50 Summer Art Projects For Kids

Post by Christina of Christina Williams Blog

50 Summer Art Projects For Kids

We’ve still got about a month of summer vacation, and despite my best efforts, we need some new ideas. I have a summer goal of doing more art projects with the kids. Especially the messy, memorable ones; and now is the perfect time to get cracking on our list. Most of our summer camps have dwindled down; swimming lessons are over; as is our family vacation; so now I’m pulling out the (washable!!!) paint.

I’m planning on inviting friends, family and neighbors to the back yard at the end of summer for a gallery walk where the kids can show off the projects art projects they’ve completed this summer.

50 Summer Art Projects For Kids Checklist

For easy reference, I made a list of 50 Art Projects for Kids; and you can print it out here. My kids really liked painting with race cars and bouncy balls, and I have to admit that I gave it a whirl, too. If you’re going to paint with bouncy balls, or other projectiles, for that matter, here are a few tips: 1. Use washable paint. Obviously. 2. Wear old clothes 3. Work outside. Cover the ground or a table with a drop cloth; or use a table you can easily wipe down when the fun is over.

50 Summer Art Projects For Kids - Painting with Bouncy Balls

50 Summer Art Projects For Kids - Race Car Painting

50 Summer Art Projects For Kids - Salt Painting

I think my favorite summer art project though, was the salted watercolor paintings. The example above is my 9-year-old’s masterpiece. Even he isn’t too cool for most of these projects. (Hooray!) Simply “draw” a picture with Elmer’s glue, sprinkle liberally with salt; shake off the excess. While the glue is still wet, use watercolor paints and just touch the salt gently with your paintbrush. It’s so much fun to see the salt absorb the color; and it’s also a great exercise in color mixing.

I’m sharing our 50 summer art projects for kids over on Instagram, so feel free to follow me there @christinawilliamsblog; and if want to play along, use that hashtag #cwsummerart so we can create a virtual gallery walk for our kids! I hope you’ll join in the fun!

50 Summer Art Projects For Kids - Bouncy Ball Painting Project

Christina Williams is a blogger and graphic designer living in Salt Lake City, Utah. She’s a night owl and a bookworm, as well as a mother to three children ranging in age from two to eight. She shares her latest DIY and design projects along with her adventures in parenting on her self-named blog, Christina Williams. 

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.

Father’s Day DIY – Minimal Geometric Clock

Post by Lidy of Hello Lidy

Father's Day DIY - Minimal Geometric Clock

With Father’s Day just around the corner, we are thinking of ways to create handmade pieces that are truly one-of-a-kind for all the dads out there. Like this geometric walnut clock, which is just one of those ‘timeless’ gifts that last year after year. (Did you catch that?!)

Father’s Day DIY – Minimal Geometric Clock

Materials

  • Walnut Plywood
  • Oak block
  • Table Saw
  • Drill
  • Sand Paper
  • Clear Acrylic Spray
  • Clock Works

Directions

  1. Cut a block of wood or buy from a craft store. Setting your table saw blade to a height of half the thickness of your board, cut a kerf down the center of the block. It might take a couple passes until you reach the thickness of your clock face. Sand, wipe clean and set aside.Father's Day DIY - Minimal Geometric Clock
  2. Use a 1/4″ plywood and cut to shape and size you want for the clock face. Sand, wipe clean.Father's Day DIY - Minimal Geometric Clock
  3. Drill  a hole in the center of your clock face where you want the clock works to go.Father's Day DIY - Minimal Geometric Clock Father's Day DIY - Minimal Geometric Clock
  4. Spray the stand and clock face with clear acrylic spray and allow to dry in between coats.
  5. You may choose to spray paint your clock works (we chose black). Place the clock works onto the clock face according to package directions.Father's Day DIY - Minimal Geometric Clock
  6. Place your clock face into the block stand and enjoy!

Father's Day DIY - Minimal Geometric Clock

I love the minimalist look with this clock. It’s also a sculptural piece that adds a nice touch to any shelf or desktop – don’t you think? I don’t know about you, but I have the hardest time finding things for the men in my life because they either have more than they need and never hint at anything which would make things so much easier!! But this clock Father’s Day DIY gift is truly sentimental, based solely on the fact that we took some time to make it by hand for a very special guy. And I think he is going to love it!

