Posts Tagged ‘Kid Crafts’

DIY Library Tote Bags with Free Printable Designs

Monday, July 21st, 2014

From our diy/craft contributor, Sarah Milne.

DIY Book Tote with free printable designs

DIY Book Tote with free printable designs

Our summer holidays are in full swing. We haven’t any big trips planned, but a few little adventures here and there, along with days filled with a good balance of relaxation and local outings.

One of our weekly summer activities includes a trip to the library. During the summer, it’s so important to keep those little brains stimulated. Also, my oldest is in a French Immersion school and the library is a great resource for her to brush up on her reading and language, en francais.

DIY Book Tote with free printable designs

DIY Book Tote with free printable designs
A good book bag is essential, especially when my girls seem to collect a giant stack of books each visit. I designed some awesome library totes for each of us to take along using a set of canvas tote bags from Michaels (bought with a coupon, of course), and I’ve prepared a set of printables for all of you to print and iron on your own canvas tote bags! These make for such a great gift for the book lovers in your life – there’s a grown-up quote, a floral heart and an adorable gal or guy fox to choose from.

DIY Book Tote with free printable designs

The supplies.

  • Canvas tote bag
  • Ink jet iron on transfer for light fabric
  • Free printable tote bag designs
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Towel
  • Hard surface for ironing

DIY Book Tote with free printable designs

DIY Book Tote with free printable designs

DIY Book Tote with free printable designs

The how-to.

  1. Download the free printable book tote designs (links to individual designs below).
  2. Following the instructions on your ink jet iron on transfer pack, print your desired design.
  3. Trim the design around it’s edges.  For the quote, trim each phrase separately.
  4. Diligently iron your canvas totes before applying the transfer to make for the smoothest surface.
  5. Place your transfer in its place and iron.  Follow the instructions on your transfer pack as each varies.  I ironed my transfer repeatedly over the course of 2 minutes.
  6. Let your transfers cool completely before removing the backing.
  7. Off to the library you go!

More ideas.

  • Embellish your totes by adding ribbon ties on the handles or sewing ribbon to the handle.
  • Have your child add their own personal touch by painting or drawing on the back of their totes using fabric paint or markers.
  • Roll up your tote and tie with a ribbon and tag and gift to the book lover in your life!

 

DOWNLOAD free printable tote bag designs.

she reads books quote tote bag design

floral heart tote bag design

gal fox books are cool tote bag design

guy fox books are cool tote bag design

DIY Book Tote with free printable designs

 

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DIY Herb Garden and Garden Markers

Monday, June 16th, 2014

From our diy/craft contributor, Sarah Milne.

DIY Herb Garden with DIY Herb Markers
After a very long, cold winter here in Calgary, we’ve been graced with beautiful sunshine. I think we actually skipped Spring and went straight to Summer here. My children use every ounce of warm sun outside in the backyard jumping on the trampoline and blowing bubbles. And our yard work and landscaping projects are in full swing.

DIY Herb Garden Markers 2 ways
This past week, while my husband worked on building a bench and planter for our deck, the girls and I worked on our herb garden. The IKEA Socker plant stand is the perfect addition to our outdoor space, home to 10 potted herbs and 3 marigolds for each of my children. I purchased the full grown herbs because frankly, I’m impatient. The Socker was easy to build, stands next to our back door, and the base tucks under our vinyl siding for added support so it won’t topple over in a strong wind.

Above the stand, I spray painted some little letters I found on clearance at Michaels. They’re attached using some heavy duty outdoor double sided tape and so far, they’ve survived the heat and a handful of thundershowers.

IKEA socker herb wall

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DIY Herb Garden Markers Supplies
We crafted two sets of fun, DIY herb markers – one for keeps and one to gift. Here are the steps to create your own diy herb markers:

1. Herb Garden Markers : Monogram Popsicle Sticks

What you need:

Jumbo wooden popsicle sticks
Spray paint: we used bubble gum pink from our garage
Wooden letters: Michaels scrapbook section
Gorilla glue

What you do:

1. Spray paint the popsicle sticks. I only painted one side.
2. Let dry.
3. Glue monogram letters to the popsicle sticks to represent each herb. Luckily I hadn’t any duplicates with the same letter. Let dry.
4. You can also jot down what the herb’s full name is on the back of the stick using a sharpie.
5. Stick the garden markers in your herb pots.

