For the last two weeks we have been running around like crazy. Ava celebrated her fourth Birthday and we celebrated all week with Memaw and Papa. The following week we had play dates with different friends every single day. We had a blast, don’t get me wrong, but we were certainly due for some down time!
This weekend we played in the pool, jumped in the new trampoline, and with much thanks to Pinterest we made crafts. I have been pinning and pinning away and decided it was time to start creating some of the crafts that I had pinned!
First, we made homemade suncatchers. This was a craft that I had pinned on Pinterest a while back (here is the original post). All you need are some cheap plastic beads and an oven. We have accumulated quite a few of these beads so we made a ton of suncatchers!
Simply, place a layer of beads in the bottom of a dish. We used large pie dishes, muffin tins, and mini muffin tins.
Then bake them in the oven at 400 degrees F for about 20-30 minutes or until they are melted. I opened the window and turned on a fan because I am not a fan of the smell of plastic melting. Remove them from the oven and let them cool completely. Pop them out, I used a butter knife on the side to help them out, and there you have it!
Beautiful homemade suncatchers. To hang them drill a hole in the plastic and hang.
And hanging outside…..
The next craft that we made were rainbow painted flower pots. Again, this was an idea that I got from Pinterest (original post is here). You simply take a clay flower-pot and place tape over the hole in the bottom. Then squeeze acrylic paint over the pot to create any look that you choose.
Alex and Ava really enjoyed this.
The pots turned out beautifully and we plan to do more soon.
We are going to plant the cactus seeds that Alex has been holding onto in the pots. The pots are waiting for their dirt and seeds out on the front window…
We made wind chimes with the smallest post, that will be another post!
I also got a little craft inspiration of my own, without the help of Pinterest. The chains on our swings have been getting super sticky due to deterioration caused by the sun. While at the hardware store I grabbed some clearance pool noodles. I got them home and cut them into pieces then cut a slit down the back of them. I placed them over the chains and voila! Non sticky, fun swings!
We had a great weekend enjoying some family downtime. The only thing that could have made it more perfect would be if my husband was home! Oh well, you can’t have everything!