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Kids Craft: Wooden Spoon Puppets

Great classic craft to make with the kids! Use your imaginations to come up with your own characters, stories, and plays! via @mvemother

This post originally appeared on Create.Craft.Love. on May 13, 2015

Wooden spoon puppets have been around forever, in fact I remember back in 1984, while living at Ft. Dix, NJ, our Girl Scout troop recreated Henry XIII and all his wives with spoon puppets. Then our main crafty accessories were paint, yarn, and glue!

Because this is a classic craft, if you Google or search Pinterest you're sure to find a ton of spectacular creatures and characters made with wooden spoons, it can be overwhelming! I find in instances like this it's best to do what your kids would do, ignore what everyone else has done and let your imagination guide you! 
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12 Summer Side Dishes

Not your average potato salad - 12 Summer Sides to liven things up! via @mvemotherIt’s officially barbeque season!

Why not take a day off from crafting (or if you must here are 50 patriotic projects perfect for Memorial Day) and gather with friends and family to nosh on some of these yummy eats from my fellow bloggers. They’re not your average side dishes, sure to add a spark to any potluck or get-together.

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Father’s Day Gift Idea: JUNK FOOD STASH

It’s time to start thinking about Father’s Day gifts. Men are notoriously hard to shop for but there’s one thing almost everyone loves and that’s junk food! This year set up Dad with a snack stash he can take to work, hide in a workshop, or on top of the refrigerator.

Quick and Easy Father's Day Gift Idea - Junk Food!
After a quick trip to the store, I was able to put together five quick snacking gift ideas. While they’re perfect for Dad they’re also great gifts for teachers, bus drivers, mailmen, etc. With the help of my PSA Essentials stamps I was able to create cute sayings and cards to go with each piece!

Here they are, the saying and stamps used are below each picture. To create the gift tags I used scrap pieces of scrapbooking paper and mailing labels.

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DIY Colorful Photo Mats

Turn cardboard boxes into colorful photo mats! via @mvemother

I have been slowly working on a gallery wall for our home. I don’t intend for it to contain many photos but I’d like those that are included to stand out! The quickest and easiest way to do that is to pair them with a bright, colorful photo mat.

In addition to adding that something special to family photos these mats are made with recycled materials, always a plus in my book! Read more about how I made them below.

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Pom-Pom Coasters

Great way to add a bit of color to your home! Pom Pom Coasters
Yes, this project was completely inspired by many other pom-pom coasters I spied on Pinterest! The only problem I had with many of those tutorials was that they used wool pom-poms. As awesome as that would be wool is not in my budget.

To make this project more affordable I chose to use supplies you could find at your local big-box store, or even the dollar store. Here’s a little about how I made the coasters and a few tips on what works and what doesn’t. Right below the video is a list of supplies.

  • 4 pack of 4 inch cork disks
  • 4 packages of 10mm acrylic pom-poms (choose your own colors)
  • E6000 glue
  • hot glue gun

Pom pom coasters for a bit of whimsy! via @mvemother
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Stamped Air Dry Clay Dishes

We’re wrapping up the week with another stamping project using PSA Essentials Peel and Stick Stamps and only the stamps! No ink, or paper, needed for this one.

Stamped air dry clay turned into a cute dish, great gift idea! @mvemother

I love working with air dry clay so much that it’s becoming increasingly harder to let the kids play with it! Don’t worry they made dinosaurs and finger casts while I made this little dish. It’s not really a bowl, not really a tray, so I guess it’s a dish? The supplies and instructions are super simple but it will take a couple days to complete…it is air dry clay. Here’s everything you need to know.

  • air dry clay
  • Vanilla Alphabet Peel and Stick Stamp Set
  • paint
  • brushes


Hold onto your hats ladies this is a tough one…just kidding!

Now, you could roll your clay with any round flat object and form it so that it is perfect and smooth. I did not. Since this was an off the cuff crafting moment, I just used my fingers to pinch and shape my dish.

Air dry clay project using stamps! @mvemother
Once I had it how I wanted it I stamped it with an e, for Erin. Yep, I made this one for myself!

It wasn’t hard at all, just be sure not to press it so far into the clay that you can’t get it out without digging into it.

These would make great personalized gifts! via @mvemother
Give it a day or so to air dry and then paint away! I chose red and a bright blue.

Stamped Air Dry Clay Dishes would make great kids crafts! via @mvemother
STAMP CARE! Oh no! Now your stamps are covered in powdery clay! No worries. The awesome thing about these stamps is that they regain all their sticky power with a simple rinse of water. In fact I feel like they get even stickier after they’ve been washed!

Stamped, air dry clay dish! Great gift idea via @mvemother
I see many more stamped clay projects in my future, don’t worry I’ll be sure to share them! For more stamping crafts by sure to stop by the PSA Stamp Camp blog!

Awesome idea to use stamps on clay! via @mvemother

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Paper Flower Boutonnieres

Today’s post is sponsored by Darice Craft.

It’s officially wedding season! The dresses, the food, the favors, the pictures, and don’t forget, the expenses. It’s no surprise that many couples choose to DIY as much of their festivities as possible. These paper flower boutonnieres are one way to help your budget and get crafty at the same time!

In case you missed it, here's what you'll need to make these paper flowers: crepe paper, floral wire, scissors, glue stick or dot runner, and a stapler.


Crepe Paper Boutonnieres via @mvemother

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How to Make Worry Dolls

Make a quick set of worry dolls to help with nightmares! via @mvemother

Intended to soothe a child’s nightmares, Guatemalan worry dolls are easy to make, and most definitely, NOT just for kids! Before you go to bed tell these little guys your worries and fears, slip them under your pillow, and legend has it they’ll spirit away those negative thoughts!  Or you can always tuck one or two into your purse and use them throughout the day to relieve anxieties.

To make a set of your own worry dolls all you need are pipe cleaners, embroidery floss or yarn, scissors, and a bit of glue. Watch the video below for instructions.

I forgot to mention during the video, if you have any loose strings or unraveling use a bit of school glue to hold it all in place!

After I made a few of these for myself the kids wanted to make some of their own, apparently mine were not good enough for them! While this project was challenging the yarn made it much easier and it took less time to cover the pipe cleaners. Here’s a few photos of our crafting afternoon.




DIY Worry Dolls

This post originally appeared on Craftastic TV on April 14, 2015.
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Save in Style With a Vacation Savings Jar

For the first time in years we are taking a family vacation and heading to the beaches of Florida! I can honestly say I don’t think Nate and I have taken an official vacation the ten years we’ve been married. Let’s face it, when you’re in a land-locked state, no matter how fun day tripping and staycations can be they don’t compare to the beach.

The thing about vacations, or any trip really, is that unexpected expenses are more a rule than an exception. To plan for that extra t-shirt or another bottle of sunblock we’re squirreling away a dollar, now and then, into our stylish vacation savings jar. Who says savings jars have to be plain and boring? We brightened ours up with Peel&Stick Stamps from PSA Essentials.

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