Make this DIY floral bike basket as one of your summer projects.

Ride in Style With This 30-Minute Flower Bike Basket DIY Project

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Hang this mobile in a light-filled window to really let it glimmer and glow. Just be sure to keep it out of reach of little kids; the beads are a choking hazard.

5 Solar-Powered Crafts and Activities

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A refreshing treat that’s easy to make: Fill a 64-ounce glass jar—be sure it’s thoroughly washed—with 6 to 8 cups of water. Then, with clean hands, add tea and prewashed fruit or herbs. Cover loosely with a breathable cloth, place in direct sunlight, and steep for three hours. Stir in sugar or honey to taste, and serve over ice. Teas can be kept in the refrigerator for up to one week.

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Let shadows be your child’s guide for this activity. In the morning (8 a.m.) or late afternoon (4 p.m.), place a table in a sunny spot where long shadows will be cast. Unroll paper (Easel Paper Roll, $14; alexbrands.com) along one side of the table, and arrange a variety of objects along the paper’s edge. Have your child trace the shadows with markers.

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Using the sun’s light and treated fabric, your child can make a print of her favorite specimens. Gather toys, trinkets, and natural objects and let the fun begin.

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Give new life to worn-down crayons. Remove paper from about 20 crayons and seal them in a gallon-size, zip-top plastic bag. Break them up using a hammer. Place 2- to 3-inch cookie cutters onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Your kid can fill the cutters with a ½-inch layer of crayon pieces, then place the sheet in direct sunlight until the pieces melt (three to six hours). Let cool for one hour or until solid, then gently pop out of cutters.

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All you need to make this Marbelized Tissue Box is a smock or old clothes, latex gloves, duct tape, an unfinished wooden tissue box, and nail polish! Get the full instructions here: http://www.parents.com/fun/arts-crafts/kid/adorable-teacher-gift-ideas-to-diy/?slideId=55641

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1. Cover the surface of your workspace with wax or parchment paper. 2. Pull off a ball of white air-dry clay about the size of your apple cookie cutter. Use a rolling pin to roll it out to about ¼-inch thickness. 3. Cut out the apple shape and remove the excess clay. Holding the cutout in your palm, gently pinch the clay upward and outward; start in the middle and work toward the edges to curve it into a shallow bowl shape. Once you're done, set it into the cookie cutter to dry (that w...

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The founder of lifestyle website Brit + Co shares why she needs more making in her life—and you do too.

Meet a Maker: Brit + Co Founder Brit Morin

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3 Animal-Themed Rope Crafts

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3 Animal-Themed Rope Crafts

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'Shrooms With a View: September is National Mushroom Month! To celebrate, make these fanciful caps you can plant in a garden, flowerpot, or even your lawn.

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Go Green: For this ephemeral nameplate, take a walk with a purpose, collecting such items as leaves, stems, and twigs. Back home, have your child write his name lightly in pencil on sturdy paper. Glue the natural items over the penciled lines.

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Tag a Bag: Clip one of these homemade tags to a backpack or lunch box, and there will never be confusion about whose is whose.

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Get Framed: Try this faux-stained-glass treatment for a bedroom door sign.

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Spellbound: Kids can personalize a room with initials decorated with yarn scraps and felt.

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A Parrot's Life for Me: Arrr, ye mateys! This paper-plate bird is the perfect accessory for Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19). An elastic cord keeps him from flying away.

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Flag It: Washi tape turns plain paper clips into fun bookmarks in a flash.

Cute Tape Crafts for Kids

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Make a Cape: These easily customized capes require no sewing and are made with a velcro closure for safety.

Craft for a Cause: Make Capes for Kids in Need

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Make a Musical Mallet: Start with a sturdy wooden dowel or chopstick, then add a head using rubber bands, duct tape, a cork, or a ball.

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Melody Maker: There's music hiding in your recycling bin! Tap empty glass bottles with a stick (or our homemade mallet) until you find six that produce a nice sound. Lay the bottles on a piece of thick foam rubber, leaving an inch of space between them. Trace the outline of each bottle on the foam, then use scissors to cut a furrow in the middle of each outline. Nestle the bottles in the furrows. Play them by tapping them with a mallet.

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Clever Collages: Give your child an imagination workout with an open-ended activity that blends drawing and cool cutouts.

Easy Paper Crafts for Your Kids

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