In conjunction with Family Fun, Craft Hope, and Enchanted Makeovers, we made superhero capes for children living in shelters. In the Dec/Jan issue of Family Fun magazine, there is an article about the work of Craft Hope and Enchanted Makeovers. Craft Hope is an online site that coordinates crafters with charity projects and Enchanted Makeovers does makeovers for shelters by making them more homey and comfortable. The capes are gifts to the kids that are staying in shelters that have been made over by Enchanted Makeovers.
The capes are made from cotton jersey so you don't have to worry about frayed edges; just cut the rectangle, fold over and glue the top edge to make a channel for the ribbon, and add a superhero emblem using Heat'n Bond, stitching, or fabric paint. We used the Heat'n Bond and it worked like a charm. Add velcro dots to the ends of the ribbons and you're done! The full directions are in the Dec/Jan issue of Family Fun magazine or here at Family Fun online.
There were nine of us, including my sister and her four kids, and we had a lot of fun making the capes together, plus, it feels good knowing you are creating something that will go to a little one in need.
Get a group of your own together and be cape-making superheroes!
We are always bringing home favorite rocks from the river and I love that these natural (and free!) objects have so many opportunities for creative play. Visit My Nearest and Dearest to find out some of the ways they like to play with rocks!
We're in the thick of summer and sometimes this is when boredom sets in but Salsa Pie has you covered with these wonderful craft videos for kids for PBS on YouTube. There are five so far, and they are all made from materials you probably already have at home. Also, each craft has extended play value; make a boat from plastic water bottles then go float it or make a 1920's flapper-style headband then go dancing the afternoon away. To be alerted everytime a new craft video is posted, just subscribe to the channel!
I'm in love with this adorable origami doll house at Tuts+! The house can be big or small depending on the size of the paper you use. This is perfect for days when it's too hot to go outside or you need something quick to entertain the troops!