Category: Crafts

The spookiest DIY spiderwebs for Halloween

It’s been nothing but Halloween crafts in our house for the past week, but with still another week to go, I’m stockpiling ideas to keep the kids busy. Next up on my list: these adorable spiderwebs that only require scissors and paper.  You won’t believe how easy these DIY spiderweb kirigami Halloween decorations are to make, and how cute they’ll look hanging on your window or strung together in a fun banner. If you don’t have origami paper, you can cut the paper you have into squares. Then you and your kids can follow the simple instructions and boo! You’ve...

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Get crafty, young grasshopper, with 3D puzzle sculptures

The cooler weather is setting in, so I’m already on the hunt for inside activities that will save my hide come winter. I admit I’m pretty picky about what crafty goodness makes the grade at our house, so when I heard about green 3D puzzles that the kiddos could build and color, I was all ears. {Keep reading for an exclusive CMP discount on 3D puzzles!} The eco-friendly Urban Canvas 3D puzzles are created from recycled cardboard that is reusable (honest!) and durable enough to be constructed and destructed. The pieces are also reversible, with a funky preprinted pattern on one side. The...

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A DIY kids’ craft to brighten up fall

I know it’s just a matter of time. Soon, my kids will be bringing home school craft projects made with fading leaves, twigs and pinecones. But I refuse to abandon the bright, bold colors I love just because we’ve officially hit fall. That’s why I love this supersimple DIY kids’ craft that even I can pull off. This craft tutorial for bright paper ornaments takes nothing more than paper, scissors, glue, and some string for hanging. Think snowflakes, only round. Considering how excited my five-year-old gets about wielding her own scissors these days, a project like this will be a...

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Show Me a Story: low on tech, high on terrific

When my kids were really young, they loved to tell me long, adorably nonsensical stories about just about anything that crossed their minds. Now that they’re a bit older, I miss their elaborate tales. These days, it’s easy for tech-savvy kids to lose themselves in their electronic games and gadgets. But guess what? Armed with a new book packed with loads of interactive tips, crafts, and games, I’ve found a fun way to engage their imagination and encourage old-school play and storytelling, all over again. {Keep reading to learn how you can win a copy!} The beautifully designed magazine-style...

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DIY Crafts meets toys meets awesome

One of my son’s favorite activities is creating DIY roads and parking garages for his collection of Matchbox cars. So when I saw this super easy tutorial, I thought it would be a cool way to take his imaginative play to the next level. These DIY chalkboard city blocks from hellobee are brilliant, imaginative fun. Requiring only a few supplies (and crafty genes are NOT on the list of must-haves), you and your favorite car-lover can whip up an entire neighborhood in a couple of minutes. Vroom-vroom!   All you’ll need is chalkboard paint, sandpaper, and a bunch of old blocks...

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A Rosh Hashanah craft for kids that’s very sweet indeed

With Rosh Hashanah starting Sunday night, this is a perfect weekend to work on some New Year inspired crafts with your kids. In other words, if you’ve forgotten to send cards? No worries! Nothing inspires as much forgiveness as something handmade just from the kids. This Rosh Hashanah craft for kids by Brenda Ponnay at Alpha Mom is as sweet as apples dipped in honey, the symbol of the Jewish New Year. It’s not hard to make these honeybee cards either if you follow the instructions on the site and have a few basic tools on hand, like paint, Sharpies,...

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Can you help your favorite crafter or small business owner win $10,000?

Recently we introduced you to the wonderful Martha Stewart American Made Awards which is offering crafters and other small business owners a chance to win $10,000 to support their dreams. Well, we are just thrilled to find out that some of our very own readers and featured shops are among the finalists in the Audience Choice Awards! Ashley McCally of Lilly and Gus makes beautiful plush products made from upcycled fabrics from denim to wool. We’re so glad to hear she found out about the contest from Cool Mom Picks! Becky App of eCreamery has created a great business selling...

