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Patriotic Paper Windsock {Summer Activities for Kids}

DIY Paper Windsock tutorial

Summer is quickly approaching and you’ve probably started thinking of Summer activities to do with the kids. Last week I started a bucket list of ideas to keep the kids busy while they’re out of school, which I’ll share with you over the Summer. Today I’m sharing a patriotic paper windsock tutorial for kids.

Paper Windsock tutorial for kids

This tutorial is part of my friend McKenzie’s Summer Series. Click on the button below to see all of the fun projects that have been shared!

Summer Activities for kids

Patriotic Paper Windsock



Scrapbook paper

border punch or deco scissors




*For this project I used the new Silhouette chipboard which is thin and easy to bend, you can read more about it in this paper hot air balloon tutorial.

Step one: Cut the paper and chipboard to 9 inches long (this is optional, you can make them as tall or short as you’d like). Glue the scrapbook paper onto the chipboard sheet. *Note: you could make this with cardstock alone but the chipboard makes the windsock thick and sturdy.

Silhouette chipboard sheets

Step two: create two borders using a punch or decorative scissors which will be easier for small children; glue onto the top and bottom of the windsock.

paper windsock

Step three: glue the ribbon to the inside of the windsock. Glue or staple the ends together.

paper windsock with ribbon

Step four: punch two small holes and string twine to hang the windsock.

paper windsock

I had my daughter rummage my scrap ribbon box and pick out all the patriotic ribbon she could find. She’s learning how to cut so this was a fun step for her. At first she cut a few pieces a little shorter than the others but we ended up liking the different sizes and did that for the rest of the ribbon. We’re also thinking about adding die cut stars to the windsock or maybe foam glitter stars which will make it easy for her to add herself.

patriotic paper windsock

Paper windsocks are so fun and easy to make! It’s a great activity for kids of all ages.

DIY Paper Windsock tutorial

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Washi Tape Puzzles

Washi tape puzzles

Last week was Spring break for us. I took a small step back from the blog and all that it entails to really make the most of our week off. It was just what this momma’s heart needed! Due to a major fail on my part (I planned a family trip and didn’t realize until the day before that the location has actually been closed for months while its being relocated), we made the most of it with a staycation. All week long we spent our days at the local zoo, arcade, and crafting a new project every day. One of our projects was to make washi tape puzzles!

Washi tape puzzles

A couple of my daughters favorite craft supplies are paint and washi tape. Yes, washi tape! Hmm I wonder where she gets that from? ;) So when we picked up an unfinished wood puzzle at the craft store I knew exactly what to do with it.

washi tape puzzle tutorial

The kids chose bright and colorful Apple Barrel paints for their puzzles. We always have Apple Barrel paints on hand because they’re  great all-purpose acrylic paints and dry quickly. I don’t know about you but my kids are always anxious to pick up their projects so I like the quick dry time.

how to make a washi tape puzzle  To make the washi tape puzzles I had my son paint the border of the puzzles in pink and blue. The grey puzzle is actually a washi tape sheet. He also painted one of the puzzles white since washi tape is semi-transparent. Once the pant was dry I carefully added a washi tape sheet on top of the puzzle pieces. I then cut the pieces out with an x-acto knife.

We used the Mod Podge washout formula to seal the puzzle..love this stuff! It’s basically the same as the regular gloss Mod Podge only it washes out of clothing and furniture with soap and water, basically a mother’s (and teacher’s) best friend!

How to make a washi tape puzzle

For the pink puzzle I traced the puzzle pieces along the back of a piece of scrapbook paper and cut each piece out. I then used a small amount of Mod Podge to glue the paper on and once that dried I added Mod Podge on top to seal it. A little washi tape along the border and we were done. I like how the pink paint shows through the washi tape and how bright the puzzles are. It was the perfect Spring break craft!

Washi Tape Puzzle

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Pilgrim Treat Boxes

Thanksgiving Ideas For Kids

My mother-in-law is hosting a big Thanksgiving dinner this year. All of our out of state family will be here to spend the week with us. She’s mentioned making ornaments with the kids the day after Thanksgiving, which I think is a fantastic idea. Those are some of the best memories to make don’t you think? Since she’s been busy planning out the weeks activities I thought it would be fun to make something for the kids. While browsing the Silhouette store I found these adorable Pilgrim Treat Boxes. I knew immediately that they would be great for holding crayons in.

Thanksgiving Ideas For Kids


I can’t stop admiring how cute they are, those designers are pretty talented! If you have a Silhouette it makes it very easy to cut dimensional shapes just like the Pilgrim Treat Boxes. You simply cut the shape out, fold at the perforated line, and glue it all together.

Thanksgiving Ideas For Kids - Pilgrim Treat Boxes


Thanksgiving Ideas For Kids

There’s an Indian treat box too that I’m going to use. I plan to fill them with crayons and maybe a small toy inside to keep them occupied while we wait for Thanksgiving dinner. I have several more to make so that each child can have their own.

Thanksgiving Ideas For Kids - Pilgrim Treat Boxes



Thanksgiving Ideas For Kids - Pilgrim Treat Boxes

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