Category: family_crafts

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

 

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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!

Make Your Own DIY Valentine Stamp How to

Make your own DIY Valentines with this super easy (very crafty!)  homemade stamp.

Secret craft supply needed?  A potato!

 

make your own potato stamp

Potato stamping might be one of my all time favorite homemade crafts because it’s so cool that you can take a potato out of your pantry, carve it up a little, and within minutes you have your very own stamp!

Right? So very cool.  Kind of like these pretty DIY rose stamps I made with lettuce a couple of years ago.

Leftover pantry food for the win.

 

Make Your Own DIY Valentine Stamp

DIY Valentine Stamp How to
 
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Make your own homemade DIY stamp with just potatoes and some paint!
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Recipe type: Paint Craft
Ingredients
  • potato
  • paring knife
  • tole paint
  • paintbrush
  • pencil
  • card stock or plain note cards to print on
  • scissors to cut card stock
Instructions
  1. Cut card stock into note cards and fold to use in a minute.
  2. Slice the potato in half.
  3. Use the pencil to trace a shape into the potato. I made a heart but you can make whatever you'd like!
  4. Using a knife, cut away the potato around the shape you
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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!

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How To Plain Painted Pencils Craft

This craft how to for making painted plain wooden pencils is so easy and adorable!  Let’s get started.

 

painting plain pencils

 

I love pencils.  I just do.  I love the way they smell a little bit like fresh wood, I love it when they get sharp to a perfect point, and I love writing with them.  It takes me all the way back to Kindergarten, which is basically the very best year of anyone’s education.  Freshly sharpened new pencils, treats, crafts, and nap-time.  I wish all of life was like that.  The best!

 

Plain Painted Pencils Craft

Anyway.  Let’s paint some pencils.

 

paint plain pencil craft

How To Plain Painted Pencils Craft Supplies:

  • plain wooden pencils
  • craft paint
  • sharpened pencils or pins (to make dots)
  • masking tape (to make stripes)
  • paintbrush or small paint sponge
  • newspaper or recycled paper

 

Step 1: Lay out your craft supplies on a few layers of recycled paper or a newspaper so you don’t get paint on your nice counter or table surfaces.

Step 2: Squirt some craft paint onto the newspaper or in a small bowl.

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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!

How To Make Personalized Dinnerware DIY

Today’s how to: Make Personalized Dinnerware!

Make Personalized Dinnerware DIY

You guys, I’ve been wanting to make my own how to, markered-up plates and mugs since Pinterest became a thing.  Truly, I’ve had this Sharpie Mug DIY from A Beautiful Mess bookmarked since 2012.  Finally, on a whim one night I ordered these Sharpie Oil Based Markers from Amazon and I’ve been playing around with them since.  It’s so much fun, I can’t even tell you.

So, shall we get started?

How To Make Personalized Dinnerware DIY How To Make A Personalized Mug DIY

How To Make Personalized Dinnerware DIY

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How to:

  • Step 1:  Once you’ve selected your dinnerware (I started with one plain white mug) sit down somewhere comfortable with your markers.  Turn on your favorite tunes, a great TV show you’re in the middle of binge watching on Netflix (who YOU?), or listen to an audiobook.  This is sort of a zen process and like any good art project, it can’t be rushed.

 

DIY Sharpie Dinnerware
  • Step 2:  Shake your markers!  Shake ’em like a Polaroid picture.  Okay, maybe not quite, but
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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!

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Adorable and FREE Printable Valentines

You know you want some free printable Valentines!  Because yes, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Have you even started thinking about Valentine’s Day cards for you or your kids yet? If not, I’ve got you covered with these 5 AWESOME Valentine’s Day cards that are free, printable and super cute.

Free Printable Valentines

1. DIY Superhero Valentine’s from 100 Layer Cake-let: Loving these SUPER cute superhero cards that can easily be printed out and crafted!

Free Printable Valentines

2. Quick & Cheesy Hubby Valentines from Eighteen25: I am kind of obsessed with these cute tags for a quick gift for the husband in your life! They are cheesy, funny, and perfect for Valentine’s Day!

Free Printable Valetines

3. Frozen Olaf Valentines from One Creative Mommy: Who doesn’t love Olaf from the movie Frozen? I think any kid would LOVE recieving one of these fun and yummy Valentines!

free printable valentines

4. Heart Sunglasses Valentines from Studio DIY: Pair these gorgeous Valentine’s Day cards with your favorite pair of shades and give them out to your friends!

free printable valentines

5. You Color My World Free Printable Valentine from DIY Candy: This Valentine’s Day card is EASY and no candy is involved! Just add a few colorful crayons and … >> find out more...

Rachel Utterback

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.

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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

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