Posted on February 27, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
Howdy friends! Today I have a fun simple hairbow idea that is also a beginner sewing project. You can use a sewing machine or a needle and thread to make gathers in 1 1/2″ satin ribbon and that is all there is to making a ruffle. I turned my ruffled ribbon into hair clips. These would be great to make for quick gifts or items to sell at a craft fair or hairbow business. See how easy it is in today’s video:
Remember you may use any of the tutorials on my blog to make stuff to sell. If you are crafting to sell you need to get the best price on the best quality materials and that is why I urge you to check out Papermart. I have found that if they sell it then they have the best price and I have never been disappointed with the quality. I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy project and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Crafts 4 Kids, quick projects, sewing | Tagged: barrettes, craft fair ideas, hair bow tutorial, hairbow, how to make a ribbon hair bow, papermart, quick crafts for kids, ruffles, satin ribbon, sewing machine | 3 Comments »
Posted on February 24, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
Well, there I took the plunge and make a facebook page for frugalcrafter fans…you can check out The Frugalcrafter Community here. I have been getting a lot of comments lately by readers who want to share their paintings, cards and crafts that were inspired by my tutorials and i love seeing them, problem is not everyone has (or wants) a blog but a great majority are on Facebook so I hope it is a place you can all enjoy. Feel free to share crafty tips, photos of crafty projects, ask craft questions and socialize with other frugalistas (that’s what Kathy thinks we should call ourselves) ;) Many YouTube viewers have told me how isolating it can be when you don’t know anyone who crafts, well, let this be a cozy place to craft and chat no matter what side of the globe you are on! So feel free to go “like” the page and introduce yourself, don’t be shy, we a re small in number now but who knows, we could be dozens by tomorrow:)
I also wanted to share a bit of messy crafty sciency fun with you. All you need is cornstarch, white glue and food coloring, rubbing alcohol (or liquid watercolors) and some cardboard (open up boxes from your recycle bin, lots of the prepackaged food boxes have nice white chipboard on the inside!) The kids will get a kick out of the way the ink flows and if you make this on some nice paper, matboard or canvas you might have the perfect background for your next piece of art!
I let one of my girls run wild with supplies and she created piles of art and even more impressive she cleaned up afterwards! Well, that’s it for me tonight, one side of my neck is still sore, thank you for the notes of concern but I’m sure I’ll be fine in a couple of days and thank you Sue Cole for the tip on making the alcohol/water ice pack, I am doing that tonight!) Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Crafts 4 Kids, Crafty Recipes | Tagged: art community, background technique, craft community, crafter community, crosswaters ink look alike, facebook, ink technique | 9 Comments »
Posted on February 16, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
Hello friends! I have to say I had big plans in my studio this weekend, however when I sat down to my desk it just wasn’t happening…also I wasn’t feeling too well, my tummy was squirrelly, I was tired and quite frankly cranky and dealing with a lack of creative inspiration was not helping either. Why am I sharing this you ask? Because I want you to know that it happens to us all, I spent the last hour shifting piles of blech projects around my table and decanting half full bottles of glue, glamorous huh? Sometimes though, even if I am not feeling inspired if I just go to my studio and tidy up a bit and take care of the neglected housekeeping projects that amassed while I was being wildly creative I feel better…and I will definitely feel better the next time I go in there full of inspiration because I will actually have a clean studio to create in! Since I really have nothing new to show you (you produce very little work of quality lying around on the couch) I thought I’d share a project I did with my children’s knitting group this week:
This is one of my most popular classes and with 12 kids (many new to knitting starting at age 5) I thought it would be nice to have a fun and easy project because they have been working so hard at knitting and crochet. The skill they learned was making pom-poms, I brought my Darice “c” shaped looms, my Susan Bates large Plexiglas loom and rectangles of cardboard…can you guess what they likes best? The cardboard LOL! We used up a bunch of scraps and all of the children had a ball…or a pom…making their project. That’s why I had half full bottles of tacky glue to deal with, boy that stuff is slow to pour LOL! I also ended up knitting through some stash while I was not up to par…I’ll have to show you the 6 new hats I’ve made…they are not that exciting but they are warm and with the new 12″ of snow we got this weekend they are needed! So, are you using up any scraps this weekend? Share your ideas, I’d love to hear them! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Crafts 4 Kids, knitting | Tagged: kids craft, knitting, pom pom craft, scrap yarn craft, yarn | 10 Comments »
Posted on February 14, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
Howdy friends! We had a snow-day today, it was a lazy day, the kids played and I finished yet another hat (I managed to knit everyone in my house a hat during basketball season and I decided I deserved one too:) it is a moss green beauty, I’ll share it once I decide weather to put a flower on it or not, I have a C4b that should be a C4f so I’ll have to decide if that weird wiggle of a cable bothers me or not (because it didn’t bother me enough to rip it out when I first noticed it LOL!) Speaking of hats, tonight I am sharing a fun project you can make with your kids if you are snowed in the weekend, a festive Mardi Gras Hat! Fat Tuesday is only 2 1/2 weeks away and these jester hats are easy and inexpensive using supplies from Papermart:
If Mardi Gras is not your thing you can easily adapt this idea for a birthday party or another occasion, what fun! Here are the supplies I used:
Decorative Grass Spray
I also used hot glue but you can use a stapler or tacky glue if working with children.
