Fun Kids’ Activity They’ll Love (and so will you!)

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Fun Kids Activity Idea: Marshmallow Geometry! Kids love it, and they learn as they play. Bonus! #kids #activities www.makinglemonadeblog.com

This is such a simple kids activity idea I debated whether to post about it or not, but honestly it keeps my kids entertained for huge chunks of time and it's so fun they constantly ask to play it. Plus it takes only two supplies that you might already have on hand, so I can bust it out whenever I need 20 minutes of peace and quiet to make dinner or take a phone call. It's a geometry activity I used with my second graders when I was a teacher, so imagine my surprise when my 3 and 5 year old … [Read more...]

In Like a Lion {Faux Ceramic Animal Planter}

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How to make an EASY and INEXPENSIVE faux ceramic animal planter! What a fun gift idea! #DIY #modern #planter via www.makinglemonadeblog.com

March comes in like a lion... and apparently out like one, too, the way the weather's been lately.  ;-) I know this tutorial on how to make a faux ceramic animal planter isn't going to be everyone's cup of tea, but I love fun, quirky touches in home decor and this one suited my style nicely. Plus, it only cost $7 to make so it falls solidly under the 'easy and inexpensive DIY project' camp that I so adore. I've seen these in high-end handmade studios for MUCH more, so if you like this look then … [Read more...]

The Little Geometric Planter that Could {& Free Printable}

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Adorable Geometric Plant Pods/ Planters-- made from paper! Get the pattern and tutorial at www.makinglemonadeblog.com #crafts #paper #planter

It's no secret that I love simple and easy crafts with modern appeal-- if I'm going to take the time to craft, I want it to be something beautiful and useful, too!  That's why strolling the aisles of my local Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts Store is a huge stress reliever for me. Something about wandering those aisles and dreaming of projects fills me with happiness, especially when I leave with a bag of goodies and creative ideas. It's National Craft Month, and what better time to scout out spring … [Read more...]

ROCK IT! Make an Agate Jewelry Box

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Make a gorgeous gilded agate slice jewelry box for WAY less than retail-- here's how! www.makinglemonadeblog.com #DIY #agate #jewelrybox

Sometimes... just once in a blue moon... when Jupiter aligns with Mars and the sun hits the right way and the tides reverse-- a sure sign that something is meant to be pops up and you can't ignore it.  Case in point: I'd been lusting after the gilded edge agate slice boxes I'd spied online, but couldn't splurge on the $95 price tag. BOO. Then last week I was invited to a blogger preview of the new Container Store located in King of Prussia (!!!)(that definitely needs many exclamation points … [Read more...]

Stenciled Woodgrain Tea Towels {DIY Kitchen Decor}

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How to Add a Woodgrain Pattern to Fabric- so easy! Make these faux bois tea towels for simple DIY kitchen decor www.makinglemonadeblog.com

I've been searching for a way to add a faux bois (woodgrain) pattern to fabric for, like, EVER. (Forever. Forever ever? FOREVER EVER.) Back to faux bois. You might remember how easy it is to paint a faux bois pattern on a smooth surface like this breakfast tray, but there's some surfaces where that technique wouldn't work-- curved surfaces and fabric come to mind. Which is why I've been on a search for a woodgrain stencil for awhile to make all my curved, fabric faux bois dreams come … [Read more...]