Changing The Color Of LED BulbsThe LED string lights I had were too cool for my taste and I also wanted to change to colored lights, so I colored each individual bulb with a permanent marker. It took some time to color each bulb, but I liked the end result. (I saved the snowflakes that were on the lights for another project.)
Candle RingThis candle ring is made from disposable aluminum pie pans and a 10" wire frame.
Gift Idea: Memory JarIn the tough times we live in, it's hard to afford a lot of gifts, but this is special gift, one that comes from the heart and can be made to be given for Christmas, Mother's Day, or birthdays.
Fast and Easy Beaded DragonflyThis beaded dragonfly is a great craft for kids. It's cheap to make and the finished craft is super cool.
Metal Button BraceletsIf you have a lot of gold or silver shank buttons in your button box, especially if you are fortunate to have inherited some vintage buttons, this is a really great gift for someone.
Wildlife: Squirrel At WeddingThis little furry friend helped himself to our wedding cake. I know, he was just hungry, and a squirrel has to eat too, right?
Beaded Lid Upcycled Gift JarsMake these upcycled gift jars by decorating jar lids with beads, etc.
Packing Paper Gift WrapI always have a lot of packing paper from home deliveries and thought I'd use some of it to wrap gifts for Christmas this year. The paper is very strong and also lends itself well for making 'ribbon' for gifts.
Recycled Container As Toilet Brush HolderThis is a good idea for recycling your laundry detergent containers, Clorox or gallon milk containers. These work really well for holding your toilet bowel brush.
Tongue Depressor TrivetThis trivet is made from wooden beads and tongue depressors. The result is a very eye catching trivet that is inexpensive to make.
Silver Starburst OrnamentsThese ornaments can be used any time of the year if you use different colors of beads and sequins and they are lots of fun to make!
Easy Recycled Aluminum EarringsThese earrings are a great way to recycle aluminum, are easy and fun to make, unique, and also make a great gift.
Fancy Paper SnowflakeI've always loved to cut out paper snowflakes and hang them in the window during Christmas. (I've even used them to separate layers of cookies in a cookie tin.) It's so much fun to slowly and carefully unfold the snowflake to see the end result. All you need is printer paper, a pencil, and sharp scissors with a fine point.
My Frugal Life: Fun Ways To Save MoneyI have always been a thrifty person and actually find it fun to think of ways to recycle things and save money. I'm sure these may not be new ideas to some, but these are a few things that come to mind that will help you save money:
Stuffed Yellow PeppersI recently found 12 beautiful yellow peppers marked down, took them home and stuffed them for a delicious 'meal in a cup'.
Aluminum Leaf EarringsThese 2 sets of aluminum leaf earrings are made from scrap aluminum from disposable pie pans and also an aluminum seal from a coffee can.
Starburst Pipe Cleaner Tree TopperThis is an easy and inexpensive way to create a retro tree topper that's also fun to make. All you need is a package of silver pipe cleaners and that's all there is to it. If you want to change up your colors from year to year, this is also a great way to coordinate your topper to match your tree.
Starburst EarringsThese cute starburst earrings are a quick gift to make in a pinch and you only need a few supplies to make them.