How to Make a Bookmark with Felt and Ribbon

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how to make a bookmark

My kids love to read for school and fun. I find them holding their places in the books with toys, pencils, kleenex.... It was about time we learned how to make a bookmark. Easy crafts are something we love to do. We found a way to create cute bookmarks to hold our places when it is time to put the book down. We enjoy frequenting the library to discover new books and movies. I am constantly putting books on hold for my kids who have seen a friend with a book that looked fun and interesting. A common phrase at my house is, "I'm almost done with this page". Many times chores and lights out are delayed. This craft may seem overwhelming because of the amount of supplies pictured, but … [Read more...]

Recycled Denim Bracelet

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recycled denim bracelet

A recycled denim bracelet is a low cost craft idea for kids. We all have jeans with holes. Perhaps you may cut them off and make them into shorts like I do, or a blanket like my mom. As an alternative how about creating a recycled denim bracelet that uses denim as the main material with a couple supplemental trimmings costing less then $2. Supplies Old pair of denim pants Prym Dritz Fray Check Sealant Fiskars Stick Rotary Cutter Omnigrid Mat With Grid 24x36 2 different trimmings Wood Flower With Multi Buttons - or a snap if you choose needle and thread Cut a one inch strip of your jeans pant leg across from one side to another. The width of the jeans I am using … [Read more...]

A Simple Hanging Bath Towel

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A Simple Hanging Bath Towel

Do your towels end up on the floor and not on the hook? Mine fall down all the time no matter how creatively I put it on the hook. Today I will show you how to create your own simple hanging bath towel. In just a few minutes and some twill tape you will not have your towel fall on the floor again! Supplies: Prym Dritz Fray Check Sealant Wrights Twill Tape White Towel Sewing Machine Thread Black and White Instructions: Cut your twill tape 4" long. Use fray check on the ends so they do not fray. I use this stuff on anything that will fray. It works perfectly.  Fold your towel in half. Using a ruler mark one inch from the fold on both sides of the towel. I put one … [Read more...]

Free Printable Chore Charts

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Free printable chore chart

We are still using our Chore Chart: Lanyard Style to complete daily jobs. I have been getting a few follow up questions about our system so I thought I'd answer all those today and I have now included Free Printable Chore Charts. My kids really do like this chore chart system because they don't get the same job everyday. When it is job time they put on their lanyards. Each child has a hook where these are stored. When they have completed their job they put the lanyard on the next hook down the line so the next sibling gets it the next day. Often times we start jobs before dinner. The jobs that are not yet completed by the time dinner begins are left around their necks. So that they … [Read more...]

St. Patrick’s Day Irish Clover Hair Accessory

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St. Patrick's Day Irish Clover Hair Accessory

The night before St. Patrick's Day is just days away. This is one holiday where I do not buy a special outfit for my kids but at the same time they do not want to be pinched. The day or night before we are usually scrambling to find something/anything for everyone. This year, instead of worrying about if you have green shirts make an easy St. Patrick's Day Irish Clover Hair Accessory. I'm getting my printable St. Patrick's Day Scavenger Hunt ready so I'm glad this is a fast craft! These take so little time to make and only cost a few dollars. I found these felt clover buttons at Jo-ann, my local craft/fabric store for $2.29. Everything else I already had at … [Read more...]

How to make 18 doll hangers in 15 minutes

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diy doll hangers

On Monday we shared how we modified a cupboard we have had for years into a Doll Closet. Hangers are absolutely necessary for a closet. I have searched for some affordable hangers online but never liked the cost, or the cost was ok but the shipping was outrageous. I decided to make my own. I went to the dollar store and purchased three packages of children's hangers.  I took some tin snips and cut the hangers just after the hook on both sides.  I sanded down the edges to make sure it didn't cut a child or snag the clothes.  This was so easy to do my girls teamed up, one cut and the other sanded.  In just 10 minutes we were able to make 18 doll hangers for only $3.   … [Read more...]

How to Make a Doll Closet

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My girls love their 18" American Girl type dolls and of course their clothes and accessories. I have found with any toy if it is displayed well or easy to get into it is played with more. We have a cupboard we have used over the years for many different purposes. I thought it was about time to change its purpose yet one more time.  I wanted to make it into an Doll Closet because I wanted the doll clothes to be easily seen. I used a self adhesive shelf liner for the inside of the cabinet. The width of the liner was just perfect for the width of my cabinet. I measured each side panel and cut the liner to match the length. Then I peeled off the backing and adhered it. I repeated the process … [Read more...]

Lucky Clover: St Patricks Day Crafts

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I love shopping the after holiday sales. This is where I find a lot of my fun crafting supplies. This past January I went to an after christmas sale and found some green burlap ribbon. I knew I could make one or two St Patricks Day crafts of some sort. I love a white frame with a simple picture inside. I decided to create a clover out of the burlap ribbon. The tricky part is making a clover the right size when the ribbon isn't wide enough, but I was able to figure it out. If you haven't checked out my St. Patricks Day Scavenger Hunt it is great for kids. I just updated it! Supplies: green burlap ribbon printable Lucky background printable clover template white … [Read more...]

Kendama Classroom Valentine

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At my kids school Kendama's are a hit! They are constantly talking about different styles we could buy and different tricks. Some kids play with it so much some teachers have had to take away these toys during class time! We thought it would be fun to make a Kendama Classroom Valentine. Supplies: sucker chocolate kisses aluminum foil hot glue gun bakers twine triangle printable Valentine printable These are pretty simple to make. Aluminum foil is easy to wrap and mold to whatever shape you desire and it is easy for kids to use. First take your sucker and wrap a piece of foil around the stick. Using the hot glue gun attach two chocolate kisses at the base of the … [Read more...]

Valentine Advent Calendar – Scratch Off Style

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valentine calendar

Sometimes my kids need a little extra push to do something nice for their family members. We still have up our easy crafts love tree and that is working well. But I have discovered sometimes they like doing nice things for the same person over and over.  My kids absolutely love advent calendars so why not create a Valentine Advent Calendar. Any way to countdown to their fun activity or holiday is very exciting. We have our countdown plaque which is fun to use with candy. The Valentine Advent Calendar is designed to give service to others in a scratch off style to make it interactive and mysterious. Materials: 1 piece 12x12 double sided cardstock printable valentine advent … [Read more...]