Happy Mardi Gras! French for “Fat Tuesday,” this colorful holiday is rich in tradition and fun to share with kids of all ages. No Mardi Gras celebration would be complete without festive masks adorned with sequins and feathers. To get your child involved in this year’s Mardi Gras celebration, follow these steps from Parents Connect to make your own masks using paper plates, embellishments and Amazing EcoGlue. Continue reading →
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Here are our favorite craft and DIY links this week. Be sure to follow us @amazinggoop for daily updates on crafts, DIY projects and more! Hope you have a great weekend!
Turn Framed Objects into Custom Wall Art with this creative tutorial.
Make a Backyard Bird Feeder with supplies from around the house. The birds will appreciate your DIY skills!
For custom seating built right into the terrain, Build a Custom Planter Bench. Weather-resistant cedar makes this a practical outdoor project.
Photo credit: This Old House
With Easter just a hop, skip and a jump away, it’s time to get crafting. Our favorite crafters have put together crafty bunny-making tutorials, DIY Easter eggs and a fun assortment of projects to get you started before the Easter bunny arrives. Check back to see our new Easter-themed projects next month.
Crafty Kid Projects:
Cardboard Tube Bunny Family
For a project that you and your kids can create together, check out this adorable “Bunny Family” tutorial from Crafts by Amanda. Using paper towel rolls or TP tubes and a few craft supplies on hand, you can make these brightly colored decorations to decorate the house. We recommend kid-safe Amazing EcoGlue craft adhesive for this project.
Kids love opening plastic Easter eggs to find out what’s inside. With this clever craft project from Dollar Store Crafts, you can add the element of surprise to their jewelry by creating Easter egg rings. A few easy steps and affordable supplies make this craft a no-brainer.
DIY Easter Decor:
If you can resist eating marshmallow peeps, this craft project is for you. (If not, make sure to buy a few extra for yourself.) Mommy Savers has created this adorable wreath using bright yellow marshmallow bunnies. Use it to dress up your front door or brighten an entryway.
DIY Flower Easter Eggs
After years of holiday crafting, some Easter projects start to look alike, but this gorgeous DIY project fromPizzazzerie is original and refreshing. Combining the elegance of floral pomanders with the fun of Easter eggs, Pizzazzerie’s DIY tutorial is perfect for creating decorations to display at an Easter brunch.
Easter Swag for SpringThis spring-themed craft from Second City Soiree features just a touch of Easter elements, making it the perfect project for adding subtle holiday flair to your spring decor. Bright silk flowers will dress up your door all season and make guests feel instantly welcome.
Barbie, the iconic all-American girl, turns fifty-two today. We’d like to wish Barbie a happy birthday and share a special craft in her honor.
Holding more than 120 careers in her lifetime, a fashionista like Barbie has had her share of wardrobe changes. From ballerina outfits to career girl ensembles, Barbie’s special style is worth saving long after your child has grown. This keepsake shadow box is a great way to preserve the memories of your daughter’s favorite Barbie outfits and show them off in style.
What you’ll need:
For more Barbie-inspired crafts, check out the following links:
It’s time to take down the tree and the Christmas decorations, but don’t put away the craft supplies just yet. With the New Year only a few days away, it’s the perfect time to create a festive banner for 2011. This week, we’re happy to share a craft project from Kaboose that’s fun and easy for kids to make using felt, glue and sequins that you probably have around the house. It’s a great way to get kids involved in celebrating the new year ahead.
What you’ll need:
- Felt in various colors
- Amazing EcoGlue Craft (kid safe)
- Glitter glue
- 2-48″ (each) pieces of yarn
- Cut felt into 8″ x 2.5″ rectangles. You will need a total of eleven rectangles.
- Lay one of the pieces of yarn on the work surface. Find the center of the yarn and mark with a pencil.
- Fold a piece of felt lengthwise, sandwiching it over the center of the piece of yarn. Use a generous amount of Amazing EcoGlue to secure the felt closed.
- Move about 1″ to the left of that felt piece, and repeat step 3 above. For the next one, move 1″ to the right of the first felt rectangle. Repeat again on the left and right. The object is to have the center felt in the middle of the yarn.
- Repeat the process above for the second piece of yarn, this time your fourth piece of felt should be in the center of the yarn. This will represent the letter “Y” in YEAR. Be sure to leave an extra couple of inches to the left of “Y” so that the word “NEW” appears as a separate word.
- Once all your felt pieces are in place, use glitter glue to write the letters on the felt.
- Gently press sequins into the glitter glue, covering the entire letter.
- Allow everything to dry for several hours before hanging.
Kids will love helping you create this crafty party decoration. For more tips to complete the project, visit Kaboose.
Photo credit: Kaboose
March is National Craft Month – one of our favorite months of the year! This year, the focus of the festivities (sponsored by the Craft & Hobby Association) is Craft Night, a campaign to encourage families to spend one evening together making arts and crafts.
Money is tight – why not spend time at home together doing something that has proven emotional and physical benefits.
“Whether providing a sense of accomplishment, relaxation, or memory keeping*, crafting has therapeutic benefits that are appealing to people of all ages, looking for a creative outlet,” said Dr. Rallie McAllister, family physician. “Knitting, sewing, scrapbooking, quilting, or almost any craft can help people by reinforcing the many emotional and social benefits associated with focus and repetition. Plus, an economical way to have some fun with the ones you love.”
- Save some money: A family of four can save more than $150 a month by having a Craft Night at home instead of going to the movies or out for dinner. Try a great family craft using EcoGlue – it’s non-toxic, so it’s fun for kids to use on their little masterpieces. An egg carton caterpillar is a terrific craft for preschoolers.
- Encourage a sense of accomplishment: Parents can help their school-going kids keep up with the latest fashions with a DIY craft night at home. Have your kids try a craft from Mark Montano’s Big Ass Book of Crafts (like the urban corsage) and let their inner creative genius shine.
- Girls Night In: Rather than go out, a girls night in gives you a chance to unwind and bond while making clever projects with pooled materials – saving cash, catching up on gossip and strengthening your friendships. This lovely jeweled vase is quick, cheap and easy and adds a little sparkle to a shelf or window sill.
How will you celebrate National Craft Month?
*CHA Attitude & Usage Study – 11/30/08