Posted on December 7, 2015 by thefrugalcrafter
These little dishes can sit on the window sill and keep your rings safe when you wash the dishes and they are so easy to make!
I used supplies from the October Smart Art box. If you are looking for a gift for an artist (or yourself) you might want to give these a look. Every month you get an ample box full of supplies to try a new kind of art. I have been receiving these boxes for a few months now and they never disappoint! I have been sent other monthly art club boxes in the past but this was the only one I would allow as a sponsor because it is the only one I felt had a good value of what you get compared to what you pay. You can see past boxes on their website if you want a better idea. The boxes are a surprise, you never know what you are going to get but that is also part of the fun!
Polymer Clay-Super Sculpey-firm
Craft mat or waxed paper
Acrylic paint and varnish (Liquatex paint and Minwax polycrylic)
1. Condition clay.
2. Shape into dishes.
3. Press leaves in clay.
4. Bake at 275 F for 15 minutes. Let cool.
5. Paint and varnish.
This is a fun thoughtful gift to make. Please visit our sponsor Smart Art to learn more about their monthly art boxes or to subscribe today! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: christmas, craft fair, Crafts 4 Kids | Tagged: christmas gift, polymer clay, pottery, sculpey, smart art | 3 Comments »
Posted on November 19, 2015 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi friends! Today I am going to show you how to make a snowman kit-no snow required!
This travel felt board activity is fun for kids to make, give and play with. It might just save your sanity during along car ride to Grandmas this Thanksgiving! Also it is a stash buster project, you can use up all of those felt scraps you have been saving!
Felt (one 9″x12″ sheet of blue and scraps)
Metallic pipe cleaners
Hook and loop tape-hook side (for buttons or non-felt items)
Tools: scissors, wire cutters, circle punch
1. Cut out snowman, hats, scarves and other accessories from felt scraps. Arrange on a sheet of blue felt.
2. Glue small pieces of hook side of Velcro to backs of buttons and other non felt items. Cut pipe cleaners for hands.
3. Place items in pail and decorate lid!
I hope you give this project a try with your kids and til next time happy crafting!
Sponsored by Papermart
Filed under: christmas, craft fair, Crafts 4 Kids | Tagged: DIY felt activity board, frozen crafts, kids crafts, snowman, snowman crafts, winter crafts | 9 Comments »
Posted on November 17, 2015 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi friends! I had a lot of fun playing with the clear acrylic shapes from Punch Place Plus yesterday!
Oh! Before I forget Punch Place Plus has a free shipping code: TFCSpecial valid on orders over $49 through 11/23/15, that’s next week so don’t wait if you want any of these goodies!
I am always on the lookout for cute gifts to make and fun easy ways to dress up my home for the holidays.
I think these projects do just that, see how easy they are to make in today’s video!
Next Week I will be making jewelry with more of their supplies, I have listed them below in case you wanted to follow along (or to help you put together a large enough order so you can use the discount code LOL!)
I guess, now that I think about it there is no need to decide whether I will give or keep these, I’ll do both! They are so fun and easy to make, why not? Be sure to visit Punch Place Plus if you are planning some quick and easy holiday crafts (they have a lot of 18″ doll craft supplies too!) and use the coupon code TFCSpecial for free shipping on your order of $49 or more! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: christmas, craft fair | Tagged: acrylic, christmas ornaments, coasters, DIY wine glass charms | 5 Comments »
Posted on October 15, 2015 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi friends! The other day I showed you how to make a quick crochet cowl. Today I am going to give you an idea for packaging them for sale or gift giving using supplies from our sponsor Papermart!
I love vintage sewing things and I have dozens of vintage button rubber stamps and to tell you the truth I will probably buy more LOL! This project will put them to good use! Look at your stamp collection and see if you can fashion something similar. Watch the video to see how I did it!
I make sheets of printed price and description tags for the items I sell a lot like watercolors, cards, jewelry and handmade journals. It really saves time when I have to package and price my items for my shop or a craft fair. I simply use the address label feature in Open Office (that is a free word processing software similar to Microsoft Word, but MS Word has the same feature if you prefer that) and print sheets at a time. Then I can use a paper trimmer or craft punch to make my labels to slip in clear bags or attach to the pretty display tags like I did here.
Shipping Tags (I am using the 2 3/8″x4 3/4″ size)
Stamps (Papertrey Ink, Inkadinkado)
Ink (Dye Based-Altenew)
Make sure to check out Papermart for all of your fall craft fair and Christmas packaging/wrapping supplies. They have the highest quality products and the lowest prices. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: craft fair | Tagged: craft fair, craft pricing, packaging, papermart | 6 Comments »
Posted on October 8, 2015 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi friends! It’s getting to be that time of year, whether you are making things to sell at holiday craft fairs or making items to give as gifts you should take a moment to consider how you are displaying them.
Some pretty paper, a bit of burlap, maybe some ribbon or string and now we’re talking! Pretty packaging tells your customers (and your loved ones) that you really care about your product and them. Your loved ones will appreciate your gifts more and your customers will be willing to pay more, or at least a fair price LOL! Pretty packaging is inexpensive and easy using supplies from our sponsor Papermart! Watch the video to see how I did this!
One tip is to keep it simple so it does not take you as long to price and package your wares as it did to make them. This should be part of your creative process and also part of your workday so it needs to be sustainable. Also you don’t want the packaging to outshine the craft, it should compliment, not compete.
Directions (earring cards)
1. Fold cardstock in half and cut window from one side. Punch a hanging hole at the top of the card.
2. Cut burlap slightly larger than the window and glue to the inside of the cardstock then glue the card shut.
3. Insert earrings into burlap.
For the journal bags.
1. Place item in a clear bag and seal.
2. Fold cardstock in half and punch hanging hole.
3. Apply double-sided tape to cardstock and place bag inside the cardstock and press to close.
What are your favorite ways to display or gift your handmade good? Let us know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: craft fair | Tagged: craft fair, earring cards, handmade journals, packaging | 11 Comments »
Posted on September 20, 2015 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi friends! I went looking for stamp carving tools in my studio last month and found all kinds of forgotten supplies, including some mosaic supplies. I decided to play with them. As you may know I am a contributor to Home & Garden for Mere Mortals and I thought a picture frame would be fun to make. You can see the full written tutorial here or watch the video below.
You can mosaic on almost any flat sturdy surface. Have fun with it and til next time happy crafting!
PS, I did find my stamp carving supplies, let me know in the comments if you are interested in any stamp carving tutorials.
Filed under: craft fair, home decor | Tagged: HGMM, home and garden for mere mortals, how to mosaic, mosaic tutorial | 33 Comments »
Posted on August 31, 2015 by thefrugalcrafter
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
- 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!
Filed under: craft fair, home decor | Tagged: blog candy, chalk markers, DIY wreath, fall home decor, giveaway, how to make a wreath, markers, old book pages, seasonal crafts, tutorial | 225 Comments »