DIY Gifts–Craft and Save

September 3, 2013 at 1:21 am | Posted in Craft Corner, Seasonal | Leave a comment
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Do you have a long list of people to give gifts to and wonder how you will afford gifts for all these people? A great way to save money but also give your loved ones a meaningful gift is to make a gift for them. Each gift you craft can save you a bundle!

Decorated Candle Jars

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Everyone loves receiving candles as a gift but it has the potential for being redundant. But if you craft some embellished jars with beads, charms and ribbons, this will make an otherwise common gift unique and special! The candle jars pictured follow a silver color scheme but you can use multiple colors and multiple schemes so the possibilities are endless! Everything you need can be found at your local craft store like the one this photo came from.

Stenciled Jars

Stenciled Craft Jars

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These can be a great gift for anyone! These jars can be used to drink out of, to hold utensils, to organize a desk, or just for decoration. All you need is mason jars, stencils, and paint. The paint can be applied with a regular craft brush or a foam brush. Tip: If your gift recipient has a sweet tooth, you can fill the jar with their favorite kind of candy.

Decorated Ornaments

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Giving ornaments might be perceived as another overdone Christmas gift but with the right amount of craft, this will be a very special gift. A box of plain ball ornaments is very inexpensive and then you can paint it or use stickers with a clear background or find tissue paper with a pretty design and use craft glue to attach it. In the example pictured the reindeer face is a thumb print and then just paint a few lines and dots to create these holiday friends!

Homemade Gift Box

A doubly crafty gift idea: use the skills you learned in the recent Trendy Summer Jewelry blog entry and make a necklace or earrings for a special lady and wrap them in this homemade gift box! You can purchase a plain take-out box and paint it. Then use a wooden cut out and decorate or paint it and glue it to the box. Or you could use gems or ribbons or stencils to decorate the box. Mix and match with any of the above ideas! Get your creative juices flowing and give your friends and loved ones a gift they will treasure!

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Get Crafty this Summer with the Kiddies

July 5, 2013 at 10:46 am | Posted in Craft Corner, Seasonal | Leave a comment
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Summer is the best time to come up with some creative crafty home or vacation projects for the kiddies. Below are just a few ideas to get you started on your crafty summer vacation….

Homemade Play dough:

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What you need:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • food coloring or Koolaid (adds a nice smell)
  • Pan


  1. Mix all the above ingredients accept for the food coloring and koolaid into a mixing bowl.
  2. Once mixed, place in a pan on the stove and cook under medium heat. Make sure the mixture reaches to the consistency of dough.
  3. Let it cool and then knead it. You may need to knead it more and add cooking oil.
  4. Add food coloring or Koolaid for color. Koolaid makes the dough smell sweet.
  5. Store in plastic container. Should last for at least 3 months.

Homemade Finger paint:

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What you need:

  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 cup of cornflour
  • food colouring
  • Pan


  1. Add water to a pan and bring it to a broil.
  2. Dissolve cornflour in a little cold water and add to hot water, stirring constantly. Boil until clear and thick (about one minute).
  3. Add desired food coloring to the mixure. This mixture will be very smooth.
  4. Offer it to the kiddies while it is still warm to touch.
  5. Store in refrigerator as it spoils in hot weather.

Vacation Memory Jars:

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What you need:

  • jar, yahoo bottle, or soda bottle
  • Bent wire for thin neck jars
  • souvenirs from vacation (i.e sand, key chains, seashells anything collected during vacation you may want to add to this wonderful display.

Although there aren’t any standard steps for this project, keep in mind to have fun and be creative. The memory jars will store memories for you and the kiddies to reminisce on for many years to come. For thinner neck bottles, use a bent wire to lower the souvenir to the bottom of the bottle. Many people use old mayonnaise jars, yahoo bottoms, old soda bottles and that is just to name a few. Happy crafting!!!

Crafting Away for the 4TH!

June 21, 2013 at 8:19 am | Posted in Craft Corner, Seasonal, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Crafting for a holiday can be exciting and memorable.  Whether you want something for your kids to create or you want something to create yourself, choosing the craft is half the battle!  Here are 3 crafts aimed at different audiences; toddler, kid and adult…chose your craft and get creating!! Source:

Toddler Time


Supplies needed

  • Red, white and blue paint
  • A disposable (or washable) cup – one for each paint color (I used an egg carton this time.)
  • A marble for each paint color
  • Paper
  • A box large enough to lay paper flat on the bottom
  • Large shirt or apron



  1. Place a piece of paper into the bottom of the box.
  2. Put a small amount of paint into each cup.
  3. Drop a marble into the cup and roll it around to cover it in paint.
  4. Drop the paint-covered marble into the box on top of the paper and roll it around by tipping the box to create your ‘fireworks’.
  5. Repeat with a new color and continue until you feel it’s finished!


