Showing posts with label creating with kids. Show all posts
Showing posts with label creating with kids. Show all posts

Friday, July 3, 2020

red and blue glow lanterns made from empty jars and glow sticks

Need and easy, last minute craft for the Fourth of July? These simple glow stick crafts are easy to whip up in just a few minutes!

This project is easy for everyone to make - including kids!

It's a fun way to include kids in 4th of July crafting that isn't messy.

Worried about the glass jars breaking? This also works with clear plastic jars.

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Thursday, June 18, 2020

Gift ideas to make for father's day

Do you want to make a fun DIY gift for Dad for Father's Day but you're not sure what? 

I've got lots of great gift ideas that you can make for Dad! 

From things that little kids can make for Father's Day to DIY gifts that will need an adult and power tools, I have a dozen great ideas for ways to help Dad feel special on his day.

Need gift ideas for Grandpa for Father's Day? I've got you there, too!
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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

earth day recycled craft project ideas - plant markers from can lids, unicorn succulent planter from empty jar, ladybugs from egg cartons

Earth Day is a great time to do activities or recycled crafts with your kids to teach them about the importance of preserving this beautiful planet that we live on. 

One of the big messages I want everyone to understand is that we have to be responsible for our garbage. 
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Saturday, March 14, 2020

100+ ideas for things to do at home - both inside and outside

With the "the virus that shall not be named" shutting down school systems around the United States (as of this writing seven states plus Washington DC have closed all schools for two weeks or more) and families being urged to stay at home, parents are suddenly left trying to figure out what can I do with my kids while school is canceled???

While it's easy to turn to screen time, kids are definitely going to need more than hours and hours of movies and minecraft to make it through.

My goal during this time is to keep their brains engaged and active even if they aren't doing formal learning. This includes lots of innovating, art, building things with sticks and recyclables and more.

Your learning time doesn't have to look like school to be valuable!
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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

how to make a reusable shopping bag from t-shirts

I live in Oregon, a state which recently implemented a ban on single use plastic bags at check out.

You can still get a paper bag of course, but be prepared to pay $0.05 for each paper bag you need.

But you know what's still free?

Bringing your own reusable bags!
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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

How to make a bug jar with a ladybug lid - easy STEM craft for kids!
I made this easy recycled ladybug bug catcher craft with my son almost seven years ago for Earth Day when he was in preschool!

It's a great way to turn an empty glass jar into something cute your kids will use and enjoy.

The lid of this jar is painted to look like a ladybug and includes fun 3D features like eyes and antennae.

Catch bugs in the jar to observe through the glass - just be sure to let them go when you're done!

This is an easy kids craft to make with your preschool or kindergarten class to encourage them to get outside, looking for bugs and exploring in the garden!
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Sunday, December 1, 2019

Advent Calendars you can make

The one tradition I was the most excited about starting when we finally had our first child was some kind of Christmas countdown or advent calendar.

I wanted to have a way to celebrate a little every day as we worked our way toward Christmas on December 25th. 

Whether you are new to the advent calendar tradition or just looking to mix things up, here are more than 25 great advent countdown ideas you are sure to love!
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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Learn how to make this easy and fun unicorn ornament.

Making your own ornaments is always a fun Christmas activity and it’s even better if it’s a DIY unicorn ornament!

Christmas can be expensive and wasteful so we don’t want Christmas crafts to required us to purchase a lot of supplies or make a lot of waste. That’s why these unicorn ornaments are made using craft supplies you likely already have -- like a mason jar lid and scraps.

These unicorn ornaments are very simple to make and you can change them up in a lot of different ways to fit your own style.

These unicorn ornaments would also be a great craft to make at a Christmas party. Set out some different supplies and each person can make their own unique ornament. What a fun party favor!

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Friday, April 12, 2019

How to grow wheat berry grass to have living easter basket grass

We started a tradition of growing our own Easter basket grass from wheat berries about six years ago. I hate plastic Easter grass and needed an eco-friendly alternative. We had been using shredded green paper but this real Easter grass (AKA wheatgrass) is super easy to grow in about seven days. The best part? When you are done with Easter, the wheatgrass is edible! 

To eat the wheatgrass, blend it into smoothie, run it through your juicer or feed it to your pet rabbit or chickens! Growing wheatgrass is really easy and makes your Easter baskets look extra fancy. Plus there's no waste, so it's an eco-friendly win all around!

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Monday, April 8, 2019

 

Hi friends, it's Natalie from Doodlecraft sharing a fun paint marbling craft!

Marbled Easter eggs make stunning Easter decor and are simple to make!  

The results you get from learning how to do a marbling technique are amazing and a surprise each time. 

 It's a great craft for any skill level--beginners to advance crafters will love to marble a dozen or more eggs.

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Monday, March 4, 2019

glittery green st patricks day hat idea

This cute leprechaun hat tutorial for St Patrick's Day is one of my oldest projects - I first wrote this St Paddy's Day craft tutorial back in 2013!

I had never been a big St Patrick's day crafter but with a three year old who loved holidays, I had to do something. 
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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Paint denim patches with dimensional paint to create fun flair for a backpack.

Hi creative friends, it's Natalie from Doodlecraft here to teach you how to make patches from denim scraps!  

