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Crafting with Tori Spelling

Friday, June 22nd, 2012


Crafting’s gone cool. Think beyond twee crocheted potholders and macramé plant hangers. Spurred on by Etsy and Pinterest, the new crop of crafters can seemingly make anything. And now they’ll be put to the test: DIY folks do battle in “Craft Wars,” premiering on TLC on Tuesday, June 26. Each week, three contestants will go scissor-to-scissor in creative challenges, and one will win $10,000. We chatted with host (and mom of 3!) Tori Spelling about the new show, and her advice for crafting with kids—especially her little artists, 5-year-old son Liam and daughters Stella and Hattie (ages 4 and 8 months).

Parents: Why this show, and why now? Do you think that crafting is trending?

Tori Spelling: I’ve been an avid crafter my whole life, but the whole crafting movement has definitely changed. It went from hobby to DIY home when the economy went down. People started to figure out how to redecorate their home or make a fashion statement by crafting everything yourself. It brought a lot of people with many different interests together to create. Creation is passion!

Parents: Are there any craft blogs on your bookmarks list?

TS: I love PSIMadeThis (by Erica Domesek, one of our judges on “Craft Wars”), Curbly, DesignSponge, TipJunkie, and HonestlyWTF. We also show great crafts and DIY craft projects on my website, EdiTORIal.

Parents: What kinds of craft projects do you make with your kids?

TS: We craft weekly as a family. We sit at my kids’ small craft table for hours creating cards, tags, presents, and jewelry, and we paint pottery and canvases. We get glitter everywhere and laugh through the whole thing. So fun!

Parents: How do you store or display your kids’ artwork or craft projects? Any fun alternatives to tacking them up on the fridge?

TS: They each get their own clear art storage box. Then I show off their work in mismatched lacquered frames and make a picture wall of their art projects mixed in with great black-and-white family photos. I also decoupaged a bunch of their artwork on top of a table. Every time we use it, we see their amazing creations.

Parents: Do you have a go-to crafting tool?

TS: Mini glue gun. And twine. I use twine on everything!

Parents: What are some easy craft supplies parents should keep stocked? Is there anything you think that parents should avoid?

TS: We love colored paper, stamps, ink pads, markers, glitter, and jeweled embellishments like stones, rhinestones, and grommets. Glue is messy. Try glue dots, instead!

Parents: Any advice for containing kiddie-craft messes?

TS: Do crafts on layered newspapers. When you’re finished, fold the newspapers and toss them away. Easy clean up!

Parents: Will contestants be crafting any kid-oriented projects on “Craft Wars?”

TS: Yes! They’ll make stuffed-animal pillows and playhouses made out of school supplies.

Parents: What other challenges can we look forward to this season?

TS: A birdhouse from a junk drawer and jewelry made from the wires inside a boom box!


Want to show off your kids’ creations? Download our Pocket Galley iPhone app.

Photos courtesy of TLC.

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The Parents Pinterest Roundup

Friday, May 11th, 2012

Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and if you’re still stuck on what do to for the special mom in your life, look no further than this week’s top pins! Check out our ideas for everything from delicious weekend dishes to sweet and simple gifts you can make with your kids.

Trying to find a way to sneak more vegetables into your children’s meals? The two cups of zucchini in this Blueberry Zucchini Bread make this a healthier alternative to regular muffins or breakfast pastries, and the 20-minute prep time means it’s easy to make ahead and enjoy all week long.

Whether you find an old-school photo booth at the local mall or use some family snapshots, this handmade bookmark is a great gift for the reader in your life. Simply glue the pictures to a piece of card stock and personalize the other side. We used the word “mother” in different languages, but you could try a handwritten note or a favorite memory from the previous year.

Have a complete gourmet lunch at home when you try this Chicken, Mozzarella and Basil Panini with a side of Oven-Baked Sweet Potato Chips. To save time, make the sandwich with leftovers from earlier in the week or pick up a rotisserie chicken from the supermarket. The chips are a great alternative to fried ones, and since they aren’t prepackaged you can season them however you want—we tried a sprinkling of sugar and cinnamon.

Creating custom-made art can be as easy as 1-2-3. First, cut out several equal-sized rectangles and write a single letter on each, making sure they’re easy enough to read in a photo. Next, pose your kids—or yourself!—holding each sign up for the camera. Finally, print out the pictures in black and white and arrange them in a frame so they spell out your message of love.

Any kid will tell you that everything tastes better when it’s on a stick. For this twist on the classic Root-Beer Float, just freeze a layer of soda in plastic molds or cups before topping it with softened vanilla ice cream. For a fancier popsicle, tilt the cups so the soda freezes at an angle before adding the final layer. Hide a maraschino cherry at the bottom for an extra surprise.

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Parents Pinterest Roundup

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

If you’re looking for inspiration for fun crafts to try out this weekend or ideas for some simple, kid-friendly recipes to cook next week, you’ve come to the right place. This is the first installment of our new weekly Pinterest roundup, where we’ll feature the most popular pins from all the Parents pinboards. Check them out below, and leave a comment telling us what you like to see most on Pinterest!

Bring the kid’s menu home with these low-fat chicken strips. They only take ten minutes to prep, and you can make them even more fun by serving it with your kid’s favorite dipping sauces. The best part? Since they’re baked instead of fried, each serving only has 6 grams of fat!

To make this adorable ladybug, have your child dip yarn into a blend of equal parts water and glue before wrapping the sticky strands around two different-sized balloons. Let them dry completely before popping the balloons and adding antennae made from chenille stems and black felt dots to the body.

