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 9, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
C’mon, why not? I will be teaching the 4th graders at my kids school how to draw a reindeer as well as make a reindeer craft next week so I thought I’d practice with a video tutorial for you. I used a slightly textured lightweight paper, a vine of charcoal and a kneaded eraser but please feel free to substitute with pencil or chalk or crayon. Let’s draw!
If you want more drawing tutorials just let me know, this was fun to film, I don’t know why I never made one before. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Crafts 4 Kids, drawing | Tagged: drawing, drawing with charcoal, free drawing lesson, how to, how to draw a reindeer, how to draw tutorial, kids drawing leson, kneaded eraser, learn to draw, tutorial, video tutorial | 21 Comments »
Posted on November 24, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Good morning friends! I had a request on my last Ask a Crafter video to do a painting in oil pastels. Ahhh, oil pastels. What fond memories, I always loved it in elementary school when my teacher would let us use the Cray-Pas, the rich, smooth creamy texture, the sweet waxy smell and the vibrant colors that were like crayons on steroids. Good times! Let’s relive our childhood with this fun and easy painting!
My Christmas cactus is in full bloom right now so I decided it would be the perfect subject. I used Crayola brand Portfolio Water-soluble Oil Pastels (my favorite) but if your oil pastels are not water-soluble you can still blend them easily with your finger. You can heat them for a few seconds with a hair dryer or heat tool to blend them easier if needed or use a bit of paint thinner or baby oil. If you don’t have oil pastels check your child’s art supply box as most childrens art kids have a set included. These are one of the least expensive art mediums you can get so a new set will only set you back a couple of bucks!
Pretty fun huh? I bet you can think of a bunch of fun stuff to paint with oil pastels. Teach your kids too! Share the fun! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
PS I am working on some watercolor Christmas tags so if you need more crafty ideas and projects head over to my YouTube channel, the new video should be up this afternoon!
Filed under: Crafts 4 Kids, Painting | Tagged: crayola, free painting lesson, freebie, how to apint a christmas cactus, oil pastel tutorial, oil pastels, portfolio oil pastels, tutorial, water soluble oil pastels | 7 Comments »
Posted on November 15, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Good morning friends! Now, I bet a good chunk of my blog readers have children or grandkids in primary school. I also bet that they volunteer from time to time in their kids classrooms. Well, here is a fun project that is easy enough to do with a room full of children and it won’t put you in the poor-house either!
I tested this craft out last night at the local library and it was a hit! Plan on 20 minutes for a child age 6-9 to make this and you will not be rushed. Here are the supplies you need and they can be found for the lowest possible price at Papermart:
Twisted Paper Cord in yellow or Ivory ($2.69 for 25 yards)
1″ Pin Backs (.60 cents for 24)
Raffia Ribbon in brown ($3.26 for 100 yard spool)
Basic craft supplies: Tacky glue, scissors, golden orange cardstock, inkpads in brown, purple, red and orange and an embossing folder with a corny texture. *Please note: I embossed the paper before I brought the supplies to class. Please watch the video to see how easy it is!
Last night during the craft one little girl asked “Did you get this at Papermart?” Hahaha, I guess I know another chunk of people watching my videos! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Crafts 4 Kids | Tagged: classroom crafts, craft ideas for fall, craft supplies, crafts for children, decorative corn embellishment, fall craft, indian corn, inexpensive craft for kids, kids craft, papermart, thanksgiving craft | 6 Comments »
Posted on November 7, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Howdy friends! Veterans Day is next week so in honor of the day I made this paper poppy using supplies from Papermart:
Here is what you will need:
Twisted paper cord
1/4″ wide satin Ribbon.
Other supplies: Gelatos, hot glue gun and glue sticks, wax paper and a spray bottle of water. Watch the video to see how it is done!
I hope you take some time this weekend to make these for next weeks holiday. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Crafts 4 Kids, quick projects | Tagged: how to make crepe paper flowers, paper cord, paper poppy, papermart, veterans day, veterans day craft | 4 Comments »
Posted on November 3, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
On November 11th we honor those who served our country. This date commemorated the end of World War One and we share it with commonwealth countries in Europe as well. The symbol of this peace is the red poppy. This Veteran’s day (or Remembrance or Armistice Day) why not make a token of your appreciation. These lovely tag/bookmarks can be handed out to veterans in parades,veterans homes or nursing homes. There is room on the back to write a special message too. Boy and Girl Scouts might like to make some to hand out while walking in the Veterans Day Parade. You can even make up a bunch and give them to your local scout troop for this purpose!
