Bring the Stars Inside With a DIY Constellation Lantern

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Constellation Lantern


Look at the stars, see how they shine for you…


Summer stargazing is so lovely and this DIY Constellation Lantern brings those stars inside. Children will love having these in their bedrooms and they’ll want to learn more about constellations.

Making your own is easy, here’s how:

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Back to School Printable Bookplates

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)


Bookplates can make a favorite book feel even more special. And these printable bookplates designed by Jen Lange and her daughter Madeline just for Barista Kids are super cute and very special.

Give your child a special Back to School gift of bookplates for all the new books (or notebooks) she’ll/he’ll get this year. You can also print out a bunch, tie them with a ribbon, and give them as a gift to your child’s teacher on the first day of school — much more practical than an apple!


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Kid Craft: Sea Glass Necklaces

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Rock and Sea Glass Necklaces

Are you going on vacation soon? Do you have a collection sea glass, or special rocks,  from your past visits to beaches? I’ve been sea glass all summer. Trying to extend the great memories I’m making, I wanted to wear my treasures. Making a sea glass necklace is a great way to do it!

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Kids Craft: Printable Paper Fortune Tellers

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

fortune tellers

Paper fortune tellers, what we referred to as “cootie catchers,” when I was a kid, are fun little origami tools for predicting someone’s future.

Here are two printable fortune tellers that our crafty contributor Jen Lange designed in cute animal designs (a pig an a penguin) to personalize with your own fortunes and play with your friends. 

Print them out, fold them like so:

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Ice Block Treasure Hunt: An Easy and Cool Way to Entertain Kids on a Hot Summer Day

BY  |  Monday, Jul 21, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Ice Block Treasure Hunt

Any kid age two and over will enjoy poking around in a block of ice that is filled with tiny toys and going on an Ice Block Treasure Hunt! It’s a great activity on a hot summer day.

For my son, I just froze some of the toys he already owned (sequins, beads, little plastic guys), but you could make this project really exciting and freeze some not-yet-seen items.

All you need to do is take a plastic container fill it about 3/4 full with water and throw in the toys. If your child is doing this with you, my cousin Patsy pointed-out you could play “sink or float” while you do it.

Then pop the whole container of water and toys into the freezer and enjoy listening to your toddler ask “is it ready yet?” for the next several hours.

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Kid Craft: Safety Pin Bracelets

BY  |  Friday, Jul 11, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Safety Pin Bracelets

You don’t need any jewelry making experience or other beading tools to make this super cool safety pin bracelet.  It is so easy!

Safety Pin Bracelets

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Finger Knitting Fun

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 08, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Finger Knitting

Finger knitting is a great way to learn how to knit. It’s easy to do and you will quickly have something that you can wear or play with. When you’re finished, you’ll have a beautiful rope of yarn that you can use for lots of different things, such as a cool headband, a belt, bracelet, necklace, or even a scarf. Since there’s no need to worry about pointy needles, it’s a great craft to do on long summer car trips.

Finger Knitting

  • Yarn (9 feet is a good amount for a bracelet)
  • Scissors

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Fireworks Bracelets for the Fourth of July

BY  |  Monday, Jun 30, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (2)

Fireworks Bracelets

When you attend a Fourth of July parade, picnic, or firework show, you must dress the part. These red, white and blue fireworks bracelets are just the thing to show your patriotic spirit. Your kids will love making them too.

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Kid Craft: Duct Tape Canoe

BY  |  Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Duct Tape Canoe

My sister and I are always looking for fun ways to cool off during the hot summer days.  I had an idea that involved the outdoors, water and crafting, my three favorite things — a duct tape canoe!

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Magnetic Paper Dolls Travel Toy

BY  |  Wednesday, Jun 18, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Magnetic Paper Dolls Travel Toy

I love paper dolls. I have fond memories from my childhood cutting out paper dolls with tabs.  This modern version is much easier, is magnetic and is personalized — featuring you child.

This Magnetic Paper Dolls Travel Toy is perfect to bring on long summer car trips. I promise you your kids won’t ask, “Are we there yet?” Okay, maybe not as often…

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