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

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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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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Sunday, January 28, 2018

How to make a DIY Fidget Spinner with lego

In my opinion, the best way to make a DIY fidget spinner is with LEGOs. LEGOs are identical in size and shape, so a DIY fidget spinner made from LEGO will spin better and faster than one made from handcut cardboard for example. 

Using LEGOs to make fidget spinners is perfect if your kids are already LEGO fiends and have a good size stash of different sized bricks. Learning how to make a fidget spinner is a fun way to spend an afternoon because once you learn how to make a LEGO fidget spinner from me, you and your kids will want to experiment with all kinds of other ways to make DIY fidget spinners from LEGOs or other things you find around the house.

If you have been wanting to get away from lead in fidget spinners by learning how to make a fidget spinner yourself, you are in the right place! With so much concern about lead in fidget spinners, I love being able to make LEGO fidget spinners because new LEGOs consistently test lead free. As long as your kids are old enough not to swallow them, they are an AWESOME way to make your own DIY fidget spinner from safe materials. And if you get tired of your LEGO fidget spinner, you can just make a new one! Or take it apart and use the LEGOs for a new project. 

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Lego Star Wars Project Idea - make a key organizer

Hi friends, it's Natalie from Doodlecraft.  

Keys, let's chat about keys.  

My darling husband loses his keys regularly.  

I needed a key organizer that was also a fun way to remember to hang them up at the end of the day.  This Lego Star Wars project idea was my answer - A Lego Star Wars key organizer is the perfect place to keep track of keys. 

It would make a great handmade gift for any Star Wars Lego lover too...and it's the perfect project for kids to help with.

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Lego Christmas ornament tutorials
Christmas mornings at our house are filled with lots of LEGO sets, making the joys of Christmas last longer as we put them together. I know I'm not alone! No wonder LEGO and Christmas just seem to go hand in hand for so many families.

Lego Christmas ornaments are perfect for the days leading up to Christmas.  Maybe you need to keep little hands busy when they are home from school or just want unique ornaments on your tree. Unlike many store bought ornaments, LEGO ornaments will be lead free (yay!) and zero waste because when you are done, the LEGOs just go back in their bin to play with later instead of languishing in storage. I love that you can make LEGO ornaments of anything you can imagine - everything from LEGO Star Wars ornaments to simple classics like LEGO Christmas trees and candy canes.

If you're ready to get your LEGO Christmas mojo going, here are 15 awesome LEGO Christmas ornament tutorials to get your creative juices flowing!

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

If you have LEGOs, you have all the materials you need to make awesome Christmas ornaments! This LEGO candy cane Christmas ornament is easy to make. Unlike many store bought Christmas ornaments, it's lead free! Your little LEGO builders will have lots of fun building a small army of candy canes for your tree.

LEGO Christmas ornaments are also great because after Christmas, you can take them apart and keep using them the rest of the year - unlike glass balls that take up space in your garage or attic 11 months out of the year.

This LEGO candy cane was designed by my seven year old son who wants to be a LEGO master builder when he grows up. He has also started dabbling in LEGO stop motion animations and helped me make the video that appears below! If you can't tell, I'm a pretty proud of him.

 Love LEGO Christmas Ornaments?

 Learn how to make a LEGO Christmas tree ornament to go with your candy cane ornament here: 
 
How to Build a LEGO Christmas Tree Ornament





This DIY LEGO ornament is really easy to make. Stacking the red and white pieces together is great pattern practice for little one but big ones will catch on quickly. Once you have finished building your LEGO candy cane, thread a string through hole at the top and hang it on your tree! The LEGOs snap together really securely so they don't need glue unless you want to make the candy cane arrangement permanent.
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Monday, November 27, 2017

If you have a LEGO lover in your house, you probably have a whole bin full (or a floor full?) of LEGOs that you can use to build your own DIY ornaments! 

LEGO Christmas ornaments are fun and eco friendly because after Christmas, you can take them apart you can keep using them the rest of the year - unlike the glass balls that take up space in your garage or attic 11 months out of the year.

This LEGO Christmas tree was kid-designed by my seven year old son who wants to be a LEGO master builder when he grows up. 

He has also started dabbling in LEGO stop motion animations and helped me make the video that appears below! If you can't tell, I'm a pretty proud mama.

This DIY LEGO ornament is really easy to make. 

