Craft #1 – No Sew Finger Puppets by Mandy @ Sugar Bee Crafts
I had a hard time deciding what to do this week. Mainly deciding on a book to focus on for Children’s Literature – I was thinking something classic. But finally I realized I wanted to make something my child would actually use – so his favorite book (Five Little Puppies) is a lame one, but that’s okay because it’s true love with my toddler – see:
Here’s hoping for your vote!! You can see more details over at SugarBeeCrafts.com
Craft #2 – “For the Love Of Books” kids’ bathroom by Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage
Angie with The Country Chic Cottage here with my take on the theme Children’s Literature. The first thing I began to think of was all of the books that have been my kids’ favorites over the years. I really wanted to incorporate every single one of them into a project. So I did! My “For the Love Of Books” kids’ bathroom. I took some classics, some favorites, and some that I personally just love. They all became decor in the upstairs kids bath…
Craft #3 – Wizard of Oz Tree by Charlene @ eWillow
I have always wanted a “Wizard of Oz” Christmas tree. (It seems fitting, since I have Wizard of Oz bank checks, a Wizard of Oz wrist watch, a Dorothy key chain, a ruby slipper pillow, the Wizard of Oz Barbie collection, the Wizard of Oz trivia game….you get the idea.)
A few years ago, McDonald’s came out with Madame Alexander Wizard of Oz Happy Meal toys. I was able to collect all of them. Fortunately, at that time, I could just buy the toy for about $1.00 each. I didn’t have to eat a dozen Happy Meals. I was so thrilled to have them all. And then this happened:
NOTHING! Yes, you guessed it. They sat in a bag on my shelf for almost four years until I remembered them when I read the challenge for this week, “Children’s Literature.” The idea popped into my head that there had to be a way to transform these darling little dolls into Christmas tree ornaments. Thanks to advice from my husband and my dad (who know how to do everything,) I followed my own yellow brick road and made Christmas tree ornaments out of Happy Meal toys by adding hooks and ribbons to all of their heads. Best part? It was so easy!
Visit my “Paper Clips” blog HERE for the tutorial.
Craft #4 – A Dress for Alice by Kim @ A Girl and a Glue Gun
oh…children’s literature. I could have done about 100 different books…and hated to have to narrow it down…but i chose one of my favorites…
and a classic..i just love the silliness and randomness. reminds me…of, well me. “Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
and since my daughter has big blue eyes and long blonde hair…..she was shoe in……
Craft #5 – Roald Dahl Table and Stools by Jessica @ Running with Scissors
Most of his books were illustrated by Quentin Blake, who uses a sloppy sketch style of illustrations.
I was a nerdy little kid that loved books and reading. In 4th grade I loved Matilda so much I actually sat on my little sister so she couldn’t run away as I read it out loud to her….she didn’t fall in love with the book like I expected.
Roald Dahl’s stories and Quentin Blake’s illustrations were a huge part of my childhood, and now I’ve enjoyed reading them with my own kids. Over the years I’ve been collecting his stories and have a few copies of each now. I just can’t pass them up in the thrift store when I see them.
All my paintings are original compositions, but they’re all based on Quentin Blake’s illustrations. So I look at his original characters in the novels, and use them to sketch and paint my own. His has an easy style to mimic as it’s sloppy and basically just sketches.
Painting the table legs pose a challenge, because they’re so long, skinny, and faceted. James and the Giant Peach portrays the peach high in the sky, with all the bugs hanging on a string. This painting is composed to seem like you are getting closer as you go down the string, due to the size of the bugs getting larger as they near the base of the table leg. The other table leg I painted The Twits, which is a really funny, quick read. Mr. Twit is trying to get rid of Mrs. Twit by sailing her away and out of his life with a bunch of balloons. Above in the sky is the rolly-polly bird with the monkey.
Craft #6 – Courious George Shower by Kirstin @ KoJo Designs
My husband often says that our kids have more books than anyone he knows. Between the stash I’d collected from my years teaching and the fact that children’s books seem to be the one purchase I cannot refuse, we have bookcases teeming with Kevin Henkes and Robert Munsch and Patricia Polacco and Mem Fox. Narrowing to a project for this week’s theme, then, proved to be quite the challenge. Luckily, I had a themeless baby shower to throw- and a Curious George theme was the perfect match.
The shower decor was heavy on the bananas, sock monkeys, and yellow hats (and ties!), with all sorts of book page accents thrown in as well (a couple of buntings, one batch of cupcake wrappers, the treat buffet backdrop and the stands for all of the signage were made from the pages of a falling apart Curious George book that I found at a thrift store). I’ll have several of the decor related how-to’s up on the kojodesigns blog this week.
The crown jewel of the shower, however, was the “Bananas for Treats” All Store Bought Treat Buffet! Since treat buffets are a fixture at most of the parties I help with, but are not at all low-maintenance, this little gem was a revolutionary time saver. It was inexpensive, a huge hit with the shower guests, and pretty to look at (a how-to is in the works). For more Curious George Shower details, come on by!
Craft #7 – Apple Trouble Hedge Hog by Shannon @ Shannon Makes Stuff
My three boys love the book Apple Trouble! I knew with this challenge I had to create the cute little hedge hog for them. And I’m so glad I did. I think it turned out oh so cute!
Craft #8 – Wild Things Bowl by Deidre @ A Craft A Day
It is inevitable, if you have children, that you have wonderful books that have torn or missing pages. They are no longer useful for their original intent. Those books often make their way to the garbage. Instead of throwing it away, here is a great way to make use of that wonderful book.