Peg Doll Family Tutorial

Virginia captured your hearts this last week, with her awesome peg doll family. I have to admit, this is one of my all time favorite Kids Can Do projects.

I think what I love most about the peg doll family is that it’s a craft simple enough for little hands to complete, but sophisticated enough to be considered home decor.

I love this peg doll family. Simple enough for little hands, sophisticated enough to serve as home decor.

You can preview the full tutorial today at Fynes Designs.

Kids Can Do Results Season 18 | Week 2

Congratulations to our Kids Can Do week giveaway winner Jillene Petersen, who’s won an Amazon gift card.

It’s time to share the winner of our Kids Can Do challenge!

Kids Can Do Challenge at So You Think You're Crafty

We had some GREAT entries in this week’s challenge. There are a few I definitely have my eye (or Pinterest account) tuned into for creating with the kids this winter.

Kids Can Do Challenge Results

So You Think You're Crafty Season 18 Week 2 Kids Can Do Results

Crafter Reveal

Project #1 Grab Box – Shonee, Hawthorne and Main

Project #2 Kids Halloween Pillows – Erica, 5 Little Monsters

Project #3 Peg Doll Family – Virginia, Fynes Designs

Project #4 Decorative Cork Boards – Katie, The Crafty Blog Stalker

Project #5 Zentangle Coloring Pages – Ashley, My Craftily Ever After

Project #6 Halloween Necklace – Holly, Ribbons and Glue

Project #7 Argyle Sock Snake – Jessica, Designer’s Sweet Spot

Kids Can Do Winner

This week’s winner is Virginia, with her adorable peg doll family.

Our Family Peg Doll Craft. I love this! This family of peg dolls is simple enough for little hands and cute enough to be on display in any home.

Virginia will be sharing the full tutorial for this cute craft tomorrow!

Saying Goodbye…

Sadly, we will be saying goodbye to Shonee, who’s grab box didn’t quite make the cut.

Kids grab box. A great craft project for busy little hands.

We’ll be sharing an interview with Shonee next week!

Next Week’s Challenge

Come back next week and check out our crafter’s projects around the theme “paint.” You’re going to love what you see!

10 Kid Crafts for Fall

It’s a fun week around these parts – we’re celebrating kids crafting. What better way to celebrate than with 10 kid friendly crafts for fall?

10 kids crafts for fall. There are some really great crafts shared in this post.

Each one of these crafts has been selected for it’s simple assembly and sophisticated look. Perfect for display in your home this fall!

10 Kids Crafts for Fall

Simple fall leaf garland. Have kids cut leaves out of cardstock and thread them with yarn. Easy Fall Garland via A Beautiful Mess

This tree button art is great for kids and would look good on display in the house. There are lots of great ideas in this post. Tree Button Artwork via Simply Designing

These monster apple bites are the perfect crafty kids treat for fall. Apple Bites via Forks and Beans

Simple paper pumpkin craft. These are so easy to make!Simple Paper Pumpkin via Snap

Pine cone owl. These would be so cute to make with the kids!Pinecone Owl via Broogly

Fall glitter leaves. Easy enough for kids to make + perfect for fall decorating. Glitter Leaf Garland via House of Jade Interiors

Cinnamon salt dough leaves. Such a fun kids craft and it smells great too!
Cinnamon Salt Dough Leaves via The Imagination Tree

Popsicle stick and yard spider webs. Popsicle Stick Yarn Spider Webs via Buggy and Buddy

Twig Heart. Such a cute outdoor decoration. Painted Twig Heart via Daily Heart

Lego stamped Indian corn. Now this is a craft that kids could get into. Lego Stamped Indian Corn via Crafty Morning

Kids Can Do Season Challenge + Giveaway

It’s the second week of our Season 18 competition, and these creatives are BRINGING IT!

This week’s theme is Kids Can Do. It’s a SYTYC favorite and we’ve had some awesome projects kids shared over the years.

Kids Can Do Challenge at So You Think You're Crafty

Today we’ve got six awesome projects to share…each one totally kid friendly. This week our challenge winner and one lucky reader will win a $50 Amazon gift card. So…Sit back, scroll through, vote for your favorite and then enter to win!

Kids Can Do Projects

Project #1 Grab Box

Our grab box is made from on old oatmeal container.  I used some chalk board spray paint to paint it black.  The kids them helped me decorate it with scrapbook paper, jewel stickers and metallic dots.  

