Kid-Made Washi Tape Ornament – Inspired by Paris: A Book of Shapes

My kids love to be crafty. Some more so than others, but occasionally I will hit on a project that they will sit and do for hours. These simple ornaments were just that for two of my four. The third is planning to make hers tomorrow. The fourth isn’t very interested at this point, I need to find some Minecraft washi tape or something.

This project came around when I joined up with the fabulous Melissa of Mama Miss and a LOT of the Kid Blogger Network bloggers to bring the kid made ornaments blog hop to life again. This has become an annual tradition that is a lot of fun. Last year, we made snowflakes.

This year, with Oliver being really into reading and having had the chance to see a lot of fun board books this year, I chose the book Paris: A Book of Shapes. It is part of a series of board books called Hello World and they are just the best little books. Such lovely illustrations and typography. Each book covers a concept like numbers, colors, or shapes.

Kid Made Washi Tape Ornaments - Inspired by the board book Paris: A Book of Shapes

Kid Made Washi Tape Ornament

This is another one of those simple craft projects that is only limited by your selection of washi tape. So consider this an enabler alert when I tell you to go ahead and stock up. 😉 You will have plenty of options for projects by the time I’m finished playing with mine so it won’t go to waste.

The steps for this were easy. We cut out shapes we found in the book from cardstock. The older kids cut their own shapes, I cut the one for my young preschooler. Then I let them go to town decorating their shapes with the washi tape.

Kid Made Washi Tape Ornaments - Inspired by the board book Paris: A Book of Shapes

My little guy is getting the hang of this crafting thing. The last time we did a washi tape project, he put somewhere around a pound of washi on his bookmark. It’s more of a display piece than a bookmark.

After we made the ones I needed to take a picture of, my little guy proceeded to craft for a good long time. This little guy likes to be busy and he likes to be independent. These ornaments are perfect for it. There is very little that he needs me to do for him (tying the knot mostly).

Once they were finished, we punched a hole in the shape and strung some pretty baker’s twine type string through it. We tied a knot to make a loop and voila! We had a super cute, super easy kid-made washi tape ornament. I think they turned out pretty great. How about you?

Kid Made Washi Tape Ornaments - Inspired by the board book Paris: A Book of Shapes

Kid Made Washi Tape Ornaments - Inspired by the board book Paris: A Book of Shapes

Oliver’s ornament. See? Note the impressive lack of washi tape weight. 😉

More Kid-Made Ornaments!

10 Days of a Kid-Made Christmas

Be sure to check out the awesome series. Melissa is doing a weekly wrap up, but there are 10 bloggers each day sharing a kid-made, book-inspired ornament. This is a great way to add some seasonal themed projects to your homeschooling this year.

Be sure to check out the other bloggers participating in the first day with me:

10 Days of a Kid-Made Christmas


Gifts Kids Can Make

There are lots of reasons to make gifts for your holiday gift giving. Sometimes you can save money, I say sometimes because sometimes you can also spend way too much on fabric or other supplies. What? Is that just me?

Making gifts means you can create something just for the person you are giving the gift to. You can make it in their favorite colors. You can make something practical for their specific situation, like hot pads for someone who bakes a lot or an eyeglass holder for someone always leaving their glasses around.

When it comes to kids, there are a few good reasons I think it is important for them to make gifts to give.

  • It takes their eyes off of “me” for a while. Who doesn’t need this? For kids, it seems particularly easy to get wrapped up in “what do I want” each holiday season.
  • It builds confidence. Kids need to know that they are important and that they have something to give.
  • It doesn’t involve a screen. Well, for the most part. My kids and I both like to use Pinterest to find instructions for making various things.

I am happy that my girls love making gifts for others. My older son is more entrepreneurial-minded and tends to like to make things to sell…and only then. My youngest son is only three and I haven’t really attempted making gifts with him yet. We’ll likely remedy that this year.

Gifts Kids Can Make - A great list of ideas for kids!

Gifts Kids Can Make

Let’s get on with that list. I’ve put together some ideas of gifts kids can make to help encourage the next generation of makers.

Snowflake Ornaments – These are great for kids of all ages. I made these with kids ages 2-12 and they all enjoyed it. Homemade ornaments are great gifts for grandparents who appreciate those memories.

