From the category archives:

Crafty

Craft ideas and instructions – go make something fun with your hands for your baby or yourself! Our most popular craft projects have been Make easy toddler pants out of an old t-shirt and Alter your board books. Have a look around, make something, and share your pictures!

Activity #88: Whiteboard your baby’s innermost thoughts

January 21, 2014

We admired this adorable idea from blogger Jen Johnson on Pinterest. What a cute way to capture and share baby news. Keep in mind that her lighting is absolutely perfect and unless you live in a photography studio, yours might be less so. I’m not sure about the painted frame around the whiteboard. Looks like […]

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Makin’ it: Super simple photo magnets

December 13, 2013

When I saw this project on photojojo, I remembered how Whitney and I made these very same things in the 1900s so I know they’re easy. I know they’re adorable and durable because I still have ‘em on my fridge. Note: keep out of reach of toddlers and any people who like to put small […]

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Craft ideas and instructions – go make something fun with your hands for your baby or yourself! Our most popular craft projects have been Make easy toddler pants out of an old t-shirt and Alter your board books. Have a look around, make something, and share your pictures!

Photo ornament in less than 10 minutes for less than $10

December 11, 2013

I’m super excited to report that in less than 10 minutes for less than $10 (plus shipping), I am totally on trend with a flipping adorable ornament of my children. When Whitney told us that funky shapes are all the rage for holiday cards, I thought, “Bah! That just costs more in postage.” And now […]

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Personalized paper doll set

December 10, 2013

My stepmom, whose creative gifts have been documented here before, made this adorable paper doll set for Scarlett’s birthday. She had Scarlett pose for a photo in her bathing suit against a wall. She printed the results on photo paper and cut mini-Scarlett out to create the “doll”. Then, she hand drew clothes on white […]

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Craft ideas and instructions – go make something fun with your hands for your baby or yourself! Our most popular craft projects have been Make easy toddler pants out of an old t-shirt and Alter your board books. Have a look around, make something, and share your pictures!

Impressive DIY: Soft, taggie book from quilt fabric

December 6, 2013

I was so impressed with reader Sara’s transformation of this How the Grinch Stole Christmas fabric into a soft book for her then toddler, I bookmarked it ages ago with a note to myself to share it in December. This inspired me to look at other collections on Fabric.com that would make a cute, chewable […]

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Never give your toddler food coloring

December 3, 2013

I’ve been sitting on this “toddler friendly” art print project for YEARS because I wanted to test it before giving it my stamp of approval. Instead — holy cats, people! — I learned the hard way: NEVER GIVE A TODDLER FOOD COLORING. Let me back up a bit. The following activity was suggested to me […]

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Craft ideas and instructions – go make something fun with your hands for your baby or yourself! Our most popular craft projects have been Make easy toddler pants out of an old t-shirt and Alter your board books. Have a look around, make something, and share your pictures!

Activity #120: Try Potching

November 27, 2013

My stepmom (aka Grandma Leslie) introduced Julian to the kitchen counter at her house, way before it would have occurred to me. Bring a stool to your empty kitchen sink and let your toddler climb up. Fill the sink with warm soapy water, plastic cups, utensils, etc. Let your toddler pretend to make something or […]

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Keep them busy: Thanksgiving craft for kids who can write

November 22, 2013

Thanks to my stepmom Grandma Leslie, who I should probably hire as a contributor for this site, for this project idea. This family tree activity has a handful of useful functions on Thanksgiving: Keeps kids busy with a craft activity that might reduce Thanksgiving Day hours logged full-speed running through a ceramic vase-filled house Produces […]

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Craft ideas and instructions – go make something fun with your hands for your baby or yourself! Our most popular craft projects have been Make easy toddler pants out of an old t-shirt and Alter your board books. Have a look around, make something, and share your pictures!

Build your toddler a play kitchen for less than $50

November 21, 2013

Wanna just buy one outright? I don’t blame you, I got tired just writing about all these awesome projects. Two super cute (gender-neutral) play kitchens on amazon are Melissa & Doug’s corner kitchen (more compact) and Kid Craft red retro (more deluxe). I also encourage you to be on the hunt in your local Craig’s […]

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Is it safe to paint a crib?

November 20, 2013

Really cool furniture rarely comes at really cool prices. As much as I enjoy drooling over candy-colored modern furniture for children, I rarely splurge on such things. (Caravan Crib by Kalon Studios above is $695.) When I shared Baby Guy Jamie Grayson’s advice about IKEA cribs, I did a bit of research and found that […]

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Craft ideas and instructions – go make something fun with your hands for your baby or yourself! Our most popular craft projects have been Make easy toddler pants out of an old t-shirt and Alter your board books. Have a look around, make something, and share your pictures!

Makin’ it: Cute Halloween printable paper dolls

October 30, 2013

{this post ran last year, too} I came upon these printable paper dolls from Mr. Printables and shared them with Scarlett. At five, she is very into drawing, cutting, gluing, and painting. This is one of my Mommy sweet spots, so I’m thrilled with this phase. Oh, you didn’t know? You don’t have to be […]

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#pinterestFAIL Crafting with my niece

October 4, 2013

Have you seen all those cool DIY kids’ craft projects on Pinterest? Homemade flubber, moon dough, foam dough, glow fairies, glitter balloons, and the like? Well I have, and I’ve been dying to try some. I enlisted my 10-year-old niece Mitra to help me test some of them, and here are our (highly scientific) results. FOAM DOUGH The […]

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