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Gingerbread House Gift BagsMake your own seasonal gift bags using brown paper sacks, craft paper, and washi tape. Add a bow and cookie cutter and you have gingerbread house gift bags.
DIY LED ChandelierPlace a string of LED lights in a cage like basket and suspend it from a ceiling or outdoor structure. It is perfect for an outdoor party. Learn how to create this DIY LED chandelier.
Tips for Easy Craft CleanupCrafting is fun, but it can also be quite messy when using glue and paints in particular. This page offers some inexpensive tips for easy craft cleanup, as well as, an idea for a reusable crafting surface.
Organizing and Storing Laptop CablesLaptop computer cables can create more clutter on your desk or other workspace. Also, when packed in a computer bag you want to make sure that they are rolled properly to prevent damage. Try the suggestion below to easily organize and store your laptop cables.
Making a Reindeer Handprint Antler HatIf your child loves to dress up with homemade hats, try this fun to make reindeer handprint antler hat. It is made using simple supplies such as construction paper, googly eyes, tape, a pom pom, and fancy pipe cleaners.
Making a Christmas Flower CrownThis Tahitian craft uses banana leaves, fresh flowers, and plant leaves to make a beautiful crown traditionally worn there for Christmas. If you don't have the fresh plants used here, substitute ribbon for the base and use faux flowers. The steps to complete this project can be found below.
Making Coastal Beach OrnamentsFill glass or plastic ornaments with beach sand and small shells. They can be used as Christmas ornaments or displays. Alternatively you can use embellishments that make them fun to display year round.
DIY Pine Cone VaseBuy or gather some small pine cones. Then glue them to the outside of a recycled can; spray paint and fill with flowers and foliage for a lovely pine cone vase to display in your home for the holidays.
DIY Moss Trim Picture Frame WreathCover a picture frame with sheet moss from your local craft store, then add ornaments, and a large bow to make a moss trimmed picture frame wreath. We can show you how.
Making a Noel Q-Tip PaintingWork with your kids to make this noel painting. The background is painted using a Q-tip in place of a brush. Then the letters are cut from scrapbook paper. These artworks can be given as gifts to grandparents and friends, or hung in your home.
DIY Rainbow Name Room DecorThis craft was made by a child using recycled cardboard, sheet foam, and pipe cleaners. It is a fun project that can then be hung in their room. Learn how he did it from the instructions provided below.
Make Beef Patties Inside Ziploc BagOne way to shape your homemade beef patties is to place the seasoned meat in a ziplock bag and press and shape. They won't stick and it is definitely a less messy method.
Cleaning Out a Deceased Person's HomeDealing with the loss of a friend or family member is hard. There is also the need sometimes to clean out their home. This page contains some tips for cleaning out a deceased person's home.
Making a Coconut Fiber Christmas TreeFiber from the inside of a coconut husk was used to create this rejuvenated faux Christmas tree. The greenery was cut back and the fiber used to replace it to make an island Christmas tree.
Making a Wooden Ball Gift Tag OrnamentWooden beads strung together with a handmade gift tag below and a pretty ribbon on the top do double duty as a gift tag and ornament. Instructions and a supplies list follow.
Making Thanksgiving Counting CupsLaminate seasonal graphic designs, then mark the outside of a paper or plastic cups with numbers appropriate to the age of the kids. This project results in Thanksgiving counting cups. Use them at a preschool or family gathering, fun and learning combined.
Making a Congratulations Gift BagMake your own sturdy gift bag by reusing a shopping bag. Add embellishments and a bow. This congratulations gift bag project follows.
Rainbow Christmas CountdownUse rainbow colored construction paper to make a cute Christmas countdown chain. Hang it in a central spot in your home using a pipe cleaner and have the kids tear off a link everyday until Christmas.
Making a Custom Bottle WasherGive a foam bottle washer a trim to make a custom washer for smaller bottles. This page contains a tip for making a custom bottle washer.
