Check out this awesome glow in the dark star mobile from Robert Mahar. It is just precious! I know you’ll love it. Maybe I will put one in my next nursery? Lol. I love the way that it recharges every night and that the glow in the dark glue lasts longer than those pre-made glow in the dark stars.
This really is such a simple DIY but it looks so precious. You will need to gather quite a few tools and supplies, scissors, markers, glow in the dark glue, wire cutters, etc.. Luckily most of the needed materials are pretty common household materials. Common materials that will leave you with an uncommon mobile.
Did you love this star mobile? Yes? Then you will adore these 25 DIY mobile tutorials featured at babble. There is something to fit every nursery and every baby (or big kid). I love the hot air balloons. Find all the fun and free plans here…
I found this fabulous DIY over at Wimp and I’m so excited to feature it here today! Just be prepared…it will take you back to the days of scrunchies and glitter eye shadow. That’s right. We’re going back to the 90’s. We are making bangles today! (I know that they were popular in the 40’s too but I’m drawing from my personal experience.) I love this idea. It’s so much fun!
This is a really easy one for the kids! Popsicle sticks are a universal crafting material. They are even useful for education. We used them in my geometry class to design bridges. Now we are going to use them to make bracelets. For this DIY you need some popsicle sticks, some boiling water, a small cup for shaping, and decorating supplies. I think the sticks used in this tutorial are actually tongue depressors…but no matter. I can’t see them being any different that popsicle sticks, can you?
Another thing that makes great bangles? Toothbrushes! I used to do that all the time when I was little. I had an Elmo one that I wore everywhere. It is the simplest DIY ever and Instructables has the simplest tutorial ever. Find it here. Here is also a video tutorial too (for you visual learners).
The great Picasso I am not. I’m great at paint by numbers and can trace like a boss but freestyle isn’t my cup of tea. That’s probably why I love this roundup from Wimp. It has 10 drawings that you and your littles will love and be able to DIY!
These drawings use numbers as a base and are kid-friendly and easy to reproduce. The number 3 becomes a bunny, 4 a bird in flight, and 22 turns into a mean looking shark. You get the idea. Fun! What a great way to make kids learn their numbers. I’m going to try and remember these the next time we are playing pictionary!
One of my favorite animals to draw as a child was a horse. I was hooked after my art teacher showed us how to use circles, straight lines, and shading to create a drawing that actually resembled the creature. This method doesn’t use numbers but it’s just as easy! Check it out here!
A penny saved really is a DIYers dream come true and this roundup from Just DIY proves it. All 19 of these crafts make perfect ‘cents’ to me. (Oh my! There are just so many penny puns. Lol!)
Pennies are so fun. Grab your change jar and get ready to have a blast. You can go for something big and elaborate, like the penny horse head wall art or kitchen counter. You could also choose to take the simpler route and make a stamped necklace or serving platter. The necklace is my favorite! And as much as I love the wall covered in pennies I will never ever ever try it. That is way beyond my skill level! Which of these is your favorite? Have you tried any before?
Be the ‘change’ you want to see in the world and start with these crafts! ‘Penny for your thoughts’ on penny DIYs. Find out where that phrase came from here. It’s very interesting (promise!).
If you have a daughter, these DIYs are a must watch! The ladies from What’s Up Moms have put together a video that will help you throw the perfect princess party; it will be something right out of the Disney movies and fairy tale stories. (p.s. – no special material or magical powers required! Only crafting supplies!)
Every little girl goes through a princess phase. One of my adorable neighbors is always pretending to be a ‘unicorn princess.’ She is covered in pink tulle and and will never be seen without her unicorn bike helmet. Lol. I went through a pink royalty phase too. It would have been helpful if my mom had known a few of these DIYs at the time. Lol.
The princess hair headband is so clever! The Rapunzel braid couldn’t be easier to make and it will make the little girls happy. It would be fun to make a braid or two in red (Ariel) or white (Elsa). The crowns have to be my favorite! They look so fancy and professional! Now that you have your costumes. Here are some princess themed treats! Have fun planning your next party.
It’s important to give your home a personality. Special. Make it yours. One of a kind. Homemade garden crafts add a nice personal touch to any backyard and garden. Stepping stones are a quick and easy project that definitely fit into that category. They are affordable and fun to make with the littles! We have a few in our yard already but I think I see room for another.
I’m excited to feature this DIY from Intimate Weddings. It’s a simple stepping stone tutorial that the whole family will love and that will add some extra whimsy to your yard. I used to make these when I was little. They never turned out like these though. Who knows what mom had us using! Lol. These will be so fun to make!
You can buy stepping stone kits too. If you don’t have the plates to mash, these ones come pre-mashed.
Mona with Craft Klatch has come up with another fabulous concrete tutorial and I’m so excited to feature it here today! Her latest video shows how to make fun ‘beachy’ themed coasters. This DIY is quick and the finished coasters look anything but homemade. I think I’ll give these a go!
For this craft you will need some rapid set cement, coaster molds, and colorful stones. It’s ok to use whatever cement you have on hand as long as you follow the instructions. You could use something else in place of the stones too but remember these are coasters and drinks need to balance with ease.
These coasters look so lovely! How great would they be on the patio table?! I would want to have them in many different colors. Do you think adding a varnish seal at the end is a good idea? I would want them to stay shiny!
Amazon has many fun concrete molds; everything from paw prints to path pavers. Check them out here.
Some people are so creative! Who goes into the underwear drawer with scissors in hand and comes out with a sports bra? Clever people, that’s who. This video from Likemag Espanol shows how to make a no-sew sports bra in just minutes. All you need is a pair of underwear (clean briefs) and scissors. I guess I better go to the store and look for some new undies! This would really work in a pinch but I don’t recommend it for your next marathon. Think you’ll try your hand at this?
Eslamoda has another fabulous roundup. Check out these 16 ways to make your own bikini. Number 4 is my favorite! I like that it has all the support of a bra because it is an actual bra. The bandeau (number 8) is pretty great too. It’s amazing that these DIYs just need some scissors, markers, needle and thread, ribbon, fabric, or repurposed shirts. Brilliant!
Elle, from What’s Up Moms, has the ‘coolest’ ideas (hehe) for how to beat the sweltering summer heat during those hot summer months. They are fun, affordable, and probably something you haven’t tried before. New is always good when trying to beat the summertime blues.
My favorite is excavating ice blocks (maybe you will inspire your kiddos to become paleontologists). You could also try freezing the toys in muffin tins for quicker gratification. Lol. This is education and fun. Another way to dissolve this would be in the kiddy pool while everyone is slashing around.
Paint popsicles are awesome because they would cut down on messes! The ice boats wouldn’t work for me because my yard doesn’t have enough of a slope. Drats! Which of these are you going to try first? Check out Mashable’s roundup of summer fun DIYs for grownups. Only one involves ice (unless you count the coolers) but all are awesome! Be sure to make this the best summer ever, for you and your kids.
‘Ladybug! Ladybug! Fly away home…’ No! don’t do that. Fly your cute little butts down to my garden. This cute ladybug craft is the best way golf balls can be repurposed. I never knew they could be used to decorate! Did you? Check out this DIY!
You will need some golf balls (those are always super easy to find), some sandpaper, some paint, and a brush or two. What could be simpler?! Use the sandpaper and get the gloss off the golf balls. After that it’s time to prime and paint. (Getting rid of the gloss will make sure the paint will stick.) After that it’s time to paint the face, wings, eyes, and little spots. How cute! Hooray. Check out all of these other ladybug crafts on Pinterest. They are adorable! The hand warmers are super practical and adorable and the footprints are beyond precious. I love them. All of them really.