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Add Color To Your Home: 15 Cool Projects For Kids

Add Color To Your Home: 15 Cool Projects For Kids

Why do we all love “do it yourself” projects? There’s just something about creating something on your own. The artistic expression and sense of accomplishment motivates us to keep exploring. If you’ve got kids at home, it can also be an excellent way of spending some quality family bonding time with them while also encouraging them to explore their creative side.

Here are a few fun projects to keep the kids (and parents) entertained.

1. There’s A Galaxy In My Room

1. Glow in the dark

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    These funky looking and fun to make jars add a lot of color to your house during the day. Their party trick is how fabulous they look at night. Your children will love these natural night-lights. You will undoubtedly spark their interests in the sky above them.

    To make your galaxy jar, all you will need to do is:

    1. Wash a transparent glass jar and allow it to dry.
    2. Buy some glow in the dark fabric paint. For best results, use light fluorescent colors of contrasting shades.
    3. Next, grab a paintbrush and let the kids dot the inside of the jars with as many colors as they like. You can even paint miniature versions of the planets from our solar system.
    4. Allow it to dry in sunlight for a few hours.
    5. Your galaxy jars are ready. Use them as colorful mantel displays or in the dark corners of your child’s room.

    2. Psychedelic Suncatcher

    2. Sun Catcher

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      Have your kids create a little abstract art with these fun to make suncatchers. They will add color to any room. They will also have your kids buzzing about the colors and the crazy designs they created.

      To make these fantastic suncatchers:

      1. Grab a few plastic lids from jars of medium to large sizes.
      2. You will need to coat the lids with large quantities of glue. Make sure you do this yourself to avoid any accidents from the children.
      3. Have your kids select two of their favorite watercolors and add a few drops of the glue.
      4. Using a toothpick, ask them to swirl the colors around. Make sure to mix the colors only until a pattern develops. This will prevent the colors from mixing and forming an unpleasant shade.
      5. Allow the glue to dry. This will require patience from both you and the children since it could take between 2 to 3 days to dry completely.
      6. Once it dries, peel the glue off the lid, punch a hole in the top, and hang it from a window frame.

      3. Homemade Snow In A Jar – Lego Style

      3. Snow Jar

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        Most people love snow, and just about everyone loves Lego. Combining the blocks and some snow is the way to go. Make sure the jar is large enough to fit your Lego figure plus the added height of the base.

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        All you need to do is:

        1. Glue any Lego figure you like to a Lego base and let it dry.
        2. Stick the figure with its base to the inside of a jar’s lid and allow it to dry.
        3. Buy some glitter and have your kids sprinkle it into the jar. Then have them fill the jar almost to the brim with water.
        4. Add the lid and screw it on tight to allow for no air pockets to develop. Your snow jar is ready. Shake it to create a snowstorm!
        5. You can be as creative as you like. If your children love space or astronauts, simply print out a coloring page with a spaceship (on waterproof paper). Have your children color it and stick it to the inside of the jar.

        4. Stylish Bead Necklaces

        4. Bead Necklace

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          If you’re looking for a fun project that is simple and will allow your children to get creative, this is the perfect art piece for you. These necklaces are great for women of all ages.

          To make your bead necklaces:

          1. Buy large sheets of colored corrugated paper. Cut them into long triangular and rectangular shapes.
          2. Add glue to the inside of the paper and. Have your children roll the paper into circles around a straw or pencil. Once they’ve sufficiently dried, get rid of the straw.
          3. Run a string through the center of the beads and string together various combinations of colors and shapes

          5. Messy Ice Paintings

          5.Ice Painting

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            Which kid doesn’t love making a mess? How about letting them play with colored ice cubes? It will make their day! For obvious reasons, this activity is best for the summer.

            To let your children get started with their ice paintings:

            1. Make colorful ice cubes by simply filling ice trays with water and adding a few drops of watercolor to each tray.
            2. Every artist needs a canvas. For your child’s painting, use a plain sheet (preferably thick) to soak up the colored water. Place it on the ground.
            3. Then step back and watch as your kid’s imagination runs wild. They can use the ice cubes like a paint brush or arrange the ice cubes in a pattern on the sheet and wait for it to melt.
            4. The results are stunning and wouldn’t look out of place in a modern art gallery.

            6. Stained Glass Pasta

            6. Pasta Stained Glass

              Image Source And Idea: babbledabbledo.com

              Pasta can be used for more than just making dinner. Since children love eating pasta, why not show them how to create fancy art with it as well. It looks great and doesn’t require a lot of fancy supplies.

