habitatathome, howto, crafts, diy, kids

Easy Floral Headband

 DIY floral headband

My daughter and I had such a nice experience making this easy, DIY floral headband together.  We sat outside, chatting the day away, while we focused on this cute little craft.  It took no time at all and was totally stress-free.  Of course, she LOVES it, and made her sister one too!  It would also make a great gift or children's party activity.

Playing with Paper Mache

paper mach hot air balloon

A few months ago, a friend and I met up for a day of shopping.  Much to my surprise, she came bearing gifts!  For no reason at all, I might add.  The best surprise ever!  It was a wonderful craft book.  It has kept me inspired with so many great things to create with my daughters. From it, we made pom poms, did a few science experiments, built a cardboard dollhouse, and now we've been inspired to do some paper mache.  As my friend knows, crafts are my crack.  I use these great books as an inspirational platform, for more creativity of my own.  Here, are some of the ones I'm loving right now! 

Ever since she gave me the book, I've been meaning to thank my friend with a craft.  I have finally settled on this one.   We both have small children, and her daughter Veronica's 3rd birthday is coming up.  I thought this would be a cute token, from our kids to hers.  I even personalized it with the little plane banner advertisement: "Neek is 3!".  (Neek, being short for Veronica). 

Summer Journaling

A beautiful summer journal.  
What a wonderful project to engage in over the course of the season.  It is so simple, calming and in tune with nature.  Collecting from nature is a great learning tool for children, of course.  Though, couldn't we all benefit from a little meditative practice such as this?  To explore our world and document it, becomes beauty in itself. 

Here, Finnish artist and creator, Maija Ukko, from Ukkonooa, has made a journal for her daughter in such a do-able, yet beautiful way.  I am so glad to be able to share her inspiration.  I love how she bound the book, using a simple stitch through paper.  And the subtle use of paint over printed paper, creates such a great back drop for the nature collection.  It's just so pretty!  Thank you Maija, for sharing this beautiful 'Book of Summer'!  

Image Transfer onto Wood Crates

 Image transfer on wood crate

I am so happy to have found another wonderful artist and DIY-er who believes we all have the ability to be creative and imaginative in our own homes. Ananda's 'Habitat at Home' is sunny California.  Lucky her!  She is a landscape architectural designer, inspired by the nature she sees around her.  You can see her DIY projects and landscaping inspiration on her blog, A Piece of Rainbow.  

Here, Ananda has used a great image transfer technique, using wax paper and an ink jet printer.  I love how authentic it looks!   I chose this particular project, to show a new way of combing art with DIY.  It's so pretty.  See her easy-to-follow instructions on DIY: Pallet Wood Crates & Easy Image Transfer.

Art I love

My taste in art changes over time.  These days, I can't get enough of illustrative and watercolor works.  I like simple and whimsical.  One of my favorite bloggers, 'The Jealous Curator', always finds fascinating works of art to admire and ponder over.  Through her, I found this amazing artist and designer Danielle Kroll.   Below, are her sketchbook works and vacation photos transformed with a touch of art.  Both so great! 

Rainbow Ribbon Wands

ribbon wand

 A Rainbow Ribbon Wand for Your Summer Parties
What a great craft idea for the summer!  This rainbow ribbon wand will be a wonderful outdoor kids activity & game for our daughters upcoming birthday party.  They are so easy to make, we can have enough for all the kids to run around with them.  I can't wait to watch them in action!  It makes for a great party favor too.

Thank you to Twig & Toadstool for this gem of an idea! How to Make the Ribbon Wand.

A Father's Day Craft

This was the first time I've worked with clay since I can remember, and it was so fulfilling!  The feeling of using your hands to mold clay, just can't be beat.  The world is your oyster with the things you can create.  Plus, there are so many easy clays to work with, right out of your home.  No need for a kiln.

This project is so simple, it's a great one for children too.  It got a 5 star revue from Daddy!  He genuinely loves it, and finds it very useful.  A great success all around.  It's our 'Habitat at Home' clay catchall tray, for his change, keys and phone.  A little reminder of his family's love.  The perfect father's day present!