Simple Spring Button Bouquet Craft – Kid Friendly, Cheap, Easy and Adorable!

This Simple Spring Button Bouquet Craft is kid friendly, budget friendly and easy to make! Make up a few to brighten up your home for less!

 

Simple Spring Button Bouquet Craft – Cheap, Easy and Adorable!

If you adore buttons, this craft has your name on it! I know it is called the Simple Spring Button Bouquet, but really, its perfect anytime of the year! Perfect for your home décor needs, a gift, or even for use in a wedding, this beautiful button bouquet is simple to make and makes quite a statement. It’s so easy to make too! Get the kids involved and you’ve got a perfect weekend craft idea!  The supplies you’ll need for this are easy to find and not too expensive either. We found them all at our local craft store. The great thing about this is that you can really personalize it and make it your own by using different colors and shapes of buttons!

You will need:

  • Assorted buttons. Look for various sizes and colors.
  • Florist wire in varying thickness.
  • Scissors
  • Silk greenery

Directions:
Stacking your buttons in the order that you want them to be stacked in on your bouquet. You should use at least 3-4 buttons per bloom on your bouquet.
Run the florists wire through the hole of the largest button first. Only run it through one hole on the button leaving the other 3 unlaced.
Continue stacking buttons, smallest to biggest threading them through the wire as you go.

This Simple Spring Button Bouquet Craft is kid friendly, budget friendly and easy to make! Make up a few to brighten up your home for less!
Once you’ve got the buttons you want on your bloom stacked, , fold the wire over and run it through the second set of holes in your button. Then, take the wire where it ends and wrap it around itself (see pic above) to create a tie and keep the buttons from coming loose.

 

Repeat the steps above until your stems are complete then add some color by tying on some silk greenery to the stems.

See how simple it is to create your own button bouquet? Kids will enjoy this craft just as much as adults, so gather your supplies and give this easy DIY a try! It is a great way to brighten up a space for less.

DIY Cereal Box Menu Holder

Buried in clutter? This DIY Cereal Box Menu Holder is a quick, budget friendly answer! It works up in about 15 minutes and looks great when finished!

 

DIY Cereal Box Menu Holder

Instead of digging in the junk drawer or feeling around on the top of the fridge, create a holder for all those pizza and Chinese food  menus. Not only is this DIY Cereal Box Menu Holder pretty and functional but you can pat yourself on the back for up-cycling! It is a great project for the kids to get involved in and tidies up some of your  kitchen clutter on the cheap! Even better is that you can match any kitchen decor! You can find scrapbook paper in a wide variety of colors and patterns at Hobby Lobby, Michaels, or any craft store to suit your tastes. These are also great  for holding mail, bills, kids artwork, school papers, single page recipes or other papers making it a very versatile craft! I have several that I use around our house. We use them in the kitchen, my Emma’s room and my office the most, but they’re seriously a HUGE clutter saver!

 

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Directions:

Measure how tall you want holder to be by putting in your largest menu or papers that you will be putting into it and marking  the height slightly smaller than your menu in the back. It may be easier if you have issues cutting, to draw your mark all the way around the box.

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Cut the very top portion (i.e. the part you open) completely off of the box.

 

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Now, cut the front of the box off where you made your height mark at.

 

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Cut the sides of the box up at  an angle. You will want it to be even and equal on both sides so it may help to measure.

 

 

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Cover box in a thick, even coat of glue and press scrapbook paper onto front, starting right at the top cut edge, smoothing  out bubbles as you press flat, then, wrap paper over the bottom, smoothing it as you wrap it around to the  back.

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Fold the sides inward, like wrapping paper on a present and fold to the back so your seams don’t show on the front. Dab a bit of glue onto any loose edges to make certain that they are sealed well. At this point, if you want, you can glue a second piece of paper over the back to finish off the entire thing. I chose not to because when they’re hanging, the backs can not be seen so I didn’t see a real point in covering the backs. Back to how to finish this thing!

 

 

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Glue chalkboard label to front of box and let dry completely.

 

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Fold Washi tape ( I found this Washi tape at the Dollar Tree) over cut edges of box to finish it off.

