Category: DIY

We’ve got 8 cool summer coloring pages for teens and tweens that they won’t roll their eyes at. (Maybe.)

We’re all about awesome printable coloring pages, especially if they’re free, and the designs are cool enough that even our most cynical teen and tween artists can appreciate them. These 8 summer coloring pages are just perfect because they celebrate the magical things about summer — lightning bugs, flower wreaths, chilly lemonade, and of course, enough free time away from homework to actually create some artwork. Sounds like the perfect summer pastime to me. At top: Free Floral Flag Printable | Canary Jane Related: 16 fabulous, famous women coloring pages celebrating our favorite boss ladies. We’ve finally found some beautiful...

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The coolest lanyard pattern instructions that every camper needs.

Lanyards are a summer camp mainstay — remember making them back in the day? But like so many things from our own childhoods, these knotted summer crafts have only gotten way cooler. Lanyards (also called scoubidous, scoobies, boondoggles, scooby doggles, gimps, and rexlaces, among other things, which makes for an interesting Googling experience) are made with strips of flexible, colorful plastic, resulting in neat designs. After poking around and trying some out — see the ones at the very top, I did those with zero experience; cool, right? — I settled on these tutorials for the coolest lanyard patterns...

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Cool crafts you probably never knew you could do with pool noodles.

When researching our post about the coolest water activities for your yard, I noticed something pretty awesome: pool noodles are the hot crafting supply of the season. Maybe it’s because they’re only $1 each (or less) at dollar stores, or because their versatile texture are ideal for shape-shifting, but whatever the reason, cool pool noodle crafts for kids are everywhere. And they are awesome. From games and activities to art and decor, here are some of the most creative uses of pool noodles we’ve ever seen. At top: Pool Noodle Printing | Alisa Burke Related: Fun summery crafts for...

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Paint it forward: How to turn rocks into random acts of kindness

Kids like rocks. Kids like painting. Kids like giving gifts. So it’s pretty brilliant for Creativity for Kids/Faber-Castell to come out with the brand new Hide & Seek Rock Painting Kit which brings all three together. Admittedly on first glance I was like, okay, someone found a way to sell you rocks and paint. But then, I am a big fan of random acts of kindness. So the company sent over a press sample, and right away I could tell it was way more special. Not only does it come with everything you need including the brushes, but there are...

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12 fun, creative 4th of July crafts for older kids who have outgrown fingerpainting.

We’ve seen so many 4th of July crafts over the years, and admittedly, my own bag of craft tricks for the kids can use some freshening up. So I’ve scoured the web and tracked down some really creative (and relatively easy) 4th of July crafts for kids who have outgrown the kinds of things they did in preschool. In fact, they probably haven’t made most of these before, making them that much more exciting. Whichever you pick, you really can’t go wrong. From string art, to wind chimes to creative jewelry making, one thing I can guarantee is that...

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Star-spangled slime: The perfect 4th of July DIY for kids.

My kids are way into slime — and by “way into,” if you’re a parent, I’m pretty sure you know exactly what I mean. So of course I wanted to create a 4th of July slime recipe that would appease them. We’ve tried almost every safe, Borax-free slime recipes we’ve come across, from shaving cream and saline solution to chia seeds and corn starch, before we figured out what works best for us. Related: Creative Fourth of July crafts and activities for kids (no sparklers in sight)     How to make your own DIY Fourth of July slime: I...

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11 creative DIY Father’s Day cards kids can make! Awwww…. | Father’s Day Gift Guide 2017

Sometimes the sweetest Father’s Day gifts don’t come from a store, but come cobbled together with Scotch tape and glue sticks — like these awesomely creative DIY Father’s Day cards kids can make for a special dad, grandpa or stepfather in their lives. Of course we hope you’ve already  checked out all of our 2017 Father’s Day Gift Guide recommendations. If not, there’s still time to find something special for cool dads, practical dads, new dads, or or techy dads on your Father’s Day list. But we’re the first to say that any Father’s Day gift will only be more special when it comes...

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5 creative ways to make a summer bucket list with your kids. Let the fun begin!

Summer break is here for my kids (yes, already!), which means I’m looking down the barrel of 13 long, lovely (and lively, knowing my crew) weeks at home. We have a lot of things we want to do — go for hikes, do every single craft in Project Kid (ha!), touch a frog (really!). But most days I look up and it’s already lunch time…and nap time for the toddler. Then, there goes all our plans. So, I’ve been researching some creative ways to make a summer bucket list with my kids. It’s going to help us narrow down our list to...

