Throwback Thursday: Summer Lemonade Stand

Hello friends, and thanks for joining us today for Throwback Thursday! School’s out here in Utah, so today we’re revisiting the summer of 2015 to celebrate. That year we featured an absolutely darling Lemonade Stand project that our in-house designers decorated in a snap with the Evolution Advanced and some of our thin metal dies. You can’t help but think of summer when you see this. Check it out below!

 

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DIY Paper Fans

Hello We R fans, and happy Friday! It’s Aly with you again today sharing an easy and fun summer kids craft that you can make with your DIY Party Board and some paper from your scrapbook stash. I found this project on the Idea Room blog HERE. When I saw these fans, I immediately thought of the DIY Party Board, and knew this awesome tool would make these fans a snap!

DIY Paper Fans by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

This project is easy for kids to make, and requires supplies that you’ve likely already got on hand.

DIY Paper Fan by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Plus, they’re perfect for the warm summer months!

DIY Paper Fans by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Start by placing your 12×12 paper into the DIY Party Board with the corner placed into the alignment guide.

Place your A and C cutting guides at numbers 11 and 7 on the board, respectively.

Cut along each guide with your blade so that you end up with the shape shown in the photo below.

Punch a hole in the ends of 5 wooden craft sticks (or popsicle sticks) with the Crop-A-Dile using the 1/8th inch punch.

Then stack them up and thread a metal brad through the holes, bending the ends of the brad so that it stays in place.

Fan out the popsicle sticks that that they’re evenly spaced with the outside sticks placed near the edges of the paper you just cut. Hot glue the sticks to the back of the paper with the front of the brad facing down.

Once the glue is dry, stack the sticks on top of each other, folding the paper and creasing it as you go.

You can change out the paper for whatever event or occasion you’re celebrating. The kids would love picking out their own patterns and colors of paper.

DIY Paper Fans by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory KeepersI chose papers from the fun summer-themed Oasis collection from our sister brand, Crate Paper. I just love those flamingos!

DIY Paper Fans by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

DIY Paper Fans by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory KeepersThanks for joining me today, and happy summer crafting!

Supplies:

DIY Party Board
Crop-A-Dile
Pink Brads
Crate Paper Oasis Patterned Paper

Summer Reading Log

Hello, We R Memory Keepers fans, Laura here today. School just got out for us and I want to be sure both of my kids keep up with their reading skills all summer long. Having a summer reading log will help us keep track of all of the books we read this summer. We have some house rules about reading, playing outside, chores, and learning activities the kids must complete before they are allowed to use electronics.

DIY Summer Reading Log by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I created a printable log the kids could use each week. It has a space for the date, title of the book, and how many pages were read for each day of the week.

Summer Reading Log by Laura Silva

Get your free printable here: Summer Reading Log

I printed 10 weeks worth (front to back), so five pages total for each of my kids.

To start creating the reading log book, I started with two 8 ½ x 11 inch Cinch book boards. I covered the front and back covers with some fun, summery papers from Amy Tangerine’s On a Whim collection. I adhered the papers using double sided tape. I covered the inside covers with purple and yellow mono cardstock.

Summer Reading Log by Laura Silva

Summer Reading Log by Laura Silva

To separate each of the kid’s sections, I created tabs using teal and orange mono cardstock and the tab punch board. I labeled them with my children’s names.

Summer Reading Log by Laura Silva

Once I had everything together, I assembled the book with the Cinch tool and a small silver Cinch wire.

Summer Reading Log by Laura Silva

The Cinch Binding Tool by We R Memory Keepers

The Cinch Binding Tool by We R Memory Keepers

To make the cover a little more fun, I used some Thickers to spell out “Summer Reading Log” on some of the leftover teal and orange mono cardstock. I rounded the corners with the Corner Chomper. Then, I added stickers from the On a Whim collection.

DIY Summer Reading Log by Laura Silva for We R memory Keepers

I love the way it turned out. I know I am always more motivated to do what I need to do when I have something that looks nice and my kids are, too! This summer reading log will be the perfect way for the kids to keep track of what reading they do this summer.

