A Saint Patty’s Craft for Kids!

Hi friends! Here is a colorful decoration that you can make with your kids this Saint Patrick’s Day. It is a great way to use up leftover supplies too. I used many odds and ends I had lying around as well as useful staple craft supplies from Papermart.

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This project will take about 30 minutes to complete. Take your time and have fun! Watch the video to see how it is made.

You will need:

  • 8″x8″ cardboard or matboard
  • Burlap
  • Pipe Cleaner
  • Craft foam/Fun Foam OR construction paper
  • Paper Straws
  • Crepe paper
  • Something to color with like chalk, crayons or paint
  • Quick grab glue such as low temp hot glue, Thick & Tacky glue, Beacon 3-in-1 or Helmar 450. (You need a glue that grabs quick!)
  • Paper ribbon
  • Wire
  • Beads
  • Scissors and wire cutters

And anything you want to add! This is a great project to use up leftovers you have so customize it to fit your supplies!

Directions
1. Cover a square of cardboard with burlap and glue the ends to the back.
2. Color or paint the front if desired.
3. Cut the foam into a pot, cloud and shamrock. You can use a die cut machine, if you have one, or scissors.
4. Loosely arrange the elements on the canvas and glue the items down when you are happy with them.
5. Make a frame by gluing paper straws to the edge of the picture but before you glue the top straw down insert a ribbon for hanging.

Please refer to the video for more instructions! Big thanks to Papermart for sponsoring today’s Video! Happy crafting!

Easy Ribbon Corner Bookmarks!

Hi Friends! Here is a craft that will delight the readers in your life AND make great use of the beautiful ribbon in your stash!

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Supplies (Ribbon by Offray):

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Directions
  1.  Cut a strip of cardstock the same width of your ribbon by 2x the width long. My ribbon is 1 1/2” wide so my cardstock is 1 1/2”x3”. Fold both corners to the middle as shown.
  2. Cut a triangle of cardstock to fit the inside of the bookmark.
  3. Cut a ribbon 1” longer than your card-stock strip.
  4. Adhere the ribbon to the front of the strip, flip it and glue down the ends as shown.
  5. Fold up the bookmark and glue the cardstock triangle to the inside securing the back flaps.

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If you want to share this idea with your friends I made directions you can pin on Pinterest. There is a handy Pinterest sharing link at the bottom of the post too. Not only can you help your friends make fun and easy crafts but it helps my blog too, so thanks!

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Thanks to the fine folks at Offray for sponsoring this post. They have been busy adding many new ribbons to their website so you can find exactly the ribbons you want in the quantities you need (no driving to the store to find out they don’t have what you want for your project.) Use the coupon code FRUGAL15 to get 15% off your order at Offray.com. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

*Details: Use FRUGAL15 during checkout on Offray.com to receive 15% off one order. Offer expires 11:59 PM eastern time on February 28, 2015. Discount excludes applicable tax and shipping costs. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Discount cannot be applied to previous purchases. Subject to change or cancellation without notice. Other restrictions may apply.

Thinking About Thinking Day!

Hi friends! I had a very lazy day today. It is snowing and I woke up with a very sore throat so I spent most of the day chilling out on the couch, quietly drinking tea and watching old movies. The Odd Couple and The Nutty Professor was on today! I have one of those top of the throat sore throats, the kind that is aggravated by talking (It’s a pleasant change around the house I’m sure LOL!) and I think I feel the beginning of an earache coming on…maybe I am just a hypochondriac about the earache but the sore throat is real. I read that if it is painful to drink orange juice than you have strep throat but I ate a grapefruit and I was fine. I blame not wiping down the shopping cart with an antibacterial wipe last night when I did groceries or the kids at the basketball games (It’s a germ buffet I tell you!) Speaking of kids Girl Scout Thinking Day is right around the corner. This year we have Sweden. Here are a few swap ideas. I had some comments on my YouTube channel from actual Swedes and they said that they do, in fact eat spaghetti and meatballs but the traditional dish is Swedish meatballs, gravy and mashed potatoes (we can use texture paste/caulking for mashed potatoes! Feel free to snag the spaghetti and meatballs for Italy though.) and their flag was more blue than the cardstock I had on hand. These were a few ideas to get the girls started. Oh and by request I demonstrated flocking.

