Back to School Tips: How to make a First Aid Kit for your childs backpack.

Back to School....

I don’t know about you but I have clumsy kids. 🙂  It’s one of their endearing qualities, but I still need to be prepared! So I came up with a great craft that they can be part of and make sure they are ready for all life’s bump and bruises.

Back Pack First Aid Kit

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Foam Pencil Topper Craft. So cute (via kaboose.com)

I found this craft on kaboose.com and my daughter thought it was really cute so I thought I would share!

Foam Pencil Toppers

By: Amanda Formaro

Difficulty: Very Easy

Age: 6 and up

With this project, the only limit is a kid’s imagination. Whatever creature, shape, or theme s/he can think of could be living on top of his/her pencil!

Be sure to visit all of our back-to-school ideas including back-to-school crafts, school lunch recipes and great printable activities.

What you’ll need:

  • Craft foam sheets or shapes
  • White craft glue
  • Scissors
  • Wiggle eyes
  • Pom-poms
  • Pencils

How to make it:

  1. Start with two identical sized shapes, such as a circle or heart. Put glue around the border of one of the shapes, leaving about ¾” where you will insert the pencil. (See photo.)
  2. Press the second shape onto the first, sandwiching them together. The glue will need to dry for several hours, preferably overnight, but you can decorate the outside now.
  3. Decorate the outside of the craft foam shape using pom-poms, wiggle eyes, other foam shapes, glitter glue, sequins, whatever you like. We made a black bear using pom-poms for ears and a nose and a couple of wiggle eyes. (See photo.) We also made a flower using several pom-poms and a bird using wiggle eyes and other craft foam shapes. (See photo.)
  4. Once the toppers have dried completely, insert the eraser end of a pencil carefully into the opening.

Tips:

  1. Drying time is important for this project. If you try to insert the pencil too soon, the glue may still be tacky and could pull away from the foam causing your topper to split open.
  2. You can use white craft glue as we did, or you can purchase special glue made just for craft foam at a craft supply store.
  3. Craft foam comes in convenient value packs in various shapes, sizes, and colors.

Lunch Money Locket. So cute via @FamilyFun

I don’t like to always have my daughter use her lunch card for silly things like buying milk or a parfait at her school so I thought this would be a cute idea for her (a girl version of coarse!)

I found this on my favorite go-to kids craft site Family Fun!

Lunch Money Locket via @FamilyFun

A kid will never lose his lunch money again if he keeps it in this homemade — yet eminently stylish — locket made from a common mint tin. Dress up the lid with a toy plastic animal, fake jewels, stickers, and more.

Materials
  • Small metal mint tin (Ours measured roughly 2 by 2 1/2 inches. Make sure it has a hinged lid to pull a string through or around. We found ours at Target and CVS.)
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • String or metallic craft cord (You’ll need about a 3-foot length. Be sure it’s thin enough to fit around or through the tin’s hinge so the lid can still close.)
  • Tacky glue
  • Small plastic animal or fake jewels, stickers, etc.

Instructions
  1. Clean the inside of the tin. Paint the top and let it dry.
  2. Thread the string or metallic cord around or through (depending on the type of tin) the tin’s hinges. Pull both ends of the string tight, so that they fit snugly around the hinge, and then knot them together at the top.
  3. Glue plastic animals or jewels to the top of the tin. Let it dry.Lunch Money Locket - Step 1
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*I have no affiliation with Family Fun other than I think their website rocks. 🙂

Cute Crafts for Kids

pointsettaflowers

Poinsettia

Lion Brand® Alpine Wool – Lion® Wool

GAUGE:

Exact gauge is not essential to this project.

NOTES:

Materials are sufficient to make multiple Poinsettias.

POINSETTIA
First Petal

With A, ch 10.
*Sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each of next 2 ch, hdc in each of next 3 ch, sc in each of next 2 ch, sl st in last ch; working along opposite side of foundation ch, ch 2, sl st in same ch as last sl st, sc in each of next 2 ch, hdc in each of next 3 ch, sc in each of next 2 ch, sl st in next ch.
Do not fasten off. Ch 10 for next petal and repeat from * until 6 petals have been made. Fasten off.

LEAF
With B, work as for First Petal.

FINISHING
Sew petals together at center to form Poinsettia. With C, embroider several French knots in center of Poinsettia. Sew Leaf to Poinsettia. Weave in ends.

ABBREVIATIONS / REFERENCES
Click for explanation and illustration
ch(s) = chain(s) hdc = half double crochet
sc = single crochet sl st = slip stitch
st(s) = stitch(es)

Learn to Crochet Instructions:  http://learnToCrochet.LionBrand.com

christmasstamp

Stamped Gift Wrap

Lion Brand® Vanna’s Choice®

GAUGE:

Exact gauge is not essential to this project.

