Nature Bracelets

wrap duct tape around your child's wrist, send them outside and let them decorate their 'bracelet' with items they find in nature! I LOVE THIS!

I was poking around through the Happy Buddy’s Happy Activity Bag the other day and we came across this idea to make Nature Bracelets.

nature bracelets1All you need is a giant roll of masking tape.

*Pardon the bucket on the Happy Buddy’s head.  He insisted that it was critical to the success of this blog post.*

nature bracelets2Wrap a piece of tape around your Happy Buddy’s wrist.

nature bracelets3nature bracelets4Then head outside to collect items from nature and stick them to the tape!

The Happy Buddy added leaves, pieces of grass, broken sticks, and those furry pine needly things to his bracelet.

He wanted to put an entire tree on there, but we had to be realistic.  I have no idea how to uproot a tree. :-)

nature bracelets5This was a really fun little activity that required hardly any effort or materials!

It was just what we needed to pass a lazy summer afternoon.

Happy Nature Bracelet-ing! :-)

*Adorable Boy’s Tie Shirt from HERE*

Earth Guy

easy earth day craft at happyhomefairy.comI was so inspired by yesterday’s Earth Day post that the Happy Buddy and I decided to make a little something of our own to celebrate.

Let me introduce you to Earth Guy!

You can totally make one of your own – it’s so easy.

What you need:

earth guy suppliesConstruction Paper (I used colored card stock) in blue, green, black, white, and red

Glue

Scissors

earth guy step 1Step 1 – Cut a large circle from the blue construction paper.

earth guy step 2Step 2 – Cut out small ‘land’ pieces from the green paper.

earth guy step 3Step 3 – Glue the green pieces to the blue circle.

*Yes, we’re still rockin’ our Christmas pajamas.*

earth guy step 4Step 4 – Cut out arms and legs from the blue paper as well as some hands/feet and thin strips from the green paper.

earth guy step 5Step 5 – Glue the hands and feet to the ends of the arms and legs.  Glue the thin strips on to the arms.

*After this step the Happy Buddy informed me that he was ‘all done with this craft’ and raced off to more important things like cars and trains.*

earth guy step 6earth guy step 7Step 6 – I grabbed some tape and just taped everything to the back of the Earth Guy.

earth guy step 8Step 7 – Cut some white and black circles, glue together, and add to your Earth Guy.

earth guy step 9Step 8 – Cut a red mouth and glue.

earth guy step 10Finished!

earth guy step 11earth guy step 12Hang him on your fridge for some Earth Day cheer.

Happy Earth Guy-ing! :-)

Earth Crafts for Earth Day

earth day crafts at happyhomefairy.com - all of them so easy and fun!

Earth Day is coming up this Monday, April 22nd.

Here are some really neat crafts that will help your Happy Home have an out of this world celebration! :-)

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Learn Create Love has this pretty watercolor Earth Handprint Paper Plate craft.

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Your Happy Home windows will enjoy showing off this Stained Glass Planet Earth from Mom On Timeout.

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Do you have a Happy Buddy that likes to create AND make a mess?

This SPLAT! Painted Earth from Allison McDonald is just what they need.

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Isn’t this Globe Luminary from Twig and Toadstool just lovely?  And only 4 simple supplies!  The perfect little centerpiece at your Earth Day dinner.

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This Puffy Paint Paper Plate Earth is so cool!

Itsy Bitsy Learners shows you how to take self-rising flour, salt, water, and food coloring to a whole new level of awesomeness.

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Meet the Dubiens uses Play-Doh to teach about the earth’s many layers.

Science lesson mixed in with fun craft?  Sounds good!

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I Can Teach My Child puts the focus where it should be with this He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands Coffee Filter Earth craft.

I am reminded of this verse from Psalm 121:2, ‘My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”

I love that the God of all creation – the God who created the world and all its incredible details from layers of crust and mantle to massive bodies of water and land (using just a spoken word, I might add!) – this God is my help.  Whatever I face, wherever I am, no matter what… He is my help.

A little conversation topic with your Happy Buddies while you put together one of these crafts. :-)

Happy Earth Day-ing!

Tweet Tweet

sweetest bird crafts for spring at happyhomefairy.comWalking outdoors during the months of spring means being surrounded by a choir of the loveliest sounds.

Most of which are birds – singing sweet melodies of gratitude because they’re so happy for the warmer weather. :-)

I just adore those cheerful, chirping creatures and wanted to do a post about them.

