DIY LEGO T-Shirt

Welcome back to our LEGO craze blog week! We kicking off Wednesday with this easy DIY LEGO man shirt. How cute would these be for a birthday boy or a visit to LEGOLAND?!

Many craft stores sell plain yellow shirts for just a few dollars and with a few more inexpensive materials this shirt could belong to your Lego fan!

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Head over to Busykidshappymom.org for the six simple steps to create this shirt!

FREE T-Shirt Iron-Ons for Halloween

September 23, 2013 by admin  
Filed under Arts & Crafts, Deals & Steals, Girl Talk

Jazz up a plain t-shirt with these fun iron-ons…completely FREE!

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Get your free iron-ons here.

{Love in a Jar} Mason Jar Uses and Decorating Ideas

August 19, 2013 by admin  
Filed under Arts & Crafts, Girl Talk

We love, love, love mason jars {maybe it’s just a southern thing?!}! They are so cute to use as gift containers, DIY crafts, or decorations. Here are a few ideas we found for nifty mason jar uses.

1. Utensil Caddy

This is such a simple idea that would be adorable in any kitchen.

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2. Fall Luminaries

Fall will be here before you know it! Here is an easy tutorial on how to make some cute pumpkin and mummy luminaries.

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3. S’mores in a Jar

What a great idea for a teacher gift or fall party favor!

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4. Caddy

Mason jars make great caddies. Grab a few for your next party to hold utensils, napkins, small treats, and more!

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5. Ice Cream Party Toppings Bar

If you’re hosting a party with any kind of toppings bar, especially ice cream toppings, mason jars make great toppings containers.

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6. Hot Chocolate in a Jar

These hot chocolate filled mason jars make a wonderful gift idea for grandparents or preschool teachers. Just feel the jars with all you need for a nice warm cup of cocoa!

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7. Sewing Kit

If you craft or know someone who crafts these fun mason jars made into a sewing kit are perfect!

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{Free Printable} A Book for Father’s Day

June 13, 2013 by admin  
Filed under Arts & Crafts, Girl Talk

Need a last minute gift for Dad from the kids? This book is FREE to download and print and makes a wonderful keepsake! There is a page for drawing of Dad and other spots to note all of Dad’s great qualities.

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Other than you printed pages, here are the other things you’ll need:

• a cheap 4×6 photo book (you can find these at Walgreens, Target, etc.)
• washi tape, ribbon, or patterned paper
Bonus: There’s a free printable for Grandpa, too!
To download your Father’s Day book head over to eighteen25!

FREE Lowe’s Build and Grow Kid’s Clinic: Monsters Inc. Theme!

June 10, 2013 by admin  
Filed under Arts & Crafts, Girl Talk, Kid Connection

Are your kids as excited as mine are about the new Monster’s Inc movie? We can’t wait to see it. Get your kids in a monstery mood with Lowe’s FREE kid’s clinic. The weekend of June 22 they will be offering a class specifically for little monsters where they will build their own Monsters University chest!

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This project is recommended for ages 5 and up. For full details, location participation, and registration click here!

5 Fun and Easy Father’s Day Crafts for Kids

June 10, 2013 by admin  
Filed under Arts & Crafts, Girl Talk

Father’s Day is coming up and we’ve found some really fun and easy crafts and treats you can make with your kids for that special dad in your life. Most of these ideas don’t require any store bought items–you can use things you might already have laying around at home!

1. Father’s Day Tie Banner

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2. Homemade Card for the Dad Who Likes Fishing

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3. Free Printable Questionnaire for Dad or Grandpa

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4. Homemade Coffee Mug

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5. Bake These Yummy King of the Grill Cupcake Brownies – The perfect dessert for your Father’s Day BBQ!

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5 Quick Ways to Add a Little Extra Fun to Your Spring

March 21, 2013 by admin  
Filed under Arts & Crafts, Family, Girl Talk, Kid Connection

The weather is warming slowly but surely. It’s a great time to get outdoors when you can or have some fun indoors when a spring shower pops up. Here are five ideas to add to your day when you might need a little something extra to occupy your child.

1. Start a Nature Scrapbook

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My kids LOVE collecting things from the outdoors. Sometimes it’s just a weedy flower, but to them it is very special. Usually these items get left behind or shoved in the bottom of my purse for me to find days later, dried a crumbled. Starting a nature scrapbook is a great way for your child to keep their favorite outdoor treasures. It’s also fun for them to glue new things into their book, decorate each page, etc. All you need a notebook and craft glue!

