“Give Back” Holiday Party Craft Activity >> No Sew Blankets

“Give Back” Holiday Party Craft Activity

“Give Back” Holiday Party Craft Activity >> Fabric for No Sew Blankets:: Featured Blanket available for sale on Etsy

“Give Back” Holiday Party Craft Activity >> No Sew Blankets

Today's mom's have little trouble creating beautiful and festive children's birthday party celebrations but sometimes between our own crazy busy schedules and the quest to throw the this year's most talked about event, we forget to add the little things that make the day especially meaningful. We think it is important for kids to know how much we love them but equally important for them to understand they are not the center of the universe. Children need to learn and develop  a healthy sense of self which includes compassion and caring of others. What better day to teach this lesson than on the very day they are lavished with gifts. Teach by example – integrate a “Give back” craft activity into your child's birthday party in addition the the usual birthday fun and party games.

And with the holiday spirit upon us, why wait for your child's next birthday party. This “Give Back” craft activity would be a wonderful addition to any classroom holiday party and equally brilliant to incorporate into your own kid-friendly holiday celebrations. Continue Reading →

Best Craft Tool, Ever!

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Party Idea {Pros} absolute favorite, cannot live without craft tool is (drum roll, please)

3M Scotch Adhesive Transfer Tape ATG 700 Dispenser

Once you get the hang of loading the tape (that truly is the hardest part) you will find yourself using this “gun” constantly.  We have used it to make diy invitations, scrapbooks, favor tags, hang posters and signs, wrap presents  party favors, party decor and even custom framing.  All you do is press the trigger and roll.  The stick is strong and durable.  Trust us — do not waste your time with the mini tape dispensers.  Yes they are lots cheaper but they do no work as well and in the end take way more time. (And yes ladies, our time is precious and we need to calculate its value when we are making purchases!)  Plus, these guns last forever.  Ours is a bit sticky and gummy and scratched up but is still going strong after 10 years!

The tape for the dispenser is hard to find, so be sure to buy at least 6-12 rolls at a time.  There is nothing worse than getting half way through a craft project just to run out of tape:

Scotch Adhesive Transfer Tape, 0.5 Inch x 36 Yards (924.5) | Adhesive Transfer Tape Roll for Scotch Tape Gun , 3/4

Our second most used tool — a paper cutter!

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“Give Back” Birthday Party Craft Activity

"Give Back" Birthday Party Craft ProjectToday's mom's have little trouble creating beautiful and festive children's birthday party celebrations but sometimes between our own crazy busy schedules and the quest to throw the this year's most talked about event, we forget to add the little things that make the day especially meaningful.  We think it is important for kids to know how much we love them but equally important for them to understand they are not the center of the universe.  Kids need to learn and develop  a healthy sense of self which includes compassion and caring of others.  What better day to teach this lesson than on the very day they are lavished with gifts.  Teach by example – integrate a “Give back” craft activity into your child's birthday party in addition the the usual birthday fun and party games.  This “Give Back” craft activity would also be a wonderful addition to any classroom holiday party and could even be incorporated into a baby shower.

Our favorite “Give Back” birthday party activity is making easy no sew fleece blankets for local children or seniors in need.  This activity is super simple, appropriate for all ages and sexes and can seamlessly (yes, pun intended) fit into most party themes.   Basically if you can use a scissors and tie a knot you can make this blanket.  All you need is cute fleece fabric, scissors, and a ruler or tape measure. Depending on the age of the children involved you may want to pre-cut 6″ (or 4″) square cut out from each corner.

What to buyThemed Fleece

For a larger adult size blanket use 2 yards of each fabric.   And we think for small children and toddlers you can get away with using even less fabric especially if the blanket is meant more for “shlepping” around as a security blanket rather than for warmth.

We must admit, fleece can be rather pricey, often running between $11 and $15 per yard.  That is why September is a a perfect time to buy fleece.  Both Hancock Fabrics and Joann are a offering select fleece on sale at up to 70% off!!!  Plus we just checked Amazon and their fleece fabric definitely seems more reasonably priced, especially for a craft project.

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