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How to make a DIY weighted blanket, and save yourself $100 (whoo!)

I have a couple of kids with on-and-off sleep issues, so I’ve been paying attention to the swell of discussion about the benefits of weighted blankets for children. These blankets, which are generally filled with anywhere from 5–10 lbs. of weighted beads, are said to help increase both serotonin (which improves your mood) and melatonin (which makes you sleepy). Basically, your kids feel like they’re being held, which of course makes them happy. And sleepy. Yay! We recently received a sample weighted blanket from The Magic Blanket for my kids to try out, and after using it for a week or so their bedtime routines were much less...

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Build your own LEGO fidget spinner, await the gushing praise.

With the massive popularity of fidget spinners, it was only a matter of time before we found a DIY project for making your own. Fortunately this one doesn’t require an engineering degree or even a 3-D printer: Just some basic LEGO pieces. The very clever Sarah at Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls (F.K.A. Frugal Fun for Boys and my girls in particular thank her for the name change!) has put together a terrific tutorial on how to build your own LEGO fidget spinner. Click over and find detailed photos, step-by-step directions, and even links to purchasing the right round tiles and...

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6 brilliantly easy ways to make inexpensive teacher appreciation gifts more special.

Teachers deserve it all, and boy would we love to give the most wonderful teacher appreciation gifts to all of them. But when you multiply your number of kids by the many teachers your kids have — classroom teachers, teaching aides, music and art teachers, coaches, tutors — well, you’ve learned enough math to tally it up. According to teachers we’ve spoken to over the years, gift cards tend to be one of the most popular teacher appreciation gifts. But we know that can feel impersonal, especially when you’re saying “thank you” to the people who do so much for our families. So I did some homework and found these 6...

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May the Fourth be with this glow-in-the-dark Star Wars slime. Oh, and you too.

Today marks an important date on the Google cals of Star Wars fans everywhere. Yep, it’s May the 4th, which means social media feeds packed with posts about #StarWarsDay and coworkers dressed as Jabba the Hutt (we hope so, anyway). But we think there’s another cool way to mark this important date, especially if you’ve got a little Padawan at home: making glow-in-the-dark Star Wars slime. Related: Natural slime recipes, totally safe and Borax free Little Bins for Little Hands is a veritable go-to DIY slime source — seriously, if it’s slippery, slimy, and utterly cool, you can find a recipe for it here — and Sarah’s...

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12 truly cool handmade Mother’s Day gifts from kids that become heart-melting keepsakes | Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2017

There’s nothing quite like a handmade Mother’s Day gift from the kids to melt a mom’s (or grandma’s or stepmom’s) heart. But take it from this mom of four kids, while all Mother’s Day gifts are perfect (really), I’ve tracked down a dozen very cool ideas that are truly special. Let’s just say, I’d love to wake up to any of these on Mother’s Day morning, and save them as keepsakes forever. Not that there’s anything wrong with a macaroni necklace, but we think these handmade Mother’s Day gifts step things up just a bit. At top: Hand-shaped clay ring dish | Mama Papa...

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18 free Mother’s Day printables that are thoughtful, lovely, and creative. Just like Mom.

Every Mother’s Day, we want to go all-out to celebrate the women in our lives who have done so much for us. But, as moms ourselves, we don’t always have the time to plan big brunches or create one-of-a-kind gifts for all the special moms, mothers-in-law, and grandmothers we love. That’s why we adore these unique, free Mother’s Day printables — they instantly make events more festive and presents even more special (and some of them are even standalone gifts!). When it comes to Mother’s Day gestures, every mom will agree that it’s the thought that counts…but it’s especially nice when the thoughts are as lovely as...

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We hunted down 10 of the cutest free Easter printables for kids. So you don’t have to.

You don’t have to hunt all over for the cutest free Easter printables for kids…because we already did! The 10 here are our absolute favorites for Easter this year, and we picked them precisely because they’re easy to make and fun to do, which means that you and your kids will have that much more time to enjoy what really matters on Easter morning: hunting for all those chocolate Easter eggs. At top: Sticker Art Easter Printables | Hello, Wonderful Related: Free Easter coloring pages for kids who’ve moved past fat, washable markers. Free Easter Printable Lacing Cards | Everyday Dishes...

