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  • Notice of RightsAll rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the author, except in the case of brief quotations embodied in articles or reviews.

    Notice of LiabilityThe author has made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information within this book. Neither the author nor The Artful Parent will be held liable for any damages caused either directly or indirectly by the instructions contained in this book. Please use common sense and all precautions when cooking and crafting by yourself or with your children.

    The Artful Spring: Celebrating the Season & Holidays with Family Arts and Crafts

    Text and images copyright 2013 Jean Van't Hul

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  • Table of ContentsHow to Use This Book.............................5

    Celebrating an Artful Year.......................6

    The Artful Year eBook Series..................7

    Celebrating Spring.................................8

    Spring Favorites...................................11

    Celebrate Easter

    Easter Egg Suncatchers.........................................13

    Artful Bunny Ears.................................15

    DIY Papier Mache Easter Baskets.......17

    Tissue Paper Nests..............................20

    Easter Eggs 12 Ways...........................22

    Blowing Out Eggs................................23

    Easter Egg Tree....................................24

    Melted Crayon Easter Eggs.................25

    Dye Easter Eggs with Food Coloring...27

    Stained Glass Easter Eggs..................29

    Yarn Printed Easter Eggs.....................31

    Glitter Eggs..........................................33

    Washi Tape Easter Eggs......................34

    Holey Easter Eggs................................35

    Sticker Resist & Marker Eggs...............36

    Bleeding Tissue Paper Dyed Eggs.......38

    Mixed-Media Eggs.................................40

    Books About Easter...............................42

    Recipes for Spring

    Cooking Notes..................................44

    Bird's Nest Cookies..........................45

    Strawberry Shortcake Muffins..........47

    Fruity Spring Pancakes....................50

    Crock-Pot Millet Porridge.................52

    Raspberry Lemon Cream Cheese Coffee Cake.....................................53

    Bird's Nest Snack............................55

    Crepes Two Ways............................57

    Spring Greens Salad.......................59

    Herbal Vinegar.................................60

  • Spring Crafts

    Bluebird Paper Chain.......................62

    Flower Petal Suncatchers.................64

    Flower Stained Glass........................66

    A Spring Nature Table.......................68

    Leafy Masterpiece............................70

    Leaf Stickers.....................................73

    Botanical Stationery..........................75

    Print Your Own Spring Fabric...............................................76

    Spring Drawing Game......................78

    Leaf Rubbing Stained Glass.............79

    Spring Marshmallow Sculptures...........................................81

    Forest Diorama...................................82

    Books About Spring...........................84

    The Family Garden

    Gardening 101...................................86

    Family Gardening Primers..................87

    Garden Colors Scavenger Hunt.........88

    Garden Wish Flags.............................89

    Beaded Garden Ornaments...............91

    Painted Birdhouses............................93

    Garden Loom.....................................95

    Weave a Beanpole Teepee................97

    Celebrate with Native Plants.............98

    Concrete Stepping Stones................99

    Books About Gardening...................100

    Books About Birds and Butterflies.........................................101

    Books About Trees and the Environment.....................................102

    Final Notes

    Thanks for Reading..........................103

    Bunny Ear Template.........................104

    Bluebird Paper Chain Template......105

    The Artful Parent Book.....................106

    The Artful Parent Online...................107

    About the Author..............................108

  • How to Use !" BookI'm writing The Artful Year e-book series with the family in mind (most of the projects are kid-friendly) but the majority of the crafts will adapt easily for use in the classroom as well. And don't feel that you have to have a child next to you in order to do these projects!

    If you are doing these projects with your children, be attentive to their skills, ages, and developmental stages. Use your judgment in

    deciding what they can do on their own, what you will help them with, and which steps you might want to do yourself.

    Most of the materials mentioned are easily found at your local craft store. However, I created a materials resource for any that might be harder to find locally (liquid watercolors and BioColor paint, for example).

    Have fun!

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  • In our home, we celebrate the seasons and holidays through art, crafts, and cooking together. We mix the familiar (gingerbread cookies) with the unique and creative (stained glass garlands) and we're always trying out new ideas and combinations.

    Celebrating the seasons and holidays is a traditional way to embrace creativity together as a family, and the reverse is true as well: engaging in arts and crafts as a family is a fun way of decorating, preparing for, and learning about the holidays we celebrate.

    Instead of buying all of our decorations and materials, we prefer to take the time to make our holidays more fun and meaningful by doing at least some of it ourselves. The rewards? Memories and mementos, creative growth in our children and ourselves, and lots of fun!

    Celebrating an A$ful Year wi% Chil&en

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  • Arts and crafts, using the materials, colors, and themes of the season

    Decorations to make as a family

    Favorite seasonal recipes that are fun for children to help make (and eat)

    Ideas for celebrating the holidays together

    Children's picture books about the seasons and holidays

    Please join me in crafting and celebrating around the year!

    !e A$ful Year In The Artful Year: Celebrating the Seasons & Holidays with Arts and Crafts, I share my passion and ideas for crafting through the seasons and holidays, with one book for each season. Here's what you will find in each of the four books:

    eBook Se'es

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  • Spring is by far my favorite season. While I love aspects of all the different seasons, and feel blessed to live in a temperate climate and experience each, spring is the one I identify with and enjoy the most. I was born in April, so perhaps I feel a bit of ownership because of that. But I won't deny that a big part of it is the return of the warmth and sun to the earth (especially as winter is such a brutal time of year for me both physically and mentally).

    Spring heralds the return of the warm sun, the renewal of life, the appearance of green and color everywhere, and more time spent outdoors enjoying everything nature has to offer, from trees in bloom, birdsong as soundtrack, seedlings reaching for the sun, and baby animals cavorting. Spring is so alive.

    Each spring I plunge into gardening with wild abandon, with kids working alongside here and there and then running off to swing, practice cartwheels across the lawn, or bake a mud cake. I plant seeds and seedlings, weed, mulch, turn compost, celebrate each new bulb bursting open, and plan, plan, plan.

    Celebrating Sp'ng

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  • Maia claims ownership to a larger part of the garden each year with big ideas and plans of her own (the tallest Mammoth sunflower ever, bouquets of flowers all summer long, vegetables to feed the family). Daphne, at three, is an eager plant waterer, hole digger, and bug finder.

    Spring is when we reassess our outdoor living space and decide how to make it a bit more kid-friendly, magical, and inviting to the birds, bees, and butterflies. We add a bubble machine, make birdhouses, redo the sandbox play area, create special fairy houses, assemble the makings of a fort, grow a tabletop sensory garden, create an outdoor art area,

    make our herbs a bit more accessible to the kitchen door, and of course always add more flowers to the garden.

    Easter is the big holiday of the season for us. Much of our crafting energy goes toward dying eggs, decorating for Easter, and thinking of different ways to celebrate in an artful way. As a family, we experiment with different methods of dyeing and decorating eggs. We try our hand at creating baskets and growing our own Easter grass. With some Greek blood in the fa