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Friday, October 4th, 2013
You’re probably starting to learn that your new Everyday Fun blogger (c’est moi!) loves to craft. And sometimes, I wish there were a vocabulary word for “amazing-genius-mind-blowing craft”. A single word. Craftastic? Nah, not good enough. At least not good enough for what you’re about to see.
Today I’m sharing with you a seriously beyond beyond beyond amazing craft of which I can hardly wrap my head around. How did Mr. Printables come up with pom-pom templates/patterns for animals, letters, and flowers? I really can’t decide which one I love best, but I want to make them all.
I also need a vocabulary word that means “craft jealous.” I wish I had thought of this!
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Thursday, August 22nd, 2013
Those three things pictured in the above photo? These supplies are all you need to make adorable wearables. Apple season is fast approaching, so I wanted to share this project with you so it is on your mind when the sweet, crisp, beauties start rolling in.
Cut an apple in half and coat it with a thin layer of paint before printing. I cut the leaf shape out of the other half of the apple.
Use your new stamp to decorate onesies
or anything that is begging to be printed on (napkins, tea towels, stationary, cloth bags, etc.). Just be mindful to heat set the fabric paint after it is completely dry. You’ll find directions on the back of the container of fabric paint.
Perfect for giving as gifts, these are easy and so fun to make with your little and big ones.
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Friday, August 9th, 2013
Image of Houses Seamless Pattern via Shutterstock
Now that back-to-school season is on the horizon, it is time to think about all of the ways kids can make their upcoming school year as bright and fun as possible. Covering text books with whimsical, charming, or even funny patterns can turn your kids’ backpacks into mini art galleries. This kind of personalization can help older kids feel more connected to their school experience.
I found the above seamless, repeating house pattern on Shutterstock, and I instantly felt like my eyes could hang out in this colorful neighborhood for days! Seamless patterns are perfect for book covers because you don’t have to worry about centering images – it is like wallpaper for your books!
Mustaches, because they are all the rage right now:
Image of Art Deco Mustache Seamless Pattern via Shutterstock
And, hot air balloons — to remind us of grand possibilities:
Image of Retro Hot Air Balloon via Shutterstock
Visit here and here for two fabulous DIY book covering tutorials.
Searching for your favorite images can lead to hours of fun! A nice rainy afternoon activity, perhaps?
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Thursday, August 8th, 2013
I was so happy to see the wonderful Sew Fun Projects feature in this month’s FamilyFun magazine! My friend Nicole Blum‘s beginner’s projects are delightful — simple and super fun to make and appealing to both kids and adults! Those t-shirt dresses make lovely play dresses for kids, but wouldn’t it also be perfect as a stylish tunic for an adult?
Oh, and my two daughters also happen to have participated in the shoot! So, ahem, that is pretty darn fun too! They are dressed in green (left and center) and had a blast romping and crafting with the group. My little one (posed in front) was especially happy to be part of it all. Her smile tells the story of a fun-filled day, yes?
The key chain project from the feature is one of my older daughter’s favorites; she is planning to make one for her back-to-school back pack. Did I just whisper the words “back-to-school”? Shhhhhhh. Please continue on with your summertime fun.
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Friday, August 2nd, 2013
In celebration of moving into the second full month of summer, I’ve collected some lovely boat crafts for you to make and play with. Build them and set them free on your favorite creek, pond, stream, or puddle. Surely, the boats will lead your kids on wild, summer adventures! And, while you’re sailing the high seas with an imaginary crew, consider reading The Wind in The Willows together. The pages are filled with woodland critters on boats, which is part of why it is one of my favorite story books!
1. This Twig Boat (pictured above) is magical and fun!
2. A Cork Boat! Brilliant!
3. Nutshell Sailboats. Ariana makes her sweet boats with hickory nuts. I’ve seen them made with walnut shells as well.
4. These Milkweek Pod Boats that my daughter made in the spring!
5. Traditional Origami Boats with a how-to video in the post!
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