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Thursday, December 5th, 2013
Sometimes kids present us with the sweetest of gestures, unprompted, like that of Christian Bucks of York, PA. Christian decided that he wanted to help kids who might be feeling lonely on the playground with something called the Buddy Bench, according to this article on the Huffington Post. He had seen one on a trip to Germany and decided that he wanted to give kids a place to find comfort on the playground when they just needed a little company.
When I searched Buddy Bench on Google, I found that it’s actually a thing that people do (who knew?). This square-shaped one is actually a product for sale on Designs for Education, a British website. (I love how the shape of this one promotes conversation.
And this one is also a product for sale on Red Monkey Play, yet another British web store. (I’m noticing a trend here. You?)
And guess where this happy buddy bench is sold? Yep. England, as well.
I don’t know about you, but the UK seems like quite a friendly place! I bet Christian Bucks would agree!
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Wednesday, November 6th, 2013
I’m an upcycling fiend, and I can’t resist the opportunity to make something great out of something that would end up in the trashcan or recycling bin. And in the first week of November, what do most parents have an over-abundance of? Yes, candy wrappers. We’ve all seen the bracelets and purses, but here are 7 candy wrapper crafts crafts that will blow your mind!
How adorable are these doll dress made of candy wrappers? They are definitely frame-worthy. Found on Craft Stylish.
Dum Dum wrappers—classic, colorful, and a perfect craft material. I’m crazy about this adorable flower headband made from candy wrappers. If you figure out how to make, please share. Or, you can just buy one for $18 from Maisey Daisey’s Etsy store. And check out these cute earrings from Creative Itch!
Origami made from candy wrappers? Genius! Find instructions at Origami Resource Center.
I’m not sure how to express my respect for this craft enough. I would do anything to have this awesomeness in my living room. Found on the totally inspirational website, Improvised Life.
If used in a creative way, I’d be happy with candy wrapper art on my wall. Look at this amazing map that Karyn from Sugar Swagger made with the help of her first grade class! And then check out this graphic colored candy foil art work found on the Kate Spade Tumblr. These are stitched on, but it would work also just using Mod Podge.
Ok, start digging through your trashcan. I promise I won’t tell!
Plan a candy-themed birthday bash for your kiddo with our free Birthday Party Planner. Plus: Check out the 50 Best Movies for your next family night in.
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Tuesday, October 29th, 2013
I am totally of the belief that every holiday deserves a wreath. I didn’t grow up with a seasonal front porch that changed at the beginning of each month, so maybe that’s why I so want to be that house now! (Too bad the only people that see my apartment door are my neighbors, visitors, and the UPS man!)
Since Halloween is all about the door, it is a holiday that is screaming, howling, and shrieking for a creative wreath! I know you may look at this and think you need some mad needlework skillz, but I promise you, you don’t! It’s so easy and so much fun to make. Your kids will love helping you with this one too! And seriously, with only 2 days left before the big day, you still have time to have the cutest door on the block!
For instructions, visit my blog Project Kid for the step-by-step!
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Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013
I’m pretty nuts about wallpaper—it’s no secret. I blog about it, I pin about it, I covered a wall in my kids’ bedroom in it. And nothing makes me happier than combining wallpaper with crafts! I know it seems so wrong for so many reasons to let your kids draw on the walls, but these four wallpapers actually encourage it. If you can take the plunge and trust their coloring skills, I think you’d be psyched with the results!
What’s better than monsters to color? There are no rules, so each one can (and should) be different. This design (above) by Jon Burgerman would thrill any kid (or adult).
Dress Me Wallpaper by Wee Gallery is awesome. Why? Because it’s removable! Yes, for all of you noncommittal folks out there that might be afraid of the kids + wall + markers equation, this one is for you. And your kids will love dressing up the little characters in their own version of Project Runway. Found via Daily Candy.
Pineapples are a classic symbol of welcome which is why you often see them in homes, on door knockers, etc. I love this Paint By Numbers pineapple wallpaper by Jenny Wilkinson where you can create no two pineapples alike.
Even if this paper never gets touched by a marker or crayon, it’s still adorable. It’s just a repeat pattern of different eyes looking every which way and the kids can draw the bodies around them. Genius. By Cavern Home, it’s appropriately called I See You.
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Thursday, October 17th, 2013
If you haven’t decorated your pumpkin yet and you’re feeling like a slacker, don’t! I know you may think you need to get all messy and dedicate an afternoon to carving, but really, you can make a totally cute pumpkin in 5 minutes or less! Visit my blog, Project Kid, to read a bit more about these easy Halloween pumpkin crafts!
- Punk-kins! Little studs and spikes give these mini-pumpkins an edgy look.
- Mr. Pumpkin Head! Just raid your kids’ toy chest.
- Taxidermy Pumpkin! No animals were harmed in the crafting of this pumpkin.
Click here for craft sources to make these 5-minute (in between dinner and bath time). Yes, I swear…they are that quick and easy!
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