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DIY Passover craft for kids: The cutest printable 10 plagues finger puppets.

Like we’re not going to have enough fun at our seder this year with our new Hamilton Haggadah, now I find this: An awesome set of free printable Passover 10 plague finger puppets found at Tori Avey’s blog. Oh, like you already have a Cute Cartoony Person Infected with Lice finger puppet lying around? I don’t think so. Related: An edible Passover craft our kids are flipping for! The truth is, as morbid as the plagues are when you really start to break them down (especially that tenth one, yeesh) the seriously adorable drawings from artist Brenda Ponnay (A.K.A. Secret Agent Josephine)...

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9 of the prettiest floral Easter egg decorating ideas. Lovely!

My kids are huge fans of the fun pop culture Easter eggs we’ve featured at Cool Mom Picks and the cool ice cream cone eggs over at Cool Mom Eats. Plus, these galaxy eggs are geeking them out too. But I have to say, I love pretty floral Easter eggs in springtime. So I went searching through the sites of some of my favorite bloggers and found 9 gorgeous tutorials for the prettiest floral Easter egg decorating ideas. If you want to really impress your brunch guests this year, in the prettiest way possible, try one of these. At top: DIY tissue paper eggs | Say Yes Related: Fun (and...

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10 fun and easy Easter crafts using everyday, regular old household objects. Yay!

I am especially egg-cited about these egg-ceptionally (ha!) fun and easy Easter crafts made entirely with household objects. No schlepping to the store, no waiting in line, no expensive price tags…just good old-fashioned crafting with what we have laying around at home. Because when it comes to crafting, my kids and I share the same belief: The fewer trips to the craft supply store, the better. At top: Cork bunnies for Easter |instructions at Willowday   Related: Irresistible Easter bunny crafts you’ll like making as much as your kids do Cupcake Liner Bunnies These sweet Easter bunnies by I Heart Crafty Things prove that only good...

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7 yummy food-themed Easter egg decorating ideas

These fun food-themed Easter egg decorating ideas may not trick my kids into thinking they’re actually eating pineapple or a hamburger, but I still think they’re a cool way to switch up our normal egg-dyeing routine. If you want to try your hand at something a little unexpected this year, and if you love food as much as we do, check out these fabulous ideas below. Although we’ve rounded up amazing pop culture Easter eggs, a fun tie-dye tutorial, and even the coolest DIY galaxy Easter eggs, these food-themes ones might be my favorite yet. Because, food. (Psst… A lot of the...

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15 gorgeous Easter egg decorating ideas all about color

Easter Egg decorating these days is not your mama’s store-bought kit with hard pellets and a bottle of vinegar. Every year it seems like our favorite craft and mom bloggers are going above and beyond to bring us the brightest and boldest Easter egg decorating ideas. Some of which aren’t even too difficult to pull off. And so on behalf of all of us who don’t consider ourselves very crafty parents, we thank you. This year, I pulled together 15 of my favorite easy(ish) Easter egg decorating ideas that are fresh, fun, and oh so colorful. Prepare to be amazed. At top:...

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The most amazing DIY unicorn eggs for Easter. Because, whoa.

I’ve been looking for some fun ways to up our Easter egg decorating game this year. You know, beyond the very reliable Paas kit I usually grab in the checkout line at the grocery. Enter, unicorn eggs. The most amazing DIY unicorn eggs for Easter at Little Inspiration. How much would my kids freak out over these? Related: The most amazing unicorn rocker that makes the most amazing Easter gift ever Related: Adorable Easter treats to make with your kids My first thought when I spotted these perfectly decorated unicorn eggs: way beyond my entry-level craft ability. But then, after reading through Angie’s tutorial — she...

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11 fun and easy flower crafts for kids to make this spring.

Spring has sprung…well, almost. Which means that yards everywhere will soon be filled with beautiful buds and fabulous flowers. And until we thaw out from winter, we can find other ways to bring the beauty of spring into our lives, like with these fun and easy flower crafts for kids. These 11 bright and colorful DIYs are the perfect way to plant the seed of an idea for getting crafty, even if your child is more into Minecraft than magnolias. At top: String Art Flower Cards | Hello, Wonderful   Related: So many easy Easter crafts for kids (no glitter required!) Bottle Cap...

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16 fabulous, famous women coloring pages celebrating our favorite boss ladies.

