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Fun and Easy Throwback Crafts For Kids

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These days, our kids spend way too much time hidden behind the screens of computers, phones, and TVs. Even when they aren’t on their laptops on the #schoolfromhome grind, they are likely scrolling into the abyss of TikTok (maybe even making some), and taking quirky-filtered pictures on Snapchat (puppy filter, we’re talking about YOU!). Why not fill up that time with something a little more creative?

But in all seriousness, what happened to the days of crafting?! When we were younger, there was nothing more exciting than taking a trip to our local craft store and buying all the supplies. Paint, beads, ribbons…we had it all! It’s time to dust off the ole storage bins and put your hair up because things are about to get crafty! We’ve compiled some of our favorite fun and easy DIY activities to give you and your fam a little inspiration!

Friendship Bracelets

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These bring us right back to the hot and sweaty days of summer camp. But for real, these really do make such a fun and beachy summer accessory. We used to spend countless hours making these fun friendship bracelets. All you need is embroidery floss from your local craft store – super simple! Don’t know where to start? Here’s a great tutorial for beginners from YouTube!

Beaded Bracelets

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If you are anything like us, we had boxes filled to the brim with pony beads when we were younger. In recent years, these simple beaded bracelets have become popular once again. Crafters around the world were even selling custom sets of them on Etsy! All you need are pony beads and elastic string. For a more “adult” spin on this classic craft, stores like Michael’s even sell “fine jewelry” like beads and even offer online classes on jewelry making!

Perler Beads

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Anyone else have an impressive collection of Perler creations when they were younger? We sure did! In case you don’t know what these are, allow us to explain. Perler beads are used to make creations using pegboards, and are sealed together by using an iron and ironing paper. The design options are limitless! You can make something simple (like pictured above), or something as elaborate as a sunset portrait. The best part is that this is an amazing activity for youngsters because it helps them develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. On a basic level, it reinforces counting and color skills.

Rainbow Loom

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These bracelets were huge circa 2014, but nonetheless are a great craft to keep your kids occupied. The best part about wearable crafts like Rainbow Looms are that they get to show off their creation when they are done and it gives them a sense of pride! Rainbow Looms come in a kit at your local craft or hobby shop, and come with all of the necessary items including the loom itself, metal hook, and clips to secure the bracelet.

Pot Holders

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Now this craft is seriously an OG! Making potholders is seriously so satisfying. Not to mention, totally fun! We can recall receiving pot holder kits many times as kids. Nowadays, you can buy sets like this one on Amazon. The best part about this craft is that your kids can weave you something by hand that you can keep in your kitchen forever. So sentimental because it’s made with loving hands.

What is your favorite throwback craft?

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DIY Sensory Toys to Make With Your Kids

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These days, the occasions where we leave our homes is few and far between. And as parents, it’s especially tricky to keep our youngsters busy while we try and juggle working remotely, cooking, cleaning and even binging out favorite Netflix series. And let’s face it, our kids spend too much time fixated on the screen- whether it be the TV or iPad. But hey, that’s the twenty first century for ya!

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Seriously, what happened to the days of collecting Barbies and Cabbage Patch Kids?! Even if your rugrats do enjoy playing with toys, they are pricey! And honestly, who wants to go to the (few remaining) toy store these days? That’s why sensory toys are our personal favorite!

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These fun DIY projects may not be so exciting for your older kids, but they are a hit if you have a toddler or special needs child! There are so many benefits associated with sensory play. Here are just a few of them!

  • Builds nerve connection with the brain
  • Improves motor skills
  • Encourages problem-solving
  • Supports cognitive development
  • Enhances memory

Not to mention, it’s a fun activity for parent and child to make these DIY toys! It’s likely you have some of the materials laying around the house anyway so it’s also a budget friendly activity!

Here are some DIY sensory toys you’ll have to make

Nature Sensory Bag

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What You Will Need

  • One gallon-sized ziplock bag
  • Aloe vera gel
  • Soft nature items: you can find these in your backyard. Think flower petals, leaves, or feathers. To make it an extra interactive bonding activity, go on a scavenger hunt to find what you need!

What You’ll Have to Do

Stay with us here, this is gonna get tricky! Just kidding, it’s super easy.

  1. Fill your gallon bag with the aloe vera.
  2. Add in whatever you found on your nature walk. Bonus points if you add glitter!
  3. Seal the bag. To be extra sure you won’t have any leaks, hot glue it shut!

The goal here is for your little one to poke at it and move all of the pieces around! This can mesmerize them for hours.

Sensory Bottle

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Okay come on, look at how magical these look! And, they are perfect if you are into recycling and repurposing your old water bottles!

