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DIY Cardboard Building with Revolving Door

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. 

DIY cardboard building with revolving door - from All for the Boys blog

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DIY Cardboard Gifts

I absolutely LOVED this cardboard gas pump and car from Parents.com

DIY cardboard gas pump and car

It would make a great inexpensive or handmade gift 

DIY cardboard gas pump and car

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!

DIY cardboard kitchen

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!

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Paper Snowflakes

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.

Ta Da!

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!


DIY Paper Box

Here is another activity you could do to incorporate your kids artwork into gift giving. These are also great for storage, organizing, and just for fun! 
You'll need a square of paper any size. Fold the paper diagonally both ways to make an "x" with the creases.
Then fold it horizontally both ways as well (unfolding in between)
You'll have a square that looks like this (this is upside down)
Fold each corner into the center
When those are all folded into the center, fold the top half - half way down
Do the same for the bottom - then unfold just the top and bottom half all the way
Turn the paper so the unfolded ends are pointing to the sides now
Now fold this top half - half way down to the center
Do the same to the other side
Now unfold these sides leaving the triangle at the bottom - these are your first 2 sides of the box
Next you're going to take the pointed ends and fold them in so it folds over itself making another wall
Do the same to the other side and you have yourself a box!
If your kids are anything like mine, it won't be hard filling them!
Make another box 1/2 - 1" smaller and you have a top/bottom!
We made a big one with wrapping paper so your paper doesn't need to be thick
The boys LOVED this project and already have lots of ways they want to use/give their new skill. Happy folding!

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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Wooden City

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