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!
When I think of Earth Day crafting, I think of 2 things. First, I think of upcycling…taking something out of the recycling bin and turning it into something else. Secondly, I think about crafting with elements of nature…shopping in your backyard or park for FREE craft supplies provided by Mother Nature herself.
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.
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.
Ok, it’s time for a moment of shameless self-promotion! My craft book, Project Kid, hit the shelves this week, and I couldn’t be more proud! It’s a book for kids ages 3 and up (I don’t like to put an end cap because even adults tell me they want to make my projects!) with over 100 unique (and awesome, if I do say so myself) projects.
I really tried to look at the world through the eyes of a child, seeing juice boxes as the bodies of owls and paper towel tubes as freight trains. My trips to the grocery store were spent staring at oatmeal containers and cereal boxes, trying to invent new ways to transform them. The rocket on the cover? That’s a Dove body wash bottle covered in a sock! Scroll down for a how-to of one of my favorite projects in the book, but first, check out this fun video that my publisher, Artisan Books produced to really capture the whimsy and playfulness of the book.
And now, let’s get crafting! Visit my website ProjectKid.com for information about craft events and book signings in your area! You can also follow me on Facebook and Twitter for updates and fun pics!
Painted Feather Peacock Fan
What you’ll need:
8 to 10 white feathers
Acrylic paint in blue, yellow, green, and turquoise
Gold glitter glue
Blue and yellow craft paper
Paint the feathers as shown or in your own design. Let dry.
Add glitter glue embellishments—tiny dots or thin stripes are best. Let dry.
To create the peacock’s body, draw a 2-inch tall figure eight on the back of the blue craft paper; make the top oval about half the size of the bottom one. Cut along the outside edge of the figure eight, leaving about 1⁄8 inch of space around it.
For the beak, cut a tiny triangle from the yellow craft paper and glue it, pointing down, to the small end of the figure eight.
To create your fan, cut a 1-inch square from either color of craft paper and glue the bottom points of your feathers to it close together in a fan shape.
Finish by gluing the large side of the figure eight on top of the junction of the feathers.