Breathe new life into thrift store or garage sale finds all while making little ones happy with this easy DIY play kitchen idea!
Meals at the kitchen table don't have to be boring! We love these Food & Fold Placemats from nood that makes meals and cleanup tons of fun with their origami-like shapes. Each book of placemats comes with fifty pages and five different designs.
I have no children of my own, but can remember what the long and sometimes uneventful days of summer vacation felt like even now. You can only read so many comic books and build so many forts and play so many pool games before your mind is yearning for a little bit more substance. Like, say, an arty experiment of sorts.
We've shared a few great summer kids projects recently (hot rocks, water walls, and tents - oh my!), but this one might be my favorite! If you have $10 and a little bit of time, a DIY waterfall sprinkler should be at the top of your list.
Homemade lollipops – actually homemade anything! – are just so much better than store-bought. Sure there's a recipe to follow, but there's also room to let your creativity flow and make something really yours with personal touches and adjustments. So, can you guess the main ingredient in these Picasso-inspired lollipops?
Oh man. I would have LOVED this as a kid. Heck, I'd probably still like making a few of these crayon rocks (I've always been fascinated by materials and the various forms they can take). If there's some childlike wonder to entertain, either for yourself or, you know, for an actual child, then we have the craft project for you!
Take a look at these Wicked Good Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding Cups from the book Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey Treats for Kids by Jill O’Connor. Don't they look downright droolworthy as photographed here by Bakerella? Their intended use is for pudding, but I think ice cream or any number of things would work out in an equally delicious end result. Want to know how to make them? You'll never guess the trick.
PatriBot 3000 is what I'm calling this quirky Fourth of July centerpiece. With a belly full of cookies and a head full of forks, he'll be the star of the festivities (after the fireworks, of course)! Ready to make a DIY robot of your own? Great. Let's get this freedom party started!
For whatever reason, nothing seems to make kids happier than playing with water, especially during the summer! Here's a great DIY activity project that will a) get them outside and b) keep them there (not to mention keep them entertained for hours).
Just because school is out for the summer doesn't mean you can't enlighten some minds with science! I mean c'mon, kids of all ages are fascinated by silly putty, add some magnetism to that equation and BAM! You've just blown a few minds. What more coud you ask for?
School's out for the summer and that means lots of time for little ones to grow restless. Encourage some old school imaginative play, indoors and out, with this DIY a-frame tent!
Fluffy pastel animals: take a hike! This may be one of the manliest baby nurseries I've ever seen.
I say it's time to bring a little more fun and games into our DIY projects, anyone else? Fortunately, here's one that won't cause you to lose an eye. (Get it? It's all fun and games until... No? Bad pun? Okay, moving on...)
Yes, makeovers plural! And yes, they're all ultimate! Don't believe me? Read on.
This basement renovation took a little over a year, but I'm willing to bet the "after" is what little kids' dreams are made of!
Let's face it, we don't all want a huge, pink plastic Dreamhouse gracing our playrooms. While some people thrive on the modern dollhouse hobby, for playtime, modern dollhouses are hard to find and expensive to boot, a combination I'd never let my kids near. Erin at Sutton Grace solved this dilema by making her kids their own mod doll house, and you can too.
Ah, yes. The playhouse. That place where our first nesting desires, those urges to love were we live, were born. I had two: one in that storage area under the stairs in the basement, and an outdoor crow's nest with swings and the requisite "Members Only" sign. There were, of course, no members, but that's the sorta thing a clubhouse should have, is it not?
I love this kid's room for a variety of reasons, the first being that it's well designed and appointed while still being playful and perfectly kid-like. The second reason? Well, I'm a complete sucker for bright colors and bold prints, so... SHOO-IN!
David Erik Nelson's new book Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred from No Starch Press is subtitled 'Seriously Geeky Stuff to Make with Your Kids.' That's true; the projects inside the book will appeal to kids, but they will also appeal to adults with a penchant for DIY. That's why it's a perfect book to buy to tell the kids in your life it's for them, but really it's for you!
The book is divided into 3 parts. The first is entitled 'Kid Stuff,' and it contains things that are great for getting
Would you be up to the challenge of transforming a bedroom from drab to fab with a budget of $100 and a restricted time frame? It sounds almost unfeasible (and incredibly stressful), but this crafty homeowner did just that.