DIY Easter Basket

March 22, 2017
Animals, Easter, Everyday Crafts, Holidays, Jewelry and Fashion

easy to make kids easter basket

If you ask me, Easter baskets are so much better than Christmas stockings, Valentine boxes, or Halloween trick-or-treat bags. First, you’ve got the colors. When it comes to Easter, all the pastels are fair game—pinks, greens, purples—and the light, bright hues help to stir us from our dreary winter woes. Next, and probably most important, is the cute factor: Everything gets more adorable when you put a bunny on it.

This no-sew felt Easter basket is super easy to make, and you can customize its size with practically zero effort—simply adjust the diameter of the base to scale it up or down.

 

I made this cute basket for the Etsy blog, so hop on over there (pun intended) to get all of the detailed photos and instructions!

easter bunny basket made from felt diy

 

diy felt easter basket for kids


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11 April Fool’s Jokes

March 19, 2017
Holidays

worms in cereal april fools prank

April is only a few weeks away, which means it’s time to start planning for the first of the month…April Fools Day! The sooner you start, the more pranks you’ll be able to fit in. We’ve gathered up some of our favorite tricks for the whole family, because even though it’s fun to be the prankster, helping your kids prank each other, their friends, and of course Dad, is even better!

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Cereal is the most classic of breakfast pranking materials. Parents Magazine suggests serving up the way too real looking worms (above). Freeze your kid’s cereal to guarantee confusion, or create morning magic by putting food coloring at the bottom of the bowl and watching the milk change color when it’s poured in.

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mini lunch april fools

Oh Happy’s Day mini lunch is so perfectly petite it’ll be a shame to miss seeing your kids reaction when they open it. Just make sure to pack a regular sized meal too!

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chocolate grape april fools

Chocolate for an after-school snack might seem too good to be true – because it is! Love Wednesday takes advantage of perfectly sized Easter egg candy wrappers to disguise grapes.

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marker mustache april fools

You look so mature this morning! Age kids overnight by drawing on a mustache with a washable marker while they’re sleeping. The shock when they look in the mirror will lead to serious giggles. (Image via)

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shrunken clothes april fools prank

Another way to simulate an overnight growth spurt is to switch your kids clothes out for a smaller size – or old clothes they’ve grown out of. Today’s Parent suggests stuffing toilet paper in the toes of their shoes to take the effect one step further. (Image via)

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googly eyed april fools food

Perfect for the kid who likes to be the center of attention. Any household item becomes an audience member once you add a pair of googly eyes. (via Oh Happy Day)

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fake ice cream spill april fools

Help your kids make this super realistic ice cream spill from Studio DIY. Set it up on Dad’s laptop and try to act casual…. 

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brown -e's april fools prank

“Want some Brown-E’s Dad?” This idea from Jacks & Kate is another fun trick for the kids to get in on. Completely fair payback for all of those awful dad puns, right? If you’re feeling generous, make a real batch of brownies to share post joke. 

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taped remote april fools prank

One more idea for Dear Old Dad. For this prank from Pen n’ Paper Flowers, all you need is a small piece of tape. Cover up the sensor on the remote and watch Dad’s confusion as the TV refuses to cooperate. Be “helpful” by offering a new set of batteries.

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fake cast april fools

Your kids will get a kick out of tricking their friends with a pretend cast. For even more fun, help them come up with a crazy story about how they broke their bone. Parents shares the how to.

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French Fish Game April Fools

Talk to your kids about celebrating holidays in different cultures while crafting Handmade Charlotte’s French fools fish game. Help them make a bunch of fish to tape to their friends backs for a silly surprise.


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10 Kids’ Desk DIYs

March 10, 2017
Decor, DIY Home, Kids Rooms, Organization, Uncategorized, Wall Decor

Get supplies off the desk and onto the wall to leave room for what’s most important – creativity! …and homework. While it may not technically be time yet for “spring cleaning”, de-cluttering feels good no matter the season. Helping your kids create a space that’s all their own will keep them occupied until it’s time to play outside again – and it might help you chase away winter blahs as well!

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I made the magnetic boards, above, for FamilyFun magazine by fitting sheet metal into old frames and dolling up with paint. All your kid’s doodles, paper scraps, A+’s, and mementos will have a dedicated spot in a gallery that grows with them. (As a bonus organization craft, check out the bright yellow tool-chest-turned-school-supply-box on the desk!)

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easy diy desk for kids
If you are in need of a new, or first, desk, this is a simple but cheery option I crafted for Scholastic Parent & Child magazine. Built in elastic straps prevent paper wrinkling and double as a display. Click here for the DIY!

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diy velcro gallery wall A piece of art storage that looks like modern art itself! This smart velcro wall from Brit + Co is a perfect option for preschoolers. Using a small spot of felt on the back of each piece of art, you can mix, match, and rearrange as often as you’d like.

