Category : That’s Crafty!

Avery and Austin Playdate Subscription Box

My kids’ calendars are busier than mine. Between events at their school, extra-curricular activities, sports and playdates, there is rarely any downtime around our house.

Because we are always on the go, we don’t always have enough time for the fun stuff like doing crafts, playing games, or just letting them be kids. When we found ourselves with a rare free afternoon last week, I pulled out the Avery & Austin subscription box and we had the perfect playdate! It was a lovely afternoon filled with nothing but painting, planting, and playtime outside.

Avery and Austin: The Perfect Playdate

The gals at Avery & Austin have thought long and hard about what goes into planning the perfect playdate and they package it up and deliver it, right to your door! Each box is filled with two crafts, two snacks, and even a special treat for moms. It doesn’t get better than that!

Our April box included Go-Go squeeZ applesauce, complete planting supplies to grow organic baby carrots, and painting supplies to decorate garden rocks. As if all of that wasn’t enough, the clay mask and lip balm for me was just the icing on top. Let’s face it, while crafting with kids can be fun, every mom needs a little pampering after painting and playing in the dirt!

Avery and Austin Playdate Subscription Box

I had originally planned to have my oldest (who is almost 8-years-old) complete the activities in the playdate box with her friend, but when the little ones saw all of the goodies it held, they were too excited for me to say no! That’s one thing I loved about it though… the projects were easy enough for my pre-schooler, but detailed enough for my older girls to enjoy them, too.

Avery and Austin Playdates

Avery and Austin Subscription Box

To order your own playdate box, visit the Avery & Austin website. You can purchase one box or sign up for a monthly subscription, which will save you a bit of money. Each month, the crafts and activities are different, so with summer right around the corner, I can’t think of a better time to subscribe. Every mother is sure to hear the dreaded “I’m bored” at some point over the summer, so this could be like your very own secret weapon when you hear those words! 

For Savvy Sassy Moms readers, they are offering a special $15 off discount code to get you started creating the perfect playdate. Just enter SAVVYSASSYMOMS15OFF when you check out. (Code expires July 30, 2015)

Whether you are a mom that wants to have some designated quality-time with your kids or one that wants a way to easily entertain your child with a friend, the Avery & Austin box is sure to provide the perfect playdate!

Avery and Austin: The Perfect Playdate for KidsTo learn more, be sure to follow Avery & Austin on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Want to read more about Avery & Austin? Check out this post from The Nashville Mom!

This post was contributed by The Magnolia Mamas who are part of the Savvy Sassy Mom Product Scouts program.

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Craft with kids for a lucky St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day kids crafts make the holiday extra fun. Whether you’re looking for pots of gold or trapping leprechauns, crafting with kids is an enjoyable way to get in a festive, St. Patrick’s Day mood. In addition to being a fun way to spend an afternoon, many of the actions involved in crafting, like cutting and gluing, are fantastic for developing fine motor skills. Shamrocks and leprechauns rule the St. Patrick’s Day décor, and we’ve rounded up four fabulous crafts for little ones.

St. Patrick's Day Crafts for Kids

Welcome leprechauns to your home with a rainbow

Paper tubes reign supreme in the crafting world, and the Paper Tube Leprechaun Hat from hello, Wonderful is a colorful, simple craft for children. Kids can cut and glue with very little help from parents on this one. Let them make several and string them together like a holiday banner or over a doorway.

St. Patrick's Day Crafts for kids

Stamping keeps kids’ hands busy

Pretty Prudent has another toilet paper roll craft your little ones will adore. DIY Four Leaf Clover Stamps can be used all around the house during March. Older kids can help make the stamps, or mom can make them and hand them over to little ones for stamping. Let kids make St. Patrick’s Day cards for grandparents or keep them busy during mealtimes with “tablecloths” made from butcher block paper.

St. Patrick's Day Crafts for kids

Holiday snacks deserve a special place setting

Set out little treats for your little leprechauns with the Leprechaun Hat Treat Bowls from One Dog Woof. Make the bowls with your kids one day, without telling them what they’re for, and leave them out the night before St. Patrick’s Day. Fill with candies or other trinkets, and watch their eyes light up when they see what the leprechauns left them.

