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Junk style bird bath. Endless Acres Farmtiques

 

Yesterday my 5 year old daughter , asked me if I could build her a bird wash.  My automatic response, being a mom who thinks she can do it all 😉 , was ‘Yes I can!”  I said that with no plan in my head.  I told her to go put on her boots, then grabbed her sweet precious hand and we marched on out to the chicken coop which is where I stash all of my random junk and supplies for creating and building.   We  found an old metal stool, a round white enamel bowl, and a rusty old Farmers Union grease can with the top cut off.

We carried them all out, and started placing them together, and sure enough in just a few minutes, we had what looked like a (junky style) bird bath!
She then told me that she thought it should have a sign that says ‘Bird Wash’ so the birds know what it is!  So I grabbed an old board I found in my wood stash, and some red paint, and asked her how much she wanted the bird bath to be, 10 cents, 15 cents, or 25 cents, and her response was “Whatever money is the biggest!”  So, 25 cents for a bird wash it was!  To attach the sign, I simply drilled two holes (one on each end) into the board, placed flexible black wire through the holes and tied it around a stool leg.

Once all assembled, we took a few photos, and placed her new bird wash under the apple tree, next to the rusty red tricycle which serves as the bird feeder with an enamel tray full of bird food that rests on the tricycle, both placed where we can watch the birds eat and enjoy the new bird wash out the kitchen window.

It was so fun to help my daughter bring her idea to life, and show her that with a little bit of creativity, her ideas can come alive, and that each idea can be beautiful in it’s own way, and even better, it doesn’t always have to cost a lot of money!    I think I succeeded in making her happy, except I wasn’t able to put in a scrubber or an engine for the bird bath like she asked for 😉 , but overall , she is happy, and that was my end goal!

She helped me paint on a top coat of poly on the wood sign, and was as proud as can be when she was finished, she stepped back and said “Look mommy, I did that!”

Here is her wonderful idea of a bird wash that we created together, costing us only a few dollars in supplies that we already had,( but $0.00 on the day of building) :

 

junk style bird bath. Endless Acres Farmtiques

 

junk style bird bath. Endless Acres Farmtiques

 

junk style bird bath. Endless Acres Farmtiques

 

junk style bird bath. Endless Acres Farmtiques

 

junk style bird bath. Endless Acres Farmtiques

So tell me everyone, what do you think?  Do you think she likes it?

junk style bird bath. Endless Acres Farmtiques

 

junk style bird bath. Endless Acres Farmtiques

I just love creating spontaneously!  It makes my soul happy and makes me even more satisfied with a spontaneous project when it is something that I created, with my children.
I hope everyone is having a wonderful Monday, make sure that you are following Endless Acres Farmtiques on Facebook to keep up with my latest projects and for a daily dose of inspiration!

Thanks for reading,

~Kelly

DIY with kids

Heart crayon Valentines Day cards | DIY with kids

Homemade gifts are the best.   They speak volumes, are unique,  and let someone know that you care and were thinking of them.

When my son was 4 (he is now 8)  and in 4K, I wanted to start the tradition of making homemade Valentines Day cards every year vs. buying the pre-made ones you can find at almost every store.     Now my daughter is 4 and in 4k herself, and we decided today would be a great day to create Crayon heart Valentines Day cards for her class!

They are very easy to create, and I spent under $15.00 to create them, which comes to a total of less than $1.00 per card/per child.

Grab those broken crayons my friends, and let’s get crafting!

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Crayon heart Valentines Day cards | DIY

Supplies Needed:

*Broken Crayons

*Silicone heart mold (purchase at almost any store, I found mine at JoAnn Fabrics Store for around $10)

*Silver glitter (if desired)

*Black Sharpie marker

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Instructions:

1.) Gather enough crayons to fill enough heart mold with about 4 small broken crayon pieces.  (amount will depend on how many cards you need to make)

2.) Peel all wrappers off of the crayons.  This part takes a while, so involve your kids and ask them to help!

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3.) Sprinkle a bit of silver glitter in the bottom of each heart in the mold.

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4.) Place about 4 small broken crayon pieces in each heart in the mold.

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5.) Place silicone mold on a cookie sheet (this will make it easier to remove from the oven when done)

6.) Bake in oven for 15 minutes at 300 degrees.

7.) Allow crayons to cool completely .  Be patient , I know the waiting step is always hard in any project!  Once the crayons are 100% cool, carefully remove them from the silicone mold.

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8.) Cut out hearts from construction paper, or use foam heart shapes like I found at Jo-Ann Fabrics Store.

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9.) Write a sweet Valentines Day message on each card, like ‘ You color my world Valentine!’

9.) Using packaging tape, apply each crayon heart to a heart card.

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10.) Deliver to the lucky recipients!

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I hope you all enjoyed this easy craft project!   It is a fun one to include your kids with and encourages less candy and more creativity on one of the biggest sweet filled holidays!

Thanks for reading,

~Kelly

DIY with kids

How to make a calming jar | DIY with kids

“Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.”

