If your bookshelves look anything like ours, they’re full of old books that no one’s even taken down from the shelf in years. Books hold sentiments we can’t let go. And let’s face it, e-readers have taken over. Maybe you’re like us and not willing to get rid of some of those books because of sentimental value or because you can’t find a place willing to reuse them and you’d rather not toss them in the dumpster. We’ve got the perfect solution! Recycled book crafts. What’s that, you ask? It’s a super fun, easy way to personalize your space and give new life to those unopened books. As winter settles in, these recycled book crafts are the perfect project! So take some books down from the shelf, dust them off, and get ready for some serious creativity! [Read more…]
We love to get outside in the nice weather. Spending time in the woods or near water makes me feel so connected to nature. Every nature walk or beach trip I can’t help but pick up bits of nature that I find interesting. Rocks, shells, moss, acorns, etc. They all wind up in my pockets and then in my house. I can’t bear to part with them, but they also look silly sitting in piles everywhere. I finally got the bright idea to use them to make craft projects! [Read more…]
It’s that time of year again when kids are getting ready to go back to school but that doesn’t mean you have to stop all the fun! There are tons of DIY back to school crafts you can do together!
And as you start to help your kids get ready to go back to school and buy all the supplies they’ll need for the upcoming year, you’re probably also coping with their feelings about the upcoming school year. There’s likely nerves, excitement, maybe even some fear. Regardless of their age or emotions, back to school crafts can help your child take an active role in getting ready for the upcoming school year. Here are some of our favorites.
These adorable pencil toppers are great for almost any age. With the big google eyes and felt bodies, they can scare aware any first day fears, yet they’re silly enough to make everyone smile. Besides the google eyes, all you need is some hot glue and scraps of felt in any colors your kid wants. Depending on their age they can do this alone or with a little help from you.
Spice Up Notebooks and Binders
Every kid wants to express himself or herself. Spicing up notebooks and binders with scrapbooking materials, fabric or pipe cleaners can be a great way to encourage self-expression. Even the little ones can do this with some help from you. Chances are, your kid will feel more confident walking into school on the first day carrying binders or notebooks that give them a sense of self.
Bottle Cap Magnets
Older students will have lockers to store their belongings during the school day. While it may seem simply utilitarian, your kids see this as another place to express themselves. Bottle cap magnets are the perfect mix of useful and creative. Grab all those bottle caps that seem to find their way behind couches and in between cushions (or simply save them the next time you pop the top on a soda or adult beverage). Use your glue gun to attach magnets to the back and paint the front any way you like. Your crafty kids will love this chance to show off their personality in a school approved way.
Heading back to school doesn’t have to be stressful. Help make it fun for your kids with DIY back to school crafts they can do on their own or with a little help from you. What other DIY back to school craft ideas have you done? Let us know in the comments!
Summer is officially here. It’s time to get outside with friends and family. Whether it’s watching your kids play on the swing set or enjoying some adult conversation around the BBQ or fire pit, your backyard will be even more inviting with these neat summer DIY crafts. [Read more…]
Now that summer is here, you want to capture the beauty of summer flowers both inside and outside. So Sisters Know Best came up with 5 ways to display flowers that you are going to love! They add color to your home and create a great background and conversation piece for BBQs and backyard events. These crafty and creative flower displays will certainly capture attention. Consignment shops are a great place to find old bottles, metal and glass containers or even clay pots. These beautiful containers can be “upcycled” to hold flowers in a variety of creative and ingenious ways.
A new take on a classic idea. Find four or five matching or coordinating glass bottles. Fill them with sand, small stones or other decorative media. Attach the bottles to a piece of wood or fence rail with metal brackets. Add water and a single flower in each one. Or, you can make this last longer by using silk flowers instead.
Tall bottles with a bouquet of fresh flowers from your garden also work great as a centerpiece on your picnic table or dining room table. If you find clear ones, you can paint the inside with transparent, water-proof paint for an added effect when the sun shines through.
