Tutorials and DIY

Tutorials and DIY for family crafts, kids art activities, and sewing projects.

DIY Zen Garden Sand Tray

DIY Zen Garden Sand Tray

I’ve had the idea to create a mini zen rock garden for a while now—you know, the kind where you rake the sand into patterns around strategically placed rocks? For rocks, though, I wanted to use melted crayon rocks for a pop of color—shiny, colorful treasures amidst the sand. I don’t know much about zen…

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Fabric Arts and Crafts Ideas for Kids

Fabric Arts and Crafts for Kids - so many fun ideas

Have you tried fabric art with your children yet? We’ve tried quite a few kid-friendly fabric arts and crafts ideas including using fabric in art projects, printing on fabric, drawing on fabric, decorating our own T-shirts (and other fabric items), painting fabric, glue batik, Sharpie tie-dye, and, of course, sewing with fabric. First, though, a few…

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How to Make Homemade Bubbles

How to Make Homemade Bubbles with Kids

Yesterday, when I wrote about making homemade bubble wands with the kids, I promised to share photos of them using their new bubble wands as well as the instructions for how to make homemade bubbles. Here goes! First the bubbles recipe and then the photos… How to Make Homemade Bubbles INGREDIENTS 4 cups warm water…

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How to Make Peanut Butter Cups in Silicone Molds

How to Make Peanut Butter Cups in Silicone Molds

Given our love of peanut butter playdough, peanut butter nest snacks, and peanut butter cups, I thought we ought to try to make an Easter version of the divine combination of chocolate and peanut butter. Maia and I first planned to make peanut butter cups in egg shapes. I saw a few posts on Pinterest, and…

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A Heart Suncatcher with Mosaic Tiles from the Light Table

Heart Suncatcher Valentines Day Art Activity for Kids

I set up a quick version of a DIY light table about a month ago (after years of saying I would make one) and it has been absolutely wonderful during these past few weeks of snow days and illness. The kids have gravitated toward it again and again. The light table is simply a large…

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Stained Glass Heart Crowns for Valentine’s Day

Stained Glass Heart Crowns for Valentine's Day

We made stained glass heart crowns the other day as a Valentine craft, using the same technique as our flower crowns from last spring. Instead of flower petals, though, we used colored tissue paper—both the little heart shapes you see here as well as geometric shapes—and added extra decorations to the crowns with metallic drawings…

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Plaster Balloon Sculptures with Kids

Plaster Balloon Sculptures with Kids

We made sculptures the other day with balloons, plaster of Paris, and four giggling children. The whole process and experience was awesome and was the perfect antidote to the freezing weather outside. Let me just say right now that you have to try this. It takes a bit of prep, but is so worth it! I found…

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A Stained Glass Bunting for the Window

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As part of our welcoming of the New Year, we started to make a variation of our “Words & Wishes for the New Year” bunting (from The Artful Winter eBook) and then decided to take it in a whole new direction. There are still words and wishes on this one, as well as doodles and…

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