Super Secret Surprise Craft Boxes

Yeah I’m surprised too. Surprised that we made these, that we use them and that it’s me writing this post :-)

This is the craft that keeps on giving! It won’t just gather dust somewhere on a shelf. You’ll actually use it. I love it becasue the craft has to stay small to fit inside the box.  And for the kids it’s like opening up a present every time!

I have no idea where I got this idea from, so I can’t credit anyone. These cereal boxes have been sitting in the pantry for ages just waiting to become the super secret surprise craft box is all I know.

And in true non crafty mama form – they are super easy to make.
You’ll need:
Cereal boxes
Paper bags
Markers & crayons

 Cut the paper bag so it fits around the box, decorate and tape on. Really could it be any easier.

Go on with your crafty selves :-)


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The Non Crafty Mama gets her (Father’s Day) tie on

My kids aren’t doing any camp or organaized activities this summer except for two weeks of swim lessons. They’re for all of 35 minutes. So we’ll have some time together. A lot of time.

I need to get over my craft loathing fear. I do not like gooey, painty, glittery messes. I didn’t really like it when I was a kid and I don’t like it now. You know this already. But you know what? My kids do.

So I’m jumping in.

We start with a verrrrrrrry simple Father’s Day craft, just to get my confidence up.


Fathers Day Tie Craft 1

Fathers Day Tie Craft 3

Cut it out with card stock. Decorate, sign, and tie :-)

Thanks to my friend Teri for the inspiration. It takes a village to get this mama to craft people,
a freaking village.

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The Non Crafty Mama gets her flower on

I am soooooo not crafty. The thought of painting with my kids seriously gives me fits. Unless it’s summer and we can do it outside and I can hose them off.  Otherwise it just doesn’t happen. We make Valentine’s and Birthday cards as a rule. But as far as crafts go, that’s pretty much why I send them to preschool. Honestly.

Craft FlowersBut every once in a while I see something that strikes my fancy and I think “I can do that.”

So it was with this project by Makes and Takes.  It was an Earth Day Recycled Art project posted a few years ago.  Flowers out of tissue, pipe cleaners and an egg carton.  That’s not messy, only a few ingredients – that I actually have. I thought it would be great for preschool teachers and Nana’s. You know the people I want to trick into thinking that I actually do craft projects with my kids ;-)

So here it is my non crafty mamas.  I made a slight variation to the original because N was not impressed that you could see the egg carton.  He insisted it MUST have color. This is what you will need:

Egg carton
Tissue paper
Pipe cleaners (I think they’re called something else now but that’s what I called them)

Cut the egg carton lengthwise and then each egg holder thingy.
Punch holes in the bottom of each

Cut tissue paper into small squares (2in) and large squares (4in)

Assembling the flower is easy.  Push two pieces of the small tissue paper squares on the pipe cleaner. Put a hook or knot at the top of the pipe cleaner. Then put the egg carton piece up the pipe cleaner. Push all to the top. Take a large square and use a glue stick to put some glue on it. Put square glue side up on the pipe cleaner and push up to the egg carton.  Attach large piece tissue paper to the bottom of the egg carton. Voila!

There are any number of ways you could assemble it. Do what you do mamas.

Now go impress someone with your craftiness.

Makes and Takes is a really great blog with tons of craft stuff, food stuff and fun stuff. You should go.

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