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!

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!

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