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Crafting with Kids – A Guest Post by Amanda Kingloff

Here’s a question: How often do you see a kid admire a craft, whether in person, in a craft book, or online, and then definitively declare, I’m not crafty. I can’t do that. Unless it’s truly beyond their skillset, using dangerous tools or complicated techniques that are perhaps not age appropriate, it’s a rare thing to hear. Now another question: how often do you hear that declaration from parents? Answer: All. The. Time.

Amanda Kingloff Crafting with Kids

I grew up in a household of making…my mom is an expert knitter and needlepointer and my dad can draw anything on demand. (He’s also a car, clock, and motorcycle tinkerer, which, let’s face it, is rooted in building and crafting.) There were never any no’s when it came to making. We had art supplies for days and ultimately, and not surprisingly, both my sister and I went to art school. And it’s all come full circle…I’m still doing arts and crafts, but now for my blog and my books, both called Project Kid.

I married a man much like my family with a great sense of design and an impressive talent for art, and my kids have been makers since they could hold a crayon. Going to Michaels trumps any trip to a big box toy story and, I swear I’m not just saying this, they will power down an iPad in a split second if I ask the question: do you want to make a project?.

Amanda Kingloff Crafting with Kids

There is something so beautiful about watching my kids dive into making without a fear of failure to stop them. They experiment, they make marks with wild abandon, and they revel in the anticipation of the final product, even if the result is not exactly what they set out to make in the first place. They invent and solve visuals problems with such amazingly creative fixes, and I think it’s partly because we allow them to look at everything as an art material, from pom-poms and yarn to bottle caps and cardboard boxes.

Amanda Kingloff Crafting with Kids

So if someone were to ask me my advice on how to craft with kids, I would offer these four tips and tricks.

  1. Designate a space. Whether you choose your kitchen table or your basement floor, knowing where the making is going to happen is key. It beckons everyone to the creation station and encourages you to keep everything you need for making close by.
  2. Let the mess happen. Resist the urge to clean up until after you are finished. Sometimes the most beautiful thing you’ll make all day will be the paint splatter on your drop cloth.
  3. Break the rules. When you pick a craft either from a blog or a craft book to make with your kids, follow the rules you need to follow and break the ones you can. If you don’t have a fringe trim to embellish a DIY doll, then it’s okay. Look around, improvise, and invent. You’d be surprised at what you can come up with when you blur your vision and see objects and craft supplies as textures and shapes.
  4. Think outside the box. Letting your kids make things that live beyond the refrigerator door is key to encouraging them to think big. Decorate their room, embellish a t-shirt, make a toy…the sense of pride that develops from projects that can be used will forever push them to keep making.

There’s no time like the present to get started! Here are three project ideas to make with your kids that will encourage creative, unplugged time together.

Amanda Kingloff Dream Catcher


How do you wish away your four-year-old’s bad dreams? While there’s no guarantee this will work, it at least gets them to sleep at night (and looks good on the wall)!

What you’ll need:

  1. Paint the hoop and let it dry.
  2. In the meantime, lay a 12-inch piece of embroidery floss on cardstock and apply strips of washi tape over it. Cut out a feather shape, about 4-inches long, making sure not to cut the string. Fringe the edges to look like a feather.
  3. Thread beads over the string. Set aside.
  4. Stretch cotton loops over the inner ring of the painted embroidery hoop to create the dream catcher’s web.
  5. Cut the strings of your feathers to the desired length and use a little piece of washi tape to secure them to the inside of the larger embroidery hoop.
  6. Slip the larger hoop around the inner hoop and tighten the screw.
  7. Hang on your wall with a cotton loop and have sweet dreams!

Amanda Kingloff Ring Dish


These little dishes are great for holding earrings, keys, or small treasures dug up from the backyard.

What you’ll need:

  1. Roll clay to about 1/4″ thick. Trace around a small bowl or shape it freehand into a circle.
  2. Lightly press circular disk of clay into the small bowl (make sure it’s oven-safe!) and bake in oven according to package instructions.
  3. Once the clay is completely cool, embellish bowls with gold leaf pen.

Amanda Kingloff Peacock Fan


Cool off in the summer with this DIY fan. Mother Nature really got it right with peacock feathers. Stick with her color scheme or shake it up.

What you’ll need:

  1. Paint the feathers as shown or in your own design. Let dry.
  2. Add glitter glue embellishments—tiny dots or thin stripes are best. Let dry.
  3. To create the peacock’s body, draw a 2-inch tall figure eight on the back of the blue craft paper; make the top oval about half the size of the bottom one. Cut along the outside edge of the figure eight, leaving about 1⁄8 inch of space around it.
  4. For the beak, cut a tiny triangle from the yellow craft paper and glue it, pointing down, to the small end of the figure eight.
  5. To create your fan, cut a 1-inch square from either color of craft paper and glue the bottom points of your feathers to it close together in a fan shape.
  6. Finish by gluing the large side of the figure eight on top of the junction of the feathers.

