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DIY Ring Holder ~ Thrifty Mother’s Day Gift Idea

Looking for a thrifty Mother’s day gift that is guaranteed to be loved and used for a very long time?  This is a great idea!  And even better, the supplies are inexpensive and mom doesn’t have to know!

You will need

A small photo frame (Mine is from the dollar section at Michael’s)

Small scrap of scrapbook paper

Thumbtack

Hot glue

Sticky jewel for the front of thumb tack

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Begin by taking out the piece of paper that comes inside your frame.  Also remove the clear plastic or glass inside.  Now, use the paper from the inside to trace the shape on the back of your scrapbook paper and cut it out.

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Add that paper into your frame.  Take your thumbtack and put the sticky gem (also from the dollar section at Michael’s) to the front of it.  Poke the thumbtack through the cardboard backing of the frame.  If desired you can secure it on the back with a little super glue or hot glue.  Just to make sure it isn’t going to fall apart on Mom!  This is perfect to keep by the kitchen sink to use while washing dishes, the bathroom for shower time, or even next to the bed so she can hang her rings while she sleeps.

That is it, a complete Mother’s day for your Mom!  If you want to earn a few extra brownie points, you could always add a ring too!

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Floppy Disk Pen Holder ~ Easy, DIY, Recycled Craft

Earth day is April 22nd this year.  Why not celebrate by making something new out of some old items that would just end up in the trash?  I came across these gems a few days ago, who remembers floppy disks?  My computer won’t take them, but they are so fun and “retro”  I couldn’t resist making something out of them!

You will need:

Hot glue gun/ sticks

floppy disks

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This is so easy and would make a great gift for any “nerd” in your life!

Begin by warming up your hot glue gun.  Start by putting a thin line on one edge of a disk and attaching another disk to it.  Some of mine still had labels on them,but I just put the label side on the inside where it wouldn’t be seen as easily.  Continue to glue the sides together.  Once you have your sides glued together, take your floppy disk that will be on the bottom and put a line of hot glue around the whole outside of it.  Set your 4 “walls” on top and press firmly to set it.

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That’s it!  Add some pens, markers or pencils and you have a cute, new pencil holder!  I am thinking these would be cute for a school computer teacher, an IT professional, or just to use on your desk at home.

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Paper Flowers With Straw Stems ~ Great Kid Craft

These cute, paper straws are a perfect rainy day craft to do with the kids!  Give them to Grandma for Mother’s day, or leave them on someone’s porch for May day.  No need to worry about them dying, and they can be admired all year long!

You will need:

Patterned or colored paper (great way to use up scraps!) Or order these, great size and spring prints that are so cute!

Green flexible straws

glue

scissors

hole punch

I tried to freehand my flowers, but I just wasn’t talented enough!  They looked more like sad clouds.  I got a flower template off the internet by searching for “flower clip art black and white outline”.  I printed it out and used that to trace on the back of my papers to make a nicer shape.  I also made sure I had a different patterned paper circle for the center of each one.

Once your flowers are traced and cut, punch a hole in the center of the center circle before gluing them together (your flower shape will be too big to get the hole punch in the center).  I then used my scissors to poke through the flower shape once the two layers were glued together.

Slide your straw through, and rest the flower on the flexible grooves.  Then, trim the top portion of the straw (the part you would drink out of) off just before the flexible bends.  Add to a nice vase and there you go!  Cute decorations that are so much easier to keep then live flowers!

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Clean / Dirty Dishwasher Magnet

I don’t know why, in my house, we have such a hard time remembering if we ran the dishwasher or not!  Especially now that the kids are getting older and are helping more with the emptying and loading.  Fortunately it is easy to discover  if they are clean or dirty by opening it up.  My kids don’t seem to realize that all the time though and then life stands still until Mom tells them.  Anyone else have that problem?  I decided I wanted to make a clean and dirty magnet to help all of us remember.  Let’s be honest, we are busy and we can’t always keep little things straight!