2. Make Pizza Cookies

All you need is some pizza dough, sugar, cinnamon, and sprinkles to make these fun treats. Just divide pizza dough into lumps and let your child flatten them out {they can use their hands or a potato masher}. Sprinkle with sweet toppings and bake!

3. Garden Together

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All kids love digging and getting dirty. Boys like finding bugs and worms and little girls love smelling flowers {and finding bugs, too!}. Planting some small potted flowers or pulling weeds together is a great way to spend some time outside AND get some work done too. Tomatoes are very easy to care for and can be planted in a pot. Your child will love caring for it and seeing their yummy tomatoes grow!

4. Visit Your Local Library

On rainy days a great way to break up your morning or afternoon is visiting your local library. My kids like just reading in a comfy chair in the children’s section. Sometimes we luck up and visit right at story time and every loves checking out a few books to take home and read.

5. Take a Photo Walk

You can do this at your local park or around your neighborhood. Be sure to wear comfy shoes and pack your camera! As you take your nature walk be on the look out for creatures, critters, flowers, etc. You can snap pictures as you go and when you get home you can have your pictures to review with your child. Take it a step further and print your pics to make a book all about your photo walk.

Free Sofia the First Printable Activity Book

January 29, 2013 by admin  
Filed under Arts & Crafts, Family, Girl Talk, Kid Connection

Little princess fans will love this Sofia the First activity book. 13 pages of fun!

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CLICK HERE to print.

15 Easy DIY Valentine’s Crafts and Treats

January 18, 2013 by admin  
Filed under Arts & Crafts, Girl Talk, Party Planning

Our Valentine’s Day DIY Round up is here!

1. Sorted Button Heart via

A fun color sorting craft for toddlers and preschoolers.

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2. Festive Valentine’s Day Banner via

This banner is easy to create. Buy supplies at your local craft store or use scraps of left over cardstock or scrapbook paper you may have at home.

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3. Bear Hugs DIY Valentine via

So simple, so cute!

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4. Edible Cookie and Candy Centerpiece via

A no-bake treat for the centerpiece at your Valentine’s Day playdate party or family dinner.

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5. Cherry Chocolate Cookies via

One word: YUM!

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6. Crayon Valentine Card via

This is a great way to reuse all those broken crayons.

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7. Starburst Valentines via

A candy favorite packaged with a catchy verse!

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8. Candy Box Lunch via

We thought this was a really neat way to reuse those heart-shaped candy boxes.

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9. Conversation Heart Pencil Toppers via

Not all Valentine “cards” have to include candy. Buy some festive pencils and top with these conversation hearts. All you’ll need is construction paper, markers, and pipe cleaners.

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10. Fabric Scrap Wreath via

This wreath is made of twig and fabric scraps. We think you could substitute with patterned cardstock as well!

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11. Love Bugs via

Toilet paper rolls, construction paper, and pipe cleaners are the few things you need to create these adorable bugs!

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12. Robot Valentines via

Craftier kids will love making these homemade Valentine cards, independently, for their friends.

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13. Heart Suncatcher via

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14. Valentine’s Day Spinner via

This is a cute activity to do with your kids the week leading up to Valentine’s Day.

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15. Button Heart Ornament via

Cute button ornaments make a great addition to your mantle garland or Valentine’s Day tree.

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5 Fun Christmas Crafts for Kids

December 6, 2012 by admin  
Filed under Arts & Crafts, Girl Talk

Keep your children {or grandchildren!} busy the days leading up to Christmas with these easy crafts.

1. Candy Cane Mice {via marthastewart.com}: A combo of candy canes and felt make cute treats {perfect for classmates and family members}.

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2. Cardboard Wreath {via instructables.com}: Save those package boxes! This wreath reuses old cardboard to make a fun and festive wreath, perfect to hang on your door.

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3. Christmas Tree Garland {via 1pureheart.blogspot.com}: Paper plates, paint, and some fun accessories make this craft a big hit in our book!

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4. Mini Flower Pot Snowmen {via kinderart.com}: So cute and stay out all winter!

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5. Paper Plate Angel {via activityvillage.co.uk}: Love paper plate crafts and this one is so easy! Just add your child’s photo to the face for a personal touch!

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10 Cute Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

November 9, 2012 by admin  
Filed under Arts & Crafts, Girl Talk

If you’re looking for some fun, simple, and cute Thanksgiving Crafts we’ve searched the web and found some neat creations.

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1. Family Wall of Thanks {via parents.com} Can be as big or as small {think bulletin board} as you like.

2. Thanksgiving Tree {via familycorner.com} Very easy and festive craft for kids.

3. Thanksgiving Turkey or Pilgrim Hat Placecards {via craftelf.com} Fun to make and will look great at the kid table during Thanksgiving dinner!