Refurbishing A LampshadeIf you don't want to replace a worn or soiled lamp shade, try one of the ideas found below for refurbishing a lampshade.
Fire PhotosHumans have been fascinated by fire since its discovery. It has been given symbolic value in religion and art. The ever changing organic flames are captured in photos of fire.
Making Mason Jar Lid Christmas OrnamentsThe lids from Mason style jars can be reused in lots of crafts. This page offers a Christmas ornament project.
Making a Santa Vase And LampSpray paint long neck wine bottles. Use black tape and glitter or gem tape to make Santa's characteristic belt buckle. Complete the look with feather boa strands. Add foliage or a solar light for either a vase or a lamp.
Making Clothespin ReindeerYou too can make cute clothespin reindeer from both peg style and spring clip pins. Use them as decorations or hang on the tree. This craft is offered with a supplies list, instructions, and photos.
Crocheted Sports Team ScarvesCrochet scarves in team colors and add a team patch for a fun seasonal gift or fundraiser item. Learn how below.
DIY Animated Christmas Hearth ShirtGo all out for an ugly sweater party and make your own uniquely designed shirt. The instructions needed to create this DIY animated Christmas hearth shirt are found below.
Making A Stamp Pad at HomeStart with a shallow plastic container, a thin sheet of foam or a sponge, some powdered dye, and rubbing alcohol. Then follow the instructions below to make your own stamp pad.
Making Salt ClaySalt clay is inexpensive and easy to make. It is often used for kid crafts and Christmas ornaments. Mix salt, flour, and water, knead, and it is ready to shape and bake. Adding alum makes the dough harden when left out to dry.
Custom Bathroom Door DesignMost people have an indoor bathroom with a standard size door. We wanted a tropical outdoor bathroom for our home. We made our bathroom out of lava rocks that we gathered in the river. The opening was too large for a standard door so we made our own. Recently I decided the door needed a brand new look so I gave it a designer paint job to fit the décor of my garden.
Decorative Planter PotsThis is a fun project to add a bit of color to your garden. I use a lot of plant hangers in my yard and adding some color to the pots really adds color to my garden. The pots are easy to paint and can last for years as long as you protect the pots with a coat of varnish.
Reducing the Bulk of Craft RibbonI had two drawers in my craft caddy just stuffed with the round spools of decorator ribbon. There were spools sitting on top, too.
Valentine's Day Hanging Picture FrameHere is a budget friendly Valentine's craft you and your kids can make together. This would be an awesome craft to make as gifts from your child/children to give to grandparents by placing a photo of your child/children or family in the center.
Lump on a Dog?Should I be concerned? I don't have the money to go to the vet and I'm worried.
Value of a Magnavox Console Stereo?This is my grandmother's console player. It includes a record player, radio, and 8 track player. It is still in good condition and everything works except possibly the 8 track player. What year is this and what would it be worth? It is probably from the 1960s.
My Best Friend and I Had a Big Fight?My BFF and I had a huge fight. And she doesn't want to be my friend anymore, but I think we could still work it out, but that's not the point. Her birthday party sleepover is soon and she doesn't want me to come anymore. Now I'd have to explain to my parents that she and I aren't the same besties they'd known us to be. Explaining to my parents about this isn't even an option I'm considering.
Using Dish Soap to Get Rid of Ants in Outdoor Potted Plants?Do you have to use Dawn dish soap to help get rid of ants in outdoor potted plants or will any dish soap work?
Value of a Set of Encyclopaedia Britannica 1768?I have a set of the Encyclopaedia Britannica 1768. It is a collection of 24 volumes, 2 dictionaries and a book of the year 1960. They all say copyright 1959. How much are they worth?
Light Fixture Makes Noise When Turned Off?When I make this query, at the top of the list are things about the paranormal and I want science. I sleep in my lift chair because I broke my back and can't lay flat. Every time I'm about to doze off I hear this sound like a pebble is being thrown every so often at the light fixture in the ceiling, yet, when I look, there are no pebbles, obviously. No bugs flying around hitting it, either.