*Excerpted from Project Kid by Amanda Kingloff (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2014. Photograph by Alexandra Grablewski

Project Kid by Amanda Kingloff

Amanda Kingloff is the author of Project Kid, the upcoming Project Kid: Crafts that Go! (Artisan Books, September 2016), and is the former lifestyle director at Parents magazine, where she oversaw all DIY content for the brand. Before joining Parents, Kingloff worked as a crafter and producer for lifestyle personality Katie Brown. Now she posts fresh craft ideas weekly at projectkid.com and regularly contributes to a multitude of national magazine publications. You can follow along with her crafty adventures with her kids in real time on Instagram! She lives with her husband and two children in Brooklyn, New York.


4 Father’s Day Gifts for Kids to Make

This Father’s Day, let’s celebrate Dad with gifts made from the heart! Although we chose projects that are easy for children to make, these are really cool gifts that we think Dad will treasure and use for years to come.

1. For Playful Daddy

fathers_day_octopusHow adorable is this googly-eyed octopus? Hand tracings and pinky prints make this underwater scene super easy and super cute! Complete the painted canvas with a water-themed photograph – like an aquarium visit, a beach vacation or a scuba diving trip.

2. For Sporty Father

fathers_day_coastersGet those images out of your phone and put them on coasters! It’s easy to transfer pictures to this 4-piece coaster set that is available at Michaels stores. Whether they are teeing off, hitting a home run or just doing cute kid activities, preserve those precious moments on coasters that Dad will use every day.

3. For Stylin’ Papa

fathers_day_shirtThe perfect Father’s Day gift from toddlers to teens! Just place paint on your children’s palms and press them onto a T-shirt. Use a dark shirt like we’ve shown here or choose a lighter shirt and pastel colored paints.

4. For Laid-Back Dad

fathers_day_dad_mugPerk up Dad’s morning with a personalized coffee mug. Recollections™ Block Alphabet Stickers make it easy to spell out his name. He will love the smiley faces and hearts.

How will you honor your father this Father’s Day? I have no drawing skills, so I am seriously considering drawing hearts and smiley faces on a mug!

Share your Father’s Day creations with us on Instagram or Twitter using #MadewithMichaels.

Teacher Appreciation Clipboard

4 Oh-So-Easy Teacher Appreciation Gifts

Summer vacation is closer than you think! This is especially true if you plan to pick up a teacher appreciation gift before school ends. A gift card, though ideal, isn’t very personal.

That is why I like the idea of helping your child create a handmade gift card holder and customizing it for your child’s teacher. The four gift card holders shown here are designed to be useful and they will be treasured long after the gift card is gone!

1. Crayon Vase with Gift Card

teacher_appreciation_crayon_vaseColorful Crayola® Crayons give this vase teacher appeal. Young children can choose the Crayons, but keep them away from the glue gun.

2. Clipboard with Gift Card

teacher_appreciation_clipboardEvery teacher needs a clipboard! This one serves a dual role, because it is also a miniature chalkboard. And how cute is that alphabet ribbon?

3. Clay Pot Gift Card Holder

teacher_appreciation_clay_potImagine how proud your child will be to present this teacher appreciation gift! The metal clips are ideal for holding a photo of your child, a thank you note and a gift card. Your child’s teacher can then put the decorated clay pot on her desk for use as a photo or memo holder.

4. Clothespin Wreath with Gift Card

teacher_appreciation_wreathHang this wreath on a wall, door or bulletin board. The clothespins make it easy to change out photographs, memos or paper decorations.

While you are picking up craft supplies to make these easy teacher appreciation gifts, don’t forget the gift card! You can purchase Michaels gift cards online or in the store. You can also get gift cards for your favorite restaurants and retailers at your local Michaels store.

And in case you didn’t know, teachers get a 15% discount on classroom supplies when they shop at Michaels!

Share your special teacher appreciation project with us on Instagram or Twitter using #MadewithMichaels.

kids easter crafts

Fun Easter Crafts and Activities for Kids

Kids Easter Crafts

Peter Cottontail is coming to visit sooner than you think! I love spending this holiday with the littles in my family. Whether we are creating Easter crafts or dying eggs, I’m always reminded of when I was a kiddo … dressing up in my twirly Sunday dress, hunting for those bright hidden eggs and finding a chocolate bunny in my basket. So for this year, I’m rounding up inspiration for Easter activities and crafts. Take a peek at some of these fun ideas!

Carrot Headdress

Sparkly little carrots come together with ribbon to create a headdress that is fit for the Queen of the Bunny Rabbits. Maybe a Crocheted Bunny Headband is more your style?

