How To Make Sidewalk Chalk Paint

Want a little inexpensive summer fun for the kiddos?! For the Summer Issue of All You magazine I contributed an article sharing How To Make Sidewalk Chalk Paint.

How To Make Sidewalk Chalk Paint | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

It’s super easy to whip up and cleans up easily with rain or the hose!

How To Make Sidewalk Chalk Paint | Kim Byers Featured in All You Magazine

The recipe is a 1 to 1 ratio, but for simplicity we’ll use 1 cup. You’ll need:

  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup water
  • food coloring (pastels are achieved with a drop or two, primary colors will need 5 or 6 drops)
  • plastic bowls or cups
  • paint brushes

Mix cornstarch and water together until smooth. Divide and add food coloring until you reach your desired colors.

How To Make Sidewalk Chalk Paint | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

It’s that simple and it cleans up in a snap! So let your little Picassos go and have a bit of summer fun!

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

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Easy Paper Straw Kid Crafts – DIY Art Easel

My sweet friend Hilary made these easy DIY art easels out of paper straws. 

Easy Paper Straw Easel Craft - DIY Art Easel | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

I love that they can be any color combination and are perfect for art parties or to showcase art for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Hilary made them with my boys so they could showcase an art project they made in class this past school year. They were thrilled!

Or, if I were having an art party I’d make a small version for placecard holders. So cute!

You’ll need: Paper Straws, Elmer’s Glue Dots, Scissors

Directions: Cut the straws to desired length, apply Elmer’s Glue Dots at the joints and display. It’s that easy.

Want more art party ideas? Shop my art party supplies on Etsy and follow my Birthday {Art Party Ideas} board on Pinterest.

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

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The Way Kids See It {We Can Change The World}

I think a great deal about how I can… how my family can… do more for others. Do more to make this world a better place. I used to think that it had to be something big to really make a difference. But as I got older I realized that sometimes it’s the small things we can do… that we all can do collectively… that add up to that big thing that makes a difference in this world.

Uniliver Project Sunlight

While this post is part of a sponsored campaign by Unilever Project Sunlight, all opinions and experiences expressed are entirely my own. You know I’d have it no other way!

As a parent we try to influence our children to make good choices and in the process of teaching mine, I often remind myself of what I should be doing. You too?! {grin}

There is still much to be done in my household and in my community, but these are a few of the small things we’ve personally done that I pray will add up to big changes:

  • Recycling – at first it was such a hassle. Remembering not to throw the shampoo bottle in the trash, but to actually take it downstairs to the recycling boxes in my garage. And then since they don’t pick up recycling in my neighborhood yet, driving it to a recycling bin a few miles away. Now… honestly… I can’t imagine tossing that shampoo bottle in with our biodegradable trash. It just feels wrong!
  • Upcycling – this one is actually a bit easier for me because I’m a crafter. I love making something out of nothing or upcycling something into something new. And in the process of upcycling, honestly I consume less than I used to.
  • Trash Up – we love to hike and to spend lots of time in nature. And when we see trash on the ground or in a pond it really bothers us. Of course sometimes the trash is an accident (e.g., blown away by the wind), but when people are purposely lazy it’s really upsetting. If it’s just an item or two we’ll pick it up and take it to nearest trash can. But we have gone back to places with trash bags and these “pincher-grabber” things (named by my children) and picked up trash. It’s yucky, but it’s really rewarding.

In November of last year, Unilever, one of the world’s leading suppliers of food, home and personal care products, launched Unilever Project Sunlight, a long-term initiative to motivate people to live sustainably by inspiring them to create a brighter future for children. The project aims to create a growing community of people who believe it is possible to build a world where everyone lives well and lives sustainably, without compromising the needs of future generations.

I’m so excited to share Project Sunlight’s latest film, “The Way Kids See It.” It shines a light on the unique ideas and the magic that children all over the world apply to tackle all sorts of environmental and social issues.

The minds of children are such a gift. They’re not clouded by all the “what ifs” and “what abouts” that our adult minds are. And because they’re not clouded they can dream big and act immediately. They don’t see obstacles, they just see benefits. We adults could take a lesson from them.

I encourage you to take a cue from the optimistic outlook your children have on the world. Adopt sustainable habits at home. Unilever Project Sunlight has ideas to help you get started. Visit projectsunlight.us to learn more about Uniliver’s Summer Sunlight Activities.

