Mother’s Day Personalized Gifts-How To Make A Jewelry Holder

jewelry holder

Each week I bring you a craft that is fun and frugal. Mother’s Day is right around the corner so in the next month, I will be creating Mother’s Day personalized gifts for this very important holiday!

If you’ve missed any previous crafts, check out Momondealz’s Kids Frugal Fun page.

Just a side note, I laminateas much as I can when doing crafts…it really helps to preserve them.

Remember, if you love any of my crafts, be sure to Pin them on Pinterest!

Mother’s Day Personalized Gifts-How To Make A Jewelry Holder

Materials:
Photo Frame
Cork
Thumb tacks

Directions:
1. Locate a frame that has a nice big border (will look better) and remove the glass and any picture inside.

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2.  Cut a piece of cork to fit inside the frame and insert it in, securing the back of the frame.

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3. Insert thumb tacks into the cork in various places depending on what you want to be held.  This was perfect for some of my “chunkier” pieces that take up too much space in my jewelry box!

If you’re looking for some jewelry to hang on this holder, check out the Love, Mother, Forever Silver & Crystal Expressively Yours Bracelet for only $7.99!

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Simple Kids Craft Ideas

sombrero craft

It’s promising to be a rainy week here in Virginia so I am on the lookout for simple kids craft ideas!   Crafting is a great way to help the day go by faster and keep my boys from getting bored from being stuck inside the house!

Here are some of my favorite Simple Kids Craft Ideas that also have perfect timing for Cinco De Mayo and Mother’s Day!

Sombrero Craft

rainbow rice

How To Make Rainbow Rice

pen flowersHow To Make Pen Flowers

wine glass

Personalized Mother’s Day Gifts

Or if you’re feeling hungry and would like to spend a little bit of time in the kitchen, check out these recipes:

Healthy Recipes for Kids

Black Beans Brownie Recipe

Weight Watchers Banana Bread Recipe

Cookie Dough Dip Recipe

Mother’s Day Personalized Gifts-Photo Cube (Kids Frugal Fun)

mom gift cube

Each week I bring you a craft that is fun and frugal. Mother’s Day is right around the corner so in the next month, I will be creating Mother’s Day personalized gifts for this very important holiday!

If you’ve missed any previous crafts, check out Momondealz’s Kids Frugal Fun page.

Just a side note, I laminateas much as I can when doing crafts…it really helps to preserve them.

Remember, if you love any of my crafts, be sure to Pin them on Pinterest!

Mother’s Day Personalized Gifts-Photo Cube

Materials:
Cube of Scrap Wood (or you can purchase some craft wood)
Paint of your choice
Mod Podge

Pictures

Sponge or Paint Brush

Directions:
1.  If you use a scrap piece of wood, you will want to sand it to create a smooth working surface.  If you’re using craft wood, this step can be skipped.
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2.  Paint the entire block with your paint choice.
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3.  Print your desired pictures.  Make sure you print them as 4X6.  This size will work best for the cube shape.
4. Place the cube on your picture and using a pencil, trace the block so you have an outline of where to cut.  I didn’t want to forget what picture I measure for each side so I labeled them both with pencil.
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5.  Cover one side of the cube with Mod Podge and lay a picture on top of the cube.  Allow to dry completely.


6.  Cover the picture with Mod Podge and allow to dry.  Repeat with a second coat.
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7.  Repeat the process with all other pictures.

Don’t forget to check out my post on Mother’s Day Gifts for $25 or less for more ideas!

Easter Crafts For Preschool

Easter crafts for preschool

Are you looking for some fun and easy Easter Crafts for Preschool?  I’ve rounded up some of my favorite crafts and included them below for you.  The Thomas Easter Basket was one of my son’s favorite!

Easter Door Decorations

Easter Cupcake Decorations

Easter Flower Gifts

Milk Jug Easter Baskets

Uses For Egg Cartons

How To Make A Homemade Easter Basket (Thomas Easter Basket Craft)

Making Bubbles

Edible Bird Nests

This round up of Art and Craft Supplies may help you complete some of these Easter crafts for preschool!

