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The Perfect Wing

September 13, 2013

Make perfect chicken wings every time

By Raleigh-Elizabeth. Image taken by Bill approximately three seconds before I told him to stop taking photos already and let me eat!

As soon as it’s fall, I start craving food that matters. Not just the Pinterest-worthy picnic sandwiches I attempt to make all summer or a good pasta salad I can nibble on for days, but the kind of hearty food that makes your soul warmed and happy. And when it’s not yet November and not yet chilly, that doesn’t leave a ton of options. But there is one. A food perfect for football, fun to make, easy to do outside when the days are still comfortable, and just generally ideal for every kind of get-together you can imagine: The chicken wing. Fall is perfect for really, really good chicken wings.

As the regular sort of Americans who look forward to college football (go Dawgs!), crisp autumn mornings, and bouquets of newly sharpened pencils,* the idea of adding some chicken wings into culinary rotation sounded downright logical as soon as Mark Bittman suggested it.

Did we make wings ourselves? Did we order in? Maybe both? Keep reading…

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Easy DIY! Make a Chandelier Mobile in Any Color You Choose  |  Design Mom

Text and photos by Amy Christie for Design Mom.

Let me guess: someone you know is having a baby, or about to adopt, or is decorating a nursery, and you’re on the hunt for a baby gift that will knock their socks off. May I humbly suggest a pretty little mobile, hand made in their very favorite colors?

Easy DIY! Make a Chandelier Mobile in Any Color You Choose  |  Design Mom Easy DIY! Make a Chandelier Mobile in Any Color You Choose  |  Design Mom

They can hang it above the changing table, or the bassinet — there is a calming peace that comes with the quiet twirl of a mobile.

Or maybe they’ll hang it in the corner of the family room to add some visual interest to the space.

Easy DIY! Make a Chandelier Mobile in Any Color You Choose  |  Design Mom

With air dry clay, an embroidery hoop, string and some paint, the possibilities are endless.

Click through for the full tutorial.

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Building Blocks Blog by PBK

September 6, 2013

DIY: You Are Special Today Plate with 3 FREE Designs  |  PBK Building Blocks

By Gabrielle.

Did you know Pottery Barn Kids launched a blog this summer? And it’s so good! It’s called Building Blocks and it’s filled with ideas and inspiration from Pottery Barn Kids Editors, plus lots of original content from guests and contributors — content that you haven’t seen anywhere else (like this neato pop up desk!). If you’re a fan of the PBK aesthetic, you’ll love Building Blocks.

The PBK editors asked me to contribute a few posts and I enthusiastically said yes! Remember the You Are Special Today plates I mentioned in this video? Well, go here to find a full tutorial on how to make your very own. Including 3 (FREE!) designs you can download and use. You can print them as big as you like depending on the size of your plate. Awesome!

DIY: You Are Special Today Plate with 3 FREE Designs  |  PBK Building Blocks DIY: You Are Special Today Plate with 3 FREE Designs  |  PBK Building Blocks

A special plate like this is such a fun tradition. It’s perfect for birthdays, but you can also use it to mark any big or small accomplishments — like graduation, or piano recital day, or I-got-an-A-on-a-hard-test day. This tradition was a big deal in my house growing up. We loved it!

P.S. — This project was a collaboration with Melissa of I Still Love You, and Jane of See Jane Blog. They are so talented!

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Plaster Flower Votives

August 27, 2013

DIY: Plaster Dipped Flower Votives  |  Design Mom

Images and text by Amy Christie for Design Mom.

I’ve been loving all the plaster dipped flowers across the web. They have such an ethereal and dreamlike look to them. Building on the process, I took it a step further and turned the plaster-ed flowers into votives. Dainty and functional.

DIY: Gorgeous Plaster Dipped Flower Votives  |  Design Mom

Plaster is a fun medium to work in. A liquid become a solid in a few short minutes and you get to decide how to form it. For dipping, the plaster coats the petals, freezing them in creamy white loveliness. With the stamina of the plastic flower, the votives appear fragile but aren’t so.

