Category: printables

Free printable lunch box notes that let you be That Mom. Yes, you!

I always envisioned being That Mom who sends my kids off to school with cute little lunch box notes each day scribbled with heartfelt words of encouragement and love. Ha! Alas, I am the mom who is usually scrambling just to remember to pack a spoon to go with the yogurt. But recently, I started keeping a set of printable lunchbox notes in a drawer in the kitchen (wisely next to the spoons), and every so often, for no reason at all, I pop one in to surprise the kids. They love it, and it takes no time at all. Related: 8 of...

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The motherlode of free printable paper dolls for pop culture junkies

Several years ago, my youngest daughter fell in love with paper dolls, so I scoured the Internet for tons of free printable paper dolls for her, then shared my favorite ones with you all. Well now she’s gone through them all–multiple times. She’s insatiable, I tell you. In looking for more for her, I found the most remarkable artist in Cory Jensen and I am officially obsessed. Also known as Cor104 on Deviant Art where I originally found him, Cory is seriously a master of illustration. I adore his style so much, and his clear devotion to the fan art he creates. The fact that he’s made so many (many,...

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3 adorable free Valentine’s printables that let kids make their own Valentine’s gifts.

I’ve noticed that old school “Cootie Catchers” have been making a comeback lately, but I particularly like the rebranding of them as Chatterboxes. After all, that’s a little more palatable than the idea of picking bugs off of your friends, right? (Ew.) If your kids adore them them like mine, check out the sweet new printable just out from our talented friend Lonela of Tiny Me, who’s always whipping up something adorably crafty and cool and generously offering it up for free download.   The free printable Chatterboxes are perfect for Valentine’s Day, with fortunes like You have a heart of...

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Share the love: 19 of the best printable valentines for your (very thoughtful) kids.

Yes, parenting in the digital age comes with the hassle of monitoring screen time and wondering if our kids are using social media for good. But there are also printable valentines, so we never have to comb through boxes of Dora and SpongeBob cards in a last-minute rush again. Instead, I’m letting my kids shop from some of the best printable valentines online. These cards will stand out from the crowd and score your kid major cool points with their friends. Plus, you don’t have to make them choose just one because almost all of them are free. So stock up on ink, because life just got way...

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13 of the coolest, prettiest, and most fun printable 2015 calendars. Lots of them free!

Like shopping for new school supplies in the fall, I absolutely love getting a beautiful new calendar each January. It’s a blank slate spread out before me for the coming year, with so much opportunity. While I’ll definitely buy a printed calendar with space to fill in family activities, I also spent time weeding through all those ho-hum printable calendar templates out there, and tracking down some of the best printable 2015 calendars. I love each of these cool calendars so much, I just may have one in my kitchen, in the office,  on my bedside table…can you tell I’m obsessed?   Sometimes I need a good pep talk to conquer...

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Adorable, free printable holiday gift tags from illustrators you may already know and love

If you’re like me, you have yet to take all those parcels and toys out of their hiding places and start hunching over the gift wrap and ribbon to get them all gift-ready. One of my plans is to make use of some of the truly gorgeous printable gift tags  that our intrepid writers scope out for you each year.  And then at the last minute, I found one last source for free printable holiday gift tags: The Zutano Blog. Like so many parents, for years we’ve loved Zutano baby clothes in part for their fun original prints. So how perfect that their...

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14 of the most beautiful free printable holiday gift tags and paper to make gifts look great for less.

Every year, we are so indebted to the amazing graphic designers and bloggers who give us the gift of free printable holiday gift tags and wrapping paper. It’s like they keep getting better every year. While you can always return to our archives, that feature so many fantastic holiday printables of all kinds, we love searching for new ones too. So stock up on your printer ink and some nice quality paper or printable labels, and you’ll have all the gift tags you could possibly need this Christmas and Hanukkah.   Give your gifts modern, sophisticated style with a huge selection of printable Black and...

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15 of the most gorgeous printable holiday crafts for kids and families. Better get those printers warmed up!

