I came across this project I made for my first book, Making Shadow Boxes and Shrines (which is now reprinted as The Crafty Chica Collection, $24.99, Quarry Books).

It’s a great way to get your little ones to pick up their toys. Tell them every time you step on a small item – it belongs to you from then on so you can turn it into a craft project. I did that with my kids. I can’t say it helped much, but it was worth a try…

This is a cupcake tin filled with pictures and mini-mementos. It’s a kitchen sink kind of project where anything goes. The idea was inspired by my friend Jenny Ignaszewski. She was going to do a project something like this for the book, but was so busy she did not have time. After receiving her blessing, I took her idea and ran with it! Or rather, glued with it!

Jenny is an extremely talented artist, check out her web site: IggyArt!

Anyway – the cupcake collage!

All you do is go to a thrift store and pick up a cupcake tin. Cut scrapbook paper to fit inside each circle, and then make color copies of photos. Gather up your kid’s toys that they think they lost (hee hee) and glue them to the tin. For glueing directly to the tin, you’ll need Liquid Fusion® Clear Urethane Glue but for everything else you can use Aleene’s® Fast Grab™ Tacky Glue . I even glued little Pez candies all around the edges! You can also add little letter beads to spell out names, or years, or phrases.

Mine came out very kitschy, but if you are into clean and sleek kind of crafting, I bet you could make something really pretty and elegant with this concept.
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Love & light,


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