5 Fun St. Patrick’s Day Crafts for Kids

stpattyscrafts1

1. No Mess Pot O’ Gold Craft — All the fun of crafting without the mess!   2. Capture those little thumbprints with a festive St. Patrick’s Day card!   3. Pillow Boxes — Save some empty paper towel rolls to make these pretty treat boxes.   4. Turn your walkway into a leprechaun trap […]

Valentine Pencil Toppers

valentinepencils2

Looking for a fun, useful, non-food Valentine treat to give to friends?? Something that’s super quick and cheap to make?? Then get yourself over to Target’s dollar section where you can buy pencils in packs of 10 for $1. Make some fun tags to go along with them! Want to make some of your own?? […]

“Tiled” Photo Frame

tiledphotoframe1

I saved some of these paint tiles the girls made the other day for some late night crafting of my own — with a cheap clear acrylic photo frame from the dollar store. After a bit of experimenting, it turns out the “tiles” can be glued to plastic with a bit of Plaid Mod Podge (I […]

Quick Craft: Heart Mobile

heartmobile1

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 […]

Carpet Golf!

carpetgolf6

Do you wish mini-golf was a year ’round activity?? Want to play in your own living room?? The girls and I had LOTS of fun playing “carpet golf” using some things we already had on-hand — plus it can be reconfigured again and again! We used a bath sheet for the putting green, and I […]

Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Window

franklloydwindow4

It’s time for another pretty window display — this one was very much inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright! [Update: A kind reader notified me by commenting below that it closely resembles the work of Piet Mondrian. Thanks, Chris!!] I love using tissue paper on glass, and this time I combined the tissue paper with some […]

Puffy Snowflake Paintings

puffysnowflakes2

Do you love painting projects, but are too impatient to wait for the paint to dry?? These puffy snowflake paintings are a fun open-ended art project that is simple and quick to do — with only 30 seconds drying time!  I love how each one is completely unique, and the kiddos had SO much FUN […]

10 Winter Crafts & Activities for Tots

winterfortots1

The Winter months bring the challenge of keeping the kids entertained while indoors during cold and icy weather. Need a few Winter craft and activity ideas to help? Here are ten of our favorite ways to spend a Winter day! 1. Set up an “ice cream” shop for hours of pretend play fun! 2. Craft up […]

Wordless Wednesday — Dollar Store Boredom Buster

windowdecals2

 

5 Quick and Easy Holiday Crafts for Kids

holidaycrafting1

Here are some super-quick holiday craft ideas from around the web. Added bonus — these use items most households already have on-hand! Yay for no-hassle crafts!!  I love these festive, yet simple handmade ornaments! See the full tutorial at The Crafty Crow. Use some leftover wrapping paper scraps to make holiday cards like these ones […]

Quick Craft — Salty Snowflake Ornaments

snowflakeornament2

Did you know that 32 oz Stonyfield yogurt containers have clear lids that are perfect for recycling into snowflake ornaments?? Emily had such a great time making these, plus they were so simple and easy to make! Poke a hole at the top. Use double-sided tape to form a snowflake design on the lid (older […]

DIY Glass Magnet Gift Sets

glassmagnets1

These glass magnets were so fun (and very frugal) to make! I love that Emily had a very active role in crafting these and that each of them is unique. We had hole punches from colored paper that were leftover from another project. With a little Mod Podge, Emily adhered the dots to the flat […]

No Mess Sandpaper Snowflakes

sandpapersnowflakes1

  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 […]

Play Donuts from Dollar Store Socks

pretenddonuts7

There has been a LOT of holiday-making at our house lately — very exciting!! Now that Emily has one of her surprise gifts ready for Clara, I thought it would be fun to help Clara create a fun surprise gift of her own to give to her big sister. We had lots of fun sneakily crafting […]

Spider Web Sun Catchers

spiderwebsuncatcher3

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 […]

DIY Paint with Water Pages

paintwithwaterpages2

Remember those “paint with water” books from when you were the kid?? Weren’t they the best? We had lots of fun with a set of watercolor pencils this afternoon, and Clara loved making her own “paint with water” pages!! If you don’t already have a set of watercolor pencils, Crayola makes a good set, and we […]

Quick Craft — Halloween Photo Frames

fallphotoframe1

Clara and I had lots of fun crafting these festive photo frames for Halloween, and we cannot wait to mail them off to faraway family and friends! It was a super-quick project that she could do with very little help from me. For the spider design, I cut the frame from a sheet of thick […]

Let’s Build a Flashlight!

buildaflashlight2

This little boredom buster is quick and easy to set up using just a flashlight from the dollar store! It’s perfect for older kids who love to take things apart and put them back together, which meant Emily really had LOTS of fun with it!! Take apart an ordinary household flashlight. To help keep all […]