Each year, I love rounding up the best printable holiday crafts that so many amazing designers, artists, and all-around crafty people develop so that people like me can create beautiful things with our kids. In fact, they make it so easy for me to print out not only holiday paper crafts, but also beautiful gift tags and vibrant wrapping paper, I never have to make a night-before-Christmas run for those things anymore. (If only I could print tape.) So I’ve put together 15 of my favorite printable holiday crafts to do with the kids this season. And with three kids, you...

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12 free (or mostly free) Thanksgiving printables from place cards to gift tags to coloring pages for the kids.

We’ve given you some delicious turkey, mashed potato, stuffing, and cranberry sauce recipes, now let us help you finish up your planning with some easy Thanksgiving printables for gift tags, decor, even coloring pages and craft projects for the kids that will have your guests wondering “however did she find the time?” We’ll never tell how easy it was.   Recently, Liz talked about making holiday tables fun for kids, and I agree! In fact, you can set your entire table with a family-friendly Thanksgiving printable set including a table covering, coloring pages, placemats, and napkin pouches all designed by our friends Mike and Alma Loveland...

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Our new favorite spot for printable toys: Smallful

One of our great joys with this site is supporting small businesses and fellow indie publishers. (Hey, we still have a blogroll. Remember those?) And now one of our favorite bloggers and friends, Mari Richards of the fantastic design site Small for Big, falls squarely into both camps with her new shop Smallful, which is all about printable toys and other playthings for kids. Mari is a toy designer and graphics artist by trade–with phenomenal taste, I might add–so it’s no surprise that the printable toys in her shop are exquisite. Right now she’s transitioning from Halloween (though masks are good for any...

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Color sugar skulls for Dia de los Muertos.

Dia de los Muertos may sound ominous, but this holiday recognized in Mexico and throughout Latin America is traditionally a sweet time for families to come together to pray for and to celebrate their loved ones who have died. Those who follow the tradition devoutly will build an altar and honor their deceased with popular symbols like sugar skulls and skeletons, marigolds, and the favorite foods of the loved one. My kids and I are planning join in this year by completing these gorgeous sugar skull coloring pages.   This instantly downloadable 21-page sugar skull coloring pages for Dia de los Muertos from Etsy shop...

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You’ve got very cute mail

If your kids get as excited as mine when they get something in the mailbox, then check out this adorable and free printable mailbox from TinyMe that will let you send and receive notes from your kids anytime, no stamp required. This printable craft looks like it could be completed while kids are at preschool, or maybe even during naptime if your kids’ nap longer than mine ever did. If you have two kids, they can each have their own mailbox as there is an all-red version and a red-and-blue version to assemble. And siblings can even write to each other that...

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9 fun free printable Halloween coloring pages to help keep little fingers out of the candy stash

I’ve been looking around the web for some great free printable Halloween coloring pages (did I mention free?) to help keep the kiddos occupied while the adults polish off that first bag of peanut butter cups. If your kids are anything like ours, your cobwebs are up, the pumpkins are plentiful and the Halloween costume selection has been completed for weeks–which means the kids are getting restless! These should give you a little extra help getting though the next few weeks until the upcoming day of epic sugar overload. Check out these spooky spirited selections for your witches, vampires, and let’s face it,...

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The coolest printable Halloween party invitations and decorations, from the cute to the creepy

We are in full-on planning mode for Halloween here at Cool Mom Picks, with adorably unique costume ideas for babies, yummy Halloween treats, gorgeous handmade masks and invitations, and even the best not-too-scary party ideas for the littlest goblins and ghouls. And now, we’ve got loads of the coolest printable Halloween party invitations and decorations to get your house ready for a monster bash or just a big night of greeting trick-or-treaters.   Printable Halloween Party Invitations and Decorations: The Cute   Printable Halloween Party Pack (Mer Mag) Find more than 10 pages of not-too-ghoulish party printables, from invitations to bottle covers. Just add...

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A printable rewards chart to get kids to do anything. Almost.

We started a rewards chart with my daughter a month ago, and—although I’m scared to say it out loud—it’s working to keep her in her bed at night. So, consider me a brand new fan of rewards charts whether you’re starting potty training or well past it, and allow me to introduce you to these really cute printable rewards charts from the Key Lime shop on Etsy, makers of those awesome  free closet organizer printables we recently featured. These charts aren’t free, but they are fun. And they could be used for anything you want to motivate your kids to do. I’m going...

