Backyard Games

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By Craft Trends Contributor, Gillian from the blog Dried Figs and Wooden Spools. Check out our Craft Trends board on Pinterest!

The warm weather is here! My house seems to be an never ending stream of kids in and out and playing all sorts of games these days. It can be a challenge keeping everyone busy, especially with kids of all ages running around. So I’ve been putting together a list of backyard games to make to keep the kiddos occupied this summer. And don’t forget! Backyard games are just as much fun for adults as they are for kids! So get making and get playing! Need some ideas? Here are a few of our favorites!

Giant Bananagrams - Constantly Lovestruck

Giant BananagramsConstantly Lovestruck

We are Bananagrams and Scrabble addicts here in our house. Even the littlest among us can play a mean game so this lawn version is at the top of my list. And bonus! They’re cute enough to display around your patio as decorations as well as making for a great summer’s day game!

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Outdoor Crafts

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By Craft Trends Contributor, Gillian from the blog Dried Figs and Wooden Spools. Check out our Craft Trends board on Pinterest!

With outdoor season just beginning, it’s time to spruce up the yard with some fun, outdoor crafts! From decorations to lights to artsy projects, there are so many crafts that can be done in or for the outside of your house, it’s hard to choose. Here are a few of our fun favorites!

Teacup Bird Feeder - Signed by Tina

Teacup Bird FeederSigned by Tina

Here’s a pretty use for that one random tea cup you’ve got stuck way at the back of the cupboard, plus the birds will love you for it. Encouraging the birds now will keep them coming all summer long, so you might as well make a few to keep them well filled up!

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License Plate Crafts

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By Craft Trends Contributor, Gillian from the blog Dried Figs and Wooden Spools. Check out our Craft Trends board on Pinterest!

We’ve moved more times in our years than I care to remember, but while unpacking (again) a few months ago I came across a pile of old license plates from our various states of residence. What to do with those old memories? I started looking and now I think I’ll have to find a few more license plates just so I can tackle more than one of these crafts!

Texas License Plate Wall Art - The Craft Caboodle

Texas License Plate Wall ArtThe Craft Caboodle

We’ve got a fair number of folks in our family from the Lone Star State and I know they’d love this reuse of a pair of Texas Plates, but the same idea could be used for any state. What a great way to show your state pride.

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Mother’s Day

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By Craft Trends Contributor, Gillian from the blog Dried Figs and Wooden Spools. Check out our Craft Trends board on Pinterest!

Mother’s Day is just around the corner folks! Are you ready? I know there’s always a scramble at our house and I bet we’re not the only ones who need some last minute inspiration for something special for the moms and grandmas in our lives. I especially love ideas that are quick and easy but come out beautifully (since we are terrible procrastinators, easy and fast is always key for these kinds of projects) But even if you’re a plan ahead-er, we’ve been gathering some lovely ideas that your loved one will adore.

Pool Noodle Bouquet - No Time for Flash Cards

Pool Noodle BouquetNo Time for Flash Cards 

These are such a fun way to use leftover chunks of last summer’s pool noodles! And what a cheerful reuse they are! I bet you could add circle of noodle to the center to make them more daffodil than daisy but either way..So cute!

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Sewing Machine Accessories

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When I was growing up, I spent part of my summers each year at my grandmother’s house where she taught me how to sew. I spent hours in her sewing room learning to press seams, turn hems, baste, rip out, add buttons. Her sewing room was a well organized space, simple, but with everything she needed within arms reach. Once of these days I’d like to have a similar space for my machine so I’ve been busy collecting ideas to help make it into a place of beauty, organization and function. Here are a few of my favorite ideas.

Sewing Thread Holder - The Creative Homemaker

Sewing Thread HolderThe Creative Homemaker

My sewing machine (ahem, one of my machines, I have four, but mainly use one) is a vintage singer and while it runs like a top, I dread filling the bobbin a little, so one of these days I’ll invest in a bobbin winding machine and have a rack like this to hold thread and matching filled bobbins. Plus it will keep me from buying yet another spool of the same yellow thread since I’ll know exactly what I have at a glance!

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Peg Dolls!

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By Craft Trends Contributor, Gillian from the blog Dried Figs and Wooden Spools. Check out our Craft Trends board on Pinterest!

I don’t know if you’ve noticed but the peg dolls are taking over. No, really, they seem to be everywhere! And why not? Their simple shape opens up all sorts of possibilities for characters, colors, and add-ons and they allow for so much imagination when playing! Since they can be made into almost anyone or anything, the sky is the limit on where you take your pegs dolls. Go simple with basic colors or super detailed, make one or make them by the dozens. Kids of almost any age will love them, there’s something irresistible about peg dolls, don’t you think?

Color Matching Peg Dolls - Chasing Cheerios

Color Matching Peg DollsChasing Cheerios

For the youngest kiddos in your family why not make a game of color matching with peg dolls? Toddlers will love matching dolls with their cups and it’s a fantastic way to introduce and reinforce colors in a fun way!. I love these bright, basic colors but you could go with lighter shades or mix it up with letters or numbers painted on the cups and dolls for more learning games!

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Lovely, Lovely Eggs

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By Craft Trends Contributor, Gillian from the blog Dried Figs and Wooden Spools. Check out our Craft Trends board on Pinterest!

Easter is fast approaching and while plain old colored eggs are always fun, there are so many amazing egg decorating ideas out there it would be a shame to stick with just the dye, wouldn’t it? Colorful, floral, unique, so many ideas! I’m thinking of trying a few of these on blown out eggs so that I can keep them well beyond Easter Morning! Alright, maybe I’m thinking of trying them all! Here are some of my very favorites!

Exquisite Eggs - Country Living

Exquisite Eggs – Country Living

These clever eggs use tattoo paper to transfer botanical images to the eggs, I love their Edwardian style. Wouldn’t they look great in a pretty bowl or vase?

Silk Dyed Eggs - Country Living

Silk Dyed EggsCountry Living

This is an unusual take on the traditional silk dyed eggs. Using black and white silks creates a striking, modern style, beautiful and elegant. And so charming!

Decoupage Fabric Eggs - Tatertots & Jello

Decoupaged EggsTatertots & Jello

On the flip side, these eggs are bursting with color. A great way to use those plastic eggs for something a little more decorative, these are bright and beautiful and I can’t get enough of them!

Scrambled Lines Easter Eggs - Martha Stewart

Scrambled Lines Easter EggsMartha Stewart

And here we have dyed eggs with a twist! Tape in stripes to create a void in the color when dyed. Applied in layers after each trip into the dye bath, you get a while and beautiful result with very little effort. This woudl be a great variation to try with the kids!

How will you decorate your eggs this year? Any ideas you’d like to share? We’d love to see them! And check out these and other egg-related crafts on our Craft Trends Pinboard!

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