Origami Hearts

Sure, origami hearts are great for Valentine's Day, but what better month to make and share hearts than Pride Month? Anytime is a great time to make hearts to share with the people you care about (or even people who could use something uplifting), so this tutorial is a great place to start to make an easy origami heart. I've found a great place to leave things like this is at the unemployment office, but feel free to make and share them with whomever you like!

Mother's Day Crafts

Mother's Day is just around the corner, and many mothers and other caregivers love to get homemade items from their loved ones as gifts. As a mom, I have to say that my favorite Mother's Day present of all time was a letter my kiddo wrote me while we were camping. So if you are looking for some things to make, or to help little hands make for the holiday, you're in luck!

Cute Mandarin Bunnies

Whether you celebrate Easter or you're just enjoying the themes of spring, you might be putting bunnies all over the place. We have little bunnies we made on our windows right now, and speaking as a person who's raised rabbits, there is absolutely nothing cuter than baby bunnies growing up in your house! Okay, when they're first born they look pretty weird, but they sure grow fast.

CNY Crafts

It's the Year of the Pig! Do you celebrate Chinese New Year? It's such a beautiful holiday and though we're not Chinese, my family and I still like to read about it and admire the holiday from afar. We used to make our own crafts like these, but the more we talk about appreciating and not appropriating cultures that aren't ours, the more we feel like we should just purchase art from authentic artists and appreciate rather than try to replicate anything.

New Year's Crafts

Do you have any crafting goals or projects coming up in the New Year? Each New Year, one of the first things we do is burn our old tree and calendar, which isn't exactly a craft, but we do save pieces of the tree for crafts throughout the year. We also update our "Family Notice Board" with our map of states we've been to, countries we've collected postcards from, our giving tree and other fun projects.

Geeky Snowflakes

My family and I love to craft geeky stuff for the holidays. My husband and I have made our daughter everything from a felt, plush Calcifer from Howl's Moving Castle to her own Marauder's Map, and my daughter and I have made so many geeky snowflakes, from Darth Vader to Doctor Who cybermen and adipose snowflakes. Many of these have been super complicated, however, and I was happy to find this tutorial at Geek Mom with some helpful tricks.

DIY Christmas Crackers

Every year, I say I'm going to make some fun Christmas crackers to celebrate the season in an English sort of way, and every year I forget or run out of time and we never do it. This year, I don't know if I'm going to buy or make my own, but I'm going to try to do one of the two! The benefits of buying them are that you get professionally-made crackers and you don't have to plan ahead to make them or gather supplies, of course, but if you make your own, you get to customize them on a personal level, which is more important to me. 

Christmas Crafting

Crafting is a great way to relieve stress, create personal gifts for loved ones and just spend some time being creative. Crafting isn't just for kids! This list of 45 Christmas crafts is a great place to begin if you need a few ideas to get you started on your holiday crafting. Many of them will help you use up things you have around the house to recycle, like old pallet wood or mason jars, and as long as you have some paint and a few supplies on hand you're good to go. 


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