STAMP BLOCK
With pencil, sketch a simple design onto wood block. Working on one small section at a time, glue yarn over design outline. Allow to dry, then glue on additional yarn to completely or partially fill in design outline Allow to dry.

FINISHING
Gently press stamp block onto stamp pad, then onto paper as desired.

holidaycards

Materials:

7 balls of yarn-assorted colors

•Additional Materials
Cardstock or stiff paper
Large eyed embroidery needle
Ruler
Compass
Craft knife
Craft glue
Self adhesive stars
Blank folded greeting cards, about 3 1/2 in. (9 cm) square

Holiday Greeting Cards

Lion Brand® Vanna’s GlamourTM – Vanna’s Choice® – Hometown USATM

GAUGE:

Exact gauge is not essential to this project.

NOTES:

1. Materials are sufficient for multiple cards.
2. Tree and Gift Package cards are created by gluing yarn into shapes; Ornament and Initial cards are embroidered.

ORNAMENT CARD
Using compass, draw a 1 3/4 in. (4.5 cm) diameter circle onto front of a folded card. Sketch a 1/4 x 1/2 in. (6 x 13 mm) rectangle at top of circle, a small circle on top of rectangle, and a 1/2 in. (13 mm) band across width of circle. With C threaded into embroidery needle, work straight stitches over rectangle, small circle and edges of center band. Embroider straight stitch diagonal lines across center band of circle. With A threaded into embroidery needle, backstitch around remaining line of circle. If desired, glue a small piece of paper inside card to cover wrong side of embroidery.

INITIAL CARD
Sketch initial onto front of folded card. With D, threaded into embroidery needle, backstitch over outline of initial. If desired, glue a small piece of paper inside card to cover wrong side of embroidery.

TREE CARD
Mark a 1 1/2 x 3 in. (3.8 x 7.5 cm) rectangle onto cardstock. Lightly apply glue within marked rectangle. Adhere alternating short lengths of F and E to glued rectangle. Allow to dry. When dry, cut out rectangle along marked line. On reverse side of rectangle, mark centerpoint of one short side for top of tree. Draw a straight line from each lower corner to marked centerpoint for triangle sides and a straight line from centerpoint to divide triangle in half. Cut out triangle along marked side lines, then cut in half along center. Realign the triangle halves and glue to front of a folded card. Adhere a star to top of tree.

GIFT PACKAGE CARD
Cut a 1 12 in. (3.8 cm) square from cardstock. Wrap square with a doubled length of B in one direction.Thread D, doubled, into embroidery needle and weave over and under B strands. Glue square onto center of folded card. Glue a length of G across center of square and a small bow of G onto top of square.

snowman

Materials:

Holiday Homespun Yarn: Starlight 1 ball

1 ball of black yarn

Pom pom Maker

Hook – Size I-9

Stitch Markers

Large-Eye Blunt Needles (Set of 6)

Additional Materials
Craft glue
Small amount of orange yarn
Toothpick

Pom-pom Snowman

Lion Brand® Holiday Homespun® – Vanna’s Choice®

GAUGE:

Exact gauge is not essential to this project.

SNOWMAN
With A and following package directions, make one large and one small pompom. Glue small pompom on top of larger pompom.

HAT
With B, ch 5. Join with slip st in beg ch to form a ring.
Note: Work in continuous rnds, do not join or turn.
Rnd 1: Place marker for beg of rnd, work 10 sc in ring.
Rnd 2: Working in back loops only, sc in each st around.
Rnds 3 and 4: Work through both loops, sc in each st around.
Rnd 5: Working through front loops only, work *2 double crochet in next st, sc in next st, repeat from * around. Fasten off.

FINISHING
Weave in yarn ends on Hat. Glue Hat to Snowman.
Buttons
Tie 2 knots in a doubled length of B. Apply a small amount of glue to each knot and allow to dry. Trim yarn ends from knots, glue knots to Snowman for Buttons.
Eyes
Make same as buttons, using a single strand of B.
Nose
Wrap and glue orange yarn over about 1/2 in. (1.3 cm) at one end of toothpick. Allow to dry. Apply a small amount of glue to unwrapped end of toothpick, then insert into Snowman.

ABBREVIATIONS / REFERENCES
Click for explanation and illustration
beg = begin(s)(ning) ch(s) = chain(s)
sc = single crochet st(s) = stitch(es)

all patterns can be found on http://www.lionbrand.com

Need products to wrap your gifts?

Try these:

Snow PalsNotepads

Snowman Thank You Note Cards

Stacked Snowmen 2″ x 4″ Labels

Snowman Vellum Bags

Silvery SnowmenJumbo Rolled Gift Wrap

Small Xmas Bags(Case of 360)