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Print your own super kawaii toys in ten minutes flat. And we mean flat.

In a world exploding with 3D printers and landfills full of old junk, there’s something refreshing about toys that start out as paper and end up as, well, more paper. In fact, you can print these toys at home, build them yourself, store them in a folder, and recycle them when you’re done. And you don’t have to untie 47 little twisty ties and cut tape out of anybody’s hair. It’s fantastic. Check that–it’s Fantastic Toys, an Etsy shop filled with retro-designy worlds you print and build yourself. From dollhouses complete with furniture and landscaping to Alice in Wonderland playsets to...

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A cool way to get the kids’ closets organized. For free.

I have two girls sharing one small closet, which means I spend a lot of time mediating: No, that’s your sister’s, not yours. No, that’s a dress for winter, you can’t wear merino wool when it’s 90 degrees out. You hear me. So I was really charmed by this concept swiped right from the racks of your fave kid’s clothing store: kids’ closet dividers. The free printables available in several styles; there are ones with baby sizes on them–perfect for parents trying to sort all those 3-6mo baby onesies from the 9-12mo ones you’re saving for later. Then there are designs...

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More printable coupons full of little surprises that prove free can be fun

Yesterday we shared a fun page of free printable coupons for fun little family surprises that won’t break the bank (or even require a bank at all). And as promised, we’re excited to offer another free page of awesome printable coupons we designed on behalf of our sponsor Cracker Jack. Put them all together and you’ve got one awesome gift for any reason at all. You might even get hugs. (No guarantees with regards to moody 13-year-olds but worth a shot.) The best part: none of these ideas will cost you more than $20, and most are totally free. Just print, cut, and you’re...

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Free printable coupons for little family surprises that bring big smiles.

We are always looking for cool printable coupons to share with our readers. When they’re nicely done, they can make such great gifts for birthdays, holidays, and other celebrations. But the truth is, we’re picky! (As you know.) So we thought, hey, why not create our own? And so we did.     On behalf of our sponsor Cracker Jack, we’ve got six awesome printable surprise coupons for you, absolutely free, all to help you create little surprises for your family under $20. (After all, Cracker Jack is kind of like the master of little surprises, right?) Just cut out and you’re ready to...

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9 cool, free summer coloring pages. Because…it’s summer!

Happy summer solstice everyone. Whether you’re celebrating or just enjoying having your kids wake up at 5:15 AM with the sun, we thought we’d share a few cool free summer coloring pages we’ve seen around the web, just to get the kids into the spirit. There are nine here, one for every 10 degrees of mercury that will happily keep me inside crafting, in air conditioned comfort. My kids like to turn coloring projects into puppets, cut them out and paste them on other things (like walls or each other), make cards, or just stick them on our front door. In other...

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Sweetly sophisticated and free Father’s Day printables from one of our favorite sites.

If our huge list of 15 free Father’s Day printables didn’t include absolutely everything you need for this Sunday (at least in the printables department), we’ve just found one more Father’s Day printable collection that is is too adorable, and too  jam-packed with cool ideas for Dad not to share with you. Designed  by our friends at tinyme, whose customized labels, puzzles, blocks and–yes–printables are among some of our favorites, you may want to stock up on the printer ink and cardstock and sharpen those scissors. From printable gift bags that look like tiny dress shirts to a dapper necktie garland, tinyme’s free Father’s...

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15 of the best free Father’s Day printables, cards, gift wrap, and other goodies to make his day.

With Father’s Day less than a week away, we can help you get things ready for dad. We are here for you! We’ve tracked down the very best free Father’s printables (these are all fabulous, if we do say so) that include coloring pages for the kids, gift wrap, labels, coupons, and of course cards to help make his Father’s Day just a little more special without a big expense. All you need is printer ink and a willing kid or two. And we are eternally grateful to all the fantastic artists, designers and bloggers who come up with these terrific free printables in...

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12 terrific printable gift card holders for teachers that make that end-of-year gift more special.

