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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

      Image Source And Idea: babbledabbledo.com

      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

          Image Source And Idea: hellowonderful.co

          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

                          Image Source And Idea: thelifeofjenniferdawn.com

                          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

                            Image Source And Idea: hellowonderful.co

                            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 November 17, 2019

                                20 Creative Ways To Say Thank You

                                20 Creative Ways To Say Thank You

                                Saying, “Thank you,” can be difficult to do. Some things just demand a little something extra because of the magnitude of the favor or the depth of appreciation involved. But what can you do to say thank you in a meaningful way? Sometimes you have to get a little more creative than just firing off an email. Here are 20 creative ways to say thank you that your friends and family will remember and cherish!

                                1. Make a gift bag.

                                A unique, homemade gift bag with a custom label or a note is a simple but heartfelt way to show your appreciation for the wonderful things your friends or family have done for you.

                                2. Give a toast.

                                Many people fear public speaking more than death, giving this particular thank-you a little extra meaning. Composing a sincere, eloquent toast and delivering it is a nice way to show appreciation that truly comes from the heart.

                                3. Write a poem.

                                “Roses are red, violets are blue…” Uh, you could write that...but why not put a little extra zing in it? Find out what their favorite kind of poetry is: haiku, free verse, iambic pentameter, and so on. (Google them if you don’t know what they are.) Then write one that expresses why they deserve your thanks…and why you’re glad to give it!

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                                4. Create your own labels.

                                There are a number of websites that offer custom gift labels. Find one that fits your personality and that of your friends and create a personalized thank-you label!

                                5. Give a gift card.

                                Sometimes choosing what to give a friend can be tough. A gift card is a good way to get around this problem. As always, be sure to include a personalized note or card thanking the recipient for their friendship and help.

                                6. Send a letter.

                                Snail-mail is a largely lost art form. Don’t worry about how long the letter is, though. What really matters here is that you took the time to put pen to paper and express your feelings sincerely and honestly!

                                7. Use social media to send a special message.

                                If someone’s done something you think the whole world should know about, why not put out a social media blast? Use your blog, your Facebook, your Google+ account, and your Twitter to spread the word about why this person’s someone your friends will want to know too!

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                                8. Make your own digital greeting card.

                                While an email isn’t always the best way to go when saying thank you, a digital greeting card that you put time and effort into creating can really brighten someone’s day! Make the card reflect the recipient’s personality and compose a short message of thanks for their generosity.

                                9. Make a YouTube video.

                                Sometimes, actually hearing someone say, “Thank you,” can make all the difference. Why not take it a step further and create a special video of thanks for your friends, family, and those special people who helped make your day so important…or who helped you through that rough time?

                                10. Deliver cookies or candies.

                                Making something yourself is a fun and delightful way to say thank you to someone. Create a sampling of baked goods or homemade candies and decorate them with a simple message, or make them so they form letters! (Think Valentine’s candies, only situationally appropriate.) Attach a thank-you note or label and surprise those special people with the gift of your time and creativity.

                                11. Make surprise gifts for guests.

                                There’s no need to wait until “later” to send a thank-you message. Why not do it at the time? Create little gift packets or bags for your guests with surprises inside. This is a great way to say thanks to the people who attended your event, and make sure they won’t want to miss the next one!

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                                12. Put together a flower basket.

                                Whether you prefer fresh or artificial flowers, assembling a flower basket with a thank-you note is an excellent way to brighten someone’s day and show you appreciate them.

                                13. Take a picture.

                                Sometimes capturing the moment is the best way to put a smile on someone’s face. Have someone take a picture of you receiving that special gift or opening that surprise package and send the giver a copy with a quick but sincere note to say thanks!

                                14. Repay their generosity by paying it forward.

                                The best gifts come from the heart, and the best way to repay a gift is to pay it forward. If your friend has a special cause they care about or something they believe in passionately, why not make a donation in their name or volunteer some of your time to the cause? This will mean more than any number of cookies, candies, or thank-you notes because you’re taking your friend’s love and spreading it around to others.

                                15. Do something special for them.

                                Take them out to dinner. (See “make a toast.”) Give them that movie they’ve been wanting forever. Cook them dinner and give them a present when they arrive. Any of these are good options for showing someone you really appreciate them and how grateful you are to have them in your life.

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                                16. Reciprocate their help.

                                Everyone needs help sometime. Whether it’s holding their hand through a particularly traumatic incident or helping them replace the alternator in their car, being there when they need it shows you remember what they did for you and how much it meant. It also shows that you’re willing to be just as good a friend to them as they were to you!

                                17. Be there for them.

                                Not every thank-you gesture has to be a grand public spectacle. Sometimes just giving them a place to come hang out when they’re lonely or showing up to offer them a sympathetic shoulder means the world to a person.

                                18. Listen to them.

                                Listening is almost as lost an art as the handwritten letter. When your friend or family member needs to talk, listen to them. Ask questions when appropriate, but just letting them know you’re there and paying attention to them to the exclusion of all else for a little while is a great way to say thank you for the times they listened to you.

                                19. Say it in another language…or two…

                                A simple thank you is great…but why not spice it up a little? Instead of just saying, “Thank you,” write or make a video of you telling them thank you in different languages. Some examples might be, “Gracias! Merci! Danke schoen! Spasibo! Mahalo!” and any other ways or languages you can think of. (The ones listed above are Spanish, French, German, Russian, and Hawaiian, in case you were wondering.) If you want to really get tricky about it, say a short phrase in each language that conveys why you’re thanking them!

                                20. Show them some love.

                                A simple touch, a hug, or helping out when they need it without being asked may be the most powerful gratitude message you can send. Offer to take the dogs for a walk, sit for the kids for a few hours, or run to the grocery store so they don’t have to. The little things are often the most important and meaningful. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still send a note, but sometimes your simple presence and willingness to help is all that really matters.

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