How to Make a Mini Sketchbook from a Sheet of Paper (EASY)

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You won’t believe how easy it is to make these mini sketchbooks! These sketch books would be great for party favors, pocket journals, or just for doodling whenever inspiration strikes. They only take a few seconds to make, and my 9 year old made several of these as favors for her birthday party guests last […]

5 Low Mess Craft Ideas for Preschoolers

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Crafting with preschoolers doesn’t have to be messy. While we’re not afraid of messy art, it is nice to not have to clean up after every crafty session. Here are 5 of our favorite low mess craft ideas for preschoolers that are sure to inspire lots of creative fun! (A BIG thank you to our […]

Decorate a Window for Fall

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For a fun time on an otherwise rainy or dreary day, try decorating a window for Fall using self-stick plastic wrap (ie. Glad Press’n Seal Plastic Food Wrap) and silk leaves from the dollar store (similar to these artificial Fall Maple leaves) for some festive and frugal home decor!! For this project, I attached the […]

Quick Craft for Kids — Toy Boats

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Need a super quick craft to keep the kids busy? Here is a really simple toy boat the kids can make themselves, then race in a local creek, lake, or even in your own bathtub! My kids love making their own toys, so this activity was a big hit with them, plus it uses mostly […]

Free Printable Blank Comic Pages

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Do your kids like to draw comics? Need a quick and easy boredom buster for the kids this Summer? Here’s a free printable for blank comic pages the kids can use to make their own comic books at home! This is one of Emily’s favorite activities for a rainy day, or anytime she just feels […]

Kid Craft — Rocket Straws!

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Quite possibly the most fun craft EVER! These rocket straws are a super quick craft project that can lead to hours of active play time fun!! Emily declared this was the “most fun craft project EVER”, and the kids have been playing with them indoors (and out) ever since. Yay for easy projects that keep […]

Kids Craft: Paper Bag Easter Tree!

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I love when our neighbors decorate their trees for Easter! Here is a super quick and easy Easter craft the kids can make for a festive center piece on your family’s table, and all you will need to make one of your own is a paper lunch bag, some stickers, and string! This is a […]

DIY Cardboard Toy Gingerbread House

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Do your kids enjoy decorating gingerbread houses? Do they wish they could build and decorate gingerbread houses all day long over and over? Do you have an empty cereal box on-hand?? Here’s a little DIY toy project to try! First, you will need to download and print out our free gingerbread house template. Each cereal […]

Quick Craft: Bread Tag Monsters

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Looking for something fun to do with the kids this Halloween? Need a quick little craft project to keep the kids busy? Do you collect bread tags for no good reason?? Then this silly monster craft is for you!! To make your own bread tag monsters, you will need: a collection of bread tags and […]

Make Your Own Sponge Blocks

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Do you have quiet time at your house? Looking for a little activity to keep the kids entertained, but also quiet?? This little activity for the kids is so simple, but my girls enjoyed playing with these sponge blocks for a good part of the day! Added bonus — very quiet! While we were making […]

10 Creative Label Crafts for Kids

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Do you have color-coding labels?? Here are some crafts for the kids to enjoy! Added bonus — no mess! Gumball Machine Birds on a Wire Modern Wall Art Ladybug Cuteness Summer Party Invites Birthday Card Pretty Peacock Pictures Sweets for Your Sweetie Christmas Tree Craft Spooky Spider Suncatchers   I love the colorful look of […]

Quick Craft: Silly Moustache Straws

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These are pretty self-explanatory…   ….but they made Emily and me giggle! Straws + black construction paper moustaches = Fun!! And just in time for Cinco de Mayo.

Colorful Bird Card Craft

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The girls and I had lots of fun crafting up these colorful bird cards to mail to their grandparents! Added bonus — this is a no mess craft!! Yay for crafts with very little clean up!!! Emily and Clara cut up some paper cupcake liners to form the birds. 1/2 a cupcake liner makes the […]

Quick Craft: Heart Mobile

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Clara has been helping me to decorate the house in time for Valentine’s Day, and there has been lots of crafty goodness going on around here! For this little project, I invited her over to sandwich heart-shaped sticky notes and color coding labels onto pieces of string. We usually have sticky notes and color coding […]

10 Simple No-Mess Crafts for Tots

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Crafting with little kids doesn’t have to be a big mess — at least not ALL of the time. Here are ten of our favorite no-mess projects for those days when you’re stuck indoors and don’t want to spend a lot of time cleaning up!   Star Garland   Heart Tea Tags Colorful Crowns Modern […]

No Mess Sandpaper Snowflakes

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  With a few sheets of sandpaper found in the garage and some leftover white yarn from my stash, the girls spent some quiet time together making snowflake pictures! In mind was this sandpaper craft from Polwig found via The Crafty Crow. The yarn clings onto the sandpaper all by itself, which the girls thought […]

Spider Web Sun Catchers

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Know what’s LOTS of FUN?? Last-minute crafting for Halloween…. in your pajamas!!!! Clara loved making these spider web sun catchers using clear contact paper, and a few items from the dollar store. First, invite the kiddos to break up fake spider webs from the dollar store into small pieces. Clara LOVED this part — such […]

I’m in Highlights High Five!

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Exciting news!! Pick up a copy of the November issue of Highlights High Five, and you’ll see a fun (and frugal) little crafty project from yours truly… aren’t these mushrooms the cutest?? Highlights High Five is an ad-free monthly magazine specifically designed for children ages 2-6 years old with puzzles, poems, stories, crafts and recipes, […]