Creatively Designed and Personalized T-Shirt Project


Finished Product of Handmade T-shirts.


Kids can create their own spring fashion lines by using shoe treads to stamp colorful designs onto their tees.


Example of T-Shirt Making Process

  • T-shirt
  • Con-Tact paper
  • Cardboard
  • Cosmetic wedges or sponge pieces
  • Fabric paint


  1. Create a template from a piece of Con-Tact paper. (Draw your own free-form design or download one.)
  2. Insert a piece of cardboard between the shirt layers to keep the paint from bleeding through. Remove the paper backing from the template and press it onto

    2nd Example of T-Shirt Process

    the shirt.

  3. Using cosmetic wedges or sponge pieces, dab fabric paint onto a clean shoe tread. Practice printing on a piece of paper, then gently press the paint-covered tread onto the shirt, adding more paint and repeating as needed.
  4. When you are finished painting, wash the bottom of the shoe immediately with soap and water. Let the shirt dry completely before peeling off the template, then wash the shirt according to the paint manufacturer’s instructions.

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Colorful Spring Driveway Signs Project


Driveway Sign Samples


What you see is not all you get with these adorable driveway markers. By day, the plaques add color and a decorative touch to your yard. At night, the signs shine as beams of approaching headlights bounce off the reflective-tape moon and stars.


  • Pencil
  • Wood (we used scrap lumber, but you can also use wooden plaques from a craft store)
  • Paintbrush
  • Acrylic paints
  • Scissors
  • Reflective tape (Duck brand used)
  • Drill
  • Wooden stakes
  • Screws
  • Twigs
  • Hammer and nails


  1. Download templates for the signs shown here, or create your own design. Lightly trace the pattern on the wood, then paint.
  2. When the paint is dry, cut moon and star shapes from the reflective tape and apply them to the plaque.
  3. Use the drill to make pilot holes in the stake (a parent’s job), then screw the stake to the back of the plaque
  4. To prevent the twigs from splitting, create pilot holes with the drill and a small bit (a parent’s job). Nail the twigs in place. If desired, a parent can instead drill holes in the plaque and insert the twigs, as we did with the owl design.

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Friendship Blossoms Project


Example of Friendship Blossoms


  • Scrapbooking paper or card stock
  • Scissors
  • Lollipops
  • Tape


  1. For each, cut three heart-shaped petals, two leaves, and two flower centers from scrapbooking paper or card stock.
  2. Poke a small hole in each, crease the petals as shown, and slide the pieces onto a lollipop stem. Tape the bottom to secure.


More potential messages:
You’re a sweet heart
Our friendship is blooming
Be my bud-dy

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Multicolored Pop-Up Egg Project



Make your Easter extra festive with this 3-D paper egg. The secret to its look is colorful, accordion-folded paper strips.


  • Card stock
  • Scissors
  • Double-sided tape
  • Embroidery floss


  1. Begin by cutting out three identical egg shapes from card stock (ours are 8 inches tall). Crease the eggs by folding them in half lengthwise and opening them back up.
  2. Cut card stock into strips of varying sizes from 3/4- to 1 1/4-inch wide and 9 to 12 inches long. Accordion-fold the strips so that there’s about one inch between each fold.
  3. Attach the ends of several strips along one edge of an egg using double-sided tape. Trim the strips so that they make a shallow arc across the egg’s width, then secure the other ends in place.
  4. When you’ve covered all three eggs, use double-sided tape to join their backs as shown. Between two of the sections, insert a loop of embroidery floss for hanging. Tip: If the strips sag when you hang the egg, peel them off, shorten them, and reposition them.
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Decorative Tray Project


Decorative Spring Tray

DESCRIPTION – A standard baker’s tray becomes a vibrant decorative piece with this easy how-to.


  • 1 yard decorative fabric
  • Aluminum rimmed baking sheet
  • Spray adhesive
  • Scissors
  • Fabric glue
  • Synthetic felt
  • 1/4-inch-thick acrylic sheet cut to fit inside of tray, with corners rounded

    1. Cut fabric large enough to cover the front and wrap around the back of the baking tray. Cover the front of the tray  with spray adhesive.

    2. Place fabric on tray so pattern is aligned, leaving enough room to wrap fabric around all sides to the back. Smooth fabric onto tray, pressing out any bubbles.

    3. Pull any extra material into corner and push around the edge. Turn tray over. Cover the back of the tray with spray adhesive.