              To make your stained glass pasta:

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              1. Use a few sheets of raw lasagna pasta sheets. Cut them into varying shapes and sizes.
              2. Color batches of pasta separately. Once they’ve been colored, allow them to dry.
              3. Cut two sheets of contact paper of the same size. Remove the backing paper and leave the sticky side of the contact paper facing up.
              4. Let your children place the colored pieces of pasta on the sheet. Make sure to leave a gap of at least one-fourth of an inch between each piece.
              5. Place the second contact paper over the top of the pasta sheets. Using a black marker, fill in the gaps between each piece. Your masterpiece is ready.

              7. Fancy Artificial Flowers

              7. Flowers

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                If you’ve got girls in the house that love flowers, this idea is perfect for you. Show them how to create these lovely crystal flowers that are unique. They will add color to any room.

                To make your flowers:

                1. Pick up a few artificial flowers from the local shop.
                2. Tie the stems of these flowers to a pencil.
                3. Boil water and pour it into an empty container. Add spoonfuls of borax into the container. When the borax no longer dissolves, you’ll know you’ve added enough.
                4. Place the flowers into the borax diluted water and allow it to sit for a few hours.
                5. After a few hours, pull out your flowers and display your creation proudly in a vase in the living room.

                8. Rainbow Salt Jars

                8. Rainbow jar

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                  These colorful rainbow jars will add a dash of color to any room in the house. You could use them as a centerpiece for that grand dinner or a simple addition to your child’s nightstand.

                  To make your rainbow jars:

                  1. Have your children pour some salt onto a piece of paper. The amount of salt will depend on the size of the jars and how many layers you wish to add.
                  2. Let them choose their favorite color of chalk and rub it in the salt until the salt takes on the color of the chalk.
                  3. Repeat the process with a contrasting color. Pour the layers of salt into the jar and add different colors until the jar is full. Your rainbow jar is ready for display.

                  9. Simple to Make Clay Pots

                  9. Clay Pots

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                    Clay pots are an easy way to have your children create something unique and let their creative juices flow. To make these attractive clay pots:

                    1. Take a handful of air dry clay and roll it into a large ball. Give these to the children.
                    2. With their thumbs, have them poke a hole in the center of the ball and rotate the clay, creating a wider hole with each rotation.
                    3. Flatten the center of the hole to form a small pot. Use water to smoothen out the clay.
                    4. Take another ball of clay and flatten it to create the lid. Measure it into the pot for the right size. Add a small ball of clay to the lid to act as the handle.
                    5. Let the kids add beads, sequins, and other creative touches to personalize each pot. Wait for each pot to dry. This will take between 3 to 5 days, depending on the size.
                    6. Let the kids paint each pot to their liking.

                    10. Skittles Art Work

                    10.Glossy-Skittles-Paint-Mama.Papa_.Bubba_.

                      Image Source And Idea: mamapapabubba.com

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                      Skittles are popular with both adults and children because they’re colorful and taste great. However, did you know you can use them to create paint?

                      All you need to do is:

                      1. Grab a big bag of Skittles and have your child divide them by color. Then get them to place groups of the same color into small containers. Each container will need at least 25 Skittles.
                      2. Then instruct your children to pour corn syrup into the containers of Skittles. Seal it up and leave it to rest for a few hours.
                      3. Once the Skittles have completely dissolved, give your kids a paintbrush and a blank canvas. Let them paint to their heart’s content.

                      11. Rainbow Rock Candy

                      11. rockcandy5

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                        Making homemade rock candy will be a trip down memory lane for the parents, and will give the kids a new favorite snack. To make colorful rock candy:

                        1. In a large saucepan, add 2 cups of granulated sugar, half a cup of light corn syrup, and half a cup of water.
                        2. Heat it until the mixture has reached 300 degrees. Remove from the heat, then add a few drops of food coloring and half a teaspoon of flavored oil. Stir vigorously.
                        3. Pour the hot mixture into a baking tray lined with baking paper and cooking spray.
                        4. Let it cool for half an hour, then have the kids dust it with powdered sugar. Your colorful rock candy is now ready.

                        12. Pony Bead Earrings

                        12. Pony earrings

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                          If your little girls are always searching for the latest earrings at the local mall, why not teach them how to improvise their own at home. Since they’re customizable, they are sure to suit every girl’s taste.

                          To make them:

                          1. Using a baking tray, have your child place an individual bead in each slot. Use beads of different colors.
                          2. Set the oven to 250 degrees and wait until each bead has melted.
                          3. Once they’ve cooled, get your child to glue them to an earring post. Your home made earrings are ready.

