Easy Pre-School Craft: Birdhouses

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Oh Georgia weather, you’re such a tease. With the jonquils blooming and yesterday’s afternoon warmth I was thinking Spring was officially here, but no, this morning is downright chilly! Come soon Spring, we are ready for you to stay! Aren’t the flowers beautiful though?

Today I wanted to share with you something so easy and fun that your pre-schooler (or probably any kid for that matter) will have fun doing. The other day Preston (my 3.5 year old son)  and I went to my favorite place, Hobby Lobby. One of the aisles we went down had all the little bare wood items. I’m sure you know what I’m talking about, this aisle has wood letters, little boxes of all kinds, small shelves, shapes of every kind…a huge assortment of plain wooden items. Well, Preston found a tiny little birdhouse that he just thought was the cutest thing. It was only a few dollars so I let him get it.

Later that afternoon he was bored so I got out the birdhouse and his paints, covered his little work table with a plastic tablecloth and let him get to work. He probably painted that little house for over an hour and had such a good time doing it. It was a great pre-school craft because it allowed him to practice making decisions–he decided which wood item he wanted, and he got to tap into his creative side and let his artistic juices flow. I feel that letting children develop their imagination and creativity is so important.

This idea may be one you already to do with your little one, but in case you hadn’t thought of it before I decided to pass the idea along. I also loved that it kept him entertained and occupied for so long, this would be the perfect thing to let your child do if you need to work on laundry or clean the house a bit. Since this is an inexpensive activity we will be doing this a lot more often too.

And now I have the cutest little birdhouse painted by my most favorite little guy. Isn’t it darling?

Easy Pre-School Craft: Bird House

I love it sitting here on my front porch, however, the other day Preston saw it out here and got really upset. Apparently he painted it to give to his baby sister for her first birthday. He’s the sweetest child I have ever known.

I brought the birdhouse back inside after I took the photo; it’s just as well though because this was how the porch was decorated for the winter. During the Christmas season in place of the birdhouse was a tiny silver glittery reindeer that was just so cute. Don’t you just love the mix of all the mediums? I think the mason jar with twine wrapped around it sitting next to a mercury glass votive on a modern looking tray with a burlap runner has a fun, interesting look.

However, I need to do some Spring decorating now that April is just around the corner. Maybe, just maybe, after Madison’s birthday on April 4th Preston will let me put the birdhouse back on the porch. 🙂

What kind of crafts do you like to do with your little ones?

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Mercury Glass Decorating

Are you as infatuated with mercury glass as I am? I became really interested in collecting some mercury glass right before Christmas, so of course that was on my wish list. Lucky for me, my mom and sis delivered…I got 6 different pieces for Christmas! Can you feel my excitement about this?!

I used all my new mercury glass to decorate my home in a “winter” theme using lots of silvery frosted branches, silver sparkly berries, and to brighten things up a bit I threw in a lime green glittery branch here and there as well. I also used pine cones and pine branches to add to this rustic wintery theme.

So I decorate my home in this winter wonderland that would be perfect for snow and of course we’ve had the hottest winter I can ever remember. I realize that I live in Georgia so I shouldn’t expect buckets of snow but we haven’t even had a FLURRY this year. I’ve only worn my winter pea coat twice and I’ve worn short sleeves more times than I can count. It’s been one crazy winter…if you can even call it that!

Do you like to decorate with mercury glass too? If so, I hope this has given you a little inspiration. I’m not tired of it yet so I’m thinking about keeping it out for spring too. I will just rearrange it a little and change out the winter foliage for pretty spring flowers and greenery.

All of these vases are store bought, but I saw on Pinterest that you can make your own mercury glass. I’m definitely going to give that a try. Click the picture below for the instructions. Happy decorating!

Homemade Valentines

Okay, so I know this holiday has come and gone for the year but I didn’t want to post this before Valentine’s Day because I didn’t want to spoil the surprise for the people I sent Valentines to. So…use these as ideas for next year or adapt the concept for upcoming holidays.

First you have to visit a craft store for supplies. I picked up silver glitter notecards, Mod Podge, pretty scrapbook paper, silver scrapbook letter stickers, a large heart shaped hole punch and small white lacy heart stickers. You will also need envelopes that the notecards fit in.

These are so easy and cute to do! Just punch out lots of cute hearts from the paper and arrange it however you’d like on your notecards. Use a paint brush and paint the back of the hearts with Mod Podge then glue to your notecard. Make words like LOVE, HEART, XOXO and KISSES with the silver scrapbook letters. Put the white heart stickers on too.

I was making these for my 18 month old son to give his grandparents and friends so the inside included a Happy Valentine’s Day note and also his handprint. I painted his hand with fingerpaint and put it on cardstock, then cut out the hand print with fancy edged scissors and glued it on the inside of the card.

Have fun making these Valentine’s Day cards! Just a thought: for Easter you could do something similar and cut out cross shaped paper or Easter egg shapes.

DIY: Prayer Board

My sweet best friend gave me the neatest birthday gift! It’s a prayer board–it’s both beautiful and functional. With this board you just use a dry erase marker to write your current prayers on the frame’s glass–simply erase and write new ones as often as you’d like.  I hung it in my laundry room so I will be reminded of the people I’m praying for as I walk out the door.

A friend of hers has an Etsy store and you can purchase them here: Prayer Board. Or if you’re feeling crafty grab a pretty picture frame, some spray paint, fabric of your choice (I LOVE the burlap that my board is made with), some scrapbook letters and other stickers with sayings about faith and prayer and some notecards and thumbtacks.

Here’s my board…isn’t it great? These would make awesome Christmas gifts!

Do you have a great gift idea that is an easy DIY that you’d like to share? I would love for you to leave them as a comment!

Have a blessed day!

DIY Frame Artwork

Well, the other day I got a little DIY inspiration from none other than Pinterest! Where else would I get cute ideas from without that new website?! If you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon yet or just haven’t heard of Pinterest, let me tell you a bit about it.

Basically it’s a visual bookmarking system which allows you to save all the really cool things you find on the web in an organized and visually appealing way. The extra neat thing about Pinterest though is that you can SEE what everyone else is bookmarking or “pinning” and then if you like it you can repin it to your page. Pretty cool, huh?

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Leave me a comment or send me an email at annerains@gmail.com if you need an invite to Pinterest!

Now onto the point of this post. So a few weeks ago I saw this picture on Pinterest:

I thought that was adorable and it made me want to do something similar in my house.(If you click on the picture you will be taken to the original blogger who created that frame).

The frame is the UNG DRILL frame from Ikea which I promptly went out and purchased. I also bought a wooden letter from JoAnn’s craft store and some black paint. I’m IN LOVE with burlap at the moment and had some at home so that was the fabric I decided to use. The frame came black which matches my home perfectly so I did not have to do anything to it.

Here’s my final product:

I placed it on a wall you see when you first come from the laundry room into the hallway. You can also see it from the main living area. I’m pleased with how this little project turned out. And this little update only cost about $35 or so.