Easy Easter Favor Boxes!

Howdy friends! Yesterday I showed you how to make an Easter Basket out of a cardboard box and today I’ll show you have to make carrot inspired treat box sliders using supplies from Papermart:

I used Macaroon Boxes, Tulle, Satin RibbonRicRac, Baker’s Twine,  Unstrung Merchandise Tags,  Corrugated Paper, and a Glue Gun and Glue Sticks. This was a fun project! You can really adapt it to any theme but I thought carrot colored Easter treats would be handy this time of year.

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They will stand up on their own or you can place them in your snazzy handmade Easter basket!

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Best of all the boxes come neatly stacked in a pack of 25 so you can have them always on hand for upcoming projects and packaging. I love versatile products, don’t you? Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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A basket from a box? Oh yeah!

Every time I shop at a Sam’s Club I look at the large boxes that stuff comes in. Sometimes the boxes end up in the recycling bin but other times they become a project:

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This Easter basket started out as a Chex Mix box but with a little help from Papermart it became a useful project that was fun to make. Today I’ll show you how.

Supplies: A cardboard box, hot glue gun and glue sticks, twisted paper cord, corrugated paper, foam flowers,  and raffia ribbon. Tomorrow I’ll show you how to make the sweet favor boxes that are in the basket, they are easy too!

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Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Egg-ceptional & Elegant Easter Crafts!

Good evening friends! I just got back from the monthly library kids craft class I teach and we made some fun springtime crafts, I’ll share them with you later but first I want to show you the pretty decorative eggs I made using baker’s twine and ribbon from Papermart:

Make sure you use tacky glue for this project and save yourself some frustration. It grabs the string quick and dries pretty fast. I like the Aleene’s brand. After having fun making the baker’s twine eggs I tried to think of a way to adapt it for children, I had seen a yarn bunny on Crafts ‘n Coffee and thought what a great idea, then I thought I could make a chick too with the mini Styrofoam eggs! I scored 12 packs of the mini eggs and 6 packs of the large eggs at the Dollar Tree.

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The nest was made of shredded paper and I am sad to inform you that my fabulous little hand crank paper shredder has “bought the farm” so the kids had to use fringe scissors but it all worked out well. So whether you want a trendy bakers twine egg (check out the yummy colors and awesome prices at Papermart) or a kids craft with yarn and felt the technique is the same but the ideas are endless! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Girl Scouts Thinking Day: China

Hello Friends! Last week I was super busy helping my daughter’s girl scout troop prepare for thinking day. We were representing the country China. I thought I’d share our adventures and ideas with you in case you are getting ready for Thinking Day, Chinese New Year or if you just want to make a Chinese dragon costume.

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I was hoping to figure out how to record a voice-over for this video so I could explain how we made the costume but I could not so I put a supply list and brief instructions in the video description on the You tube watch page. Here you can see the dragon in action!

The head was made of cardboard boxes covered in corrugated paper and crepe paper party streamers. The tail was made of 3 red rectangle disposable tablecloths sewed together with my sewing machine (yes, we sewed them, can you believe that worked?!?) and spray painted with scales. I attached the tail to the head with carpet tape. Again, for more details read the description under the video here. Here are a couple closer pics I took in my studio:

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The girls researched the country and made the Tri-fold display. We served rice and tea.

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We had Chinese money on display and the girls made swaps that were rice and toothpicks glued into bottle caps to look like bowls of rice with chopsticks, then they were glued to fun-foam place mats. there was a magnet on the back and the year (2014) on the front.

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For our craft we did paper-folding. Origami is a Japanese term however the Chinese have a tradition of paper-folding as well, they generally made boats and hats.

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The girls taught other girl scouts to make these paper boats.

The girls also learned how to make a Chinese throwing star but we soon realized that it was too advanced a craft for the amount of time we had.

I made this tutorial for Chinese New Year back in January, it would also be a good project for thinking day, either as a decoration, an activity (if you have a long craft time) or to use in the performance.

Supplies to make the Chinese Dragon and the above paper drum craft can be found at Papermart. A great place to check out when you need craft, party or packaging supplies in bulk! I hope you enjoyed this post and hopefully it gave you some new ideas! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

A Jellyfish Craft for Kids!

Howdy friends. My children have really been enjoying Greek style yogurt lately and I was looking at the neat roundish shape of the containers and thought “Jellyfish!” so I washed them and got to work making these whimsical sea creatures! It was a blast and I even made these with my daughters and some of their friends and I didn’t have to worry about running out of supplies (or how much they cost) because they came from Papermart!

See how easy it is? I think these look kind of elegant and when they catch the breeze they float around so prettily:) Here is what I used for today’s project: Tulle, glitter, paper ribbon, acrylic paint, wire, beads, glue and a clean Greek yogurt cup.  If you don’t have these supplies on hand why not check out the fabulous prices and selection Papermart. I do hope you try this craft with a child in your life! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Pretty Ruffled Hair Clips!

Howdy friends! Today I have a fun simple hairbow idea that is also a beginner sewing project. You can use a sewing machine or a needle and thread to make gathers in 1 1/2″ satin ribbon and that is all there is to making a ruffle. I turned my ruffled ribbon into hair clips. These would be great to make for quick gifts or items to sell at a craft fair or hairbow business. See how easy it is in today’s video:

Remember you may use any of the tutorials on my blog to make stuff to sell. If you are crafting to sell you need to get the best price on the best quality materials and that is why I urge you to check out Papermart. I have found that if they sell it then they have the best  price and I have never been disappointed with the quality. I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy project and til next time happy crafting!

