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Crafting for Spring: Check Out This DIY Bird Feeder

Howdy, Kansas City! Spring is almost in the air and while you’re prepping for some more of the weather we had earlier in the week, maybe try out this fun craft from our Mom Squad Ambassador, Darcy. Her kiddos and her made these awesome DIY Bird Feeders. Great for a fun activity or adorable gift on Mother’s Day. Take a look…

 

Crafting for Spring: Check Out This DIY Bird Feeder

 

When that groundhog predicted 6 more weeks of winter, he must not have meant Kansas City. The weather lately has been gorgeous! We all keep talking about it, and I will keep talking about it because although it is February, it feels downright spring-like and I am giddy for spring!

February is National Bird Feeding month. I’ll be honest, I am not generally thinking about birds in February. This year though, my family has been spending a ton of time outdoors. It has been great because it has us really thinking about what we’d like to accomplish in our yard this spring. One thing we all would enjoy is some lovely bird watching. I knew I wanted to add some bird feeders to the yard, and I really wanted it to be a fun craft the whole family could get in on. When I looked up DIY birdhouses and feeders though, there was a lot to be desired. Many were way too tough for my kids, or only involved painting a premade house. I ended up working together a couple examples I found, and I think our bird feeders turned out fantastic!

To make these birdfeeders you will need:

  • Rope (pay attention to thickness; you want it to fill the holes in the pots)
  • Drill with masonry drill bit
  • Terra Cotta pots (1 per feeder)
  • Terra Cotta saucers (2 per feeder)
  • Acrylic paint
  • Clear spray sealant
  • Birdseed

Crafting for Spring: Check Out This DIY Bird Feeder

 

I picked up some pots and saucers from my nearby home improvement store. You can pick whatever size pot you want, but the saucers need to fit the pot well. One for the lid, and one for the dish, large enough for birds to perch on. My large pot was actually an orchid pot and already had three holes around the base, as well as one on the bottom, so I did not need to drill it at all. The other two pots needed holes drilled around the base for the birdseed to come out. Each saucer needs a hole in the center, to string all the parts together.

Crafting for Spring: Check Out This DIY Bird Feeder

 

After the holes were drilled. I washed and dried all of the pottery to remove any dust. Once dry, it’s time to paint. When looking up bird feeders, I found a lot of examples where people made fountains out of clay pots and they painted and sealed all areas of their pottery. I was worried though about the materials breaking down over time and what that may do to the birds, so we did not paint, nor spray sealer, anywhere the seeds would be. So, we only painted the outside of the pot, the top of the lid and the bottom of the dish. I put a bit of tape on the areas we did not want paint to help the kids to remember. After the paint dries completely, spray with sealant outside. I did a couple light coats, and the pieces were ready to handle in just 30 minutes.

Crafting for Spring: Check Out This DIY Bird Feeder

 

The kids and I worked together to string all of the pieces onto a rope. At the bottom I tied a knot using the same technique I use on the girls’ bead necklaces. I made a loop and wrapped the end three times through the loop before pulling it tight. Allow enough rope on top to tie to the tree. If your rope isn’t thick enough and the pieces are too wobbly, or the seed falls out, fill with some hot glue (not the lid).

 

Crafting for Spring: Check Out This DIY Bird Feeder

 

DO NOT FILL WITH BIRDSEED UNTIL YOU HAVE HUNG IT UP. These are not super sturdy and took two people to fill. I held the pot level while my daughter lifted the lip and poured in the birdseed. I’m hoping the fact that they’re a little precarious will keep squirrels and my cats off of them. I don’t think the little birds we usually have around will weigh enough to disturb the pot. I will keep you posted though!

Crafting for Spring: Check Out This DIY Bird Feeder

These were very fun to make and are so cute in the tree. I love that they were easy to make (it only took one afternoon) and they are easy to refill. If you don’t have time to make these for National Bird Feeding Month, they would still make a fun Earth Day activity or a very cute Mother’s Day or Grandparent’s Day gift. I am planning how to paint my next one already!

 

From iFamily to Yours,

 

 

 

 


Check Out This Easy & Inexpensive Winter Art Activity

Happy Friday, Kansas City! Winter and December are some of the best times for crafting. And although Pinterest makes crafting seem insanely intricate, our Mom Squad Ambassador, Darcy, has an easy (and inexpensive!) winter art activity that absolutely anyone can do. Check it out!

