Tag Archives: Outdoor Crafts

Kids’ Crafts: Welcome Back Birds!

Spring is here and its time to welcome back the birds and other wild creatures that migrated south or have been hibernating. The first week of spring is a great time to teach about wildlife habitats (including your own backyard!) and the different ways that animals cope with winter and celebrate spring. Here are some bird themed crafts to go along with your discussions and reading about birds this season.

This brightly painted bird house and wind chime would make a beautiful addition to your backyard bird habitat.

Bird House Wind Chime

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Kids’ Crafts: Ready, Set, Plant!

It’s planting season here in Portland! What better way to teach kids to nurture living things, protect the environment and learn about food production than by gardening? Here are some activities that will help you and your kiddos celebrate the beginning of Spring, spark scientific curiosity and get crafty in the garden!

Looking for a creative way to pot your plants? Sculptamold is a fun material to work with and it makes great, unique plant pots.

Sculptamold Planter

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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

Kids’ Crafts: Camp Crafts

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.

Some of my friends kids just returned home from camp and they were so excited to tell me all about it that I got to remembering some of my favorite camp activities and crafts. Here are some camp crafts you can share with your kids at camp and at home. Many of these would also make great group activities for birthday parties.

These acrylic paint sun prints bring to mind batik prints, but this craft is much easier to recreate with kids of all ages.

Acrylic Paint Sun PrintsCraftiments

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Driftwood Dream Catcher Wall Hanging

By Home Decor Contributor Alyssa

Driftwood Dream Catcher Art

A while ago, my boyfriend and I bought a big kid bed at IKEA. We’d been sleeping on this rickety, noisy bed frame with a half-collapsed box spring for months and I finally convinced him that life would be so much more beautiful with a new bed. I’ve never slept better.

There was one downside to our new bed, though: we now had less wall space above us. While it was wonderful to have a headboard for the first time in my life, I had to take down my giant macrame wall hanging that had been living above us since we moved in. It just didn’t fit anymore. Since then, the white space that took its place has always irked me. What could I hang there?

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Kids’ Crafts: Sand

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 love playing with sand just the way it is, but I thought summer vacation would be a great time to round up creative new ways of playing and creating with sand.

Growing a Jeweled Rose has so many terrific play recipes for sand. Here is a favorite I’ve tried with my niece’s that they loved.

 Magic SandGrowing a Jeweled Rose

I find the following tutorial really exciting. It gives kids the opportunity to learn about Rangoli Designs made during Diwali celebrations and to make or ‘perform’ their own temporal art. The possibilities are endless, but the art created is not lasting, so remember to have a camera handy to capture the experience and beauty of Rangoli Inspired Sand Art.

Rangoli Inspired Sand ArtMy Little 3 and Me

The  next project is another great outdoor craft for school aged kids that would make a lovely outdoor or indoor decoration.

Rainbow Sand Casting Art Club Blog

Here’s another awesome activity for on the beach or at home. Magic Aqua Sand is fun and educational with really cool results.

How to Make Magic Aqua SandPaging Fun Mums

This next tutorial is a great way to liven up sand and use it to create a bright, textured medium.

Kool Aid Sand PaintLearn Play Imagine

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