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First Garden

By Designed 2B Sweet Inc. April 22, 2014 388 Views 20 comments

child gardening with motherLooking for a way to make your child's first garden even more fun? For many kids, nothing is more fun than doing outdoor activities with mom and dad. As children get a bit older, many of them want to have their own little garden, especially if they have been seeing their parents grow things outdoors as well. While gardening with kids used to be challenging in the past, it is now much more fun and easy to create a fun garden for kids, especially with the right amount of planning and tools!

First Garden: Why Have a Garden

While creating a  garden may be a lot of work, it comes with a lot of benefits for children and parents alike. For one, it is great at teaching kids responsibility and where the food on their plates doesn't just come from the grocery stores. By growing their own food or flowers, they watch a life that is dependent on them. They learn that that they have to water it, baby it, and what happens at the end of the season after harvest when many plants die or hibernate. It truly is a great learning experience for children. Best of all, it doesn't take much room at all, allowing parents and children to enjoy gardening together, even if they don't have a lot of room outdoors.

make a birdhouseFirst Garden: Supplies

When it becomes time to start putting together your first garden, it is important that you take into account what supplies you need and how much room you have available for a garden. Many people assume that you must have a big area for garden, but it really can be done just about anywhere, including a small second story deck on an apartment. All you need are some basic gardening supplies (child safe ones are available in most stores), seeds, dirt, and whatever decorations you want to include with your plants. As well, make sure to have a child sized bucket or watering can that children are able to use to water their plants.

First Garden: Crafts

To make the most out of your garden, consider allowing kids to make their own unique flower pots. You can purchase flower pot craft kits and paints at many stores that are specially designed for painting on plastic or ceramic. By letting kids make their own unique pots with craft supplies they are able to make their first garden more personal. These pots can in many cases also be used year after year, allowing kids to enjoy their unique projects for many years to come. If you have a large area, you may also want help kids make their own birdhouses and labels for their plants, helping them make their gardening experience even better! 

With Winter Being Here

By Designed 2B Sweet Inc. January 9, 2014 396 Views 1 comments

With winter being here, many of us are bundling up and trying to keep ourselves warm as we deal with the frigid temperatures outside. For kids, being stuck indoors and unable to play outside is even worse, leaving parents frustrated. While it may be okay to put them in front of the TV or video game systems for a time, it is important to get kids interacting with others and having fun doing other, more creative projects. Rather than go with the same boring things this winter, consider taking a day and having a fun winter kids party with all of your children's friends!

 

Winter Kids Party: Crafts

Since it's too cold to play outside, consider having some fun, winter-themed crafts available for children at your party.  This is the best time of year for doing fun projects that may be a bit time consuming but allow children to learn something new and fun. One craft that many children, especially little girls,  love doing during the winter is learning how to make jewelry. You can find jewelry kits with a winter theme that are very simple, and some that are more complex, including beautiful beads with winter themed charms and colored beads. Sometimes they can be a bit difficult to find, so don't forget to check Christmas sections at party stores. After Christmas, you can often find snowflake and snowman kits discounted, allowing you to make adorable craft projects without the high prices!

 

Winter Kids Party: Treats

Another activity that is quite a bit of fun for children is making fun treats in the kitchen with mom or dad. It becomes even more fun when you have lots of little girls working together to make cupcakes, cookies, and other fun treats! To avoid a disaster, however, make sure you have everything together before little ones start working in the kitchen. If you are having lots of children, you may want to consider purchasing cookie or cupcake kits with a winter theme. These kits come with everything you need for decorating that dessert. Cookies are always a favorite since parents can make the dough ahead of time, allowing kids to make their own cookies with winter themed cookie cutters and then decorate them with sprinkles, colored sugar, and food grade paints.

If you want to be a little more creative, you may also want to consider making your own winter themed cupcakes. You can purchase snowflake or snowman themed cupcake cups, cupcake skirts, and even cupcake picks! Girls will have fun decorating their favorite cupcakes, giving them a fun winter theme! Best of all, they can share their creations when they are finished, allowing everyone to later relax and enjoy the yummy treats!

