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Michaels Makers Pool Party Challenge

Michaels Makers DIY Pool Party Challenge

Summer is officially in session! Bring on the sun, fun and all things poolriffic!

This month, we challenged our Michaels Makers to show us how they party at the pool. Check out how they MAKE summer fun with DIY party décor ideas, sweet treats and even playful activities for the kids.

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Are you planning a pool party this summer? Share your DIY party ideas with us on Instagram using #MakeItWithMichaels!

Michaels Makers MAKE Summer Fun Challenge

Temperatures are warming up and we’ve got our pool floaties ready. Summer is right around the corner!

This month, we challenged our Michaels Makers to MAKE Summer fun with trendy décor, bright summer florals, cute party ideas and some fun ways to keep the kids entertained while they’re out of school! Get inspired below:

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Show us how you MAKE summer fun by sharing your photos with us on Instagram using #MakeItWithMichaels!

Crafts on the Go: 10 Road Trip Activities for Kids

It’s prime Spring Break time so we know many of you are hitting the road on vacation with children in tow. No matter how many snacks you pack, you’re bound to hear an “are we there yet?” or two before you reach your destination. Keep kiddos creative and busy with these fun and mess-free road trip activities.

1. Felt Tic Tac Toe

Felt Tic Tac Toe

This tic-tac-toe board is not only fun to play, but it folds up into a handy pouch for easy traveling!

2. Travel Memory Game

Matching Game

Flex your children’s memory skills with a foam shape matching game.

3. Lap DeskLap Desk

The lap desk is a game changer when it comes to on-the-go activities. Store your books, crayons and other supplies inside the lap desk. Pro Mom Tip: pack a few dry erase markers for your kids to scribble on the outside of the tote and clean with a baby wipe for reusable fun!

4. Fishing Game

Fishing Game

The classic magnetic fishing game can be fun while riding in the car!

5. Felt Picnic

Felt Picnic

Encourage make believe play with a felt picnic. Have your kids describe what type of foods they would pack on their picnic adventure.

6. Paper Puppet Show

Dory Puppets

Print and cut out your puppet shapes in advance so your children can color them on your road trip. You’ll have a rear-view mirror puppet show before you know it!

7. Dino Matching GameDino Matching Game

Matching games are always fun, especially when they involve colorful dinosaurs.

8. Counting Abacuscounting abacus

Sneak in some learning with a colorful bead counting abacus that’s easy to make!

9. Crayola® Dry Erase Fold & Go Travel Pack

crayola dry erase travel pack

We love this Crayola dry erase travel pack. It comes with everything you need for hours of coloring fun on-the-go!

10. Morph


Morph is a super light, super fun sensory sensation.  It shapes, it builds, it bounces, it even floats!

How do you keep your kids busy on long car rides? Let us know in the comments below!

How To Build a Mini Gnome Garden

Once we saw the flower pot miniature fairy garden that our Michaels Maker Stephanie Lynn made, we knew we had to plant one of our own and fell in love with this little gnome. Whether in a veggie garden or in a flower pot, these magical miniature figurines tell the sweetest little stories.

The best part about the miniature garden is the “mini” part! It’s so simple, so fast, and so much fun. We actually potted this adorable mini gnome garden in under 15 minutes!

Here’s what you need to get started:

We used gnomes and toadstools and even a miniature garden set and wheelbarrow.

1. Fill Your Pot with Dirtfill-pot-with-dirt

Depending on the height of the plant you are planting, you may want to fill the pot half to 2/3 full with potting soil.

2. Pot Your Plantplant

Loosen up the roots on your plant and place it in the pot. Then use more potting soil to fill in around your plant to make it nice and snug.


You’ll notice we planted our dahlia flower towards the back of the pot to leave room for our gnome garden up front.

3. Add Your Miniaturesfinished-plantfinished-plant-2close-up

We added a happy little gnome, his toadstool home, a polka dot pinwheel and some tiny garden tools.

Though we only used a few miniatures and one potted plant, you can stack pots and layer them stories high to create bigger and better fairy or gnome gardens. Tip: Make sure your pots have adequate drainage so your plants can breathe.

Have you used any Michaels miniatures to create garden scenes? Share your creations with us on Instagram using #MadeWithMichaels for a chance to be featured in our inspiration gallery!

Craft Crush | July

Summer is in full swing. Are you overheated yet? These hot temps are keeping me in the pool or in the A/C. The latter leaves me lots of time to pin projects that are inspiring me… now I just need to get to crafting them! Here’s a little round up for my July Craft Crush:

Craft Crush July

Clockwise from top left:

Tissue Paper Banner by It all Started With Paint // Banners are the quickest way to dress up a party or a backdrop. Make one like this for your next summer gathering!

