DIY Ice Skates and Boots for “American Girl” Dolls!

Hi Friends! Today I have a fun and inexpensive craft for 18″ dolls or stuffed animals. DIY Ice Skates! Let’s face it, the accessories sold for these dolls could quickly put you in the poorhouse and you are limited to what you can buy BUT if you make it you can have whatever you like! When I was a girl I loved my Barbies, I think I had more fun making furniture and clothes for them than actually playing with them. Do you ever wonder why our kids tire of their toys so quickly? Because everything is done already. Let them create accessories for them! Today I will show you how to make accessories from Duct Tape! Have a look:

I want to thank Oriental Trading Company for supplying me with the duct tape for this project, they have the best prices I have seen for genuine Duck brand Duct Tape and they have their own brand that is cheaper and has more yardage per roll which is really good if you share your duct tape stash with your kids who will use it with gusto!

I was noticing that the most popular post on my blog and pinterest over the past couple weeks has been the DIY Tent and Sleeping bag tutorial for American Girl Dolls. I made these as a Christmas gift for my daughters 2 years ago and they loved them! It is a quick and inexpensive gift to make for any kids who likes to play with dolls or stuffed animals (that is most kids 10 and under). You can find the tutorial here.

Click here for tent and sleeping bag tutorial!

And if your doll is in need of a little TLC I have a tutorial here on how to fix frizzy doll hair. I think it is wonderful that kids still play with dolls, just remember the best gift we can give them is creativity and resourcefulness so the next time the American Girl catalog arrives in the mail ask yourself “Can I DIY this?” It might not look just like the magazine (what does) but I bet you will have way more fun making it yourself. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Sparkle & Shine Snowflakes! {easy craft for kids!}

Hi friends and happy Thanksgiving to my American readers! By now the turkey and sides have been put in the fridge, the dishes have been washed and you may be sitting down and enjoying some much deserved relaxation. Or maybe you have got your second wind and you are ready to shop, if so, more power to you! I have never done black Friday and stores are not allowed to open in Thanksgiving in Maine so I am content to stay home and be cozy with my family. One thing I always loved about after Thanksgiving dinner was the crafts we would make (except for those darn baking crystal sun-catchers…those were aggravating) mom would give us girls a project to work on while she addressed Christmas cards. I wish I was that organized! But even I can lay out a few bowls of beads and some pipe cleaners so my kids can make some special ornaments!

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These are really easy and inexpensive and you probably have the supplies on hand. All you need are plastic beads and pipe cleaners. If you do not have pipe cleaners you can get them for a steal from our sponsor Papermart.  Watch the video to see how I made these:

Tips!

  • If you have small children make the snowflake form for them but let them string on the beads.
  • Use old or cheap scissors for cutting the pipe cleaners because they might nick your nice ones. Those scissors can be your pipe cleaner scissors, wrap a piece of pipe cleaner around the handle so you will remember!
  • Use leftover beads from other projects. The mix-matched ones your kids will pick will make them all the more special.
  • Fishing line makes an excellent hanger.

Now, if I can get my Christmas cards addressed before mid-December I will be doing great! Enjoy this wonderful day with your family and til next time happy crafting!

A Double the Fun Thanksgiving Craft! {a boredom buster!}

Hi friends! First up I want to share some exciting news that I hinted at yesterday: I am doing monthly craft segments for my local ABC & FOX affiliates and you can see my latest segment here! The story was really quick so next time I am going to make sure I have a simpler concept to make sure everyone can follow along at home. I decided to expand the craft from the news story and share the project with you here today!

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My other exciting news was that the washi tape I have been waiting for from Papermart has finally arrived. It has been selling out so fast but I finally got some and almost all they carry! You get 10 yards (30 feet) for $1.34 a roll. They also have solid color multi packs, I got those too but have not used them yet. I wanted to use them in a fun project and what is more fun that making a craft and decorating a Thanksgiving table for kids?

I don’t know about you but I want to sit at the kids’ table! Here are the supplies I used:

Directions:
1. Cover a table with brown kraft paper and add doilies as place mats.
2. Fold a piece of cardstock both ways. Unfold.
2. Cut a slit on the horizontal crease on the right side up to the center crease. Fold the top right corner down about 1″ from the center crease. Fold the bottom right corner in to the center crease. Fold the bottom left panel behind the right and fold the remaining triangle over.
3. Fold the top left panel over the top right and fold the bottom panel up. Secure the edges with washi tape.

