paper crafts

Now that Spring is officially here, it’s time to open up the windows, clear out the clutter and add some fresh and lively decor! You can get a start with this bits and pieces garland that is super simple to put together. Plus it’s a stash buster! Supplies needed for a Springtime Garland: An assortment […]

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Pretty Paper Daffodils

by Amy on March 17, 2014

Spring is coming! Whether your yard is already blooming (like ours here in California), or you’re still waiting for the snow to melt, it’s definitely time to brighten up the indoors with some springtime crafts. Yay! Our first official crafts of the season are these pretty paper daffodils, with frilly 3-D centers. These are such […]

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I’m always looking for simple ways to document family memories, aside from regular scrapbooking pages, and mini-albums or mini-books are great for recording an event or trip. Plus they make great gifts too! I also prefer to make my own books to suit my photos and story, so I came up with a quick and […]

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I love craft projects that can be carried off and used for playtime, and puppets are the perfect craft for sparking some creative pretend play. We had great fun making these super-simple and adorable puppets using envelopes and other supplies we found around the house. Start by sealing your envelope and cutting it in half. […]

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We’re huge Dr. Seuss fans in this house – aren’t you? We love the over-the-top, zany worlds and characters that fill the pages of his books. Since Dr. Seuss’s birthday is coming up on March 2, we decided to turn ourselves into silly Seuss-inspired characters by making our own crazy paper hats. These wild hats […]

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Lovebird Paper Garland

by Amy on January 20, 2014

Our house was looking a little drab after putting the Christmas decorations away, and my girls wanted to make things more festive by decorating for Valentine’s Day. Homemade decorations to the rescue! We started with this cute and super-easy lovebird paper garland to hang across our mantle. This would be a great after-school craft to […]

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Celebrate the winter weather by making a crafty wonderland. We’re using recycled magazines to cut and tear out, adding to our wintery scene. You can get really creative by adding a snowman, winter animals, and some evergreen trees. Here are Lucy and I crafting a Wintery Wonderland. We will be showcasing our Craftspiration videos all year long to […]

Thankful Wind Spinners

by Amy on November 18, 2013

While we try to practice gratitude year-round, it’s always nice to give it some extra focus around Thanksgiving time. I love for my girls to record a list in some way of all the things they are thankful for. It’s so fun to look back at their lists from year to year. We’ve done thankful […]

Looking for an easy and creative activity for the kid’s table during your Thanksgiving dinner? Make these simple and fun Thankful Turkeys over at Craftspiration! Gobble, gobble! Here are Lucy and I crafting for fall with Thankful Turkeys: We will be showcasing our Craftspiration videos all year long to celebrate holidays and events throughout the year. Yippee! **Looking […]

Paper Scrap Fall Trees

by Amy on September 16, 2013

We’re just starting to see some fall colors in our neighborhood, which makes me so happy. I love fall! Even though we’re still a few days away from the official first day of autumn, my girls and I were ready to start some fall crafting projects. We kicked things off with these whimsical paper tree […]

Summer break is coming, so here’s a great project to tuck away for a hot afternoon. We all enjoyed making these abstract positive/negative shape cut-out pictures. This is a great project for a mixed-age group – younger kids can cut simple shapes, and older kids and adults can try for more intricate designs and shapes. […]

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 […]

Cherry Blossoms can be in season all year ’round by making these tissue paper pretties from Designed Decor seen over at the Make and Takes Spotlight. I can’t believe how real they look! More Pretty Paper Ideas Below: Handmade Topiary Cards Paper Tube Stamped Flowers Origami Tulips *Submit your post to the M&T Spotlight for a chance […]

Every spring, I love seeing tulips pop up in my yard. It seems like I always forget about them – such a colorful surprise! We made a little ode-to-tulips art project with some super-simple origami paper tulips. With only a few folds, this is a great origami project for young kids and origami novices (like […]

Easy and fun always get my vote when it comes to projects with the kids. I saw this tutorial from MJB for marbled paper at the Make and Takes Spotlight and thought it would definitely fit the criteria. Looks a little messy but what kid doesn’t love that?! More fun with paper here: Paint chip […]

Looking for a new spin on paper snowflakes? I found these pretty paper ballerinas from Krokotak at the Make and Take Spotlight and am thinking my girls would love to give these a try, a free template makes this little project a home run! Check out more fun projects with paper below! DIY paper dolls from […]

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. […]

We’ve created some Threaded Wrapped Paper Trees for our Holiday ABC series and the letter T. They are fun to wrap, little ones love to help with this, and then display on your mantel. Supplies for Thread Wrapped Paper Trees: cardstock paper – any color for your tree, white preferred embroidery thread – these are fun little […]

We’ve come to letter S for Santa in our Holiday ABC series and we’re making a few fun Mini Santa Hats. These paper hats are perfect for adding to the top of a present, display on a shelf, or attaching to a headband to wear as a party hat. Supplies for Mini Paper Santa Hats: red […]

Craft a Patchwork Pumpkin

by Amy on October 15, 2012

We seem to have an endless supply of paper and fabric scraps around our house, and I’m always looking for new ways to use our stash. With pumpkin patches and jack o’lanterns on our mind, we turned orange collages into perfect patchwork pumpkins! Supplies for Patchwork Pumpkins: Blank card stock or construction paper Orange paper, […]

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