crafting :: easter themed felt board

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One thing that I’ve been appreciating more these days is the ability to use crafting supplies in multiple ways. Take for example, a stamp set and coordinating dies.  Manufacturers have made it much easier to create stamped images and then cut them out by using detailed dies (with the help of cutting tools and machines) for paper crafting.  But today, I decided to try them out on felt instead and managed to create a fun little playing board for our 5-year-old to play with.  In this particular example I used the “Basket Bunch” photopolymer stamps and coordinating dies from Stampin’ Up.

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toddler crafting :: headbands

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My 3-year-old daughter and I have two friends that we meet on a weekly basis for a crafting play date.  We each rotate taking turns by hosting at our homes, providing lunch, and a fun age-appropriate craft to do together.  Today was our sixth get together and after sharing some of the past projects on Facebook and receiving such positive feedback, I thought it might be nice to share the idea with all you in case it inspires some creativity.

Today’s craft activity was decorating headbands.  (In case you couldn’t guess, all three friends are girls.)  Our friend bought these 1″ wide headbands that are wrapped in grosgrain ribbon from Amazon and they are priced at $13 for a package of 12, so each girl got to decorate 4 headbands.  Part of the problem of having three toddlers is that they generally want the same things so we were a little nervous that there is only one of each color in the package.  But luckily we spread them out on the table and each girl picked a new color to decorate as we went along until each of them had completed four — all without any quarrels!

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