Family Craft Ideas

with Leah

I'm Leah--wife, mother, editor, writer, photographer, and rickrack apologist. There's craftiness in my DNA, but between the kids and my work and the house and the television and my blogs (http://www.agirlandaboy and http://www.workitmom.com/bloggers/workingonmotherhood, among others), I have to keep my projects quick and easy if I hope to finish them before my boys (born December 2008 and July 2012) graduate from college. You're a working mom and you're busy too, but if you still want to get your craft on, join me here for some fun projects!

6 May Day Crafts

Categories: craft roundup, paper, spring, upcycle

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Have you ever decorated or crafted for May Day? Well, you should, and not just because it’s my birthday. (I’m shameless.) If May Day has always been one of those non-events for you, look at it like this: Here’s your chance to make your own traditions without the pressure that comes with so many other holidays. Following are a handful of May Day projects to inspire you to celebrate all things spring.

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10 DIY Easter Baskets

Categories: activity, diy, upcycle

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Let’s start with a disclaimer: As the parent of two small children, I’m all about using the same cheap, store-bought Easter baskets year after year so I can concentrate my efforts in other directions, e.g. filling them with moderately good stuff (books! stickers! bubbles! temporary tattoos!) (oh, and candy).

That said, I do love a sweet little homemade basket, in part because they remind me of my own childhood, and come on, that’s one of the reasons we love holidays so much, isn’t it? Because of the nostalgia factor?

Here are ten great DIY Easter baskets that your kids will love to remember when they’re parents themselves.

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Kid’s Craft: Mail a Hug

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Do you have friends and family who live far away? Do you talk to them on video chat but still feel like something’s missing? Have you ever wished you could, I don’t know…mail them a hug? Well, now you can.

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Click through for the easy-as-pie instructions and then get to sending some love already.


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7 Beautiful Bug Crafts for Spring

Categories: craft roundup, diy

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Whether your yard is ready for spring planting or it’s still buried under a foot of snow, these crafty critters will help get your kids excited to explore the great outdoors and its creepiest, crawliest wildlife.

Here we have your classic egg carton caterpillar from WikiHow. My sons have made these at daycare every spring.

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I love this handprint caterpillar, which doubles as a keepsake (via Pinterest, source unknown).
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DIY Glitter Dot Vase

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A while back, I saw on Instagram a photo of a bunch of flowers that were lovely in their own right but not quite as lovely as the vase. It was clear glass with sparkly gold polkadots, and what a shame it was to find out that it was a vintage hand-me-down and not something I could just order online for $9.99.

Then I realized, hey, I can totally make my own. So I did.

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Kid Crafts: Spring Showers and Flowers

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Spring is coming, ready or not. (But I think we’re all ready, aren’t we?) Here are some fun showers and flowers projects to welcome my favorite time of year.

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DIY: How To Make a Playdough Rose

Categories: activity, diy, dough

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Some moms are good at building with blocks. Some moms are good at playing tea party. Some moms are good at hanging upside down on the jungle gym. And some moms–including this mom–have one impressive trick that makes it look like they’re really, really good at sculpting with playdough.

My one playdough trick is making roses, and shhhhh, it’s way easier than it looks.

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The “Heart” Stamp of Approval: Easy Valentine Craft

Categories: activity, diy, paint, upcycle

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Here’s a quick and easy craft for Valentine’s Day, or any day you want to celebrate love and hearts and color and art-messy kid-hands. We started making these and couldn’t stop.

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16 Sweet and Savory Valentine’s Day Treats

Categories: Valentines Day, food

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Is special Valentine‚Äôs Day food on your agenda this February? I’ll give it to you straight: All you really need is a heart-shaped cookie cutter and/or some red food coloring, amirite? Below is a collection of sixteen ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day with food, spanning to gamut from easy cut-and-serve options to…well, nothing here is really elaborate, but one of the recipes does involve a blowtorch, so take that as you will.

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Year of the Horse: DIY Sharpie Tote

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Chinese New Year is next week (January 31, to be exact) and 2014’s celebrations will be ringing in the Year of the Horse. Here’s a quickie craft to get you through the year and beyond.

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