Category: Crafts

How to make (or buy) the coolest Rainbow Loom bracelet patterns: The ultimate guide

If you haven’t yet heard of the crazy success of Rainbow Loom Bracelets, you cannot be a parent. Or you are a parent, but for some reason, haven’t noticed that every single kid on the planet seems to be wearing them up to their elbows these days. They’re like the love child of the lanyard of my own summer camp days, and the Silly Bandz craze of a few years ago. If you want to make your own, or your kid is tired of making the same old style, I’ve put together a comprehensive roundup of good YouTube Rainbow...

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Two cute animal crafts for kids that also benefit other kids.

When two of our favorite peeps get together to raise awareness of two of our favorite animals with fun, free DIY kids crafts, the results are four times the fun.  Our pals at Moomah and Tea Collection have joined together to work with the Global Fund for Children to provide a safe place for migrant children in China to play while their parents work. Now, inspired by pieces from Tea Collection’s China-inspired clothing collection, Moomah hopes to raise awareness of two of China’s threatened species and popular kid favorites, tigers and pandas. Each craft includes free printable templates and...

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Easy kids Halloween crafts: Grateful parents say thanks, Kiwi Crate

If your kids are as excited about Halloween (already!) as mine, check out the fun and not-too-scary DIY Halloween craft kit from CMP favorite Kiwi Crate that will keep little hands busy and out of the Halloween candy stash. Even if you’re not quite ready to drag up the Halloween decor from the basement just yet.   Kiwi Crate’s Glowing Halloween crate includes a couple of easy Halloween crafts for kids ages 3-7. In other words, no bloody eyeballs or severed hands to worry about in this box. Watch them turn little votives into Frankenstein’s head or a crawly spider that can then...

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Dinner’s on the table. Next to the markers.

We love making dinnertime more fun while keeping the kitchen clean. Voila! A washable tablecloth that also serves as gigantic piece of paper for your table of pint-sized artists. This Doodle tablecloth by Stitch in the UK is a fun way to get kids to stick around after dinner–or get them to set the table. Choose between 71″ x 56″ or 98″ x 56″ and you and your artists are off! The tablecloths are made of super sturdy, preshrunk cotton drill printed with graph paper lines, red margin lines, and faux hole punches along the side, just like a...

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The Best Toys for Kids winners of 2013: We have to agree.

featured partner If you’re looking for a list of the Best Toys for Kids, we’ve found a great one featuring tons of the smaller brands we love, curated by the indie retailers who actually sell them and interact with parents and other customers day to day. In fact, I’m really excited to be working with ASTRA, the American Specialty Toy Retailers Association, which is the nonprofit that supports those community retailers, bookstores, and smaller children’s toy brands. I’ve always had a heart for mom-and-pop stores that are such an important part of their communities, like the toy shop 3...

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Making the first day of preschool a little easier. On the kids, if not you.

As kids go back to school, some are ready to jump right in, make friends, and get busy with the water table, while others need a little more help separating from mom and dad. So I love this craft that could make that first day of preschool, daycare or kindergarten a bit easier for a lot of kids. At Moomah, you’ll find an easy tutorial for a DIY family necklace which incorporates photos of loved ones so your kiddo will know you’re always “with her.” Even when you’re not with her. With any luck it will make the transition a little...

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How to stop your kids from drawing on the walls? Actually, don’t.

There’s probably not a kid in existence who hasn’t dreamed of drawing on the walls. Okay, most of them actually do it at least once in their lives. Now imagine you loved the results. That’s where CMP fave Wee Gallery comes in.     Their new Dress Me Wallpaper is designed with artistic kids (or adults) in mind. Sweet black-and-white images of Wee Gallery’s distinctively adorable characters adorn the paper, but they’re missing something: clothes. So kids get to design their own outfits for the bunny, fox, and piggy. Serious fun. Now I probably wouldn’t introduce this wallpaper into my home if there...

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Ready made craft kits from Darby Smart let you make those Pinterest projects–that actually might come out like the photos.

