Sand Crafts for Families


If your summer plans include a trip to the seaside, be sure to bring home a few buckets filled with sand. It makes an excellent addition to your arts and craft supply, and we’re pretty sure the beach can spare your haul! From easy memory jars to vibrant works of art, these awesome projects and keepsakes will last long after the tan lines fade and the school year begins. Scroll down to see our favorite ideas below.

photo: West Chester Public Library via Flickr

1. A Castle You Can Keep
Making sandcastles is a rite of passage for beachgoers of any age, so imagine the fun of making one that sticks around once you get home! Education.com has a great tutorial that is easy for little hands. Besides sand, you’ll need cardboard and corn starch. Find the whole tutorial by clicking here.

photo: Shannon Schmid via Everyday Best

2. Hand in the Sand
With a little prep, this handprint project is something you can do while at the beach. You’ll need a good patch of sand, a bunch of beach treasures, and the details from Everyday Best. Blogger Shannon Schmid provides great tips and a video tutorial.

photo: Angie Holden via The Country Chic Cottage

3. Marvelous Memory Jars
There are a lot of ways to remember your trip to the beach, but we especially like this easy memory jar idea from The Country Chic Cottage. If you’ve got mason jars and a snapshot of your favorite beach bum, you’re halfway there. Get the tutorial at The Country Chic Cottage.

photo: Deborah Alter-Rasche via Learn with Play at Home

4. Swim with the Fishes
Your little fishes can recreate a beach scene with a diorama like this one from Debs over at 
Learn with Play from Home. You can use all sorts of supplies, including rocks, cupcake liners, fake plants and more! Get the whole tutorial and more ideas over at Learn with Play at Home.

Meri Cherry - Sand Paintingphoto: Meri Cherry

5. Sand Paper Painting
Let your little impressionists express their artsy side with a colorful canvas craft like this one we found over at Meri Cherry. Made using paint and multiple hues of sand, you’ll want to display these summery works of art year round. Find all the materials you’ll need here.

photo: Pink Stripey Socks

6. Oceanside Ornaments
These fun sand sculptures won’t wash away with the tide. Made from a homemade sand dough and decorated with colorful beads and stamps, each shape can easily be transformed into ornaments to hang around the house. Visit Pink Stripey Socks for the three-ingredient recipe.

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7. Sea Scenes
Magnetized shadow boxes filled with photos and trinkets are an easy way to display your favorite vacation finds. They also make great fridge decor! Head over to Consumer Crafts to learn how to make a set of your own.

Diana Rambles - Sand Art Bottlesphoto: Diana Rambles

8. Coastal Colors
The kids over at Diana Rambles used food coloring to make their sand castles really pop. Then, to bring a little bit of the beach home, they filled decorative glass bottles in assorted shapes with layers of the vibrant sand. Learn to make these colorful keepsakes here.

Buggy and Buddy - Tide Pool Sand Artphoto: Buggy and Buddy

9. Tide Pool Pictures
This colorful tide pool from Buggy and Buddy is bustling with sea life. Encourage your little artist to draw her favorite sea creatures before encircling the tide pool with a little sand. A great art and sensory craft for all ages, find the list of materials and how-to here.

No Time for Flash Cards - Sand Artphoto: No Time for Flash Cards

10. Deserted Island Art
It’s easy to feel like you’re back in the tropics with this beach-themed art project. Even better, Allison of No Time for Flash Cards turns an easy craft into a fun sensory activity by using real sand and pom poms to create texture. Head over to the blog to find a list of supplies and instructions.

Something Turquoise - Ombre Sand Candlephoto: Something Turquoise 

11. Sandy Hues
Something Turquoise uses everyday sand to create these anything-but-ordinary ombre candle holders. They’re the perfect centerpiece for summer table decor and fun to make. Choose your favorite hue of food coloring and check out the step-by-step tutorial here. The kids can help pour in the colorful grains!

We Made That - Beach Shadow Boxphoto: We Made That

12. Sand Box
We love the clever way the mom over at We Made That used seashore treasures, and a little sand, to make this beachy shadow box extra special. Learn how to display your favorite vacation photo here.

How will you preserve your sandy memories? Share with us in a Comment below! 

