Category Archives: Holidays & Seasonal

Give Yourself Flowers This Mother’s Day

Here’s an eggceptional Mother’s Day activity courtesy of our very talented friend and paper artist, Kira Naylor. This one takes a little time but you end up with a beautiful bouquet that lasts a heck of a lot longer than the real thing. (Attention husband: This doesn’t mean you’re off the hook for a gift.)

Supplies needed: Recycled egg carton, scissors, green construction paper, watercolor paint, paint brush, florist tape, florist wire, glue, green and purple tissue paper, yellow raffia and a toilet paper roll. (Phew… that’s a lot of stuff.)
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Step 1: Begin by cutting the tips of the egg carton first. These will become the bluebell and center portion of the daffodils. Cut out all 12 egg cups.

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Step 2: Make 4 daisies by cutting several long skinny petals from the top of an egg cup to the base. Make 2 roses by cutting shorter wavy curves along the tops of 4 egg cups. And, finally, make 2 daffodils by also cutting wavy curves along the tops of 2 egg cups and inset 2 egg tips.

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Step 3: Paint cups – pink roses, yellow daffodils, purple bluebell and white and yellow daisies (or whatever colors you love). While the painted rose cups are still wet and pliable, scrunch inside petals in and bend outer petals out so they begin to take on the natural shape of a rose. Allow all the painted cups to dry completely before assembling and gluing.

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Step 4: Prep leaves and stems. Cut leaf shapes with a stem on them. Make them all slightly a different size. Hold stem of the leaf and wrap around a piece of florist wire with florist tape about 1/3 down the wire.IMG_4800

Step 5: Glue the rose, daffodil and bluebell petals together.

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Step 6: At the very top of the flower stems, create a “swirl-shape” for the flowers to sit on. Glue flowers to stems. We recommend using a glue gun if you have one. We found out the hard way that regular glue takes a super long time to set and can not hold the weight of the flower cups.

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Step 7: Cut green tissue paper into long leaf shapes.
(Optional: Cut purple tissue into small 1″ x 2″ rectangles. Twist and shape to create the tendrils for the bluebell. Cut raffia into 3″ strips. Open flat and twist into bow and close in half to make “pod shape” for daffodils.)

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Step 8: Arrange bouquet and enjoy all year round. Happy Mother’s Day!!!
(Optional: Decorate and personalize a toilet paper roll as a bouquet holder.)


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Kira has an Etsy store if you’d like to check out more of her amazing work.

DIY Piñata Just in Time for Cinco de Mayo

What better way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo than with a round of margaritas festive, DIY piñata that your little one (and all the neighbor kids) will LOVE! With just some recycled newspaper, flour from the kitchen, a single balloon, and some craft supplies from around the house, you can design just about any kind of piñata your heart desires. I opted for a less traditional, but super-cute, beehive piñata for my little bumblebee. See our step-by-step instructions below, but BEEware – this may turn out cute enough to save from assault.

Supplies needed: newspaper, (1) balloon, flour, glue, scissors, yellow crepe paper, black pipe cleaners, medium-sized yellow pom-poms, small black pom-poms, ribbon or string.

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Step 1: Blow up the balloon. Don’t worry about the color…we will eventually pop it and throw it away.

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Step 2: Combine flour and water in a pot on the stove. Heat and stir until the mixture thickens into a paste.

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Step 3: Cut up strips of newspaper. You will probably want to lay out a newspaper work surface. Things are about to get messy!

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Step 4: Dip each newspaper strip in your paste mixture and coat the entire balloon, leaving just a little space around the knot. Repete this step until you have done 2-3 coats, letting your balloon dry in between coats. After the final coat, let your balloon dry overnight or until completely hardened.

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Step 5: Once your newspaper shell is dry, use a pin or scissors to pop the balloon and remove.

