Posts Tagged ‘Arts & Crafts’

DIY Homemade Holiday Jewelry

The holiday season is here! For many that means cold, wintery weather and long afternoons inside. With children on their winter breaks there will be plenty of time for all sorts of fun activities. Why not show that it’s the hap-hap-happiest time of the year by wearing some holiday cheer?

Grab the kids and head to the craft store. In one afternoon of fun you’ll be spreading the joy everywhere you go with these simple DIY angel earrings.

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Not Your Grandma’s Squares – How to Teach Yourself Crochet

Thanks largely to Pinterest, the crafting renaissance of the last few years has begun to take on a life of its own. Handicrafts like knitting and crochet are considered social art forms, and were once passed down from one generation to the next by women who met in groups to work and chat. Your mother or grandmother may have tried to teach you one of these skills as a child, but at the time the interest didn’t sink in or the desire wasn’t strong enough to retain the information.

You may be familiar with the Granny Square Blanket. Most likely someone in your family had one when you were growing up, and if not, you definitely saw one across the Barr family couch on Roseanne. This iconic crochet pattern often included mismatched or 70’s era colors, low-cost scratchy yarn, and was just ugly.

Today’s crochet combines the spirit of the women who created the art (1700 lace makers) and the ingenuity of the 1970’s without any of the ugly out-of-date patterns and colors. Now that you are finally ready to learn, this quick guide will help you start the process of learning how to crochet with tools and resources available on the Internet.

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10 Busy Bag Ideas for Preschoolers

Looking to catch a minute to yourself? With little ones in the home, doing anything by yourself is a daily challenge. Forget cleaning the bathrooms, let alone using the bathroom, vacuuming, or cooking dinner without the help of your little shadows. If you feel like you’re constantly looking to catch a small break in order to mark items off your to-do list, without placing the children in front of the television, then busy bags might just be the perfect solution! 

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Fostering Relationships with Family Far Away

Living far from your extended family can be tough, especially when raising kids. The majority of parents want their children to have close relationships with their extended family, but because of work or other circumstances, it isn’t possible to actually live close.  Living far away doesn’t mean your kids can’t have amazing relationships with everyone in your family. Here are 4 ideas to guide you in fostering relationships with family far away.

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Encouraging Cognitive Development Through Arts and Crafts

If you hear the words arts and crafts, and shudder, you aren’t alone. Many a mother cowers in horror when imagining letting their little darlings loose with glue, construction paper, markers, popsicle sticks, scissors, and (gasp) glitter. Well, we’re here to ease your fears. Although craft time can be a bit messy, it is extremely beneficial for your child’s brain; especially for their cognitive development. Curious as to how covering themselves in paste helps your child learn? Read on.

First off, we need to mention Richard Rende, Ph.D. Haven’t heard of him? He is a developmental psychologist whose main area of study is the link between parenting practices, family interaction, and emotional behavioral development. According to Rende, children benefit greatly from arts and crafts time especially when it is with their parents. 

Today we’ll look at just some of the benefits of encouraging cognitive development through arts and crafts.  

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Easy Baby Shower Decor

Easy Baby Shower Decor

Are you in the midst of baby shower planning and searching for simple and chic party decor? Look no further! We have a few ideas to help you get your craft on. Don’t fret if you’re not the “crafty” type, these are easy baby shower decorations (almost) anyone can do!

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DIY: Haunting Halloween Ghosts

DIY Ghosts

Halloween is just around the corner.  You have seen the decorations for weeks (sometimes months in some stores)!  Purchasing several things to decorate can add up.  It helps when you find a do it yourself idea that doesn’t cost a lot and still looks great!  We are here to share a great tutorial on how to make haunting Halloween ghosts.

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DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint

DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint

{Photo credit: Cookies For Breakfast}

Is there anything better than sitting out on a gorgeous spring day, with a bucket of sidewalk chalk, and the blank canvas of a driveway? We think not.

And what could be more fun than actually making your own sidewalk chalk paint with your child? It’s the perfect springtime craft to do together as the weather warms up and you’re itching to get outside. It’s as easy as easy can be, and the best part is your hands don’t end up covered in chalk dust, since you’re using paintbrushes to make driveway art!

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