St. Patrick's Day Crafts for kids

Embrace glitter for St. Patrick’s Day crafts

Break out the glitter and create these St. Patrick’s Day Mini Top Hats from Squirrelly Minds. Glitter gives many moms pause, but there’s something about holiday crafts that makes a little glitter mess more tolerable. Glue and glitter can make preschoolers smile, and a few advanced preparations — like an oversized plastic tablecloth you can toss when you’re finished — will set the stage for a clean-up to make moms smile, too.

If you’re in the mood for more glitter crafts, see some of our favorites.
Prefer your crafts glitter-free? We have some favorites without glitter, too.

St. Patrick's Day crafts for kids

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Valentine Craft Roundup

Fill your days with love — and DIY Valentine ideas

Valentine’s Day is a holiday that lends itself to adorable DIY Valentine craft ideas — hearts, love and tons of pink are perfect for crafts and decor. Whether you’re working with your little one to create special classroom valentines or putting together holiday touches for your home, you’ll find the something perfect for you in our Valentine’s Day craft roundup.

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Heart Coasters
Pinwheel Valentines
Mini Valentine Art
Popsicle Stick Valentine Craft
Valentines Day Banner
Glitter Heart Candles
DIY Toy Tea Bags
Love Bug Pencil Toppers
Dip Dyed Feather Arrows
DIY Candy Huggers
10 Fabulous Valentine’s Day Crafts
  1. Dress up your tables — and protect them from coffee stains — with the Baking Soda and Cornstarch Coasters from Simply Earnest. Dig into your kitchen cupboards and find the materials you’ll need for these colorful pieces of home decor.
  2. Pinwheel Valentines from Freutcake are a festive way to get into the Valentine’s Day spirt. The cute pinwheels can be used as individual valentines or grouped together — and you can download the tags for them, too.
  3. The Valentine’s Day Mini Art at Storypiece is one of the sweetest paint chip crafts we’ve seen. Little hands can definitely help with this craft, and when it’s finished you’ll be able to display it each year and remember the time you spent together making it.
  4. Popsicle Stick Valentine Heart Decorations are an adorable — and simple — Valentine craft idea from Bead Bash. After crafting the decorations, how you use them is completely up to you. Decorate a Valentine tree with your kids, or hand them a handful and see where they turn up in your house.
  5. I Should Be Mopping the Floor offers a free download for her Valentine’s Day Banner. The glitter is embedded, so you don’t have to worry about sweeping it from your floor for weeks. Hang it from your mantle or across a doorway — it will keep you in the mood for love all month.
  6. Light up the room with the DIY Glitter Heart Candles from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom. The simple craft uses materials you’re likely to have around your home, if you’re glitter-friendly, that is — we love a little bit of sparkle!
  7. Sew a Fine Seam has the perfect craft for your tea-party loving little one. The DIY Valentine Toy Tea Bags can be used for play tea parties, or you can use them as decor for a Valentine’s Day party. The craft is a great way to up-cycle scraps of material leftover from other crafts.
  8. The Love Bug Pencil Toppers from Pepper Scraps are a simple DIY Valentine’s Day craft that can be used for play dates or class valentines. With a few steps of preparation by an adult, kids can make these with minimal assistance — and you can print out the cards to attach, as well.
  9. Dip Dyed Feather Arrows are a gorgeous way to celebrate Cupid. The craft from The Things She Makes is a sophisticated take on a Valentine’s Day symbol, and it can teach your little ones a bit about science, as well.
  10. Lia Griffith wants your valentine to hang onto their chocolates with her precious Kids Valentine’s Candy Huggers. Download the template and choose your favorite card stock color — we love the look of the kraft paper Lia used.
Can’t get enough glitter? Try these glitter craft ideas for kids.
Do you have a favorite Valentine’s Day craft?
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Show gratitude with Thanksgiving crafts

Holiday crafts are a wonderful way to keep little hands busy and to let kids be involved in a holiday they might not completely understand. While your tot is fingerpainting, take a little time of your own to create Thanksgiving decor for your home. Gather your craft supplies for a little mom and tot craft time.

