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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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What Mom Really Wants for Mother’s Day…

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

While I love to do posts about cute flower crafts for Mother’s Day, I simply can’t keep up the ruse that that’s what Moms really want on May 11th. Don’t get me wrong…I LOVE crafts made by my children. I mean, I’ve made a career out of inventing craft ideas for kids (shameless plug…check out my new book, Project Kid!). But, if you want mom to really feel loved and appreciated, I say one (or more) of these 3 things will do the trick. (And don’t worry….you still get to be crafty!)

This is seriously the best product I’ve ever seen. On the back of the T-shirt is a road map. Lay on your stomach, preferably on a blanket in a quiet park, and actually invite your kids to drive their toy cars around the track. And voila! You’ve got a back massage. Made by the genius company, bky kid on Etsy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breakfast in bed is a lovely thing, but when your kids prepare your meal, sometimes you’re not quite sure what you’re eating. But, if you are served breakfast in bed on Mother’s Day with a chalkboard tray, food labels are easy as yogurt and granola! Found on Pinterest. (Any solid tray and a can of chalkboard paint will make this a family favorite!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nothing makes me grumpier than stepping on a lego or a toy car. The pain in my foot and the frustration in my heart are a bad combo. So listen up Dads! A Sunday of tidy toys is a gift that warms the heart and heals the instep. I found these awesome bags that have window panes so that the kids can see what’s what…too bad they are from Little Alligator on Made It in Australia. Anyone know of a product like this in the States? Inquiring minds want to know!

I know most of you reading this are moms. So my advice is just share this right on your Facebook page for all (read: your husband) to see!

Tell Mom she’s the best this Mother’s Day with this Most Valuable Mommy coloring card!

Mother's Day Paper Crafts: Paper Blooms
Mother's Day Paper Crafts: Paper Blooms
Mother's Day Paper Crafts: Paper Blooms

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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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April Fools’ Day Pranks for Everyone!

Monday, March 31st, 2014

I’m always the clueless one on April 1st. I fall for every prank, and I never remember to play them on anyone. But not this year! If you need a little inspiration, here are a few April Fools’ tricks for everyone in your life!

FOR YOUR KIDS

Stick adhesive googly eyes on everything in the refrigerator. I’m in love with the strawberries! This just makes me giggle and I think milk and juice should always be staring back at me. Found via Fun for EP Kids.

FOR YOUR SPOUSE

Time consuming and expensive, this post-it covered car is worth it! Found via Bored Panda.

FOR YOUR FRIENDS

Is it book club night? Fool your pals with this elegant cheese platter that’s really made of cookies and rolled out fruit chews! Our genius friends at FamilyFun thought of that one!

FOR YOUR CO-WORKER

Cover your co-worker’s computer mouse sensor with a piece of paper. They’ll be on the phone with the IT department in no time (or throwing it across the room)! Found via Rocketnews. 

FOR YOUR PARENTS (for all you kids reading this blog!)

Create a “spill” on a computer with dried white glue (make sure it’s REALLY dry before putting on the keyboard). Found via Pinterest.

What’s your best April Fools’ Day prank to date?

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