Paper Heart Bookmark

We are quickly approaching summer, which means relaxing with a book on the beach, by the lake, or in your own backyard. I don’t know about you, but I usually just grab a scrap of paper or an old receipt to use as a bookmark.  I came across a really cool Pinterest post on how to fold a piece of paper into a heart-shaped bookmark (http://www.duitang.com/people/mblog/75029015/detail/).

The materials needed for this project couldn’t be easier:

  • Paper
  • Scissors

I used some left over scrapbook paper that I had because I liked the pattern, but it turned out to be pretty thick. The end result was cute, but if I do this again I will use a thinner paper. 

I started by cutting out a strip of paper that was roughly 4 inches long by 2 inches wide. Then, I folded the paper in half length-wise.  

Next, I folded the paper in half again.  

Next, I took one side of the paper and folded it up the middle. 

Then, the other side and folded it up the middle too.  

Next, I flipped it over (pointy side down) and folded the top over just a little.  

After that, I folded the four top corners over (this is when I realized the paper was a little too thick).

 Finally, I flipped it over and there was the heart!  

I added the paper heart to my book and it turned out to be much cuter than an old receipt 🙂  

Toilet Paper Roll Bird Feeder

Happy Earth Day! I wanted to find a fun outside activity that I could do with my 3-year-old. I searched Pinterest for Earth Day activities for kids and came across this super fun and easy toilet paper roll bird feeder (http://www.kidskubby.com/toilet-paper-roll-crafts/2/). I wanted to teach my son about taking care of the environment and this was great because it uses a toilet paper roll, which would otherwise be thrown in the recycling bin.

The materials needed for this project include:

  • Toilet paper roll
  • Peanut butter
  • Birdseed
  • Butter knife
  • Bowl

  
We started by using the butter knife to spread the peanut butter in a thin layer on the toilet paper roll.

  
Next we rolled the peanut butter covered toilet paper roll in a bowl full of birdseed. This was my son’s favorite part 🙂

  
This is the final product! It was so easy and fun.

  
We hung the bird feeder on a tree in our yard. Hopefully we’ll start seeing birds soon!

  

Car Air Freshener

Most of the car air fresheners you buy in stores use yucky chemicals to create their scents. I am always trying to cut down on my exposure to chemicals like these because they aren’t very good for your health. I found a great tutorial on making your own car air freshener using essential oils (http://cayenneroom.com/2013/02/06/scent-your-space-naturally-with-homemade-air-fresheners/). 

Materials needed for this project include:

  • Essential oil of your choice (I chose a nice, calming lavender)
  • Felt (luckily, I had some left over scraps from another project)
  • Scissors
  • String (or in my case, twine)

  

I started by cutting out heart shapes from the felt. You could cut out any shape you like. The tutorial chose flowers, which looked super cute too.

Then, I added a drop of oil to each felt piece.  

Finally, I cut a hole in each heart, threaded the twine through them, and tied it together.  

I hung the finished product up in my car and I expect to have a very peaceful “calmmute”. 🙂   

“Carrot” Dipped Strawberries

Today was Easter! We had fun egg hunting and eating delicious food 🙂 This included some super cute chocolate covered strawberries that looked like carrots, which came from a website I found on Pinterest that had a bunch of cute Easter food crafts (http://www.parenting.com/blogs/kid-friendly-recipes/holly-kapherr/easter-craft-ideas).

Materials needed for this project:

  • Strawberries
  • Orange melting chocolate
  • Wax paper
  • Plastic zip-loc bag
  • Scissors

  

After pulling everything together, I started by melting the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. It took about 2 minutes to melt, stopping every 30 seconds to stir. Next, I dipped the strawberries in the melted chocolate and placed them on wax paper to dry.

  

I put the remaining melted chocolate into a zip-loc bag and cut a tiny hole in the corner.

  

Once the chocolate coating on the strawberries was dry, I drizzled the melted chocolate in the bag across the them.

  

Once everything was dry, I trimmed the excess chocolate with scissors.

  

The final product was adorable and yummy! This was a fun project that even my 3-year-old could help with 🙂