Our latest diy project was inspired by the Lunefuld Dress’ whimsical flowers. Create bouquets for pennies rather than benjamins.
-thin cardboard (we used a file folder)
-green pipe cleaners
-rainbow variety of tissue paper
Step 1: Start drawing flower petal shapes onto thin cardboard. Download our flower petal template or draw some free hand designs of your own.
Step 2: Cut out flower petals from cardboard and start tracing the shapes onto tissue paper.
*Tip: Fold the tissue paper into quarters to trace once but get 4 times as many petals.
Step 3: Cut out the flower petals. The more petals the better!
Step 4: Lay them out and start stacking your petals. The biggest petal will be the first one you poke onto the pipe cleaner.
Step 5: Poke your petals onto the pipe cleaner. Push only about 1/8 down the pipe cleaner, then fold the top 1/2 inch down to form a nub, so the flower petals can’t escape.
Step 6: After all desired petals are safely secured onto your pipe cleaner, gather the petals into a cone shape with your hands to create a ‘blooming’ look.
Once you start it’s hard to not get carried away.
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Once you’re done, submit your creation to firstname.lastname@example.org for your chance to win a $100 Tea gift certificate! Every month, Tea staff will pick one artistic little citizen to win! Honorable mentions will also be uploaded into their own featured blog post. Let your creative juices flow and show us your inner artist!
This activity was inspired by the Cycle Chic tee.
Cycle in style without a care in world. It’s easy to inspire adventure with a sweet pink tee. Check out the nods to Danish architecture and needlework details that bring Copenhagen to life.
We were happy to dive right into our new fall season with our Nordic-inspired activity book. We were even more happy to see all the great photos of our fans enjoying the new activity book! We have to say, this was by far the hardest month to pick a winner. There were so many amazing submissions that were all beyond creative!
This month, we say congrats to Kaili who colored the “Dress the Owl” activity book page.
We also have some honorable mentions we’d like to showcase. How could we not love Rachael’s monster?
Thank you everyone for entering and be sure to submit a new picture for August’s contest!
Browse all the entries on our Flickr page.
Interested in entering the contest for next month? Take a picture of your child’s completed activity book picture and send it to us at email@example.com with “Activity Book Entry” in the subject line. We pick one winner each month to receive a $100 Tea gift certificate. We’ll also post all honorable mentions on our blog page and all submissions will be posted on our Flickr page.
Download all of our activity book pages by visiting our activity printouts blog tag.
Back by popular demand is guest blogger Naomi who has a United States passport, but considers herself a global citizen and currently lives in New Delhi, India. Along for the great adventure is her husband, one teenage traveler, two little citizens and an Indian street dog. She blogs about their life (including an upcoming relocation to Singapore) at Delhi Bound [http://delhibound.com].
Going off my experience of living in a climate where it’s often “TOO HOT!” outside to play, I will share my favorite things to do with children that encourage creativity, kindness and exploration.
The temperatures are rising all across the United States, and in the warm climate areas of the world, and kids are saying those dreaded three words, “Mama, I’m bored.”
We have some sure-fire crafts, activities and things to do that will help to beat the heat.
First, our favorite. Using ice cube trays, fill them with water that is tinted with either liquid watercolor or food coloring (if your children are older). Freeze until solid, then after removing them from the tray, place them strategically on a piece of white fabric that is laying directly in the sun. Move them around every so often to distribute the melting colors, and end up with a beautiful piece of art, with all of the hard work being done by the sun.
Even if you do not own an ice cream maker, using a resealable bag can be just as much fun (and it doesn’t take nearly as long). Place 1/2 cup of both milk and heavy whipping cream, along with 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 tsp vanilla into a quart size resealable bag. Put two cups of ice into a gallon size resealable bag. At 1/2 – 3/4 cup of salt to the ice. Place the sealed liquid bag into gallon bag and seal tightly. Massage, rock and shimmy-shake the large bag for 10-15 minutes. Keep shaking and massaging the bags until the mixture feels like ice cream.
Get a bucket, some liquid detergent from the kitchen, some sponges and wash the car. Of course, parents may want to have the last rinse, to ensure that no suds are baked onto your vehicle.
Combine an indoor picnic with a mid-afternoon dance party. Nothing beats the heat like some indoor munching and boogeying.
Last but not least, create an indoor snowball game. Roll up white socks into themselves, making balls. Using the couch in your living room or a dining room chair, create protective “base” walls and go to town throwing snowballs at your family members (being sure to remove any breakables before Operation Snowball begins.