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>>
Proudly display your finished eggs in a handmade nest or bed of excelsior: MORE EASTER IDEAS:
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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.
See how to make a cozy cardboard playhouse for your child!
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.
Mighty Closet :: Liz Stanley
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!