ThriftyFun Crafts - Seasonal Fall Decorations


Vol. 5, Num. 41, October 13, 2010

This week's newsletter spotlights several beautiful fall crafts to use in decorating your home. If you crochet consider the plarn floor rug to catch those muddy footprints.

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Craft Project: Harvest Table Decoration

This darling natural centerpiece is quick and easy to make for your lovely celebrations. It would be fabulous also for a group activity that is thrifty but lovely.

Craft Project: Harvest Table Decoration

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Craft: Crocheted Plarn Rug

This is a rug we use for muddy shoes. It is easily rinsed clean and drip dried.

Craft: Crocheted Plarn Rug

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Craft Project: Spooky Eyes Luminaries

Spaghetti jars get a Halloween makeover! Use either glow sticks or battery-operated votive candle for a safe, easy luminary this year. Super-easy; let the kids do this craft for your window ledge or porch, set along the path to the treats.

Craft Project: Spooky Eyes Luminaries

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Craft Project: Autumn Leaf Garland

Autumn-hued folded paper leaves are linked together to create a garland. Make a leaf and center leaf template from a piece of cardstock. Fold 11 x 6 inch piece of paper in half crosswise. Place the leaf template on the folded edge of paper.

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Craft Project: Glitter Foam Bookmarks

Homemade bookmarks made from glittery craft foam. Accents can either be purchased or cut out.

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Tips:

Make Knife Holder from Old Spools

Re-use empty thread spools. Fasten a row of them jammed shoulder to shoulder inside a kitchen cabinet door and you've got yourself an instant knife holder. The handles of the cutting tools will rest on the spools while the implements' blade fits through the gaps between each set of the wooden rollers. Attach the spools to the cabinet door with both screws (through each roller's center) and glue (on the base of the discarded thread holders) for safety. You may also want to run a second full or partial row of spools under the first as added security for your butcher and other extra long knives. A coat of varnish, shellac, or paint that matches the inside of the cabinet finishes the project.

By fossil1955 from Cortez, CO

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Displaying Crafts at Market

I have been creating original jewelry designs for many many years and selling at local farmer's and craft markets. A great tip for all you crafters out there that sell at local small markets. Display your creations with originality! They will attract attention and draw the customers. Use inexpensive props like pictured here. I display jewelry over large shells. And I display earrings inside local mussel shells, a visitor to your area will have a nice local keepsake to take home with them. Put your thinking caps on and come up with your own creative solutions to displaying your crafts.

By Linn from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

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Drink Mix Finger Paint

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 pkg. unsweetened powdered drink mix
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. oil
  • liquid dish soap (optional).

Directions:

Please be aware that most drink mixes can stain skin and other items it comes in contact with. Wash hands and anything else the powdered drink mix comes in contact with as soon as you are done painting.

In a large bowl, mix together the flour, powdered drink mix, and salt. Put it aside. Measure the water in a medium size pot and bring it to a boil. Add the oil to the boiling water. Pour the water and oil mixture into the dry ingredients and mix until smooth. Add a few drops of liquid dish soap to your paint mixture and blend carefully so you don't make the mixture bubble. This is optional, but it may help with clean up. If the paint is too thick, add more hot water, a little at a time, until it is the desired consistency. Set paint aside and allow to cool before you use it.

Now you can use this for finger painting on freezer paper or butcher paper.

By fossil1955 from Cortez, CO

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Craft: Coffee Filter Doily

When you are ready to give your jams, jellies, and bath salts away, here is an easy doily for the top you can make when you don't have a scrap of material.

Approximate Time: Less than 10 minutes

Supplies:

  • coffee filter
  • eyelet lace punch
  • rubber band
  • ribbon

Instructions:

Using your Martha Stewart eyelet lace punch (I got mine at Michael's craft store), punch around the edge of the coffee filter and place on top of the jar. I use a rubber band to hold it in place while I tie the ribbon. Cover with your choice of ribbon, if desired.

By Tedebear from San Jose CA

Craft: Coffee Filter Doily

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New Requests:

Adult Halloween Costume Ideas

I am looking for Halloween costume idea for a guy in his early 30s?