I love handmade items, but it is usually a good idea if someone else’s hands make them for me, since crafting is not where my talents lay. But, now that I’ve seen a new service that makes it so easy to create cool things at home, I may have to give DIY another chance. Darby Smart provides a new way to create those cool DIY projects I’ve seen on Pinterest or one of my favorite design blogs. But instead of driving myself crazy trying to find all the supplies I’ll need, the Darby Smart Kit contains all of it,...

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A DIY family craft kit for everyone–even ninjas!

We can pick our friends, our noses, but not our families. But thanks to this kit? We can pick exactly what the fam looks like and what they’re wearing. Including ninja relatives. Here’s what I love so much about this DIY Fair Trade Wooden Family Craft Kit from our pals at the Brooklyn Makers Shop: no matter who’s in your family, you can paint ’em. You can paint two moms, two dads, grandparents, or a mom and dad. You can paint the four smaller dolls as kids of different ages, friends, pets, or, yes, ninjas. And you’re not limited in...

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What I did over my summer vacation

With so much talk about summer brain drain, I’m always looking for activities to keep my kids learning without realizing it. That’s why I love this DIY that helps kids answer the perennial question: What did you do over your summer vacation?   At Dana Made It, you’ll find a tutorial for handmade summer story journals that you can hand sew, although if you’re me, I’d bet a binder or some staples would be just fine. She includes a 3-page template you can copy too. I know my kids would have a blast filling it out with their memories,...

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Forget the baby book: 6 creative ways to document baby’s first year in photos.

Baby books and photo albums are great, though we love how so many people are getting super creative in documenting their baby’s first year using photography. Still, “super creative” doesn’t have to mean “super hard” as you can tell from these inventive and adorable photo shoot ideas that are easy enough to manage every 30 days or so. Chalkboard Baby Stats J Davis Squared’s monthly baby photo, at top, takes the place of a lengthy baby book entry by putting all the necessary (and just plain cute) “stats” onto a chalkboard behind baby. (via Honest on Pinterest) Months on a...

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The coolest embroidery kits just for kids, hold the needle!

With all the fun my oldest daughter had making the DIY cross-stitch keychains and necklaces I found on Etsy, I can’t wait to try this awesome embroidery project with her.   This amazing DIY embroidery kit for kids is perfect even for your younger but still dexterous kids since it doesn’t require a needle. Instead, it uses scoubidou tubes (don’t ask me to pronounce that!), which are thin, plastic “threads” that are easy for littler children to manipulate through the wooden holes.    And the final product, with a little help from an adult to attach the metal hangers,...

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Say cheese. This fun LEGO Polaroid “camera” has us grinning.

Summertime is serious LEGO time around here. The kids and I are always looking for novel ways to enhance LEGO play. So I’m really digging this new LEGO hack (meaning it’s not an official LEGO product, but it’s officially fun). This groovy “camera” comes from LEGO wizard Chris McVeigh. It takes ninety-nine pieces of brick-building goodness, and some sweet Instagram-y looking decals really seal the deal.  Although the camera doesn’t actually work (well, duh), it’s fantastic for imaginative play. My favorite part? It even has an ejectable photo tile. Who knows? Maybe the next edition will sport some working parts....

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The hippest paper dolls in the history of paper dolls. (Possibly a true fact.)

My kids have definitely developed an obsession with paper dolls since I unearthed the ultimate guide to free printable paper dolls on the web. But if you’re willing to spend just a few dollars, I’ve found some that are seriously fantastic. And uh…not just for kids. The paper dolls by illustrator Clauda Varosio are mindblowingly fun, because they’re based on pop culture icons from David Bowie to the Big Lebowski, and even (be still my heart) Annie Hall. They’re as arcane as Vincent Gallo from Buffalo 66, and as sweet as Holly Golightly which would happen to be adorable...

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Fun DIY place card ideas for children’s parties. Makes us want to go to a party!

Should you be the type of parent who is actually able to wrangle the kids into assigned seats at a child’s birthday party (or say, at the children’s table at your adult party?) you’ll be needing place cards. You can even hand out the place cards when the kids walk in so they can claim their own seats. Either way, these fun ideas are so much better than a folded piece of card stock. (And psst…wedding blogs can be a great source of inspiration.) –Liz Candy necklace place cards Would any child say no to these? Or come to...