Check Out This Easy & Inexpensive Winter Art Activity // iFamilyKC

Check Out This Easy & Inexpensive Winter Art Activity

 

I don’t know about you, but one of the big challenges I face every holiday is keeping the kids busy and entertained while the adults cook and clean. A few years ago I picked up some placemats for the kids to color as we did the cooking. Within minutes, all the kids (and several adults) were happily coloring for close to an hour. It was a great help and now I try to come up with a fun art activity for the family. It can be difficult because there is a huge age range and skill variant. Also, since we often travel, I don’t want to have to bring too many supplies. This Thanksgiving we gathered around for a winter themed painting and it totally fit the bill. It was cheap, easy and kept everyone entertained.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Canvas
  • Masking or painter’s tape
  • White paint
  • Blue paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Paper plates
  • Permanent markers (optional) 

 

Steps:

  1. Cut tape and apply it to the canvas creating snowflake designs (some of us looked up ideas online, some just winged it).
  2. Once you’re happy with your placement, run a finger over the edges trying to give the tape as good of a seal as possible.
  3. Squirt some white and blue paint onto a paper plate. Mix the colors as much as you want while painting over your entire canvas.
  4. After the paint dries, peel off the tape.
  5. If you’d like, you can outline your snowflakes with marker.

 

 

I picked up some canvases that were on clearance, they were about $1 a piece. I then dug out some painter’s tape. Unfortunately, we only had the very wide tape, so I spent some time cutting it into thinner strips. I went ahead and made a simple snowflake design for my 2 year old niece, but everyone else made their own. We had an age range of 4-59. It was interesting to see what everyone came up with when making their designs. This was a fun and easy craft. People could put as much time and effort into it as they wanted.

The toughest part was waiting for the paint to dry before peeling the tape. It was kind of nice though because it gave us some down time to do other things and pick up our mess. The kids all peeled off the tape easily. There was some bleeding, which some of us minded and some of us didn’t. If you want crisper lines, you can outline with marker. We used a black sharpie, but I think a silver marker would have looked nice too. If you are looking for a fun art project, I hope you’ll give this one a try and I hope you and your family have as much fun as we did!

 

Check Out This Easy & Inexpensive Winter Art Activity

 

From iFamily to Yours,

iFamMomSqdDarcyv2

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A Hands-on Thanksgiving Craft for the Entire Family

Hellooooo, Kansas City! Thanksgiving is a little over a week away, and it’s a great time to sit down with our kiddos and invest some creative time with them. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Becky, has an adorable (and EASY) Thanksgiving craft that’s perfect for all ages. Check it out!

A Hands-on Thanksgiving Craft for the Entire Family

A Hands-on Thanksgiving Craft for the Entire Family

 

I really love fall but I really do not like the end of daylight savings time. Getting home from work and school when it’s already dark is depressing and really limits our evening activities since we’re stuck indoors. This week we played a board game, brought up a box of band instruments (I’ve had smarter ideas) and did a cute little family craft to add to our Thanksgiving decorations. These handprint turkeys are a quick and easy and reminder that “family” is high on the thankful list.

 

Here’s what you’ll need:

 

A Hands-on Thanksgiving Craft for the Entire Family

 

Construction paper in fall colors (one sheet for each member of your family)

Glue

Scissors

Pencil

Googly eyes (optional)

 

Here’s what you do:

10 Simple Things to do on Thanksgiving Day!

 

 

  1. Have everyone in your family select their favorite color paper
  2. Help everyone trace one hand.
  3. Help everyone cut out their traced hand.
  4. Have the kids order the hands largest to smallest.
  5. Glue each hand on top of each other, the largest hand should be on the bottom and the smallest hand should be on the top
  6. Add a gobble chin thing (what are those called) on your turkey and an eye.
  7. Just so there’s no guessing down the road, be sure to write the year on the back.

 

 

Becky Ervin is a creative director, mother of three and blogs at PartyBoxKC.com.

 

From iFamily to Yours,iFamMomSqdBeckyV2

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iFamilyKC Kids Club Exclusive: The Ceramic Cafe Wrap-Up!

Good Morning, Kansas City! One of the fun things we, here at iFamilyKC, do is host Kids Club Events. We love doing fun stuff all around the KC Metro, and our Mom Squad Ambassador, gives you the low down on one of our recent events at the Ceramic Cafe in Leawood. Check it out!

iFamilyKC Kids Club Exclusive: The Ceramic Cafe Wrap-Up!

iFamilyKC Kids Club Exclusive: The Ceramic Cafe Wrap-Up!

 

 

Let me tell you that one of the greatest perks of being an iFamily KC Mom Squad Ambassador is the fact that I get to represent iFamily KC at these awesome events around town! Places that honestly I wouldn’t pass on a daily basis so unless someone else told me about it, I probably would never go. Such was the case last night when I attended Ceramic Café’s Kids Club event. This space is incredible, if you can imagine it—you can put it on a plate, a mug a bowl, a ceramic pig—they have everything ready for you. Last night was a fun Halloween themed painting where you could paint either a tile or a plate with your kiddos. Most of the kids used their hand print to make spiders and ghosts and witches—too cute! And it is so easy, simply paint or stamp anything that you can imagine they glaze it and fire it for you and 7-10 days later you have a keepsake for as long as ceramic plates last in your house!