Thefrugalcrafter on Facebook and a Fun Technique!

Well, there I took the plunge and make a facebook page for frugalcrafter fans…you can check out The Frugalcrafter Community here. I have been getting a lot of comments lately by readers who want to share their paintings, cards and crafts that were inspired by my tutorials and i love seeing them, problem is not everyone has (or wants) a blog but a great majority are on Facebook so I hope it is a place you can all enjoy. Feel free to share crafty tips, photos of crafty projects, ask craft questions and socialize with other frugalistas (that’s what Kathy thinks we should call ourselves) ;) Many YouTube viewers have told me how isolating it can be when you don’t know anyone who crafts, well, let this be a cozy place to craft and chat no matter what side of the globe you are on! So feel free to go “like” the page and introduce yourself, don’t be shy, we a re small in number now but who knows, we could be dozens by tomorrow:)

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I also wanted to share a bit of messy crafty sciency fun with you. All you need is cornstarch, white glue and food coloring, rubbing alcohol (or liquid watercolors) and some cardboard (open up boxes from your recycle bin, lots of the prepackaged food boxes have nice white chipboard on the inside!) The kids will get a kick out of the way the ink flows and if you make this on some nice paper, matboard or canvas you might have the perfect background for your next piece of art!

I let one of my girls run wild with supplies and she created piles of art and even more impressive she cleaned up afterwards! Well, that’s it for me tonight, one side of my neck is still sore, thank you for the notes of concern but I’m sure I’ll be fine in a couple of days and thank you Sue Cole for the tip on making the alcohol/water ice pack, I am doing that tonight!) Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Use Up Your Yarn Scraps ! {make yarn critters!}

Hello friends! I have to say I had big plans in my studio this weekend, however when I sat down to my desk it just wasn’t happening…also I wasn’t feeling too well, my tummy was squirrelly, I was tired and quite frankly cranky and dealing with a lack of creative inspiration was not helping either. Why am I sharing this you ask? Because I want you to know that it happens to us all, I spent the last hour shifting piles of blech projects around my table and decanting half full bottles of glue, glamorous huh? Sometimes though, even if I am not feeling inspired if I just go to my studio and tidy up a bit and take care of the neglected housekeeping projects that amassed while I was being wildly creative I feel better…and I will definitely feel better the next time I go in there full of inspiration because I will actually have a clean studio to create in! Since I really have nothing new to show you (you produce very little work of quality lying around on the couch) I thought I’d share a project I did with my children’s knitting group this week:

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This is one of my most popular classes and with 12 kids (many new to knitting starting at age 5) I thought it would be nice to have a fun and easy project because they have been working so hard at knitting and crochet. The skill they learned was making pom-poms, I brought my Darice “c” shaped looms, my Susan Bates large Plexiglas loom and rectangles of cardboard…can you guess what they likes best? The cardboard LOL! We used up a bunch of scraps and all of the children had a ball…or a pom…making their project. That’s why I had half full bottles of tacky glue to deal with, boy that stuff is slow to pour LOL! I also ended up knitting through some stash while I was not up to par…I’ll have to show you the 6 new hats I’ve made…they are not that exciting but they are warm and with the new 12″ of snow we got this weekend they are needed! So, are you using up any scraps this weekend? Share your ideas, I’d love to hear them! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Let the Good Times Roll!

Howdy friends! We had a snow-day today, it was a lazy day, the kids played and I finished yet another hat (I managed to knit everyone in my house a hat during basketball season and I decided I deserved one too:) it is a moss green beauty, I’ll share it once I decide weather to put a flower on it or not, I have a C4b that should be a C4f so I’ll have to decide if that weird wiggle of a cable bothers me or not (because it didn’t bother me enough to rip it out when I first noticed it LOL!) Speaking of hats, tonight I am sharing a fun project you can make with your kids if you are snowed in the weekend, a festive Mardi Gras Hat! Fat Tuesday is only 2 1/2 weeks away and these jester hats are easy and inexpensive using supplies from Papermart:

If Mardi Gras is not your thing you can easily adapt this idea for a birthday party or another occasion, what fun! Here are the supplies I used:

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I also used hot glue but you can use a stapler or tacky glue if working with children.

It looks like we are in for another 6″-12″ of snow tomorrow so we might have several festive hats in out future, thank goodness I get my supplies in bulk from Papermart! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Last Minute Valentines & 50% off!

Hey friends! Just wanted to pop in and let you know that EVERYTHING at Lindsay Stamp Stuff is 50% off today! Also I wanted to share a quick and easy last minute valentine you can make with your kids for their class:

Click here to print the sheet of saying for the back of the cards. I used large tags from Papermart for these, I love those tags!

If you are looking for other last minute valentine favors why not try these, they are 50% off today and you can print and cut them at home! You don’t even need to make a trip to the store  (unless you run out of candy that is!)

Valentines Galore! SVG and PrintablesBeautiful Gown SVGFunky Jar Digital StampsHugs & Kisses PapersDecorative Doilies SVGCake Box Favors SVGBag Bonanza!Fancy Cupcake Box SVGValentine Party Printables & SVGValentine Party Add-on PrintableA little loving Valentine SVG and ClipartOoh La La SVGSweet Treat Valentine SVG cutting files3-D Mailbox Template

Don’t wait, the 50% off sale at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff ends at midnight! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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