DIY Father’s Day Gift – Felt Catchall

Post by Rebecca of Not So SAHM

DIY Father’s Day Kids Craft - Felt Catchall

By some stroke of luck, both of our kids learned to sew at school this year. Now I’m into lots of different arts and crafts, but sewing just isn’t my jam. So of course they both decided they wanted to sew their dad a present for Father’s Day. I racked my brain to think of something simple that was also useful and (*lightbulb!*) I came up with the idea to make Dad DIY felt catchalls. He really needed several containers to hold the daily contents of his pockets and I wanted something that wasn’t going to scratch all our new furniture. So these were perfect! I think he’s going to love them (and his new-found ability to rapidly find his wallet, keys, and security badge in the morning).

DIY Father’s Day Gift - Felt Catchall

To make our DIY Father’s Day Gift – Felt Catchall, you’ll need:

  • 2 sheets of colored felt (we used 9″ X 11″ sheets from a craft store and cut them into 9″ squares)
  • 1/8 circle hole punch
  • Colored embroidery thread and a needle
  • Ruler
  • Black marker
  • Scissors

And here’s how you make it:

  1. Cut your felt sheets into a square. DIY Father’s Day Gift - Felt Catchall
  2. Using your ruler, draw marks onto the corners of your felt where you are going to hole punch (I did this prep work and the kids jumped in at the sewing stage). You’ll need to gather the corners of your felt in two spots, so you will be marking for four holes:- 2 holes, each 1.5″ from the corner of the felt and 0.6″ from the edge- 2 holes, each 1.5″ from the corner of the felt and 1.25″ from the edgeDIY Father’s Day Gift - Felt Catchall
  3. Use the punch to make each hole as marked. I did this on one corner and then folded the felt in half and marked the opposite corner. Then repeated for the remaining two corners. You’ll be able to mark all four corners, but only have to measure once. Punch the remaining holes. Lay punched felt on top of second piece of felt. Using the holes as guides, mark where you’ll need to punch on the second piece. DIY Father’s Day Gift - Felt Catchall                                                  (folding to mark the same spot on the opposite corner)DIY Father’s Day Gift - Felt Catchall

  4. Thread your needle. Gather one corner and sew through the closest two hole punches several times. Tie the ends into a small knot and clip. Repeat for the two holes closest to the felt’s edge, looping the embroidery thread over the top as you sew. DIY Father’s Day Gift - Felt CatchallDIY Father’s Day Gift - Felt Catchall
  5. After you’ve done one corner completely, show your kiddos and help them do remaining three corners. Voila!

We’re wrapping our felt catchalls in The Land of Nod’s fabulous suitcases — the best reusable gift wrapping for this delicate present!

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Rebecca is a mom to two young kiddos and, in her spare time (ha!), likes to pretend she’s a back-up dancer, craft cocktails, and run long distances. A relatively recent SAHM, she blogs family-friendly activities, DIYs and celebration fun at Not-So-SAHM.

DIY Pinball Machine

Post by Candice Blansett-Cummins of The Wishcraft WorkshopKids Craft - DIY Pinball Machine

Our Wishcraft Workshop team had full-tilt fun launching into summer with little Chicagoans at the Land of Nod store this past weekend and the kiddos did too! We used mechanical “pinball machines” to play with fancy topics like gravity and conservation of momentum in a colorful and playful way.

Let’s keep this fun going and turn stuff from around your own house into a STEAM learning and playing adventure by making your very own DIY pinball machines, shall we?

But first, what is STEAM? STEAM stands for: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Wishcraft Workshop makes it their job to make STEAM stylish and fun all year long.


To make your very own DIY Pinball machines, the first thing you’ll need to do is grab an Art Jar from The Land of Nod. Inside you’ll have just about everything you need in one (cheery) reusable plastic jar. This project uses small parts and little-littles should be supervised when building and playing.

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DIY Pinball Machine Supplies

  • Corrugated cardboard (we suggest a rectangle at least 8” x 12”)
  • Sticky glue
  • A clothespin, popsicle stick and two spools (or two things of equal size about 1” tall)
  • Some push-pins and rubber-bands
  • Something small and round like a large bead or a marble
  • Stuff! Bottle-caps, pom-poms, pipe-cleaners, buttons, wooden spools, googly eyes, sequins, small toys,
    caps from old colored-marker pens.
  • Optional- plain or pretty paper to cover the cardboard and popsicle sticks to make a decorative backboard.