DIY Summer Reading Log by Laura Silva for We R memory Keepers

DIY Summer Reading Log by Laura Silva for We R memory Keepers

DIY Summer Reading Log by Laura Silva for We R memory Keepers

Supplies:

 

Cinch Book Board

Amy Tangerine  On a Whim Collection Papers and Stickers

Double Sided Tape

Cinch Tool

Cinch Wires

Tab Punch Board

Corner Chomper

Mono Cardstock

Thickers

Five Fun Kids Crafts

Hey there We R friends! Thanks for stopping by today. Since this week is Kids Crafts Week, we wanted to share some of the most popular past kids crafts from our blog. We figure the more ideas you’re armed with over summer vacation, the better…right? So here are Five Fun Kids Crafts!

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DIY Board Game

Use your paper craft supplies to make your own board game to keep the kiddos busy this summer. Stickers, ephemera bits, and die cuts are perfect as decorations, markers, or other game elements. You can even use the Power Punch or Crop-A-Dile to make your own spinner! CLICK HERE to learn how to make your own.

DIY Board Game by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Reading Center

Get your little ones excited about summer reading with their own reading center. Use your favorite We R tools to customize their quiet area so it’s their own special space. Between the Banner Punch Board, the Alphabet Punch Board, and the Garland Punch, we’ve got you covered! More photos and details on the blog HERE.

Classroom decor ideas by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

DIY Confetti Poppers

Your patriotic summer celebrations will be extra fun with these easy DIY Confetti Poppers. Grab an empty toilet paper tube, a balloon, some patriotic paper, and some of our DIY Party supplies–Mini Piñata Pull Tabs and Confetti–and you’re good to go. Find a step-by-step tutorial on our blog HERE.

DIY Confetti Poppers by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

End of the School Year Piñatas

Make the last day of school a special one with individual mini piñatas that mark the next grade for your kids or grandkids. CLICK HERE to learn more about these fun party favors!

DIY Teepee Kit

You kids will love having a place to call their own this summer. Whether it’s for indoors or outdoors, reading or playing house, the DIY Teepee Kit is perfect for keeping small people happy and entertained. CLICK HERE to learn more about how to customize your own.

DIY Teepee Kit by We R Memory Keepers

Thanks for joining us today! We hope you’ve found some inspiration for some fun kids crafts to try this summer. Creative cheers!

Mini Party Hats

Happy Monday morning, and welcome to Kids Craft Week here on the blog! This week our team is sharing projects for kids, or that can be made with kids. They’ve got plenty of awesome ideas to keep little ones entertained over the summer, so be sure to check back often! First off is a great project idea from Soraya Maes.

Hello We R Memory Keepers fans! Soraya here with you today to share a creative activity we made together with my kids: mini party hats for their toys! And we had a lot of fun playing with the DIY Party Board which is now for sure, their favorite tool!

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For this special Kids Craft week I asked them if there was something they would love to create with me and they answered (without any hesitation!) that they would love to organize a birthday party for their toys! So this is what me made together and they were just amazed by the DIY Party Board. It was so cute!

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My son started by cutting the colorful papers he selected with the Trim & Score Board. We needed 6×6 squares.

DIY Party Board Mini Party Hats by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

DIY Party Board Mini Party Hats by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

And my daughter did the same with her own selection of colorful papers. Then she started cutting the mini party hats shapes with the DIY Party Board!

DIY Party Board Mini Party Hats by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

DIY Party Board Mini Party Hats by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

DIY Party Board Mini Party Hats by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

We placed the double sided tape on each edge before shaping them into cute mini hats !

DIY Party Board Mini Party Hats by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

DIY Party Board Mini Party Hats by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

DIY Party Board Mini Party Hats by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

And finally we used some FUSEables fringe strips, small pompoms and wooden stars to decorate them !

Mini Party Hats by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

And voilà! My kids were so happy and excited to see how it turned out, they could party all the afternoon with their toys! Haha!

Mini Party Hats by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Mini Party Hats by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Mini Party Hats by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

We R Memory Keepers always has the best tools to create fun! Hope this kids craft idea will give you inspiration to have fun with your little ones! Until next time!

Soraya.

 

Supplies :

Trim & Score Board

DIY Party Board

Colorful papers for kids

FUSEables fringe strip

Double sided tape

Embellishments : pompoms and wood veners

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interactive Alphabet Book

Hello there We R fans, and welcome to “Inspired by Pinterest” Week here on the blog. Our designers have found some projects on Pinterest that inspire them, and have created their own project based on that inspiration. You’re going to love what they’ve come up with! Check it out.

