Category: Crafts

Creative Thursday, the Show: Inspiration in all its wonderful forms

I’m all for any kind of online content that’s designed to empower and inspire women, from the MAKERS website we recently discovered on Cool Mom Tech to the wonderful stories of women through history brought to life on The Reconstructionists. But you don’t have to have made it into a history book (yet) to have a story that can inspire creativity or move someone to action. That’s what our friend Marisa Anne Cummings is striving for with her new endeavor, Creative Thursday, the Show. You may know Marisa better as the blogger behind Creative Thursday, designer of some of our favorite lovely children’s art prints...

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DIYers: Get inspired with these very cool handmade rubber stamps

Ever since a Cool Mom Picks editor forwarded me a link to the Creatiate Etsy shop devoted solely to cool handmade rubber stamps, I’ve been imagining the inky possibilities. These stamps are gorgeous–like I wish I could spend a week stamping an entire wall in my house to make the world’s prettiest wallpaper gorgeous. And while that might be going a bit overboard, embellishing stationery, kids’ party invitations and loot bags, and making just about any flat surface lovelier isn’t, right? There are so many designs–see what sparks your own imagination.     The shop owner can also customize a stamp for...

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10 cool DIY leaf crafts for kids that they can actually do. (No offense, Pinterest.)

As the chill starts to hit the air and the sweaters come out from the back of the closet around here, that means it’s almost time for DIY leaf crafts for kids. Or hey, maybe you’ve already started? (Hey, Minnesota!) While there’s no shortage of stunning DIY craft ideas around the web using leaves, the results would make you all laugh hysterically should they fall into my not-too-crafty hands. Me? I’m a little more like, So? What can we do with a Sharpie, kids? With that in mind, I tracked down 10 inspiring but easy ideas that are made for actual doing, not just...

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Playful: A book of easy crafts for kids that will inspire imagination and play.

This summer I mapped out fun crafts to do with my kids every week, and we completed exactly zero of them. It might be because I pinned things like build a lap-sized loom and learn to weave. I’m still not giving up on making beautiful, modern and, ahem, easy crafts with kids, though, and right now I’m drawing inspiration from Playful, the new DIY book from Merrilee Liddiard.   If you haven’t seen Merrilee’s blog, MerMag, you should bookmark it right now. Her modern French aesthetic is so beautiful, and it comes through in even the simplest crafts she suggests for kids, which is what I love...

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Craft boxes for kids from Darby Smart: Now with a discount code that’s extra smart.

This is a sponsored message from Darby Smart Since the launch of Darby Smart and their clever craft kits, curated from the most popular DIY projects from around the web with the help of the original makers, crafters have gone nuts. With good reason. And now there’s one more: A one-stop-shop Project Kid Deluxe Craft box from Darby Smart that’s even on sale this week. Just in time for the cooler weather to hit, the box includes the book Project Kid by Amanda Kingloff (previously recommended on Cool Mom Picks) that’s packed with more than 100 fall craft ideas for boys and girls, from...

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12 truly cool back to school crafts that beat macaroni art

While yes, you can–and I have–let the kids go to town on that plain canvas pencil case with Sharpies, I’ve been on the lookout for cool back to school crafts that might be more fun and interesting. And I do mean cool ones; I spent ages really combing the web for craft ideas that look fantastic, they’re not ridiculously hard to do, and none of them suck up to the teacher with something with an apple painted on it. (Save that til holiday time, eh?) This is the kind of stuff we’d gladly buy, but if you have the inclination, some of the most brilliant crafters and...

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5 edible finger paint recipes for artists who find their work delicious

My nephew isn’t quite a year old yet, but his artistic parents sense that he is ready to express himself through finger paints–probably because of the messes he makes when left alone with a bowl of cereal. And while real paint isn’t a great idea for a child who wants to taste test everything, there are lots of fun and colorful finger paint recipes for edible finger paints that are just as much fun for sampling as they are for painting. At top, our own Stacie at One Hungry Mama shows how easy it is to use thick plain Greek yogurt to make...

