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Valentine’s Day “stained glass” hearts

Short of hopping the next plane to Florida, there’s not much you can do about the gray and dreary winter skies that blanket Chicago this time of year. However, you can improve the view out your windows by decorating them with colorful “stained glass” hearts just in time for Valentine’s Day.This fun and easy project will brighten everyone’s mood while creating some homemade holiday decor.

Perfect paper snowflakes

If you're tired of looking out your window at the dreary winter sky, improve your view with some beautiful paper snowflakes. This is a fine seasonal project for kids-and adults, too. As any experienced paper snowflake-maker can tell you, it takes more than a piece of paper and scissors to create a flake that resembles the real thing. But with the proper cuts and folds, you and your kids can make a unique and attractive window decoration. Need some inspiration? Try these print-and-cut patterns

Joy Jar

Sometimes everyday things get overlooked in the whirlwind family life and holiday hustle and bustle. So before the feasting stars, take some time this month to really focus your family's attention on all that you have to be thankful for - especially each other.

Turkey Napkin Ring

Use an empty toilet paper tube to brighten up your Thanksgiving table. This craft will help even the youngest in your brood feel involved in the holiday prep.

American flag craft

Perfect for a July 4th party or a care package for our troops abroad, this tissue-paper craft has plenty of fanfare.

Batty sock puppet

With all the little ghosts and ghouls wandering about town, October is definitely the spookiest month of the year. What better time to teach your kids a little bit about bats—and have some fun with bat-themed craft projects.

Wildflower Greeting Cards

Scrap paper transforms into beautiful, eco-friendly greeting cards that sprout wildflowers when planted. This project teaches basic paper-making skills while also offering a hands-on gardening experience.
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