These salt dough leaves will have your home smelling like autumn all season long. With a few simple ingredients your family will create beautiful décor to hang every fall for years to come.
Cinnamon Salt Dough Leaves
1 cup flour
1 cup salt
1 cup warm water
Food coloring in Autumn shades (yellow/orange/red/brown)
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tbsp. cinnamon
Mix the flour. Salt and spices in a bowl, then add the warm water in small amounts, mixing as you go. It should come together to resemble a slightly sticky dough, but not so sticky that any residue comes off on your fingers. If this happens then you have added too much water and you need to add some more flour to balance it out. It’s very similar to making a cooking dough and can be saved quite easily.
Divide the mixture into three balls and added food coloring to the different balls of dough. Knead dough until color is solid. The kids will have fun doing this part. Your kitchen should smell delightfully FALL by now.
Now it’s time to roll out and cut leaf shape using cookie cutters, or you can also use real leaves and press into dough to get shape then cut with a knife. Be sure to poke a hole with s straw through the leaf so you have a place to pull string through so you can hang them. Keep the dough thin (around 1cm or below) and lay the finished creations out on a baking sheet in the oven at a very low temperature about 140 degrees for around 3 hours. If they are still doughy or soft after this time, simply turn them over and heat again. The idea is to use the oven to air dry them and harden them, not to “cook” them. Once cool feed string or twine through the hole in each leaf and tie into a knot. Have the family hunt for perfect tree branches to put into a vase and then hang your fall leaves on the branches. Enjoy all fall long!
Call Mission Control and let them know we have lift off! Create this fun slime that will provide hours of family fun together.
Purple, blue, and pink food coloring
Purple glitter (fine glitter works best)
Elmer’s clear glue
Sta-flo liquid laundry starch
Small bowls (3)
Plastic disposable forks
In each bowl add 1/2 a cup of glue, 1/2 a cup of water, purple glitter, and food coloring. Stir each bowl, then add 1/2 a cup of laundry starch to each bowl and stir again. It may look gross in the beginning, but it’s not ruined. Keep going. It takes a few minutes to fully form. If you think it’s too gooey, try letting it sit for about five minutes. Knead each color individually until you get the perfect slime texture. Once the three colors of slime are stretchy and no longer cloudy, it’s time to mix them.
Star kneading and twisting the colors together, creating your perfect swirling galaxy. The more you play, the more galaxy like it will be. Store in air tight container and enjoy.
Life App - July
Every game is more fun when it’s big and played outside! You’ve seen big Jinga or Yatzee, but have you seen Mega Match Game?! This simple project will turn into a full summer of family fun.
What you’ll need:
12×12″ Cork Tiles (24 or as many as you like, but keep it an even number)
Spray Paint (if you want to use stencils)
Paint (if you want to free hand paint your designs)
1 Sheet 12×12″ Card-stock (to make shape stencils or you can free hand paint designs)
Paper, Drop Cloth or Other Way to Protect Your Workspace
Lay out cork tiles on a protected surface in a well ventilated area. Paint one side of each tile with the same design, this will be the side of the tile that starts out face up. They all need to match. Create a design of your own or maybe do everyone’s hand prints on each tile. Just make sure they match as much as possible. Once dry flip over and create matching pairs. Paint the something on two tiles. It can be as simple as match shapes and colors or elaborate designs. Here’s a blog with printable stencils if you need a creative inspiration: https://studiodiy.com/2013/07/30/diy-giant-lawn-matching-game/
Homemade stepping stones are a great way to personalize your yard and create memories that will last forever. Save your families hand prints or create your own beautiful mosaic work of art. This family fun craft will be cherished for years to come.
You can purchase a kit at any local craft store. Or you can save money and buy all the supplies yourself. Basically, stepping stones are made by mixing concrete, decorating it, pouring it into a mold, and allowing it to dry. What could be simpler?