Kids Grab Box. Filled with stickers and activities to keep kids occupied while mom is busy. This grab box will be the place to hold treats, small toys and a few other goodies that the kids can get whenever I catch them being nice, or doing something extra to help out around the house.  I cut a hole in the lid so that they can reach in and grab a prize, without knowing what it is.  I think this will be a fun way to help motivate the kids to help out more!

Project #2 Kids Halloween Pillows

I was excited when I saw the theme this week. As a crafter and a mom, I feel like it is so important to encourage creativity in kids. I have a daughter who has been learning to sew and she also loves to draw.

Handmade Halloween pillows designed and made by kids. Great fall activity. I wanted to do something that the kids could do from start to finish. I thought it would be fun for them to really be able to take ownership of a project. They started by drawing a picture and we used that as a pattern. They sewed, stuffed and made faces for their pillows. The best part was seeing them with their finished pillows and how excited they were about their creations. They both carried them around the rest of the day and slept with them at night. I love the excitement kids feel in creating something of their own.

Project #3 Peg Doll Family

Supply the kids with some wooden dolls and a plaque from the craft store, with a bit of paint and craft supplies and imagination they can make a family portrait too cute to resist.

This adorable peg family is the perfect craft for kids 6+ It's simple to make and stylish enough to hang in your home. This craft is perfect for ages 6+, even big kids will have a great time working on this project!

Project #4 Decorative Cork Boards

This time of year, capturing kids paperwork and notes can be difficult. Tame the paper and create a fun craft with your kids by making these fun decorative cork boards.

Engage your kids in a fun craft and tame the paper by making these great decorative cork boards. A great project for kids of all ages, but a bit difficult to photograph!

Project #5 Zentangle Coloring Pages

One my least favorite things to hear a kid say is that they can’t draw. I am a huge believer in attitude being more than half the battle, and that’s way zentangles are one of my favorite ways to break that “I can’t draw” attitude!  

Learn to draw with ZentanglesThe idea is simple. Start off with a simple design full of wide open spaces.  Then using one color, fill in each of those areas with a simple design. From lines, to dots, to swirls or zig zags you just keep drawing simple patterns in each of the spaces.  Before you know it you have a work of art!  I did three different versions of this mermaid to showcase the versatility of this concept. I have a full on zentangle where the whole body is filled with simple patterns (perfect for 10 and up), a version where I put simple patterns in the outline and colored the spaces (for kids 6-10), and a simple version where I just put different colors in each of the empty spaces (perfect for the under 6 crowd).  Really though, there is no wrong way to do this project!

Project #6 Halloween Necklace

Kids love to play with clay so why not have them make their own DIY Halloween Necklace made with Sculpty Clay. 

Kids love few craft projects as much as wearable art. Create this fun sculpty clay necklace for Halloween!Just give the  kids a block of clay, some sculpting tools and let their imagination run wild.

Project #7 Adorable Snake Sock

Looking for something cute to curl up with? Check out this adorable sock snake.

Kids Can Do Sock snake

With a bit of felt, some eyes and a little stuffing, this snake is a quick project for little hands. Even better? It will keep kids playing for hours and then give them a warm hug at night.

Kids Can Do Vote

Please vote for your FIVE favorite projects this week. Once you’re done voting, be sure to enter the giveaway for a $50 gift card below.


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How to Make Squirt Gun Curtains

Squirt Gun Curtains via Melissa Delight
Hey Friends here is my tutorial for SQUIRT GUN CURTAINS for kid’s week! This was so fun and really pretty easy. 
Squirt Gun Curtains


  • Squirt Guns
  • Acrylic Paints (pick out as many colors as you like for your theme)
  • Bed Sheets (dependent on window size)
  • Curtain Rod
  • Coordinating Thread (not necessary with Twin sheets)

Determine Sheet Size

You will need the three or so inch section that is doubled at the head of the bed for the top of the curtain where the rod will be inserted, so really only pay attention to the width compared to your window. 

If you never plan to close the curtains than being slightly smaller is no big deal. Here’s a photo of curtains I made for my living room with 2 twin sheets – there is ZERO sewing required when you use twin sheets, but limited coverage.

Aren’t these awesome sheets and it was even more fantastic that they were on clearance!! SCORE! Confession: I iron tape hemmed them while they were on the rod…lazy or ingenious, you decide!

