Tag: crafts

NASA’s own tip for making easy, DIY solar eclipse glasses. Because no, you can’t buy them anymore.

Okay, so you missed your opportunity to buy solar eclipse glasses for your family back when we recommended the best options about a month ago. (I’m among them, so no judgments!) You may have even missed the opportunity to get free solar eclipse glasses from your local library. That doesn’t mean you should scorch your retinas for life for a few hours of once-in-a-lifetime science coolness. Just…make your own eclipse viewer! Check out this easy (really!)DIY solar eclipse viewer tutorial on YouTube from NASA and breathe easy. All it requires is stuff you have in the house anyway: A cereal...

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Color-your-own backpacks and bags that let your kids be the designer

Any parent who has walls, floors, tables, refrigerators, windows, or slips of important paperwork knows: If it’s even slightly colorable, a kid will color it. So having extra things around that are supposed to be colored is always a good idea, and that’s just one of the reasons we’re all over the back-to-school coloring accessories from a CMP favorite company, OMY Design + Play. Related: Crazy-affordable back-to-school gear for preschoolers OMY is a cool woman-owned Parisian business that creates color-your-own items like placemats, puzzles, and posters with fantastically fun graphics. And now it’s bringing your kids creativity to a new line of color-your-own...

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7 fun, not-so-prickly cactus crafts for kids that will endure in any climate.

This summer we’re borrowing a page from the Southwest with gorgeous, totally fun cactus crafts for kids. If you ask me, it’s one of the most DIY-able plant inspirations out there and kids seem to love them. So I’ve rounded up 7 of the coolest cactus crafts for kids to try their hand at; perfect for the backyard under a shady tree in the summer, or for indoor crafting when the weather starts getting cooler. Because fortunately, these cactus crafts can survive in any climate Top image: Pet Cactus Rocks | Best Ideas for Kids Related: 11 fun and easy flower...

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9 OMG emoji photo booth props you can totally make yourself.

We’ve embraced the emoji world takeover with clapping hands, champagne bottles mid-pop, and dancing twins in bunny leotards. Resistance is futile we’ve learned. And with The Emoji Movie coming out this week, we imagine even more will be psyched to discover our definitive guide to planning an exceptional emoji party. And hey, what’s any party without a photo booth these days? So I’ve looked around for some fun DIY emoji photo booth props and backdrops that you and your kids can assemble. Yes, including the poop emoji. Sorry, parents. CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: 11 of the coolest emoji...

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Don’t toss it yet! 7 brilliant hacks that give second life to your baby gear.

I’ve racked up quite a bit of baby gear as a mom of four. From diaper bags to bottles to wipe warmers, I could fully stock my own Babies R Us resale outlet! But now that my kids are beyond the baby years, it’s time to purge. Because no parent needs leftover diapers after the kids are potty-trained. Or do we? So I looked around and found these 7 smart hacks for repurposing old baby gear before you go all KonMari method on your kids’ nursery. You might be surprised which items are worth keeping around. At top: Rainbow water...

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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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23 of the coolest mermaid party ideas we adore. Fin-tastic!

Mermaids are big with kids. In other news, water is wet.  So of course, mermaid parties are big with kids and honestly, with us adults too. In fact, this mermaid trend has legs. (So to speak.) And that means if you’re looking for amazing mermaid party ideas for an under-the-sea theme, we’ve got you covered with the best of the web, from cool mermaid invitations to decorations, food and activities. Let’s dive right in, shall we? At top: Mermaid slime | Darby Smart CMP is an rstyle and Amazon affiliate Related: Magical ideas for unicorn birthday parties  Mermaid party ideas: Invitations Everything oceany,...

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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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14 easy ideas for last-minute Father’s Day gifts that also happen to be cool | Father’s Day Gift Guide 2017

Even though Father’s Day gifts have been on our minds — and our shopping lists — for weeks now, some of us still have, um, a little bit of work to do before Sunday. But we’re not worried, and you shouldn’t be either, because we’ve rounded up a ton of easy ideas for last-minute Father’s Day gifts right here for you. From things you and your kids can make yourselves to gifts you can get from your local stores at the 11th hour, we’re sure you’ll find something here that will show Dad just how special he is. CMP...

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10 free Father’s Day printables that make great gifts all on their own | Father’s Day Gift Guide 2017

Father’s Day is inching closer and closer, and if you haven’t found the perfect Father’s Day gift for Dad — don’t panic! In addition to lots of the gifts in our guide, there’s a stellar chance you can find just the gift you’re looking for right here, among these free Father’s Day printables that’ll make really cool gifts. Really! From labels and gift tags to T-shirts and aprons, these free Father’s Day printables will help you create that one-of-a-kind, unexpected gift that will make any dad or grandfather swoon. At top: Free printable zombie survival kit | Sandy Toes & Popsicles Related: Fantastic DIY...

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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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10 fantastic DIY Father’s Day that kids can make themselves. Mostly. | Father’s Day Gift Guide 2017

I had so much fun rounding up these fantastic DIY Father’s Day gifts that kids can make themselves — well, maybe with a little help. I mean surely new motherhood is making me a bit biased, but I think there’s nothing better than a handmade gift for Father’s Day. Especially when it comes from a kid (even grown ones) who love him to pieces. At top: Free Printable Dad & Me Father’s Day Coupons | Craft Create Cook Related: 13 of the coolest personalized gifts for dad.  Easy DIY Father’s Day Mug (Little Button Diaries) It doesn’t get much easier for the little...

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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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The coolest summer activity books for kids. Because, this summer, there will be no such thing as “I’m so booooored!”

As much as we’re looking forward to summer and all of the many kids’ activities that come with it, we have to say that it’s those long days of no activities that can be most stressful. That’s why we made this list of awesome summer activity books for kids — with these on hand, your kids will have approximately zero reasons to be bored. At top: Go Photo! by Alice Proujansky CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: Made-for-summer crafts that will keep your kids creatively and happily occupied. Fill-Me-In by author/illustrator Moose Allain was on our list of best activity books for summer last year, and you can...

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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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The ultimate guide to last-minute Mother’s Day gift ideas. You got this!

Every year, we love finding the coolest Mother’s Day gift ideas for our readers who are prepared super early. But, as moms ourselves, we know that it’s important to share tons of great last-minute Mother’s Day gift ideas too, since life comes in two speeds: busy and busier. So if you haven’t gotten around to finding that perfect present for all the mothers in your life yet, don’t worry! We culled 24 ways you can still pull off a fabulous surprise for her with thoughtful last-minute Mother’s Day gift ideas that don’t feel last-minute at all. For even more ideas, be sure to also check out our 2017 Mother’s Day Gift...

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10 adorable handmade Mother’s Day cards from the kids that will totally melt Mom’s heart

My most favorite Mother’s Day cards are the ones my kids make themselves. Because, how can I resist an adorable handprint poster or toddler-style drawing of Mommy & Me? Heart is melting over here. So, I’ve checked out some of our favorite craft bloggers and DIY sites to find some creative ideas for handmade Mother’s Day cards from the kids. Maybe I’ll just leave the screen open to these so my kids will see them and get inspired to make some sweet Mother’s Day cards of their own. Hint, hint. At top: A fun, DIY, free printable Mother’s Day cootie catcher at Homan at Home...

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