June 2015 archive

DIY Wedding Crafts on CBS!

| Everyday Crafts, Gifts, Parties

Now that literally EVERYONE is allowed to marry the love of their life (or of the moment), here’s hoping crafty weddings will get more colorful and even more popular!

As a brand ambassador for Michaels, I got to do some fun wedding crafts on CBS 2 over the weekend.

How-to’s for these projects coming this week!

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Fourth of July Starburst Wreath

| DIY Home, Everyday Crafts, Holidays, July 4th, Parties

july 4th straw wreath craft diy project kidPeople have been asking me lately why I think that crafting for July 4th has become so popular. I think there are a few things working here…

  1. All kids are out of school, so there’s a collective need for something to do!
  2. It’s the ultimate celebration of summer since the season officially begins just about 2 weeks before.
  3. There’s no decision-making about the color scheme. Its red, white, and blue or bust. There something nice about crafting with a universal color palette.

We made this last year for my FamilyFun magazine blog, Everyday Fun, and I love it so much that I had to repost it! (Plus I’m so nostalgic over my daughter Sommer’s mini-cuteness!)


What you’ll need:

  • Template printed onto card stock
  • Pencil
  • Cardboard
  • Tacky glue
  • Paper straws
  • Fishing line
  • Glue stick


1. Print out the adorable template from Parents.com.
2. Trace the template onto regular cardboard twice, and cut out both circles.
3. Make several rings of tacky glue on one cardboard circle and lay the straws in the glue. You can alternate red and blue or let it be random. Make sure to leave about a 2″ circle in the center.

4. Cut a 1-inch piece of straw and thread a long length of fishing line through that piece and knot the ends. Glue that small straw piece into the center of the cardboard circle with tacky glue.
5. Apply a generous amount of glue on top of the straws and then cover with the second cardboard circle.
6. With a glue stick, attach the card stock center.
7. Trim the straws to different lengths (I chose to trim my red ones only).

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Flowers and Fireworks for July 4th!

| Everyday Crafts, Holidays, July 4th, Parties

cupcake liner flowers fourth of july

It’s holidays like July 4th for which I am grateful when it comes to crafts. Out of every holiday…I’m talking Valentine’s Day, Christmas, Halloween…it’s the only one whose color scheme NEVER wavers. EVER! Maybe you mix up a few shades of azul every now and then, but you never veer from the trust red, white and blue.

And I must say, sometimes, that’s quite comforting. No color palettes, no mood boards…just good ole’ Americana.

This craft is a riff off of one of my faves from my book, Project Kid, and it’s a great one for both novice and seasoned crafter. Also, you can leave off the tape leaves and they just look like fireworks on a stick (then boys don’t get all anti-flower craft).

Head over to our crafts page for the how-to!

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Upcycle It! 4 Crafts to Make with a Pizza Box

| Decor, Everyday Crafts, Upcycled

upcycle pizza box crafts


When it comes to craft materials, everything is fair game in my house: cardboard tubes, catalogs, single-use coffee pod cups (K-cups), and even the little tabs that you pull out of the spout of a carton of milk. I just can’t bring myself to throw any of those away! And then there’s cardboard…the workhorse material of the upcycled craft world. Cardboard can be anything, and thus, your pizza box can be too! Here are 4 knock-outs that are made from (preferably clean) pizza boxes.

pizza box upcycled tent

I mean come on! How cute is this and how much would any kid love to have a little hippy tent for her stuffed animals? I love how this one is styled in the harlequin look, but you could also go rustic and pull in a nature vibe. (This is actually sized for an actual kid, made from a moving box, but when I saw it I immediately transformed it miniature as a pizza box.) Once again, Handmade Charlotte gets it right.

record player makedo

Those smarty-pants over at Makedo have really figured out how to turn cardboard into just about anything! And here’s the crazy thing…this record player actually works! (A little vinyl education might be in order before embarking on this craft with your kiddos.)

parking garage pizza box

One of my fave parts about this pizza box turned parking garage is that Mommo Design kept the two flaps in tact when building it. Play value here is enormous!

art easel pizza box scholastic

With minimal effort, this project is totally doable for any level crafter. Use the underneath area to store extra supplies. And then once the easel gets a little too messy, just order a large pie for dinner! Your kids will thank you, no doubt there! Via Scholastic Instructor.

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Simple Sunglass Case

| Everyday Crafts, Gifts, Jewelry and Fashion

No matter if my shades cost $5 or $500 (in my dreams), I always want a place to put them. There is nothing worse than having to squint through sunglasses that are all scratched up and scuffed.

Here’s a super-easy project that I made for HGTV magazine that you can whip up before the sun rises! (You can buy a bunch of blank canvas cases here…stock up for a great DIY gift!)

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Rachel Ryle’s Animations are GENIUS!

| Parties

Good things come to those who make. I love that statement, live by that statement, and teach my children that statement in everything that we do.

Last week I had the pleasure of speaking at Alt Summit (more on that in a later post) and what came with that honor was the chance to listen to and meet some of the most creative makers, bloggers, and voices working today. One of those was Rachel Ryle, an award-winning illustrator and animator who incorporates her art and animations into her Instagram posts. (Buzzfeed and MTV both named her the #1 Instagram account to follow. Um, yes.)

I’ll just say it right now…you’re welcome. In case you need a smile on your face, or something to post on social media today, here you have it.

(Plus she’s a super-nice person! Just sayin’.)

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Father’s Day Photo Collage

| Everyday Crafts, Father's Day, Gifts, Holidays

chalkboard father's day collageOk, I’m not ruining a Father’s Day surprise here…I promise! You see, my husband’s birthday is June 15th, smack dab in the middle of Father’s Day season. So I’m lucky and cursed at the same time. If I do one gift, it has to be a biggie, and if I do two gifts, well, I have to actually think of two to make or buy!

