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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 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!

10 DIY Easter Baskets

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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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7 Beautiful Bug Crafts for Spring

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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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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

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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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DIY: Custom Stamped Swaddle Blankets (Two Ways!)

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Whenever someone asks me for my No. 1 must-have item for a new baby, my answer is always the same: muslin swaddling blankets. They’re brilliant for wrapping newborns all snug and tight for sleep, but they’re also great as nursing covers, floor blankets, stroller blankets, and burp cloths. When the baby is no longer a baby, they become perfect for all his or her caped-superhero and blanket-fort-building needs.

These days you can order muslin swaddling blankets in a million different colors and patterns, but it’s way more fun to order plain white ones and customize them yourself, especially if you’re giving them as gifts. You may not win all the baby shower games, but you’ll probably have the best gift if you make one of these stamped swaddlers. Buy a pack of several blankets so you’ll always have some on hand when you need to whip up a q

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uick afternoon baby present. It’s so easy to do; honestly, deciding on a stamp is the hardest part.



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DIY Snowglobe Magnets

Categories: Christmas, diy, paper, upcycle

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This is the perfect winter craft project for those of you who thought you had run out of time for winter craft projects. Let’s make these adorable snowglobe magnets in the time it takes you to steep a cup of peppermint tea.

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Holiday Craft: Spaghetti Tree Gift Tags

Categories: Christmas, diy, no-sew, paint, paper, upcycle

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What does spaghetti have to do with Christmas? Aside from my mom always suggesting we skip the big Christmas dinner and have pasta instead, not a whole lot. Until now. Let’s make some fun tree tags with dried noodles.

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Kids Craft: Borax Crystal Snowflakes

Categories: Christmas, diy, no-sew

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When you live somewhere it doesn’t snow, you have to take matters into your own hands.

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Click through for instructions on how to make these two-ingredient crystal snowflakes that will transform your house into a winter wonderland overnight.

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Countdown to Christmas: 24 DIY Advent Calendars

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As a kid, one of my favorite things about the holiday season was the homemade advent calendar my mom packed with all kinds of fun goodies and activities, one for each day leading up to Christmas. Now that I have my own kids, it’s still one of my favorite things, and although I won’t say no to a store-bought advent calendar full of tiny chocolates, I’ll always keep the tradition alive with a homemade version too.

I know we’re still a week out from Thanksgiving, but advent starts on December 1, sharp, so it’s time to get cracking on the gift that keeps on giving and giving and giving and giving…Here are 24 of my favorites:



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