4. FREE Thanksgiving Coloring Pages and Activities {via education.com} Keep the kids busy while you prepare for the big meal!

5. Indian Corn Wall Hanging {via busybeekidscrafts.com} Great for preschoolers little hands.

6. Cranberry Finger Paint {via learningvicariously.com} Perfect for toddlers–a little mess but safe to eat :) .

7. Turkey Hats {via parents.com} Great fun to make and then wear on Thanksgiving Day.

8. Paper Plate Scarecrow {via notimeforflashcards.com}

9. Turkey Cookies {via pillsbury.com} This could easily be turned into a no bake dessert by using store bought sugar cookies.

10. Fruity Turkey {via spoonful.com} Edible turkey made from kids favorite bite-sized snacks.

What We Love Right Now May 2, 2012: Dream Catcher Frame Craft

May 2, 2012 by admin  
Filed under Arts & Crafts, Girl Talk

Dream catchers are one of the oldest traditions of Native Americans. The traditional dream catcher was intended to protect the sleeping person from negative dreams by only allowing positive, happy dreams through. The positive dreams would slip through the hole in the center of the dream catcher and glide down the feathers to the sleeping person nearby. The negative dreams would get caught up in the web and vanish once the first rays of sunlight hit the web in the morning.

Why not create a dream catcher with your child? It’s the perfect way to do something fun together and help your child get a good night’s rest full of peaceful, happy dreams. Hang it on your child’s bed post or nightstand.

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You can create this dream catcher using this kit from Oriental Trading. If they happen to be sold out simply use popsicle sticks, leather cord, beads, feathers, brown yarn, and light colored fabric to create your dream catcher. All the supplies needed can be found at your local craft store.

Baby Birds in a Nest Plastic Eggs & Paper Plate Craft

April 16, 2012 by admin  
Filed under Arts & Crafts, Girl Talk

Still have plenty of plastic eggs left to recycle? Try this super cute birds in a nest craft and use up some of those Easter eggs!

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You’ll Need:

2-3 Plastic Eggs

Construction Paper

Brown Paint or a Brown Party Plate

Craft Glue

Scissors

Black Permanent Marker

Make It:

1. Paint your paper plate brown. If you have a brown party plate, skip this step.

2. Begin crafting the baby birds. First, fold a small piece of orange construction paper and cut a triangle. This will make the beak.

3. Cut wings out of construction paper. Again, you can go with a triangle shape.

4. Glue beak on top of egg. Use a permanent marker to draw two small eyes on either side of the beak.

5. Glue on wings.

6. Put glue on the bottom of each egg and adhere to plate.

7. Cut brown strips of construction paper to make the nest straw. Glue the strips around the edge of the plate.

Thanks for sharing the great idea Busy Bee Kids Crafts!

Disney Jr.’s Doc McStuffins Games and More!

April 16, 2012 by admin  
Filed under Arts & Crafts, Kid Connection

docmcstuffins_sharpmomsHas your child fallen in love with the new Disney Jr. series Doc McStuffins? My kids love this cute new show. What child doesn’t like to pretend play and help their favorite stuffed animals?! My kids enjoy fixing up their stuffed animals just like Doc McStuffins. If you haven’t seen tuned in yet, then be sure to check it out online. You can watch the episodes right from Disney Jr.’s site!

There are also new games and crafts too. Make your own Doc McStuffins door hanger, print off some fun coloring pages, and more! Your child will love Stuffy’s Scramble, a search and find game. Girls will especially enjoy Lambie’s Ballet, a fun game where Lambie comes to life and takes the stage. In addition to all this online fun, your child can also create their own Book of Boo Boo’s for their stuffed animals too–just like Doc!

image rights are that of DisneyJr.com. All thoughts expressed in this blog are opinions of SharpMoms.com.

Torn Paper Rainbow Craft

March 6, 2012 by admin  
Filed under Arts & Crafts, Girl Talk

I don’t know what it is about my childhood elementary art classes, but torn paper projects stick out to me. They were kind of fun and really gave whatever you were trying to create a neat look. I’ve done a few torn paper crafts at home with my own kids and it’s one of their favorite projects! I think they like it because they can do it on their own with little help from me just by using the paper pieces and a glue stick. Here is one of our latest creations for spring, a rainbow. We may add some St. Patrick’s Day things to it too like a pot of gold or clovers! Have fun creating torn paper crafts with your kids!

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Hanukkah Popsicle Stick Craft

December 12, 2011 by admin  
Filed under Arts & Crafts, Girl Talk

Hanukkah is just around the corner and this craft is super easy for your little ones to create. You just need popsicle sticks, yellow construction paper, craft glue, and paint.