But sometimes a moment strikes when you realize that spending money just isn’t necessary, and you can go right for the tear ducts with one fell swoop. Enter, the “Why We Love Daddy” photo collage.

This took all of 20 minutes to shoot and about another 10 to edit and collage using the amazing PicMonkey.com. I posted it on Instagram and Facebook, tagging him of course, and in the middle of his work day and all of the one-liner Facebook birthday wishes streaming in, this popped up and BAM! I knocked it out of the park.

I think I’m good through Father’s Day, don’t you?


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4 Fun Father’s Day Crafts

| Everyday Crafts, Father's Day, Gifts, Parties, Toys, Uncategorized, Upcycled

project kid pirate ship father's day


Paper weights. Neckties. Coffee mugs. What do these things have in common? Yes, they are common DIY Father’s Day crafts that encourage Dad to think of work, stacks of bills, and the need to revive himself with cup o’ artificial energy.

I have an idea…let’s remind Dad that we love to play with him, craft with him, and adventure with him! Here are 4 DIY projects that will show Dad that there’s more to life than 9 to 5!


What you’ll need:
Newspaper, Scissors, Clear contact paper, Hot-glue gun, 1 large wooden bead, 1 tongue depressor, 2 bamboo skewers, Tacky glue, 3 small wooden beads, 2 pieces of black-and-white, patterned paper, ⅛-inch hole punch, ½-inch-wide ribbon, String

1. Cut an 11 ½-by-15-inch piece of newspaper and cover one side with clear contact paper.

2. Fold it into an origami boat (see instructions below), being sure to make the first fold with the contact paper side in.

3. Hot-glue the large bead to the center of the tongue depressor and hot-glue a skewer into the middle of the bead.

4. Cut the tip off of the paper peak that pokes out of the center of the boat and insert the skewer through that hole. Glue the tongue depressor to the bottom edges of the boat.

5. Break or cut another skewer so that one side is about ½ inch shorter than the other, and glue the shorter piece into the front crease (the bow) and the longer one into the back crease (the stern). Glue a small wooden bead to the exposed end of each skewer.

6. Cut two rectangles from patterned paper, one 3 by 5 inches and one 2 ½ by 4 inches, and punch two holes centered about 1⁄8 inch from the top and bottom edges. Slip these patterned-paper sails over the center skewer, beginning with the larger one, and glue a bead on the top point.

7. Cut nine 1- to 2-inch pieces of ribbon and an 18-inch piece of string. Fold the ribbons over the string, evenly spaced, and glue them back-to-back. Trim them into triangular flag shapes.

8. Attach the string to the ends of all three skewers, tying it to the skewer on the back of the boat, then gluing it to the top of the sails, and finally tying to the skewer at the front of the boat. Secure at bow and stern with a dab of glue.



Snag some of Dad’s tees to make him a classic toy, reminiscent of his childhood.

What you’ll need: Crayola Model Magic (available at Michaels Stores), Food coloring, 1 golf tee, Tacky glue, 1 wooden bead

1. Break off walnut-size chunks of Model Magic and add a drop of food coloring to each. Mix, adding more food coloring until you achieve your desired color. (Yes, prepare to have messy hands.)

2. Flatten the clay into disklike shapes, spheres, and pyramids. Stack on the golf tee, then remove, keeping the pieces together.

3. Let the pieces dry (per package instructions), still as one unit, and then slip them back onto the tee and secure at the top and bottom with a dab of glue.

4. Glue the bead to the top of the tee.



Make Dad king-for-a-day with a reversible crown that can go from day to night in one flip!

What you’ll need: White wool felt (available from MagicCabin.com), Scissors, ½- to ¾-inch-wide metallic velvet ribbon, Tacky glue, Acrylic paint, 1 wine-bottle cork

1. Cut a strip of wool felt long enough to fit the circumference of your child’s head. The width of the piece should be between 4 and 6 inches. Cut crown points along one edge.

2. To create the crisscrossed side, glue ribbon from the top of the first point down to the bottom edge of the strip, in a straight line along the edge following the point. From the same point, glue ribbon down the adjacent slope to the bottom edge. Trim off the excess at the bottom. Repeat for each point on the strip to create a crisscross pattern.

3. While the glue is drying, flip the felt over and create a polka-dot pattern by dipping the cork into the paint and then stamping. Let the paint dry.

4. To complete the crown, glue the ends of the strip together. To wear the crown the other way, just turn it inside out.



Dad’s dormant rock star is aching to coming out! These are small enough to stash in his desk drawer for a quick jam session at work.

What you’ll need: One 42-ounce oatmeal container, Scissors, White paint, 1-inch foam brush, Blue- and green-tinted clear plastic vinyl (available from TheFabricExchange.com), ⅛- or ¼-inch hole punch, 2 rubber bands, Green and orange stretchy lanyard (available at Michaels Stores), Tacky glue and 2 cups of dried orange lentils

Step 1: Cut the oatmeal container in half. This will make two drums. Paint the inside and outside of each drum. Let them dry.

Step 2: For each drum, cut two 7-inch circles from one color of the vinyl. Punch eight evenly spaced holes around each circle. Center one vinyl circle on top of the cylinder and secure with a rubber band. Flip the cylinder over and secure the second vinyl circle, making sure to stagger the holes with those of the first one.

Step 3: Cut a 4-foot-piece of lanyard and weave it in and out of the holes, from top to bottom. Pull taut and knot the two ends together. Remove the rubber bands.

Step 4: Squeeze glue into a triangle shape in between each lanyard line and cover with dried lentils.



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