!! Have fun 😉

 

Homemade GAK {The Preppy Strawberry}

 

Homemade GAK {The Preppy Strawberry}

 

Homemade GAK {The Preppy Strawberry}

Tutorial and Directions from Lil’ Luna – Check out her post on  how to make GAK

Thanks Lil’ Luna for the fun tutorial …..

Now, Go have Fun making your own GAK!!

 

Amy

Easy Kids Valentine’s Art Project

 
DIY Kids Valentines Day Art {The Preppy Strawberry}
If you are new  here – Welcome!!  If you’ve been following me for a while you know we like to craft and paint at our house! 
My daughter is becoming obsessed with art projects  and she loves to craft just as much as I do!! Pretty much any free time we have there is some project or drawing going on around here.  
I’ve always loved crafting and making things – even when the crafting idea wasn’t so cool I was crafting (thanks pinterest for making being so crafty cool … yes there is a little sarcasm in that statement… just a little bit ;)) 


DIY Kids Valentines Art

This project we made this past weekend and took about 30 minutes to complete.  We’ve had freezing temperatures this past week and schools have been either canceled or delayed do to the frigid temperatures!! Yes, it was –14 degrees the other morning!  Someone please pack my bags and move me south!!
Here’s what you will need to get started……….
 
Supplies: 

 

 

1- canvas–  we used an 11X14 canvas
paints – I used the Joann’s brand acrylic paint – the bottle are around .59 cents a bottle
( We picked out mint green, turquoise, red, and a pink) – I had most of the colors on hand.  I wanted to make sure I added the blues because my mantle need a little more color than just red!)

paint brushes – we used the circle sponge brushes from this kit
 
Step 1:  We outlined the heart and then she started painting around it with the circle stencil brush.  We overlapped the colors in the painting process.  After, she had the entire canvas covered she filled in the heart with red paint. 

Valentines Day Kids Art Project { The Preppy Strawberry}
Valentines Day Kids Art Project { The Preppy Strawberry}
work in progress…
Step 2 – let your project dry over night. 
Valentines Day Kids Art Project { The Preppy Strawberry}
saw the idea here … and changed the project a little bit.
Finished project …
Valentines Day Kids Art Project { The Preppy Strawberry}
The mantle is a work in progress ….  Don’t mind the chalkboard which is turned the wrong way .. oops! 

Amy

Rock Painting: 101





Rock Painting 101:  This by far is the easiest and super cheap craft project for any kid!  My daughter must have spent 2 hours in this project and wanted little help from me.  She washed the rocks and dried the rocks to get them ready to paint all by herself.  All, I had to do was cover the table and open up the paint!  Super Easy and she had a  blast!  This craft pretty much cost next to nothing because the rocks were FREE and the paint was the same paint we used from the bird houses last weekend.  

Rock Bath 
Scrubbing the Rocks – as she said Really Really Good!  
All CLEAN!!