Sparkle & Shine Snowflakes! {easy craft for kids!}

Hi friends and happy Thanksgiving to my American readers! By now the turkey and sides have been put in the fridge, the dishes have been washed and you may be sitting down and enjoying some much deserved relaxation. Or maybe you have got your second wind and you are ready to shop, if so, more power to you! I have never done black Friday and stores are not allowed to open in Thanksgiving in Maine so I am content to stay home and be cozy with my family. One thing I always loved about after Thanksgiving dinner was the crafts we would make (except for those darn baking crystal sun-catchers…those were aggravating) mom would give us girls a project to work on while she addressed Christmas cards. I wish I was that organized! But even I can lay out a few bowls of beads and some pipe cleaners so my kids can make some special ornaments!

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These are really easy and inexpensive and you probably have the supplies on hand. All you need are plastic beads and pipe cleaners. If you do not have pipe cleaners you can get them for a steal from our sponsor Papermart.  Watch the video to see how I made these:

Tips!

  • If you have small children make the snowflake form for them but let them string on the beads.
  • Use old or cheap scissors for cutting the pipe cleaners because they might nick your nice ones. Those scissors can be your pipe cleaner scissors, wrap a piece of pipe cleaner around the handle so you will remember!
  • Use leftover beads from other projects. The mix-matched ones your kids will pick will make them all the more special.
  • Fishing line makes an excellent hanger.

Now, if I can get my Christmas cards addressed before mid-December I will be doing great! Enjoy this wonderful day with your family and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s Pick a Winner & Make a Popcorn Box!

Hi friends! Tonight I have selected, at random, a winner for the GreenSneakers template giveaway…adkwyvern (AKA Angela)!!! Make sure you respond to the email I sent you so you can get your prize! I was inspired to use the GreenSneaker popcorn box template for tonight’s project:

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I think that this would be cute for serving popcorn at a party or for tucking some boxes of candy, and a DVD or cinema tickets in for a custom gift for a movie lover! Watch the video to see how it is done:

I want to thank everyone who played along in this giveaway. Don’t forget the coupon Lind20 is still good for 20% off your order through 11/30/14 so you can grab the goodies you want and save! Thanks to Greensneakers for sponsoring this giveaway and thank you for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

The best part of wakin’ up {is ask a crafter in your cup!}

Hi Friends! I am posting this weeks Ask a Crafter in the morning because I have so much great stuff to fit in before Thanksgiving! You still have a chance to win templates from GreenSneekers on last weeks post but be quick because I will be drawing a winner tonight! And now it’s the video you were waiting for…Ask a Crafter!

I am glad you spent a moment of you day with me. I am sure many of my American readers are busy getting ready for Thanksgiving tomorrow. The weatherman is calling for 6″-14″ of snow for us tonight so I hope everyone traveling in this tomorrow does so safely. Hopefully the roads will be clear by Thanksgiving dinner. Leave questions for future shows below and as always happy crafting!

Let’s Paint Chinese Lanterns!

Hi Friends! Today I am going to show you how to paint vibrant Chinese lanterns in watercolor. It is really easy too! These will look nice on a  card or as a  larger painting. Follow along and have fun!

I am trying to come up with some easy Christmas card watercolor lessons for you, if you have some ideas of what would look like watercolored on a card for Christmas please leave them in the comments! Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Have you been missing videos? And DIY Glue Dot Tutorial!

Hi friends! Well, I have been busy with my new hobby…learning how to twitter…or tweet, I’m not really sure. But the reason I have logged into my long neglected twitter account was because of you guys! I have been receiving emails lately from some viewers who were upset that they were missing videos, one woman had thought I stopped posting over the summer and quite a few were saying that my daily videos were not showing up in their You Tube subscriber feeds and they were not getting the subscriber emails from YouTube. I did not know what to do, I did not realize that everything you subscribe to does not show up in your feed until I had to hunt down the latest videos from one of my favorite YouTubers. Then it clicked! I remembered that my Youtube account has a feature to post to twitter as soon as a video goes live. I thought, hey, that could be my solution for my friends who use Twitter, they can ignore it if the video does not interest them or watch it if it does and it won’t clog up their emails. My Username on Twitter is @lindsayweirich and my name is TheFrugalCrafter, I would have reversed that but thefrugalcrafter is too long and someone already has frugalcrafter as a username so there we are. I only have a handful of friends on Twitter so I’d love it if you followed me (maybe you can give me some tips?) I hope this solution is helpful to those of you who are missing videos. I try to eventually get all of the videos I upload here on the blog but it does not always happen so this way you won’s miss anything:) I am so grateful to everyone who watches my videos and I don’t want to overwhelm anyone but I want to make sure you can find them if you want them, that’s all:)

Now for today’s video!

DIY Glue Dots:

Supplies:

Aleenes Tack It Over & Over Glue ($4 and will make thousands of dots!)

wax paper

Directions: Squeeze out small drops of glue on wax paper and let dry. Cover with another sheet of wax paper when dry. Sticker paper backing works better than wax paper if you have it. I have even kept mine in an old sticker book.

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Paris is always a good idea!

Hi Friends! Whew, I just got back from seeing the new Mocking Jay movie! I really liked it! Ten of us friends went together, I drove one of the carpool vehicles which was referred to as “Mr. Toads Wild Ride” hey, I will entertain you to and from the movie, that is the kinda gal I am! we had a great time and most importantly I delivered everyone (well the 5 in my car) home safe and sound. I did not really have  a post planned tonight but I did make this fun journal page the other day so I thought I would share. I am using an Audrey Hepburn Quote:

Please note that the virtual convention sale with Lost Coast Designs I mentioned in the video is over but maybe if you type “Lindsay sent me” in the comments box the owner will do something nice for you:) I used the cityscape and 4th dimension background stamps. I would have liked to blog this last weekend but I did not have the time. I hope you have a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

A Double the Fun Thanksgiving Craft! {a boredom buster!}

Hi friends! First up I want to share some exciting news that I hinted at yesterday: I am doing monthly craft segments for my local ABC & FOX affiliates and you can see my latest segment here! The story was really quick so next time I am going to make sure I have a simpler concept to make sure everyone can follow along at home. I decided to expand the craft from the news story and share the project with you here today!

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My other exciting news was that the washi tape I have been waiting for from Papermart has finally arrived. It has been selling out so fast but I finally got some and almost all they carry! You get 10 yards (30 feet) for $1.34 a roll. They also have solid color multi packs, I got those too but have not used them yet. I wanted to use them in a fun project and what is more fun that making a craft and decorating a Thanksgiving table for kids?

I don’t know about you but I want to sit at the kids’ table! Here are the supplies I used:

Directions:
1. Cover a table with brown kraft paper and add doilies as place mats.
2. Fold a piece of cardstock both ways. Unfold.
2. Cut a slit on the horizontal crease on the right side up to the center crease. Fold the top right corner down about 1″ from the center crease. Fold the bottom right corner in to the center crease. Fold the bottom left panel behind the right and fold the remaining triangle over.
3. Fold the top left panel over the top right and fold the bottom panel up. Secure the edges with washi tape.

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To finish place shipping tags and paper in the back pocket and crayons, markers or pens in the front. Add baker’s twine to a shipping tag and place that in the back pocket. Thanks to Papermart for being our sponsor today, be sure to check out the products I used and stock up on your holiday wrapping, ribbons and packaging while you are there! Happy thanksgiving and happy crafting!

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