Here’s what you’ll need:
A mold, you can buy a mold or just use an old cake tins or baking tins work well.
Bucket, for mixing the concrete
An old spoon or paint mixing stick can be used to stir.
Rubber gloves, to protect hands
Old newspaper and a drop cloth, to protect whatever service you are working on.
Nonstick cooking spray or petroleum jelly. You’ll use one of these to line your mold.
Mix-in and embellishments. To personalize your stone, you’ll want to add an interesting and colorful embellishment—and, if you’re working with children, you’ll want to offer plenty of options. Possibilities include broken bits of pottery, marbles, small toys, tiles or dice from board games, dried flowers or plant matter, sea glass, glitter, etc.
How to Make:
1. Protect your work surface by putting newspaper and/or a drop cloth down, ideally outdoors.
2. Line your mold or molds with cooking spray or petroleum jelly.
3. Mix up concrete according to instructions.
4. Pour concrete mix into mold or molds.
5. Add embellishments to the top of the concrete.
6. Allow your stepping stone to dry for at least 24 to 48 hours. Remove from the mold and place it in your garden and enjoy for a lifetime!
Kids love water balloons, let’s be honest… parents love water balloons too! The whole family will have fun with this messy outdoor art project.
Water balloons, filled with water, but not so full that they are about to burst
Kiddie pool (the hard plastic kind; see the end of the post for alternate ideas if you don’t have one)
Large piece of paper (such as butcher paper) or cardboard
1. Tape the paper down to the bottom of the swimming pool.
2. Fill small dishes 1/3-1/2 full with paint.
3. Dip water balloons in paint part or all the way and set on the paper-covered bottom of the pool.
4. Next, the kids take position around the pool, lift it up, and tilt the pool back and forth and around to make the paint-covered water balloons roll around and make designs on the paper.
5. When the painting is deemed complete, set the pool down, remove the water balloons, and then remove the painting to a safe place to let dry.
6. Fill the pool with water to wash it, the kids, and the water balloons!
It’s SPRING! The sun is out and the birds are singing. It’s time to get outside and enjoy nature. Create these beautiful bird feeders, that you can enjoy all spring long.
empty cartons, washed and dried
nail or screwdriver
string or yarn
With help from an adult, use a utility knife to cut the sides out of a carton, while keeping the corner edges in tact, it will look like a lantern. Place the carton on a protected surface and paint with acrylic paints. Birds love bright colors, so have fun making your bird feeder beautiful. Let dry. Poke a hole into the top on each side of the carton with a nail or screw driver. Thread a piece of yarn or string through the carton and knot at the top to hang. Fill with bird seed and find the perfect location outside to bird watch.
It’s time to Tie Dye! Grab a tie dye kit from your local craft store and a few white shirts and have fun designing your one of a kind fashion statement. Make sure to work outside, this WILL get messy. Wear clothes that you don’t mind if they get dye on them, be sure to have gloves for everyone and cover your work area with trash bags, tarp or plastic table clothes. Be sure to follow ALL package instructions on your dye kit. And have fun creating! Also be sure to plan a family day to all wear your individual creations together.
It’s always fun to create things, it’s even more fun to make something special for someone else. Take some time to make these simple blankets for someone you love or someone who is in need.
What you need:
3.25 yards of Anti-pill fleece
1. Lay out fleece on a large flat area, the floor works best.
2. Cut “4 x 4” square from each corner of the fabric.
3. Using a ruler make a mark every one inch down the fabric.
4. Cut fabric on your marker marks four inches deep.
5. Once you’ve cut all the way around the fabric, you will tie each strip into a square knot.
This simple no sew blanket comes together so quickly that you can make a bunch in no time. Imagine how many people you can bless with just a little bit of fabric.
Sometimes it’s hard to have self control, especially if we really want something or don’t get our way. This month let’s make a big batch of play dough to have on hand for when things get hard and self control isn’t easy. Maybe when you have to wait for something you can pull out some play dough to play with, or if emotions are high molding play dough can help calm us down. Plus playing with play dough is fun anytime!
