Oct 08

Columbus Day

by Hannah Holt »


Here’s a quick craft for Columbus Day. Total time to completion: five minutes.

Note: the boat will take on water after a while, but my son still had a lot of fun with it in the bathroom sink. You can always take it out; let it dry; and play with it again later.

Oct 02

Astroturf Dress

by Hannah Holt »


Last year Josh went to our Halloween party as a golfer, and I went as the green. Here’s how my turf frock came into being…

A while ago Josh and I picked up Astroturf at Lowe’s. We needed something to cover the splintery wood on our back deck until it gets replaced. The Lowe’s sales-rep sold us the end of a roll at a deeply discounted price. That left us with yards and yards of extra fabric. I took one look at all that turf and knew just what to do:

front back

Since I’m feeling rather expertish on the subject of Atsro sewing (and I KNOW you are all DYING to get you one), I thought I’d share a few tips.

-Pick a pattern with few seams. No gathers or darts. This is essentially carpet sewing.

-When cutting, you don’t need to allow for much seam. You’ll be sewing and gluing the pieces almost edge to edge.

-Immediately after cutting, apply a sewing glue to ALL the edges. This will keep it from fraying to pieces, and enable you to sew the edges without it falling apart. This will need drying time.

-Do NOT use a sewing machine. Hand sew a simple stitch down each seam to draw the edges together. Then hot glue all the seams.

-You do not need to hem. Just cut a straight line on the bottom and fray check.

-Make the dress a tight fit. It will loosen up after a couple wearings.

-To clean, spray with hose.

-I was too lazy to line the dress, so I just bought a simple under-dress from a thrift store.

-Don’t forget your matching masquerade glasses.


Yes, this is my first (and only) handmade dress.

Sep 19

Five Projects with Fall Leaves

by Hannah Holt »


Let your imagination take flight.

The leaves started falling this week. I’ve been collecting them almost as fast as they hit the ground. Here’s what we’ve been up to.

1. Leaf pressing. Just like flower petal pressing. Set them up in a cheap frame from from the local thrift store and… ta da!

2. Crayon rubbing. Always a classic fall craft.

3. Magazine cut outs. I took a few pictures from magazines (see the butterfly above and the dinosaurs below) and used them as a template to cut shapes from the fall leaves. Note: this works best if the leaves are still supple.

4. I made a leaf collage activity page for the kids. You can download my pdf template by clicking here.

5. We had a leaf scavenger hunt. You can make up your own or use the one I created.


Sep 12

DIY: Toy Maracas

by Hannah Holt »


A craft with a beat.

What you’ll need:

  • cardboard tubes
  • Saran wrap
  • packaging tape
  • rice
  • decorations of your choosing… we used finger paints

Step 1) Pull Saran wrap around the end of a tube and secure in place with packaging tape. Then place more packaging tape over the end of the tube. (The Saran wrap by itself is prone to punctures. The packaging tape provides a firmer seal.)

Step 2) Fill the tubes with 1-2 handfuls of rice. Using a funnel helps keep the mess down.

Step 3) Repeat step 1 to seal the other end of the tube.

Step 4) Decorate the maraca. We finger painted copy paper and used more packaging tape to secure it around the maracas.

Step 5) Have a dance party with the new maracas! (I like crafts that end with a party. Don’t you?)

Aug 22

Food, Shape, and Color

by Hannah Holt »


The next two weeks will be crazy for me. School is starting; I’m running in a 200 mile relay race; And I’m working on two (or three or four) exciting longer term projects.

So I’m taking a break from the blog front.

In the mean time, here’s a little food for thought.

Click here for a printable pdf of the image.


  1. Show kids the food chart. Ask them to think of other red colored foods. (Repeat with orange, yellow, green…)
  2. Use foods as a way to introduce 3-D shapes (an orange could be a sphere, carrot for cone, chocolate bar for rectangular prism…). It’s a lesson and a snack!
  3. Have children fill out the USDA food pyramid coloring page for kids.
  4. Read Spicy Alphabet, and name all the different colors.

More resources about food, shape, and color.

  1. Hubbard’s Cupboard has a free printable booklet about shapes and colors.
  2. Edupics.com has a wide assortment of fruits and veggies coloring pages.
  3. This blog posts pictures of school lunches from around the world.

I’ll be back in a couple of weeks. Enjoy the rest of summer.