Thrifty Thursday: Colorful Coasters

Apr 11, 2013 by

Well folks, it’s that time of year again. April showers bring… time for crafts! Last week my three-year-old and I had a great time creating our very own coasters. I am by no means a neat freak but one thing I CANNOT stand are water rings left under glasses and when I came across an idea for making my own coasters I was a little (okay, a lot) excited. It’s the little things people!

Caroline is ready to get started! (Photo Credit: C. Corrigan)

Caroline is ready to get started! (Photo Credit: C. Corrigan)

Here’s what you will need:

  • white tiles – you can get these at any home improvement store and they are super cheap
  • rubbing alcohol
  • alcohol ink dye - you can find this at craft stores. I found mine at Michaels craft store and they usually come in sets of three different colors (I chose red, green, and blue).
  • sealer (to protect it from chipping, etc.)

Thrifty Thursday: Candy Wrapper Crafts

Nov 1, 2012 by

Are you are up to your eyeballs in candy after trick-or-treating with the kiddos last night? You are in luck because after you help your little, or not so little, ones eat their candy (tough job I know, but someone has to do it!) there are some pretty awesome projects you can do with those left-over wrappers. Why throw them away when you can recycle them into something fun?

Hop on over to earth911.com for 10 crafty projects you can make with those unwanted candy wrappers such as a sweet tooth pouch, some candy wrapper decoupage light-switch plates,  or even upcycled barrettes?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thrifty Thursday: Spooktacular Votive Holders

Oct 18, 2012 by

This is a fun craft that I actually did with a group of my girlfriends after a few of us had our first babies. I decided to put my large collection of baby food jars to good use by hosting a get together to make some frugal Halloween decorations.

What you will need:

  • Mod Podge
  • Orange & White Streamers
  • Black Construction Paper
  • Regular or Sponge Brush

 

What to do:

  • Coat the outside of the baby food jar with Mod Podge.
  • Cover the jar with pieces of the streamers.
  • Add another layer of Mod Podge on top of the streamers, making sure to only dab carefully so you don’t tear and/or wipe the streamers off the jar.
  • Use the black construction paper to make the faces of your Halloween characters. I chose to do pumpkins and ghosts while some friends decided to also make black cats.

Thrifty Thursday: Upcycling Old Crayons

Oct 11, 2012 by

Newsflash: “Going Green” can actually come in all shades of colors!

That being said, check out this fun way to put those old, broken, good-for-nothing (or so you thought!) crayon bits to great use by turning them into NEW, even BETTER (if you ask me) crayons!

All you need:

  • Muffin tin (one that you will not use for baking food items in) – I purchased a 6 muffin tin at my local dollar store! *Note: candy and soap making molds can also be fun to use because you can make crayons of different shapes and sizes!
  • Broken crayons (the more colors the better)
  • Knife

 What to do:

  1. After making sure to remove all of the paper labels from the crayons, start by cutting the broken crayons into small pieces using a sharp knife. (This should be done by the adult)
  2. Pre-heat your oven to 250 degrees F

Create it Saturday: Toilet Paper Pumpkin

Sep 29, 2012 by

Well, the good thing is that just by reading the title of this post, you know you have at least one of the things needed to make this fun fall craft…that’s right…toilet paper! Fall is definitely my favorite season and this super easy-to-make pumpkin definitely looks great as my new dining room table centerpiece. It’s the perfect festive accent and I will be able to display it throughout the Fall (not just around Halloween)!

 

Materials:

  • roughly 22″ x 22″ square of fabric (fall colors look best – think oranges, yellows, browns, and reds)
  • 1 Double Roll of Toilet Paper
  • Batting – roughly 14″ x 14″ square (paper towels or a plastic grocery bag can be substituted)
  • 1 brown paper grocery bag
  • hot glue (or tape)
  • 2 silk fall leaves

 

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