DIY Herb Garden Markers 2 ways

2. Herb Garden Markers : Vinyl Flags

What you need:

Vinyl fabric
Wooden coffee stir sticks : dollar store
Spray paint: we used cream white from our garage
Ruler, paper, scissors, or fabric cutter
Sharpie
Gorilla glue or hot glue

What you do:

1. Spray paint the stir sticks. I only painted one side.
2. Let dry.
3. Create a triangle template for your flag from the paper.
4. Cut your triangles from your vinyl fabric using your template.
5. Write your herb names on each flag with sharpie. Let dry.
6. Adhere the flags to the stir sticks using gorilla glue or hot glue. Let dry.
7. Stick the garden markers in your herb pots.

DIY Chalkboard pot and DIY herb garden markers
We made this set with intentions of gifting them along with a potted herb. I painted a terracotta pot using chalkboard paint and doodled with a chalk marker. Such a sweet, reusable gift for the end of the school year or just because…

Gardening is a hobby I love sharing with my children. My oldest absolutely LOVES to help. The herbs are small and easy for her to take care of. She especially loves to trim a little off for dinners. My 3 year old checks our giant strawberry plant each morning to see if there’s any red ones to pick.

Happy Summer!

kids and gardening

 

DIY IKEA herb garden

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Rainy Day Summertime Activities

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Since we’ve been having a run of rainy weather where we live, I thought it would be a great idea to pull together some fun rainy day summertime activities (and even one outdoor project that uses rain!) to help get you through those inevitable wet, summer days.

Rainy Day Activities: MomAdvice.com

You’ll find a few kid-friendly recipes, some projects to give to others, and fun classic indoor games and activities to inspire you to take advantage of summer’s rainy days.

The best part? This is only the tip of the iceberg of summertime activities – both indoor and outdoor! You’ll find oh, so much more on our 100 Days of Summer Pinterest Board – 2013 edition. And if that weren’t enough, there’s the 2012 and the 2011 editions of 100 Days of Summer boards, too. So, no excuses – take some time to have fun with your kids and make some memories!

Here are some MomAdvice classics:

kid_made_cookbook

Create a Kid’s Cookbook

whole wheat toaster tart

Make Whole Wheat Toaster Tarts

homeless_care_package

Create a Homeless Care Package and give it away.

Glow_In_The_Dark_Jello

Wow the kids with our famous diy Glow in the Dark Jello.

Spaghetti_Cupcakes

Cook up some cute Spaghetti Cupcakes.

And here are some more way cool activities to help beat the wet weather boredom (please be sure to pin from the original source I’ve provided- thanks!).

Rain-Painting

Paint in the Rain @Housing a Forest

coloured-butterflies

Paper Butterfly Garland @ My Poppet

balloon-powered-lego-car

Balloon Powered Lego Car @ The Crafty Mummy

draw-build-and-play-zoo

Build an Indoor Zoo @ No Time for Flash Cards

duct tape bag

Duct Tape Tote Bag @ Little Birdie Secrets

glowing rainbow rice sensory play 08

Glowing Rice Sensory Play @ Growing a Jeweled Rose

DIY bath paint

DIY Bath Paint @ Kristan Lynn

Recycled necklaces

Colorful Recycled Necklaces @ Captain Crafty

spoon puppets

Spoon Puppet Theater @ Creative Jewish Mom

washitape car track

Washi Tape Car Track @ Le jardin de Juliette

indoor hopscotch

Indoor Hopscotch @ Giver’s Log

indoor obstacle

Indoor Obstacle Course @ Crumb Bums

indoor car wash

Indoor Car Wash @ What Do We Do All Day?

Kid easy embroidery

Easy kid-friendly embroidery idea @ Anna Maria Horner

Remember to visit our 100 Days of Summer Pinterest Boards for tons more ideas for your summer fun!

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Cool DIY Father’s Day Gifts

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Cool-DIY-Father's-Day-Gifts

Father’s Day is only a couple weeks away and whether celebrating my awesome Dad or my husband who is an incredible dad to our kids, I think it’s so meaningful to give handmade gifts, especially if they can be made by kids – or at least with their help. Those seem to be the gifts that are saved and cherished through the years (though hopefully any edible parts of the gift won’t be saved for years!).

Like I did for Mother’s Day (turnabout is fair play!), I’ve combed the Mom Advice archives to bring you some fun and easy gifts for dad that don’t take a lot of money or time and I’m also including two new projects from this year because, well, I love them!

