DIY Halloween Trick or Treat Bag

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Animal Crafts, Cat, Festive Crafts, Halloween, Paper Crafts | Posted on 16-10-2012 | 8,198 views

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Halloween is just around the corner. Let’s start preparing for ‘Trick or Treat’.

We don’t need to burn a hole in our pocket this festive season. Just DIY what we can. For this Halloween Goodie Bag, all we need is brown paper bag and black sugar paper.

DIY Halloween Trick or Treat Bag

First, draw any creepy Halloween features on the black sugar paper. Let your child cut it out. You may need to assist him/her if they are not ready to handle the scissors yet.

Apply glue to one side of the sugar paper.

Paste onto the brown bag. Decorate as you wish.

The Halloween Goodie bag is ready. You may also use brown bags with handles.

Halloween Treats: Edible SPIDER

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Halloween | Posted on 09-10-2012 | 6,227 views

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Oh yummy, yummy. It’s been a while since we last ate SPIDERS! Spiders are simply delicious come Halloween don’t you agree?

Ingredients used are Oreo biscuits, chocolate sticks and strawberry chips.

There! Delicious SPIDER for Trick or Treating! Read the step-by-step on how to make this SPIDER treats here.

Koi fish painting for kids

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Animal Crafts, Chinese New Year, Fish | Posted on 08-07-2012 | 18,338 views

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The kids painted koi fish today in the Studio. It’s super easy even a toddler can do it! πŸ˜€

Koi fish (Japanese carp) painting

I drew and cut out two templates (as shown above) for each of the kids.

Get the kids to paint the entire drawing block blue using sponge. My kid insists to paint it green as he said the water in the pond is always green!

Place the first template and start dabbing white paint over the holes in the template. Let dry.

Place the second template over the white paint and dab orange paint.

Repeat the process if you wish to have more than one fish.

Craft foam picture frame

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Craft Foam, Crafts by Materials, Father's Day, Ladybug, Mother's Day, Teacher's Day | Posted on 18-06-2012 | 8,504 views

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It’s Father’s Day today. The kids did a foam picture frame to present to their father (or mother as it is after all Parents’ Month this month)

DIY Foam Picture Frame.

You’ll need half an A4 size of coloured craft foam. Place a smaller rectangle paper in the middle of that craft foam and draw a line along it.

Cut according to the line.

Paste a sheet of plastic over the cut out hole. Stick using cellophane tape.

Paste a coloured construction paper on a piece of rectangle hard board card. Paste double layered tape as shown above.

Paste the rectangle craft foam over the hard board card. Punch two holes on the hardboard card and tie ribbon.

Decorate as you wish. I’ve always loved ladybug as I believe it brings good luck. Refer here for the foam ladybug tutorial.

The DIY foam picture frame is done!

Felt Bunny

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Animal Crafts, Crafts by Materials, Crafty Crafted Friends, Easter, Felt, Festive Crafts, Rabbit | Posted on 14-05-2012 | 5,952 views

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Michael Ann of Michael Ann Made shared with us this cute little bunny felt craft.Β This could be a fun craft to do with your kids who want to learn to sew by enlarging the pattern a few percent on a copy machine, and using yarn and a yarn sewing needle to stitch it together.Β The full tutorial and pattern can be found here.

This craft requires adult’s supervision as the use of needle is needed.

Thank you Michael Ann for this lovely sharing.

You too can share your art and craft work with us. Just clickΒ hereΒ to submit. Thank you

Crepe Paper Pencil Holder

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Animal Crafts, Bee, Craft from Recycled Materials, Crafts by Materials, Crepe Paper, Mother's Day, Toilet Paper Roll | Posted on 29-04-2012 | 10,586 views

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I’ve always loved the fine art of pottery. I wish to try pottery with the students but I can’t find a good enough clay yet.

In the meantime, remember the kids’ paper twisting project previously? Refer to it here. Let’s get them to train their ‘pottery’ skills using crepe paper instead πŸ™‚

We will need a large toilet paper roll. Glue a cardboard at the base and let dry.

We’ll need lots of strips of crepe paper.

