My granddaughters and I played a bit in our craft room yesterday afternoon. We have loads of fun creating our latest Crafting with Kids-DIY Fall Decor project where we turned wooden $1 frames from Michaels into personalized pieces of fall artwork.
One thing I am noticing with the girls is they no longer need me to help with a lot of our projects. All I have to do now is give them the concept, idea and they turn everything into little pieces of art. I am definitely a proud grandma, but I often wonder how much longer they will want to play in the craft room. I hope they never lose their crafty creative desire.
Anyways before the waterworks start, it’s probably a good time to share our latest Crafting with Kids-DIY Fall Decor how-to. Notice they both have a snack plate in front of them. They found the jelly belly jelly beans and wanted to try the flavors.
Crafting with Kids-DIY Fall Decor
Like I mentioned above we used wooden $1 frames from Michaels to help create these adorable fall projects. They are cheap enough that if you mess up you’re not throwing money out the craft room window, but also can be made to look like you spent a few bucks too. Below is an article where I used these exact same frames in a project I shared months ago.
Most of the other items we used to decorate the frames were things we had already in our craft room. Here are some ideas of things you can use.
Buttons & Shaped Buttons
Basically, you can use anything your heart or little ones heart desires.
Crafting with Kids-DIY Fall Decor – Setting Up Project
Notice in the above image the frame has a metal clip attached to it? Those can be removed easily with pliers. We weren’t going to use the frames for photos so I removed them for this project. I also cut out two pumpkin shapes as well as their initials with my Cricut machine on cute fall colored cardstock.
I painted both of the girl’s frames a minty green with chalk paint so they would be dried when we got back. Normally I would allow them to do the painting, but we didn’t have a lot of time today. I then placed the items they could use for decorating on the table. There were an equal amount of the same items, which helps with the unnecessary arguing.
I also had the mode podge, paint brushes, glue gun & glue sticks on our crafting table too. No, I don’t allow the girls to use the glue gun. I just like to have all the supplies ready so that we aren’t wasting time.
Crafting with Kids-DIY Fall Decor – The Girls Start Creating
We secured the pumpkins and initials with Mod Podge (love this stuff!!) Flowers and buttons were secure with the glue gun. After they finished the project I had them brush Mod Podge over the entire surface. This will help protect and keep thier artwork lasting longer. The girls have different creative imaginations. Kayden is starting to lose some of the “let’s just create” thoughts and turning more toward “we can create but let’s make it realistic” thoughts. I like knowing that she knows there is a realistic view on things, but I want her to remember that creating is also going with the flow of it. I hope that makes sense. Izzy hasn’t lost that “let’s just create” mindset yet, but she looks up to her big sister a lot.
The girls have different creative imaginations. Kayden is starting to lose some of the “let’s just create” thoughts and turning more toward “we can create but let’s make it realistic” thoughts. I like knowing that she knows there is a realistic view on things, but I want her to remember that creating is also going with the flow of it. I hope that makes sense. Izzy hasn’t lost that “let’s just create” mindset yet, but she looks up to her big sister a lot.
They seemed to enjoy themselves, it was fun watching them and talking with them as they crafted. There were also snacks involved one in particular Jelly Belly Jelly Beans, where they expressed their likings to all the flavors.
We had a few minutes before I had to get them back to their mommy, so they played a little in their room. This is when they noticed that Izzy’s toddler sized bed turned into a big girl bed. That’s when Kayden, tried to explain that it might be too tall for Izzy. She should sleep in it instead. You know to protect her from rolling out.
Izzy politely showed Kayden she was very capable of getting in her bed and she wasn’t about to give it up. We did come to a compromise thou. When Izzy was spending time with her Daddy Kayden could sleep in it. They also explored more flavors of the jelly beans, sharing and expressing how the red ones were really sweet.
It’s always fun spending time with my two granddaughters, and honestly, don’t know what I’d do if I couldn’t. I am fortunate enough to have them close and can spend time with them often. Thinking back to the days I spent with my grandma they were very far and few in between.
It’s that time of year when we do a lot of crafting with kids project as well as DIY home decor projects. You won’t want to miss out on the upcoming articles I have planned. Follow #DebbiesMusings on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for all of our latest crafts. Come check out our crafty pins on Pinterest too!