Category Archives: Family Crafts

Summer Totes

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With summer in full swing, you may find yourself in need of a tote bag more often. Whether you’re headed to a farmer’s market, a pool, or the beach, totes are always handy to have around this time of the year. DIY totes are a great way to show off your style and make your bag easy to spot in a sea of lawn chairs. Here are some of my favorites.

Flamingo Tote Bag

Flamingo Tote Bag

When I was younger, I actually collected flamingos. I had lots of stuffed ones in my room and even a few lawn flamingos. This bag would have been a summer staple for me.

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Junk Mail Decorated Rocks with Mod Podge

By General Crafts Contributor Amy from the Etsy Shop DangerousRainboCraft.

Put your unwanted mail to good use with a fun decorated rock craft.

Rock hunting has quickly become a popular family activity. Communities band together to decorate rocks then hide them for someone to find. The finder is encouraged to post a photo to the Facebook group to let the person who painted it know it was found then hide it again or keep it if they love it. My area just started a Facebook rock group so I decided to try something a little different using junk mail and Mod Podge for my first set of rocks. I can’t wait to see how many times my rocks get found and found again.

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Alcohol Ink on Plastic Beads

Turn boring plastic pearls into colorful beads that pack a punch with a fun and easy alcohol ink project.

A lot of my project ideas come from me wondering if a specific material will work in a different way. “Hm, I wonder if Mod Podge Photo Transfer will work on clay” (it does) “What will happen if I use Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge with tissue paper?” (confetti mugs) “This alcohol ink set looks like stone when blended together. What will it look like on a mug?” (this). So being me and loving alcohol ink for the last few years, I though about these plastic beads I had at the office and naturally wondered what they would like like covered in alcohol ink.

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Colorful Felt Bird Coasters

Kids can make their own colorful birds to protect your surfaces from their summer drinks.

Summer weather means that there are always cool drinks in hand and extra opportunities to ruin your wood surfaces. Help protect your tables and counters with these fun homemade coasters that kids will actually want to use!

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