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PS, I Made This: Easy DIY tutorials for makers with a heart

When I was a kid, my mom put me in sewing camp for a week one summer. My style has since progressed from the neon purple and pink poufy overalls I made then, but I still craft — and I still need some inspiration from time to time. For a fashion-forward take on all things DIY, I’ve been turning to the easy tutorials on PS, I Made This a website filled with easy DIY tutorials which all pack a lot of style in just a few simple steps. Erica Domesek is the creative talent behind this site, which is full of stylish, attention-getting projects, like...

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Fun summer craft for kids: Story starters grab bag, with free printable artwork

Whether you’re hosting a sleepover in your backyard under the stars, sending the kids off to summer camp, or packing up the camping gear and heading out on a family retreat in the car, make-your-own stories can be a fun, low-tech way to stay entertained. So I came up with the easiest craft idea: A fun story starter grab bag themed around campfire stories, filled with little icons to help generate ideas and make things more fun. In fact, you don’t even have to be around a campfire to use it. Though marshmallows are always a plus, in any situation....

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A DIY Superhero cape craft: how we #SavorSummer with Martha Stewart

This week I took a much welcome break from the heat and humidity with my kids to try my hand at the easy DIY superhero capes that Jenn featured on our site last week. So as part of our fun collaboration with Martha Stewart and their Savor Summer Project, and our theme of “Play,” I’m sharing my results with you – the good, the bad, and the super. Remember to get going with a cool summer craft that inspires play, and tag Cool Mom Picks and Martha Stewart with the results, using the hashtag #SavorSummer. That way we can both feature our favorites! Details...

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Easy DIY superhero cape project, no pattern required. See? Easy!

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s my little man saving the city of Gotham by stomping out criminals one at a time. I don’t know a single kid who doesn’t want to dress up like a superhero. My own son is only 21 months and he loves running around in a DIY superhero cape I made out of nothing more than an adult-sized T-shirt and a few handmade felt appliques. You can give your child the same joy in a few really easy steps–easier than escaping from the Green Hornet’s evil clutches, anyway. DIY Super Hero Cape: Materials   T-shirt (Small...

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Join Cool Mom Picks and Martha Stewart in the #SavorSummer project. It’s easy!

If you haven’t yet noticed from the humidity, the complaints about the humidity, and the abundance of ice cream requests to beat the humidity, summer is in full force. So we are so excited to be partnering with the one and only Martha Stewart as one of the site’s official bloggers for their Savor Summer project. Think of it like a big online crafting party. And you don’t even have to bring us a bottle of chilled wine or anything. On Martha Stewart, on our own site, and on other excellent blogs, you’ll find all sorts of cool crafts, projects and DIY inspiration...

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We Leia-Osha-Voldemort-Ewok these geeky cross stitch alphabets

When you combine cross-stitch, geekery, and the alphabet, you get crafty projects cute enough to hang on Dolores Umbridge’s wall, right next to all those kitten plates. We L-O-V-E these patterns from Amazing Cross Stitch on Etsy, which have captured all of our favorite characters from pop culture phenoms like Star Wars, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, and more. Pick your favorite characters and check out the Alphabets section of the store. Patterns starring superheroes, books, movies, Star Trek, Muppets, and more are available for affordable instant download. There is a character to match each letter of the alphabet. It’s a great DIY gift...

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Alphabet Glue: A clever ezine with crafts to bring favorite books to life.

We’re in that long middle stretch of summer, moms. My kids have been out of school for a while now, and we don’t start back for weeks, and I’m getting desperate for things to do to keep my kids busy. We happen to be big book lovers at our house, so I can’t believe my luck in discovering the free Alphabet Glue‘s downloadable magazine, which is all about DIy projects, crafts and other activities that help us explore our favorite stories more. For $4 an issue (or $7 for the past two), which helps support Annie Riechmann, crafty New England mom behind the zine, you’ll find easy step-by-step...

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How to make a silhouette portrait: A DIY with an easy cheat

I love gifts and artwork that have personal touches – if it has a monogram, sign me up. Our new house has so many blank walls just waiting to be filled, and one piece of personalized art that I knew I wanted to make for it was a framed silhouette portrait of my toddler. Once the realm of skilled paper cutters, if you have a computer and a printer, and you’ve always wondered how to DIY, I’ve got an easy shortcut for you so you can make your own silhouette portrait. Have an older child? Get her in on the action too and...

