It seems to me that the toys in our house, and the majority of our friends' houses, keep proliferating. There are so many toys that many of them can't even be played with; there aren't enough hours in the day. Instead of buying new ones, try upcycling items which would normally end up in the trash (or the recycling, if we're lucky). These projects do create new toys, but there may be even more fun in the making of them.
Looking to get your kids outside even more this summer? While toy vehicles are often an indoor activity, if you create an outdoor space for driving them you can turn them into a great backyard game. This tutorial will show you how to make some sweet road ramps that your kids can configure any way they want, racing their vehicles all over the outdoors.
Have you ever been to Build a Bear Workshop? Have you SEEN the accessories each bear can sport? From bedding and boots to sashes and socks, there are a ton of options to choose from. But if you don't want to drop a small fortune on accessorizing your child's toy, you can easily make some fun pieces at home. Check out a few tutorials we've rounded up.
I know, I know, the pun is so bad, but I just couldn't help myself. Because I think this cute DIY, great for the summer, really is amazing. Easy to do, customizable, inexpensive, and kid-friendly. What more do you need?
As DIY trends go, this has got to be: a) one of the most specific; and b) one of the most fun. Because I'm seeing a lot of donuts. And not just any donuts. Donuts with pink icing and multi-colored sprinkles on top. They are colorful, cute, and really playful. Take a look at these ten favorites!
There's plenty of time during the summer for kids to get out and explore. And for my kids, exploring is extra fun when you have a special kit to document, collect, and experiment with your surroundings. That's why I love this DIY explorer's kit from Instructables. Make sure you don't leave home without all the adventuring necessities.
It's that time of year. The world is in bloom, and flowers are everywhere: in window boxes, in your garden, growing wild by the side of the road. You could grab some of those beauties and pop them in a vase to enjoy them in your home — or you could take it a step further with one of these simple summer crafts using flowers. These would be fun weekend crafts to make with your kids, or with a few friends if you haven't got any kids. You're never too old to appreciate flowers.
At what age are you too old to get your pops a handmade gift for father's day? The answer is never. Even though you're all grown up (in size, if not in spirit), your dad will still treasure a handcrafted present from his little one. And when he gets a little misty-eyed, just agree that it must have been the onions he was cutting for the grill earlier. It's his day, after all.