I used stamps from Rubbernecker for the poppies and Hero Arts for the background. You can use what you have though:) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Crafts 4 Kids, Stamping | Tagged: Armistice Day, commonwealth countries, girl scouts, poppy, remembrance day, rubbernecker, Stamping, veterans day, Veterans Day Parade, yellow ribbon | 10 Comments »
Posted on October 26, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
I hope you like Halloween because I have a lot of ideas cooking in my crafty brain this week:) Today I am going to show you how to make a reusable treat bag. I used the sturdy tin tie coffee bags from Papermart for the base because they are more sturdy than a lunch sacks and can be re-closed, plus they are nice to have on hand in a couple of months for packing up Christmas treats (always think of other ways to use an item when buying in bulk!) I also used twisted paper cord from Papermart, at $2.69 a 25 yard hank you get plenty of materiel to experiment with. It adds a lot of flair and volume to a design or gift wrap for little $$$.
This project is great for using up your stash. Leftover googlie eyes, paper scraps and other fun bits and bobs can be used to embellish these. I used the same Halloween and spider stamp I used on yesterday’s card to stamp the front panel. Watch the video to see how I made mine!
I think I might fill mine up with candy and leave it on one of my kids friends door steps…let’s hope they don’t read my blog LOL! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: about art accents, Crafts 4 Kids, quick projects | Tagged: goodie bag, Halloween, halloween candy bag, halloween craft, papermart, party favor, treat bag | 12 Comments »
Posted on October 14, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Hello folks, I hope you are enjoying a lovely long weekend (Columbus Day in the US) and if you have a moment to craft today consider making these cute recycled jar decorations:
I used burlap ribbon from Papermart to wrap the jars in for a fun country, primitive look. I also used bakers twine, tags, buttons, googlie eyes, yarn and fabric scraps. I use a hot glue gun to put it all together but if you are working with children I suggest thick and tacky glue. Watch this video to see how it is done!
You can write and draw the details on the tag and lid or use stamps, mine are from Art Neko.
I hope I have inspired you to dig through the recycling bin and make some festive decorations this fall. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: about art accents, Crafts 4 Kids, party ideas | Tagged: autumn, burlap, decoration, fall crafts, favors, Halloween, mason jar crafts, papermart | 9 Comments »
Posted on October 10, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Hello Folks! We had school pictures this week. It can be quite a traumatic time dealing with finding the perfect outfit and practicing that iconic school picture smile (then paying for the photo packages!) My wavy haired daughter wanted her hair straitened and my strait haired daughter wanted her hair curled. I curled, straitened and sprayed and they left looking pretty good, my hope is that pictures were taken early that day because when they home they were looking a little rough around the edges LOL! That’s why I love French braids, they can hold in the craziest of hair and look fresh for hours. They can be a bit boring though so today I’ll show you how to do a french braid and side twists and how to easily accent them with ribbon from Papermart.
these braids will stay in, Maizy went outside, chased chickens, cartwheeled and, judging by they way she looked when she came back in, made mud pies yest the hair remained neat and tidy. The best thing about using ribbon in a hairstyle is how you can switch it out for any occasion such as holidays, school sports or any group activity. Be sure to check out Papermart’s wide selection of fabric ribbons for your next project or hairstyle! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Crafts 4 Kids | Tagged: braid, hair, hairbows, hairstyle, hairstyles with ribbon, how to braid hair, how to french braid, papermart, ribbon, style | 5 Comments »
Posted on October 6, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Happy Sunday folks! Sunday is always “Family Craft Day” during football season. I love that everyone is home and cozy whether we are sitting upstairs by the fire and knitting while watching the Patriots play or hanging out in the studio making messy crafts. We had a day like that yesterday. After soccer in the morning we all came home and chilled out, listened to music and created, my husband was working on a workshop redo and the girls and I made monsters:
this craft is really easy and a great use for leftover yarn. You will need Styrofoam balls, pipe cleaners, felt scraps, gogglie eyes, pom-poms, golf tees (for legs), cardboard or any other leftovers you want to use up! You will need thick and tacky glue or low temp hot glue as well.
Here’s what you do:
- Wrap a Styrofoam ball with yarn. I used hot glue to secure it but you can use thick and tacky glue if the kids want to do this step themselves.
- Make a base for it to stand, you can cut feet out of cereal box or stick golf tees in for legs. Use hot glue to stick the ball to the base.
- Decorate the monster with felt, pipe cleaners, sequins or whatever! Googlie eyes are a nice touch!
I would love to find a substitute for the Styrofoam balls, they are expensive in price and cost to the environment. I think you could ball up newspaper and tape it for an alternative or make a big pompom (using one of the c shaped pompom makers or cardboard) and decorate that! OR just wind up a ball of yarn and decorate with felt pieces without gluing (they will stick with static) and you can use the yarn again! There are a lot of ways to make a monster! Hey don’t forget today is the last day to sign up on last Monday’s post to win a stamp from Art Neko/About Art Accents. I’ll pick a winner tomorrow! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Crafts 4 Kids | Tagged: craft supply leftovers, crafts for children, fall crafts, halloween craft, monster craft, pipe cleaners, Styrofoam ball, Styrofoam ball crafts, Styrofoam balls, yarn | 13 Comments »