Easter Eggs As Good As Gold

By PBK Editors

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Add a golden touch to your Easter festivities with these beautiful DIY Gold Leaf Eggs from Little Inspiration. For a fun twist, hide a few of them along with regular eggs during your Easter egg hunt. When little ones find the golden ones, they get a special treat or toy!

Looking for a few more Easter ideas? Visit Design Studio to view our Rustic Easter Party and our Whimsical Easter Party – and get inspired.

DIY Pop-Up Paper Alligators

By Jordan Ferney

Written by Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day for Building Blocks.

Today I’m excited to share this fun DIY based on the Jeremy alligator sheets from Pottery Barn Kids’ spring collection. The pattern on the sheets is so rad – and it inspired me to design these pop-up paper alligators. They’re super easy to make, and we’ve even included the template for this craft below. Have your kids create their own, then use them as decorations for a party or as fun room decor!

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To make the alligators, you’ll need:

  • Alligator Template
  • White cardstock
  • X-Acto knife or scissors
  • Ruler
  • Bone folder
  • Cutting mat
  • Colored paper

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Step 1: Glue two sheets of 8.5×11” pages together, each vertical. (If your paper is large enough for the template, skip this step.)
Step 2: Print the template; glue where indicated.
Step 3: Fold paper hot-dog style so that it matches the height of the alligator template.

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Step 4: Trace the template so the alligator’s back is on the fold, ignoring the triangles (the alligator’s spikes).
Step 5: Cut out the alligator while the paper is still folded.
Step 6: Open the folded alligator and place the template so the alligator’s back is at the fold, this time at the inside score line.OhHappyDay-PopUpAlligators4

Step 7: Using the triangles as a guide, draw the alligator’s spikes above the score. Be sure the bottom points of each triangle do not touch one another.
Step 8: Using the X-Acto knife, cut each triangle on the top two lines. Do not cut on the fold.
Step 9: Decorate!

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Have fun mixing different colors and shapes, and create an alligator family your kids will love.

A New Way To Eat Cereal

By PBK Editors

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Did you know that today is National Cereal Day? To celebrate, we’ve rounded up a few inventive ways to incorporate this tasty ingredient into other treats – think beyond the bowl of milk!

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Transform a classic favorite cereal into dessert with this cream Cap’n Crunch Cereal Ice Cream from Sift and Whisk. We guarantee your little ones will love its sweet, familiar flavor.

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Scoot over, rice krispie treats — these Fruit Loop Treats on a Stick from Hostess With The Mostess offer a colorful twist. We especially love how this goodie keeps little hands from getting too sticky!

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We’re a fan of bite-size treats and these mini Cinnamon Toast Coffee Cake Bites from Spoon Fork Bacon pack a sweet punch in a little package – perfect for special occasions and parties.

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A rainbow of colors makes these Fruity Pebble Macarons from The Novice Chef stand out. Elegant and pretty, they’d be a tea-party favorite.

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Taking a break from sweets, we love these Baked Chicken Fingers from Dessert For Two, starring none other than Corn Flakes. They’re simple, tasty and a surefire dinner favorite for hungry kids.

Getting hungry? Check out all our recipe ideas on Design Studio.

3 Playroom Perfect Themes

By PBK Editors

From a pretty place for a tea party to a space for fire-fighting and adventure, here are three of our favorite ideas for a perfect playroom theme.

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Tea time comes to life in our Tea Party Playhouse. Set up a special tea set with some fresh flowers and a few party guests, and your little one will be sent off to the land of make-believe.

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Your little hero will delight in our Firehouse Playhouse, where even the biggest pretend fires can be fought with a little imagination. And don’t forget a few essentials – like a police car ride-on or a mini fire truck– to assist your everyday hero.

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Be transported with your child in our castle-like Preppy Playhouse. Whether your little one takes the thrown or sets up a bakery, this play space is ready for magical ideas.

Visit potterybarnkids.com to see all our playroom pieces — and save up to 25% on all things play at our Playroom Sale!

Rain, Rain, You Can Stay: a DIY Umbrella Craft

By PBK Editors

Rainy days can make venturing outdoors a hassle – especially when kids insist on running around to get soaking wet! Here’s an easy indoor project from Design for Mankind that will get your little ones to love taking cover in the rain.

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The best part of this craft: each family member can personalize their umbrella depending on their style. From sophisticated geometric triangles for the adults to stamps and letter stencils for the kids, everyone will come away with an umbrella they love.

Helpful tip: Be sure to use waterproof fabric paint and a nylon umbrella, as the paint won’t adhere to plastic.

What are your favorite crafts for rainy days? Share with us in the comments below!

 

Tips for Creating A Dream Bedroom

By PBK Editors

Add an extra element of whimsy to your child’s bedroom with a few of our tips for making make-believe come alive! Here are three ways to get started on a fantasy bedroom your little one will love.

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1.  Choose the perfect theme. Does your child love a world of castles and magic, or do you have a tiny explorer who enjoys the outdoors? Incorporate their interests into the room’s theme so it feels like their own. Start by getting inspired with our room ideas from Design Studio.

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2. Pick a fantastic piece of furniture. To create a truly special space, try a grand statement – like our Tree House Bed or classic Canopy Bed.

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 3. Dress the room from top to bottom. From a printed rug to fun wall decal, add elements of the theme throughout the space. Don’t be afraid to mix and match print and color, as long as each piece relates to your overall theme.

Ready to create a dream room? Visit potterybarnkids.com to shop our bedroom furniture sale – it ends today!