DIY family center for back to school

Make a DIY Family Center

Do you have a family center in your home? A central spot for all the homework, book bags, permission slips, chore charts? I’m starting to get the family organized for back to school and one of my biggest priorities this year is to make a family center.

I really want to make my own. There are some pretty “kits” out there, but I want to manage specific things and none of those kits work just right.

So I’ve rounded up the items that I plan to use to build our family center. A place for all that paper… all those homework sheets… all the teacher letters… this past year got way out of control. And for a woman that doesn’t like clutter on her fridge… there was too much clutter on my fridge! A few pieces of art from the kids, lovely… a million sheets of paper, not so much.

  1. Clock to keep you on time from IKEA
  2. Teal month calendar view from Pottery Barn
  3. Shaped cork board from Kohl’s
  4. Magnetic board from IKEA
  5. Chevron magnets from Pickwick to Pemberley
  6. Affirmation wall décor (this one from Courtney Warren Create is a note card, but there are others in vinyl on Etsy like the ones from Inspirations By Amanda)
  7. Child chore chart from Christina Williams on Etsy
  8. Colorful open trays from The Container Store
  9. Colorful pull drawers (for those like me that want to hide the mess!) from The Container Store
  10. Rail from IKEA
  11. Galvanized buckets from IKEA
  12. S Hooks from IKEA
  13. Wire organization bins from Pottery Barn

I’ll be building my new family center over the next few weeks and I’ll share once done.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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crafts for kids {summer reading ideas}

10 Summer Reading Ideas

Looking for crafts for kids this summer? Ideas to keep your kiddos entertained AND learning?

The Celebration Shoppe is hosting a series of crafts for kids. Today is our fifth installment, summer reading crafts for kids. Make sure you check out our other roundups too:

  1. 10 outdoor summer crafts for kids
  2. 12 science crafts for kids
  3. 12 math practice ideas
  4. 10 water play ideas

Summer Reading programs can be found at libraries and book stores nationwide. But how can we keep our kids entertained while learning? We’ve listed a few great ideas:

  • Maps for Kids & Summer Reading via KC Adventures suggests tagging the books location or even following a characters travels via the map. Love this!
  • DIY spiny spellers via Filthy Wizard are the perfect way to make spelling practice fun.
  • Kids Book Report Worksheet via b.nute is a FREE printable that helps kids remember more from each story.
  • Sight Word Jenga via First Grade Diaries can be tailored to any age {think spelling bee!}
  • Popsicle Flashcards via Scholastic gives kiddos a darling way to match words from word families for little ones to antonyms/synonyms for the older kids.
  • Flashlight Word Game via Kiwi Crate has  a name that speaks for itself, but I have to give Kiwi Crate serious props for a fantastic idea!
  • Cut Paper Making a Book via Art for Small Hands would make a wonderful summer reading reaction journal. Have your reader stop about halfway through the story and predict what will happen next.
  • Storytelling Stones via Red Bird Crafts is a lovely way to make reading and writing come alive through your child’s imagination.
  • Fishing for Letters via first palette is a fantastic way to learn letter identification, letter sounds or even short spelling words.
  • Sight Word Twister via Mom With A Lesson Plan get kids outside playing while beefing up those reading skills!

We’ll be pinning them all to our Crafts for Kids Pinterest board. Join us and don’t miss a thing! Oh, and make sure you follow all of Kim’s Pinterest boards for craft ideas for you, birthday and holiday party ideas, fun food recipes and so much more!

As always,  we hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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rock star party supplies

Rock Star Party Supplies

Have a little rock star in the house? Me too!

My black, aqua, red and orange Rock Star birthday party supplies collection includes:

  • Banner – “Rock On” banner with guitar divider (4 rectangles to a sheet)
  • Cupcake toppers (8 party circles to a sheet, 2 designs)
  • Cupcake wrappers (2 to a sheet, 2 designs)
  • Dessert tags (8 to a sheet, 1 design)
  • 8×10 photo matte
  • Favor tags (9 to a sheet, 1 design)
  • Napkin rings (6 to a sheet, 1 design)
  • Straw slips (12 to a sheet, 4 designs)
  • Cello toppers (2 to a sheet, 1 design)
  • NOTE: All items are available as a set or a la carte

You can find my Rock Star party collection in The Celebration Shoppe etsy store. As well as my Rock Star invitation and Rock Star thank you note.

Rather have pink and chevron? I’ve got you covered there too with my Girls Rock birthday party collection.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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DIY marble run craft + book giveaway

Crafts For Kids

Have you seen Martha Stewart’s new book, Crafts For Kids? It’s 175 creative and colorful projects (from easy to a bit more involved like this one) to keep your kiddos excited and entertained. For instance, this peg-board marble run. My boys can’t wait to give this craft a try. They’ve already raided my craft room and their dad’s work bench!