Twisting crepe paper is good to train the little kids’ motor skills and coordination.

Apply glue on the toilet paper roll and paste the twisted crepe paper, rolling and repeating with new strips of paper until you’ve covered the entire roll.

The kids busy with their masterpiece.

The completed crepe paper pencil holder.

The kiddo decorated it to be a colourful alien bunny ^_^

Another kid did this creative BEE!

Aren’t they beautiful? I’d be very proud to have them on my working station πŸ™‚

Easter Lamb craft

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Animal Crafts, Cotton, Crafts by Materials, Easter, Festive Crafts, Lamb | Posted on 06-04-2012 | 15,801 views

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It’s Good Friday today. Are you done decorating your eggs for Easter? Β Inspired by DisneyFamilyFun, we did this little cutie lamb today πŸ™‚

Easter Egg Lamb

Our little artist has just started learning the piano and one of his favourite piece is Mary has a Little Lamb. He learned this piece from YouTube. Watch him play here πŸ˜€

Since he is loving lambs so much, it is only appropriate to make one to accompany him <3

All you need are:Β 
* an empty egg shell
* a black straw for the legs
* colored paper for the ears (I cut out from old magazine)
* cotton balls
* glue

Cut the straws

Glue onto the egg

Paste cotton all over the lamb leaving the front part empty for the face

Draw eyes and mouth

The Easter Egg family is expanding πŸ˜€ Check out our previous post on making the Easter Egg Mickey Mouse here.

Easter Egg Mickey Mouse

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Craft from Recycled Materials, Easter, Festive Crafts, Toilet Paper Roll | Posted on 03-04-2012 | 6,897 views

Easter is just around the corner.

Thanks to www.family.go.com, we found this cute way to decorate our Easter Eggs πŸ™‚

Watch this video on how we transformed an ordinary egg into a cute Mickey Mouse! <3

Valentine’s Torch

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Craft from Recycled Materials, Print Art, Toilet Paper Roll, Valentine's Day | Posted on 13-02-2012 | 4,624 views

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It’s Valentine’s Day in a few minutes time. We did a Valentine craft today. It is a Valentine’s Torch.

While we were thinking of what we wanted to project on the wall, I asked my boy what he knows about Valentine’s Day. His answer is simply CUPID! I do not know how to draw a cupid. Thank goodness we have a printer that we can simply google for a picture of cupid and print it out!

To see how you can turn these printouts:

Into a torch shown below:

You’ll need to check out this short 4 mins video of how my boy turned a simple printout into an amazing torch! πŸ™‚ The only thing I did was to cut the objects out for him. Enjoy!

Puffy Heart Valentine

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Crafts by Materials, Crepe Paper, Festive Crafts, Paper Crafts, Shapes, Valentine's Day, Valentine's Day Crafts | Posted on 07-02-2012 | 11,703 views

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Valentine’s Day is around the corner. Let’s make a puffy heart today <3

Valentine’s Puffy Heart

Referring to our post here, cut a heart out of hard construction paper to be used as the template. Let the kids trace the outline of the heart on white hard construction paper.

Cut the heart out. Younger kids might need assistance in cutting the heart.

Paint the heart red. Let dry. Repeat on the other side.

Using a hole punch, punch a hole on the heart.

Β Cut long strips out of crepe paper. Cut again into small squares.

Crumple the crepe papers squares into tiny balls. You’ll need plenty of these.

Spread PVA Glue on one side of the heart.

Scatter the crepe paper balls onto the heart and press down to secure them. Repeat on the other side.

Tie a gold string through the hole and the Valentine’s Puffy Heart craft is done πŸ™‚

DIY Ang Pow Packet

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Chinese New Year, Festive Crafts, Paper Crafts, Print Art | Posted on 30-01-2012 | 19,436 views

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I was a pre-school teacher when I was expecting my little artist Ethan. It was always my intention to continue teaching and remain in the working force. All that changed the moment I laid hand on my baby in the Operating Theatre. I submitted my resignation and vowed to be the best mother a mom can be to my son. I live with this mantra in my head – β€œA parent is a child’s first teacher”.