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Have a more festive Fourth of July with these free printables and easy last-minute crafts

Though I’m watching my Fourth of July plans wash away thanks to a mean storm working its way up the east coast, I’m hoping that many of you will be able to enjoy making these fun and easy red, white, and blue Fourth of July crafts for Friday’s holiday, even if it’s last minute We will be joining you–despite the likelihood that we may be celebrating the Fourth of July on the sixth this year. Hey, there are worse things than getting to celebrate a holiday all weekend long, right? At top, this easy, rustic DIY Printable Fourth of July banner from Bubby...

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Cool 4th of July craft for kids: The ribbon wand takes the fire out of fireworks

My little guy isn’t old enough to be interested in fireworks yet–and I kind of hope he never is–but that doesn’t mean he can’t get into the 4th of July with some cool crafts for kids. For safety’s sake (and of course just for something fun to make with him) I came up with these fun red, white, and blue ribbon wands. I hope you like them as much as he does!   This firework alternative only requires four materials and is easy enough that kids of all ages can help put them together and shake them around instead of sparklers.  ...

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Squash summer boredom with Kiwi Crate’s summer craft kits

Whether it’s their monthly gift subscriptions that I’ve sent to my nieces, a single-crate birthday gift, or a cool craft project listed on their blog, CMP favorite Kiwi Crate has been keeping kids I know engaged in fun, educational, and creative projects for the past few years since they launched. (Can you tell I love them?) And now they’ve come out with a trio of crates specifically for summer, to help banish the dreaded “b” word that is bound to be uttered after the initial excitement of summer’s arrival has worn off. With a crate a month beginning in June, Kiwi Crate’s...

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11 totally cool Sugru ideas

So, if someone told you there was a product that might totally change your life in the coolest of ways, you’d be interested, right? Me too. And when I noticed a friend raving about Sugru on her Facebook page, I had to learn more. So, in the name of research, I decided to find out what Sugru was all about. And I’ve slowly been sticking it to everything I can imagine ever since. With astounding results. Sugru is a self-setting rubber product. What does that mean, exactly? It’s a squishy, plasticine-like substance that bonds to almost anything and cures...

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An easy Memorial Day craft for kids to help celebrate the real reason for the holiday

We definitely want our kids to know that Memorial Day isn’t just about burgers, swimming, and a day off from school, but rather, the military service from people who have dedicated their lives to protecting our freedom. We thought this easy Memorial Day craft for kids is the perfect way to show them. These DIY patriotic rocks from our friends at Kiwi Crate present a nice opportunity to take a break from the heat and chat with your kids about what Memorial Day is really all about. And even better, no need to make a run to the art supply store–all you need are some rocks from the backyard and...

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Our favorite DIY teacher gifts from the class that make a big impression.

We love teachers so much which is why we’re always excited to track down great ideas for teacher gifts from the class. After all, they give to our kids all day long without complaining (to us, anyway) about the runny noses they wipe, or the fifth round of lice to hit the school this year. With the school year wrapping up as we speak, if you haven’t started thinking about gifts from the class for your teacher yet we’ve got some great ideas, both new and from years past. One thing we’ve learned from talking to dozens of teachers over the...

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A cute DIY to keep your kids from losing their glasses

We’ve officially entered sunglass season–although with my girls, every day is sunglass day. And hat day. And hula skirt day, for that matter. And this means I’ve officially started saying “and don’t leave them at school!” every time they walk out the door with said glasses. (I’m admittedly less concerned when they walk out of the house in hula skirts over their jeans.)  So I totally smiled when I saw this tutorial for  DIY glasses chain necklace at Handmade Charlotte that’s perfect for kids.   Click over for all the directions. It’s not too hard at all. I bet you could...

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Art and science merge beautifully for kids with Chemistry Crayon Labels

When I was a kid, we called the deep purple crayon plain ol’ Violet. Then it was Purple Mountains’ Majesty. Now it can be Titanium (III) Ti3+(aq). Because these Chemistry Crayon Labels turn that 64-count box of childhood’s favorite art medium into a fun lesson about the chemicals that make up every color. Whether you want a simple 8-pack or are as anxious as a baking soda volcano to splurge on the jumbo 120-pack, the Chemistry Crayon Labels from QueInteresante on Etsy come color-coded to match each crayon. Simply peel the labels off and stick them on your crayons, and hopefully...

