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Egg-cellent Egg Carton Easter Crafts

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Which came first, the carton or the egg? Just a little egg humor to start off one of my favorite posts this spring—crafts for Easter made from egg cartons! We focus so much on the egg, and that poor container just gets tossed aside into the recycling bin—so much potential wasted. This year, stop yourself and make one of these six crafts with your kids!

I have seen a fair share of wreaths made from egg carton segments, and they are lovely, but to be honest, they look like an insane amount of work. And that’s what I love about this beauty from Honest to Nod, the Land of Nod blog. You don’t have to save dozens of egg cartons, cut them up, and paint them. These lovely flowers are made from just one carton, and as you see in the how-to photos, they are legitimately created by a young child. Really, they had me at the embroidery hoop. Just adorable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I usually don’t love the styrofoam cartons, but these little chicks from Parenting.com are just perfect. They are so easy to make and I can just imagine one sitting on each plate at the Easter brunch table.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’d be hard-pressed to find a party supply website with more style than Shop Sweet Lulu. And again, they knocked my socks off with this adorable take on an egg-carton Easter basket. They call them Easter Sundae Kits, because they are intended to be used to decorate a bowl of ice cream. How genius? Give the kids an array of candy in the mini cartons and decorate the top with a paper pinwheel and a spoon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If these little baskets look a little Christmasy, it’s because they were designed with that holiday in mind. But I think they have such potential to be intended for Easter and I’m super-tempted to whip some up tomorrow (stay tuned). You can find these and other gorgeous craft ideas in this issue of Inspired Ideas.      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Egg cups are one of the joys of Easter in my book. I love seeing all of the variations and styles from around the globe. These hand-painted, cardboard versions from Zakka Life stand up to any others if you ask me.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

I can’t find the origin of this photograph, so I’m sad to not give credit where credit is due because This. Is. Amazing. Turn parts of your carton into a chicken. Can you even stand it? Found via Pinterest.        

Click here for more crafts you can make out of household items.

Surprise Easter Basket
Surprise Easter Basket
Surprise Easter Basket

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Decoden: A New Craft Craze!

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014


Cupcakes, cell phones, Hello Kitty, and BLING! What do these things have in common, you ask? The answer: decoden! And what is decoden? It’s a Japanese-inspired craft trend that is sweeping the nation. Deco is short for decorate and Den is short for denwa, the Japenese word for phone. The technique started as a cell phone decoration, but now you can see it on everything from compact mirrors to picture frames to even finger nails! In short, decoden is just another form of mosaic, but instead of using tiles, you use rhinestones, pearls, clay charms, and, of course, glitter!

Until now, the supplies were a little hard to come by here in the US. You could buy them on Amazon or Etsy, but it was cost-prohibitive because they are mostly coming from Japan. Now, Mod Podge (my favorite craft supply ever) has come out with product line that will make DecoDen a hit here in the States (check your local Michaels Stores for availability). Visit Cathie & Steve’s Handmade Happy Hour to read about the products and to watch videos about how the products work. They were kind enough to send a heap of supplies for my friend Sophia’s 12th birthday party, and I can tell you first hand that THIS IS FUN. I loved it and the kids were obsessed!

To start your decoden projects, you need a few basic things—collage clay (commonly called whip), the object that you want to decorate, and your embellishments (charms-commonly referred to as cabochons, rhinestones, beads, mini-erasers, glitter). You can also use dimensional paint as the adhesive to stick the items to the object. Most of the charms that you see in the photo above are plastic trinkets that I pulled off of inexpensive hair rubber bands and clips, but kids can make their own with polymer clay or with Mod Podge’s new product called Mod Melts. You use the melts with a glue gun and silicone molds to make your own cabochons.


 The Collage Clay goes on like icing (but don’t eat it!) It comes packaged in a piping bag and comes with 3 different tips. Here I am showing the kids how you can apply the clay in different patterns, and Victoria is practicing her technique before applying it to her frame. 

And then, the decorating began. I offered very little design direction—the kids just went for it full speed ahead. Some went for broad strokes with big, overlapping chunky decorations, and others spent the entire 3-hour party painstakingly applying tiny rhinestones like a mosaic to the back of their phone cases. It was so insane to watch!

