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Pipsqueak Paparazzi Camera Strap

Snap! Snap! Grab your camera (or better yet – grab a mac n’ cheese box and our eco-friendly, Box Play For Kids camera sticker). This Sunday, June 29th, is National Camera Day. Yes, it’s a thing…AND what better excuse to get crafty with your pipsqueak paparazzi this weekend? This easy-peasy-mac n’ cheesy camera-strap project is sure to inspire creativity indoors and all around town.

What you’ll need: The basics include an empty mac n’ cheese box, our BPFK camera sticker, and a pair of scissors. Then you’ll need to do a little rummaging around your house for ribbons, belts, shoelaces, old tees, old tights, old ties, etc. Use your imagination and dig around for anything that you could possibly cut up or braid together to make a camera strap. You might also want rubber bands or elastic hair ties (optional).

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Step 1: Carefully apply our specially-sized camera sticker to your average mac n’ cheese box. Our crack-and-peel backing makes it easy to line the sticker up just right.

2.peeling.sticker Step 2: Take a few of your rummaged strings and straps and tie them together at one end but leave some excess sting/chord/tie/shoelace/whatever so you can easily attach to the camera at the end. I’m using an old wrinkled tie, a pair of shoelaces (that I knotted together), and a recycled gift ribbon. Then braid everything together.

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Step 4: Use a sharp pair of scissors to carefully poke a hole towards the top of each side flap. Tie a knot with a rubber band or hair elastic and string through the hole to create a loop for your strap. You could also skip the rubber band and thread your strap directly into the box. Tape the flaps closed. 

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Step 5: Attach the finished strap to your elastic loops or thread directly into the cardboard flaps. Then hand over the camera to your little pipsqueak paparazzi and get snapping.

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Here’s another variation with ribbons and some recycled, kiddie dance tights.

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Happy National Camera Day from BPFK!

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Single Sock Bunnies

Who doesn’t have a few single socks hanging around the laundry room?? Well, if you’re still waiting for the match to turn up, now is the perfect time to give up. At BPFK, we love to find creative ways to repurpose your would-be-trash into unique little treasures. Just in time for Easter, we’ll show you how to transform your miscellaneous socks into the cutest little bunnies – perfect for a centerpiece or just some fun, springtime decoration.

Supplies: 2 loose socks (non-matching), 2 rubber bands, dry rice, fabric glue (or hot glue), scissors, ribbon, cotton balls, 2-3 miscellaneous buttons, needle & thread (optional).sock bunny

Step 1: Start with one sock and fill about half way up the sock tube with rice. Secure the rice in the sock with a rubber band and use a second rubber band to separate the bunny head from the belly. {Hint: small, clear rubber bands work best if you have them.}sock bunny

Step 2: Using a second lost sock (preferably one with a contrasting color to the other sock), cut a small circle for the bunny’s belly. {Hint: Cut a semicircle out of a flat sock for symmetry.}  3.belly.patch

Step 3: Apply the belly patch using fabric glue. {Optional: use needle and thread to sew on the patch and add some contrast and detail to your sock bunny.} 4.belly.patch

Step 4: Detail time! Be creative with your bunny and add some button eyes, a button nose, a cotton ball tail and a neck ribbon. You can also use your sock scraps to make some cute buck teeth.  5.detail

Step 5: What’s a bunny without floppy ears?! Using scissors, cut down the sock tube down to the head. Shape and trim the ears to your liking. 6.ears


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Step 6: Display and enjoy. Happy Easter from BPFK!

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Here are other creative ways to recycle old socks. http://www.wikihow.com/Recycle-Your-Socks

 

 

 

 

Recycled Cardboard Nest

Spring is here and we’re getting in the spirit with this easy peasy cardboard craft that serves as the perfect coffee table piece. All you need is an empty cardboard box, some hot glue, and scissors (or strong hands), and you have everything you need to make this cute little birdy nest. It’s amazing how you can repurpose a simple box into something unique.

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Step 1: Start by cutting (or tearing) your box into strips and pieces. You could even use an empty cereal box. The little ones will love tearing things apart and making a mess.

