Posted in Craft Corner

My Craft Room Reveal

I have the sweetest husband and sons in the world! For most of March they were hard at work transforming our den into my craft room. One Saturday they began by taking every single item out of our giant junk drawer, a.k.a the family den. Then they ripped out the carpet and took down a wall counter that was attached to one end of the room.

I was allowed to choose two paint colors and the vinyl flooring, but that was it! My guys designed this space top to bottom, in secret, and mysterious packages were delivered and hid from me. The big reveal was on the 26th.

Drum roll please!

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I chose paint colors that remind me of the beach and ocean. Based on that, my guys decided to run with a beach theme.

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The dark blue panels are chalkboard paint, which was my youngest son’s idea.

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I chose a warm walnut-finish vinyl flooring, which is waterproof and ideal for messy creativity.

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My husband designed and built this craft table for me. It’s just the right size for ten little girls (three on each long side, two on each short end). Every two-to-three months, I host a little girl craft party with nine neighborhood girls. We always have a blast together and they are excited to have our spring crafting party in this fun room. They will sit on bar stools which I still need to spray paint white.

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All of the decorations were chosen by my husband with the kids’ input.

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I’ve owned this WorkBox 3.0 from The Original ScrapBox for almost a year now and I absolutely love it. It’s perfect for keeping and organizing all of my crafting treasures from glitter to ribbon to decorative papers to paint. It fits perfectly in this space!

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So there you have it! There’s even extra space in the closet, but I haven’t done anything with it yet.

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♥ Thanks for visiting my craft room with me! Do you have a devoted space for creativity? I’d love to see it if you’ve posted about it. I hope you’re having a fantastic day. ♥

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Posted in Craft Corner, Homeschooling Corner

Our Pumpkin Patch Craft

I love this time of year when we see pumpkins everywhere.

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Marcus’ pumpkin patch

As part of our Friday Nature Club, which I’ll detail more in an upcoming post, Marcus and I offer craft kits once a month. We design and assemble these kits ourselves and send them home with the children in our group. September’s craft was a fall sun catcher mobile and October’s craft was a pumpkin patch, which is what I’m sharing with you today.

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I also host little girl crafting parties at my house every so often. I invite my friends’ daughters over for hours of art and craft delight. I held a crafting party earlier this month where the girls also made pumpkin patches.

We used the following materials:

  • Cardboard cut into a pumpkin shape (I used a tri-folded project board for this because it was what I had on hand and made several pumpkins. It was the perfect thickness.)
  • Egg cartons, with each “cup” cut out (for the pumpkins)
  • Green chenille/fuzzy sticks, cut into 3-4″ lengths (for the pumpkin stems)
  • Brown paint
  • Orange paint
  • Sponge brushes
  • Brown felt, cut into strips or shapes (for the “dirt”)

At least, these were the items we provided in our kits, along with a basic instruction sheet. We also poked a hole into the top of each egg cup, for the stem to easily go through. I have a special crafting tool for this, but it’s just a thick pin hole.

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When my craft party girls made these, they started by painting one side of their cardboard pumpkins brown. Marcus chose to paint his orange and then added a layer of brown.

While the “patches” were drying, the girls painted their egg cups orange. I did have a few different orange colors for them to choose from, including glitter orange, which was their favorite.

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While their pumpkins were drying, they went back to their patch, now dry, and added some detail, such as brown felt pieces and/or painted green vines. They were pretty creative with this part, which is what made their patches truly unique.

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As you can see, this girl found the bead stash and glued them onto her patch. Clever!

When the egg cup was dry, they poked the chenille stick in, bent an end underneath so it would hold in place, and curled the top part a bit. And, that was it! A few girls glued their pumpkins into place, but most left them alone so they could rearrange and play with them as they wish.

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♥ Do you craft in your homeschool or with your children? My tip for arts and crafts with kids is to allow their personalities and imaginations to shine through. That’s the best part. I always have at least one girl ask me for something I had not put out on the craft table. I think that’s great! I want each child to feel confident in their ability to create something with their own minds and hands. There is really no right or wrong when it comes to kid arts and crafts. At least not at my house. ♥