Craft Workshop Inspiration!

March 15, 2018
Decor, Furniture, Organization, Styling, Wall Decor

Project Kid Industry City Studio

Project Kid started the new year with a big change – a new workshop at the inspiring Industry City in Brooklyn! We feel beyond lucky to have a place dedicated to crafting and only crafting. We’ve unpacked all of our supplies but there’s still so much space to play with. For now we’re filling it with daydreams until we craft the perfect layout. Below is some of the studio eye candy our Pinterest boards have been bursting with!

studio walls, workshop walls, studio inspiration, pegboard

Wall storage is number one on our list! Pegboards rule craft rooms for a reason. As Oh Happy Day demonstrates, they’re perfect for holding everything from spray paint to spools of ribbon. We love the way Ladies & Gentleman Studio pairs their pegboard with a metallic grid.  The shelves in the third image are designed to hold supplies for an entire children’s art studio, but with the amount of materials we have, they’d probably fit just right. We also love how artist Lisa Congdon’s bookshelf is accessible, organized, and even has space to display treasures.


studio inspiration, workshop inspiration, studio containers, workshop containers

For more contained storage options, light wood looks so lovely with pops of color. We tend to forget about our patterned paper when it’s all rolled together but a hutch like this one repurposed by Something Turquoise would show it off, plus it doubles as a seamless shooting station – genius! Our props are another collection that would be fun to display (image via StudioDIY). Craft Storage Ideas demonstrates how a smart combination of shelves, drawers from Ikea, and hangers allows a slim closet to be used to its full potential.


studio inspiration, studio style, home studio elements, studio furniture

While Project Kid isn’t a home studio anymore, that doesn’t mean we need to lose all the homey touches. A couch like Judit Just’s would be the perfect spot from which to admire all the artwork on the walls. Justina Blakeney’s cabinet brings a bright pop of color while holding drinkware and pillows. And though we might not have enough space for a human-sized rabbit, it would be nice to capture some of the whimsy of Nathalie Lete’s workspace. We are also totally tempted to copy Say Yes’s swing set, after all unleashing your inner kid might not be a bad way to brainstorm craft ideas.


studio inspiration, workshop inspiration, painted floors, white floors

Though white floors could invite messes they also transform the whole room into a blank canvas and what’s more inspiring than that? Images clockwise from top left FJELDBORG, The Cottage Market, Say Yes and In/Out . Say Yes adds a smart touch by installing a roll of seamless near the ceiling for a ready-in-a-second photo shoot.


studio plants, studio inspiration, creative space greenery

Saving room for sunlight and greenery will help keep our workshop zen. We love that Jasika Nicole ‘s studio has a treehouse feel thanks to those lovely windows full of leaves. The white planters in Sarah Sherman Samuel’s office make it seem like the plants are growing out of the space itself. Designer Lotta Nieminen and artist Abby Kasonik both demonstrate that it only takes a few strategically placed plants to make a big impact.


studio inspiration, moodboard inspirationFinally, even after our workshop is “complete”, we will always continue to daydream! Mood boards are the ultimate inspiration tool. It couldn’t be easier to add to a grid like Design by Tjejen. Paper and Stitch has the good idea to double their giant house mood board as an organizer. We love how Emma Robertson’s mood board takes over her wall and Judit Just’s is so multi dimensional.

Stay tuned as we share the results of all this inspiration in our own workshop!




Family Tree Project

March 12, 2018
Activities, ad, Age, Decor, DIY Home, Early Elementary, Family Bonding, Grown-Up, Kids Rooms, Playrooms, Styling, Unplugged Time, Wall Decor

homemade family tree craft with play doh lids

Thanks to Brother for sponsoring this post and providing crafters with a new tool for our trade!

Raise your hand if your photographs live on your phone, computer, or tablet and never make it to paper. Yep, that’s what I thought. Cameras and camera phones are getting better and better, and yet we rarely print out photos to display in our homes.