Kid Craft Time!



  • Empty toilet paper tube Small coffee filter
  • Red crepe streamer Blue card stock White card stock
  • Glue/double sided tape
  • Scissors
  • Star stickers
  • Pop-its or Snaps

1.  Start by fitting and gluing a coffee filter inside one end of the tube.  This sealed the one end and made a little holder, so to speak.


2.Then wrap  and glue some red crepe paper streamer around the bottom several times.  I made cuts in it once it dried.  This made the “rocket flames”.


3. Using a piece of blue card stock, cut it to the size of the tube and glued it into place.  Cover the glued part of the crepe paper streamer too.  The clips held it in place while it dried.


4. It is decorated with stars and filled with pop-its.  You might call them pops, pop-its, snaps, or


5. I used white card stock to cut a circle, made a slit in it, and folded it around to make a cone shape. I used double sided tape to attach it to the top.

Adult Craft Time!

Now to get the creative juices flowing!!

Tie Dye Patriotic Pillow



The TULIP Tie-Dye Kit comes with everything you need but the fabric.

Includes 8 4oz bottles, 12 different color dyes, 8 pairs of gloves and 40 rubber bands

1. First read the directions.

2. When I was done reading the second thing I did was test the dyes.  I wanted to make sure I had the right color. As I tried them I labeled each bag with the name of its color for future reference and use.

At this point I was ready to create.  I mixed, inside of the bottle that came with the kit, the dyes with water according to the direction


3. I wanted my pillow to have a rustic old look so I eye balled the stripes for the flag.  Using the tip of the bottle I traced the red ones first.

4. Then I used my finger to spread the dye.  More dye you put more even the look will be. I wasn’t worried about it being perfect so I just had fun with it.  After I was done with the red I repeated the same step for the navy blue rectangle.

5. Then all I had left was to let it dry and sew the flag to another piece of burlap to make a pillow.  I added some old metal buttons that I had to give it a little more detail.

Let the crafting begin!!

Make this a summer vacation to remember – Be creative!!!

June 14, 2013 at 8:40 am | Posted in Conventional Art, Craft Corner, Photography, Seasonal | Leave a comment
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It’s almost that time for summer vacations. What are you planning on doing this year? Going cross country to visit a relative? Heading to the beach? Checking out your favorite amusement park? Or, are you just staying home with a glass of tea in hand and relaxing in your favorite lounge chair??? Whatever you decide, don’t let your creative juices take a vacation too! ‘Tis the season to enjoy the beauty in front and make this a creative summer to remember.


Photos capture some of the best moments in our memories, especially in the summer. While you are out enjoying the weather, why not take your favorite camera with you. Capture images that you never thought of capturing. Play around with the lighting. Try to capture the sun rays and how it hits your patio or even the ocean on a quiet evening. Your favorite ride at the amusement park in motion especially at night. Notice the light effects and how they seem to dance and beam off of each other. At the end of the summer, take all of the images you captured and create a collage. Even frame it and even add caption. Once hung, you will see how not only fantastic your summer break was, but how all your memories are combined in to a work of art!

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Seashell Art

I am sure everyone has collected a seashell or two to remember that wonderful trip at the beach or even because the shell was too beautiful not to take home. But, have you ever thought a turning your seashell souvenirs into a contemporary art piece? Besides shells, you would need to purchase frames with mats, shells, card stock, tape, scissors, hot glue. Some great examples, finished products as well as tips can be found at the  Sand and Sisal blog.

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Using what is front of you, whether you are at the beach, in the park or even in your own yard, summer is the perfect time to use the bright and beautiful colors as your motivation to paint away at your hearts desire. Try to capture a summer storm after it passes. Maybe you will be lucky and capture a rainbow through your window as well as the raindrops peeking through your window screen. On the beach, try to capture a calm night, with a slight breeze and waves. Maybe even have some play in the water or use nature as your inspiration to create and capture a moment as if you were taking a photo with your camera. Painting can be quite therapeutic on a nice relaxing summers day.

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Summer Vacation 8photo credit: Art by Valerie Mainwaring

Have have you choose to vacation this summer, make sure you capture the beauty of any moment you would like to visually remember. These are only a few ideas…. Be creative!!!! Don’t let your creativity vacation too!!!!

