Thursday, June 9, 2011

picnic food book

After using corrugated cardboard to make the trees on our red bird, blue bird cards I started thinking of what other household things you could use to make stamps with. Turns out there are quite a few things...

The cover of or picnic book was easy to make. I just cut a piece of checkered paper (like a picnic blanket) and Claire used her thumb to make some ants. Draw on some legs and antennas, add some googly eyes and you're well on your way to making your picnic book.

Cut a potoato in half and chop off one of the ends to make these prints. Claire painted the bottom of the potato pink and stamped the cards. Using the end of a lollipop stick she made the watermelon seeds. I added on the green line so that we didn't end up with a giant scribble of green paint all over the watermelons! (Inspired by the watermelon wrapping paper seen here.)

I think that the grapes were my favorite one. As you can see below I drew a triangle on the card so that Claire could stamp anywhere within the triangle, which she did, more or less :)

 This one was pretty straightforward, we just used an apple to stamp- the apple!

Claire and Simon each made a strawberry page. If I may say, please don't worry about perfection. (Normally I like things just so when I'm crafting, but I'm learning to go with the flow- at least when it come to crafting with Claire.) As you can see her hand wasn't painted well enough so there was a gap between her thumb and the rest of her hand. No big deal, we just made two berries out of it.

Corn on the cob. Claire just painted a piece of bubble wrap to make the corn. Then we popped outside and picked a few leaves off of some shrubs so that we could paint the husks for the corn.

The hotdogs and hamburgers were made the same way (just used different colors.) A piece of corrugated cardboard for the bun, and a mini carrot cut in half lengthwise for the hotdog/hamburger. Then you can just paint on any extra condiments that you'd like.

Claire and Simon both used their thumbprints to make the ice cream cones. We just used another small bit of cardboard to make the cones.

Claire really liked making this book- but it wasn't done in just a day (or two). I spread it out over a week and a bit because Claire has the attention span of a 3 year (which is fitting since she is 3!) I used my cricut to cut out the shapes, but really square or rectangle pages would have been easier. If you make one of these link it up, I'd love to see it. (Or, if you have ideas for new pages that we can add to ours let me know in the comments.)


  1. adorable...what a great idea.

  2. So cute!! Well done Claire & Simon (and Mommy too!)

  3. Wow, so many great ideas! I love it!

  4. This is absolutely adorable! The kiddos must have had a blast making it. Thank-you so much for the sweet comment on my blog about my pictures. That means so much to me!

  5. This is so flipping adorable! I love it! Fantastic project... the hot dogs are my fave :)

  6. This is so sweet, and gosh, so much fun! I bet the kids had a blast making this! Thanks so much for sharing it at For the Kids Friday! I sure hope to have you back to link up again this week!

    :)rachel at

  7. I had no idea that pinterest existed. I had been blogging for sometime now and would love to be invited to follow you my email is flowerutopia74atgmaildotcom :) have a great day :)

  8. This book is so clever and absolutely darling. I just pinned it on my pininterest account: myshaenoel. Love your blog!

  9. Love it. Great tutorial and ideas.

    Thanks for sharing


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