Modern May Baskets {and pineapples?}

Hi friends! I can hardly believe that May 1st is next week! I have been preparing for a craft show on the 2nd and I am not quite ready for it (more on that tomorrow) but I always get there in the end. I have a craft fair superpower, the crafty ninja takes over and it all gets done LOL! Tonight though I am going to share a modern twist on the classic May basket:

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I used empty clear pails and other supplies from our sponsor Papermart to make this happen. Watch how easy it is!

I hope you enjoyed the craft fail share at the end. You know how I love to keep it real:)

Supplies:

Directions:
1. Measure the can you are decorating and cut a rectangle that size out of paper.
2. Decorate the template with crepe paper and ribbon.
3. Roll up the template and insert into the pail and press to the edges.
4. Cut a piece of tissue and insert it in the pail and fill with candy.
5. Wrap pipe cleaners around the handle for a splash of color!

Leave this fun treat on a neighbors doorstep on May 1st! I hope you enjoyed this fun project and til next time happy crafting!

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Beat the winter blahs and brighten your desk!

Hi friends! I have been really sick of winter lately so I grabbed some colorful duct tape and set out to make something cheerful for my desk:

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A bouquet of Duct tape pens! I used regular pens and inexpensive duct tape from Papermart to make these. They also have the best price around on duct tape: $1.36 for 10 yard rolls and $5-$6 for 60 year rolls! Check them out if you like duct tape crafting! Watch the video to see how I made these:

Before you know it spring will be here, until then we have some pretty flower pens to brighten our day! Thanks 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!

Frank ‘n Friends Favor Boxes!

Howdy folks! I love this time of year! I have some gourds on display in my home and pretty soon I will be putting out the corn stalks and hay bales outside for decoration. We have pumpkins on the porch already that we are so excited to carve but we don’t want them to spoil! At least we can make up a bunch of these cute boxes to decorate with:

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I really like this idea because I can enjoy these sweet Halloween boxes and then fill them with candy and give them away on Halloween night or drop them off on friends doorsteps for fun! That is called “booing” or “ghosting” and I live in a community with very sneaky peeps who deliver goodies all around each others houses in October. It is a lot of fun! Of course all of the parents know who the treats are from before we let out kids have them (but don’t tell the kids that!)These boxes are made from paper take out boxes from Papermart so you know they are just as affordable as they are cute. Watch the video to see how to make them:

Supplies:

Directions:
1. Paint the box with the main color.
2. Paint the face details.
3. Cut two 1/2″ long pieces from a paper straw and hot glue to the side for bolts on Frankincense’s Monster.

TAKE THIS IDEA AND RUN WITH IT! Think of all of the fun things you can paint on these take out boxes for different holidays and events! Happy crafting!

Cute Kids Craft! Bottle Cap Pins (or magnets)

Hi friends! A while back I asked my niece (who then asked her young and single friends) to save me bottle caps and I was rewarded with a bounty of them! I teach a monthly free kids class at the local library and I wanted a fun way to use some of them up and here is what I came up with. A fall craft for kids. Watch the video:

Fun huh? all you need is paper, bottle caps, glue, google eyes and some circle punches or small coins to trace. So…does anyone else have any bottle cap craft ideas? Leave them in the comments below and til next time happy crafting!

Fall or Halloween Home Decor Craft for Kids {or you!}

Hi Friends! Today I am going to show you how to make a cute pumpkin themed wall hanging using supplies from our sponsor Papermart:

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There are  a lot of techniques in this video but you can totally make this project with your kids. I recommend using thick ‘n tacky glue if the kids are helping out, otherwise the hot glue gun is handy. You can keep this plaque strictly fall themed or you can add a face to the pumpkin and some spiders and cobwebs and make it for Halloween like I did in this video:

Supplies:

  • Crepe paper in orange and green
  • Floral wire
  • Jute cord
  • green and black in pads
  • chalk and sponges/cotton balls
  • tacky glue or hot glue
  • Gold paint OR embossing ink and gold embossing powder
  • scissors, wire cutters, pencil, protractor, black paper scraps, cardboard or mat board scraps, cardstock or construction paper
  • You can find my spray ink tutorial here

Simply follow the instructions in the video for making the honeycomb pumpkin and decorating the wall plaque! Did you know I post many videos that never make it to my blog? Click here to be notified whenever I post new video and follow along in the fun! I hope this project inspires you to craft with your kids or grand kids and for yourself! Thanks so much for stopping by today and til next time happy crafting!

Wait Summer! Don’t Go! {A fun outdoor craft!}

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
  • crayons
  • watercolors/brush,water
  • 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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