Want to be the cool mom or dad at your child’s next playdate? You’ve come to the right place—we have some tricks up our sleeve to help. Well, technically professional rockstar magician Rory Wheeler does. He’s been performing for kids for years, and he recently shared his secrets with us in the September issue of Parents. Check out the video below for the simple steps to tricks that will wow your child.
See our next installment of DIY illusions on GoodyBlog by clicking here. And for the full story, pick up a copy of Parents on newsstands now.
Can you build a small village from Popsicle sticks, take a whirl around the backyard and find 12 different craft supplies, or look through the recycling bin and envision musical instruments? If so, then we want YOU to enter our Craftiest Mom Contest!
This summer, we’re on a nationwide search for the craftiest mom (or dad) out there! If you think you’re it, upload as many as 6 photos of your coolest craft that you enjoy doing with your kids, along with complete craft instructions by August 9, 2010. Our grand-prize winner will be featured in a future issue of Parents magazine and will receive a $300 gift card from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. Your crafty panel of judges includes: Amanda Kingloff, Parents’ Lifestyle Director; Genevieve Gorder from HGTV’s Dear Genevieve (catch her show Saturdays at 8:30/7:30c); Cassi Griffin from The Crafty Crow; and Nizzi Renaud from Etsy.
But there isn’t just one chance to win—three other crafters will be chosen by the Parents.com community and will take home a $150 gift card from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores! Enter to win at Parents.com.
Get ready, get set, CRAFT! We can’t wait to see what you’ll come up with!
Click here to read the official rules. Happy Crafting!
The Crafty Crow is doing a great series of posts asking the question “What can you make with ______?”. These are the perfect eco-crafts for, you guessed it, Earth Day! (That’s tomorrow if you forgot!) Now go root through your recycling bin and get crafty!
Baker’s twine has become an irreplaceble craft supply for me. When in doubt, I say use the red and white string. I love that companies are breaking out with other colors, like these great ones from Divine Twine.
But what can you do with Divine Twine besides wrapping gift boxes? Make greeting cards! These precious designs were made by Suzonne from Urban Comfort. Check out her blog…it’s full of great crafts and yummy recipes!
Turn your tike into a Leprechaun with this easy-to-make mask, crafted from paper! If you are all St. Pattied out, bookmark this page for Halloween! Found on The Crafty Crow, made by No Time for Flashcards.
I love spotting an awesome product to then learn that it’s a DIY project from a crafty mom! Case in point, Mer Mag came up with this very easy to make puzzle for her son. Here’s how she did it…
I went to Home Depot and had them cut a large sheet of 1/4 inch hardboard into five inch squares. Just this week I finally managed to paint them into colorful triangular shapes. I used acrylic craft paint and a sponge brush (don’t use a bristle brush, it will just frustrate you). To get the sharp diagonal I took a ruler and made a pencil line from corner to corner before painting. From there I just eyed it (taking advantage of the clean line a sponge brush can give you) but if you are a perfectionist you might want to try taping it off.
My original plan was to apply Velcro to the back of each square and then mount them onto the wall as a movable art piece. However, once I saw the “out-of-the-box” designs that little A made, I knew these were better suited as a floor activity.
I started to write this post as a Valentine craft round-up, but when I saw these precious felt crafts from Katie Did, I decided this was as much cuteness in one post as I can handle.
The felt heart headband is so sweet and would look precious when crafted in any shape or color. And in lieu of candy valentines for friends at school, her daughter addressed these cards while Mom helped to make these sweet bracelets (hearts for the girls, arrows for the boys).
Sweet, simple, inexpensive, and surely, made with love.
Valentine’s Day is one of my very favorite excuses to craft, and if you’re looking for a non-sugary, inexpensive gift, look no further. The Long Thread posted this adorable heart crayon, made by melting crayon scraps, but she took it one step further by mounting it on this sweet card! And she’s that nice that you can dowload two different heart cards from her blog for free.