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Showing posts with label Kid craft. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Kid craft. Show all posts

DIY: Whittle your own veggies...






When last did you whittle a whistle by the light of a gas lamp?  Or carve a carrot by the wood stove? Duo Fiberworks is literally rekindling (!) these lost arts ... with some serious updating!  Pretend "cut-able wood veggies" are trendy toddler toys right now.  So, grab the nearest twig, your carving knife and some velcro and get crafty.


Upcycle: Puzzle me this ...

Take an old (cheap? ugly?) puzzle ....



Add paint (and the talents of Alisa Burke) ....


And voila ... a work of art!  Alisa provides a step-by-step tutorial for this little make-over.  Now, if only I had her talent!


Interested in doing this for a child?  Perhaps simplify a very complex puzzle so it's a little easier to put together.  Get inspiration from Made By Joel.



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DIY: Cheap, cheap birdie fun ...



This beautiful quilted bird house and matching birdie rattles was a labor of love ... but worth it right?  It's a toy any infant will happily chew on and shake.  Later on, it'll be great for container play and peek-a-birdie! Full tutorial via Instructables


Talk about cheap, cheap, cheap and cheerful!  These would be great in a kid's room or craft room ... and SUCH a fun way to use up scrap fabric.  I would put the magnet *inside* the bird to child-proof it.  Then imagine the possibilities: counting, sorting, color-matching ... you could make them different sizes too!  Thanks to Two Girls Being Crafty

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Recycle: Downsize a sweater!




I have three old stretched-out sweaters sitting in a box waiting for exactly this kind of repurposing!  Thanks to Homemade Ginger for the great tutorial!  (Headband tutorial is separate)






Recycle: Waxing colorful ...


If you've got kids (or work with kids) you've got crayons.  Lots of them. Melting down broken pieces to create colorful "new" crayons is an old idea ... but a good one, so I keep seeing creative versions for weddings, holidays and parties.  If the silicone cookie /candy mould exists, you can make crayons in that shape (gingerbread crayons for the holidays?)

I was inspired to finally feature crayons myself thanks to the amazing "crayon art" tutorial recently posted on 52 Kitchen Adventures.  What a FANTASTIC way to involve kids in making art... never mind the "science" of melting, mixing, cooling etc.



Melted crayon wedding favors?  Not sure about this one ... but great for the kid's table!


A different, more grown-up take on the dripping crayon art idea... care of Jenna Brown


An oh-so-pretty example of sorting the scraps and re-inventing them! 


A sweet, colorful valentine that includes a little sparkle .... from Whipperberry.  


Crayon-themed birthday party?  Color me in!




DIY: For the love of leafiness ...


A simple, cheap, very leafy little headband.  Full tutorial via MeSewCrazy.


Or make a felted-flower belt for Ms Dress-up!  Care of Shwin&Shwin 




Grown up version?  Go to Lark Crafts



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DIY: Paper bird cages ...




These were designed bLaurie Cinotto of LaLaLaurie for Brides Cafe. I'm smitten!  Yes, they're clearly appropriate for wedding decor.  But they'd be great in a kid's room too ... perhaps a mobile?  Full tutorial here.

DIY: When a penguin spots a polka-dot ...


A proud, prancing penguin,
A polka-dotted king!
A black-and-white companion
Who doesn't eat a thing...

Get the goods on how to make him from The Purl Bee.


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DIY: Hot Air Balloon ...






The owl and the pussycat went to sea.
In a beautiful pea green boat ...
The zebra was jealous
And yes, she lacks feathers
But nevertheless, off she floats!

Whimsical, wonderful DIY care of Momtastic.




Printable: Holiday me-mo book for kids ...


Holidays gone by in a blur? Kids suffering from a little jetlag and maybe a little appreciation-amnesia?  This might be a nice way to slow things down (and pin things down) for your digitally-oriented progeny.  This little book is part MOmento, part MEmory-keeper, part coloring/craft activity.  Get it from OhMyHandmadeGoodness.

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Upcycle: Chalkboard Tin






You know you'll be stuck with yet another three snowman/santa/holly bedecked tins come Dec 26.  Check out this *great* tutorial from Amanda at Serenity Now and upcycle the suckers!  Your kids will love this too.






Printable: Quirky letters & coloring sheets!




Alfabetika creates alphabet and number prints like those pictured above ... in many many different color combinations.  How to get them after the jump...