Make It Up

  1. Prepare the base – draw on the cardboard or cover it with colored paper.
  2. Build the launcher – clip a clothespin to a rubber-band stretched between two spools (glue these on to the
    base) and held in place with a popsicle stick affixed to the top of the spools. Done!
  3. Install the edges – gently stretch rubber-bands between push-pins inserted around the perimeter of the base. Use a little glue if needed to hold the push-pins in place.
  4. Add fun stuff against which the ball will bounce, travel around or pass under.
  5. Give your machine a name and make a backboard with popsicle sticks and paper.
  6. Play!wishcraft

Add To The Learning!

  • Assign numbers to the machine’s parts: how many points does each launched ball earn?
  • Elevate the back end of the base using objects of different heights: how does this change the speed of the ball when it launches and returns?

Kids Craft - DIY Pinball MachineInterested in even more STEAM activities for your and your kids? Check out Wishcraft Workshop’s summer programs here.

Candice Blansett-Cummins is the Founder and Chief Giggle Officer of The Wishcraft Workshop. Candice is a parent, wife, friend, artist, teacher, and student.

Kids Craft – Painted Photo Cubes

Post by Kim of Beehive Art

Kids Craft - Painted Photo Cubes I love to incorporate photographs in children’s art work. This is a great kids craft that enables you to use your favorite photos… they can be of your family, your class, your pets or even YOU. Here I’m using head shots of the kids that I took, reduced and sized so they fit the sides of the cubes.

Painted Photo Cubes Supplies Needed:

  • Wooden cubes
  • Sandpaper if needed
  • Tempera or acrylic paint
  • Brushes
  • Photographs
  • White glue

How to Create:

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  1. Depending on where you get your cubes, you may need to smooth the edges sandpaper. Kids Craft - Painted Photo Cubes 3
  2. Paint your cube using any color combination you like. Leave one side unpainted for the photo.If it gets a little tricky holding onto the cube while painting the sides, let it dry in stages and continue. Kids Craft - Painted Photo Cubes 6
  3. Once the paint has dried and you can handle the cube it’s time to add the photograph. Trim the photo to fit the side of the cube you want to glue it to. With a glue brush, apply a thin coat of glue to the cube side. Gently place the photograph on the center of  the side. Flip the cube over and press evenly to secure the photo to the wood. Make sure to wipe the edges of any excess glue.

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Kim Poler is queen bee of beehive ART. She lives for inspiring visual expression, explosions of colors, forms and exciting combinations of mixed-media art. She creates, designs art projects, teaches children art and blogs at Beehive Art.

DIY Seashell Art

Post by Kim of Beehive Art

DIY Seashell Art

Next time you’re off to the beach, be sure to bring a bag and fill it with seashells. At the studio we always have a table set with watercolors and a basket full of shells to paint. There’s just something magical about painting along the smooth surface and watching the paint absorb into the shell. We also love to collage with colored tissues which is how this project came to be. I like to wash the shells and dry them in the sun before I work with them. While the shells are drying gather your supplies and cover your work surface with newspaper or kraft paper.

Supplies for DIY Seashell Art

  • Seashells
  • Colored tissue papers cut into small pieces
  • Mod podge or white glue
  • Glue brush
  • Typewriter and paper
  • Scissors

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DIY Seashell Art Directions

  1. Brush the glue to your shell and add tissue pieces. You can overlap the pieces, make a pattern or create a specific color combo. Be sure that your pieces of tissue lay flat. You can gently brush a thin layer of glue over the entire surface for a smooth finish.
  2. While the tissue is drying, set up your typewriter with paper. Have fun composing your message… it can be a riddle, a poem or you can tell a story. If you’ve never used a typewriter you’re in for a treat, we can’t get enough of it! IF you don’t have a typewriter a hand printed message is really cool and fun too.
  3. DIY Seashell Art 3DIY Seashell Art 4Cut out your words or you can get fancy and cut out individual letters… just keep track of the tiny pieces! Arrange them as you like on top of the tissue and secure with a teeny dot of glue.
  4. Let your shell message dry completely.
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Kim Poler is queen bee of beehive ART. She lives for inspiring visual expression, explosions of colors, forms and exciting combinations of mixed-media art. She creates, designs art projects, teaches children art and blogs at Beehive Art.