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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Halloween Wreath


Hi everyone, I know it's been a while since I've posted, but life has a way of taking over not leaving extra time for blogging.

I'm hoping with everyone back in school I'll have a little more time to share some crafts with you.

Here is a cute and very easy Halloween wreath. I saw this on Pinterest -- I didn't Pin it so I don't remember who shared it.

You will need a circular form approx. 10"-12" -- be imaginative if you don't have a wreath form -- I used a pool noodle which I cut to fit the size I wanted. You can use sturdy cardboard, flexible wire hangers, foam wreath from the dollar store, etc.

The form should be narrow, less than 1/2' in width. This smaller width will be more economical as you will be tying the fabric around the form - so the narrower, the better.

Here are the supplies needed:
  • wreath form
  • black and orange fabric
  • halloween decorations (optional)
  • halloween ribbon (optional)
  • scissors
  • ruler
Instructions
  1. Cut the fabric in strips about 1/2 inch in width. Then cut the strips long enough to tie around the wreath form that will give you a 1 inch fringe after tying the knot.
  2. Begin tying the fabric around the wreath alternating the fabric colors. Continue until the wreath is covered.
  3. Add halloween decorations and/or ribbon and the wreath is ready for hanging.


I've shared this with:

mop it up mondays





Monday, September 10, 2012

End of Summer

It is back to school for all. I just love this picture it is calming to look at. Stay tuned for some cute and quick crafts coming up.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Firecracker

Make an easy firecracker for July 4th.   You can add candy for a fun surprise.

July 4th Firecracker
You will need:

  • paper towel tube cut in half
  • red, white, and/or blue construction paper
  • glue stick
  • paint, glitter, stickers for decorating
  • glittery piper cleaners
  • aluminum foil 

  1. Cover one half of the paper towel tube with construction paper.  
  2. Decorate the construction paper in any way you choose with paint, stickers, or glitter.
  3. Crumple up some aluminum foil to fit into the bottom end of the tube.
  4. Fill the tube with candy if you wish.
  5. Place another crumpled piece of foil into the top of the tube and add glittery pipe cleaners


Happy summer crafting!


Thursday, June 7, 2012

Re-Use, Re-Purpose, Recycle Ponytail Holders

Is it just me or is time going by so fast there are not enough hours in the day to turn on the computer.  I've been so pre-occupied with home projects and other family things popping up that I just can't think about anything else.

I realized I might be getting into trouble when I looked at the calendar and noticed there are only a few weeks of school and then summer vacation begins.   Now I'm scrambling to get my camp crafts together.

Here is an easy craft that is inexpensive and you can probably do this a few times this summer with the girls.  Using the nylon ponytail holders you can make bracelets, headbands and belts.   Pick up a bunch of these in the dollar store and keep them on hand.

Ponytail Holder Bracelets & More
You will need:
  • Packages of assorted color nylon ponytail holders OR nylon headbands
  • Depending on wrist size, you will need approximately 5-7 holders for each bracelet.
  1. This is so easy, all you need to do is loop each one into the other (#1) and pull through and continue (#2) on until you reach the length you want.  Pull one ended loop into the other end to close it (#3)!
  2. Use the headband size to make belts.



The is a fun birthday party activity and it makes a great party favor for the girls.



Happy Summer Crafting!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Jewerly Holder for Mother's Day

I came up with this cute idea for Mother's Day.  It is very easy for most ages.  This can be a scavenger hunt in the beginning to find a twig with a few side branches sticking out.  Once the kids find the twig they are looking for they can sit down and peel the bark of the twig.  I was able to use my fingers to get all the bark off.  Once the bark is off find a color paint that is their moms favorite color and paint the twig.  While that is drying gather some beans and some glue and pour into a cup.  I used a craft stick to mix up the beans so they were all coated with the glue.  Once the twig is dry stick it in the middle of the cup and let dry for a couple of hours or overnight.  Seal the twig with mod podge and cut the cup like you peel a banana and you have a cute Jewerly holder. Enjoy

Items needed.
Twig from yard
glue
paint
beans
plastic cup               
craft stick
mod podge

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

April Color Challenge is YELLOW


Hope everyone is enjoying spring.

This month our color theme is YELLOW. You are invited to link up any or all of your personal projects that are YELLOW - link up begins (on April 20) today or whenever you are ready.

Since we are a new linky party we are opening the linky now (originally we chose the 20th of the month to open the linky to give you all time to create a YELLOW project) but I have faith that you can put something together in a flash. The linky will stay open until the end of the month. This will give everyone a chance to join the party, meet new bloggers, and get more traffic.

You can read all about the challenge here.

I look forward to seeing you all with your projects. Flowers, fashions, food, cute little peeps, just sayin'! Anything fun and family friendly but this month it must be YELLOW.

Now Let's Party!


Reuse Coffee Grinds To Make Fossils

Used coffee grinds have many lives. I remember helping my grandmother mix up her used coffee grinds into her vegetable garden. Today we are still composting our garden using coffee grinds.

If you don't have a vegetable garden you can put the coffee grinds to good use for crafting. I used coffee grinds to make a fossil dough. So easy and the kids had lots of fun with this dough.

This is an easy and simple recipe that takes very little time to prepare. All you will need is:

1 cups used coffee grinds
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cups salt

Add all the ingredients into a large bowl and stir until dough forms. (You can add a little more flour or water to get a dough-like consistency for kneading).

On a sheet of wax paper, knead the dough until well mixed.

You can roll out the dough with a rolling pin to about 1/4 inch thickness.
OR
Pinch off chunks of dough and flatten with the palm of your hand and use whatever items you wish to make the impression for the fossil.

The dough can be dried in the oven at low heat (approx. 200) for 10 minutes until dry OR air dry overnight.