Category: family_crafts

Easy Beach Sand Souvenir DIY

How To Make A Simple Keepsake with Sand From Your Beach Vacation | Petit ElefantYou want to make this beach sand souvenir for yourself. I know, because, well, if the amount of sand we shake out of our suitcases, vacuum out of the car and wash out of our hair every summer is any kind of indicator, then we are definitely a family of beachcombers.

And no matter whether we drive to a local lakeside beach or fly to a more far flung oceanside locale, our modus operandi is always the same: build sandcastles that never stay up, hunt for pretty shells/interesting rocks until sunset, and bring a little bit of beach sand home in a bucket.

It’s become a beloved family tradition, especially now that I figured out how to make beach sand keepsakes from our found treasures.

It takes less than 20 minutes to make a display-worthy beach sand souvenir that you’ll  enjoy year round, and all you need are measuring cups and a few empty jars with tight-fitting lids. Plus your beach sand and little shells, of course!

How To Make A Simple Keepsake with Sand From Your Beach Vacation | Petit ElefantMaking sure your jar is clean and dry, start by pouring sand that you’ve already sieved (to remove bits of driftwood and seaweed) into the bottom until it’s filled about halfway. Gently shake to make the sand level, then layer … >> find out more...

Pilar

A native of Chile with deep Chicago roots, Pilar and geekdom have been mutually exclusive since tight-rolled jeans and slap bracelets were in fashion, making it rather fitting she married a Star Wars nerd, made two nerdlets, and became the world’s okayest mom. An award-winning writer, social media strategist, photographer and geeky pop culturalist, her commentary has appeared in and on some cool sites like Babble, CNN, Huffington Post, Yahoo and Fandango (where she's Contributing Editor of the Family Room).

Easy Summer Activity Book DIY

Kids Summer Activity Book

This Summer activity book DIY might save my sanity for the next 9 weeks. I’m not really kidding. The month of May was so insanely over-scheduled and hectic  it seemed the last day of school would never arrive. Then WHAM! The kids are home and it’s head first into swim team and t-ball and worrying about the infamous “Summer Slide”. It’s a thing, the “Summer Slide”, the thing where kids lose some of their academic skills over the summer. Turns out it’s legit–according to my resident expert and professional educator who happens to be my husband. The good news is a little bit of reading and writing over the summer can kick it to the curb.

So, school ended in a flury and frenzy and I realized I needed to come up with a strategy for keeping their brains busy and strong, not to mention keeping their mouths quite and bodies still for a precious few minutes. And I had to do it quick. Really quick. That’s how this no-frills, easy Summer activity book DIY was born. Or, rather, printed off, hole punched, and thrown in a binder. Made almost entirely of stuff I had on hand or could quickly … >> find out more...

Kimberly

...by day, making a home where the buffalo roam. By night, pretty much the same thing, punctuated by the occasional fantasies of sunny beaches, italian movies and sparkling lemonade.

Sequin Peter Pan Collar DIY

My kids seem to be growing especially fast these days, so when I find a cute tee or dress on sale for a great deal, I usually buy their current size plus the size I know they’ll soon be fitting into. I found some bright neon shirts at Target a while back and bought a few colors, knowing they would be perfect for school and play time for my 9 year old. But when it came time to size up, I thought I’d make the tees a little more unique, and use up some sequins from my hoarded stash supplies. That’s how this sequin tee DIY was born. peter-pan-collar-diy

You may recall I made some cute sequin bracelets a while back? Well, I still have several bags of sequins just hanging around, so inspired by the Crew Cuts catalog which offers a bunch of cute sequined embellished tees for a bajillion dollars, I decided to make my own. I ordered a bottle of glue especially made for this type of DIY, and got to work, creating a couple of cute tee options for my sweet little gal. I decided to start with an easy pattern, this Peter Pan version, and have … >> find out more...

Andrea Howe

Andrea is the founder of For The Love Of, a lifestyle blog dedicated to approachable, modern living. She writes about style, her love of DIY, and living a healthier life through wholesome, nutritious cooking. She is also a regular contributor at Babble. You can find Andrea on Instagram @andreavhowe and @gwynethmademedoit

Sequin Bracelet DIY To Make Now

Just look what our newest contributor, Andrea, has been up to in the craft department! Read on for this fabulous sequin bracelet DIY.

DIY Sequin Bracelet

I’ve loved the look of stacked sequins in jewelry for a while now. I have a long boho-type necklace that mixes metallic sequins with all sorts of funky beads to make a very unique and pretty statement, and I’ve gifted a couple sets of simple sequin bracelets for birthdays. The store I had picked up a couple of bracelets has long been sold out, and months later, I’m still dreaming of owning a set of my own. So, when I spotted loads of pretty sequins at my favorite bead shop, I decided I could most definitely make my own. Turns out, I was right, and the process and results came out better than I ever expected. Here’s what you’ll need for your own sequin bracelet DIY:

Supplies

Supplies:

  • Flat sequins in your favorite colors
  • Unique beads or stones (try to find ones that match the diameter of the sequins as close as possible so it doesn’t wind up looking bulky)
  • Elastic bead cording
  • Beading needle
  • All supplies should be available at a local craft store. To find
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Andrea Howe

Andrea is the founder of For The Love Of, a lifestyle blog dedicated to approachable, modern living. She writes about style, her love of DIY, and living a healthier life through wholesome, nutritious cooking. She is also a regular contributor at Babble. You can find Andrea on Instagram @andreavhowe and @gwynethmademedoit

