fun with paper

My favorite kind of activity to do with Kieran is open-ended: those with no particular finished product in mind. I love seeing his creativity blossom this way: he is in total control of the activity, and I never know where it will lead. Some days that means just getting out paper, paints and crayons and […]

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May the 4th be with you. Coming up on May 4th is a great Star Wars holiday, so I’m going to give you guys a great Star Wars book. This month I’m reviewing the Origami Yoda series by Tom Angleberger. These books are about a group of middle school students, one of which is the extremely weird […]

This simple little paper craft is just the thing to get you excited for spring. I found these Rockin’ Peeps from Crafty Journal at the Make and Takes Spotlight and think these are exactly the kind of chicks I want pecking around. More fun links for Spring below: Popsicle stick flowers Hanging paper pockets for […]

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. […]

As a contributor over at Babble’s New Home Ec channel, I’m sharing a few of the things I’ve been showcasing over there, just in time for your weekend of crafting! Here are 3 super simple and chic projects. All three are perfect for a 15 minute craft session, to help get your DIY on! I’ve […]

I know we all have a stack of scrapbook paper lying in a pile in our craft corners, am I right? If so, then good thing I spotted these cute and Scrappy Mosaic Cards from Sweet Athena over at the M&T Spotlight. Start tearing up a storm and get crafting! See below for more paper […]

Paper Tube Apple Stamps for Fall

by Marie on September 14, 2012

You know us and paper tubes, they are one of my favorite recycled craft supplies. We’ve stamped with them before and our snowman prints and heart shapes. Today we’re making a few fun apple stamps for fall. And I bet you can guess what’s in store for next month ;) This was such a fun […]

Storybook Summer post by Amanda of Impress Your Kids A few years ago one of my best friends (a teacher) gave me Miss Hunnicutt’s Hat by Jeff Brumbeau for a birthday gift. Now, why would an adult (even a teacher!) give another adult a picture book? Well, when your maiden name is Hunnicutt and someone […]

Storybook Summer post by Jen of Kitchen Counter Chronicles At the beginning of the summer my girls and I selected a few books that we would read as a group. Most afternoons we gather around, inside or out, and I read a few chapters from our book. We have already finish “The Lion the Witch and […]

I live with two aspiring secret agents, who sometimes need to send important cryptic messages to each other. In addition to experimenting with lemon juice as invisible ink, we’ve been having loads of fun trying out various secret codes and ciphers. And as a bonus, playing with secret codes is a great way to sneak […]

How often do you join in when your kids are creating? Doodle Names is a drawing project that parents and kids can enjoy working on side-by-side. I find that my girls and I always have interesting conversations while we sit and draw together. Plus, doodling is fun and relaxing! To get started, write your name […]

Usually paper and scissors go hand-in-hand, but not for this project. We’re tearing paper and layering the pieces to make colorful landscapes. Each one turns out completely unique and beautiful, and all you need is paper and a glue stick. Choose a background paper and tear a strip from your first color. Leaving some paper […]

We like to try making origami from time to time, but we’re definitely still beginners. With only a few simple folds to make, these origami picture frames are a perfect project for kids (and beginner grown-ups, too!). Plus, these little frames make great displays for around the house or to give as gifts. Supplies for […]

I’ve been collecting lots of thrift store glass pieces the last six months: milk glass, sherbet cups, candlestick holders, and plain old glass vases–almost all of it under $1 a piece. It’s so great to have on hand when I want to set a table or decorate my mantel. But in order to make it […]

Earth Day is April 22nd, so now is a great time to teach your kids about the importance of recycling, keeping the earth clean, and making responsible environmental decisions. To celebrate Earth Day, we are going to make this mosaic earth. When you’re finished you can hang it on your door to show your awareness […]

On most Fridays, I set-out a free play art activity for my girls. I pull out materials we haven’t used in a while, various items that fit a theme (like “round”), or craft supplies that we don’t normally use together. While we often enjoy doing crafts together, these art times are all about experimenting and […]

Summer Camp guest post by Vanessa of I Never Grew Up From the title of the post you can already tell I have a house full of girls.  There are plenty of tea parties, dressing up and making up dances over here. I thought a Fancy Fan would be the perfect addition to all of […]

Hanging Paper Pockets

by Marie on May 17, 2011

Fill these paper pockets with something sweet for spring. We’ve made these paper pockets before, but now we’re filling them with our tissue paper flowers and hanging them with ribbon. A perfect way to brighten up your home. Supplies for Hanging Paper Pockets: long rectangle paper, any size or style (this paper is from the […]

Eek! My son just got a tarantula for his birthday this week, so now his arachnophobic mother has spiders on the brain. I think I see them everywhere. That was the inspiration for this decoupage pumpkin, covered in (once again) book pages. What can I say? I can’t get enough of the book pages these […]

Autumn was in the air today and I felt the urge to add a little fall decor to my home. I had a few fall picks and candles, but I wanted a table runner to arrange them on, and I didn’t want to spend any money. Here’s what I came up with. I call it […]

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