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A thoughtful class art project for a thoughtful end of year teacher gift. (Nothing to do with apples.)

For those of us in the northeast and beyond, we’re in luck! Our kids are still in school, which means a little extra time to think of a thoughtful end of year teacher gift. I always love gifts that come from the whole class, which are more personal than a mere gift card, and this is such a simple, fun project for younger kids. This class art project teacher gift from Deliah Creates is so lovely. It mostly involves taking abstract art created by the kids, cutting it into triangles and assembling mosaic style, but all the instructions are...

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The smallest Father’s Day gift he’ll love: An awesome DIY

There’s no doubt that our three kids are on their dad’s mind during the day while he is off at work. But I’ve just found a hilariously awesome (and easy) Father’s Day craft that will have him seeing them hanging around too.   I cannot look at Oh Happy Day’s Shrinky Dink Father’s Day ideas without grinning, imagining all the poses my three kids will want to try in the making of this unique craft. I love how a tiny photo easily becomes a tie tack that is bound to get noticed in the office. More than one child?...

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Growing up with Manhattan Toy just keeps getting better

When my kids were little, Manhattan Toy’s Whoozit and Skwish were among their favorite playthings. And while they are still tried-and-true gifts for all the younger nieces and nephews in our lives, I am thrilled to find a fun and creative line of toys that Manhattan Toys has developed with older kids in mind.     Manhattan Toy’s Imagine I Can play kits are fun open-ended play and crafts kits for preschoolers and bigger kids. I appreciate that they are so reasonably priced that it’s easy to set aside a few for those rainy days that creep up all spring and summer....

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5 easy handmade Mother’s Day card ideas from the kids. Promise.

Yes, we’re getting down to the wire on Mother’s Day cards and crafts. You’ve got just two more days–unless you’re sending goodies out overnight, in which case get on it stat! While we’ve got some cool DIY Mother’s Day card ideas and gifts for moms in our archives, here are just a few more that I’ve chosen because…well, they’re so easy even I could do them.  Really. No MFA, no Modge Podge, no high-speed multicolor laser printer required. Watercolor Mother’s Day Card Grab one of the free printable templates here, print on decent paper, and let your kids go to...

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Special DIY Mother’s Day crafts and cards to really make someone’s day

With Mother’s Day just a few days away, it’s time to focus on the little handmade touches that make the day so special and heartfelt. Along with breakfast in bed ideas, we’ve got a bunch of ideas for very special handmade cards and little banners that the kids can help make for their favorite mama on her very special day. –Christina (at top) Mother’s Day Garland from Design Mom Momma Bird Card from mmmcrafts Handprint Card from the Craft Nest Pop-Up Card from Uschi & Kay Hand-Embroidered Cards from flax & twine Fresh Flower Banner from DIY Studio Cake Banner from Sugar Tot...

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Making your own Mother’s Day jewelry with a little help from Martha. (And Darcy.)

This week I discovered the very cool Martha Stewart jewelry craft collection while guest pinning for the Martha Stewart Living Pinterest board–which, by the way, has been so much fun. Have you stopped by yet? So I was excited to get a look at what Darcy Miller, the editorial director of Martha Stewart Weddings, has been making with the kits with her own girls for Mother’s Day. [don’t miss an awesome limited time discount AND a great giveaway after the jump!] While of course you can grab a kit and make something as simple as a DIY floral resin...

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7 easy DIY craft ideas for National Teacher Appreciation Day or end of year teacher gifts

With the end of the school year looming (cue the screams of delighted children everywhere), it’s time to start thinking of ways to thank the tireless, wonderful, and inspiring teachers in our kids’ lives. And with tomorrow being National Teacher Appreciation Day, it’s a perfect moment to have the kids give them a little something they’ve made with their own hands. Keep reading for a bunch of neat (and easy) craft ideas your kids can help make to tell their teacher “thanks.” Above: Notebook paper tote from Sun Scholars   Homemade plantable paper gift from Marry This   Washi...

