We all remember our holidays at the kids’ table — that small, isolated table in the kitchen is one Thanksgiving tradition you don’t want to uphold. Reverse the trend this year by setting up a few fun activities that kids will love to do and parents will love to see.
Let’s start with the kids’ table itself. Don’t settle for parking that old fold-out table in the middle of the kitchen — dress it up a bit. This adorable Thanksgiving kids’ table will give little ones a grown-up space of their own.
While kids are waiting for the meal to be served, keep excess energy at bay with this fun foam turkey craft. Simple instructions are great for any age and will give them a cute memento to take home at the end of the holiday.
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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.
What’s your favorite way to beat the late-summer heat?
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I’ve been a fan of Petit Collage’s wares since I worked on a gallery featuring kids’ room decals and found some adorable examples on their site that I just had to feature. It’s truly a testament to the quality of the designs that they appealed to me even though I don’t have little ones of my own yet and I could easily imagine them fitting into my mid-century modern decorating scheme.
Turns out that the force behind Petit Collage, artist and designer Lorena Siminovich, is quite the multi-tasker! In addition to starting the successful home decor line in 2006, she has authored and illustrated over 20 childrens’ books. Her latest book, Petit Collage: 25 Easy Craft and Decor Projects for a Playful Home, came out in April from Potter Craft, and it’s definitely one that’s for parents as much as it is for the kids. These decor projects are stylish enough to earn a place in every room in your home and the crafts would make darling handmade baby shower gifts, though they’re so cute that it’s hard to imagine giving them away once you’ve made them.
Photography: Thayer Allyson Gowdy | Design: Sara Gillingham Studio
I chatted with Lorena about the book, her personal style and how becoming a mother shaped her business. Plus: Try one of the book’s sweet DIY crafts!
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I feel like this post should have a #ThrowbackThursday hashtag, because today we are taking something straight out of the ’80′s and making it oh-so-modern. That’s right y’all, we are making Shrinky Dinks. Ditch your memories of pre-fab cartoon characters and check out these modern designs made with blank Shrinky Dink sheets and permanent markers. Karen Kavett, one of my HGTV Handmade collaborators (and graphic design genius!), is along for the ride. Watch the video to see what we came up with:
While the necklaces Karen and I made are SO super cute, I really loved the charms I made out of my kid’s drawings (seems I can’t resist a gift made by my kids!). What a fun Mother’s Day gift that would be, am I right? What would you doodle on a Shrinky Dink?
Get loads more Mother’s Day gift ideas right over here. And make sure to check out all of the great DIYs on the HGTV Handmade YouTube channel.
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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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?
Have any big plans this weekend? With the day of love right around the corner, I’ll be hanging out with my little lovebug Lulu, making Valentines for her classmates.
This year we are skipping the candy and making these sweet homemade play dough Valentines. I love this project because it’s a no-cook play dough recipe, so little kids can help out.
What about you? Do you go the homemade route for Valentine’s Day, or do you hit up the store for love letters from your favorite cartoon characters?
Some of you probably experienced this scenario at Christmas: You spent a fortune on a thoughtful gift for your little one and yet, all they cared about was the box it came in. Does that sound familiar? Well, this adorable project from A Beautiful Mess plays right in to the love of big boxes that all kids possess.
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Adults speaking with baby voices are annoying. Don’t you think talking to your little one with correct grammar only speeds along their development? I say that (sounding big and bad), but then there’s the gumdrop turkey.
Apparently, this little guy causes me to throw my cynicism out the window. Every time I look at this picture I immediately launch into: “Wook at this wittle, itty-bitty turkeeeeeeeeey. I just wanna eat him up, yes I do. Yes I do! Gobble, gobble.”
What hopelessly adorable, baby voice-invoking craft do you have planned for the holidays?
Summer heat in the South is harsh. Stepping outside for just a couple of minutes makes you feel like you’re going to combust. So, I suggest you stay inside and do summer crafts. Alexa of The Swell Life has a paper lantern craft that is a great way to beat the heat while keeping your kids occupied.
Making it is easy: Glue square pieces of tissue paper in rows to a plain paper lantern. This will occupy your kids for hours, while everyone gets to stay cool.
What other crafts would you like to try with your kids?
Last month we traveled to France, but this month we’re staying stateside with the Golden Gate Bridge in sight. Liz Stanley, another one of our fave traveling moms, is the brilliant mind behind the crafty blog Say Yes to Hoboken. This New Yorker enjoyed a few blissful years in Hoboken, N.J., before taking a brave leap to the West Coast with her husband and son by her side. Living in the “fairytale city” of San Francisco, Liz is constantly surrounded by an abundance of inspiration and creativity. My favorite aspect of Say Yes to Hoboken? The marriage of fashion with interior design. Cool DIY and entertaining ideas. Plus her insights into life as a mom. (She makes it look way too easy!) Liz’s blog is the ultimate guide to a budget-friendly stylish life.
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Now more than ever, being thrifty while still keeping our wardrobe fresh, our home up to date and our kids happy is important. Smart and easy tutorials from Liz on how to create a gathered, high-waisted skirt, striped tote bag and whimsical mobile will unleash your inner craft skills, while simultaneously saving money. That sounds like a win-win situation to me. And it doesn’t stop at clever craft projects; Liz posts favorite recipes, trendy finds and her daily Babble posts that you’re guaranteed to love.
I just can’t get enough of Say Yes to Hoboken. It’s the perfect mesh of everything I love, without having an overwhelming amount on a certain topic. And for those of us with limited free time, Liz’s weekly roundups offer the best web finds of the week conveniently compiled in a clickable list. (That’s how I came across this AMAZING chevron-patterned picnic blanket project.)
Of course I can’t forget the kiddies. April showers are long gone, but when rainy days do stop by for a visit, keeping the children entertained while cooped up indoors can be tricky. Here comes Liz to the rescue. Her rainy day crafts for kids feature items often found around the house used in easy projects kids can make on their own. They’ll love practicing the alphabet in the form of letter cookies and building sky-high (edible) structures with toothpicks and marshmallows. Can I please be a kid again?
Check out Say Yes to Hoboken on Facebook and Twitter if you just can’t get enough of Liz. We can’t!