— Gabby Cullen & Lauren Hill



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Recycling Projects for Kids


Instead of tossing out the can or bottle, bypass the bin and opt for creative upcyling with your little tree hugger instead. From a DIY water wall made with plastic bottles to K-cup planters, we’ve found unbelievable projects that give your recyclables a second wind. Flip through to find your favorite way to reuse, reuse and have fun!

Play with Plastic

Turn empty water bottles into a dynamic water wall just in time for summer. Your little engineer can get hands-on, helping to mount the bottles at just the right angles to create splishy drops and splashy turns for maximum water flow. Get the know-it-all deets from Rachelle at Tinkerlab.

photo: Tinkerlab

Do you have a favorite upcycle project for household items? Tell us about it in a Comment. 

—Allison Sutcliffe



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6 Art Supplies You Can Totally Make at Home


The next time you pull out the bin of art supplies only to discover none of the lids made it back onto the markers, don’t panic. You can create simple art supplies with next-to-nothing. From fingerpaints to homemade chalk, scroll down for our six supplies that are just as fun to make as they are to use.

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1. Edible Finger Paint

A non-toxic finger paint you can make at home? This easy-peasy art supply can create hours of entertainment for mere pennies. Plus, even babies can do it because of the “edible” quality (we say edible in the “don’t panic if it goes in their mouth” sense). Did we mention it has a yummy scent? Click here to learn more.


photo: Amber Guetebier

2. Homemade Playdough

This easy, make-at-home playdough requires just four ingredients and no equipment or cooking, making it fun for kids of all ages, including toddlers. The salty dough deters eating and you can choose any kind of dye, or no dye at all. We like to use gel food coloring because a little goes a long way. Here’s how to make your own in just a few steps.

photo: Gordon via flickr

3. DIY Chalk

Before venturing out to the sidewalk, take the morning to create your own chalk. This easy-to-follow tutorial from Ray Pajar of Get Crafty Crafty shows you how to get the kids involved in making chalk in only a few easy steps. Watch the how-to here.

photo: nsmithtmz via flickr

4. Instant Watercolors

It doesn’t get easier than making your own watercolor paints. All you need is food coloring and a few drops of water. Make a palate using an ice cube tray. The ice cube tray works great because that’s about the right amount of water. Teach the kids about color mixing, too, by creating purple (red + blue), green (yellow + blue), etc.

photo: Emily Cox via flickr

5. Reuse Old Makeup

Okay, moms, no matter what the fashion mags are telling you, the ’90s called and it wants its blue eyeshadow back. When you think your kids are old enough (i.e. they are not going to eat the art supplies or think they can use your “good” makeup for these projects) try letting them play around with eyeshadow pigments, the remains of your favorite lipstick and the nub of eyeliner. Again, use common sense: a kid that can’t keep it on the table might end up painting the wall with lipstick so make sure they are ready for this. But just in case, here are 19 stain-removing hacks that might come in handy.

photo: Mum in the Madhouse

6. Food for Thought

You can create a variety of natural dye using food supplies. Berries, beets and onion skins (boiled) can create shades of red and purple, carrots can create orange and leafy greens like kale can create shades of green. Try making a potato stamp with these instructions. The end of a stalk of celery makes a perfect rose stamp, too, like the one here designed by Jen from Mum In the Madhouse.

What’s your favorite easy at-home art supply? Tell us your tips in the comments below! 

—Amber Guetebier & Gem Platte



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Cool and Unique Wood Projects


Shel Silverstein got it right. Take a page from The Giving Tree and head out the front door to collect supplies for your next crafternoon. From twigs to leaves and even the trunk, scroll down for cool projects that use stuff from your favorite shade-maker. You won’t believe what we found!

photo: Meredith Magee via Homegrown Friends

1. A Natural Canvas
Did you lose a tree limb in the last storm? Before you drag it to the street, reserve the best parts and have someone (calling Paul Bunyan!) saw off a few slices. Easy to do and ideal for gift-giving, find out more about this beautiful idea over at Homegrown Friends.

photo: Julie Seguss

2. Sail Away
There’s nothing like creating your own craft, then sending it on a maiden voyage. With a few sticks, a low-temp hot glue gun, twine, and construction paper, your little sailors can watch their own boat sail the high seas. Grab the how-to by clicking here.

photo: Ellen Petti via Ellen’s Daily Heart

3. Heart Art
This one touches our heart. Your little artists will have fun painting the sticks—which should be shaped and sized before the painting starts—all you’ll need to do is use low gauge craft wire to bind them together. We recommend wrapping the wire from the bottom to the top, then from right to left. Get a better view over at Ellen’s Daily Heart.