You’re going to flap your wings with excitement at these great ideas!

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A simple lunch bag can be transformed into a bird’s nest!

Fly over to Creative Preschool Resources for the how-to.

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If you’re like me, you have leftover Easter eggs coming out your ears.

eighteen25 uses them to make adorable little Easter Egg Birds.

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I love this little Paper Plate Bird’s Nest from Refined Metals Academy.

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With Mother’s Day fast approaching, you can have your Happy Buddies make this precious Handprint Bird from The Craft Nest for Grandma.

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Happy Hooligans has the instructions on these happy Paper Plate Birds.

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If you happen to have a plethora of cute scrapbook paper hanging around your Happy Home, then these Paper Birds from Spoonful are for you.

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And, finally, you know how much I love a good tp tube craft!

Thanks to Crafts by Amanda, you can make these awesome Cardboard Tube Birds.

And now for a bird joke.

Q. What do you give a sick bird?

A. Tweet-ment.

:-)

Happy Bird Craft-ing!

Paper Plate Crafts for Spring

paper plate crafts for spring - so cute and easy! happyhomefairy.comI ALWAYS have paper plates hanging around this Happy Home because I don’t like doing dishes! :-)

Plus, they make excellent little crafts.

With the season of spring upon us, I rounded-up 8 of the easiest Paper Plate Crafts that celebrate this time of year.

Enjoy!

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Giggleberry Creations featured this unbelievably adorable Paper Plate Snail.  I love all those colorful tissue paper squares!

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What kid doesn’t like Do-A-Dot Art?

Let them go nuts on a paper plate to make the wings for this lovely Paper Plate Butterfly from Ramblings of a Crazy Woman.

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I couldn’t find a link for these Paper Plate Bees, but man, I thought they were too cute not to share!

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I think crafts with giant eyes are so fun.

Check out these giant-eyed Paper Plate Lady Bugs from DLTK.

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Those little dots in the center of these Paper Plate Flowers are made from a pencil eraser.

See all the fun over at Mommy Minutes.

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We’ve been getting quite a bit of rain here this month!

I think these Paper Plate Umbrellas from Creative Family Fun would be very appropriate to make.

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What a happy little Paper Plate Frog from The Mommy Playbook!

Lovin’ that the frog’s hands (feet?) are made using your Happy Buddy’s handprints.

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And, finally, this one’s my favorite!

After the dreary, bleak winter months, I cannot think of a better craft than this to cheer things up in your Happy Home!

Pop over to A Little Delightful to see these uplifting Paper Plate Sunshines.

Pick one to do this weekend!

Happy Spring Paper Plate Craft-ing! :-)

An Inspirational St. Patrick’s Day Windsock

an inspirational st. pat's day windsockI never meant to become so obsessed with windsock crafts.

It seems that every month, however, we make a new one that I enjoy sharing with y’all!

The thing I like about windsocks is that they are generally very easy to create and they make a lovely statement when hung in the right spot in your Happy Home.

This windsock came together very quickly yesterday afternoon when the Happy Baby was napping and the Happy Buddy asked if we could paint.

So, I apologize that I don’t have a tutorial of step by step photos for you.

Sometimes it’s good to just be in the moment of the craft with my boy instead of hanging over his head with a camera. :-)

windsock 2We simply painted 2 white paper plates black.

Then we stapled them together, adding rainbow-colored streamers across the bottom.

We cut off the top part of the plates to make it look like a pot.

Next we cut out some rounded gold coins from yellow paper and taped it to the inside of the plates.

an inspirational st. pat's day windsock with poemWe glued on THIS SPECIAL LITTLE FREE PRINTABLE from HERE and talked about how God loves us more than a leprechaun loves his gold.

Finally, we taped a piece of green ribbon to the back of the plates.

windsockNow our windsock is hanging in the kitchen as a reminder that we are, indeed, God’s most treasured possession!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day Windsock-ing! :-)

St. Patrick’s Day Crafts

9 EASY St. Patrick's Day Crafts at Happy Home FairyI’ve been busy this week putting together my presentation for our church’s monthly MOMs meeting.

If you ever wonder why things get a little quiet around Happy Home Fairy at the end of the month – that is why!!!

Now that our March meeting is behind us, I am ready to dive into some fun ideas to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and Easter in your Happy Homes.

Today I am featuring a round-up of all the great St. Patrick’s Day crafts we’ve shared here over the years.

