Kids Summer Activity: Paper Sack Puppets

The kids are out of school, and it’s time to start doing some fun activities with them. I know my boys love to be artistic and put little crafts together and play with them, so I designed these fun Paper Sack Puppets for them to put together and play with.


Paper Sack Puppets Supplies:


Step 1. Using scissors or a digital die cutting machine, cut out all of the shapes that you need. Lay out all your pieces to make sure you have what you need.


Step 2. Using the adhesive, put your animal faces together. Adhere the face to the top flap of the bag. Also adhere the mouth parts inside the flap.


Step 3. Let your kids do a puppet show!

paper-sack-animal-puppetsMy boys thought the inside of the mouths were so fun!

open-mouth-puppetsHelp your kids make some puppets and they will be sure to have fun for hours! I know my boys sure are enjoying these puppets!




Kids Crafts and Core! Holiday Ideas in here…

November 22, 2013 by  
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Today we have designer Jill Lebbin with a super fun craft to do with your kiddos that is not only festive but cute! Who doesn’t love teepees?!??!

Jill from Every Day is an Occasion here to share a Kids Core project with you today! My son, daughter and I made Tepees out of white Core! How cute are these?

Core Tepees

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To create these tepees, I use Coredinations 12×12 white paper, this silhouette cut, Americana multi-surface paint, bamboo skewers, Elmers Craft Bond glue.

First, I had my kids paint the Core paper and we let it dry. Then, I put the paper through the silhouette cameo and cut it out using the this cut. If you don’t have a Silhouette, you could cut four triangles and add little tabs (or a section to fold over so you can adhere them) to the triangles and glue the sides together. Then we cut bamboo skewers in half so they would fit in the opening. You can embellish these, stamp them or add litte name plates like I did. That’s it!

I fond my inspiration from this blog, that artist that woman so you can check out and she has a downloadable pdf you can use to make these on your own for Thanksgivingif you don’t have a Silhouette. We are going to use these tepees at our Thanksgiving table as place cards! So excited! My son had a blast putting this together!

Have a great day! Smiles, Jill


And crafting with your kids doesn’t have to be downloads. Simple handcut circles like this are all you need to make cute catepillars like this one from Heather Kaesgan. Her son LOVES to craft with her and this is the CUTEST! Right side, wrong side, stamping…anything goes with this!

heather kids crafts

Kids Crafts & Core – Make your own Seed Paper

April 17, 2012 by  
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Today we have a super cool technique for you from Design Team Member Char Dobson and her daughter. This is a TWO PART series from Char so stay tuned for part TWO next week!

Here is a alittle bit about the project from Char:

Today I have a very special project for you:
making SEED PAPER!
Not only is this fun, but it is great fine motor skills practice,
can be used as a science project, and as a wonderful gift for someone special.
What!?! Why!? How!?!??…you may ask…
because not only are we going to make hand-made paper,
you can actually plant this paper as well!
How cool is that!!!!
Supplies you will need:
#1: Scraps of Core Essentials cardstock
***this is a really great way to use up all those scraps you’ve been saving!***
#2: Scrap paper or newspaper
#3: Water
#4: Blender
#5: Fine mesh strainer
#6: Needlepoint screen
#7: Paper towels
#8: Baking sheet
#9: Seeds

Let’s get started!
Step 1: Pick scraps of Core’dinations cardstock with similar colours.
Have your child tear papers into small bits.
Not only is this fun, it is great for practicing fine motor skills.
Step 2: Tear up some scrap white paper or newspaper.
We often empty out our paper shredder or recycling bin for this step.
You should have two same-size piles of torn paper –
one of coloured Core’dinations, and one of white scraps.
Step 3: Alternately layer papers into a blender.
Fill at least half way with water.
Give it a whirl, adding more water as needed.
Step 4: The paper pulp should look mushy, like this.
Step 5: Transfer to a fine mesh strainer.
If your strainer has larger holes in it, simply line with paper towel first.
Press out excess water.
Step 7: Use more paper towels to blot squares.
Step 8: Gather seeds and sprinkle on top.
Press lightly into the squares.
Step 9: Let Dry over night
Stay tuned to for part TWO and how you will get this from that!

Fabulous Friday with Kids and Core!

February 10, 2012 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Provocraft

Before we get started, don’t forget to sign up for our NEW Hard Core Crafter program! Details are here.

You will get access to tons of giveaways….EXCLUSIVE videos….and it is FREE!!!!

I know we normally do Tutorials on Tuesday but we got a little behind this week with our HCC program and posts so today we have a fun tutorial for you. I wanted to make sure I shared this before Valentine’s Day in case anyone wanted to use it as inspiration.

Our team members have been working with their very own kids to bring you Kids Crafts with Core!

A new series of quick and easy projects designed especially for you to be able to do with your very own family.

Design Team Member Char Dobson created these super cute Valentine’s Day cards with her (uber talented) nine-year old daughter!

Char’s daughter planned the entire pattern, colors, embossing folder….everything! on this project by herself. She even found the heart shape on her own while looking through Cricut cartridge booklets. AND they put this together in less than thirty minutes.

Yes, thirty minutes!

Char’s daughter has loved crafts since she was very young but has only been scrapbooking and cardmaking with her for a year or two. Amazing!


Step 1 & 2: Cut out four large hearts in a dark colour. We used the Cricut + Desiner’s Calendar Cartridge for this project:
Step 3: Cut out four slighter smaller hearts in a lighter contrasting colour.
Step 3: Cut out four slighter smaller hearts in a lighter contrasting colour.
Step 4: Cut out letters to form the word LOVE. You could also use Thickers or alpha stickers.
Step 5: Emboss the small hearts using your favourite Valentine’s themed embossing folder. We chose Without a Lock by Couture Creations.
Step 6: Sand.
Tip: Sand in a tray like this for easy clean up!
Step 7: Adhere small hearts to large heart background.
Step 8: Adhere letters.
Step 9: Embellish if desired. We added some candy-heart style stickers from Recollections.
Step 10: Adhere finished hearts to a length of ribbon. Tie a loop at the top.
Step 11: Your finished project….

Tutorial Tuesday With Kim Jeffress

October 11, 2011 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Provocraft

Design Team Member Kim Jeffress is here today with an awesome tutorial for us. Here is a little bit about the project in her own words.

The Space Stick

My eldest who is 4 is learning to write. He has had trouble remembering to put spaces in between each word  as he writes. I decided to make a space stick out of some Core’dinations cardstock, a pop stick and some other bits and pieces.

Step 1 punch two circles out of some cardstock. I have used a sheet of Vintage Cardstock.

Step 2 Emboss your circles using an embossing folder. I have used a circle embossing folder which i Thought looked like craters for me space theme.

Step 3 Sand your circles to reveal the core underneath.

Step 4 Grab a coloured pop stick and glue it to the back of one of the circles. Now glue the other circle on top.

Step 5 Finish off your Space stick by inking the edge to add difinition and adding stickers and other bits and pieces suitable to your theme.

Step 6 Now your Space stick is ready to use!

We are Celebrating Mardi Gras Today!

March 2, 2011 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Queen & Co.

Here on the Core blog! Check out this cool mask Design Team Member Char Dobson created with her Cricut.   Once Char cut the mask from some Black Magic Cardstock, she tore Gemstones Cardstock for the feathers and then embellished with some Queen & Co pearls. Then just finish it off with some ribbon and you are done!

And check out this cute model!  Such a fun and easy project for a party or even a craft project to do with your kids.

Have a great week!!!

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