Craft Corner – Best Photos of Crafts for Father’s Day

May 31, 2013 at 10:52 am | Posted in Craft Corner, Seasonal | Leave a comment
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Father’s Day is a special time of year when families come together to show their Dads how important they are. They go to work, mow the lawn and make sure that no one fights over the remote (because he, of course, is in control of that). They kill spiders and pests, play catch, and eat the last slice of pizza (because it can’t go to waste, right?). So what better way is there to show that monster-shooing, piggy-back ride giving, barbecue-grilling guy how much he is appreciated other than with a homemade Father’s Day gift? Check out these best photos for different and unique Father’s Day ideas:

Make Daddy a Card


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The great thing about cards is that they are completely customizable! You could write a poem or a letter on the inside, or make a pop-out picture that scares him when he opens it. It can be any color, texture, or size, and you can most often use whatever is lying around the house (or the yard, for that matter). The best part about making your own card is that it can say whatever you want it to say and you don’t have to flip through 10 or 15 different cards at the store trying to find the perfect one… your Dad will like this card best because it was made especially for him.

Play a Father’s Day Game

Spending family time together doesn’t always have to be stressful (it’s fun too). Create a treasure hunt and make your dad work for his gift or try putting together a quiz or challenge your family members to “Who knows Father best?”

Make Dad Something Useful

Whether your Dad works in an office or out in the field, there’s always something useful you can make for him. This desk organizer is cute and handy! Other great ideas are mouse pads out of craft foam, drink coasters out of craft sticks, or picture frames out of whatever you can find!


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Get Creative – Best Photos

Have a look at some more of the best photos for Father’s Day craft ideas:


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How to Craft a Photo Collage Puzzle

May 24, 2013 at 9:03 pm | Posted in Craft Corner, Imikimi, Photography | Leave a comment
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Looking for a unique gift for that special person? How about a collage picture..made out of a puzzle! This can be a combined treasured and challenging piece for any special occasion. A keepsake that a family can work on together that will result in a treasured photo to frame.

This remarkable crafty gift can be given as a wedding, birthday, retirement, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or even as an announcement for the birth of your new addition to the family. First, start out on Imikimi to create download your favorite picture in cool frame. Then let the crafting begin!

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Things You’ll Need

  • Standard puzzles (for reference)
  • Poster board
  • Scissors
  • Pictures
  • Glue
  • Cardboard
  • Large laminating sheet (if you plan on laminating the project yourself)
  • Pencil
  • Exacto knife
  • Camera
  • Gift box
  • Glue medium/brush (optional)

Now lets begin with the instructions on your special gift: 

  1. Decide on the size for your project. Use one of the standard puzzles that you have for reference.
  2. Cut your poster board to size. Use one of the standard puzzles as a template.
  3. Place your favorite pictures on the poster board in different ways. Once you have a pattern you like, start cutting and trimming them to fit. Or, upload your picture in one of Imikimi’s collage frames and just print! That easy!
  4. Glue them down. After getting your picture layout just how you want it, glue the whole thing down to the poster board. Glue this down to a piece of cardboard that’s the same size.
  5. Laminate the front and back of the project. You can either do this step at home with large laminating sheets, or take it to an office store to have it done for you.
  6. This step is the trickiest so making similar cuts would be a good start. Trace a light outline in pencil of the cuts that you are going to make.
  7. Cut out the pieces with an Exacto knife and then put them back together to make sure they fit properly, trimming any stray edges as you go.
  8. Take a picture your puzzle picture.

Make a puzzle box to hold your puzzle picture as a gift box.

  1. Choose a gift box. If at all possible, try to find a box the same size as the one that went with the puzzle you used for step 1 of making the puzzle picture.
  2. Enlarge the picture that you took of the finished puzzle picture to fit the top of the box and print.
  3. Glue the picture on top of the lid of the gift box that you chose. Or you can laminate your puzzle picture.

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Crafting and putting together your puzzle collage picture will bring out your artistic abilities, but it can be a bonding experience as you spend time together constructing your new project into one beautiful picture.

Scrapbook Coaster’s for your Crafting Corner

April 26, 2013 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Craft Corner, Seasonal | Leave a comment
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To all my creative crafters; scrapbook coasters are a fun and easy project to enjoy with friends and family.  We normally spend spring and summer time  enjoying the weather, traveling and taking pictures to reflect back on.  When we have the time to relax we like to sit down and enjoy time with family and friends, and also reflect on the times we spend together on various trips and excursions.  During this time together why not be creative by making scrapbook coasters to eliminate those annoying water circles we put on our furniture. This will allow us the opportunity to be creative and have fun, while sharing our experiences with others.

I’ve found a really creative and cheap idea to enjoy with friends and family; while saving your furniture at the same time.  Scrapbook covers will save your coffee and end tables while you also enjoy those happy and creative times with your love ones going down memory lane!

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Materials Needed:

Four 4×4 tiles piece.

