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Kids’ Crafts: A Burst of Color

Whether you’re experiencing the unseasonably warm weather we’ve been having here in Portland or the strangely chilly weather in the NE these bright tie dye crafts are sure to be a crowd pleaser. Traditional tie dye can be kind of messy so I’d recommend a warm day in the backyard for those projects, but the Sharpie tie dye experiments and the tie dye clay can definitely be indoor activities as well. I hope you enjoy these Tie Dye favorites!

Clay is fun and easy to work with for kids and adults. The bright mix of colors is fun to create and use to decorate clay pots and coasters. These would also make great gifts for teachers and grandparents!

Polymer Clay Pot and CoastersBy Brittany Goldwyn

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Kids’ Crafts: Happy Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Make mom feel extra special this year with one of these thoughtful, beautiful hand made gifts. For the older kids I’ve included some multi-step artistic projects which can be modified for younger children (or made with a little help from older siblings and dads 🙂

These shabby chic picture frames are inexpensive to make and the finished product is lovelier than any frames I’ve seen in stores. Kids can even choose their own favorite pictures of themselves for mom.

Shabby Chic Picture Frames 

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Kids’ Crafts: Perler Beads

Perler Bead Crafts are a long time favorite of ours. Once you have a few inexpensive materials on hand all you need is inspiration to create almost anything you’d like with these versatile plastic beads.

Perler beads can be made into a variety of your favorite animals to create logos, keychains, pendants and keepsakes.

Perler Animals

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Kids’ Crafts: Lighting The Way

Not to say that I don’t enjoy cozy winter nights at home playing games with the family, but at this point in winter I start craving more light. This week I’ve been collecting Bright Lights and Candle Making crafts to make with the kids. Candle-making usually requires adult supervision so most of these projects are family style crafts to brighten and warm your home this season.

This candle lighting craft uses almost completely recycled materials and items you likely have around your house. This makes for a relaxing evening activity for kids and adults.

Recycled Candle Lights

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Kids’ Crafts: DIY Gifts

Kids love giving presents almost as much as getting presents, and what better way to involve the whole family in holiday preparations but to create your own little present workshop at the craft table! Here are some holiday gifts that kids can make themselves, using inexpensive, easy to find materials. These are sure to wow the grandparents, parents, and teachers alike.

Mason jar gifts are popular for a reason, they’re easy to make and they always turn out beautiful!

Handmade Gifts by Kids

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Kids’ Crafts: Fun with Stamps

When it comes to stamping the possibilities truly are endless. Whether you’re making your own stamps using everyday materials, or using favorite store bought rubber stamps, stamping on paper or linen, you and your family can create memorable keepsakes, decorate clothing, make presents or just create for the sake of creating!

This first project is a fantastic tutorial for hand stamping linen. This would make a great teen or family craft. Once you make the stamps kids can do the stamping. Everyone can decorate their own scarves with a little help from older siblings and parents.

Hand Stamped ScarfThink Crafts 

My nieces love bringing home dandelions, rocks, sticks, and other natural found objects from our nature walks. This is a great relaxing craft to do once we’re back at home cataloging our treasures.

Nature Made StampsThink Crafts

These Rolling Pin Stamps are a brilliant way to use items you have around the house to make a toddler approved craft. Perfect for creating home made wrapping paper, or themed wall art, or just enjoying stamping on a rainy afternoon.

Rolling Pin StampsThrive 360 Living

Now that autumn is here and it’s almost time to harvest those gourds and pumpkins here’s a craft to indulge in pumpkin celebration!

Pumpkin Potato PrintingGrowing a Jeweled Rose

Stamping makes the best wrapping paper, what better way to wrap a homemade craft or a housewarming gift?

Watermelon Wrapping Paper Inner Child Fun

This next tutorial is a great example of crafting with kids even when you’re out of town. What a great way to learn from the places you visit and create art from new things you find.

Art Inspiration with LeavesMommy Labs

Paint Chip Crafts

By Craft Trends Contributor, Lacey. Check out our Craft Trends board on Pinterest!

As a broke college student, I am a big fan of crafting on a budget. The trend of paint chip crafts is one that keeps the budget low and the results high. Though it’s not cool to clear out the whole paint sample section of your local hardware store, grabbing a few samples for crafting every once in a while is an acceptable practice. Especially when the results look this good. Check out some of my favorite crafts with this technique.

Paint Chip Bunting - Think CraftsPaint Chip BuntingThink Crafts

This paint chip bunting is perfect for any occasion. Though the rainbow colors are a great option, using event specific colors could also be a great option. I plan to make one for the “Football Sundays” I’m currently having to attend, because the best way to approach football is with crafts.

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