Kids Craft Projects for When You’ve Hit Your Limit

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Are your kids driving you crazy? Retreat into some quiet time for yourself with this collection of 12 DIY kids craft projects for when you’ve hit your limit! (Plus a rockin’ printable chore chart with a rewards system for crafty prizes!)

Are your kids driving you crazy? Retreat into some quiet time for yourself with this collection of 12 DIY kids craft projects for when you've hit your limit! (Plus a rockin' printable chore chart with a rewards system for crafty prizes!)

We’ve all been there. The weather’s been crap for days. The kids are going stir crazy and you, well you’re trying to contain yourself so you don’t scream at anyone and come off as a raving lunatic. As someone who has already raised a child to adulthood AND seen him off to college, becoming a new stepmother in May admittedly came with a new set of challenges.

Granted my son turned out better than I could have ever hoped and I’m incredibly proud of both him and his accomplishments. However, he was one kid. I now have three more. Two we have on a 50-50 split and a third accompanies those two every other weekend. So I basically went from being a quite content empty nester to dealing with kid overload in an instant. And when your parenting skills are a lot different than what they expect and are used to, well. It becomes a learning experience for the entire family.

However, before I share with you one of the ways I dealt with recurring issues I had with the kids, I first want to share a collection of my favorite kids craft projects to keep them entertained WITHOUT television so you can get that break from chaos that you need.

Kids Craft Projects They’ll Love

DIY Light Bulb Aquariums for Marimo Moss Balls that Kids Can Make! Plus more DIY kids crafts projects to keep the kids occupied so you can enjoy some "me" time!

DIY Light Bulb Aquarium

This easy kids craft project for a DIY light bulb aquarium is suitable for kids of all ages (elementary school and up.) They’ll have a blast assembling small toys, stones and beads inside a glass light bulb to create a tiny aquarium home for a marimo moss ball! Find the tutorial at Soap Deli News here.

Fun Kids Craft Projects! Learn how to make these DIY food erasers via The Paper Mama blog. Plus more DIY kids crafts projects to keep the kids occupied so you can enjoy some "me" time!

DIY Food Erasers

These fun food erasers are a great way for kids to explore creativity while also making a functional craft that they can use afterwards! Your kids will have a blast using using eraser clay to create their own custom erasers to use at school and share with friends! Find this DIY now at The Paper Mama blog here.

DIY Polar Bear Soap Tutorial for Kids! Plus more DIY kids crafts projects to keep the kids occupied so you can enjoy some "me" time!

DIY Polar Bear Soap

This easy polar bear soap project is made using a melt and pour soap base. So if your kids can use a microwave, they can make this soap! Not only will they enjoy using these homemade soaps in the tub, but they can make extras to gift to friends and family! Find this soapmaking project at Soap Deli News here.

Kids Craft Project Idea for making DIY Shrinky Dink Charms with free printable patterns - including a unicorn! - via Ooly blog! Plus more DIY kids crafts projects to keep the kids occupied so you can enjoy some "me" time!

DIY Shrinky Dink Charms

Kids will love making their own DIY Shrinky Dink Charms! They can turn use the free printable templates or create their own drawings to turn into charms for their backpack or fun necklaces or magnets. Find the tutorial and free printables at Ooly blog here.

DIY Wood Bead Doll Necklace via Craftberry Bush Blog! Plus more DIY kids crafts projects to keep the kids occupied so you can enjoy some "me" time!

DIY Wooden Bead Doll Necklace

There are so many possibilities with this necklace DIY from Craftberry Bush. Kids can paint doll faces or even make fun animals like panda bears or cats! Not only are the materials for this kids craft project easy to source, but this is a fun idea for a girls only slumber party too! Find the tutorial at Craftberry Bush here.

Borax Free Slime DIY for Kids from DIY Candy! Plus more DIY kids crafts projects to keep the kids occupied so you can enjoy some "me" time!

