I love cardinals so when I found the instructions on how to make these cute little red birds on-line at Blinkin’, Thinkin’, & Inkin’ I had to make them and adapted the instructions to fit my purposes. My birds are a little bigger than then ones by Ellen so if you need some tee-tiny ones check out her directions.
They are super easy, super cheap, and super cute!
They would be adorable perched on a fence, branch, or highline wire on a handmade winter greeting card.
Scandinavian style decorating is such a popular theme this year that I couldn’t resist buying some “Making Materials” when I saw these on CLEAREANCE on Oriental Trading! I can’t say that the way I decorated my ornaments is in anyway at all authentic. I looked extensively on-line but did not find any pre-made ornaments or tutorials on this style of ornament. What gives there? So here is MY version of these ornaments! There are so many ways to go with these items that I haven’t even explored them all yet! So check back and see what photos I’ve added.
In my e-mail this week was an awesome project from Crafts By Amanda that I just HAD to try right away – – – Paint Stick Snowmen. As you can tell by my title (and because I’m me) I made some changes. I think both projects look great and what I love the best about crafting is the fact that you can take a pattern or tutorial and do something a little bit different and personalize the project. It impresses me that there are just so many ways to go when you first look at a project.
I didn’t do a photo tutorial but this is a simple fairly straight forward project. Take a look at Amanda’s tutorial if you get lost.
These would look great on a seasonal tree in January. I see white bark and white lights.
If your kids are like mine they love to give gifts but buying gifts for EVERYONE on your little person’s list (from grandma to the dog to the man in the moon) is impossible unless you are independently wealthy! If you are then stop reading this and immediately wire me a couple of million (lol)!
I always took my kids to a dollar store (the one’s where everything is literally a dollar) when they were younger to buy their gifts. But the usefulness and quality of the selections leave a little to be desired and after all – how many coffee mugs and “dust collectors” can one person use?
So, why not make a gift card that will last longer than the gift? If you have punches grab some wrapping paper, construction paper, glue, gift ribbon, buttons, yarn, etc. If you don’t have any punch outs you can acquire some punch outs on eBay or Listia.
This craft project costs you nothing but time to make the punch outs as you simply use materials like construction and wrapping paper and glue sticks – which every prudent mother has on-hand. I also like this craft project because it saves bits and pieces of paper (i.e.; the wrapping paper scraps) and crafting materials (ribbon “snips”, stray rhinestones, etc.) from the trash. I keep a jar beside my craft desk and I throw those scraps of ribbon, stray rhinestones and buttons, snips of fabric, and such. And when I am doing a project that requires bits I turn to this jar.
This also makes a great last minute gift (or even a “not-so-last-minute”) when combined with some handmade coupons for a kiss, a hug, 10 minutes of quiet time, clean room, trying a new vegetable, etc. If you are at a lost on how to get started there are some very good sites out there that will show you how. Find one on eHow; “How to Make a Printable Coupon Kids Can Give”. And find some great suggestion on what to put on your cards on Kids Love To Know “How to Your Own Coupons Your Parents”.
Thanks so much for taking a look. I’d LOVE to hear from you!
I’ve posted tutorials for several versions of Cookie Cutter Garland that I made last year but I never got around posting the tutorial for this Paper or Foam Gingerbread Garland.
I love this project because you can make it as simple or as complex as you wish and you can use whatever you have on-hand or can be purchased at a dollar store for under $5.
I challenge you to complete your own garland without buying anything (or with whatever you can purchase for under $5) and send me a photo. I will definitely add your photo to the tutorial.
Made from just seven beads these mini canes are the perfect holiday earrings for a young girl or any time you just want a hint of bling.
The real beauty of these little earrings is there are so many variations you can make – change the color – or the direction – or the length – or just make as many pairs in as different ways you can dream up! I’ve listed a few below to get you started.
Why only use these cute little canes to make earrings? Like real candy canes they have a bevy of uses. I’ve listed a few below to get you started. I’d love to hear about how you’d use these beauties in your crafting this season!