    4. Press the fabric over two edges of the tray first, then fold in on each remaining side, as if wrapping a gift. Trim any excess fabric with scissors. Use fabric glue to secure, if needed.

    5. Cut a piece of felt to fit the back of the tray and conceal fabric edges. Smooth felt on the back the tray.

    6. Place acrylic sheet in center of tray.

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    Dazzling Beaded Butterfly Craft Project


    Simple Beaded Butterfly

    DESCRIPTION – If being cooped up inside on a rainy day bugs you, try chasing away the blues with a collection of these little insects. The dragonflies, caterpillars, and beetles are quick to make and great for sparking your kids’ creativity.


    • Wire (20 gauge)
    • Ruler
    • Wire cutters
    • Multifaceted plastic beads (with diameters of 12 mm, 8 mm, 6 mm, and 4 mm)
    • Needle-nose pliers


    1. Start by creating a long straight body. Bend an 18-inch length of wire in half. Use the pliers to curl up a 3/4-inch section near the bend to create the tip of the tail. From the other end, slide nine 6 mm beads onto the doubled wire. Next, add two 8 mm beads followed by one 12 mm bead.
    2. Make the wings by threading eighty 6 mm beads onto a 20-inch length of wire. Bend the tips to keep the beads from sliding off. Shape the upper two thirds of the strand into a figure 8 for the top set of wings; then shape the lower third into a smaller set of wings.
    3. Set the body on top of the wings and attach the two by wrapping the trailing wire ends of the wings around the body wire between the 8 mm beads.

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    Brief Biography of a Famous and Influential Artist 5: Renoir

    Portrait of Renoir

    RENOIR (1841-1919)

    Born: Pierre-Auguste Renoir on February 25, 1841 in Limoges, Haute-Viennes, France
    Died: December 3, 1919 [age 78] Cagnes-ser-Mer, Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azor, France
    Most Notable Works: Bal du moulin de la Galette, Luncheon of the Boating Party and Umbrellas
    Pierre Renoir was a French artist who was a leading painter in the development of the Impressionist style.

    The Bal du moulin de la Galette Painting

    Renoir, the son of a working class family, worked in a porcelain factory as a child where his drawing talents led him to chosen to paint designs on fine china. He also painted hangings for overseas missionaries and decorations on fans before he enrolled in art school. During those years, he visited the Louvre often to study the French masters paintings. In 1862, he began studying art under Charles Gleyre in Paris. There he met Alfred Sisley, Frédéric Bazille, and Claude Monet. At times during the 1860s, he did not have enough money to buy paint. Although Renoir first started exhibiting paintings at the Paris Salon in 1864, recognition did not come for another ten years, due, in part, to the turmoil of the Franco-Prussian War.

    Renoir and fellow Impressionists were consumed with the portrayal of light as it changed throughout the day and

    Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating Party

    affected their vision of a subject. In Renoir’s case, subjects were often common scenes like rivers, village people, or forests. His use of quick brush strokes emphasized his “impression” of a scene and the light that surrounded it. Perhaps he is best known for his beautiful depiction of women and girls. He often painted family members such as his wife Aline whom he married in 1887. They had three sons. Aline was a model for one of the figures in Les Dejeuner de Canotiers (1881), famously known in English as Luncheon of the Boating Party.

    Renoir liked to paint outdoor scenes filled with people enjoying simple pleasures. His subjects are invariably happy and his brushstrokes convey the innate beauty in the things he saw. His paintings reveal an artist whose impression of life seemed to be infused with beauty and delight. Renoir continued to paint until his death in 1919 although severe arthritis made his artistic endeavors difficult. Aside from the paintings already mentioned, other signature works include Gabrielle and Jean (1895), Nude (1910), A Girl with a Watering Can (1876), La Loge (1874) and Two Sisters (1881).

    Painting by Renoir, Umbrellas

    A leader of the Impressionist movement, Pierre Auguste Renoir is one of the world’s most famous artists. His paintings are some of the world’s most reproduced works. In 1990, his signature piece, Bal du Moulin de la Galette (1876), sold for more than seventy-eight million dollars. His work is best known for its immense beauty and its adept study of light.

    Not surprising, Renoir’s work, a substantial body including thousands of pieces, is collected by the world’s most prestigious art museums and collectors such as Chicago’s Art Institute, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, Paris’ Musee d’Orsay, and St. Petersburg’s Hermitage. Though he would die later that year, Renoir was able to visit the Louvre to witness his work hung beside the great painters of old that he visited so often as a child.

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