Hey ladies and gents! Let's get right to it. I think this project is fun, but it is going to take a little time... like you have to do this during the weekend time. But don't let that discourage you...it's really not that bad. It will give you an opportunity to upcycle and put some of your scraps to good use. PLUS, when your little ones see it, on their wall, they will be so proud and uplifted, and that is the whole point, right? So here we go...
These are some of the things that you will need. But to be honest, you can use just about anything that you have around your house...or your sistas house...Just let your flow glow....
Things that I used:
-A recycled canvas board. (I reused one I already had from a previous project.)
-Acrylic paint for your canvass. I chose turquoise by Apple Barrel. (Walmart, I think)
'-Hot Air Balloon Wall Art Printables
(Printable 1: Boy with quote) (Printable 2: Boy w/o quote)
(Printable 3: Templates)
(Printable 4: Girl with quote) (Printable 4: Girl w/o quote)
-Cardstock and scrapbook paper
-String, ribbon, twine, etc...
-Hot glue gun
-Honeycomb balls ($1 and some change at Michael's)
Step 1: Paint your canvass. You can also use wood, card stock, whatever you have that will give you the size that you need. I let mine dry a little bit then brushed faint curvy lines in the paint so that some of the Ivory color beneath could come through.
Step 2: Cut out your balloon basket. Use this template or create your own. Cut the shape out of scrapbook paper or any type of material and set it aside. Card stock type paper is best... it's heavier.
Step 3: Position and cut your string. I am using twine. Using a hole puncher, punch a hole on the top two corners of your basket. Cut your twine long enough to tie two knots at the end. Set aside.
Step 4: Position and paste your 'person' under the basket. Some other options are to use a picture of your little one, use the template provided, or a bit of both...the body of the template and just the head portion of your picture....totally up to you. Tie a knot at the top of your twine and cut off the access.
Step 5: Start pasting your basket in place in sections on canvass. Don't worry if you get glue here or there. At the end you can coat the whole project with a layer of Mod Podge. Secure your balloon strings in place with tape. Once set, you can paste your balloon on top of your strings. I would suggest using a hot glue gun for this part. Mod Podge did not secure it the best.
Step 6: Now for the fun part! Gather all of your scraps and make this your own. I am using clouds cut out of card stock, an airplane cut out and some scrap shapes for simple decoration. Make sure to Mod Podge your project after completion.
Memory is one of my kiddos' favorite games. My youngest was playing memory since he was about three. It's safe to say that he has mastered this simple game...I don't even want to play against him! What would give this game an upgrade? A Superhero boost. Oh yeah.
This is what you will need:
-Superhero Memory Game Printables
(Click here for printable 1) (Click here for printable 2)
-Printing Source ( Kinkos, Office Max, home printer)
-Heavy duty scissors
-Really good glue (Mod Podge)
-Sponge or Paint brush
-Recycled cereal boxes
-Scrapbook paper of your choice (the size of a regular sheet of paper: 8.5x11)
-Heavy books or flat objects
-Rolling pin or a can for smoothing
Step 1: Print out Superhero Memory Game Printables. It's best to print on card stock to improve the thickness of your memory game cards.
Step 2: Break down your cereal box into two flat panels.
Step 3: Paste one memory game printable to one side of your recycled cereal box. Do not over saturate with glue,(or the cardboard will start to bow) but make sure the surface is evenly coated all the way to the ends. If you are using a liquid glue, I would suggest using a sponge or paint brush to spread it evenly. You can also use a rolling pin or a heavy can to assist in making a flat, adhesive surface and to smooth out the wrinkles if necessary. Once you are satisfied, place printable under a heavy flat book or object to set. Repeat with the second printable.
Step 4: Once dry, trim the outer access, turn your printable over, and evenly paste your scrapbook paper to the other side. Smooth it out well. No excess glue should be hanging off of the sides (you don't want your project sticking to your heavy object!). Once you are satisfied, place under a heavy flat object to dry completely. Check on your printables periodically. You may have to smooth them out a time or two to make sure wrinkles are not forming. No worries though...when it is dry it will be awesome!
Step 5: You should now have two stiff memory card panels. Coat both sides with a layer of Mod Podge. Don't place under a heavy object! Once completely dry, cut out your Superhero Memory Cards. If you want, you can add another layer of Mod Podge for extra durability. Make sure you get the edges and corners!
Step 6: You're done! It's now time to play! Have fun watching or playing with your kiddos. Come up with new and creative ways to play this game. As always, send pics of your superheroes at play... we want to praise n 'post them saving the day!
(yeah, that was a terrible rhyme attempt...I couldn't come up with anything else...)