Play Dough ingredients:
2 cups flour
3/4 cup salt
4 teaspoons cream of tartar
2 cups lukewarm water
2 Tablespoons of vegetable oil (coconut oil works too)
Food coloring, optional
Quart sized bags
Stir together the flour, salt and cream of tartar in a large pot. Next add the water and oil. If you’re only making one color, add in the color now as well. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly. Continue stirring until the dough has thickened and begins to form into a ball. Remove from heat and then place inside a gallon sized bag or onto wax paper. Allow to cool slightly and then knead until smooth. If you’re adding colors after, divide the dough into balls (for how many colors you want) and then add the dough into the quart sized bags. Start with about 5 drops of color and add more to brighten it. Knead the dough, while inside the bag so it doesn’t stain your hands. Once it’s all mixed together you’re ready to PLAY.
Store the play dough inside the bags once done to keep soft. Keeps for up to 3 months.
This craft is simple yet beautiful and would make a lovely gift to give away during your 12 Days of Compassion.
What you will need:
2 pillar candles, white, approx. 3” tall
40 – 45 (approx.) cinnamon sticks *see note below
glue gun (low temp)
Plug in the glue gun. Lay the cinnamon sticks out in front of you. When the glue gun is heated, begin by placing a small strip of glue on the cinnamon stick (not the candle, as the glue will melt it). Place the stick onto the candle, being sure to place it straight up and not crooked. If the stick is placed crooked, the rest of the cinnamon sticks will be crooked as well, so the placing of the first stick is important. Continue gluing the sticks to the candle until you meet up with the beginning stick. Let it all cool and harden completely. Measure out 2 long pieces of just twine, approximately 2 feet long. Taking one piece, begin by gluing the end to the middle of what you consider will be the back of the candle. Let it dry and then wrap the rest of the twine around the middle of the candle. You want a number of wraps of the twine around the middle of the candle when you are done.
Tuck the last of the twine under the rest of the twine to hide it. You can also place a bead of glue on the twine to hold it secure. Let harden completely. Facing what you consider to be the front of the candle, begin by hot gluing the greenery you’ve chosen to the front, on the twine. If you are doing one piece, glue it securely. If you are gluing multiple pieces, do so in layers, being sure each addition dries securely to the last before continuing.
Let everything harden and cool down before enjoying!
Paper Mosaics are a fun and beautiful art project you can work together as a family to create. Instead of each family member creating their own mosaic, work together and create one large piece of art!
What You’ll Need:
White drawing paper
Colored foil (optional)
Wallpaper sample pages (optional)
Paper cutter (optional)
Step 1: Make a sketch of a scene on a piece of scratch paper. Fill the entire piece of paper with the scene (flowers, birds, fish, mountains, sunset, Turkey, Christmas Tree). When you are happy with your sketch, draw it again on the drawing paper.
Step 2: With scissors or a paper cutter, make 1/2-inch strips of the colored paper, foil and wallpaper samples. Cut the strips into small squares.
Step 3: Paste the paper onto the objects in your picture, and use the colors you have creatively. An apple, for example, can have many colors: light red, dark red, and red/brown that could be used to show shading.
Step 4: Place the squares as close together as possible, leaving white paper showing through to look as though the mosaics are embedded in plaster.
Step 5: When you are done with your picture, mount the finished work on a larger sheet of construction paper for display. And enjoy a job well done together.
Create beautiful flowers with things you already have check your fridge for what you need… an egg cartoon. Remove or eat eggs before you start this contentment craft.
paint (colors of your choice)
Pom-poms/buttons/beads/rhinestones (size of your choice)
Take an egg carton and cut off the top half, maybe find a crate or project that you can use the top for (don’t just throw away) Then, separate the individual egg cups and trim the outside edges— whether they’re rounded or pointed is your choice! Create whatever shape you like. Then select a color of paint and coat the cup inside and out, using a pen to create a hole at the base once it’s dried. Thread a pipe cleaner through the hole and bend it before gluing a pom-pom//buttons/beads/rhinestones in the center. Make as many flowers as you want to create a bouquet that’ll last forever.
