Crafts inspiration and tutorials to help brighten and keep your home, homeschool, and person. Crafts can help bring homeschooling lessons to life, whether they be craft projects for history, holidays, literature, or even math or science! We prefer to work with natural materials, such as paper, wool, and wood, though we have been known to experiment with other materials on occasion.

Preserving Autumn Leaves With Beeswax | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

Every year, it seems, we experiment with a different way of preserving leaves, trying to find the best method possible. This year, we dipped our leaves in beeswax. The method is pretty easy and can even be done with younger children, because beeswax melts at a relatively low temperature (though proper supervision is a must obviously). […]

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Seasonally Inspired Learning – 10 Halloween Activities for Kids

Halloween is only 17 days away! Are you ready? We’re not! We had the stomach flu all week! Blech! This is the longest stomach flu we have ever had in the 25 years that I’ve been parenting, but I guess it is not that unusual for it to last up to 10 days. Then last […]

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Seasonal Learning - 10 Things To Do With Corn for Kids | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

October is here! I originally had planned this week to be focusing on corn, though corn has been in season here for months now. Still, early October is when I think of corn harvesting time and certainly the calico corn is just appearing alongside the ornamental gourds in our store. So, here is our seasonal […]

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How to Make a Calico Corn Necklace | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

Calico Corn (sometimes referred to as “Indian Corn”) Calico corn looks gorgeous as an autumn decoration, but can also be used to make a beautiful calico corn necklace for your child. Nothing man made can compare to the striking autumn jewel tones of calico corn. Sola and I made  calico corn necklaces for many years […]

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How to Make Botanical Handmade Paper | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

I’ve been wanting to try my hand at making handmade paper for some time now. I like the idea of being able to recycle my own paper. Plus, this year I am trying a new approach to nature journaling. Instead of buying fancy journals, Sola and I will making our own journals and I thought […]

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