chinese new year crafts…

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my crafty girl getting festive…

chinese new year is January 31, 2014 this year…first day of the new moon.  there are many simple crafts that kids can do to help decorate for this big holiday.  colored paper, glue, string, is all you need.  make paper lanterns in many different sizes, string them up, and your home will immediately be transformed into a colorful festive space.

photo 4super easy to make:

1. start with a piece of colored paper.  recycle old magazines with graphic images or even use scrapbook paper with a print.

2. fold paper lengthwise in half. *tip: the longer the paper, the fatter the lantern.

3. cut from the fold up leaving at least an inch from the top of the paper.

4.  unfold the cut paper.

lanterns

1. bring both ends together creating the lantern body.

2. secure the top of each end with glue, tape, or even staples.

3. push down a few times gently to create the lantern shape.

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create clusters of varying sized lanterns as a centerpiece, or punch holes and string them up as a garland across the doorway.

here are some more fun crafts you can do at home:

chinese new year couplet cookie

chinese new year paper crafts and food ideas

chinese new year envelope, plus felt crafts

more chinese new year crafts for kids

HAPPY CHINESE  NEW YEAR!!!

monster knits!!!

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i can’t knit to save my life.  took numerous lessons, made a scarf once, but that’s about it.  each time i pick up knitting needles, i’m lost (b/c for some reason my brain can’t remember the steps).

but boy how i wish i could because the cutest things are knitted and with halloween coming up, i can’t help but stare at these adorable monster knit items on www.etsy.com ….

1. AlannaMichelle $28.00

2. MimisBabiesProps $58.

3. MnStyle  $30.00

4. Payley $40.00

fun things for kids…

although my monsters are a bit older now i still love shopping for itty bitty little things.  i’m addicted.  luckily i have  handful of new little ones in my life so i can keep shopping!

1- CUTE little toddler boys shirt with loose tie screenprint from H&M, www.hm.com

2- ADORABLE crocheted aviator hat from Crochet Chalet, www.etsy.com

3- FUN wooden sushi play set from Melissa & Doug, www.melissaanddoug.com

4- INNOVATIVE monster toy guardian, designed by Tzung-Yu Lu (not yet in production), www.yankodesign.com

this fun design can be pulled around by your tot, opens into a toy storage unit and the teeth are soft to “eat” up toys to be put away.  sooooo cute!!!!

5- COOL VERSATILE boots for tots by Bog, www.bogsfootwear.com

 

what i’m in love with…

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