Jan 10, 2014

Family Fun Craft Ideas To Make The Winter Weekends Less Blah...

It's the dead of winter, and I have cabin fever to the level of Jack Nicholson in the Shining. It's not even February! Now THAT is scary.  My friends, I need something to get me out of this winter blah funk.  I need activity, something to look forward to, and I know I am not the only one... FTD and the little guy need some fun too. That being said, I had no idea what I wanted to do. I needed some motivation to motivate... So, I turned to Pinterest of course! 

Hours of my life have been donated to that site. HOURS! But all for a good cause. I have a better style, book of recipes, jokes, and now, motivation in the form of Family Fun DIY...

Perfect for a cute Valentines Day gift for Mommy or Daddy...
Maybe even the Grandparents?

Just in case you too were looking for something to do with your family over the weekend, I thought I would share some of my new found motivation!

Before I go any further, I want you to know I am a very realistic mother, with realistic expectations of my child.  I have a toddler, a not-even-two-year-old toddler, I do not expect this from him...

I expect something a few notches below this...

And as for FTD ... the last time I asked him to help me with a review of organic Play-Doh, he made a huge penis. Needless to say, I have VERY low expectations of him too. Still, those two are going to play arts and crafts with me or else! ...Or else, next weekend we will have to go somewhere seeking family fun...

Knowing that the pressure was on to find a fun family project that Ollie could safely do, you know not eat the glue, choke on the candy or finger paint the house... and that FTD can do without making huge penises, I found a couple of fun projects where I kind of prep the whole thing, then they come in  to put their stamp on it.  

First of all the snacks, because snacks are necessary... 

I was thinking I could have FTD and Ollie do something like this, because they are boys, and boys like food. 

So cute!
Any idea what the eyes and nose are made of?
Now on to the crafts...

 A Bird Feeder made with crap already laying around the house!
This is great.
I can get FTD to poke the holes for the spoons,
and let ollie help me fill the bottles.
That's family fun!
Plus, I really like the idea of making something that will actually be used.

I have always loved this idea.
I am just afraid I will have a trail of little red toes
running through the house.

This one is GOLD!
No, I am not on drugs, hear me out...
I plan to go get glue and popsicle sticks and see what we all make...
in a few years.
Or at least when Ollie gets to the point that he does not want to eat the glue.
I think this is the one... A salt-dough stepping stone... or really, I will probably just go to the craft store and buy the kit.  I was thinking I could do one every year, then build a path or garden border in the yard with them. I do not have any hand prints of Ollie yet, so this project gave me the motivation I needed to make it happen! I bet I can fit both feet and hands on a heart! There is also the possibility of doing one with all of our hands, or feet... The possibilities are freaking endless!!!

And last... for you awesome glue gun owners. This idea is AWESOME!  Providing you have extra Scrabble tiles laying around begging to be glued together...


That's all I have got for now...  I really am adamant about doing a family activity each weekend.  Nothing really big, just maybe 20-30 minutes of tech free fun; Just us doing something together.  Ollie will only be happy to do stuff with us for so long before he grows up to think we are lame. It's time to seize the damn moment. Carpe Diem that shit.   

Do you already do something like this? What do you have going on this weekend?


  1. Love all of the ideas! Love your blog, too! Just started my own :)

    1. Thanks Jill! I'll have to go check your blog out!

  2. I love the stepping stone idea. I'm always kissing Summer's tiny stinky feet, I know one day they won't be that little or cute.

    1. ME too!! I am always kissing his stinky feet! those little toes... and his sweet hands... we are going to Hobby Lobby so I can do this! I am so excited!

  3. I love the heart foot prints. I need to do something like this to treasure my son's baby feet before he gets older. I love baby feet.


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