7 Easy Crafts To Make At Home With Kids

7 Easy Crafts To Make At Home With Kids

If you’re looking for some super fun, easy crafts to do with kids, I’ve got 7 new ideas for you to try.  There’s never a reason for kids to be bored with such a variety of things to craft at home.

easy crafts to make with kids

Homemade Slime: Have you ever tried making your own homemade slime?  It’s so much fun for kids!  All you need is a few household supplies (who knew liquid starch was such a versatile staple for home?) and a place to make a crafty mess and you’re on your way!  Nickelodeon has nothing on you.

Homemade Soap

Have you ever thought about making your own homemade soap?  It’s so much easier than you think!  No need to be intimidated about this old craft that’s making a comeback.  And you can take control of the ingredients if you’re prone to allergies or sensitivities to regular soap ingredients.

Glittery Heart Art

Making glittery, confetti heart art is a craft even the littlest of kids can do with minimal adult supervision.  Perfect framed as a gift for loved ones or to keep at home.

Recycled Tin Can Desk Caddy

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Allison

Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

Living In A Drought

Drought

When I was kid in elementary school, I remember hearing talks about El Niño. Although I didn’t quite know what it was, I thought it was some once-off thing that got blamed if the weather wasn’t just right. Now I’m an adult, and El Niño has reared its ugly head once again. The results are much more catastrophic than I ever knew as a youth.

In South Africa, the country I call home, we were not prepared for what El Niño would bring or actually what it wouldn’t bring. Rain was scarce during our named rainy season months of January and February earlier this year. Now that we’re in the dry Winter season, the drought is felt more than ever. How, you might ask?

We get our water supply from the local river. About two months back, they started closing down access to the river every other week. That means that we have water for a week and then no water for a week. Can you imagine turning the tap on and nothing coming out? Now, before I paint too dramatic of a picture, let me say that we do pay to haul in water so that we don’t go a … >> find out more...

Jen Price

Jen currently makes her home between two continents, one in the great state of Texas and the other in a small town in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa. She wears many hats such as wife, mother, photographer, storyteller, communications director, writer, traveler, and lover of dark chocolate. She writes for several websites including her personal blog, I Believe In Love, where she shares her creative ventures, her photography, and the stories of the orphans she loves on in S. Africa.

Goop: How To Make Your Own With Recipe + Tutorial

Time for goop, a super fun craft recipe to make with kids!

make your own gloop

Today I’m sharing one of the easiest, most delightful kid’s crafts of all time: home made goop, or slime.  We’ve called it a lot of things as we’ve made it together over the years: goop, gobbledeygook, homemade slime, Ogre boogers, gloop.  Whatever you call it, it’s super fun and easy to make!

Check out the recipe below, and print it up to keep in your craft stash.

slime

How To Make Goop
 
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Make you own homemade goop (or slime) with this easy how-to with a recipe + tutorial! With only a few ingredients you can have your own homemade slime!
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Recipe type: Kid's Crafts
Serves: 1½ cups
Ingredients
  • ½ cup liquid starch
  • ½ cup warm water
  • ½ cup Elmer's Glue
  • a few drops of food dye (optional)
Instructions
  1. Mix together water and Elmer's Glue in a medium sized bowl until completely combined.
  2. Add a few drops of food dye (or glitter!) to glue mixture and combine.
  3. Add starch to glue mix and use hands to mix completely until you have slime.
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Allison

Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

10 Gorgeous DIY Jewelry Tutorials

10 tutorials of gorgeous DIY jewelry!

10 jewelry tutorials

I realized today that I have so many cool, DIY, recycled, up-cycled, crafty do-it-yourself tutorials in the archives of my blog and I want to bring them front and center for you in one place.  So, here is a collection of 10 Gorgeous DIY Jewelry Tutorials.  Everything from a gold-leafed clay pendant necklace, to earrings, a necklace, and bracelet all make out of hex nuts from the hardware store, to recycled old brooches made into bobby pins and bracelets, to baked clay earrings to a beaded necklace made out of recycled t-shirts.  There’s so much goodness here, and I didn’t want you to miss out so they’re all gathered together here for you.  I hope you try at least one of these chic, simple, fun jewelry DIY tutorials! Enjoy.