The girls will have to make Swedish food to serve, give a talk on Sweden, teach a Swedish craft and perform a traditional Swedish song or folk dance as well. They enjoy this event every year! If you want some other ideas here are some of the other countries we have done:

China Thinking day ideas and performanceChinese paper drums craft tutorial.

And England, and Egypt swaps.

I hope some girl scouts find this helpful and have an enjoyable time preparing for thinking day! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Beat the winter blahs and brighten your desk!

Hi friends! I have been really sick of winter lately so I grabbed some colorful duct tape and set out to make something cheerful for my desk:

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A bouquet of Duct tape pens! I used regular pens and inexpensive duct tape from Papermart to make these. They also have the best price around on duct tape: $1.36 for 10 yard rolls and $5-$6 for 60 year rolls! Check them out if you like duct tape crafting! Watch the video to see how I made these:

Before you know it spring will be here, until then we have some pretty flower pens to brighten our day! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

DIY Chalk Paint!

Hi Friends! I have been asked many times about making my own chalk paint. Turns out it is super easy. Watch the video to see how:

Chalk Paint Recipe:

3 parts acrylic paint

1 part plaster of paris powder

Directions: Mix well until no lumps or grit remains. If your paint is really thick use less plaster. If it is too thick to brush on add a few drops of water and mix again.

This paint is super opaque and you probably won’t need primer over it. If you are using this on furniture I recommend adding a protective coat of furniture wax or satin polyurethane. If you want to use this to make a chalkboard surface don’t add a sealer but let it dry and cure for a couple of days before using. I hope you like this easy DIY project and let me know if you try it out! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Chocolate Covered Valentine Treats!

Hi Friends! Today I am going to share my best recipe…OK everyone stop laughing, I can totally HEAR you through the computer! I’m going to share my no-bake chocolate covered pretzel treats and how to package them using supplies from Papermart!

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This is a Valentine themed treats but you can make these with red and green chocolate for Christmastime too. It’s fun, stress free and you can’t mess it up! Watch the video to see how easy it is! This is perfect for classroom Valentines too!

Food Supplies:
Chocolate wafers
Pretzels
Sprinkles
Pyrex measuring cup
Spoon
Waxed paper

Craft Supplies:
Clear Bags
Scrapbook Paper
Deco scissors
Heart dies or punches:
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Baker’s Twine
Stapler

Directions: (treats)
1. Cover table with wax paper.
2. Place chocolate in Pyrex cup and microwave for 1 minute at half power. Repeat in 30 second intervals until melted, stirring after each interval.
3. Spread pretzels on waxed paper and drizzle with chocolate. Add candies or sprinkles if desired.
4. Let cool and place pretzels in bags.

(for decorating the bags)
1. Fold a 6″x6″ piece of paper in half and trim the bottom with fancy scissors. Place this over the closed end of the goodie bag and staple each side.
2. Wrap with bakers twine and add a stamped tag and die cuts to decorate.

I hope you give this a try! The best part is that they are really tasty and healthier than other sweets! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

My Quickest Classroom Valentine Ever!

Hi friends! Do you have kids in grade school? Valentines Day is just around the corner so it is the perfect time to whip up a batch of handmade Valentine treats! These come together so easily using a few supplies from our sponsor Papermart.

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Now you have a good excuse to buy a box of large shipping tags or the beautiful washi tape you have been eyeing! Plus, if you have been following my blog, you know lots of other ways to put this versatile craft room staples to good use. Watch how quickly these favors come together:

I also used some 2 3/4″ wide organza ribbon to top it off. I hope you give this easy Valentines day craft a try. You can also save this idea and make it for other holidays by changing the colors and stamps (that big box of shipping tags just keeps looking better all the time right?) Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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