Ashley Lucas (aka Lady Lucas) is an artist, illustrator, author and crafts designer. Her adorable characters can be found online in her Etsy shop (which highlights instant coloring books & party crafts). She offers bespoke, private art lessons to children in Jersey City and Hoboken ages 4 – 12 years.
By now the kids are going stir crazy inside with all this cold weather and snow, so I wanted to offer a ski themed craft that is both fun to make and can double as a toy for creative play. This cute ski friend can be made by all ages – just check out my special tips below!
Ashley Lucas (aka Lady Lucas) is an artist, illustrator, author and crafts designer. Her adorable characters can be found online via her website and Etsy shop (which highlights instant coloring books & party crafts). She offers bespoke, private art lessons to children in Jersey City and Hoboken ages 4 – 12 years.
Cute Easter Bunny Puppet Craft
4 Easy Easter Decorating Ideas
Hi Moms! I had fun putting together ideas for St. Patrick’s Day and wanted to share some ideas for Easter that I’m using in my home right now. Check them out and please do let me know if you try any of them!
1 Easter Egg Centerpiece
To make this bright and fun centerpiece, I cleaned an old glass fish bowl in the dishwasher and filled it with fun plastic eggs. You can buy a glass bowl such as this from the dollar store for under $2 and plastic eggs for under $3. A large glass vase works wonderful as well. So, for under $5, you have a beautiful centerpiece for your dining table!
2 Egg Cups
I purchased these adorable egg cups from Smith and Chang General Goods in Jersey City for only $2.50 a piece. They look great all March and can be used Easter morning to present colored eggs. The egg candle here is an antique from my mother’s collection… so cute!
3 Potted Grass
This cute little chick from Buzzy, Inc. comes with grass seeds and soil and is under $2 at Target. It’s a great way to teach kids about planting and responsibility, as they will have to water it all Easter season. Target also has a wide array of affordable and sweet Easter decor.
4 Egg Tree
This tiny egg tree is great decor for Spring. All you need to do is take a delicate but sturdy branch from outside and place it in a vase with pebbles at the bottom. Decorate the tree with miniature ornaments which can be found at a party store or make your own!
Ashley Lucas is a local illustrator and crafts designer based in Jersey City, NJ. She is the author and illustrator of various children’s books and has contributed to such popular sites as eHow, ModernMom and her own crafts library Cupcakes + Owls on Blogger. Her specialties in include holiday crafting and making art ‘cute’ for young children! Ashley teaches weekly crafting classes with JCFamilies.
Last Minute Easter Inspiration
Easter is this Sunday, March 31st and I’ve whipped up some easy last minute ideas for your home! I hope you’ve enjoyed my other decorating and craft ideas this month… with the weather still so cold this holiday is a great way to welcome Spring and think about warmer weather!
1 Make an Egg Wreath
One of my favorite projects for every holiday, is using a regular paper plate from the dollar store and cutting out the middle to make a wreath shape. This part is a little tricky, so I always prepare it ahead of time before the kids dig in! To make this adorable decoration, simply cut egg shapes out of any sort of paper you have at home, and let you children decorate them with markers and stickers. Glue eggs onto the wreath and let dry for an hour or so. Hang it up!
2 Bunnies in the Window
I hope my neighbors are enjoying all the cute bunnies hanging out in the corners of my windows this March 😉 One of the easiest projects I’ve done this year; cut about 12 bunnies out of white paper or buy pre-cut rabbit shapes from the dollar store. Have the kids draw different faces on each one and apply to your windows with Plasti–tac. They will stay on your windows happily for weeks and come off very easily. A much better way to apply to windows than tape!
3 Peel and Stick Easter Stickers
I bought a pack of these stickers at the craft store for literally less than $2 and have been using them non-stop for cards, gift tags, art projects, and I even used some for the Egg Wreath above. They are great for young children and can be added to the outside of plastic eggs during egg hunts as well!
4 Last Minute Easter Basket
This basket is a little treat I have planned for my mother this Easter who is visiting for the holiday. She is an artist like me and always loves receiving new art supplies so I found some awesome new colored pencils from Crayola. Instead of just candy this year, fill your child’s basket with art supplies, books and handmade goodies. Insider Tip: Shop Rite on Marin Blvd. has an awesome selection of almost everything you can imagine from great art supplies to tiny Easter books for the kids 😉
Ashley Lucas is a local illustrator and crafts designer based in Jersey City, NJ. She is the author and illustrator of various children’s books and has contributed to such popular sites as eHow and ModernMom. Her specialties in include holiday crafting and making art ‘cute’ for young children! Ashley currently teaches weekly crafting classes with JCFamilies.
