Kiwi Crate Review and Giveaway

April 3, 2013

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The boys and I recently had the privilege of sampling a craft kit sent by the folks at Kiwi Crate. The boys are always impressed by packages addressed directly to them, and were even more impressed at the two colorful wind-powered projects inside! There were a few “ooohs!” and “whoas!” as spontaneously captured:

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Each Kiwi Crate comes with all the supplies you need for a particular project. I had pulled out my tape and scissors from my own craft supplies, but there was no need because even those are included in each kit! The best part is, we were sent a sibling crate which has plenty of materials for each child. Because the boys had their own sets, there was no fighting, no squabbling, no whining-and-dining (as my mom likes to put it). This may very well have been one of the least stressful craft sessions we’ve ever done!

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My five-year-old needed assistance, oh, maybe 50% of the time. But my 7-year-old was able to accomplish the projects mostly on his own. The materials are colorful, neatly packaged, and kid-friendly. Each project occupied the kids for about 25 minutes and they were completely engaged the entire time! Here are the finished wind cars:

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Working on the wind sock:

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Subscribers benefit from free shipping and recieve never before released crates. Single crates would be great for birthday gifts, rainy days, or nice to test run if you’re not ready to commit to a subscription.

We had such a great experience with our kit, I am thrilled that Kiwi Crate has offered to send a crate to one of my readers! To enter, please leave a comment mentioning which single crate you’d be interested in. Giveaway ends next Thursday, April 11 at midnight, and I will contact the winner directly.

Kiwi Crate also has a giveaway going on right now where you can win every item in their DIY Materials Pop-up Shop along with a table from Pottery Barn.

Good luck!!

DIY Cardboard Planet Play Shelves

March 26, 2013

DIY Mountain Shelf

Via Pinterest, I stumbled on a new favorite craft blog, Pysselbolaget, which has a tutorial on these fabulous cardboard shelves. After Kai made his mountain shelf from an old shoebox, I thought the boys might like some planet ones too.

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After tracing a plate onto the flat backside (or bottom) of a box, I cut out the “planet” shape with a pair of scissors, keeping part of the sides attached for stability. Dax pointed out how it resembles a couch!

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We then blended a bit of black and white acrylic paint together, but didn’t mix too thoroughly so that we’d have a marbled, textured gray to paint our moon with. Then I let Dax go to town with the paint. Finally, we added in some dark spots and craters to make it a little more realistic and familiar for our lunar astronaut (we had extras from Danyelle’s brilliant astronaut Valentines we put together for classmates this year).

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When unused, the shelves nest together nicely for storage.

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Gold Leaf Easter Egg DIY

March 5, 2013

I’ve been looking forward to sharing this project and it’s finally live! The gilding process was a lot of fun and the eggs turned out beautifully despite the project seeming to go awry (and get incredibly messy) at one point.

Visit SheKnows.com for my full tutorial.

March Peeks

February 20, 2013

The blog has been super quiet lately, but I’ve been crafting and making as usual! Above are a couple of projects I recently finished.

And one of the most surprising emails landed in my inbox this morning: I’ve made Babble’s Top 50 Mom Craft Blogs of 2013 and named #1 DIY Blog! I’m still processing this and my face MAY be on fire (from delight? excitement? disbelief? All of the above.) Even more awesome, I’m sandwiched between two blog crushes on the overall list, Mer Mag and Hellobee. So excited I just can’t even. I’m going to sign off now to squee quietly behind my hands (baby sleeping), do a few jumps and eat some celebratory frozen Thin Mints. Thank you SO much for reading this blog and following over the years!

Hellobee Contribution: Insta Magnets

February 19, 2013

I recently made a couple of Instagram puzzles for my little tornado of a daughter recently. Speaking of puzzles, Mara had mixed up five different sets while I was working on dinner last night. I don’t even think you have to be a neat freak to feel sick over a mess like that. My saving grace: kid puzzles are made up of giant pieces. Can you imagine if it were some 2,000 piece puzzle set of Monet’s water lilies tossed together with a bit of Dogs Playing Cards? Can you imagine?

The square puzzle pieces also double as pretty fridge magnets. You can find my full tutorial at Hellobee.