Kiwi Crate – Earth Day Crafting Fun!
Recently we received a craft box from Kiwi Crate to try out. What a treat! When we got the box, my daughter and I were so excited to open it right away. We love to be creative and to have a box show up that has an activity planned for us was pretty cool!
Our Kiwi Crate box arrived. Let's get it open already!
When we opened the box, I thought everything was so cute, colorful, and well displayed. We looked through it all carefully, yet excitedly!
My daughter was so excited about everything that came in the Kiwi Crate box that she spread it all out on the floor to get a good look at it!
The box came with two different Earth-friendly projects to do: a stamping project, and a paper making project. Both projects had an adorable little direction booklet that gave us step by step instructions on what to do. The box contained everything we needed for the project except for some random household things (for these particular projects you needed a bowl, water, towel, etc.).
Homemade Paper for Earth Day
My daughter wanted to start with the paper making. In this project, we would actually make our own paper! We carefully read through the directions and gathered the materials we needed to start. Here we go...!
We took the shredded paper out of the bag and put it in the bottle.
Next, the instructions told us to choose a color of tissue paper and tear it into little pieces. The more of the tissue paper we put in, the darker color our paper would turn out. My daughter, being the creative bug that she is, wanted to tear up half of all the colors and see what we came up with. What a great idea!
The directions called for shaking the bottle until the tissue paper turned to mush. My daughter was shaking with all her might!
Then we poured our "mush" into the tray to drain all the water. Our color came out a "speckled-purple-ish" color (I thought it was more gray, but my daughter's heart was set on "purple-ish" so we went with it)!
We took off the mesh and laid it on a plate to dry.
With the leftover supplies, we wanted to experiment a little bit with color and thickness. We came up with our favorite color - PINK! We discovered that the more shredded paper we used, the thicker the paper was. We liked the paper a little thicker. It does take a lot longer to dry, but we thought the thicker paper would be easier to use and would hold up better (we tried to use less paper with the green and it was too thin). We will be using our homemade paper for May Day basket tags!
Now, on to Stampin'!
Moving on to the stamping fun! In this activity, we made a stamp out of some air-dry clay and some nature pieces (stem and flower). It also came with a recycled bag that we got to stamp on – we loved that it came with something we will use over and over again!
Here, we are getting ready to make our stamp.
I love the way my daughter put the flower on top of the stem to make it look like a whole flower!
My daughter was thrilled with her stamp!
I took some puffy paint that we had on hand and added my daughter's name to the bag! She is excited to have this be her library "tote" now.
After we were finished, I thought it would be cool to make a "memento" out of the clay stamp. I got a stocking cookie cutter out (it was the one that fit around the stamp the best) and cut out around the stamp. Then, I took a straw to poke a hole in it. After it dries, I will Modge Podge over it to help preserve it a little better. Now, when we hang it on the tree each year, we will remember our Kiwi Crate Earth Day fun box!
We absolutely loved the Kiwi Crate crafts! A lot of parents are very busy, but still want to be able to create things with their kids. Kiwi Crate does so much of the prep work for you, so all you have to do is open the box and begin creating!
What I found most exciting about this little green box, was not what came in it, but all the "extras" that you didn't see in the box. This box enables you to spend quality time with your kids, it gets the family away from technology for a bit, and it also provides a creative way to interact, talk, and laugh with your kiddos!
What craft projects do you like to do with your kids?