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Picture this: the front door is blocked with snow, the kids are running around in their pajamas displaying their excitement for a snow day, and immediately plop down in front of the TV.

Or maybe you’ve spent your Saturday morning in 95-degree weather, watching herds of uncoordinated 6-year-olds following a soccer ball around a field. The second you bring the kids home, you find a trail of Gatorade bottles and kicked off soccer cleats, socks, and shin guards leading towards the PlayStation. You want to turn the TV off, but you dread the “are you kidding me?” looks that you know you’re going to receive the minute you step within a foot of the remote. Luckily, creative minds all over the world have come up with a few alternatives that are sure to keep the kids happy and excited to have artwork to display around the house.

This craft blog aims to give you step-by-step tutorials on how to keep the kids entertained and the creativity flowing. And who knows? Maybe the kid inside you will find some joy in these crafts as well.

If you have a great craft idea that you'd like to share with other parents, feel free to EMAIL US! We would love to share your ideas!

Butterfly Dreamcatcher

June 21, 2012 | 03:05 PM

What you'll need

- Black poster board

- Glue

- Pencil

- Scissors

- String

- Tissue paper: However many colors you'd like to use is fine! Once you and the kids are butterfly dreamcatcher experts, try experimenting with different colors and patterns to make things interesting.

What to do

1. After gathering your supplies, begin by tracing the outline of a butterfly onto the black poster board. Draw it so whoever cuts it out will cut the center out, leaving a thick enough edge to glue the tissue paper on towards the end of the process.

2. Cut the butterfly out of the poster board, making sure the edge is completely intact and the center is cut out.

3. Cut shreds of tissue paper, or an entire piece if you're sticking with one color, in the manner you'd like them glued onto the outline of your butterfly. Like the example shows, you can cut the paper into strips or squares or shapes of anything you'd like. Keep in mind that if you hang your finished product in front of a window (like the example), any overlap of tissue paper will be visible.

4. Turn the outline of the butterfly over so you're gluing the strips onto the backside of it. Glue the paper on however you and the kids think will look best. Make sure there isn't any tissue paper sticking out over the edge!

5. Cut a piece of string to the desired length and attach it to the butterfly. Attaching the string to the butterfly can be done in a variety of ways. Try attaching it from the head, or tie one end of the string onto one wing and the other end onto the other wing. The butterfly in the example has the knot of the string glued onto the back of the butterfly's head. If you'd like to tie the knot onto the butterfly, just punch a hole in the cardboard outline, and you're good to go!

Show the finished product off anywhere! Hang it from the bathroom window to add a splash of color and joy to the room. Make a whole family of butterfly dreamcatchers and hang a butterfly garden from the ceiling! Or try the classic dreamcatcher location: the bed post. The butterfly will be sure to brighten up any room you hang it in. If you're thinking of getting crafy for a friend's birthday, write something on the tissue paper and make it a birthday present or birthday card. The possibilities are endless! Whatever you decide to do with your new colorful butterfly friend, you and the kids will definitely be proud to show it off.


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