Posted on January 20, 2015 by thefrugalcrafter
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!
Filed under: Crafts 4 Kids, Crafty Recipes | Tagged: acrylic paint, chalk paint, chalk paint recipe, chalkboard paint, DIY chalk paint, plaster of paris | 11 Comments »
Posted on January 15, 2015 by thefrugalcrafter
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!
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!
Pyrex measuring cup
Heart dies or punches:
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!
Filed under: Crafts 4 Kids, valentines day craft | Tagged: chocolate covered pretzel recipe, classroom valentines, easy valentines, valentine treat idea | 9 Comments »
Posted on December 25, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi Friends! I know it is still Christmas day but in one week it will be New Year’s Day! Today I will share a fun New Years Eve party hat you can make with your kids (maybe if they get bored home on vacation next week.)
These are pretty easy to make using supplies from Papermart. If you are working with kids I recommend you make a bunch of the cones ahead of time and give the kids tacky glue or glue dots instead of hot glue. Watch the video to see how it is done:
You will need:
Metallic Pipe Cleaners
Hot Glue and wet glue
The earring tutorial I mentioned in the video can be found here.
Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Crafts 4 Kids | Tagged: craft ideas for kids, DIY 2015 hat, happy new year craft, how to make a party hat, new years eve craft | 4 Comments »
Posted on December 16, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi friends! How many of you need a quick gift right now? Something cute for your child’s teacher, scout leader or maybe a special neighbor? These sweet hand-painted mugs are easy to make and so chic. They are inspired by the trendy confetti style items popping up everywhere.
You can fill these with cocoa packets, individually wrapped tea bags or even candy for a thoughtful and useful gift. Watch the video to see how it is made!
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White ceramic mugs (dollar store) and tiles (home improvement store)
Folk Art Enamels paint in your choice of colors
Contact paper or stickers
Cotton swabs (AKA Q-Tips), Waxed paper, Cork or felt pads, Rubbing alcohol, Paper towels
Follow along with the easy steps in the video and have fun! Remember that this project is easy enough to make with the kids so share the joy and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: christmas, craft fair, Crafts 4 Kids | Tagged: ceramics, DIY Christmas Gifts, easy gift ideas, oven bake glass paint | 8 Comments »
Posted on December 13, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi Friends! Tonight I have a fun project using cardstock and duct tape, have a look:
If you don’t have duct tape you can use 2″ ribbon, scrapbook paper or even leftover gift wrap, just cut it into 2″ wide strips and cut those into 1 1/2″ lengths and fold them just like I did in the video. If you are not using duct tape you will need to use glue, I suggest a glue stock for thin wrapping paper, tacky glue or hot glue for scrapbook paper and hot glue for ribbon. The duck tape I used is from Oriental Trading Company. Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great weekend and til next time happy crafting!
PS Starting Monday you can vote for your favorite holiday lights in the USA Today Best Holiday Lights Contest! You might even win a $1,500 gift card!
Filed under: christmas, Crafts 4 Kids | Tagged: Christmas tree craft, DIY Christmas Tree decoration, duct tape, duct tape crafts, how to make a paper cone, how to make christmas cones, oriental trading company, scrapbook paper, wrapping paper | 11 Comments »
Posted on December 9, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
You totally just sang that didn’t you? I could not resist, sorry! I was changing my fall decorations over to Christmas decorations the other day and was just about to toss my gourds into the woods when I noticed that one had completely dried out! It must have been because it was over my fireplace so the heat dried it instead of it rotting. I thought it would make a great surface to paint on. I was right!
This project is super easy to paint and don’t worry if you don’t have a dried out gourd lying around, you can use a burnt out light bulb or Christmas ball for this. You will also need acrylic paint, felt, a pom-pom, red sequins, a green paper scrap and scissors.
Pretty easy huh? If you can think of any other things that can be substituted for the gourd leave a comment, it will be helpful to other readers that may not have the same supplies! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: christmas, craft fair, Crafts 4 Kids | Tagged: acrylic paint, acrylics, Christmas decorations, decorative painting, gourd painting, snowman ornament, tole painting | 13 Comments »