How to Make Snowflake Window Clings Out of Fabric Paint

 

How to Make a Snowflake Window Cling

 

This is a project that my 14 year old daughter saw on Pinterest using hot glue.  She decided that she’d try it with fabric paint to see if that would work.  It worked amazingly well…and we could make different colors this way.

Here’s what you need:

Directions:

Place your template underneath your wax paper, so you can see it through the wax paper.

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Take your fabric paint and trace each of the lines

 

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After you’re finished, let it sit for a little while so that it can dry.

 

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Once it’s dry enough, put it in a window.  After it sits for a while, it will get harder, so make sure that you place it where you want, as the harder that it gets, the harder it will be to move.

Here are a couple in our window….

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Consider pinning this easy craft project on Pinterest.

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Apple Painting: A Fun Fall Activity for Children

Apple Painting is a fun craft for children where they can use their creativity and fine motor skills to create a festive art project for Fall.  Apple painting is  a great tactile sensory activity for kids too!

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How To Make An Apple Painting:

Supplies:

  • Apple
  • Paint (red, yellow, or green)
  • Construction Paper
  • Paper Plate
  • Corn-on-the-cob Holders

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Directions:

1.  Pour the paint onto a paper plate and spread it around with a paint brush.

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Helpful Hint:  Add some hand soap to the paint and mix well.  The soap will make it easier to wash any access paint from the table or painting surface, clothes, or little hands.

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2.  Cut the apple in half.

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3.  Insert a corn-on-the-cob holder into the skin of the apple.  The corn-on-the-cob holder makes it easier for little hands to hold and paint with the apple.

4.  Let your child apple paint by pushing the apple down into the paint, lifting it up using the corn-on-the-cob holder, and pressing it firmly onto the construction paper.

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Cost To Make An Apple Painting:

  • Apple: 20¢
  • Paint: 10¢
  • Construction Paper: 1¢
  • Paper Plate: 1¢

Total: just 32¢ for a great piece of artwork for Fall!

Teachable Moment:

Every activity has a Teachable Moment!  What is a Teachable Moment?  It is a time during every craft or project when you can teach your child something about the activity.

1.  Read Apples, Apples, Apples by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace and discuss the parts of an apple and how it grows.

2.  Eat a slice of a red, green, and yellow apple and discuss the similarities and differences.

3.  Cut the apple and look for the “star” shape made by the seeds.

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This post is written by Karen from The Saving Cents Mom.  Karen is a mom who loves to save money!  She has two amazing children and a wonderful husband who she loves to spend time.  They enjoy reading books, playing outside, watching movies, and making memories.


Save Money: Learn How to Fix Things in Your Home

Save Money:  Learn How to Fix Things in Your Home - SidetrackedSarah.com

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I’ve always had an entrepreneur’s heart!  I remember back when I was still dating Ryan, he was living in an older home with paneling on the walls.  I grew up watching my dad fix up our old 100 year old home, and he made it look easy.  I remember listening to Ryan about the paneling and I chimed in with, “why don’t we sheet rock it, it’s not that hard”.  Ha.

 

Imagine a barely 20 year old boy, who has never done much of any kind of home repair being told this.  By his girlfriend.  You know, the one who he’s always wanting to impress?  Guess what I got to help him do?  You guessed it, sheet rock (aka drywall) the walls.

 

We’ve lived in a lot of different homes since we got married over 18 years ago.  When we buy a home, we buy it for a  low price and fix it up ourselves.  We’ve vastly improved the conditions of our homes.  I’ve been pregnant, barefoot (ha, just kidding), and repairing homes for years.  (Of course, I’ve been pregnant almost 6 full years of my life…so that makes sense, right?)  My husband and I have learned so much about fixing homes.  We’re not always the best at what we do, but chances are, we know the basics of how to do it.

 

7 Ways to Learn How to Fix Up a Home

  • Books – We have a few different home repair books sitting on our shelves.  If we have trouble knowing how to do something, we look it up in the book.  We have this book:
  • The Internet – Have you ever noticed that someone else has almost always had the same problem you’re having?  Just do a general search for that question and sure enough, someone has written about it!  You don’t always find an answer in this way, but a lot of times you do.
  • You Tube – I know this is part of the internet, but I figured it needs it’s own blurb.  Because seeing how to fix something is so much better than just reading about it.  There are many videos on home repair on YouTube.  Don’t under estimate.
  • Ask a Professional – Many of us have friends and/or grandpa’s who know a little something about home repair.  When in doubt, seek out someone who has done it before.  Explain to them that you are trying to learn how to do it and see if they can explain it to you.
  • Assist a Professional - When my husband isn’t sure how to fix something or knows he’ll need support that I can’t offer (as a female in charge of little kids), he’ll ask a friend of ours (who is also a contractor) if he can pay him to help.  The friend is getting paid, but it is usually well worth it, as he’s always very knowledgeable about the home repair.  He knows the fastest and best ways to get the job done without it looking like a little kid fixed it.
  • Watch HGTV – Yes, seriously, lol.  Of course, if you need to know right now, that won’t work, but if you would just like a general education, this is the channel for you!  I don’t tend to be a TV watcher, but while we’re on vacation, when I want to lay around, I’ll watch HGTV for the fun of it.  I learn so many bits of helpful home fixing information while I do.
  • Trial and Error – Believe me, this is not always the best way, but sometimes we learn by trying.  If the new product comes with directions, we read them (or I do anyway, lol) and we follow them to the best of our knowledge.  You’d be amazed at how much you can learn, just by trying it out on your own.

 

These are the steps we go through when we begin a renovation.  Do we fix everything in a home?  No, definitely not.  In fact, as we’re getting older and busier, we’re having to teach ourselves to hire some of it done.  It’s so hard to do that, lol, but so freeing at the same time!

 

Some of the repairs we’ve done to homes include, replacing windows and doors, laying ceramic tile, laying peel and stick tile, replacing counter tops, replacing window and door trim, ceiling fans, light fixtures and plumbing, etc.

 

Tell me about some of the home repairs you’ve learned to do?