IMG_5898photo: Andrew Dawes via Flickr

4. Wood Play
Make your own Reggio-inspired stacking blocks by slicing, sanding, and sealing wood pieces with a little beeswax to preserve their natural form. And, the best part? These DIY toys are perfect for indoor or outdoor play. Head to Adventure-in-a-Box for a great tutorial.

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5. Wonderful Weave
Hello, beautiful. This gorgeous craft is best left to your older kids and may take some time, but it’s well worth the effort! An easy tutorial, including tricks for keeping the stick steady, can be found over at Natural Suburbia.

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6. Teeny, Tiny Houses
Have your scouts gather the best sticks, leaves, flowers, and rocks, then sit back, relax, and watch them build houses for woodland fairy folk. Want to know the trick to getting the roof just right? Shove the sturdiest sticks deep into the ground and layer long sticks and leaves on top. Take a peek at our favorite fairy houses by clicking here.

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7. Magic Trees
This one is so simple but so brilliant. Gather branches, sand, empty pots and scraps of fabric, then let your kids decorate to their heart’s content!

photo: Jackie Currie via Happy Hooligans

8. Chime In
This bright and cheery wood chime project is easy to re-create. Your little naturalists can collect their own materials—all you’ll need to do is insert the hook and attach the string. Get the tutorial from Jackie, the creative curator of 
Happy Hooligans.

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9. Stick Around
There is all manner of stick folk to be found on craft blogs, but we are in love with the ones created by Georgina and crew over at Craftulate. You won’t need much prep in the way of materials with this one; the biggest challenge may be picking sticks in your own likeness. Head over to Craftulate for the how-to.

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10. Make Music
We love the design of these homemade Egyptian sistrums (combining music and history lessons into one!) from Two-daloo. Project creator Stephanie had her kiddos find their own “instruments” before setting them down with basic art supplies to finish the job. Want to know how to make sweet stick music? Make your way over to Two-daloo for the tutorial.

How do you incorporate trees into play? Share with us in the Comments!

— Gabby Cullen



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Create a Mini-Golf Course at Home on the Cheap


Got a little putter in your house? With a few household items you can create a golf course for them that will entertain them, rain or shine. You can go elaborate and make each room of the house a different hole or keep it simple and do it all in your yard. Your only limitation is your imagination (and your swing). Read on for ideas.


photo: Katia Strieck via flickr

No Golf Set? No Problem!

If you don’t have a toy golf set get creative. Unless you’re playing outside and the kids don’t have wild swings, you can use superballs, ping pong balls, or even a tennis ball. No putter? Try out a sword, stick or even your own hands. Just keep the size of the ball in mind when you are creating your obstacles.

photo: Craftulate

Boxes

Use a cardboard box like Craftulate did here to create a simple three-hole obstacle for the kids. Make one hole harder by making angling the box, or try making the holes different sizes. You can also use empty cereal or tissue boxes. Try turning them on their side or even at an angle by taping them down with duct or packing tape. Old wrapping paper or packing tubes can become tunnels.

photo: Dimitri K via flickr

Cup, 2, 3, 4

There’s nothing like a plastic cup to make a “hole” for your golfers. Turn the cups on the side and tape them lightly in place to putt gently into them, or put them upright across the yard and see who can get their ball in. Tupperware works great for this too! Household items like runner rugs, paper plates and pillows can all be used to make pathways and “holes” for the golfers to target. 

 photo: jlaswilson via pixabay 

Get Creative with Toys

Create an obstacle course more challenging than your local mini-golf with toys you have around the house. Use LEGO bricks to build arches and tunnels; Hot Wheels tracks to create an extra-tricky way to level-up (bonus to anyone who can keep their ball on the track); books to create ramps and tunnels; and even stuffed animals to make gaps that the kids have to hit between.

