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Real flowering craft: Make a Mother’s Day corsage

Craft and photo by Bettijo B. Hirschi & Aimee Lowry

A Mother’s Day corsage might be traditional, but this easy-to-make bloom is anything but stuffy. Simple enough for little fingers to create, and all you need are cupcake liners, a pipe cleaner and a safety pin.

SUPPLIES:
8 solid-colored cupcake liners (we used yellow)
1 mini cupcake liner, white (optional)
1 pipe cleaner (we used green to simulate leaves but any coordinating color will do)
1 small safety pin
Scissors

INSTRUCTIONS:
On a hard surface, flatten each of the cupcake liners and then stack together with the inside facing up. Using the pin, poke a hole through the entire stack. If using a mini cupcake liner, flatten and poke a hole through that as well.

Take your pipe cleaner and begin threading (from outside of liner in) through the center hole you just created in the cupcake liners. End by placing on the mini cupcake liner.

Roll the end of your pipe cleaner into a little knot to secure liners into place, then slide all  the liners so they’re snug against the knot.

Working from the mini liner out, scrunch each cupcake liner closed around the pipe cleaner knot. The liners closer to the middle will fold in tighter and as you work your way out the liners will naturally stay more open, like a real blossom. Gently scrunch and/or twist liners until you’re happy with your flower’s shape.

Trim pipe cleaner so you have about a six-inch tail. Carefully wrap the extra pipe cleaner tail around the non-pinning side of the safety pin. We wrapped it around three times and then formed a leaf-like shape with the remaining pipe cleaner. If you’re not using a green liner you might just want to cut the excess off.

TIPS: If you’re having difficulty getting your flower to hang correctly while wearing, be sure you’ve twisted it nice and tight so the blossom is held firmly against the pin. If you continue to have trouble you can use a glue gun to get it to hold firmly.

Monthly “Real Crafts” are created just for RAK by Bettijo B. Hirschi & Aimée Lowry, the Arizona moms behind family-style blog Paging Supermom.

real earth friendly craft: Fun and colorful jewelry from recycled tees

Photo courtesy of Bettijo B. Hirschi & Aimee Lowry

In honor of Earth Day on April 22, reuse outgrown or even stained T-shirts to create colorful recycled necklaces, bracelets, headbands and more. In just minutes you and your kids can transform old tees into colorful and fun accessories—recycling has never been this stylish! Most T-shirts are made from stretchy knit fabric that does not fray, which makes it perfect for cutting up.

SUPPLIES: old T-shirts, scissors
INSTRUCTIONS:Gather a handful of old tees, particularly ones in bright colors. Spread your T-shirt on a flat surface, and find the longest area of your shirt. (For most shirts this will be from the shoulder line to the waistline.)
Using sharp scissors, cut strips of fabric (about 1/2” to 1” wide) down the longest length of your shirt. This will create ribbon-like strips. Your cuts do not need to be perfectly straight, as braided jewelry is very forgiving. If you’re using small shirts, you may wish to cut along the bottom waistline, through both the front and back of the shirt at the same time. When you’re finished you’ll have a fabric loop that can be used as is or cut at the seam to make a flat strip.
Take three strips and knot together on one end, then braid through the length. It works best if you pull tightly, stretching out the fabric as you braid.
Once braiding is complete, cut to your desired length. Tie ends together to create a braided circle. Wear as desired.
You can also use these knit strips unbraided to make bracelets and headbands or to tie on a gift-wrapped package instead of ribbon.

—Monthly “Real Crafts” are created just for RAK by Bettijo B. Hirschi & Aimée Lowry, the Arizona moms behind the family-style blog Paging Supermom. For more ideas visit pagingsupermom.com

real lucky craft: Easy leprechaun dress-up

Easy leprechaun dress-upLucky for you, construction paper and string is all you need to dress up your little leprechaun for St. Patrick’s Day. “Real Crafts” are created just for RAK by Bettijo B. Hirschi & Aimée Lowry, the Arizona moms behind family-style blog Paging Supermom. For more ideas visit pagingsupermom.com.

Supplies:

 Construction paper (we used two pieces of green and one each of black, yellow and orange)
Scissors
Glue
String (we used orange cording)
Pencil
Tape
Hole punch

Hat:

Using a green sheet of construction paper, freehand a basic top hat shape or trace the free printable pattern. Cut out the hat.

Cut a straight strip of black construction paper to fit above the brim of your hat.

From yellow paper, cut out a square shape. Cut two slits into the yellow square just wide enough for the black strip. Thread the black paper strip through your yellow “buckle.” Glue the black strip and buckle to the green hat.

To create the hat’s headband, cut two strips of green paper approximately two inches wide. Tape the bands together to form one long strip. Measure your child’s head and tape the strips together to make a circle that fits properly. Trim the excess paper.

Glue or tape the hat to the paper headband.

Beard:

Using a full sheet of orange construction paper, trace the free printable beard pattern and cut.

If you don’t have the pattern, just freehand cut along one of the short sides of the paper, making two humps that mimic the curve of a beard.

On the opposite end of the paper cut long slits of varying lengths about every half inch to create beard “hair.” Loosely wrap one hair strand around a pencil and roll to create a curl in the paper. Repeat until each hair strand is curled.

Cut out a mouth hole from the beard.

On either side of the beard, place a piece of tape on the underside to reinforce the paper where the string hole will be. Make a hole punch on either side of the beard (being sure to go through the taped area).

Thread the string through the beard and tie onto your little leprechaun. While wearing, we found it added stability to the beard if we tucked the string under our child’s chin and above the ears before tying in the back.