Printable Coloring Bookmarks

by Dinah Wulf

Printable Coloring Bookmarks was an original post from my other blog, which I recently said farewell to, however I still wanted to share this fun craft with you today. I hope you like it!

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My amazing and talented brother designed some fun free printable coloring bookmarks for you to download. He made three beautiful designs.

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Materials:

Here is an example of one of the designs and the different ways you can color it.  You can also give them as-is with some crayons or markers.  Package them in some clear treat bags for a special handmade gift.  I suggest printing them on the back of an old cereal box or sturdy cardstock.

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You can punch a hole in them with a craft punch or hole punch and add a colorful yarn tassel or ribbon.  Give it away plain…

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…or color them in.

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In case you need one, this is my tutorial for a DIY yarn tassel. They look like these.

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These coloring bookmarks make the perfect Teacher gift or classroom party favor.

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If you like my brother’s designs, check out some other free printables he has designed for DIY Inspired:

If you are looking for other Teacher Appreciation ideas, check out these fun DIY projects:

Toilet Paper Roll Bunny Craft

by Dinah Wulf

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Mia and I recently read a book together that was about a pink bunny. She loved that book from school and so when I asked her what she wanted to make she said none other than… a pink bunny! It worked out great too because it’s spring time and this would make the perfect Toilet Paper Roll Bunny Craft for Easter.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Toilet Paper Rolls
  • Scrap paper
  • Wiggly eyes
  • Glue stick
  • Pompom
  • Scissors
  • Pink craft paint
  • Paint brush

First, I had Mia paint the toilet paper rolls pink. Anytime I ask her to paint something she gets so excited.

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While she painted I cut out some eyes, nose, whiskers, ears, and feet shapes for our bunny all out of scrap paper I keep in a bin. Mia picked a pretty pattern for the ears and feet which I thought were a great idea.

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I cut two slits in the top of a toilet paper roll and she added glue with a glue stick and slipped them into the slots.

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She also glued the bunny face and wiggly eyes together with a glue stick.

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We put it all together and added a pompom in the back for a tail!

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More fun Easter craft ideas:

Easter Egg Clothespin Craft for Kids

by Dinah Wulf

Easter Egg Clothespin Craft

The other day, Mia and I were playing with all the clothespin crafts we made and she suggested making an Easter one. I know I know… she’s way ahead of schedule because of me! We ended up using some old stickers we had to make our Easter Egg Clothespin Craft.

Materials:

  • Clothespins
  • Egg stickers (or paper and markers)
  • Card stock
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Felt Craft Bird (optional)

First, I had her pick some paper scraps and place the Easter Egg stickers on them.  I cut them out with scissors. Some I left with a little boarder. If you have older kids, they can cut them out themselves.

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Next I cut them down the center in a zig-zag to appear cracked.

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We glued them onto our clothespins.

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Mia said we needed a baby chick in the egg so I grabbed some craft felt birds that I got in the dollar bin at a craft store. I have used them before in this Recycled Book Heart Garland and these little red Solo Cup Easter baskets. We glued it to the other side of the clothespin so that it looked like it was perched inside of the egg.

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Aren’t they adorable? Mia just loves them. She has played with them so many times that she broke a few but they are so quick and easy to make we just made some more!

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More fun Easter craft ideas:

Dragonfly Clothespin Craft for Kids

by Dinah Wulf

Dragonfly Clothespin Craft for Kids

My daughter and I like a good clothespin craft.  We’ve made several different kinds before (tutorials to come). This time, we wanted to share a cute clothespin craft we made out of  fabric Duck Brand Tape and some Washi tape.  You can use them to decorate, embellish, or even just play with! I think they would be cute sitting in a plant or clipped to a school notebook. Here is how we made our dragonfly clothespin craft for kids.

Materials:

  • Clothespins
  • Washi Tape
  • Scissors
  • Fabric Duck Brand Tape
  • Wiggly eyes

Step One

A small Washi tape roll cut in half length wise is the perfect size for two clothespins.  We picked a pretty blue pattern and taped it to the top of each clothespin.

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Step Two

Next cut a strip of fabric tape at approximately 3.5” in length. I eyeballed it. Fold it, leaving a small section of the adhesive side open as shown. We love this pink, white, and gray pattern.

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It should look like this.

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Step Three

Fold it again in half lengthwise with the sticky side out.

