Archives for February 2015
It was an introduction to weaving weekend in our house - for both Molly and moi. I cannot believe I haven't tried this before! I picked up a little wooden kids loom at Tiger store last week, together with some deliciously 'hairy' wool (originally bought to make beards for toilet roll characters or something) but Molly 'absolutely for certain' wanted the hairy wool in her weave. Weaving for kids is such a gorgeous craft activity, Molly is utterly hooked and planning ahead for next weekend already - she wants to try polka dots and triangles. I'm off to find simple tutorials on youtube..... and a bigger loom, mommy wants to play too :) "weaving is easier than knitting mom, and way funner" :)
I am always looking for new ways to foster Molly's creative thinking and encourage more 'making time' beyond the reaches of our wifi!!, so when I heard that the creator of one of my favorite blogs The Artful Parent had published her second book dedicated to just that, I just had to get my hands on a copy. Mother, writer and children’s art enabler the very inspiring Jean Van't Hul reached into the marrow of her creativity and compiled a fun and engaging collection of do-able arts and crafts, decorations and seasonal recipes for celebrating the seasons, for every member of the family. An online friend and fellow member of the Rockin Art Moms group, I was super excited when Jean asked me to be a part of her book tour. With the flip of a page The Artful Year takes you on a beautifully wholesome journey of seasonal exploration, from nature inspired activities to recycled crafts and tempting treats to cook together with your children. I want to make almost everything in the book! But Molly weighed in and voted for the tissue paper nests, to hold all her Easter treats :)
I made these pool noodle spider dudes with Molly yesterday evening for a bit of quick mid-term crafting fun. No gluing, no paint, no mess, made in less than 5 minutes type of quick craft for kids!! yeah that's quick :) This would make for a great summer craft for the backyard or at camp!
Looking for a crafty way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the kids? This cute and original St Patrick's Day craft is perfect for young children, to help celebrate the mischief of Leprechauns and their elusive pot of gold in the build up to Paddy's Day
I decided to start taking a little inventory on my blog to make sure it’s as helpful and accessible as possible. Starting with Valentine Crafts I took some time to round up the printables and DIY gifts ideas from the past three years so you have all on one page at your fingertips. I’ll keep adding to the list as time passes on.
The ongoing challenge in our house is to transform leftover cardboard boxes and the contents of the junk drawer into imaginative crafts for kids that can be enjoyed all year-round. And so we introduce, Tin Foil Robots! They are such fun to make and the perfect way to turn clutter into cute DIY toys. Let's have fun
I want to introduce you to a friend of mine today, Eva Monleón, an extraordinarily talented maker from Barcelona, Spain, the creator behind blog and brand Misako Mimoko. Eva is one of my favourite handcrafters and I was delighted when she accepted my invitation to be a contributor to my new craft book Happy Handmade (have you downloaded your copy yet?). I fell in love with Eva's work some months ago, captivated by the cute faces and freckles on the fun and imaginative characters she creates, such as Miss Teapot, Mini Christmas Trees, Wall Hooks and Bug Babies. Have a look at the charming stuffies for yourself
Share your love of toilet roll crafts by making cute woodland characters - a fox and badger with us! It’s a simple (and cute) family activity to make with your kids. Kids can have fun exercising hand-eye motor skills while folding and making the ears and seeing their new friends come to life with a glued on pom pom button nose. Let’s have some fun! Click through for the complete craft tutorial