Hobby Lobby Kids Crafts

Summer Fun for Pre-teens and Teens

Mom! I’m BORED! Yep, it’s already started and my kids have only been out of school for 2 weeks.

So I created a list and a free printable for you. Cause us moms, man…we have to stick together!

So here’s 5 Hobby Lobby ideas for you. You can shop online at Hobby Lobby or any craft store really. But what I love about all of these is they’re CHEAP & FUN! Especially with that 40% off Hobby Lobby & Michael’s coupons, right?

Get creative with craft kits:

In the kids craft aisle, there are so many great crafts for kids of all ages, boys & girls, and…yeah…this mom has fun with them too. I have 5 kids, and big teenagers still talk about our craft nights with these. You’ll pay about $7-$8 when you get them on sale or use the 40% off coupon. And the whole kid’s craft section goes on sale 50% off every couple of weeks, so keep an eye out and stock up for rainy days!

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Wood Burning Kit:

Don’t laugh yet! You can get a wood burning kit for $14 (then apply your 40% off coupon like a BOSS) and it’s next to nothing!

There is really a lot of fun to be had with a wood burning kit. You can have them work on pre-made wood cut outs, bird houses, wooden boxes, wooden signs…the list is really endless. And it’s SO CHEAP.

Have your kids making keepsake boxes for Grandma and Grandpa with their names engraved in it…and you’ll win best kid award at Christmas. You’re welcome;)

Of course, this has to be adult supervised…but I promise it’s FUN! We made keepsake trunks for our boys and my husband and I engraved a written message and signed both their boxes. Very cool craft!

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Make some fleece blankets

I know, I know…it’s summer. Why in the world do you want to make blankets? Well…if it gets my kids to focus and have fun, and it doesn’t cost me a fortune, I’m game! This is SO EASY and so fun. And it’s addicting!

Before you know it, your tweens will be making everyone’s Christmas presents and they’ll be done Christmas shopping by the end of July! HA! Seriously, use your 40% Hobby Lobby coupon and buy the fabric on clearance (cause who buys fleece in the summer…geez…heehee).

I found this article that shows how easy it is to make them. Cut the corners, cut the slits, tie the strips, and BAM! You’re done and they’re gonna want to make more. Click here to read how to make them.

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Pen Pal

Okay, this one isn’t Hobby Lobby…but it’s a lot of fun! Go on Facebook and ask for anyone who has family members from different states or countries. Pick up to 10 people and get a Pen Pal chain going. You can either do this with just one kid or a group of kids!

If it’s just one, you can exchange information and send a box each month with a letter and pictures. You can add her/his favorite things, food they like, local stuff, some trinket with the state they’re from, etc.

If there’s more than one, make a numbered list and each kid send the next kid a box. Like a chain letter. So all parents would have to be on board and keep up, but it can be really neat for the kids. And they get something in the mail each month.

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Journaling & planners for teens

Cause…sometimes they have a lot to say, right? And they should really NOT say half the stuff they do. So why not let them get their feelings out in a creative way. This is actually healthy for kids!

So, you can buy a journal, a planner (Happy Planner’s you can buy with that 40% off coupon at Hobby Lobby, just sayin’). Also buy a sketch book, some colored pencils and pens, stickers to go with the planner…like really do this thing up mom. It’s kind of addicting and she just might fall in love with something creative. They need a way to vent all those crazy feelings they can’t control and this will help them do that.

Another fun thing you could do is get a “how to draw” book that teaches them tricks on how to draw in that sketch book you just got them.

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How to get rid of ants non toxic

How to Get Rid of Ants with Something you Already Have in your Kitchen

Here’s how to get rid of those pesky ants with something you already have in your kitchen!

How to get rid of ants with something you already have in your kitchen

 

First, let me just say, please don’t tell Antman…I have a super crush on him and something tells me this would eliminate any chance of us being friends {{ It’s not you…it’s them}}.

Year after year, I wake up to a complete invasion of ants in my kitchen and I’m OVER IT! So I started doing some research, like any good Google mama would. And I tried everything. Non toxic, of course. I have 5 kids and 3 cats. And although sometimes I’d like some peace and quiet, I don’t want it from a jail cell.

So I tried everything. Read it all. Bought it all. I now have a personal debt to mint, lemon juice, cinnamon, and other stupid crap that doesn’t work. Although beating them with a broom while screaming GO AWAY was cheap and effective (Antman…I can’t wait for your movie next month, please don’t take this personally)…the ONLY thing that actually worked, was Dawn Detergent Soap. Yeah. The ONE thing I didn’t have to go to the store for. And the ONE thing that I tried last, of course.

So how do you use it?

1.  Find the points of entry. Squeeze Dawn liquid soap right into the crack, hole, wherever. You will literally see them scurry away. Now take it and squeeze a strip of soap all along the cracks in your doors. They hate it, it kills them almost instantly, and again…Antman…I love how you duped Falcon and showed your daughter real heroes take care of their babies and beat up mutant bad guys.

2. Grab a spray bottle and put like 3 inches of water in it. Squeeze a crap ton (very technical here) of Dawn Soap in there. Now spray/clean the counters, walls, crevices, cracks, or in my case…the whole dang kitchen and they will be GONE. Ants work from scent trails. The Dawn actually covers those scent trails and in a couple days…you will be ant free.

There you have it. Your ant problem is solved. Your kids can stay healthy. Sorry, I don’t have any magic spray to stop the “I’m bored” saga…but at least you won’t have to battle an entire army nation every morning!

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Melissa Fietsam

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