Posted on December 22, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi Friends! Looking for a last minute ornament idea to decorate the tree with? Who are we kidding, we all have to-do lists a mile long right? Well, let me introduce you to the zen like relaxation that only comes from wrapping a balloon with string…
OK, there my be some stress when the string slides off or when your kids drip glue all over the place but I still reckon it is way less stressful than baking. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: christmas | Tagged: christmas ornaments, DIY Christmas ornaments, diy string balls, how to make string trees, string ornaments | 10 Comments »
Posted on December 21, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi Friends! The other night we gave our girl scout leader this wallet filled with gift cards. It was like giving someone a shopping spree. She really liked it. Tonight I will show you how to make it. as a bonus I get to use up some of the envelopes that sealed themselves shut when I was not looking, I guess I need to run that dehumidifier more if I am going to craft in the basement!
Another good thing is that you can remove or add more pockets if needed, they simply slip under the string. Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: christmas, craft fair | Tagged: gift card holder, how to make a multi gift card holder, quick gift ideas, reindeer, Stamping | 10 Comments »
Posted on December 20, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi friends! I just found out that we are supposed to get rain and not snow this Christmas in Maine, oh well. at least we had a white Thanksgiving LOL! Tonight I have a beginner pastel painting tutorial for you. I am using soft pastels (like a soft chalk) but you can use oil pastels or any opaque drawing medium. Follow along and have fun!
Surface: Grey mat board (you can use paper too)
Pastels. I am using Windsor & Newron brand and will list the # I used, feel free to use what you have or even try another dry drawing media.
#317 Indian Red tint 1- Berry highlight
#726 Windsor Red tint 3 Berry
#725 Windsor Red Deep tint 4 berry base color
#465 Paynes Grey tint 4 shadows/bacground
#331 Ivory Black shadows/background
#554 Raw Umber tint 5 branches
#447 Olive Green tint 5 foliage
#719 Windssor Green Blue Shade tint 4 foliage
#459 Oxide of Chromium tint 4 foliage
#644 Titanium White snow
#709 Windsor Blue Red Shade snow shadows
I am trying to take my own advice and remain calm this week. I have a few thing to do in the studio, which has been taken over by crafty kids, so I have no space to work and darn it, it’s cold in there and it’s making me feel very unmotivated. I think I am going to bring my projects upstairs (sorry honey) and work on the living room floor while I enjoy some TV…anything good on these days? I hope you are enjoying the week. Try not to feel down or stressed. Take care of yourself, everyone who loves you will want you to and I want you too. Have a great night and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: christmas, Painting | Tagged: how to paint snowy branches, painting tutorial, pastel painting tutorial | 12 Comments »
Posted on December 18, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi Friends! I have been hunkering down at the house this week, the only time I have left was to attend concerts and basketball games at my kid’s school. It is crunch time friends, there will be none of this ‘drive to the store to buy gift bags’ nonsense here! We can make our own and it is easy and frugal using supplies from Papermart!
For this project you will need:
Paper raffia ribbon twine
and a box or DVD cases to use as a template
You can also decorate the bag with beautiful ribbons
I hope you enjoyed this easy wrapping project! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: christmas, party ideas | Tagged: gift wrapping ideas, how to make a gift bag, kraft paper ideas, papermart | 9 Comments »
Posted on December 16, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
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.
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.
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!
Filed under: christmas, craft fair, Crafts 4 Kids | Tagged: ceramics, DIY Christmas Gifts, easy gift ideas, oven bake glass paint | 8 Comments »
Posted on December 16, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi Friends! I am a day late and a dollar short again! I have been so busy getting stuff done so I can take some time off at Christmas that I forgot to announce the winner of stamps and a gift certificate from Art Neko! The winner is….Madi! Madi, I have sent you an email, check your junk/spam folder if you do not see it!
Now, to get you into the holiday spirit it is time to vote for your favorite holiday lights display! The folks at USA Today have narrowed down the huge amount of entries to 10 of the best and you can vote for your favorite here. Did your lights get picked? Even if your lights are not in the 10 selected you can still win one of two gift cards valued at $1,500 and $1,000 just by voting. There are some really great displays this year, I hope you check them out. Thanks to USA Today for sponsoring this fun and festive contest! I’ll be back later with another fun tutorial, until then, happy crafting!
Filed under: christmas | Tagged: blog candy | 1 Comment »
Posted on December 13, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
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!
Filed under: christmas, Crafts 4 Kids | Tagged: Christmas tree craft, DIY Christmas Tree decoration, duct tape, duct tape crafts, how to make a paper cone, how to make christmas cones, oriental trading company, scrapbook paper, wrapping paper | 10 Comments »