photo: makelessnoise via flickr

Stop, Chalk & Roll

If you are playing outside, create difficulty levels for each area by drawing targets or boundaries with chalk. Use rocks to make roadways that kids have to hit through.

photo: Florida Fish and Wildlife via flickr 

Scoring Tips

Unlike many other games, less is more with golf. The lower your score the better you’re actually doing. Basically, each stroke you take counts as a point. If you want to be true to the sport assign each hole in your obstacle course a number of difficulty beginning at Par 3 and moving up.

For example:

Par 3 means it’s a shorter hole and you should be able to get it in within three strokes

Par 4 means you should be able to get it in the hole with four shots (or less)

Par 5: five strokes or less

Par 6: six strokes or less

(etc.)

Tip: Make some of the holes a high par so that the kids almost always score under! 

photo: Torrey Wiley via flickr 

Fun golf terms to shout out!

Birdie: one less than the expected, so one under par

Eagle: two under par

Bogey: one over par

Double bogey: two over par

Triple bogey: two over par

Quadruple bogey: four more than par

(etc.)

 

Have you tried making a course at home? What are your ideas? Share them with us in a comment below. 

—Amber Guetebier*

*actual golfers were consulted in the writing of this story

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Easy Homemade Mother’s Day Cards


Psst…! Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Lucky for you, we know what the woman who makes it all happen wants this year. More than flowers, chocolates, sparkly jewels and (maybe) even sleep, we’re putting our money on a made-with-love card from her biggest little fan. Check out the easy options below. You’re welcome!

photo: theartfulparent.com

1. A Map to Her Heart
We heart this rainbow painting project aspiring artists can make for mom on her special day. The Artful Parent is where you’ll find out how to create this card that’s meant to be treasured.

photo: hellowonderful.co

2. Pull at Mom’s Heartstrings
You don’t have to be a crafting genius to stitch together these lovable cards for mom, found on Hello Wonderful. In fact, it’s a perfect preschooler activity. String, card stock and little helping hands are what it takes to wind up this Mother’s Day project without breaking a sweat.

dandee designsphoto: Danyelle via Dandee Designs

3. Paint by Mother
Easy as 1-2-3! Dandee Designs has everything you need to help your petite Picasso create a card that’s as colorful as mom. Simply download and leave the rest of the work to the little ones, so she’ll know it’s made with love.

photo: Make and Takes

4. Pictures for Your Words
Even if mom’s not a bookworm, she can still find a special place for this photo collage in disguise. Use a photo booth fave, or crop some silly selfies to take center stage on the front,  then follow the tutorial at Make and Takes so your card will really make its mark!

photo: lilluna.com

5. Easy Answers
This quick and easy free printable will make you look like a star. But what’ll really shine through is your kidlet’s humor and love for mom in his thoughtful questionnaire answers. Get the links you need to make it happen at Lil’ Luna.

photo: The Merry Thought

6. Special Delivery
Finally! A card big enough to match your Little’s love for mom. Find out how to put together this larger-than-life and undeniably stylish option at The Merry Thought.

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7. Counting Qualities
How do I love thee, mom? Let me count the ways. Let your Little choose her top five, and then include them on this DIY fave that beats a store-bought option any day. Follow the detailed steps from The Bird Feed NYC to create this mess-terpiece.

photo: Teacher Idea Factory

8. Picture Perfect
Those pics of your sidekick, goofy grin and all, that are taking up space on your device? Why not print off a few and use them to make this cut-and-paste creation, designed by Kelley at the Teacher Idea Factory. And just like that, a new fridge fave is born!

thetrendytreehousephoto: The Trendy Treehouse

9. A (Hand)made Card
No matter how many kiddos are part of your crew (one, two, three or more) this classic paint and press will come in handy. Have each kiddo make his or her own card or combine handprints of different sizes and colors into one beautiful bouquet. Get the deets at The Trendy Treehouse.

mom-card-crunch_galphoto: Nicole Hill Gerulat for Real Simple

10. Time Crunch
Just because you’re short on time doesn’t mean you can’t be creative. We love this punny card that pays homage to all mom does. And the fact that you can throw it together lickety-split makes it twice as appealing. What a clever (and sweet!) way to thank the master matriarch for everything she does!

photo: Mum in the Madhouse

11. A Rose by Another Name
Let your veggies pull double duty this Mother’s Day with a creative rose print card designed by Jen from Mum In the Madhouse. Whether your mini-me pairs this beauty with a sweet smelling bouquet to match, or pens flowery best-mom-ever sentiments inside, it’s an easy option mom is sure to love.

