Fun With Cardboard

Today I was able to cross something off my Pinterest list. I find that I pin all kinds of projects on Pinterest but never do them. They look interesting, but if there not right in front of my face I forget about them. So every once in a while I scroll through my boards writing down projects I want to do in the next few days.

Healthy Simplicity - Fun With Cardboard

Today my older children went over to my mom’s – something they do every other week so she can teach things like art that I have no ability in. Anyway, it was just the two littlest and me at home so I decided to do a craft with them. I fairly proud that my OCD self did not have a meltdown while I let them use Sharpies.

The idea came from here. I don’t have anywhere in my house that I could tape cardboard tubes to, but we had some magnets that we weren’t using so I thought we would make them magnet so they’d be removable. The magnets we’re from something my husband signed up for, but we weren’t using. I hated to throw them away because I figured I could find some use for them. And I did!

The first step was to colour our tubes which is where the Sharpies came in. There was a fairly serious talk about what we do and do not do with markers before we started. The baby was only allowed to use them if he was sitting in my lap very carefully supervised. Everything went well, and I don’t think my children even realized how stressed I was. Bonus points for me.

Healthy Simplicity - Fun With Cardboard

Healthy Simplicity - Fun With Cardboard

You're not concentrating unless your tongue is out.

You’re not concentrating unless your tongue is out.

finished product

finished product

The magnets I hot glued to the back of the tubes.

The magnets I hot glued to the back of the tubes.

After impatiently waiting for me to hot glue the magnets on, it was time to play.

setting up

setting up

IHealthy Simplicity - Fun With Cardboard

getting silly

getting silly

craft success

craft success

I’m not always a fun, crafting mom, but I nailed it today.

What do you do with the empty cardboard tubes in your house because we always have empty tubes to play/craft with.

Linked to: Art of Home-Making


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Jennifer Schonhaar

Jennifer Schonhaar

Jennifer is the happily married wife of a pastor and the somewhat-tired-but-oh-so happy mum to eight beautiful children. She loves to try new healthy recipes, sew, read to her children, garden and play the piano.
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6 Comments

  1. Julie Geoffrion

    That’s a great idea and I think I like the idea of going through Pinterest to plan your next day’s “jobs” 🙂

    • JenSchon

      It was fun until Jonah ripped all the magnets off the tubes. 🙁 The older kids were having fun making really different combos for putting the pom poms through.

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