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Step Four

Cut out your wings. Repeat steps 2-4 with a slightly longer piece.

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The wings will stick nicely onto the inside of the clothespin and you should still be able to open and close it without the two sides sticking together. We also added small adhesive wiggly eyes to our clothespin dragonflies.  Aren’t the adorable??

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We hope you like it!

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Toilet Paper Roll Four Leaf Clover

by Dinah Wulf

Toilet Paper Roll Four Leaf Clover

I thought we should make ourselves a lucky charm for St. Patrick’s Day coming up, so we made our own lucky toilet paper roll four leaf clover. I got this idea when we made our toilet paper roll hearts for Valentine’s Day. This came by accident when I had randomly saw my Valentines hearts in the formation of a four leave clover on my craft table.  It was a complete accident and luckily (see it’s already bringing me luck) I remembered to do it for St. Patty’s Day!

You only need a few things to make them.

Materials:

  • Toilet paper or paper towel roll
  • Scissors
  • Green paint
  • Paint brush
  • Glue

First start with a toilet paper roll (I don’t know why I felt the need to take a picture of a toilet paper roll. It’s not like you don’t know what one looks like!)

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I had my daughter paint it green. She loves to paint and this craft paint easily wipes off.

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Once it dried, I cut out five equal widths, four for the leaves, and one for the stem. I shaped the leaves into hearts like we did for our Valentine’s hearts. For the stem, we simply pinched the circle closed to form a stem. This way, it is painted on both sides and is actually the perfect length.

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Using a hot glue gun, I glued the leaves and stem together.

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There you have it! A simple four leaf clover! You can make several and string them together to make a garland. Consider painting them in different shades of green.

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We put this one on our Leprechaun trap as a decoration!

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Saint Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Trap Tradition

by Dinah Wulf

Saint Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Trap Tradition

Are you familiar with the Saint Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Trap Tradition? Me neither. I had to Google it!  All I knew was that my best friend Jenny from Simply Creative Ways did it every year with her daughter’s, and now that Mia is three and a half, I thought it’d be the perfect age to start (kind of like the Elf on the Shelf).

Tradition

According to Irish folklore, a leprechaun is a little shoemaker that stores their gold in little pots hidden at the end of a rainbow.  They are often mischievous and like to play tricks like turning your milk green or rearranging items around your house. If they are ever captured by a human, it is said that they must grant you three wishes in exchange for release, hence the Leprechaun trap.

Here is how we made ours.

I covered an old shipping box in green wrapping paper that I had left over from Christmas. Mia and I dug through our bin of paper scraps and pulled out the green and yellow scraps.  We punched out different sized circles with various circle craft punches.

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She glued them on, along with some butterflies, plastic gold coins, and glitter shamrocks.

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We also added a paper rainbow and fluffy clouds on top to entice any unsuspecting Leprechauns.

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We also added the toilet paper roll four leaf clover we made for good luck.

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We went to outside and searched for the perfect stick in our backyard.

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Mia (with my help) tied some green yarn to the one end of the stick.

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Mia set it all up.

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We will set up come chocolate gold coins underneath our trap the night before St. Patrick’s Day. Hopefully we’ll catch one and get three wishes! {Fingers Crossed}

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Candy Filled Leprechaun Hat Craft

by Dinah Wulf

Candy Filled Leprechaun Hat Craft

This post, Candy Filled Leprechaun Hat Craft, was a tutorial I did for my other blog that I am officially saying farewell to. It was a lot of fun, but I quickly found out that it was more work than I can handle maintaining two blogs. What was I thinking? So, slowly I will be moving over some of my posts, over here to DIY Inspired.

This is a fun St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun hat.  I made two for Mia’s teachers last year. Here is how I made them.

Materials:

  • Clear plastic cups
  • Gold, Black, and Green card stock
  • Cutting mat
  • Craft knife
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Plate or cup to trace a circle for the rim of the hat
  • Tape
  • Rubber bands
  • Plastic wrap
  • Green candies

Instructions:

First I cut out large circles for the rim of the hat. I found that a large cottage cheese container worked well for the type of cup I used.

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Next, I cut out black strips to go around the hat and two gold squares for the buckle.

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Using a craft knife, ruler, and cutting mat, I measured and cut out a buckle.