You’ve never made bubbles like this before! These fun bubble wands are easy to make and hours of fun in the back yard.
What you need:
Tall Tupperware container
What to do:
Have fun shaping pipe cleaners into whatever shapes you like, one denominational or three denominational. You may want to start out easy making a round shape, but can mold the pipe cleaners into any shape or abstract figure you like. As long as the shape is closed you will be able to make bubbles.
Watch as these few simple ingredients becomes amazingly fun slim! Be wise with your money, instead of spending your well earned allowance on expensive slim that doesn’t last long, instead have fun making your own!
1/2 c. clear glue (or white glue)
1/2 c. warm water
1 tsp baking soda
Contact lens cleaning solution – 4 tbsp. or so, amount depends on the consistency you want
1. Dump clear glue into a bowl
2. Heat up water in the microwave, so it is warm (adult should do this)
3. Add baking soda to your warm water, stir
4. Mix your baking soda solution in with your glue
5. Stir well until combined
6. Add 1 tbsp. of contact solution
7. Add beads or glitter, add to clear slime
8. Have a fun with your slim
Making slim is a whole lot of fun, but it’s also a whole lot of mess. Just know there will be a mess, but it will be so worth the fun!
We are creating confidence flowers! Using colored paper cut out one small inch to two inch circle for each person in your family, this will be the center of your flower, write name in the center of the circle and decorate as you like. Then make strips of paper that will serve as petals you will need at least 6 strips per flower, you can make your flower all one color or multiple colors. As a family come up with words that describe each member of the family and write those words on the strips of paper. Glue the ends of the strip of paper to its self, creating a loop like petal. Then glue each petal to the inner circle of that persons flower. Hang flowers on everyone’s bedroom doors or hang on the fridge as a reminder to the whole family of how beautiful and unique your family is.
Abstract Painted Tiles
Sharpies, various colors
91% Rubbing Alcohol, NOT the 70%
ceramic tiles (whatever size you want!)
Small paint brush (you could also use a dropper or a small straw)
Krylon UV Resistant Clear Acrylic Coating
Step 1: Clean and dry tiles.
Step 2: Color your tile with coordinating Sharpie colors. Make sure to cover the tile with color, as many colors as you’d like in big or small patches.
Step 3: With your paint brush, or dropper, drop small amounts (about dime size) of the alcohol onto the colored tile. You’ll almost immediately see the alcohol start to blur the colors. After dropping some alcohol on random spots on the tile, stop and look at the tile. Do you see spots that need a droplet? Add one. BUT! Don’t add too much alcohol to the tile. Too alcohol will completely erase the sharpie.
Step 4: When you are happy with the amount of blurring from the alcohol, you can stop and let the tile dry. OR, you can be a nosy artist and dab at the colors with a paint brush. Or, you can
Step 5: Once the tiles are dry spray with Acrylic coating. Then enjoy your works of art as a coaster or hang on the wall and display.
Get your paper, markers, crayons, glitter, glue and stapler.
Create a story, characters, setting and how your characters can overcome a problem with honesty. Have the whole family join in writing and illustrating. Don’t forget to create a title and a cover. Once you’ve finished, stack all your papers together in order and staple to create your book. Enjoy reading your story about honesty together at bedtime tonight. This may inspire the whole family to create books about all the virtues we learn about in 252!
Pull out that salad spinner and give it new life as the vehicle for creating art. You’ll need to wait to see your art with this fun craft.
#1 Place on paper plate in salad spinner. If you want to cu te paper to be round and fit fill free, paper plates can be an easier option.