I’ll personally be upcycling with my kids and growing an herb garden to help reduce waste. I can’t wait to share it all with you. I hope you’ll join me and take small steps to make our world a better place now and for our generations to come.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create, celebrate AND change the world! {grin}

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Mobile Popsicle Cart {Entrepreneur Kids}

Both of my boys have the entrepreneurial spirit… I guess they come by it honestly. They’re both driven by the accomplishment of getting the sale and of course… the cash. {grin} Which is why they insist on trying the lemonade stand year after year…

Lemonade Stand Goes Mobile {for Big Kids} | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

This is the story of how my oldest took the lemonade stand to the next level this past weekend. On his second day he sold out with his Popsicle Cart before making it all the way through the block! If you think your kiddos might like to give it a try, read on!

Our neighborhood is swamped with people the weekend of Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day for garage sales. I don’t typically participate (we donate most things or we have a younger family member willing to take it off our hands), but the boys always want to sell lemonade. Always.

It’s an America tradition. And it’s also adorable.

What’s not adorable is how disappointed they are when they don’t get any sales. My heart bleeds for them.

So this year with absolutely no planning the first day, they set up the typical lemonade stand with the neighbor kids and after a bit the long faces came out and the “Mooooommmmm, will you buy something.” As you can imagine I quickly started for my purse. And as I was walking I mentioned that it would be great if they could go mobile. That was the beginning.

Mobile Popsicle Stand (for Big Kids} | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

My oldest quickly started brainstorming ideas. In the end we have what you see above. A scooter, with a cooler full of popsicles, and balloons to help him get noticed.

He scooted around with such confidence. I was amazed because he’s a pretty quite kid. He sold three or four popsicles. All in all, pretty good for a first try.

Mobile Popsicle Cart {Entrepreneur Kid} | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

On his second day out he brought his “A” game and he sold out before we even made the block. Not only did he offer popsicles, but he also offered sparklers. And no more just scooting around talking to kids… he started chanting “Popsicles for sale .25… Sparklers for sale .15…” He was so loud! And I was so very proud.

As a mom, I love that he’s learning about cost basis, upcharges, sales tax (of which he’s not collecting… but he’s paying when he buys product… and yes… I make him buy his own product), marketing strategy and on and on… at age 9. He’s a very smart little cookie.

Now that we were successful going mobile he has big plans to ditch the scooter and make a nice wagon for his bike. He might very well compete with our neighborhood ice cream truck all summer. He’s already talking about how we can offer only popular flavors and undercut their prices by almost half. I’ll keep you posted!

And if your kiddo gives this idea a whirl I’d love to hear about it! {smile}

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How To Make A Batik Embroidered Sling Purse

My last project with JoAnn Fabric & Craft Stores for their Spring 2014 Trends & Ideas lookbook is an batik embroidered fabric sling purse. JoAnn has a great selection of embroidered fabrics to choose from and in so many bright colors. And I’m thrilled to share this project will be featured in JoAnn stores starting in July!

Embroidered Sling Purse | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Hop over to my post on JoAnn for all the details!

Kim Byers Featured in JoAnn Spring 2014 LookBook

Have you flipped through the pages of the Spring 2014 Trends & Ideas lookbook? Well, wait no more! {grin}

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Glitter Tape | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Did you see my petal piped cupcakes, DIY embroidery hoop chandelierruffle scarf and DIY glitter cake plate embellishment? Don’t miss them. {grin}

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

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How To Make Crepe Paper Flower Lollipops {DIY Party Favor}

I love crepe paper crafts. It comes in so many bright colors, it’s inexpensive and it’s easy to craft with. What more can a girl ask for?! {grin} For spring and likely my Easter or Mother’s Day brunch, these little crepe paper flower lollipop favors will be gracing my table. I might even add name tags and use them as placecards! {Just thought of that as I type…}

Crepe Paper Flower Lollipop Favor Tutorial | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Okay, let’s get crafty!

Crepe Paper Flower Lollipop Favor Tutorial | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

To make these crepe paper flower lollipops, all you need is:

  • Crepe Paper (in a variety of colors)
  • Tape
  • Lollipops (these pretties came from Candy Galaxy)

Yep. That’s it!

Crepe Paper Flower Lollipop Favor Tutorial | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

And to make them, that’s a simple list too.

  1. Cut 8″ strips of crepe paper.
  2. Fold it in an accordion style, about .25″ for each back and forth bend.
  3. Loosely wrap it around the base of the lollipop and tape.
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 for layered effect as shown.

Crepe Paper Flower Lollipop Favor Tutorial | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

And you’re done! Pin the following image so you don’t forget to make these for your next party!

Crepe Paper Flower Lollipop Favor Tutorial | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

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

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Decorate Your Cake: Glitter Washi Tape

I’m in love with this glitter tape. It’s basically printed washi tape… but 10 times better! And as one of my five projects with JoAnn Fabric & Craft Stores for their Spring 2014 Trends & Ideas lookbook I created a super simple glitter cake plate embellishment perfect for birthday parties, babies showers…

Glitter Tape | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

every celebration is better with a little bling! {grin} And this glitter tape does not shed. It’s perfect. It’s official name is “Sparkle Tape” made by Darice and sold at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores. Hop over to my post on JoAnn for all the details!