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Step 2: Once you have a hefty pile of cardboard scraps, it’s time to start gluing all the pieces into a nest shape. {Note: This step is for adults only since hot glue can be dangerous.} No need to be to perfect but just try to leave an opening in the center if you want to fill your nest.

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Step 3: Get creative! Fill your nest with candy, flowers, dyed eggs…anything! I lined my nest with some parchment paper and filled with malted milk eggs. 
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Happy Spring! 

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“Moo-lah” Milk Carton Piggy Bank

Who doesn’t want to kick off the new year with a resolution to be more fiscally responsible?? And what better time than right now to teach your kiddos about saving money. With this upcycled, DIY milk carton piggy bank, you (and the kids) can save your “moo-lah” in style.

Supplies: clean empty milk carton, utility/x-actio knife, and our BPFK piggy sticker pack.

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Step 1: Apply piggy sticker panels to the milk carton per the directions on the package. piggy_2

Step 2: Using a utility knife, cut a small money slot in the carton as shown.

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Step 3: Start saving! This is the perfect way to save holiday gift money, allowance money, and tooth fairy money.BPFK Piggy Bank Save 2014_FB

DIY New Year’s Party Poppers

Are you hoarding tissue paper from your holiday gifts? Let’s put it to use with a New Year’s craft your family will love. Get your Dustbuster ready because we’re poppin’ off the New Year with some fun, DIY, confetti poppers. Trust us…the kids will have a blast with these upcycled, toilet paper roll creations when the clock strikes midnight. {And if you’re brave enough to clean up confetti again…these poppers work great for birthday parties too}

Supplies: scrap tissue paper, an old magazine, two toilet paper rolls (per popper), scissors, a glue stick, a glue gun, and a plastic bottle cap (approximately the same diameter as your toilet paper roll…Gatorade or Snapple caps work well).

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Step 1: Cut a slit down the middle of one of the toilet paper rolls. 
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Step 2: Using a glue gun, adhere one end of the toilet paper roll to the inside of the bottle cap, as shown below. Overlap the seam and seal the edge with a glue gun. Note: Make sure your bottle cap/toilet paper roll tube fits snuggly inside the 2nd toilet paper roll. If not, you may need to find a different sized bottle cap. 
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Step 3: Cover the toilet paper roll/bottle cap with tissue paper. A glue stick works well for adhering. Excess tissue paper at the open end of the the tube can be tucked and glued inside.

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Step 4: Cover the uncut toilet paper roll with tissue paper and adhere with a glue stick. Tuck the excess inside on both ends and glue to the inside edges. IMG_4882

Step 5: Cut out a tissue paper circle to fit over one end of the uncut toilet paper roll and secure with a glue stick. 

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Step 6: The kiddos will love this step. Give them an old magazine and a pair of scissors and let them cut up pages into little confetti squares. This could get messy…but it’s totally worth it! 
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Step 7: Drop confetti into the uncut toilet paper roll (the one with the tissue paper cap) and insert the bottle cap-toilet paper roll inside. 
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3…2…1…HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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Festive DIY Luminarias

Looking to illuminate your home with a little extra sparkle this season? These fun and festive DIY luminarias will add the perfect pizzaz inside or out. We’ll show you how to take some basic brown paper bags {the ones you’re not using for school lunches this holiday} and transform them into some mind-blowing little holiday lanterns.

Supplies: scissors, writing utensil, glue stick, ruler, x-acto knife, brown paper bags, wax paper, scrap cardboard (to use as a cutting board), tea lights (we used LED ones from Michael’s for safety).

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Step 1: Using a ruler and a pen/pencil, measure out a medium sized window on one side of the bag. Our window is approximately 3.5″ x 4″ and sits slightly below center. Hint: Draw the window on the side without the seam.

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Step 2: Cut down the scrap cardboard if necessary and slip inside the bag. Use a ruler and an x-acto knife to carefully cut out the window. (Only adults should handle x-acto knife.)

