Posted on August 21, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi Friends! Today I have a fun craft/toy/decoration that you or your children can make: Party Pinwheels! And they really spin!
I bet you have all of the supplies you need at home but if you don’t check out our sponsor Papermart where you will find the best prices on the highest quality party and craft items. For this project you will need:
- Scrapbook paper
- bamboo skewers
- floral wire
- glue stick
- scrap paper or waxed paper
- wire cutters/pliers
Watch the video to see how it is made:
I hope you try this fun and easy craft! It is a great way to use up leftover scrapbook paper too! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Crafts 4 Kids, party ideas | Tagged: craft items, how to make a pinwheel, paper pinwheel, papermart, Party Pinwheels, pinwheel, scrapbook paper, spinning pinwheel | 5 Comments »
Posted on August 18, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
Hello friends! Every month at my local library I have a free craft night for children. I wanted to show the kids how to make something that they could use outside during these last remaining weeks of summer and I decided on this fun fish windsock:
To make this craft you will need:
- 9″x12″ watercolor paper or poster-board
- fishing line or string
- tacky glue or a hot glue gun
- wiggle eyes
- Time: This craft will take about 30 minutes
Note: to make this project weatherproof substitute the crepe paper with ribbon or strips of plastic (you could cut strips from a disposable plastic table cloth or plastic bag) and laminate the watercolor paper before gluing it into a cylinder.
Please watch the above video to see how it is made! Happy crafting!
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Posted on July 18, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
Hello Friends! I have a fun summer project to share today! I love collecting sea glass, it is a thrill to find these little treasures in the sand on a summer’s day. The kids love beach combing too. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could do something with your treasures? Today I’ll show you how to make them into beautiful adjustable necklaces using supplies from our sponsor Papermart:
You can even use this technique with pretty tumbled stones or small tiles. If you don’t have access to the ocean you can buy sea glass at craft or dollar stores.
You will need:
- Cut 12″ of wire. Make a loop 2″ from the end. Holding the loop at the top of a piece of beach glass start wrapping the long tail around while trapping the short tail under the wire in the back. Pull the long tail back to the top and wrap around the loop for security. Wrap extra wire into a decorative spiral and press against the back or you can trim it off.
- Cut 30″ of cord and slid pendant on. Tie each end to the opposing side with a surgeons knot. Tie the loose ends in an overhand knot close to the surgeons knot, trim and burn ends.
I did this class with two groups of children this week and they loved it! You might have to make the hanging loop for them but then they can manage the wrapping. I hope you try this fun jewelry project, it makes a great gift! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: craft fair, Crafts 4 Kids, jewelry | Tagged: beach glass, DIY sea glass jewelry, jewelry, quick jewelry projects, sea glass, sea glass jewelry, sea glass project, wire working, wire wrapped sea glass pendants | 9 Comments »
Posted on July 3, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi friends! We are a couple weeks into school vacation, it won’t be long until we start to hear “Mom, I’m bored!” Well, we can fix their wagon with this fun project using affordable supplies from Papermart!
OK I have to say that my kids do not say “Mom, I’m bored” very often because the things I find for them to do involve cleaning (my Momma didn’t raise no fool!) BUT if I see them milling about aimlessly I might suggest they check out the supplies I left out on my craft table. This project is also great at using up odds and ends from other projects, all you really need are the cloth bags.
- Canvas bags
- Fabric paint or acrylic paint
- Small fabric paint brushes (optional)
- buttons and ribbon flowers
- Fabric Glue
- A scrap of fabric for the pocket
- And any other embellishment you wish to add, be creative! You can also add gross-grain ribbon to the edge of the pocket or narrower ribbon as flower stems.
- Place a piece of waxed paper covered cardboard inside the bag before you begin to keep the glue or paint from seeping through.
- Cut a rectangle of fabric for the back pocket and press back the edges to keep it from fraying (if desired) and glue to the back of the bag. Let dry.
- Use fabric paint to draw stems and flowers on the front of the bag. You can sprinkle glitter on the wet paint for sparkle! Let dry.
- Use fabric glue to attach buttons and ribbon flowers to the bag and make sure the glue dries before using.
I hope you enjoyed this project as much as my daughters and I did. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Crafts 4 Kids | Tagged: camp crafts, canvas bags, crafts for kids, DIY purse, drawstring bags, easy fabric project, fabric paint, how to dress up a plain bag, no sew project, papermart, ribbon flowers | 4 Comments »
Posted on July 1, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
Howdy friends! I was having way too much fun playing with crayons last week and I actually made something productive with my experimenting…These cards!
I will warn you, I was in rare form during last weeks videos, I was a bit sleep deprived which makes me silly. There, you have been warned. Here is the tutorial:
I used crayola regular crayons and crayola twistables. The regular crayons melted better but the twistables seemed to have more pigment in them. On the video I mentioned the Crayola sale at ACmoore, that was last week when I filmed it, sorry:( I hope this tutorial sparked some creative play and inspiration. Try it, it’s fun (just don’t burn your hands off using a coffee cup warmer!) Til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Crafts 4 Kids, Stamping | Tagged: cardmaking with crayons, coffee cup warmer, crayola, crayola twistables, crayons, melted crayon art, paper crafters crayons, Stamping, twistable crayons | 14 Comments »
Posted on June 15, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi friends! Need a quick card for a baseball lover? Here is a quick and easy tutorial on how to make one!
I used a snow globe stamp from TooMuchFun Rubberstamps and turned it into a baseball. You can customize the colors on the baseball cap insignia to match your recipients favorite team. It is quick and easy and you could even put a pocket in there to hold tickets! I demoed my new envelope punch board I received from Oriental Trading at the end of the video, what do you think? It is pretty easy;) I hope this inspired you to look at your stamps in a new way! Happy crafting!
Filed under: Crafts 4 Kids, Stamping | Tagged: baseball, birthday card, birthday cards for guys, envelope punch board, red sox card, Stamping, toomuchfun, we r memory keepers | 5 Comments »
Posted on June 14, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
Hi Friends! Today I have a craft for kids to make for their Dads or Grandfathers using items you have around the house or in the recycling bin and basic craft supplies:
You will need:
- Cardboard (mine is 9″x12″)
- Colored paper (Blue, white and green, this can be construction paper, cardstock or typing paper)
- Twine or string
- Googlie eye
- Markers or watercolor crayons (or something similar)
- Metallic eyeshadow
- a spray bottle of water
- A hole punch and scissors
- Optional: Patterned scrapbook paper to use as a mat, I used a 8.5″x11″ necktie pattern I’ve had in my stash forever.
- Distress the cardboard panel by pulling off bits of paper then you can add color, if desired, to the ridges with markers or crayons.
- Glue scrapbook paper on cardboard.
- Glue a smaller rectangle of blue on top and add a strip of green as shown. Accent with markers or crayons.
- Cut a fish shape (I used this free SVG to die cut one) from white paper and color with markers, spray with water to blend (or you can use spray ink) *I dry embossed my fish for texture so do that too if you like before coloring.
- While the fish paper is wet dust it with metallic eye shadow.
- Adhere fish and draw a hook and line on the background. Glue on googlie eye.
- Punch holes and add twine for hanging.
- Write or Type “Fishing you a happy father’s day” on a strip of paper and adhere.
Pretty neat for a last-minute gift huh? It would go great with a fishing licence and a new box of tackle I think! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Crafts 4 Kids | Tagged: easy father's day gift, father's day, fathers day craft, fishing, free fish svg, free svg, freebie | 6 Comments »