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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, 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!

14 Projects to Celebrate 2014

Categories: activity, craft roundup, paper, upcycle

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I love pretty much every holiday throughout the year (I could take or leave National Bosses’ Day, even though I don’t really have a boss), but there’s a special place in my heart for New Years Eve. It’s the only holiday celebrated all over the world, and I love watching the news coverage roll in starting with fireworks over the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia. Whether you’re ringing in the 2014 early at home with your kids, out and about with friends, or maybe the next day, here are some projects to help you commemorate the year gone by and the one to come.


1. Paper accordion clocks from Fiskars


2. Countdown clock from Spoonful


3. Another paper plate craft: Noisemakers from MomTrusted


4. Another noisemaker: Water bottle noisemakers from Kiboomu Kids Songs (bonus free New Year song download with printable lyrics)


5. I love the idea of aresolution bracelet (from One Artsy Mama)


6. If you’re watching the ball drop on t.v., print out HipHipHooray’s downloadable PDF NYE bingo cards (courtesy of Daily Candy)


7. Scavenger hunt for memories from No Time for Flash Cards


8. Decorate simply with these confetti balloons from Swell Mayde


9. Paper noisemaker from Spoonful (All you need is a sheet of paper, some tape, and scissors!)


10. Noisemakers from Martha Stewart


11. Countdown goodie bags from Hoosier Homemade


12. If making resolutions stresses you out, take this time to reflect on the previous year with a family time capsule (from Kelli Crowe)


13. If you need help filling out your time capsule, print out this time capsule questionnaire from Today’s Mama


14. I’ve always wanted to make a light-up sparkleball out of plastic cups. Here are two ways to do it: (a) with a drill, from Instructables and (b) with a soldering iron, from (photo from


To quote an old song: What are you doing New Year’s Eve? Are you spending it at home with kids and crafts?

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