Archive for : March, 2017

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3 Outdoor Crafts You Can Enjoy With Your Family

If you enjoy crafting, then what better way to think of new ways to spend time together as a family than crafting together! So if its the weekend and the sun is shining, it’s time to take everyone outside for some crafting fun. Here are a few ideas of what you could craft and enjoy quality time with your loved ones at the same time!

Leaf Stamps

No no, we’re not talking about raking leaves, as that sounds more like a choir than a fun craft to do with the kids. Instead, this project is about using various leaves of different shapes and sizes as stamps. The items needed for this activity includes: paper towels, colored paper, several colors of craft paint and some Styrofoam plates. You take a piece of paper towel in fourths and place it on the plate. Next pour paint into its center and make a sort of stamp pad. Now simply repeat this step with different colors to create a palette. Now use the leaves you gathered to dip them into the various colors of paint, and then use them on a piece of paper to create different designs. You can use your imagination here and get really cool results.

Pine Cones and Bird Feeders

Another cool thing you could do as a family craft is a bird feeder out of pine cones. For this you’ll obviously need pine cones, and also the following: a newspaper, peanut butter, bird seed, a plate, twine and a craft stick (made of wood) one for each member of the family.

Now cut the twine 3 feet in length and tie it on top of a pine cone. Use peanut butter on the twine and the pine cone, and make sure you cover them well. Take the plate and pour bird seed into it, and now simply take the peanut butter covered pine cone and roll it in the seed. Finally, put the cones away on a piece of newspaper until you are ready with all your pine cones. As an extra step you can then put them in the freezer for an hour to better bind the peanut butter and seeds together. Then simply hang them in trees and wait 🙂

Your Pet Rock

This is a very fun activity that you’re going to thoroughly enjoy. Go to your backyard and look for all sorts of rocks you can find, not too big though, (golf ball size is perfect). The ideal rocks will be the ones you can easily paint on. You will require these crafting supplies: paint, ribbons, feathers, glitter, crafting foam, scissors, glue, paint brushes, buttons, and paper towels.

Once you’ve gathered your rocks, make sure you clean them up so they are not covered in dust or dirt. When they are finally clean and dry, you will use them to create the heads, bodies, feet etc for your ‘pets’. First create the face, paint some cute eyes, big nose, add some feathers – generally use your imagination. Then glue all the pieces together and see how everyone’s pet looks like. This will help kids develop their creativity and imagination, while having great fun with the parents at the same time!

 

So what are you waiting for, it’s a beautiful day outside, go have some fun!

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Quick Tips For More Effective Outdoor Decoration

If you’re like us you enjoy spending time in your backyard with your family or friends after another week of hard work. It’s a great place to simply unwind, relax and spend quality time with those close to you. This is why it is important to make the best out of your backyard by using simple decorating techniques. These will enable you to use all your space effectively and ultimately enjoy the full benefits of your awesome backyard. Let’s look closely at what you could to today to improve your backyard.

  • Is your space too sunny during daytime? No trees around the house to create some shade? A simple solution to this problem is to use a canopy and create your own shade.
  • Do you want to create a cool and maybe romantic atmosphere at night? Nothing works better than using some candles for lighting. And while your at it, as an extra tip, you could search for candles you could hang in glass jars around your patio to create the ultimate romantic experience. They look amazing at night!
  • It is highly recommended you install a patio in your backyard to fully take advantage of your space. You can have chairs on it, decorate it with small or big items (whatever pleases you), lighting etc. It makes it a lot easier to decorate for special holidays like Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas.
  • For your garden/green space go for simple decorations. A garden gnome, some flowers that go well in tandem with the color of your house and your backyard, baskets(either on the ground or hanging).
  • When considering furniture for your backyard, there are several things to look for first. How much space do you have left, how will you arrange them, how much open space you want to have when everything is done? Once you have answers to all these questions, you can go ahead and choose the patio furniture that works best with your space and environment. You don’t need anything too fancy here, you can definitely get some cool patio furniture for a small budget.

As you can see, there are simple ways you can really take advantage of your space and create a cool backyard for you and the family to enjoy. You’ll enjoy it on the weekends, after a hard day’s work, and even on holidays. It’s important to make sure everything is in place for you to make the most if it!