• Gifts to make,  seasonal

    How to Make a Bubblegum Bead Keychain or Ornament

    It seems bubblegum beads are making a comeback!  What was once only seen as cute necklace and bracelets for little girls are suddenly all over Pinterest again.  I’ll show you how to make bubblegum bead keychains or ornaments like pictured above. I’ve been seeing cute bubblegum bead keychains all over, and since it’s the holidays I thought I would put a twist on it by making them into ornaments.  I had to do some serious digging around to figure out how people were making these.  Once, I finally was able to discover the method, I just had to share it. Necessary Tools and Baubles for the Project Acrylic Keychains-If you…

  • Crafts with Kids,  Gifts to make

    DIY Lip Balm-Easy to Make

    DIY lip balm is an easy, fun craft to make with kids. My teen and my little one enjoyed it.  Best of all, it produces something useful! DIY Lip Balm Supplies Crafts that are fun for a wide range of ages aren’t always easy to find.  This one is super easy too.  The kids were excited to make something that they can use themselves or give as gifts. Must Haves: Beeswax-make sure it’s cosmetic grade and not for candles coconut oil– vitamin E oil lip balm tins or tubes  microwave-safe bowl Optional: We added some vanilla extract in an attempt to flavor it.  We used 1/4 teaspoon, but the flavor…

  • Crafts with Kids,  Gifts to make

    DIY Soap Making

    DIY Soap making is an activity on my daughter’s shelter-in-place list of things to do.  This is a fun activity that multiple ages can enjoy.   This activity was my 19-year-old’s idea, but my 8-year-old was excited to join in the fun.  To be clear, we didn’t actually make the soap.  We bought a block of soap, melted it, and poured it into molds. What You Need for this DIY Soap Making Project block soap-this is similar to the one I got from Michaels. soap colors molds- I used inexpensive plastic ones, but I’m loving the idea of these silicone ones microwave-safe bowl microwave or double boiler and stovetop Easy…

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    Acrylic Keychains Make Great Teacher Gifts

    I recently discovered the most amazing craft.  Check out my first post about acrylic keychains here.  They are so cute and fun to make.  These acrylic keychains make great teacher gifts. Some of my projects! There are dozens of styles to choose from.  Check out Zindee.com, where I buy all the blanks.  In my last post, I shared how I created my own design using a circle blank and glitter. Now I’m going to share some secrets for making the more detailed designs. Supplies to Make Acrylic Keychain Gifts Zindee sales the key chains 10 for $2.00.  They are a nice quality.  Definitely order them through Zindee.  The suede tassels are…

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    How to Decorate Acrylic Keychains

    I discovered a fun craft that is great for all levels of crafters.  This post is how to decorate acrylic key chains for beginners.  They are fun to make and even more fun to give as gifts.  This post will focus on beginner level designs, but I will post more showing how to make more advanced designs.  All the keychain blanks have been purchased through Zindee.com Necessary Supplies to Decorate Acrylic Keychains As I said, this post will focus on beginner level designs anyone can make.  My daughter even made her own. Must-haves for this project: *Cricut *vinyl (love this brand) *Mod Podge *Transfer tape *acrylic circle *Diamond Glaze You…

  • Cricut Crafts,  Gifts to make

    DIY Gift for Dog Lovers

    You ever see something for sale and think “I could make that”?  Me too!  My latest challenge is a great DIY gift for dog lovers. I love the way they turned out, and my friend does too. I’ll share how to make these.  These would also be great as reverse canvases.  See my tutorial on making reverse canvases here.  Similar plaques sell online for about $30.00 each.  You can DIY for much less. What You Need for this DIY Gift Start with unfished wood.  These pieces were cut to 11″ x 12″. Home Depot or Lowes will cut wood to size for you.  That’s the cheapest way to go, or…

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    Inexpensive Valentine’s Day Gifts

    I like to give my daughters a little something for Valentine’s Day and my husband always gives me a hard time for making every holiday a gift-giving day.  Even he can’t argue with this inexpensive Valentine’s Day gift.  Who doesn’t love Starbucks and chocolate? Practically Free Starbucks has these reusable cold drink cups for about $3.00. They are plastic, NOT acrylic, and they come with a reusable straw.  I got mine at the Starbucks in my Target so I saved 5% with my Red Card.  Score.  Now they say they are dishwasher safe for the top rack, however, if putting vinyl on them, I would skip the dishwasher. Grab a…

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    Quick and Easy DIY Teacher Appreciation Gifts

      As a teacher myself, I can tell you I have an obsession with Post-It Notes and just about every teacher I know does too.  Stacks of Post-Its are strewn all over my desk and in just about every drawer.  So, this Post-It Note holder is the perfect quick and easy DIY teacher appreciation gift!  The best part, this is a thoughtful and inexpensive gift! Items Needed *Assorted scrapbook papers-I grabbed some at Hobby Lobby 5 for a $1.00 *Acrylic picture frame-I picked these up at Dollar Tree.  They have an assortment of sizes. *Ribbon-Hobby Lobby is a great place to pick some up for 50% off. *Paper flower embellishments-I…

  • Crafts with Kids,  Gifts to make,  Uncategorized

    DIY Photo Coasters

    These custom coasters make a great gift or you can make them for yourself with some of your favorite pictures.  I saw this idea on Pinterest and thought they would look great using some old black and white family photos.  The best part is this is a totally inexpensive craft that makes a great gift. It’s so simple that you can definitely have the kids help you with it. Supplies You Need: Ceramic Tiles (I grabbed a few at Home Depot for 11¢ each) Modge Podge I used matt finish (more on that later) Foam Brushes I used the widest brush I had Felt Pads I used 1-inch pads Plaid Acrylic Sealer Getting Started…

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    Thoughtful Gifts for Teachers or Any Dog Lover

    Gifts should be chosen or made with the recipient in mind. Personally, I would rather receive a small item the giver has put a lot of thought into over a more expensive one-size-fits-all generic gift.  I feel the same way about giving gifts. Teachers put a lot of thought into helping students grow and develop, so I like to put a lot of thought into a teacher gift.  I personally know quite a few teachers that are dog lovers as well, so this idea is perfect for them. I confess, I made these for my own dogs, but they would definitely make great gifts for a teacher or a friend…