Our Favorite Summer Crafts Part III

Hey there! We hope you had an amazing Independence Day last week and that some of the tutorials and recipes we shared made planning the day easier. Today we wanted to shift back to our summer craft series, showcasing some of our favorite crafts from around the web. With school out and long summer days to fill, sharing crafts just seems appropriate. Some of these would make great gifts or be fun ideas for party crafts, so enjoy and keep crafting.

Sumo Wrestler Bowling Pins – what an adorable way to recycle and create a game for hours of fun. This tutorial by Sugar and Dots is perfect for kids and adults alike.

Sumo Wrestler Plastic Bottle Bowling Pins – Image and tutorial by Sugar and Dots!

The Twenty Minute Tote – This simple tutorial by the Purl Bee only needs a few materials and is perfect even if you are a beginning sewer (or want to learn).

The Twenty Minute Tote – Image and tutorial from The Purl Bee.

DIY Workout Top – Such a cute and simple workout top—no sewing required, thank you Rabbit Food For My Bunny Teeth! You can use one of your favorite T’s that might be a little too big, or hit up a cool thrift store and get one just for the occasion.

DIY Workout Shirt – Image and tutorial by Rabbit Food For My Bunny Teeth.

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Our Favorite Summer Crafts: Part 1

Hey there Make A Birthday Wish readers 🙂 We hope you had a great week and are as excited as we are for summer! Today we wanted to share some of our favorite summertime crafts. These are perfect for beating boredom once school is out and make great decorations for summer parties & BBQ’s and even great gifts! Here is our first installment of summer craft ideas… be sure to check back next week for even more!

Paper Umbrella Wreath – How perfect would this wreath by Camilla Fabbri from Family Chic be for a luau themed birthday party or BBQ? It’s super easy to make and the results are gorgeous!

Paper Umbrella Wreath – Image & Tutorial by Camilla Fabbri of Family Chic

DIY Bohemian Dream Catcher – How romantic and adorable is this dream catcher? The Little Sage has a great tutorial for creating your own bohemian inspiration. These would be a great party craft or a beautiful gift. 

Image from Ruby Wing, Tutorial from The Little Sage.

DIY Kite – We aren’t sure if anything says summertime fun the way a kite does. And don’t bother buying one when you can make your own! This tutorial from Sweet Jack will have you catching the wind in no time flat.

Image & tutorial from Sweet Jack

What kind of crafts do you usually during the warmer months?

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DIY Christmas Ornaments!

There are a ton of tutorials out there for crafting your own ornaments. Handmade ornaments not only look great on your tree, but they also make fantastic (and affordable) gifts! Crafting a new ornament each year could also be a special holiday tradition you start with your friends or family. And if your family isn’t down to craft you could see if there is a craft swap nearby where fellow crafters get together and swap handmade ornaments. Check out these tutorials for dozens upon dozens of DIY ornaments!

25 Christmas Ornaments To Make

This collection of tutorials comes from The Ornament Girl and is full of really beautiful decorations.

The Best Handmade Christmas Ornaments

We would expect nothing but the best from Martha Stewart! These tutorials are really divine and the results are awesome!

20 Easy Handmade Holiday Ornaments

This collection comes from HGTV and several tutorials involve easy-to-find natural materials!

Do you usually make ornaments for your tree? Feel free to share pictures 🙂

Tasty Kid’s Party Recipes: Vegetarian “Chicken” Strips, Sweet Potato Fries, & Homemade Sauces

Vegan Tofu Strips & Sweet Potato Fries – Image & Recipe from Oh She Glows

All kids love chicken fingers and fries! It’s such a classic and the recipes we are sharing today are a healthy and vegetarian (and vegetarian) way for you, your friends, and family to enjoy this classic American meal! The recipe is super easy to whip up within an hour, and if you don’t want to opt for  tofu, you can always use chicken instead. We came across this great recipe from the blog Oh She Glows, who adapted her recipe from a great cookbook: Veganomicon. It looks so cheery and tasty!