(If you haven’t noticed, I love working with plaster — as seen in these posts: gold leaf votives, leaf napkin rings, quote votives.)

DIY: Gorgeous Plaster Dipped Flower Votives  |  Design Mom

The coated flowers are still ethereal and dreamlike and now, with the addition of a candle, rather romantic. Gather a few for a shelf in a living room, or on a bedroom mantle.

I think a collection of these would make a gorgeous centerpiece for a dinner party — or even as wedding decor!

DIY: Gorgeous Plaster Dipped Flower Votives  |  Design Mom

Ready to get a little bit messy?

Click here for the full tutorial.

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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.

Click here for the full tutorial!

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DIY: Tissue Paper Bowls

July 29, 2013

Easy DIY: Make Tissue Paper Bowls  |  Design Mom

Text and images by Amy Christie for Design Mom.

What is it about little bowls and containers? I’m drawn to them like a magnet. I set them on side tables and dressers. In bathrooms and living rooms. I use them collect bits and bobs — jewelry, safety pins, beads, crafts supplies, keys… And when I come up with a way to make them myself. Well. Suddenly I am compelled to make. all. the. bowls.

If you have a thing for bowls — or for pretty tissue paper — I think you’re going to really like this project.

Easy DIY: Make Tissue Paper Bowls  |  Design Mom

You don’t need much to make this happen. Just tissue paper, white glue, a balloon or two and a brush. It’s quick and easy and doesn’t require perfection. The hardest part is waiting for things to dry!

Easy DIY: Make Tissue Paper Bowls  |  Design Mom

You can make them any size you want. Big or small, huge or tiny. Anything goes. And the colors are endless. Coordinate with your decor, the holiday party, or give a friend a set in their favorite colors. And you can make them lightweight and disposable, or more heavyweight, so you can keep them around awhile.

Easy DIY: Make Tissue Paper Bowls  |  Design Mom
Easy DIY: Make Tissue Paper Bowls  |  Design Mom

Ready to get started?

Click here for the full tutorial.

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Kimika Hara

By Koseli.

I love admiring others’ incredible talents, especially when those talents have to do with making things by hand. I recently came across this incredible embroiderer, Kimika Hara, through The Smallest Forest and was blown away by her colorful, whimsical embroidery.

Kimika Hara

Please tell me I’m not the only one who can’t wrap their mind around such intricate beautiful detailing like this. It’s so amazing! If you’d like to explore more of this Japan-based artist’s work, Kimika’s Flickr is out of this world.

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DIY: How to Make a Dos-A-Dos (or Back-to-Back) Notebook. So fun and easy! Even for school age kids.  |  Design Mom

Text and images by Amy Christie for Design Mom

Last summer, I shared about my love of handmade, hand-sewn books in this simple sewn book tutorial. Making books can be a simple and easy project to do with children and you probably have all the materials you need at home already. Today’s sewn book, the Dos-à-Dos (pronounced doh-ah-doh), is just as simple and easy — but has cool twist.

DIY: How to Make a Dos-A-Dos (or Back-to-Back) Notebook. So fun and easy! Even for school age kids.  |  Design Mom

Instead of just one book or signature (one set of folded pages), this Dos-à-Dos, from the French phrase meaning back-to-back, has two! It’s almost like two books have been sewn together.

DIY: How to Make a Dos-A-Dos (or Back-to-Back) Notebook. So fun and easy! Even for school age kids.  |  Design Mom

And they aren’t sewn in the same spot either. The cover is folded like a ‘Z’ and in each fold, a signature is sewn in.

DIY: How to Make a Dos-A-Dos (or Back-to-Back) Notebook. So fun and easy! Even for school age kids.  |  Design Mom

I say it’s definitely easy, because I made this book with elementary-aged children this year and it was a blast!

