March 2018 archive

Watercolor Easter Eggs

| Activities, Age, Early Elementary, Easter, Family Bonding, Grown-Up, Holidays, Older Elementary, Preschool, Toddler, Tween to Teen

This year I’m all about wild and crazy eggs (did you see the messy eggs I made for Parents magazine?). When we were testing different processes for that story, this was one of the rejects, but I held onto them because they were so organically gorgeous.

I love that even the youngest of makers can get with these…there is literally no way to mess them up!

Here’s how you make em…

What you’ll need:

  • Eggs
  • Liquid food coloring
  • Water in cups or bowls
  • Spoon
  • White vinegar
  • Measuring cups and spoons

Make it:

  1. Mix white vinegar and water at a 1 to 1 ratio. Dip a paper towel in solution and wipe onto the egg.
  2. Microwave a 1/2 cup of water mixed with a 1 teaspoon of white vinegar for 30 seconds. Add about 6 drops of dye and stir. (Do this for each color of dye that you want.)
  3. Use a spoon to drizzle dye over the egg surface. You can let it just flow around the egg and drip off or you can twist the egg around to make active lines. Let it dry for a few minutes.
  4. Drizzle another color or a deeper tone of the same color (just add 6 more drops to the original dye bath!) on top.
  5. Experiment, play, and see what you get!

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Easter Egg Animals

| Age, Animals, Early Elementary, Easter, Everyday Crafts, Grown-Up, Holidays, Older Elementary, Preschool, Tween to Teen

Bunnies and chicks often steal the spotlight at Easter, but they aren’t the only animals who are craft-worthy! Who says a panda and a penguin can’t be festive? An Easter egg is the perfect canvas for all sorts of creatures. Whether your favorite animals are of the woodland, farm, or tropical variety, we’ve collected 10 fun ways to animate your eggs.

1. Don’t be deceived, this doe-pe deer only looks difficult to make. With a faux flower crown and felted collar you craft a show stopper just like Lauren Conrad’s.

2. paper punch easter eggs, woodland creature easter eggs, animal easter eggs, cute diy easter eggsFor another woodland option, Lia Griffith shares great ideas for using a paper punch. A few circles and a set of ears will make your eggs bright eyed and bushy tailed in no time.


Swan and Flamingo Easter Eggs, Bird Easter Eggs, Paper Easter Egg Decorations, Fun Easter Egg Decorations, Tropical Easter Egg Decorations They may not quite be birds of a feather, but a swan and flamingo still look sweet flocking together. Follow Studio DIY‘s lead to help eggs hatch into beautiful birds.


Farm Animal Easter Eggs, Pig Easter Eggs, Cute Easter Eggs, Animal Easter Eggs

Though they usually prefer mud puddles, these crafty pigs will look right at home on your Easter table. Martha Stewart keeps them cute from their button noses to their curly tails using crepe paper and pipe cleaners.


Yarn Easter Egg, White Rabbit Easter Egg, Bunny Easter Egg, Yarn Bunny Easter Egg

If you want to keep it classic, you can’t go wrong with a white rabbit. Covered in yarn, felt, and pom poms, we heart these fuzzy little bunnies from Parents magazine.


Easter Egg Garland, Animal Easter Egg Garland, Chick Easter Egg Garland, Kids Easter Garland

To craft Easter decorations that aren’t in danger of cracking, a plastic egg garland is a cheery choice. Chicks and bunnies keep things bright and can be used year after year. via Family Fun

7. Easter Egg Animal Cups, Easter Eggs with Drawings, Animal Easter EggsThese cute egg cups from Archies can morph into any animal you want, just add ears (and accessories!)!


Easter Egg Finger Print Drawings, Animal Easter Egg Decorations,

We love these fingerprint eggs from Fraulein Klien – especially the panda. Starting with such a simple shape means the types animals you can make are only limited by your imagination!


Animal Easter Eggs, Golden Animal Toy Easter EggsTiny toys, whose main purpose seem to be poking your feet on the rug, are given new life perched atop Easter eggs. Flax and Twine douses them in gold for a look that’s refined but still playful.


