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3 Cool Ice Crafts

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
  • Straw
  • Aluminum foil
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch

Make it:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

 

Valentine's Day Heart Fan Craft
Valentine's Day Heart Fan Craft
Valentine's Day Heart Fan Craft

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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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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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5 Hoodie Halloween Costumes

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013


One thing that’s always stressful for me in planning my homemade Halloween costumes is the question of weather. I live in New York, and it can potentially be 80 degrees or 40 degrees. And you just don’t know until the day before. Sigh.

Layering is a great solution, and nothing better to layer under than a hoodie! Here are 5 awesome costumes that use simple hoodies as their main element. You can find more details and instructions by clicking the links below!

  1. Shark costume from Fiskars.com
  2. Knight costume from Mer Mag.
  3. Little Red Riding Hood via Indulgy
  4. Dinosaur costume from See Vanessa Craft
  5. Sheep costume from Parents

PS…Need a solid hoodie? Check out Basic Brilliance, American Apparel, or Target.

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Friday Find: Mind-blowing DIY Pom-Poms

Friday, October 4th, 2013

You’re probably starting to learn that your new Everyday Fun blogger (c’est moi!) loves to craft. And sometimes, I wish there were a vocabulary word for “amazing-genius-mind-blowing craft”. A single word. Craftastic? Nah, not good enough. At least not good enough for what you’re about to see.

Today I’m sharing with you a seriously beyond beyond beyond amazing craft of which I can hardly wrap my head around. How did Mr. Printables come up with pom-pom templates/patterns for animalsletters, and flowers? I really can’t decide which one I love best, but I want to make them all.

 I also need a vocabulary word that means “craft jealous.” I wish I had thought of this!

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