 

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Cut 2- 4” or longer pieces of magnetic tape.  I buy the kind that has adhesive backing but I don’t feel like it sticks well under any amount of weight, so to be sure that it will hang well, I secure it with a hot glue gun.

 

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Secure the magnet tape onto the back of your box and let dry.

 

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Hang, fill with menus, and enjoy!

Easy DIY Easter Bunny Candy Container – Easy Kid Friendly Easter Craft!

This sweet little DIY Easter Bunny Candy Container is the perfect craft for Easter! Budget pleasing and kid friendly!

 

DIY Easter Bunny Candy Container

The Easter season is a wonderful time to give sweet treats to the people you love. After all, there are so many wonderful Easter candy choices to pick from! If you are unsure what to give those sweet treats in, why not try making one of these Easter Bunny Candy Containers? These containers are a fun and whimsical way to dress up your treats or other small items. Take a look at how you can make your own!

  • You Will Need:
  • Small canning jar with lid
  • Spray paint
  • Easter embellishment
  • Hot glue and a glue gun

We were able to find all of these items at our local craft store. The jar and bunny were only around $1 each, and we were able to use some leftover paint we had. See what you have on hand first before going out and buying. You may be surprised and what you may have that is usable for this project!

Directions:
1. Begin by removing the lid and placing it on some old paper. Give it two coats of spray paint with plenty of drying time in between.
2. Once the lid is dry, return it to the jar.
3. Apply a generous amount of hot glue to the underneath of your embellishment item. As you can see we picked a pretty and simple fuzzy bunny.
4. Press the item to the lid of the jar. Hold it in place until the glue is dry and secure.

Once the paint and glue are dry, remove the lid and fill the jar with treats of your choice. Return the lid and your jar is now ready for gift giving.

See how simple yet sweet this Easter craft is? Give it a try and see how quickly it gets you into the spirit of the season!

DIY Upcycled No Sew Heat Pack!

This DIY Upcycled No Sew Heat Pack is a great gift idea! It's perfect for laboring Mom's, summer sports injuries and more!

DIY Upcycled No Sew Heat Pack

 

Ever had a stiff neck? How about a migraine or mild back pain? If so, you’ll probably agree that heat can really be your friend when those things are happening. Aside from that? Sometimes they’re just really great to help you relax! Add a heat pack, some DIY bath salts, a few candles and a hot bath? You’ve got an insta-spa environment for pennies on the dollar! The best thing about a heat pack though is how easy they are to put together! You can use any old tee shirt, towel or really any fabric that is able to be microwaved. Rice is easiest to use in your pack because it holds heat really well and it tends to be easier to fill, but you can use sea salt, Epsom salts or even flat stones (but I can’t imagine that stones would be comfortable to use). You could even add a few drops of essential oils to the salts to really create a spa experience!  Interested? Read on for how to make your own DIY Upcycled No Sew Heat Pack.

You will need:

  • a 6″x6″ square of the fabric of your choice. Stay away from acetates, polyester and any other synthetic fabrics as they may melt when microwaved.
  • a 12” x 1” strip of the ribbon color or design of your choice
  • Hair tie with no metal or rubber band
  • 1 Cup or rice, epsom salt, sea salt or whatever you’re filling your no sew heat pack with

 

Directions:

  • On a firm surface, place your fabric “face” down and fill with the 1 cup of rice or whatever you’re using for your filling.
  • Draw up the 4 corners of your fabric so that they all meet in the center. In other words, you’re going to make a “bag” of sorts.
  • Bring up the sides to meet the 4 corners so that there are no open ends that would allow your filling to leak out.
  • Using the hair tie or rubber band, secure all ends together then use the ribbon to cover the hair tie for a pretty look.

 

To heat, place it on a microwave safe dish and zap for 30-45 seconds.  If you want a moist heat, bring a bowl of water to a boil in the microwave before you heat the pack, then remove the water and heat like normal. Always be sure that you test how hot the pack actually is before you apply it to your skin to prevent burns and never walk away when it is warming up. It could go splodey and splodey is never a good thing. :)

Simple Spring Embroidery Hoop Craft – Pretty and Fun!

