3 Patriotic Crafts for kids!

Hi friends! I hope you are having a great 4th of July! Here are a few crafts my daughters came up with to help celebrate the 4th of July! If you enjoy these crafts you can check out their new YouTube channel called CraftyTwins with craft projects for kids designed by kids. They are doing everything from developing the projects to shooting/editing the videos. I wonder how long before I can hire them to edit my videos…. :)

First up is Lila with a festive 4th of July Hat, feel free to change-up the colors for whatever you need!

And Maizy’s rainbow-colored 4th of July card with lots of cool crafting tips!

And grab the glue gun for Lila’s 4th of July Flag! Warning, there is a lot of hot glue in this one so kids, get your parent’s help with this one (don’t burn your hands off!)

I am so glad my girls love to craft, it is a wonderful hobby that’s not only fun, but builds self-esteem and develops both sides of the brain. If you are afraid of your kids using up all of your supplies collect a box of items you don’t mind them using up and put it in an accessible spot for them. I hope you have a fun and safe 4th of July and as always happy crafting!

Let’s Get Outside and Craft! {Great kids party activity too!}

Hi friends! We went from dreary and mid 50s to Sunshine and 80s this week so I just had to take my supplies outside to craft! Today I am going to show you how to make bubble wands using supplies from our sponsor Papermart! Watch this video to see how.

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Supplies:
Metallic Pipe Cleaners
Raffia ribbon
Plastic craft beads
A bottle or cylinder to use as a form
Scissors
Bubble solution (if you have a recipe share it in the comments!)

Directions:
1. Make a loop in the middle of a pipe cleaner using a bottle as a form and twist the ends together.
2. Add beads if desired to another pipe cleaner and attach it to the first one under the loop. Wrap the beaded pipe cleaner around the handle and form the excess into a heart-shaped handle and twist to secure.
3. Add a ribbon through the end of the handle so you can wear it as a necklace. Enjoy!

The DIY bubble wands actually work better than my beaded metal bubble wands because all of the texture on the pipe cleaners grab more bubble juice so you get more bubble per blow. Cool huh? And i love that they only cost pennies a piece. Summer vacation is only a couple of days away so stock up on great craft supplies from our sponsor Papermart and let your kids creativity (and the bubbles) soar! Feel free to “pin” this idea on Pinterest so you will remember to try it this summer! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s Shake it Up with Shaker Cards!

Today I am using some shaker dies from Simon Says Stamp to make quick cards:

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Watch this video to see how easy it is!

Supplies:

I hope you enjoyed this fun project! You can also uses these dies for paper piecing if you don’t want to make shaker cards and they are great for using up paper scraps. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Modern May Baskets {and pineapples?}

Hi friends! I can hardly believe that May 1st is next week! I have been preparing for a craft show on the 2nd and I am not quite ready for it (more on that tomorrow) but I always get there in the end. I have a craft fair superpower, the crafty ninja takes over and it all gets done LOL! Tonight though I am going to share a modern twist on the classic May basket:

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I used empty clear pails and other supplies from our sponsor Papermart to make this happen. Watch how easy it is!

I hope you enjoyed the craft fail share at the end. You know how I love to keep it real:)

Supplies:

Directions:
1. Measure the can you are decorating and cut a rectangle that size out of paper.
2. Decorate the template with crepe paper and ribbon.
3. Roll up the template and insert into the pail and press to the edges.
4. Cut a piece of tissue and insert it in the pail and fill with candy.
5. Wrap pipe cleaners around the handle for a splash of color!

Leave this fun treat on a neighbors doorstep on May 1st! I hope you enjoyed this fun project and til next time happy crafting!

What would YOU put in these?

Hi friends! I love these cute little kraft jewelry boxes from Papermart, they are even more cute when you paint them and add beads!

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Watch the video to see how easy it is to make them!

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I love that you can use your scraps to decorate these boxes and plastic beads are an inexpensive embellishment. These are great to make with kids too because it is a fast project that they can complete before they are bored and it makes a wonderful gift box that they can put a treasure in.

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Supplies:
Kraft boxes
Acrylic Paint & brushes
Plastic beads
Chalk marker: CraftyCroc
Hot Glue
Craft glue or Mod-Podge
Scrapbook paper scraps
Wax paper (to protect your table when painting)

Directions:
1. Take fluff out and paint the boxes. Let dry.
2. Glue 4 beads to the bottom of the box to make feet.
3. Glue pretty paper to the lids of the box.
4. Glue large bead to the top of the box.
5. Decorate edges of box with marker.

If these boxes are too tiny for your liking don’t worry, they come in many sizes and are all a great value. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Happy Easter: Family Egg Dying, Duck Tape Chick & Bunny Buns!

Happy Easter to my Frugalcrafter Family! We just got back from Easter Dinner at my parents house, it was good to spend the afternoon with my folks and sis! We were busy having fun this weekend, we stayed in and crafted since it SNOWED AGAIN yesterday and this morning and I am pretty sure many of the eggs the Easter bunny delivered outside went un-found so that will be interesting as the snow melts. As always with family get-togethers I bring rolls and I remember seeing some bunny shaped rolls on Pinterest once so I tried it…actually these are my daughter Lila’s her’s came out way cuter than mine LOL!

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Speaking of Lila, she made this cute duct tape chic last night.

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I wanted to try a different method of dying eggs this year and since my kids are older I decided to see if I could use my batik needle tool and wax to make a cooler resist than the standard coloring on eggs with a crayon method. Here is the video:

I hope you had a lovely Easter and thanks for stopping by and sharing a bit of ours. Happy, or should I say “hoppy” crafting!

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An Easy Easter Centerpiece with Basic Supplies!

Hi Friends! Today I will show you how to make this pretty Easter decoration using basic crafting supplies:

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Supplies:

Time needed: 1.5 hours plus drying time

Directions:

  1. Paint a tin can (mine was from spaghetti sauce) with aqua acrylic paint. Let dry.
  2. Coat Styrofoam eggs with tacky glue and wrap with pastel colored yarn. Let dry.
  3. Wrap doilies around can (trimming the bottom flat) and secure with glue.
  4. Wrap can with ribbons and adhere. Tie a bow at the tip pf the can.
  5. Fill the can with sand or marbles so it does not tip over.
  6. Use scissors the fringe strips of green paper and place them in the can.
  7. Push bamboo skewers into the eggs and arrange in the can.
  8. Tie a bow on the tallest egg skewer to decorate.

I hope you enjoyed this project sponsored by Offray.com, please visit their website for more seasonal project ideas and inspiration. Til next time happy crafting!

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