Summer Crafts

How to make beautiful paper pinwheels

Pinwheels are a welcome part of many differentsummer celebrations. Planning a block party? Heading out for thelocal Fourth of July parade? Make some pinwheels to bring along asentertainment for the kiddos.

The construction paper you have around the house justwon’t cut it for this particular project. Instead, visit thescrapbooking paper section at your local craft store and choosesome vibrant, colorful prints to use for your pinwheels. Specialtypaper stores like The Paper Source also offer a nice selection ofJapanese-style decorative paper.

Make a sun-catcher

Make your own lip balm

Beach Candle

Sand painting

Tissue flowers

Painted Lemonade Set

American flag craft

Make your own summer journal satchels

Did you hear that? It was the sound of children cheering wildlyas school bells across Illinois rang for the last time this schoolyear. To celebrate the end of the school year and kick off the bestsummer ever, assemble summer journal satchels with everything yourkids need to record their adventures.

The key to getting kids to actually keep a summer journal isgathering together all the necessary supplies in one location sothey can get writing when inspiration strikes. Whether your kidsare summer camp-bound or just heading down to the local pool forthe afternoon, they are going to have lots of new experiences. Ajournal encourages kids to take a few minutes each day to wind downand reflect on their activities.

Turn a plain canvas backpack into a funsummer craft.


  • Canvas drawstring backpack
  • Iron-on letters and embellishments or fabric markers
  • Iron (to be used by adults or older children only)
  • Blank journal
  • Colored pencils, markers or crayons
  • Disposable camera
  • Paper lunch bags or envelopesfor storing items
  • Glue sticks
  • Decorative stickers or scrapbooking supplies

Buy a plain canvas drawstring backpack and decorate with iron-onappliques. Spell out your child’s name and decorate with a funtheme (such as flowers or sports). To attach the appliques, peelone off and place on the fabric. Cover the appliques with a thinpress cloth or towel and apply a hot iron in 30-second increments.Repeat until the appliques are securely attached. Once theappliques have set to the fabric, turn the backpack over, slide theiron inside and apply to the backside to seal the appliques. Bepatient with this process because it can take a while for theiron-on appliques to attach completely. If you want to skip thisstep, use fabric markers to decorate the backpack instead.

Once you have your summer journal satchel ready to go, stock itwith the necessary supplies. Include a blank, bound journal andcolored markers or pencils. Provide a disposable camera so kids cancapture images to add a visual element to their journal entries.Then throw in some extras to keep the journaling process fun.Options include summer or vacation-themed stickers, stamps and anink pad, and a glue stick. Provide plain paper bags or envelopes sokids can collect and store mementos from their summer experiences(like dried flowers, ticket stubs or cool postcards). The bag orenvelope can be glued right onto a page of the journal. Addpersonalized items based on your child’s interests. When youpresent your children with a summer journal satchel, challenge themto take 10 minutes each day to record their fabulous summeradventures in this special journal.

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