This is a fun upcycled craft that you can make from an old pair of jeans. You don't even need a whole pair! 

It's a great way to use up any scraps leftover from a project you made with recycled jeans like Carissa's really popular Farm Girl Apron from old jeans project or this upcycled denim crown project.

It's really easy to make denim patches using Dimensional Fabric paint (some might call it puffy paint).  

These colorful patches are perfect for adding embellishments to a tote or backpack. They are a fun craft to do with older kids or even as a summer camp craft.  

I have rainbows, unicorns, diamonds, flowers and narwhal patches featured here, but get as creative as you like--the sky is the limit!

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

How to make a pandacorn panda unicorn valentine box from a recycled box

Looking for a unique unicorn valentine box?

If you love pandas, unicorns or pandicorns (or is it pandacorns?), you will love my pandicorn panda unicorn valentine box.

I want to help you succeed with your DIY unicorn valentine box so I have also made a FREE PRINTABLE TEMPLATE to help make crafting your unicorn valentines box super easy.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

How to make an envelope for a card from a cereal box

Hi friends, it's Natalie from Doodlecraft! If you want to learn how to make an envelope from materials you already have at home, I'm your girl!

This fun tutorial will teach you how to fold an envelope from an empty food box. Your kids and tweens will love learning the secret of envelope making from trash!

This DIY envelope is perfect for brightening someone's day by sending snail mail...or a fabulous custom Valentine card!

Or Mother's Day!

Or Christmas!

OR what about Earth Day? How fitting! I think we should all start sending Earth Day cards made from recycled materials. Who's with me?

You can learn how to make an envelope that's just the right size for a card with any paper board (or lightweight cardboard) food box.

Cereal boxes, cracker boxes, you name it - the inside of a paper board food box is perfect for decorating and doodling on.
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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

No-carve unicorn pumpkin craft with unicorn horn, flower crown and eyelashes
If you love all things unicorn, you will absolutely love this DIY pumpkin craft that is perfect for Halloween!

Hi Creative friends, it's Natalie from Doodlecraft sharing a fun no carve pumpkin craft featuring everyone's favorite animal: unicorns!

I have two different ways you can make this easy unicorn craft for Halloween:

You can make a cute unicorn girl pumpkin or a cool unicorn boy pumpkin with sunglasses. Easy and adorable!

If you hate the mess of carving pumpkins, this is an especially wonderful solution to decorating pumpkins. No sharp tools or goopy mess required!

I made these with fresh white pumpkins but if you want them to last forever, you can buy convincing looking fake pumpkins online.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

How to make Halloween luminaries with recycled glass jars


If you're looking for an easy Halloween craft to do with kids, look no further than your recycling bin! 

With a little help from Mod Podge and tissue paper (or napkins) you can transform empty glass jars to adorable Halloween luminaries. 

These recycled glass jar luminaries are easy to make and a perfect first Mod Podge project. 

This Halloween luminary project I designed was featured on Hands on Crafts for Kids in December of 2015. 

While the version of my Halloween luminaries aired by Hands on Crafts for Kids is a little different than the way I designed it (they used Elmer's glue instead of Mod Podge for example), watching the video below will give you the basic technique for making them.
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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Best fairy garden and mermaid craft ideas

If you have followed the fairy garden trend, you will love this fresh spin with mermaids! This lovely DIY mermaid craft is easy to make. It uses succulents, which thankfully are hard to kill as long as you have a spot with plenty of light. Succulents are perfect for mermaid gardens because you can find succulents with a resemblance to seaweed, coral, anemones and other ocean plants.

Don't have a well lit spot for your succulent mermaid garden to go? You can still make this easy mermaid craft by using fake succulents instead. Simply fill the bowl with sand instead of potting soil and use fake succulents in place of live ones.

Of course, if you do have a well lit spot suitable for your mermaid garden, stick with fresh plants! Keeping plants indoors can help clean the air inside as well as give you a sense of well-being. 

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Saturday, June 9, 2018

How to keep kids entertained during summer without resorting to using screen time.

School is out and you're not sure what to do with your kids. Or your kids are crying "I'm bored!" It's easy to get trapped in routines and when the same routine kids activities aren't interesting anymore, what can you do? My ultimate guide to screen free summer kids activities to the rescue!

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

I love you plant marker recycled craft idea

This clever recycled craft idea lets you turn empty tin can lids into adorable plant markers. Use them as garden markers to help you remember what you planted where. You can also stamp other messages onto the lids to make them into a combination plant marker and gift tag. Tell a teacher "You're the best!" or tell mom "Happy Mother's Day". Giving a plant to someone who has a bit of a brown thumb? Maybe try a cheeky "Water me!" along with a second tag telling them the type of plant it is.
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Monday, March 5, 2018

How to make healthy easter snacks featuring annie's cheddar bunnies
If you are looking for healthy Easter basket ideas, you have come to the right place! 

When my oldest was just a toddler, we realized that finding healthy Easter treats was hard. There was so much candy and artificial food dye everywhere at Easter time! Luckily, making these healthy Easter treats is super easy and my kids love them! Even my second grade boy still loves eating these cheddar bunny crackers - so this healthy Easter basket idea is perfect for toddlers and big kids alike!
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