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diy bright jar shelfTiny items with rolling potential have a way of disappearing. A shelf with jars helps keep track of bits and pieces without them getting in the way. via Charlotte Love for 91 magazine

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secret corkboard under deskHomework spot above, secret hideout below. Ikea’s idea to extend a cork board transforms your kid’s desk into a space for work and play. Password required.

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Paint Bucket Desk StorageThink outside of the box, and in the bucket. As an alternative to all of the square storage options, brightly colored paint cans create a visually pleasing display area.  via petit & small 

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DIY cardboard triangle storageCardboard might not sound like the most exciting material for desk organization, but Brit & Co’s triangular wall caddy  elevates the humble supply into a tool that’s as pretty as it is functional. Can you imagine how cool it would be to cover an entire wall in these pockets?

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Craft Wall Paper RollParents magazine has great suggestions for creating an entire craft wall for your kids but I especially love the wall mounted paper roll. With just a dowel and a yard stick you can create a never-ending canvas where your kids can doodle to their heart’s content – or work out a really hard math problem.  

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DIY Bright Box Shelves

I’ve seen lots of posts about beautiful wall display boxes but I love this idea Marie Mersier made arranged. The boxes are still filled with fun patterned paper but by stacking them on top of the desk itself they become much more accessible and useful.

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diy spice rack shelves on pegboard Finally, Steph Bond’s gorgeous pegboard for her daughter’s study space is designed to be flexible. She maximizes space with painted spice racks and hooks for clipboards or calendars.

 


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Easy St. Patty’s Necklace

March 6, 2017
Everyday Crafts, Holidays, Jewelry and Fashion, St. Patrick's Day

easy st patricks day necklace craft

From first to twelfth grade, I had to wear a uniform to school—it was some combination of gray, navy, light blue, khaki, and white. With that ever-so exciting palette to work with, I clearly had to get creative on St. Patrick’s Day to escape the pinchers!

While most accomplished this by wearing green underwear, I would take to my accessory collection to find the most green, yet dress-code compliant item I could.

st patty's day necklace craft for kids

This is a dang easy craft, so I don’t even want to insult you with a list of materials and how-to pics. Gather all of the green beads you have…if you’re not like me with buckets of beads laying around, think outside the box. Got green straws you can cut into beads? How about some penne that you can dye or paint? The fun is in the mixing of shapes and tones to create a playful bauble to wear on March 17th. I added a green ribbon and a little dash of gold just for fun.

As my son would say, this one is “easy peasy lemon squeezie!” (Maybe lime squeezie in this case!)


easy st patricks day necklace craft


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10 Paper Cup Crafts

March 3, 2017
Decor, Decor, Everyday Crafts, Favors, Games & Activities, Kids Rooms, Lighting, Parties, Toys, Wall Decor

sweet paper cup light garland easy to make

As one of the most basic party supplies, paper cups usually play more of a sideline than starring role. However, they have some serious beyond-the-birthday potential. From toys and games to decorations and even interior design elements, there are plenty of awesome ways to reimagine paper cups. Here are 10 examples that will certainly make you see the cup half full.

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(Above) These charming paper-cup lights from Mommo Design cast a cozy glow that would definitely banish bad dreams.

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Paper Cup Camera

Give your budding photographer her own paper-cup lens to practice with. All of the fun details on Molly Moo‘s version will make her feel like a pro.  

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simple-poppers-2Persia Lou’s painted paper-cup poppers could have a place at a party any time of year. Confetti for new years, pom poms for a birthday, or even water droplets for a backyard bash. 

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easy paper cup craft phone for kids

Hello from the other cup…The classic can phone gets a very cute upgrade with dot stickers, felted pom-poms, and paper cups from Marie-Laure Pham via Hello Wonderful.

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paper party punchThis cheery advent from FamilyFun Magazine shouldn’t be saved for Christmas. Mount paper cups to a piece of foam core and cover the opening with numbered sheets of tissue paper. Let kids draw numbers from a hat at party and then punch out the number for their party favor!

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fishing GameHandmade Charlotte‘s collection of paper-cup sea creatures look as fun to craft as they do to play with. As a fishing game, they are also a great way for your kids to practice hand eye coordination.

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tent cup hatFor a hat that’s sure to be the star of the party, Oh Happy Day’s  teeny tent tete topper takes the cake.  Afterwards, use the mini paper-cup circus tent as a home to your kids’ toy circus animals.

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paper cup apple goody bag
Send guests home with a goodie bag that looks good enough to eat. Though Willow Day‘s paper-cup apple box isn’t edible, it’s the perfect container for tiny treats.

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rocket ship treat bagsMartha Stewart works her magic with these mini rocket ships. This multipurpose shape could also be reworked into castle towers for a princess party or little houses to fit with a fairy theme.

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minipinatasOne Charming Party takes the pain out of piñata making and lets you save energy for the fun part – breaking them! These are made from cone cups, but can easily be made from the average party version too.


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