February 20, 2020

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A wallet made from Capri Sun pouches.

Making a Juice Tri-Fold WalletAt varying times juice pouches have been a popular supply to use in making recycled crafts. Learn how to make a juice pouch tri-fold wallet with this tutorial.

 

Felt Flower Brooch - finished felt flower brooch in fall colors

How to Make a Felt Flower BroochThis brooch is easier to make than it looks. Choose your favorite colors in felt and learn how to make this pin using the tutorial on this page. You may already have most of the supplies at home leftover from other projects.

 

A stuffed caterpillar.

Making Sock CaterpillarsGrab some fun colored tube socks and make this stuffed caterpillar. The kids can help make it and then enjoy playing with their crawly friend.

 

A bedspread that can look like flowers or snowflakes, depending on the season.

How to Make a Crochet Flower/Snowflake Bed CoverThis crochet bed cover is a spring flower or a winter snowflake depending on the season. If you have intermediate crochet skills this craft is for you.

 

Customizing a Wicker Nightstand - new tabletop with bedside light on

Customizing a Wicker NightstandAdd a wicker basket to the top of a too small nightstand to create enough space for a bedside lamp, cell charger, and more. Learn how to customize a wicker nightstand below.

 

Baby Bib Robe - bib wrapped bottle

How to Make a Baby Bottle RobeLearn how to make a baby bottle robe from a bib. This cute, easy project is practical, as it results in a nice cover to keep you baby's milk nice and warm and also catches dribbles.

 

Bubble Gum Machine Costume - finished costume

Making a Bubble Gum Machine CostumeDecorate a tee shirt with pom poms in a variety of colors and sizes to make this cute bubble gun machine costume. Your children can make this one themselves.

 

Haunted Gingerbread House - final view of finished kit house

Making a Haunted Gingerbread HouseWhy not make a Halloween gingerbread house? You can buy kits at the market or work from the instructions below to create your own haunted gingerbread house.

 

A helium tank that has been painted and decorated as a Jack-'o-lantern.

Repurposed Helium Tank Jack-o-LanternRe-purpose a party balloon helium tank by making this fun Jack-o-Lantern yard decoration for the fall season. Learn how below.

 

Temporary Crate for My New Cat Conner - kitty in the crate

Making a Temporary Cat CrateThis temporary cat crate is made from two milk crates. Until you can order or build a more substantial one, this quick fix allows you to take your kitty outside with you in the yard to enjoy the sun and do some bird watching.

 

A collection of brightly colored pom poms.

Pom Pom Craft IdeasPom poms can be used in so many crafts for all seasons. This page gathers up a variety of pom pom craft ideas from spring chicks to Halloween bats, plus home decor projects including a rug.

 

Haunted tree decoration made from cardboard.

Making a Haunted Tree DecorationHeavy recycled cardboard and some paint transform a plain tree trunk into a fun haunted tree decoration for Halloween. Learn how to make this fun, scary decoration.

 

Repairing a Lopsided Luggage Wheel - sand to shape

Repairing a Lopsided Luggage WheelRepair a damaged luggage wheel with Plast-aid, it will help fill in broken areas on the rolling surface of your suitcase wheels. Learn how to make this repair below.

 

3D Hot Air Balloon Card - finished card

Making a 3D Hot Air Balloon CardThe person receiving this cute handmade card will definitely appreciate your efforts. The 3D paper balloon soars in a blue sky with puffy white clouds. Instructions follow.

 

Choco Jelly in glass

Making Choco JellyThis sweet drink is made using Ovaltine drink mix combined with condensed milk and boiled to make chocolate flavored cubes that when set are added to a chilled milk and cream drink. The recipe is found below.

 

"Life Is Art" Kids' Coloring Page

"Life Is Art" Kids' Coloring PagePrint out this kids' coloring page entitled Life is Art. Composed of a large paint brush, paint runs, and flowers in addition to the text, you child can follow the rainbow example or choose their own colors to complete this artwork.

 

A finished magnetic picture frame.

Making a Magnetic Picture FrameStart with a decorative magnetic memo board and transform it into a picture frame for the fridge or a steel door.

