22 Things For Kids to Do on a Rainy Day So They’ll Stop Driving You Crazy

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It’s pouring down rain. You are trapped inside and you are starting to get a little stir crazy. Before you lose your mind, check out this handy dandy list of things that can keep you busy indoors for days on end. There might not be any sunshine, but this list will help you see some light at the end of the tunnel!

1. Build a fort: everything looks cooler from the confines of a fort!

2. Have an Indoor Treasure Hunt. Have fun making up clues, and don’t forget to hide a fun “treasure” at the end.Easy Crafts For Kids - Potato Stamp Wrapping Paper

3.  Make some Homemade Wrapping Paper.

4. Take a bubble bath in your bathing suit.

5. Read a book. {Might I suggest any of these 10 Children’s Series or any one of these 55 Must-Read Books!}Easy Crafts for Kids wooden gnomes

6. Make some Cute Wooden Gnomes.

7. Write in your journal or make “dream/vision” boards.

8. Make a Homemade Pinwheel.Flower Pot Candy Bouquet

9. Get your sugar on with this fun DIY Candy Bouquet.

10. Make a Duct Tape Wallet. Or a Duct tape hair bow or a Duct tape prom dress or you get the picture.Homemade Butter in a Jar - Easy Kids Projects

11. Whip up some butter with this Homemade Butter in a Jar Recipe. Your kids will have a blast shaking away.

12. Make a Party Hat.pattern how to make sweater mittens

13. Sew a Pair of Mittens Out of an Old Sweater.

14. Create a family recipe book. Everyone records their favorite family recipes on note cards and then you decorate those cards and place them in a decorated box or holder.

15. Write and perform a play. You’ll spend all afternoon designing sets and costumes and rehearsing to get it just right.

16. Host a “Fancy Tea Party.” Whip out the fine china and maybe even bake up some of these Chocolate Pistachio Cookies to go with your “tea.”How-to-Recycle-Old-Crayons-

17. Recycle Old Crayons into New Crayons.

18. Have a dance party in your living room. Blast the music and dance your pants off. Limbo anyone?

19. Make some ooey, gooey Caramel Apples.

20. Write letters to friends and family. Actually snail mail letters.How to Make a Kool Aid  Tie Dyed T-Shirt

21. Tie Dye T-Shirts.

22. Take a nap. I saved the best for last!!

~Mavis

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One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure – Old Chair

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old chair with seat cushion

I stopped by the Goodwill on my way home from running errands the other day and spotted this rather nice dinning room chair for $3.99 + tax. The fabric seat was a bit stained and the chair really was not my style, but it was in good shape, so I snatched it up.

removing seat cushion from chair

I had been on the lookout for a good, sturdy chair for my daughter’s desk {which I bartered with Girly Girl for earlier this summer} and I knew with a little paint and fabric, I could make this thrift store find work. After all the chair was in great shape and about 10 times better than the folding chair she had in her room. ;)

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I knew we had a can of black spray paint in the garage, so after I removed the seat cushion from the chair,  I sprayed 2 coats of paint on to the chair and left it outside to dry.
removing old fabric from seat cushion

The bedding and drapes in my daughter’s room are grey and white, so when I popped into the Joann’s fabric store I was hoping to find something on sale that would work so this $3.99 chair didn’t turn into some huge and crazy expensive project. ;)  Luckily their home decor was on sale for 60% off and I was able to snag the 5/8 of a yard that I needed for $9.99 + tax.

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When all was said and done I spent about an hour working on this project and $15.33 for the fabric and chair. I think it fits perfectly in her room, don’t you? Finding good furniture at thrift stores can be a bit of a challenge sometimes, but if you hang in there, eventually you’ll find what you’re looking for.

~Mavis

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Easy Kids Crafts – Homemade Play Dough Recipe

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Homemade Play Dough Recipe

Need a Saturday afternoon activity for the kids?  How about whipping up some homemade play dough?  The way I see it, it’s like two activities in one.  They can help you make it, then they can play with it.

