Thursday, August 20, 2015

Craftapalooza-Painting Sticks & Making Necklaces (A Pinterest Poser Challenge)

With only a couple weeks of summer vacation left and a bunch of kids to entertain, I am completely out of ideas and out of money.  Thank god for Pinterest. I found some good, cheap projects to keep us all entertained.

This week's Pinterest Poser* Challenge is to keep the kids busy, entertained and engaged and have a little fun and not spend a million dollars.

*In an attempt at not being a Pinterest Poser,** every week-ish I detail a new project/idea/recipe inspired by Pinterest.
**My definition of a Pinterest Poser is someone who is all pins and no substance.

Last week we had family visiting and a few friends over, it was a full house. So after identifying some awesome projects on Pinterest,  I headed to Michael's to pick up some art supplies--paint, paint brushes, ribbon and chalk pens. I sent two of the older boys in the house to the hardware store down the street to get a bag of washers.  I gathered a bunch of sticks and rocks. I covered the front porch table with plain brown paper and set up a real craftapalooza station.  

At first, the crafting was a small quiet gathering of a few well-behaved boys. But the festival of craftiness soon gave way to more kids painting with abandon and the making of necklaces, the freedom of expression, decorating rocks, painting sticks and laughter and silliness and spilled paint and glitter everywhere and all things good that can come from a craftapalooza.

JT painted his stick and pretended it was a Harry Potter wand.  
He ran around yelling "Expelliarmus!" 

Painting sticks isn't a new idea. I have painted stuff, all kinds of stuff, forever--rocks, sticks, lampshades, pots, walls, boxes.  Because painting stuff feels good.  I got re-inspired to paint sticks after seeing this pin from one of my new favorite craft bloggers- ArtBarBlog.  I first discovered this blogger after reading this post on Design Mom's Living With Kids series, it's an awesome home and a really great interview about raising kids.   I know follow ArtBarBlog on Pinterest and Instagram and am so inspired.

Back to painting sticks. All you need is paint, brushes and sticks.  

"There is no wrong way to paint a stick," I told the kids.  "You don't like the way it looks paint over it."

I love painting sticks. It has become my new therapy, like other people's grown up coloring books.

The kids like it too.

Painted sticks are now my centerpiece for my front porch table.

Check out some of our decorated rocks--we used paint and a chalk pen ($3 at Michael's). 

The washer necklace idea came from this pin. The washers cost $3.50 for 50. The ribbon cost $4. You just weave the ribbon through the washers and then tie the ribbon for a pretty awesome necklace. Be careful not to cut your ribbon too short. That happened to us, but we just tied extra ribbon on the back.
I couldn't figure out exactly how to get started, but my niece Charlotte caught on quickly and made necklaces for everyone.

I think it looks pretty rad. I wore my necklace to a party last weekend and got a ton of compliments.

After everyone left for the day, the front porch looked like the house in the old movie "Sixteen Candles" after the big party.  Evidence of the crafting fun strewn about the table, glue bottles without tops, a million paint brushes soaking in dirty water, bits of glitter glistening in the setting sun.  

I sat back and exhaled a sigh full of my-job-here-is-done-I-am-no-Pinterest-Poser satisfaction.  Art was made. Crafts were created. Fun was had. Not a lot of money was spent. Boosh!

I leave paint and brushes on the table outside at all times now in case anyone wants to paint a stick.
It's like everyday can be a
craftapalooza day!

Have you made anything inspired by Pinterest lately? Let me know in the comments or over on my Facebook page.

Here are some of the Pinterest projects I've done/made/attempted:

Homemade Pesto- click here
DIY Map Craft- click here
Homemade Chalk Paint- click here
A Flower Crown- click here
The Rainbow Challenge- click here
DIY Trundle Bed- Click here
DIY Artemis Costume- click here
Taking Pictures of Your Kids- click here
Gluten Free Pretzels- click here
Cinnamon Sugar Doughballs- click here
Painted Lockers- click here
Melted Beads- DIY Suncatcher- click here
Tissue Paper Pom Pom Garland-- click here
A Delightfully Simple Birthday Party--click here
Make An Awesome Omelet--click here
Outdoor Lights Inspired by the show Parenthood- click here
Herb Garden with Chalkboard Pots- click here
Backyard Graffiti Art with kids- click here
Happiness Notecards- click here
Gluten Free Rainbow Cake- click here
Fruit Roll-Up Fortune Cookies- click here
Make Your Own Magnets- click here
DIY Painted Clay Necklace- click here
Dixie Cup Lights- click here
DIY Ornaments-click here
Gluten Free Clay- click here
Make Your Own Stamps- click here
Birthday Shirt- click here
Gluten Free Pop Tarts- click here
Front Porch Kid Art Display- click here
Door turned into Table- click here
Summer Wish List Chalkboard-click here
Peanut Butter Nutella Cookie Sandwiches-click here
Painted Mason Jar Vases-click here
Cinco de Mayo Paper Flowers- click here
Earth Day Cupcakes- Click here
Nail Art-click here
Homemade Photo Booth Fun- click here
Fake Bangs- click here
DIY Subway Art- click here
Furniture Painting and Bench/Chest Makeover- click here
Thanksgiving-y Project/Gratitude/Holiday Countdown- click here
The Smoothie-click here
The Free Printable Turned Artwork in a Boring Hallway- click here
The chalk board-click here
Seven Layer Dip in Individual Cups (my favorite so far!)-click here
The pumpkin address-click here
The Kitchen Dancing Sign--click here


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