What You Will Need

  • Empty water bottle (be sure to sanitize beforehand!)
  • Food coloring
  • Corn syrup
  • Super glue
  • Glitter
  • A funnel

What You’ll Have to Do

  1. Squeeze corn syrup into your cleaned water bottle, one-third of the way.
  2. Add water until the bottle is about 75% full. Make sure the water is warm!
  3. Add food coloring and glitter, or any other fun and tiny additives (i.e. beads, blocks)

Flubber

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Flubber is a favorite of all ages. It’s just as fun (and scientific!) to make as it is to play with it.

What You Will Need

  • 1 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 cup of glue
  • 2 tsp borax
  • Food coloring

What You’ll Have to Do

  1. In a bowl, combine 3/4 cup of warm water with glue and food coloring.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine 1/2 cup of warm water and borax. Mix well.
  3. Pour your first bowl int to the one containing the water and borax and start working it all together with your hands. You should feel the ingredients reacting to create a “flubber-y” substance.
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Voila!

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Kid-Friendly DIY Christmas Ornaments

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With many of us working from home and our kids doing school remotely, we have a lot more free time on our hands these days. Often, we resort to Netflix, social media, online shopping or eating to keep us busy. But what about the power of doing something creative? Arts and crafts are a wholesome way to pass the time that we often forget about. There is something so rewarding about creating something. Luckily with the holiday season upon us, there are endless opportunities to craft. Here are some DIY Christmas ornaments that will make the perfect addition to your tree this year! Even better they are kid friendly!

Baking Soda and Cornstarch Ornaments

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Materials

  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 3/4 cup water
  • Cookie cutters
  • String or ribbon

Directions

  • Begin by preheating your oven to 175 degrees.
  • In a saucepan, combine corn starch, baking soda and water. Stir on medium heat until the ingredients thicken. This should take no less than five minutes.
  • Remove from heat once the consistency is right and let it cool.
  • Place the dough onto a nonstick surface and knead it into a ball. Break off portions of the dough and form shapes by hand, or with cookie cutters. Make sure there is a tiny hole at the top so you can loop the string through later!
  • Once all the dough has been used, line up your ornaments on a baking sheet that is lined with parchment paper, and bake for 60 minutes. Flip them over halfway through. For thicker ornaments, cook for longer.
  • Once the ornaments are cooled, you can paint and decorate them to your liking. Don’t be afraid to get creative!
  • Loop string or ribbon through the ornament, and tie it.
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Rudolph Wood Slice Ornaments

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Materials

  • Small wood slice ornament
  • Googly eyes
  • Mini red pom pom
  • Clothes pins
  • Brown paint
  • Hot glue gun and sticks

Directions

  • Start by painting two clothespins with a layer of brown paint. Let them dry.
  • Glue googly eyes and a red pom pom to the ornament to form the face of the reindeer.
  • Attach the clothespins to the top of the wood slice to serve as antlers.

Wine Cork Ornaments

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Materials

  • Wine cork
  • Paint
  • Hot glue gun and sticks
  • Ribbon
  • Clear thumbtack

Directions

  • Start by gathering your corks and painting them with your desired color.
  • Glue the corks together to form the shape of your choice! You can get creative with this and do candy canes, wreaths, or trees as in the picture above, or you can do something unique like an initial or number.
  • Using ribbon, form a bow, and pin it into the cork using a thumbtack.
  • With another ribbon, form a loop and remove the thumbtack, and pin the loop above the bow to ensure that both are secured safely.
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All done!

Hopefully, these DIY Christmas ornaments helped you or your kids pass some time! Be sure to mark them with dates so you can cherish them forever! Keep for yourself or gift to loved ones for a sentimental memento!

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Christmas decor themes to inspire your homes Holiday “look”

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It’s time to whip out the twinkling lights and garland because….

THE MOST MAGICAL TIME OF YEAR IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER!

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One of the most exciting things about Christmas is the chance to re-decorate your home. Perhaps you have your set decorations, but if you are looking for a new x-mas “look” you came to the right blog.

1.) Farmhouse theme

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Simple, clean, chic, and STILL Christmas! Incorporating wood and white can give you the ultimate Farmhouse look.

2.) For the Boho Queen

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We love a good Boho vibe! Combining shades of green and ivory with simple garland and fringe makes this room scream Bohemian.

3.)A Pop of Plaid!


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Sick of simply red and green? Throw in some black and white buffalo plaid! Whether it be a accent pillow, throw blanket, or table cloth – it’s a simple way to include some contrast of color.

4.) It’s beginning to look a lot like a PINK Christmas

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If you’re feeling girly energy, this is the aesthetic to go for! Pops of light pink against white is a unique and delicate Christmas look you probably never had – why not go for it?

5.) Black&White and everything nice!

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A completely black and white tree can give this years Christmas a classy and elegant feel to the Holiday season. Another plus? This is the perfect decor for New Years!

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