Make It: DIY Wooden Gradient Blocks

By: Capreek Jul 05, 2012

created at: 07/05/2012

Whether used as a learning tool for kids or simply as a decorative coffee table or bookshelf object, these DIY wooden gradient blocks are easy to make -- and gorgeous!… Continue Reading

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Make It: A Free Printable Jigsaw Puzzle of the U.S.

By: Capreek Jul 03, 2012

created at: 07/03/2012

Puzzles are fun, learning is fun, and hey, it's the Fourth of July: why not make a jigsaw puzzle of the U.S.??… Continue Reading

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Before & After: A DIY Pegboard Headboard!

By: Capreek Jun 11, 2012

created at: 06/11/2012

I always love seeing creative, affordable solutions to decor dilemmas and this DIY pegboard headboard does not… Continue Reading

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How To: Make One-of-a-Kind Prints Using Gelatin!

By: Capreek May 31, 2012

created at: 05/31/2012

I took a bunch of different printmaking classes in college, but this technique still blows my mind! No fancy presses, machines, or chemicals required -- just regular old gelatin. Amazing,… Continue Reading

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Curbly's Wall Art Shopping Guide: 18 Awesome Prints for Kids!

By: Capreek May 23, 2012

created at: 05/17/2012

I'm a big believer in surrounding yourself with art and think kids deserve awesome art, too! Here are a few of my favorite prints from talented artist and illustrators from around the globe. Check them out and if you know of anyone else who should be on the list, tell us in the… Continue Reading

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Make It: A Simple Wood Veneer Mobile

By: Capreek May 16, 2012

created at: 05/14/2012

How cute is this little wood veneer mobile?? I kind of want to make a million of them... and then, I guess, give them away? I don't know what I'd do with a million adorable mobiles. But, gosh darnit, I want to make… Continue Reading

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Bento Box Lunches

By: Mollymc Apr 06, 2012

Angry Birds Bento Box

Have you seen the Super Mom trend du jour, Bento Boxes? Basically it's where Lunchables meet Martha Stewart. I gotta say though, they're pretty darn impressive. See the lengths Moms go to to get their kids to eat something besides chicken nuggets after the… Continue Reading

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DIY Animal Decor

By: Mollymc Apr 05, 2012

created at: 04/02/2012

Would you believe it if I told you this is a toddler's room? Heck, I would love it if it were my room! Part of what makes it so charming are the DIY animal projects scattered throughout the space. Find out how Danielle made them (and how you can,… Continue Reading

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Cleaning with Kids: Tips for Cleaning by Age

By: Craftmel Mar 28, 2012

created at: 03/27/2012

I have three little girls, two of which are very good at distributing toys, clothes, and books all over the house.  After too many days of me chasing after them and cleaning up their messes, it was time to put them in charge of pulling some of the weight around the house.  My sanity depended on it. 

So, how do we distribute chores among children at different developmental stages?  Here are a few tips, and printable helps, to encourage you in the… Continue Reading

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How to Make Teddy Bear Toast

By: Diy maven Mar 23, 2012

Teddy Bear Toast

(Could we have a collective 'awww' here?) From Kids Soup, this Teddy Bear Toast features bananas for ears and snout, raisins for eyes and nose, and he gets his golden glow from a swipe of butter and a sprinkling of cinnamon and sugar. 

Found at Like Cool, who found it here and here. (This Teddy Bear really gets around.)

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How To: Make a Volkswagen Bus-Inspired Bunk Bed and Playhouse!

By: Capreek Feb 13, 2012

created at: 02/13/2012

Ah, the old Volkswagen Bus.  This iconic vehicle holds a special place in my heart--some of my earliest memories of family vacations and road trips are attached to this trusty hunk of metal (ours was a brilliant turquoise color)!  Needless to say, I would have loved this VW Bus bunk bed/playhouse combo as a kid.  Heck, I'd love it… Continue Reading

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Make It: Family-Friendly DIY Valentines Mailboxes (Two Ways)!

By: Capreek Jan 23, 2012

created at: 01/23/2012

As a kid, Valentine's Day was one of my favorite holidays (candy--duh!).  We'd make glitter and puff paint-covered Valentine holders in school from paper plates folded in half (classy), which would inevitably reach "maximum candy capacity" and burst open halfway through my walk home from school.  Sad times.  But this isn't a sad post!  We're talking about Valentine's Day mailboxes, people!  That's some happy… Continue Reading

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Coolest Idea Ever: Create a DIY Duvet Cover From Doodles!

By: Capreek Jan 19, 2012

created at: 01/16/2012

With this creative DIY idea, Jen Morris may just receive this year's Coolest Mom Award.  Going off of her son's doodles and drawings, she created this incredibly unique (and totally awesome) custom "monster" duvet cover!… Continue Reading

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Furniture Designer Legally Employs Young Sons to Add Imperfect Finishing Touches

By: Chrisjob Jan 10, 2012

created at: 01/10/2012

Dutch industrial designer Lucas Maassen painstakingly creates smooth, straight-lined designs, flawless and contemporary in their construction, then pays his kids to mess it up.

"Thijme (9 years old), Julian and Maris (both 7 years old) work in compliance with Dutch child labor laws. This means, they’re limited to working only three hours per week. The three sons work every Tuesday 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. with a 15-minute break in between. They receive €1 per furniture piece completed and have employee benefits such as 12 vacation days per year and receive a 5% salary vacation allowance per annum."

Watch this excellent video to see the boys… Continue Reading

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Random But Cool: How to Make Bouncy Balls from Common Household Items!

By: Capreek Jan 04, 2012

created at: 01/04/2012

I realize that this how-to strays a bit from our normal fare, but goshdarnit, it's too cool not to share!  Maybe it's the overgrown kid inside me or my love of science (have I told y'all I was in the science club in high school??  Geek to the max.), but the idea of making bouncy balls--from scratch--out of regular ol' household items totally intrigues me.  If you're equally intrigued, or just want to impress your five-year-old, check out what you'll need… Continue Reading

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