Kid Friendly Knitting Needles

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By Kid’s Craft Contributor, Gillian from the blog “Dried Figs and Wooden Spools”.

Between the pool and the park and camp and play dates, summer can be a whirlwind of activity, and even the most energetic kids will sometime need a quiet activity to do in the cool of the indoors. If you have a burgeoning knitter this summer, or a child interested in learning to knit, but you aren’t ready to hand over your good needles, why not put the kids to work making their own knitting needles?

Here’s what you need


Dowels – 1/4 inch and or 3/8 inch
Pencil sharpener
220 grit sandpaper
Rocks, buttons or beads, even small toys
Hot glue or super glue

If you have longer dowels, cut them into pairs of even lengths, 12 inches long works well but you can go shorter depending on your preference.


Using the small hole of the sharpener for the 1/4 inch dowels or the larger hole for the 3/8, sharpen the end of each dowel until you have an almost sharp point.

Sand the sharpened end until smooth, then sand the shaft of the dowel to make sure there are no nicks in the wood to catch on the yarn.


Using either the hot glue or super glue, attach the beads, buttons or rocks to the flat end of the dowel.

Allow the glue to dry before using.

** a 1/4 inch dowel give you a size 10 1/2 knitting needle, a 3/8 inch dowel makes a size 15, both are great sizes for beginning knitters, especially when paired with a bulky yarn.

DIY Ribbon Photo Board

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DIY Ribbon Photo Board

The hubs and I are expecting our first, (a little girl) in July, and we are in the midst of planning out her room. While looking online, Brent told me he thought it would be fun to put a Photo Board over her changing table, I loved the idea. And I plan on filling it with pictures of family and friends.

This Ribbon Photo Board is so easy to make, you will want to make one for every room!

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Free Stuff Friday Winner!!

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I don’t know about you, but I definitely need a jolt after losing an hour. How about winning a painting prize pack? Congratulations to… Kristina! You’ll have so much fun painting with all your new goodies!

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This prize pack includes a bottle of Deco Art Crafter’s Acrylic paint, a Bottle of Delta Ceramcoat, Plaid Chalkboard Paint, 5 mini canvases, Martha Stewart Decorative Boxes and Midwest cork to decorate!

The winning answer to “What’s the biggest mess you’ve made while crafting?” is…

“The biggest mess i ever had to clean up was when i convinced myself that i could totally handle making tiny bottle necklaces charms (filled with glitter and such no less) not only for the first time but with my 5 year old daughter. Needless to say i was finding tiny sequins and glitter everywhere.. FOR MONTHS.”

Every Friday we’ll post a giveaway on Think Crafts and all you have to do is comment on the blog post answering the question of the week.  Check back on Friday for your chance to win!!

Mixed Cable Headband

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Easy and Cozy Mixed Cable Headband (knitting pattern)

We’re running out of time to wear our knitted items to keep us warm, but luckily, this project works up pretty quickly. This easy headband is a great way to introduce yourself to cables, and end up with a cute final project along the way. You can choose a different cable, but I like that the mixed cable is both simple and interesting.

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Kids Crafts: Learn to Sew

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If you have a creative child around, there are many great craft supplies to keep them busy, and keep you worry-free. Keep the right supplies on hand, and crafting with your kid can be fun and help you build memories that can last well into their lives.

Even for adults, sewing can seem a little daunting. The needle, the precision, it can be a little surprising to think that kids can actually learn to do it. I think it’s great to start getting kids used to a needle and thread at a young age so everything that goes into making that perfect stitch can be a habit once they get older. Messy stitches aren’t nearly as big a deal to a child!

Embroidery for Kids

Child Embroidery

Get kids used to a needle with an easy needlework project. Let them create their own shapes however they choose. Once they get used to the needle, help them move on to specific kinds of stitches.

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Colorblocked Baby Booties

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Color Blocked Baby Booties

I love knitting things for babies because they work up really quickly, allow you to use up some scrap yarn, and look so adorable when finished! These tiny wrapped baby booties are no exception. This knitting pattern is perfect for a beginner looking for a challenge, or an experienced knitter hoping to bust through some yarn in an afternoon.

Wrapped Baby Booties

Here’s what you need:

The Pattern:

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Kids Crafts: DIY Paintbrushes

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If you have a creative child around, there are many great craft supplies to keep them busy, and keep you worry-free. Keep the right supplies on hand, and crafting with your kid can be fun and help you build memories that can last well into their lives.

I’m a huge fan of giving kids projects that have very few rules. Seeing what kids can come up with on their own is always a lot more fun than a structured project. One of the best ways to do this is to give them some paints and paper. If you want to try something new, there are so many ways to paint without the standard paintbrush. Here are some great ways to make your own paintbrushes and let the kids experience something completely new.

Toddler Pointillism

Toddler Pointillism

Not only is pointillism a great way to change up the painting routine, but you can add in an art history lesson along the way. Grab anything that can make a great dotter, we used pencils, but you can use q-tips, knitting needles, or anything else you have lying around!

Yarn Paintbrushes - Lean Play Imagine

Yarn PaintbrushesLearn Play Imagine

Yarn is another fun way to make paint brushes. You can make long and short bristles to let kids experiment. It can make for some really fun and abstract paintings!

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