 

  1. DIY Geometric Earrings
  2. DIY Make Your Own Hex Nut Bracelet
  3. Make It: Hardware Earrings
  4. DIY Geo Earrings
  5. Make It Sequin Bracelet
  6. Make It Knit Bracelet
  7. Make It T-Shirt Necklace
  8. DIY Pendant Necklace
  9. DIY Jeweled Bobby Pins
  10. Make Your Own Brooch Bracelet

 

make your own jewelry
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Allison

Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

Round-Up Of 9 Delicious Summer Drinks

summer drinks

Drinks!  It’s officially summer and all I can think about right now are delicious, cold, refreshing summer drinks.  I have an archive of so many summer drinks I thought I’d share a roundup of my top 9 favorite drinks to get your summer off to a tasty start!  Enjoy.

citrus cooler

Grapefruit Citrus Cooler

watermelon drink

Mint Watermelon Cooler

melon drink

Summer Fruit Slush

iced drinks

Tasty Homemade Iced Coffee

strawberry slush

Strawberry Slush

vegetable smoothie

Healthy Veggie Smoothie

orange julius drink

Orange Julius

vegetable smoothie

Vegetable Juice Smoothie

citrus punch

Citrus Springtime Punch

There you go, I hope you make at least one of these delicious summer drinks.  Cheers!

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Allison

Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

Stay Off The Field – Parents Staying Out Of Sports

staying out of sports

Sports are in my blood:  I grew up playing sports.  Every kind of sport popular in America: basketball, softball, swimming, volleyball, soccer.  You name it, I played it, whether it was on my parents front lawn or the high school soccer field.  I can count on one hand the number of my games my parents attended, and there wasn’t a single time my parents talked to one of my coaches, on or off the field, about their goals for my performance. I never knew whether or not I was getting adequate playing time, or whether or not my coaches were doing their job to my parents satisfaction, because the truth is: my parents didn’t care.

They loved me, but they weren’t invested in my athletic success.

parents stay out of sports

It was a different era, 20+ years ago, but even in high school, there was seldom a parent on any of my sports teams who pulled a coach aside to talk about expectations.  The ones who did were all crazy, and everyone rolled their eyes behind their backs.

Things are very different now.  Professional level sports injuries are showing up in elementary school aged kids.  Kids are dropping out of sports before they even … >> find out more...

Allison

Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

Every Day Is A Gift

This week’s quote of the week (even though it’s been a couple weeks) is a simple mantra to remember the good things in life.  The image is a photo I took a few weeks ago of some mountains I love in Utah, as I was taking a bike ride after dinner.  I forget sometimes, how beautiful Utah is, because I’m constantly wishing I lived near the ocean.  But the whole point of the quote is to take every day for what it is, which is truly a gift, and figure out how to be grateful for it.

 

every day is a gift quote

Quote of the Week

“Every day comes bearing its own gift.

Untie the ribbons.”

-Ruth Ann Schabacker-

 

If you’re looking for more awesome, inspiring quotes, check out the whole series here:

 

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Allison

Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

New Haven Pizza

Pepe's

image credit Tom McGovern used with permission

There were many things I came to love during my nearly five year stint in New Haven, Connecticut. The blooming cherry blossoms in the Spring, the local restaurants (you won’t find a chain restaurant anywhere in the city limits), the outdoor life once Winter decided it was time to go, and then there was the pizza. Oh, my, I never knew pie could taste so good. The thin crust baked just right in a wood fired oven, well, it’s kiss your mama delicious. Check out my opinion of the three best New Haven pizza eats and a recipe for a one-of-a-kind pie!

 

Mashed Potato Pizza

Pepe’s

If you want a good eat AND a chance to dine in the same seats as past Presidents, then Pepe’s is your place. The chances of having to stand outside in a queue waiting to be seated are quite high, but they are pretty fast and the pizza is worth it.

Modern Apizza

The name just rolls off your tongue like you’re really Italian which should indicate the authenticity of this dive. The traditional pizzas (like pepperoni and cheese) are to die for. When we wanted to grab a quick … >> find out more...

Jen Price

Jen currently makes her home between two continents, one in the great state of Texas and the other in a small town in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa. She wears many hats such as wife, mother, photographer, storyteller, communications director, writer, traveler, and lover of dark chocolate. She writes for several websites including her personal blog, I Believe In Love, where she shares her creative ventures, her photography, and the stories of the orphans she loves on in S. Africa.

Our Family Adventure Traveling To Hawaii

Traveling to Hawaii has been on my Bucket List for about, well, EVER.  And I did get to Hawaii, a little over 3 years ago, for a media trip that lasted about 72 hours; and while it was lovely, it wasn’t even remotely the same thing as taking a vacation with my family to some tropical isles for major downtime and big fun adventures.

Hawaii

So this Summer when my son qualified for the Western U.S. championships of swimming, to be held in Maui, Hawaii, I grabbed on tight and didn’t let go.  We decided to be awesome and support our son (and brother) by traveling to Hawaii with him for the swim meet.

We’re definitely the most supportive kind of people in the Czarnecki family.

We also decided that if we were going to pay for a family of 4 to fly to Hawaii, we might as well stay and make an actual vacation-vacation out of it.  The swim meet took up a solid week of our time, 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. so we extended by an extra week to have some work free, hang-out-do-nothing-all-day or do-all-the-adventre-things-we-can-think-of vacation time.  So we did.  And it was marvelous.

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Allison

Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!