~Etty Hillesum  

 

“A Mind Jar is a meditation tool to use whenever a child feels stressed, overwhelmed or upset. Imagine the glitter as your thoughts. ” ~Here We Are Together Blog

I’ve seen this project idea floating around Pinterest for quite some time, and finally decided it was time that the kids and I give it a try.  Rainy Sundays always make for great project days!

This is a wonderful DIY project for your kids to help you with.  It is simply just a jar full of water, glitter and glue that when mixed together results in a calming get-a-way for your kids (or you too ) in place of a time-out.  Send them to a quiet place with their jar, and have them turn the jar and watch the glitter until it all settles on the bottom.  If it all falls and they still aren’t feeling happy or calm, have them repeat until they do.  If you have destructive children, do not give them a glass jar or it may end up as glitter on your wall.  ;)   Calming jars aren’t just for kids, go ahead and make an extra one for yourself , down time is important for everyone-of all ages!

How to make a Calming Jar

Project Supplies: 

  • Jar (Canning jars work best, but you may also use a plastic container if you fear your child may break the jar)
  • Glitter
  • Glitter glue
  • HOT water
  • Food coloring (if desired.  I only used food coloring in the red jar pictured in the background at the top of the page)

Project Instructions:

  1. Add hot water into the jar, filling it almost completely full.  I microwaved the water for about 2.5 minutes in the jar.
  2. Add 2 tubes of glitter glue

3.)Add glitter (as much as desired , we used 1 full container, as pictured)


My kids loved watching the glitter glue in the jar , before we shook it up-they said it looked like sparkling worms!

4.)Seal tightly.

5.)Shake well

6.) RELAX.

Thanks for reading & happy relaxing,
~Kelly

DIY with kids

Create your own snow globe | DIY with kids

“I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape – the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show.”~Andre Wyeth

Winter is so magical to me.  Especially that very first snowfall that sticks and blankets the land in white and the trees in a new jacket of snow.  Watching the snow fall  is one of my favorite things to do in the winter- whether I am sitting inside curled up under a blanket by the fireplace, or taking a long walk in the middle of the woods.

So, won’t you bundle up and join me on this wintry themed project?

Today my kids and I made our own winter wonderlands -so we can watch the snow fall any time we would like, right inside of our own house.

Create your own snow globe | DIY Christmas craft.

Project Supplies:
*Jars of any size, I used 2 medium sized canning jars, a pickle jar, cherry jar and garlic jar.

*Sandpaper

*Figurines of choice (Do not use metal or they will eventually rust)  Check your local thrift stores, dollar stores, or hobby/model train shops.

*Distilled water

*Glitter

*Glycerin (if desired, I did not use it.  Glycerin will  help slow down your snow fall)

*Epoxy

Instructions:
1.) Clean out your jars and wipe completely dry.

2.) Lightly scuff the inside lid of jar with sandpaper.

3.) Glue figurine onto the inside of jar lid with epoxy.


4.) Once glue is 100% dry (be patient with this, or your project will fall apart)

5.) Fill jar almost full with distilled water.

6.) Sprinkle in a small amount of glitter into jar.

6.5) Get a little messy if you’d like.

7.) Screw lid onto jar-tightly.

8.) Watch it snow!



Such a fun project!  If you have children, please involve them! -(^Just look at her joy! )

Thanks for reading,

~Kelly

DIY with kids

Home-made playdough recipe | DIY with kids

Oh,those cold winter days… your kids are bored-but don’t want to go play outside. You need to get some work done around the house (ok, or maybe you need some quiet, relaxation time to sip your morning coffee and read your favorite DIY blog like The Pink Hammer), so you wonder..’WHAT can I do? I am all out of ideas!’

I have a simple & fun solution to keep you and your kids happy……..Make playdough!

This is a great, fast, fun and easy diy homemade craft idea, that your kids will love helping you make (& it even makes your house smell good)! The final product will result in at least 30 minutes (not guaranteed, sorry) of quiet time for mom & dad. There are many playdough recipes out there, this is just one that I like and find that works for me!

PROJECT LEVEL:
Very Easy!~ INCLUDE YOUR KIDS!
PROJECT COST: Free (if you already have ingredients)/ $10 or less.
PROJECT TIME: >10 minutes to make.
PROJECT SUPPLIES: Flour, water, oil, kool-aid, bowl,mixing spoon, measuring cup, tsp., your kids!

Grab your ingredients and your kids, and lets get stirring (before your cup of coffee gets cold!)!

{Don’t have kids? That’s okay! You can still make this playdough recipe, put it in a jar and give it to a little one you adore as a birthday or Christmas gift! Or place all dry ingredients in a jar with recipe written on the lid, wrap the jar with decorative paper-and give to someone with children as a DIY gift!}


Playdough Ingredients;

1 cup of flour
3 teaspoons of oil
1 packet of Kool-Aid mix
1 cup of boiling water (Microwave water 4+ minutes on high)

Grab your little one a chair to stand on, if they aren’t yet tall enough to reach the counter..and begin!

1.)Pour 1 cup of flour into your mixing bowl;

2.)Pour Kool-Aid packet (flavor of your choice) into mixing bowl;

3.)Add 3 tsp. of oil into Kool-Aid/Flour mix.

