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Bonnie Thomas


Bonnie Thomas shares her ideas and instructions for simple Yankee crafts. Bonnie Thomas works full time as a child and family therapist in Southern Maine and is also an established artist and author. She has published two books via Jessica Kingsley Publishing, titled Creative Coping Skills for Children: Emotional Support Through Arts and Crafts Activities and Creative Expression Activities for Teens: Exploring Identity Through Art, Craft and Journaling. Don't miss her latest book, How to Get Kids Offline, Outdoors, and Connecting With Nature

Soda Can Tealight Holders

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We had a lot of picnics this summer—this is par for the course at our house.  So I’ve... Read More »

Cookie Portraits | Edible Art

4 votes, 3.25 avg. rating (67% score)

Here is a craft project that is absolutely foolish (in a good way) and will bring a smile... Read More »

Embellished Utensils | Beach Picnic Craft

2 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (92% score)

Last week I went to Parson’s Beach in Kennebunk, Maine, to celebrate a friend’s birthday with a beach... Read More »

Make Beaded Spool Ornaments

2 votes, 4.00 avg. rating (79% score)

Beaded spool ornaments are whimsical decorations created from a hodgepodge of materials.  The variety of materials in these... Read More »

DIY Geometrical Blocks

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Geometrical blocks are wood shapes that have been painted or stained in various colors and patterns.  The blocks... Read More »

Make 4th of July Dessert Plates

1 vote, 5.00 avg. rating (89% score)

It’s strawberry season and it’s almost the 4th of July. This combination of events means that shortcake and... Read More »

Land Art | Take Your Creativity Outdoors

4 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (95% score)

Summer in New England offers endless places to explore. Beaches, rivers, lakes, mountains, and forests are abundant and... Read More »

Create a Summer Sketch Journal

4 votes, 4.50 avg. rating (87% score)

At the start of summer I like to head to an art supply store and pick out a... Read More »

DIY Repurposed Memo Books

1 vote, 5.00 avg. rating (89% score)

Have you ever spent time at a lakeside or mountain camp with friends and family? It is one... Read More »

Make Inspiration Tags

1 vote, 5.00 avg. rating (89% score)

Inspiration Tags are small tags created from cardboard, or repurposed from countertop samples, that you decoupage with words... Read More »

Make Nest-Inspired May Baskets

2 votes, 4.50 avg. rating (86% score)

If you have followed The Crafty Yankee blog for a couple years now, then you know May Day... Read More »

Make Easter Chick Cupcake Toppers

1 vote, 5.00 avg. rating (89% score)

Easter is like many holidays where family and friends gather to celebrate with festivities and food.   These... Read More »

Make Your Own Display Boxes

Make Your Own Display Boxes

4 votes, 4.00 avg. rating (79% score)

I wanted to add spring colors to our walls and I had several small cardboard boxes on hand... Read More »

DIY Easter Baskets

DIY Easter Baskets

1 vote, 5.00 avg. rating (89% score)

Easter baskets can be purchased in a variety of shapes, sizes, and themes.  But if you are uninspired... Read More »

Make Ribbon Organizers

2 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (92% score)

After a long and snowy winter, I have made quite a mess of my craft supplies. This week... Read More »

Shabby Chic Paper Flag Garland

3 votes, 4.67 avg. rating (89% score)

Shabby chic paper flag garlands are surprisingly easy and inexpensive to create and you can use them for... Read More »

Valentine’s Day Crafts | Pocket Valentines

1 vote, 5.00 avg. rating (89% score)

Pocket Valentines are small but sturdy cardboard pockets that are decorated for Valentine’s Day and then filled with... Read More »

Decoupaged Hearts on Stones

2 votes, 4.00 avg. rating (79% score)

New Englanders tend to be fond of collecting natural treasures from their outdoor adventures.  Smooth round beach rocks,... Read More »

Make Tissue Paper Valentines

Make Tissue Paper Valentines

2 votes, 4.50 avg. rating (86% score)

Handmade valentines have become a lost art.  Although it’s convenient to buy mass produced valentines, many people still... Read More »

Crafts | Make Decorative String Lights

4 votes, 4.25 avg. rating (83% score)

Winter is the perfect season for completing indoor home projects.  If cabin fever is settling in for you,... Read More »

Make Festive Cocktail Swizzle Sticks

1 vote, 5.00 avg. rating (89% score)

New Year’s Eve is upon us and it’s time to close the year with friends and festivities.  Cocktails... Read More »

Handmade Ornaments | Make Peace and Joy Branches

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Whether you celebrate winter holidays or not, the underlying theme of the season is love, peace and joy.... Read More »

Tree Trimming with Vintage Toys

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I enjoy trimming a Christmas tree with our usual hodgepodge collection of ornaments but I also love themed... Read More »

Holiday Crafts | Make an Envelope Advent Calendar

1 vote, 5.00 avg. rating (89% score)

When you make your own advent calendars it can be challenging to remember to have them made before... Read More »

Decorating with Layered Bean Jars

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November is a time of year when I use more nature-based materials to decorate  our home because I... Read More »

Paper Pumpkins Craft | Decorate for Fall

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It’s pumpkin season!  These easy-to-make paper pumpkins can be hung as decoration for Halloween as well as Thanksgiving.... Read More »

Halloween Crafts | Make Haunted Houses from Recycled Materials

3 votes, 3.67 avg. rating (74% score)

If you celebrate Halloween, it’s time to start decorating!  These haunted houses can be made using mostly recycled... Read More »

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