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 October 29, 2015 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi Friends! Lookie what i did tonight!
It was the annual Day of the Dead celebration at our local library tonight and we had a ball. We almost ran out of sugar skulls and it took both Audrey the Librarian and me both to keep frosting bags filled and to the keep kids from eating the icing LOL! Oh, and we managed to teach them a bit too! I did not get a chance to sit and snap a pic of my decorated sugar skull til it was over! There is something so special and fun about watching 30 giddy kids wielding bags of frosting, feathers and sequins. I love how the Mexican culture is not afraid of death and honors and celebrates those who have passed. I know this custom can seem strange but that is what is great about public libraries, they open your eyes to other cultures and customs. Last year I filmed the process of making and decorating the sugar skulls, and also some info about the traditions of Day of the Dead in Mexico. Please take a moment to watch this video and meet my good friend Audrey who our community is fortunate to have as our local librarian.
Even if this project isn’t for you I am happy your curiosity made you check it out. I am always a bit worried when I share a project from a different culture that I might get something wrong and offend someone. I hope I didn’t and if I did get something wrong you will teach me. This is hands down our most popular event for kids and families at the library, it is an all-hands-on-deck kinda thing but I wouldn’t miss it for the world. I’m pooped and my hands will be stained the color of frosting for a few days but I loved every minute of it! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Crafts 4 Kids | Tagged: day of the dead, DOTD, how to decorate a sugar skull, how to make a sugar skull, mexican sugar skull | 8 Comments »
Posted on October 25, 2015 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi friends! Today I am announcing the winners of the 10 watches from Jerry’s Artarama but fist I wanted to share my video for the Made by Mommy October Craft Challenge. Kim over at Made by Mommy mails 15 youtubers a box full of random supplies and challenges us to make something. Have a look!
That was fun and it had me using materials I typically would not select. The really fun thing was seeing what other You Tubers came up with, you can see all of their videos in this playlist.
I had so much fun and want to thank Kim at Made by Mommy in the #MBMCraftChallenge OK, now on to the pink watch winners from Jerry’s Artarama:
Congrats folks! Look for an email in a day or two from someone at Jerry’s Artarama, they will get your mailing address and ship the stylish watched out! Thanks Jerry’s! Thank you for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Crafts 4 Kids | Tagged: #mbmcraftchallenge, craft fair, earing display, silly | 19 Comments »
Posted on October 1, 2015 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi friends! Here is a fun way to get some use out of your Halloween themed stamps, use up some paper scraps and get a head start on Halloween!
If you don’t celebrate Halloween you can change-up the stamps and prepare these little bags for another event! I am using tin tie coffee bags from our sponsor Papermart, they are sturdy and plastic lined so you can actually gift food items in them, they are sturdy bags that you can decorate and stamp on too. I think they are a wonderful item to have on hand, they come in kraft, white and other colors but I like the kraft best. FYI The other colors are a bit glossy so you would need a specialty ink to stamp on those.
Tin-Tie Coffee Bags
Mini Clothes Pins
Colored paper (scraps can be used!)
Halloween stamps and dies & ink (optional-mine are from Stampendous)
1. Layer green and blue paper to make grass and sky and fold in half to make a bag topper. You can cut it into a fancy shape if you like (as I did in the video) or leave it as a rectangle.
2. Stamp a pumpkin on orange paper, add details with colored pencils, cut out and glue to topper. You can add a stem or witches hat to the pumpkin if you like. Stamp “Happy Halloween” on the backside.
3. Place over the bag and secure with a mini clothes pin.
Consider making a few of your treat bags with a teal pumpkin or teal hat like I did and having non-food Halloween treats in them like crayons, pencils, puzzles so you can give them to kids with food allergies. You can let parents know that you have non-food treats by placing a teal painted pumpkin on your porch. I am not sure who started the teal pumpkin project but I think it is a great idea! Let’s make Halloween fun for everyone! Happy Crafting!
Filed under: Crafts 4 Kids, Stamping | Tagged: favor bag, goody bag, Halloween, jack o lanterns, papermart, party favors, pumpkins, stampendous, trick or treat bags, tutorial | 3 Comments »
Posted on September 1, 2015 by thefrugalcrafter
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
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!
Filed under: Crafts 4 Kids, Crafty Recipes | Tagged: acrylic paint, acrylic skins, beads, faux stained glass, how to make acrylic skins, magic medium, mod podge, PVA glue | 13 Comments »
Posted on August 23, 2015 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi friends! Today I have a fun, quick and easy bookmaking project that only requires paper and adhesive! You can use any paper you want but it is perfect for the older scrapbook paper in your stash that you don’t care for because you can use the back side for the pages and the print will be hidden. Aren’t you glad you kept it now?
Watch the video to see how fun and quick these little notebooks are!
- 20 minutes
I have seen some really cute notebooks that some of you guys made following my tutorial on Instagram, thanks for sharing! If you want share your pics you can post them on Thefrugalcrafter Facebook page of use #thefrugalcrafter when posting on Instagram, it might work on twitter too but honestly I’m not sure LOL! If you love this simple idea I would love it if you shared it on Pinterest or your favorite social media (handy links at the bottom of the post!) Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: art journaling, Crafts 4 Kids, quick projects | Tagged: back to school craft, bookmaking, DIY ntebook, handmade books, ideas for old scrapbook paper, Recycling | 14 Comments »