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Decorating with Pinecone Crafts

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.

Painted Pinecones:

  1. Bold and beautiful, high-gloss pinecones by Love From Ginger.
  2. Torie Jayne painted these pinecones in a very surprising, spring palate.
  3. Whimzeecal painted just the tips in an ombre effect.
  4. Hang seasonal decor from a painted branch with pinecones. By. Karen Marie Dehn.

Animal Pinecone Crafts:

  1. Whimsy Love makes a darling little owl pinecone craft using felt and googly eyes.
  2. 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.
  3. Kiddley added polymer clay appendages to a pinecone to make this adorable hedgehog.
  4. Is it a bull? A cow? Not sure, but I love the mix of cork and pinecone in this sweet little animal.

Pinecone Garlands:

  1. Who would have thought that the hard/soft combo of pinecones and pom-poms would be a good match? Seekimothy on Etsy did.
  2. 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!

Christmas Crafts: Ice-Pop Stick Sled Ornaments
Christmas Crafts: Ice-Pop Stick Sled Ornaments
Christmas Crafts: Ice-Pop Stick Sled Ornaments

 

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It’s Time for Turkey Crafts!

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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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!

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Costumes of Halloweens Past

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

It’s October 31st and that means just one thing, and one thing only in the minds of kids ages 3 and up all around the country—HALLOWEEN! The day has arrived and I think this year, I’m as excited as I was when I was a child. My son Oliver is 3 and this is the first year that he’s really grasped the concept of the holiday. But with understanding of the holiday also comes costume requests, so for my son, I’ve lost all creative control over his get-up. This year, he’s a fire fighter which is completely legit and still opens up some room for some crafting on my end. (Follow me on Instagram to see how it turns out! @amanda_mommy) Here is a little trip down memory lane of the last few years of costumes in my household.

Last year my daughter was a mere 6 months old, so of course I could mold her into whatever I wanted her to be. I had never seen a vintage synchronized swimmer costume before, so it was a fun challenge to figure out how to make one. Hop over to Project Kid to see how I did it. (Ps…isn’t she the cutest?) This year, she’s going as Jennifer Beale from Flashdance. We’ve been practicing by dancing to Maniac for weeks now!

My son was born at the end of August of 2010, about 6 weeks early, so by Halloween, he still looked like a newborn (and a little bit like a frog, thus, this costume). His pacifier was very important to him, so we attached his red froggy felt tongue to it. He got much attention strolling around in his bassinet.

The next year, he was up and at ‘em running like the little toddler that he had become. So I designed another approrpiate costume for that phase of life…a marathon runner! This photo (shot by my friend and photog extraordinaire Jami Saunders) appeared in a Parents feature last year.

Have a safe and beyond fun Halloween, everyone!

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String-Art Halloween Wreath

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

I am totally of the belief that every holiday deserves a wreath. I didn’t grow up with a seasonal front porch that changed at the beginning of each month, so maybe that’s why I so want to be that house now! (Too bad the only people that see my apartment door are my neighbors, visitors, and the UPS man!)

Since Halloween is all about the door, it is a holiday that is screaming, howling, and shrieking for a creative wreath! I know you may look at this and think you need some mad needlework skillz, but I promise you, you don’t! It’s so easy and so much fun to make. Your kids will love helping you with this one too! And seriously, with only 2 days left before the big day, you still have time to have the cutest door on the block!

For instructions, visit my blog Project Kid for the step-by-step!

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