Washi Tape Bookmarks – This project is super easy to customize for the age and interests of the receiver. For younger readers like cousins, you can include stickers of their favorite superheroes or Disney characters. For older readers like aunts and uncles, you can look for (or draw?) themes like Marvel’s superheroes, Sherlock Holmes, or Dr. Who.

Easy Felt iPod Case – These could be good for a variety of uses, not just iPods. A good, easy project for new to the sewing machine sewists.

Ladybug Bunting – This beginner hand sewing project can be done in a variety of color schemes. If you have a sports fan on your gift list, try using team colors to make a little pennant the receiver can put up on game days. This easy project is even easier if you don’t have a felt that has a print on one side to keep track of.

Pippi Longstocking Socks – This is a no-sew project that would be a fun gift for a Pippi fan. I’ve also seen that crazy socks are still a hit in general so it might be a good option for a tween.

Apple Magnets – This is a simple craft that doesn’t take a long time, but gives you a cute gift. We have had these magnets on our fridge for a few years now. This is a great gift for someone with a country theme in their kitchen.

Personalized Journals – This is a great gift for writers of all ages. A good one for friends.

No-Sew Fleece Blanket – A great gift for kids who can wield sharp scissors. These can be made for anyone, fleece comes in a wide variety of colors and prints.

Tin Can Lantern – These are super cute and would make a great gift for someone who likes candles.

All Season Hand and Fingerprint Tree – This is a GREAT idea for a gift for grandparents.

“I Love You” Pillowcase – This gift is a great way to capture that new writer handwriting. A great gift for parents or grandparents.

Hand-Shaped Ring Dish – Another for the ladies on the gift list that would love to remember the size of those little hands before they become full-grown hands.

Painted Handprint Keepsakes – Yep, this one is one that will make a mama’s heart swoon. So if you are in charge of someone else’s little one, make their day by helping their little one make this for mama.

DIY Washi Tape Gift Bags – Don’t forget to have fun with the presentation, too. Customize your gift wrapping, too.

For more ideas on crafts kids can make to give as gifts, check out this book list. There are a lot of different options in each of those books.

If you have an older tween or teen girl who would like to make gifts for her friends (or you!), check out the list of DIY Health and Beauty Gifts that I put together!

Festive Family Holiday Hop & Giveaway

Festive Family Holiday Hop and Gift Guide Giveaway

I am so happy to have partnered with a group of bloggers to bring you this blog hop. Check out the posts below for more holiday fun:

Are you ready for the first big giveaway of the holiday season? You can check out all the details for this giveaway valued at OVER $1500 on the main landing page.

You can enter in the Rafflecopter below:

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Washi Tape Bookmarks – Easy Craft for All Ages

When I was titling this post, I almost made it easy kid craft, but the truth is, this craft is for everyone. I made several myself, one of which I will share below. The others were another style that I will share another time.

Washi Tape Bookmarks - Easy craft for all ages!

Washi Tape Bookmarks

You will need:

The laminator pouches and laminator are optional, but super helpful in preserving your craft. In our case, it protects our bookmarks from being dismantled by a curious preschooler.

I bought blank bookmarks from Hobby Lobby for this project. If you want to use a different, non-typical size for your bookmark, then simply use whatever color cardstock you want and cut it to the size (and shape) you want. Easy.

To make your cards, pick the washi tape and any other embellishments you want to use and start crafting. There is no right or wrong way to go about doing this. Embellishments you can use include stickers and gel pens to add hand drawn touches.

If you are not laminating your washi tape bookmarks, then you can use embellishments like sequins and gems. If you are laminating your bookmarks, then you will want to stick with flat embellishments or the laminating will have air bubbles. You can see what I mean in the pink bookmark below:

Washi Tape Bookmarks - Easy craft for all ages!

Two bookmarks fit in a 5″x7″ laminating pouch. Then you jut cut them apart. When you cut your bookmarks out, be sure to leave a clear edge just beyond where the seal meets and round your corners so you don’t accidentally injure yourself in the future with a sharp corner.

Washi Tape Bookmarks - Easy craft for all ages!

Washi Tape Bookmarks - Easy craft for all ages!

