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"Bee" Happy Canvas Clutch - Kids Sewing Series at One Savvy Mom™ Project #2

This "Bee" Happy Canvas Clutch is so adorable! It's the perfect cheery DIY accessory for tweens and teens - so fun for both spring and summer! This is project #2 in our Kids Sewing Series at One Savvy Mom™

Hi there, friends! The sun is shining here today! If you live in the northeast part of the country, you know how crazy the weather has been these past few months. Sunshine and blue skies feel like an absolute gift right about now! We are more than ready to welcome the warmer temps, the blooming flowers, and the buzzing bees around here. This little DIY accessory sewing project is fun for both kids and tweens/teens; such a fun and happy way to welcome a new season! 

Grab the simple supply list and our full tutorial to make your own "Bee" Happy Canvas Clutch, below.

DIY Unicorn Tote - Kids Sewing Series at One Savvy Mom™ Project #1

Unicorns! This DIY Unicorn Tote is super simple, and oh so CUTE! My daughter is just slightly obsessed with all things Unicorn related at the moment. She's currently at an age where it can be hard to catch her attention - but suggest a Unicorn themed DIY / craft project, and she's ALL EARS!

Hi friends, how have you been? I've been slightly M.I.A. the last few weeks; my apologies! I've been working behind the scenes on some new stuff, that I'm excited to share with you over the coming weeks and months! I've been busying myself most days with my energetic toddlers - my gosh they keep me on my toes! I've also been simultaneously weaning my older children off of the electronics/screens. Friends, can I be completely unfiltered and real here for a minute? Honestly, I'm not in love with what all of the connectivity is doing to people these days; specifically children. Even more specifically, my kids. When I started this website many moons ago, some of you may remember my involvement and endorsement of a traveling event called "The Ultimate Block Party." This movement of sorts was all about creating and environment for children that fosters creativity, critical thinking, and the incredible power of hands-on PLAY. We seem to be missing that these days. Just look at what's happening in the toy industry for a minute; I never thought I'd see a day when Toys R' Us was no more. I don't like where all of this seems to be going, friends. Not one bit! So, I'm changing it in our home. Because I can (we all can!) We've placed some pretty severe limitations on screens in our home, and we're getting back to hands-on creativity.

Embroidery and sewing is a great creative activity for kids of all ages, especially tweens and teens. It keeps idle hands and minds busy, and helps create mindfulness / an awareness of being in the moment. This DIY Unicorn tote is a great beginner project for tweens and teens, and only requires a simple back stitch for outlining (ears and unicorn horn and eyes.) This project is fairly frugal too! It rings in just under $10 (possibly less if you already have some of the supplies on-hand.)

This is the first project in our new Kids Sewing Series, here on One Savvy Mom. This series will include 30 simple sewing projects for kids of all ages. Each original embroidery / sewing project will only require a handful of simple supplies, and all of the projects in this series will be under $10. Whether you're looking to unplug your kids like we did, or you're looking for some fun ideas to keep the kids occupied this Summer, this series will offer up something fun for everyone!

Read on for the simple supply list and tutorial to make your own DIY Unicorn Tote.

Unicorn Mini Canvases

Looking for a fun craft to do with the kids? These Unicorn Mini Canvases are so stinking cute and they're super simple to make too! Whether you're on the hunt for an easy party craft (that also doubles as a DIY party favor) or something fun to make with the kids, teens / tweens on a rainy day, this easy DIY Unicorn wall décor is sure to occupy and delight kids of all ages!

These DIY Unicorns are made using a 4"x4" mini canvas and other simple supplies that we found at our local craft store. You can make each Unicorn Mini Canvas for about $3 each (which is a pretty fab price-point if you plan on crafting many of these up, at a party!)

Read on for a full supply list and our tutorial + step-by-step imagery, to make your own Unicorn Mini Canvases.

Diorama Easter Eggs + Check Out My NYC Diorama Easter Egg In Food Network Magazine!

Diorama Easter Eggs! Looking for a fun new way to decorate Easter eggs with the kids? These Diorama Easter Eggs are so fun and simple to make. And my favorite part? They're made using REAL eggs! Today, I'm so excited to share with you all how you can make your very own diorama Easter eggs with the kids this holiday.  PLUS,  my NYC themed Diorama Easter Egg, that was featured in the April 2018 issue of Food Network Magazine!

Friends, I can't even express how much gratitude I feel for this fun feature in Food Network Magazine. My mom was a die-hard fan of Food Network since its inception in the early 90's {now I enjoy watching with my kids!} She loved watching and making all of the delicious recipes featured on Food Network; she was a fabulous cook and a bit of a food artist {way before it was on-trend.} Though she is no longer with us, when I walked into the book store to pick up my issue of the magazine, I had an overwhelming sense that she was with me in that moment. So incredibly thankful to the folks at Food Network Magazine for including me in the "United States of Easter Eggs" feature, and for allowing me to represent the great state of New York.

My NYC Diorama Easter Egg features a black and white silhouette of the NYC skyline on the outside, and was finished in sugar, to resemble an old fashioned sugared Easter egg. On the inside of my Diorama Easter egg,  I included a fun cartoon drawing of The Plaza Hotel, as seen from the path inside Central Park in Spring. For me, the Plaza Hotel and Central Park are the embodiment of what NYC is all about. New York City is such a glorious mixture of classiness and {beautiful} quirkiness.  Seriously friends, there's a surprise around every corner in this city! It kinda' gives you the sense  that anything's possible. It's pure magic!

Read on for a full supply list and my tutorial on how you can make your own Diorama Easter Eggs with the kids this holiday  {including an adorable mini "Fairy Garden in a real Easter egg." So adorable, and so simple!

DIY Mini Embroidery Hoop Necklaces + Super Simple Embroidered Rose How-To

These DIY Mini Embroidery Hoop Necklaces are so stinking cute! They really are so simple to make, and they make absolutely adorable embroidered handmade gifts too {think Mother's Day, birthdays, Christmas, etc. etc. etc). I'm also going to show you how to embroider a super simple rose, today (see step-by-step imagery below ). So even if you've never embroidered before, you'll be able to make these sweet DIY Embroidery Hoop Necklaces!

Read on for the simple supply list and tutorial, to make your own DIY Mini Embroidery Hoop Necklaces + a Super Simple Embroidered Rose How-to.

Easy Fairy Garden Wreath

This easy fairy garden wreath is magical, friends. So simple. So sweet. And just what the doctor ordered to help me shake off the fact that it's still frigid outside, and it's already mid March! Since planting our outdoor fairy garden is currently out of the question, I decided to bring a little bit of spring whimsy indoors, with this quick {and fairly inexpensive} DIY.  If you're looking for an easy spring DIY craft project OR if you've never tried you're hand at fairy gardening, this easy fairy garden wreath, is PERFECT!

Ready to make your own lighted fairy garden wreath? Read on for the full supply list and tutorial, below.