Kid Friendly Canvas Painting

This craft was so simple and easy to do! A friend of mine (Cynthia) was inspired to create a craft from something she saw on Pinterest. She made this craft with her 11 month old daughter. I tried it out today with my three year old and it was very simple, easy, way affordable and fun.

Materials:

– 8.5 x 11″ canvas (or whatever size you prefer)
– craft paints
– large letter stickers
– paint brushes
– I recommend a craft apron or old shirt on your kid because they have lots of messy fun with this activity

How To:

I took the white canvas and stuck a “G” sticker on it. (It is going to be a gift for my nephew Graydon.) My friend who did this simply used masking tape to spell out a name. So this is a great alternative if you don’t have large letter stickers. Or if you own a Cricut or Silhouette you could glue down a cut out letter.

Next, I selected the colours I wanted and let my daughter loose. I went with traditional kid colours with red, blue and yellow.

Once dry, I peeled up the letter sticker.

Et voila!

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Update:

I outlined the “G” in black and did the outside edges in black as well. We also made one for my sister for her birthday with a “B”. We added a stamp to the overall piece too.

 

{Kids} Pillowcase Floor Mattress

 

This has to be one of the easiest DIY craft I have ever ย done! We have all seen different variations of this project online. So here is mine to add to the mix! I hope you’re ready for how easy this is….

1.) I bought the pillow cases on clearance from Zellers for $2 or $3 – I did my best to find 2 patterns that complimented each other. I though this gingham and and floral combo worked well together.
2.) Then I bought the cheapest pillows I could find at Wal Mart (the “whale” pillow – $4).
3.) I pinned the seams of two cases together and sewed along the edge (using a straight stitch) as closely as I could. I opened up the 2 I sewed together first and pinned the 3rd case to the floral one (because I wanted it in the middle) and did the same thing again.
4.) Then I stuffed the pillows in the cases and viola! You have a pillowcase floor mattress!

I left the openings open on purpose – much easier to clean. I thought about sewing them closed but I made this for my fabulous niece Abby and seeing as she is a busy 3 year old I knew Leanne would appreciate being able to clean it easily! My mom had a great idea though – you could sew velcro to the openings if you are worried about the pillows falling out. I didn’t worry about it because I was too anxious to give it to Abby! But it is an idea that I will use next time. The pillows also fit super snug so that made it easier to justify not sewing in velcro. Abby loved her floor mattress and so does her baby sister Charlotte! ๐Ÿ™‚ I think I need to make another so they each have their own!

Side Note: There is no turning the cases inside out to avoid having exposed seams. (I made this mistake thinking it would work and DOH! it didn’t) Not my smartest moment. So I had to rip out all my hardwork – a total of about 10 mins of work ๐Ÿ˜› – and sewed it again. Just have the seams face the floor when you lay it out, no one will be any wiser! It will be our little secret.

And I use brackets on {kids} because I’m adult enough to admit I would like one for myself! haha. Sew two more cases to it and you could easily have a pillowcase mattress for yourself! Happy sewing friends! ~H.