DIY Stenciled Kitchen Canisters by No. 2 Pencil // How fancy are these? Yet, so simple to create.

Crochet Hippo Hat by Repeat Crafter Me // Ok, I know it’s about 100° outside right now, but start crocheting this cute little hat now and it will be ready in time for cooler temps.

Fringed & Fabulous Tank Tops by I Love to Create // Crop tops are really not my thing this summer, but I’d love to create this in a longer version as a swimsuit coverup. Bring back tie-dye!

Scalloped Beverage Bucket by Plaid // If this doesn’t scream summer pool party, then I don’t know what does. Such a cute way to dress up your cooler!

Summer Boredom Busters

If you’re under the age of 10, June means one thing and one thing only—SUMMER! And summer means you get to put away the pencils, notebooks, and rulers in exchange for sunscreen, pool floats, and, drumroll please…crafts! Yes, crafting is popular all year round, but summertime brings more time to really delve into the projects your kids have wanted to do without the distraction of schoolwork. Like melted popsicles, this is the season to let the creative juices flow!

So to kick off Kids’ Week here at Michaels, I’m thrilled, delighted, and tickled hot pink to share a few of my favorite boredom buster projects to keep your kids creative and busy during these open-ended days of summer. I’m Amanda Kingloff, author of the new craft book, Project Kid: 100 Ingenious Crafts for Family Fun. I will be your guide this week to inspire you and your kids to get crafty with easy-to-use materials from Michaels and a few things you might find in your recycling bin.

And as if this isn’t enough, Michaels Stores have set up a cool summer art program called Passport to Imagination®, introducing 5- to 12-year-olds to seven different museums around the country. Visit your local Michaels store to learn, craft, and explore these diverse museums each Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am – Noon (just $2 for 2 hours of fun)! There is something for everyone, whether you have a fashion-obsessed pre-tween or a kid who is sure he’ll live on the moon one day, Passport to Imagination will take your kids on an imaginary road trip from the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York to the Pima Air & Space Museum in Phoenix, Arizona, and everywhere in between. You can sign up online here or at your local Michaels Store.

Throughout the week (and summer!), follow Michaels on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram to find the best answers for the words “Mom, I’m bored.” (I’ll be taking over the Instagram feed on Monday, June 23rd, so check out a behind-the-scenes peak at my life as a craft stylist!)

Let’s get crafting, shall we?


This is the perfect project for the little crafter that could!

What you’ll need:

Totally Tubular Train Materials

Step 1

Cut the paper towel tube into three equal pieces, then trim one piece down about 1⁄2 inch. To create the locomotive (the front, engine car), glue the short tube to the top of the jar lid, and glue the bottom of the jar lid to a wide side of the raisin box, open side down. Let the glue dry.Totally Tubular Train 1

Step 2

Paint the three train parts and let them dry. Paint the wooden spool black, let it dry, and glue it to the front of the train as its smokestack. Totally Tubular Train 2

Step 3

Add a thick and thin strip of tape to each side of each tube. On the 2 long tubes, adhere the enamel dot stickers as the windows. PK-TRAIN_3

Step 4

Punch two holes about 1⁄2-inch from the tube ends at the front and back of each “cargo car” tube and on the front end of the locomotive. Then punch two holes on the narrow sides of the raisin box, about 1⁄4-inch from the bottom. Punch Holes

Step 5

Push a toothpick through each set of holes, slip a button on each end, then glue beads to the end of the toothpicks to keep the buttons in place. Add Wheels

Step 6

Glue the yarn along the bottoms of all the cars to connect them. Glue Yarn Along Bottom

Step 7

Print out smoke template onto cardstock and cut out the shape of your choice inside the dotted line. Fold the point and insert it into the hole of the smokestack. Insert Smoke StackNow your train is ready for play!

Choo ChooooPK-TRAIN_FINALd PK-TRAIN_FINALf PK-TRAIN_FINALaModified excerpt from Project Kid by Amanda Kingloff (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2014. Photographs by Michael Cohen.

Amanda KlingoffAmanda Kingloff is the author of Project Kid: 100 Ingenious Crafts for Family Fun. You can learn more about her, the book, and upcoming events at ProjectKid.com. You can also follow her on Twitter (https://twitter.com/amandakingloff), Instagram (http://instagram.com/amandakingloff), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/projectkidbook), and Pinterest (http://www.pinterest.com/amandakingloff/). Amanda lives (and crafts) in Brooklyn, NY with her husband Michael, and two children, Oliver and Sommer. I received compensation from Michaels in exchange for writing this post.