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21 family fun article submissions by the Mothering community.

Featured Craft: Runaway Bunny Easter Picture from Living Crafts Magazine

  Thank you to Pardis Amirshahi, the editor of Living Crafts magazine, for providing this special guest post.   Being a mother to a preteen who used to love the Runaway Bunny story (by Margaret Wise Brown) as a toddler, I thought of making a picture from the book for her as a gift for Easter this year, and wrap it with the book, which she does not even remember now.  The book tells the story of a bunny who tells his mother he has decided to run away.  The mother tells him that she’ll run after him and find him and bring him home in different scenarios, starting with... read more

Wool Dryer Balls

The following is a guest post by Mothering’s Melissa Holik, dishing some behind-the-scenes how-tos for an article in our brand new March-April issue, “A Green Clean.” As Laura and I were prepping for the “Green Clean” photo shoot, we sat down—as we usually do for these shoots—and made a shopping list of all the products from the article and how they might look together: “Vinegar, that’s clear. Baking soda, white. We need some color. . . . OK . . . . flowers, maybe bright yellows and oranges? Gloves, can we can get some in green? Reusable dryer ball . .... read more

For Valentine's Day: Cute thumbprint cards for your Valentines

  Remember the fun of exchanging those cute (and, well, corny) valentines in elementary school? Times have changed, but kids still love to swap valentines.   Here are some quick and easy ones for you to make. Just sketch out some simple designs with a pen or pencil (you can even use the designs above for inspiration) or use stencils to create the main design and customize them with a thumbprint to make them truly one of a kind.    What you’ll need • card stock (white or lightly colored) • a stamp pad •  thumbs • crayons, markers, paint, or glitter (optional)   •... read more

For Valentine's Day: Sweets for your Sweetie

  Bag some sweets for your sweetie with these fun designs you can print out on small paper bags—plus a fabulous recipe for sea salt brownies!   What you’ll need • small paper bags (often sold as “lunch bags”) • a printer • pinking shears (optional, but they make for a nice-looking bag top) • treats to put in the bags (We highly recommend the sea-salt brownies below!)   What you do   1. Download and print a pattern, or create your own stencil, for your bag.    2. Print a test page onto paper, then hold the test page up to your paper bag to see where on the bag the... read more

For Valentine's Day: Snow globes

  All these years, I haven’t forgotten snow globes we made out of baby food jars when I was in kindergarten. I loved those things! So when—as the snow was yet again coming down outside our office windows—Mel and I started putting together our list of things to make for Valentine’s Day, I saw my chance to create these again.   Back in the day, we used some pretty awful plastic flowers (I think we were making our snow globes as Mother’s Day presents), but I thought it might be fun to try making some using old castoff toys and gumball machine trinkets. Here’s how it works.... read more

For Valentine’s Day: Love Poetry Magnet Kit

For Valentine's Day: Paper Doll Bookmarks (with fabulous hair)

    Next up in Mel and Laura’s Several Fabulous Things You Can Make for V-Day Project: paper dolls!   But not just any paper dolls. These paper people have long lovely locks like Rapunzel—or any number of pro football players these days—to help your favorite reader mark his or her place.     What you’ll need   scissors colored paper (card stock is preferable, needs to be sturdy enough to handle being handled a lot) hole-puncher (to make small round holes for yarn hair to go through) needlepoint needle (or one with a big eye, anyway) yarn glue stick   1.Print... read more

awesome craft from www.ourbigearth.com

We made this, and it was fun. Notes: I used solid card stock instead of patterned scrapbooking paper. Now I want to make more. It’s a rather wholesome addiction, this crafting. Family Craft – Waldorf-inspired Winter Birds Posted using ShareThis Subscribe to the Mothering.com Blogs Feed This entry was posted on Sunday, April 26th, 2009 at 7:10 am and is filed under Uncategorized, mama on the spot, mama sadhana. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are... read more

five crafty mamas

Our May-June cover story, written by Jean Van’t Hul, features five Midas-like mamas who go about their lives transforming the everyday into the breathtaking. To gaze upon their creations is to be first awestruck, then inspired. (And endearing them to me all the more is the fact that these woman are all talented photographers.) Here they are, with links to their blogs and web sites. 1. Sally Shim. A mom of two who favors handmade goods for their originality, she often makes things herself because she just can’t find what she’s looking for in... read more

and one more

Crafty mama, I mean. And not just crafty: this one is sneaky, as well. Quietly hiding behind the aforementioned (last post) cover story is writer Jean Van’t Hul, who, come to find out, is herself an artist and mother and blogger extraordinaire. Who knew! Take a look at Jean’s blog here, and be sure to check out her March 2 post: An Activity a Day for March. That’s right. 31 things for Jean to make and do with her three-year-old daughter, Maia. Cool things like making tissue-paper candle holders, starting a nature journal, making and playing with clean... read more

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