Acrylic Painted Pumpkins

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I'll keep this short since I'm gearing up for the holiday and I know most of you are busy yourselves, making travel plans (perhaps with small kids...no small feat!), shopping for basters (don't wait too long -- they will run out!), and making Thanksgiving crafts. Speaking of which, I just spotted these nifty pumpkin place cards, and have visions that a simpler cardboard version … [Read more...]

Bean Bags for Babies

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I mentioned in yesterday's post that we made these sweet little pyramid bean bags, courtesy of The Artful Parent. I filled ours with buckwheat (picked up in the bulk section of Whole Foods) that I had to fill those lovely hot/cold therapeutic eye pillows, so I knew it would work well for these too. These little bean bags would be wonderful for all sorts of things, and in this … [Read more...]

Leather Stamping

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A few weeks ago we learned how to stamp leather. Have you ever tried this? I haven't done this since summer camp and it was fun to revisit this good ol' western craft. We happened upon the sweetest Hoedown in a nearby town. As a Los Angeles native, my heart always skips a beat when I find myself in the middle of old fashioned, middle American goodness. I love antique shows, … [Read more...]

7 Upcycled DIY Paper Flowers

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We're flooded with flowers this time of year, but soon enough we'll have to make our own flowers to brighten up the dark corners of our wintery homes. These would make great DIY hostess or teacher appreciation gifts. I wandered around some of my favorite sites and found a little sampling of some easy and charming recycled paper flowers -- these can all be made with materials … [Read more...]

Upcycled On-The-Go Art Bag

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I love DIY projects, and was beyond thrilled when my friend Danielle (artist, best friend ever, mom of two) sent me this picture of an art bag she whipped up for on-the-go art supplies. Isn't it inviting? And here's the best part...the materials she used are super clever. Can you guess what she made it from? I'll give you a sec to look closely. She needed art bags for an … [Read more...]

Art in the Park

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Can you imagine my excitement when the folks at Elmer's Glue asked if I'd like to participate as a blogger in their summer Kid's Craft Camp promotion? Of course I was thrilled that they offered me a humongous crate of wonderful art supplies (featured in this post), but mostly I was thinking about how on earth I could pull off setting up an art "camp" with my three year old AND … [Read more...]

Baby Food Candle Jars

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Despite putting my best foot forward toward making my own baby food, I've still succumbed to buying jars of smashed peas and pureed peaches for handy food on-the-go. While all of our jars get recycled, it's hard to ignore the quantity of glass or the art-making potential in these adorable little vessels. I allowed about ten of them to pile up before this project hit me. Not … [Read more...]

Bubble Print Lunch Bag

Bubble Print Lunch Bag

We made prints from some bubble wrap I rescued from a recent package. It was one of those projects that came together quickly -- I can't remember why exactly, but I didn't have my camera ready. The good news is that I collected lots of good material on this topic...scroll to the bottom for tutorials and inspiration. But this is really about what we did AFTER making the … [Read more...]

Coffee Filter Flowers

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We recently started using a Chemex coffee pot (next to Blue Bottle, it makes the BEST coffee ever -- anyone else with me?) and we had a stack of old filters collecting dust, waiting to be repurposed into watercolor coffee filter flowers! I mixed a little water to liquid watercolors, and added droppers. You could also use food coloring and scavenge droppers from old … [Read more...]

Dream Catcher

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"If you have bad dreams you have to spit them out of your mouth and into the dream catcher." After a recent visit with some friends in their new house, my daughter could not stop talking about a dream catcher that they had. And she wanted one for herself. Of course. She also wanted a lofted bunk bed, but this isn't a home decor blog, thank goodness! The great part about … [Read more...]