How to Spray Paint Trophies DIY

//  Today’s DIY: how to recycle old trophies with spray paint.  I know you’ve always wanted to learn how to do this.  In fact, *I* have always wanted to learn, so I’m extra stoked about this DIY.
DIY trophy with spray paint
A while back I had a hellish, non-stop migraine for 3 months straight and was pretty immobilized, unable to post on the blog in any regular fashion.  I put a call out to friends and loved ones to guest post, and everyone came through with flying colors, of course.  My Instagram friend, Courtney Snowden, offered up this amazing post on how to re-purpose old trophies, and it’s been sitting in the queue ever since.  Courtney is extremely clever and I’m excited for you to check out this DIY she whipped up to show all of us how to spray paint + re-purpose random household objects into cool decor.  //  Note from Allison
boys room decor
It makes me happy that the word “CRAFT” isn’t basically considered a swear word anymore. It wasn’t too long ago that the simple mention of the word evoked images of grannies crocheting barbie doll toilet paper roll covers. Crafting today is actually considered pretty cool.
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Allison

Well, 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. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll 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!

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Earth Day and some cool recycled crafts

earth day

It’s Earth Day!  Did you celebrate by planting a tree or clearing a trail or heading out for a nice hike with your loved ones?  In middle school and high school we celebrated Earth Day every year by planting a tree next to a commemorative plaque, and more than once we headed into the mountains for a celebratory hike followed by a picnic.  I love Earth Day!  I really do.  This earth is a pretty fantastic place, and I’d love to help keep it around awhile longer by recycling and getting by with less.  It’s hard sometimes, but I believe in us, you and me and we.  We’re good like that.

You remember last week when I shared the DIY t-shirt necklaces with beads?  And the cool DIY projects from my friends Dana, Marie, Jacinda + Jaime?  They were all made with recycled materials and supplies Consumer Crafts, and you probably have most of the supplies in your house already.  If you don’t, Consumer Crafts has free shipping! all day! today! so you probably want to go order some craft supplies.  It’s for mother earth.

earth day craft

Allison

Well, 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. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll 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!

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Do-it-yourself can desk organizers tutorial

do it yourself recycled can tutorial

// Tin can desk organizers, with cork and polka dots.  So very recycled and crafty. //

Guys, it’s officially SPRINGTIME! Even though its currently snowing in Central Ohio (seriously, snowing), I’m trying to stay focused on the fact that the calendar says warm weather is approaching, and I can’t help but get going on bright and happy crafts like this adorable polka dot cork desk organizer. And the best part? It’s made out of tin cans, which I know you all have  in your pantry. Cook up some of those tomatoes or corn that you have in those cans tonight and then get crafting on this simple project!

do-it-yourself desk can organizersMaterials for Polka dot tin can cork organizer:

  • tin cans – cleaned and dried, labels removed. Don’t limit yourself to tin cans! I also had a giant pill bottle that I used for some extra height.
  • felt
  • cork sheet
  • glue
  • scissors and knife
  • acrylic paint
  • a “polka dotter”
  • large, colored rubber band

do it yourself recycled can Do-it-yourself can desk organizers tutorial

  • 1. Trace each can around on the felt, then cut out and glue the circle into the bottom. This step is actually optional, but I wanted to keep scissors in my tin cans and
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Stephanie Hayward

A designer, maker, crafter, and blogger, Stephanie Hayward spends her days designing buildings in Columbus, Ohio and nights blogging about design, DIY, and (attempts at making) good food at Stuff Steph Does. She lives with her partner in crime, Brandon, and their spunky little dog, Lucy.

Oscar nomination printable coloring page

A page full of celebrities to color for your Oscar party Sunday night, where does one find one of those so last minute, you ask?  OH HAI, I happen to have just such a free printable coloring page for all your entertainment needs right here.

Oscar coloring pagesDo you host an Oscar party?  In my early teens my family started having an Oscar contest every year, probably as a distraction to get through the rotten winters, and the lucky winner got a quart of their favorite ice cream. One of my sisters would print up and pass out a ballot page a few days ahead of the Academy Awards.  The page would be filled with all the nominees, all the movies (foreign and otherwise) and we’d fill them out, desperately trying to win by choosing a mixture of our favorites with a sprinkling of the popular actors and actresses and a few outliers here and there.  Maybe I’m just speaking for myself, but I did win a few times.  Or three.

We still played with everyone interested after my siblings and their friends spread across the country for college and it’s one of my fondest memories.  The end.

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Allison

Well, 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. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll 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!

DIY hand warmers Valentine heart

Hearts are everywhere right now!  It’s time to make some DIY hand warmers Valentine hearts to keep you nice and toasty.

how to make valentine handwarmersIt’s Steph here again from Stuff Steph Does. It seems like as soon as January rolls around all the red ornaments, lights, and other decorations from Christmas transform into glittery hearts and cupids for the upcoming day of celebrating love. Can you believe it’s already time to start thinking about your Valentine? Nope, I can’t either. But what better way to start thinking about it than with a fun DIY project!

The saying goes “Cold Hands, Warm Heart,” right? Well who wants cold hands? I know I don’t! Warm up your Valentine’s hands and their heart with these adorable, reusable hand warmers.

DIY hand warmers Valentine heart (s)

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 100% Cotton or 100% Wool Fabric* – (2) 3” squares per handwarmer
  • A heart stamp (use one you have or make your own!)
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Rice
  • Thread

*Its important to use natural fibers for these since you will be zapping them in the microwave. Some synthetic fibers can do some funky stuff when surrounded by radiation, so it is best to be safe and stick with … >> find out more...

Stephanie Hayward

A designer, maker, crafter, and blogger, Stephanie Hayward spends her days designing buildings in Columbus, Ohio and nights blogging about design, DIY, and (attempts at making) good food at Stuff Steph Does. She lives with her partner in crime, Brandon, and their spunky little dog, Lucy.