Posts Tagged ‘cheap crafts’

Here’s a really great homemade gift idea for the kids on your list – couple it with a coloring book and everyone will call you Martha.  My daughter calls this “fixing my broken crayons.”

These are very easy to make.  Take your broken or unwanted crayons and remove the paper label.  Soaking them for a few minutes in warm soapy water will make that easier.  For the really tough labels, I used a paring knife and just peeled it off – I think that was easier than soaking them. 

As for melting the crayons, there are several methods – and each will give you a slightly different result.  For these, I melted the crayons in a small loaf pan set in a larger pan of water on the stovetop.  When they were melted, I poured the wax into a Christmas tree ice cube tray that I picked up at the thrift store for 50 cents.  Let them cool on the counter until they are hard and then put into the freezer so they will release from the mold more easily.  But don’t cool them in the freezer, they crack.

I put them in a cellophane bag and made a little topper with scrap paper and a Sharpie.  Ta-da!

Helpful hints about color: I used various shades of red, pink, blue, and purple for the purple crayons.  I also added white to soften the color a bit.  Same with the green (except I used blues, yellows, and greens obviously).  By the time I got to the red ones, I was out of red crayons.  But various shades of pink, orange, and a touch of brown combine nicely to make red.


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I finally attempted a Martha Stewart craft that actually worked!  Of course she used beeswax and sticks and all sorts of weird stuff to make it more difficult than it needed to be.  I just used a hot glue gun and google eyes from Dollar Tree.

So … How do you like my new bracelet?


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Who couldn’t use more bath and body products?  No one, that’s who!

Here are a few of my favorites.  The best part about them (besides, of course, their overall awesomeness) is that all of these are very cheap to make and very effective.  Well, the tattooed soap is just the normal amount of effective for soap, but the rest of the stuff is super effective.

The first is this wonderful Hand and Foot Cream (although because I accidentally made so much, I now use it all over my entire body).  I first found the recipe over at Crazy Suburban Mom’s blog (http://www.crazysuburbanmom.com/) and she found it over at Colorado Lady’s blog (http://coloradolady.blogspot.com). 

Mix together 1 jar of Vitamin E cream, 1 bottle of baby lotion, and 1 jar of petroleum jelly.  I know it doesn’t look like a lot when you are staring into the bowl but, take my word for it, it’s a lot.  I made a double batch.  You can get all the ingredients for one batch at Dollar General for $3.50 plus tax.  I got this jar at Wal-Mart because it was made in the USA (go Wal-Mart!).

Isn’t it pretty and fluffy?  The baby lotion also makes it smell very good.  I cleaned out the Vitamin E jars and altered them so I could package some of this lotion as gifts.

The next is a homemade Salt Scrub.  Mix together 2 cups of Epsom salts and 2 cups of baby oil.  The baby oil also makes this smell really good.  I think you could also use mineral oil and add some essential oils if you don’t care for the smell of baby powder.

I packaged this in these little jelly jars (garage sale find – $1 for 4 of them!  Woohoo!) that I decorated on top with just a little bit of scrapbook paper.

I don’t have a picture of it, but you can also mix together your leftover Epsom salts with a little bit of essential oils for a nice homemade Bath Salt.

The next items are decidedly more decorative in nature.  The first is Tattooed Soap which I found over at Dollar Store Crafts (see link at right).  All you do is apply a temporary tattoo to a bar of soap per the instructions on the package (the tattoo package, not the soap package).

Finally, I have the gift that my daughter made for my mom last year for Mother’s Day.  I just had her color on regular bars of soap with permanent marker, then I tied a ribbon around each one.  I got the basket at Dollar Tree and hot glued the butterfly (also a Dollar Tree find) onto the front.  I finished out the basket with a bottle of (store bought) lotion.

There you have it!  That’s all the bath and body products I know how to make.  So far.

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This probably falls under the heading of “Too Much Information”, but you sort of need to know it for this craft to make any sense.  My husband and I wrap towels around ourselves after we get out of the shower.

Our child loves to do what we do and her newest thing is to want to wrap the towel around herself.  But it’s a little bit difficult impossible to keep a towel wrapped around an almost 2 year old.  I have one of those spa robes that has a velcro closure and I thought to myself, “Self, I’m pretty sure you bought some iron on velcro 3 years ago for some unknown reason.  I’ll bet you could put that on a hand towel and make a spa robe for Little Folks.”  And that’s exactly what I did.

I have to make a confession though.  Last night I was sure this was going to have to be filed under “Craft Fail” since my daughter ran screaming from the room every time I tried to put it on her.  But she took right to it tonight, so I don’t know what her deal was last night.  I guess she was just being moody.  And all the mothers of almost 2 year olds will understand why I put the closure in back when I wrapped her in it tonight.

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A few years ago, I was looking to paint my house so I went and got some paint chips at Home Depot.  They had these awesome Walt Disney paint chips.  It was several months before I figured out what to do with them (oh yes, I picked them up because I knew I would be able to figure something out eventually).  I’m bad about that – I collect objects that I just know I’ll be able to use for a project someday.  I used them to make a little mini album of a trip our family took to Walt Disney World when I was a little kid.  For the smaller chips (those with Mickey ears), I applied a rub-on.  Then I put the pictures themselves on the larger paint chips.

Even though I made this quite awhile ago, it still remains one of my favorite projects.  Here are a few pages from the album.

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I’m always looking for ways to entertain and stimulate Shelby Shelb.  I can’t remember where I found this idea, but I’m going to share it anyway.  It’s a super cheap craft for your toddler.  Although I should clarify that this is a craft you should make for your toddler, not with your toddler.

Seriously.  You can’t get any cheaper than this I don’t think.

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All I did was take an empty water bottle and fill it about halfway with baby oil.  Then I put in some glitter (yes, I use Martha Stewart glitter because it is totally awesome glitter) and sequins.  I had all the supplies on hand except the baby oil which I just got at Wal-Mart for a dollar and a half or something.  The sequins are hard to see because I am not coordinated enough to get them shaken up and take a picture before they sink.  But I think you can still sort of see them in the second picture.  Before putting the lid back on, I ran a thick layer of Tacky glue around the mouth of the bottle so that Shelby won’t be able to get the lid off.

I wasn’t so sure about them at first, but Shelby Shelb loves them!  She has been carrying them around since this morning when I gave them to her!  When I handed them to her, she said, “Oh wow!”

Here is one last picture of them nestled in with the pretty petunias that I planted last night.  You probably don’t need this third picture, but I have an overwhelming urge to show off these flowers.

There are just a couple things you should probably note.  The first is that it does not take much glitter at all.  I put way too much in the blue bottle (it’s green, teal, and gold glitter).  I was going for an ocean type theme, but I got so much glitter in there that you can’t really see the sequins.  With that much glitter, it would have been much better to leave out the sequins.  I used about 1/3 of the glitter in the red one and you can see the sequins really well.  I made a cone out of scrap paper to use as a funnel so that I could get the glitter in in an orderly fashion.

Also, the original place I found it suggested using food coloring in the baby oil too.  I thought that was tempting disaster so I left it out.

On an unrelated note, does anyone know how to get baby oil out of carpeting?

haha.  Just kidding.  I glued the lids, remember?

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