Craft Roundup: Little Projects for the Family

Sometimes the small things in life can be the most rewarding, right? This week's roundup includes quick and simple project ideas that pack a big punch once completed. And they're sure to delight a special kid or even educator in your life! Go to town with these ideas from four awesome bloggers. Don't forget: If you try one of these projects – or give it your own spin – send a picture of it to me, lish@www.metroparent.com with the Make It blog. We post our readers' crafts online and Facebook!

Chalk Pastel Hearts by Make and Takes

Working with pastels can be a lot of fun! Take a look at the Make and Takes guide to a simple approach to some stenciling creativity. Bonus, says mom blogger Amy Anderson: "It was a quick clean-up with a wet rag."

What I Love About My Classroom

Does your child really adore her teacher this year? Show him or her just how much with this snazzy sign suitable for the classroom. Mandy of Sugar Bee Crafts created this eye-popper with a simple frame from Michaels, which she painted, and a printable by three Vegas sisters she found at eighteen25.

Printing on Paper Bags

For the brown-baggers in your household, lunch bags are about to get very exciting. One of the moms behind Club ChicaCircle shows you how ridiculously cinchy it is to put whatever your heart desires on those bags – with your home office printer.

Chalk Art T-Shirt

The photo from Polka Dot Chair shows off an adorable Valentine shirt, but this technique is handy any time of the year. Mom maker Melissa Mortenson – who confesses, "I LOVE to make T-shirts for my kids to celebrate events" – was struck with this idea at 2 a.m. A great little notion, indeed!

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