DIY: How to Make a Dos-A-Dos (or Back-to-Back) Notebook. So fun and easy! Even for school age kids.  |  Design Mom

Click on through. I bet you have most of this stuff already.

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DIY: Tricycle Car Wash

July 1, 2013

DIY: Tricycle Carwash. Follow these easy plans and have the best summer ever!  |  Design Mom

This summer inspiration is brought to you by Target. Find more fun and surprises all season long on Target’s #SummerUp Pinterest board.


Images and text by Amy Christie for Design Mom.

Holy fun times!! Water play is one of the best ways to beat the summer’s heat and I think we can all agree that this image is every child’s water heaven dream. I can attest that even as an adult, I am pretty giddy about it myself. So I thought it would be fun to build one for my own kids, and I took notes and drew up plans, so that you can build one too! Everything you need to know is right here in this post.

DIY: The BEST Tricycle Carwash. Follow these easy plans and have the coolest summer ever!  |  Design Mom

I had never used PVC pipe to build anything before so I was a little nervous, but once you come to grips with the PVC aisle (so. many. options!), it is very easy to work with. I mulled over a number of plans and directions before setting on the layout of this one and then adapted it to my liking.

DIY: The BEST Tricycle Carwash. Follow these easy plans and have the coolest summer ever!  |  Design Mom DIY: The BEST Tricycle Carwash. Follow these easy plans and have the coolest summer ever!  |  Design Mom

With a trip to the hardware store and Target, this tricycle car wash came together quickly and easily.

DIY: The COOLEST Tricycle Carwash. Follow these easy plans and have the best summer ever!  |  Design Mom

I promise, this is easier than you think! Let’s get started.

Click here for the full tutorial — plus a printable plan!

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kiwi crate examples

This post is sponsored by Kiwi Crate — a fresh, fun learning experience every month!

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By Gabrielle.

Everyone is talking about Kiwi Crates! I’ve seen the company mentioned in Parents magazine, in Martha Stewart and even on Goop. Have you heard about them, too? Once a month, they send a package to your home filled with everything you need for simple + educational crafts your kids will love. You can order a multi-month subscription, or you can order individual crates. And all those art supplies that come in the boxes? You can order them individually as well! Which is perfect for when your child really loves a certain material, but you don’t want to reorder an entire crate.

The crate themes are cute and creative. Some are art-based, some are science-based, some are history-based, but all are very useable and realistically doable. Kiwi Crate is also offering a Summer Discovery Series specifically for the warm weather months — crates with themes like nature, water, and flight.

kiwi crate art supplies

When I’m ready to stock my summer fun cupboard (my kids still have another week of school!), this is what will be on my shopping list:

- natural eco-dough

- beeswax crayons

- farmer’s market crate

- no-spill paint cups

- colorful yarn to use with this pom-pom winder

- rubber grip brushes

- busy with bugs crate

And after I’ve ordered up my supplies, I’ll head straight to the extensive DIY section to find tons of ideas on how to put those supplies to use.

Wouldn’t a subscription to Kiwi Crates be so fun for the summer? I’m sure my kids would LOVE getting their very own package in the mail. And I’ll bet yours would too!

Tell me: Are you an artsy craftsy family? Will your kids be craving projects this summer?

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rainbow

This post is sponsored by Fresh Paint — the canvas for your big ideas.

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Photos and text by Lindsey Johnson.

One thing I’ve always wished I could do is paint. I’ve done my share of finger painting and watercolors, but never anything more than that. Why? I suppose it’s because I’ve been a little intimidated by blank canvases, myriad tubes and jars of paints, and rows of brushes I don’t know how to use. I haven’t really known where to start!

Because painting is a talent I’ve always admired in others and something I’ve wanted to try, I was super curious when I heard about the Fresh Paint app from Microsoft. I tend to be more comfortable with a camera than a paintbrush in my hand, but this app is helping me get my paint on! Fresh Paint is a free app that is optimized for Windows 8 and RT and allows you to confront that blank canvas with confidence — or even turn an existing photograph into a painting. Exciting, right?

