DIY Crafts & Trash Hacks

DIY Flower Petal Ink

DIY Flower Petal Ink

Yesterday was the first day of summer vacation for my daughters, and it’s already off to a promising start. My rising 2nd-grader slept in until just after 11 am, then promptly announced that she was “so, so bored.” I love boredom as a motivating force – Left to her own devices, she ended up collecting […]

Yes, You Can Dye Brown Eggs

Yes, You Can Dye Brown Eggs

We love being invited to join an Easter egg hunt with our Pagan and Christian friends (it’s a tradition they both enjoy, albeit with different meanings). It’s not our holiday, but it’s great fun to be included in the celebration. Thanks to our happy backyard hens, we have plenty of eggs; this year we set […]

Toys Less Plastic: DIY Dollhouse Dolls – Now in Pants!

Toys Less Plastic: DIY Dollhouse Dolls – Now in Pants!

Update: We have figured out how to make our DIY Dollhouse Dolls wearing pants! To make your own, follow the directions in my first post about these here; there’s no sewing required, and except for the hot glue, this is a plastic-free craft. Instead of adding dresses or skirts over the skin-colored embroidery floss-wrapped legs, […]

DIY Valentines: Rorschach Butterflies and Painted Phonebook Hearts

DIY Valentines: Rorschach Butterflies and Painted Phonebook Hearts

We love handmade valentines. Every year, we trawl the internet searching for inspiration, then we get to work on the 30+ tokens of affection each of my girls needs for her class and neighborhood friends. Ava and Mira each choose their own project, then I help modify it to match the materials we have on […]

Balloon-Free Party Decor

Balloon-Free Party Decor

or The Joys of Bunting. Back when it was time for my first-born’s first birthday, I brought home a dozen helium balloons to decorate our house. I tied them to the front porch, to each chair around our table, and left the others floating freely around the house wherever the breeze took them. When we […]

Food Less Plastic: DIY Reusable Food Wrap

Food Less Plastic: DIY Reusable Food Wrap

Yes, you can live without clingfilm and plastic wrap! Make your own reusable fabric and beeswax food wrap.  Did you know that you can replace plastic wrap and clingfilm (or whatever you call it) with fabric impregnated with beeswax? It’s true. Inspired by posts at left-handed scissors and bcliving, I decided to give it a […]

Toys Less Plastic: DIY No-Sew Dollhouse Dolls

Toys Less Plastic: DIY No-Sew Dollhouse Dolls

Looking for new residents for a dollhouse in your neighborhood? Why not make your own?  These have been a huge hit with my own kids, filling many rainy afternoons with happy imaginative hours. You’ll need some basic materials, many of which are plastic-free and available without plastic packaging. OK, so the hot glue sticks are […]