Thrifty Craft Ideas

I was looking at some old Mother’s Day cards my kids have given me over the years and I came across this finger print flower poem.  I loved it then, and still love it now.  So my girls made a few of them yesterday for a fun after school project.

The poem reads…

I made you a flower

With my finger and my thumb

So you will have these memories

For all the years to come

Happy Mother’s Day 2012

To make these all you need is a white price of card stock cut into a strip, colored paper to make the card, green marker to draw a stem, paints and some cute little fingers.

Have your child dip their finger in green paint to create the leaves.  Then dip their pointer finger in paint to create the flower petals.  I found it was easier for them to follow a circle drawn with pencil.  Attach the poem and you are done!

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How to make a hooded towel, so easy!

This is one of my all time favorite things that my mother in law has taught me! She gave me one when I had my first baby and I fell in love with them and have been making them for baby shower gifts, and for my own babies ever since!

You will need

A bath towel

coordinating wash cloth (or for bigger kids, a hand towel)

Sewing machine

coordinating thread

sewing scissors

pins

a cute baby to wrap in the towel when you are done

We have used hand towels for making them as the kids get older. These are great at the pool, where the child might feel cold coming out of the water and they can curl up in the hooded towel for a bit. Of course,they are also great for bath time too. I meant to buy a washcloth for the one I was making today but accidentally got a hand towel. Which would be fine, but I bought it for a baby gift and those are way too big for babies! Also, I bought them on vacation at IKEA so there was no returning to get the right size. Oops. So be careful to get the correct size when buying them.

Begin by cutting off any tags that might be on the towels. The side with the tag will be your “wrong side” when you turn it wrong side out. Once the tags are cut off,turn the washcloth or hand towel wrong side out, fold it in half so the short sides are together and pin along the edge of one of the long sides. My picture didn’t show this well, so if you have your long rectangle, and fold it in half short sides together. you will not pin it closed on the ends you just folded, but one of the other 2 open sides. make sense?

Now that it is sewn there, turn it right side out again. You should have a square with the back side, and the side you just sewed meeting making a corner like this.  That still leaves you 2 open sides.

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Now the side with the edging of the washcloth (where you folded them together to begin with) will be folded over, just a little bit, this is your judgment. For a larger hand towel I do about 3 inches where for a wash cloth you want to leave the room there. so an inch-inch and a half should be good.

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Once you have that folded over you will now only have the one side left. This should be the side that is opposite the top (the half fold). Pin this last open side to the wrong side of the bath towel. To make sure you have it centered, fold your bath towel in half. Lay your wash cloth inside the bath towel so that the side you sewed on the washcloth is the back and matches up with the middle fold of the bath towel. Now pin together. Do not pin all 4 pieces together. You will sew it shut if you try that. Pin around so that they both still open, like a cape.

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Sew them together. When you get to the back, with the layering it may catch on your machine. Just guide it through gently. This is pretty easy to sew straight here. I simply follow the edge of the towel as my guide. If you line it up and follow that, it should have a nice, straight seam when it is done.

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Once that is sewn, you are done! Now all that is left to do is wrap it around your freshly bathed kiddo!

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DIY Earring holder, So easy and thrifty!

I love a craft that is easy, thrifty and useful. My daughter has tons of earrings. They are “her thing”. She loves to buy them when she has extra money. Some girls like shoes, she is an earring girl. But since she loves them so much she has a ton. Her little earring stand isn’t cutting it anymore. She got clever and used a cardboard box lid and poked holes to keep the earrings. That is where this clever idea started and it is working like a charm!

You will need a picture frame

plastic canvas

ribbon

hot glue gun

scissors

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You won’t need the glass in your picture frame, so set it aside. Cut your plastic canvas down to size, and hot glue it inside the back of the picture frame. While you are gluing the canvas in, you will also want to glue some ribbon on the back to hang it from.

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Let it dry, and if you have beads of hot glue you will be able to pick them off after it is cool.

This is an 8×10 size, but you can make it as big or small as you want! There is so much room for so many pairs on here! This is great for regular stud earrings and hook earrings. Hang them as close as you like to make the most out of your space.

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Butterfly feet canvas, How to make baby feet into butterflies, Memory Crafts for babies, Mothers Day Gift Idea, Feet print gift ideasThis pulled up in my timeline as a memory, I had forgotten all about this project .  We had so much fun making this, I need to do it with my little girl before she gets too big!  This would also make a great Mothers Day gift idea, since we all love our cute lil babies feet this is a way to remember them forever!

Butterfly feet canvas, How to make baby feet into butterflies #BabyButterflyFeet, #Craft,My little sister came to visit last week, while she was here we celebrated her daughters 1st birthday.  I wanted to make her a gift to remember the day so my Mom and I did a fun little art project with our sweet little Rosie.   We made Butterfly Feet on a canvas to hang on her wall a home. It turned out adorable and my little sister just loved it.

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To make this project you will need:

  • Art Canvas you can get them low as $1.50 each depending on size and style
  • Craft Paint
  • Make-up sponge
  • Paint brush to do detail work or a sharpie marker
  • Pencil
  • White paper to practice on a few times before you try on the canvas

Butterfly feet canvas, How to make baby feet into butterflies #BabyButterflyFeet, #Craft,I would suggest your practice a few times on paper before you try the canvas.  First step is to draw the outline of the butterfly body, so your know where to put the feet.

Use the make-up sponge to put paint on the bottom of the foot, we did a 3 color rainbow effect.  Don’t get it too thick or it will cause their feet to SLIDE and make a mess.

Butterfly feet canvas, How to make baby feet into butterflies #BabyButterflyFeet, #Craft,Press the foot straight down, then lift up. I put a book under the middle of the canvas to give it more support when we pressed her foot down. You want to put the RIGHT foot on the LEFT side of the butterfly body and then do the opposite on the other side.

Butterfly feet canvas, How to make baby feet into butterflies #BabyButterflyFeet, #Craft,If the canvas gets a little messy, you can use white paint to clean up the edges and make the feet more defined.

Butterfly feet canvas, How to make baby feet into butterflies #BabyButterflyFeet, #Craft,Use a paint brush to fill in the body of the butterfly, or you could use a sharpie marker if you are not comfortable with a paint brush.  Add swirls, shading or words to make it your own.

We love how it turned out!

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