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Kids’ Thanksgiving crafts

Heidi from One Creative Mommy shared her Pinecone Turkey Craft for Kids with Juggling Act Mama.  Pipe cleaners and beads are a great combination for helping kids improve their fine motor skills. Even young tots can help by collecting pinecones and sorting colors. Just be sure you supervise the hot-glue gun portion of the craft.

The Thanksgiving Napkin Rings from Crafts by Amanda are the perfect Thanksgiving craft for unexpected down time. The materials are generally things moms have on hand, so you won’t need to run out to the store to pick up anything for these adorable napkin rings.

Little ones can practice their cutting skills with the Turkey Puppet from Dream {a Little} Bigger. The greatest thing about this craft? Once the kids finish, they can play with it while you’re putting together Thanksgiving dinner.

Adventures in Making has Cornucopia Candy Favors that will look adorable on your Thanksgiving table or in a rustic basket on a foyer table. Kids can don plastic gloves and help dispense candy for the favors.

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Pinecone turkey craft
Thanksgiving napkin rings
Turkey puppet
Cornucopia candy favors
Rhinestone gourds
Rustic table setting
Glittered feather place card
Mason Jar Leaf Candle Holders
Thankful Tree
Give Thanks Banner
Gratitude Sphere
Thanksgiving crafts and decor for moms

Aunt Peaches invites you to delve into Rhinestone Gourds to decorate for the holidays. She has several tips for where to buy the best decorative gems — and you’ll love her ultra-glittery, must-have crafting supply.

The Simple Rustic Table Setting from Love Grows Wild will make your Thanksgiving table spectacular. While it’s an easy, inexpensive place setting, the simplicity brings an easy elegance to any Thanksgiving dinner.

If you want a little more sparkle on your table, try the Gold Glittered Feather Thanksgiving Name Cards from Make Life Lovely. Gold is the perfect way to combine the warm colors of fall with the celebratory feel of the holidays. She even has an invaluable tip to help keep the glitter fallout minimal.

Autumn Leaf Mason Jar Candle Holders from Spark and Chemistry add warmth and light to the room. Real or artificial leaves work for this project, and mason jars can be found inexpensively, making this DIY decor extremely budget-friendly.

Get the entire family to express their gratitude

The Thankful Tree from Domestically Blissful can be an adult craft or a family project, depending on your level of perfectionism. Even if you decide not to let the kids in on the crafting part of the project, be sure to ask them to help fill the tree — their answers will make you smile.

The Give Thanks Printable Banner from The Tomkat Studio will add style to your Thanksgiving decor. The banner is only the beginning of the Thanksgiving printables offered — for free! — this season. I’m not hosting Thanksgiving, but these are adorable enough to (almost) make me wish I was.

A Rustic Thanksgiving Sphere is a unique way to show your gratitude this Thanksgiving season. With burlap, branches, and gold accents, you might want to keep this craft from hello, Wonderful hanging in your home until you ring in the new year.

What is your favorite seasonal kids’ craft?
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My kids love Halloween and all things associated with it. Of course the thing they love the most is the copious amounts of candy. I would stay they would probably rather the phrase be “Treat or Trick” instead of the other way around. Then they could just say “the first one please!” and go on their merry way.

Another thing they love about the sugar-filled holiday is the decorations. Black and orange suddenly become their favorite colors and fake, fuzzy spiders along with breezy, hanging ghosts are in their favor for about a month. I admit that I am not as much of a fan (of the décor, the candy is a different story) but because the children like it so much I thought I would appease them and create an easy and cute wreath to hang by our door.

Here’s how you can make your own Trick or Treat Halloween wreath!

Step one:  Assemble your supplies. I purchased a grapevine wreath but you can also buy a Styrofoam one. You will also need pins, scissors (preferably those that will cute wire as well), burlap or mesh ribbon, decorative ribbon, and any other accessories you would like to put on the wreath.



Step two: Cover one side of the wreath with the burlap, making this the front. Do this by gathering a section of it in your hand, and then pinning that section to the wreath with the floral pins. Continue to do this all the way around until it is covered.




Step three: Add a section of burlap ribbon or other ribbon around the wreath and pin that in several places as well. Once that is secure, cut sections of decorative ribbon and tie them to the burlap ribbon to cover the pins. Next you can add any accessories. For my wreath I have little wooden ghosts and actual lollipops to add some actual “treats” to it.



