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Creative Clear Glass Ornament Crafts

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.

Stamped Snowman Card
Stamped Snowman Card
Stamped Snowman Card

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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!

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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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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Double Duty Halloween Costumes for the Indecisive Trick-or-Treater

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

I know you know this kid…you may even have this kid. One minute they want to be a fireman, the next, it’s a superhero, the next, it’s Picasso. For the well-prepared parents, this sort of indecision is maddening, not to mention costly when you have to keep ordering and returning different costume elements or craft materials. So here are three ways to help these kids get two costumes for the price (and effort) of one!

For the school Halloween parade, your darling daughter wanted to be an angel, but come time for trick-or-treating, she now wants to be a nurse. Easy peasy. First, tie a wide red ribbon around her waist as a belt (referencing red cross). Then, take apart that pipe cleaner halo, attach a piece of white paper with the red plus sign to it, and voila! Angel to nurse in no time! (Save the wings for next year’s bird costume!) {Angel cosume from DIY & Crafts. Nurse costume from Sophia’s Style.}

He was feeling a little naughty in the morning, but then his sweet side came out and he decided that he had to be a zebra. Take some black tape to that evenly striped jailbird costume and create uneven zebra stripes. Wrap a rolled up tube of newspaper in white and black tape to form a tail and no one will know that your troublemaker caused trouble on October 31st! {Jailbird from Halloween Express. Zebra from Pottery Barn Kids}

There is no easier switch than that of vampire to magician. Grab a deck of cards and use double-stick tape to adhere them to the inside of the cape. Grab a stick from the backyard, paint it black, and don’t forget that white bunny or dove to accompany him on his candy crusade! {Vampire from Halloween Adventure. Magician from Costume Party}

Have you ever transformed one costume into another at the last minute? Fairy into butterfly? Sports star into superhero? Leave a comment and tell us how you did it!

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