Thrifty Crafts for Kids

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DIY Locker Wallpaper For a Fraction of the Price!

This year my daughter starts middle school.  Along with that rite of passage comes her first time using a locker.  She was so excited and wanted to get dress up her locker and make it cool.  I get that.  Until I priced the stuff.  The majority of what I could find was $15 at the least.  Not a price I was willing to pay.  I did research for it, and while it says it is “magnetic locker paper” it is actually basically thick wrapping paper with magnets that come with it to hold up the corners.  That’s it!  What a rip off!  This company is making a killing off of  middle school/ junior high kids!

Considering the fact that I am a tight wad, combined with the fact that I have 3 kids to go school shopping for, locker wallpaper just wasn’t in the budget.  But, I decided why not try to make it on my own?  The only downfall of this is that the stuff you buy comes with the sections cut out for the lock, and coat hooks.  Big deal!

I had my daughter pick out some wrapping paper she loved.  Since it was less than $3 a roll, I let her pick two.  Then I followed the dimensions from the package of the premade stuff.  I cut two rectangles of each pattern in each dimension.  The depth is wider than the  width so 2 rectangles were 40 inches x 12 inches and 2 were 40 inches x 18 inches.

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This size turned out to be way too big!  (That made me wonder how mad I would’ve been if I had paid for the precut stuff and the whole thing had to be readjusted!)

So we went to the school, where I proceeded to embarrass said daughter by hanging the wallpaper she so desperately wanted (kids, can’t win right?)

It turned out cute!  With the exception of having to fold some sides in to make them small enough to fit, it was relatively easy to install!  I brought a pair of scissors with me and was able to cut a hole for the lock section and poke holes for the coat hooks.

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We chose to hang ours with the Loctite funtak adjustable blue strips so that it wouldn’t leave any trace on the locker.  I did it in a few spots down each side.  It seemed to work really well!

So there you have it!  Now you can make your own and decorate your tween’s locker!

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Matchbox Car Races, Thrifty Summer Fun

Looking for something fun and unusual to do with the kids today? We’ve got you covered with just the thing!  All you need is a squirt bottle and matchbox cars.  So easy and fun!

Line up your cars at the start line and have the kids race to see who can get their cars ahead by squirting them with water.  Doesn’t work very well unless you have the water bottle on the straight shot as it needs the force to get the car moving.

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It’s fun, entertaining and keeps the kids cool with the water involved.  What could be better than that on a hot, summer day?! This is also a fun idea for a family party or reunion, low cost and easy for big group to do.

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Jurassic World Party ideas, Jurassic Park mosquito in amber craft, fun dinosaur project for kids, popular party ideasWith the new Jurassic World Movie, there are going to be lots of kids wanting to have dinosaur themed parties.  This is a fun low cost craft idea, your kids can make their very own Amber Stone. You can add a magnet to the back too for a fun magnet to use in their locker at school.

All you need is:

white card stock

colored pencils

scissors

Mod Podge or school glue

glass stones

Jurassic World Party ideas, Jurassic Park mosquito in amber craft, fun dinosaur project for kids, popular party ideasTo make these start out by drawing an image on your cardstock. Make sure it is small enough to fit in the middle of the stone. If you are not an artist feel free to look up easy drawing instruction online to help get the basic shape of things like bugs or flowers . Use the colored pencils to add color to your picture. Use a light brown and golden yellow to color the empty space around the stone, this is what gives it the amber look.  Trace around your stone, cut out your image. Add a think layer of glue or mod podge to the top of the image and place the stone on top. Allow to try, try not to shift the image or it might smear. Easy as that you have you very own Jurassic inspired amber stone.If you are not able to see the video you can watch it here.

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Easy, Thrifty Lego Storage

It started out innocently enough, kids love legos, so a bucket of them seemed like the perfect gift idea.  Then they requested sets for other holidays and birthdays.  Before I knew it we had a small tote full.  So full that rummaging through them was next to impossible and playing with them was a chore instead of a creative, fun time!

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I researched different ways to store them, and while I loved some of them, they weren’t practical or thrifty!  I decided on plan b; get some empty plastic shoe boxes and let each color have it’s own box.  So far it has worked great!  All 3 of my kids have spent a couple of hours on the floor creating various masterpieces.  So much better than asking to watch tv or play a video game!

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I started with 10 boxes to be safe.  I had one for each color.  As I finished organizing them, I discovered that there weren’t enough of some of the colors to need their own box.  I ended up mixing the blue and purple and the yellow, red and orange.  Apparently we have an over abundance of grey and we may have to divide it in half (thanks to the obsession for the Star Wars sets).

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I admit that I enjoyed it at first, I have a thing for organizing and with a family haven’t been able to keep things the way I would’ve in the past.  So this gave me a chance to rekindle that obsession, hobby.  If you don’t enjoy that type of thing, or even if you do, what a great way to spend some time with your kids while you let them help divide the colors into their boxes!  Finish up by labeling your boxes so that they are easy to see which one you need.  I cut labels out of vinyl in a Lego brix font I believe I got from dafont.com.  You could easily do it in different colors of vinyl to match the color in the box, or even in the coordinating color of permanent marker.

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How to make a Minion out of theatre candy, Minions, Minion Craft Idea.  Makes a great gift idea add a gift card or a few movie tickets, #Minions, #Minion, #KidCraftsWe made these Minion Candy wrappers for a movie night party. They turned out so cute, they would also be great as a gift matched with a gift card or a pair of movie tickets. Or just as a party favor. Either way this quick and easy craft project is sure to make your kids smile…. after all MINIONS make everyone happy right?

How to make a Minion out of theatre candy, Minions, Minion Craft Idea.  Makes a great gift idea add a gift card or a few movie tickets, #Minions, #Minion, #KidCraftsWe made them out of all different sized movie theatre candy.  So I don’t have exact measurements as each one you make will be slightly different. To make these you will need:

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How to make a Minion out of theatre candy, Minions, Minion Craft Idea.  Makes a great gift idea add a gift card or a few movie tickets, #Minions, #Minion, #KidCraftsCut two strips of yellow paper, both the width of the box of candy.  One of them wrap around the full side, bottom and half the front of the box.  The other strip cut about an inch longer than the height of the box, round the edges to form a “minion” shaped head. Glue both these onto the box.How to make a Minion out of theatre candy, Minions, Minion Craft Idea.  Makes a great gift idea add a gift card or a few movie tickets, #Minions, #Minion, #KidCrafts

Cut a blue piece of  card stock the width of the box, and about 1/3 of the height of the box.  Use the black paper to put a strip on for the eyes, and hair. Glue the wiggly eyes on, and draw a mouth on with the sharpie.  Quick as that you have an adorable little minion that is ready for the party.

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Boredom Buster, make your own books!

This was such a fun project for my kids! They got creative and had a chance to use their brains while thinking it was all fun, I’m sneaky like that. 😉

I found these awesome books at Target in the One Spot, but just in case they don’t have them at your Target, here are some that are similar, but in fun colors, which I really like.

Another great thing about these is that there aren’t a lot of products needed. Just the books, markers, crayons, or colored pencils and your imagination!

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