 

Hello and welcome back to the blog! Chantalle with you today to chat about a way to make learning your ABC’s a bit more fun for kids. I was inspired by a project I saw on Pinterest involving a book bound from paper bags. It was such a sweet way of storing memories but I also loved the interactive element of it and thought I could combine my alphabet punchboard and my Cinch Binding Tool to create something fun and interactive for my little learner!

Interactive Alphabet Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

My ‘super fun’ alphabet pad consists of several pockets, bound together. I’ll admit, I did worry it was too fat to bind at one stage! Lol. But my awesome Cinch made light work of the 26 pages plus chipboard covers!

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Let’s learn our ABC’s by sliding out the cards! Let’s see what word starts with the letter ‘A’… yep, you guessed it, ‘Apple’!

Interactive Alphabet Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I found this pack of flashcards at my local Target store. The cards were a great size and have been printed onto a sturdy cardstock with a gloss finish, so I knew they would be hard wearing for what I had in mind. (Plus, this works out cheaper than if I were to print the sheets out on my inkjet printer at home and then laminate them!)

To make my cards slide in and out of custom pockets, I had to cut them down a bit, to be able to secure them inside, without falling out when pulled. To do this, I popped each of them onto my Trim & Score Board and measured about a quarter inch down from the top and up from the bottom. I left another quarter inch on the left hand side where I would be inserting them into the sleeves later on. I then cut along the top and bottom guide marks I had made, leaving the left hand side as is.

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For my sleeves, I created 26 pockets using coordinating shades of Bazzill Cardstock (see materials list for colours used) I left a quarter inch extra at the bottom of the pocket and half an inch at the top to accommodate for binding.

Interactive Alphabet Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I rounded the corners of my flashcards using my Crop a Dile Corner Chomper and then inserted them into their sleeves. In order for them to stay in place during use, I had to sew them inside the sleeves – just a little bit above and below the card as shown in the picture below. The quarter inch or so of stitching will allow the cut out area to slide out but hold the area that I left at the original height of the card, inside the sleeve.

Interactive Alphabet Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Once all my sleeves were sewn, it was time to start putting the pad together. For kids, a sturdy cover is a must. I’ve used some 8×8 Cinch Designer Book Board which I cut down to size and then covered with some gorgeously fun Amy Tangerine ‘On a Whim’ papers. The image below shows just how easy it is to create a bound item using The Cinch. Simply pull out the corresponding peg to choose how many holes to punch. Note: In this picture you will see I punched my holes before I covered my board. I would recommend covering your chipboard before you punch, for a neater finish.

Interactive Alphabet Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Now that my cover was sorted, it was time to move on to embellishing my sleeves. I wanted corresponding letters to match my flashcards. Enter my Alphabet Punch Board! This clever punch board allowed me to create matching lettering for each letter of the alphabet. The ‘m’ and ‘w’ turned out to be a bit too wide for the size of my sleeves, so I used the adorable (seriously, you have to have one they are SO cute!!) Mini Alphabet Punch Board to whip up two of each letter and mount them underneath each other.

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The final piece that I needed on each were the words ‘is for…’ so I popped some grid paper from my Typecast 8.5 x 11” pad into my Typecast typewriter and started typing up my text. I chose to use the grid paper so they would all look uniform.

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Here are all the letters, bound in to the pad. ‘A’ through to ‘H’…

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… and ‘I’ to ‘Z’.

Interactive Alphabet Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

For an extra fun element, each of the cards has a reusable area to practice lettering on! This is especially handy for my little bug, who sometimes writes her letters back to front. Simply lay the pad flat, grab a whiteboard marker and you’re all set!

Interactive Alphabet Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I hope you have enjoyed my post today. If you decide to give this idea a try, please tag us in your pictures on social media – we would love to see them!

Interactive Alphabet Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Until next time,

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

Alphabet Punch Board

Mini Alphabet Punch Board

Crop a Dile Corner Chomper

Trim & Score Board

Cinch Binding Tool

Cinch binding combs

Cinch Designer Book Board 8×8

Typecast Typewriter

Typecast Pad

Amy Tangerine On a Whim:

Wash Tape

Die cut shapes

In Good Company

Fine Apple

Super Shot

Keep your Cool

Let’s Dance

Think Pink

Super Fun

Seriously

Paradise

 

Oh Happy Life:

No Worries

Happy

 

Bazzill Cardstock:

Purple Palissades

French Vanilla

Cream Puff

Wisteria

Flamingo

Chablis

Petalsoft

White

African Daisy

Pollen

Sea Water

Jetstream

Coastal

Springtime

Glow

Starmist

Piglet

High Five DIY Game

Hello again We R fans! I’m so glad you could join me today, as I share a boredom-busting idea the whole family can enjoy. My kiddos loved playing my little ‘Adventure Time’ game, which I created for them during the recent school holidays using the awesome High Five collection.