~~Book excerpt ~~

Lots of kids like to tinker with machines, take things apart, and generally figure out how stuff works— just for fun. Embrace that curiosity with this endlessly fascinating project. It involves creating a clacking, whacking gumball machine that runs without electricity, all with parts found in the kitchen and toy box. This gadget starts up with the turn of a paddle, and then— after much rolling and pushing and lifting— drops a gumball into a container. You win! 

Marble Run Craft

Higher Ground

Our peg-board base rests on toy blocks: Ask an adult to drill holes into five blocks (one for each corner and one for the center), then use nuts and bolts to secure board in place. (You may also want to screw the beach hoe to the base in step 4.)

Crafts for Kids

STEPS:

1. START with a gear. The side wheel’s shaft goes through the oatmeal container to a paddle made with building toys (see page 123). When you TURN the paddle, the gear’s spokes rotate the top wheel, which has one long spoke.

2. This causes the car to ROLL down the ramp and into a marble (held in place by 2 tacks) on the ramp’s lower end.

3. The marble KNOCKS through a hole in the top of an upside- down cup and into a paper- towel tube (which is pushed into a hole in the cup’s side). The marble ROLLS through the tube.

4. On the marble’s way out of the tube, it FALLS into an aerosol- can cap. The cap is at one end of a pulley’s string (the other end has a washer tied to it). The pulley hangs from a hook attached to a beach hoe. The weight of the marble PLUNKS the cap onto one end of a lever (made of spoons fastened to a spool).

5. The weight of the marble on one end of the lever causes the other end to BUMP a pencil attached to a shovel handle with a tack and string. This LIFTS the handle, which TIPS a marble resting in the shovel.

6. The marble ROLLS down into another ramp made from plastic tubing. At the end, it DROPS into the back of a truck parked on a lower ramp.

7. The weight causes the truck to ROLL down a piece of train track and STRIKE a bendable straw, which SWINGS into a series of upright dominoes.

8. The dominoes TOPPLE one by one. The last domino weighs down a cork TACKED to a string, which is tied to a flag. The flag is ATTACHED to a clip; PERCHED on the clip is a gumball.

9. When the last domino FALLS, the cork is released, and the flag pops up. The gumball on the clip FALLS and drops through 2 funnels, then into a bowl. The machine finally comes to a stop. 

Crafts For Kids

TIPS: Your machine’s parts are less likely to break down if you follow a few suggestions:

  • Be sure the sections are high in the beginning and gradually get lower— then go up again in the middle— to provide momentum.
  • Use strong tape to anchor objects to the surface (ours is a piece of Peg- Board).
  • Keep joints from wiggling by tightening them with rubber bands, twist ties, or pipe cleaners. If something isn’t working after an adjustment, don’t be afraid to replace the structure with new elements (for instance, use blocks instead of construction toys).

Want to see the other 174 amazing crafts the amazing Martha Stewart Living Editors collected? Well you’re in luck! You can pick up a copy at your local book store, Amazon, or you can enter to win a copy right here!

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Good luck! And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

Reprinted from the book Martha Stewart’s Favorite Crafts for Kids by the Editors of Martha Stewart Living. Copyright (c) 2013 by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. Photographs copyright (c) 2013 by Stephen Lewis. Published by Potter Craft, a division of Random House, Inc.

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diy chevron ruffle wreath

diy wreath

Chevron. Ruffles. No-sew… DIY wreaths don’t get much cuter or easier! {grin}

And a bit of exciting news. I’m now contributing to Parade magazine! Woo Hoo!

Hop over to my first post on Parade where you can find all the easy DIY for making this simple no-sew fabric punch wreath. See you there!

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share your baking, craft and party ideas!

Link-Party

Good morning! I’ve once again teamed up with Bird’s Party and Chris of Celebrations At Home for a link party!

What does that mean? That means when you link up an idea on my blog, it shows up on theirs too! {woo hoo!}

Plus, we’re going to pin and feature some of our favorite ideas shared (last month’s favorites will be featured this Wednesday)! We’ve set up a team Pinterest board, Party Ideas & Trends, with over 33K followers too!

We’d love for you to follow the board, and follow us: Party Ideas and Trends, Kim {The Celebration Shoppe}, Bird’s Party and Chris {Celebrations At Home}.

Okay, a bit of a tech lesson on SEO. Let me tell you a secret. Link Parties are a fabulous way to improve your blog’s SEO! Yep. If you’ve been blogging for while, you’re bound to have been told or read about SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and how crucial it is to getting your site/blog noticed by search engines such a Google. And having quality links in other blogs or sites that are similar to your own (parties, food, crafts blogs…), is vital to improving your rank, which mean your blog has more chances of being found in a search!

Plus, link parties offer you the chance to get your blog posts noticed and shared by others! Let’s all be good to each other ladies. If you love what you see, share it. It’s a great way to build relationships and show your appreciation for other bloggers.