I actually used a queen sized flat sheet for this project with the kids.

Flat sheet sizes for reference:

  • Twin–66 x 96 inches (or 167 x 243 cm)
  • X-Long Twin–66 x 102 inches (or 167 x 259 cm)
  • Full–81 x 96 inches (or 205 x 243 cm)
  • Queen–90 x 102 inches (or 228 x 259 cm)
  • King/California King–108 x 102 inches (or 274 x 259 cm)

Ready, Set, Squirt Your Sheets

Hang your sheet outside in an area that is cool with being painted.

Fill your squirt guns 2/3 the way with paint and add a splash of water. Have the kids shake them up. Experiment with thickness for your specific squirt guns. The less water the better the color.

Squirt Gun Artwork

When you’re all done squirting, leave the sheets out to dry while you get cleaned off with the hose.

Hemming the Curtains

Now you’re going to cut the sheet down the middle, like you’re dividing the bed in half foot to head. The key to cutting is you want the top of the sheet where you put your head to be where the rod goes through so it will be at the ceiling when hung.

Choose your stitch for the top and sides. I used a twin needle zigzag in two colors: red and blue. First I stitched the top along the existing stitches in the sheet. Then I stitched the already hemmed edge just for the color effect, again right along the existing stitches. Lastly hem the raw edge, I folded mine over about half an inch. Repeat with the other panel! DONE–Easy right?

Decide if you need to hem your panels. You could also do this when the sheet is still in one piece… I think the easiest way is to use iron hem tape.

Once the sheet is painted and dry, throw it in the dryer on high heat to seal in the color (Disclaimer: I did not wash them to test).

Hanging the Curtains

Insert Rod–To allow the rod to go through the top portion of the curtain, cut a little slit next to the hem on either edge. Make sure you only cut it as wide as the rod and ONLY CUT THROUGH THE BACK OF THE FABRIC!!!! You don’t want to be able to see your slit in the front. I suppose you could hand stitch reinforce the slits, but I haven’t and they work great!

Celebrate and Enjoy

Squirt Gun Curtains

When you hear, “Wow, that’s great! I love all the colors!” from a 4 year old you know you’ve done something right for kids week. I said, “You made that!!” Little man said, “I know!” with a giant smile! 

The curtains are so fun for their room and the glow paint adds the“stars” element! They kept saying, “Turn off the lights!!”


The total cost for this project was under $20, but I’d suspect most of you have all the supplies on hand already.

Now go gather up the supplies and release the kiddos to make their own roomdecor. Pillow cases to match would be super fun too! That’s next on our list for the boys :)

Thank you to my friend Cassie for letting me borrow her cute kids! And, a big THANKS to her parents for letting us paint their yard and still feeding me! Oh, and her dad for getting the rod hung up. {Normally I would do that myself, but I had surgery 10 days before this and am being a good girl and following the doc’s instructions, much to my dismay!}

If you make some squirt gun curtains, please share. I want to see your creativity!! 

few tips:

  • Put the kids in some old clothes and SHOES! (unless you live somewhere where being naked is an option.)
  • Also, having more guns than colors of paint is a great idea, they clog up pretty fast.
  • The boys favorite colors to use were the glow in the dark, which they sell in a multitude of colors and also the shimmer-metallic paint.

<3 Melissa Delight

15+ Great Kids Crafts

15+ Projects Kids Can Do

I am really excited to start of this round-up of kids crafts with a mini-feature. About five or six months ago Angelina, from JoJo and Eloise mentioned she would be starting a new site with her children all about kids crafts.

Sew Crafty KidsThe site has launched and it’s simply beautiful. You must pop over and sign up to follow Sew-Crafty Kids.

You will have the opportunity to check out gorgeous features like this birdhouse project that kids can do!

Toilet Paper Birdhouses via Sew-Crafty Kids


All of the projects have Angelina’s signature – the bright white, clear photos that you’ll find over on JoJo and Eloise. This DIY kids t-shirt is another fun favorite…

best-kids-craft-ever-colored-shirtAnd this felt purse

Felt Purse via JoJo and EloiseAnd now on with the other features…

With the Fourth of July right around the corner, these patriotic kids crafts from Design Dazzle are the perfect summer activity. Especially when it’s over 100 degrees outside and your seeking the cool of the air conditioner!

kids-crafts-4th-of-july via Design DazzleWe love to watch Once Upon a Time with the boys and they’ve loved the beanstalk story. I think they would love this beanstalk twig trellis over at Homework.

