Marquee Makeup Mirror

marquee mirror using styrofoam!

Ever want to feel like a star? Channel your inner Diva? With this Marquee Makeup Mirror you can make a fun and functional mirror to decorate a teen’s room or use as a party craft or decoration. I’ve got the full video here for you! Here are the links to some of the products I used- the are affiliate links on Amazon: Marquee Lights– under $7! Styrofoam wreath (flat)  Plastic Mirror I hope you enjoyed this craft- I sure did. […]

Chibitronics at CHA 2016!

chibilights kit

Sometimes when you are walking around the show floor of the CHA Megashow (this one was held in January of 2016), you find booths that really catch your eye and get you exciting about crafting at a whole ‘nother level. Such was the case at the Chibitronics booth. Their idea is to integrate STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) WITH crafting.  I love this concept- getting kids experimenting with making creative things AND feeding their brains with science! Take a look […]

Recycle Craft: Cardboard Tube Drums

recycle drum using a discarded oatmeal box and window film!

In my previous career as a Music Therapist, I came up with a number of crafty projects, and making musical instruments was my favorite! We were always working on a super-tight budget, with an eye toward recycling when we could, and making instruments that adults wouldn’t be embarrassed to play. One year, I came up with drums made of tubes and shrink wrap- and today, I’m sharing it with you! This is a great rainy day craft, scout craft, vacation […]

“Stained Glass” Pixel Art using GLITTER GLUE!

Super hero Faux stained glass Pixel Art

  Here’s a fun kid’s craft using glitter glue and plastic canvas- perfect making “faux stained glass” sun catchers with ANY theme you can dream up! Superhero, comics/cartoons, sports logos- the sky is the limit! Here’s a supply list for you: plastic canvas plastic page protector painters tape plastic lacing to finish the edges  scissors printed images (Hint: you can search for “Pixel art” and you’ll find a bunch of designs. I searched “Pixel art captain america” to find one […]

Nature Journal for Kids (Hands On Crafts)

Nature Journal from paper bags & air dry clay. Perfect for pre-schoolers or scouts! Video tutorial from Hands On Crafts for Kids.

Hey crafty friends! I was excited to learn that this week the new series of Hands On Crafts has started airing in local PBS markets and also online! Before we hop into the new series, I forgot to share this one from last season- a Nature Journal made from paper bags, air-dry clay, and binder rings. It’s perfect for crafting up little books to gather trinkets and treasures on nature walks. Perfect for Girl/Boys Scouts, too! Here’s the supply list (affiliate […]

Color Powder Hack- Watercolor with Kool-AID

Kool-Aid for Watercoloring; colored dye powder hack. You have to see it to believe it! (Video Tutorial.)

Right now colored powder dyes are all the rage- the sheer number of them I’ve reviewed in the past month is pretty astounding. But what if you don’t have the big bucks for those powdered dyes? If you have a dollar, you can have a full set of ten…. if you use Kool-Aid or other powdered drink mixes. I made you a video, but here’s the skinny: use an UNSWEETENED drink mix- it won’t get sticky. Snip the corner and […]

“Frozen” Inspired Birthday Cake

Frozen-Inspired Birthday Cake- tint the frosting and then use rock candy to make the "Ice Castle."

File this one under “dedicated mommy.” My sister, who is very crafty and talented creatively made a birthday cake for my niece that is inspired by what else? FROZEN. Because four-year-old girls, of course! Disclosure:some of the links below are affiliate links and I will receive a small commission from your purchase. Thank you for supporting CraftTestDummies! My sister gets all the credit- even the photos! She started off by making 2 box cake mixes and dying the batter different […]

Glue Resist Wall Art Featuring Faber-Castel Gel Crayons

Canvas Art using glue resist and Gel Crayons from Faber-Castell

Here’s a fun project that you can do with your kids or even for yourself! Make some wall art that speaks to you! You’ll need: canvas paper (it comes in pads and is very economical) or a stretched canvas if you prefer Gesso (read my primer on gesso if you are not sure what that is or why you should use it pencil white glue or gel-style glue. I found that the glitter glue from Elmer’s worked best. (affiliate link) Faber Castell […]

Does Duck Tape Scents Really Smell?

Duck Tape Scents- do they really smell? Find out at!

