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I’m a little later on this project than I think they wanted me to be. I hope that doesn’t make them not choose me again because these projects are a lot of fun! It’s just been super busy with camping three weekends in a row and sewing for patterns and whatnot. It’s a fun busy time of year!
Anyway, this is my second post sponsored by JoAnns and I was really excited to be chosen again! The first time, they sent me fabric and asked me to create something from it. This time, they asked me to choose a craft from their large selection of kid’s crafts and then they sent me a gift card to use toward the supplies for the craft. I thought this sounded like a lot fun and Lil’Miss and I chose this pop-up book project. We planned to get several and invite some friends over for a crafting party.
Then I went to JoAnns to buy the supplies. I actually went to two. One in my parent’s town and one here in my town. Neither store had the pop-up books! I was really bummed because the pop-up books seemed like one of the few projects that would really allow some creativity to shine.
So we didn’t get pop-up books. I didn’t know any of the other specific projects that were on the list though, so we just got some stuff that looked like fun. I was initially inspired by these masks:
Lil’Miss and I decided we would have a little girly crafty party and we got a bunch of other supplies to go with the masks. When I got home, I noticed that the masks were included in one of the craft sheets- this one about a safari girl party – so hey! All’s well that ends well, right?!
Anyway, we invited a couple of Lil’Miss’s friends over and put together a little party. I planned 3 crafts based on the supplies we got at JoAnns. The masks of course, and then I got some felt frames to decorate and Lil’Miss had just won 2 big boxes of beads recently, so we decided to make necklaces as well.
From JoAnns, we bought sequins, glitter glue and foam and felt stickers.
I wanted to make a note about these princess things:
So I think this pack comes with some pages that you decorate with those shiny mosaic tiles at the bottom. You probably know that I don’t do character stuff, so you’re wondering what is that pack doing there, right? Well, they sell the mosaic tiles separately in the Kid’s Craft section. I was going to get some, they come in a pack with one sheet of shiny tiles, one sheet of glittery tiles and 4 or 5 sheets of plain foam tiles. Well, I knew that the girls would only want the shiny tiles, so when I saw this pack in the $1 area, I grabbed it, knowing I could just use the mosaic tiles and recycle or compost the rest! So the girls had no idea about the princess-y thing, they just saw the tiles- and they definitely used them, so I’m glad I got them:
Do you just love her little smoothie smile?
I was really impressed with the concentration that these girls put into their creations:
And I mentioned that we had smoothies, right? Mmmmm! I make my smoothies by dumping in the blender: a scoop of greek yogurt, probably a cup of pineapple juice, a handful of blueberries and a handful or two of strawberries. Then blend, adding more juice if it gets too thick.
Then they moved onto decorating the frames. I really like these frames. The foam ones are generally flimsy. The wooden ones are nice but sometimes spendy and they don’t always come with a piece of plastic to cover the photo. These are made of some really thick felt, they have a piece of plastic to protect the photo and they have a nice back piece that keeps the photo nice and secure.
Then they moved onto the beading.
I was really impressed with their intensity. I didn’t make them do anything, they just sat and worked on each project for a long time.
The table got really messy with all of our crafty goodness:
And here they are with their finished projects!
I love how each one is so individual.
After that, they ran around like the crazy children that they are. Working off all that stored energy, I suppose.
Here’s the Girl’s Safari Party from JoAnn’s kids craft section, and next to it, Lil’Miss showing off her creations.
Check out JoAnn’s Summer Flyer for lots of kid’s craft ideas for this summer and if you sign up for their flyers, you will get a 20% off coupon!
So, what kind of fun crafty activities do you have planned for this summer?