But mostly, I found it’s really fun to use!

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I’ve had a wonderful time familiarizing myself with Fresh Paint and creating my own works of art. Here are some of my attempts — promise not to laugh!

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Ladies and Gentlemen, can I just tell you? Fresh Paint is really amazing! It’s as close as you can get to actual painting in a digital application. You can use your fingers, a special stylus/brush, or a mouse. And creating this way allows endless freedom to make all the mistakes and far-out attempts you’d like — because you can blank the canvas at any time!

Honestly, my kids have been just as enamored with Fresh Paint as I have. And total bonus: I love that my kids can paint all they want without the mess. : )

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Let me take you through the super simple process of creating a painting using Fresh Paint — and you could win the tablet featured in this post!

Full tutorial — plus a fantastic $700 giveaway prize ahead! Keep reading, and as usual, comment to enter!

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DIY: Bubble Wrap Print Tablecloth  |  Design Mom

Text and images by Amy Christie for Design Mom.

There is a reason tablecloths come in every color for every season — they add so much to a festive table setting! Have you seen this pin? I loved the idea of using something as utilitarian as bubble wrap to print with. And I thought a tablecloth — something I can use all summer long — was the perfect surface to try it out. Isn’t it fun to make art you can use?

DIY: Bubble Wrap Print Tablecloth  |  Design Mom

Printing with bubble wrap takes some patience and attention to detail. But don’t worry, I have tips below. And your fingers are sure to get a little painted as well, but the outcome is well worth the effort.

DIY: Bubble Wrap Print Tablecloth  |  Design Mom

It’s a perfectly imperfect print. You can coordinate colors to your needs and you can use the same technique on a whole list of items — napkins, wrapping paper, the wall, clothing, pillows or lampshades, to name a few.

DIY: Bubble Wrap Print Tablecloth  |  Design Mom

I think the hardest part of this particular project is saving an unpopped sheet from the happy bubble-popping feet of my little ones. : )

Let’s get to printing!

Click here for the full tutorial.

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Lemonade 101  |  Design Mom

This summer inspiration is brought to you by Target. Find more fun and surprises all season long on Target’s #SummerUp Pinterest board.


Text and photos by Lindsey Johnson for Design Mom.

There is nothing that quenches my thirst on a hot summer day quite as well as an icy glass of fresh squeezed lemonade. I honestly cannot think of beverage I enjoy more. It’s tart and sweet and utterly refreshing. Whether it’s straight up lemonade or a fruity lemonade infused with herbs or flowers, I take mine with plenty of ice and by the quart. Read on to find out my secrets to Sweeten Up your summer and make the perfect pitcher of lemonade.

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Get ready to get refreshed.

Find out all the secrets! Click here.

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DIY: Flower Frog Bowls

June 10, 2013

DIY: Flower Frog Bowls. They'll make even inexpensive grocery store flowers look stunning!  |  Design Mom

Image and text by Amy Christie for Design Mom

Fresh flowers are a nice addition to any given day. But I’ve got a little trick that will take a simple arrangement up a notch — even that ordinary bundle of grocery store flowers! Instead of using an basic, nondescript vase, use a small dish with a pin-type flower frog and take the ordinary to extraordinary.

DIY: Flower Frog Bowls. They'll make even inexpensive grocery store flowers look stunning!  |  Design Mom

If you haven’t used, or even heard of, flower frogs before, no need to be intimidated. There are a variety of flower frogs (people actually collect them!) that all serve the same basic purpose — to help you arrange your flowers. For this project, I’ve incorporated the pin version or pin flower frog (called such because it looks like lots of pins sticking up).

