Thrifty Craft Ideas

Easter is just a week away, I am sure many of you have fun family traditions your little ones look forward to each year.  But I want to share this clever idea my friend told me about.  It  reminds me of the magical fairy tale of Jack and the Bean Stalk…. magic beans always add a little extra fun to any story!

All you need is a few Jelly Beans, Lolly Pops or Suckers ( or you could use Easter goodies, books or toys)  and some awesome story telling skills :)

Story idea #1- You found these magic beans that the Easter Bunny must have dropped,  being that these are magic beans they will sprout a magical surprise when planted and watered.  Dig a little hole, cover them up, add water and see what the morning sun brings you! ( I got these flower suckers at the $1.00 store)

Story idea #2- If you do not have the Easter Bunny come to your house, or if you want to add more of a religious teaching, you can talk about Luke Chapter 18 in the Bible.  Talk about how Jesus’s body was laid in the tomb then on the 3rd way was  raised from the dead and lived again.  The flowers can be a symbol of raising up, and living again.

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Aprils FOOLS DAY pranks and ideas for kids.

April 1st is right around the corner, here is a fun and easy idea you might want to remember for later.

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April FOOLS!
What a fun and easy idea to make for your family on April 1st.
This could be sent in their lunches, on the breakfast table, or brought to coworkers.
A fun treat!
IngredientsIngredients:
Yellow M&M’s
Mini stick Pretzels
White melting chocolate
Cut tip offThis is super easy and fun to make.
Instructions:
Lay wax paper on a baking sheet.  The wax paper is used so the chocolate will not stick.

1. Break the pretzels in half, so they are the correct size to fit on the white of the eggs. Set them aside for later.
2.  Pull out the yellow M&M’s and put them aside.
I used green too.  Thought it would be fun to have some Green eggs and ham too.
3.  Put a handful of white chocolate circles in a bowl.  Put the bowl in the microwave for 30 seconds.  Stir.  Microwave for 30 seconds at a time until the chocolate is melted.
4.  Pour the chocolate in a ziplock bag and cut off the tip.
5.  Make mini circles the shape of an egg.  A handful of chocolates made 8 eggs.
Take the back of a spoon and smooth the chocolate out more.
Chocolate on the board6.  Place the M&M’s and the pretzels in the soft white chocolate.
7.  Let the chocolate harden.

Have a Fun April Fools Day!

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Quick Teacher or Leader Gift, Thrifty gift idea

Last night we had our blue and gold banquet.  If you aren’t familiar with cub scouts, a blue and gold banquet is a celebration of Boy Scout’s birthday.  It is just a fun way to celebrate with the boys and their families.  We wanted to celebrate our leaders and all the hard work that they do.  Unfortunately, there wasn’t a lot of extra money in our budget for anything fancy.  We had a camping theme and wanted something to go along those lines so we bought some bar mixes.  They were similar to these here but the price on these is fabulous!

We made these cute tags.  I used my handy program for my Silhouette that I am always talking about.   I didn’t use the machine, just printed on my printer and created on the program that came with the machine.  If you have a machine and are interested in the file let us know and I can send it to you!

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I made them so that there were four copies on a sheet and glued them on to a rectangle of scrapbook paper pieces I had on hand.  That made them all different.

Using bakers twine I tied them to the front of the boxes.  We then presented them to the leaders during the evening.

It is a great, inexpensive way to recognize that we appreciate their help and all that they do.  This would also be great for teachers, bus drivers or anyone that you want to show you appreciate!

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Easy Tutorial, How to Hang Polka Dots on the Wall Evenly

Recently my daughter turned 12 and I wanted to give her room a small makeover.  It was painted lavender, which was her favorite color at the time and I wanted to grow it up a little so it would last into her teens.  We went with white on the walls (her choice, but a great one!) so that she could change out the other things such as curtains, bedding and other decor to change up as her tastes change.

Her favorite colors are pink and turquoise.  With highlights of gold I thought it would look great and I was not disappointed!

I didn’t have a lot of money for this makeover, but I wanted it to look great.  She got a new desk a few months ago and we painted it in a great turquoise color chalk paint.  I wanted to make sure it went with everything. Here is what i came up with; New fabric for curtains that are so simple! (Blog post coming on that!), paint her mirror to match, gold polka dot accent wall to liven up the room from the stark white and new comforter (which hasn’t happened yet but will soon).

This tutorial is all about the gold polka dots!  If you have wanted to hang up dots that is so on trend right now, don’t be intimidated!  Thanks to my husband and his great ideas, this was so easy and painless!

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To begin with; we ordered our dots on an etsy shop.  Our wall was 8.5 feet tall and 11 feet wide. So my husband made this graph and divided the room up into 1 foot squares.  The circle at the bottom of the photo shows our dot size.  They were 5 inches in diameter.  That is how they scale to the 1 foot sections.  It took a lot of playing around to make sure that our dots were evenly spaced and looked the way we wanted.  For the amount of dots we had this meant they needed to be spaced every 2 feet.  To create a template, we used two 12×12 sheets of card stock taped together.  We wanted them staggered so that they weren’t all in straight lines, but were instead in diagonal lines.

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Using the template, we placed a small dot in pencil where the center of each dot should go.  Once we had that on, we were ready to place the vinyl dots. I chose vinyl simply because if she decided that she didn’t want them they would be much easier to remove then having to paint over them!  To apply the vinyl, you remove them from the backing and rub them onto the surface you are applying them to.  It is great to use an old gift card, credit card or even a Pampered Chef scrapper to rub them onto the surface.  Rub them from the center out to help be sure there are no bubbles.

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There you go!  Once you have them on you are done! It is such an easy way to add some “wow” to your walls!

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Rainbow Goody Bags, Made From a Coffee Filter!

Here is a great last minute goody bag idea.  This would be great for classroom handouts for Saint Patrick’s Day, a child’s birthday party or any event that rainbow goody bags would liven the day!

You will need

Coffee filters

Markers (not Sharpie or permanent)

Squirt bottle of water

Something to set the coffee filter on to protect your table top

Candy for the inside

Twine, string or ribbon to tie bag shut

Color in sections of your coffee filters.  Doesn’t have to be super clean or perfectly colored, the water will help hide all of that.  If you are doing rainbow colors you will want to go in rainbow order (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple)  I left out indigo, I didn’t have one that color.

Once you color in sections and your coffee filter is covered in marker, take your water bottle and lightly mist the coffee filter.  Be sure there is something under your coffee filter so that there is no marker or water on your table top.

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The water will help the marker to run and the colors will mix on the edges.  It will also help the colors smooth out hiding all of your marker lines.  Turns out really lovely!

Let it set out and dry.  Once it is completely dry you can wrap a couple of wrapped candies in the middle and tie it with a small string.

I would be sure that the candy is wrapped.  I am sure if you use nontoxic markers you would be completely safe, but just to be on the safe side, I recommend sticking with candies in wrappers.  For Saint Patrick’s day I put some Andes mints inside.  Some gold coin chocolates, or skittles would also be great!

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