November 25th, 2013 | by Julie Finn
Fortunately, the kiddos were perfectly happy with my suggestion that we carve the pumpkins into something appropriate for Thanksgiving, not Halloween, and that's how we ended up with our leaf-carved pumpkins. They're festive without being spooky, use real leaves as stencils, and are, thankfully, just as fun to carve as Jack-o-lanterns are
January 7th, 2013 | by Julie Finn
Beeswax cut-outs take seconds to make, and can be used to decorate candles (even boring store-bought ones!), make candles of their own, or just hang out in your house and look pretty
December 25th, 2012 | by Julie Finn
Want to snazz up your pine cones, AND keep them forever?
Here are three different easy methods for making your own dipped pine cones - they're gorgeous, they may even match your wall colors, and you can keep them just about indefinitely. Even better? Pine cones are free! Just head out to your back yard or to the park with the kids and a basket and collect those natural craft supplies to your hearts' content!
August 27th, 2012 | by Julie Finn
So you made candles, or preserved autumn leaves, or cooked up furniture polish, or crafted modeling wax for the kiddos, and now you're left with a crock pot or bain-marie half-full of melted beeswax (or its vegan wax substitutes).
Here's the easy way that I store my leftover wax, measured into known amounts so that future projects are easier to put together, and pretty enough that the wax can be stored right out in the open, leaving more storage space for my fabric stash
August 7th, 2012 | by Julie Finn
Picking up fallen sticks around the yard is less of a hassle when you have something more fun to do with them than just tossing them in the ubiquitous brush pile by the street
April 2nd, 2012 | by Julie Finn
My kiddos do a LOT of painting, with all different kinds of paints. They've done tempera and acrylics, oils and watercolors--heck, they even spray paint!--but I can say for a fact that they have never before used completely natural, completely toxin-free, completely artificial chemical-free paint (other than mud, of course) until they painted with Earth Paint
January 16th, 2012 | by Julie Finn
When I saw that my family was clearly not going to eat through that entire 10-pound bag of navel oranges before the last ones went bad, I thought briefly about marmalade and fruit leather, but then I thought, "Nah--craft supplies!". Read on to see how to turn leftover oranges into shelf-stable craft supplies, and how to make a garland that shows off the lovely translucency of the preserved orange slices.
October 10th, 2011 | by Julie Finn
Preserving autumn leaves allows you to use their beautiful colors in fall crafts all year long.
Even if you already have a go-to method for preserving leaves, check out these other options--you might discover a way that will work even better for a particular project, or you might find a new favorite preservation method altogether
October 9th, 2011 | by Julie Finn
Take the ephemeral beauty of autumn leaves and make it last forever when you preserve leaves with the one simple, natural ingredient that is pure beeswax.
December 26th, 2010 | by Julie Finn
Snow ice cream is a quick, simple, and delicious winter treat. Check out these tips, tricks, and recipes to suit every palate.