                          13. Cardboard Dreamcatchers

                          13. Weave

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                            Cardboard looms are a great way for your kids to get started with handicrafts. Even though they look complicated, they are simple to make.

                            To create great looking cardboard hand looms:

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                            1. Trace out circles of different diameters on a sheet of cardboard, and cut them out.
                            2. Mark spokes on your circle and cut a small portion along each spoke.
                            3. Tape some colorful yarn to the center of the circle and have your child run it through the cut portion. Get them to do this with the adjacent cut. Repeat the process with each cut until the circle is covered with yarn. Tape the end of the yarn to the back of the circle.
                            4. Add a different colored yarn to the center. Weave it into a circle, add buttons and other layers of yarn or anything else they like.

                            14. Cement Castles

                            14. Cement Castle

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                              Yes, you read that right. You can make castles out of cement that will last a lot longer than your ordinary sand castles. They’re also easy to make, and your kids will love them.

                              Here’s how to make them:

                              1. Mix easy-to-make cement according to the instructions on the bag.
                              2. Get a sand castle mold and have your child spray the insides with nonstick cooking spray.
                              3. Pour the cement into the mold and allow it to set. Once it’s dry, turn it upside down and watch the castle easily slip out.
                              4. Since they are heavy, place it where your kids like, then let them go mad with their new cement castle.

                              15. Balloon Dart Art

                              15. Balloon Dart Art

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                                Do you want to do something fun with the kids that will be both creative and fun for the whole family? Balloon dart art is the activity for you.

                                To get started:

                                1. Buy washable paint, with lots of contrasting colors. Get a few small balloons and pour a little paint in each of them.
                                2. Blow a little air into each balloon and tie the mouth of the balloon into a small knot.
                                3. Get a large foam board and cover it with white canvas. Nail it to a post or any convenient object. Spread a sheet to mop up the paint from the ground.
                                4. Pin the balloons to the board with thumb-tacks.
                                5. Hand your kids some darts and watch as each balloon explosion splashes a range of colors on the canvas.

                                Conclusion

                                Wow! These activities will keep the family busy for some time to come.

                                We hope you enjoyed our list of 15 cool projects. Have fun doing these activities with your kids. After you try some out, let us know about your experience. We’d love to hear from your family.

                                Featured photo credit: beautiful locale for art via flickr.com

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                                Last Updated on July 3, 2020

                                How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

                                How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

                                Your mind is the most powerful tool you have for the creation of good in your life, but if not used correctly, can also be the most destructive force in your life. To control your thoughts means to influence the way you live your life.

                                Your mind, more specifically, your thoughts, affects your perception and therefore, your interpretation of reality. (And here’s Why Your Perception Is Your Reality)

                                I have heard that the average person thinks around 70,000 thoughts a day. That’s a lot, especially if they are unproductive, self-abusive, and just a general waste of energy.

                                You can let your thoughts run amok, but why would you? It is your mind, your thoughts; isn’t it time to take your power back? Isn’t it time to take control?

                                Choose to be the person who is actively, consciously thinking your thoughts. Be someone who can control your thoughts—become the master of your mind.

                                When you change your thoughts, you will change your feelings as well, and you will also eliminate the triggers that set off those feelings. Both of these outcomes provide you with a greater level of peace in your mind.

                                I currently have a few thoughts that are not of my choosing or a response from my reprogramming. I am the master of my mind, so now my mind is quite peaceful. Yours can be too!

                                Who Is Thinking My Thoughts?

                                Before you can become the master of your mind, you must recognize that you are currently at the mercy of several unwanted “squatters” living in your mind, and they are in control of your thoughts.

                                If you want to be the boss of them, you must know who they are and what their motivation is, and then you can take charge and evict them.

                                Here are four of the “squatters” in your head that create unhealthy and unproductive thoughts.

                                1. The Inner Critic

                                This is your constant abuser who is often a conglomeration of:

                                • Other people’s words—many times your parents
                                • Thoughts you have created based on your own or other peoples’ expectations
                                • Comparing yourself to other people, including those in the media
                                • The things you told yourself as a result of painful experiences such as betrayal and rejection. Your interpretation creates your self-doubt and self-blame, which are most likely undeserved in cases of rejection and betrayal.

                                The Inner Critic is motivated by pain, low self-esteem, lack of self-acceptance, and lack of self-love.

                                Why else would this person abuse you? And since this person is youwhy else would you abuse yourself? Why would you let anyone treat you this badly?

                                2. The Worrier

                                This person lives in the future—in the world of “what ifs.”

                                The Worrier is motivated by fear, which is often irrational and has no basis. Occasionally, this person is motivated by fear that what happened in the past will happen again.