  • 1 Package Organic Extra Firm Tofu
  • 1/2 Cup Almond Milk (or Soy, or Rice Milk)
  • 1 Tbsp Cornstarch
  • 1/3 Cup Cornmeal (We Used Bob’s Red Mill Organic Cornmeal)
  • 1/2 Cup Whole Wheat Breadcrumbs (or Substitute with Gluten Free Crumbs, or Panko)
  • 1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 Tsp Chili Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/4 Tsp Cayenne Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • For Fries: 1 Large Sweet Potato + 1 Tsp Olive Oil + 1/2 Tsp Cinnamon + Pinch Salt + 1/4 Tsp Cumin

Recipe: Follow Oh She Glow’s excellent step by step instructions complete with pictures! When we made it they turned out amazing, and honestly tasted a heck of a lot like chicken! Of course you could always use chicken in this recipe, and have a healthy baked chicken strip recipe. The fries are so tasty, but depending on how you cut them, they may need a little less time than the strips.

Homemade Sauces for Dipping

Really take it up a notch and whip up some delicious homemade sauces. We have collected a few recipes for:

Homemade Ketchup – Courtesy of Skinny Taste

Homemade Honey Mustard – Courtesy of Pennies on a Platter. Hint: To make it vegan, use vegan mayonnaise!

Homemade Barbecue Sauce – Courtesy of Simply Scratch

We are huge fans of this recipe, even though we aren’t huge fans of tofu. So if you are looking for an easy weeknight meal, or a fun party food that you don’t have to feel guilty for, give these recipes a try! They won’t disappoint!

What are your thoughts on tofu?

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DIY Tutorials: Play Dough!

Today we’ve got two tutorials for making a childhood favorite… play dough! These recipes are simple and would be great to do with little ones. Make up some play dough in your child’s birthday party theme colors and store in little glass jars (maybe old baby food jars) to give away as party favors!

Play Dough Recipe # 1

This recipe (and photo) comes from a great blog called adelynSTONE, written by Kristan Lynn. She has created a beautifully detailed tutorial complete with pictures to guide you and your little one in making play dough!


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp cream of tarter
  • Food coloring (kool-aid packets or food coloring work well)
  • Sparkles
  • Sauce pan and wooden spoon


Click here to go to Kristan Lynn’s step by step tutorial!

Play Dough Recipe # 2 

This recipe comes from the blog Musings From A Stay At Home Mom! The ingredients are the same, but the proportions are a little different (there is more salt in this one).


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1/3 cup salt
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • food coloring


Click here to see the step by step tutorial.


What colors would you and your child make your play dough?

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Birthday Party Ideas That Keep You Active This Summer: Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing (Photo credit: Greatist)

Over the next few weeks we wanted to share some party ideas that will get kids and adults alike experiencing the outdoors and embracing their playful sides! These adventure party themes are great for creating memories while teaching kids the importance of staying healthy and active. To get this adventure themed series started, let’s talk about rock climbing! A rock climbing party is a great idea for both younger kids and older climbing enthusiasts. Climbing options range from bouldering (climbing short distances without a rope and with plenty of padding) to top-rope climbing (climbing higher with a rope and partner). Many climbing gyms even have birthday party specials and rooms that can be used to serve cake and ice cream! Typically climbing gyms will have trained instructors available to show the kids the ropes (pun intended) and make sure they climb safely! If you are in the Bay Area some great climbing gyms to consider are:

  • Planet Granite– this gym has locations in Sunnyvale, Belmont, and San Francisco and offers both bouldering and top-rope climbing.
  • Berkeley Ironworks – this East Bay climbing gym has party rates at $100 for 5 kids (and $20/each additional child) and offers both top-rope and bouldering facilities.
  • Rockzilla– this smaller Napa facility offers party specials of $175/2-hour party or $275/3-hour party and offers both bouldering and top-rope climbing routes.
  • Vertex -this gym is located in Santa Rosa and parties start at $130 for 6 children, and $20/each additional guest. There is even an option to book the entire gym for large parties on Saturday nights!

Later this week we will share some other great party ideas that will keep you active this summer! Have you or your children ever tried rock climbing? What did you think?

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