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This post first ran in 2012, and it continues to be a hit with you Pinterest-loving crafty mamas. If you missed it the first time, check out our friend Nikki McGonigal‘s tutorial for a holiday cupcake wrapper wreath, and her tips for sane and satisfying crafting with small kids. Enjoy! 

Cupcake Wrapper Wreath, craft tutorial, moms, kids
As a stay-at-home mom / work-at-home craft blogger, crafting with my kids is what I do. In fact my job description would probably read something like this: create projects with the help of two assistants (currently ages 3 and 5), photograph said projects (afterwards, crop out smiling assistants from the background), then post project how-to’s and tutorials, while somehow keeping those same two assistants out of trouble.

Oh, and love every minute of itbecause I do. I wouldn’t change a thing, and my “assistants” wouldn’t either. We spend time together every day, engaged and present, laughing, singing, and telling stories. I hope that I’m fostering a love for creativity in my children, and teaching them that there is no right or wrong when it comes to creating something that we make together.

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