Christmas Crafts

By Designed 2B Sweet Inc. November 27, 2013 490 Views No comments

Looking for the perfect crafts to get kids in the Christmas spirit? With many of us starting our Christmas shopping and preparing for the holidays, it is the perfect time to sit down with kids for some quality family time. One of the best ways to do this is by having a family craft night where you can make a variety of fun craft projects for decorating your house or making gifts. With all the great Christmas crafts available, you can easily spend multiple weekends creating the perfect Christmas crafts for everyone in your family!


Christmas Crafts: Ornaments
For many kids, nothing is more fun than making your own Christmas ornaments and then displaying them on the family Christmas tree. Making your own ornaments isnt only a fun Christmas craft, but gives parents a fun piece of their childrens childhood that they can displayer for many years to come. For younger children, you may want to consider making some magic Color Scratch ornaments, since these are fairly simple crafts that still allow children to get creative. All you need is a scratching tool and you can make a variety of fun ornaments shaped as angels, crosses, and a variety of other fun shapes. For older children, you may want to consider going with unpainted or make your own ornament sets since these are Christmas crafts that are a bit more involved. No matter what type of ornament you decide to make, kids will love displaying them on the tree and showing them off to friends.

 

Christmas Crafts: Jewelry
Many little girls love making jewelry, especially holiday themed jewelry that they can wear to school or at local Christmas parties. Some of the more popular Christmas jewelry crafts let kids make complicated beaded necklaces and charm bracelets. Our personal favorite are craft projects like snowman charm bracelets since they are perfect for Christmas parties that have children of various religions. They are also perfect for Christmas stockings since they can be worn throughout the winter, allowing kids to enjoy this Christmas craft project even after Christmas! Just make sure you pick jewelry kits that are age appropriate to make sure all the girls at your party have fun!

 

Christmas Crafts: Gifts
Even though many parents dont think about it, Christmas crafts are the perfect homemade Christmas gifts for parents to give out to friends and family. Most people love getting homemade gifts since they are a bit more personal. If you are making homemade gifts, make sure to pick craft projects that are easy to make but usable, such as decorative reusable bags, jewelry, or even painted jewelry boxes. While these gifts make take a bit more time for mom and dad, kids will love being able to give gifts that they made themselves. Best of all, these homemade gifts can even be packaged in reusable bags or Christmas bags that are designed to be colored by kids. With the right amount of time and preparation, its easy to keep kids busy throughout the holiday season with fun Christmas crafts!

Christmas Gift Crafts

By Designed 2B Sweet Inc. November 27, 2013 394 Views No comments

Trying to find some cool crafts that your kids can give as gifts this Christmas season? While you can buy cheap gifts at most retail stores, these gifts are usually boring and leave many children feeling like they had no real part in purchasing gifts for their friends and family. One way that you can get children more involved in giving Christmas gifts is having them make their own gifts with cool craft projects designed just for kids!

Cool Christmas Crafts During the Christmas season, nothing is more fun than helping children create fun Christmas themed craft projects. While you can make fun Christmas ornaments for your own tree, these ornaments are perfect for kids to give to grandparents or other family members. When looking for craft ornaments to give as gifts, make sure you pick ones that are appropriate for the child's age range. Some children love magic scratch ornaments, while other kids love creating more detailed ornaments, which usually include a bit more fine detail. Some of the most popular of these ornaments include photo frame ornaments with a Christmas theme.

Along with Christmas ornaments, don't forget that there are always a large selection of Christmas themed jewelry available during the holiday season. Many of these craft projects are made to be given as gifts, coming with cute personal messages or Christmas sayings, making them the perfect gifts. Since many of these projects can be time consuming, we recommend that a parent be involved in any make your own craft projects that involves beads or intricate jewelry work.

Wooden Craft Projects Even though many parents don't think about it, some of the most precious Christmas gifts that kids can give family and friends are painted items. While many adults think of painting birdhouses and flower pots as spring crafts, they are the perfect Christmas gifts for family. Older kids especially love giving wooden jewelry boxes and other unique crafts, allowing them to personalize the project to make it the perfect gift. If you are giving a painted item, make sure to give yourself plenty of time to help your child design and paint the project to make sure it is finished in time for Christmas.