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12. Turtle Power
Like “turtley!” With just a few items you probably already have in your pantry, you can create this turtle themed Mother’s Day Card that’ll make mom smile. A few cuts and a few important deets from Coffee Cups and Crayons will help you get it done.

Do you think you’ll make one of these for mom this Mother’s Day? Which one sparks your creativity? Share it in a comment.

— Allison Sutcliffe & Aimee Della Bitta



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How to Make a Mini Terrarium for Dinosaurs


If you’ve got the kind of green thumb that makes most houseplants go extinct, we’ve got your solution right here! A small-scaled terrarium that’s home to dinosaurs! It’s easy to make, hard to kill and brought to you by horticulturist Katie Elzer-Peters. Read on to find out how to DIY a fairy-sized and kid-friendly version of Jurassic Park.

Supplies:
Glass container (mason jar works)
Small low-light pants (i.e. table ferns, polka dot plants, Selaginella, Croton, Alternanthera, and Ficus plants)
Few cups of sterilized seedling mix or potting soil
Reindeer moss
Activated charcoal
Dinosaur figurines

Dinosaur Terrarium Photo 2

Good to Know: Enclosed terrariums need a little light for the plants to grow and keep the water cycle going. Otherwise, plants will rot. If you can see condensation inside of the glass, then the terrarium is getting enough light. If the plants start to rot or become mushy, open the cover and let it dry out for a week or so. It may take a while to find the right balance of water for the terrarium to reach equilibrium.

Step by Step:
1. Fill the bottom of the container with ½ to 1 inch of rocks.

2. Pour activated charcoal on top of the rocks until the rocks are barely covered by the charcoal.

3. Add the potting mix on top of the charcoal. Start with 1 inch of potting mix. This doesn’t seem like much, but it is easier to start with a little, than it is to add more potting mix and dig holes.

4. Place the plants. If you’re using accessories, such as the dinosaur, you can set them in among the plants to gauge the effect see if you want to move the plants around prior to planting.

5. Remove plants from pots and plant them. The bottom of the plant root balls can be touching the rocks. Use a spoon to fill in with soil around the plants.

6. Add decorative mulches such as preserved reindeer moss or tumbled stones.

7. Position the accessories.

8. Water the terrarium. This is the trickiest step. It’s easy to overwater and then difficult to get the terrarium to dry out. Start by watering so that the top inch of soil (which might, in this case, be all of the soil) is about as damp as a wrung-out sponge. You can always add water.

9. Place the cover on the terrarium, set it in bright indirect light, and enjoy.

Even in such a small terrarium, you can make separate little scenes. Ideally, you’ll use accessories to make the terrarium interesting and inviting from all sides.

Katie Elzer-Peters is a horticulturist and author of gardening books, blogs, and articles. She also teaches classes and runs workshops dedicated to gardening and garden writing in Wilmington, North Carolina. Her guide to making “fairy + mini” gardens can be pre-ordered here on Amazon.



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Cool New Ways to Use Old Toys


If you find yourself cleaning out the toy box for what seems like the thousandth time, wondering what you’ll do with the bits and pieces littering the bottom—stop short of making a desperate grab for that garbage bag. Instead of tossing well-used playthings, consider dusting them off and using in a totally different way. Plastic animals = awesome new wall hooks. Random puzzle pieces = super cool fridge magnets. Scroll down for more ideas on how to give old toys new homes.

photo: Jasmine Orchard Styling

1. Firetruck Lamp
Use your old trucks and cars to convert into an awesome lamp. Hop on over to Jasmine Orchard Styling to take a peek at her props and for more ideas.