Edible Animal Easter Eggs, Animal Easter Egg DecoratingEncourage your kids to play with their food for once. These edible animals are a waste-free way to craft for Easter. Though they’re so cute you might be tempted to keep them around for at least an hour or two. Follow directions from Eating Richly.

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Toy Spin Drum

| Early Elementary, Everyday Crafts, Preschool, Toddler, Toddler, Toys, Uncategorized

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

If your little ones are itching to be the stars of the show, give them a drum solo! They’ll love making music with an instrument, customized just for them. What this drum lacks in size, it makes up for in style—especially with the help of the P-touch Embellish tape and tibbon printer.

diy spin drum easy music craft p touch project kid

We started with soup lids, wrapped them in custom printed tape and created ribbons to produce an instrument worthy of a future superstar. Every icon needs their signature look, so let your kids choose the symbols, words, and patterns that suit their personality best.

ptouch embellish spin drum craft for kids

Rock on, little ones! Go march to the beat of your own spin drum!

What you’ll need:

  • Two cardboard to-go soup lids
  • Patterned craft paper
  • Colored tape to match paper
  • Foam paintbrush
  • P-touch Embellish Ribbon and Tape Printer
  • P-touch Embellish pastel pink, berry pink tape, gold on pink ribbon
  • Two wooden beads
  • Hot glue gun
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

Make it:

1. Trace the soup lids onto the paper, trim to fit the top of the lids and glue in place.

2. Add colored tape to the edge of each lid to create a solid rim; fold any extra tape inside.

3. Trace the bottom of the foam paintbrush handle onto the edges of both soup lids and cut out. Glue the paintbrush into one lid, adding glue to the foam and on the dowel.

4. Print two six-inch ribbons with whichever pattern or words you’d like (we chose the musical note symbol) and glue them to the inside edges of the lid on opposite sides of the paintbrush.

5. Glue the second lid on top of the first by adding glue to the foam. If you need more height to make it reach, glue small pieces of cardboard to the foam.

6. Print two six-inch strips of tape with whichever pattern or words you’d like and, starting at the middle top, stick them on your drum covering the seam between the lids. Tip: when you reach the ribbon, cut the tape and make a vertical cut to go around the ribbon.

7. Tie a bead on the end of each ribbon. Make sure the bead is at the right length to hit the drum when it’s spun then cut off excess ribbon and add hot glue to secure.

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

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Messy Easter Eggs

| Activities, Age, Baby, Early Elementary, Easter, Family Bonding, Grown-Up, Holidays, Older Elementary, Preschool, Toddler, Tween to Teen

I was so excited when Parents magazine asked me to craft “messy” Easter eggs…beautiful egg designs that were all left to chance—leave your perfection at the door! I love this idea for two reasons

  1. We can get so caught up in making “Pinterest-perfect” crafts. We see these precision-crafted egg designs, and while I love them (and make them) they can be very intimidating.
  2. I love the idea of embracing the process…letting the dyes, paints, and materials take control and waiting to see what the final result is. It embraces the ideas of process art (check out Art Bar and Meri Cherry for some amazing process art tips!)


Spread a thick layer of shaving cream on a cookie sheet.Add 4 or 5 drops of food coloring to a small section and mix it around with a toothpick or a straw.Roll an egg in the dyed shaving cream, and let the shaving cream sit on the egg’s surface for about 10 minutes. Pat excess off with paper towels.

Tip: Presoak eggs in white vinegar for 2 to 3 minutes for more vibrant color!

watercolor easter egg crafts project kid

Stand an egg up on a bottle cap or an overturned egg carton (resting the egg between the cups). Drip 1 to 4 drops of first color of food coloring on top of the egg. Spray with water. Repeat with additional colors.


Mix 2 Tbs. dish soap with 1 tsp. water and 10 to 15 drops of dye. Blow into the solution with a straw, and then stir vigorously with the straw. Dip an egg into just the bubbles and let dry.