You will need:

1 White card stock or thick paper

1 Patterned card stock or thick paper

scissors

A cup, bowl or something else round to trace

marker

brads

magnet

Hot glue gun and glue

Begin by making a large circle out of patterned paper.  Mine was 4.5 inches.  Now you will need to cut 2 circles slightly smaller then the large one.  Cut one out of the white card stock and one out of the patterned. My smaller circles were 4 inches.   On one side of the white circle write “clean” and on the other end of the same side write “dirty”.

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Once your paper circles are cut, you will want to find the center.  This is important for it to be exact or it won’t turn correctly.  Do this with all 3 circles.  Before connecting them, you will want to take your small circle of patterned paper and cut a small window in it.  To do this, I used my white card stock and traced a small oval that was big enough for the “dirty” and “clean” label to show through.  You want to make sure it is less than half or you won’t be able to get your brad in it!

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Now, simply connect with a brad.  (you can find the simple brass brads or fasteners in the office supply section of your store).  You are almost done!  Just turn it over and hot glue a magnet onto the back of your fastener.  Let it cool and you are ready to use it!  Great to add to a gift basket of kitchen necessities for a house warming gift too.

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Spring Bunny Canvas Art ~ Easy DIY Craft

Looking for some inexpensive, cute ways to brighten your home and bring spring indoors?  This adorable little canvas is great for Easter and all spring long!

You will need

A Canvas (Mine was 8×10)

Mod podge (I use matte)

2 sponge paint brushes (this is a great deal on Amazon!)

Bakers twine

A fork (yes a fork)

Vinyl or paper for the bunnies

Paint

Hot glue gun

Begin by painting your canvas.  I went with a turquoise shade.  I like the springy colors, but wanted to do them a little more bold then  the usual pastel.

While that is drying, you can cut a shape that looks like the backend of a bunny.  I created one on my Silhouette.  If you have one and would like the file, I can send it to you.  Unfortunately the Silhouette program only lets you save things in their format.  You could search for bunny clip art and cut these out of paper too.

Once your paint is good and dry, you can apply your bunnies.  Once you have them where you want them, cover with a layer of mod podge.  I always use the matte.  I think it is more forgiving then the gloss is.  When I use gloss I can see all of my brush strokes and that isn’t always a good thing!

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Now you are going to make your pompom tails.  Grab your fork and some bakers twine.  Yarn also works, but they will be bushier tails.  Wrap the bakers twine around your fork several times.  (for this project I did it about 25 times.)  Once you have it wrapped take a piece of twine and tie it around the middle, making a sort of bow tie.  Now, slide it off the fork and cut with scissors the 2 sides that were on the outside of your fork.  Fluff it up with your fingers and that will give you your pompom.  Hot glue those on to your bunny bums and you are done!  Now you have a great craft to bring spring into your home!

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Here is a cute craft that will take you minutes to make and you probably already have all the supplies!

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You will need

An envelope.  I used one that came in some mail that I wasn’t going to use to send anything back.  Great way to recycle!

Black marker

Scissors

Glue

Googly eyes (or you can draw the eyes on)

Pink paper scraps (or pink marker)

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Begin by cutting the corner off of your envelope.  You want to use one of the bottom corners, so it is sealed on both sides.  Cut to the middle, and leave a small rectangle, then cut off the other side.  This will be the bunny’s teeth so don’t cut them off!

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Once your envelope is cut, you can cut off the back flap of the teeth section.

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Now, also using your envelope cut out some ears.  I used the edge of the envelope so that I had two layers for added stability.  Glue these on to the back of the book mark.  Go ahead and glue on the eyes as well.

Taking a small scrap of pink paper, or using the envelope and coloring it pink, cut a small diamond for the nose and 2 small ear sections.  Make them smaller then the white ears.  Glue them on.  Finish off by using your black marker to make a line down the middle of the teeth, and adding whiskers.  There you go!  This would be a fun surprise with a new book in your child’s Easter basket!  Or, let your kids create their own.  Maybe it will make them excited to open up a book!

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