I tend to give gift cards to my kids’ teachers at the end of the school year because it’s quick and easy, but I also like knowing that the recipient can use it to treat herself long after the kids have run off to summer. So I’ve searched high and low for the best printable gift card holders for teachers, to help make the gift look as heartfelt as the sentiment behind it. Even though lots of schools encourage it as an end of year teacher gift, handing over a gift card in an envelope can still feel a little too impersonal, considering how much educators, coaches and...

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A free printable Mother’s Day crown that celebrates your queen for a day

We may never be royals, as the song says, but I know that my kids will still treat me like a queen on Mother’s Day. And since every queen deserves a crown, I love this clever printable Mother’s Day card that doubles by a crown. I know it would look really cute on the breakfast tray the kids will carry up to me on Sunday morning. (Hint.) This free printable crown is super easy to create and leave as is, or add on your own little Mother’s Day note and attach with a piece of string as shown above. I...

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A free printable chore chart we love for preschoolers. No bribing necessary.

My toddler loves to help out around the house. It makes him feel big, and like the needed part of our family that he is. I want to respect his efforts, even like that time he completely emptied out the closets when he “brought me the laundry.” I have chore charts that are fantastic for my older kids, but they’re not as helpful for my three-year-old pre-reader. This free printable chore chart by Kersey Campbell for Momtastic (via her blog And We Play) is perfect for him. He can see pictures of age-appropriate chores, and color them in as he finishes each...

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Downton Abbey Valentines: What an Earl Wants

Last year we swooned over the printable Hunger Games Valentines and while the Peeta/Gale competition still rages on, this year it’s all about Downton Abbey Valentines for us. The references are clearly from Season 4–I would have loved to see a Lady Rose I Go Wild For You, a bandleader Jack Ross Let’s Break New Territory, or a Daisy Mason I’m Not That Innocent. But overall they are a charmingly adult way to spread some love around your Masterpiece Theater-addicted office or playgroup. All said and done, it’s nice to see a little pop culture that’s heavier on the culture...

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7 sophisticated, printable Valentine’s cards for adults–or very precocious teens.

If you’ve run out of time to order some of the fantastic Valentine’s cards we’ve already featured on Cool Mom Picks, don’t stress. We’ve got your back with some printable valentines for adults. Unlike these cute 14 printable classroom Valentines for kids, this selection is a little more quirky, sophisticated and beautiful–perfect for yourself or a more sophisticated teen. Even a few for the single mamas out there. The sweet Hello Darling Valentine’s cards (above) look like anything you’d see in a fancy card boutique, but are actually free printables from Love vs. Design.   These classically simple Love Notes cards are...

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A huge, free Valentines coloring page that could keep your kids out of the candy jar for 6 seconds or so

My son’s favorite activities lately are puzzles and coloring. So you should have seen his face when I hit the free printables and handed him this giant free Valentine’s coloring page coloring page with a Candyland theme from Mr. Printable, one of our longtime favorites. This quirky, modern design is a refreshing change from so much of the syrupy Valentine’s fare the kids come across, but what my son really loved is the sheer size of this thing. It prints out on 12 pages of paper, and you match it up and tape it together like a puzzle. He couldn’t have...

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Free printable sewing cards for kids: Save them for a snowy day

If you’re in our neck of the woods, you are looking for lots of indoor activities to keep the kids occupied. While we recently rounded up 12 snow day activities for kids, here’s one more: Printable sewing cards for kids. And these are more than adorable–they happen to be free. Spotted at one of our very favorite craft sites, Handmade Charlotte, you pretty much just need good card stock, scissors, a needle and pin, and embroidery floss. All the instructions are on the site, but your kids will end up with pretty much the cutest sewing cards to play...

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The ultimate collection of 15 of the most lovely, printable 2014 calendars. Some of them free.

Tracking down the best printable 2014 calendars online for you was so much fun this year. Because right up there with the fall tradition of splurging on school supplies, picking out a new calendar has always been one of my favorite shopping moments of the year. The truth is, now instead of limiting yourself to a few picked-over selections at the stationery store, there are thousands of printable calendars online to fit every taste. If searching through all those possibilities is overwhelming, rest easy. I’ve curated a list of the best designs the web has to offer. Modern Printable...

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