Help local wildlife through the lean winter months with this cool cake made just for them. Sculpt snow as shown, then decorate it with veggies, berries, corn, and seeds. Stop by often to look for tracks. You can use a wildlife guidebook to see who might be munching on the goodies.
Let Mother Nature freeze these colorful ice blocks, then get building to brighten gray days. (No cold weather near you? You can also make them in your freezer!)
Crafter's Tip: For all-natural blocks that melt without a trace, simply omit the food coloring.
Your child can change the look of her cold- weather gear with ease by adding buttons. Sew one to the back of each mitten or glove. Cut shapes from felt—hearts, stars, rocket ships, cats—and make a slit as wide as the button in the center of each. Then slip a shape (or two, or three) onto each button.
This simple nature project lets you give feathered friends a treat during National Bird-Feeding Month (February). From corrugated cardboard, cut a large star with a circle inside. Poke a hole and add a loop of twine for hanging. Spread peanut butter on both sides of the star. Working over a rimmed baking sheet, coat the star with birdseed.
Blog We Love: Our feeder was inspired by an idea on Cami Elias's blog, Full Circle (ourhouse.typepad.com). Her family used this technique to make the word welcome.
These wee matchbox birdhouses make perfect canvases for your child's dollhouse dreams. To make one, use tacky glue to cover an empty matchbox with paper or other materials (we used cork sheets, foil, and twigs). With a craft knife (an adult's job), cut a doorway that folds open and provides a perch. (Cut the hole first if you're attaching twigs or other thick materials.) Decorate with markers. Cut paper to fit the matchbox's slide-out tray, and draw the inside of a house on it. Glue it in place. Tape on a roof made of sturdy paper, then glue on decorations, if you like. For the birds, draw faces on pom-poms with marker.
You don't have to save tie-dye for summer! Use it to add character to a winter wardrobe.
See the next slide for instructions.
Find three small plastic or rubber balls in varying sizes (Ping-Pong balls, golf balls, and bouncy balls all work well). Place the smallest ball inside a white cotton shirt, smooth and cinch the fabric around it, and secure it with a rubber band. Do the same with the medium ball, then the largest, making sure the cinched balls are as tightly grouped as possible so that the circles will touch, as shown.
Dye and rinse the shirt according to the dye package instructions. Remove the balls and dry the shirt, then add features with dimensional fabric paint. Sew on a few buttons to finish.
To celebrate Chinese New Year, craft a slithery reptile that can bend and wiggle like an actual serpent.
Did You Know?
According to Chinese folklore, the color red scares away evil spirits. Be sure to add some to your snake!
This cozy fleece beanie comes together so fast you'll want to make a few. What to do: Measure your child's head starting from the middle of her forehead. Cut a piece of patterned fleece that's the length of the circumference (plus 2 inches) and 16 inches wide. Fold the fabric in half, matching the 16-inch edges together. Sew a 1/2-inch-wide seam along this edge. Double over one end of the tube to create a brim. Gather the top 3 inches of the hat and tie with colored cord.
These fancy snowflakes require just three simple steps—even your littlest one can help! Using scissors, cut medium-weight paper into 1/4-inch-wide strips; then cut those strips into 6-inch lengths. Fold each strip about a third of the way down. Using a pencil or chopstick, curl both ends of the strip toward the fold. You'll need 8 strips to form one snowflake. For each snowflake, arrange the points of 8 strips in the center; attach each adjoining side to the next with glue. Add on leftover strips to fill out the flakes.