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The gameplay is based on an existing game my daughter already has, but it’s so girly, I thought a more gender neutral approach would entice my son to join in the fun too. Let’s see how it all came together…

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The base is a simple 12×12 sheet of Cinch chipboard. I have run some light blue tape along the edges and then mounted a sheet of High Five ‘Brave’ over the top. I covered the underside of my board with some plain black cardstock to give it a finished look.

For my title, I used the word ‘adventure’ from a pack of Wildflower Gold Foil Stickers. I will admit that I have been admiring these stickers for quite some time, hoarding them for a special project. The size and wording of this sticker however, was too perfect not to use this time though! I’ve paired it wish some High Five chipboard alphas. I really like the distressed look of these. TIP: For longevity, it’s always a good idea to apply extra adhesive to chipboard stickers to ensure they don’t fall off over time.

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The concept of the game is very simple: spin the spinner then move ahead the number of circles as shown on the spinner. If you land on a silver circle, you stay put. If you land on a whale, you choose a disc and potentially move forward. Land on a cheeky raccoon and you move backwards.

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Here’s a closer look at my spinner…

I put it together as shown below. I cut a circle out of a sheet of Cinch Chipboard then covered it with pattern paper and embellished it with some stamping, stickers and mist, before finally roughing it up a bit with some sandpaper.

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The discs (which partially determine your fate in the game) coordinate with the player’s counters.

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These started off as some pre-cut chipboard shapes I had in my stash, which I have covered with some patterned paper from my High Five 6×6 pad. (Nine counters fit on one sheet of paper.) I then cut these out carefully by hand. (If I had a larger circle punch it would’ve saved a bit of time.)

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The counters are High Five Plastic Buttons which, have had their double sided tape removed. I’ve chosen some phrases that coordinate with phrases found on a sheet of aptly named High Five ‘Flair’ so I could create the tokens. During game play, if you pick up a token that matches your counter, you move forward two places. The Flair patterned paper was perfect as it has a few repeats in the design, which allowed me to create more than one token with the same phrase on it.

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Some DIY Party Silver Foil Stickers mark out the route to adventure!

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You might come across this cheeky fellow…

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… or have to cross the treacherous mountain pass.

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However you choose to play, one thing’s for sure and that is that you will have fun! A bit of imagination and a few dollars and you’ve got yourself a great activity to do with the kids or even a unique gift for someone.

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Happy playtime!

Chantalle

 

Supplies:

Cinch Chipboard Sheets

High Five 12×12 ‘Brave’

High Five 12×12 ‘Explore’

High Five 12×12 ‘Flair’

High Five 12×12 ‘Vintage’

High Five 6×6 Pad

High Five Accent Stickers

High Five Puffy Stickers

High Five Plastic Buttons

High Five Ephemera

High Five Chipboard Alphabet

Wildflower Gold Foil Stickers

DIY Party Silver Foiled Stickers

Crop-a-dile Power Punch

Classroom Decor Ideas

Hello friends! Eva Pizarro here today sharing some quick and easy projects to decorate your classroom or your little one’s area.

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My little one loves to read, he can stay in his room staring at his books for half an hour! A few months ago I build him some shelves for his books and now that I have added some color he loves his area even more.

To make the banner I used the lovely wood pattern paper from the Honey I’m Home collection.  I cut four 4×6 inch rectangles and used my Banner Punch Board to make flags. I did the same with some white cardstock and layered it behind.

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To make the letters I used my Alphabet Punch Board  and the 3×5 paper pad.  I chose basic colors: red, yellow, green and blue.

To make the letters follow the instructions on the booklet or download the free App!

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Put together your banner by attaching your letters with some 3d dots.

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Hang your banner with some twine. For some extra pops of color use your Garland Punch and rainbow colored cardtosck to make a quick festoon. I cut 2 shapes of each color to make the garland longer.

