Archive for the ‘Just Craftin’’ Category

Thanksgiving is almost here! YAY!

Tristin and Tyler made a video to show your kids a fun craft they can do so they can be little kings and queens at the Thanksgiving table this year!

First, cut the crowns out of card stock and staple it closed, then let the kids go crazy and decorate!

Watch and learn from Tristin and Tyler!



Card Stock


Pom Poms






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Making Eco Moves! That’s what Tristin and Tyler are doing in the next episode of Tristin and Tyler’s Tales from the City! with Fun Art teacher

Laurie Rivlin Caspert of the FunArt Bus!

Laurie gathers up materials that would otherwise be thrown into the trash and recycles them into fun crafts with kiddies!

Tyler picking out his materials for his craft!


Getting on a school bus that has been turned into an art studio! No more huge seats and small aisles, this bus has been remodeled to look like your favorite art class!

The mobile art studio!


The fact this bus can go just about anywhere and bring the party to you is super smart. You can have a birthday party, or just a fun day crafting and not leave your neighborhood!


Laurie is SUPER FUN! It’s easy to see why she is a teacher. She treats the kids like gold, and loves to help them get creative.

The kids did NOT want to leave the bus.

The kids crafting up a storm!

Trying to shoot the episode, AND keep the kids away from the crafts and the dry erase board on the front of the bus was HARD!

But we got through it and we have an amazing episode as a result!

Tyler having fun with Laurie!

Would you craft on a mobile EcoCraft Art Studio?


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Do you remember Tiffany Threadgould of Replayground? The superb upcycler from this episode! Of course you remember her, how could you possibly forget?

Tiffany Threadgould, Tyler and Tristin

Well, now you can make the same fun upcycling projects she made with Tristin and Tyler and MORE without coming to the big, bad N.Y.C., because she has a new book called “ReMake It!”  There are almost 100 fabulously green projects inside this book for you to make with the kiddies or  just for you!

Tiffany's Book REMAKE IT!

Tristin and Tyler just had to interview her so we went to Powerhouse Arena — a super cool spot for books, art and special events in Brooklyn —  for Tiffany’s book signing and some kiddie kraftin’ fun!

Can’t wait to show you the episode on Monday! SO STAY TUNED! In the meantime, here are some photos of craftin’ twins!

Happy Weekend!


Tristin and Tyler crafting at Tiffany's event!

Tyler's recycling craft!

Tyler checking out his new autographed book!

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I am glad Martin Luther King day is here.  Yes, it’s nice to have an extra day off to spend at home with the family, but I am glad to know that we have come pretty far over the years because in addition to what we as parents have told Tristin and Tyler about this courageous individual, the boys have learned all about Mr. King and his “I Have a Dream Speech” in school.  Martin Luther King Day is a great day to be thankful for the right to share the same freedoms as everyone else.

When I asked Tristin and Tyler who Martin Luther King was they yelled simultaneously “a PEACE MAKER!” — and that he was, among many other things!

In honor of Martin Luther King day, Tristin and Tyler made Equality Flowers.  We made the flowers by tracing their little hands, cutting the hand shapes out, (one in black paper and the other in white), and putting them together to make pedals and then adding a stem with a pipe cleaner.  We didn’t need to add anything else because just like that, the flower became symbolic. But being the green/eco-friendly family that we are, we decided to add a twist (how could we resist!) by using recycled magazines to include “the faces of the world.”  Tristin and Tyler looked through a whole bunch of magazines to find people of all colors, races and religions. We added the faces to the flowers to show that although we may look different, as Tyler says: “we are all the same, no matter what!”

Want to see our Equality Flowers? Of course you do!  🙂 Check out the craft episode below, and try to do a similar craft with your little ones or something else just as symbolic on this important day!

Happy Martin Luther King Day!


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Happy Thanksgiving EVE!!!

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love my family, but I’m pretty sure the real allure of the holiday is the fact that I can eat, eat, eat and then eat again the next day because of all of the left overs.  So, in honor of thanksgiving, Tristin and Tyler wanted to make Native Americans!

As you know, I love to do crafts, but in order for it to work with our busy schedule, I always make sure the project is quick, fun and easy to clean up. This craft is no exception!  So, while you wait for the turkey to cook, keep the kids busy with this upcycling craft!

Let’s get started!


1. Different color construction paper

2. Paper towel or toilet paper rolls

3. Scissors

4. Glue stick


First, ask the kids which color paper they would like (they will love mixing and matching different colors) and then cut a strip of paper about three inches wide so that it covers just three quarters of the paper roll.  This strip will be the clothing.  Then, cut another strip about an inch wide which will be the Native American’s headband.

Then cut feathers in another color. The more colors and feathers the better.

Attach the band you cut to the roll using the glue stick. It should go all they way around the roll.  This will be the Native American’s clothing.

Then attach the thinner strip (the “headband”) to the top of the roll the same way, and add the feathers.

Now the kiddies can draw a face on the cardboard and TA DA!! A little Native American!

Easy set up, clean up and the kids will love to play with what they’ve created!

Happy Thanksgiving!!


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Upcycling!  Yes, Tristin and Tyler have done it again! An egg carton into a ladybug.  This is a great craft from Crafts By Amanda! Check her out, she has amazing ideas. This craft is great because it’s quick, easy to clean up and kids really have to focus to make the ladybugs look good,  so while they craft, you can get some quiet time.

Tristin and Tyler thrive on taking something old and turning it into something new!  Actually, they love taking anything and turning it into anything (including a messy room), but I digress…back to crafting!


1. Egg Carton (no eggs in it please, LOL!)

2. Black Pipe Cleaners (or any other color to make it fun)

3. Acrylic paint  (black and any other colors you want) and paint brushes

4. Pom-poms for the heads

5. Hot Glue Gun

6. Mini Googly Eyes

Step 1 –  Cut the carton so that you only have the portion of the carton that holds the eggs.

Step 2 – Paint the carton whatever color you like.  Red is traditional, but Tyler loved his yellow bug — scroll down and check out his “I’m so cool because my shirt matches my ladybug” smile!  What a QT!

Step 3 – Let the “bug bodies” dry for about 20 minutes or so.

Step 4 – Paint the black dots! (the kids may need help with this one).

Then after all is dry, moms and dads can use the hot glue gun to attach the pom-pom head, googly eyes and pipe cleaner antennas.  Also, please remember to keep the hot glue gun out of the kids’ reach.  The gun can get ridiculously hot.

Let me warn you, I fought a long, hard, intense battle with the hot glue gun.  The glue stuck to my fingers, the pom-poms, my shirt – just about everywhere.  So take your time when gluing the ladybugs together.

Anyway, the battle (and all of the stickiness that came along with it) was well worth it because the boys LOVED their ladybugs which still sit happily on top of their bookcase for all to enjoy.

Please send me pics of your lil’ ladybugs,  I will definitely share them with my world!

Happy craftin’


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