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DIY Tie Organizer

DIY Tie Organizer for Father's Day

Father’s day is just around the corner. This year instead of going with the universally accepted and oh so very common Father’s Day gift, a tie, I decided I would make my dad something to organize all those ties he has received in the past.

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Wine Cork Bath Mat

Bath Mat 1

A few weeks ago, my mom called me with a wedding present idea for a wine loving cousin that is getting married this fall…a Wine Cork Bath Mat. She asked for help making it, and as any good daughter would do, I took over and decided to make it for her. This bath mat is a little time consuming, I mean you do have to drink a lot of wine to get the corks, but so much fun.

PS. You can buy used wine corks online so you don’t really have to drink all that wine, or just use new cork stoppers.

PPS. If you know said cousin getting married, please don’t tell.

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Kids’ Crafts: Wreaths

We love making wreaths for all the seasons. You can get pretty creative when making wreaths with kids and use a variety of household and crafts materials to make some unique seasonal decor. Here are some of my favorites.

Dip Dyed Craft Sticks create a beautiful sunburst effect which is fun to make and guaranteed to brighten any door this season. This would also work well for making a sunburst mirror for the kids’ room.

Craft Stick WreathBabble Dabble Do

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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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