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Category Archive for 'Crafts'

Making a Soda Geyser

It’s the anticipation. This one. And the unknown. And the forty-six questions that trip out of their mouths when you show up with a jug of Diet Coke from Wal-Mart and wave a pack of Mentos in the air from the gas station. “What’s gonna happen?” they want to know. “Are we going to explode […]

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Making Naked Eggs

Honestly. There’s no real reason you should try this. Unless you want to. And because you have two days. And because you figure what would it hurt to see if you really could disintegrate the shell right off an egg leaving it, well…naked. More or less. Which is how we ended up with eggs in […]

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Silk Tie-Dyed Easter Eggs

I hope it wasn’t irreverent to be sifting through ties at the Goodwill on Easter Eve at ten ’til closing. Because there was the lot of us, concerned, suddenly, that we hadn’t done a single Easter craft, holding up into each other’s faces splotchy ties, ties with paisleys, ties with zig-zags. Until we had two […]

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Scrap Houses

On Monday night, for the price of nothing, we emptied our pantry of forgotten graham crackers and wrinkled marshmallows. We dumped a medley of cereal into small bowls. And sampled pretzel sticks we hadn’t seen for months. We had no blue print in mind. No template, either. Just a glue gun and an overwhelming desire […]

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Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments

I tell ya. I can almost handle a craft that has three ingredients. And about as many steps. Which is how we ended up making Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments on Monday. A couple of Christmases ago, we’d tried these with just applesauce and cinnamon, and they’d turned out great. We went ahead and messed with perfection […]

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Swab Skeletons

Yesterday, with a box of Q-tips and a glue gun, we ended our craft slump. At which time my daughter soaked up inspiration from the October 2012 issue of the Family Fun magazine where swab skeletons grooved on the page… And then started sticking together swabs of her own. Like so. In minutes, this skeleton […]

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Paper Love

There was a time that I wished I could make these. Little paper square things.  With notes written under the flaps.  Paper squares that you push and pull with your thumbs and first fingers. Well… Yesterday wasn’t exactly that day. But it was the day my daughter learned how.  And the day she was certain […]

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Paper Stars

I’ll warn you now–this isn’t the best star making tutorial.  But it was a craft.  A doable one.  And despite the necessity to ban my son from the scissors…for life, the things turned out all right. So…need a craft?  This might be one to try. Oh…and if you want to follow along on your own, […]

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Making a Memory

If you’ve bought or been given a game of Memory in the last ten years, then you know there’s something lacking. It’s called ‘fun.’ Last year we pulled out Dora Memory and tried to match Dora wearing her backpack and smiling behind her with another Dora wearing her backpack and smiling behind her.  Which wasn’t […]

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Origami Paper Cups

The hard part isn’t finding a craft to do. Or even the time to do one. It’s finding a craft my son can do… all by himself. Amen. Well…we did a little paper folding today.  Nothing radical.  Nothing every kid hasn’t already done, except mine. But it was the process that mattered.  My kids, um…followed […]

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