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It’s National Love a Tree Day!

Friday, May 16th, 2014

kids tree craft

There are so many ways to celebrate National Love a Tree Day, and besides going outside to give that old oak a big squeeze, the next best way is to craft one!

This craft is from my book, Project Kid, and you can get the instructions here.

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Tags: | Categories: Crafts, DIY, Fun, kids, Outdoors, Upcycling

A Happy Earth Day Craft!

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

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.

This craft does both, plus, it’s cute as a button (mushroom)! It’s from my new book, Project Kid: 100 Ingenious Crafts for Family Fun which happens to be chock full of upcycling and nature crafts alike! Visit my website, Project Kid, for the full how-to!

Happy Earth Day everyone!

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My New Craft Book, Project Kid!

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

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
  • Paintbrushes
  • Gold glitter glue
  • Blue and yellow craft paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Tacky glue
  1. Paint the feathers as shown or in your own design. Let dry.
  2. Add glitter glue embellishments—tiny dots or thin stripes are best. Let dry.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Finish by gluing the large side of the figure eight on top of the junction of the feathers.

 

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Craft Your Own Elf on a Shelf

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

…or mantle, windowsill, dresser, side table. Really, there are no rules as to where this little elf can go! You can also thread some string through his felt hat and hang him on the tree. A versatile little elf, he is!

Mr. S. H. Elf is part of the crafty Countdown to Christmas I’m doing on my blog, Projectkid.com. Pop on over (Get it? Pop? Champagne cork?) for the instructions for this and to check the other last minute crafts I’m making to help pass the time before December 25th!

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Candy Wrapper Crafts

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

I’m an upcycling fiend, and I can’t resist the opportunity to make something great out of something that would end up in the trashcan or recycling bin. And in the first week of November, what do most parents have an over-abundance of? Yes, candy wrappers. We’ve all seen the bracelets and purses, but here are 7 candy wrapper crafts crafts that will blow your mind!

How adorable are these doll dress made of candy wrappers? They are definitely frame-worthy. Found on Craft Stylish.

Dum Dum wrappers—classic, colorful, and a perfect craft material. I’m crazy about this adorable flower headband made from candy wrappers. If you figure out how to make, please share. Or, you can just buy one for $18 from Maisey Daisey’s Etsy store. And check out these cute earrings from Creative Itch!

Origami made from candy wrappers? Genius! Find instructions at Origami Resource Center.

I’m not sure how to express my respect for this craft enough. I would do anything to have this awesomeness in my living room. Found on the totally inspirational website, Improvised Life.

If used in a creative way, I’d be happy with candy wrapper art on my wall. Look at this amazing map that Karyn from Sugar Swagger made with the help of her first grade class! And then check out this graphic colored candy foil art work found on the Kate Spade Tumblr. These are stitched on, but it would work also just using Mod Podge.

Ok, start digging through your trashcan. I promise I won’t tell!

Plan a candy-themed birthday bash for your kiddo with our free Birthday Party Planner. Plus: Check out the 50 Best Movies  for your next family night in.

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