XOXO, Lidy

Lidy is the face behind Hello Lidy: a blog focusing on creating and cultivating unique spaces that integrate original handmade designs and vintage pieces while keeping up on current trends and designs. Lidy and her husband have three adopted toddlers.

Tips for Moving with Kids

Post by Rebecca of Not So SAHM

Tips for Moving with Kids

(goofing on the front porch of our ol’ condo)

Our kids are still fairly young (6 and 5 years-old), but they spent those years growing up in one place — our beloved city condo. My husband and I had been wrestling with the decision to move for a long time, mostly unbeknownst to the kids. So when we sort of randomly found our perfect house, we’d already thought about moving quite a bit. But the kids hadn’t. So they really were not excited about the prospect of moving. And that sort of caught me off guard.

Given that experience and the fact that spring ’tis the season for moving, I thought it would be helpful to share with you some of the tips for moving with kids that helped us get through the process. Moving is a TON of work, but also an exciting adventure. I wouldn’t say that we made it through the feat unscathed, but since I’m never. moving. again., here are my tips (and quickly snapped photos from my phone) for you!

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Tips for Moving with Kids — Involve your kids with packing up the old place in a fun and lighthearted way. Moving is an excellent opportunity to get rid of things and our kids really helped in that process. They sorted through their toys — tossing broken things, donating things they’d outgrown, and just generally organizing them. It’s time consuming, but it helped tremendously at the unpacking stage as well — things were already set up to be put away neatly. It meant I had their rooms mostly unpacked before they got home from school on moving day. We also had them do fun things like check the expiration dates on toiletries and medicines, and decorate our moving boxes. Try to emphasize the positive and downplay the fact that you’re likely getting rid of a lot of their stuff.Tips for Moving with Kids - Get them Involved in Packing Tips for Moving with Kids - Get them Involved in Packing 3

Tips for Moving with Kids — If you can, start making memories together in your new home before you move in. The timing doesn’t work for everyone, I know, but we did some work on the new house before moving and made sure the kids spent time there as well. It doesn’t need to be elaborate we found a few family pizza picnic dinners on the floor before moving did the trick. And the kids spent a few trips iPad’ing on the floor while I supervised some of the construction work. It helped get them comfortable and familiar with the new place, which at first seemed a little sterile and hotel’ish because it just wasn’t the source yet of memories for us.image005

Tips for Moving with Kids —  Think of fun things for them to do at the new home during the transition. Our kids were in charge of making sure all the bathrooms had toilet paper, swiffering within an inch of their lives, and counting all windows and stairs in a necessary and very serious inventory of the house. And they loved, loved helping put things together. It really helped them to feel like they were in charge of something related to the moving and got them exploring their new home. Plus, it meant I could put the dishes away without them so helpfully dropping plates.

Tips for Moving with Kids —  Think of fun things for them to do

Tips for Moving with Kids —  Let the kids say goodbye to your old home. I was wary of unnecessarily dramatizing the move, but then I felt like I underestimated their emotions about leaving the only home they’d known. So we spent some time sharing our favorite things about the house and writing thank you letters to it. We left them at the old house and then moved on. I didn’t draw the process out, but it seemed to help them sort of close that loop. Tips for Moving with Kids —  Let them say goodbye

Tips for Moving with Kids —  Involve your kids in planning their new rooms and/or decor for the rest of the new home. It was important to me to give the kids familiar but new rooms when we moved. I was worried that setting up an identical version of their old room would work against me in the transition. Plus, they were more excited about the move once they learned they could help plan their new rooms! Sort of surprisingly, they were also very into helping pick out furniture for the rest of the house… to a point. If you’re planning on furniture shopping with your kids, try to stay flexible and perhaps bend the rules a bit our guys got much more iPad time than they normally would’ve, but they were such good sports! (p.s. stay tuned for their room re-do’s, which we couldn’t have done without help from our buddies at The Land of Nod!)

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.