To round out our list of gift ideas, I found a few more sweet and memorable projects from other creative bloggers that you might want to make – just please be sure to pin from the original source I’ve provided if you’d like to add one to a Pinterest board. Thanks!

How_To_Make_A_Candy_Bouquet

Our newest Father’s Day idea: a sweet Candy Bouquet!

Monster_Printables

Fun Mom Advice Monster Printables & Monster Bars

microwave_peanut_brittle

Mom Advice’s Easy Microwave Peanut Brittle

DIY_Chalkboard_Cookie_Jars

Our DIY Chalkboard Conversation Bubble Cookie Jars

Dad's movie-basket

A favorite gift for dad: a Movie Basket complete with photo card

sugar_and_spice_nuts

How about Mom Advice’s Sugar and Spice Nut Mix for a sweet dad?

Power-dad-gift-basket

And this Mom Advice classic Power Pack for Super Dad Gift Basket would be a terrific tie-in combined with tickets to see the new superman movie!

scrabble frame

Scrabble Tile Frame @ Zitzman Fam

fathers' day photo collage

Chalkboard Thought Bubbles Photo Collage @ Positively Splendid

instagram photo coasters

Instagram Photo Coasters @ White House Black Shutters

pat-on-the-back-shirt

‘Pat On The Back’ Father’s Day Shirt @ Sugar Bee Crafts

painted golf tees

Painted Golf Tees + Packaging @ Reading Confetti

Father's Day apron

‘Caution’ Man’s Apron @ I Heart Naptime

DIY Tool_Tub_Tote

DIY Too Tub Tote @ Sew 4 Home

Kids handprint craft

Kids Handprint Tracing Craft @ Mom Always Finds Out

fathers_day_footprint

Walk In Your Shoes Art @ JDaniel4sMom

A-Nuts-Bolts-Frame

Nuts-and-Bolts Frame @ B-Inspired Mama

Here’s to a fun Father’s Day!

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How to Create a Family Cookbook With Your Kids

Monday, April 29th, 2013

kid_made_cookbook_3kid_made_cookbook_4kid_made_cookbookEver wanted to tackle making a family cookbook with your kids? I’m so excited to show you how we made a scrapbook of our favorite foods and food traditions together. Making a cookbook with your kids is a fun activity that any family can do together and we are so excited to show you how we created ours.

If you know us, one thing that our family is big on is traditions created around the dinner table. Whether it is our pizza night on Fridays, our waffle tradition on Sundays, or the way we commemorate every little occasion in life, we somehow find a fun food tradition to surround the event. Today I want to showcase a way to truly document those food traditions by creating a family cookbook with your kids that can be a fun project to create together as well as a legacy of your family traditions to pass down to future generations.

Join me over on Kenmore today to learn how to create this beautiful family cookbook with your kids.

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21 Fun Easter & Spring Projects

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

spring-easter projects

I’m back with another round-up of great ideas for you – this time it’s lots of fun (and simple!) Easter & Spring projects. Between the Mom Advice archives and all the other inspirational projects I found, I knew I couldn’t limit myself to only one area, so you’ll find projects for the whole family to cook, craft, or decorate – for the holiday and beyond. In other words, something for everyone!

Cooking Projects:

Bread_Machine_Bunny_Bread

Bread Machine Bunny Bread @ Mom Advice

Bunny-Easter-Carrot-Dip

Bunny Carrot Dip @ Pizzazzerie

Peep_Martinis

Peep Martinis @ Mom Advice

Easter-Egg-Bark

Jelly Bean Bark @ The Frugal Girls

birds-nest-macaroons

Bird’s Nest Macaroons @ Faux Martha

bunny krispie pops

Chubby Bunny Krispie Pops @ Shaken Together Life

And when you’re ready for nourishing food,

vegetable soup with pesto

Spring Vegetable Soup with Pesto @ Healthy Delicious

Crafting Projects:

Rolled_Ribbon_Rosette_Hairbow

Rolled Ribbon Rosette Hair Bow @ Mom Advice

DIY_Peep_Wreath

DIY Peep Wreath with Rolled Ribbon Rosette @ Mom Advice

Paint with cotton tips

Paper Eggs Cotton Tip Painting @ Danya Banya

easy_felt_flower_brooch

Felt Flower Brooch @ Mom Advice

egg-carton-spring-sheep

Egg Carton Painted Sheep @ Blog Me Mom

spring-craft-daffodil-bunting

Daffodil Bunting @ Nurture Store

DIY Easter Stickers

DIY Easter Stickers @ MerMag Blog

Decorating Projects:

Embroidery_Thread_Easter_Eggs

Embroidery Thread Eggs @ Mom Advice

Simple Spring Tablescape

Simple Spring Tablescape @ Love of Family and Home

Bunny-boxwood-wreath

Boxwood Bunny Wreath @ Simplicity in the South

yarn-egg-wreath

Yarn Egg Wreath @ The Sweet Survival

pinata-eggsPinata Eggs @ A Subtle Revelry

Easy-Easter-Decorating-with riceColored Rice Easter Decoration @ Today’s Creative Blog

And last, but not least, how about some help cleaning up after all this fun?

