Today I am so happy to have Kylee and Tara from The Mud Pie Makers doing a guest post. Each of these ladies has 3 kids and a wonderful perspective on how quickly these fun, but busy, years go by. These creative ladies post original crafts for kids, incredibly crafty ideas for Moms, free printables, holiday specials, and have their own Etsy shop where they sell Children’s play Teepee tents. See what I mean below and then head on over to their blog & let them know you are visiting from Living Life Intentionally! Make sure you congratulate them on their recent 100th post Anniversary – Congratulations ladies!
It's such a joy to be guest-posting for Beth today! It's a super-busy time of year, so let's jump right into this tute on making a fun Hopscotch mat!
My kids learned to play hopscotch in our driveway this summer, and we had tons of fun jumping our way in and over those chalky squares. I was thinking, what could be better on a wintry day than to pull out a fun hopscotch game to burn off some of that cabin fever steam? Enter, the perfect Christmas gift.
- 2 1/2 yds canvas
- acrylic craft paints in several colors
- stiff 1/2" paintbrush
- a large bowl or pan--square, rectangle or circle
- measuring tape
- puffy paint (opt)
- sewing machine OR hot glue gun
- 4 fabric scraps and dried beans (for Beanbags) OR 4 Rocks
The canvas I bought at Walmart was 60" wide, so I bought 2 1/2 yards and cut it lengthwise to make 2 mats--one for my daughter and one for a niece.
To finish the raw edges, you can fold them under 1/4", then fold under again and stitch all around. If you don't sew, you could hot glue them under.
For the hopscotch squares, I decided it would take forever to tape them off in order to paint straight lines. Instead, I had this rounded-square bowl in my cupboard that would work perfectly. You could use a square Pyrex dish, a rectangle dish, or a large round mixing bowl. Even a combination of shapes would make a fun design! You probably want your bowl to be approx. 10-12 inches diameter.
Measure your bowl and then determine the center of your canvas width. Make some pencil dots to mark the center and give yourself some guides for the squares. At first, I tried painting the rim of the bowl and stamping it on the canvas...but it was too thin a line and hard to hold the slippery bowl.
So then I just traced it with a pencil and painted over the pencil lines with a fat paintbrush.
I painted the lines as evenly as I could, knowing they would not be perfect without tape guides. A stiff brush really helped. Afterwards, I went back over the lines with my brush fairly dry and feathered out the edges to look like chalk dust.
Now, for the numbers. You could print out your own fun numeral font at home on cardstock to make stencils, but I opted to save time and buy a $4 set of stencils at Walmart. I love these 4" whimsical numerals. Measure the placement if you want to be precise--I'm more of an "eyeball-it" kind of girl. Holding the stencil with one hand, I dabbed the paint inside (not too thick!) and carefully peeled the cardboard away.
Then I touched up any rough spots and filled in the gaps.
Only one thing more needed for the game: Beanbags...or rocks.
If you don't sew, just find 4 clean rocks and paint them different colors. For mine, I used 4 fun fabric scraps to make little beanbags.
I cut 2 squares of each color to measure approx. 3 1/2" x 3 1/2". With a 1/2" seam allowance, they turned out to be 2 1/2" square. Stitch around 3 sides and the very edge and corners of the fourth side, leaving 2 inches open. Clip all the corners, then turn right side out and poke out corners. Spoon in dried beans or rice so it is fairly full but not stuffed.
Now fold in the raw edges on the open side and stitch closed. One final thing you may want to do is add a few squiggles of Puffy Paint on the underside of the mat to keep it from slipping on a wood or tile floor.
And your Hopscotch game is all ready for some energy-burning, indoor fun!
Thanks Kylee and Tara, that looks easy enough for even me to do! If I get right on it, it could make a really cool Christmas present for my own 3 kiddos! I LOVE homemade gifts!
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