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I glued the buckle to the black strip and fit it around the hat. It should fit snuggly.

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Next I filled the cups with green candies.

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I covered the top with plastic wrap and secured it closed using a rubber band.

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You can now turn the cup over without the candy spilling. I taped the circle to the bottom of the hat and tucked in the plastic wrap around the edges.

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Lastly, I slipped the buckle and black strip around the hat and secured it with tape. There you have it!

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Painted Rock Craft

by Dinah Wulf

This post, Painted Rock Craft was originally written for my other site that I had to say farewell to! BUT, I still wanted to share this awesome guest post! Enjoy!

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My friend Lilly has shared some pretty amazing DIY projects she has done on DIY Inspired including her Upcycled Ladder Garden Display, Recycled Clock Watch Display Case, Thrift Store Chair Makeover, and her Upcycled Thrift Store Penny Table. Today, I am excited to share her painted rock craft for kids today.

Lilly collected these stones from a local beach in California. She hand painted little lady bugs using red, black, white, and blue paint. Aren’t they absolutely adorable?

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She also painted several cacti in hues of green and placed them in a pebble filled bowl. What a great idea!

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You can use any type of acrylic craft paint for this project. Consider using paint pens for more detailed work. Not just for kids, the possibilities are endless on images to paint.  I can picture an entire rock family with hair and clothes. You can also paint on letters to spell out the family surname and display them on your front porch…hmmm…I think I may do that! These would make a great teacher gift from your child or Mother’s or Father’s day gift as well.

Be sure to stop by and see Lilly’s other fabulous creations!

Thank you Lilly once again for allowing me to share your project! It’s an honor!

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Recycled Plastic Bottle Ninja Turtle Bowling

by Dinah Wulf

Recycled Plastic Bottle Ninja Turtle Bowling, written by Loren Crane

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It has been raining most of the week here and my kiddo can get pretty bored and starts getting cranky being cooped up in the house all the time. The first place I go to in my recyclable stash! It’s always fun to come up with new ways of using things you throw out every day. In this case it’s water bottles.  Our family likes to drink a lot of water and at times I feel so guilty in drinking bottled water and then throwing out the bottle. Now I have a way to keep my little kiddo entertained and reuse my water bottles all in one shot! Here is how I made our Recycled Plastic Bottle Ninja Turtle Bowling game.

I first removed the labels off the bottles and with the help of my little man we colored the bottles green. My little man loves his ninja turtles and I decided to make them into ninja turtle bowling pins. However, you can make them into any character you like!

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After the paint has dried I cut out foam and wrapped it around the bottle. The foam I used is self-adhesive and did not require any glue which my little man was a little disappointed in because he loves using the glue.

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We cut the foam in all four colors of the ninja turtles; I drew eyes on all the bottles.

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Then I added a little bit of water to the bottles so they would not tip over so easily.

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Ta-Da! Now you have your own ninja turtle bowling pins to play on rainy days or those occasional sick days at home.

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Stay Crafty,

Loren, Pandora’s Craft Box

Recycled Plastic Jug Robot Bank Kids Craft

by Dinah Wulf

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We save a lot of our plastic containers and reuse them for several things.  This time, Mia and I decided to make a robot bank out of a recycled plastic jug. Mia named him “Mr. Robot”. She speaks in a deep voice whenever she refers to him which cracks me up! We made our robot out of things we already had. Here is our list of materials. You may have different items around the house so this list can vary.

Materials:

  • Plastic jug
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Various craft punches
  • Bottle caps
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Pompoms

Instructions:

This is what our plastic jug looked like BEFORE.

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The first thing Mia said was that he was naked, so she picked some green paper out of our scrap paper bin and we gave him clothes.

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Mia is three and a half. This is a great age for child safety scissors and craft punches.  I let her cut and punch out what she wanted.

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She made eyes out of circle punches and bottle caps, nose and ears out of pompoms, a mouth out of a plastic top, and I cut out a mustache and bow tie that she glued on herself.

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This is her posing with Mr. Robot. She’s such a ham!

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She said he was missing a hat so we made one out of scrap paper and added a flower on top with some craft punches. Here he is!

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I used hot glue for some of it and she used a glue stick for the hat embellishments, mustache, and box tie. We loved how he turned out! She didn’t want to glue the hat on so the cap can easily be opened. We are going to use him as a bank and fill him with coins.

