Free printable Veterans Day coloring pages, American history military, patriotic - Grand Rapids Holidays |

Veterans Day is celebrated November 11. It's also called Armistice Day and Remembrance Day. We honor veterans, military and those who've died. We remember World War One, which truce was called on November 11, 1918. Here are free printable Veterans Day coloring pages. Images include American military, patriotic themes and WWI history.Free printable Veterans Day coloring pages, American history military, patriotic - Grand Rapids Holidays |


Despicable Me Minion Halloween costumes recycled, cheap and no-sew

"Despicable Me" is one of the hottest kids' movies of all time. What makes it so crazy-popular aren't main characters, but the supporting cast--aka those cute little vitamin-B shaped Minions. Minions continue to place in the Top 10 Halloween costumes for 2014. But you don't have to buy a minion costume. Here are easy DIY Despicable Me minion Halloween costume patterns and ideas. They're cheap too, if you use recycled materials, scraps and secondhand clothing.Make Despicable Me Minion Halloween costumes cheap and no-sew - Grand Rapids Holidays |


Free Printable SVG Patterns for Scrapbooking and Cricut Machines

Do you like scrapbooking, making homemade greeting cards or 3D crafts? Whether you use a paper die cutting machine like Cricut or make patterns free hand, you'll want these free printable SVG (scalable vector graphics) patterns. Click here to be taken to links for  Free Printable SVG Patterns for Scrapbooking and Cricut Machines

Free Printable Halloween Pumpkin Carving Patterns for Trick-or-Treat

Do you love fall? I do! I just made a huge batch of Michigan applesauce--yummy!

And what would autumn be without carving the traditional Halloween pumpkin? It's a rite of trick-or-treat. And it's lots of fun! Looking for creative pumpkin carving stencils for your jack-o-lantern? Here are free printable pumpkin stencils. Free Printable Halloween Pumpkin Carving Stencils, Trick-or-Treat Jack-o-Lantern Patterns

Free Printable Astrology Signs of the Zodiac Tattoo Patterns and Coloring Pages - Bubblews

The signs of the zodiac distinguish which star pattern or constellation a person is born under. The 12 symbols, or signs of the zodiac roughly follow the 12 months of the Gregorian or western calendar. The study of stars and their effect upon human behavior is called astrology. Predicting the future based upon stars and star symbols is called reading a horoscope. The names for the constellations and signs of the zodiac come from the Latin and the symbols are indicated in Greek. Here are  Free Printable Astrology Signs of the Zodiac Tattoo Patterns and Coloring Pages

Free Printable Origami and Kirigami Patterns Templates and Stencils

Origami is Japanese folded paper art and kirigami is the art of cutting paper to create stand up, pop up or 3D figures. Here are free printable origami and kirigami patterns and templates.

Crafter tip: score (make tiny cuts) on the dotted lines, using an exacto knife. Cut along the solid lines using an exacto knife or scissors. Fold on the scored lines and glue cut out to backing to make a 3-D effect.

For more free printable kirigami and 3D pop-up greeting cards, click that link.

Educational 4th of July Arts and Crafts with Holiday History Lesson Connections

Throwing a Fourth of July bash? Looking for child-minder party activities? How 'bout educational 4th of July holiday arts and crafts for kids? Here are patriotic American history craft activities for all ages, children to grown-ups. Make clay, play dough, paint, sidewalk chalk, gifts with these Educational 4th of July Arts and Crafts, Holiday History Lessons for Kids Free printable, budget-friendly, recycled, homemade crafts. Recipes included!

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