This simple spring embroidery hoop craft is the perfect way to welcome spring! It's easy on your budget, easy to make and looks great in any room!

 

Simple Spring Embroidery Hoop Craft – Pretty and Fun!

 

I absolutely love spring. The warm breezes, the birds singing, bonfires on a Saturday night with friends and just the sense of new that it brings with it every year. Things can just seem so dark and dreary during the winter, can’t they? No matter now because spring is officially here (even if Mother Nature doesn’t realize it)! Welcome her in all of her warm and beautiful glory with this very easy to make craft! This simple spring embroidered hoop craft is easy to make and it looks really great on the wall! Make one or two and use them to decorate the hallway or use them in a girl’s room. This is so simple that the kids could actually help you make them! They’ll look adorable and you’ll be able to take pride in the fact that you made them yourself. :)

 

You Will Need:

 

Directions:


To begin, cut a small square of the felt (or other material) that you chose for the material. You’ll want it to be large enough to completely cover your hoop.

 

Next, take the embroidery hoop apart and place the felt between the two pieces then press the hoop back together. The felt should be pulled nice and tight now.

 

Trim off any excess material from the edge of the hoop so that you have a nice and clean look. If there is material hanging over, your final project will look sloppy so be sure to trim it well. :)

 

Grab your stickers or embellishment and apply a generous amount of craft glue to the back. Don’t skimp on the glue but be sure you don’t use so much that it seeps out the sides. Press the sticker onto the felt until it’s secure enough not to fall off then set aside and let dry completely.

 

Usually there is only room for one shape on the hoop but if you use a larger sized hoop, you may be able to get more than one in there. Just be sure that the two shapes don’t clash with each other and that it doesn’t look too busy. Once it’s fully dry, hang on the wall just like you would any other photo!

No Sew “Bunny Food” Porch Decor for Easter!

This quick and easy No Sew "Bunny Food" porch decor DIY looks adorable on any porch and will give you home a cute and whimsical look for Easter!

No Sew “Bunny Food” Porch Decor for Easter!

 

I have to admit. I love Easter and spring time in general! It’s just such an upbeat time of year! The weather is usually nice, the crafts are pretty and soft and the food that people make? Oh my goodness! Easter dinner is one of my favorite family dinners and no, it isn’t because of the candy…lol. I just love getting the family together with fresh, tasty foods that can not only heal the soul but heal a family as well. When I first saw the idea for this Bunny Food Porch Decor DIY for Easter, I just knew that I had to post it for you all! It’s so simple to make and it can really bring a fun and..dare I say, whimiscal look to your front porch! Give it a shot making it and I think you’ll agree!

 

You Will Need: 

  •  1 yard of orange fabric for the carrot. (I scored this in a remnants bin for just a couple dollars, so be sure to check your local hobby stores!)
  • 6-7 dozen plastic Easter eggs
  • 1 Tomato Cone (or plant support cage)
  • 2 Garden stakes
  • Green Flower Support Foams
  • Binding tape
  • Hot Glue
  • Long weeds/ river oats etc. used to paint green for the top  (You can just use long grass from your yard if you can’t find anything else)
  • 1 Can green spray paint
  • Paper to stuff in the carrot (Old Newspapers will work fine)
  • Brown Paper Grocery Bags

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Collect your river oats or very long weeds. You’ll want them long because these will be the top of your carrot!

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Starting with the river oats (or whatever you have in your own yard), bind the stems with a rubber band about 4 inches up from the bottom.

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Paint them green with green spray paint on all sides. Obviously it’s best to do this outside…lol. Set them aside and let them dry.

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While the river oats are drying, grab your tomato cone and place your garden stake between the three points at the top and using the binding tape, tape it together tightly. No really, go wild with the tape. You won’t see it when the project is finished and you’ll need it to be secured very well so like I said…go wild!