Big-Spring-Clean-Part-1

The Big Spring Clean @ Living Well Spending Less

Happy Easter!

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22 Spring Break Boredom Busters

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

It’s that time of the year again – over the next month it will be Spring Break somewhere in the US and MomAdvice has you covered with Spring Break Boredom Busters for your kids. No need to worry about how to fill those days when you have fun and free Spring Break activities to do at home.

If you’re anything like me, you’re looking for some quick, clever, and kid-tested ways to fill some of those school-less hours. How about a list of twenty-two awesome Spring Break Boredom Buster Ideas I found – everything from classics like homemade playdough, fun foods, and games to a “how’d you make that?” activity such as glow-in-the-dark jello?

Here are six Mom Advice classics:

homemade_playdough_recipe

Homemade Playdough
homemade_bubbles

World’s Greatest Homemade Bubbles
car_smores

How to Make Car S’Mores
Glow_In_The_Dark_Jello_1

Make Glow-In-The-Dark Jello
butterbeer-lattes

Homemade Butterbeer Lattes
shower_curtain_canvas

Shower Curtain Art Canvas
Coffee_Filter_Flowers

Easy Coffee Filter Flowers
And sixteen more fun boredom busters:

Fizzing Sidewalk Paint @ Kid’s Activities Blog

Food Coloring Art @ B-Inspired Mama

Make the always popular Gak-Slime @ Skip To My Lou

DIY Indoor Obstacle Course @ Crumb Bums
ladybug-game

Ladybug Spots Game @ Piikea Street
Lego Capes

Duct Tape Lego Capes @ Busy Kids Happy Mom
Painted-Garden-Marker-Rocks

DIY Painted Rock Garden Markers @ Mom Endeavors
pretzel letters

Easy, Soft Pretzel Letters and Shapes @ An Oregon Cottage
Scribble Card

Tape-resist Scribble Card @ Lines Across
rice-rainbow-main

Rice Rainbow @ Kid Spot
sandpaper-print-tshirt

Sandpaper-Print T-Shirt @ Alpha Mom
tp birdseed feeder

TP Tube Bird Feeder @ Juggling With Kids
Make-a-Pretend-Birds-Nest

Pretend Bird’s Nest @ My Nearest and Dearest
kids_chips

Custom Tortilla Chips @ Martha Stewart
create-a-tornado

Create a Tornado @ KC Adventures

Do you have any tried-and-true activities you like to do on Spring Break?

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Homemade Playdough Recipe

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

As the weather turns cooler, I start thinking of indoor activities that our kids can enjoy together and making homemade playdough is always top on our list of activities to do. Homemade playdough lasts forever and can be created in whatever vibrant shades your heart desires. This homemade playdough recipe is an easy one to create from items you already have in your pantry and homemade playdough with a big stack of cookie cutters? Well, that just equals hours of fun in our house.

When my kids were younger and funds were low in our house, I was always whipping up something out of our pantry for them to do. We created everything from Kool-Aid playdough to pudding finger paints to hauling in the snow to a big bin of unpopped popcorn kernels for a sand table. Seriously, when your kids are small, is there anything that you won’t do for a just a few moments of peace?  Even though my kids are older now, many of these items can still keep them pretty busy and one hour of peace is incredibly priceless…no matter what age they are.

This homemade playdough recipe is a surefire winner in our house and I keep our cookie cutters on hand in my lunchbox station just for these moments. The only problem they usually have is keeping me out of them playdough myself since no matter how old I get, there is still something therapeutic about rolling playdough between my hands.

I hope you love this recipe as much as we do and be sure to explore those links below for other fun ways to keep your kids entertained during the cooler months.