The celebration of Holi is right around the corner, and this art activity is the perfect way for children to have fun with color, without making too much of a mess! In some fine art communities, artists exchange small works of art with one another (called artist trading cards) the size of a baseball card. It’s a great way for creatives to begin art collecting on a small scale.
Materials you will need:
– paint brushes
– bowl of water
– watercolor paper / scissors
– permanent black markers
Step 1 Cut watercolor paper into small rectangular pieces about the size of a small index card or baseball card. 3.5″ x 5.5″ would work nicely.
Step 2 Have your children draw patterns with black permanent markers that are happy and intricate. Some ideas would be: flowers, owls, hearts or geometric patterns.
Step 3 Using a good amount of water, dip a paintbrush into a single paint color and begin adding color on top of the hand drawn design. The idea is to add droplets of color to the painting without mixing the hues too much. This technique mimics Holi powder, as it is vibrant and very colorful. I would suggest using yellow, orange, magenta, light green and blue for a nice balance of colors.
Step 4 The artist trading cards will curl a little from all the water, so allow them to dry fully, and then place a large book on top over night to flatten them properly.
Step 5 If you’re making these with a group of children, have the kids exchange art cards with another. The more the merrier!
Variations: This project could also be done with pastels instead of watercolors. Another idea would be to have the children drop paint on their paper, and then add designs on top after the paint dries like so:
Ashley Lucas (aka Lady Lucas) is an artist, illustrator, author and crafts designer. Her adorable characters can be found online via her website and Etsy shop. She loves celebrating all holidays and teaching art to children of all ages.
I’m really excited to share today’s craft with you because I can verify it was a huge hit with my four year old niece last December. She came over one afternoon to craft with me, and by the end of the day, she had nearly made enough ornaments to fill our entire Christmas tree! No matter what holiday you celebrate this winter, these ornaments can be used as gift tags, for tree decorations, or as something festive to hang in your windows.
Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for all that we have. Tables are filled with a colorful display of food waiting to be shared with your loved ones. But wait, the food can’t steal all the spotlight! Bring out your inner DIY master and accessorize your Thanksgiving display with these amazing Thanksgiving Harvest Decorating Ideas!
Before you begin, here are some materials you’ll need!
- Colorful leaves
- Heavy books
- Hole puncher and/or various paper punches
- Acorns (or hazelnuts from the grocery store)
- Paints (tempera or acrylic) + paint brushes
- Permanent markers
- Hot glue or glue dots
- Tiny pilgrim top hats (handmade or store bought)
- Yellow felt or heavy paper
Here’s a wonderful craft idea anyone can make! All you need are some colorful leaves and some paper punches. To prepare the leaves, have your children gather them outdoors and then stick them in between the pages of a heavy book. Place another heavy book on top and let them dry for at least 24 hours. Once the leaves are completely flat, insert them into paper punches like those shown here, or use a regular office hole puncher. The kids can scatter the confetti on your dining table the day of Thanksgiving for a festive look!
There are tons of acorns available in my neighborhood this fall, and they are so fun and easy to decorate. If you can’t find any where you live, you can use something similar from the grocery store such as packaged whole hazelnuts. Simply brush away any dirt or dust from the acorn, and paint them while holding the cap between your fingers. Add a face using a small paintbrush or permanent marker. Other decorating ideas would be to paint stripes or polka dots on each one in bright colors.
I am a vegetarian, so I prefer my turkeys as cute crafts instead of a meal on Thanksgiving day 😉 No matter what your tradition is, these adorable Acorn Turkeys will look wonderful on your table.
Use one pressed leaf for the ‘feathers’ of the turkey. Hot glue it to the back of an acorn or use a glue dot or double sided tape. Cut two feet out of yellow felt or paper and adhere them to the bottom of the acorn. Using a very small paintbrush, add orange to the point of the acorn for a beak, a little red paint under the beak and white and black paint for eyes.
A little black pilgrim hat on each turkey adds some character. You can buy them at party supply stores, or make your own with 2D version with black construction paper.
Ashley Lucas (aka Lady Lucas) is an artist, illustrator and crafts designer. Her adorable characters can be found online via her website and Etsy shop. She loves celebrating all holidays and teaching art to children of all ages.