How to make children’s masks

It is certainly a little bit early for Halloween, but since when do children need a good reason to put on masks and run around?  And, equally important, what constitutes a good reason for putting a mask on and running around and is there such a thing?

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This summer, your children can spend a day working on making a creative mask for him or herself and then putting it on to get into character and play elaborate games using the imagination.  Making masks may seem simple on the outset, but, in reality, you have to give children very specific instructions if you want them to stay focused on their task. read more

How to make a decorative tissue box cover

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Whether you’re nursing a mean cold, feeling the aftereffects of a bad breakup, having a terrible day, or watching the latest made-for-TV tearjerker, one trusty item you can always count on is a box of tissues. A box of soft tissues can be comforting during moments that are emotional or downright miserable. Why not house them in a decorative tissue box cover? Making a decorative tissue box cover is a quick and easy way to  transform a functional item and add some instant charm to your room.  And who knows – taking a tissue from a beautifully decorated box just might brighten up your bad day. read more

DIY paper heart garland

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Paper is a crafters best friend! So bring out a pile of paper and have reams of fun with these paper crafts for kids. They’ll enjoy making masks, hats, baskets and other paper crafts. Assuming you’re an avid scrap-a-holic who has got tons of scrapbook paper laying around, put it to use with this fun and easy DIY paper heart garland. Whether they’re cut, folded, pasted, or printed, paper heart garlands are easy to make – and make pleasant interior home décor for birthday parties or other in-home events! Read on to find out how you can make your own DIY paper heart garland in under 10 minutes! read more

How to recycle old game pieces

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Before you take that stack of old games to the donation station, there are few items you might want to recycle into something beautiful and artistic. I love to keep recycle old Dominos and make them into pretty keepsakes. Sometimes they make cute little personalized gifts as well. You might not have dominos, but this project idea might just inspire you to recycle other game pieces into coasters, magnets and other treasures that you can keep for yourself or give as gifts. read more

How to make your own Holiday Cards this year

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A great way to wish your loved ones a Merry Christmas this year is with handmade cards! You can make some beautiful, personalized Christmas greeting cards at home. This is an inexpensive and simple way to express your love. Along with this, it is the personal touch which makes these cards special. read more