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Tuesday, October 1st, 2013
Despite the crowded parking lot, despite the long lines, despite the “out of stock” signs, or the frustrating instructions that can have you mystified, I love Ikea. Yes, I’ll say it again…I love Ikea. I love it not only for its forward-thinking design or its low prices, but also because many of its pieces are seriously blank canvases. The customization (popularly known as Ikea Hacking) opportunities are endless. Here are 4 of my favorites for kids’ rooms and toys.
I’m seriously over-the-moon impressed with this yarn-wrapped kids’ chair by One More Mushroom. It looks like something I would spend hundreds of dollars for on Etsy, but the Latt table and chairs is only $19.99.
I’m obsessed with this dollhouse made from the Expedit bookshelf, found on Woonideeen. The mix of patterns is so stylish, and I’m sure there is an easy way to make this a 3- or 4-story house!
Dressers are a great thing to buy at Ikea. They are sturdy, they function very well, and they offer many opportunities for personalization. This adorable example by Pinja Colada is made with circular stickers on the very simple Malm dresser.
My jaw literally dropped when I saw this incredible hack. This push bike was made from 2 Frosta stools. You can find the directions at Instructables.
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Thursday, September 26th, 2013
Clearly nature crafts are on my mind with the start of fall this week. And seriously, I never met a red mushroom craft that I didn’t like. (If you look at photos of my son’s nursery that appeared Parents magazine a few years ago, you’ll see that not much has changed.) These four take clever crafting to a new level!
- A new definition of a toad stool, this mushroom stool cushion is beyond! It’s only $25 at the Smith and Scott Etsy store or you could make your own pretty easily with red and white felt.
- How adorable and easy are these mushroom-painted jar lids by Rosige Zeit? Such a cute container to hold craft supplies.
- These sweet mushrooms from Beneath the Rowan Tree are made by painting inexpensive drawer pulls!
- You can make your own mushrooms from nature by painting acorn caps and sticks. Found on KoKoKo Kids.
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Wednesday, September 25th, 2013
Every fall, I’m always a little late on the leaf crafts. There is such a small window where I live of when the leaves are a true rainbow array of colors, and there are so many lovely things to do with orange, yellow, green, and even brown leaves. Here are a few of my favorites from FamilyFun.
The lovely leaves above were pressed in a heavy book for about ten days (you can see how I miss the boat every year, right?) and then decorated with a metallic paint pen. How lovely would these be hanging in a float frame?(FYI, a float frame is a glass-to-glass frame that’s great for projects like this.)
Flower crowns are lovely in the spring, but don’t ignore the leaves for you little woodsy prince or princess! The leaves stay in their raffia crown without glue, so when some go bad, it’s easy to swap them out.
Test your child’s scavenger skills by challenging him to create a rainbow of leaves (blue might be pushing it). Line them up on a log or even outside on the front stoop. Lay rocks on top to prevent them from blowing away. (Idea from Lisa Jordan of lilfishstudios.com)
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Now do you feel the urgency to get out and find those lovely leaves of orange and gold? I certainly do!
Thursday, September 19th, 2013
In addition to celebrating Talk Like a Pirate Day with some arghs, ahoys, sprinkled with some mateys, get a little creative with your kids and make some fun pirate crafts and treats! Here are three of my faves!
- For a special treat, bake up these super-fun pirate tattooed cupcakes from Parents.com. The spikey licorice pastilles add a cool punky pirate vibe. (You can also watch a video here.)
- These are officially pirate valentines, but I think they are fun little cards to hand out on a day like today! You can find the how-to and download the free design at Mer Mag.
- This is a serious pirate ship craft! No detail was left undone from the anchor to the sails, to the awesome bunting. Get the instructions at Mollymoo.
Anchors away, pirate pals!
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Wednesday, September 18th, 2013
It’s September, there’s a chill in the air, the treads of brand new sneakers are marking the dirt in the ground, and the smell of freshly sharpened pencils replaces the tropical scent of sunscreen. Yes, it’s back-to-school time, and for me, today feels like the first day of a new school. As Emily begins a new chapter in her life, I am beginning a new one in mine as the proud, new writer of FamilyFun’s Everyday Fun blog.
So a little about me…
(Scene: slightly shy girl standing in front of the class)
Hi! I’m Amanda Kingloff. I am a crafter, writer, stylist, and a contributor to both FamilyFun and Parents magazines. I write a blog called Project Kid and my first kids’ craft book, Project Kid, (published by Artisan Books) is coming out in April. I live in Brooklyn, NY with my husband Michael and my children Oliver and Sommer. My favorite color is green, my favorite craft supply is washi tape, and if asked what craft tool I couldn’t live without, it would be my cordless glue gun. I spend most of time making crafts for kids, designing birthday party ideas, and thinking of fun ways to decorate kids’ rooms. Oh, and also being a mom. There’s that.
So as my inaugural New Kid on the Blog post, I figured I’d give you a simple back-to-school idea to jazz up your kids lunches.
What you’ll need:
- 3/4-inch colored circle stickers (36 colors available at InStockLabels.com)
- Brown lunch bag
- Tongue depressor
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- Use the tongue depressor to draw a grid on the bag. The width of a tongue depressor is the same as the width of the 3/4-inch stickers.
- Adhere stickers into the grid squares to make a pattern, picture, or letter of the alphabet. Every letter or number can be made using a 5-by-7-inch grid. Scroll down in this link to see what I mean.
- Seal it with love and send your kids to school with their stylish lunch bag!