If you want to learn all the ins and outs of decoden, check out this brand new book, DecoDen Bling by Alice Fisher. Jump on this craft train people. You’re looking at the next Rainbow Loom explosion!

Birthday girl Sophia was more than pleased with her unique decoden birthday party! I might venture to say it is one of the first of its kind around these parts!

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Birthday Party Ideas: Star Candy Cake
Birthday Party Ideas: Star Candy Cake
Birthday Party Ideas: Star Candy Cake

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Move Over Green! Embrace the Rainbow This St. Patty’s Day!

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

I love me some green. In fact, I think green is my favorite of all colors—emerald, chartreuse, apple—you can’t go wrong in my eyes. But on St. Patty’s day, I want nothing to do with the color. The sea of green before my eyes blurs my love for the hue. So this year, I’ve decided to embrace another symbol of the day…the rainbow. Here are a few creative ways to embrace the rainbow on St. Patrick’s Day 2014!

 

 

I really don’t need a holiday to make and wear this adorable rainbow necklace. Visit Oh Happy Day for the how-to!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We all love the rainbow layer cake, but I’m also crushing on this M&M rainbow variation to make (and eat) on St. Patty’s Day. Found via Pinterest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love the pencil eraser as a print-making stamp tool. Teach your kids about ROYGBIV with this fun little rainbow craft. Crafted by MerMag, found via Minted

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m thinking if you combine this rainbow heart garland with this shamrock garland, you have the ultimate St. Patty’s Day decoration! Both can be found at Studio DIY

 

 

These fun and crafts projects will nurture their imaginations and keep them entertained.

Swinging Shamrocks
Swinging Shamrocks
Swinging Shamrocks

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Get Ready for the Super Bowl!

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

I will not at all pretend to be a sports fan. But if sports give me the chance to entertain and craft, then Bring. It. On. We are hosting a little Super Bowl party with kids and here’s the game plan (so to speak).

Drinks are plentiful at Super Bowl parties, so you need coasters. I love these football coasters from Snap Creativity because you can use them next year!

Last year I used masking tape to adhere brown paper to my table, and then I used number stencils to create the yard markers. Useful, cute, and best of all, quick!

I’m pretty obsessed with these adorable popcorn jar wrappers from Kara’s Party Ideas. You can use them to wrap water bottles too!

What’s the easiest craft decoration in the book? Yes, a paper chain. This one is made from brown paper to look like footballs. Genius.

You may have popcorn covered, but pretzels? Chex mix? French fries? I don’t care what I’ll put in them, but these adorable paper Super Bowl cones are a must!

 Admit, you want to come to my party, don’t you?

How to Make the Most of Playtime
How to Make the Most of Playtime
How to Make the Most of Playtime

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Toy Storage on Wheels

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Yes, the blog is called Everyday Fun, but sometimes, fun must come in a different form. And today, I want to talk about how to organize the fun—specifically toys. I live in an apartment so my kids have toys both in their room and in the living room. They are still too young to be trusted to play alone in their bedroom so we are often living in a sea of blocks, legos, and puzzle pieces in our main living space. But I don’t always want their toys hanging out in the living room (can I host a cocktail party without Elmo staring at me from the corner of the room?) so I got this brilliant idea their toy storage containers should be on wheels. Well, apparently there are many other brilliant minds out there because I found a bunch of great options. Check out my top 5.

I had to start with the most brilliant of products, the Koloro Wagon by Ichiro. It’s not just a rolling toy bin. No no. It’s a wagon, a side table, a tool box, a tv tray. Plus it’s transformable by the kid. Say no more. Thank you Design for Minikind for featuring this.

We’ve all seen the crates on wheels, but I don’t think it ever gets old. Just attach some casters to wooden crates and voila! These are also so great because they can function beyond toys…store boots in your mudroom, gardening tools in the garage, or put a top on it and make it an ottoman. Found on Live Simply by Annie.

If wicker is your thing, then here’s the mobile toy bin for you from Wisteria.

The French never seem to get it wrong when it comes to clean and simple design for kids. Since most of the toys that go inside the bin are (usually) a gazillion colors, keep the containers neutral to calm the eye from time to time. If you can’t live without this, you can buy it from this French website.

Restoration Hardware has done a great job with the sophisticated toy storage bins. These are cool enough for loft living and can even hold text books in a college dorm. See how I think longterm investment?

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