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Recycled Paper Dolls

by Dinah Wulf

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This post Recycled Paper Dolls, was originally written for my other blog that I had to say farewell to, BUT I did want to share this fun kids craft that my daughter and I did together.

The other day we were in the craft room and Mia asked me if we could make dolls that look like her and her two best friends, Becca and Taylor.  So, I raided the craft room and supplies (that I hoard) and we made these Recycled Toilet Paper Rolls & Ribbon Roll Dolls. We kind of just “winged it” and made them as we went. Mia had lots of ideas and instructed me on what she wanted!  Here’s what you need.

Materials:

  • Toilet paper or paper towel rolls
  • Ribbon rolls
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Glue or hot glue
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Paper cutter
  • Various craft punches
  • Yarn
  • Pompoms

Instructions:

We collected out toilet paper rolls and ribbon rolls one each per doll. You can also use paper towel rolls.

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Next Mia said they needed dresses to she picked out three different patterns and cut them into 4 ½” X 6 ½” pieces with a paper cutter.

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We covered each roll using double sided tape.

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To cover the “heads” I used a circle craft punch to cover the face.

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We also used craft punches to make the eyes, nose, and mouth.

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We used hot glue to glue the heads on the rolls.

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We hot glued golden yarn hair per Miss Mia’s request. She said she wanted golden hair on all three of them like Rapunzel. She’s such a girly girl! Then she said they needed hats so I cut out a beret for each of them and then hot glued a pompom on top.

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Toilet Paper Roll and Shoe Box Castle

by Dinah Wulf

Toilet Paper Roll and Shoe Box Castle, was originally published on my other blog that I had to say farewell to. BUT, I still wanted to share this fun project Mia and I did over here on DIY Inspired. I hope you like it!

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Mia and I had SOOO much fun making this Toilet Paper Roll and Shoe Box Castle. We were bored one day and she said her usual, “Mommy let’s make a craft.” I love that she says that at age three! Since I save everything that I could possible craft with, I had paper towel rolls, toilet paper rolls, and shoe boxes handy…doesn’t everyone???

Here’s what we used:

  • Toilet Paper and Paper Towel Rolls
  • One shoe box
  • Craft Paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Colors Markers
  • Sharp craft knife
  • Scrapbook Paper
  • Felt
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue and glue gun

I protected the craft table by covering it with paper so that Mia could paint and color freely and I wouldn’t worry. It was her idea to add a drawbridge, bushes, and windows.

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I helped her by doing everything that involved scissors, hot glue, or the craft knife but she directed me VERY well (she for sure gets that from me…LOL).

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She also wanted to make furniture on the inside so we cut some out of scrapbook paper scraps and felt. She asked me to make a pillow so with a little felt, glue, and a cotton ball we made an instant pillow.

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Here’s how it turned out.  We even had a paper towel roll tree with green paper leaves and tissue paper.

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Last Minute Halloween Craft for Kids

by Dinah Wulf

Last Minute Halloween Craft for Kids was written for my other blog where I shared kids crafts and activities. I had to bid farewell to it because maintaining two blogs was a lot more than I could handle, BUT I still wanted to share the post with you. Enjoy!

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Last weekend, my daughter had a last minute sleep over with her best friend, Becca which resulted in this last minute Halloween craft for kids.  It was actually her VERY First sleep over.  So cute! She’s only three, but her best friend is MY best friend’s daughter and I feel like she’s one of my own.

Every time Becca comes over she always wants to do a craft. I don’t blame her! Have you seen my craft room?  ;) So, after breakfast we ventured upstairs, still in our PJ’s, and I broke out some supplies.  In the spirit of Halloween we decided to make pumpkins and spiders. I cut out the pieces free-hand and let the girls have free range with the glue and markers. I cut out eyes, a nose, mouth, stem, and leaves for the pumpkin.

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For the spider I cut out eight little legs each and punched out circle eyes and rhinestone eye balls.

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I think it’s so important to let kids have creative freedom.  They came up with the spiders and pumpkins and I just followed their lead. I let them get a little sticky with glue and messy with the markers but it was all worth it.  The girls were so happy making them and very proud of the results.  This last minute Halloween craft for kids couldn’t have been a better activity for them.