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1. Cut paper into small flames.

2. Paint sticks any color you like and assemble to make a very festive menorah!

Give Thanks: A Cute DIY Thanksgiving Board

November 3, 2011 by admin  
Filed under Arts & Crafts, Girl Talk

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Can you believe it’s November?! It seemed like as soon as Halloween was over the holiday ads started up. I love this time year and all the holidays that come along with it. Thanksgiving tends to kind of be forgotten holiday, but it’s really one of the most important and a great time to relax and enjoy a day of family, food, and blessings. Making turkeys, pilgrims, and other cute crafts with your children is always fun, but this Thanksgiving board is something a little different and just as fun and easy to create. All you need are left over scraps of scrapbook paper or wrapping paper, index cards, ribbon, and a large piece of poster board or cardboard. Use the scraps of paper, along with glue, to create pockets (one for each day of the month). Then fill each day with something you and your family are thankful for. You’ll all have a great time sharing what you’re thankful for each day!

Fall in a Bottle!

October 20, 2011 by admin  
Filed under Arts & Crafts, Girl Talk

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We’re all about decorating for the season, especially when it’s something that can be enjoyed and remain out in your home for a lengthy period of time (and surpass the Halloween craze). We absolutely love these cute fall bottles. They are super simple DIY project that can be done in minutes and at a low cost. All you need are four amber bottles from a local craft store (or maybe you have some at home– left over from a girls wine night?), vinyl stick on letters from your local craft store (we happen to heart Hobby Lobby), and some super fallesque wheat stalks or any fall floral you like (also from your local craft store). We think these cute fall bottles would look amazing on your mantle, entryway table, or dining buffet. Happy fall decorating!

What We Love Right Now October 19, 2011: Spooky Spider Pumpkins

October 19, 2011 by admin  
Filed under Arts & Crafts, Girl Talk

Halloween is coming up soon and we’ve got all things scary on the brain. We love the idea of DIY, simple projects that you can do with your kids and these cute, spooky spiders are perfect. We love pumpkins because they make for great fall decor that can last from September to November, but these fun spiders will add a little extra fun to your displays around Halloween time.

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What You’ll Need:

6 mini pumpkins (or as many as you like!)

black glitter glue

small paint brush

googly eyes

black pipe cleaner (for spider legs)

craft glue or glue gun

How to Make it:

1. Hold pumpkins by the stem and cover in black glitter glue. Allow pumpkins to dry.

2. Apply googly eyes and (shaped) pipe cleaner legs to pumpkin using craft glue or glue gun.

What We Love Right Now June 22, 2011: Decorating with Seashells

June 22, 2011 by admin  
Filed under Arts & Crafts, Girl Talk, Home Decor

If you’ve already been to the beach, plan on going, or have a collection of shells lying around from past vacations you might be wondering what in the world to do with those shells. Seashells make beautiful decorative accents, no matter how big or small. We love these ideas for decorating with seashells.

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Fill a vase with your favorite shells. This works best with a lot of small shells. You can fill several vases of different sizes and then place them on a buffet table, mantle, or in your bathroom. This could also make a wonderful table centerpiece. Just remember, shells of different sizes and colors work best. You can also add some sand to the bottom of the vase to give the shells a little base to sit on.

For your bathroom…During the summer months seashells add a wonderful decorative touch to bathrooms. You can use large shells you may have as a soap dish or even a catch-all for jewelry or loose change you might remove while at the sink. If you have a flat framed mirror and a lot of small shells, arrange the shells around the mirror and glue into place with craft glue or a hot glue gun.

shellwreathCreate a little door decor. Wreaths are a wonderful addition to any door in your home. If you want to add a summery feel to your entryway create a seashell wreath, perfect for greeting guests during the summer months. All you need are your shells, a blank wreath from your local craft store, and any other nautical items you may want to add, such as netting, starfish, etc. Arrange the pieces on wreath. Once they are placed how you like, attach with hot glue or use wire, depending on how your pieces need to attach.

Outdoor lighting. If you want to jazz up your screened porch or back deck, you can create a string of seashell lights from a string of small white lights. To do this, you’ll need flat, thin, clam-like shells. Just lay the string of white lights on a table and apply epoxy to the straight edge of a shell. Then, attach the shells to the base of each light on the string. The light from each tiny bulb will shine through the shell setting off a nice glow, perfect for creating a nice summer mood at your next BBQ!

Have you created a great piece of home decor using seashells? Leave us a comment or link up below telling us about it!

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