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I also created this other project using basically the same colors and tools. It is a birthday chart and you can use it for your classroom (if you are a teacher) or your church or maybe for your home if you have a big family!

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Cut some letters in rainbow colors using your Alphabet Punch Board

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Use your Link Punch to hang pictures for every month (I just used random pictures here ).

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Use your Ruler Studio Frames to embellish some of your pictures and attach the letter to your 9 inch Ruler Studio.

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Hang your Birthday Chart using the Hanging Clips and enjoy! My little one loved this Chart, he keeps looking at the pictures searching for his mom and dad! I am sure your kids will love it too!

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Have a great week! Eva

 

Supplies

Ruler Studio 9 in Folded Ruler
Ruler Studio Hanging Clips
Ruler Studio Cardstock Frames
DIY Party Garland Punch
Banner Punch Board
Honey I’m Home – Lights Out Patterned Paper
Alphabet Punch Board
3×5 Paper Pad (Basics)

 

 

DIY Confetti Poppers

Hello We R fans! Kimberly here to share a fun summer craft project with you today, a project for you and your kiddos! Summertime is about celebrations and fun. These easy-to-make confetti poppers are sure to be a hit!

Confetti Poppers by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To create these fun poppers, gather card board paper tubes, balloons, card stock, patterned paper, tape, and confetti.

  1. Tie the end of the balloon. Cut the top third of the balloon off.
  2. Stretch the balloon over the end of the cardboard tube, being careful not to bend the tube. Secure the balloon with tape around the edge. Make sure the balloon is stretched tightly across the top of the tube.
  3. Cover the cardboard tube with card stock and patterned paper. TIP: When wrapping cylindrical objects with paper, make the length wrap around at least one half time more. It helps keep the paper attached.
  4. Tie a DIY Party Fringe Tab to the end of the balloon, below the knot you created earlier. Trim the excess string.

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I love how the DIY Fringe Tab makes this confetti popper look like a firework!

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Now for the confetti! We R Memory Keepers has many choices for confetti, Rainbow and Metallic, or you can even use the DIY Confetti Punch to create your own custom colored confetti!

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Fill the open end of the tube with confetti and pull down on the balloon end.

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Release and celebrate!

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What are you celebrating this summer?

 

Supplies:

DIY Party Cardstock Pad
Honey I’m Home; Here and Now
Crush; Crush cards
Trim and Score Board
DIY Party Fringe Tabs Silver
DIY Party Confetti; Metallic
DIY Party Confetti Punch

Seven Kids Crafts

We hope you’ve enjoyed this week full of kids craft ideas. Summer’s perfect for enjoying some craft time with your kids or grandkids, and our team has shared some great projects. We thought we’d finish off Kids Craft Week with a roundup of some of our favorite past kids crafts. Enjoy, and have a great weekend friends!

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Chalkboard Summer Countdown

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This fun countdown idea is perfect if you’re looking forward to an exciting summer activity or vacation. Designer Jennie McGarvey used our Clearly Bold collection and the Sew Easy tool to create a fun summer sun accent to decorate the chalkboard.


Stationery Folder

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Craft a coloring or stationery kit for the little ones in your life this summer. This project is perfect to pull out when you hear those famous words, “I’m bored.” It’s easy to customize this folder to fit the needs and age of the child you’re making it for.

 

Coffee Filter Flowers

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Summer Reading Log

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Keep track of summer reading with this easy Summer Reading Log idea from designer Jennie McGarvey. Jennie made this project with her Cinch binding tool and some journaling cards. Perfect kids craft for the summer!

 

Decorate Mini Piñatas

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We love how designer Wendy Antenucci had a craft day with her kids and let them decorate some of our Mini Piñatas with Fringe Tape and paper scraps. Let their imaginations run wild with this craft!

 

DIY Tee Pee

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Your kids or grandkids will enjoy hours of fun with the DIY Tee Pee Kit! They can use it for play, reading, sleepovers, or tons of other fun summer activities. Best of all, you can totally customize it to fit your little ones.

 

Jumbo Patriotic Crackers

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Use our Template Studio to create large scale patriotic crackers and filled them with toys, treats, or Fourth of July firecrackers. This is a great project for the upcoming holiday!

 

Well, that’s all friends! We hope you’ve come away from this past week well armed with summer crafting ideas for you and the children in your life. Have a great weekend!