Monday, March 24, 2014

Keep Calm & Craft On During National Craft Month...

(The Jackson Five Family Blog received a complimentary product same from Rowenta to help facilitate this feature. However all opinions are honest and our own!)

March is "National Craft Month" so the boys' and I got our craft on the other day and had so much fun doing it!
We were recently sent several fun craft idea's from Rowenta's resident DIY Expert, Jenni Radosevich and one of them was making '5 Minute Graphic DIY Kids Tees' using the Rowenta First Class Travel Iron.
The craft was so easy and only called for 3 things -- T-Shirts, Iron-On Transfers, and of course an Iron. It was extremely simple and the boys thought they were big stuff making their own t-shirts to wear. Jace even helped iron, supervised of course!
They were so excited about their finished t-shirts and we had fun working together making a craft.
Unfortunately 72% of children ages 8 and under will miss National Craft Month. Why you ask? Because this young, and shockingly high percentage of children have already used an iPad, iPhone or similar touch-screen device to play games, watch videos or use other apps and the average amount of time children spend using these devices has tripled since 2011, according to a survey conducted by Common Sense Media. With such a large amount of children in the U.S. using electronic devices for education and entertainment, the developmental and bonding advantages that come from family oriented, hands on craft projects has been lost.
My kids are very guilty of using electronic devices too much. The first thing they want to do after school is get on the iPad or play on their Wii. We definitely need to do family crafts like this one more often. They had so much fun creating these and were proud to wear the shirts we created together. It was cheap, easy and I loved that they thought up their own idea's.
Here are a few other fun idea's from Radosevich that you can do using a Rowenta iron.

What you need:

 Rowenta First Class Travel Iron 
Heat Transfer Material
What to do:
Fold your Iron-on material in half (shiny side facing out). Draw a half of a heart. Cut out.  Position on your pillow, and using your Rowenta iron at medium heat, iron over the shiny side. After ironing the heart evenly for 5 minutes, peel off the clear backing, and let cool. 
What You Need: 

    Drawing Paper
Heat Transfer Vinyl paper in silver or pink
Rowenta First Class Travel Iron 
 Paper Puncher
Pillow case
 Picture Frame
What to do:
 First, punch holes in the vinyl paper with the paper puncher.  Gather the dots and place on your drawing paper (make sure the shiny side of the vinyl paper is up). Next place your pillow case on top of the dots and use your Rowenta iron on medium heat to adhere the dots to the paper. Cut the paper down to fit inside the matte.  Put into the frame and display.
What you need:
 Natural Coir Mat
  Fabric Paint
Roller brush and tray
 Paint Brush
 Vinyl sticker letters
Rowenta Eco Iron
   Painter’s Tape
What to do: 
       First tape off the edges of your mat, I measured buy doing two pieces from the edge. Next lay down your vinyl sticker letters to spell out your message. Using the roller paint the uncovered spots. Peal off your letters and the tape around the edges. With a paintbrush add a pop of color. After it dries, place a piece of fabric like a pillow case over the painted sections and iron on medium heat to seal the paint so it does not brush off on your guest’s shoes. Use Rowenta’s Eco Iron and save energy while DIYing!

I encourage you to get crafty with your kids this month, they will love it and you'll have some fun too!
~ Happy Crafting!!

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