Most Popular Posts of 2013

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Our 13 Most Popular Posts of 2013:

With the New Year just around the corner, I thought it would be fun to look back through my blog and highlight our 13 most popular posts of 2013.

Most of these  activities are for kids, but there are a couple crafty-mom posts sprinkled in there, so grab a cuppa something good, put your feet up, and pin, share and bookmark ’til your heart’s content. :)

Our number ONE, most viewed, most popular post in 2013 was our:

1. Homemade Water Colour Paints:

Easy to make with a handful of common kitchen ingredients, these paints are an inexpensive alternative to store-bought kids’ water-colours, and they’ll keep indefinitely.

most popular post of 2013: homemade water colours - happy hooligans


2.  Homemade Giant Bubbles:

This simple recipe makes the biggest bubbles ever .  All you need are a few basic kitchen ingredients.

Hooligans most popular posts of 2013; giant homemade bubbles - happy hooligans

3. Button Snake:

Easy to make: a great activity for developing fine motor and buttoning skills!

Most popular posts of 2013: button snake - happy hooligans

4. Stained Glass Painting:

Create beautiful “stained glass art” using kids’ paint, plastic lids and wax paper!

4th most popular post of 2013: stained glass art painting on window

5. 3-Ingredient Puffy Paint:

3 common kitchen ingredients and a microwave is all you need to create this vibrant 3-dimensional art!

5th most popular Hooligans post of 2013: homemade 3 ingredient puffy paint

 6. Repurposed Denim Aprons:

Use the pant-leg from an old pair of jeans to make a durable denim apron for your little crafter!

Happy Hooligans most popular posts of 2013: repurposed denim pant-leg aprons7. Coloured Mason Jars:

Colour a glass jar with a little glue and some food colouring!

Hooligans most popular posts of the year: coloured mason jars - happy hooligans

8. Rain Sticks:

These rainsticks were fun to make, they look gorgeous, and they sound so lovely!

One of our most popular posts of 2013 - Rainsticks

9. Homemade Wind Chimes:

8 months later, our homemade Rainbow Wind Chimes still look and sound as lovely as they did the day we made them!

easy rainbow stick wind chimes - happy hooligans (one of our most popular posts in 2013)

10. Scissor Exercises for Kids:

5 simple materials and cutting exercises to help your child develop his or her scissor skills!

5 scissor exercises for kids - one of our most viewed posts in 2013

11. Paper Plate Birds:

Kids can make these adorable “rocking” birds with this easy paper-plate art project.

paper plate birds - one of our most popular posts in 2013

12. Homemade Laundry Detergent:

Slash your laundry costs by making your own detergent.  It costs me about $10.00 to make a year’s worth for my busy family and daycare.  Great for top loaders AND front-loading, high efficiency machines.

homemade laundry detergent - most popular posts of the year

And last but not least, our 13th most popular post of 2013 was our:

13. Homemade Light Box:

Make your own light box using 2 common household items.  For about 10 bucks, your child will enjoy hours of creative play and learning!

13th most popular post in 2013: diy light box - 2 supplies cover photo

And there you have it!  Our best 13 of 2013!

A huge hug and a heartfelt thank you to each and every one of you for following a long, for your support and loyalty and for always inspiring and encouraging me to “keep on bloggin'”! xx

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  1. says

    These are great Jackie ! I must try the homemade watercolours , I have my little buddies coming back . I know they would love them . Our favorites this year was wet chalk , your Christmas crafts involving tissue paper, and bubble painting . Thanks for your ideas

  2. Lynn says

    I volunteer for a kids group (I just love it) and you have given me some great ideas for crafts. It is winter and sometimes it get kinda hard to come up with things to keep the kids on task. I am always looking for great ideas and this is a super site for that! THANK YOU SO MUCH!

  3. Terry J Walker says

    Happy New Year, Jackie!
    Thanks for all the great ideas. I provide curriculum and support for homeschool families and use many of your fun, creative and (yea!) recycled projects with all my k-2 students and their parents. I have to say my all-time favorite so far is the cd christmas ornaments! We had a recycled art class and made so many beautiful ornaments. Everyone participated and took home beautifully decorated cd’s transformed from something-ready-to-toss-in-the-landfill to valued treasures. Anyway, who doesn’t love playing with glitter. Some of the parents said they will use these on their fruit trees after Christmas to keep the birds off their fruit.
    Thank you so much for all you do to create and share your wonderful fun.

    • happyhooligans says

      Your comment makes me so happy, Terry! I’m just thrilled to think that you’re using many of our ideas, and I love hearing that your CDs were such a hit with the kids and the parents. Thank you for following along with us, and for using our ideas as inspiration. You’re making a difference in those young lives! x

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