Bioplastic, Christmas, Crafts, Crafts for Grown Ups

Bioplastic Christmas Wreath

Next to our Christmas Tree Star, this is probably my favorite thing I’ve helped my children make from Bioplastic. It will be a cherished item we enjoy decorating our home with year after year. Since our wreath is made of Bioplastic, we will be able to help it biodegrade if it ever breaks by melting… Continue reading Bioplastic Christmas Wreath

Bioplastic, Christmas, Nature Play, Winter

Bioplastic Christmas Tree Star

Of all the things I’ve helped my children make from Bioplastic, this is probably my favorite. It will be a cherished item we enjoy adorning our Christmas tree with year after year. Since our tree star is made of Bioplastic, we will be able to help it biodegrade if it ever breaks by melting it… Continue reading Bioplastic Christmas Tree Star

Bioplastic, Christmas, Nature Play, Recipes, Winter

Raspberry Bioplastic Christmas Flowers

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that bio plastic is one of my FAVORITE magical mediums to explore with little artists. This holiday season, we gave our favorite recipe a festive spin to create a colorful pop for decorative, eco friendly bouquets and wreaths. Ingredients Powdered gelatin (one part to… Continue reading Raspberry Bioplastic Christmas Flowers

Christmas, Clay Play, Crafts, Crafts for Grown Ups, Nature Play, Painting Objects

Make Snow Dipped Pinecones for Holiday Crafting

This time of year I always get sad seeing all of the plastic Christmas decor for sale everywhere. Much of that waste can be created by YOU, more beautifully, sustainably and cost effectively in your own home. Paint dipped pine cones are something you can avoid buying altogether. Our alternative, using air dry clay slip,… Continue reading Make Snow Dipped Pinecones for Holiday Crafting

Autumn, Christmas, Crafts, Crafts for Grown Ups, Nature Play

Dried Orange Slices for Holiday Crafting

Dried orange slices are so pretty, fragrant, eco-friendly and fun to make around the holidays. You can use them to adorn gifts, as part of bouquets to give as host gifts and garlands to decorate your home. They are extremely simple to make! Simply thinly slice and spread out onto a baking sheet. Bake them… Continue reading Dried Orange Slices for Holiday Crafting

Beading, Christmas, Crafts, Crafts for Grown Ups, Nature Play, Winter

Holiday Garlands

Holiday garlands can take many shapes and forms. We wanted to make them with dried oranges this year, but the pom poms came into play simply because they were sitting in my studio, begging to be used for something. Don’t overthink your festive garlands! Use what you have. I set up the invitation to create… Continue reading Holiday Garlands

Bioplastic, Christmas, Crafts, Crafts for Grown Ups, Nature Play, Sculpture Play, Winter

Biodegradable Christmas Wreath

You can make your own beautiful wreath that is better for the environment AND your pocketbook. This is a fun craft the whole family will enjoy as you prepare your home for the holidays. Materials Evergreen boughsBiodegradable yarn or string made with natural fibers“Snow dipped” pine conesRaspberry Bioplastic Christmas flowersDried oranges Instructions 1.) First, create… Continue reading Biodegradable Christmas Wreath

Drawing Play, Textile Art

Crayon Transfer T-Shirts

This is one of my favorite methods for creating lasting textile art with kids. The crayon transfer method transfers and preserves precious drawings by your little artist, and they will be sure to love the magical feel of the transfer process. Materials Fine sand paper CrayonsIronT shirt, tote bag, or textile of your choiceFabric medium… Continue reading Crayon Transfer T-Shirts

Christmas, Crafts, Crafts for Grown Ups

Adventskalender

I love this traditional German style Adventskalender because I can tailor them to my kids’ interests, AND they are easy and fun to make. My grandmother immigrated to the US from Austria, and I love thinking about her enjoying this same style of Adventskalender on her family farm when she was a child. I made… Continue reading Adventskalender