Scrapbook paper

Mod Podge

Sponge brush

Hot glue or fabric glue

Thick fabric (felt or fleece) for the backing

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Begin by cutting four pieces of scrapbook paper to fit your tiles. Using a foam brush, apply Mod Podge to the back of your paper in a thin layer.  Make sure it’s not too thick and is spread smoothly.  Apply the paper to the top of the tile, being careful to remove any air bubbles or wrinkles.  Repeat on all tiles. Let them dry for a bit.

Cut four pieces of thick fabric to almost cover the bottom of your tiles. This will be to pad them on your table top and keep them from scratching your wood!  Flip the tiles over and apply glue on a few of the ridges.  Place your fabric on the glue and let dry.  Once your paper is completely dry from the first Mod Podge step, apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to the top in an even layer.

Make sure you get the edges of the paper because this will be sealing your coasters. Allow to dry and apply more coats as needed until you get the finish you want.  This can be a wonderful gift or keepsake for yourself! This would be great with holiday paper to add a little touch of holiday to your table, or even with a monogram to match any design mood you may have.

The possibilities are endless, and with a price tag of less than $2 for the whole project, you can make as many as you want!  There has been no trouble with water affecting the cured Mod Podge, if you’re worried about it getting gooey, or plan on using coasters all the time you may want to seal them with an acrylic sealer. Happy crafting!

Creating Artwork Using Natural Materials To Show Springtime’s Beauty

April 9, 2013 at 8:00 am | Posted in Conventional Art | Leave a comment
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Artwork using natural materials is especially satisfying in the spring.  The time of year when the dreary browns and grays magically transform into all the vivid colors of the rainbow.  It’s time to get out of the house, combat that cabin fever that’s been ailing you for the past few months, and feel the warmth of what seems to be a new sun.  What better time to get out and gather some natural materials to enhance your decor and bring spring into your home.

While there are an infinite number of ways to use natural materials as artwork around your home, this article will only address two high level categories.   In one, the natural materials are the art and in the other they provide enhancement.

Artwork Using Natural Materials as Art

Using all natural materials as art is a great activity to get the kids involved in.  After all, they too need to get out of the house and away from the video games for awhile.   It’s a very stimulating exercise for children and their creations are always amazing.

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They are not afraid to be a little more abstract in their creations and mix and match items that to an adult may not seem logical.  But just ask them and they’ll tell you what it all means.   All these need are some nice frames and you’ve got an interesting conversation piece.

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It’s not just for the young children.  Older children and adults can let their creative side out as well.  Here’s a Lion, made by someone with a vision and creativity that is not found everyday.  A great example of how nature can stimulate ones soul and mind, which are things that provide serenity- an attribute greatly appreciated in today’s 24 hour-a-day society.

Artwork Using Natural Materials as Art Enhancement

Much more commonly seen is artwork using natural materials as an enhancement or a seasonal accessory to another piece of art or possibly a photo or decoration.  And who can resist clipping those  first few tulips that poke up- sometimes through the snow- to remind us that the air shall soon be warm and filled with the many aromas of flower blooms and freshly mown grass.

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The fascination that comes with knowing of the colossal amount of renewed life that is coming forth makes springtime a great time for creating artwork using natural materials.


Super Bowl Party

January 29, 2013 at 7:13 pm | Posted in Craft Corner | Leave a comment
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Are you having a Super Bowl party? Are you thinking what DIY projects you can do to make it football themed? Here are our top 10 ideas that will turn a regual party into a Super Bowl event!

Football poms:


How to entertain the kids? Pin The Football!


Simple decoration:




Are you ready for football?


Juice box anyone?


Utensil Holder:


Popcorn anyone?


Football Throw:


Football decorations:


Here are some ideas to kick your Super Bowl party off!!

Kids Picnic Table Re-do

October 10, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Posted in Craft Corner | Leave a comment
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Do you have a kids picnic table that is faded, color chipped or just needs to be re done? Here is an easy DIY to re-do your kids picnic table it will be eye popping so when your friends come over they will ask where did you get that? You can either keep this for indoors or for outside it will be your choice.

What you will need:

  • 2 cans spray pain your choice in any color spray paint make sure it’s for (plastic)
  • staple gun
  • screw driver
  • fabric 2 yards
  • vinyl

First you will want to take out all the screws here in this picture there were only 8 but make sure your careful with the plastic screw covers.

Second you will spray paint just the two ends of the picnic table with your color choice it should take a can and a half.

Now third while your spray paint dry’s you will want to get your staple gun and staple your fabric to the top of the table stapling it on the bottom and you will also do the same for both benches. Then you can add vinyl to the top so it will give you an easy clean up.

Now when your spray paint has dried and you have added your fabric and vinyl the last step is to screw back in your screws. Dont for get to add the plastic covers back to the screws.

Your final project should look like this:                   

Thank You @Caroline for the pictures

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