The laminator I use is the Scotch TL901. I bought mine on Amazon for less than $20 with a lightning deal. They usually have them for around $30. It is a great deal and I love finding new things to use my laminator for, like our chore charts.

If you follow along on my Facebook page, I will let you all know if I see a great deal for these every time I see one.

Washi Tape Bookmarks back

I wanted to show you this last photo so you could see the backs don’t have to be perfect. Some of ours have overlap and others do not. If it bothers you, you can cover it by gluing another bookmark to the back and then laminating it. Then you would have a clean back for your washi tape bookmarks.

That’s it, a super easy project that EVERYONE can do. See? You can be crafty!

Bird Unit Study for Preschool

I can hardly believe that I’m actually looking into preschool homeschooling again. Our youngest child is three and he is our most active child yet. I am looking forward to lots of fun with this guy.

I’m one of those homeschool moms that likes to make a big plan and then pick and choose what I do as the days go. I like to have options. And sometimes I completely ignore my plans and do my own thing. Even though my plan is also my own thing. I’m complicated like that.

Right now, I am planning on using a theme or unit study approach with Oliver. And I will be sharing these here on the blog. They will consist of books, crafts, activities, coloring pages, simple worksheets, and anything else that happens to fit with the theme.

Please Note: I am not putting these together and expecting us to complete every single activity, every single time. So please don’t think I’m expecting anyone else to do so either. And with that, let’s dive on into our bird unit study for preschool!

(For more bird unit study resources, check the bottom of this post…I like birds.)

Bird Unit Study for Preschool

Bird Unit Study for Preschool

For our homeschool, every unit study starts with a book list. Some lists are longer than other, but it is the foundation. For preschool, I use both fiction and non-fiction picture books. I include some higher level reading books, we use these as read alouds or just to include the older siblings. These are marked so you know.

Books for a Bird Unit Study for Preschool

I’ve broken these up a bit to make the list a bit more organized.

Books About Birds – Living Book Style

These books are picture books that feature birds but in an engaging story about various aspects of bird life versus a list of facts or textbook style text.

  • Have You Heard the Nesting Bird? by Rita Gray, illustrated by Kenard Pak – This book has a lovely rhythm to it. The illustrations have a realistic nature-like look to them. There is a little interview with the nesting bird at the end of the story that has some fun facts about nesting birds.
  • Birds by Kevin Henkes, illustrated by Laura Dronzek – Bright and colorful, this book covers a variety of different looks birds can have.
  • Don’t be Afraid Little Pip by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Jane Chapman – Pip is disappointed that she can’t fly and tries to learn how from a few birds who can fly. Ultimately she learns to appreciate that she is a penguin and penguins aren’t meant to fly, they are meant to swim!
  • Two Blue Jays by Anne Rockwell, illustrated by Megan Halsey – A classroom follows a pair of blue jays from the nest building stage to when their baby birds leave the nest and are able to fly without even one lesson. The illustrations in this book appear to be paper cutouts, they are rather neat looking.
  • Little Bird Takes a Bath by Marisabina Russo – Follow along with the little bird as he goes about his day trying to get a proper bath in the city.
  • An Egg is Quiet by Dianna Hutts Aston, illustrated by Sylvia Long – Not all the eggs in this book are bird eggs, but a lot are and the book is too gorgeous to leave out.
  • A Nest is Noisy by Dianna Hutts Aston, illustrated by Sylvia Long – Like the egg book, not all bird nests, but still a lovely book to include.

Picture Books With Birds

These picture books feature birds but are more storytelling fun in nature.

  • Otto the Owl Who Loved Poetry by Vern Kousky – I love that this book introduces poetry to preschoolers in a fun way. There are excerpts from “real” poets like T.S. Eliot and Emily Dickinson and then Otto creates some of his own.
  • The Little Bird Who Lost His Song by Jedda Robaard – A little bird goes on a short journey to find his song in this board book. There are a couple flaps in this book which make it more interactive for little ones.
  • Home Tweet Home by Courtney Dicmas – This is a fun, colorful book about two bird siblings who try to find the perfect home for their large family, only to realize they already have it.
  • Duck’s Vacation by Gilad Soffer – This is a silly, bird version of the classic There’s a Monster at the End of This Book.
  • Duck & Goose Go to the Beach by Tad Hills – Duck and Goose are good friends and always a fun read. There are multiple books featuring them. This one has them traveling to the beach. I can oftentimes relate to Goose in this book.
  • Peck, Peck, Peck by Lucy Cousins – A young woodpeckers learns how to peck, and proceeds to peck a hole in just about everything. A slightly silly, fun read.
  • I’m Not Reading by Jonathon Allen – Baby Owl is trying to read a book to his stuffed Owly when a horde of baby chicks invades. It’s a cute horde.

