East Tennessee (where HGTV Headquarters is located) got a jaw-dropping eight inches of snow in some areas. We haven’t gotten a snowfall like this in years. It started snowing yesterday afternoon and was still flurrying when I hit the hay. I woke up to a sparkling Winter Wonderland that will soon turn to slush. I know winter weather has been taking over for a few weeks in many parts of the country. You get snowed in, the kids are out of school and chaos ensues. Once snowmen are built, snow cream is made and sledding has become exhausting, frozen little ones will surely need something to keep them busy. Pull out the craft bin, whip up some hot cocoa and put on some tunes. [These are also perfect for rainy weekends come spring.]
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Can you believe that I used to not like Valentine’s Day? I thought it was a complete waste of a holiday. Now, I don’t know if it’s because of where I work, or if it’s because I have a daughter obsessed with hearts, the color pink, and candy, but I can’t get enough of this holiday. I love it so much that I did not one, not two, but three Valentines Day Crafternoons this year. Starting things off, Lulu and I got together to make some deliciously adorable Valentines for her to give to her classmates. Trust me, you’re going to want to watch this:
Want to make your own Candy Necklace Valentines? Get the free printables right here. These sweet Valentines are so charming that I might have to make them for my coworkers. How about you? Who are you giving Valentines to this year?
Is your kid a collector? Are you constantly turning out pockets full of seashells, rocks, and other treasures? Because I know I am. My four-year-old Lulu loves to gather little bits of shiny sparkly things and I finally figured out a great way to showcase them (and keep them off my floors). This found object stepping stone is the perfect summer kid’s craft:
Even if your kid doesn’t have a ready supply of treasures to use for this project, you can pick up all of the supplies we used at your local craft store. I especially love how the frosted beach glass marbles look.
Lulu was so proud to bring her stepping stone home and display it in our garden. What garden projects do you like to do with kids?
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Are you hitting the road this summer? As a kid growing up in a big family we always, always piled in my moms VW Vanagon for family trips. Now, with a growing family of my own, we’re planning for our own family trip this summer, and I’m trying to prepare for the choruses of “Are we there yet?” from the backseat. My master plan to occupy my art-obsessed 4-year-old is this handy Road Trip Art Kit.
With so many options to occupy her time (Chalkboard! Paper! Stickers! Markers!), this should keep us from breaking down and popping in a DVD for at least an hour, don’t you think?
One note–skip the magnets if you have small children who might try and eat them. So tell me, what are your travel plans this summer?
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If you have kids at home, have you heard it yet? The dreaded “I’m BORED!” We’re in the dog days of summer here, and sometimes you just want to get inside, out of the heat and into the blissful air conditioning. If your kids are in need of a project to occupy their time, I have just the thing for you. These sandpaper transfers are as fun to make as the resulting t-shirts are to wear.
I love that in two simple steps you can turn your kid’s work of art into a t-shirt. Make sure you put the finished t-shirt in the dryer on high to set the color, and wash it alone the first time.
How do you fight the dreaded “I’M BORED”?
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This aluminum foil craft from Freshly Picked will keep your little ones entertained for hours. It’s super easy, and that’s why I love it! I liken this project to giving a child a box to play with/in — it’s almost too simple to imagine your kiddos will enjoy it so much. Here’s the dealio.
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Grab some aluminum foil and your child’s toy cars. Let him or her press the details of the car into the foil — then, let the kids crush the foil cars demolition derby-style.
So easy and so brilliant, right?
OK, I have to admit — when my fellow blogger (Sarah) recommended I feature this felt crayon holder as a Daily Delight, I had to ask her, “Why would you make a holder for crayons — don’t they still come in boxes?” Of course this craft is absolutely adorable, but the simple box is a no-go these days?
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Well, Sarah — who is a mom to two little boys — had to set me straight. A felt crayon holder comes in handy because a traditional crayon box is big, bulky and doesn’t hold up when you put it in a carrying bag. Also, crayons fall out of boxes very easily — whereas this little contraption holds them tight.
Thank you for the 411, Sarah. Think I can get one of these made for my BICs?
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Mother’s Day is a big day in the Canada household this year. No, not because I’m getting bigger (though I certainly am), but rather because this year both my birthday and my daughter Lulu’s falls on Mother’s Day. You’d better believe my husband is feeling some pressure on the gift-giving front. But really, all I want for Mother’s Day is time with my family, so this year Lu and I made gifts together. She’s about to turn 4 and loves to stamp things, so we’re making block-printed napkins to give the moms in our family.
This is a great project for kids and adults of all ages. All you need are some fabric paint, buttons, and other found objects and you are ready to stamp everything from napkins to tablecloths and more.
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I first fell in love with marbleized paper on a college trip to Italy — the swirl of rainbow colors just seemed so magical. In Florence, a local artist showed us how it was done. It’s an amazingly simple process: You mix olive oil with watercolor or gouache paints then drop the mixture into a shallow pan filled with water, swirl the floating paint to create patterns then lay paper on the water’s surface. Because oil and water don’t mix, the paint isn’t diluted and floats on the surface, creating a swirling multicolored pattern on the paper. I loved the process for its ingenious simplicity and the fact that the results couldn’t be controlled.
With Easter on the horizon, I thought I’d try a twist on the Italian marbleizing technique when dyeing eggs by adding olive oil to the food coloring dye solutions. Here are my results:
I have to admit the polka-dotted effect was unexpected but I really like it so I left several eggs as-is after a single dip in the dye bath. Others I dipped in a second color for a more traditional marbleized effect. Ready to get started? Here are the step-by-step instructions>>
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Either I’ve been inspired by the new HGTV Gardens website, or I know that spring is just around the corner (March 20!), or maybe it’s both — but, I can’t get enough of outdoorsy talk. Plants, flowers, gardens, warmer temps, beach vacations, whatever — bring it!
I noticed this week while perusing Pinterest that my fellow blogger Jessica pinned this photo below. This is a craft project from Dilly-Dali Art that you can do with your kiddos that will be fun for them and you, and the end result will be a stunning pot to use for your spring flowers.
Do you have spring fever, yet?