Homemade Play Dough Recipe

You’ll need:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1/3 cup salt
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • Food coloring

Homemade Play Dough Recipe

Directions:

  1. In a 2 quart saucepan, add flour, cream of tartar and salt.  Add the water and vegetable oil.
  2. Turn the burner on medium low and stir.  It will look like lumpy waffle mix.
  3. It will start to firm up a bit as you stir it.  This will take anywhere from 30 seconds to a couple of minutes, depending on your stove.Homemade Play Dough Recipe
  4. As soon as it starts to firm, add the food coloring.  The dough will start to really get thick and lumpy at this point.  Just keep stirring.Homemade Play Dough Recipe
  5. It will turn to a dough-like consistency and stick to the spoon in one big lump when it’s done.
  6. After the kids are done making homemade memories that will surely last into their adult years, store it in an airtight container just like you would store-bought play dough.Homemade Play Dough Recipe

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Easy Directions for a Handmade Christmas Swag

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Is your husband freaking out because you don’t have a wreath on your front door yet? Well, this is just one of the mini drama’s I had to endure this week… So if you’re in the same boat, you’ll want to check out my latest article for eHow Simple Directions for a Free and Easy DIY Christmas Swag.

I was at my local wholesale club the other day with my husband when we spotted a bunch of Christmas swags for $16.95, and he immediately turned to me and said, “Hey, let’s get one. We don’t have anything on our front door yet.”

“Wait. What? You want to spend $16.95 for a bunch of dead tree branches and a little bit of ribbon? Are you freakin’ nuts? I can make that. For free! Silly husband.”

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Pop on over to eHow and read the whole article HERE.

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Easy Christmas Craft – DIY Wine Cork Reindeer Ornament

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Wine Cork Reindeer Ornament

Do you have some wine corks lying around {don’t worry, no judgement if you have enough to make enough ornaments for the entire neighborhood} just waiting to be upcycled into these cute {and EASY} reindeer ornaments?  These cute little ornaments take all of about 2 minutes to throw together, and would be adorable hanging around the neck of a bottle of wine {or sparkling cider} as a Christmas gift.

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You’ll Need:

Wine cork
Twine, ribbon, yard {whatever you have on hand}
Googly eyes
Tiny red pom-pom
Brown pipe cleaner
Glue gun

Wine Cork Reindeer Ornament

Directions:

Start by attaching a looped piece of twine, ribbon, etc. onto the top of the cork using the glue gun.  Next, wrap the pipe cleaner around the top of the cork and twist it {like a twist tie on a loaf of bread} to get it to stay in place.  Bend the excess to make them look more like antlers.  Next, glue the googly eyes onto the top of the cork, just below the antlers.  Finally, on the end of the cork, glue the small red pom pom for the nose.

Now go pour yourself a Gatorade and recoup from a whole 5 minutes of crafting.

~Mavis

 

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Kid’s Christmas Craft Roundup: 10 Easy Crafts

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Easy Kids Christmas Crafts

So many Christmas crafts, so little time. Good thing all these crafts are easy peasy. In fact, you could gather a bunch of ingredients and have a big craft day, and I bet you could get through most of them in a day. I mean that’s extreme craft overload, but it’s totally possible! And even though most say they are “kid’s crafts,” with the exception of a few The Girl helped me with, I did these all on my own and enjoyed every minute of it. So I guess they are for Kids at Heart, too!

Go get your craft on, whether you choose to do one or all of these very Christmasy crafts.

Reindeer-Root-Beer-BottlesReindeer Root Beer Bottles:   Bottled root beer is the only way to go. Throw some antlers and a red nose on it, and you have the perfect, hip Christmas gift for friends and neighbors. {Pin it for later}

