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Chickens Crafts Family Fun Video

Create Colorful Paper Chicken Friends

This past week I presented at the Mother Earth News Fair in Seven Springs, PA.  Each year, one of my favorite things to do is meet up with the kids attending the fair. I love to get kids excited about art and put on a workshop just for them.  This past year we did bookmarks and this year I decided to inspire the kids’ creativity with paper chicken friends. 

Crafts Family Fun

Craft This Vacation Shadowbox

Last month, we quietly slipped away for a family vacation. It had been so long since we had taken a really big vacation. Off we went, even the kiddos, to the beautiful Hawaiian Islands. We had such a blast exploring. We hiked to waterfalls, rode horses, swam in the most amazing lagoons with sea turtles, snorkeled, sailed, and peered into a sleeping volcano. Of course it is never long enough and I knew it was a complete success when my kids asked me when we could return. As I was unpacking the bags, I realized that the kids had picked up maps, brochures and oodles of pamphlets. To me, holding onto these meant something to them. So instead of putting them away in a box to collect dust, I scooped them up and decided to turn them into this vacation shadowbox.

Chickens DIY Projects

Chick Brooder DIY Tutorial

chick brooder DIY
Day old baby chicks can’t wait to warm up in their brooder.

The first temporary home where day old chicks will live until they are six weeks old is called a brooder. A brooder can be created from practically anything as long as you keep your baby chicks safe and draft free. From rubbermaid tubs, cardboard boxes, metal feed troughs or even prefabbed brooders, the possibilities are endless. If you only order a few chicks, you can start out with a smaller brooder and increase the brooder’s size as they grow. This chick brooder DIY project is super simple.  The brooder should include a heat source, a feeder filled with chick feed, a waterer with marbles added for safety, and fresh kiln dried pine shavings.

Crafts

DIY Dog Toy

HGTV- MCaughey-dogtoy

Looking for the perfect gift for fido?

How about sewing up a sweet durable and long lasting home made dog toy?

I created this one to look like a log and Sara just adores it. Probably because I made it so that you could add a plastic water bottle. She goes bonkers for the crunching noise.

Get the complete step by step tutorial on my post for HGTV.

Gardening Gardening with Chickens Projects

Easy DIY Raised Garden Beds

Two years ago, I was enlisted as the Project Coordinator for a new school yard garden project.  It was the first of its kind on school property and was started on a shoestring budget.  One way that we kept cost down was to build our own raised beds.  After scouring various gardening magazines and internet sites, I combined much of what I saw to form simple and easy gardening beds.  This project requires beginning woodworking skills.  Alone, it took me a just a morning to complete, including the time spent at Home Depot purchasing the supplies.