Marbled Butterflies

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Although the weather was perfect outside today, after our stomping around the metroparks yesterday, I was in no mood for another outdoor adventure. That led to a raiding of Pinterest. I had a pin on my Fun for Kids board, but for whatever reason, the link is no longer good. It’s OK though because I remember the basics of how this works.

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Start with some shaving cream, plain white, so I had to buy some, as ours is a neon blue color. Yes, that is a special edition Jurassic World Barbasol. It made Arthur happy and was cheap!

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You will need a piece of cardboard for smoothing. I used a cookie sheet layered with aluminum foil as my work surface. You can use pretty much any surface, just keep cleanup in mind!

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Once you have your shaving cream smoothed out, it doesn’t have to be perfect, place some different colored drops of food coloring on it. Go easy at first, you can always add more later.

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This is where you can let the kids go nuts, swirling and twirling with a toothpick, or a chopstick, until the colors are all blended in a fun color design.

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Now you’re ready for transferring to paper!

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Lay your piece of paper over your color-swirled shaving cream and press gently. You’ll start to see the color bleeding through, but it’ll be ok, trust me.

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We made several different patterns while playing today. We would do one transfer, add more color and swirl again.

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In the end we had these four beauties. The very faint one on the right side was my first attempt, clearly not using enough food coloring.
While letting these dry, I was playing with the shaving cream, you know, like you do, until all of the colors blended into a bluish-green color.

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I’m sorry, but no one here should be surprised that I did this! This is also a fine example of how you can blend the colors like this before swirling more colors on top. It’ll give you a different background color. Pretty cool, yes?

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After everything dried, I folded the paper in half and cut out my butterfly shape.

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Something like this, but you can make up any shape really.

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Cute and colorful!

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The sunlight backing made it tough to see the colors, but these are a cute addition to our front window. Nothing quite like homemade decorations!
Craft on everyone!

Footprint Butterflies

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Today I bring to you my very first guest blog, from my very dear friend Jenna Salamon. Check out her blog about life with her family at http://salamonsalamanders.wordpress.com

Foot Print Butterflies: I found this idea on Pinterest a while back so I decided to make this with the kids for Mother’s Day.  Of course I put my own spin on it and I think it turned out fabulous!!  I made mine on an 8 ½ x 11 canvas but you can make it on anything.  
Here is what you will need: 
CanvasPaint (I used kid friendly Crayola paints that I found at Wal-Mart) 
Paint brush
Old Socks
A wet rag (to wipe off the feet after) 
Two Pipe cleaners
Hot glue gun
Start by lightly coating the right foot with paint.  Press the foot in desired location on the canvas.  Wash the foot with rag and then place in old sock.  Then lightly coat the left foot with paint and press on the opposite side of the footprint you already have down so you can make a butterfly.  Then wash with the old rag and put in the old sock.  This project went really smooth considering my children are 6 and 16mths old.  We didn’t get too messy! (THANK GOD) Let the butterflies dry overnight. 
When completely dry twist pipe cleaners to make the body and antenna of butterflies.  Glue in the middle with hot glue gun.  Then by each butterfly mark each child’s name with a black sharpie marker and age.Enjoy!!
Original pin can be found here:  http://pinterest.com/pin/106538347406578426/