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Box Play Stickers turn trash into recycled toy treasure

I’ve always been envious of those crafty upcycle types who can turn a cardboard box or egg carton into an adorable toy or trinket holder. I just don’t have enough of the craft gene to make trash look like much more than…well, trash. But now that I’ve discovered these seriously adorable stickers, that’s all about to change. Eco-friendly craft stickers from Box Play for Kids give regular old recyclables like a quart of juice, a tissue box, or an egg carton a second life by turning them into a bright fire truck, a smiling kitty bank, or a clever place...

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A Ryan Gosling coloring book just for Mommy

I’ve made it pretty clear that I’m a huge Ryan Gosling fan. I own the Ryan Gosling dish towel we recently found. (Enough said?) So if you love Ryan as much as I do, here’s an excuse to stare at him a little more. The Ryan Gosling coloring book might just be the most hilarious gift for the R-Go fan in your life. You’ll get 15 pages of all sorts of different Ryans from some of his best movies, each of which you can color to your heart’s content. Or, if you’re like me, attempt to draw yourself in next...

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Beautiful jewelry for tweens – buy them or make them yourself

My 8-year old is just starting to accessorize her outfits, which is probably no surprise considering I have a little addiction to accessories myself. If you’ve got a tween that’s ready for something better than play jewelry but not Tiffany, we’ve found the perfect, handmade option. This isn’t the first time we’ve featured the adorable children’s jewelry from Bloesem but since then, they’ve added a slew of limited edition kids’ necklaces that I’m actually coveting myself, each handmade with threads and beads to make a lovely gift for your tween girl.  Plus if you (or your tween) are crafty,...

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Letters from the tooth fairy – When you care enough to send the very tiniest

Need a little something more special from the tooth fairy than say a dollar under the pillow? We’ve got just the teeny-tiny thing. We fell in love with Leafcutter Designs teeny-tiny letters from the Easter Bunny a few years back, which would rock any child’s Easter basket even more than a 12-inch chocolate rabbit. Checking back with them, we’ve discovered that the duo now offers eleven different card designs with everything from a petite heart, ladybug, or kite imprinted on the front. Just type out your text and they’ll shrink it down to fit and fold it all up...

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You’ve got to know when to fold M.

“Free” is one of our favorite words. And now you can spell it out in three fancy dimensions, thanks to this clever series of papercraft templates. And did we mention that they’re totally free? And that M is for Monster? Digitprop is a website by parent and biochemist Markus, who offers free templates and papercraft project to entertain and amuse. We were struck by this amazing free printable paper craft alphabet, which includes PDF templates for all 26 letters. My favorite is the N for Ninja, which includes some fascinating information on why ninjas dress the way they do....

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Solar-powered crafting

I spend a lot of time lately telling my kids about the “dangers of the sun” as I apply yet another layer of SPF 30+. But this weekend, we spent a lot of time talking about the cool art that the sun can make with this creative new kit from CMP favorite Eye Can Art. Their new Fabric Sun Photo Kit is a great way to to flex those creative muscles in between beach days. What makes this kit so special is that, like so many of Eye Can Art’s kits, instead of telling kids what to make, it tells...

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Turning any table into the best playhouse ever

Its been a while since we first discovered Imaginative PlayToys, and the gorgeous handmade felt table covers she makes to turn your card table into oh…say, a pirate ship. Checking back again after awhile I discovered a new shop name and a ton of inspired new designs. In fact, while writing this post my kids saw the photo below and started shrieking WE WANT THAT! WE WANT THAT! CAN WE GET THAT? like nothing I’ve ever seen. Can you blame them? Red Double Delight Playhouse (at top) Under the Ocean Playhouse Paper Doll Boutique Playhouse   Outer space playhouse Animal sanctuary...

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Amazing kids’ craft kits that we might steal ourselves

This past week on a trip with a few families, I was so glad we had a few little art projects for rainy days or just quiet (forced) downtime. If you’re not familiar with Todd Oldham’s awesome craft collection, Kid Made Modern, it’s a wonderful one-stop-shop for that kind of stuff. Plus now, Target has a whole Kid Made Modern craft collection with some really creative, affordable ideas that expand the collection. I feel like a kid in a candy store browsing the Kid Made Modern craft kits–from basics like glitter paints, gorgeous colored pencils and even duct tape...

