Kid crafts for the DIY clueless

Block art
It only takes 30 minutes to make this adorable wall art.
Credit: Provided

If you’ve developed some serious Pinterest envy over those ambitious parents who pin pictures of amazing homemade nursery and playroom decor, it’s time to put it to rest. Christine Schmidt’s book, “Yellow Owl’s Little Prints: Stamp, Stencil, and Print Projects to Make for Kids,” has 25 ideas that even the least crafty parents can do. What makes her projects so easy are her simple step-by-step instructions and detailed illustrations showing what you need to be doing, so you know you’re on the right (or wrong) track.

From beautiful woodland mobiles and wall art to pillows, the crafts all use stamps and stencils that you can use to personalize the items with your child’s name. Below is one idea from the book: personalized wall art created using alphabet block rubbing.

 

Alphabet Block Rubbing

Equal parts art class and spelling lesson, this easy and versatile project will earn an A+ in creative learning. The best part is, you probably already have everything you need to get started. Spell out any name or message to create greeting cards, nameplates, bookmarks or just about anything else you would like to write. Be sure to get traditional blocks with raised letters and flat sides. Although you could use any type of paper, I prefer transparent vellum. Its strength can take the rubbing, and the transparency allows you to see exactly where you should be pressing and easily align additional words.

Crayons work, but the concentrated color, clearer impressions and lack of waxy residue make colored pencils the winner here. I asked the cashier from the grocer for the large rubber band I used here, but if you are unable to get one, secure the sides of the blocks together with masking tape. Just don’t use duct tape because it will leave a sticky mess. Hear the school bell ring? Well, pull out your pencil case because class is about to begin!

Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Love: Spelling our kid’s name or a favorite quote with a simple technique that anybody can master.

Materials
Set of wood alphabet blocks
Large rubber band, about 3.5 inches x ¼ inch (9 cm x 6 mm), or elastic tie
9 inch x 12 inch (23 cm x 30.5 cm) sheet of vellum
Colored pencil

Instructions
1. Arrange alphabet blocks face up to spell out the word or name.

2. Rotate extra blocks so the flat side is up and place them around the perimeter of the word.

3. Secure the blocks together with a rubber band.

4. Place vellum over the blocks. Put one hand on the blocks to secure the paper to the blocks. Use a colored pencil in the other hand to rub the raised surface of the blocks.

5. Repeat steps 1–4 as needed for additional words or names. Align the paper below the first line and rub with the nib of a colored pencil.

For more ideas, visit www.yellowowlworkshop.com.


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