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                                3. The Reactor or Troublemaker

                                This is the one that triggers anger, frustration, and pain. These triggers stem from unhealed wounds of the past. Any experience that is even closely related to a past wound will set him off.

                                This person can be set off by words or feelings and can even be set off by sounds and smells.

                                The Reactor has no real motivation and has poor impulse control. He is run by past programming that no longer serves you—if it ever did.

                                4. The Sleep Depriver

                                This can be a combination of any number of different squatters including the inner planner, the rehasher, and the ruminator, along with the inner critic and the worrier.

                                The Sleep Depriver’s motivation can be:

                                • As a reaction to silence, which he fights against
                                • Taking care of the business you neglected during the day
                                • Self-doubt, low self-esteem, insecurity, and generalized anxiety
                                • As listed above for the inner critic and worrier

                                How can you control these squatters?

                                How to Master Your Mind

                                You are the thinker and the observer of your thoughts. You can control your thoughts, but you must pay attention to them so you can identify “who” is running the show—this will determine which technique you will want to use.

                                Begin each day with the intention of paying attention to your thoughts and catching yourself when you are thinking undesirable thoughts.

                                There are two ways to control your thoughts:

                                • Technique A – Interrupt and replace them
                                • Technique B – Eliminate them altogether

                                This second option is what is known as peace of mind.

                                The technique of interrupting and replacing is a means of reprogramming your subconscious mind. Eventually, the replacement thoughts will become the “go-to” thoughts in applicable situations.

                                Use Technique A with the Inner Critic and Worrier and Technique B with the Reactor and Sleep Depriver.

                                1. For the Inner Critic

                                When you catch yourself thinking something negative about yourself (calling yourself names, disrespecting yourself, or berating yourself), interrupt it.

                                You can yell (in your mind), “Stop! No!” or, “Enough! I’m in control now.” Then, whatever your negative thought was about yourself, replace it with an opposite or counter thought or an affirmation that begins with “I am.”

                                For example, if your thought is, “I’m such a loser,” you can replace it with, “I am a Divine Creation of the Universal Spirit. I am a perfect spiritual being learning to master the human experience. I am a being of energy, light, and matter. I am magnificent, brilliant, and beautiful. I love and approve of myself just as I am.”

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                                You can also have a dialogue with yourself to discredit the ‘voice’ that created the thought—if you know whose voice it is:

                                “Just because so-and-so said I was a loser doesn’t make it true. It was his or her opinion, not a statement of fact. Or maybe they were joking and I took it seriously because I’m insecure.”

                                If you recognize that you have recurring self-critical thoughts, you can write out or pre-plan your counter thoughts or affirmation so you can be ready.

                                This is the first squatter you should evict, forcefully, if necessary:

                                • They rile up the Worrier.
                                • The names you call yourself become triggers when called those names by others, so he also maintains the presence of the Reactor.
                                • They are often present when you try to fall asleep so he perpetuates the Sleep Depriver.
                                • They are a bully and is verbally and emotionally abusive.
                                • They are the destroyer of self-esteem. They convince you that you’re not worthy. They’re a liar! In the interest of your self-worth, get them out!

                                Eliminate your worst critic and you will also diminish the presence of the other three squatters.

                                Replace them with your new best friends who support, encourage, and enhance your life. This is a presence you want in your mind.

                                2. For the Worrier

                                Prolonged anxiety is mentally, emotionally, and physically unhealthy. It can have long-term health implications.

                                Fear initiates the fight or flight response, creates worry in the mind, and creates anxiety in the body. This may make it more difficult for you to control your thoughts effectively.

                                You should be able to recognize a “worry thought” immediately by how you feel. The physiological signs that the fight or flight response of fear has kicked in are:

                                • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, or surge of adrenaline
                                • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                                • Muscles tense

                                Use the above-stated method to interrupt any thought of worry and then replace it. But this time, you will replace your thoughts of worry with thoughts of gratitude for the outcome you wish for.

                                If you believe in a higher power, this is the time to engage with it. Here is an example:

                                Instead of worrying about my loved ones traveling in bad weather, I say the following (I call it a prayer):

                                “Thank you great spirit for watching over _______. Thank you for watching over his/her car and keeping it safe, road-worthy, and free of maintenance issues without warning. Thank you for surrounding him/her with only safe, conscientious, and alert drivers. And thank you for keeping him/her safe, conscientious, and alert.”

                                Smile when you think about it or say it aloud, and phrase it in the present tense. Both of these will help you feel it and possibly even start to believe it.