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Bird Seed Ornaments:  I love these little ornaments.  They are a great way to decorate the bare winter branches outdoors, and the kiddos will love the fact that the birds are there because of them. {Pin it for later}
Easy-Christmas-Crafts-Candy-Cane-Reindeer2 Candy Cane Reindeer: This craft is a great way to get rid of leftover yarn and is pretty easy for little fingers.  The whole project will only take you about 10 minutes–now that is my kind of commitment.  {Pin it for later}
Easy-Crafts-For-Kids-Potato-Stamp-Wrapping-Paper1 Potato Stamp Wrapping Paper:  Such a fun craft to do with the kids that you can actually use!  They will have a blast “playing with their food” while making the potato stamped wrapping paper, and you can use their creations to wrap gifts. {Pin it for later}
Easy-Kids-Christmas-Candy-Craft-Ideas-–-Rudolf-the-Reindeer-Candy-BarRudolph the Reindeer Candy Bars:  These decorated candy bars are like a craft, treat and wrapped present all in one.  And since I’m all about getting the most out DIY, this craft is genius. {Pin it for later}
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Candy Cane Sleighs: These candy loaded candy cane sleighs will not only make great gifts for your kids’ friend, but will probably make you the most popular mom on the block {with the kids, at least, the parents may hate you when their kids are climbing up the drapes-ha!}. {Pin it for later}
Hershey’s-Kiss-Candy-Mice-Ornament Hershey’s Kiss Candy Mice Ornament: First off, what kid doesn’t love a project that involves chocolate?  Second, these Hershey’s Kiss candy mice ornaments are so cute and would make great gifts for their classmates without breaking the bank.  {Pin it for later}
how-to-make-a-candy-train How to Make a Candy Train: These little old school candy trains have been a tradition in our house for years. The Girl Who Thinks She’s A Bird has been making them and gifting them to friends for as long as I can remember. I bet it’s a tradition she passes on to her kids.  {Pin it for later}

Paper-Bag-Reindeer-Puppets Paper Bag Reindeer Puppets:  This little craft is totally awesome, because once you have helped them make their puppets they can create puppet shows for hours and you get much needed guilt-free time to get the holiday chores done. {Pin it for later}
Waterless-Snow-Globes Waterless Snow Globes: These waterless snow globes are a perfect place for kids to use up their prized trinkets {you think are junk!}.  They can immortalize all of their treasures in a snow globe, and you only have to pull it out once a year. Plus with no water, it’s mess free and you don’t have to worry about breakage! {Pin it for later}

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Easy Christmas Crafts for Kids – Handprint Christmas Wreath

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Easy Christmas Crafts for Kids - Handprint Christmas Wreath

What is it about your kids handprints that is so endearing {well, except for when they are all over the walls}?  This wreath is a fun way to preserve your kiddos size just as they are and it doesn’t hurt that tracing their hands and cutting them out will keep them busy for hours.

Handprint Christmas Wreath supplies

You’ll need:

  • 2 different shades of green construction paper
  • Red construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Pencil
  • Ribbon

Easy Christmas Crafts for Kids - Handprint Christmas Wreath

Directions:

Start by having your kids trace their hands several times on both shades of green paper.  Cut out the handprints.

Handprint Christmas Wreath directions

Layer handprints in the shape of a circle, gluing the overlapping part of the handprint cutouts together as you go.  Cut small circles out of the red paper.

Easy Christmas Crafts for Kids - Handprint Christmas Wreath

Glue the red circles to the wreath.  Allow the wreath to dry completely and then loop the ribbon around the top of the wreath, tying it in a bow at the ends.

Happy Holidays,

Mavis

Easy Christmas Crafts for Kids - Handprint Christmas Wreath

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Making a Cedar Christmas Garland From Scratch

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How to Make a Cedar Christmas Garland

I was at The Home Depot the other day and noticed they were selling 100 feet of cedar garland for $54. Wowza! I don’t know about you, but spending $54 for something I can get for free in my backyard {with a little effort} is kind of nuts.

cedar branches

As you may know, I have a love/hate relationship with the cedar trees in my backyard. I hate having to rake up the mess, but come Christmas… those little cedar branches on the ground are suddenly my new best friend. :)

How to Make a Cedar Christmas Garland

If you’ve never made your own cedar garland before, it’s seriously a piece of cake. It took me about 45 minutes to make a 20 feet of garland start to finish. YOU CAN DO THIS. Trust me. Save yourself some money, honey.

Supplies Needed to Make a Cedar Garland

  • Small Cedar Branches
  • 22 Gauge wire
  • Wire cutters

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If you have OCD like me you’ll want to put your branches in neat little piles according to length. Totally not necessary, but hey, I think it comes in handy when selecting the next piece to use. At least that is what I tell myself. :)

Make a Cedar Christmas Garland

Take two ceder branches, wrap floral wire around the top 1/3 of the branches and give it about 3-4 good, tight twists.

making a cedar garland

Add additional branches {2-3 at a time} now wrapping the floral wire around the bottom 1/3 of the branch as you go to secure the greens until you have about a 5 – 7 foot length.

