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I’m thrilled to be teaming up with the Rockin’ Art Moms today on another awesome series: DIY Gift Wrapping | Rockin’ Art Mom Style. We’ve got 8 DIY gift wrapping ideas for you, so get creative this year with your presents! I’m showing you how to make Tie Dye Gift Wrap, and I created three versions for the three major Winter holidays: Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa. For 8 more gift wrapping ideas in this series scroll to the end of this post. For the first Collaborative RAM Series pop over here!

DIY Gift Wrapping Ideas: Tie Dyed Gift Wrap

Okay so I’ve probably talked about my obsession with the 60’s before and I never ever get tired of tie dying ANYTHING. It’s just magical to unfold something that’s been wadded up and dipped in color to reveal a lovely print. This project is relatively easy, if you want to get fancy with the patterns please look online for tie dye techniques used on shirts, you can use them with tissue paper too! [click to continue…]

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STEAM Gift Guide: Smart Toys for Little Designers

November 22, 2014
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If you’ve been following my blog for some time you know that: 1. I am an Architect 2. I love STEAM based learning. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math I truly believe in the power of a project based, creative thinking, hands-on style of learning. This idea is at the core of all university level design […]

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Simple Christmas Craft Ideas: Holiday Bell Tota

November 21, 2014
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Christmas craft ideas are everywhere right now and there are so many amazing ones! So we are throwing our hat into the mix with today’s project: Holiday Bell Tota. These little ditties are part of fabulous Christmas Sensory Series I’m a part of too! Read on for more about the series…..  

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Homemade Christmas Ornaments with Polymer Clay

November 17, 2014
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Homemade Christmas Ornaments are one of the best holiday crafts out there. The possibilities are endless and it’s a simple and fun way to spend and afternoon with the kids “making cool stuff!” You also probably are aware of my family’s slight obsession with clay….my daughter could spend hours just making little things out of […]

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Christmas Sensory Play Series: Holiday Optical Illusions

November 14, 2014
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Who doesn’t love optical illusions? I mean really, is there anything more fun than tricking your eye with optical magic? Actually yes there is, trick your friends’ eyes with optical fun and do it with a holiday theme! That’s what I have for you here today: 5 Holiday Optical Illusions you can print and download and use […]

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Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids: Fancy Feathers

November 12, 2014
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I’ve been toying around with ideas for Thanksgiving crafts for kids and have been mesmerized by one simple material I associate with Thanksgiving: feathers. After seeing this project on Pinterest awhile back I decided we need to work with feathers and I came up with two ways to create Fancy Feathers with kids. Both methods produce lovely […]

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30 Creative Women Every Girl (& Boy) Should Know

November 7, 2014
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When my father was in architecture school in the 1970’s there was 1 female student in the entire class. They didn’t even have a women’s restroom near the studio space. When I went to the same architecture school in the 1990’s half the students were female. That’s progress, right?   Now ask me to name […]

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Engineering for Kids: Twirling Twig Mobile

November 6, 2014
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There is nothing like the whimsy of a mobile. Watching objects sway and dance in a mobile is calming and pretty to look at. But here’s a little secret….mobiles are also full of engineering! Oh yes, that sweet DIY mobile you are making is chock full of opportunities to learn about some basic engineering/physics principles including tension […]

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Easy Crafts for Kids: Yarn Sticks

November 3, 2014
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With more days about to be spent inside a warm house, I have been dreaming up easy crafts for kids that can be done indoors yet focus on the season of fall/winter. Yarn Sticks are the first easy fall craft we’ve been toying with in my house. You can make the entire thing an activity […]

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