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Thursday, January 9th, 2014
Cool crafts…get it? Ok, bad joke, but what else can we do in this frigid weather if not laugh? Rarely is there an outdoor craft that can only be done a certain time of year, but if there’s one genre, it’s these frozen ice crafts! Check out 3 fun ways to “enjoy” this sub-freezing weather creatively with your kids!
How cute are these ice cube boats? Stage a little boat race by patting down the snow on a slight incline and see whose boat makes it down the fastest. If you don’t have snow, just put a trash bag on your driveway. (You might want grease it up a bit first with some soapy water.)
What you’ll need:
- Ice cube tray
- Food coloring
- Aluminum foil
- Hole punch
- Fill up the ice cube tray spaces with water (as many boats as you’d like to make), mix in a few drops of food coloring, and cover with aluminum foil.
- Poke little holes in the middle and insert 5″ straws straight up and down. Put the tray outside (or in the freezer) until frozen solid.
- Cut a paper sail about 2″ tall by 3″ wide, punch a hole on the top and bottom edges (centered), and insert the straw through the holes. (Smaller second sail is optional.)
Be nice to the birds that didn’t make it far enough South this winter to avoid the cold. Freeze birdseed and cranberries into ice cube trays and hang them on your trees. Check out the how-to at Henry Happened. (BTW, she made the rings by putting a glass in the center of a bowl, putting the seeds and cranberries around it, then filling it with about 1″ of water. Clever.)
It’s no doubt looking a little bleak in your yard…even if the sky is blue, everything is looks pretty sad and lacking some green. Add decor to your trees with these colored ice ornaments from Design Mom.
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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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Thursday, December 12th, 2013
A clear glass ornament is like a blank canvas—the decoration possibilities are endless! And even better than a flat canvas, you can embellish both the inside and the outside of a clear glass Christmas ball. Here are 4 of my absolute faves!
You can either pour some paint inside the ornaments and swirl it around, or dip the bottoms in your favorite colors. Visit Hi Sugar Plum for more details.
Crafter extraordinaire Sania Pell used both the inside and outside of the clear glass ornament to make these super-modern and cool Christmas ornaments.
Do you have some extra yarn pom-poms lying around? Blair from Wisecraft had the genius idea of putting them inside the clear glass ball! I’d love to decorate a whole tabletop tree in these!
The melted snowman ornament never ceases to crack me up! This one from Free-n-Fun Christmas is made with epsom salts, but table salt, fake snow, white glitter or sugar would work too!
Keep your little ones entertained with these holiday printables.
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Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
Mother Nature is very generous with her craft supplies and one of her most popular (and plentiful) items is pinecones! They are everywhere come fall and are a great base to create some really fun projects! I find that people use pinecones most commonly in three ways: painted for display, as the body base for animals, or to hang on the wall to celebrate fall. Here are some awesome crafts that fit those three categories.
- Bold and beautiful, high-gloss pinecones by Love From Ginger.
- Torie Jayne painted these pinecones in a very surprising, spring palate.
- Whimzeecal painted just the tips in an ombre effect.
- Hang seasonal decor from a painted branch with pinecones. By. Karen Marie Dehn.
Animal Pinecone Crafts:
- Whimsy Love makes a darling little owl pinecone craft using felt and googly eyes.
- These birds, formerly for sale at World Market, are a great use of pinecones. Just add some styrofoam balls and glittered craft foam shapes to complete the feathered friend.
- Kiddley added polymer clay appendages to a pinecone to make this adorable hedgehog.
- Is it a bull? A cow? Not sure, but I love the mix of cork and pinecone in this sweet little animal.
- Who would have thought that the hard/soft combo of pinecones and pom-poms would be a good match? Seekimothy on Etsy did.
- Gold + pinecones: you can’t go wrong! This garland is for sale at West Elm.
Inspired? I thought so! Now go outside and find some pinecones!
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Monday, November 11th, 2013
It’s time to step away from the ghosts and goblins, pack up your tombstones and your spider webs, and move on to a less frightful, and more delightful holiday…Thanksgiving. I find it a real challenge to make a turkey craft that feels unique and adorable at the same time; this has gotten my wheels turning and I’m determined to share a fresh idea made by yours truly before Turkey Day rolls around. In the meantime, here are a few of my faves!
Ok, so I’m tooting my own horn a little bit—I made this guy for Parents magazine a few years ago, but I still think he reigns king over all cute turkey crafts!
An embroidery hoop turkey? Genius! Love how modern and clean this little guy is styled. Find instructions at All Free Kids Crafts.
Made by Joel always nails it with simple crafts that still look great, and he didn’t miss with this cool cardboard turkey.
I also feel very attached to these little turkeys that act as place cards on your holiday table. Did you notice his feet are made from bobby pins? From Parents.com.
If the place cards are too much work, make these adorable napkin rings turkeys instead! From The Country Chic Cottage.
Every holiday deserves a puppet, and these turkeys made from cereal boxes are to die for! From Plum Pudding.
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