Category Archives: Crafts/DIY

Crafting With Kids: 4th of July Fun

Here is a festive yet simple craft idea for Independence Day. These wands/batons are just the thing to wave as the parade goes by or to accessorize your little patriotic superhero.

You’ll need:
Craft foam sheets – red, white and blue
3/8″ dowels
Tacky Glue or Low Temp Glue Gun
Ribbons of Choice
Star Template (mine is from the scrapbooking aisle at Michaels, here is a printable)

Instructions:

Use template to draw stars on foam. You’ll need three pairs (small, medium and large), one pair in each color.

Cut out your stars. Glue the smaller stars onto the large stars, creating a stacked effect. Glue the two stacked sets together with a dowel sandwiched in between.


Tie a piece of ribbon around the base of the star and glue in place.

Mom’s Notes: Tacky glue works well for this project, but there will be some drying time. I ended up using a glue gun to speed up the process. You can also buy craft foam with a self-adhesive backing. It is more expensive, but would make a project like this a snap. This project was a little advanced for my three year old, but he enjoyed helping me with it and he loves the finished craft.

This project is based on an idea from Family Fun – Star Spangled Wavers. The original instructions use felt instead of craft foam for the stars.

Desperately Seeking Spring


I’m so ready for the weather to start warming up and the flowers to start blooming. In the meantime, I’ve been looking for some Springtime crafts to bring a little sunshine into our home.

Want to add a splash of color to the greenery around the house? Here’s a neat idea from FamilyFun Bloomin’ Blossoms. I think this would be best for older children, though I think Jake would enjoy helping me pick out the buttons to use.

These colorful butterflies are made from magazine photos!

From Kaboose, make your own family of ladybugs. I think they’d be cute as planter decorations or paperweights. My only concern about them is Jake’s love of throwing…

Every Spring we have a bird start to build a nest on the supports of our covered patio. Without fail my husband runs them off at the first sign of it as he doesn’t want the mess. Meanie. I think I could make do with these little blue birds found at Busy Bee Kids Crafts.

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Be Mine Valentine

Just not feeling those Hannah Montana or Spongebob valentine cards for your child’s classroom exchange? In my own childhood, there were a few years when we made our own valentines. Think paper doilies and red construction paper. Other years we used store bought valentines. I had fun picking them out, but it was less fun to discover that three other girls were handing out the same Strawberry Shortcake cards. Why not opt for something original to hand out to friends and family?

Family Fun has dozens of ideas for valentines that kids can make.

How fun are these Jolly Lollies?

Older kids will appreciate Rock Candy, made with a box of conversation hearts.

If do-it-yourself valentines are not an option, there are still unique designs to be found.