Archive for the ‘Crafts & Hobbies’ Category

Celebrating Advent

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 by by

We are celebrating Advent this year by doing different activities every day until Christmas. Since we got back from our Thanksgiving travels on the 1st, we didn’t really get started until the 4th but the girls will never know ;).

I have made a board on Pinterest with inspiration projects and crafts. There are so many good ideas it’s hard to narrow it all down!

Yesterday Dahlia colored a snowman decoration (the kind that comes in the $1 Kits at craft stores) and Dallas practiced making snowflakes. Since her preschool teacher wants her to work on her scissor skills, this will be something we do all winter long! I used coffee filters to make the snowflakes.

Today, Dallas went to the library with me and checked out a few more Christmas books. I have started displaying the seasonal books on our bookshelf in the living room, which is free decor and helps the girls want to read them! We also made ornaments for the tree, using a cut out small circle wreath from cardboard and gluing Pom Poms around it. Dahlia didn’t really understand you were supposed to keep the Pom poms on, but she had fun taking them off and putting them back on! Dallas’ survived but needs a lot more glue than I thought for it to hold up. This was more of a good idea in theory!


Kids Christmas Craft – Candle Holder

Monday, December 9th, 2013 by by

Gifts for Kids to Make - Candle Holder. This kids Christmas craft is simple gift a child can give to a grandparent, teacher etc...
Making candle holders with my kids is one of my favorite holiday projects. You just need a few items and can change up the look of the candle holder depending on the color of tissue paper you use. In the past we have made a St. Patrick’s Day Votive and an Inexpensive Valentine Gift. This simple Kids Christmas Craft makes a great holiday gift as well. Let’s just say that Grandma and former teachers have a few of these candle holders. There are few things better than a child made gift, are there? (more…)

DIY Christmas Wreath- Under .99!

Friday, December 6th, 2013 by by

I must say, I was incredibly pleased with how this turned out. All I knew when I started out was that I wanted to make a wreath for my door- and look at what I ended up with! I used greens and a few small red shapes in order to make a modern mock-holly wreath. Feel free to use whatever colors or schemes bring you a smile. (more…)

Thankful Turkey

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013 by by

I’ve been promising The Younger that we would do our thankful turkeys, but we’ve been so busy getting everything ready for the Cub Scout camping weekend, I didn’t have time before today.

This was super easy to make, and both The Younger and The Older had so much fun making them! All you need is construction paper, paper bags (the lunch size ones), glue, a pen, old newspaper, and some googly eyes (if you want them). (more…)


Pumpkin Turkey Craft

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013 by by

This Pumpkin Turkey Craft is the perfect way to use those leftover pumpkins. Kids can help paint the feathers on this gorgeous gobbler!
Welcome to Paint and Play, a series I am participating in with some of the best kid bloggers around – Crystal from Growing a Jeweled Rose, Suja from Blog Me Mom, and Tammy from Housing a Forest. We have been exploring fun ways to use paint. This week, we will be sharing Thanksgiving and Turkey paint ideas. We made a Pumpkin Turkey Craft by painting feathers (more…)

Toddler DIY – Halloween Rolly Monsters

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 by by

Welcome to another week of Toddler DIY! I started these posts two weeks ago and there are more to come! Each Thursday (hopefully) I will share a craft, project, art, recipe that Eliada, my 4 year old practically created herself! We do lots of things together.  We hardly leave each others side, and with this post we will share some of them with ya’ll. Head on over to my Youtube channel, where I will be sharing a few clips of the project and then come back to the blog to see the materials and instructions on how to recreate it yourself!


Black Glue and Watercolor Pumpkins

Friday, October 18th, 2013 by by

Black Glue and Watercolor Pumpkins - Mix black paint with white glue to make these fun pumpkins.

It’s time for another installment of Paint and Play, a series I am doing with Crystal from Growing a Jeweled Rose and Tammy from Housing a Forest. In Paint and Play, we share ideas for having fun with paint. The challenge this week was to use glue and paint to create some art. We made Black Glue and Watercolor Pumpkins. In the past we have made Fall Leaves Using Black Glue and a Black Glue and Salt Watercolor Rainbow. Black glue is fun medium to work with that is created by mixing black paint with white glue. (more…)


Handmade DIY Halloween Costume Roundup

Thursday, October 17th, 2013 by by

I saw some really cute costume ideas online that are DIY tutorials that I love! You can buy/make them for Halloween, a dress up chest, or Purim!

30 minute Mermaid skirt

DIY recycled Frame Scraps Chalk Board

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 by by

I really needed a central place to put a schedule in the Art Center where I am working for the summer. I didn’t want to buy a white board and had an idea to use some of the recycled materials that we already had. We had an awesome donation from a friend of framing scraps for our wood working program. You could probably find some scraps at a local frame shop that they trash if there is not enough usable materials left.

5 frame scraps
Chalkboard Paint (more…)

Erupting Play Dough

Monday, October 14th, 2013 by by

Erupting Play Dough - A baking soda based play dough that erupts when kids add vinegar. What a fun way to teach science!

We have a few simple science experiments to share with you today and they all involve the  No Cook Lotion Dough we made last week. You may recall that we made the dough using baking soda. Looking to get more use from the play dough, I thought we could roll it into balls and do some experiments with vinegar. The result was this fun and bubbly erupting play dough.

You will need:

  • Vinegar
  • Lotion dough (recipe here)
  • Small and large see through plastic cups

Erupting Play Dough Balls