Snowy Winter Wonderland

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on January 26, 2010

Marie LeBaron 300We have a very special guest here at From Dates to Diapers today, to help us out with our challenge to be more purposeful about doing crafts and fun activities with our kids.

Marie is a mother of 3 living in Utah. She’s the founder of Make and Takes, a top rated parenting blog featuring kids crafts, home crafts, recipes, and parenting tips. She’s listed as one of Nielsen’s Power Mom 50, is a regular contributor at Alphamom, Snackpicks, and Craftzine, and is a hostess of SocialLuxe Lounge. When she’s not crafting with her kids, she loves to run, read, and blog!

Please help me welcome Marie!

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I’m excited to be guest posting today, sharing a Wintry craft. We’re using white paint and toothbrushes to bring the snowy fun indoors.

Supplies for Snowy Winter Wonderland:

  • white paint
  • old toothbrushes
  • paper plate
  • cardstock paper – the thicker the better, but any paper can be used
  • embellishments – yarn, stickers, crayons, googley eyes, etc.

Steps:

1. Fold a piece of cardstock paper in half to make a crease. Open it back up and squeeze a few drops of white paint onto the paper. You can put the paint anywhere you like, but stay at least 2-3 inches from the top and bottom so it doesn’t ooze out.

2. Press the paper together and rub your fingers all around, helping to spread the paint. Sometimes you can shape which way the paint will go by pressing your fingers up or out.

3. Open your paper and see what creation you’ve made. Hopefully, it’s turned into something that looks like a familiar object, or I’m sure your kids will be able to see some sort of shape. We think our looks like a small child dressed for winter, even wearing a snow hat.

4. Now it’s time to make the falling snow. Pour a little bit of white paint onto a paper plate. Dip your toothbrush in and tap off any excess paint. With newspaper or a drop cloth and in an area where paint can be sprayed, you’ll flick the toothbrush using your thumb on the bristles. You’ll see paint spray onto the paper, resembling snow.

Let the paint dry completely, then you can add embellishments. We cut a hole on either side of this little winter boy and tied yarn around for a scarf. We added googley eyes and a crayon mouth. Have fun indoors creating your white wintry scene.

What a simple and fun craft that you can do with your kids this week! Please help me thank Marie.

Now, head over to Make and Takes and check out all of the fabulous crafts and activities that you can do with your kiddos. Let me know which one you would try. Oooh, and please let me know if you try one!

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Lori January 26, 2010 at 3:17 pm

I’ll be darn! Now how easy is THAT! and it turned out so good too. I’m afraid ours would probably turn out looking like a monster or something but I think Truett would have a blast giving it a try.

Great post! Thanks for sharing:)

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The Pursuit of Mommyness January 26, 2010 at 4:53 pm

So cool, very excited to learn more about Marie!! Thanks for this post!
http://thepursuitofmommyness.com/

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Alyssa @ Keeping the Kingdom First January 26, 2010 at 5:16 pm

This is perfect. I have so many old toothbrushes I have been wondering what to do with! Thanks for sharing this adorable craft. :)

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Janice (5 Minutes for Mom) January 26, 2010 at 6:11 pm

I DEFINITELY need to be more purposeful about crafting with my kids. They LOVE it and I often just don’t do it cause I am too busy. NOT good!

THANKS for the inspiration ladies! :)

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Bree January 26, 2010 at 10:35 pm

Marie is so so cute. Love the fun & easy craft. I really like your blog, too!

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* TONYA * January 27, 2010 at 12:55 am

What a fantastic craft project Marie. Thanks for sharing. You rock crafty mama.

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Lisa January 27, 2010 at 1:29 am

Love the idea! We do crafts galore here in our house :-)

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Marie {Make and Takes} January 27, 2010 at 3:40 pm

Thanks for letting me craft over here at FD2D! Happy to hear comments from people who say they’re going to try this. I’ll be checking in on you all ;) I promise, it’s easy!

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Mama Laundry January 27, 2010 at 8:12 pm

What a fabulous step-by-step for those of us who are a little craft challenged.

Love it!

-Lauren

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angee January 28, 2010 at 8:22 pm

LOVE this one, Marie!! So cute and simple!! We will definitely be trying this one! Thanx for the idea! :)

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countryfun January 30, 2010 at 7:40 pm

Love this use for an ink/paint blot. I use this process with the children a lot – great for monsters, butterflies, etc. Using as a snowman is a great idea – it’s going into my idea file for next year. Isn’t splatter painting fun!

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