DIY: Flower Frog Bowls. They'll make even inexpensive grocery store flowers look stunning!  |  Design Mom

With this type of frog, the flower stems are stuck into the pins to keep the flowers in place. Stems can be stuck and restuck, arranged and rearranged in the pins until it is just right.

DIY: Flower Frog Bowls. They'll make even inexpensive grocery store flowers look stunning!  |  Design Mom

I purposely chose simple, inexpensive flowers for this project because, really, it’s not about the flowers. Flower arranging prowess is not needed, and you don’t need to seek out a specialty floral shop. It’s the pin flower frog in the small bowl, decorative or otherwise, that is the big deal. It is the inside secret to a good looking arrangement in a small container.

DIY: Flower Frog Bowls. They'll make even inexpensive grocery store flowers look stunning!  |  Design Mom

It’s so easy you will flip!

Click here for the full tutorial.

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Print & Fold Schoolhouse Gift Box. Free Printable!  |  Design Mom

Images and text by Amy Christie for Design Mom.

The school year is ending and it’s time for last-day-of-school parties, and gifts for teachers, coaches, librarians and school bus drivers. I’m sure this (free!) printable school house gift box would be gladly received by any educator (or non-educator) on your thank you list!

Print & Fold Schoolhouse Gift Box. Free Printable!  |  Design Mom

Remember this house gift box from Christmastime? Well, this schoolhouse gift box is just as easy to construct — simply print, cut, fold, and secure with tape. Choose from the yellow or red school house, or use the white version and add tissue paper in your school colors. Then fill with treats or small gift!

Print & Fold Schoolhouse Gift Box. Free Printable!  |  Design Mom

By the way, Design Mom readers are just the best ever! It’s thanks to a reader suggestion this gift box came to be. (Thanks Fiona!) I love hearing from you with suggestions for projects and gift ideas you’d like to see.

Print & Fold Schoolhouse Gift Box. Free Printable!  |  Design Mom

Let’s get to making these cute things!

Click here for the full tutorial — and the free printable, too.

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DIY: Paper Plate Berry Boxes. Easy and food safe!

Images and text by Amy Christie for Design Mom.

Peak-of-the-season berries are a favorite during this time of year. Their fresh colors and sweet taste, it’s wonderful! They add a much needed pop of color to a dinner spread or picnic basket.

Plucked from your garden, from a pick-your-own farm, or from the grocery store, they make a sweet and simple gift for friends and neighbors. But what to put them in?

DIY: Easy Paper Plate Berry Boxes. Decorate them with food-coloring instead of watercolors to keep them food safe!  |  Design Mom

I thought this pin was perfect — baskets made with folded paper plates!! But I had to add a twist.

DIY: Easy Paper Plate Berry Boxes. Decorate them with food-coloring instead of watercolors to keep them food safe!  |  Design Mom

Food-safe food coloring turns plain paper plates into something stylish and fun. Easy patterns, simple lines, it doesn’t take much to make them spectacular. Use them for picnics or cook outs, parties, gifts or every day. And happily, the baskets can be used and reused.

DIY: Easy Paper Plate Berry Boxes. Decorate them with food-coloring instead of watercolors to keep them food safe!  |  Design Mom

Let’s get making! Click here for the full tutorial.

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How to Plant a Successful Container Garden - 7 Secrets!   |   Design Mom

Text and images by Lindsey Johnson for Design Mom.

Gardening is one of my favorite hobbies and has become such a source of happiness over the last six years. That’s right, it’s been six years since I planted my first container garden on the balcony of my second floor apartment. I was determined to make it work even if it was only a few herbs, lettuce, peas, chiles, and a cherry tomato plant.

Alas, it was almost a complete failure. I planted too many herbs in the same pot. The lettuce was horribly bitter. The chiles and cherry tomatoes both had blossom end rot (more on that later). Only the peas were a success that year. I was tempted to feel defeated, but I turned my failures into lessons and have continued to be more successful each year.