#2 Squeeze a generous amount of paint in your favorite colors in the center of the plate.
#3 Place the lid on your salad spinner (this can be the hard part, not knowing what your art will look like once you spin it) now give it a good whirl. Open it up to see color magic! If desired add a second batch of one or two colors and spin again.
#4 Remove plate and let dry.
The sun is finally coming out (spring is almost here!), it’s time to let the light into the house with lovely colorful stained glass art.
Crayons Pieces (paper pealed off, crushed or grated into small pieces)
Iron and ironing board
Poster board to protect your ironing board
Once you get your supplies together, fold poster board in half, cut wax paper to be twice the size of the art you want to create, then fold wax paper in half inside poster board. Arrange crayon pieces on wax paper the way you’d like, have fun picking rainbow colors, make patterns or choose to use one color scheme. Fold wax paper over then fold poster board over. You should have a poster board, wax paper crayon taco. (Adult should use an iron) Using an iron on medium/high heat iron the poster board, take your time the crayons will melt, no need to push too hard. Once crayons are melted, let cool. Then have fun cutting wax paper into shapes or hang as is in a window. Enjoy the colorful peaceful light that your artwork created in your home.
Get a calendar from the dollar store, print out a calendar from the internet or just get a blank piece of paper and draw a calendar on it. Brain storm as a family one kind thing you can do each day, write the act of kindness on each blank square of the calendar. It might seem difficult to come up with 28 acts of kindness, however once you get started you may have too many and might have to spill into next month! Color, decorate and then hang you Kindness calendar somewhere everyone in the family can see. Commit to preforming one act each day.
Ideas to get you started:
Bring a snack to share with a friendship
Make cookies for the trash-man
Write a thank you note to your teacher
Wash a friend’s car
Deliver a meal to a friend who is sick/in need
Bring flowers to a retirement homemade
Spend the afternoon with grandparents
Donate can goods to a food pantry
Donate toys to a foster care organization
Bring socks and blankets to a shelter
Write a nice note to a friend and hide it in the locker/backpack
Make someone smile
Look around your home and come up with a family project or craft for the home to complete together. Depending on the age of your children and how many family members you have will determine the project. Maybe the fence needs painting, the garage needs organizing, curtains need to be made, shelves/drawers need lining, a bedroom wall needs painting (maybe a mural!), start a garden or maybe a piece of furniture needs to be freshened up. It may be hard work, however making a plan and committing to finishing it as a family is worth it.
Pull out that basket of pinecones you have in your garage or go collect some for this fun generosity craft project. Create beautiful ornaments using glitter, paint, glue, sequins, pom pom etc. Using your pinecone ornaments decorate a tree in your yard or set up an artificial tree. Place a sign on the tree that says “The Giving Tree, please take one”. As the ornaments disappear create some more and enjoy this season of giving.
Collect leaves or cut leaves out of paper, have enough leaves for each person in your family to have ten leaves. Each family member should write who they are thankful for on each leaf that you collected or made. As a family find a place in your home to put up a Grateful Tree filled with the leaves of the people you are all grateful for. Throughout the month take time to pray for someone on the Grateful Tree and maybe even choose a few people you can do something special for to show them you are grateful they have helped you in your life.
We all have a jar or drawer full of old broken crayons, instead of purchasing another new box of crayons why not repurpose those old broken ones? Gather up all your broken pieces of crayon, group similar color groups together (unless you want to make rainbow crayons), remove any paper and place into cupcake pans. Bake at 250 degrees for 30 minutes. Cool off in a freezer until crayons are solid, then pop out of pan. Enjoy your new crayons. Create some master pieces for a loved one.
Collect or find several smooth rocks to decorate. Using paint, gel pens or markers, create beautiful designs on each rock. Write words of encouragement or sayings on them as well. Then put them in a bowl near the front door and when friends come to visit let them take a special rock home with them to remember how much you care for them.