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Lay your orange fabric down on the floor, lay the plant support approximately 10 inches from the top of the fabric  and start wrapping the fabric at the top (wide part) of the carrot. Pull it taut and place hot glue to hold it together.  Continue to do this all the way down the carrot and then cut off any excess. Once you are finished gluing, you should have a nicely bound carrot with about 10 inches of extra fabric at the top. Now, take the balled up newspaper and stuff your carrot. Be sure you add enough to really fill the carrot up. Otherwise you could have a flimsy carrot and who really wants a flimsy carrot?! Next, place your green painted river oats down into the paper until they stand up straight. You can add more paper for support if you need but if you really filled it up like I suggested, you shouldn’t need to. :)

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Paint a little sign that says “Bunny Food” on a piece of card board or poster board using acrylic paint and puff paint and allow to dry. Tap it onto your garden stake and set aside for a few.

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To make the stand, place a couple green flower foams in the bottom of a 3-5 gallon bucket. Then, using about a yard and half of sheer fabric, sit the bucket in the middle of the fabric and add 6-7 dozen (yes, I said dozen) of the plastic easter eggs around the bucket until the bucket itself is well hidden.

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It’s time to attach the carrot! Place your carrot stake into the green flower foam and wrap it pretty well with brown grocery bags. This will give your carrot some extra support and again, keep it from being flimsy. We talked about flimsy carrots earlier. ;) Now, fill the bucket with more balled up paper to give it a tiny bit more weight to it.

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Pull the sheer fabric so taut that the eggs “crawl” up the sides and cover the outside of the bucket. Safety pin the fabric in place so it isn’t all slidely and then cover the entire top with Easter grass to cover it and add a few more plastic Easter eggs to give a splash of color there if you’d like.

 

That’s it! You’re done! Easy peasy and so very, very cute!

 

DIY Dollar Tree Candy Jar – So Cute!

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DIY Dollar Tree Candy Jar

 

This DIY Dollar Tree  Candy Jar makes the perfect spring accent for displaying jelly beans, malted eggs, or your favorite chocolate. Simple to create, but it makes for such a pretty display on your counter, or given as a gift to a neighbor, teacher, or friend.  The kids can even help out with some of the steps  this project, like painting.  Make several in varying heights and colors for a beautiful candy display. Want to avoid the temptation of candy? Fill with colorful buttons,grass and  miniature eggs, pebbles, beans, or beads in springtime colors for a cute (and budget friendly) spring decor piece!

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You Will Need:

  • Glass jar like a pickle or jelly jar, cleaned and label removed. Make sure you have the lid.
  • Glass candlestick- Dollar Tree
  • Plastic flower table scatter-Dollar Tree
  • Super Glue or e6000
  • Spray paint
  • School glue
  • Sood color, gel is best

 

Directions:

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Mix 1 Tbsp. water with ½ Tbsp. school Glue and add food coloring until color is intense- you will want it much darker than what you want for the final result as it lightens considerably when it is dried.

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“Paint” your candlestick with several thick coats of the food coloring/glue mixture. Be sure to smooth it out as you go so that you don’t end up with huge globs of paint in random places.

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Once you’ve got it fully painted, turn your oven onto the very lowest setting it has and pre-heat. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper (to protect it from paint) and place the candlestick onto the sheet. Once the oven is fully pre-heated, slide the cookie sheet onto the top rack, turn your oven oven and let the candlestick “bake” for 10-15 minutes to set the paint. Once the paint is fully set, remove candlestick with a hot pad and let sit until it is cool to the touch.

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Sand top of candlestick to create a better surface for adhering then squeeze an even bead of  super glue or e6000 glue around rim of candlestick and place the center of the bottom of your jar firmly on top.

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Sand the top of your lid with a medium grain sandpaper to create a better surface for the spray paint to stick to.

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Spray Paint your lid with white spray paint. Be sure to let it dry completely and then give it a second coat to be sure that you’ve got an even coat.

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Glue 1 or 2 flowers to the top of the lid. I found a bag of pretty plastic table scatter at Dollar Tree that I thought made for a perfect accent, but you could also use a wooden knob, miniature Easter eggs, or small figurine to decorate.

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Allow glue to set overnight, fill your jar and enjoy!!

 

DIY Raspberry Sugar Scrub with Printable Gift Tag!

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DIY Raspberry Sugar Scrub with Printable Gift Tag!