Step four: Create a small bow with extra burlap ribbon then secured the sign with the ribbon that was attached to it, so that it would hang near the top.

Halloween Wreath

This wreath took only about 10 minutes to put together and it was a fun little project. Plus the kids love the real candy, of course!

Happy Creating!

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Another holiday, another craft. Amiright, moms? But these easy Easter crafts are going to make you rethink your love hate relationship with the glue gun. These six ideas are fast, and fun. Plus your kids are going to have blast. Check them out!


Potato Stamps

Chances are you already have everything you need for this easy craft. Parents, you wash and cut the potatoes. Kids, you dip the potatoes into the paint and go crazy on some construction paper. The design ideas are endless. Grandma’s gonna love this one hanging on her refrigerator.

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Carrot Place Settings

Look, you’re gonna need help dressing up the table for Easter. Might as well put the kids to work. Grab some orange napkins, green pipe cleaners, and green plastic silverware. Wrap it all together to look like a carrot. Easy, peasy.

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Minion Easter Eggs

Can we just say that 2013 was officially the year of the minion? These Despicable Me 2 Easter Eggs are a cinch to make and are a great way to keep small hands busy.

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A Little Something for Your Peeps

Wondering what to do with all those peeps laying around your house? Give them away! This craft makes for colorful giveaways either for your child’s classmates or your guests.

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Bunny Prints

Small hands make for cute art. Try your luck at these smile-worthy bunny prints. White and pink paint is really all you need. You can do it on construction paper, or if you really want to get fancy you can make it into an ornament with felt.

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Rabbit Rolls

Upcycle those toilet paper rolls and use them to make this cute bunny craft. Construction paper, google eyes, and a sense of humor required.
Photo and craft courtesy of

Moms, what are your favorite springtime crafts?
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glitter crafts
Get ready for glitter crafts

National Craft Month means it’s time to bring out your favorite craft supplies and get crafty with your kids. Make their month by bringing out the glitter. Even if you normally avoid those sparkly particles that never, ever seem to disappear once they arrive, adding glitter to simple crafts will make every craft project seem magical. Try one of the crafts in our craft roundup, and you won’t even notice the 14 extra times you have to vacuum the floor.

Glitter adds another element to sensory activities

Little hands will love playing with the Glitter Play Doh. The sparkles within the soft colors make their creative rolling and pulling just a little more fun. When your little ones need to slow down, try the Glitter Calming Jars. They’re a soothing way for children to spend a few minutes refocusing, and they can be more calming than a typical, protested time-out — for both parents and children.

Crafting with kids doesn’t mean glitter messes

Using glitter for kids’ activities sounds like a giant mess waiting to happen. Younger children don’t always have the fine motor control to keep glitter contained, so try one of the glitter crafts that keeps the mess encased, like the Pipe Cleaner Crown or Golden Glitter Slime. Kids get the fun of the sparkle without trailing tiny sparkles throughout the house. Older children will want to use the glitter themselves, and the best way to minimize the mess is to prep your craft area. Covering the area with a giant tablecloth is one way to keep your furniture from becoming bedazzled. It’s tempting to use a disposable plastic cloth, but the disposable paper ones can be — slightly — less messy because plastic ones can carry a lot of static.

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Easy wire heart craft for kidsFun heart craft for kids!

Hearts are great all year long but they are the best at Valentine’s Day. This easy heart kid craft is the perfect thing for you to make with your family this holiday. These do require a small amount of adult help making it a great family bonding experience. My family likes to craft with a little music on in the background so put together a love themed playlist and get crafting!

Supplies for wire and straw heartsDirections

Grab a package of colorful straws (this package was from Ikea and very inexpensive), adult and kid-sized scissors and some craft or floral wire. You will also need string if you decide you want to hang these hearts.

Cut straws for easy heart kid craftStart by having your child cut straws in to small pieces. I found that if I held the straw, it was a bit easier for him to cut through with his kid scissors. But be warned: The straw pieces like to fly once the blade cuts through the second side. It causes giggles from kids AND adults. You can cut all different sizes of the straws to vary the look (just make sure they aren’t too long or they won’t be able to make the curve shape of the top of the heart).