Borax Free Play-Doh Slime DIY

This easy Play-Doh slime recipe is borax free so there’s no worry over mixing mishaps or potential chemical burns from extended playtime. Plus, if you have younger kids, it’s likely you already have all of these ingredients on hand! Find the recipe now at DIY Candy blog here.

DIY Gelli Printing Tutorial! Gelli printing is monoprinting using a gel printing plate. Because the gelli plate is made out of a gel, it's extra sensitive surface will imprint any texture that it is sitting upon or covered with. So you can use materials such as bubble wrap, plastic grids, foam stamps, stencils, leaves and string to create unique and beautiful prints.

DIY Gelli Printing

If your kids love art, then they’ll definitely love gelli printing! Not only is gelli printing super easy and rewarding, but the availability of all-in-one kits makes this project even easier to dig right into! And your kids can create artwork for their rooms and the fridge! (These are also amazing framed!) Find the tutorial at Soap Deli News here.

Kids Craft Projects! Learn how to make these super cute DIY craft stick dolls via Teawagontales blog! Plus more DIY kids crafts projects to keep the kids occupied so you can enjoy some "me" time!

DIY Craft Stick Dolls

These super cute craft stick dolls are so much fun to make at just about any age! (I even want to try these myself!) Design little dolls on wooden craft sticks using washi tape, buttons, colored pens and embellishments you have stashed in your craft drawer! Get inspired via the original post at Teawagontales blog here.

Get your kids to make these fun and functional DIY winter magnet clips via hello, Wonderful! When not keeping chips and cereal bags closed they can be used to create fun scenes on the fridge for imaginative playtime. Plus more DIY kids crafts projects to keep the kids occupied so you can enjoy some "me" time!

DIY Winter Magnet Clips

These fun and functional DIY winter magnet clips are perfect for both the kids and parents alike! When not keeping chips and cereal bags closed they can be used to create fun winter scenes on the fridge for imaginative play. Find the tutorial to make them now at hello, Wonderful blog here.

Kids will love this DIY craft project via hello, Wonderful! blog for making a rainbow town from recycling materials! Plus more DIY kids crafts projects to keep the kids occupied so you can enjoy some "me" time!

Recycled Rainbow Town DIY

Kids can scourge through the recycle bin for this fun DIY project! With a collection of free printables on the website along with your own discarded cardboard and printer paper, kids can create and color a happy little town for stand up characters to play in. This is a great kids craft project for families with kids of mixed ages because everyone can join in on the fun! Find the tutorial now at hello, Wonderful! blog here.

Kids Craft Projects! Kids will have a blast painting these DIY galaxy rocks via Color Made Happy Blog! Plus more DIY kids crafts projects to keep the kids occupied so you can enjoy some "me" time!

DIY Galaxy Painted Rocks

Painted rocks are quickly coming back around as a hot craft trend – and for good reason! Now only is this kids craft project inexpensive to explore, but kids can also have fun hiding and hunting for their painted rocks inside on a rainy day. Find the tutorial for these painted rocks at Color Made Happy here.

Kids Craft Project for DIY Painted Dinosaurs from Craft & Creativity Blog! Plus more DIY kids crafts projects to keep the kids occupied so you can enjoy some "me" time!

DIY Painted Dinosaurs

These painted dinosaurs are loads of fun! Transform toy dinosaurs into party animals using paints and pom poms, googly eyes and little toy hats! Learn how to make these now at Craft & Creativity blog here.

Now that I’ve (hopefully) inspired you with some of my favorite kids craft projects, why not also us them as incentives for good behavior? (And give them a break from all that screen time overload.)

As I stated previously, zero to three kids within a two week time frame was, well, insightful. At some point I just hit pure exhaustion. Not only was I starting to feel like everyone’s maid, but there was the mouse incident.

The kids aren’t allowed to have food in their rooms for obvious reasons. And as it turned out, one child had forgotten about chocolate under her bed, while another had hidden plates of food in her hideaway bed. We got mice. And by the time we finally discovered all of the hidden food, the mouse incident was more like an infestation. As cute as they were, those little rodents kept growing. And then they started multiplying.

