DIY stress balls

Who doesn’t love a good stress ball? Ok, so our kids may not have much stress in their lives but we do have a couple of kids who struggle to focus and these help them out quite a bit. They are so easy and cheap to make so if you lose one it’s not a biggie, you just make another one! I also love these because I appreciate a fun craft that is also useful AND shows off the child’s creativity which this one does. Look how cute each of their stress balls turned out and displays what they are currently into.

Ok, are you ready for how easy these are?! You need: balloons, flour, funnel, a dry plastic water bottle, permanent marker and yarn. (the last two items being optional)

First, get an empty, dry, water bottle and use a funnel to pour about 1 cup of flour into it.

Next, blow up the balloon a little and then stretch it over the water bottle. After blowing up the balloon I had my daughter hold it closed while I stretched it over the water bottle so that the air didn’t come out while I was doing it. When you tip the water bottle upside down it should fall into the balloon pretty easily but a little shaking is necessary.

You need to let the air out next but you can’t just let go too much or flour will explode everywhere so pull the balloon tight to make that squeaking noise while you let the air slowly leak out. A little flour will come out at the end when all the air is out so don’t worry about it, that’s normal.

The easiest step is next, tie it off! Quickly followed by the fun part, decorating.

Enjoy the FREE printable version of instructions above.

As always, have fun with it and use your creativity!

xoxo,
Jenny

DIY night lights/glowing jars

There are so many fun fairy jars you can do out there. Some involve using glow in the dark sticks you can open and use the liquid to pour in your jar, others involve cutting out outlines of fairies and pasting them in your jar so that when they glow at night it looks like a fairy is in your jar…the list goes on of creative ways people make these fun jars.

If you have been to my blog before though, you know that I am a simple diy-er. I like doing crafts, science experiments, cooking and throwing parties with my kids but I also am also not a mom to go over the top with any of those. Instead, try to find the balance of a good diy craft/party/recipe/experiment while keeping it simple. Enter these extremely easy glow in the dark jars or better known as “fairy jars”.

All you need is 1 mason jar/kid, some paint brushes and glow in the dark paint. (We tried glow in the dark glue and it didn’t work nearly as well so I wouldn’t recommend it) Glitter is optional. I think the glitter works best when you do the version with the glow in the dark sticks or any of the versions where you put actual lights inside your jar to turn on at nights. We experimented with the glitter which is why it’s in the picture but we only tried it on 2 jars before realizing it wasn’t worth it. Definitely look up the glow in the dark stick version if you want something looking colorful and more like a galaxy jar. They are super cool.

What we liked best was using the glow in the dark paint and just doing tiny dots all over the inside. It can be time consuming or a very fast project depending on what design you do inside. Most of the kids did a bunch of dots, some did a mixture of dots and letters, some did zig zags, stripes…the possibilities are endless. I wish I got a picture of all of the jars but the kids ran off with them pretty fast and they aren’t the easiest thing to photograph with my phone so I’m going to just roll with the three I did get to photograph.

The nice thing about these is there is no replacing batteries in lights, no need to plug in anywhere and they fade. So the kids put them in their window sill during the day and then at night they stare at them while they drift off to sleep and they fade and leave the room really dark throughout the night.

Are they fancy? No. Did they still have fun while making them? Yes! So we count that as a win and move on to the next task. 🤗 Happy crafting!

xoxo,
Jenny

Tape Art

I’m not sure what it is about kids and paint but they are obsessed and I’m THE COOLEST mom when I let them do it. Maybe it’s just our kids and maybe because I don’t let them do it all that often 🤔

We use canvas boards frequently with out arts and crafts so I buy them in bundles on Amazon so we are always stocked. Since we always have a house project we are working on, we also always have painters tape on hand as well. Some kids used the painters tape as is, some tore it in half to have some thinner pieces and some chunkier. Some did letters and then lines all around and some kept it simple. That is part of the fun of this craft, so many different ways of doing it and its fun to see their creativity flow and individual personalities come out in their art.

We had a couple different brands of paint we used. In the future I would pull out my nicer paints or even my chalk paints. You don’t need anything expensive but some of the super cheap paint we had on hand was a little too watery and it bled under the tape. Luckily the kids were good sports about it.

Don’t they look great?! The kids did such a good job playing around with different ideas and not trying to follow what the person next to them was doing and it shows in their finished products. I didn’t give them very many colors to choose from this go around yet they all look so unique.

They had fun and we made memories. THAT’S why I love doing these crafts with our kids….it’s not because it’s my job to entertain them but because the memories we make while doing them will last a lifetime. I sure love spending time with these crazy rascals!

xoxo,
Jenny