One of the great ways to get our kids excited to learn about anything at all is through crafts and coloring pages. So for National Women’s History Month this year, we searched the web to find some of the very best printable coloring pages featuring groundbreaking American women. We tried to stick with really good renderings of the women; so these are more lifelike than cartoon-y. Also, wow. It was hard to stop at just 16. A follow-up may be in order! Some of these famous women coloring pages are free, and a few cost a little bit to support the...

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7 free St. Patrick’s Day printables that will give luck o’ the Irish to kids everywhere

To help your kids celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year, you could bake pans and pans of soda bread, or painstakingly place leprechaun prints around the house…or you could download some free St. Patrick’s Day printables to add to lunch boxes or have your kids give out to friends and classmates at school. We vote for the latter. Because, it’s easy. And free! And lucky for our readers, we scoured the internet in search of these easy and free St. Patrick’s Day printables and landed on 7 favorites we just had to share. Related: A DIY Oreo Shamrock Shake. Best St. Patrick’s Day treat ever....

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9 fun and easy rainbow crafts to brighten up your St. Patrick’s Day

We’re willing ourselves out of this snowstorm to focus on sunshine and pots of gold at the end of rainbows on St. Patrick’s Day. I searched through our favorite craft and blogger sites to find the most fun and easy rainbow crafts for kids, most of which you can probably make with the supplies already in your craft drawer. Which is a good thing, since a lot of you snowed-in parents aren’t making it to the craft store anytime soon. At top: rainbow magnets | The Craftables Related: 13 amazing rainbow recipes that cover you from breakfast to dessert. Yum! This rainbow weaving craft at...

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6 surprising things you should never throw away, because they make great toy storage solutions

I’m convinced my kids’ toys are spontaneously spawning in the playroom at night while we sleep. Surely I’m not the only parent who can’t figure out where all my kids’ toys have come from. As a result, I’m constantly in need of new storage options. My playroom is lined wall-to-wall with cabinets and storage bins to keep stuff organized, but over the years, I’ve found there are a few surprising household items that I never throw away, because they make great toy storage solutions. Here’s to free stuff that makes your life simpler and more organized. Because, we’re all for that. And...

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5 natural recipes for homemade slime, all safe and Borax-free

Slime is sweeping the globe. And I don’t mean that in any sort of metaphorical way. So we looked for some good, natural, homemade slime recipes for you all because eek, there’s been a lot of talk about how dangerous the traditional Borax-based recipe can be for kids everywhere who are busy making, trading and selling homemade, gooey slime with their friends. Sodium Borate, better known by the brand name Borax, is a compound that’s often found in detergents and cleansers, so you can see where we’re going with safety warnings. When inhaled (as in, if particles are flying around the kitchen...

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4 fabulous DIY Mardi Gras masks for kids to save you a trip to New Orleans

Your kids may not be ready to attend the parades in NOLA just yet, but they can get into the spirit with fabulous, feathery, jeweled-up DIY Mardi Gras masks for kids. So for those of us who’ll be eating our King Cake at home, it’s a good time to start procuring beads and baubles at the craft store ahead of next week’s Fat Tuesday festivities. These four easy DIY masks for kids — many of which you can print for free, yay! — are fun for the whole family and will help you usher in Mardi Gras in style. Even...

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11 DIY Valentine’s gifts kids can make themselves (we promise!) | Valentine’s Day Gift Guide 2017

Some of my all-time favorite gifts from my kids are the ones they’ve made for me. But, I have to be realistic with my expectations. I don’t have a craft supply closet that can rival Michael’s. Or a craft supply closet at all, for that matter. So I spent a few hours searching Pinterest and Craftgawker to find the coolest DIY Valentine’s gifts kids can make themselves without a whole lot of hassle and extensive (or expensive) crafting materials. These are all sweet keepsakes any teacher, grandparent, babysitter, coach, or sibling would love. And, hey, maybe your kids will even make one for you...

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TONS of free printable coloring pages from top libraries + museums…but hurry!

My printer is no stranger to the many free printable coloring pages it churns out for my kids, and if you know what I’m talking about, then joy of joys! You can currently get access to dozens and dozens of free printable coloring pages from top libraries, museums and cultural institutions, allowing kids to color in real artwork and vintage illustration to make them all their own. The one catch: This global coloring fest ends Friday, February 10 so hurry! Related: 21 of the coolest coloring books for adults The effort is called #ColorOurCollections and while lots of options probably fall more into adult coloring page territory, I’ve...

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