DIY Kissing Ball Topiary {Centerpiece or Mantel Decoration}

Hi friends! Today I have a fun and frugal project that will decorate your home for fall. I picked up a bunch of square peat pots for 5 cents each at a garden center, I don’t have a green thumb but I thought they could be cute painted.


The “kissing ball” can even be used alone and hung from the ceiling for a party, Christmas or a wedding. Remember you are the crafter, you can make this project any color you like to match any décor! Watch the video to see how easy it was to make!


Kraft Paper (I have the 18″ wide roll of 60#)
Peat Pot or Clay pot (gardening center or craft store will have them)
Fringe scissors
Hot glue and white glue
Glitter (clear iridescent)
12″ dowel
Marbles (for weight)
Acrylic paint and brushes
Circle punch or die (or scissors to hand cut circles)
Orange grosgrain ribbon (5/8″ torrid orange)
Buttons or other decorations

1. Paint pot and dowel.
2. Crumple kraft paper into a ball and secure with tape. Glue to dowel.
3. Cut strips of kraft paper and fringe edges to make the pot filler.
4. Punch circle from kraft and fold as shown in the video.
5. Glue the folded circles to the ball by the point.
6. Punch 4 holes on each side of the peat pot and weave ribbon in then tie ends in a bow.
7. Glue the end of the dowel into the pot and fill with marbles to stabilize the dowel and add weight to the topiary.
8. Add glitter and decorations to the top (kissing ball) of the topiary if desired.


These are great to make in batches and you have my permission to make these and sell them (more money for craft supplies, right?) I want to thank Papermart for sponsoring this post and that YOU for visiting. Hey, if you liked this project please pin it on Pinterest (handy links below) or share it on your favorite social media. Until next time, happy crafting!

Stamp School 11: Blending tools!

Hi friends! Tonight we are talkin’ ’bout blending tools! Many DIY version work as well as, if not better than, store-bought but luckily you can find a lot of option that won’t cost a fortune.


Watch the video to see the blending tools I use!


Bottom line, brush tipped blending tools give you a softer look (think of applying make-up with a brush as opposed to a sponge tipped applicator) and sponges can give you a more solid coverage. Look at the supplies you have around your house and see if you can get the results with what you already have. I hope this video will help you choose the right applicator for the look you want. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

PS A lot of folks said they would like some tutorials with alcohol ink, leave a comment if you would like to see some too!

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These beads are fun to make with paint and glue!

Hi friends! Tonight I have slightly messy, totally fun bead making craft!


These beads and pendants are made with acrylic skins, I used acrylic paint and mod-podge (you could use PVA glue or gel medium if you wish) to make the fruit-roll-up like sheets of acrylic and then covered things with them. Doesn’t that sound like fun? It is! I’ll show you how in today’s video!

1. Acrylic Paint
2. Glossy Mod Podge or PVA Glue
3. Aluminum foil Tape or regular stuff from the kitchen
4. Cardboard
5. Silicone mat or waxed paper
5. Jewelry findings of your choice.

1. Pour mod podge in cap, add a few drops of paint ad stir 3 times. Pour on waxed paper or silicone mat and spread it around. Let dry for 2 days. This is your faux stained glass acrylic skin.
2. Cut cardboard to the size and shape you want your charm to be and cover in aluminum foil.
3. Cut up the acrylic skin and glue to foil covered cardboard.
4. Cover the edges of the charm with thin strips of foil tape if desired.
5. For the beads cut up a drinking straw and cover with acrylic skin strips. Trim the straw.
6. Use beads and charms in jewelry projects.

If you like this project check out my glitter glue earring tutorial. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!


Marker Giveaway!!! (that got your attention)

Hi friends! I have a fun, fast and frugal project that will decorate your home all year-long. It is a DIY wreath with a plaque on it that you can write a seasonal greeting on and decorate to match any season because the colors are neutral.


I made sure the plaque was glossy so that I could use my new Crafty Croc Liquid Chalk Markers on it and the writing would be easy to remove with a damp cloth. I will be giving an 18 color pack away to one lucky blog reader so make sure you leave a comment on this post for a chance to win! Also Crafty Croc giving my viewers $6 off the 18 color pack with the coupon code FRUGAL06 now through September 14, 2015.


See how easy it is! I think they would sell really well at a craft fair (yes, you have my permission to make these to sell!) or be awesome housewarming gifts.


