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Elisabeth Röhm’s Blog: Arts and Creative Crafts

06/09/2011 at 09:00 AM ET
Robert Evans

Elisabeth Röhm, best known for her role as Serena Southerlyn on Law & Order, has a busy year ahead of her.

The actress, 38, can be seen on the big screen in the upcoming films Chlorine, Transit, Abduction and Officer Down, and is found online on Facebook and @ElisabethRohm on Twitter.

In her latest blog, Röhm continues her summer fun theme, sharing some fun arts and crafts she enjoys with Easton August, 3, her daughter with fiancé Ron Anthony.

I don’t know about you guys, but I am no Martha Stewart. I have never been one to excel in the area of arts and crafts. I certainly don’t sew my dinner napkins or make my holiday wreaths from scratch. The closest I get to being crafty is when I use cookie cutters when I bake!

In light of my being somewhat inept in this area, I reached out to my friend Karen Kimmel, who is a Los Angeles based artist, designer and creative consultant with an ever-expanding line of inspirational art tools and accessories called Kimmel Kids. Her ability to create a doorway of expression for both kids and adults alike is truly a gift, and I have learned to be fearless in my exploration of arts and crafts thanks to her — and of course my darling daughter Easton.

Now that the summer months are upon us, I know all of us moms are searching for ways to inspire our children. Some of us — like myself! — are unable to put their children in summer camp. So if you can’t bring the kid to camp, bring the camp to the kid! Our apartment in New York has become an explosion of summer fun.

Here are some crafting projects that Karen recommends for you and kids on a long summer afternoon. They’re delightfully old-fashioned! For the full step by step rundown of each activity, click here.

Here’s to our kids getting us out of comfort zone and inspiring us to be creative. Time to play!

Potato Print Bandanna

  • lots of potatoes
  • a knife (and some supervision)
  • a plain bandanna
  • acrylic paint or an inkpad
  • a plate for the paint
  • newspaper (for the mess)

Potato printing is one of those fun, simple projects where the final product is worth so more than the sum of its parts. With a potato, a knife, and some paint, you can really Pucci out on a craft store bandanna!

God’s Eyes

  • 2 sticks per God’s eye
  • lots of colorful yarn

An oldie, but a goodie! This one is super simple and meditative — great for younger kids. When you’re done, you can screw a hook into the top of your God’s eye and turn it into an ornament or a mobile.

Sun Prints

  • feathers
  • buttons
  • anything that would make a cool silhouette
  • sunshine!

The ultimate, outdoor craft for a sunny day!

Macramé Key Fobs

  • jute
  • beads
  • key ring
  • patience

Make it as long and elaborate as you like — one of the women at crafting community rocked hers as a hair accessory!

Paperclip Necklace

  • paperclips
  • colored tape
  • pliers
  • jump rings

A great project for older kids and an absolutely addictive project for moms! You can really play around with the way the paper clips connect to each other and experiment with different shapes. Get ready for some compliments!

Succulent Garden

  • a succulent plant or two
  • canning jar or other glass container
  • pebbles, sand or colored rock (or all of the above!)
  • decorative moss
  • potting soil
  • woodchips or mulch

An excellent party favor or gift — there’s nothing cheerier than a little succulence in a mason jar!

– Elisabeth Röhm

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Dorothy on

I love these ideas. It’s nice to see something outside the typical craft suggestions. I also adore that photo of mom and daughter. So sweet!

Jenni Caden on

This is cool!

Anna on

Just saw this posting and can’t wait to do these fun activities with my kids! How cool is that Kimmel Kids website as well :) Thanks for posting!

AllisonJ on

Thanks, Elisabeth – these ideas are awesome! I especially love the bandana print and God’s eye. My 7 year old daughter is REALLY into crafts, and that’s how we bond together, too.

Looking forward to trying these new crafts – I’m always looking for new ideas!

Sam Jones on

I am obsessed with these all. Thank you SO much. I am going to get my children her kits as well, so smart and different.

Kate on

I LOVE these! I went to the Kimmel Kids website and looked around their blog, found even more cute crafting ideas. Thanks for sharing!

Katie on

I love all of these creative ideas – especially the key fobs and God’s Eyes! Karen’s crafts are sure to keep the kids busy during the long summer months. Thanks for sharing!

Molly on

Adorable mom and daughter picture. I must say I’m going to try a few of the projects even though I don’t have kids yet :)

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