 

 

iFamilyKC Kids Club Exclusive: The Ceramic Cafe Wrap-Up!

 

 

I will share a little about my experience. As I mentioned as an iFamily KC Mom Squad Ambassador I felt pretty important. I walked in and the owner, Sara (wonderful and talented woman who I know was fed up with me when I couldn’t draw the whiskers right on my daughter’s hand cat because somehow an educated, somewhat intelligent woman like me, couldn’t figure out how the dang thing was supposed to look!) greeted me at the front and moved me and the two daughters to a table with some open spots. The space is a really nice size with several large tables set up to accommodate plenty of people. I felt like a VIP, we sat down had fresh water to wash paint brushes brought over to our table, several other incredible members of the CC team came by and asked if we needed any help and how I was liking being an ambassador. Not kidding, at this point I felt like I was sitting on a throne, my kids sitting beside me acting like angels painting their masterpieces which would probably be so good Ceramic Café would actually decide to keep them and display them.

 

 

iFamilyKC Kids Club Exclusive: The Ceramic Cafe Wrap-Up!

 

 

This is when the bottom dropped out…another one of these incredible Ceramic Café employees came over with a bag of goodies (again I am thinking, “oh! Because I am VIP I get a swag bag!”). She then says that these are some advertisements they are handing out to everyone that attends these sessions today, including an opportunity to come back to the space for free. Wait, what?! So you treat everyone like this all the time? You and your staff are always this attentive and helpful and imaginative when it comes to everyone who walks in the door? Hands down, yes! Everyone was laughing and having a great time not just because of what we were doing but because the employees made us feel right at home! They helped give me an extra hand when my youngest was reaching for the paint to dump on her shirt and when my oldest was reaching for every stamp on the wall and trying to put them in a different order (“But, look! It’s a pattern, Mommy!”)

 

 

iFamilyKC Kids Club Exclusive: The Ceramic Cafe Wrap-Up!

 

 

You know what would even be better than going and painting something with the kids? Not taking the kids! But really, grab a couple of friends and use all that creativity just waiting to escape. Better yet, why not have a birthday or baby shower there (have everyone paint and decorate things for the baby—what a great way to personalize and always remember who was at the shower! Plus, baby room decorating? Done!) With all the different items I saw on the shelves (I even got up close and personal with a few as I leaped to reach for them when my daughters decided to take the ceramic tea pots off the shelf to show me) there is really no end to the imagination! You know that one person on your Christmas list that is so difficult to buy for, usually a parent or grandparent? Why not have the kids paint something for them! And when you go back in to pick up your item after being glazed and fired, be sure to look at their sample sale table. As I was hurrying my kids through the door I saw some darling plates for ridiculous prices! Speaking of prices—everything was extremely reasonable and for that type of personalization, you can’t beat it.

 

I enjoyed this event so much and although Sara and her staff probably were wanting to see us go (if you haven’t got the point yet, my kids were behaving AWFUL!) I would have loved to stick around and done some more work! I will be going back, maybe with kids, maybe just me, after a glass of wine next door at O’Neils! Thank you to Ceramic Café for hosting this event, please check them out at 94th and Mission in Leawood, you won’t be disappointed!

 

 

From iFamily to Yours,

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Make This Simple Fall Craft: Ghost (Boredom) Busters!

Fall crafts are some of the most fun! But they can also be overwhelming, time consuming, and expensive. Luckily, our fantastic Mom Squad Ambassador, Becky, has an easy, boredom-busting fall craft for us all to try today. Check out these adorable ghost decorations for your next crafting session.

Make This Simple Fall Craft: Ghost (Boredom) Busters!

Make This Simple Fall Craft: Ghost (Boredom) Busters!

 

I needed a simple craft our 1st-grade Daisy troop could manage mostly on their own and this ghost craft was easy and fun. Takes about 15-20 minutes.

 

Make This Simple Fall Craft: Ghost (Boredom) Busters!

 

What you’ll need:

Half sheets of cardstock

Scissors

Cotton balls

Glue

Googly eyes

Pipecleaners or yarn

Tape

 

Here’s How:

  1. Cut the cardstock into a ghost shape. Confession: My original plan was to pre-cut the cardstock into ghost shapes but I ran out of time. I’m so glad I never got around to it because the all the different shapes helped make each ghost so unique. Our group of first graders had no problem cutting the paper themselves.

 

Make This Simple Fall Craft: Ghost (Boredom) Busters!

 

  1. Glue cotton balls on the ghost shape. I purposely didn’t give a lot of direction on this step. Some girls used a lot of cotton balls, some just used the cotton balls to outline their shape, some torn the cotton balls and gave their ghost a thinner layer of cotton balls. When it comes to art, there are no right or wrong ways to do things.

