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!

Like the ones you made at camp (only better!)

Hi friends! Do you remember making friendship bracelets? I remember spending lazy summer days at camp and with my cousins with stands of embroidery floss perpetually pinned to my jeans. We would sit for hours knotting and braiding beautiful bracelets. More often than not (or “knot” I should say) I’d end up in a tangle of messy strands. You can eliminate the tangles by using satin cord (AKA Rat-tail) to make your bracelets and you can save your jeans (and not have to walk around with half-finished bracelets pinned to your leg) by using a braiding disk. You can use a store-bought one or make your own from cardboard. Here is what you will end up with:

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I used 2mm Rat-Tail cord from our sponsor Papermart for my example because that is a staple supply I always have on hand. If you are planning on only doing these bracelets with the cords I would recommend the thinner 1mm cord because you could get fancier with the braiding using more cords and color. The thinner stuff is also cheaper but pick the cord that will suit all of your needs because you get gobs and gobs of cord on that roll! Here are the other supplies you will need:

  • End caps or cones and a clasp. I used some flat end cones but you can find glue-on end caps for Kumihimo braids that would be even easier, I opted to use what I had on hand.
  • Glue
  • Pliers/wire cutter
  • Wire
  • Scissors

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I will show you step-by-step in this video how to make a Kumihimo spiral bracelet with 8 strands. There are many other designs you can make with this cord and braiding disk so if you really enjoy this you can find more ideas online! I think this is a really relaxing craft.

Directions:

  1. Cut 5 feet of turquoise and brown cord. Fold in half twice and knot. You will have 8 strands.
  2. Insert knot in the center of the braiding dish and separate strands in groups of 2 as I demonstrate in the video.
  3. Create the braid by moving the strings to different positions and turning the wheel as shown in the video.
  4. Finish by attaching ends and a clasp.

You can make these longer for necklaces too! You can also start the cord by knotting the strands together and work just as I did and knot it when you are done. You can add the end caps and clasp in the future. You can also try this with other string, just be sure to keep the ends loose and untangled or wind them on bobbins so they don’t get snarled up. I hope you try the zen craft, it is a great way to pass the time on a lazy day or while watching TV. It’s just pain fun too! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s Make a Duct Tape Tote! & EasyLunchboxes Winner Revealed!!!

Hi friends! Another snowy day in Maine, man, Mother Nature better shape up, it is supposed to be spring in a few days! Oh well, I decided to combat this constant deluge of winter by making an easy clean beach tote BUT FIRST I want to announce the winner of the EasyLunchboxes and Cooler bag giveaway (drum-roll please….) Marina M! Marina, please check your email for details. :D Last week after I made my quilted lunch bag I realized that I had no room for water bottles (well I guess I could have laid them over the top of the boxes in a pinch…) and I probably would not want to get the pretty fabric wet and sandy so I decided to make a wipe-down, no-sew, duck tape beach bag that will fit 4 ELBs and 4 water bottles. Have a look at today’s video:

For this project you will need:

  • Duct tape
  • Tarp
  • Craft knife
  • Ruler
  • Thin cardboard or matboard

Tips:

  1. Save scraps of tape to fill in bits as needed.
  2. Create the main part of the bag with solid color duck tape because it is less expensive.
  3. If you can’t find a tarp (I got mine at the dollar store) you can wash and recycle a grain bag or something similar.

I think this bag is going to be super useful this summer and I hope you try this project too! Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Spectrum Aqua Marker Giveaway!!!

Contest Closed: Winners announced here :) Thanks for Entering!

Hi friends! I am super excited because the folks at Hallmark Scrapbook are letting me give away four sets of Spectrum Aqua markers! There is Floral, Essentials, Nature and Primary sets to choose from and they are all exquisite color combinations. The thing that really impresses me about these sets is that there are no doubles between sets so you can try sets here and there without worrying that you are buying duplicates. We are giving away 4 sets in all, 3 will go to readers in the USA and 1 will go to someone outside of the US. The cool thing about Hallmark scrapbook is that they have low prices on the newest products and they also ship to Canada, most European countries, New Zealand, Australia, Brazil and South Africa. To enter the contest just look at the spectrum Aqua color sets and tell me in the comments what set you want to win and what country you are from. Now, for today’s project we will be making an expressive marker drawing using Spectrum Aquas and water but you can use whatever watercolor type marker you have!

I think this would be a really fun technique to teach your kids and grand-kids! Good luck in the giveaway, I will pick 4 winners in one week (3/21/15) so make sure to get your entry in! Don’t forget to tell me in your comment what country you are from and what set you would like:) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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