Recycled Box Photo Booth

by Dinah Wulf

Recycled Box Photo Booth was originally written for my other blog that sadly I took down since it was too hard to manage two at once. I did however still want to share this fun post with you!! So here it is!

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Summer is here and this recycled box photo booth such a fun and creative upcycle and it’s perfect for any summer party, especially for kids!  It’s really fun and a great creative exercise if you get your kids involved in decorating it.  Here’s what you need to make it!

  • Large cardboard box
  • Paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Decorative Paper or gift wrapping paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Crayons or markers
  • Amy embellishments
  • Unused or thrifted frames
  • Imagination

Instructions:

A box from a large flat screen TV or a refrigerator is the perfect size for a photo booth for small children.  You can make it a two sided photo booth as well.  The larger the box, the better, of course!  Cut out one side, and cover the entire box in wrapping paper, newspaper, or paint it.  Cut out holes for little heads.  Add decorative embellishments to add dimension and make it festive.  Add picture frames as a border.  Your party guests will have a great time posing for pictures.

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This cardboard box photo booth could go with any party theme, the possibilities are endless!  Consider draping it with material, covering it with patterned gift wrap, or painting it.  You can also place a box or basket of photo props like hats, boas, funny glasses, and masks.

Some other ideas for reusing  an old cardboard box in a creative way with your kids are; 1) make a car or bus for your child to sit in complete with a steering wheel and headlights and watch a movie together, 2) make a play kitchen like a refrigerator or stove, or 3) with smaller boxes make a doll bed or toy storage bin by covering it with fabric.

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Recycled Kid’s Craft: Cereal Box Puzzles

by Dinah Wulf

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Happy Earth Day!  In honor of Earth Day, I wanted to share a special recycled craft I did with my daughter.  She may only be two, but crafting runs through my little one’s blood!  I love it!  We are always trying out different kid’s crafts.  Most of the time, I look for things around the house to repurpose and reuse.  Today I want to share a recycled kid’s craft my daughter and I did made out of cereal boxes and the covers of her coloring books.

Materials:

  • Cereal boxes or old board game boxes
  • Coloring book covers or damaged soft book covers
  • Scissors
  • Straight edge
  • Craft knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Glue sticks

Like most kids, my daughter has several coloring books.  Oftentimes, we tear out the pages and color and we are left with an empty spine and cover.  We decided to save these to make these puzzles.

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Using a cutting mat, straight edge, and craft knife, we cut the coloring book covers to our desired puzzle size.  Mainly, we cut off the titles and price tags.

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Next I cut the fronts and backs of the cereal boxes.

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Mia glued the covers to the cereal boxes with some kid-friendly glue sticks.  The cereal cardboard makes the puzzles more durable.

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After the glue dried, I trimmed around the sides and cut out the puzzle in different shapes.  Cut larger shapes for younger children and smaller pieces for older children.  If your kids are older, they can cut out the shapes themselves.

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Mia loved them!  I’m guessing it’s because she helped make them.  She did them over and over again, clapping as she finished each one.  This was such a great kid’s craft for us to do together, and the puzzles are sturdy enough to keep and use over and over again.

Recycled Straw Necklace Craft for Kids

by Dinah Wulf

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Lucky for me, I get to spend at least two times a week with my best friends and their kids.  We try to schedule play dates every Tuesday and Thursday.  Our little ones have become so close they treat each other like sisters (AKA, an occasional hit or raised voice).  Often times we try to come up with a craft the girls can do together.  Most recently we made these cute recycled straw necklace craft.  I got this idea from Jamie over at hands on: as we grow.  She is one of my main resources for the activities I do with Mia.  This kid’s activity in particular is great for fine motor skills.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Yarn
  • Straws
  • Scissors
  • Craft Punches
  • Paper scraps

We chose some of our favorite colored yarn. Cut different lengths for bracelets, anklets, or necklaces. We cut them extra-long for the younger kids.

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We also used various craft punches to create our own “beads” with circles and flowers from scrapbook paper scraps I had left over from other projects. Make sure the hole is large enough for little fingers to maneuver.

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You can pre-cut the straws, or if your child is old enough you can allow them to do it with safety scissors.

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Here are our little ones in action.  Please ignore the dirt on my daughter’s face and shirt… oh and the disheveled hair…they were playing outside I swear!  Ha!

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The girls (ages 2-5) had a great time and were happy to take and wear them home from our play date.

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