These two picture books tell a story, but they have a sad element in them that you may want to pre-read so you can decide if your child will be ok with them.

  • Bluebird by Bob Staake – This is a wordless book about a lonely boy who befriends a sweet blue bird. The story has a tragic element when the bluebird is struck and killed by a bully with a stick. The book ends with several birds flying the sad boy and his bluebird up in the sky, where the bluebird flies and fades off into the clouds. The geometric illustrations are unique and the reason this book is still on this list.
  • Hungry Hen by Richard Waring, illustrated by Caroline Jayne Church – This book is similar to a fairy tale. The fox watches the hungry hen grow, always waiting just one more day because she will be bigger the next day. The fox grows weaker each day until one day he pounces…and the hen eats him. Some kids will find this role reversal funny, some very much not. It reminds me of Aesop’s fables, so I included it on the list.

Bird Picture Books for Older Kids

These books will make a good read aloud or as a way to include an older sibling in on the study:

  • Seabird by Holling Clancy Holling – This is a classic living book that chronicles the journey of a carved ivory gull through every “age of American adventure.”
  • Backyard Birds of Summer by Carol Lerner – The detailed, colored pencil illustrations of this book are lovely. The book covers feeder birds and birds using houses and includes a chapter on attracting birds to your own yard. There is also a section for more information and further reading.
  • Backyard Birds of Winter by Carol Lerner – I did not actually have this one on hand, but it is recommended on the back of the birds of summer book by the same author. I am assuming it is similar and wanted to include it so you would know it is available (I didn’t).

Crafts & Activities for a Bird Unit Study for Preschool

I searched for crafts and activities that would be suitable for 3-4-year-olds, but most of these can be done by just about any age child.

If you would like a unit study for older children to go along with this one for the preschoolers, check out the Bird Unit Study over at Every Star is Different! Several of her activities can be used with preschoolers, too. I actually downloaded her science printable pack to use with my kids. I’ll laminate them and we will be able to use them for a long time!

So that is the bird unit study for preschool. In putting this together, I realized a few things. First, I love birds and think they are a lot of fun. Second, I have already written a couple of posts on bird unit studies and even created a couple printables. Third, there will likely be another bird booklist in the future because I found even more adorable bird books to check out at our library. You’re welcome.

Other bird unit study resources on the blog:

Activity Ideas for The Friend of Little Children – Jesus Storybook Bible

In our 3-6 children’s church class, we have been working through The Jesus Storybook Bible and I’m always looking for activity ideas for them. Today I have partnered with a group of bloggers to bring you some activity ideas for The Friend of Little Children as a part of a huge blog hop of sorts.

We are building a list of activity ideas for EACH story/account in The Jesus Storybook Bible. I signed up for The Friend of Little children. You can see them all linked up on the main page over at My Mundane and Miraculous Life.

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Activity Ideas for The Friend of Little Children

There are a few different themes you can explore with this story:

  • Friendship – As Christians, we are blessed to be friends of Jesus. You can explore the theme of friendship with your little ones by talking about what being a good friend is, role playing out different friend situations (when someone has a toy you want, for example), or make a gift for their friends.
  • Service – Exploring service with preschoolers is a great time for role playing. One possible activity is to wash each other’s feet. You wash your child’s and then have them wash yours. Or serve each other tea and cookies at a tea party.
  • Priorities – A good one if you have older students that you would like to include. Talk about what is important to us and compare it to what is important to God. Maybe make a picture graph for little ones with magazine cut-outs and have older students make a chart or list.

Our Activity for The Friend of Little Children

We chose to focus on friendship for our activity. After we read the story, we talked about how great it is to be a friend of God. Then we talked about our friends. The 3-year-old counted off his friends (most made the list more than once…).