My love for art and crafts helps create that special bond between Ethan and I. We started crafting together when he was 12 months old and it helps in his motor and fine skills development tremendously. Initially we’ll hang up his masterpieces in the Art Room in the house. Overtime, we ran out of walls.

That is when crafty-crafted.com was born; to immortalize his artwork and also to share our ideas with other mommies out there. That was 3 years ago.

A week ago, we finally got ourselves a colour printer. We chose a HP colour inkjet printer.Β I need not limit his creativity to only water paint and crayons anymore. He can now print out stuffs that he created online.

For a start, with the Chinese New Year around the corner Ethan did his first printing craftwork.

Personalised Ang Pow Packet

He personalised his very own red packets to be given to his grandparents. Let’s have a look at how he does it πŸ˜€


A+ #1 – First, choose a picture of the person you are giving the Ang Pow to. This is easily done by stalking their Facebook account πŸ˜› I helped Ethan to get the pictures of my nieces from my sisters’ FB account and saved them in my PC.

A+ #2 – Ethan chose the pictures that he likes best and starts printing. Mind you, he did it all by himself as shown in the video at the end of this post!

A+ #3 – Quickly and silently, our new HP printer did the job. Excellent!

A+ #4 – Take an old Ang Pow packet and tear it open to be used as a template. Trace the outline according to the template.

A+ #5 – The personalised Ang Pow is slowly taking shape.

A+ #6 – Cut accordingly. Please assist your child if he has yet to master the art of cutting with a pair of scissors.

A+ #7 – The personalised Ang Pow cut out.

A+ #8 – Fold accordingly and paste.

A+ #9 – The personalised Ang Pow is done!

A+ #10 – Ethan personalised Ang Pows for all his cousin sisters and even did some of himself to be given to his grandparents πŸ˜€

Lovely isn’t it? We are highly impressed with the printout. It looked so natural and beautiful, we are definitely going to do more print art in the future!

I am an A+ mom and so can you!

Watch the video of Ethan printing his very own personalized Ang Pow.

Fridge Magnet : Dragon

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Animal Crafts, Chinese New Year, Festive Crafts, Fridge Magnets | Posted on 16-01-2012 | 27,926 views

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Let’s make a Dragon art today πŸ™‚

Dragon fridge magnet.Β 

Super simple and a fun craft to make. Print out a dragon head and a tail. I got the dragon head and tail template from here.

Paint them and cut when dry.

Cut a strip of paper and paste three magnets along it. Paste the strip of paper to the Dragon’s head and tail and the fridge magnet is done πŸ˜€

Gong Xi Fa Cai!

If you are looking for more simple DIY Chinese New Year decor, click hereΒ for lots and lots of Ang Pow decor tutorial.

Toilet Paper Roll Bird

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Animal Crafts, Bird, Craft from Recycled Materials, Easter, Toilet Paper Roll | Posted on 01-11-2011 | 21,560 views

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Let’s make a bird today. Not an angry bird but a cute one πŸ˜€

Toilet Paper Roll Bird

Paint a toilet paper roll any colour to your liking.

Paint your thumb white and stamp as the white eye. Paint your pointer black and stamp again as the eyeball πŸ˜€

Cut two triangles out of orange construction paper for the beak

Spread PVA glue all over the toilet roll

Now it’s the fun part – Sticking feathers onto the bird.

Instead of buying feathers from craft store, I bought a brand new feather duster and stripped the feathers from it instead. It’s much cheaper that way!

The kids with their bird πŸ˜€

Toilet Paper Roll Halloween Bat

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Animal Crafts, Bat, Craft from Recycled Materials, Festive Crafts, Halloween, Party Craft, Toilet Paper Roll | Posted on 18-10-2011 | 15,106 views

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Halloween is around the corner and it’s time to make some creepy crafts πŸ˜€

Toilet Paper Roll Halloween Bats

Cut a line through a toilet paper roll to open it.

Cut wings and two ears out of another toilet paper roll

There, the bat is already forming. Now all we need to do is paint it black.

Paint the toilet paper roll, wings and ears black

Paint your thumb white

Stamp your painted thumb on the toilet paper roll as the eyes. Paint your pointer black and stamp as the eyeball.

