Make a Heart Stamp From A Toilet Paper Roll

Make a Heart Stamp From A Toilet Paper Roll

Michelle shared this adorable and little kid-friendly craft idea on her blog, Rust and Sunshine. Use old toilet paper rolls to create perfect heart-shaped stamps! She shows how to shape the stamp and use tape to secure it. (As well as her completely adorable little guy using the stamps!) You can use these to keep a little kid busy with paint, make a sweet Valentine for the Grandparents, or even more grown up things like…

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Make Embellished Safety Pins

Make Embellished Safety Pins

This cute and easy craft idea from Consumer Crafts’ site Crafts Unleashed is straight out of my childhood. Seriously…Do you remember decorating your bookbag with all kinds of cute beaded and wrapped safety pins? Anywhoo…I totally do! Crafts Unleashed shares this super cute idea for making wrapped safety pins and shows just how to get them perfect. Use them to brighten up a sewing bag like they show or attach to any teen or tween’s…

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Taggles – New from Grant Studios at CHA 2012

Taggles – New from Grant Studios at CHA 2012

I met up with the super fun Grant Studios team at this year’s CHA show to learn about one of their exciting new crafty kits for Teens and Tweens…Taggles! Taggles are kind of like 3-D re-stickable paper dolls with lots of fun journaling accessories kids can choose from — check out Susan and Natalie from Grant Studios showing us how they work!

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Cool Girls Sew and Tell

For me, learning to sew helped me see the world a little differently…if I see something cool, I immediately begin to think about how it was made;  a sort of wonderful creative problem solving exercise confirming I really can do anything I “put my mind to.” I think every kid should learn to sew (or another “make something” skill) for exactly that reason. And in  San Jose, CA, Fashion Discovery Programs at Camp Fashionista is offering…

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Make A Peek-A-Boo Valentine Carrier

Make A Peek-A-Boo Valentine Carrier

When the Valentines Day party is over at school…how do they take all of their little treats home with them? You could just set the class up with shoe boxes, but who (other than maybe a Real Housewife of Beverly Hills) has 30 shoe boxes lying around? Here is a simple idea for something you can make a bunch of and donate to your favorite teacher: A Decorative “Peek-A-Boo” Valentine carrier with ribbon handles. All…

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Crafty Quick Tip – Re-Use Yogurt Containers

Crafty Quick Tip – Re-Use Yogurt Containers

Like a  lot of people, I make a habit of saving plastic and glass containers…partly because it just seems wasteful to think about all of these things I used for a week or two piling up in a landfill, and partly because they are usually well-built little items that really DO come in handy eventually. Some  of my very favorite re-usable things are yogurt, cottage cheese, and sour cream containers – especially the two-part ones….

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Road Trip Survival Kit

Summer is the season of road trips. When I was younger, road trips were all about piling in a car and having a wild music and caffeinated beverage-fueled adventure. Drive 15 hours straight? Why not! Teenage American Freedom at its best! These days road trips are a little different. With two kids, the playlist includes some popular KidzBop tunes and of course the occasional screaming tantrum. Time is definitely added to the trip for several…

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