Kim Byers Featured in JoAnn Spring 2014 LookBook

Have you flipped through the pages of the Spring 2014 Trends & Ideas lookbook? Well, wait no more! {grin}

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How To Make A Chandelier, An Easy Embroidery Hoop Craft | Kim Byers of TheCelebrationShoppe.com

How To Make A Easy Ruffle Scarf | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

And did you see my petal piped cupcakes, DIY embroidery hoop chandelier, and ruffle scarf? Don’t miss them. They’re all super easy with a few simple instructions!

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

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How To Make An Easy Ruffle Scarf

Dazzling Blue is a spring 2014 Pantone color of the year and to celebrate I made an easy ruffle scarf as one of my five projects with JoAnn Fabric & Craft Stores for their Spring 2014 Trends & Ideas lookbook. And I’m thrilled to share this project will be featured in JoAnn stores starting in July! Want the secret to a soft bouncy look for spring…

How To Make A Easy Ruffle Scarf | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

It’s using elastic thread and chiffon fabric! Visit my post with JoAnn for all the easy how to details and a list of supplies.

Kim Byers Featured in JoAnn Spring 2014 LookBook

Have you flipped through the pages of the Spring 2014 Trends & Ideas lookbook? Well, wait no more! {grin}

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How To Make A Chandelier, An Easy Embroidery Hoop Craft | Kim Byers of TheCelebrationShoppe.com

And did you see my petal piped cupcakes and DIY embroidery hoop chandelier? Don’t miss them. They’re both super easy with a few simple instructions!

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

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Press: Excited To Be Part Of The JoAnn Spring Trends & Ideas LookBook {Inaugrual Issue}

I’ve been so blessed over the past year-and-a-half to work with the amazing team at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores and I’m thrilled to say this latest installment makes me so very proud. Introducing the JoAnn Spring LookBook!

Kim Byers Featured in JoAnn Spring 2014 Trends and Ideas LookBook

The amazing team at JoAnn asked myself and three other bloggers to come up with five craft projects for five Spring trends: Romantic, Batik, Dazzling Blue, Metallic and Summer Celebration.

This project was so much fun and I can’t wait to post each of my five projects over the next few weeks.

Until then, click and browse through the pages of the inaugural issue, pick up a copy at your local JoAnn store, watch for them on their social media, or search by my name, Kim Byers, on JoAnn.com. Yep! I’m now a searchable item on JoAnn.com. {giddy}

Missed the other projects I’ve done with JoAnn? Here are a few:

Much more to come on my five projects for the LookBook. In the meantime, join in on the conversation on Google +:


 

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

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Purple Minion Valentine Card Box {Easy Kid Craft}

Yesterday I posted a bit of inspiration for Valentine Card Boxes and today I can’t help but share my youngest son’s Valentine Card Box, a purple minion from Despicable Me 2! I’m such a proud momma!

Easy DIY Purple Minion Valentine Card Box | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

It’s hilarious and so fun. And I know what you’re thinking, but no… really… this was all him. I helped him find some goodies at the store to pull this guy off, but then he went for it. Craft supplies everywhere and the kitchen had to be swept twice to get up all the little scraps of paper, tape… oh and we won’t talk about the glue on the kitchen table… but in the end, I’m so proud of my crafty kid.

So sorry that there are no “in process” craft shots, but I wasn’t planning to share until it was done and he was so proud… and I was so proud of him. This pic is even taken with my iPhone!

If you want to make your own Purple Minion Valentine Card Box for your class Valentine party, here’s what he used:

  • Plastic purple tablecloth,
  • Purple tissue paper,
  • Box (just one we had around the house with a hole in the top, hidden by the crazy hair),
  • Aluminum foil,
  • Construction paper, and
  • Lots of glue and tape
  • Optional: 3″ hole punch

Easy steps:

  1. Select a box with a hole in the top, or cut one.
  2. Wrap box with purple plastic tablecloth (or wrapping paper).
  3. Punch two large aluminum foil circles for glasses.
  4. Cut out two eyes, mouth, teeth, arms, hands and boots from construction paper and apply with glue liberally. {grin}
  5. Glue tissue paper to top for hair and snip with scissors for crazy effect.

Want more Valentine Card Box and DIY Valentine Card Ideas for Friday, make sure and browse my Valentine Pinterest board with over 350 ideas!

I also have several free Valentine printable downloads here on the blog:

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate! And if you like this idea, I’m sure my son would appreciate a comment or two!

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