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I can’t say I’m a Master Gardener, but I’m working hard to become one. I’ve talked with seasoned gardeners. I’ve read forums and researched articles online. I’ve chatted with the horticulturists at my local nursery. And I keep trying and keep planting. I wouldn’t call myself an expert yet, but I am on my way there. I hope you find my advice helpful and chime in with your own knowledge. Sometimes I think gardening is a team sport!

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Now, back to the particular topic of this post: Container Gardening. I no longer live in a second floor apartment, but I still rely on containers to expand my growing area — and I like the way they look lining the back of my driveway.

It’s amazing what you can grow in pots! Containers can add a lot of interest in a landscaped yard, make apartment landings more beautiful, and make things cheery indoors.

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As I’m sure you can guess, comprehensive information about container gardening is more than I can fit into this single post. So consider this an overview. We’ll cover prep, planting essentials, and miscellaneous tips to get you started.

Bonus: the information in this post applies to both vegetable container gardens and decorative ones (sometimes gardens can be both!). And it applies to indoor gardens as well.

Let’s get planting. Click here!

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Epic Playdate

May 8, 2013

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This post is brought to you by The New Santa Fe from Hyundai.
By Gabrielle.

Last week I told you about the day my sisters spent in the redwoods on a zip-lining adventure. Well, there was also a second-part of the campaign with Hyundai that looks like it was all sorts of amazing fun, and has me taking notes for the next birthday party we host.

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Hyundai invited bloggers + kids, and local residents too, to an Epic Playdate on the beach in southern California. There was an entire day’s worth of engaging activities like giant beach balls, and making tin-foil armor, and paper rocket ships. Once again, the images of my nephews make me want to eat them up. (Man I miss those cute kids!)

Also, I think Liz and Jordan’s activities might be my favorite.

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Liz led the Sand Art Installation, and I think it’s genius! She taped out sections on a tarp, and provided squeeze bottles full of colored sand that the kids used to “draw” with in their assigned section. I think it’s so smart, because it’s one of those activities where one child might finish in about 5 seconds, and another might spend an hour — everyone’s happy! And it looks really cool, too. You can read more about how she organized this activity here.

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Jordan led the giant bubble activity — made from hula hoops dipped in bubble solution. Fun fact: This has been a family favorite of ours since my brother Jared made giant bubbles for a 4th grade science fair. : ) If you haven’t tried this with your kids, I highly recommend putting it on your list of summer-fun activities. It’s the sort of thing that will gather all the kids in the neighborhood in an instant.

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The most jaw-dropping part? At the end of the day, the Epic Playdate attendees were invited to camp (in the most amazing tents!) on a cliff overlooking the ocean. Dreamy as can be.

I loved seeing the photos from the event and watching things unfold on the attendee’s instagram feeds. It made me so excited for summer!

Just curious: Have you ever tried any of these activities? Are there any that you’d bookmark for a future event?

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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!

Click here for the full tutorial.

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DIY: I LOVE MOM paper garland | Design Mom

Images and text by Amy Christie for Design Mom.

You know I love a sewn paper garland, and with Mother’s Day coming up this Sunday, I just had to put one together for moms. Big or mini, I think ‘I ♥ MOM’ says it all. This tutorial is the same as the tutorial from a few months back — it’s carefully feeding paper through the sewing machine. But letters pose a little more of a challenge.

DIY: I LOVE MOM paper garland | Design Mom

Making use sure each letter is pierced at least once to hold it in place can be tricky. But don’t be frightened, I’ve got tips for you below. And I should note: to make the hearts, I used watercolors on paper and then punched them out. I love the texture the watercolor adds!

DIY: I LOVE MOM paper garland | Design Mom

Add the garland around a wrapped bunch of flowers or use it to tie up the gift for the best mom in the world. I think it would be perfect to put on a breakfast-in-bed tray.

DIY: I LOVE MOM paper garland | Design Mom

You ready to get started?

Click here for the full tutorial.

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