Then we decided to make a gift for a friend. We decided to color a picture for his friend Jeremiah. Oliver is all about dinosaurs right now and my friend Annette over at In All You Do has several dinosaur printables that we just love.

I printed out the coloring pages and let Oliver pick one for Jeremiah. We talked about which one he thought Jeremiah would like and what colors he would like on it. He chose an orange cat. 😉

Dinosaur coloring pages from In All You Do

Then Oliver picked one of his Dragon Legends cards (purchased at the Creation Museum) especially for Jeremiah. He changed his mind after I took the photo so he ended up giving him the sparkly purple one.

Dinosaur coloring pages and dragon legend cards

Then we packaged it up in an envelope, which he also decorated, and hand delivered it to Jeremiah. It was adorable.

I’ve said it many times before, crafting and doing activities with kids does not have to be a complicated affair. They enjoy the time with you and will pick up much more than you could ever actually teach. They’re funny like that, little sponges.

I hope you enjoyed the activity ideas for The Friend of Little Children from The Jesus Storybook Bible. Be sure to check out all the other activities over at My Mundane and Miraculous Life!

DIY Snowflake Ornament for Snowflakes Fall

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You know how I’m always telling you that I’m not an activity mom? Well, lately God has been challenging some of my thinking and this area is one that is being challenged. Lately I have been more intentional to do more things with my kids because ultimately I want to build memories with my kids.

And guess what?

My kids are activities kids. Yeah. They love it.

So we have been doing more activities. This week we have made two ornaments with a third one on the schedule for next week. Today I have a book inspired ornament that is part of a fun project organized by the fabulous Melissa at Mama Miss.

She has organized 10 days of kid-made, book-inspired ornaments with quite a few bloggers, bringing the total to over 70 ornaments! Be sure to check them all out in her post.

DIY Snowflake Ornament for Snowflakes Fall

The book we chose is called Snowflakes Fall by Patricia MacLachlan and was illustrated by Steven Kellogg. I didn’t realize it when I picked it up at the library, but it was written to provide a message of hope after the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.

The book does just that, reminding us of both the joy and the uniqueness of snowflakes. We paired this book with a book of photos of individual snowflakes for additional inspiration for our ornaments and the book The Story of Snow for some science learning.

We decided to make our own snowflakes for our ornaments. We had a blast decorating and, yes, I made one, too. I didn’t just take pictures.

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For our DIY snowflake ornaments, we used these supplies:

DIY Snowflake Ornaments for Kids | Vicki-Arnold.com

Here is the simple process we used:

  • Take a chunk of the clay and smooth it into a disc. You don’t want them too thin or your etching will go through and it won’t be too sturdy.
  • Pick a spot to be the top and poke a hole with your toothpick. Swirl your toothpick around to make a whole big enough to string your craft cord or ribbon through.
  • Use your toothpick to etch your snowflake design in the clay. Don’t go all the way through the clay!
  • Decorate your snowflakes with glitter, gems, sequins, or other crafting supplies.
  • Let air dry until completely dry before stringing and hanging.

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DIY Snowflake Ornaments for Kids | Vicki-Arnold.com

See? Crafting with kids doesn’t have to be complicated? It is sometimes messy, but hey, that’s life.

DIY Snowflake Ornaments for Kids | Vicki-Arnold.com

I love how unique the kids’ snowflakes turned out. The one on the bottom left was made by the two year old who was more interested in making things with the clay that weren’t snowflakes. Like “nustaches”. 😉

 

Be sure to check out the other ornaments that are going up today:

10 Days of Kid-Made Ornaments hosted by Mama Miss!

25 Free Activities to Do With Kids

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Entertaining kids does not have to be expensive, nor does it have to involve a screen or loads of planning time. Here is a list of 25 activities to do with kids that cost zero dollars.

