Earrings Made from Vintage Tins

I’m falling in love with making jewelry; everyday, wearable jewelry that is simple and practical. Really I’m a fan of any craft that is simple and practical. And these might be one of my new favorites!

We created geometric earrings from pretty, collectible tins. Take a look to see how to create your own!

I want to experiment with more shapes and adding layers and beading. Stay tuned for more examples of these coming up!

xo, Jennifer

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Favorite Pins Thursday: Sewing & Fabric Edition

Since my trip to Missouri Star Quilt Co. a few weeks back and getting to sew with Jenny, I’m obsessed with thinking about new sewing projects. It’s mostly what I’ve been pinning this week. Not making quite yet, mind you, but pinning. You gotta start somewhere, right?

Here are some of my favorite sewing and fabric related pins from Pinterest. Enjoy!

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diy shower curtain from fabric layer cakes
No Original Source, Image for Inspiration Only

resin fabric scraps
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poetry skirt
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stuffed animal sleeping bags
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Anya Top and Shorts by Green Bee patterns, pinned by Craft Forest

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fly to the moon
Original Source, This is wallpaper, but I think it could recreated with fabric scraps

this took forever diy tags
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The internet isn’t going to curate itself, so I better get back to pinning!

xo, Jennifer

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13 DIYs and Crafts for Teenagers

13 diys for teen boys from craftforest.com

My oldest is turning 13 this week. 13?! I wanted to tell you tons of stories about holding him for the first time, that he said (and still says) hilarious things like “La Petite is for chumps.” when asked how his day was at preschool, and that I can’t imagine meeting someone more interesting, challenging, kind, and creative…BUT when I told him I was gonna write about him he said “no mushy stuff, Mom. I mean it. None.” So, no mushy stuff, guys.

We had a great time looking around at diy projects for teens together. He actually said things like “oh, man we HAVE to make that“, which is pretty cool, and pretty rare. So here is your official 13-year-old’s stamp of approval round-up of cool crafts.

DIY Marshmallow Shooter
He asked his grandma for marshmallows for his birthday just to make this one. Looks like a winner, crafters!
diy marshmallow shooter
Source: Happiness is Homemade

DIY Speakers
We use a drinking glass for our iPhone family dance parties, but this is really cool and perfect for his room.
Source: All for the Boys

iPod and/or Cell Phone Case
Riley actually turned down having his iPod screen replaced because he was sure he’d break it again (and again and again…). So this is the perfect DIY for us!
ipod case
Source: Closed Etsy Shop?, no tutorial

The Classic Duct Tape Wallet
He remembered making these when he first started getting allowance and got all nostalgic for way back to 3 years ago. Both kids get duct tape in their stockings for Christmas each year and he knew just the right roll to make his next one.
diy duct tape wallet for boys
Source: Frugal Fun for Boys

Make your Own Light Saber
I know a bigger boy who is turning 39 on his birthday that would probably like this one, too!
diy lightsaber
Source: NewarkFarnell

Craftstick Bow & Arrow
He pretended this was cool for “younger” kids, but then started looking around for supplies. And the case reminded him that he needed something similar for Nerf wars. Teen approved.
diy kids bow and arrow craft
Source: All for the Boys

PVC Bow & Arrow
And for a larger scale version…I wanna play with these, too!
Source: Skip to My Lou

Giant Jenga
“Awww, sweeeeet” was the quote. So I think that’s good, right?
diy backyard jenga
Source: KID Collective

Paracord Bracelets
I asked him where, how, and if these would save his life one day and he wasn’t sure. But he was pretty sure that they looked “cool, real cool”. There you have it!
diy paracord bracelets for teen boys
Source: Artchoo!

Lego Desk Organizer
Great use for all the long forsaken landmines legos on the floor in his room.
Source: Kid’s Activities

Lego Terrarium
While we’re decorating with Legos, these are fantastic. We have so many mini figs, this would be a great way to see ’em all the time!
lego Terrarium
Source: Babble, Original tutorial not found

DIY Nerf Gun Bullets
We had a Nerf war in the park over the weekend and lost nearly all the bullets. This will come in handy for sure!
nerf gun bullets
Source: Instructables

Ninja Stars & Target Practice
Enough said. Lola wants a Ninja party for her birthday now, too.
NinjaPartyActivity (7)
Source: Craft Interrupted

Bonus #14: Dream Bank
I’m adding this one because I love the idea of visual savings (for all of us) and he’s already talking about saving for a car. This one that was sold by Uncommon Goods would be perfect. We’re gonna be inspired by this one and make our own.
dream bank
Source: Uncommon Goods, but they no longer carry the bank so it’s probably okay to tell you to make your own. Right?

So to set the record straight, boys like crafts. Pre-teen and teen boys, too. So go make stuff with your boys!

Jennifer, Old Mama & Riley, Teenager

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Two Videos with Jenny Doan from MSQC!!

I am over-the-moon excited to share the two new videos we made with Jenny Doan from Missouri Star Quilt Co!! We had so much fun and I learned quite a bit in her sewing studio! We made fabric fish from their Dresden template over on MSQC and paper flowers here on Craft Forest. I was a little nervous, could you tell?! Completely star struck. Oh, my goodness!

While I was in Hamilton, I picked up some new fabrics from the main quilt shop. And visited all of the others!! Oh, and we had the most amazing cookies from Poppy’s Bakery. Perfect day!

Pastel Pop Layer Cake

I’ve fallen in love with Pastel Pop and am going to use their layer cake to decorate a doll house I found for Lola at the thrift store. I also picked up a charm pack in an adorable fall pattern called Autumn Woods to make a perpetual calendar for the kids teachers. They’ll be back to school in two weeks. Craziness!

I’m off to enjoy the last bits of (our) summer! Have a great weekend everyone!

xo, Jennifer

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A Perfectly Crafted Road Trip

diys for road trip sanity from craftforest.com

We’re hitting the road and wanted to share some of our favorite DIYs to make the trip a little easier, on everyone!

1. All heads need a travel pillow or a special case for their home pillow with room for books and a lovey.

2. Grab a lunch box and fill it full of yummy…art supplies!

3. Keep them entertained with road trip games like this felt tic-tac-toe or this really cool upcycled bubble wrap game!

4. Happy, healthy, and full bellies are a must. Check out this round up of healthy snacks we shared earlier this week.

5. Hitting up some roadside attractions? Make sure everyone is safe with these genius cell phone number bracelets for the littles!

6. Have everyone keep track of their favorite memories with these diy travel journals perfect for every age!

These quick ideas will hopefully help you keep your sanity. Are we there yet?!?!

Happy travels families! You’ve got this.

xo, Jennifer