Posts tagged crafts
Plum District picks our favorite Valentine's Day DIY crafts for last-minute lover gifts
February 14th, 2013 | 6:56 AM
We love Valentine’s Day. Yes, the kids have to bring in Valentine’s Day crafts for the entire class, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get involved too. What are you doing for this romantic holiday? We picked our favorite (and easy) DIY crafts – some are even printable – to make today even more special. We have a few crafty members of the office who are really into creating signature Valentine’s Day cards and we’re hoping this list serves as an inspiration for the rest of us.
Jordan is pretty handy when it comes to crafts, but she’s also got kiddos – and when she says these matchbox valentines are kid-proof, we know we can handle it
I love that Joy takes advantage of her local surroundings for a beautiful spring-time floral valentine that accentuates her city
Samantha is chic and simple with her DIY craft; who could use a sip of something sweet & warm for Valentine’s Day?
This fold & send valentine from Camille is printable – meaning you can get it done at the office and still have time to send it out to friends this afternoon!
Bri might be a graphic designer by trade, but when it comes time to colorful DIY crafts, she always delivers
Instacanvas is our new favorite find – turning Instagram photos (either your own or others) into works of art – like this street-shot turned Valentine’s Day card
Celebrate the New Year with family and friends with fun kid's party activities and adult-only beverages
December 28th, 2012 | 6:54 AM
Kids love making noise, staying up late, eating fatty foods and celebrating – so why wouldn’t they love New Year’s too? If it’s an event you’ve skipped out on because the kids were too small to understand or too young to stay up past midnight, you’re missing out on a great opportunity to share in an unbelievable experience with the whole family.
This New Year’s Eve, instead of skipping the hootenanny altogether or slipping out the door for an adult-only soiree, throw a bash that all ages can enjoy. We can bet there are a few parents in your same boat, so share the holiday with them too for the ultimate family friendly New Year’s Eve celebration.
Celebrate on Another Time Zone
If you’re lucky enough to live on the West Coast, there’s no harm in celebrating with Ryan Seacrest and New York at 9pm. But that isn’t the only time zone that celebrates a little earlier than the rest of us in the United States. Why not celebrate with the UK? If you’re based on the East Coast New Year’s in London is 6pm, meaning you can all clink glasses – whether they’re filled with champagne or sparkling cider – together.
Games, Food and More Games
Pull out all the stops for the kids, and for yourself, this New Years. Kid’s party activities can range from board games to fun DIY crafts, while you can throw in some adult-only games for family and friends once the kids are put down. Drinking games might seem obsolete but add it to the countdown and it’ll be worth every final minute.
Kids love to make noise, and most of the time you can’t stand it. Let them scream and shout with gusto through the help of New Year’s Eve party noisemakers that do all the talking for them. The afternoon can be spent crafting your very own party noisemakers for a family-friendly activity that will go well into the evening.
Let them be the DJ. Kids will manage to stay up a bit longer, and get the dance floor moving and shaking, if they’ve got tunes they’ll love. Plus, you can turn up the good old oldies once their eyes start to flutter. And with their extra energy and dance moves around 9pm, you’ll be sure to see them snoozing within no time.
Say cheese! No family friendly party with fun kids party activities would be complete without a photo booth. You don’t need to rent one to have a photography session, just clear out a closet near the living room and put your camera on auto-shoot. Add a few accessories from the kids’ costume closet to make a great addition to all the funny faces.
Plum District shares our favorite kid's crafts and activities for school breaks and rainy days
November 29th, 2012 | 11:21 AM
When the final school bell rings this holiday break, kids celebrate their freedom from the classroom. Whether it’s an ordinary school day soaked with rain or the end of a semester, we have to be fully prepared with loads of activities to keep them entertained – without keeping them glued to electronics – while they’re home.
The good news: it’s easy to continue challenging their minds, keep them active, and have fun together during school breaks or stormy afternoons. Store-bought crafts, games and activities can be costly. Instead of splurging, there are infinite DIY projects and solutions that you can create with materials you already have at home! It’s time to do-it-yourself, Mama, and create some lasting memories perfect during any holiday or school break.
Using wooden craft sticks (we know you’ve got Popsicles stored in the freezer!), craft together giant DIY snowflakes. Perfect for the season, they’re easy to glue together and kids will love making their own designs. Then kids can paint them, color them with markers, or we recommend coating them with glitter! Let them experiment with shapes for a full day of creatively-crafty activity. Plus, get some more shape and decorating ideas at CraftyNest.com.
Once you’re in the crafty spirit, become adventurous world travelers with your kids – without even leaving the living room! All those leftover, recycled and unused boxes and cardboard tubes from holiday packaging are perfect for crafting DIY airplanes, cardboard cars, trains and other things that go-go-go, keeping your kids’ imaginations active and playful with engaging activities like building and racing!
Keep the grey winter bright with some colorful kid’s crafts this holiday break too! Kids will love getting a little messy and creative indoors, and you’ll love easy clean up. Let the kids melt wax crayons with a hair dryer to craft a colorful canvas design (use holiday colors to be extra festive!), or use food coloring in squirt bottles to paint holiday designs in snow. Making a few DIY no-mess finger painting stations with plastic taped over paint and paper will provide hours of artistic activity, and little ones won’t get their handprints on your walls!
One of our all-time favorite DIY kids crafts (that also makes a one-of-a-kind gift!) are Slip-Proof Socks. Using puff paints, you and the kids can create designs on the bottom of socks to keep tootsies warm while they’re running around the house on holidays and winter break!
You can browse all the other holiday crafts and school break activities we found, like Bubble Wrap Hopscotch, a DIY “Laser” Obstacle Course, and Cereal Box Guitars for endless fun no matter the season!