Hi friends! Tis the season for cookie swaps, office parties and gift exchanges! One new tradition is the “Ugly Christmas Sweater” party!
It started as a way to poke fun at the gaudy sweaters we get at Christmas and morphed into scrounging thrift stores for them and now you can go to stores and buy some real doozies if you like. On one hand I think this is super fun but the thrifty environmentalist in me cringes a bit of buying something to wear once so I decided I would design something that is fun and that I would wear more than once. Actually my daughter Maizy asked if she could have this so it will get worn a lot. The other bonus to this project is that since you are altering an inexpensive sweatshirt (mine was under $8 at the big box store) it is soft and comfy unlike the scratchy cheap novelty sweaters you would buy. I think having a party to make the sweaters would be really fun too and suitable for all ages! Watch the video for a full tutorial!
This video is sponsored by Conda. They have affordable art supplies for all ages and sell on Amazon.
Cardboard (to place inside of shirt while painting)
Always sketch out your design on paper and make corrections before starting your fabric project. Any mistakes made with the fabric paint will need to be worked into your design. You will be happy you took the time to practice!
You can sketch your design on your shirt with chalk if you want before painting. The chalk will wash off or can be brushed off when the paint is completely dry.
Light color fabric is better than dark-colored fabric because you will use less paint. If using dark fabric I recommend the metallic paints as they will show up better.
When covering a large area I recommend mixing several shades of paint together so you don’t run out and spreading them out with a paintbrush.
You could also cut a shape out of felt and use fabric glue to apply it if a large solid area is desired.
Wear a smock, apron or old shirt when working with fabric paint. If you accidentally get fabric paint on your good clothes wash them immediately with soap and water.
I also wanted to mention that the dual tip brush 100 count markers are excellent quality and very affordable. If you are looking to replace your warn out dual brush water-based markers or get a gift for a stamper, scrapbooker or papercrafter they are an excellent choice!
I hope you are having a great day at til next time happy crafting!
Hi friends! These cute felt ornaments do more than look good in the Christmas tree, they can also hold a treat! You can fill them with candy canes, lip balm, small jewelry and gifts or even gift cards. They can also be reused year after year!
If you are a teacher, scout leader, classroom volunteer, librarian, parent or grandparent this is the perfect wintertime craft to make with the children in your life. The supplies are easy to find and affordable and you might even have everything you need already. Watch the video to see how! Don’t forget to grab the free template below!
Supplies (affiliate links used)
Felt (I like the pre stiffened felt from Arteza, use coupon code FRUGAL10 for 10% off on their website, also available on amazon. I recommend checking prices before ordering:)
I miss the days when my children were really little. Their elementary school did “Polar Express Day” and parents would volunteer to run games and craft tables with the kids. The day would commence with the principal reading a wintry book to all of the k-3 kids, then the kids would travel around to classrooms to play games and do crafts and end with a viewing of the movie The Polar Express. There are many books that would be nice to feature with this craft if you have little ones in your life and I got some great suggestions from viewers:
and my favorite (actually I love all the books in this series and so did my kids…aww, miss those days!) Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman. And there is The Bear Stays up for Christmas and actually if you have little kids on your Christmas list and you like to buy them books there is a Bear books boxed set, all of the bear books are so enjoyable, the words have a lovely rhyming cadence to read and the illustrations are beautifully done. I just loved these books so much when my kids were small.
If you have a girl or cub scout troop you could make the ornaments and then take them to a nursing or veterans home with a candy cane in them. The residents always enjoyed it when we brought the kids in to sing Christmas carols and you could hand out these treats and since they are reusable they can use them to gift to their loved ones too. Sometimes it is the smallest thing, in this case a felt mitten or stocking, that can make people feel appreciated and loved. Take care of yourself and each other and til next time happy crafting:)
Hi friends! This craft will help you use up some wine corks and random beads and you will end up with a beautiful sparkly bauble that you can tie to a present, hang from the tree or use as a key chain!
It’s really easy and inexpensive. Watch the video to see how!
