Fill it with candy or cocoa!

Hi friends! How many of you need a quick gift right now? Something cute for your child’s teacher, scout leader or maybe a special neighbor? These sweet hand-painted mugs are easy to make and so chic. They are inspired by the trendy confetti style items popping up everywhere.

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You can fill these with cocoa packets, individually wrapped tea bags or even candy for a thoughtful and useful gift. Watch the video to see how it is made!

This video is sponsored by Curious.com. If you enjoyed today’s project you might also like the DIY Christmas Crafts course or one of the thousands of other classes that make DIYing the holidays so much easier. They have classes on EVERYTHING from crafts to cooking to technology and more and right now if you give a course you get one for free (you get the value of the course you give in your account to spend on classes for yourself) but don’t wait, the Give & Get event is only through Thursday 12/18/14.

Supplies:
White ceramic mugs (dollar store) and tiles (home improvement store)
Folk Art Enamels paint in your choice of colors
Contact paper or stickers
Cotton swabs (AKA Q-Tips), Waxed paper, Cork or felt pads, Rubbing alcohol, Paper towels

Follow along with the easy steps in the video and have fun! Remember that this project is easy enough to make with the kids so share the joy and til next time happy crafting!

DIY Duct Tape Christmas Trees!

Hi Friends! Tonight I have a fun project using cardstock and duct tape, have a look:

If you don’t have duct tape you can use 2″ ribbon, scrapbook paper or even leftover gift wrap, just cut it into 2″ wide strips and cut those into 1 1/2″ lengths and fold them just like I did in the video. If you are not using duct tape you will need to use glue, I suggest a glue stock for thin wrapping paper, tacky glue or hot glue for scrapbook paper and hot glue for ribbon. The duck tape I used is from Oriental Trading Company. Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great weekend and til next time happy crafting!

PS Starting Monday you can vote for your favorite holiday lights in the USA Today Best Holiday Lights Contest! You might even win a $1,500 gift card!

Do you want to paint a snowman?

You totally just sang that didn’t you? I could not resist, sorry! I was changing my fall decorations over to Christmas decorations the other day and was just about to toss my gourds into the woods when I noticed that one had completely dried out! It must have been because it was over my fireplace so the heat dried it instead of it rotting. I thought it would make a great surface to paint on. I was right!

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This project is super easy to paint and don’t worry if you don’t have a dried out gourd lying around, you can use a burnt out light bulb or Christmas ball for this. You will also need acrylic paint, felt, a pom-pom, red sequins, a green paper scrap and scissors.

Pretty easy huh? If you can think of any other things that can be substituted for the gourd leave a comment, it will be helpful to other readers that may not have the same supplies! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

What YEAR is it anyway?

Hi friends! Yesterday I made a bunch of clay ornaments to use as gift tags on Christmas presents and I left all of my supplies out so my kids could make some if they wanted today. Well, my girls took one look at the ornaments and said “Mom, what does that say 2015?” To which I replied “Because that is this year.” The girls looked at each other and said “No it’s not!” I guess I am just ahead for next year! LOL!

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Luckily I only stamped the date on one ornament! Working with polymer clay is really fun. There are some pitfalls I want to help you avoid though. There are different kinds of polymer clay and they all have a purpose. I thought about making this video really short and showing only the step by step (that seems to be the popular thing to do among YouTube crafters) but I really wanted to explain a little more in-depth so you can avoid making brittle ornaments or burning your clay. Maybe it is over explaining, what do you think? You can let me know in the comments below. :D

Supplies:
polymer clay
stamps
ink (pigment-metallic looks really pretty!)
plastic wrap
rolling-pin or pasta machine
oven
needle tool, pin or straw
cookie cutter
mica powder (optional)

Directions (these are brief since I explained so much in the video):
Condition the clay be kneading or rolling through the pasta machine several times. Flatten the clay and place plastic wrap on top, cut with a cookie cutter. Remove plastic wrap and excess clay. Make a hole for the ribbon. Dust with mica powder if desired. Stamp snowflake with pigment ink. Bake according to package instructions. After cool, add ribbon for hanging.

I also wanted to give you some more info on the 2014 holiday lights contest sponsored by USA Today:

You can enter the USA TODAY contest by uploading a photo of your own holiday lights display here The winner of this photo contest gets a $5,000 gift card from USA TODAY!

It does not matter how big or small, they want to see ALL of your best holiday light displays! Don’t wait, you have until 12/10/14 to enter!

On the 12th you can vote for your favorite out of the 10 finalists! 2 voters will win $1000 and $1500 gift cards from USA Today! Voting begins here on 12/12/14

Good luck to all who enter and vote! Winner will be announced on 12/22/14

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Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

DIY Ice Skates and Boots for “American Girl” Dolls!

Hi Friends! Today I have a fun and inexpensive craft for 18″ dolls or stuffed animals. DIY Ice Skates! Let’s face it, the accessories sold for these dolls could quickly put you in the poorhouse and you are limited to what you can buy BUT if you make it you can have whatever you like! When I was a girl I loved my Barbies, I think I had more fun making furniture and clothes for them than actually playing with them. Do you ever wonder why our kids tire of their toys so quickly? Because everything is done already. Let them create accessories for them! Today I will show you how to make accessories from Duct Tape! Have a look:

I want to thank Oriental Trading Company for supplying me with the duct tape for this project, they have the best prices I have seen for genuine Duck brand Duct Tape and they have their own brand that is cheaper and has more yardage per roll which is really good if you share your duct tape stash with your kids who will use it with gusto!

I was noticing that the most popular post on my blog and pinterest over the past couple weeks has been the DIY Tent and Sleeping bag tutorial for American Girl Dolls. I made these as a Christmas gift for my daughters 2 years ago and they loved them! It is a quick and inexpensive gift to make for any kids who likes to play with dolls or stuffed animals (that is most kids 10 and under). You can find the tutorial here.

Click here for tent and sleeping bag tutorial!

And if your doll is in need of a little TLC I have a tutorial here on how to fix frizzy doll hair. I think it is wonderful that kids still play with dolls, just remember the best gift we can give them is creativity and resourcefulness so the next time the American Girl catalog arrives in the mail ask yourself “Can I DIY this?” It might not look just like the magazine (what does) but I bet you will have way more fun making it yourself. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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!

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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