Choosing the Right Yarn for Crochet

by Marie February 13, 2013
Choosing the Right Yarn for Crochet makeandtakes.com

Since starting my crochet journey, I honestly had NO idea there was so much yarn to choose from. And I’ve learned no two yarns are the same. Here’s a few things I’ve picked up about choosing the right yarn for your crochet projects. 1. Just staring out: First off, know that a skein is a […]

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I’ve Caught the Crochet Bug

by Marie February 12, 2013
Crochet Madness

I’m obsessed with crochet. I’ve caught the bug. If you’ve already been following my instagram feed, you know I’ve been posting all about my crochet journey! I first learned to crochet when I was young. But I could never get my edges even. I would try and try to make a simple scarf, but it […]

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Chalk Pastel Hearts

by Amy February 11, 2013
Chalk pastel hearts

I recently picked up a box of chalk pastels at the craft store, and we finally decided it was time to break them in with some Valentine-inspired art. Using a simple stencil and chalk pastels, we created these fun pictures with a random design of positive and negative heart shapes. All the coloring and smudging […]

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Quick Valentine Craft Ideas

by Marie February 8, 2013
Quick Valentine Craft Ideas makeandtakes.com

Whether you’re planning a Valentine classroom party or if you’re looking for some quick Valentine crafts, I’ve gathered all our ideas in one handy spot. Check them out here! What fun crafts are you planning for your Valentine’s parties? Share your ideas in the comments.

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Cuddle Up On The Couch With Your Valentine

by Marie February 8, 2013
love pillow

I came across these Valentine throw pillows from Crazy Little Projects at the Make and Takes Spotlight and thought they’d make a simple and easy addition to your day of love decor! More Valentine’s Day love for you: New Valentine’s Day traditions Valentine’s Day knock knock jokes 14 Acts of love + free printables! *Submit […]

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Despicable Me 2 Valentine Printable

by Marie February 7, 2013
Despicable Me 2 Valentines Printables

I’m so happy to be back crafting with the cute and¬†lovable minions from Despicable Me, an M&T sponsor. These minions are all about LOVE for Valentine’s Day. We’ve got an exclusive free Despicable Me 2 Valentine’s printable, just for you!! My kids are already crazy for these minions, so this will be a fun Valentine […]

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Simple Ideas for Pairing Stories and Snacks

by Amy February 6, 2013
Chester's Way and silly face toast

When my girls were wiggly toddlers and preschoolers, we did a lot of our read-aloud time at the kitchen table. They would nibble on their meals, while I read a big stack of picture books. They would listen to stories much longer while eating, plus they ate better, too. Win-win! It was always especially fun […]

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Valentine Pom Pom Flowers

by Danyelle February 5, 2013
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Valentine’s is a fun day to treat those special people in your life with love notes and secret surprises. I also personally LOVE the colors associated with Valentine’s Day. Red’s, pinks, and peaches are so happy and really brighten up my mood on these gray winter days. I decided this year to create some simple […]

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Kid Crafted Tassel Banner

by Caroline Urdaneta February 4, 2013
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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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Valentine’s Day Countdown – Start Today!

by Marie February 1, 2013
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Looking for a fun Valentine countdown to do with the kids? I’ve got a free printable! Click here to get your Valentine Countdown printable and download to get started on your 14 Acts of Love.

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These Sweetie Pies Are A Perfect Treat For Valentine’s Day

by Marie February 1, 2013
sweetie pies

Looking for a fun Valentine’s Treat? I spotted these sweetie pies from the Farm Chicks at the Make and Takes Spotlight and think they’d hit that nail right on the head! More Valentine’s Day fun: Sophisticated brownie sundae Cutting symmetrical hearts Heart shaped leis *submit your links to the Make and Takes Spotlight for the […]

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DIY Fabric Bows are “Sew” Cute

by Marie January 31, 2013
fabric bows

Looking for an easy sewing project? These fabric bows from Simply Homemade I came across at the Make and Takes Spotlight look like a good place to start. They’d be cute on anyone or added to anything! More Simple Sewing Projects Below: ¬†Drawstring Bags Embroidery Hoop Valentine Art Easy Hooded Bath Towel

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Crafting Angry LOVE Birds

by Marie January 30, 2013
Angry LOVE Birds makeandtakes.com

We’ve had a lot of fun with our cute little pom-pom Angry Birds craft. I thought it only fitting that we make some LOVE birds for Valentine’s too! But don’t be fooled, this one is still angry and gonna get those pigs! Supplies for Angry LOVE Birds: yarn – pink, purple, or red 2 googly […]

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Heart-Shaped Friendship Bracelets

by Marie January 29, 2013
Heart Foam Bracelets Make and Takes for Kids Book makeandtakes.com

I’m happy to be able to share a fun and simple craft with you from my book, Make and Takes for Kids! It’s a great one for Valentine’s, getting the kids crafty and in the giving spirit with a few fun heart-shaped friendship bracelets. Supplies for Heart Shaped Foam Friendship Bracelets: Craft foam sheets in […]

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Every Kid Loves A Car Wash!

by Marie January 28, 2013
bubble bath car wash

In desperate need of a fun and easy activity to keep your little ones busy? This super fun bubble bath car wash from What Do We Do All Day jumped out at me from the Make and Takes Spotlight Page. Super easy and tons of fun!   A few more fun activities for kids: 3D […]

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Friendship Bracelets Make For The Perfect Valentine

by Marie January 26, 2013
dandee friendship bracelets

I am dying with love for these sweet little Valentine’s Day friendship bracelets from Dandee Designs I found over at the M&T Spotlight! Don’t you think they’d be so much fun? More unique Valentine’s below: Cute and crafty little love birds Robot Valentine’s Valentine’s heart letter match game *Submit your project to the M&T Spotlight […]

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Heart Stamped Gift Bags for Valentines

by Marie January 25, 2013
Heart Stamped Gift Bags makeandtakes.com

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, can you feel the love? I can! And I’m planning to give a little love to a few of my friends for Valentines. I’ve been a little obsessed with crochet lately, if you haven’t seen on my instagram, and I’m gifting some of my scarf creations. Which there […]

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Pipe Cleaner Paper Clip Hearts

by Marie January 24, 2013
Pipe Cleaner Heart Paper Clips makeandtakes.com

Pipe cleaners and hearts just seem to go together. We’ve made rings, love goggles, and now these super sweet paper clips. They are perfect for attaching all kinds of paper. I bet there’s a teacher or two who would love a set of these for Valentines! Supplies for Paper Clip Hearts: 1 pipe cleaner scissors […]

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DIY Wine Cork Stamps Have All The Fun!

by Marie January 24, 2013
wine cork stamps

I can’t think of a better way to repurpose those corks then by making a few of these awesome DIY stamps from Bespangled! I found this project while skimming the Make and Takes Spotlight and thought it looked like lots of fun! What stamps would you create from these cooky corks?

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3 Ways to Discourage Bullying at School

by Marie January 23, 2013
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I’ve partnered up with Secret and their Mean Stinks campaign, and I couldn’t be happier to share how to help our kids keep the mean out of schools, cuz it stinks! We all want happy kids at school! Here are a few things I do to help talk to my kids about school and bullying. […]

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