Wednesday, July 21

I Love To Create Teen Crafts Sweet Dreams Throw Pillow

ILoveToCreate Teen Crafts

Sweet Dreams Throw Pillow
Copyright Avalon Potter
"Kid crafted, mom approved."

I am quite positive that I gave birth to the world's best kid 12.5 years ago. My lovely daughter came home from camp today knowing that I'd been away for nine days at a medical center and was feeling worn down and under the weather and she jumped right in and made this FABULOUS project. She even took the step by step photos! Way to go, Avalon!

We bought the blank throw pillow several weeks back and she had a crafty plan. I decided not to direct her vision, but to allow her to create a design that was entirely hers. Okay, so I did suggest using felt for the facial features...but other than that and a little help with cutting the eyelashes, this is all Avalon. The companion piece is a creation by monster maker Jenny Harada.

Kids will amaze you if you let them. I think that's the key to great teen crafts. Instead of asking them to make the same thing you did, giving them tools to express their individuality and creativity challenges and empowers them. ILoveToCreate has an arsenal of tools to fuel their creativity and there are a host of fabulous ideas on the website for inspiration. Gather some up and step back and let your teens express themselves.

Blue cotton throw pillow (Target)
White craft felt
Fuchsia craft felt
Black craft felt
Aleene's Fabric Fusion Glue

Fabric friendly scissors
Sizzix Big Shot die cutting machine
Sizzix Bigz Die Wedding Flower

1. Use Big Shot and die to cut 8 flower centers from white felt. If you cut small sections of felt, you won't waste any in the die cutting process.

2. Cut out lips and lip center line from fuchsia felt.

3. Cut out eyelashes. Use scissors to cut into felt and create lashes.

4. Glue flowers to pillow.

5. Glue lips and eyelashes to pillow. Allow glue to dry.

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