Twig Trellis via Homework

I cannot tell a lie. I think this DIY scavenger hunt box over at The Crafty Blog Stalker is absolutely, 100 percent genius!

DIY Scavenger Hunt Box via The Crafty Blog Stalker

A couple of months ago after my grandmother’s funeral, someone found a crayon transfer handkerchief I had made as a child. It’s such a special keepsake and I am glad to have it. You’ve got to check out the crayon transfer technique on shirts over at A Bunch of Bishops.

Crayon Transfer T-shirtsWhat little girl wouldn’t love some gussied up flip flops like these ones over at Yesterday on Tuesday.

Summer Flip Flops via Yesterday on TuesdayWith three boys, everything turns into a light saber. Check out this fun light saber tutorial from Crazy Little Projects.

DIY lightsaber via Crazy Little Projects

Maybe I am just drawn to boy projects in general, but I love these matchbox car containers, from Simplicity in the South.


What little girl doesn’t love Hello Kitty. Now you can make your own character window clings with this tutorial from Sugar Tart Crafts.

Window Clings from Sugartart Crafts

This blue robot over at Crafts n Coffee  is a sure boredom buster.

bluebot via Crafts n Coffee

Check out this caterpillar catapult over at Keeping it Simple Crafts. So fun!

caterpillar catapult keeping it simple crafts

I can think of so man things we could do with this plaster casting with sand project over at Suzy’s Sitcom.

Plaster casting with sand

Here’s another similar project – a mosaic stepping stone from Wait Til Your Father Gets Home.

Mosaic Tile Stepping Stone via Wait Til Your Father Gets Home

Rebekah over at Somewhere in the Middle, took on a fun blogging challenge. She created 31-days of super-fun kids crafts. Check it out!

31 Kids Crafts via Somewhere in the Middle

Check out all of the fun kids can do crafts shared – they’re great! 


Kids Can Do Challenge Results {Week 3}

Kids Can Do Challenge

What a great week. I’ve loved all of our competitors “kids can do” projects (there are a few I will be trying myself) and I am excited to share the results of this week’s voting.

Kids Can Do Challenge Results

The left side bar represents rank 1-10, so in this case the lower number signals a better result. Make sense? Good.

Kids Can Do Challenge Results {Week 3}You can see how close the voting is. The lead changed several times during the week and every single crafter was in first place at least once.

Crafter Reveal

SYTYC Kids Can Do Challenge

Kids Can Do Winner

Super-duper excited to announce the winner of this week’s Kids Can Do challenge is Melissa Delight, from Delighted, with her squirt gun curtains.

Squirt Gun CurtainsI have to tell you I think any kid would DIE to do something like this. I know my boys would LOVE it!  Come back on Tuesday to check out Melissa’s winning squirt gun curtain tutorial.

Saying Goodbye…

Of course, with excitement comes a little bit of sad. Today we have to say goodbye to Jesika, from Craft Geek. I’ve had fun browsing through Jesika’s site in the last week and thought I would share a few of my favorite projects.

Craft Geek1. Friendship bracelet headphones 2. Knapsack 3. Earring storage 4. Applesauce cookies with caramel frosting 5. Thrift store table upcycle

Come back on Wednesday, when we will be interviewing Jesika!

Next Week’s Challenge…

Come back next week to learn more about and view the Outdoor Challenge entries. You’ll love what you see…Perfect projects that you can still get in on before the end of summer!

I’m Crafty Party No. 50: Projects Kids Can Do

Welcome to the “I’m Crafty” party, your chance to join our Season 16 competitors in showcasing your talent online! We’re focused on projects kids can do this week and we’d love to see the “kid friendly” projects you’ve created. Your project doesn’t need to be a new one…So come on. Showcase your talent!

 A few things to remember:

  • Link to a specific post, not your blog in general.
  • Please only post your ideas, not round ups or guest posts.
  • Think outside the box – a craft, tutorial, recipe, anything that fits the theme!
  • Grab the handy dandy button in the side bar or share a text link and put it on your blog so people know there’s other great stuff linked up here to see.
  • Visit at least two other links and leave them some love – everyone likes appreciation.
  • Join me on Twitter & Facebook.  I’ll be sharing some of my favorites there throughout the week.

So do you think you’re crafty?