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Random Crafting – Summer Crafts for Kids

A Guest Post

As you read this we are heading home from sight-seeing and visiting friends and family throughout Tennessee, South Carolina and Virgina!  Because of that I was not able to put together the next post in the Scout Series, but I thought I would give you a few Crandom Rafts to try.  Yes, I’m tired from packing and cleaning the house in preparation to leave for a week and when I thought about what to name this post I mispronounced “random crafts” in my mind.  But hey, I kind of like the quirky sound so I’m leaving it.  Expect Crandom Rafts from me every now and then.  Here’s a few things we’ve done recently that I think you should give a try:

PillowCase NightGowns

AV adores these.  She thought it was a high honor to go to the thrift store and pick out pillow cases for me to turn into sleeping gowns for her.  I myself think it’s great to actually use vintage pillow cases for this, and they only took about 15 minutes each to make!  We made her one for every day of the week.  As you can see, she doesn’t only reserve them for sleeping.    Simple patterns are available all over the web, but most you find will call for adding ribbons.  I also saw a nice pattern that used a wide panel of lace on the top, but all I did was cut holes for her arms and then encase elastic at the neck.  I bet you could even figure out a no-sew way to do this if you don’t have a machine.

I think I’ll try these summer johns next since I have a bunch of lace that AV has been eyeballing, how cute!

 

Rose Petal Sugar Scrub

We used this on our feet after a long hard week of playing in sand, working in the gardens, and walking in rivers without shoes.  It was HEAVEN and AV helped me make it!  As you can see from the far right nightgown picture above, she gathered roses from our yard and then we loosely followed this recipe to make a sugar scrub.  It was forgotten up in our cupboard for about a month before we tried it, at which point it was full of delicious rose scent!

 

Water Bomb Sponges 

I had a super fun, completely drenched battle with a group of girls last night.  These water bombs were too fun for me to resist.  You may have seen them posted on other sites already.  AV helped me cut sponges into strips, and I secured them in the middle with tiny stretchy hair bands.  If you haven’t done this yet, here’s the tutorial so you’ve no excuse now!  Go to the dollar store and pick up some sponges today, then go outside and let your kids water bomb you.  But don’t stop there – how about using them for cleaning up at the end of a Messy Party, or even for a target practice game?

I’ll be back next week with Week 2 of our Scout Craftings.

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