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DIY Pom Pom Letter Ornaments | Easy Christmas Ornament

Make these colorful and cheery DIY pom pom ornaments for your Christmas tree. You only need three craft supplies — bright mini pom poms, floral wire and mini ric rack ribbon — to make easy handmade Christmas ornaments that double as merry DIY Christmas gifts. This easy Christmas craft project uses one of my all-time …

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Eyeball Surprise Science Activity to put the STEAM in Halloween

Here’s a fun kids Halloween party game or Halloween kids activity that doubles as a cool science lesson: Freeze glow-in-the-dark bouncy ball eyeballs (affiliate) in baking soda and water, and then have kids spoon vinegar on top to reveal the eyeball surprise! It’s a great way to put the STEAM into Halloween! Check out the …

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Fruit & Veggie Stamping: DIY Reusable Grocery Bags

Fruit and veggie stamp your own DIY reusable grocery bags and say goodbye to both paper and plastic. This eco-friendly shopping tote is really easy to make …and very hard to screw up ? And there are so many possibilities, even carrot polka dots! Did you ever veggie stamp with potatoes when you were a …

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Color inspiration: Bomb Pop summer color palette

Here’s a classic summer color palette inspired by a classic frozen treat: Bomb Pops. Summer reminds me of being a kid in the 80’s eating Bomb Pops quickly before they melted in the Indiana heat. And this modern Bomb Pop is actually Chicago pothole art by one of my favorite creatives, Jim Bachor. Yep, I …

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DIY foam custom koozie can and bottle drink cooler for Dad

Make a DIY custom koozie drink holder to cool Dad’s bottles and cans. It’s an easy and useful DIY Father’s Day gift idea from the kids! I mean, look at this cute little drawing of daddy on his custom drink koozie… Elise and I made this DIY beer cozy together using a bit of foam, …

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Easy DIY Coasters from Hexagon Marble Tiles

If I could renovate our 13-year-old kitchen tomorrow, I would choose classy Italian Carrara marble counter tops. Until then, I made myself some modern DIY hexagon Carrara marble coasters that cost just $5 each. See how to make these easy DIY coasters for yourself or a friend. This is a super quick DIY project. You’ll …

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Easy DIY Jewelry Organizer for Tangle-Free Necklaces

Tired of untangling necklaces? Make an easy DIY jewelry organizer using a piece of wood, cup hooks, decorative paper and Mod Podge in just a couple hours. This DIY necklace display uses curved hooks to keep necklaces tangle-free. And I’ll show you how to hang it up damage-free on a wall or dresser using my …

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St. Patrick’s Day Green Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups Recipe

Make these easy green peanut butter cups recipe for St. Patrick’s Day that uses only 5 ingredients: dark green candy melts, dark chocolate, peanut butter, honey, and a little coconut oil. It’s a sweet green dessert idea for St. Patrick’s Day for kids with a hidden layer of peanut butter gold. And I added some …

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Color Inspiration: Unexpected Rainbows

Congratulations, folks, it’s March which means we made it through winter. Whew! It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day and I’m finding unexpected rainbows across Chicago. This little pot of graffiti gold was hiding down a side street that I happened to turn down on my walk home… And last week the kids and I found this …

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Color Inspiration: Heart Sugar Cookies for Valentine’s Day

Hey friends, it’s February! Let’s talk about love. ? A little love is just what the world needs right now. My February color palette inspiration for you is Re-Entry Red™, Pulsar Pink™ and Lunar Blue™ from Astrobrights Papers. Red and pink colors are Valentine’s Day staples. Yep, Valentine’s Day totally owns red and pink. I …

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Handmade Chocolate Stir Sticks for Hot Chocolate and Coffee

Lately I’ve seen a lot of old-school handmade chocolate stir sticks for sale. You guys, DIY chocolate stir sticks are so easy to make yourself! It’s an easy and economical throwback DIY gift for teachers, neighbors and family so the kids and I made a batch using candy canes and sprinkles and they turned out …

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‘Four Gift Christmas’ free printable gift tags: Want, Need, Make, Read

We have a new Christmas tradition in our family: the Four Gift Christmas. We give four Christmas gifts to each of our children from mommy and daddy: Something You Want Something You Need Something To Make Something To Read Today I’m going to tell you about it and give you free personalized printable Four Gift …

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Fall color inspiration: Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos)

Today I’m sharing a fall color palette to help you colorize your Halloween paper crafts, Halloween wreaths, Halloween party decorations and more. October’s color palette merges Halloween with Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos): Gravity Grape™, Re-Entry Red™, Fireball Fuchsia™ and Eclipse Black™ …with an optional pop of Gamma Green.™

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DIY wedding gift: Wine tags that transform into Christmas ornament keepsakes

Want to make a cheerful and sentimental DIY wedding gift? Stock the newlywed’s wine fridge with bottles to enjoy together on their future anniversaries. The wine bottles are colorfully labeled with handmade tags that transform into Christmas ornament keepsakes after each anniversary. Just attach the corks using VELCRO® Brand fasteners after your toast and voila! …

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Meet my latest client: the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

I want to tell you about my latest client, the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. I worked with them this summer on a super fun project and you’re going to love the topic: Christmas! I can’t tell you much yet because the project is still in progress, but I can share some of the …

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10 Simple & Useful Mother’s Day Gifts to DIY or Buy

Ask a mom what she wants for Mother’s Day and she’ll probably say a good night’s sleep. And next, I bet she’ll say she’d like a handmade gift! Here are ten of my favorite simple and useful DIYs that your mom will love. Fingerprint Table Runner Let the kids loose on this hand-painted fingerprint table …

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Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Hearts – Valentine’s Day Dessert

This easy chocolate-covered strawberry hearts recipe is a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day that you can make with kids. These heart-shaped chocolate strawberries look pretty yummy, right? We already ate them all! We also made some more traditional super easy chocolate-covered strawberries that were a big hit, too. Easy Valentine’s dessert to make with kids …

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