Hi friends! I had a lot of fun designing this acrylic painting project for you. I thought it would be sweet to paint these motifs on a paper mache mailbox that my friend Kathy gave me last year but you can paint it on any surface you like such as a canvas, slate, cigar box or even a greeting card. Here is what the finished project will look like:
You can download my free printable template here. I just realized that my scanner can scan something as a PDF so it will print out the correct size for you and hopefully be easier for you to print than a snapshot of a sketch. Today’s video includes step by step instructions for painting this “Letters to Santa” mailbox. Watch the video to see how!
You can win this bundle of brushes, or any set of your choice from our sponsor FABART! Just let me know in the comments if you want to win the brushes I used or another set from the store. Also you can save 20% on ANY of the brushes or interchangeable knitting needles in the FABART store too by using coupon code: KZCPG9ZE (Amazon Prime members get free 2 day shipping!) This is a great discount for buying holiday gifts or restocking your own brushes!
Skill level: Beginner
Time Needed: 1-2 hours
Skills learned: color mixing, brush strokes, brush care
1. Base coat mailbox and let dry.
2. Cut apart the printable pattern and rub the back with a light-colored chalk. Place the image chalk side down on your surface and trace. This will transfer your design.
3. Using the chalk likes as a guide, paint your image.
4. Paint Santa’s Address on the flag side of the mailbox.
5. Freehand a candy cane stripe on the flag and lip of the front of the box.
6. Load a toothbrush with watery white paint and spatter it all over the mailbox if desired.
7. To protect the paint for years and years follow-up with your favorite water based sealer.
I hope you enjoyed this project and if you know anyone else who would like it please send them my way or share this project using one of the handy social media buttons at the end of this post. Don’t forget to comment for a chance to win a set of brushes or knitting needles, I will draw a name at random in one week! If you plan on ordering these brushes or anything else from the Fabart store be sure to use the coupon KZCPG9ZE for 20% off and the interchangeable brushes are back in stock! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Hi friends! It’s never too early to start making handmade holiday gifts. Here is an easy and useful idea perfect for many folks on your gift lists especially teachers!
Blank note cubes can be found online (Amazon has them) and they are so easy to dress up with stamps! I’ll also show you how you can add a storage compartment at the back perfect for keeping your pens, markers or peg stamps!
Tutorial sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry Take 20% off your mounted stamp order of $10 or more just use coupon code: NOTES Coupon expires, Monday, November 7, 2016
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!
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:
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!
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!
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!)
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!
Weather you have a classroom full of kids or just one of your own this fun project will not only make a lovely decoration for your Christmas tree but also a wonderful memory. I’m rubbish at cooking with the kids but give me crepe paper and glitter and everyone wins, plus there is no cranky sugar crash to deal with later. Let’s make a festive Christmas wreath ornament! Check out the easy to follow video!
You will need:
Crepe paper party streamers (2 rolls for $1 at Dollar Tree) or green tissue paper
ribbon or yarn
pencil or marker
sequins or pom-poms (for decorations)
Optional (circle cutter): Grown ups need to cut the inner circle of the ornament so a circle cutter is great to have or you can get crafty with the scissors!
Directions: Parents, remember ABP when crafting with kids (always be prepared!) Have supplies out, tissue paper squares cut and the inner circle of the wreath cut out. Make a few extra wreaths in case they want to make more, they are so fun!
Kids do this:
Cut out wreath with deco-edge scissors, write your name on the back.
Glue ribbon to wreath.
Use a pencil to mold paper strips (see video) and glue to wreath base.
Viola, a beautiful wreath! Let kids make these for gifts for family and friends, they are sure to bring joy! Merry Christmas and as always happy crafting!
Happy WOYWW! my desk is a bit, well, messy this week…
But look at the cuteness:
This is a project that I am making with children at the library tomorrow. These macaroni angels are easy! I am pre-gluing them so the kids can paint and decorate them. Here is a video to show you how:
Other than the macaroni I have odds and ends leftover from craft fair projects. The craft fair was a huge success You can read all about it and see my booth set-up on this post. If you want to see more crafty desks check out Julia’s blog the Stamp Ground for more WOYWW fun! I’m off to meet a girlfriend and do some holiday shopping today. Til next time happy crafting