 

Christmas Tea Tree - sitting on a shelf

Making a Christmas Tea TreeThis tea bag tree is the perfect gift for the tea lover in the family or a friend. Follow the steps provided to make this Christmas gift. With a bit of alteration it could also be tailored to other occasions.

 

Articles

Choco Coated Oreos on baking paper

Choco Coated OreosWhen talking about guilty pleasure, I always think of chocolate coated cookie sandwich. I have been craving it this past few weeks and during Valentine's day, I made some to share it to my friends in celebration of the day of hearts.

 

Decorative Fabric Covered Glass Canisters - finished canister with border on the end of the fabric

Decorative Fabric Covered Glass CanistersHere is a great way to spruce up your kitchen with decorative canisters that are so easy to make. You can always change the color of your kitchen. The canisters are great for storing tea, coffee, rice, sugar, flour, beans, or any other items you need in your kitchen.

 

Making Custom Push Pins - pins and ticket on corkboard

Making Custom Push PinsI love making push pins with my own designs. Visually, they make it easy for me to separate different bills, events, and reminders on my cork board with just one glance. To make your own, all you need are some flat-head thumbtacks, hot glue, and paint. You can make any design you like!

 

DIY Counter Cleaner - spray bottle and supplies

DIY Counter CleanerAt one point I started making my own kitchen/all purpose cleaner becuase I wanted to save money and use simpler ingredients.

 

Happy Easter Banner - glue the eggs in place at the ends and add lengths of ribbon for hanging, front view of banner hanging on a wood mantle

Happy Easter BannerDo you have left over paint sample chips? They can come in handy for this Happy Easter banner. If you don't, no worries you can achieve this similar banner with construction paper or scrapbook paper.

 

Questions

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Making Bleach Bottle Santa DecorationsWhat other kinds of jugs can you use to make the"bleach bottle" Santa heads?

 

Identifying a Porcelain Doll

Identifying a Porcelain DollMy daughter gave me this doll. I tried looking the doll up. It has no markings anywhere. If anyone could tell me anything about her I would appreciate it.

 

Value of a Vintage Kling Table - rectangular table with pedestal and base with four squashed ball legs

Value of a Vintage Kling TableI bought this table at an estate sale. It measures 20x20x16tall.

 

Identifying a Stuffed Toy - a pink and blue stuffed, floppy dog

Identifying a Stuffed ToySo some may think this is silly, but I've had this stuffed dog since I was a newborn so 18 almost 19 years. She was bought along with various other colored dogs. They were purchased at Dollar General in early 2000s. She has a pink body with blue ends on the paws, tail, and nose. She's really torn up, and I plan on fixing her, but I'd love to know exactly what she is.

 

Value of a Vintage Stuffed Bunny Toy - yellow and white stuffed bunny toy with fabric carrots on its belly

Value of a Vintage Stuffed Bunny ToyI have a Vintage 12" 1980s Bunny Windsor Love Land, in yellow. This was my first stuffed animal as a baby; it was brought home with me from the hospital when I was born. I was just wondering what it might be worth. I have not been able to find another like it online; the closest I have come is a different version that was green.

 

Logo for ThriftyFun Questions

Weaving Coconut Palm FrondsHow can I make the leaves stronger and not brittle when I dry them and put varnish? Is it possible for me to put varnish on the leaves? Do I need to soak them in water and put them under the sun?

 

Remedy for Cuticles Damaged by Nail Biting - a person's hand showing nails and cuticles

Remedy for Cuticles Damaged by Nail BitingI have been biting my nails for almost a decade and now I want to grow them out. To break the habit, I had extensions done, but my cuticles are still in bad shape. Due to nail biting they have risen up and detached from my nail and every time I use a cuticle trimmer they bleed and get worse. What should I do to get them back to normal?

 

Best Glue for Making a Seashell Necklace - heart shaped seashell in the sand

Best Glue for Making a Seashell NecklaceI found a seashell that is the shape of a heart and I would like to turn it into a necklace. I am wondering what kind of adhesive I should use to attach it to the chain?

 

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