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Step 3: Repeat steps 1 and 2 for as many bags as you like. Then cut out wax paper rectangles slightly larger than the size of your windows. These can be rough.  lumina_4

Step 4: Run a glue stick around the edges of your wax paper cut-out. Then carefully tuck inside the window and use your fingers to secure around the edges. This step can be a bit tricky but you’ll get the hang of it once you do a couple of bags. lumina_5

Step 5: Grab the kids because you made it to the fun part…no more knifes involved. Take the brown paper rectangles you carefully cut out earlier and sketch your favorite winter/holiday shapes. Keep them simple so you can easily cut them out with scissors. You can even fold up the rectangles to cut out snowflakes.

lumina_6 Step 6: Glue your seasonal cut-outs to the wax paper window using the glue stick. In daylight, these lanterns might be easy to miss, BUT when the sun goes down and the tea lights turn on…lumina_7…prepare to be amazed at yourself. {Note: if you live in Arizona, it’s totally okay to include a cactus in your winter menagerie. Clearly a cactus symbolizes all four seasons here}.

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Repurposed Stocking

Who says a holiday stocking needs to look like a giant sock? Here at BPFK we like to think out of the “box” (<–haha), so here’s an eco-friendly, cardboard twist on tradition. With just a few supplies from around the house, we’ll show you how we repurposed an empty oatmeal container into the perfect “stocking” for those little holiday surprises.

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Supplies: large empty oatmeal container, washable glue, scissors, construction paper, holiday ribbon (1-2 varieties).

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Step 1: Cut construction paper to size and glue around your oatmeal container. We enlisted the help of our favorite little crafter for this step.

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Step 2: Glue your favorite holiday ribbon around the top and bottom rim of the container

BPFK_step 3_ribbonStep 3: Using scissors (or an x-acto knife), poke 4 holes, equidistant, at the top and bottom of the container face. Make two sets of  X’s using four pieces of ribbon. Thread ribbon through diagonally opposite holes and knot from inside the container to secure (see image below).

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Enjoy filling this fun little drum stocking with Christmas treats and fun surprises!

Jazzy DIY Horn Wreath

Are you constantly cleaning up messes going though paper towel rolls? Don’t toss them! We have the perfect holiday craft that transforms your cardboard trash into the coolest holiday ”anytime” wreath. Using some basic supplies, one of our favorite BPFK stickers, and your “sticker-application experts” (a.k.a. the kiddos),  we’ll show you how you can construct this jazzy door ornament.

Supplies: hot glue gun (be careful around the kids), wooden craft ring (or any circular base you can find at your local craft store), holiday ribbon, BPFK horn stickers (enough to cover all the paper towel rolls), 12-16 paper towel rolls (depending on the size of your ring base).

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Step 1: Plan out how many paper towel rolls you will need to fit around the circular base. Enlist the help of your sticker-application professionals to cover all the rolls. Hint: Secure stickers with some washable glue for a more permanent application.   wreat_2

Step 2: Using a hot glue gun, evenly arrange and apply rolls around the ring base.

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Step 3: Add a pretty bow and your wreath is ready for display. 

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Check out our other paper towel roll stickers for more unique wreath ideas. Throwing a kiddie sports party? How about a baseball wreath?

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Sandy Salvaging

Taking a last beach vacation with the kids before summer is over? At Box Play for Kids we’re all about reusing and recycling so here’s a handy sandy salvaging idea for some inexpensive fun in the sun. Make a sandcastle using recycled plastic food containers.

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Instead of buying new buckets and shovels, just save (and rinse) your yogurt cups and plastic food packaging in the days leading up to your trip. All the cups and lids shown above fit into the largest container for compact storage. We even brought along some of our favorite Box Play for Kids travel companions. Our octopus and shark stickers make for perfect beach toys.

IMG_3776 Ok…so maybe our sandcastle looks more like a sand village, but we still had fun.

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And Ollie the octopus is feeling right at home.

My favorite part of this sandy project: easy clean up. No need to rinse out sandy buckets and lug them home. Just find a recycle bin on the beach as you’re leaving and you’ll have one less thing to pack in your suitcase.