Glue the wings and ears

Toilet Paper Roll Halloween Bat πŸ™‚

Hungry Ghost

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Halloween, Paper Plate Crafts | Posted on 11-08-2011 | 8,137 views

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The Ghost Festival, also known as the Hungry Ghost Festival is a traditional Chinese festival celebrated by Chinese in many countries. According to the Chinese Calendar, the Hungry Ghost Festival falls on the 15th night of the seventh lunar month. It is believed, ghosts and spirits, including those of the deceased ancestors, come out from the lower realm on this day.

Are you afraid of GHOST? Taken from my Horror in Singapore Night Safari post

Keeping up with the ghostly season, we did a Hungry Ghost craft today.

I cut the edges of a paper plate so that it has sharp teeth all over

Cut a construction paper and paste the paper plate teeth on it.

Add eyes and the ghost is ready! I wanted to add splashes of red paint to make the ghost a very gory one but decided against it as I don’t wanna cause nightmares to the kids!

Toilet Paper Roll Oil Lamp

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Craft from Recycled Materials, Deepavali, Festive Crafts, Hari Raya, Toilet Paper Roll | Posted on 28-07-2011 | 21,016 views

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We are in the festive spirit and will be making oil lamp today πŸ™‚

Toilet Paper Roll Oil Lamp

Cut half a large toilet paper roll

Cut a triangle out of small toilet paper roll

Paste onto the larger toilet paper roll

Cut ‘flames’ out of coloured construction paper.

Paint the toilet paper roll inside out

Use hair dryer to expedite the drying process.Β  Click here for more of craft tips and tricks.

Paste the flame and the oil lamp is done πŸ™‚

Best Father’s Day Gift

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Cards, Father's Day, Festive Crafts, Shapes | Posted on 19-06-2011 | 8,323 views

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Ethan did a card for his Daddy today based on our Father’s Day Handprint Card.

Father’s Day Card

He drew his hand print

Paste the handprint and the heart. He wrote a message by himself.. aww…

Daddy is happy. Fully written by himself, my boy, turning four next month πŸ˜€

 

Happy Father’s Day to all daddies out there! πŸ™‚

Zippers Pencil Case

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Festive Crafts, Teacher's Day | Posted on 24-05-2011 | 8,898 views

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I received an amazing gift for Teacher’s Day recently. I was speechless when I saw it as it was simply awesome! What did I get? I got a handmade zippers pencil case.

Zippers Pencil Case (Front)

Back. The pencil case is made up of only zips sewn together!

It can be opened from any zips I like πŸ˜€

I can choose to open it from the middle too πŸ™‚

Beautiful and simply amazing! The best gift I received ever!

Handprint Heart

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Hand and Footprint Art, Mother's Day, Shapes | Posted on 15-05-2011 | 6,975 views

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The picture of a HEART is synonym to LOVE. Let’s make a handprint heart today πŸ™‚

Handprint Heart

Paint your palm red

Stamp your painted palm onto a piece of paper

Paint the other palm red

And stamp to form a heart shape

Outline the heart shape

Paint the tip of your finger with any color you like

Dot to form the letter ‘I’

He simply loves finger or hand painting πŸ˜€

Continue dotting the letter ‘U’

I <3 U πŸ˜€

Outline the ‘I’ and ‘U’

The handprint heart artwork is done πŸ˜€

St. Patrick’s Four Leaf Clover

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Craft from Recycled Materials, Crafts by Materials, Crepe Paper, Festive Crafts, Toilet Paper Roll | Posted on 17-03-2011 | 10,688 views

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It’s St. Patrick’s today and let’s celebrate by making a four leaf clover out of toilet paper roll πŸ™‚

Four Leaf Clover

You’ll need to cut the toilet paper rolls into rings. You’ll need four rings

Press and shape them until you get 4 heart rings

Paint the heart rings green

It can get pretty messy on the fingers πŸ™‚

Cut green crepe paper and paste onto a paper plate

Once the four heart rings dry, paste them onto the paper plate too.
Happy St. Patrick’s to all craftiers out there πŸ˜€