Unfortunately, it took us a while to get rid of all the resident mice. So I’m still checking their favorite spots weekly to make sure new mice aren’t moving in partially out of paranoia. And thus my chore chart system was initiated. My husband, well, he had his doubts at first. (It’s a guy thing, right?) But after several weeks we were in agreement that it really has made some positive changes within our new mixed family.

Kids Chore Chart Idea with Kids Craft Projects from a Prize Box as an incentive to go above and beyond and to help them explore their creativity.

For the Love of Chore Charts

The goal of my chore charts was to gear them toward an introduction into real life once they’re out in the world and getting jobs of their own. It requires they do a minimum number of chores on a point system. If they meet the seven day point requirement then they did their job. If they fall short, they lose television and internet privileges the following weekend. However, if they go above and beyond, there are rewards. It also teaches them responsibility, respect for their space and that of others and it helps us all work together toward common goals. The prizes then encourage their creativity in the form of kids craft projects. (Not to mention they’re developing better habits so it all seems less like work to them moving forward.)

The minimum number of points each child needs over a two week period (in which we have them for seven days) is 25 points. This leaves room to skip or forget a few things. (I mean, I’m not Cruella.) They can then do bonus chores to earn bonus points if they slip or to reach the reward goal of 30 points.

Kids Chore Chart Idea with Kids Craft Projects from a Prize Box as an incentive to go above and beyond and to help them explore their creativity.

30 points is where it gets crafty. Literally. Because I basically created a prize box for 30 points. It’s filled with $5 options that include craft kits and supplies, stickers, treats or winner’s choice for a family game night – even their choice of an after dinner dessert. There’s also the option of a big box pass. Choosing two passes from the small box allows them to then choose a prize out of the big box. Big box prizes include cool kids craft projects around $10-$15 (I found a lot of these on sale or purchased them with 50% off coupons) like a wood burning kit with a tv tray and a tie-dye kit with a t-shirt.

Are your kids driving you crazy? Retreat into some quiet time for yourself with this collection of 12 DIY kids craft projects for when you've hit your limit! (Plus a rockin' printable chore chart with a rewards system for crafty prizes!)

Want to give my chore chart a try for your kids? You can print fill-in-the-blank version of my chore chart here. Then be sure to let me know how it works for your family. Or, share successes you’ve had using your own chore chart system as well as some of your favorite kids craft projects!

For more kids craft projects that challenge their creativity, be sure to visit my DIY for Wee Ones Pinterest board. It’s full of great crafts projects for kids they can make themselves as well as cool projects you can craft for them!

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Everyday Homemaking Tips

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I had such a great response to my homemaking tips last week – Helpful Tips for Everyday Success and Household Tips for Organizing and Living – that I decide to put together another collection of everyday homemaking tips for busy moms and homemakers. (Also be sure to check out my January 2013 post for the New Year – Frugal Tips for Saving Money!)

12 Everyday Homemaking Tips for Busy Moms and Homemakers! #tips #lifetips #lifehack #lifehacks #diy #diytips #lifestyle #homemaking

Everyday Homemaking Tips

1.) Use Coffee Filters for More Than Just Coffee. Coffee filters are multi-purpose. Grab them when in need of a substitute for something you don’t have. They’re great for cleaning glass and computer monitors. Detox your stinky shoes by filling a filter with baking soda, tying off with a rubber band and placing in your sneakers. Or you can even use it as a dryer sheet by placing a few drops of fabric softener on the filter, rubbing together, than folding in half.

2.) Sheet Storage. Store your sheet sets together in a pillow case. Not only does this keep the entire set together, but it makes for neater and more compact storage.

3.) DIY Watering Can. Take an old laundry detergent container and drill holes in the lid for an instant watering can that not only allows you to recycle a disposable container, but is sturdy enough to hold up to continued use. Plus there are no worries about water sloshing out!

4.) Keep Brown Sugar Soft. Use a marshmallow in your brown sugar to keep it soft.