Design Your Own Gifts If there is one timeless craft project that nearly any family member loves to get for Christmas, it is special crafts designed just for them. Children love making their own mugs and photo frames for family members. For the Christmas season, it is best to go with Christmas or religious themed items, especially photo frames. Always make sure the craft project is something that your children will love to make, since this will guarantee it is appropriate for a child to give as a gift to a family member or friend.

With all the different craft projects available today for kids, there is no reason to purchase expensive Christmas presents for children to give as gifts. It doesn't matter if your child loves to paint or make jewelry, you can find the perfect projects for any child to give as a gift this holiday season.

Winter Crafts

By Designed 2B Sweet Inc. November 26, 2013 440 Views No comments

Nothing is more boring for kids than being stuck at home doing nothing during Christmas vacation. For parents, Christmas vacation is the perfect time for family bonding and working together as a family by making fun craft projects. With Christmas being just around the corner, it is the perfect time to make winter themed crafts, or other fun craft projects that parents usually don't have time to make with their children. To make the most out of this time with your kids, here are some craft ideas that are guaranteed to be hits with children of all ages!

Christmas Crafts

With Christmas being just around the corner, this is the perfect time to make fun Christmas crafts as a family. Instead of buying pre-made ornaments, consider spending a weekend making fun, homemade ornaments as family. Kids love making cute ornaments, ranging from magic scratch ornaments to fun photo frame angel ornaments. Since these ornaments are made by your children, they can all be personalized to give your tree a unique look for the holiday season. Not only will kids love making ornaments and decorating the family tree, but you will be able to enjoy inexpensive Christmas decorations made from the heart.

Baking Crafts

Nothing is better than baking cookies or cupcakes on a cold winter day with Mommy, especially when you are decorating these foods with holiday kits. With all the different winter and Christmas themed food kits, kids can make just about any food they like feel like Christmas. For a fun weekend projects, make snowman shaped cookies or cupcakes and decorate them with cute Christmas themed cupcake skirts. Kids are guaranteed to love making and eating these cool winter treats! If you are unsure what type of sweet treats to make with your kids, look at different types of Christmas themed pans and other kits that are sold as kits. They are guaranteed to make your children smile this holiday season, as well as leaving your house smelling like Christmas!

Jewelry Making

During the holiday season, it is easy to find holiday themed jewelry. You can find just about any type of holiday charm, as well as special craft kits to make cross necklaces and nativity themed jewelry. Since jewelry making is very time consuming, the winter break is the perfect time to make some of these complicated jewelry projects. If your child loves to make jewelry, you may also want to consider making more traditional jewelry, such as beaded bracelets and friendship bracelets. This will give you plenty of time to enjoy making fun crafts with your daughter that you will both be able to enjoy all year long! Don't forget that most jewelry making crafts are also great Christmas gifts to give to friends and family.

Make Your Own T-Shirt

By Designed 2B Sweet Inc. September 25, 2013 436 Views 3 comments

Looking for a fun weekend craft project do with the kids? For many kids, nothing is more fun than sitting down with mom and doing a fun craft project, especially if it is something they can wear when they are finished. Probably one of the most fun projects for a mother-daughter team is making their own girly t-shirts. This inexpensive craft project can be as simple or complicated as parents want, allowing children to try create a piece of wearable artwork on their very own t-shirt. Before starting, you just need to get your supplies together ahead of time to make sure that once you start your fun t-shirt project, you won't be interrupted!

 

Make Your Own T-Shirt: Supplies

While making a girly t-shirt with the kids can be a very fun projects, they do take a bit of planning. It is more than just going to your local craft store or party site. Before starting, you should have a plan and make a list of the supplies you need. Having a list together also allows you to shop for the best prices on supplies. You will find that while you may have to wait, many party sites online are cheaper than the craft stores, allowing you to get more supplies for the money. Of course, the cost of supplies will completely depend on the type of t-shirt you are planning on making and how much attention you want to put on each t-shirt. A t-shirt personalized by coloring a decal usually won't take as much time as something uniquely detailed, like a tie-dyed shirt with gemstones and shaped rhinestones.

