Mother’s Day Craft Ideas


Moms, you might want to forward this one over to dad šŸ˜‰ Here’s some simple and cute ideas for Mother’s Day this weekend!

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A Card for Mom
The most important thing to give on any holiday – a cute card! Something I love doing is combining cut paper with markers and crayons. To make a super simple design, glue paper circles to a folded piece of paper and use markers to add faces, petals, stems and leaves. {I also heard there will be a card making station at this Friday’s JCFamilies event in Hamilton Park!!}

Plant Sticks
Shop Rite always has a great selection of plants this time of year… so why not go over and pick out a few pansies and other fun flowers? Then, have your little one decorate some plant sticks to add for decoration. Simply glue a sturdy piece of paper to a Popsicle stick and it’s done! I found these pre-cut cupcake designs at A.C. Moore… but just about any stationery or party store will have something like it too.

Mother’s Day Bunting
What cuter way to decorate your home this weekend than with a cute hanging bunting!Ā  While visitingĀ Paper Presentation in NYC this week, I noticed craft stores are now selling triangle pads of paper for a super easy way to make this decoration, or take a pile of construction paper and cut into uniform long triangle shapes. Decorate each ‘triangle’ with stickers, markers and crayons and attach to a long piece of string for hanging. Add some beads to the string to keep the kids occupied a little longer šŸ˜‰

Framed Fingerprints
Pick up a super cute miniature frame at Duane Reade or even the dollar store, and add a tiny picture by your little Picasso. All kids love making fingerprint people. All you need is an ink pad and some pencils.

For a video featuring some of the crafts above, visit this link which features me teachingĀ Mother’s Day Crafts on eHow.

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 designs murals for kids rooms in Jersey City, and offers kid friendly artwork and decor to the community through her business ‘Lady Lucas’.

Earth Friendly Crafts

Hi Moms! Monday April 22nd was Earth Day, so in honor of that special holiday I’d like to show you some easy and fun arts and crafts ideas that can be made a home with things you have lying around the house.

Potato People | recycled item: cardboard

This art activity is super fun, and after making these with some of my students this week, I can say for sure kids love them! For this cute work of art, simply cut ovals out of old cardboard boxes. For instance, that Amazon box on its way to the recycling bin šŸ˜‰ Glue the cardboard ovals on brightly colored paper and have the kids give each potato a different face with stickers, cut paper and googly eyes.

Monster Roll | recycled item: toilet paper roll

What better thing to do with an old toilet paper roll, than to turn it into a monster! To make this little guy above, paint the cardboard roll with a bright paint color and let dry. Glue googly eyes, pom poms, paper and other found objects to create a cute and silly creature!

Radish Jellyfish | recycled item: vegetables about to spoil

Perhaps one of my favorite arty ideas in the last couple years, radish jellyfish are adorable and so easy to create! Simply cut a radish or potato in half and dip into a mixture of white, blue and and green paint. Make prints on a yellow piece of paper and let dry. Add tentacles, eyes and details with markers.

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 designs murals for kids rooms in Jersey City, and offers kid friendly artwork and decor to the community through her business ‘Lady Lucas’.

4 Great & Green Ideas for St. Patrick’s Day!

Craft Ideas for kids

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up {March 17} and is one of the most magical holidays for children! Leprechauns, lots of green and shamrocks are popular each and every year and add something special to the upcoming spring season. I’ve come up with four great and green ideas for you to try with your children this year. Enjoy!

1 Leprechaun Lad

Have the kids make a cute, small leprechaun to play with by cutting out bit of green, dark blue and flesh colored paper. A small piece of orange pipe cleaner makes a great beard, and stickers from the dollar store add a special touch as well! Glue your leprechaun on a Popsicle stick to turn him into a puppet for play.

2 Shamrock Sticks

This adorable shamrock stick I made during a workshop last year, and use it as a decoration in my ivy plant. You can buy affordable plant sticks such as this one at your local florist, within the plant section in Shop Rite or make your own with a bamboo skewer and green paper. Add a shamrock stick in all your houseplants this March!

3 Magical Brew

Make a special treat for the kiddos by adding one drop of green food coloring to seltzer water! You can also add a drop of green to milk or a vanilla milk shake for a special and memorable treat.

4 Clover Prints

Perhaps the easiest thing you can do with your children… pour some green paint in a dish and let them use their fingers to make clovers and shamrocks on white paper. Use a green marker for the stems! This is a great idea for the kitchen or dining area. You can have the kids make ‘place mats’ or a ‘tablecloth’ for the table by using a large piece of white paper and decorating it all over with shamrocks.

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.

Make a Real Flying Pig

I usually try to feature crafts that I have completed with my students, and this one was a favorite from last week. This small pig is almost magical as it flies in the air. Both boys and girls love making it and it looks great hanging in a child’s room!