  • Crafty Crock Liquid Chalk Markers, available in 8 pack neon, 10 pack earth tones or 18 pack mega kit. *note $6 off 18 pack with coupon code FRUGAL06
  • Styrofoam wreath form (9″ from Dollar Tree)
  • Old Book
  • Die (optional, I used the Tim Holts Bigz tattered florals for mine)
  • Hot glue
  • craft wire and cutters
  • Ribbon
  • Decorations
  • Wooden plaque made from hardboard (painted black and varnished or you can purchase a small chalkboard to glue on)

All of the directions for making the wreath are in the video. It is really easy. If you can’t find a wreath form you can cut a ring out of cardboard and use that. Coffee filters would work really well in place of the die cut book pages too. Use what you have and experiment! I want to thank Crafty Croc for sponsoring this tutorial and offering the giveaway. Make sure you leave a comment for a chance to win a set of markers. I will draw a name at random next Monday. If you want to save $6 on the 18 pack of Crafty crock Liquid Chalk Markers make sure you use the coupon code FRUGAL06 before 9/14/15. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Lots of Cards, Lots of Techniques & Lots of FUN!

Hi friends, the other day I made 20 cards in under 2 hours. Now, I am not suggesting that you should rush but I had a ball. I challenged myself to use only what was in the Watercolor Wishes card kit from Stampin’ Up! and my own adhesive.


The really funny thing was I used a kit and my cards looked nothing like the ones in the directions that came with the kit but that’s OK, many of you said you wanted to see me use this kit on my last haul video and I would rather give you other options on what to do with the supplies. Add the 20 cards I demonstrate today with the 20 in the kit and you have 40 ideas! Woohoo! Don’t fret if you don’t have this kit, you can improvise with what you have at home, the techniques I am going to show you today will work for any cards or scrapbook pages.


This video is sponsored by Luvin’ Stampin’, home of independent Stampin’ Up Demonstrator Wendy Cranford, and the Stamp Luvers Club. If you would like to join her club you simply agree to spend $15 a month on YOUR CHOICE of supplies from her Stampin’ Up shop for 10 months. One month you will be the Honored Stamper and get $25 of your choice of supplies for free! Also you get a free live stream class and make and take every month. How cool is that? You can find out more at Luvin Stampin.


I think a kit like this is perfect for someone who wants to get the watercolor look but does not want the mess or someone who wants to make a bunch of pretty cards quickly and inexpensively. It is also a nice gift idea! I hope you found these techniques useful and you try them on your next cards! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

How about a tiny book from leftover paper?

Hi friends! tonight I have another bookmaking project for you. It is the same idea as the books we made last week but you get double the pages and the book is half the size. You just need a few more folds and 2 more cuts.


Watch the video to see how easy it is!

Find the stamps I used Lost coast Designs here.

Scrapbook paper 12″x12″
gold pigment ink
Gold embossing powder
heat tool
stamps adhesive
Colorbox blends in black

I hope you try this fun bookmaking idea! Think of all the old scrapbook papers you can use up! Happy Crafting!

Friday Night Scrappin! {Yeah, I know how to PARTY!}

Hi friends! Tonight I want to share a scrapbook page I just finished:

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Page 
I really like how it came out. I like to do a highly decorated page like this and then use the same papers to make other photo heavy pages from the same time or location. Sometimes to fit more photos in I will use the 4″x6″ divided page protectors. The metal embellishments I am using are from ButterBeeScraps. They sent me a large assortment to play with. AND they gave me a 15% off coupon code to share with you: frugal15 It’s good for 1 week, they ship worldwide and ANYONE can use the coupon code on all items except grab bags. 

Here is how I set them out on my workspace, I think it is a good idea to lay out all of the options you have for a page before you begin. It makes scrapping really fast because you don’t have to go looking for things.

DCF 1.0

DCF 1.0

BTW if you like seeing pics of my projects in process you can follow me on Instagram, I post a pic of my desk most days. Yes, it’s thrilling I tell you.

DCF 1.0

I had a mix of metal and resin embellishments to work from. I always look at the shape and design rather than color because you can use acrylic paint or alcohol ink to modify that. Also the thin metal filigree pieces and be altered with wire cutters, see how I made the page corners?

DCF 1.0

So easy to alter!

Here is a list of supplies I used to make my page:

I was really impressed with the quality of the embellishments from ButterBeeScraps. There prices are low too and even better with the 15% off coupon code frugal15, but don’t wait, the coupon expires 9/5/15! I am really excited to use some of the items I did not get a chance to use on this page in some jewelry and wine glass charms! What would you make?

DCF 1.0

Don’t be afraid to alter! Ink checked the cameo frame from silver to bronze and a few rhinestones made the wooden letters pop!

DCF 1.0

Altered wooden letters.

The only other thing I wanted to mention today is to create the way you want to. I realize that my scrapbook style might be a little to “fru-fru” for some but I love mixing patterns, color and texture. That’s what is great about this hobby, you can do it anyway you like! I want to thank ButterBeeScraps for sponsoring this post and giving my readers the awesome coupon off their already low prices (seriously, do not wait, use code frugal15 to grab what you want now because the coupon is only good for a week!) Please note, the grab bags are not included in the coupon because they are crazy cheap. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!


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