Cut wire to shape in to heartCut a piece of wire that will be shaped in to the heart. I tried these out with various thicknesses of wire. A thin craft wire works just fine. It will hold its shape and be easy to work with. It is easy to find at the craft stores and comes in a lot of different colors.

Shape wire in to heart shape for kid craftShape the wire in to a heart and pinch the bottom to form the “v.”  I found this helped to space the straws. It also helps to keep the straw pieces from sliding right off the other side.

Sting cut straws on to wire to add colorHave your kids thread the cut straw pieces on to the wire. This is fun because they can group like colors or create their own patterns.

Add cut straws for a colorful heartKeep adding the straws until almost all of the wire is full. You want to leave about 1 inch on each side of the top of the heart in order to close the heart and make an easy place to attach string to.

twist wire to close straw heartsTwist the wire from each side of the heart together. Twist it a few times to make sure it stays together. I left some extra to attach string to but you can easily trim it down if you don’t want to see the wire as much. Finish shaping the wire to make it look like a heart.

Easy wire hearts for Valentine's DayAnd there you have it. Super easy wire straw hearts for your kid’s to make for Valentine’s Day. You can use these as decor around the house or even as a super cute place setting for your holiday meals. If you made them smaller, they could be cute toppers for cupcakes or would make an excellent napkin ring.

Happy crafting!


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Winter crafts Winter weather means a little more time indoors, and crafts are a perfect way to fill a snowy afternoon. Holiday crafts can be used to decorate your own house or given to family and friends as gifts. Kid-friendly crafts can even be made in bulk and used as gift tags for a personalized, creative wrapping idea this holiday season. Crafting with kids doesn’t have to require sacrificing every surface of your home to glitter. We’ve gathered 10 holiday crafts for kids that won’t fill your vacuum with teeny sparkles — there are other ways to shine!

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  1. Joy String Art
  2. Clay Snowmen
  3. DIY Advent Tree
  4. Gum Drop Wreath
  5. Milk Bottle Scarves
  6. Felt Mini Christmas Tree
  7. Epsom Salt Snowman Vase
  8. Bottle Cap Snowmen Ornaments
  9. Pom Pom Snowman Desk Buddy
  10. DIY Christmas Wreath Holiday Card

Thank you to all of the fabulous craft bloggers for their creative inspiration. Like them on Facebook for even more ideas.

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Apple Craft for Kids

Is there any other fruit on Earth as wholesome as an apple? In season all year long, apples can be baked into pies, tarts, strudels, stewed, steamed, made into juice, or apple sauce, eaten raw and so much more.

One of my favorite things to craft with are everyday objects, ones that everyone can recognize and doing something different with them. Take these apple stamps for example. They’re super easy, super adorable and can be used with any kind of paint to match the material you’ll be stamping on.

I chose to apple stamp some plain brown craft paper bags. Perfect for gifts, school lunches or for going apple picking in the orchard, these apple stamped bags are to die for.

Apple Craft for Kids

Creating these apple-stamped paper gift bags is simple. In fact, you can do it in 3 easy steps.

Step 1: Cut the apple in half length wise.

Apple Craft for Kids

I chose an apple that wasn’t perfectly round, I loved the slight heart shape of this one.

Step 2: Apply the Paint. Liberally. 

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I used a sponge brush and slathered on the paint, covered the entire surface of the apple, including the stem but not the whole in the core.

Step 3: Stamp onto the bag

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As you might see in the photo’s background, I practiced stamping on a plain white sheet of paper in the background.

apple stamped bag, apple craft

The key to this apple stamping craft is imperfection. Seriously. The less perfect your apple stamp comes out, the cuter it will be with more character. So relax, and have fun with it!

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For a little extra pizzazz I cut a heart shape out in the core of the apple and applied paint liberally to the apple in hopes that the apple shape would be visible. Once again, I made sure the heart shape wasn’t perfect and wasn’t symmetrical. I love simple, unsymmetrical crafts with whimsy!

apple stamped bags

I can envision these apple stamps on gift cards, tote bags, t-shirts and more. Just use the correct paint to match the material you’re stamping on and stamp away! Get the kids involved too, and make something for their favorite teacher!

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