DIY Masking Tape Roadway

found via fie de meyer on pinterest

I love all of the details in this homemade roadway!  All of it, including the cityscape in the background, was made from colorful masking tape (painter’s tape, washi tape…whatever you choose to call it). I think this idea could work equally well for those without a dedicated play space if you used a rug that could be easily rolled up and put away when not in use.  Check out le Jarden de Juliet for more photos of the project!

6 DIY Cardboard Crafts for Kids You will Love

On the heels of yesterday’s upcycled shoebox, I thought it would be fun to share some cardboard inspiration from around the way!

I love this cardboard castle from Mer Mag. Duct tape gives it a colorful boost and adds a little durability to boot!


My daughters would live this cardboard play house from She Knows Parenting…and I love that it’s collapsible!


This paper towel roll shadow box from Hello Bee is very clever, indeed! (via Ohdeedoh)

My Poppet shows how to use a shoebox to make this adorable little house dolls.


These toilet paper roll race cars from Kifli es Levendula look like so much fun!

You can find directions and a template for this amazing cardboard dollhouse from Craft-Project




Dress-Up Tutorials for Labor Day

I usually only think of Labor Day as one of the bookends of summer. It’s not a day that garners as much attention as more popular holidays, but there is still fun to be had aside from barbeques and final trips to the beach! Try using the day as a chance to celebrate different occupations!  Here are 5 fun options for dress-up clothes along with tutorials to show you how to make them yourself!

Construction Worker Tutorial

This construction worker’s vest is super-easy to put together. Pair it with a plastic construction hat and your little one is set! Go see Subtle-tee for the details on how to make it.

Chef’s Hat Tutorial

Check out the how-to for these adorable chef’s hats at Skip to my Lou! Once you’ve got the hats made, go ahead and bring your little one into the kitchen with you to whip up a simple recipe. :)


Firefighter Dress-Up Tutorial

Feeding my Kid shows how she used a woman’s button-up shirt to make this firefighter’s jacket for her son.


Nurse Dress-up Tutorial

Check out these awesome nurse’s outfits from Ikat Bag. She offers the pattern for the cap on her blog and has photos of the front and back of the apron for those who’d like to have a go at making their own.

Postal Carrier Bag Tutorial

My girls love to pretend to deliver hand-written notes or special “packages” to various “mailboxes” throughout the house. I know they would love to have a mail bag like a real mail carrier! Go to Create Studio for the tutorial!