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To finish place shipping tags and paper in the back pocket and crayons, markers or pens in the front. Add baker’s twine to a shipping tag and place that in the back pocket. Thanks to Papermart for being our sponsor today, be sure to check out the products I used and stock up on your holiday wrapping, ribbons and packaging while you are there! Happy thanksgiving and happy crafting!

Apparently my viewers are smarter than me…{I always knew it was true}

Hi friends! Yesterday I uploaded this video on how to make an advent calendar. The best thing about it were the tips that YOU gave me on YouTube on how to improve it!

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First watch the video then read on for great tips from fellow viewers:

I love the macaroon boxes from Papermart, they come in a set  of 24 but I had already used 11 of them so I did not have enough to make a 24 drawer advent calendar, plus that would be really big and it would be hard to find room for it. Well, pippynoodle suggested that I turn the box around and number the back side of the box 13-24 since the drawers can be opened from either side and Teresa’sHandCrafted Items suggested dividing the drawers in the center which is a great idea if you just have one kid but since I have 3 I would keep the drawers open and just do a refill on day 13. The other great tip came from Violingirl79 who said “Surely it doesn’t matter what order you put it together in if all the box drawers come out? If you get one in the wrong place you just swap the drawers around.” She is right! This project is even more easy and foolproof than I first though (and take it from me, I’m just the fool to prove it!) If you have some cool ideas to share leave a comment, I am getting so many wonderful ideas from you guys today (you are totally doing my job here!)

Supplies

Directions:
1. Paint the fronts of each box green and stamp a number 1-12 on the front. *Remember you can stamp the numbers 13-24 on the back as well for a double-sided calendar!
2. Assemble the boxes and add a duct tape pull tab. Place box in slider sleeve.
3. Glue together boxes in the shape of a Christmas tree as shown.

This project will take about 45 minutes. I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy Christmas craft. Thanks so much to my YouTube friends who came up with tips to improve this project and thank you for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

How to Make Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls {join me at the library!}

Hi Friends! This weekend marks the Mexican Day of the Dead. Every year at the library my friend, and librarian, Audrey does a wonderful program to remember and pay respect to our loved ones who have passed. If you are unfamiliar with the holiday check out the history of Day of the Dead on MexicanSugarSkull.com. They also have recipes for making royal icing and the sugar mixture as well as the mold that Audrey and I used to make these. I have helped Audrey control the mayhem on decorating night with the kids at the library but this year I asked if I could try the project from soup to nuts.  She showed me how to mix the sugar, mold the skulls and put them together. I think the most important tip was that you know the royal icing is ready when your mixer starts to smell like the motor is burning out LOL! So, without further ado I would like to introduce you my friend Audrey and show you how to make these sugar skulls yourself! Please note that the intro was filmed AFTER the class right before the library closed so if we look a little frazzled/tired, that is why:)

And here are some pics of the skulls that were left to dry at the library:

I know traditions from other cultures can seem odd to us but I think this is such a positive way to remember our loved ones who have passed, especially for children.  Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

A Quick and Cute Halloween Favor & I was on TV!!!!

Hi friends! Yesterday I was on TV!!!! More on that in a minute, first here is a cute Halloween favor you can make with supplies you probably already have at home:

So the reason I wanted to share that tutorial today is because I also got to share it during my interview on the local ABC/FOX affiliate stations in Bangor, Maine. I could not manage to embed the video here but you can watch it here on the FOX22/ABC7 Website.

How cool is that?!? My apologies to my friends on Facebook who had to endure my excitement of this all day. I just can’t help it! Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Duct Tape + Juice Pouches = Cheap Crafty Fun!

Hi Friends! I love recycling…or upcycling stuff because it is fun to make something useful out of things you normally throw away. I wanted to make a sturdy pencil pouch to go in my binder and I did so using 4 juice pouches, Duct Tape and a zipper. Watch the video to see how!

I used fun patterned duct tape from Oriental Trading Company in this project. They have Duct brand as well as their own brand of duct tape. Both are very good quality, the only difference I see is that the Oriental Trading Company brand is a tad bit less sticky but it has held up fine in any of my projects. The OTC brand is a bit less expensive and has 20 yards in a roll in most cases where as the duct tape brand is 10-15 yards usually. Since they carry both you get a fantastic selection at $4-$5 a roll and the skinny stuff is even cheaper. All of that info is in the product listing if you are unsure. I hope you try this, or some other recycling craft. I decided to put my pouch in the kids plastic canvas project binder to hold the scissors and yarn needles that are constantly slipping out of the binder pockets. What did I tell you, useful. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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