Wire Photo Clips

Check out the simple tutorial for this easy, multi-purpose photo clip.

Name Block Photo Clips

These simple name photo blocks can be customized for any name, and any season.

Snow Dogs

I did another hinged wooden snowman family, this with a couple of snow dogs.

Just add a couple of 2" poms for cheeks, a 1" pom for a nose, google eyes, a felt tongue, and a couple of felt ears.

Hinged Wooden Snowman Family

How many members are in your snowman family?

Wooden Joy Banner

A few pieces of wood, some fancy paper, and lettering of your choice is all you need to make this wooden joy banner.

I was featured on Dollar Store Crafts!

I've been asked to feature at DollarStoreCrafts.com and I'm flattered! At least this is an area that I feel like I can contribute. Check it out!

Mini Light Bulb Mouse Tutorial

This little guy is made from a mini light bulb. Check out the tutorial to make one to decorate your tree.

Mini Light Bulb Elf

Check out the accidental tutorial for this mini light bulb elf and then make some to decorate your own tree.

Favor Box Christmas Tree

Check out the tutorial to find out how to make this pyramid Christmas tree.

Dove Made from a Spent Light Bulb

Check out the tutorial for how to make this sweet dove from a spent light bulb.

Mini Glitter Snowman

A miniature version of one of our workshop crafts from last year. Very easy! Get the instructions here.

Be sure to check out all the other inspirational ideas at childmade.com!

Chip Clip Penguin

This penguin chip clip was a dollar store cutie I did for last year's Christmas workshop. Check out the instructions here.

Snowman Treat Bucket

What a fun way to display your candy treats! To make one of your own, check out the detailed instructions.

Super Simple Snowman Gift Bag

This guy couldn't be any simpler. Great for younger kids. Check out the tutorial.

Be sure to check out all the other inspirational ideas at childmade.com!

Favor Bag Polar Bear

This guy was a hit at our annual Christmas workshop. Check out the tutorial.

Be sure to check out all the other inspirational ideas at childmade.com!

Snowman HOT TUB

Check out the tutorial for this whimsical winter craft! The kids think it's totally "cool."

Mini Fleece Hat Tutorial

This is a quick and cozy craft for tree decorations, package tags, garland, and more. You won't believe how easy it is!

Check out the tutorial.

And btw, you can find instructions for making the "real thing" here.

Be sure to check out our home page for countless more ideas!

The site is up!

To say I've been a bit preoccupied would be a huge understatement. But I believe it was worth it and I'm glad I did it. I'm happy to say I finally have my new site up an running! Yippee! Now I can sleep again! You can check it out at childmade.com.

And after that, I can get back to blogging instead of web development, and since this is so much more fun, I couldn't be happier.

So, to start the month off, I've posted a tutorial on a fun candy wrapper photo frame to give you an incentive to eat up all that leftover Halloween candy! Because milk chocolate and creamy nougat and crunchy peanuts and sugar in all it's forms just aren't enough motivation?

Give it a try and let me know what you think! And check back again as I'm ready to get back into the grove!

Candy Wrapper Picture Frame

Don't throw those Halloween candy wrappers away! All you need is a frame and some decoupage to make this fun candy wrapper picture frame.

Cookie Cutter Ornament

This easy tutorial can be adjusted for any cookie cutter shape.

Jingle Bell Moose

This tutorial shows you how to make this merry moose from a jingle bell.

Patriotic Light Bulb

Here's a cheerful and patriotic tutorial on a new idea for those spent light bulbs.

Teacher's Note Holder

Show your child's teacher that you care by making him or her this unique teacher's note holder.

Fence Post Chapel

This a true trash-to-treasure project! Check out the tutorial on how I made this chapel from an old fencepost.

Chip Clip Snowman

Check out the tutorial on how to make this fun snowman from a chip clip.

Paper Doily Bird

I thought I would post a simple tutorial for this wonderful doily bird. Great for weddings!

Fall Handmade Card

I'm quite sure that when my mom taught me how to sew a few decades ago, she never imagined I would someday use the ability to stitch greeting cards. See a tutorial on how to make this autumn-themed card.

Candy Earrings

These earrings look good enough to eat! Check out the tutorial on how to make a set for yourself.

Shabby Make-overs

If you like trash-to-treasure projects...

... like a nasty desk lamp before....

... and after...

... then you'll want to check out some more shabby make-overs, too.

Beaded Zipper Pull

Make this simple beaded zipper pull (or key fob) in whatever color suits you. Great for gifts when done in school colors!

Festive Flip-flops

Aren't these festive flip-flips just adorable??! You can make some yourself in just a few minutes.

Paper Pumpkin

Just a little paper and glue is all you need to make these simple paper pumpkins.

Vintage Techniques

Check out Cathy of California for a unique collection of vintage .... things.

Do you really want to know?

Does the nutritional value of your lunch make the grade?

Extraordinary lunch

Everyone has to eat. It's just a matter of what, where, when and how.

"NOW is a good time."

Procrastinators anonymous.

Digital scrapbooking

If you're into digital scrapbooking, this site offers some very nice sets for a reasonable price.

Welcome to childmade!

Here you will find a wide variety of fun and interesting things to do with your child. Some of the ideas are discoveries, but the majority are originals. This site is my outlet for rebelling against the fact that I have to deal with computers all day long during the week, when I'm really an artist at heart.

Check out our home page for a plethora of ideas, but come back and just follow along for a new and somewhat random adventure.

If you'd like to contribute some ideas of your own, I would love to hear from you! Just drop me a note at customerservice@childmade.com.


And we're off!!!!

Wow, this is great! I hope you enjoy this endeavor as much as I am already!

Tonya at Lucky Girl Blog Design has been such a help in putting this all together. What was seeming to be a daunting and insurmountable task for me was reduced to a few minor instructions with a little secondary tweaking, and "Voila!!" -- I HAVE MY BLOG! And all in just a few days' time.

Oh, sure, I could have used a basic template provided by any of a multitude of providers, but I simply wouldn't have been pleased with the cookie-cutter outcome. Or I could have paid a couple grand to any number of other professional designers, but since this is basically an unprofitable hobby (though maybe someday that will change...,) I simply couldn't justify the funds.

So if you're like me, and simply want to do what YOU do and not become a web developer just to create yourself a website, check out what Tonya can do for you. I think you'll be pleased. Plus, she is such a pleasure to work with!

Thank you, Tonya at LuckyGirlBlogDesign!!


I would love to hear from you! Whether to ask questions or share your experiences or even to offer your ideas, don't hesitate to drop a note. All personal email is appreciated.

Contact me via email at customerservice@childmade.com.