Here’s a fun project that shows off your entire family in a creative way—craft a modern, colorful version of a family tree. Now this tree is not your great-grandmother’s family tree of yesteryear…this one is bright and playful, one that can match the décor in a casual family room, playroom, or entryway. A family tree is never complete without names and birthdate labels, and that’s where our P-touch Embellish Ribbon and Tape printer comes in. Type out the names and birthdays of your family members and print them vertically on the ribbon to finish off your little award-ribbon frames. Recognize those bright circles? That’s because they are made from kids’ activity dough lids!

easy family tree craft with ribbons


The beauty of this tree is that you can keep adding branches as your family grows and grows and grows…

What you’ll need:

Make It:

1. Glue photographs inside the kids’ activity dough canister lids.

2. Print out the names and birthday vertically onto ribbon using the font and frame of your choice. (We used the Brussels font with frame no. 80.)

3. Trim the ribbon and hot glue the tops of the ribbons to the back so that the text faces forward. Set these aside.

4. To make the tree, place one full-length dowel in the center, and cut balsa wood at an angle with a utility knife in varying lengths to make branches. Create enough branches at different angles to hold all of your frames.

5. Hot glue your photographs to branches, putting the eldest family members at the top.

Put Styrofoam inside a jar, vase, or flowerpot and insert the trunk of your tree down into the Styrofoam. (I covered my styrofoam with white sand, but you can also use moss or pebbles for a natural look or bright pompoms for a crafty vibe!)

family tree play dough lid craft easy fun to make with kids

Thanks to Brother for sponsoring this post and providing crafters with a new tool for our trade!




Crafty Easter Tables

March 2, 2018
Decor, Early Elementary, Easter, Favors, Older Elementary, Preschool, Spring, Toddler, Tween to Teen

easter napkin rings, diy easter bunny ear napkin rings, bunny napkin rings

At Project Kid we love any excuse for a gathering, but Easter is one of our favorites. After a long winter, it’s one of the first occasions to fill the home with all that’s light and bright. Even with relatively limited motif options, the blogosphere always delivers fresh ideas, and we’ve gathered some of our faves below. Whether you plan on hosting a big gathering, or celebrating with close family, these bright ideas will help get the Easter egg rolling!


Felt, pipe cleaners, and a toilet paper tube are all it takes to make the bunny ear napkin rings above. Choose a color that matches your china and use them year after year. Project Kid for Woman’s Day.


easter table decorations, bunny ear decorations, bunny ear drink toppersAdd a pair of mini ears to make any bottle Easter appropriate. Lia Griffth shares a template to make your own.


Easter placemat, interactive placemat, kids easter tableFor a simple but fun family breakfast, print out See Jane’s polka dot placemat and include a bunny surprise in everyones bowls.


hot glue placemats, diy placemats, easter placemats, diy round placematsThe secret to Bash Studio’s festive placemats is hot glue! Part nest, part modern art, all Easter.


color blocked egg vases, easter egg vases, diy easter vases, diy easter tableColor blocking makes the old new again, even when it comes to plastic eggs! A Calico Chic Life shares the how-to for turning last year’s leftovers into this year’s centerpiece.


diy easter centerpiece, chocolate bunny easter centerpiece, talking rabbits centerpiece, diy easter centerpieceChocolate Easter bunnies are about as classic as it gets, but Oh Happy Day‘s cheery conversation bubbles make them center stage worthy.


easter chicks center piece, papier mache center piece, easter chicks best friends center pieceBrit & Co‘s papier mache eggs are meant to be shared! For a friends Easter gathering, split amongst your favorite chicks as favors.


origami chicks table decoration, diy easter origami, easter chicks origami candy holderFor a cheap yet chic option, try these origami chicks from The House that Lars Built. Not only will they brighten up any table, they also double as candy holders!


orange easter scheme, veggie easter color scheme, easter table settingFor a table that’s inspired less by sugar and more by sustenance, we love this carrot hued color scheme from Amy’s Party Ideas. Your little ones will be happy to eat like bunnies when their veggies are part of such a peppy place setting.


kids easter table, outdoor easter table, easter picnic tableWhy keep the egg hunt separate from the rest of the celebration? A low table and lots of pillows elevate an Easter picnic while taking advantage of the spring sunshine. Image via Style Me Pretty.





