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.
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.
My nieces love finger puppets so I thought on my next visit home to see them I’d bring along supplies for making our own puppets. Here’s a variety of puppet making projects to inspire you and your little ones. Great especially for a rainy day craft.
Sock puppets are the classic, inexpensive, puppet project we all know and love. Here’s a great tutorial to get you started.
I was very into stickers as a kid. I didn’t use my stickers in crafts though, they were too precious to me, instead I collected and stored them in a large photo album and occasionally traded with my friends. Here are some crafts, toys and activities you can create while preserving these precious stickers.
Here’s a recycling craft perfect for any age. Grown ups can help transform the milk bottles and kids can use adhesives and stickers to give these upcycled elephants character.
As I have discovered over the past few years, at times, it’s hard to make dorm rooms and apartments feel like home. The smaller space, combined with knowledge that this is not a permanent residence constantly brewing in the back of my mind, sometimes keep me from decorating to my hearts content. One thing I have missed whilst moving from dorm to dorm is plants. I grew up in a home where indoor plants were abundant and there is something soothing to me as a Pacific North-Westerner of being constantly surrounded by green. This craft trend of DIY Planters (especially the ones of the smaller variety) may be the perfect thing to ensure that the apartment I’m moving into in the fall can be another home away from the ones of my childhood.
This House Number Planter is the perfect way to customize the outside of an apartment or home and also provide a welcoming look. I love the idea that this is both a great decoration and a practical way to make it easier to recognize your apartment or living space from the others in the area.
We’re definitely having beach weather here in Portland, with temperatures over 100 in the city. If you’re spending part of the summer at the beach or like me, just wishing to be at the beach all summer, here are some beach themed crafts to enjoy. Crafting is also a great way to record all the fun experiences your family is having this summer. Let these beach crafts keep you in the summer spirit all year round.
Older children or anyone who enjoys painting will love this easy to follow beach painting tutorial.
With the 4th of July finally here, it’s the season for outdoor barbecues and long summer nights. I love spending whole days outside and I love the idea of adding some personal touches to make your backyard more cozy and more entertaining. I’ve spent many 4th of July’s at block parties where children were left to roam free and adults were left to talk about politics and other important adult topics. I’m entering a time when I’m looking more at home decor than I ever have before. Here are some great crafts to spruce up the outside environment in your life.
This upcycled chair is a fantastic way to create a chair you’ll be proud to take to the beach, camping, or to any outdoor activity. The how-to video and step by step instructions make this professional looking final product look like a both a fun activity and one that won’t be too difficult to make or customize to your own style and colors.