Entries in handmade (20)
I don't know about you but we always have extra boxes laying around here. I try to encourage the boys to use them before we recycle them because cardboard is such a great material. Sometimes they'll stay around for a long time storing toys, drawing supplies etc. Today we wanted to use a small box with LEGO minifigs but it needed to have a "cool factor" so we decided on a store with a revolving door.
I absolutely LOVED this cardboard gas pump and car from Parents.com
It would make a great inexpensive or handmade gift
This kitchen is pretty great too. Both of my boys loved playing with toy food when they were younger. Give them a toy shopping cart full of food and they were happy for a while!
Instructions at Parents.com
I'd love to know what you're handmaking this year!
Strip animation is one form of animation that's easy to duplicate. Turn it into a card to give to a friend or family member and you've got a win-win.Read on to see how to easily make your own!
The simple, but fun, winter craft - paper snowflakes! I like this method of folding because you can cut anywhere top, bottom, or any side and your snowflake turns out - the less rules the better right?!
You'll need a square sheet of paper. I like to cut a stack of papers into squares with my paper trimmer ahead of time.
First you fold the paper in half to form a triangle
and in half again
Next you're going to take the open end and fold it towards the other side about 1/3 of the way in
fold the other side over the top of that one
Now you're going to cut off the "tails" at the bottom. If you turn it over you'll have a nice straight guide.
Now the fun part - cut away! Cut triangles, squares, wavy lines - whatever you like
The fun part about folding this way is that you can cut whatever side, top, or bottom you like.
.When you're satisfied with your cuts - carefully unfold your masterpiece.
The boys made a ton of snowflakes and wanted to know where I was going to hang them all. I think I found the perfect way and now they are itching to make more!
I'm sharing how I like to hang their snowflakes over at Modern Parents Messy Kids - come stop by!
KIDS' ARTWORK GIFT WRAP GARLAND
This is a fun way to incorporate kids' drawings into packaging that also doubles as a keepsake AND your kids don't have to draw them over and over.
I tend to shop in the remnants section in the fabric department of our craft store so my fabric was just chosen from whatever I had on hand! But first you'll want your kiddos to draw their best little holiday pictures. They don't have to make them small you can do that on the computer!
Next you'll scan their images into the computer. You can resize the images in your choice of software - there are SO many choices with image software so I wouldn't be able to touch on all of them. Some of the things you may want to do is resize/cut out and place the images all on one page/increase the saturation a bit if they used crayons/ and if there are words written you'll want to flip the images at this point so they are backwards usually it's referred to as "flip horizontally" in the photo editing software.
Print the images onto Iron on T-shirt transfer paper and cut them out.
I cut my fabric into little triangles to form a garland. Then I ironed the transfers on using a sheet of cardboard underneath and a kitchen towel on top to protect my iron just in case!
Last they all get sewn together (or you can iron them into some fabric binding as well). I used a black fabric binding for mine and sewed the triangles in. I just eyeballed the spacing - not much perfection here. And if you're like me you'll be sewing late at night when everyone else is sleeping!
Then you're done!
Cute little gift wrap that can double as a keepsake decoration for the recipient.
We've also done something similar on the reusable canvas bags. Instead of the transfer paper I used the printable fabric for that one.
How do you incorporate your kids' artwork into gift giving? Kelle Hampton made some super cute ornaments
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I have posts started/planned but we've been passing around back to school germs over here so getting anything finished is just not happening this week! Good thing there is so much inspiration to be had around the internet!
I love this wooden chalkboard city by dandee. This would make a great DIY holiday gift for the little ones in your lives. I think this would even make a great cityscape for Super Heros or LEGO city!
The full tutorial can be found on Hello Bee