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Last year, the Happy Buddy had a blast doing some Shamrock Cookie Cutter Stamping.

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Our entire Happy Home got in on making these Treasure Pots.

It was a great way to reflect on all the ‘treasures’ God has put in our pots- er, I mean lives! :-)

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I am over the rainbow for my Happy Buddy AND this cute Paper Plate Rainbow Photo Frame craft.

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We made this Leprechaun Finder a few years ago to try and locate those lil’ sneaky shoemakers in our Happy Home.

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We also tried to catch a leprechaun with these helpful Leprechaun Trap Tips.

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I love a good recycled toilet paper roll craft, so these Shamrock Friends were easy and fun to make!

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I used to make these hilarious Blarney Stones with my 2nd graders every year when I was teaching.

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This Pot of Gold craft is a great gift idea.

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And, finally, this Lepre-Cutie craft just melts me – look at that face!!! :-)

I hope you found something simple and fun to do with your Happy Buddies to keep you busy this month!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day Craft-ing! :-)

Easy Valentine Windsock

easy valentine windsock at happyhomefairy.comHere is one more last-minute craft you can do with your Happy Buddy’s this week to celebrate Valentine’s Day!

What you will need:valentine windsock 9

Large piece of a cereal box (I cut the front off of a Cheerios box)

Scissors

Tape

Paint in Valentine’s Day colors (we used red, pink, and fuchsia)

Foam Stickers – letters and hearts (I got the ones in the photo from my second home – the Dollar Tree)

Streamers in Valentine’s Day colors (also from the Dollar Tree)

Ribbon (forgot to put that in the photo!)

How to make your windsock:

valentine windsock 10Step 1 – Paint the cereal box.  Let dry.

valentine windsock 1Step 2 – Cut out the shape of a heart.

valentine windsock 11Step 3 – Pick out your letters.  We wanted ours to celebrate the kind of love that Valentine’s Day is all about. :-)

valentine windsock 2Step 4 – Stick the letters on your heart.  Add heart stickers if you’d like.

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Step 5 – Cut streamers and attach to the back of the heart with tape.

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Step 6 – Cut a piece of ribbon and loop at the top, attaching with tape.

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That’s it!

Isn’t it lovely??

A precious reminder of our great God and His unfailing, perfect love for us.

Happy East Valentine Windsock-ing! :-)

“God is love.” 1 John 4:8

Easy Paper Plate Heart Puppets

plate heart puppet at happyhomefairy.com pinHere is a super easy and cute craft you can make with your Happy Buddies for a little Valentine’s Day fun.

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So cute!!!

I dug through my Valentine’s Day things and found a few other patterned paper plates.

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Now you can take your puppets and put on a little show!

Or stick them in a lunchbox or pocket for a happy heart surprise.

Have fun!

Happy Paper Plate Heart Puppet Make-ing! :-)

*Check out my adorable easy Heart Paper Hug craft from last year HERE!*

**And find a great round-up of fun Heart Crafts HERE!**

1 Bag of Marshmallows = SNOW Much Fun

8 reasons why you need a bag of marshmallows this winterI wonder if the people who invented marshmallows knew that their product would become a critical resource for wintertime crafting and treat-making.

Allow me to explain…

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Easy Marshmallow Snowman Cupcakes from Catch My Party.

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Simple Water Bottle Snowman Marshmallow Dispenser from Meaningful Mama.

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The Realistic Nutritionist’s adorable Melting Snowman Cookies.

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Marshmallow Snowflakes Craft from Playing House.

I have also seen marshmallow snowflakes made using toothpicks – they come out really cute (you can see an example HERE), but I thought toothpicks might not work for younger Happy Buddies since they are so pokey.

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Marshmallow Igloo from Campfire Marshmallows.

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Super cute FREE Printable Let It Snow Marshmallow Game from Criss-Cross Applesauce.

This seriously looks like SNOW much fun!

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Painting Snowflakes with Marshmallows from Motherhood on a Dime.

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Finally, check out Happy Home Fairy’s quick and fun Marshmallow Snowman Craft or Easy Snowman Snack HERE.

Of course, it wouldn’t be winter without tossing a few marshmallows into a steamy mug of hot cocoa (you can find a bunch of my favorite Hot Chocolate Recipes, Ideas and Crafts HERE).

And, if all else fails, dump a bag of marshmallows on the ground and let your Happy Buddy make indoor snow angels. :-)

Happy Jet Puffed-ing!