Perler Egg

Test your eye-hand coordination with these cute Perler® Easter Eggs!

flower sandwich cookies

Making these Flower Sandwich Cookies is a fun activity to do with your kiddos. After you bake and cool the flower cookies, sandwich two with frosting and let your little one do the dipping in the sprinkles. And then lick the spoon … of course.

Bunny Mouth Pops

While we’re licking frosting off of spoons, let’s talk about these adorable Bunny Pops. Not only are they delicious, but they make great photo props too! What a perfect idea for an Easter party or just a tasty treat!

Easter Rainbow Loom Projects

Now for all you Loomers out there… have you attempted any Easter-themed Rainbow Loom creations? If you can recreate this Easter Egg or Bunny Charm share it with us using the hashtag #MichaelsRainbowLoom. We want to see your loom skills!

Do you have any Easter traditions with your kids? Let us know in the comments!


RL birthday party ideas

10 Rainbow Loom® Birthday Party Ideas

If you haven’t heard by now, the Rainbow Loom® is THE hottest new kid’s craze in town. I’ve seen Rainbow Loom – wearing children every place I go. Heck, I even see adults rocking the colorful rubber band bracelets.

Since looming is the all the rage right now, I’ve rounded up some colorful ideas on how to host a really rad Rainbow Loom Birthday Party.

#1 Invitations

Set the theme for your rainbow – inspired party with colorful invitations. Customize your own invites online to make them uniquely yours. Plus, who can resist chevrons and rainbows?rainbow invite

#2 Décor

Creating a backdrop really sets the scene for a party. They make a great focal point for the dessert table and are are an easy way to “decorate” without having to drape streamers, pom poms and balloons across your entire home. Gwynn over at Gwynn Wasson Designs has three ah-mazing rainbow backdrops. They’re all so fun; I’m not sure I could pick just one.rainbow backdrops

#3  Rainbow Loom Station

Set up a bracelet making station with bowls of rubber bands filled with every color of the rainbow. What a great idea from Mom of 6!

Rainbow Loom Station

#4 Rainbow Wearables

Encourage your friends to bring plain white t-shirts or sneakers and spray a rainbow onto them with Tulip® Fabric Spray.

Rainbow Sneakers

#5 Rainbow Popcorn Snacks

Everyone loves popcorn, but I think it’s even better with a little chocolate drizzled on top! Check out this delicious treat made by Wants & Wishes.

rainbow popcorn

#6 Rainbow Cookies

Sweet Sugar Belle designed these fun rainbow cookies that can be personalized with each guests name.

Sweet Sugar Belle Rainbow Cookies

#7 Rainbow Cake

How fun is this cake? It looks a little daunting to make, but it’s not. I made one last year and it was super simple!

rainbow cake

 #8 Custom Water Bottle Labels

Your guests will surely need to wash all of that popcorn and cake down with a nice cold beverage. Print these labels from Wants & Wishes and stick them on. What an easy way to incorporate your theme!

water bottle labels

#9 Rubber Band Party Favors

Kiddos are addicted to looming, so there’s no doubt that you’ll make their day with favor boxes full of extra rubber bands to take home. Get these fun favor printables from Mom of 6.

Party Favors

#10 Thank You Notes

It’s never too early to learn the importance of sending a thank you note. Make this card with your child to thank all of the guests that came to your party.

thank you note


Do you have a Rainbow Loom? Share your rainbow inspiration with us on Pinterest by tagging @MichaelsStores!



Blogger Challenge Roundup: Craft Pumpkins

Few things help ring in fall quite like pumpkins (and pumpkin-spiced-everything). There’s something magical about how easily they can transform your décor when the season changes. We challenged some of our favorite bloggers to come up with unique ways to decorate craft pumpkins to help jump start your fall creativity.

Lil Luna Washi Tape Pumpkins A Night Owl Blog Neon Dipped Pumpkins The Paper Mama Pumpkin Terrarium

Flamingo Toes Fabric Wrapped Pumpkins Lil Blue Boo Pumpkin House Number

Clockwise from top left: Lil Luna: Washi Tape Pumpkins; A Night Owl Blog: Neon Paint Dipped Pumpkins;  The Paper Mama: Spooky Halloween Terrarium; Lil Blue Boo: A Pumpkin House Number;  Flamingo Toes: Vintage Style Fabric-Wrapped Pumpkins

Craft pumpkins are a fantastic way to decorate for fall because they last year after year! If you’re pressed for time, we can even carve it for you. Want more pumpkin inspiration? View all of the blogger-created pumpkins on our Great Pumpkin Challenge Pinterest Board.

Craft Pumpkin In-Store Event

Get the whole family in the spirit of Halloween. Join us in all stores on Saturday, October 5, from 1p to 3p, for our Great Pumpkin Crafting Event. For just $5 you get a 9” craft pumpkin and the supplies to decorate it. Offer available while supplies last.

Happy Carving!

– Jillian