Earlier last month we got some of the new Duck Tape Scents in here at CTD WHQ.  Of course, my kids junior assistants were super-interested in them… so I figured, let’s ask THEM if they smells are good and/or accurate. Take a look at this video we shot: I think it’s worthy of not that my son had that tingling sensation in his nose… and the “phantom smell” lasted for about an hour for him. But there was no real […]

Craft Product Review: LoopDeDoo Bracelet Spinning Loom

LoopDeDoo Spinning Loom

Every now and then I’m cruising through a craft store and something will catch my eye. (Or my daughter’s eye.) I’m not sure which one of us saw this product first- me or her- but I knew that we were going to be buying it and bringing it home to try out.   The kit we bought was for bracelets, and it included the spinning loom, tray, and thread. Here’s how it’s described on the website: Design your own friendship […]

Jellyfish Wind Sock Tutorial

Jellyfish Windsock Tutorial from

I shared some BIG NEWS with you all last week, and I teased that I was going to make a Jellyfish for one of my segments. Well, I did. But I decided not to wait to share it with you. You all get first peeks! This is a fun project for a party, kids’ room…heck, I’d love a whole school of them in my studio. For real. Materials List: 5” Styrofoam ball rubber band plastic knife acrylic craft paint/brush (optional) […]

Doctor Who Inspired Galaxy Shoes

Doctor Who Inspired Galaxy and Tardis Shoes- video tutorial on

My little girl is a full-on Doctor Who super fan. She watches the shows obsessively and had started requesting more clothing and craft projects that center around the Tardis, sonic screwdrivers, weeping angels and daleks! So be prepared, folks- there will be more Doctor Who crafts showing up here soon. But back to today’s project. We were attending a Doctor Who live event at our local movie theater and she needed some shoes to accent her Tardis Dress from Hot […]

Book Review: Never Been Stitched by Amanda Carestio

apron from never been stitched book

I have been sewing a long, long time. More than half my life. But that doesn’t stop me from keeping my eye out for books for beginning sewers, like this book “Never Been Stitched” by Amanda Carestio, with the contributions of others. I have lots of friends who want advice on learning how to sew. And since I can’t send them to my mom’s house to learn on a hand-crank Singer like I did, I like having some basic books […]

Kid’s Crafts: Play Doh DohVinci by Hasbro

Play Doh embellishements

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you are already well aware of the legendary modeling clay Play Doh. This year Hasbro took it to the next level by creating a new hand-held extruder for the distinctive-smelling compound- and what you get is DohVinci! I received this comp package from a blogger’s conference I went to…and let me tell you, the minute I unpacked it my  9-year old daughter bugged me incessantly to crack it open. Of course, I had […]

Decoden Zipper Pull/Luggage Tag Tutorial

Decoden Zipper Pull Tutorial

As I mentioned in my review yesterday, Decoden is HUGE right now- and lucky for us, it’s a really easy and fun craft for anyone who has the “more-is-MORE” aesthetic. So let’s get started! Disclosure: Links below are affiliate links and I will receive a small commission on your purchase. Thank you for supporting my blog! You will need: a laminate sample chip (like at the home improvement store) Decoden Bling or Collage Clay Spray mist (optional) Fine glitter Rhinestones Theme […]

Fishtail Stretch Band Bracelet without a Loom!

Fishtail Bracelet using a Plastic Fork

So yesterday I shared my daughter’s experience with the Cra-Z-Loom (like a Rainbow Loom.) But as she was trying to master the Fishtail Bracelet, I realized that it would actually be easier without one. All we needed was something to hold the loops. Many kids use their fingers, but it’s a little tiring as well as leaving you sore! So we came up with the idea of using a plastic fork with the middle tines broken out. Other than that, […]

Cra-Z-Loom Bracelet Maker Loom


If you have children in your house between the ages of 5 and 15, you already know about the bracelet loom phenomenon.  It’s the craft using rubber band loops and a plastic loom to create different designs that you can turn in to bracelets (or necklaces, for that matter.)  The kind folks at Toys R Us and Cra-Z-Art graciously sent one  for my “junior assistants” to try out! Here’s how it’s described on the website: The simple loop, weave and […]

Product Review: Creativity for Kids – Tie Dye Kit

product photo

I admit it, I have never, ever tie dyed anything before.  It’s always seemed messy and a little daunting to me.  My oldest daughter Emma picked up this Tie Dye kit by Creativity for Kids (which is owned by CTD favorite, Faber-Castell) up at the local Target with some of her allowance money.  I kind of rolled my eyes when she and my husband brought it home and he disappeared into the other room.  Upon closer look, I noticed that […]

Kid’s Craft Idea- Crepe Paper “Painting” Recycle Crafting

If you like, you can then have your young artist outline the paintings with black paint to help define the images.

This is a craft that I’ve done with the kids, but I’ve also done by myself for fun. It’s also eco-friendly, because you can re-use tissue and crepe paper from parties, presents, and packaging. The idea is to use the wet the tissue paper onto watercolor paper and let it “bleed” to create a picture. Wanna learn how? All you need is: used tissue and crepe paper that is not water-resistant (this is very important) Larger sheet of watercolor paper […]