Okay, so let’s get linky! {grin}

As always, we hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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crafts for kids {10 water play ideas}

crafts for kids

Looking for crafts for kids this summer? Ideas to keep your kiddos entertained AND learning?What better way to play and grow with water and ice!

The Celebration Shoppe is hosting a series of crafts for kids. Today is our fourth installment, water crafts for kids. Make sure you check out our other roundups too:

  1. 10 outdoor summer crafts for kids
  2. 12 science crafts for kids
  3. 12 math practice ideas

 Summer days are filled with sunshine and laughter. Your kids are sure to love these great ideas for fun water play.

We’ll be pinning them all to our Crafts for Kids Pinterest board. Join us and don’t miss a thing! Oh, and make sure you follow all of Kim’s Pinterest boards for craft ideas for you, birthday and holiday party ideas, fun food recipes and so much more!

As always,  we hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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bucket list {diy chalkboard tutorial}

Want to make a bucket list this summer?! You’ll love this DIY Chalkboard Canvas idea from my friend Jenny of The Southern Institute! Not only will you make a list, but it will be adorable hanging on your wall all summer with her tutorial. Here are all the details in her own words. And it’s her little boy cute!  ~ Kim

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With the dog days of summer upon us, it seems fitting to be thinking about all of the fun things that we want to do over the next few months. Maybe you’ve seen everyone posting their Summer Bucket Lists lately? I know I have, and it inspired me to come up with a cute way for our family to keep track of our Summer Bucket List goals.

The kids and I sat down and they came up with a list of things that they really wanted to do. Some of them were pretty easy (like “Draw”), and “Play Outside” actually made the list twice. A few of them are going to take a little bit of planning on my part, but that’s what makes a bucket list so much fun right?

This chalkboard canvas is a super easy project that can be made into a fun group project by having the canvases prepped and painted ahead of time. Here are the easy how to steps:

The first thing you’ll want to do is give your canvas two coats of chalkboard paint (I used Martha Stewart’s multi-surface chalkboard paint), allowing an hour between coats for drying. Since you’re starting with a black canvas it will cover very nicely! If you can’t get your hands on a black canvas and you end up with a white one, I would still suggest starting with two coats. If you feel like it hasn’t covered well enough, then give it another coat… that should do the trick.

Now you’re ready to stencil! Doesn’t that look so nice?

I’m using a couple different kinds of stencils that I have on hand. One is a cardboard stencil from Handmade Charlotte and the other is an adhesive stencil from Martha Stewart. I just chose a couple of designs that I thought would be fun for our Summer Bucket List and started painting…

Have fun decorating your canvas. With all of the great stencils that are out right now it’s easy to come up with something that fits your family’s style. Add as much or as little as you want! I tend to like to keep things simple, so I don’t like to add too much. I do love that little anchor with the bubbles coming up off of it though, don’t you? It makes me think of being out on the water.

Don’t forget to prime your chalkboard before you use it. You do this simply by scribbling all over with some chalk and then wiping it off.

All that’s left to do is to fill in the blanks! Have fun thinking of things that you might not ordinarily do during the non-summer months. For us Mammoth Cave is a fun day trip idea. None of us have been there and it’s only a little over an hour from our home. What an adventure!

Summer Bucket List Canvas from http://www.thesoutherninstitute.com

What do you think you’ll put on your Summer Bucket List? Have you already made one? I’d love to know what adventures await your family this summer.

Don’t forget to stop by The Southern Institute for more creative ideas for projects that can be done all year round! ~ Jenny

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As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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how to make a rolling library

Trolley

This simple DIY book trolley is keeping us organized! If your family is anything like mine, we love our books and that means maxing out our library card most weeks. {grin} I made this rolling library cart for my boys’ room to help tame the stacks.

Hop over to my latest post for Gibbs Smith Books, Red Barn blog, for all the how to details and a pictorial (how to steps in pictures)!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Oz The Great And Powerful {DIY bags}

Oz The Great And Powerful

We had the opportunity to preview the new Disney movie Oz The Great And Powerful that is coming out in a Blu-Ray Combo Pack next week, June 11.

For the big night I made these super easy printed popcorn bags to get the boys excited.

Here’s all you’ll need to make your own printed popcorn bags:

  • White lunch bags
  • Tape
  • Coloring page download (a centered design is best, this one is perfect with no resizing needed)

Oz The Great And Powerful

And these are the simple steps:

  1. Download a design to your computer.
  2. Open Word document (or Photoshop, whatever you prefer) and resize background document to the size of your bag, typically 4″x7″ (but measure!)
  3. Right click and copy design to new document. Make sure it’s centered.
  4. Tape bag bottom to the bag so that it doesn’t catch in your printer.
  5. Print!

Want to know more about Oz The Great And Powerful? You can follow Disney and this movie specifically on facebook, twitter and pinterest.

But I’m not done! I have another very fun food tutorial too, a candy version of Glinda The Good Witch’s wand

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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