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Step 6: Decoration time! Starting with the wider end of your shell (opposite the hole), wrap and glue layers of yellow crepe paper to the newspaper. Be sure to overlap each layer slightly as you work your way up to the narrow end of the balloon.

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Step 7: Moving on to the bees! Just wrap a little piece of black pipe cleaner around each yellow pom-pom. Add little black pom-poms to make the heads. We recycled a coffee filter for the wings.

beehive.craft_6Step 8: Glue your bees to the hive and add some ribbon (or string) to the top by making holes with your hole puncher or scissors.

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Step 9: Add candy to the little hole at the top. Cover the hole with some crepe paper. Hang and hit or display in your casa. ENJOY!

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Unfortunately we can’t take all the credit for this unique piñata. It was inspired by a find on Pinterest that led us here

Trees make paper. Paper makes a tree.

It’s the last Friday in April which means today is Arbor Day, a special day to celebrate trees. In the spirit of Arbor Day, here’s a fun tree craft made from recycled and recyclable tree products you probably have around the house. What better way to teach your little ones about the importance of trees and recycling than with a little project like this?!

Supplies needed: toilet paper roll (or paper towel roll), scissors, hole puncher, green and red scrap paper, and a glue stick.

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Step 1: Cut a tree top shape out of your green scrap paper.

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Step 2: Use the rest of your green scrap paper to make leaves. I like to tear into little pieces but you can use your scissors to make more precise leaf shapes if you want.

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Step 3: Grab your glue stick and add your leaf texture.

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Step 4: Use your red scrap paper and a hole puncher to make some fruit for your tree. Apples or cherries…your call.

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Step 5: Grab your glue stick again and dot your tree with some yummy fruit. arbor.craft_6

Step 6: Take your toilet paper roll and cut a one inch slit down each side (on opposite ends of the same circle). arbor.craft_7

Step 7: Slide in your tree topper and you have a cute little tree made with paper and cardboard (that came from a tree)!

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Eco-friendly Art Supplies for Your Little Artist

I love doing crafts with my little one but I’m always on the lookout for art supplies that I know are safe for me, for my child, and for the environment. Believe it or not, there are a myriad of natural, non-toxic, and planet-friendly alternatives to the chemical-laden markers, paints, and glues we often find on the shelves. Here’s a list of our favorite eco-friendly finds for your little budding artist.

1. Clementine Art: Natural Modeling Dough

source: creativebrainsonline.com

source: creativebrainsonline.com

Clementine Art carries an array of natural and green art supplies for kids – from washable paint colored with Mayan mineral earth pigments to soy crayon rocks, but we love the scented modeling dough. Colored with turmeric, carmine and spinach, the dough comes in fresh flavors like strawberry, lemon, and lime. And moms can rest assured that their little ones are playing safe; Clementine products are certified non-toxic, free of synthetic preservatives, animal byproducts or petroleum bases (just in case your little one decides to sneak a nibble).

2. Eco-finger paint

source: http://shop.ecokidsusa.com/

source: http://shop.ecokidsusa.com/

What kid doesn’t like to get her hands dirty? And what mom doesn’t like the sound of all natural ingredients? We’re liking this powder based finger paint from eco-kids, another great line of eco-friendly art supplies for kids. Ingredients include flour, annatto seed, carrots, spinach, earth clay, red grapeseed, purple sweet potato, gardenia, red cabbage and cornstarch – almost sounds more like a salad than paint! Eco-kids also carries other essential art supplies like eco-glue, eco-crayons, and eco-dough. Not only are we big fans of this brand, but we became friends with the owners of this super nice, family owned business at the NY International Gift Fair!

3. Coccoina Glue

source: www.seejanework.com

source: www.seejanework.com

Whether you’re doing paper crafts, school projects, or scrapbooking, glue sticks are a staple for all sorts of kid’s crafts. We’re digging this Italian-made variety called Coccoina. Made from potato starch, these glue sticks are gluten free, non-toxic, non-solvent, and acid free. Not to mention, they smell like yummy almond marzipan.

