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Repurposed Sweater Turned into a Scarf

I found this sweater at a local thrift store a while ago; I really love the color of the yarn and the pattern. I decided to make a tube scarf out of this sweater. Begin by making bias tape with fabric that complements the sweater. You can use store-bought bias tape too. Place the bias…

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Crafting DIY Projects Kids

Exploring Tools and Textures with Play Dough

I enjoy having a variety of creative hands-on activities tucked away for the long stretch of cold winter days. As a former ceramics instructor my heart always sings a bit when I hear “Mama, can we get the play dough out?” Keeping a little box of play clay objects, a small heavy duty canvas, and…

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Crafting

Mama Rabbit and Baby Bunnies Playset Crafting

Rabbits have long been a part of Easter folklore. They are well known for their fertility and are often used to symbolize the Earth’s own fertility as we approach Equinox. Rabbits begin having the first of their adorable babes in the Spring, usually followed by at least one more litter of babies soon after. You…

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Crafting DIY Projects

Simple Homemade Kite for a Blustery Fall Day

Materials 1 brown paper grocery bag (or equally large piece of paper) 1 6 inch stick 2 skinny 12 inch skewers or sticks (must be pretty straight) String (about 50 ft) Crepe paper, string or fabric strips Tape Crayons/markers/paints Instructions Cut the brown paper bag to 12×16 inches. Fold the paper in half horizontally (so…

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Crafting Flowers Gardens and Outdoors

Flower Pounding Activities With Your Kids

Flower pounding is one of my favorite autumn crafts to do with the kids. You could do it year-round but my favorite flowers to use bloom best in the spring and early fall. 1. Materials Paper or cloth for the background Hammers (one for each person who wants to pound if possible!) Hard flat surface…

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Crafting Kids

Summer Nature Crafts and Activities for Young Children

The summer is a time for children to ‘breathe out’ after a busy year of focused work and activity. For this reason, I recommend keeping the season as relaxed and carefree as possible while doing your best to keep a healthy rhythm to your day that the children can depend on. This daily rhythm will…

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Crafting Kids

No-Sew Rag Dolls Crafting for Children

My four-year-old daughter and I could create a hundred rag dolls and not tire of their charm. It’s impossible not to finger the softness of well-worn fabric given a second chance. And nothing is more easy or satisfying to make—no sewing required. With just a few minutes and a few knots, your hands can take…

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Crafting Kids

To Market, To Market Play Money Crafting for Children

Late one night last week, as I tucked a few coins in a wee envelope with a tiny missive from the tooth fairy, I reflected on the fact that my daughter would still be more excited about three nickels than one quarter. I cannot recall when I first learned the value of each coin and…

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Crafting Flowers

2 Unique Spring Flower Crafting Ideas

One of the delights of springtime is when our flowers bloom and color sparkles everywhere. Here are two of our family’s favorite spring flower crafts to enjoy throughout the season. 1. May Day Baskets Hundreds of years ago, May Day (May 1st) marked the first day of summer and a celebration of flowers. Even today,…

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Crafting Kids

Magical Wand Waldorf Craft for Your Kids

With the coming of spring comes bright colors blossoming and butterflies fluttering in. What better way to welcome this seasonal change than with a handmade magic wand for your little one? Handmade Magical Wands Materials 1/2 inch round, dowel rod, at least 18 inches to make one wand, available at most local craft or hardware…