Dye an egg the color of your choice.Press solvent ink pads onto Bubble Wrap. Lay an egg on the inked Bubble Wrap, gently pull up the corners, and wrap around egg.

Tip: Don’t move the eggs around on the Bubble Wrap or the ink will smear!

TAPE-RESIST AND TAPE EASTER EGGStoddler easter egg crafts project kid

Wrap an egg in thin washi tape, pressing it firmly to the eggshell. Use a paintbrush or your finger to cover the egg with tempera paint. Let paint dry completely, then remove tape.

Tip: Use different widths of tape and stickers for more graphic designs!

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St. Patty’s Day Fun

| Activities, Decor, Early Elementary, Family Bonding, Grown-Up, Older Elementary, Outdoor Fun, Preschool, St. Patrick's Day, Toddler, Wall Decor

If you haven’t made any St. Patrick’s day plans yet, fear not! It’s the type of holiday where it just takes a few special touches to make a memory. And because it’s on a Saturday this year, there’s the extra chance for family fun. Whether your crew’s favorite way to celebrate is by eating, making, or doing, we’ve collected ideas for all three.

1. Getting your kids to eat a rainbow is not only holiday appropriate, it’s healthy! Say Yes suggests a supermarket scavenger hunt with your little ones to find foods for each hue.


Leprechaun donuts, st pattys day desserts, mini desserts, mini donutsSanta’s not the only one who appreciates being left holiday sweets. These tiny Leprechaun donuts from Hello Wonderful are made out of baked biscuit dough so they’re easy for little hands to help with.


St Patty's drink, St Patricks Cocktail, St Patty's Mocktail

For a St. Patty’s drink that’s as pretty as it is festive, try Sugar and Cloth’s coconut mint chip cocktail (extra points for rainbow macarons). Sugar Spice and Family Life shares the recipe for a kid friendly mint chocolate chip green smoothie.


Paper clover corsage, st pattys day corsage, st pattys day wearable craft, st pattys day paper craft

If green isn’t your color but you don’t want to be pinched, this clover corsage from Vitamini Handmade is a sweet option. With it’s vintage vibe, it may become a holiday staple.


kids rainbow purse, diy rainbow cloud purse, cute diy kids purse,

Let your little one take a rainbow wherever she goes with this adorable ribbon purse. It may not fit an entire pot of gold, but it’s the perfect size for a few chocolate coins! via Handmade Charlotte


Ricrac Rainbow clutch, DIY rainbow clutch, Placemat clutch diy, St Patricks day clutch

For a grown up version of your mini me’s rainbow purse, follow the how to from The House that Lars Built. A placemat and ric-rac combine to make the worlds cheeriest clutch.


cardboard rainbows, diy hanging rainbow, rainbow craft, st patricks day craft

Hello Wonderful proves that an ombre rainbow can be just as much fun as its multicolored counterpart. Plus, this craft is a good chance to teach your kids compass skills as they draw concentric circles on cardboard.


shamrock wall decoration, clover wall decoration, st patricks decoration

If you’re looking for a one-and-done holiday decoration, this shamrock may be the answer. A piece of wall art this big surely brings enough luck for the entire house. Check out Oleander and Palm for instructions.


honeycomb shamrock diy, diy honeycomb clover, diy st patricks day decorations

Honeycomb paper always feels holiday appropriate, but especially when it’s holiday shaped. Follow Studio DIY‘s how-to and craft your own field of clovers.


St Patricks Day games, St Patricks Day Scavenger Hunt, Rainbow Yarn Scavenger Hunt

For a St. Patrick’s day surprise you’re kids won’t forget, recreate Oh Happy Day‘s rainbow yarn treasure hunt. No matter what lies at the end of the rainbow, getting there will definitely be half the fun.


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Craft Workshop Inspiration!

| Decor, Furniture, Organization, Styling, Wall Decor

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!

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Family Tree Project

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

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!

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Crafty Easter Tables

| Decor, Early Elementary, Easter, Favors, Older Elementary, Preschool, Spring, Toddler, Tween to Teen

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.


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