These healthy Blueberry-Banana Stacks are guaranteed to make snack time more enjoyable. Get the little ones to help pile each treat up, and watch them disappear as fast as they can make them.

Looking for custom invitations for your kid’s next birthday extravaganza? This cupcake invite is only one of the many free templates you can choose from, and we’ve made it easy to make them your own. Just download each pattern, fill in your information, and print them out!

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Super-Cute St. Patty’s Day Crafts

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by making adorable green crafts with your little leprechauns. We’ve rounded up some great projects for the wee ones.

This clover leaf lei is sure to bring good luck to the little person who wears it. Check out the tutorial on Simple As That.







A few drops of green paint transform cupcake liners into a carnation. Add some patterned ribbon and a safety pin to make a wear-forever boutineer. Read the how-to on Q-Made.







This super-easy necklace craft only requires scrapbooking paper and glue. Find instructions at AlphaMom.










Stop by Modern Parents Messy Kids to download a shamrock tattoo printable.








This triangular yarn craft makes a great decoration when suspended from the window. Find the instructions at Make and Takes.










A new use for popsicle sticks: boil and bend them into bracelets! Green yarn and patterened paper are leprachaun-friendly embellishments. Check out the step-by-step at Momtastic.







Throwing together a last-minute soiree? Make sure to download these free printables from Love The Day.

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Watch New Craft and Song Videos

Monday, January 16th, 2012

We’re so excited to share that we have over 100 new, fresh, and original videos about kid crafts and classic children’s songs. Get the whole family involved in some creative, musical fun!

In our Kid Crafts How-To Videos series, watch Eva, the arts and crafts instructor, as she demonstrates each craft in simple, easy-to-follow steps. With some adult supervision, have your kids make all 26 of our favorite Parents magazine and crafts — like a cute clothespin giraffe, fuzzy pom pom pals, and a kaleidoscope-colored stained glass butterfly.

Entertain the kids more by teaching them fun and familiar nursery rhymes.  In our Sing-Along Song Videos series, music instructor Lindsey plays a keyboard and teaches kids lyrics and melodies.  After watching all 25 songs, your kids can show off their singing chops and hand movements by belting out “I’m a Little Teapot,” “Itsy Bitsy Spider,” and “Hokey Pokey.”

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Happy Holidays from Parents!

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Whether you’re celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, or another December holiday, it’s a magical time to gather family together to eat, drink (adults only!), and be merry.  Here are some ideas from Parents to make this season extra special.

Arts & Crafts

Food & Recipes

Family Time

Get more holiday ideas here and sign up for our 100 Days of Holidays guide to get more ideas for food and crafts!

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Kid Crafts How-To: Candy Cane Headband Antlers (from Make and Takes)

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

The fabulous kid crafts blogger, Marie LeBaron, recently released her first book, “Make and Takes for Kids: 50 Crafts Throughout the Year.”  We received permission to showcase four crafts from the book on Goodyblog.  Come back each Wednesday (11/16, 11/23, 12/7, 12/14) as we showcase one new craft.  For more ideas from Marie LeBaron, visit her blog


1 plastic headband, new or used
6′ piece of brown ribbon, 5⁄8″ width
Craft glue
2 white pipe cleaners
2 red pipe cleaners

1.   Glue one end of the ribbon to one end of the headband. Wrap the ribbon around and around the headband, overlapping each wrap, until the entire headband is covered in ribbon. Add glue to the back of the ribbon at the end to attach it. Let the glue dry completely.
2.   For the antlers, twist together 1 red pipe cleaner with 1 white pipe cleaner. Do the same thing with the remaining red and white pipe cleaners. Bend each twisted pipe cleaner into a candy-cane shape.
3.   To attach the antlers to the headband, bend 1–2″ of the bottom of one candy cane pipe cleaner around the headband
and about 1–2″ away from the center. Twist the pipe cleaner together with itself as you secure it around the headband. Repeat this step for the second candy-cane pipe cleaner, but place it 3–4″ away from the first pipe cleaner so that both candy canes look like antlers, as shown in the photo.

Reprinted from “Make and Takes for Kids: 50 Crafts Throughout the Year,” with permission from Wiley Publishing. Copyright 2011.

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Kid Crafts How-To: Foam Heart Friendship Bracelet (from Make and Takes)

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

The fabulous kid crafts blogger, Marie LeBaron, recently released her first book, “Make and Takes for Kids: 50 Crafts Throughout the Year.”  We received permission to showcase four crafts from the book on Goodyblog.  Come back each Wednesday (11/16, 11/23, 12/7, 12/14) as we showcase one new craft.  For more ideas from Marie LeBaron, visit her blog



Craft foam sheets in red, pink, and/or white
9–10″ of yarn, any color
Hole punch
Tape (optional)
Rhinestone stickers (optional)
Glitter glue (optional)

1.     Using your scissors, cut out 6–7 small 1 × 1″ hearts from the craft foam sheets. You will need 6–7 hearts per child, although the length of the bracelet may vary for each child.
2.   Use your hole punch to make 2 holes in each heart, as shown in the photo. You may have to press hard with your hole punch to get through the craft foam.
3.   Wrap a small piece of tape around one end of your piece of yarn to help with lacing each heart and to prevent the yarn from fraying.
4.   Lace the yarn through the foam hearts, weaving in and out of each hole. Lace up as many hearts as you need to fit the bracelet around your child’s wrist.
5.   Once all the hearts are on the yarn, tie the two ends of the yarn together in a knot and trim the ends. Make sure you tie the bracelet so that it is big enough for your child to take on and off easily.

Reprinted from “Make and Takes for Kids: 50 Crafts Throughout the Year,” with permission from Wiley Publishing. Copyright 2011.

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