 

Make Your Own T-Shirt: Fabric Paint & Markers

When many of us think of making our own t-shirts, our thoughts immediately go to tie-dying dyes,  iron-on decals and rhinestones. Even though these are a must for many projects, many people forget that fabric paints and markers are also just as important for designing your own t-shirts. These paints allow girls to add their own unique touches to t-shirts. With these tools, girls can color in decals, as well as draw their own pictures on shirts. Some girls even love writing their own inspiring messages on t-shirts, one more way to make their t-shirts truly unique. Best of all, fabric paint and markers are fairly inexpensive, allowing parents to buy a variety of colors for a relatively low price!

 

Make Your Own T-Shirt & Other Projects

What is better than making your own t-shirt? Making a matching tote bag, of course! Many of the same craft supplies you use to make your own t-shirts can be used on bags as well, allowing girls to carry their books and other toys in personalized style. When looking at these bags, make sure to go with something that is washable, since these bags are likely going to need washing if they go to schools and other places. Either way, girls will love being able to show off their fun t-shirt and bags they made with Mommy.

How To Make A Fall Leaf Craft Necklace

By Designed 2B Sweet Inc. September 25, 2013 346 Views 1 comments

It's hard to believe that autumn is already here, meaning that before long, we will be raking up colorful leaves. While many adults may not love raking leaves, it is a very fun time for children since this is the time of year where they can jump into leaf piles, and start collecting leaves to make their own colorful fall themed crafts. For parents, this can be a fun time as well since it means you can sit down as a family to make adorable crafts with everyday craft supplies, often ones that you can find in your own home!

 

Fall Leaf Craft Necklace: What is it

One of the cutest projects you can do with small and older children is making your own lead jewelry. This simple and cute project is not only easy to make for smaller children, but fun for parents. With the right preparations, you can even preserve the necklace to make it last for some time. Best of all, this craft can be done by multiple children at once, making it a perfect craft for autumn parties or even Halloween parties! All you need is some simple supplies and you are ready to make cute little necklaces!

 

Fall Leaf Craft Necklace: Supplies

Like many children's craft projects, this craft project doesn't require a lot of expensive ingredients. If you aren't planning on preserving the leaves, however, you can save money by not purchasing wax or glycerin. While you obviously don't have to do these steps, we highly recommend it since it means that the necklace can be worn throughout the fall, or stored away by parents as a special childhood memory.

 

Supplies

  • Colorful Leaves
  • Liquid Glycerin
  • Water
  • Flat Pan
  • Surfactant (sold at hardware or garden stores)
  • Glitter
  • Large Craft Needle
  • Upholstery Thread
  • Disposable Bowls

Fall Leaf Craft Necklace: Directions

 

    • Make sure to do steps 2 through 5 two to six days before you plan on doing this craft!
    • 1. First, find colorful, smaller sized leaves. Find leaves that are a variety of different shades, including reds and oranges. If you cannot find smaller leaves, cut a larger leaf into fun shapes.
    • 2. Mix the glycerin and water together in a disposable pan or bowl. The combination needs to be one part glycerin, two parts water.
    • 3. Place 3 to 4 drops of surfactant in the glycerin mixture.
    • 4. Place the leaves in the glycerin mixture where they are submerged but with the stems sticking out. They will need to stay submerged for 2 to 6 days. The longer they stay, the better.
    • 5. Remove leaves from the mixture and dry with a paper towel. Leaves should be soft and pliable.
    • 6. Give children the leaves they will need to make an appropriately sized necklace. This can be anywhere from 8 to 15 leaves, depending on how full children want their necklaces.
    • 7. Have children with a need and thread start putting together their leaf necklace. Between each leaf, make sure to put a good size knot in the thread.

Tie a knot at the end of the necklace and wear!

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Fall Hostess Gifts

By Designed 2B Sweet Inc. September 12, 2012 297 Views No comments

Looking for the perfect fall hostess gifts? With many of us traveling for the holidays, we sometimes forget with all the craziness to properly show our gratitude to our host and hostess. Since they are nice enough to invite us to their event and into their home, the least we can do is offer them a nice fall-themed hostess gift. While this may be an old tradition, it is still alive and welcomed by those who hold special gatherings, making it important that you think ahead about finding the perfect gift for your host or hostess!

