Friend- I have to be totally honest with you about something.

I hate crafting with my kids.  I know, I know, it’s like really awful.  Since I’m a creative I thought that I would be the dream Pinterest Mom who raises up other little creatives and it’d be sunshine and rainbows AND IT IS NOT.  It’s more like paint everywhere, tears and screams.  And then my kids end up crying too.  Like why is it so hard to be nice?  And why do kid crafts make me want to pull my eyes out and sell my children?

I know that I’m not alone in this.  I know because SO MANY MAMAS have told me the same thing.  So if you are with me here, I have some good news– I’ve figured out some tricks to craft with your kids without losing your mind.  Or at least these tricks make it easier to hide the fact that you’re losing your mind.  Whatever.

And to make things even better, I brought my mini me along for the ride.  She is hilarious and adorable and I don’t deserve her.

 

Ella’s Body Glitter:

Supplies needed:

  • Aloe Vera
  • Honey
  • Glitter
  • Small container with lid

To Make:

  1. Add Aloe Vera to your container.  You want it to be around 3/4 of the way full.
  2. Add a few drops of honey to the Aloe.  This is definitely NOT an exact science.  We probably did something close to 1 part Honey for every 7ish parts Aloe.
  3. Add glitter to your Aloe/Honey mix.  Start with a 1:2 ratio, 1 part Glitter to 2 parts Aloe.  You can always add more depending on how sassy you want the final product.  Stir slowly!  And you’re done.

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And in case you missed it, here is a list of the tips to help you pretend to be a “fun mom” while you sort of keep your cool during the chaos of crafting with kids:

  1. Disposable EVERYTHING.  Disposable tablecloths, disposable paintbrushes, paper plates, wooden stir sticks, I DON’T CARE.  I’m telling you people, this step is key.  Maybe you love the environment and don’t want to be wasteful. That’s fine- but I’m telling you- if you do this you’ll thank me.
  2. Make your expectations for each project 400% lower than they are right now.  These projects will be messy.  And they will make a total mess.  Don’t pretend like they won’t here, friend- you know the truth.  And your kids probably won’t make anything that could be posted on Pinterest.  It’s going to be kid-like, not Pinterest-like.  That probably sounds harsh, but girl you know what I’m talking about.  It’s easier to love and delight in people when your expectations are crazy low.
  3. Let worshipping Jesus be your focus here.  He has made each of us in His image and there is a beauty in letting our kids discover their creativity  that is unlike anything else.  Make your craft time goal = worship.  When I view it as worship and not craft time, I’m more able to let my littles DO THEM.  If it’s a mess, it’s Jesus’s mess AND I STAND BY THAT.

 

Sure do love you, my tribe.  Stay tuned for more videos soon!

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