4.)Add 1 cup of boiling water(help smaller children with this step so they do not burn themselves on the hot water);

5.)Watch the magic happen as the mixture turns into your Kool-Aid color;

6.)Stir all ingredients together, if needed kneed the playdough with your hands & congrats, you have just made home-made playdough!

7.){THE BEST STEP} Play! Go grab that coffee you made this morning and haven’t drank yet,sit back, and relax while your little ones are busy using their imaginations with their new home-made playdough!!!

(I purchased a table cloth at the end of a season for .50 cents and use it for painting/crafts/playdough, to keep our table from getting damaged)

Store playdough in an airtight ziploc bag & replace playdough as it shows signs of aging/drying out-& repeat the steps above to make a new batch!

As with any recipe, you may edit this one as you go and as you find what works best for you!

Have fun & thanks for reading,
~Kelly

DIY Food, DIY with kids

Jello Oranges | DIY Food with kids

“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.” ~Luciano Pavarotti and William Wright, Pavarotti, My Own Story

A sweet snack that will not only satisfy your taste buds but please your eyes also. Jello Oranges. A fun, fruity treat that kids AND adults will love!

JELLO Oranges

Project Supplies:Oranges (as many as desired), Boxes of Jello Mix (as many as desired), water, pitcher, muffin tins, spoon, bowl, patience.;)

Project Instructions:

1.) Cut your oranges in 1/2 & scoop out the insides.

Place all of your orange insides in a safe place, a bowl or a container with a lid for use in whatever you like, later on! [I scooped my oranges out right over this bowl to make clean up a LITTLE bit easier. Be prepared to get squirted with orange juice in your EYES. ;) Gutting oranges takes a bit of care, and maybe even some determination -I used a pumpkin carver to help get started, then used a spoon to scoop the insides out, took the hollowed out orange half to the sink & rinsed it out to make sure I get all of the lose pieces out & finally used my kitchen scissors to cut out the bigger piece of white pulp that was left]

2.) Make JELLO according to directions on box. [I made mine in an easy pour pitcher/container]

3.) Pour desired amount of Jello into desired amount of orange halves. [I placed the orange halves in muffin tins to prevent them from tipping over or spilling in the fridge]

& because I am an honest blogger, I will share with you what MAY happen if you go crazy when gutting out your orange & create a hole in the bottom of your orange; …

…it WILL leak. So take care when gutting your orange-even though I know the insides can be stubborn to come out sometimes!

4.) Carefully place your Muffin tins full of orange halves into the fridge. Leave in fridge until Jello is well set.

5.) Remove from fridge, place orange halves (one at a time) onto a cutting board, cut in half (& in half again if desired), arrange on a plate and serve to your guests,or enjoy it all to yourself as a sweet after dinner snack…

…and make sure to give your little ones a bite!…..

…Everything is sweeter in life when shared!

I hope you enjoy eating AND creating this fruity-sweet snack!

Thanks for reading,
~Kelly

DIY Food, DIY with kids

Jello Oranges | DIY Food / DIY With Kids

“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.” ~Luciano Pavarotti and William Wright, Pavarotti, My Own Story

A sweet snack that will not only satisfy your taste buds but please your eyes also. Jello Oranges. A fun, fruity treat that kids AND adults will love!

JELLO Oranges

Project Supplies:Oranges (as many as desired), Boxes of Jello Mix (as many as desired), water, pitcher, muffin tins, spoon, bowl, patience.;)

Project Instructions:

1.) Cut your oranges in 1/2 & scoop out the insides.

Place all of your orange insides in a safe place, a bowl or a container with a lid for use in whatever you like, later on! [I scooped my oranges out right over this bowl to make clean up a LITTLE bit easier. Be prepared to get squirted with orange juice in your EYES. 😉 Gutting oranges takes a bit of care, and maybe even some determination -I used a pumpkin carver to help get started, then used a spoon to scoop the insides out, took the hollowed out orange half to the sink & rinsed it out to make sure I get all of the lose pieces out & finally used my kitchen scissors to cut out the bigger piece of white pulp that was left]

2.) Make JELLO according to directions on box. [I made mine in an easy pour pitcher/container]

3.) Pour desired amount of Jello into desired amount of orange halves. [I placed the orange halves in muffin tins to prevent them from tipping over or spilling in the fridge]

& because I am an honest blogger, I will share with you what MAY happen if you go crazy when gutting out your orange & create a hole in the bottom of your orange; …

…it WILL leak. So take care when gutting your orange-even though I know the insides can be stubborn to come out sometimes!

4.) Carefully place your Muffin tins full of orange halves into the fridge. Leave in fridge until Jello is well set.

5.) Remove from fridge, place orange halves (one at a time) onto a cutting board, cut in half (& in half again if desired), arrange on a plate and serve to your guests,or enjoy it all to yourself as a sweet after dinner snack…

…and make sure to give your little ones a bite!…..

…Everything is sweeter in life when shared!

I hope you enjoy eating AND creating this fruity-sweet snack!

Thanks for reading,
~Kelly