Paper Cut-Out Cards

Paper cut-out cards: a heart, a sail boat, and a snowflake

  This is a free tutorial on how to make paper cut-out cards.   This project is suitable for children and grownups alike. The idea of this paper cut-out card is very simple, but I think that the symmetry makes the cards look rather elegant.  And as you can see in the photo above, the […]

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Organizing Your Thread

Bobbins and embroidery threads neatly organized

  Having well organized and easily accessible craft supplies helps me to quickly get started on DIY projects without having to begin by wasting time sorting or searching for materials.   Take bobbins, for instance.  I used to keep them all thrown together in a small box.  But the thread would unwind and get all […]

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Friendship Bracelets

DIY colorful braided friendship bracelets

  My daughter wanted to have something special to share with her friends when she invited them over for her birthday party.  So, we decided that the girls would make friendship bracelets for one another. The basic idea is that each child makes a simple braid for every other child and then the braids are […]

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Free Halloween Paper Chain Templates

Halloween paper chain and garland templates: ghost and Jack O'Lantern

I just posted some free Halloween paper chain templates to help you make creepy ghost and Jack O’Lantern paper chains.  They are ready to print and come with easy instructions for a great Halloween activity. Please visit my new Freebie page Halloween Paper Chains and get started on your Halloween preparations! Happy Halloween! Muu  

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Woodblock Printmaking

  I have fond memories of working on woodblock printmaking at school.  The usually noisy classroom would become soothingly quiet during art class, while everyone concentrated on their carving.  I think it was in third grade that we first made woodblock prints. So, recently I decided that my daughter was old enough to work with […]

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Princess Crowns

  My daughter’s class celebrated the end of this academic year with a theater production.  It was especially exciting for my daughter because she was chosen for the role of Cinderella.  The play itself was a mix of classic fairy tales with plenty of modern twists, and her character had a snobbish personality.  But that […]

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Stop motion videos made easy!

  We recently bought a wooden mannequin of the kind that is often on display in artists’ supply shops.  We named him Woody. Once at home, we wanted to have Woody do something interesting.  So, we decided to make a short video of him doing the Moonwalk. We first took twelve step-by-step photos of Woody […]

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Miniature Foil Art with Chocolate Wrappers

Miniature foil art with chocolate wrappers

  Every once in a while, don’t we all indulge ourselves with a taste of some good chocolate?  So, why not enjoy making some miniature foil art with the chocolate’s wrappers at the same time! Here are some tiny foil objects that I made.  The bird on the left is an origami crane, which can […]

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Decorating Easter Eggs

  In our household, the coming of Easter means that it is time to prepare eggs for decorating!  We empty the egg shells the traditional way, by blowing.  It is a bit dizzying and messy, but it is the kind of fun that goes hand in hand with the season! First, we briskly shake each […]

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