By Sean

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Making Beaded Flowers

I saw a beaded flower on a page here at Thriftyfun and I would like step by step instructions on how to make it. Thank you and have a nice day.

By Brenda from Staten Island, NY

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Creating a Frosted Finish on Outside of 2 Liter Plastic Bottle

How can you give the outside of a plastic 2-liter soda pop bottle a frosted look?

By Barefootpoet from Carpettown, GA

Creating a Frosted Finish on Outside of 2 Liter Plastic Bottle

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Pattern for Crocheted Stuffed Santa's Head

I am looking for a crochet pattern of a stuffed Santa's head.

By Ronnie from SC

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Lightbulb Football Player

How can I make a light bulb look like a football player?

By Lisa from Knoxville, TN

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Crochet Christmas Stocking Pattern

Does anyone know where I might find this crocheted Christmas stocking pattern? I think it was published in a magazine, not a book. It has pretty proportions and looks easy to make. Unfortunately, I don't have any other information. I will pay reasonable cost for pattern and postage.

By Rondi from Spring, TX

Crochet Christmas Stocking Pattern

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Crayola Crayons Costumes

Can someone please send me the instructions for the crayon costumes? I'm especially curious what the hats are made of?

By Yael

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Source for Craft Dolls to Make a Solo Cup Doll Lamp

Several years ago there was a very informative post on how to make a Solo cup doll lamp. The dolls in the picture are so pretty and I would like to know if anybody knows where I can buy dolls just like that so I can make a lamp. Here is the link: thriftyfun.com. I checked both Michael's and Walmart and neither one carries craft dolls. Those are the only two stores in my area. I've checked a few places online, but I don't like what I see. Anybody?

By Louise from Port Charlotte, FL

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Making Ice Cream Cone Christmas Tree Ornaments

I saw ice cream cones with Xmas balls on top as Xmas tree ornaments. The cone was sealed with something to make it hard and sealed. It was clear. Can anyone please tell me what that sealer was? All the crafter would tell me is it is a plastic sealer solution you dip it in. Help! I want to make them for Xmas. Thank you.

By Lois from Corinth, MS

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Making Oil for Diffuser Lamps

Does anyone know how to make the fragrance that is used in the glass diffuser bottles that have the reeds?

By Rose from Malvern, PA

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Glass Block Christmas Decoration

I am making a lamp and need to know what you put on a glass block so that the x-mas lights won't show through. I am going to put some stickers on the outside, but they won't be enough.

By Terry from Seguin, TX

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Vanderbilt University Seal Cross-stitch Pattern

I am looking for a cross-stitch pattern of the seal of Vanderbilt University.

By Sandra from Clarksville, TN

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Making Paper Lampshades

I need to make a lamp shade and would like to make one out of paper. I have read where rice paper is appropriate, but would rather not use that particular type. Can any type of paper be used to make a shade? Does it need to be thick? Any additional safety tips and information would be appreciated. Thanks in advance for your help!

By Mom from MO

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Using Baby Yarn to Make Adult Sweaters

Does anyone have any patterns for crocheting ladies XL size sweaters using baby yarn? I have a ton of baby yarn left over from past projects and I just know it'd work up into a gorgeous sweater for me if I could just find a pattern.

By Cricket from Parkton, NC

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Pattern for a Rag Quilt

I need a good pattern for a rag quilt.

By Cheryl

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Lighted Fish Bowl Snowman

I am looking for the instructions for a lighted fish bowl snowman.

By Toni

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Looking for Free Fabric Samples

I am looking to start quilting for the first time. Is there any place that gives free scraps of material?

By C from PA

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Crocheted Pot Scrubber

I would like instructions for making nylon net scrubbies.

By Madelyn

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Crafts Using Recycled K-Cup Coffee Filters

I love my Keurig coffee pot, but I tend to use quite a lot of the K-cups and they are not recyclable. I do clean them and re-use with some plastic K-caps I found on line. But after a few uses, the filter tears up and can't be used again.
One suggestion is to use them for seed starters. I was wondering if anyone else has come up with uses for the empty cleaned K-cups.

By PM

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