5.) Ketchup Bottle as Pancake Batter Dispenser. Repurpose an empty ketchup bottle into a pancake batter dispenser and pour the right amount every time! It’s also less messy and it makes it easier for making smiley face pancakes for the kids!

6.) Organize Upright. Create more room for your flatware by storing it upright rather than laying it down. I am constantly running out of room for my knives, forks and spoons and they often spill over into the next one’s cubby. This solves that problem and allows you add more silverware to your collection for those holiday get togethers.

Create a DIY Kitchen Command Center. Keep all of your scheduling and menu planning in one place with a well organized kitchen command center. Your command center should feature a menu planning board, dry erase note board, magnet boards, and chore charts.

7.) Create a Kitchen Command Center. Keep all of your scheduling and menu planning in one place with a well organized kitchen command center. Your command center should feature a menu planning board, dry erase note board, magnet boards, and chore charts.

8.) Doggy Drawer. The dog doesn’t live in the garage, so why store his food there? Instead use a deep drawer for keeping your pup’s kibble along with a handy scoop for when it’s time to dish out dinner.

Nix Stains with Pantry Staples. Treat a variety of common clothing stains with products you have in your pantry. Egg yolk and luke warm water will remove a coffee stain. Just allow to set for a minute or two, then rinse. Get rid of blood stains, but immersing the fabric in very cold water, then sprinkling heavily with salt. Scrub with soap and rinse.

9.) Nix Stains with Pantry Staples. Treat a variety of common clothing stains with products you have in your pantry. Egg yolk and luke warm water will remove a coffee stain. Just allow to set for a minute or two, then rinse. Get rid of blood stains, but immersing the fabric in very cold water, then sprinkling heavily with salt. Scrub with soap and rinse. Plus more!

10.) Lemon as Cutting Board Cleaner. Use a fresh cut lemon to clean your wood and plastic cutting boards. Squeeze the lemon juice on your board and allow to sit for 20 minutes before rinsing. Voila!

11.) Use Baking Soda for Everything. Baking soda is the perfect household staple as it’s great for everything from cleaning to deodorizing to hygiene. Use it in the fridge to keep odors away, as a mouthwash rinse, to clean grills, and even as part of your laundry routine.

12.) Revive Old Paintbrushes. You can revive old paint brushes by soaking them in hot vinegar then washing with regular old soap and water. This removes old paint and softens the bristles.

I hope you enjoyed my collection of everyday homemaking tips. If you’re also looking for unique ways to organize your office, then be sure to also check out my post, Home Office Organizing Tips and DIY Projects.


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Household Tips for Organizing and Living

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Don’t just work hard, work more efficiently and effectively! Here’s a fantastic collection of ten household tips for making doing what you need to do even easier.

Household tips and lifehacks for organizing and living. Don't just work hard, work efficiently and effectively! Here's a collection of household tips for making doing what you need to do even easier.

10 Fantastic Household Tips + Life Hacks

1.) Use Tins for Storing Spice Packets. Use metal storage tins for storing spice packets in the pantry. It keeps them contained in one place and makes them easy to remove and flip through to find what you need.

2.) Store Craft Supplies in the Closet. Use multi-tiered pants hangers to store craft ribbon and spools. Not only does it save on space, but it keeps them out of site reducing the look of clutter in your work space.

3.) Use Lemons to Whiten. Use freshly sliced lemons and boiling water to whiten linens and socks that have gotten dingy over time.

4.) Schedule with Clothespins. If you lack calendar space – either to hang or write in – schedule your week using clothespins. Simply label seven clothespins with the days of week, then attach magnets or hang clothespins on a wire. Put your daily to do’s and appointments for the week on index cards and attach to the clothespins with the appropriate day of the week.

5.) Organize Your Fridge with Baskets. Use plastic baskets or bins inside your refrigerator to store like food items. It helps to keep your refrigerator shelves clean and allows you to store more with easier access.

6.) Re-Use Dryer Sheets for Dusting. Re-use dryer sheets for dusting after you’ve dried your clothing. It’s an easy reminder to do a quick dusting once laundry is done allowing you to re-use a product and keep on schedule with housework.

