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It’s Advent Calendar Time!

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Tomorrow is December 1st, which means it’s time to hang your advent calendar. If you are in a crafting quandary, try this super-easy (and unique) craft that the kids will LOVE! Each day they get to take a coin to a homemade scratch-off card to reveal a fun outing, surprise, or treat. Click here for instructions and the free downloadable cards.

For more amazingly creative designs, check out this new advent calendar slide show!

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Eco Crafts: Recycled Bottle Top Art

Friday, July 29th, 2011

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I’m one to collect abandoned aluminum cans, paper tower tubes, plastic bottles, milk jugs, and egg cartons (I could go on) for craft projects, but honestly, I’ve never seen anything like this collection of drink bottle tops!

These kids made a cool mosaic in the style of Kandinsky, like the painting above.

High art, with a green twist.  Found via Crafty Crow, originally posted on Kunstraum.

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Sidewalk Chalk Quilt

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

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There are so many things I love about these photos…

  1. That gorgeous property in Boulder, CO. Don’t you want to live there?
  2. The cement grid in the front yard—imagine playing checkers with large, plastic jar lids!
  3. The vibrant chalk quilt (totally kid-created) that Anne of Flax & Twine came home to.

Even if you don’t have this unique pavement feature, you can make your own chalk quilt by taping off squares with masking tape. Just check the forecast—all that hard work to be washed away the next day would be a craft-tastrophe!

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DIY Teething Necklace

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

I was so excited when my mom bought me a Chewbeads necklace…it’s a great-looking accessory made from baby-safe silicone beads. But after the first wearing, I quickly realized that I was covered in drool—not just the necklace but also my shirt. (And the silicone would get caught in my hair which was sort of painful.)  The concept is genius, and maybe my little Oliver is droolier than most, but it proved to be a total mess for me. So now the necklace sits in his toy bin, along with everything else he puts in his mouth.

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And then I came across this adorable DIY teething necklace by A Bit of Sunshine on Craftgawker. Maybe it would have the same effect, but perhaps the fabric cover over the beads will safeguard my hair and act as a sponge for all the saliva? Maybe? Possibly? Hopefully, because it’s too cute, and I need to make one.

Now I know what my next weekend project will be.

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Project Nursery on Ohdeedoh!

Friday, May 20th, 2011

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Everyday, I’m a proud mom to my son Oliver, but today, I’m a proud, crafty mama. Ohdeedoh, the ultimate blog for all things fabulous in kids’ design and craft, wrote up a flattering (I’m blushing) piece on the June 2011 story Project Nursery about my son’s bedroom.

Visit Ohdeedoh to read their post and take a peak at Parents for all of the craft how-tos!

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Sweet Craft: Make a Family Necklace

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

I love this idea posted on Moomah: The Journal. Before your child embarks on a new experience, whether it be camp, a new school, or a just a sleepover at grandma’s house, glue some family photos (don’t forget the pets) to manilla tags to make this adorable necklace. Cover the pictures with clear packing tape to protect them, then string them onto braided yarn, elastic, or a shoelace. When your child has a down moment, she can just glance down and see shiney, happy faces staring back at her.

Do you have any tips to help ease your child’s separation anxiety?

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Dads, Need a Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift?

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Mother’s Day feels early this year, but don’t be caught empty handed! There is nothing a mom loves more than a hand-crafted gift from her kids. Check out this video, brought to you by Etsy and Joel Henriques of Made by Joel, a fabulous DADDY blog of homemade kids’ toys and crafts. (Joel made this adorable Turkey craft for Parents last November.)

For a slide show of other crafts for mom, click here.

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Cute (and Cheap) Easter Garland!

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

I love paint chips, and I especially love crafting with them. Check out this happy Easter Egg garland made by Modern Parents Messy Kids. Visit the site (or just look at these photos) for the very easy how-to. You can hang this garland on your mantle, front door, or in the trees near the egg hunt!

Found via Design Mom

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