Poetry on the Go!

February 23, 2018
Activities, ad, Age, Early Elementary, Everyday Crafts, Grown-Up, Older Elementary, Preschool, Tween to Teen, Unplugged Time

diy magnetic poetry p touch brother project kid craft

Thanks to Brother for sponsoring this post and providing us crafters with a new tool for our trade!

Every parent knows that long car rides, waiting rooms, and delayed flights can be torture on the nerves. It’s easy to hand over a digital device these days, but here’s a creative, unplugged idea to keep their brains active! Switch out the smartphone for a smart-toy and get your kids excited about writing. To make a portable update of this fridge classic, fill a metal, mint tin with DIY poetry magnets. When your little poets put together sentences, they’ll have so much fun they won’t realize they’re learning. Who knows…maybe you can slip in a vocab word or two!

doy magnetic poetry project craft for kids word game

It literally couldn’t be easier to make this poetry-on-the-go set with the help of the P-touch Embellish Ribbon and Tape Printer. The best part? It’s completely customizable—your kids can include their names, the name of their school, favorite animals, foods, activities—whatever they want! With 9 patterned tapes, and more than 10 solid colors, plus 14 fonts and over 400 symbols, you can mix and match in a million ways.

What you’ll need:

  • metal mint tin
  • contact paper
  • marker
  • scissors
  • magnetic sheets
  • P-touch Embellish
  • P-touch Embellish tapes in a variety of patterns and colors (we used berry pink, lime green, mint chevron, yellow with white stars, blue and pink diagonal, pastel blue, pastel purple, and pink hearts)

Make it!

1. Trace the top of the mint tin on the back of the contact paper and cut out. Then, carefully peel and press contact paper to the tin top and trim off any excess.

2. Write down a list of words you want to turn into magnets, making sure not to forget pronouns, prepositions, and articles! Have fun trading out tapes and experimenting with different fonts, sizes, and symbols. Make sure to print out names of your kids, friends, and family so your kids can customize their poetry.

3. Trim words and stick them to magnetic sheets. (If you have adhesive sheets pull back the paper first for a doubly strong bond.) Cut out words to create individual magnets.

4. Store magnets inside the tin and have fun sticking sentences all over!




Olympic Ice Skater Craft

February 15, 2018
Age, Early Elementary, Everyday Crafts, Grown-Up, Older Elementary, Toys, Winter, Wood

magnetic moving ice skater craft olympics

Do you remember when the Olympics used to be every four years? When the summer and winter versions were in the same year, and we’d have to wait four long years for another exciting Olympics? (I just searched and learned that 1992 was the last year that the games were held in the same year.) Well, I remember it (age reveal!), and I’m so glad that now we only have to wait two years for the next installment of global sporting fun.

And it also means that I only have to wait every two years to exercise my Olympic crafting muscle!


What you’ll need:

  • Square gift box
  • 2 strong magnets
  • Clothespin
  • Cupcake liners
  • yarn
  • Pipe cleaner
  • 2 small beads
  • One 1/2″ bead
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Pens
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Wooden doll head

Make it!

1.Paint hair on the wooden doll head and paint the ends of the clothespin white. Let dry.

2. Paint the magnet sides and top white. Let dry.

3. Draw face on the head and hot-glue the 1/2″ bead to the top of her head. Set aside.

4. Fold cupcake liner in half and cut a small half-circle from the center; cut slit up to the center hole. Trim off edge of liner to form ice skater’s skirt. Repeat with the second liner if you want a layered look.

5. Glue cupcake liners around the middle of the clothespin.

6. Glue head to the top of the clothespin.

7. Wrap exposed clothespin with yarn and glue ends to secure.

8. Cut a 3-inch piece of pipe cleaner and glue to her back. Stick small wooden beads on the ends as her hands.

9. Cut a small tiara from the scraps of cupcake liner and glue onto head.

10. Hot glue the feet of the clothespin to the top of the painted magnet. Place the other magnet underneath the box and place the skater on top. Drag around the bottom magnet so she skates!