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Neon Lanyards

Okay, we know, it's a little late to be posting about shell necklaces, but we are just getting through our Momfilter emails, and spotted this one from reader Linda...

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Yarn Hearts

Hearts made from rustic floral wire are wrapped with yarn and hung in the window for Valentine's Day. To make these you will need: rustic floral wire (available...

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Yarn Love

Spell out your feelings with this easy-to-make sign of love.To make this you will need: wire reinforced clothesline (available at home improvement & hardware...

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Cuts and Holes

If you come to my house these days, the table—or floor—might reveal lots of itty pieces of paper, which were cut by little four-year-old hands, hands that love...

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Eye Mask DIY

Spotted this idea in a crafty book and made a simple version with the girls. So fun! Great starter-sewing project. Perfect holiday gift for mom. And useful to block...

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Homemade Book

My husband is the button-sewer, hole mender, not to mention Martha-grade stain-remover, in our house. (I still never know when enough over and under is sufficient...

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Indigo Girls

My husband ordered an indigo dye kit so that he could transform a white denim coat that he found he never wore into a year-round staple. He turned his project...

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Insta-fort

Instead of giving over every last blanket and pillow in the house, designate a bunch of old or cheap umbrellas to fort-making. Even just a couple make pretty brilliant...

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Mail Art

I have envisioned my children engaged in good old fashioned correspondence by post for sometime now. Snail mail as they call it. Growing up I had a pen pal, granted...

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Puzzle Blocks

I was so inspired by a paper block set I came across in a book of classic toy designs that we decided to make our own! The side of each block shows a different...

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Drawing 2.0

This week it’s back to the basics of paper and pencil. Children really enjoy making up their own characters – with their boundless imagination, the results are...

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Simple Scale

I had originally intended to make mobiles with the coat hangers, but when I started gathering supplies, I thought “What else can the ubiquitous white hanger...

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Spoon Puppets

Wooden spoons are a great blank canvas for puppets and crazy characters. You probably have a few extras in your kitchen drawer, but they’re also easy to find at...

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Mini-Bots

This is a challenging project, but a great introduction to simple circuits. And how fun is it to make something that actually moves and lights up?! This project...

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DIY Lava Lamp

After returning from a STEM (science-technology-engineering-math) night at my kids' school, my eight-year-old asked repeatedly if she could make her own lava lamp....

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Recycle This

We've all been there.  Your child is too sick to go to school, but not sick enough to stay in bed all day. Too sick to leave the house and run errands with you,...

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Heart Art

We just discovered this great collecting idea on Moomah's site. Here's what Moomah's creative director (and one of our favorite people), Tracey, has to say about...

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Foot Fetish

Our friend Jen Wink is a graphic designer and one of the most creative people we know. And not just creative in a way that would be impossible for non-artists to...

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Flip Book

All you need to make a flip book is a pack of post-it notes, some dot stickers, and a good pen. A binder clip is handy—it helps keep the post-it pack bound after...

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Analog Animation

Making a thaumatrope (literally "a turning marvel") is easy to set up, virtually mess-free, and uses just a few basic art supplies. A popular Victorian toy, a thaumatrope...


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