Hollow logs are common in New England. They make great habitats for insects and small lizards and snakes that call the forests home. If you can find one and get it home, it also makes a great planter! Fill it up with potting soil, add flowers and step back as others admire the effect.
Clay pots are so much fun! Consignment shops often have rustic looking ones at incredibly affordable prices. Find some in neutral or coordinating colors for your home. Just add water and wildflowers or forgo the water and use silk flowers for a look that will last all year.
Broken clay pots work great too! Use the broken area as the new “top.” Lay the clay pot on its side, bury it in some sand or decorative stone. Add potting soil to the opening created when the pot broke and flowers. What was once likely to end up in the trash bin is now a gorgeous planter.
Repurposing containers to display flowers is a great way to get crafty and capture the essence of summer. Try it and let us know what other ideas you have to display flowers.
Have you seen it yet? Rock Art – easy, cheap, creative, fun, addictive! It’s all these things! Oh, and requires readily available supplies.
We first saw Rock Art on Pinterest. It was cute. It made us smile. We pinned a few pictures. We said we’d do it. Well, we finally did; and we think you should as well! (Stay tuned for the Big Magic – it’s near the end of this post.) [Read more…]
Finally! Spring has arrived. You and your kids are probably very ready to get out of the house, breathe the fresh air, and learn some great seasonal crafts! Sisters Know Best to the rescue! We’ve found some of the coolest spring crafts for kids and compiled them all in one place. Share this post with your kids and pick one, or more, to do this weekend. [Read more…]
Working with vinyl has become quite popular lately. Machines like the Cricut Explore Air 2 are flying off the shelves as people discover the many uses for vinyl. It goes far beyond scrapbooking. Vinyl DIYers are now using their skills to create home décor, fashion, invitations, party supplies and so much more. These 10 projects are great for your Cricut machine. Don’t forget to buy the vinyl stock you need to make them all come out amazing! [Read more…]
Being cooped up with the snow is pretty tough, especially for kids. The more cabin fever they get, the crazier they start to act. Parents start to worry about their homes and belongings being safe. When all the usual indoor entertainment ideas have gotten boring, what’s a parent to do? Easy! Bring out the crafts! We love these fun craft ideas you can do with your kids to keep them from destroying your home out of boredom and a need to do something. [Read more…]
Ever look at someone’s homemade décor and feel envious? You wish you could make something like that, but you’re “so no crafty.” Don’t sell yourself short. You’re probably craftier than you think – you just need to start with something manageable. Here are a couple of easy ideas to get you started. [Read more…]
At some point, we can all use a little more inspiration in our lives – a little happier, a little more zen. As crafters, we have a unique opportunity to use our creativity and craftiness to add those necessary elements to our environment and give them to others. If you need a little inspiration for your inspirational craft project, here’s some of our favorites.
Fall DIY projects are some of my favorite to round up! I love this time of year. Not sure if it’s the changing leaves or the crisp air that invigorates, but I LOVE this time of year. How about you? Do you like Fall? If yes, you will love these cute and easy fall DIY projects for indoors and out. [Read more…]
Valentine’s Day is less than a month away already! Where does the time go? This year I’m doing the DIY route for my loved one. I just need to decide which Valentine’s DIY gift to choose. Which of these top 5 DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts for Men would you pick?
Do you guys remember our giant DIY ice marbles that we made last winter? They are so easy to make and they add such a fun touch to our railing out front. I can’t wait for the weather to get cold enough to do it again. BUT THIS TIME I’m going to have more purpose for them and turn some of them in to bird feeders! What a great idea from Twig and Toadstool! [Read more…]
In 1621, Thanksgiving was much different than it is today. Thanksgiving was a harvest shared between the new colonists and the Indians in America. It was a celebration of a successful harvest. Today we celebrate it in remembrance. It’s a fun time and these treats and crafts below are a great way to show our spirit! Take a look below and enjoy! From Sisters Know Best to you and yours, Happy Thanksgiving! [Read more…]