  1. Dance – Crank up the radio or iTunes and move!
  2. Read – Grab a favorite book and blanket, then head outside to read together.
  3. Create a Treasure Map – Put some fun treasures in a box, hide it, and then draw scratch out a treasure map. Go treasure hunting!
  4. Play Tag – Freeze tag, cartoon tag, shadow tag, or plain old tag…doesn’t matter.
  5. Ride Bikes – Take advantage of nice weather and head out for some fun exercise.
  6. Take a Walk – Walk your neighborhood or head to a local park for different scenery.
  7. Sing – Your kids won’t care if you can’t carry a tune in a bucket, just pick a favorite song and sing it together.
  8. Play With Condensation on a Mirror or Window – Rainy days are made for fogging windows and doodling on the window.
  9. Make Up Silly Songs – Kids are usually REALLY good at this.
  10. Make Up Stories – Again, kids are usually REALLY good at this.
  11. Tell Jokes – Kids are usually TERRIBLE at this…and it is HILARIOUS.
  12. Do Tongue Twisters – Try some from your childhood or do a google search. See who can do them the fastest.
  13. Cloud Gazing – You can do this anywhere you can see clouds.
  14. Star Gazing – Grab a blanket and head away from lights, be dazzled by God’s creation.
  15. Catch Lightning Bugs – A classic summer pass time.
  16. Wash Dishes – Fill a sink with some sudsy water and take turns scrubbing, rinsing, and drying. Listen to them talk.
  17. Do the Hokey Pokey – And turn yourself around. Then give Ring Around the Rosy a try.
  18. Jump Rope – See who can jump the highest amount of turns. Try jumping backwards. Try some jump rope songs.
  19. Make a Meal Together – Find a new recipe on Pinterest that you have the ingredients for and cook it together. Listen to them talk.
  20. Weed a Garden Bed – Be productive and eliminate some pesky weeds together. Listen to them talk.
  21. Pick Up Litter on Your Street – Grab a couple garbage bags and some gloves, then head out to better your neighborhood.
  22. Write a Story – Take turns creating characters, settings, and plot twists.
  23. Act Out a Story – Take a well-known nursery rhyme, Bible account, or one that you wrote together and act it out. Play one or lots of parts each.
  24. Do Relay Races – Grab some friends and try relay races or a game of Red Rover.
  25. Silly Olympics – Crab walk races, pool noodle throwing, long jump, and any other crazy fun games you can think of.

See? Not one of those things requires extensive planning or money. You could put some more effort into some like 22, 23, and 25 and make them a fun project or even a party, but that’s not required. Just take the time to have some fun with your kids and make some memories. You won’t regret it.

The Ultimate Guide to Crafting with Socks

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The Ultimate Guide to 50 Craft Supplies

I am happy to be partnering with 50 other bloggers to bring you the Ultimate Guide to Craft Supplies. Each blogger has taken a craft supply and created a guide for crafting with that supply. The project started on January 1st with Craftulate’s guide of Googly Eyes.

A sample of the guides you won’t want to miss:

You can see the entire list on The Ultimate Guide to 50 Craft Materials!

I chose socks. This may seem odd, but once you see some of the cute things you can do with them, you’ll love it! I have rounded up over 40 craft ideas to put those mate-less socks to use. Or those super cute holiday socks that you found on clearance for 10 cents.

These crafts can be made with kids, but there is a wide range of skills required. I aimed to make this a guide you can return to again and again.

The Ultimate Guide to Crafting with Socks

Toys Made from Socks

Stuffed Animal Sock Toys

Sock Puppets

Gift Ideas

  • Soapy the Sock Fish – This cutie would make a cute addition to a baby shower gift.
  • How to Make a Sock Bouquet – You can make this for any occasion or holiday, for any age. A cute practical alternative when real flowers wouldn’t work.
  • Can Cozy – A handy gift for someone who drinks a lot of canned beverages.
  • Lavender Rice Compress – For those stress-filled days.
  • Diaper Babies – Have fun making a basket of these with your kids the next time you need a baby shower gift. Or consider donating it to your local pregnancy care center to brighten someone’s day.

Socks for Decor

Clothing & Accessories Crafts with Socks

Holiday & Seasonal Sock Crafts

Other Sock Craft Ideas

  • Baby Sock Cat Toy – Make a simple toy that will drive your cat crazy. Very easy project.

MORE Sock Crafts!

You can follow my Pinterest board for sock crafting fun – Crafting With Socks

Crafting with Socks (a Pinterest board)

I would like to invite all my blogging friends to link up any sock crafts that they may have on their blog. Thank you for sharing your creative genius with us!