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Book Page Prints into Greeting Cards from Spooky and Bright

August 26th, 2013 | by Julie Finn

How to make your own greeting cards that aren't super cutesy and twee? Include something vintage! I made these DIY greeting cards not with rubber stamps of teddy bears or foam stickers of ducks in bonnets, but with vintage book pages. Pages trimmed from a ratty, torn copy of The Turn of the Screw and an old dictionary, embellished with paint, compose the front images of a set of all-purpose blank cards, suitable for either the kids or the adults in the family to use


How-to: Painted Stones

July 30th, 2013 | by Julie Finn

Stones are completely beautiful in themselves, but sometimes you just feel in your heart that you need something with a little more color. And that's okay! Maybe sometimes a plain old grey stone WANTS to be painted, you know


How-to: Kid-Made Puzzle Piece Valentine

January 29th, 2013 | by Julie Finn

Your kiddos can create one handmade Valentine from just two perfectly fitting jigsaw pieces. Give them most of a box, and they can make all the Valentines for their class party. It's a fun upcycling project that won't cost you a cent


DIY Sailors Valentine: A Beach Vacation Souvenir

November 6th, 2012 | by Julie Finn

A sailors valentine is a traditional form of shell craft, and they're not just for mid-February! They were most popular back in the 1800s, when they made a pretty darn good souvenir for sailors to bring back to their loved ones from those exotic islands that they voyaged to. Today, they're mostly the provenance of nautical-themed museums and certain fine artisans...and me!


Project Show-and-Tell: Vegan Sugar Skulls for el Dia de los Muertos

October 29th, 2012 | by Julie Finn

It turns out that vegan sugar skulls are even easier to make than the conventional kind, since you can use the cornstarch from your cupboard instead of searching for that hard-to-find meringue powder. Exactly HOW easy are they? If I can make these perfect sugar skulls for my kiddos to decorate on my very first attempt, then so can you!



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