 

Here is another fantastic frugal beauty post for ya’ll! If you liked our Diy Orange Sugar Scrub, you’ll love this one too! This diy raspberry sugar scrub is perfect for those nights when you need a small pick me up or as always, using as a gift! I’ve included the printable gift tag at the bottom of the post. To print it, right click on the image, choose “open image in new tab” and print from the page that opens. I would suggest printing to card stock but regular printer paper will work as well. :)

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You will need:

  • 1 C. coconut oil
  • ½ C. sugar
  • 2-3 drops of Raspberry extract
  • 1 drop of red food coloring (use sparingly as it will stain your skin and it does not take a lot for the mixture to turn light pink).
  • 4-5 4 oz. Jelly jars

 

Directions:

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In a medium size bowl, combine the coconut oil, sugar and raspberry extract and 1 drop of red food coloring.

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Mix well until the mixture is a light pink shade.

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Add the scrub to your 4 oz. Jelly jars.

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Print and cut out the labels and place on the lid; the metal ring will hold the label in place. **For a more rustic look, you could also use a hole puncher to punch a hole in the top of the label – look through with twine and tie around the lid.

 

*Makes 4-5 4 oz. Jelly jars. The recipe can also be made smaller or larger depending on how much you would like to make.

DIY Orange Sugar Scrub with Printable Labels

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DIY Orange Sugar Scrub

 

One of the biggest drains on money around can be beauty products. Most are really expensive and the ones that aren’t? Typically do not work (although there are exceptions). One of the best ways to have those products that you want or need and to keep your money in your wallet is to make them yourselves!  That’s why I love this DIY Orange Sugar Scrub! Citrus fruits are fantastic for giving you energy and helping you wake up! Combine that with a sugar scrub and you’ll be energetic with awesomely smooth skin! It’s so very easy to make too! These make fantastic gifts too! If you’re giving them as gifts, I’ve included a printable label below. Just follow the instructions on the last step to print yours.

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You Will Need:

  • 1 C. coconut oil
  • ½ C. sugar
  • 1 Orange (3-4 tbs. of orange juice)
  • 3 tbs. Orange zest from the orange
  • 4-5 4 oz. Jelly jars

 

Directions -

 

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Using a grater, grate 3 tbs. of orange zest from the orange. Once you have the zest, cut the orange in half and juice it to get  3-4 tbs. of  juice.

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Next, in a medium size bowl, combine the coconut oil, sugar, orange juice and orange zest and mix well.

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Add the scrub to your 4 oz. Jelly jars.

 

Print and cut out the labels below and place on the lid; the metal ring will hold the label in place. To print the labels, right click on the image below and select “open image in new tab.” Then print from the page that opens. If you print on paper, consider attaching the label to card stock to make it sturdier.   **For a more rustic look, you could also use a hole puncher to punch a hole in the top of the label – look through with twine and tie around the lid.

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*Makes 4-5 4 oz. Jelly jars. The recipe can also be made smaller or larger depending on how much you would like to make.

10 FREE St. Patrick’s Day Printables!

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10 FREE St. Patrick’s Day Printables

 

I confess. I have an obsession. Its printables. I am 100% totally obsessed with free printables! I know that a lot of you guys are too so I just HAD to post this and help indulge your obsessions just a bit more! Below you will find 10 totally kickin, totally FREE St. Patrick’s Day printables! There are coloring pages, kids games, gift tags and more! You’ll be in printable heaven! :)

 

  1. St. Patrick’s Day Word Search by Jinxy Kids
  2. A Little Lucky Chocolate Shamrock Free Printable by Pink When
  3. You are the Pot of Gold St. Patrick’s Day Printable Tags by Mission to Save
  4. St. Patrick’s Day Chalkboard Printable by Second Chance to Dream
  5. Printable St. Patrick’s Day Lunch Box Notes by Coupons are Great
  6. Kid Color Pages for St. Patrick’s Day by Crystal and Co.
  7. Quick and Easy St Patricks Day Games by The Joys of Boys
  8. St. Patrick’s Day Tags and Fabulous Treat Ideas by Laura Kelly’s Inklings
  9. Lucky Day Free St. Patrick’s Day Printables by Designed by BH
  10. St Paddy’s Day Cards by Seven Thirty Three