Old Toys = New Lamp

By: Diy maven Jul 21, 2011

In the so weird it's wonderful category is artist Ryan McElhiney's old toy lamp. Super easy to reproduce, all we'd have to do is grab a cord/socket… Continue Reading

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Craft It: Keep Kids Happy with Hot Rock Crayon Art!

By: Capreek Jul 04, 2011

created at: 06/30/2011

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… Continue Reading

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Make It: Chocolatey Pudding Cups

By: Kellyb Jul 01, 2011

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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… Continue Reading

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Craft It: A Robot Centerpiece for the 4th of July!

By: Capreek Jun 28, 2011

created at: 06/28/2011

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… Continue Reading

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Make It: The Best DIY Kids Activity Ever!

By: Capreek Jun 21, 2011

created at: 06/21/2011

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 hoursContinue Reading

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Make It: DIY Magnetic Silly Putty!

By: Capreek Jun 14, 2011

created at: 06/14/2011

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… Continue Reading

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It's Summer: Make a DIY A-Frame Tent!

By: Capreek Jun 08, 2011

created at: 06/08/2011

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… Continue Reading

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Roundup: 20 Damn Good Gifts for Dads

By: Capreek Jun 07, 2011

created at: 06/07/2011

Fathers: they're awesome... and they deserve a damn good gift!  From first-time dads to seasoned pros, we've rounded up 20 gift ideas to help you celebrate the dad in your life good and proper.… Continue Reading

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Before & After: A Masculine Nursery Makeover

By: Capreek May 30, 2011

created at: 05/29/2011

Fluffy pastel animals: take a hike!  This may be one of the manliest baby nurseries I've ever… Continue Reading

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Gettin' Crafty: Make a DIY Domino Set!

By: Capreek May 25, 2011

created at: 05/25/2011

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… Continue Reading

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Before & After: Ultimate Playroom Makeovers

By: Capreek May 23, 2011

created at: 05/23/2011

Yes, makeovers plural!  And yes, they're all ultimate!  Don't believe me?  Read… Continue Reading

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Before & After: A Bland Basement Turned Fantasy Playroom

By: Capreek Apr 25, 2011

created at: 04/25/2011

This basement renovation took a little over a year, but I'm willing to bet the "after" is what little kids' dreams are made… Continue Reading

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How To: Make a Modern Doll House

By: Craftmel Apr 20, 2011

created at: 04/20/2011

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… Continue Reading

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Mindblowing Playhouses that'll Make You Wish You Were Seven

By: Chrisjob Mar 24, 2011

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?

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Big, Bold, and Bright: A Kid's Bedroom With Flair

By: Capreek Feb 22, 2011

created at: 02/22/2011

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...… Continue Reading

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