4. Fortune Cookie Crayons

source: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ivylanedesigns

source: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ivylanedesigns

And now for the cutest, planet-friendly crayons EVER – check out these adorable fortune cookie crayons from Ivy Lane Design. This Etsy shop owner and mother of two really knows how to upcycle. Her crayons are hand poured and made from broken bits and pieces left over at the end of each school year. She travels around to elementary schools and collects bags and boxes full of old crayons that would otherwise go in the trash. Check out her Etsy shop for other fun crayon shapes.

5. Paper plates and toilet paper rolls

source: http://www.parents.com

source: http://www.parents.com

Some of the best craft supplies are the ones that we already have laying around the house. If you have paper plates, toilet paper rolls, (and just a little bit of imagination) you will never run out of things to make with your kids. Turn a paper plate into a bird nest or a tambourine. Make racecars or binoculars out of toilet paper rolls. The possibilities are endless. Looking for an easy way to turn nothing into something? That’s what we’re all about at Box Play for Kids. Check out our website for custom-designed children’s stickers that (combined with a little imagination) turn toilet paper rolls into rocket ships, egg cartons into pianos, cardboard boxes into cameras, and much more!!

Got milk carton? Make bunny.

Here’s a craft project every bunny will love. Hop to it!

Supplies needed: Empty milk carton, cardboard, white and pink construction paper, scissors and a marker.

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Step 1: Cover milk carton with white construction paper or you can use paint. Create bunny ears.

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Step 2: Cut out pink circle to make bunny nose.

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Step 3: Attach bunny ears to top of milk carton. And, you can glue a cotton ball to make the bunny’s tail.

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Step 3: Draw bunny smiley face. Cut out whiskers and attach with glue.

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Turn Empty Toilet Paper Roll into a Four Leaf Clover

We were feeling crafty this morning so we decided to work on a fun, easy St. Paddy’s Day project. I’m thrilled because we get to use a color other than pink and purple. If you have a little girl you know what I’m talking about.

Supplies needed: Empty toilet paper roll, paint brush, a pair of scissors and green (yay!) paint.

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Step 1: Cut toilet paper roll four times, vertically, halfway down roll. Fold flaps open and cut four clover leaves.

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Step 2: Paint leaves.

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Almost done! Just waiting for the leaves to dry before we paint the stem. Knowing my little one, we’ll probably embellish with some gold glitter.

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How to Build the Most Awesome Fort

It’s too hot to let my kids burn some energy off outside and I have a million things to get done today, so I turned to my favorite babysitter. The fort. And my secret for building the most perfect fort? Extra large binder clips and King-sized fitted sheets. The elastic in the fitted sheet gives it some ‘catch’ around corners of chairs and tables. And the binder clips help you pull the sheet more taut. Just pull the sheets to a nearby stool, chair, shelf, table, cushion, etc. and clip.
{Our princess likes to keep her crowns on the TOP of her castle.}
There’s a science to this, people. The better the fort, the longer the kids play in it, and the more I get done. My fort allowed me to to do three loads of laundry, pick up both kids’ rooms, watch an episode of Giuliana & Bill, and write this fine little post. You’re welcome.
Oh, and here’s an article I found about other binder clip uses. It will change your life. My favorite is the iPhone docking station.

Father’s Day DIY Gift Ideas

Some of our favorite DIY Father’s Day gift ideas come from CoolMomPicks.com.

One is just a basic paper cube. All you do is let your munchkins loose with a marker and you get this awesome little desktop shrine. Brilliant.

The other is a keychain that you can make by sending in your child’s artwork to this online retailer on Etsy. They turn it into a keepsake that you’ll use daily.

Love it. My only regret is that I didn’t see these awesome ideas earlier.

Because THIS is what my husband will be getting this year for Father’s Day.

I’ll go ahead and put in that keychain order now…