DIY Kids Crafts from PBS Parents | Cute Beltz

Today, as I was scrolling through my Google+ friends checking out their great post, I  came across a crafting post on how to make a time machine.  I thought my girls could easily do this because they love to create and they are always creating something out of a box.  To my surprise PBS Parents has a Youtube channel with a number of craft ideas and I like how they keep it short and to the point.  Easy instructions with a catchy little tune playing and quick visuals.  Clearly, being added to the favorites list!

Checkout the channel here, Crafts for Kids by PBS Parents or click the video below to see how to make a DIY Cardboard Time Machine.

Happy crafting! – Cute Beltz

 

 

Holiday Pictures – DIY or Professional? | Cute Beltz

Kylie Jenner, Kim Kardashian, Rob Kardashian, Lamar Odom, Khloe Kardashian Odom, Kris Jenner, Kendall Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian, Penelope, Scott Disick, Mason and Bruce Jenner appear in the Kardashian familys 2012 Christmas card. - Provided courtesy of Nick Saglimbeni / kimkardashian.celebuzz.com
Kardashians 2013 Holiday Photo

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Each year, I rush to get our holiday pictures together, therefore leaving the photo and creation to me.  So, needless to say, I am a DIY’er.  I love that over the years my options for creating a card are endless.  The one’s I have used in the past are Shutterfly and Vistaprint, but this year I am thinking about either using Minted or Paperless Post.  I have been using Paperless Post for my business and I just love the selection.  All around beautiful designs.

I haven’t gone the professional route in a few years because I didn’t plan accordingly, but I usually go to JCPenny ,  they always produce good, quality photos.  Best of all, there is always a coupon to use, which I LOVE!

So, this year whatever you plan to do, do it with love and fun!

Have you taken your holiday pictures?  Are they being taken professionally or will you do it yourself? – Cute Beltz

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DIY Art Studios – Your Kids Will Love You! | Cute Beltz

So, I have been inspired to create an art studio for my girls.  They have watched me work over the years and all my “creativity” has rubbed off on them.  So, being the awesome mother I am, I am going to give them their own space.  OK, I’ll admit, it is more for me than them because, I WANT MY OFFICE/SPACE BACK!  I said it! Call me selfish if you want, but my babies have taken over.

Here are a few ideas, I have gathered from #Pinterest.  Let me know which one is your favorite.  🙂

Number One:

Kids art studio ideas Birch + Bird Vintage Home Interiors » Blog Archive » Creative Play: Art Room Inspiration

Number Two:

Kids Art Studio - eclectic - kids - boise - The Vintage Glitter House

Number Three:

Kids will love painting, drawing, and organizing art supplies with their new Studio Art Desk™ $79.99

Number Four:

family studio

Number Five:

creative space

Let me know which one you love and why, please.  Looking forward to hearing what YOU have to say! – Cute Beltz

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5 Unexpected Ways to Use Curtains | Cute Beltz

The wonderful flow and feel of curtains, these simple pieces do more than just dress the windows. They’re perfect for rounding out a space and finishing a room, but in more ways than just the windows! Wispy chiffon or thick tuile, if you have some extra curtains hiding in the linen closet waiting to be used, we’ve found some wonderful, charming and different ways to use them! Take a peek!

Create a little privacy

It could be a cozy, comfy reading corner. It could be the bay window where you like to sip your morning tea and write out your to-do list for the day. Or it could be your office nook! Use some curtains to cut off the world and create a little privacy. It’s a lighter, softer way to divide a room or space than with doors or folding boards.

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Create a new table

Sometimes curtains can make the most perfect tablecloth or even table runner, depending on the size of a table and fabric. When you just can’t seem to find that most perfect color or print, look to the curtain and use your creativity. You may even save a few bucks in the process!

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Create a bit of cozy

We all love canopy beds, but using ceiling curtains creates something even more magical. It’s whimsical. It’s cozy and at a whole different level of style and design than a classic canopy. Whether it’s your bedroom or your little girls, this is a fun way to utilize some extra sets of sheer curtains.

curtain-canopy

Create a little concealment.

For some difference in texture and a unique spin, cover your shelves with curtains. It’s a fun, more feminine way of hiding any clutter! Use this idea in the kitchen, laundry room or even in your wild and crazy craft room! And it’s incredibly easy to DIY and a lot less expensive than installing new cabinets.

curtain-laundry

Create a tinge of doggy style.

Have a boring ole black dog create hanging out in the house? Is in an eye sore in the family room or taking up dull space in the kitchen? Well with a bit of DIYing of some leftover curtains or even just laying some down, you can make that crate feel more homey for the pup and more styled for the house! Add some bows, add some ruffles and VOILA! better looking for everyone!

pink-table-cloth

What are some unexpected ways you would use your curtains?Cute Beltz

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DIY Glitter Playdough Recipe | Cute Beltz

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Add some sparkle to your homemade playdough with this glitter playdough recipe! This is a kids’ favorite and one of the best playdough recipes to make for kids birthdays or other special occasions. This playdough recipe is not edible, but it does not need to be refrigerated so it is easy to store and keep. Use multiple colors and glitters to make all kinds of playdough that can be used to create every kind of shape and object, making this playdough recipe for kids a great choice, especially for crafts with young children.

Ingredients:

  • flour – 1 cups
  • salt – 0.5 cups
  • cream of tartar – 2 tbsp
  • cooking oil – 1 tbsp
  • water – 1 cup
  • food coloring
  • glitter

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients except glitter into a large mixing bowl.
  • Mix ingredients until consistent.
  • Add to a pan at medium heat.
  • Cook until mixture is a doughy ball.
  • Put on wax paper and add glitter.
  • Knead until dough is smooth and consistent.
  • Store in a sealed container but do not refrigerate.

If you want to add even more sparkle to your playdough sprinkle some glitter on after you’ve finish kneading everything together. This recipe is very kid friendly and easy to make! It is particularly fun to make after you have made some simpler playdough recipes with your kids and they can make something a little bit more difficult with your help.

What are some things your kids would add to their playdough  to make it fun to play with? – Cute Beltz

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