Friendly Footprints Slumberbag & Cooler

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Going to a sleepover with friends is sure way to cure the winter blues. Sponge stamps make this sleepover set a quick-and-easy project for kids of all ages – and they’ll be the hit of the party!


  • Nylon sleeping bag, any size
  • Cooler, any size
  • DecoArt Patio Paints: Summer Sky Blue, Citrus Green, Petunia Purple


  • Compressed sponge, 5”x6”
  • Paintbrushes: liner, pointed round, round scrubber, deerfoot stippler

Basic Supplies

scissors, newspaper (to cover work surface)



Print and cut out pattern. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Cut sponge as indicated; expand in water and squeeze out excess.


For slumberbag, load top half of one sponge with Summer Sky Blue and bottom half with Citrus Green. Load remaining sponge, reversing color order. Use photo as guide to stamp slumberbag.


Let stamped footprints dry for one minute, then use scrubber brush to tap a second coat of paint on footprints, gently blending colors. Use liner to outline footprints and add toe lines. If desired, add movement lines and accent dots.


Stamp cooler in same way, using Citrus Green and Petunia Purple, and stippler brush to add second coat of paint.

Other Options

  • Use a fabric paint pen to personalize items with names.
  • Have sleepover guests “sign” items (using liner brush and paint or fabric paint pen) or write special messages.
  • Use same technique to decorate beach towels, tote bags, backpacks, blankets, or other surfaces.

by Annie Lang

Tiger Clay Zoo Friend

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Do you know a tiger’s roar can be heard over a mile away? Turn craft time into something educational for your kids! Discuss fun tiger facts while you spend quality time together making this cool clay cat.


  • Polyform Sculpey Bake Shop Oven-Bake Clay: Black, Orange, White


  • Parchment-lined baking sheet
  • Oven thermometer
  • Oven

Basic Supplies

toothpick, paintbrush with rounded end



3″ tall


Adults, help kids when baking clay in oven.


1. On clean work surface, remove clay from packages. To condition, roll clay separately in hands until soft, bending and rolling until pliable. If clay cracks, keep conditioning.

2. For tiger, roll large Orange ball (head), two small Orange balls (ears), four Orange logs (legs), and skinny Orange rope (tail). Roll two small White balls (muzzle), four small White teardrops (paws), and one slightly smaller White teardrop (mouth).

3. Roll skinny Black ropes (stripes). Press stripes on legs and tail. Press legs together as shown in photo, rounding at top to create body. Press tail to back of body. Roll tiny Black triangles; press to ears and head; see photo. Press head on body, then ears and mouth on head. Indent ears and mouth using rounded end of paintbrush. For muzzle, press two White balls to top of mouth. For nose, roll tiny Black ball; slightly flatten and form into triangle. Press nose on top of muzzle. Use toothpick to add eye and muzzle holes.

4. Press paws on ends of legs. Use toothpick to add details on paws.

5. Position tiger on parchment-lined baking sheet. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to bake in oven. Let cool completely.

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