We used a rainbow of different studs for the ornaments but you can use whatever color studs you happen to have to decorate your LEGO Christmas tree. The translucent studs would make a great option as well because they look like glass ornaments or lights.


 Love LEGO Christmas Ornaments?

 Learn how to make a LEGO candy cane ornament to go with your Christmas tree ornament here: 
 
How to Build a LEGO Candy Cane Christmas Ornament


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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Rock painting is the hot new hobby of 2017. Many people who are not crafty or who have never painted before want to get involved. I love that! As new crafters are flocking to rock painting forums everywhere, people are asking How do I get started painting rocks? Or What is the best paint for painting rocks?

As a lifelong crafter, avid rock painter and professional craft tutorial writer I felt pretty well equipped to answer this question! 

This is my ultimate guide to getting started rock painting including a list of my favorite tools and paints for painting rocks.

If you are interested in learning more about the hide-and-seek rock game that people are playing with their painted rocks, check out this article on I Love Painted Rocks: How to Play the Hide and Seek Rock Game.

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Friday, September 29, 2017


Hi friends, it's Natalie from Doodlecraft! With Star Wars The Last Jedi trailers and other spoilers released, we are privy to an adorable new creature that will appear in the next episode: Porgs. From the planet Ahch-To, porgs are modeled after puffins and are so cute with their little frowny faces. 

It's easy to make a porg jack-o-lantern for Halloween using paint and either a real pumpkin or a craft pumpkin (craft pumpkins are great because you can re-use the same pumpkin next year!). Let me show you how to make an adorable porg pumpkin craft to set out on your porch for Halloween!
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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Have you tried letterboxing with your family yet? Letterboxing is a fun treasure hunting hobby that will have you following clues to find a "letterbox" hidden anywhere from deep in the woods to an urban train station. Once you find a letterbox, you will stamp the stamp hidden inside the box into your letterboxing passport. If the letterbox you found has a finder's log, you will also stamp your "signature stamp" into that log book. 

It is SO FUN - and one of my family's favorite family time activities that gets you out of the house.
  
Check out Letterboxing North America to get started finding letterboxes. (Letterboxing is actually a worldwide hobby so if you are not in North America just Google "(your country name) letterboxing" and you should find the right info for your region!)


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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

More than 20 unicorn craft ideas - All the best unicorn crafts from unicorn costumes to easy unicorn crafts for preschoolers

If you are looking for a unicorn craft, this is the place to be!

Here's a fun fact about me: I am obsessed with unicorns. 

Of course, as someone who also loves to do crafts I naturally want to do all the unicorn crafts!

If you have spent any time on Pinterest lately, you will see that I am clearly not alone! Unicorn crafts everywhere!

Kids, teens and adults alike are embracing the magical rainbow unicorn love and whipping up unicorn crafts left and right. (looking for more unicorn stuff? I have a Unicorn Love Pinterest board for you!)

You know your friend that is obsessed with unicorn stuff? Browse through this list to get some great unicorn craft ideas to really make their day!
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Friday, December 16, 2016


One of my favorite Christmas traditions is to make ornaments with our kids throughout the month of December. I love having new ornaments made by little hands every year.

Kid-made ornaments are like mini time capsules that bring you back to a snapshot in time. I never understood why my mom kept using the "ugly", ratty ornaments we made as small children even into my teens - until I became a mom. I love those little sloppily painted, crooked, wonky ornaments so so so much. This year, we did personalized wood ornaments with the kids. These are easy enough that any baby big enough to scribble with crayons can make them but big kids will still have fun, too.

Make a few for your tree but don't forget the grandparents - they will love these sweet little scribbly ornaments, as well!
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Thursday, November 17, 2016


This adorable snow globe soap pump is the perfect way to add an unexpected dash of Christmas to the kitchen or bathroom sinks in your home. Throughout the year I keep most of the decor in my home fairly neutral and then swap out accessories like this for different holidays. It makes me smile every time I go to use the kitchen sink!

Bonus: You need ZERO crafting skills to pull off this project!
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Saturday, August 6, 2016



Do  your kids love Dragonvale? 

One of my son's favorite games of all time to play on the iPad is Dragonvale. Dragonvale is a kid-friendly game (that adults love, too!) where you get an island full of dragons and you send different dragon combinations to a breeding cave to make new types of dragons. Then you feed and take care of your dragons to help them grow. Your dragons also compete in races, quests and other fun games. Overall it's a blast and I might even love playing it as much as he does.
(want to play? Download Dragonvale for Android here or iPhone here)

All that to say: When it was time to pick a theme for his sixth birthday party, K wanted a Dragonvale themed party (check out our previous party themes here). As much as I love meticulously crafted, "Pinterest perfect" parties I must be getting old because I just don't have the time and patience to spend 40 hours making crafts for parties any more. 

