Today I am going to show you, quite possibly the easiest craft ever for halloween: Witch Hat Straws! Make these then serve your favorite spooky after school drink for the kids! These would also be fun for a Halloween party! To get started making these, you’ll need just a few simple supplies: card stock paper […]

Okay, let’s be honest, when do parents use fancy glasses? Most of us see delicate glasses and think “My kids would break those in a second!” and we tend to avoid buying them or even using the ones we own. Recently, I’ve found a bit of a solution and a great use for my “fancy” […]

Last month my kids and I had so much fun making paper roll cuff bracelets that we decided to make some more this weekend! We made all sorts of patterns in the cardboard with a very simple tool: a hole puncher!  These can be painted any color but we chose silver for a metallic look. […]

After school is over, my kids are cranky and tired. It’s the end of the day for me too which means I’m not always at my best either. I’ve found that at this point, nothing quite does the trick to boost moods and energy like a great, healthy snack. Today’s craft is something for the […]

Can you believe that school is almost back in session? I finally bought supplies this week and can I just tell you how hard it was to not spend money on all the adorable apple-shaped erasers and staplers and tape dispensers! So, instead of spending a bunch of money on unessential things, I got inspired […]

We stopped using paper napkins in my home about 8 years ago. Both my husband and I felt like it was not only a “greener” move but also, cloth napkins work so much better. Plus, they are prettier too! Sometimes though, my napkins (as they are getting a little older) start to look a little […]

Today’s project will have you doing a robot dance over how easy it is! Just like all the hats I make, I start with a band of cereal box cardboard sometimes painted (or in this case covered) and then I punch holes in the side so you can tie the band together around your head, […]

Last month I shared with you a really easy way to make a diamond patterned tablecloth. Today, I’m sharing with you another fabric printing idea that has the potential to transform the look of any room. The best way to inexpensively change the feeling of any space is by changing your throw pillows. Or, as […]

Father’s Day is approaching and I have a fun (and super easy) idea for the kids to make for Dad: Family Magnets! To make this craft, kids simply select a picture of themselves, cut it out and laminate it (or use packing tape, like we did) then surprise Dad on Father’s Day. There are endless […]

This weekend I got the itch to do a little Spring Cleaning and along the way, I crossed a few DIY projects off of my list. One project, to make my own Diamond Patterned Tablecloth, was so easy that I was able to finish it in under 30 minutes. An older white linen tablecloth that […]

My children never get tired of puppets and puppet theaters! We’ve made so many variations and the kids always have a blast. This weekend we made Popsicle Stick People Puppets, simply drawing on the sticks, and I helped the kids make a theater out of a shoebox. It was a great project for the whole family! […]

Handmade cards add a perfectly finished touch to gifts for any occasion. In a world becoming more and more fast-paced and online, handmade cards are even more meaningful and important to give. Today I’d like to share a very simple craft project to easily make your own gift tags, greeting cards, or postcards. We will […]

I am constantly looking for great artwork for my home so it’s no wonder that I love it when my kids make awesome things! Children’s artwork doesn’t just have to be restricted to the refrigerator for display. In fact, some of the best artwork in my home was created by my children. The trick to […]

There is nothing that makes me happier than seeing my children enjoying a good book! Well, almost nothing. A simple craft project that has a great purpose is also one of my favorite things! Today’s craft project (which can be for your kids and you) is just that: simple and totally functional. Plus, anything is adorable with a pom-pom attached to […]

I’m excited to introduce a new regular contributor to the Make and Takes team. Please welcome Caroline from Salsa Pie. She’ll be sharing fabulous kid’s crafts and activities once a month! –Marie The other day I started working on a project for myself making felt tassels to string into a banner for our fireplace mantle. […]

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