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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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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

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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!!