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Fourth of July crafts and DIY projects for the family

Earlier this week it was fun finding some of the most beautiful Fourth of July printables and decor, and now for you DIY’ers, I’ve rounded up fun Fourth of July crafts so you can celebrate America’s 236th birthday party in style. Whether you’re firing up the grill or not. Independence Day is a great day for family fun: the kids are out of school, chances are there’s a parade nearby, and the sky will soon be filled with fireworks. Days like this only happen once a year–let’s make it special! –Roxanna I always suspected candy buttons were easy to...

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DIY teacher gifts from the class? Reader Q+A

Help! We are trying to come up with an end of year DIY teacher gift from the whole classroom for our kindergarten teacher. Something every kid can participate in but won’t require too much work from the parents. I know Cool Mom Picks will have great ideas. Thank you so much! -Margaret B We totally understand. As easy as it is to just donate some money towards a gift card, there are some teachers who are so special to us that we really want to do something that truly comes from the heart of each and every kid. For those...

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A DIY Father’s Day gift, no crafty genes required

As much as I love to give my husband a handmade DIY Father’s Day gift from the kids, I’m not the craftiest person in the world. They make their own cards and we call it a day. But after discovering this awesome DIY gift idea, I think I might have the kids forgo the cards and help them make this instead.  This awesome photo book design project from Design Aglow is so simple even I can do it. Really. Using their Interactive Guest Book feature, designer Ashley Campbell created a unique photo book that I’m pretty sure any dad will love....

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If you can read this, make sure you thank a teacher this week

Though we sooooo appreciate our kids’ teachers every day of the school year, we make a special effort to thank those special ones during Teacher Appreciation Week, which happens to be right now. While a kind note goes far, we have rounded up a few delicious choices for your kids’ favorite educators to enjoy while they read that letter.  Want something you can DIY at home and have your child hand to the teacher in class? I love The Celebration Shoppe’s chevron-patterned free candy bar wrapper printables that can be customized, and would look equally cool on a healthier granola...

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You oughta draw on pictures

From the moment they could successfully maneuver a crayon, my kids have loved open-ended coloring books like Taro Gomi’s finish-the-picture Scribbles book. So, it’s no surprise that they adore a new rules-free coloring book with an interesting twist: Instead of finishing drawings, they are actually invited to draw around photos. {keep reading for your chance to win a copy} Created by photographer and teacher M.J. Bronstein, Fotoplay! is a fun blend of realism and fantasy, with enough pages to keep even the most productive artists busy for many rainy days or on long summer road trips. Each one of...

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3 new monthly gift subscriptions for kids that keep on giving

With three kids and an ever-growing number of nieces and nephews, it seems like I’m on the lookout for a “wow” birthday gift every month, and a monthly gift subscription is always a great idea. In the past, we’ve lauded the genius of Kiwi Crate craft projects, or the Little Passports “pen pal” subscription series for future travelers. Now, there are 3 more monthly gift subscriptions for kids as young as three that will have your recipient thinking you are the coolest gift-giver ever. Over and over again. -Christina BABBABOX SUBSCRIPTIONS The new BabbaBox from BabbaCo is a super-special...

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Personalized stamps that prettify anything. And everything.

Ever since my penpal days (I had 31 of them! At the same time!), I’ve loved personalized stamps. I was a preteen, so they were of the unicorn-and-rainbow variety–oh, and penguins. I had way too many penguin stamps. My tastes–and time–have obviously changed a little in the last 20 years, which is why I’m over the moon about these elegant new custom stamps. CMP favorite stationer Red Stamp has teamed up with Paper & Ink to create a line or gorgeous,  personalized self-inking stamps. They’re available in 24 different designs, from clean and contemporary to bold and beautiful. It’s really nice...

