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The boo and the boy: Colourful kids' rooms. MADE. DIY Light Up Sign Tutorial. Thanks to everyone who has voted for Vintage Revivals for the Best Home Project/ DIY Blog over at Apartment Therapy!

DIY Light Up Sign Tutorial

Today is the last day to vote and while we are in 2nd place, we are about 300 votes down. We need a Hail Mary to pull this off. So if you are the praying type now is the time to start, and if you haven’t voted yet (yes, I am looking at YOU!) Dylan’s Dream Room Bedroom Reveal. When I say that this is my favorite space that I have ever created, there is no exaggeration.

Dylan’s Dream Room Bedroom Reveal

I thought that I was ready to dust my hands off and walk away after my living room reveal, but I mean, how Mandilicious is that? Not Mandilicious at. all. folks. As I have mentioned before, creating a kids room that you both will enjoy can be super hard. Make Your Own Colorful T-Shirts What to Do This Weekend. Party Favor Punch Wall Celebrate the Big & Small. DIY Art Material: Chalk. When I saw that making sidewalk chalk is literally mixing plaster with water and adding paint I almost flipped.

DIY Art Material: Chalk

Could it really be that easy? Well, the answer is, yes, it is that easy. I recently purchased the book Eco-Friendly Crafting With Kids by Kate Lilley of the visually stunning blog minieco. It’s a really inspiring and beautiful book with a whole slew of cool projects for kids. Strangely gorgeous duct tape jewelry to d-i-y or buy. Upcycled T-shirt Dress. I had so much fun working with all my old t-shirts when I did the Upcycled Boy Hats.

Upcycled T-shirt Dress

This time around I thought I'd give girls a try. (Don't worry, I'll do a boy version of it later.) Let me introduce the Upcycled T-shirt Dress. The Crafty Crow: Building/3 Dimensional. DIY projects. Glitzy Easter Placecards By Ashley Page Norton Easter is right around the around and these egg and nest placecards come together super fast.

DIY projects

Build a Easy Kids' Tent / Reading Nook. PDF version Only one cut and easy-to-follow instructions make for a kid-sized reading nook that you can build today!

Build a Easy Kids' Tent / Reading Nook

This is a simple project that comes together in an hour or less. You need recycled material for the panels and approximately $20 worth of supplies, assuming you own a drill, staple gun and wrench. Questions: Please send me a message anna{AT}lawrencegirls{DOT}com. Florist Marbles. And we can still do that at Woodland Park, of course, but without the slides, swings and climbers that the term "playground" typically connotes.

Florist Marbles

What makes our space more than a playground, I think, are the equal accommodations made for dramatic, artistic and fine motor play. That's why we call it the "outdoor classroom. " One of the very simple, inexpensive ways we've done this is the inclusion of lots of these: They aren't necessarily obvious at first glance, but it you watch the ground, almost everywhere you go you'll spot these florist marbles peeking out from under the wood chips or glinting glassily from under plants. You'll find collections of them in baskets, buckets, or buried in the sand for safekeeping. They are treasures, jewels, and money. These simple buds of glass can be bit players in a game of fairies . . . . . . or the center piece in an game of counting and sorting. And, of course, they make wonderful additions to art projects.

Fairy gardens. I've just discovered fairy gardens.

fairy gardens

Slow, I know. What a delightful way to captivate the imaginations of young children! A fairy garden can be in a small patch of garden bed, or they are just as effective in a largish pot or planter, making them ideal for smaller spaces. Take a look at this one from The Magic Onions:  Fairy Gardens don't have to be elaborate or even permanent.

I like this arrangement of different sized pots at different levels: Fairy gardens work best alongside already established small plants or herbs, to create some atmosphere. Planting suggestions include: lavendarrosemarysagechivesgeraniumfuchiaasparagus fernsmosses, lichen african violets. Or perhaps some dinosaurs, small animal figures or dolls furniture to inspire imaginative play. Old Bear Art Lesson. While looking through the library one afternoon, I stumbled across Kevin Henkes’s picture book, “Old Bear”.

Old Bear Art Lesson

The adorable illustrations inspired me to create a combination bear painting and leaf print art lesson for my fourth graders. We used one 50-minute period to draw and paint the bear and another period to print the leaves. This lesson was a huge hit with the kids. Old Bear Board Book Supplies Part I 12″ x 18″ white paper Brown and black tempera paint Black oil pastel Scissors/glue Drawing the bear. Shabby Beach Nest. Miniature Accessories. I’m having so much fun creating mini, magical little furniture for our fairy gardens.

Miniature Accessories

And in case you get the “Fairy Garden Bug” like I have, I’ve listed all my mini accessory ideas in a central location for easy reference. Enjoy! The arbor was made from a single, fake pussywillow branch from Michael’s. Vintage DIY Scooter: They Don't Make Them Like They Used To.