                                If you can visualize what you are praying for, the visualization will enhance the feeling so you will increase the impact in your vibrational field.

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                                Now, take a calming breath, slowly in through your nose, and slowly out through the mouth. Take as many as you like! Do it until you feel that you’re close to being in control of your thoughts.

                                Replacing fearful thoughts with gratitude will decrease reactionary behavior, taking the steam out of the Reactor.

                                For example: If your child gets lost in the mall, the typical parental reaction that follows the fearful thoughts when finding them is to yell at them.

                                “I told you never to leave my sight.” This reaction just adds to the child’s fear level from being lost in the first place.

                                Plus, it also teaches them that mom and/or dad will get mad when he or she makes a mistake, which may make them lie to you or not tell you things in the future.

                                Change those fearful thoughts when they happen:

                                “Thank You (your choice of Higher Power) for watching over my child and keeping him safe. Thank you for helping me find him soon.”

                                Then, when you see your child after this thought process, your only reaction will be gratitude, and that seems like a better alternative for all people involved.

                                3. For the Troublemaker, Reactor or Over-Reactor

                                Permanently eliminating this squatter will take a bit more attention and reflection after the fact to identify and heal the causes of the triggers. But until then, you can prevent the Reactor from getting out of control by initiating conscious breathing as soon as you recognize his presence.

                                The Reactor’s thoughts or feelings activate the fight or flight response just like with the Worrier. The physiological signs of his presence will be the same. With a little attention, you should be able to tell the difference between anxiety, anger, frustration, or pain.

                                I’m sure you’ve heard the suggestion to count to ten when you get angry—well, you can make those ten seconds much more productive if you are breathing consciously during that time.

                                Conscious breathing is as simple as it sounds—just be conscious of your breathing. Pay attention to the air going in and coming out.

                                Breathe in through your nose:

                                • Feel the air entering your nostrils.
                                • Feel your lungs filling and expanding.
                                • Focus on your belly rising.

                                Breathe out through your nose:

                                • Feel your lungs emptying.
                                • Focus on your belly falling.
                                • Feel the air exiting your nostrils.

                                Do this for as long as you like. Leave the situation if you want. This gives the adrenaline time to normalize. Now, you can address the situation with a calmer, more rational perspective and avoid damaging behavior, and you’ll be more in control of your thoughts.

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                                One of the troubles this squatter causes is that it adds to the sleep depriver’s issues. By evicting or at least controlling the Reactor, you will decrease reactionary behavior, which will decrease the need for the rehashing and ruminating that may keep you from falling asleep.

                                Master your mind and stop the Reactor from bringing stress to you and your relationships!

                                4. For the Sleep Depriver

                                (They’re made up of the Inner Planner, the Rehasher, and the Ruminator, along with the Inner Critic and the Worrier.)

                                I was plagued with a very common problem: not being able to turn off my mind at bedtime. This inability prevented me from falling asleep and thus, getting a restful and restorative night’s sleep.

                                Here’s how I mastered my mind and evicted the Sleep Depriver and all his cronies.

                                1. I started by focusing on my breathing—paying attention to the rise and fall of my belly—but that didn’t keep the thoughts out for long. (Actually, I now start with checking my at-rest mouth position to keep me from clenching.)
                                2. Then I came up with a replacement strategy that eliminated uncontrolled thinking—imagining the word in while breathing in and thinking the word out when breathing out. I would (and do) elongate the word to match the length of my breath.

                                When I catch myself thinking, I shift back to in, out. With this technique, I am still thinking, sort of, but the wheels are no longer spinning out of control. I am in control of my mind and thoughts, and I choose quiet.

                                From the first time I tried this method, I started to yawn after only a few cycles and am usually asleep within ten minutes.

                                For really difficult nights, I add an increase of attention by holding my eyes in a looking-up position (closed, of course). Sometimes I try to look toward my third eye but that really hurts my eyes.

                                If you have trouble falling asleep because you can’t shut off your mind, I strongly recommend you try this technique. I still use it every night. You can start sleeping better tonight!

                                You can also use this technique any time you want to:

                                • Fall back to sleep if you wake up too soon
                                • Shut down your thinking
                                • Calm your feelings
                                • Simply focus on the present moment

                                The Bottom Line

                                Your mind is a tool, and like any other tool, it can be used for constructive purposes or destructive purposes.

                                You can allow your mind to be occupied by unwanted, undesirable, and destructive tenants, or you can choose desirable tenants like peace, gratitude, compassion, love, and joy.

                                Your mind can become your best friend, your biggest supporter, and someone you can count on to be there and encourage you. You can be in control of your thoughts. The choice is yours!

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