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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!

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.


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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Kids Craft: TP Tube Thanksgiving Turkeys

Categories: Thanksgiving, activity, fall, glitter, markers, no-sew, paper, upcycle

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Looking for a quick craft to help get your home ready for Thanksgiving? Or maybe you’re in the market for an easy project to keep little hands out of the mashed potatoes while you’re waiting for the bird to finish cooking on the big day. If that sounds like you, here’s a fun and festive Thanksgiving project for kids big and small.



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10 Unusual Pumpkin Seed Crafts

Categories: Halloween, activity, craft roundup, fabric, no-sew, paper, upcycle

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Are you a fan of roasting your own pumpkin seeds? I’m not. I love carving jack-o-lanterns, but the guts always go straight to the trash, even though I feel a little twinge of guilt about being so wasteful. This is the year I’m changing it up: Here are 10 great crafts for you and your kids (and me!) to make with pumpkin seeds.

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DIY T-shirt Cape and Accessories

Categories: Halloween, T-shirt, fabric, no-sew, paint, upcycle

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Have your kids decided on their Halloween costumes yet? Do any of them involve capes? Even if they don’t, this is a great project to keep in your back pocket for the upcoming stuck-inside-on-a-rainy-day days. You only need a few supplies, a few minutes, and a few dollars to create long-lasting fun. I might be so bold as to say this craft isn’t just good, it’s super (ha ha ha).


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DIY Halloween Owls and Cats and Monsters (Oh My!)

Categories: glitter, no-sew, paint, upcycle

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Okay, okay, I know Halloween is still six weeks away, but since this craft requires you to save some supplies rather than just go out and buy them, I wanted to make sure you had plenty of time, especially since your kids will want to make a dozen of these. One is definitely not enough.


I love how endlessly customizable these owls are, but you also don’t have to make owls if you’re more of a cat or a monster person. Scroll down to see how great those turned out.
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15 Awesome Friendship Bracelet DIYs

Categories: T-shirt, craft roundup, fabric, mod podge, no-sew, paper, upcycle

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How are bracelets like friends? The more the merrier! (At least this is what I’m trying to convince myself as an introvert who’s generally conservative with accessories.)

I do love bracelets, though, and there’s something special about handcrafted ones, and something even more special about ones handcrafted with a certain person in mind. Have your kids made any new friends at school yet? Friendship bracelets would be a great project for an after-school playdate. Here are 15 designs I’m dying to try:
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DIY Coaster Tiles for Grandparents Day

Categories: mod podge, no-sew, paper, upcycle

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Listen, I’m not a huge fan of “made-up” holidays, but according to my calendar, September 8 is Grandparents Day, and on the off chance that any grandparents I know also have a calendar, I figured I should whip up a quick little project just for them.

So: You know how grandmas always have nice furniture that you’re not supposed to put your feet on or set your drink on play Hot Wheels on or jump on/from? I thought it would be nice to make some personalized coasters that say not only “I care about you, Grandma” but “I care about your fancy coffee table.”


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DIY: No-Sew Chalkboard Place Mats

Categories: activity, fabric, food, no-sew

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My biggest problem with getting dinner on the table is that the kids don’t want to sit quietly with their hands in their laps and watch me cook, they want to be entertaaaaaaaained (i.e., to hang upon my person like monkeys in a tree). This DIY lets us have it both ways: they are entertained while they sit quietly and I (*cough*my husband*cough*) cooks dinner–dinner that they’re now more excited to eat because it comes on a cool custom chalkboard place mat all their own. Maybe I can even get my four-year-old to start setting the table.


As per usual, I came up with this idea all by me onesies, but then a quick search online revealed that every craft blogger and her grandma has used chalk cloth to make place mats before. So what’s my twist? This tutorial is the EASIEST. The other ladies are sewing them, with all the fabric and thread and machines and measuring and money and bug-eyed frustration that entails (at least for me), but as a wise woman once said: Ain’t nobody got time for that. We’re going to make ours faster than you can say “They only cost three dollars!”
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5 Kid Crafts and Activities to Make with a Shoe Box

Categories: activity, craft roundup, markers, no-sew, paint, paper

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If back-to-school shopping has left you with enough shoe boxes to brick a scale model of the Great Wall of China, here are five fun ways to reuse, recycle, and upcycle them into something your kids will love.

1. Marshmallow Catapult


Image from Spoonful

How awesome is this? The original design calls for an empty tissue box, but a shoe box will work just as well. The other supplies are things you probably already have around the house, and the whole thing takes only about fifteen minutes to build. Fun for little kids, big kids, and the adults who love [to launch marshmallows at] them.
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