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Fantastico fiesta ideas for Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is tomorrow, which means you still have time to get ready to throw a little fiesta in celebration of Mexican heritage and pride (and yummy food). So along with getting the ingredients for a Mexican dinner–including one of our delicious guacamole recipes–we’ve got the party decor and crafts you’ll need to really get the party started. (We’re also in favor of celebrating Cinco de Mayo all Mayo long. How about you?) –Christina This entire printable party from happythought is muy fantastico and muy inexpensive at only $5. Includes colorful cupcake wrappers, lime-and-chili garlands, coloring pages, and...

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Flowers for Mother’s Day, crafted and arranged by your favorite florist

I will never turn down a dozen roses, although I also have a soft spot for the handful of dandelions my son proudly presents to me as a token of his affection. But now that I’ve seen the floral creations my kids can make from our favorite Kiwi Crate, I think I’ve found my bouquet of choice for Mother’s Day. Kiwi Crate’s Felt Flowers crafting kit is a very sweet way for kids to create a Mother’s Day gift that will occupy a place of honor on the dining room table long after the holiday has passed. This mini-crate...

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Make your own Earth with these 5 cool Earth Day crafts for kids

Of all the Earth Day craft ideas I’ve seen that get creative when it comes to reusing and recycling, I love the idea of making an actual Earth on this very important day. Here are five cool Earth Day crafts for kids that we hope will encourage discussion and action. Related: A cool DIY Play Dough Earth Day project If you’re up for a challenge, this Plantable Paper Earth from Modern Parents Messy Kids (at top) is pretty fantastic. The best part? You can plant these earths in your garden and watch them grow.   Grab some green and blue food...

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How to learn origami? The ultimate resource

My daughter came home the other day asking to learn origami. Sadly, all I could remember from my youth was how to make a butterfly. And then I realized after about six tries that…um, I didn’t remember that either. After much searching, I’m so happy to have found Origami Club, or at least that’s what I think it’s called. If it looks intimidating, just skip right to the page called Easy Origami, and find a truly terrific resource for rainy-day craft projects with the kids. You’ll find tons of origami projects sorted by shape, style (like food, Christmas, or...

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Some walls like to be drawn on.

There’s something about wallpaper that feels like more of a commitment than paint. Maybe it’s the glue. Maybe it’s the hours of labor spent lining it up juuuust right. But I think I’ve found a cute wallpaper idea that might be worth the investment. The new i see you wallpaper from Cavern is covered in black googly eyes on white paper. That’s it. Sounds kind of weird, right? That’s just until your kids have at it with an array of rainbow-colored crayons. (Uh, just make sure they’re old enough to understand exactly which walls of the house they can draw on.)...

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What to do with Easter Peeps (besides eat them all)

Every year at this time, I get lured into buying way-too-many packages of those brightly colored Easter Peeps. And though I have no problem consuming sugar, even I can only eat a few of them before I get the jitters.  So, I’ve pulled together some adorable—and easy—Easter crafts that use Peeps for some sweet decorations this month.   This centerpiece idea from La Jolla Mom (above) just screams “Easter” and is so simple to create. I love how the yellow Peeps bunnies look with sunny chrysanthemums, though you could chose to do multi-colored bunnies around an assortment of flowers too.  ...

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Hop to it and get crafting for Easter!

Though Easter is coming up quickly, for my kids it feels like Peter Cottontail is taking his sweet old time getting here. While we wait, I’ve found a bunch of cool Easter crafts that will keep them busy…and not make you crazy with prep or clean up. –Christina With some strips of colorful paper and Minted’s Easter egg template, you and the kids can make a framable work of art for the hallway. Looks so neat with nice straight strips, though I’m sure my kids would create something nifty even if they didn’t follow the rules. Even if you’ve...

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9 ways kids can decorate Easter Eggs without dyeing them

Decorating Easter eggs is a tradition in our household, but after doing it the same way for over ten years, we’re thinking of changing things up. Instead of dropping white eggs into colored dye, I’ve rounded up a bunch of non-dye Easter egg decorating ideas that look fun (and pretty easy) to do with the kids. So grab your hardboiled eggs, your wooden crafting eggs, or even your vegan-friendly ceramic eggs from EggNots and get cracking. I mean, crafting. –Christina Grab a few rolls of colorful tape, and that’s all you’ll need to recreate Washi Tape Easter Eggs from...

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