How to Make a Cedar Christmas Garland For Free

Since I was making this cedar garland for my kitchen window I needed about 20 feet.

Once I made 3 {5-7 foot} lengths of garland I wired them all together and let the garland dry out a bit overnight in the garage so I didn’t have wet greenery brushing up against my white window trim in the kitchen.

fresh cedar garland

Now all I need to do is find some twinkle lights and I’m good to go.

Thanks for the free cedar garland Mother Nature. ;)

~Mavis

How to Make a Cedar Christmas Garland

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Easy Christmas Crafts for Kids – Paper Bag Reindeer Puppets

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Paper Bag Reindeer Puppets

This little craft is awesome, because once you have helped them make the puppets they can create their own puppet shows that will give them hours of fun and you much needed guilt-free time to get the holiday chores done.

Paper Bag Reindeer Puppets supplies

You’ll need:

  • Brown paper bag {lunch sized}
  • Medium sized black pom-pom
  • Craft glue
  • Black, white, red and brown construction paper
  • 4 little bells
  • Scissors
  • Gold glitter pen {or just a marker will work}
  • Glue stick

how to make Paper Bag Reindeer Puppets

Directions:

  1. Lay the paper bag flat.  Flap side up.  {By flap, I mean the bottom of the bag—see the picture if you are confused about the placement}
  2. Use craft glue to attach the black pom-pom on the center of the flap toward the bottom.
  3. Cut out white circles from the construction paper.  Glue them on above the pom-pom as eyes.
  4. Cut out smaller black circles from the construction paper.  Glue them on top of the white circles for pupils for the eyes.
  5. Cut out a black strip of construction paper, about an inch thick and the same width as the paper bag.  Glue it onto the main part of the paper bag, about 1 ½” down from the flap.how to make Paper Bag Reindeer Puppet
  6. Space the bells equally across the black strip and use the craft glue to glue them on.
  7. Cut a circle out of the construction paper.
  8. Using the glitter pen or marker, write your child’s favorite reindeer name on the red circle.reindeer puppet bags
  9. Glue the “name tag” just below the black bell strip—now you have a reindeer collar.
  10. Have your child trace their hands on the brown construction paper {or do it for them if they are little}.
  11. Cut out hand prints and glue them to the top of the paper bag on the back side, so that they make hand print antlers.

That’s it, now repeat if your kiddo wants a whole herd.

Merry Crafting,

~ Mavis

Paper Bag Reindeer Puppets

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How to Make Scented Pine Cones

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How to Make Scented Pine Cones

With Christmas right around the corner I thought I would re-publish this easy peasy How to make scented pine cones tutorial in case you missed it last year.

I can always tell winter is coming when I start to see the scented pine cones popping up the the stores. They look so festive, and smell amazing, that it’s hard to resist not purchasing them.  Here in my neck of the woods though, paying for pine cones is like paying for air–they are everywhere and it just doesn’t make sense to pay for them. Making them scented is also pretty simple, so I thought I would make some to satisfy my winter nostalgia.

pine cones

You’ll Need:

Pine Cones
Essential Oil {I used Edens Garden Essential Oils}
Gallon Ziploc Bags

How to Make Scented Pine Cones

Directions:

Wash the pine cones in warm water to get ride of any debris, dirt, insects, etc.  Then, on a foil lined baking sheet, heat them at 250 degrees for 20 minutes.  Allow them to cool completely before moving on to the next step.

Put pine cones into the zip baggie and put several drops of essential oil {I’m using cinnamon} into the bag.  Zip the bag and then gently toss around the pine cones and oil to mix thoroughly.  Leave the bag closed for 1 week to allow the scent to infuse the pine cones.

After a week, pop them open and place them in a bowl.  I think they make a really cool winter decoration and they smell amazing every time you walk passed them.  When they run out of scent, just repeat the process.

How to Make Scented Pine Cones

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