Last Minute Halloween Crafts

With Halloween only 8 days away, now is the time to put together last minute craft or costumes ideas. 8 days might not seem like a lot, but now is not the time to panic. We have a variety of ideas that will help you get those last minute Halloween crafts and costumes in order, even if there isn't a lot of time left. We want to make sure eyes turn to you on October 31st, when you're showing your Halloween spirit.

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Crafts to Fall Into the Season

It's safe to say that fall is comfortably here. Many of us have already had to bust out the jackets and scarves, and some of you further west may have even experienced your first snowfall. Whatever your weather situation, there are other clear markers of fall: football season in full swing, an abundance of apples at your local farmer's market, and Halloween costume stores opening up. Here are a few crafts that'll help you fall into this season and take advantage of these cooler temperatures.

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Back To School Printables

We've officially entered that back-to-school time of year! After a long and exciting summer, it's the right moment to hit the books. In order to make lessons more fun while adding extra learning experiences in both the classroom or home, we wanted to provide examples of the best printable worksheets and activities that would be suited for kids of all ages. Just because it's back-to-school time doesn't mean you still can't have fun!

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Teenagers Changing the World Through Technology

When you were 17 years old, you were probably thinking about finishing up high school, or finding the perfect date to prom. But there are some teens who are coming up with incredible inventions that have the power to change the world for many of those who are most disadvantaged. As we move out of the lull of summer, we wanted to highlight some projects that can inspire your creativity as we move into the fall season. (They might also serve as inspiration to your kids who are in middle school or high school.)

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Late Summer Origami Fun

We've officially entered the height of summer! In order to stay indoors and beat the heat, why not try your hand at origami, the Japanese art of paper folding? If the thought of origami makes you cringe, don't worry! We won't be suggesting the pineapple below. Instead, we wanted to provide some basic advice and easy projects to get everyone in the family excited about a craft that goes all the way back to the 17th century and requires only paper (or glue, in some cases).

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Thongs, Potato Salad, and Lionel Richie's Head: 3 Crazy Crowdfunding Stories

24. July 2014 11:29 by Calvin Yu in Arts, Crafts & DIY Projects  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

Lately we've been hearing about a lot of projects on GoFundMe, Indiegogo and Kickstarter that seem unreal. Here are our favorites.

Thongs Earned $10,000 in an Hour

I know what you're thinking. But these thongs are actually flipflops. The founders of Willi Footwear developed a special boomerang plug to keep sandals from blowing out. They turned to crowdfunding website Indiegogo to raise the money for the production run, product molds, patent fees, shipping and logistics, and the public didn't let them down. Within an hour they had $10k, and within 24 hours they reached 45% of their $30k goal. They're currently halfway with 29 days left. Ready to order a pair?

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DIY Summer Activities for Kids

Now that we’ve made it into July, we’re ready to begin that long stretch of summer when kids get notoriously restless. With all that pent up energy, it’s easy to spend hours on the computer, watching TV, or playing Gameboy. But remember: it’s summer, and now’s the time to get active while the weather is warm. Rather go out and spend a ton of money on the latest high-tech gadgets, there are some fun and interactive DIY summer projects, most of which you can make with simple supplies. Some are even printable!

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Finding Your Fourth of July Spirit in Crafts

It's hard to believe that the Fourth of July is just a couple of weeks away! But it is. Soon enough, fireworks will be lighting up the sky, barbeques will be blasting "America the Beautiful," parades will be showcasing all of the great community service we engage in, and cities everywhere will be dressed up in red, white, and blue. Even if you can't control the celebrations your city or town might be hosting, you can dress up your backyard barbeque with these perfect patriotic crafts.

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Getting Crafty for Memorial Day

f you step outside, it probably doesn't feel like summer outside, at least in most of the US. But it's true next weekend is Memorial Day, which means the unofficial start to summer for most. BBQs and beach trips might be in order, but to really honor the military servicemen and women this holiday was created for, you can turn to various craft projects. Think a lot of red, white, and blue! Better yet? You can do these crafts with your kids, who will finally be off from school and itching for something fun to do.

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Exciting Mother's Day Crafts

Mother's Day is coming up on May 11th, which means it's just a little over two weeks away! Thankfully that's plenty of time to get crafty for any of the mothers in your life. Rather than buying a simple store bought card, bouquet of flowers, or necklace, these homemade gift ideas will go a long way in creating a truly special Mother's Day experience. Some of the ideas we wanted to highlight can enhane any gift you might purchase while others are standalone projects. No matter what you decide to do, a personalized touch always goes a long way.

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