7.) Hang Your Flip Flops. Use coat hangers to create a hanging system for your flip flops to keep them paired and off the floor. Then mount a low to floor curtain rod in your closet for your new shoe control method to keep the space up top for clothes.

8.) Use Chalkboard Labels. Spray paint sticker labels with chalkboard paint for labeling multi-purpose canisters in your kitchen, bath or office that you can’t see inside of. Simply erase and relabel when you use your canister for a new purpose.

9.) Spring Clean your Mattress. Many of us probably never get around to cleaning our mattress often unless there’s a mishap. Clean and deodorize your mattress while your linens are in the wash with a bit of baking soda and lavender essential oil.

10.) Naturally Scent Your Home. Save on home fragrance oils and naturally scent your home by simmering a saucepan of aromatic essential oils, food peels and spices.

For more great household tips and lifehacks, be sure to check out my DIY Lifestyle Tips Pinterest board.

Kitchen Table Makeover! Brighten up your kitchen with a beautiful kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that there really are no rules. You get to choose the color and style to makeover your table with.

You may also like my kitchen table makeover! Check out how I recreated my abused kitchen table step-by-step at Soap Deli News blog here.

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Helpful Tips for Everyday Success

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Life isn’t always easy, and it’s been a lot harder. Otherwise we wouldn’t have so many nifty inventions for gadgets to simplify our lives. I know I couldn’t live without my immersion stick blender. I can’t imagine the time it would take to make soap without it! Still, between work and family and just living, anything we can do to make things simpler and save time are always helpful. Here are a few tips I’ve compiled to make your day of household chores and organizing easier.

Life hacks for helping make life easier and keep your space organized! 8 useful DIY tips that turn everyday into a success! #lifehack #lifetips #diy #cleaning #lifestyle

1.) Mason Jar as a Blender Jar – If your blender canister breaks, you can easily replace it with a mason jar by screwing it onto the blade and save money by not having to replace the entire blender. Plus, it’s perfect for making salad dressings, marinades, and spreads all in one container with no transfer later. Just be careful. Avoid using hot liquids and don’t fill the jar more than halfway. (Via Real Simple.)

2.) Pegboard Organization – Move the pegboard out of the garage and bring into the home office. If you’re like me you’re always lacking desk space and finding things in drawers can be daunting and time consuming. Bring everything you need into view by creating a pegboard organizational space above your desk. (Via Heart of Wisdom.)

3.) Freezer Meals – With a busy lifestyle finding time to cook can be scarce. Not to mention buying frozen dinners can be expensive. Use your free time to create meals for the entire week and freeze them for lunches and quick solo dinners later. This handy article contains tips on freezing basics, foods that don’t freeze well, freezing containers, the effects of freezing on spices, and even some recipes for foods that do freeze well like stuffed shells, bourbon chicken, and lemon cupcakes. (Via Or So She Says.)

4.) Cord Organization Tips – Use metal clips to organize your cords for your gadgets and chargers on the side of a desk or table so you aren’t hunting down a cord every time you need to plug in your laptop or ipod. You can also use bread tags as cord labels by writing the cord type on the tag and clipping it to the cord. (Via Be Different Act Normal.)

5.) Makeup Brush Storage – Make makeup brushes easy to find and keep them dry by storing them in upright in containers filled with clear plastic beads. (Via Liz Marie Blog.)

6.) Re-use Pour Spouts – Re-use spouts from salt canisters on mason jars by cutting the lid with spout from your salt container, measuring to fit your canning jar ring and attaching to your mason jar. Fill the mason jars with anything you use often like sugar or non-dairy creamer. (Via Thrifty Fun.)

7.) Water Dispenser – Use a dustpan to fill up buckets in sink areas where buckets won’t fit in the sink. (Via Pinterest.)

8.) Car Trash Receptacle – Use a cereal storage container as a trash bin for your car. The lid keeps trash in while you’re driving. (Via Better Homes & Gardens.)


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