Luckily I found some dragon party supplies at Party City that were perfect and together with some other simple supplies put together this super fun party. In fact, I think it was my least time intensive but ALSO most fun party to date! #winning

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Friday, January 29, 2016



While unpacking at The Farmhouse, I found a sleeve of red paper cups. I can't remember why I had them or what I bought them for. To make things worse, they were a little squished and most of them wouldn't do a great job holding liquids without leaking. When my son asked if we could have a crafts day (yes! The answer is always yes.), I pulled the cups out and had fun making love bugs with him. 

These are a great "free choice" craft to do with kids - just set out the supplies and let them come up with their own version. I made the "Queen" love bug on the right but my son made a small army of "ladybugs" with big black pom poms on their backs.  This is also a great way to use up party supply leftovers!

Here are the instructions for how to make the queen:
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Thursday, August 27, 2015



After a terribly brutal summer with record high temperatures and record low rain, I am SO READY for fall in the Pacific Northwest. While the leaves are already turning, I suspect it might be due to lack of water so I'm not getting my hopes up too high. The last few years, fall didn't really feel like it started until mid October - which seems so. far. away. So in protest of the hot weather, the kids and I stayed inside out of the wildfire smoke had some fall inspired crafting this afternoon!


We made handprint acorns stamped onto kitchen towels. I think they are super cute. And it was the second craft I'd made with baby A. His hand is so tiny and precious I want to remember it this size forever - what a great way!
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015



Fairy gardens are super trendy this year. I totally get the appeal - I love the idea of creating inviting little spaces for garden fairies to lounge in. I suppose they are kind of like beneficial insects - minus the carnivorous bug eating?

If you want to get in on the fairy garden trend, no need to be scared. Simple fairy gardens are very easy to put together by yourself or with kids. Come see how I made mine! 


Supplies

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Monday, May 25, 2015



While I almost exclusively use my refillable water bottle to drink from, I occasionally find myself with a leftover disposable one on my hands. 

If you have leftover water bottles, you and your kids can turn them into pretty yard art with a few simple supplies. 

As an added bonus, it will help your kids with their scissor skills as well (you know, in a productive way).

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Friday, March 20, 2015



Welcome to Craft Lightning Day 5! On thursday, I showed you how to turn old can lids into garden markers. If you missed it, click on the photo to go to that tutorial:



What's this Craft Lightning business? Glad you asked! This week, with the help of my friends Angie of The Country Chic Cottage and Carolina from 30 Minute CraftsI brought you a new recycled craft each day this week PLUS featured 6-10 other recycled crafts. Its a veritable recycled crafting extravaganza!

Today I have a super easy way to turn an old t-shirt into a market bag. This method requires no sewing so it's perfect for making with older kids in school or with your scout troop.  Or also for sewing-machine-less adults. Or for those who own sewing machines but are scared of them. You get the picture.


Supplies

  • Old T-shirt (note:bottom hem must be intact)
  • Rotary Cutter & cutting mat
  • Quilting ruler or straight edge (optional but useful!)
  • Scissors
  • Large safety pin
Some of the links in my supply lists may be affiliate links. 

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015



Welcome to Craft Lightning Day 3! Yesterday, I showed you how to make cute plant markers with clothespins and washi tape. They coordinate nicely with the planter I showed you how to make on Monday. If you missed it, click on the photo to go to that tutorial:
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Tuesday, March 17, 2015



Welcome to Craft Lightning Day 2! Yesterday, I showed you how to make an a super cute giftable plant container. It's a quick and easy way to dress up a small plant or flowers to give as a gift! If you missed it, click on the photo to go to that tutorial:


What's this Craft Lightning business? Glad you asked! This week, with the help of my friends Carolina from 30 Minute Crafts and Angie of The Country Chic Cottage I'm going to bring you a new recycled craft each day PLUS feature 8 other recycled crafts. Its a veritable recycled crafting extravaganza!

Today I have easy to make plant markers using clothespins. They even coordinate well with the planter we made yesterday to make a super cute gift.


Supplies

Some of the links in my supply lists may be affiliate links. 

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