Posted on December 12, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Howdy friends! Tonight I am going to share a project I taught to my children’s knit and crochet class. All you need to know is how to chain, making it the perfect beginner project. This is a great way to use up scrap yarn too!
You will need 3 colors of yarn about 6′ each, a large 4 holed button, a tiny crochet hook that will fit through a button hole and a medium crochet hook such as a US size G.
Start with one piece of yarn and use the tiny crochet hook to pull the yarn through 2 buttonholes and make the ends even. Make a slip knot close to the button with one string and chain until you run out of yarn, do the same for the other side, just be sure to keep the slip knot as close as you can to the button. Repeat with the other 2 colors and you should have 6 strands of chain stitch crochet hanging from the button. Divide the strands into 3 groups by color and braid.
Now make 2 knots: one to end the braid and one to form the toggle and you are done! These make cute Christmas presents and kids can use this technique to make bracelets, necklaces and belts for their dolls too! Happy crafting!
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Posted on December 10, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
OK, I’d love you all to think that I am a super organized crafter who makes her cards months in advance and mails them the day after Thanksgiving but I can not tell a lie, these where whipped up with help of my kids and my husband last night at the kitchen table.
It was a sight to behold, my daughters, my husband and me all making envelopes with the kreate-a-lope (I used up a good portion of old hoarded paper) until I was sure we had a sufficient amount. Then the girls went to bed and hubby cut the swivel cards out, my son cut tinsel strands and I manned the glue gun embellishing like the wind! The envelope and card templates I used are by Green Sneakers and they have free shipping to US customers with code: USfs2 or $10 off everyone outside of the states with code: OV10 on orders of $25 or more! The sale runs through Dec 15th. Tell them Lindsay sent you:) The cards are A2 size (4.25″x5.5″) and here is how they are made:
Seems quick huh? Oddly enough it took longer than I thought it would, we started making envies at 7pm and it was 10 as I glued the last bits of paper strip scraps on crookedly I might add. That was with my husband working diligently to get cards done. Now all we have to do is sign and mail them (hopefully tomorrow.) I know I will need to do another panic batch or cards because I always seem to need more for friends and neighbors but I will keep them simpler because making 60 of anything takes time even with your husband wrapping tinsel around cards and folding holly leaf die cuts so they have the perfect crease. I love that man of mine! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
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Posted on December 8, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Howdy folks! Why does it seem like time speeds up after Thanksgiving? Is it just me? I spent most of the day picking away at card elements for my mass produced handmade Christmas cards and I think I may have developed carpel tunnel syndrome from stamping and punching…stamper tunnel syndrome…huh, I think I just coined a new phrase LOL! Well, if you have to oomph to punch some papers into circles you can make these cute ornaments:
They would be cute on the tree or decorating a gift. Here’s how to make them. The paper is by Oriental Trading Company.
Edited to Add:
Oriental Trading Co. is offering free shipping on any order December 9 & 10! Free Shipping on Any Order PLUS a $10 eGift card with orders of $59 or more. Starts: Midnight December 9 Expires: 11:59pm, December 10 with Coupon Code: FW50FS
One word of caution, don’t use the glue gun when you are sleepy. Friends don’t let friends glue tired. Wow, that didn’t even make sense, I am way to tired to be blogging tonight ha ha ha! Well, thanks for stopping by and til next time (when I am perkier) happy crafting!
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Posted on December 5, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Good evening friends! I had just about dozed off knitting by the fire when I remembered that I promised you a tutorial tonight! Well, grab your watercolor paints and let’s paint a poinsettia! BTW, if you ever need a crafty fix and I have nothing new on my blog I usually have some new stuff on my YouTube channel that I haven’t had a chance to blog yet (there are at least 3 videos up I have not blogged yet currently) You can even subscribe to my channel and get notified when I post a new video! hmmm, that might be Lindsay overload huh?
I used Yellow Ocher, Cadmium Red, Sap Green and Ultramarine Blue on this painting as well as a 1/2″ flat and #8 round. Remember limited supplies = harmonious painting. You can go up or down a size or two brush depending on what you have and what you are comfortable with. No hard and fast rules tonight! I painted this on a 140# cold press watercolor card.
Well that’s it for me, I’m going to see if I can finish a few more rows of my first cable knit project tonight before I get too droopy! Cables are super fun and awesome and I will be sharing soon! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
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Posted on December 3, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Wow, how did it get to be December 3rd already?!? My husband subtly hinted that we need to be getting out Christmas cards out soon. Well, this quick and easy design can be made in a flash with inexpensive supplies from Papermart and it is flat enough not to require extra postage! Watch the video to see how it is done!
I used the Tinsel Wire and Corrugated paper in Lime green. I love how when you buy from Papermart you get a large quantity for little cash, it is perfect for mass producing items such as Christmas cards or making stuff for craft fairs and it is even better for supplying classroom art projects. To save on shipping costs I suggest you plan ahead for other items you might want and if the quantity of an item is too great ask friends if they want to split it with you. That reminds me, I’m running low on the clear bags I display my handmade cards in at craft fairs! I don’t want to run out of those! I hope this project had inspired you to send handmade Christmas cards this year. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
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Posted on November 30, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Howdy friends! I learned a new trick and I am happy to share it! It’s called “tying a lovely bow with miserable velvet ribbon” LOL! I could never get my velvet bows to resemble a bow until I volunteered to help the boy scouts decorate wreaths and I got schooled! Here is the easiest way to make a cute bow, all you need is ribbon and wire, no fancy tools! Have a look:
See, easy huh:) You’re welcome. Have a great weekend and til next time happy crafting!
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Posted on November 17, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Howdy friends! Today I have a quick and easy painting tutorial for you using watercolor pencils. I also wanted to let you know about a wonderful Maine company that makes fresh wreaths, centerpieces, and garlands. They are also the founders of Wreaths Across America providing wreaths on the gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery. Worcester Wreath is offering 10% off your total order on their website and as a bonus will donate 25% off your total order sales to out local school for school supplies, field trips and other necessities not covered in the current school budget. Use the coupon code CDSPTG at Worcester Wreath Co. if you are in need of beautiful, fresh and sustainably harvested balsam products and to get your 10% discount and help our schools. My deepest thanks if you do. On to the card!
Painting this is very easy, here are the colors of inktense pencils I used but feel free to substitute for the colors and brand of watercolor pencils you have:
# 0520 Carmine Pink
#1330 Vivid Green
#0250 Cadmium Orange
#0230 Golden Yellow
#1520 Hooker’s Green
#1220 Green Aquamarine
To finish the card I stamped a sentiment from the Christmas Song clear stamp set from Oriental Trading Co. Have fun with this easy project and til next time happy crafting!
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Posted on November 14, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Hello Friends! I am in the holiday mood! I have been picking away at my Christmas shopping online and making stuff to sell at the craft fair in December. I was making some paper beads earlier this fall and they were coming out cone shaped and I thought that it would be great to make in green for Christmas Trees! What do you think?
I had some leftover paper strips so I made some more of my Pandora Style Paper Beads too. I love the glassy look I get from the UTEE. Here is a video showing how to make the earrings.
And yes, you can make these to sell with my full permission! I think these lightweight earrings are perfect for children to wear as well as teacher gifts. If you don’t have UTEE you can use clear nail polish or Mod-Podge to glaze them. that way the kids could make these without worrying about burns. I hope this project helps you get into the holiday spirit! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
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