 

Make This Simple Fall Craft: Ghost (Boredom) Busters!

 

  1. Glue on the googly eyes. Offer an assortment and let the girls have fun mixing and matching the different shapes and colors of the eyes.

 

Make This Simple Fall Craft: Ghost (Boredom) Busters!

 

  1. Create a hanging hook. Tape a pipe cleaner or yarn loop on the back so the ghost can hang.

 

The art of conversation.

After the ghosts are made, get your kids to do a little creative thinking and ask them some questions like:

 

What’s your ghost’s name? (What about the middle and last name, too?)

Is your ghost friendly, mean or scary? Why?

How old is your ghost?

What’s your ghost’s favorite thing to eat?

What’s your ghost favorite thing to do on Halloween?

 

Overachiever:

Hand out small awards to “The Scariest Ghost,” “The Silliest Ghost,” “The Craziest Ghost,” etc. Or better yet, let the kids vote.

 

Did you try out this craft? Show us how it turned out in the comments!

 

From iFamily to Yours,
iFamMomSqdBeckyV2

 

 


Make This Simple Fall Craft: Ghost (Boredom) Busters!

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How to Make An Easy & Crafty Fourth of July Snack

Our Mom Ambassador, Becky set out to make a 4th of July craft with her kiddos and stumbled on something great. Why not mix together summer snacking with some craftiness for a fun and festive treat? Not only will this craft be fun, but it’ll fill those endlessly-hungry bellies. Take a look!

How to Make an Easy & Crafty Fourth of July Snack

How to Make An Easy & Crafty
Fourth of July Snack

So, I promised my kids we’d do a 4th of July craft. Then I thought about the mess of paint, glue, glitter and wasted materials (I love the Dollar Store as much as anyone but I just couldn’t do it this time). I also thought about how much we definitely don’t need anymore temporary masterpieces floating around our house. So I decided to get crafty myself with a craft that won’t just end up in the trash but will actually get used (or rather, eaten).

How to Make an Easy And Crafty Fourth of July Snack

So tonight we each decorated our own red, white and blue waffles. That’s right, waffles for dinner. (If you aren’t on the breakfast-for-dinner train at least a couple times a month, I highly recommend it). We had sliced strawberries for red, blueberries for blue and sliced bananas for white. You could also use raspberries, blackberries and, if you’re really fun, whipped cream.

How to Make an Easy & Healthy Fourth of July Crafty Snack

I knew my kids would enjoy it but what I didn’t realize was it would be a great activity for more than a few reason.

Creative: This was a great chance for our kids to be creative. We had flags, fireworks and Star Wars (kind of patriotic?) waffles. File under “Things I’ll Do Next Time”: Come up with little awards for each person, like “Most Patriotic Waffle,” “Silliest Waffle” and “Best Masterpiece Waffle.”

How to Make an Easy & Healthy Fourth of July Snack

Motor Skills: Scooping fruit on a spoon and balancing it to get it to your plate took some concentration. Our 3-year-old went from shaky to a pro before we finished. Very few blueberries were lost in action.

How to Make an Easy and Crafty Fourth of July Snack

Fun: The kids were happy and excited about doing something different, they shared, helped each other out, laughed and actually stayed at the dinner table for a record amount of time.

How to Make an Easy and Crafty Fourth of July Snack

Healthy: My favorite part! The kids piled on the fruit high and had so much fun eating their masterpieces that they forgot to even ask for syrup.

Pro Tip: Throw any leftover fruit into a blender with some yogurt, spinach and OJ to make smoothies for dessert!

How to Make an Easy & Crafty Fourth of July Snack

Yep. Red, white and blue waffles. I do believe we found a new 4th of July tradition for our family — and I didn’t even have to sweep up the glitter. Ain’t this country great?

From iFamily to Yours,

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Valentine’s Day Box

Now I realize some schools do not do this anymore but some still do. When I was a kid this was my favorite thing about Valentine’s Day. It allows you to be so creative with your ideas and do something fun every single year. I sit with my kids and make these every year even if they don’t need them for school just because they enjoy it. However, year after year the same design can get boring and I found a great way to change things up. Instead of using the traditional shoe box…..use other shape boxes. How about an oatmeal container (the round ones) or as it shows here; use a cereal box. This makes a great looking brief case style box.

Instructions

 

1. Carefully cut three sides of cereal box for lid with craft knife. Cut an opening for Valentines and poke two holes into top side of box for handles. Front of box will open from top and fold down.

2. Using all kinds of fun craft supplies decorate to your own style.

3. Then using ribbon or yard attach the handle

Idea and Picture courtesy of Kids Craft. Visit http://www.plaidkidscrafts.com/2012/01/24/TuesdayTutorialCerealBoxValentineHolders.aspx for directions for a box exactly like shown.

 

iFamilyKC Mom Squad Blogger Keri Nichol