 

 

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2. Magnetic Animal Hooks
The dollar animals your kid had to have just got interesting (at least, for you!). Crafter Tsuki Fox came up with several ways to use those little creatures—we especially dig the magnetic jewelry hooks! Head over to Little Gray Fox for the how-to on a super unique way to display your baubles.

 

 

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3. Playmobil Clock
What time is it? Time to use Playmobil people to make a kitschy clock. These little guys are awesome for imaginary play and, it would seem, a totally cool addition to counting the minutes go by. It’s an easy project—we promise! Find out how it’s done by heading over to The Gingerbread House.

 

 

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4. Dinosaurs as Bookends
A dino-tastic way to keep books in order. Your budding paleontologist will get a kick out of seeing his favorite prehistoric pal propping up his go-to nighttime stories. We love the bright colors and easy (hot glue gun alert!) DIY for this project. Pop on over to Doodlecraft for the entire tutorial.

 

 

 

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5. Tricycle as Garden Decor
This could be our favorite idea of the bunch! Old tricycles are an easy upcycle for your garden. It’s a perfect perch for a flower pot filled with spring blooms. Opt to paint or leave rusty—either way, the kids will get a kick out seeing their old gear serving a new purpose. Head over to A Southern Belle with Northern Roots for more on this simple-but-awesome idea.

 

 

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6. LEGO Charging Station
We’ve already determined LEGOs are awesome, but let’s be honest—the little pieces that find your bare feet in the middle of the night are not cool. In fact, parents might often find themselves secretly plotting a clean sweep of the entire building supply. If you’ve got a surplus of colored bricks, or your kids have outgrown their stash, then this totally rad device charger is gonna be right up your alley. Builder, blogger and dad Steve offers up an easy-to-follow tutorial over at Marquis de Geek.

 

 

 

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7. Board Games for Shelves
The Candyland game has lost all its gingerbread men. The shiny car and boot are missing from the Monopoly set. No one wants to play the game of LIFE. Whatever the problem, Thrift Core has the solution. Make your own shelves out of game boards no longer getting any play. With simple tools and a few brackets, bump up your house’s cool factor in no time. Head over to Thrift Core for a full list of materials and the easy tutorial.

 

 

 

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8. Puzzle Piece Magnets
Puzzles are a great way to pass the day but make no mistake, they are a recipe for mess-making. How many sets do you have at home missing an animal, car, plane or train? By creating magnets, you’ll open up a whole new world of play. This is upcycling at its finest! To get the details on the games and the how-to, head over to Momstastic.

 

 

 

photo: Sewing with Knits via eHow.com

9. A Treasured Stuffed Animal Made of Outgrown Clothes
Since most infants double their body weight within the first five months, it’s likely that your little bundle never got a chance to wear half their adorable ensembles. Don’t fret! The clever seamstress over at Sewing With Knits created this sweet stuffed animal using outgrown infant clothing. Cute and cuddly, it’s an adorable way to repurpose your little one’s unworn attire. For an added touch of nostalgia, use your favorite outgrown outfit. You’ll likely have enough fabric to remove the milk-stained portions.

 

photo: The Homes I Have Made


10. Bubble Wand Airplane
By adding propellers, wings and a tail, The Homes I Have Made transformed a Dollar Store bubble wand into an awesome party favor. Pop over to the blog for the tutorial.

photo: mcleod via flickr

11. Toy Wreath
What to do with all of those old toys and figurines? Make a fun toy wreath! You can use either a wire wreath from your local craft store or an old hula hoop. Affix the figurines and old toys with wire and hot glue.

photo: quinnanya via flickr

12. Succulent Guardians
Provide some protection for your plants by positioning a few old toy soldiers around the house. We love the idea of making this a scavenger hunt—how many can your kiddos find?

photo: Indigoamethyst.com

13. Lamps in Toyland
Light up their life with an enchanting toy lamp. Head on over to Indigamethyst for the scoop.

photo: davidwithacamera via flickr

14. Toothbrush Holder
Make their nightly brushing routine even more fun with a cool toothbrush holder.

 

Have you used an old toy for a new purpose? Tell us about it in a Comment.

— Gabby Cullen, Lauren Hill and Erin Lem

 

 

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