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14 Rainy-day craft and meal ideas

Christine Bryant is a freelance writer based in Columbus, OH, where she lives with her husband and daughter. She writes for SheKnows, as well as several other publications that include newspapers and magazines. She writes on topics such ...

Beat the dreary weather with these fun craft and meal ideas

Has the rain given you the blues? Think of it this way: A rainy day is the perfect time to conquer that craft or recipe you've always wanted to try. Here are 14 craft and recipe ideas you can either try on your own or enjoy doing with your kids.

For some, there's nothing more depressing than a rainy day. For others, it's a perfect day to put on some comfy clothing and enjoy time at home. Check out these fantastic bloggers' ideas on crafts and meals to keep you and your loved ones busy on a rainy day.

1

Animal box mask

Animal box mask

Let your child's creativity explode with these animal masks made out of a box and colorful duct tape.

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2

Healthy breakfast burritos

Healthy breakfast burritos

Wake up on a rainy morning with these healthy breakfast burritos, which are full of fiber, healthy fats and protein.

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3

Cardboard houses

Cardboard houses

What better way is there to have fun on a rainy day than to create a playhouse for your child to enjoy while being stuck inside? This straightforward and simple project will leave your child loving his or her own personal space.

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4

Potato, turnip, kale and white bean soup

Potato, turnip, kale and white bean soup

Nothing exudes warmth on a cold day like a tasty soup. This easy recipe uses white beans and vegetable scraps from your fridge.

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5

Potato-stamp valentines

Potato Stamp Valentines

Though originally intended for Valentine's Day, these potato stamps can be used at any time of the year to make cards, artwork and other crafts.

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6

From-scratch corn dogs

From-scratch corn dogs

Frozen, microwaveable corn dogs leave something to be desired, so if you have picky little ones or just enjoy a good corn dog yourself, try this recipe for your next meal.

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7

Recycled-art paper chain

Recycled-art paper chain

If you have school-age children, chances are you have lots of art lying around. Here's a way you can take some of that artwork and turn it into one big work of art.

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8

Pasta with cream sauce and whatever

Pasta with cream sauce and whatever

What makes this recipe so great is the fact that you can pick and choose the herbs and meats you want to add to the delicious pasta. While the recipe calls for salmon, you can replace it with chicken, for instance — saving you a trip out in the rain.

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9

Leather pouches

Leather pouches

Do you have small treasures and need a place to store them, or are you looking for the perfect little bag to carry with you on short outings? Try these easy-to-make leather pouches that are both adorable and functional.

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10

Lazy Girl's zucchini spaghetti

Lazy Girl's Zucchini Spaghetti

If you love zucchini, this recipe is for you. Add in some garlic, basil pesto and fresh veggies, and this recipe will leave you ready for another rainy day.

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11

The Magic Jar

The Magic Jar

Do you have a child entering his terrible twos or even terrible threes? This calming jar, called "The Magic Jar," is a wonderful craft for you as a parent. When finished, it helps calm your child when she's angry or sad.

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12

Multiuse feta pesto

Multi-use feta pesto

What's the best part about this recipe? It can be used in many different ways — making each dinner you use it with unique and special. Try it on grilled bread mixed in with pasta or served over meat such as roasted chicken.

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13

Love notes

Love notes

Not just for Valentine's Day, love notes can be given year-round and are a perfect way to say "I love you" to a special person in your life.

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14

Food art

Food art

Here's a way to entice a picky eater in your family: food art! Take vibrant colors from fresh produce and turn your lunch or dinner into exciting art.

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