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New Year’s Resolutions: Kids Artwork Displays

Artwork clutter (Photo by Susan Pollard/Contra Costa Times) Ah, New Year’s resolutions … gotta love ’em. We may not actually stick to them for more than a few weeks, but for at least the month of January, our closets get cleared and our habits healthier! So we’re pondering a few classic resolutions over the next couple of weeks, looking for inspiration and new ideas that will help us stay on course. You too?
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Posted on Wednesday, January 5th, 2011
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Holiday Countdown #11: DIY Snowman

DIY Snowman Card (Courtesy Family Fun Magazine) Got those holiday cards in the mail yet? Nope? Then check out these DIY snowmen cards – another great idea from the Family Fun elves and particularly well-suited for recipients who live in warmer climes.

You’ll need card stock or heavy paper in white, black and orange, some red felt, black seed beads and a snack-size plastic bag. The how-tos are here. The magical silk hat that makes snowmen spring to life is up to you.

Posted on Monday, December 20th, 2010
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Holiday Countdown #7: Time Capsule Ornament

Time Capsule Ornament (Courtesy Family Fun Magazine) Too. Cute. A time capsule ornament that captures all the excitement and joy of baby’s first Christmas, and every holiday afterward too. The idea, say our friends over at Family Fun Magazine, is to use those snap-together plastic ball ornaments as a holder for mementos. Here, they’ve put in a photo of baby, plus family recollections and loving notes scrawled onto color-coordinated, fortune cookie-sized slips of paper. Snap it shut and hang it. The balls can be opened every Christmas and their contents enjoyed all over again. Get the instructions here, along with loads of other fun holiday ideas.

Posted on Thursday, December 9th, 2010
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KIDS Crafts: Basketball Shirt

Basketball T-shirt (Courtesy Family Fun Magazine) We’ve done ye olde potato-stamp project, and the one where you spread fabric paint on an apple half and use that. But this is nothing short of brilliant. Our clever buddies over at Family Fun Magazine used a basketball and bright orange paint to make a hoopster shirt. Want the details? Get the how-tos here.

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Posted on Thursday, August 19th, 2010
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Kids Crafts: Pretty Flower T-shirts

flower girls
For the last several weeks, we’ve been talking about awesome summer crafts, including some very fun, kid-friendly T-shirt projects. We’re not the only ones playing with tees, of course. We spotted these absolutely darling flower T-shirts over on BethanyActually, where blogger Bethany (yes, actually) used freezer paper to stencil the most adorable, pop-art flowers on shirts for her daughter’s birthday party. The gang is wearing them in the photo above (courtesy BethanyActually).

Basically, you use freezer paper, those rolls of white, wax-coated paper you find near the foil and plastic wrap at the supermarket, to cut your stencil design. Place the paper wax-side down on the t-shirt and iron it. The heat makes the paper stick to the fabric securely enough to prevent the fabric paint from seeping through, but when you’re done, you just pull the stencil off. Very cool little trick – and the way Bethany used it here is absolutely adorable. Check out the photos and full how-tos here.

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Posted on Thursday, August 12th, 2010
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Kids Crafts: Sea Star T-shirts

Courtesy Martha As we’ve mentioned before, summertime is synonymous with crafts at our house. So there are fabric scraps and paints scattered everywhere! At your house too?

This week, we’re browsing the Martha Stewart pages, where her clever crafty elves have been making beach-ready tees, printed with sea stars. Literally. They brush fabric paint on sea stars and shells, then use them like rubber stamps. Check out the cool results in the photo above, then grab the full how-to here.

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Posted on Thursday, August 5th, 2010
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Kids Crafts: DIY Batik

Courtesy Family Fun MagazineThere’s just something about summer that makes us break out the arts and crafts supplies – and when the craft is wearable, that’s all the better. So we were completely smitten by this bright batik T-shirt treatment from our buddies over at Family Fun magazine. Normally, batik is a wax-resist dye treatment, and neither the hot wax nor the dye baths are particularly kid-friendly. But the Family Fun folks adapted the idea for the younger set in a way that’s both safer and less messy. Plus the results – as you can see – are kinda spectacular.

The full instructions are here, but in a nutshell, you make a gooey flour and water paste, and use a squirt bottle to apply the pattern – here, a simple sun pattern with a spiral center. Let it dry, then use orange and yellow spray fabric paints to add some sunny hues. Let dry, then peel off the flour goo. Very, very cool!

Posted on Thursday, July 29th, 2010
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FATHER’S DAY: Awesome Kids’ Gifts #3

stepping stone DIY stepping stones are a wonderful craft for kids and teens, and the creative possibilities are endless. You can do handprints, add mosaics, broken tiles and all sorts of embellishments. Here’s how:

1 12-14″ plastic plant saucer, the cheap kind you stick under a potted plant

Newspapers to cover your work surface plus one extra sheet

A bucket that will likely get trashed

A cheap ruler, paint stirring stick or trowel for mixing


Quikrete mortar mix

Mosaic tiles, glass marbles, and other embellishments
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Posted on Tuesday, June 16th, 2009
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FATHER’S Day: Awesome Kids’ Gifts #1

Pint-Size Car Wash (MCT Direct)
Washing the family car is a classic Father’s Day gift – of course the kids in the photo are scrub-a-dubbing the Little Tikes equivalent, but you get the point. And Dads are always delighted to get their wheels sudsed … as long as the washer does a passable job and remembers to wash off the soap, not just apply it. But a DIY car washing kit also makes a great, inexpensive gift for Father’s Day. Martha Stewart’s web site has suggestions for assembling one by filling a galvanized bucket with all the necessities, including natural sponges, soap, a squeegee and glass cleaner, and then attaching a coupon promising to assist in using the contents. The thing looks fabulous, as all her crafts inevitably do. But we also like the idea of using a bright red, plastic bucket and turning the kids loose with the sharpie markers to decorate the outside.

Posted on Saturday, June 13th, 2009
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GRADUATION Fans to Keep You Cool

Paper fans (Courtesy Family Fun Magazine) Commencement is just around the corner and soon we’ll be sitting in the stands, beaming with pride, and frantically fanning ourselves with floppy graduation programs. Is it just us or does the sun shine extra bright on graduation day? We always forget to bring water, and we invariably miss a spot during the sunscreen ablutions, but this year we’re coming armed with proper fans. We spotted these in Family Fun’s May issue, as a charming little gift for a Mother’s Day tea party – but all we could think was, those would be fantastic for graduation, maybe done in school colors, rather than these pastel florals. The Family Fun folks used a 6×12-inch piece of paper, which allowed them to use pretty scrapbooking paper and get two out of each sheet. That size is just right for little hands. But us grown-ups need to move more air on graduation day, so we swiped a sheet of 8 1/2×14-inch paper from the office copy machine and that worked splendidly. Here’s how to do it – make the fans, we mean, not snitch paper.

You’ll need:
1 sheet of legal sized paper, 8 1/2×14
2 popsicle sticks
A small rubber band
Stapler, tape, and any embellishments
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Posted on Sunday, May 31st, 2009
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