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Tristin + Tyler's mom and producer, Tiffany, takes you behind the scenes of the brand.

Upcycle This! - Eggcartons and Ladybugs

Upcycling!  Yes, Tristin and Tyler have done it again! An egg carton into a ladybug.  This is a great craft from Crafts By Amanda! Check her out, she has amazing ideas. This craft is great because it's quick, easy to clean up and kids really have to focus to make the ladybugs look good,  so while they craft, you can get some quiet time. Tristin and Tyler thrive on taking something old and turning it into something new!  Actually, they love taking anything and turning it into anything (including a messy room), but I digress...back to crafting!

WHAT YOU NEED:

1. Egg Carton (no eggs in it please, LOL!)

2. Black Pipe Cleaners (or any other color to make it fun)

3. Acrylic paint  (black and any other colors you want) and paint brushes

4. Pom-poms for the heads

5. Hot Glue Gun

6. Mini Googly Eyes

Step 1 -  Cut the carton so that you only have the portion of the carton that holds the eggs.

Step 2 - Paint the carton whatever color you like.  Red is traditional, but Tyler loved his yellow bug -- scroll down and check out his "I'm so cool because my shirt matches my ladybug" smile!  What a QT!

Step 3 - Let the "bug bodies" dry for about 20 minutes or so.

Step 4 - Paint the black dots! (the kids may need help with this one).

Then after all is dry, moms and dads can use the hot glue gun to attach the pom-pom head, googly eyes and pipe cleaner antennas.  Also, please remember to keep the hot glue gun out of the kids' reach.  The gun can get ridiculously hot.

Let me warn you, I fought a long, hard, intense battle with the hot glue gun.  The glue stuck to my fingers, the pom-poms, my shirt - just about everywhere.  So take your time when gluing the ladybugs together.

Anyway, the battle (and all of the stickiness that came along with it) was well worth it because the boys LOVED their ladybugs which still sit happily on top of their bookcase for all to enjoy.

Please send me pics of your lil' ladybugs,  I will definitely share them with my world!

Happy craftin'

Tiffany