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.

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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.

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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 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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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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Kid Craft: Footprint Manger Scene {DIY Tutorial}

Our faith holds first place in our house at Christmas time and I love reminding my children in the mix of all the excitement what this season really means.

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I warn you… the painting of the feet is ticklish so you may want to place a towel… or two… down. I warned my boys and they still flopped all over the place. {grin} In the end, it was so worth it to have their little (or not so little anymore) feet cradling their version of the baby Jesus.

Footprint Manger Art with TheCelebrationShoppe.com

To make your own Footprint Manger Scene, you’ll need:

  • Square white canvas
  • Sharpies – 12 ct. multipack, 4 ct. metallic assortment and either the silver or gold 4 pack (I LOVE them all and they’re all on sale at Staples right now!)
  • Brown craft paint for foot
  • Pearl white craft paint for head (we chose to stamp his head on with a finger but there are light Sharpies in the pack)
  • Paint brush
  • Optional: white Kraft paper

Footprint Manger Scene Kid Craft | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

And now for the easy kid crafting steps:

Footprint – paint your child’s foot liberally with brown paint and then press evenly to the center lower portion of the white canvas. Allow to dry completely.

Prep and practice – since canvas is unforgiving, I put white paper (available in rolls like gift wrap) out under the canvases so my kids could practice what they’re planning to draw before they put Sharpie to canvas. You can see in the top image my youngest practicing his stars. {wink}

Draw – then just let them go! You can see from the side-by-side shot below that our manger scenes are slightly different, but in my mind that is what makes them that much more precious.

Artist signature – and don’t forget to let them sign their art. We like to date ours too!

Kid Craft: Footprint Manger Art | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Staples has all the Sharpies for your holiday needs! I mean $6 for a 12 ct Multi Colored pack of Sharpies! Woo Hoo! And the Sharpie Metallic Assorted 4-CT pack, including the Silver pack and the Gold pack are only $5. I’m personally a bit obsessed with all my Sharpie colors, but the metallic are my new favorites!

Sharpie Craft

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DIY Christmas Ornament: Paint Dipped Snowman

Our Christmas tree tells a story… the holiday story of our family. And I love every inch of it!

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Almost every ornament was either collected during a holiday outing, given to us as a gift or handmade by my sweet babies. There is nothing designed or matchy-matchy about it, but it’s completely beautiful and wonderfully sentimental!

This paint dipped, hand-drawn snowman ornament is our latest ornament addition. To make these with your kiddos, you’ll need:

  • circular, flat front, clear plastic ornaments (I picked mine up at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores)
  • pearl white craft paint
  • orange and black Sharpies
  • flat paint dish or plate
  • sheet of paper

DIY Snowman Ornament | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

To make your own:

  1. Trace an outline of the ornament on a sheet of white paper and draw a simple snowman face in the outline to get your proportions correct
  2. Place paint on a flat surface and roll the back side of the ornament around in the paint until covered
  3. Flip ornament over and allow to dry completely
  4. Using the guide you or your child drew on the sheet of paper, draw the snowman face on the ornament with Sharpies
  5. Hang and enjoy

DIY Snowman Ornament | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

In my opinion, there is nothing sweeter than something your little one made for you.

Here are a few of my other favorite holiday projects you might enjoy!

Rudolph Treat Bags

Snowman Gift Wrap + FREE Christmas Gift Tags

Christmas Tree Footprint Art

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crafting with kids: Thanksgiving kids table

Who’s ready for Thanksgiving kid crafts?!

Kid Thanksgiving Craft with The Celebration Shoppe

My kiddos love getting Kiwi Crate boxes in the mail! It’s always exciting to see what’s waiting for them inside and this time it was a special Thanksgiving kid craft box.

Not a member of the Kiwi Crate club? You don’t have to be for this special box. You can buy just this one! {grin}

The box includes everything you need to complete two crafts (even the crayons!): turkey placecards for six and a turkey bowling/toss game. See all the details and contents of the Kiwi Crate Thanksgiving Kids Craft Box.

We’ve already crafted ours, and will be using the placecards and the game to decorate our Thanksgiving kids table this year. But if we hadn’t, I would keep them as crafts for Thanksgiving Day. I’m always looking for ways to keep the boys busy while we cook! {grin}

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Hop over to Kiwi Crate and order your Thanksgiving Kids Craft Box now.


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you were “mint to be” my teacher gift

10 Back To School Teacher Gift Ideas

It’s that time. Time to start a new school year and meet a new teacher. And what better way to make an impression than with a crafty back to school teacher gift.

In my latest post for Parade magazine I’m sharing a FREE “you were mint to be my teacher” printable, as well as 9 other crafty, creative and fun ideas to ensure your kiddo makes a good impression.

Hop on over to Parade for all the details!

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

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