Hostess Gifts: Why Bring One

Even though many of us don't expect to receive a hostess gift when we set up an event or party, it is considered good etiquette to purchase a small gift for your host or hostess. Usually a hostess gift is something small, valued anywhere from $5 to $30 as a way to say thank you for inviting you. If you are staying for multiple days, however, it is recommended that you purchase something that is a bit more expensive since you are inconveniencing your guest by staying in their home for days at a time. Traditionally, most guests bring something small, like a box of chocolate or a bottle of wine. As a rule of thumb, try staying away from impersonal gifts like gift certificates.

As well, remember that whatever you purchase is likely to only get a thank you or small recognition at the event. It is also unlikely to be used that day, since most guests choose specific decorations, foods, and wine pairings especially for a party. After the party, however, you should expect to receive a thank you note from the host. Also, don't forget to send a thank you note yourself, thanking them for the party.

Unique Fall Hostess Gifts

While you can give traditional hostess gifts at your fall event, we highly recommend giving your host or hostess something more memorable than food. Since everyone loves unique decorations for the holidays, give them something fun like decorative statues or figures as a fall hostess gift. Hatz especially has a full line of fall themed figures that are cute, funny, and perfect for displaying throughout the fall holidays. If you are going to a nice Halloween dinner or party, consider going with Halloween figures such as scarecrows, pumpkins, witches, and ghosts. For Thanksgiving, go with something cute like pilgrims, turkeys, and Native Americans. Most hostesses will love getting these adorable statues since they are unlikely to purchase something like this for themselves and will be happy to display it during the fall holiday season.

Holiday Fall Hostess Gifts: Wrapping

When purchasing your fall hostess gift, remember too that presentation is just as important as the gift. Consider going with a fall colored bag or gift box, especially in colors like reds, oranges, and browns. With the right colors of tissue paper and ribbons, it is easy to make a beautiful bag that is guaranteed to get some attention not only from your hostess, but from the other guests at the party too!

Fall Crafts

By Designed 2B Sweet Inc. September 1, 2012 313 Views No comments

Looking for some fun fall crafts to make with your children? With the summer behind us, there are a variety of fun craft activities that are perfect make with children at fall festivals or as fun weekend crafts. These cute craft projects are designed special for kids and can easily become part of a family craft weekend!

Fall Crafts: Painting Pumpkins
One activity that children associate with the fall is painting and carving pumpkins. For younger children, painting pumpkins is a fun and safe activity that can easily be done with the assistance of an adult. With craft paint and stencils, it is easy to paint a fun scene or silly face on pumpkins. If you want to let children have a bit more fun, allow them to decorate the pumpkins themselves using paint. This can easily keep kids busy for hours, especially if you get a full sized pumpkin. This activity is also easy to set up at craft festivals as a cute kids activity. Rather than large pumpkins, however, consider using small handheld pumpkins. These are the perfect size for small children and can easily be carried home as a fun party favor from your weekend event!

Fall Crafts: Jewelry Making
If you have a daughter that loves making jewelry, there are a variety of fun fall jewelry crafts that are great weekend projects. For these fall crafts, you will need fall charms and autumn colored(usually brown, orange, and red) beads. If you are new to making jewelry, don't worry, there are a dozens of fun jewelry kits to help kids make their own fall themed necklaces and bracelets! Most of these kits are very easy to make and individually packaged to allow girls to make this jewelry with friends!

Fall Crafts: Preserving Leaves
Even though many parents don't think about it, one of the best fall crafts to do with their kids is preserving leaves. Children are fascinated with the changing of the seasons, especially with the beautiful leaves they played under in the summer changing colors. Before racking all the leaves in your yard, have children pick out their favorite leaves for this cute fall craft!

What You Need:

  • 1/3 Cup of Liquid Glycerin (can be found in craft stores or pharmacies)
  • Paper Plates
  • Flat Leaves
  • Heavy Books
  • 2/3 Cup of Water

Directions:

1.Mix the glycerin and water mixture together.
2.Pour a little of the solution onto a paper plate. You need just enough to cover the bottom of the plate.
3.Place your leaf in the solution, Make sure the leaf is completely submerged in the liquid mixture.
4.Place another paper plate on top of the leaf. The plates should be stacked together like they were originally packaged. Once the plates are pressed together, place a book or other weight on top of the second plate.
5.Leave the leaf for two days to four days in the mixture.
6.When finished, gently dry it with a paper towel. It should be shiny, soft, and flexible!