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The DIY teeny tiny letter writing kit that’s filled with great big awesomeness

Letter writing isn’t a hobby I would have imagined my almost-seven-year-old daughter would become obsessed with, especially with our love for Rainbow Loom still strong. The Tiny Mail Activity Kit from Leafcutter Designs has caught on fast, though, and turned her and her friends into letter-writing maniacs. Five years ago, we discovered the company that has offered the clever World’s Smallest Post to send tiny cards, letters and packages through US mail on behalf of …oh, say, the Easter Bunny or the Tooth Fairy. Now they’ve launched a DIY letter-writing kit, and we’re hooked.   When my daughter first opened one up,...

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Cool stencils for kids that make crafts you’ll actually want to keep.

So many times I’ve spent hours working on a craft with my kids, only to quietly throw it away after they go to bed. (Shh, don’t tell them.) Sometimes it’s more about the process than the end result around here–crafting for the sake of crafting. But on the other hand, these very cool  stencil kits for kids from CMP favorite Yellow Owl Workshop yield some crafts I might actually want to keep around. The kits include a cotton tea towel or tote bag, the stencils, and a set of markers in three decidedly cute themes: fruits and veggies, ice cream...

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Say it with clay: 7 gorgeous handmade gifts for mom from easy to wow

My favorite Mother’s Day gifts from the kids are homemade gifts they make with their own two hands, whether it is a sweet card, a homemade breakfast, or an item they crafted especially for me. And it’s especially wonderful if that item is as gorgeous as these baked-clay crafts that are easy enough for even the youngest kids to help create. DIY Clay Heart Necklace I get verklempt just thinking of how cute this clay heart necklace (at top) would be to open while eager little faces watch. Just a tiny cookie cutter is needed to make a perfectly...

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9 easy ideas for handmade gifts for Teacher Appreciation Week or end of year teacher gifts from the kids.

We feel strongly that teachers deserve our appreciation each of the 180-or-so days that school is in session, though this week’s Teacher Appreciation Week gives us a good reason for our kids to tell their educators just how important they are. Especially during a particularly rough year for teachers around the country. So, take a look at this list of easy but special handmade DIY projects the kids can help make that will give our favorite educators the warm fuzzies.   1. One of the gifts teachers tell us they value the most of all:  a heartfelt homemade card...

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The new Project Kid craft book offers ideas beyond pasta necklaces. Hallelujah.

We are starting to get really excited about summer break around my house, but I know the inevitable chorus of We’re booorrred will start up before too long. Luckily, I am armed and ready with a copy of Project Kid, the new kid craft book by Amanda Kingloff, former lifestyle director at Parents magazine. If my crew stays focused, we can probably tackle all 100 crafts in this terrific, well-curated collection of fun DIY projects. I’m debating between starting with the photo tree made from twigs and Play-Doh lids, or the rock garden made with rocks, tissue paper, and Mod Podge. Because what...

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Easy chalkboard paint DIY projects you can do this spring. Then erase, and do again.

Chalkboard paint is a big trend that we’re seeing everywhere lately. We love that it help you customize all kinds of things with a fun vintage flair. So I’ve been searching for the coolest easy chalkboard paint craft projects that I can DIY with my kids and came across some pretty great ones you could tackle this spring. Stock up on some chalk. You’re going to need it! Buntings fun for parties, and Delia Creates has this brilliant DIY tutorial for a chalkboard fabric bunting (at top) that can be reused for birthdays, Valentine’s Day, Flag Day, or . ....

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5 last-minute Easter egg printables and craft ideas for kids.

It’s the day before Easter, you have a million things to do, and the eggs still need decorating? Give yourself a break, skip the dye (as much as we love dyeing Easter eggs), and go straight for these adorable Easter egg printables and craft ideas that the kids will be eager to help with. Plus, eggs like these will add a whole lot of personality to your dinner table–along with the jellybean fueled kids themselves, of course.   Mr. Printables’ car-driving printable Easter Egg People will be ready to zoom onto your table with these colorful, zippy, and free...

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