Jewelry making is not my thing. I think my jewelry making skills stopped somewhere in the 5th or 6th grade because I have never really made it past stringing beads onto stretchy cord, or making friendship bracelets, and those I haven’t done in a very long time.
It’s one thing showing off your crafts in your home, but it’s a whole new ball park when you can wear them and show them off wherever you go.
My favorite crafts always have two things in common: 1.) they’re easy to add your own flair to, and 2.) they’re made up of items that are already in the house. This cute craft has both of those attributes, plus it’s super cute! What more could a girl want?
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 Coasters – By Brittany Goldwyn
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.
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.
If this Halloween was the first your kiddos have experienced, they are probably still ‘playing Halloween’ on repeat – dressing up and holding out bags for candy. Here’s a fun craft for making quick dress up hats for recreating Halloween or simply for playing pretend all year round. Once you get the hang of it coming up with ideas for paper hats is easy. Here are some Paper Hat tutorials to get your little ones started creating funny and playful hats.
Hand Prints and simple shapes of colorful card stock are all you need to make Turkey Hats for Thanksgiving play!
Handprint Turkey Hat – Crafty Morning
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 Scarf – Think 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 Stamps – Think 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 Stamps – Thrive 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 Printing – Growing 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 Leaves – Mommy Labs