You will need:

  • an empty toilet roll
  • pink paint and brushes
  • pink and white paper
  • string and a loose bead or button
  • a hole puncher
  • scissors, markers and strong glue {hot glue works best if an adult isĀ present!}

1 Cut an empty toilet roll in half. This will be the pig’s body. Punch a hole in the top of the cylinder and the bottom and roughly the same place. This is where the string will hang later.

2 Paint the outside of the toilet roll pink and let dry. After it dries, you can snip two arms and legs on the bottom side with a scissor. {See first image above}

3 Cut a circle for the back of the pig and a face for the front. Use markers to add details:

4 Cut some wings out and use scissors to snip along the edges to create a ‘feather look’:

5 Cut a piece of string about two feet long and tie a bead to one end. String through your pink pig body so that it can ‘fly’.

6 To finish your flying pig, glue the head, back circle and wings to the pink cylinder. Make sure your sting is in place first! Hot glue works best of this {with an adults help} and enables children to play with or hang their pig instantly!

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.

Love Message Bouquet

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching! Since we have a few more days until the holiday is here, I wanted to post one last idea for you to try out with the little ones! This is a beautiful craft to make together and is also a great activity to practice spelling and handwriting.

For this craft you will need:

  • assorted colors of card stock or construction paper
  • patterned paper {optional}
  • bamboo skewers
  • green paint
  • green pipe cleaners
  • thin black marker or pen
  • glue, scissors, tape

1 Cut heart shapes out of your paper that will be used as the ‘flowers’ in your bouquet

2 Using a glue stick, attach the hearts to patterned scrapbook paper. Cut around the heart shape so that one side is a solid color, and the other reveals the patterned paper. This step is optional, but makes the bouquet look more professional and polished when displayed in a vase!

3 Paint some bamboo skewers with green paint for your stems. Let dry. Tape one heart to the top of each skewer to make the flower and stem.

4 Cut some white pieces of paper for your ‘messages’. Use a glue stick to attach them to your hearts and write a message that will continue onto each heart. Example, I needed five heart flowers to create “Love is in the Air”.

5 Add a green pipe cleaner to each stem to create the leaves for your flowers. Optional: add some red or pink glitter to your hearts to make them extra festive!

6 Place your heart flowers in a vase or glass and enjoy!

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.

Lucky Tree Craft for Chinese New Year


This fun and easy craft is a great way to celebrate the upcoming Chinese New Year on February 10, 2013. Considering this is the year of the Snake, I wanted to create something a little cuter… so this Lucky Tree fits the bill! The fruits can be clementines or oranges… whatever you wish!

For this project you will need:

  • brown markers
  • colored dot sale stickers
  • yellow, white and red paper
  • gold glitter and glue
  • a thin, black marker
  • decorative stickers, like goldfish
  • a glue stick and regular glue
  • scissors

1. Using your glue stick, center a small white piece of paper on a larger red piece to create a nice ‘frame’. Prepare a vase shape by cutting it out of yellow paper. Gather some dot stickers {can be found in any dollar store} and cut the green ones in half to use as leaves later.

2. Glue your vase shape on the white paper and draw some branches with a brown marker like the ones below.

3. Now peel stickers off and attach to the branches for the fruits. Orange stickers work best… I used red because that’s a lucky color for Chinese New Year. This is definitely the funnest part for kids! Peel some green cut stickers and use them as leaves. Use your thin black marker to add some faces to the fruits if you wish!

4. For some final touches, add gold glitter around your picture. Lastly, add a sticker to the vase. A goldfish is perfect for the occasion!

Every year I try and attend the Chinese New Year Parade in Chinatown. It is a fun and educational event for children with awesome confetti, fire crackers and great food. Here is a link to this year’s parade:http://betterchinatown.com/

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.

Fun and Easy Window Paintings for Kids

Moms, this is a great rainy day activity for you and your children! All you need are some acrylic paints which you can find in any arts and crafts store. {I know Jersey City doesn’t have many, so check the art supply isle of Shop Rite or even your local dollar store!} The most important thing is that the paint you buy should be non-toxic, water based paint, because it will be very easy to remove. Always test a small design first to make sure it wipes off of your desired surface easily!

For this project you will need:

  • acrylic paints {water based only!}
  • various small paint brushes
  • window cleaner for removal

1 Choose a design to paint on your window, or even your bathroom mirror! Snowmen are a great choice for January, or hearts for the upcoming Valentine’s holiday. Young children might want to practice drawing their design on paper before starting painting on the window.

2 Dip your brushes directly into the small bottles of acrylic paint and begin painting on your windows. Using too much paint will cause it to drip, so remember to wipe your brush on the side of the bottle before beginning. For multiple colors… let the first color dry first before adding other colors on top. For example, paint the snowman body first. Let that dry, then add black for buttons and a nose and eyes, etc, etc.

3 Let your beautiful creations dry and wipe away any mistakes with a wet paper towel.

4 Remove your drawings any time you wish by spraying with window cleaner, then wiping with a wet rag.

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.