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Big and Small

Big & Small Project: Household Containers for Organizing Your Stuff. Grownups use Duct Tape and Kids use Washi Tape. Work side-by-side and make something great!   |   Design Mom

Project by Gina Wide. Readied for publishing by Amy Christie.

In our home, we are always in need of storage containers to organize our stuff and I thought it would be fun to make them ourselves! This Big & Small project is all things fun and functional. The materials needed are minimal and the best news is, you probably have everything in your house already! It’s ideal for all ages and perfect to do side by side.

Big & Small Project: Sturdy Household Containers made from Duct Tape & Washi Tape.   |   Design Mom

Both Bigs (grownups) and Smalls (kids) can follow the same instructions and simple technique but will simply vary the tape used. Small children can make these containers using washi tape. Washi is a light but colorful tape perfect for small hands.

Big & Small Project: Sturdy Household Containers made from Duct Tape & Washi Tape.   |   Design Mom

Bigs can use duct tape to make larger containers for both display and utilitarian purposes. If you’re like me, you’ll find more and more places you want to use tailor-made containers with this technique. The combination of duct tape and plastic also makes these containers usable both in and outside the house. How cool is that!?

Round up building blocks or safari animals with bins in the playroom. Use them to sort and store paints and ribbons in your craft space. Try one as a rubbish bin, and another as a plant pot!

Big & Small Project: Sturdy Household Containers made from Duct Tape & Washi Tape. You can even use them outdoors!   |   Design Mom

These containers are also fantastic up-cycle projects when you use re-cycled plastic or paper bags. Let’s get started.

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Big & Small Project: Grownups make the Cloud Picnic Blanket with Carrying Handles, while Children make the Simple Cloud Napkins.  |  Design Mom

Project By Gina Vide. Readied for publishing by Amy Christie.

Watching clouds float by under the summer skies is one of my favorite things to do in the summer, whether on a picnic or simply stealing a quiet blissful moment. Today’s Big + Small project gives you the chance to actually make a cloud of your own — cloud napkins, and an easy-to-transport cloud picnic blanket/tablecloth.

Children can make the simple cloud napkins with very little assistance from the grownups — just a couple of steps! And adults can make the wonderfully useable cloud tablecloth. It’s foldable, washable, and the handles make it easily transportable, too! A perfect picnic blanket.

You’ll have so much fun working side-by-side on this cloud project with your kids!

Big & Small Project: Grownups make the Cloud Picnic Blanket with Carrying Handles, while Children make the Simple Cloud Napkins.  |  Design Mom Big & Small Project: Grownups make the Cloud Picnic Blanket with Carrying Handles, while Children make the Simple Cloud Napkins.  |  Design Mom Big & Small Project: Grownups make the Cloud Picnic Blanket with Carrying Handles, while Children make the Simple Cloud Napkins.  |  Design Mom

Big + Small’s can work together, and sail off together, on this Cloud Picnic! Let’s get started.

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DIY: Wrapped Washer Necklaces - With an easy version for Kids!  |  Design Mom

Images and text by Gina Vide for Design Mom. Edited by Amy Christie.

This side-by-side project is so simple, but at the same time, creates such a beautiful and meaningful piece for both Bigs and Smalls. Grownups, you can create a Mother’s Day necklace by wrapping one washer per child in a color/colors of your choosing. The disks can then be bound together to create a beautiful geometric necklace full of meaning.

For you Smalls, create a necklace with a wrapped washer, one for each year of your age, in whatever colors you like, and string them on a chain.

DIY: Wrapped Washer Necklaces - With an easy version for Kids!  |  Design Mom

We’ve made these for a Mother’s Day gift, and made another set for ourselves — and we’ve been wearing them all the time!

In addition to Mother’s Day, the Small version would be a wonderful birthday tradition, don’t you think? Create the first necklace together and then, every year bind a new colorful disk and add it to your “small’s” necklace. The necklace would be a perfect gift for a friend too.

DIY: Wrapped Washer Necklaces - With an easy version for Kids!  |  Design Mom

Let’s start creating!

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Images and text by Gina Vide for Design Mom.

Don’t you just love the look of dipped or striped wooden utensils? Today’s Big & Small project is an activity that is pretty, functional and something grownups and kids can make side-by-side. You’ll stripe, while your little one dips! How fun is that?

Afterwards, when you are entertaining dinner guests, or simply tossing a salad on an any-old-Tuesday, these colorful utensils will brighten your day.

If you’re anything like me, you’re going to want to make extras. They’re so much fun to make that both children and adults will want to try variation after variation. Plus, you can use all the extras for gifts!

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Note from Design Mom: I met the talented Gina Wide on my trip to Sweden. She’s an American mother raising her kids in Scandinavia — while they attend French schools! About a year ago we hatched a plan to create a parent & child project series. And today’s the day we get to share it. Hooray!

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Images and text by Gina Wide for Design Mom. Edited by Amy Christie.

I’m Gina Wide and it is such a thrill to meet you here at Design Mom with a new series: Big & Small — Side-by-Side Projects for You & Your Little Ones. The big variation is something that will appeal to you, and the small variation is a simplified version of the same project, just right for young children.

First up: Ice hangings! They’re a delightful way to add rainbows to winter skies, welcome cold-weather visitors, or decorate for a party. Don’t you think they could chase away the most gray of days?

The “freezing” step of this project makes it feel almost magical for children — once these have been un-molded and displayed, you won’t believe how quickly your little ones will say: “again!” The best part: You probably have all the supplies you need for this project right at home!

So let’s get making!

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