Archive for the ‘Arts & Crafts’ Category
Tuesday, May 21st, 2013
Does your preschooler come home with tons and tons of art projects? Here’s a simple clever way to get a little more life out of them—turn them into a puzzle.
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Thursday, March 21st, 2013
Easter eggs are fun to decorate, sure. But once they’re dyed, you’re pretty much done. Kick up the Easter Egg experience with a felt board that lets kids decorate their eggs again and again and again—mess free!
Click over to check out this felt board I made for (cool) progeny. You’ll find full instructions there.
Thursday, March 14th, 2013
Check out these free whimsical coloring pages created by artist Melina Smyres. There are letters, animals, shapes and more all drawn in a free-spirited way that allows kids to color inside and outside the lines. Break out the crayons, sharpen those colored pencils and get coloring.
ps. Melina studied under some greats including Stefan Sagmeister, Paula Scher, Maira Kalman, Edwin Schlossberg, Milton Glaser and Steven Heller. That’s some serious street cred.
Tuesday, March 12th, 2013
Ahhh! I love this time of the year when I can dream of pots of gold tucked away beneath lucky rainbows. Can you tell I like St. Patty’s Day? It’s such a fun day to tell tales of Leprechaun fairies in clover fields or to rummage through our homes looking for anything (anything!) green to wear! I also like to sprinkle my house with a little Leprechaun magic for the kiddos and today I’m sharing a craft with you that will help you do just that. We’re making Lucky Leprechaun Hats!
Paper Leprechaun hats make festive party decor for St. Patricks Day and can be made using simply paper, glue and a little glitter. You can whip up as many of these as you wish in no-time. Inside the top of the “hat” you can hide surprises for your friends and family or maybe even a few “gold” coins!
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Thursday, February 21st, 2013
Remember Shrinky Dinks? They’re back! All you need is a package of shrinky dink paper (found in most craft stores), permanent markers and scissors and you have yourself a fun-filled afternoon activity with the kids. We made a short video to show you how it’s done. (more…)
Wednesday, February 20th, 2013
Even as a crafter, I’m prone to decision making meltdowns in the glue stick aisle of the craft store. It’s true. So, I’ve decided that what really attracts me the most to a craft project is the simplicity. As a busy parent, the fewer materials needed to complete the project, the better. An added bonus is crafting something that is not time-sensitive. That way I can stop and start the project in between checking homework and flipping grilled cheese sandwiches, if necessary.
So today I’m sharing with you a project that requires only a few materials. This is an idea for making a fun Pom-Pom Arrangement. You can use this arrangement anywhere in your home. Think: children’s bedrooms, living room mantles or even as the table decor for a laid back dinner party.
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Tuesday, January 15th, 2013
This is the time of the year that I make resolutions, but it’s also the time of the year that I’m busy writing Thank You cards. Actually, let me be honest, in theory I should be doing that, but sometimes I’m bad about it. And, I know we’re living in an online era, but there’s really nothing that can ever compare to receiving something in the mail, especially a Thank You card, don’t you think? That being said, I find when I make a craft project out of something, it not only motivates me, but also motivates my children too!
My two oldest daughter (ages 5 and 7) are now at the age where they love writing letters to people. Together, we came up with this Thank You card design. It’s a little Kraft/Parcel paper wrapped gift and pom-pom on top. I think it’s works well because it can be used for any occasion! (more…)
Thursday, December 13th, 2012
Remember the super simple scarf from last week? Well, this one is its bolder sibling. In fact, I recently brought this craft to a meet up of design-y types and it was a huge hit. You should of seen what those men and women could do with a blank canvas and a little paint.
The extra special thing about this project? Each scarf made is as unique as the maker. I rather like that, don’t you?
Let’s get to it already…