It looks like we are in for another 6″-12″ of snow tomorrow so we might have several festive hats in out future, thank goodness I get my supplies in bulk from Papermart! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Crafts 4 Kids | Tagged: classroom craft, fat tuesday, fluer de lis, gold green, jester had, jester hats, mardi gras, mardi gras craft, New Orleans, papermart, purple | 5 Comments »
Posted on February 13, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
Hey friends! Just wanted to pop in and let you know that EVERYTHING at Lindsay Stamp Stuff is 50% off today! Also I wanted to share a quick and easy last minute valentine you can make with your kids for their class:
Click here to print the sheet of saying for the back of the cards. I used large tags from Papermart for these, I love those tags!
If you are looking for other last minute valentine favors why not try these, they are 50% off today and you can print and cut them at home! You don’t even need to make a trip to the store (unless you run out of candy that is!)
Don’t wait, the 50% off sale at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff ends at midnight! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Crafts 4 Kids, Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Stamping | Tagged: balloon, free valentine, freebie, henry says, Lindsay Stamp Stuff, printable valentines, quick classroom valentines, Sale, sock monkey, stampin up, valentine | 4 Comments »
Posted on January 28, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
Hello there! It’s that time of year when we get ready to make valentines with our kids to send into school. Here is a sugar free valentine made quickly and inexpensively with supplies from Papermart:
Watch this quick video to see how it’s done, let’s get inky!
If you want to see the tutorial for the DIY spray inks and daubers you can find it here. I used 6″ paper doilies, twisted paper cord, tags and baker’s twine from Papermart on this project. These are supplies I find myself using over and over for projects. They are great to have around and so inexpensive you won’t worry about the kids using them for their crafts too! I hope you enjoyed this sugar-free Valentine! Til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Crafts 4 Kids, Stamping | Tagged: classroom valentines, diy flowers, doilies, doily, doily flower, handmade valentine, homemade valentines, ink blender tutorial, paper doily carnation, paper flower, papermart, spray ink tutorial, sugar free valentine, valentines, valentines day crafts | 8 Comments »
Posted on January 15, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
Howdy friends! Well, I did clean my studio today after yesterdays scary desk photo and managed some much needed organization tasks. It feels good to have everything neat and tidy. One of the projects that got my desk to it’s unruly state was this fun project: A Valentine favor cone AKA Mussie Tussie:
I used supplies from Papermart for this affordable craft. I love how they are three dimensional but so easy to make, you can easily whip up a bunch of these for classroom valentines or even classy wedding favors. There are so many options depending on what paper, doilies, ribbon, tulle, raffia and flowers you choose. And the generous amount of supplies in a package and low prices at Papermart are perfect for making these lovey favors in bulk for any event. Thanks so much for stopping by, I’m sure you were expecting the latest Ask A Crafter but it is still uploading (in 2 parts) I’ll be back with that tomorrow or if you get impatient you can check my YouTube channel later tonight. Til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Crafts 4 Kids, party ideas | Tagged: classroom valentines, doilies, favor cones, mussie tussie, papermart, party favors, raffia, ribbon, school, tulle, valentines, wedding favors | 8 Comments »