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Making your own Easter bunny

I am not a crochet master (or even a crochet apprentice), but if I were, I would totally be buying the PDF so I could make an adorable amigurumi bunny like this one. So for all you crafty mamas, check out the amigurumi bunny crochet pattern from Etsy’s LuvlyGurumi. You pay $6 for the pattern and support a small artist, then the rest is up to you. I can’t think of a sweeter Easter gift than something made from the heart. And that includes red jellybeans. –Liz Download the amigurumi bunny crochet pattern from LuvlyGurumi – plus monkeys, birds,...

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Making the baby shower even sweeter

I always need another reason to eat cupcakes (well, I don’t need a reason) and now I have one. All I need is a baby shower invitation and I’m all set. The edible icing cupcake topper folks at Ticings.com (a big fave around here) have collaborated with the cute t-shirt mavens Colette Kids on an adorable DIY baby shower kit.  You’ll get a 100% rib cotton onesie from Colette Kids, plus 2 dozen customizable peel-and-press, gluten-free cupcake toppers, all with the same cute image. If are you aren’t planning on serving cupcakes, you can use them on everything from slices of fruit to...

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Natural craft supplies that are as beautiful as what your kids create

As a mom, some of my fondest moments with my kids are creating arts and crafts together.  I’ve never met a kid that doesn’t like to get their little hands involved in a project–all the more reason I care about what ends up on those little hands. Introducing GLOB, makers of creative and beautiful craft supplies that are naturally made. The  paints and crayons all come from natural and biodegradable materials–even the paint cups are compostable.  So my kids will not only get a lesson in art, but one in conservation.   I also love that GLOB specializes in botanically crafted...

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Getting kids excited about gardening

I envy those people (you know who you are!) who pick fresh tomatoes from their garden before making a bruschetta with ingredients all grown in their backyard. Believe me, I have tried to be one of these people. But, I was born without a green thumb. This has led me to unbelievably friendly relationships with my local farmers and Farmer’s Markets. But this fabulously cool idea allows me to have my cake–or really, kale salad–and eat it too, all while getting the kids involved. In the Koop packages varieties of seeds in an egg carton, all equally intriguing and...

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Easy Valentine’s craft ideas that we heart

I always love seeing what’s new and fun at Martha Stewart Crafts around the holidays, and especially Valentine’s Day. Or as we like to think of it, That Day That All The Glitter Ended Up in The Rug. But I’ve taken the time to parse the ones that require professional letterpress machines and MFA degrees, to find the ones that even the less crafty among us could pull off with the kids. First of all, the sweet spot hearts craft (left) is just brilliant. All you need are sheets of candy dots cut into hearts, then some construction paper...

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Ever wanted to make your own stamps? Me too.

Ink stamps give everyday notes just the right amount of pop. I’ve always been interested in making my own designs but until this ridiculously cool product was created, that seemed just way too complicated. Yellow Owl Workshop puts all of the pieces in The Print Workshop Carve a Stamp Kit, which is just too cool. A linoleum cutter with six blades is perfect for carving owls, elephants, and so many more. There’s even a handy book included to give you great ideas and templates to get you started.  Keep in mind that this is not a kids’ toy–while there...

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Vintage suitcases that need never travel again

I have always had a major love for vintage bags and suitcases, and am so lucky to have some inherited from grandparents and great aunts. A few are in use (so great for gloves and scarves!) but none quite like this totally awesome DIY nightstand. When I saw this vintage suitcases nightstand project at Cupcakes + Cashmere I thought, WANT. (Really. Just one word. It was kind of primal.) It’s as simple as stacking several suitcases and placing a beveled mirror on top. You might want to stuff the suitcases with old blankets or tees though–I’ve found that some...

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A stitch in time makes a great Valentine’s Day gift

My husband and I do Valentine’s Day Lite, meaning that we will not be forking out $200 for a fancy meal, or buying each other expensive jewelry or electronics as a sign of our devotion.  But that doesn’t mean I am totally comfortable with handing him a greeting-store card and calling it a day. Which is why I love this little token of my affection that is personalized, handmade, and won’t break the bank. Cozy Blue’s “I Love Us” cross-stitch pattern reminds me of initials carved in a tree, but this version is a lot easier to hang on...

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