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5 Creative Books Every Teacher Will Love

Sunday, May 18th, 2014

Believe it or not, this is the last week of school for many kids around the country. I think I can hear my nieces’ and nephews’ cheers all the way from Georgia! Instead of a mug with an apple on it or a personalized note pad, give your kids’ teachers something that will enrich them this summer…a beautiful book that inspires creativity. Here are the five DIY books that make me want to drop everything and create right now.

THE PLANT RECIPE BOOK: Baylor Chapman walks you through gorgeous green arrangements that will live and grow in your home all summer long.

PROJECT KID: Ok, another SSP (shameless self-promotion), but it really is a good book for teachers! Maybe they have kids of their own or they can just flip through it to get ideas for the next school year.

WISE CRAFT: Blogger Blair Stocker gives new life to old and often tattered flea-market finds, fabric scraps, and bits of nature. We all have some vintage hankies or rocks laying around that are begging to be crafted into something.

PAPER TO PETAL: Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell have put together one of the most beautiful craft books. Ever. You will be so amazed at how gorgeous these paper flowers are; and grateful that they will never die.

EAT & MAKE: Paul Lowe of Sweet Paul Magazine gives us a food and kitchen craft book that one day will be covered in olive oil stains and paint drips. There’s no more proof of a successful how-to book than that.

 

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Today is Frog Jumping Day!

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Yes, in case you didn’t know, today is Frog Jumping Day! Here are a few crafts, games and snacks to celebrate this all-important holiday. Hop to it!

Who says a frog as to be green? Love this paper mache frog by MollyMoo found on Curly Birds.

These frog cupcakes are super simple to make and you very well might even have the ingredients on hand.

And while the cupcakes are in the oven and the kids are in the backyard playing leap frog, whip up a few headbands like this one from The Thread House on Etsy (but maybe skip the sewing and just use tape and construction paper!).

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3 Last-Minute May Day Baskets

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

If ever there’s a year to celebrate May Day, I think it’s 2014. It’s been such a tough year with the harsh, winter weather and more than ever, we need a celebration that is all about fun, joy, and the coming of the warm sun! If you’re not building a May Pole in your back yard, here are a few things you can do to celebrate!

  1. Make one of these 3 easy May Day baskets. If you don’t have a cute vessel, don’t sweat it! Try using cans or bottles (image via Black Eiffel), a paper bag to cover a plastic pot (via Pretty Prudent), or even a paper cup hanging from a pipe cleaner (via the Shop Sweet Lulu blog).
  2. Write letters saying farewell to Old Man Winter. I believe he lives somewhere near Santa Claus, so just text him for the address.
  3. Make a toast to the summer with a traditional Finnish May Day drink called Sima made lemons, sugar, water, and raisins. You can get the recipe here.
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4 Fun Passover Crafts

Friday, April 18th, 2014

 



Passover is a funny holiday for crafting. Not really funny as in Ha Ha, but more like funny as in unexpected. Story-wise, it’s not the most joyous of weeks—there is a triumph in the end, but getting there was quite difficult for the Israelites. (Rather than do a synopsis of the book of Exodus, you can read the story to you kids from here.)

But, even the most serious of holidays deserve a little craft in their step and since I refuse to promote crafts of the 10 plagues (ew), I found these 4 (one made by yours truly) to be particularly surprising and fun!

When I was a kid, my sister, cousin Andy, and I were in competition for finding the hidden matzah (the afikomen). So after the official search, we would just wrap it up again and again and hide it for each other. Since Aunt Rosa didn’t wan’t crumbs all over the place, it ended up being just “hide the napkin.” So I thought, what if I make this fake matzah out of cardboard? Then we could really hide it and do a craft at the same time? Cut a square of cardboard (mine was 6 1/2 x 6 1/2″) and paint it a tan color. Let it dry, then use a pencil to poke holes in the cardboard. Glue brown yarn or twine around the edges to give it that finished, baked look. Look ma…no crumbs! (My son Oliver made the middle one here, by the way)

 

 

 

 

 

 

I always repurpose cereal boxes and cracker boxes for crafts, but it never occurred to me to craft with a matzah box. I love how Deep Fried Kudzu cut letters out of the boxes to make this holiday sign. Save your boxes to make the sign for next year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gingerbread houses are so much fun to make, but they are almost always Christmas-themed. With this unleavened holiday, who says you can’t make a matzah house, complete with a kosher-for-Passover fruit chew fence! Boca Raton Matzah house found via Epicurious.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The pyramids are such a symbol of the holiday, representing the slavery that the Israelites endured. While obviously not as hard to build, these origami pyramids are fun to make and teach kids about the 3D form. No Jewish holiday is complete without a visit to the blog, Creative Jewish Mom.

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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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