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Thanks to Saved By Naptime for passing along this thrifty tip with a step by step guide on how she turned an old pair of jeans into an adorable skirt.  She has inspired me to give this a try… and I am not a sewer.

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I am always trying to come up with ways to use things in different ways.  We do not have recycling in our area and although it drives my husband crazy I have a constant pile of things that most people would throw out waiting for another life.    So going by the motto Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose…. I created this skirt tonight after doing the laundry and realizing that my son should not be wearing these jeans any longer.

My sons jeans, worn knees.  I could have made into shorts, but I think homemade jean shorts are a little dorky so I came up with something a little cuter.

1.) I cut the jeans to the length I wanted, then cut out the crotch along the seam already there.  You have to cut about an inch up also so that it will fold over nicely.

2.) after you cut the crotch lay it out flat
3.) use one of the extra legs that doesn’t have a hole to cut two extra pieces to patch in the empty triangle created in the front and back.
4.) I sew these on right under the existing seams with brown thread so the stitching is almost non-existent.

5.) From here you can serge or zigzag the edge and turn it up for a hem.  I like the frayed look so I stitched about an 1/8″ from the edge to stop the fray then threw it in the wash to get a good fray on the edge.  You can see the patch job on the triangle in the bottom of the picture.

6.) to add a fun edge cut a strip of fabric to the length needed.  I cut a 5″ strip longer than needed so I can add a few ruffles then fold it over, iron and serge the edge.

7.) after trimming the loose frays from the washing I pinned on the trim and stitched right along the same line I made the first time. Here is a pic of the outside and inside.

Thats it, a finished skirt!  It took a little under 20 minutes to construct (obviously wash time not included) and cost nothing since I had the extra fabric laying around. I used a second 5″ strip made into a belt to give it a fun look.

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Here is a quick and easy safety tip that can be done on a budget…. Replace A Worn Out Trampoline Safety Pad With Pool Noodles .  Plus it looks really cool, I love how the bright colors POP and make the trampoli look bright and cheerful.

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We have had a trampoline for a few years now and I think we take pretty good care of it.  We take it down for the winter, and try to avoid the kids “abusing” it.  Unfortunately, I can’t say the same thing for the weather!  All it took was a few bad wind storms last year and the poor net and safety pad were trash!  I am sure I am not the only one who got pinched by a trampoline spring or two as a kid. It doesn’t feel good!  I was hoping to avoid that with my kids. Since I am thrifty, I didn’t want to spend a lot on a replacement.  These pool noodles were from the dollar store.  I bought 10 but only ended up needing 9.  Can’t beat $9!  Not to mention, I think it looks fun and brightens up the back yard!

You will need:

Pool noodles

box cutter

A tool to remove the springs (we got one with our trampoline that we saved. but I found a replacement here for super inexpensive if you need one!)

Begin by measuring your spring and deciding what length you would like your sections to be.  Then measure and cut your pool noodles into as many sections as it will provide.  You will probably end up with little pieces off the ends, save them, they will work for summertime crafts for the kids!

Once you have them all cut, it is time to put them over the springs. Using your nifty tool, remove one spring at a time, sliding the pool noodle onto the spring before replacing it.

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This isn’t hard, just monotonous.  Thankfully I had my husband do it for me and it took him just a few minutes.

There you have it!  A bright, cheerful trampoline makeover that will be fun all summer long!

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Easter tomb snacks, easy way to teach about Easter, #Eastersnacks,#Jesuslives, #resurrection, #tomb, #grahamcrackers, #donuts, #icing, #oreos, #thriftycrafts, #thriftytreats

Easter Tomb Snacks ~ Easy, Great Way to Teach Kids About the Real Reason For Easter

Each week my family has what we call Family Home Evening.  We take the time to spend some quality time together, and usually we have a spiritual lesson about a scripture story.  All of us take turns preparing the lesson, and since my 5 year old was in charge this time and it was Easter, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to make something a little bit different to go along with our evening.  Not only will it help as he teaches his siblings about Easter, but as he helped me prepare the snacks, he got in a little extra lesson on the subject!

You will need:

Graham crackers

Small donuts

Icing

Green food coloring

Oreos

A knife for spreading icing

Sprinkles

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These are super simple and can be put together rather quickly!  It was easy enough that my 5 year old did most of the work with support from me of course.

With your green food coloring, color your icing.  I used the gel colors but I am sure the traditional food coloring would work just as well.  Spread the icing on your cracker, as thin or thick as you would like.  Remember though, first that these are full of sugar by the time you are done, but also that the donut and oreo won’t stand up without enough icing to hold them there. I didn’t do a lot, but enough that you couldn’t see cracker peeking through the icing.

Once your icing is on, add your donut standing up in the center, back of the cracker.  Now add your oreo also standing up, but placed in front and to one side of the donut.

