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*

Easy Summer Sun Paper Plate Craft

easy summer sun paper plate craft! sooo cute!Yesterday we kicked off summer around these parts with the reveal of our Summer Bucket List.

In between checking off our list, we are having fun with a few easy craft projects while the Happy Baby naps.

This Summer Sun Paper Plate Craft turned out absolutely adorable and we were able to make it with a few supplies I picked up at Target!

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The key ingredients to this craft were all the bright colors and the cute patterned tape from the kid’s craft aisle at Target.

adorable summer sun paper plate craftOf course, I had to make my own sun.

adorable summer paper plateBut I liked the Happy Buddy’s better.

I used to be so controlling about the Happy Buddy’s painting – I would seriously finish painting the entire plate for him if he didn’t do it himself (anybody else a little OCD like that?!?!) – but now I have learned to LOVE his haphazard paint job and think it gives his sun some seriously sweet personality.

There is so much beauty in the imperfect, amen?!

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These guys just make us smile every day.

And while you’re busy painting and taping your suns, it’s the perfect opportunity to remind our Happy Buddies what it means to shine brightly for Him!

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

Happy Summer Sun Paper Plate Craft-ing! :-)

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! :-)

Easter Basket Craft Ideas

Easter Basket Craft Ideas at happyhomefairy.com - so cute and so many easy ideas! You don't need to spend money on a fancy basket with this brilliance!!You know you could just pop over to Target and buy an Easter Basket for your Happy Buddy…

But wouldn’t it be so much more fun to MAKE one?!

Check out these easy and creative ideas!

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I love these little Easter Basket Bags from Parents.

The added touch of a candy dot handle is too cute!

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Remember my post about Washi Tape?

No Biggie made these adorable Paper Plate Easter Baskets in just a few easy steps, then wrapped some Washi tape around the base for a little extra pizzazz.

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Another simple little paper plate Easter basket craft from Toddler Approved.

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Look at these Itty Bitty Easter Baskets from Inner Child Fun!

They are made using empty cardboard egg cartons, paint, pipe cleaners, and delicious chocolate eggs.

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A paper cup can be transformed into an Easter Basket!

Follow the instructions at My Own Ideas.

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I am loving these Paper Bag Easter Baskets from Our Big Earth.

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Bakerella shows how easy it is to whip up a festive Easter Basket Cupcake (take it from me, piece of *cup*cake to make). :-)

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And finally, do you get more excited about Easter than your kids???

All that Easter candy hanging around?????

Then you’re going to be wild for this incredible, entirely EDIBLE Easter Basket (seriously – the basket above has star quality, right?!) from Free Fun Easter.

Happy Easter Basket Craft-ing! :-)

Washi Tape + Easter = Awesome

washi tape easter ideasDo y’all know about Washi Tape?

It’s like masking tape, but instead of boring cream-color it comes in a bazillion different beautiful patterns and designs.

If extra money was flying around our Happy Home, I think we’d all be in trouble of me not being able to practice any self-control by spending it all on Washi Tape!

The bright and happy Washi Tape colors make it the perfect thing for Easter projects.

So, for all you Washi Tape Addicts, here are a few of my favorite Easter Washi Tape Ideas

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Looking for a mess-free way to decorate Easter eggs?

Simply have your Happy Buddies wrap them with Washi Tape!  So cute.

Check out the details at Ucreate with Kids.

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Craftaholics Anonymous used Washi Tape to help seal her plastic Easter eggs closed.

Number 1 this is a great way to keep your Happy Buddies out of the eggs for an extra 10 seconds.

Number 2 – this is helpful if you put heavier items like money in your Happy Buddy’s eggs.

And number 3 – stick your Washi Tape Eggs on a few Easter Rolo’s and BAM – you’ve got yourself one seriously cute Easter display.

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I really like how The Artful Parent used the extra Washi Tape rolls as display stands for her Washi Tape-decorated eggs.

What a festive sight!

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I am IN LOVE with this Washi Tape Easter Egg Wreath from Tatertots and Jello.

How can you not help but smile at that happy sight??

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The Taylor House used a simple method to make a Washi Tape Easter Egg Garland for her Happy Home.

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My Sister’s Suitcase made this super easy Washi Tape Rabbit Art.

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Washi Tape + hole punch = Polka-dot Easter Eggs from zakka life!

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You can design your own Easter Egg Card using Washi Tape like this adorable one from Omiyage Blogs.

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Use Washi Tape to turn Easter Party guests into Egg Heads.

Hop over to No Biggie for the details and a sweet little FREE Printable.

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And, finally, do you need a simple Easter centerpiece idea?

A Pumpkin and a Princess took Washi Tape and wrapped it around some Mason jars to make a cute vase for flowers!

If you weren’t before, have I convinced you to be a Washi Tape Lover?

I hear you can buy 4 rolls of it for $4 at Target.

Like we mommies needed another reason to go to Target! :-)

Happy Washi Tape Easter Idea-ing! :-)

The Empty Tomb

The most important thing about Easter is the empty tomb.

Here are a few ideas to help you celebrate the fact that “He is not here!  He has risen, just like he said!”

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Bake an Empty Tomb Cake like this one from Life as Mom.

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I love these magical Empty Tomb Cookies from Cheerios and Lattes – they are even cooler than my Resurrection Rolls (which are also a super delicious and fun way to learn about the empty tomb).

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I will definitely be making an Easter Playdough Mountain (like the above from Little Page Turners) with the Happy Buddy this year.

It’s a really easy and really powerful, hands on way to explain the story of His resurrection.

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Serve up this adorable Empty Tomb Snack from Creative Kid Snacks for lunch one day and inspire meaningful, tasty conversation.

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And don’t forget to make a simple Empty Tomb Paper Plate Craft like this one from The Homeschool Express.

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Or this Empty Tomb Craft made from a Kleenex Box and FREE set of Printables from Adventures in Mommyhood.

empty tomb ideas at happyhomefairy.comThe Happy Home Fairy archives have more Empty Tomb Ideas for you!

Check out (from bottom left around and up)…

The Empty Egg Story and Simple Party Favor (with FREE Printable)

An Easter Garden

Resurrection Rolls

The Empty Tomb Paper Craft

Happy Celebrating the Empty Tomb-ing! :-)

St. Patrick’s Day and the Pepper

green pepper snacks for st. pat's dayWho would have thought that a pepper could bring so much St. Patrick’s Day fun???

Check out these ideas…

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All you have to do is slice a green pepper in half widthwise, add some dip, and tada!  An adorable, healthy shamrock-shaped snack!

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Or add that sliced pepper to a toasted English Muffin with melted Cheddar Cheese… Mmmm!  The luck of the Irish can’t top that yumminess!

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Then there’s these tasty looking Shamrock Pizzas from Blissfully Domestic.

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Who knew that a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow could be so delicious??

Those rainbow arches are made out of peppers!!

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And, finally, this last idea makes a terrific craft.

Slice the top of a green pepper off and then let your Happy Buddy dip in paint to make some really sweet shamrock stamps.

Hop over to Family Fresh Meals for the how-to.

Grab a pepper at the store and have a wee bit o’ fun with it!

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