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Homemade Playdough Recipe
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Recipe type: Kid Craft
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Serves: 2
 
An easy homemade playdough recipe that you can create from items in your pantry. It is a rainy day, snowy day, too cold to play outside, too lazy to take the kids out in the yard....or whatever your dilemma, surefire recipe winner.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup flour
  • ⅓ cup salt
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable or canola oil
  • Food coloring (of your choice)
Instructions
  1. In saucepan mix flour, salt and cream of tartar. Add water, oil and food coloring. Cook about 3 minutes or until mixture draws away from pan. Cool until you are able to handle it. Knead until smooth and place in an airtight container.


 

 

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It’s Another 100 Days of Summer Pinterest Board!!!

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

I had the best time last summer creating our very first 100 days of summer activities board for our family to do and share with you. We had over 6,000 followers to that board and heard from many of you that the board inspired you to tackle fun projects with your kids.

Since that time I have been getting emails and comments requesting that we do another 100 days of summer list with you again! How could we turn away your cries of longing for cool stuff to do with your kids, sweet treats to share with them, and great craftiness on a dime?

I am so excited to share with you the 100 days of summer (’12) edition where you can get another amazing round-up of 100 ideas to inspire your summer bucket list. As I was gathering these ideas, I began to get more and more excited about the summer ahead and what we could do together.

This list has everything from making homemade butterbeer drinks for those Harry Potter enthusiasts, to making homemade shrinky dinks, to getting back to the basics with great dinner discussions with great family conversation starters.

There is something for everyone on here- boys and girls of all ages and craft levels. The best part is that they are ALL budget-friendly and will cost you very little in supplies.

I am looking forward to tackling our own summer list and will be documenting our projects through mobile pictures.You can catch me on Instagram, fellow iPhone and Droid users, where I am documenting our summer.  Just search for the username momadvice. Just as a side note, I try to always answer all the comments on my pictures if I can. If you have questions about projects we are doing or just want to say hello, I will do my best to respond! 

I still will be sharing our apron full of giveaways and our notebook of inspiration each week. I will also have fresh content through my freelance writing jobs with Snackpicks, Kenmore, Goodwill, Glad, & Walmart that will keep our site fully loaded with great ideas for your summer. Best of all, a weekly meal planner will be available to you to help you plan your summer menus.

On Tuesdays though, I will be sharing what we are working on from our summer list through mobile pictures and quick notes on what fun activities we are doing at our house. I am hoping it will be an inspiration to you to get out and enjoy the summer with your children. I can’t say we will tackle a hundred activities, but I will be awfully proud if we do one cool activity a week.

I hope you will enjoy our laid-back inspiration this summer!  I want to enjoy every moment I have with these two kids- my time with them is so fleeting and precious to me. I plan to soak up every moment with them that I can.

Cheers to an amazing summer with your families!

If you’d like, you can follow all of my Pinterest Boards here!

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Happy Homemade Valentines & a Valentine Link-Up

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! The kids and I had a lot of fun working on our handmade Valentine’s this year and I wanted to show you what we created. In  year’s past, I haven’t been this ambitious, but I am beginning to realize that our days of crafting Valentines are numbered. I really wanted to take advantage of our time together and thought this would be a fun way to spend it.

Emily has been begging me to make fabric flower barrettes for her friends and I thought this would be the perfect time to share them with her friends. I found these fabric quarters at Walmart and used them to create matching hair accessories for all of her friends. The flip side had white felt hearts to pull them together. These are so inexpensive to make, but I hope that her friends have fun sporting their new hair accessories.

I happened to have some Valentine’s Day themed stamps in my craft supplies and I had Emily stamp and sign cards for all of the girls We just clasped the barrettes right on to the cards and they were ready to hand out to all of the girls in her class.

For the boys in her class, we made Superhero Valentines using Zakka Life’s free superhero cape and mask printables. These are the cutest and I love that other than cutting them out, they basically held together by themselves with just a single piece of tape. Thanks, Zakka Life, for helping us create cool Valentine’s for boys this year.

Looking for other fun ways to say, “I love you?” We love these bread machine calzone hearts for a fun dinner, these tasty frozen hot chocolates for a fun Valentine’s Day snack, or our Be Mine Fluffy Cake Donuts for a fun way to start the day.

If you are looking for ideas for celebrating with your significant other may I recommend this sweet & simple steak dinner at home, my linguine with white clam sauce for a frugal dinner option, our tips on choosing a budget-friendly and delicious boxed wine for your celebration, or listen to this great podcast on choosing great wines.

Do you have any fun projects, recipes, or crafts that you did to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year? Feel free to link up your projects below and share them! I would love to see what you created this year!

 

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