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Once I got those made I added sprinkles that came with the icing!  Who doesn’t love sprinkles?  I then made little tags for each treat using a toothpick, small piece of washi tape and a marker.  Just fold your tape around the toothpick and push the sticky sides together. Then write your Easter message on the tag before poking in the top of your donut.

Not only are these a great way to teach about Easter, but they are also a very simple treat for a church class on Easter Sunday!

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Thanks to Passionate Penny Pincher for passing along this thrifty and creative idea to use Chalkboard Contact Paper to make the inside of your cabinet doors a chalk board.  First off I had no idea Chalkboard Contact Paper or Gowrite Dry Erase Paper  even existed… But my mind is swirling with all the creative ideas I could make this it!  Love this idea and hope you enjoy it as well.

Chalkboard Contact Paper, 18? x 6? $7.84

Gowrite Dry Erase Rolls, 18? X 6 Feet, White, ( if you want to do dry erase instead) $13.80

Here’s what you’ll need ~

  • Chalkboard Contact Paper
  • Scissors to cut contact paper to size
  • A plastic card to smooth down any bumps
  • Chalk

And here’s how to do it . . .

  • Cut contact paper to fit board.
  • Smooth down with credit card (I actually used the card to smooth it down with, and then creased it very tightly in the corners. The card did the cutting too!)
  • “Cure” the contact paper by using the flat side of the chalk and completely covering the contact paper
  • You’re all done! You could also add vinyl letters to write “menu” and “grocery list”

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Easter bunny coconut or mashmallow cakes on poka dot paper, jelly beans, cake mix, #easterbunnycoconutcake, #easterbunnymashmallowcake
Easter is a fun time of year to celebrate with food and family
One cake mix makes 2 bunny cakes.
I made one out of coconut and the other out of marshmallow,
since not everyone likes coconut as much as I do.
This was super easy and fun to make!
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Supplies
One cake mix -Any flavor
Coconut
Marshmallows
Frosting in a tub (I made mine with powder sugar-
this way my little fingers in the house do not eat the frosting. lol)
Jelly beans
Green Food coloring
Pink construction paper
Red licorice (if you desire whiskers)
Easter bunny coconut or mashmallow cake mix, jelly beans, cake mix, #easterbunnycoconutcake, #easterbunnymashmallowcakeMaking the Cake
1st…Make the cake mixes following the direction on the back of the box (I usually substitute apple sauce for oil)
2nd…Grease and flour 2 pans (either 8 or 9 inch pan) and bake using the instructions on the box.
3rd…Take cakes out of the pan and put on a cooling rack.  Put in the freezer.
I made these cakes in the morning while I was cooking breakfast, and I finished the cake after dinner that same day. This way I can frost and decorate on my time!
Easter bunny coconut or mashmallow dying coconut, jelly beans, cake mix, #easterbunnycoconutcake, #easterbunnymashmallowcake, #dyingcoconutWhen the cake was baking, I made the green grass for the bunny to lay in.
How to make Green Grass Coconut
1st… Put 1 cup of coconut in a container with a lid.
2nd… Put 5-8 drops of green food coloring on top of the coconut.
3rd…  Put lid on the container and shake.
4th…Wow! Coloring coconut was that simple, and no mess!
Easter bunny coconut or mashmallow instructions, jelly beans, cake mix, #easterbunnycoconutcake, #easterbunnymashmallowcakeAssembling the Bunny Cakes
1st… Place the cake down and cut in half.
2nd…Frost both sides of the halves.
3rd…Put the halves together and place on the platter you will be using to display the cake
4th…Cut a piece out of the front and frost the piece.  Put the frosted piece on the back for the tail.
Since the cake is cold, it frosts easily.
Easter bunny coconut or mashmallow cake with coconut, jelly beans, cake mix, #easterbunnycoconutcake, #easterbunnymashmallowcakeFrost the Cake
Frost the outside of the cake, since the cake is cold; it frost easily.
Once you have frosted the outside and the frosting is drying, apply the coconut or the marshmallows.  Don’t let the frosting dry or the coconut or marshmallows will not stick.  Place the coconut or marshmallows in the palm of your hand and press on the cake.
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The Ears
1st…Cut out the ears.
2nd… Pinch the ears at the bottom.
3rd…Cut a slit in the top of the cake were you cut a piece of cake out.
Slice from back to front.  Slide the ear bottom in the slit area.
All done…Now it is beginning to look more like a bunny and less like a car.  (As my kids say)
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Now add the jelly beans for a nose and two eyes.  You can use shoe string licorice for whiskers too.
Sprinkle green grass coconut on both sides of the bunny.  Add a few jelly to the grass coconut along side the bunny.

To Make the Bunny Fatter
To make the bunny fatter, you can use all 4- halves side by side to make him wider.

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