Easter crafts for preschool

Easter Door Decorations

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I love decorating the boys’ bedroom doors for holiday so why wouldn’t I come up with some Easter Door decorations?!  This simple door decor took me minutes and since I had all of the materials around the house, it was FREE!  This Thankful Easter Bunny door decoration can easily be personalized by allowing your child to decorate the eggs, choose various colors of eggs, and even different colored bunnies!

Easter Door Decorations:

Materials:

Construction paper (various colors)
Scissors
Scotch Tape
Marker

Directions:
1.  Cut 2 circles, one small and one larger for the bunny’s body.
2.  Cut out 2 bunny ears.  There are many stencils online you can use for this but I just did it freehand.
3.  Create a sign that says “I Am Most Thankful For…” on your computer or just write it on the belly of the bunny with the marker.
4.  Draw a face on the smaller circle (bunny’s face).  Don’t forget the whiskers!
5.  Tape all the pieces together to form the bunny’s body.
6.  Cut out egg shapes and have your child tell you things they are thankful for in their life.
7.  Put tape on the backs of the eggs and allow your child to put them all around the bunny.  I also added some “grass” for the bunny to sit on.

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I was happily surprised that both boys picked some pretty significant people/things to be thankful for (of course games and toys were also included in the list).

If you like this Easter Door decorations, you may want to check out my sombrero craft or my snowman bedroom door!

Kids Frugal Fun: Easy St. Patrick’s Day Craft-Hand Print Leprechaun

handprint leprechaun

Each week I bring you a craft that is fun and frugal. With St. Patrick’s Day sneaking up quick, I will be focusing on easy St Patricks Day crafts and recipes for the next month!

If you’ve missed any previous crafts, check out Momondealz’s Kids Frugal Fun page.

Just a side note, I laminateas much as I can when doing crafts…it really helps to preserve them.

Remember, if you love any of my crafts, be sure to Pin them on Pinterest!

Easy St. Patrick’s Day Craft-Hand Print Leprechaun

 

Materials:
Paint (orange and yellow/tan)
Construction Paper (cut into hat shape and pot of gold shape)
Glue

Directions:

1.Using orange paint, color your child’s 4 fingers (not thumb) and the bottom part of the hand.
2. Use yellow/tan paint and paint the middle part of their hand. Allow paper to dry.
3.  Have you child glue the leprechaun’s hat onto the “head”.  I had each child also create a little hat buckle that had their initials on it.
4.  Glue the pot of gold on the bottom of the page.
5.  Add a face to your leprechaun and a rainbow to your pot of gold!

Educational Activities:

Science: Obviously this activity lends itself to discuss rainbow and how they are formed and the colors you find in them.

Language Arts: 1. Have your child create a story (you can write while they talk if they aren’t old enough) about a leprechaun finding a rainbow. Encourage them to add as many details as possible (where the rainbow was located, how he searched for it, what was the treasure at the end of it, etc). 2. Read the book The Night Before St. Patrick’s Dayand talk about St. Patrick’s Day and summarize the book. Pay close attention to pictures in the book and see how many rainbows you can spot.

Dr Seuss Activities For Kids

Did you know that it’s DR. SEUSS’s Birthday on March 2nd, and that it’s READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY on March 1st?  Here are some Dr Seuss Activities for kids that you can do to celebrate!

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Edible Bird Nests

 Read the Book The Best Nest and create Rice Krispie Treats shaped like a bird’s nest.  Fill with jelly beans for the “eggs.

one fish two fish

One Fish, Two Fish Hand Print Fish

and you can find many other Dr. Seuss activities here.

Don’t forget about the awesome deal on Dr. Seuss books-Get 5 Dr. Seuss books for only $5.95 PLUS A special free gift this week only!

Art and Craft Supplies

 

This time of the year when it’s hard to get outside, I am on the prowl for inside ideas.  Most of these need art and craft supplies!  In my mind, you can really never have enough!

Here is a list of some of my “wish list” items and some products I always have on hand to complete crafts with my kids:

Art and Craft Supplies:

pop stics

 Wooden Treat Sticks, 100 Pcs $5.28

Two craft ideas for these sticks are the Mardi Gras Mask and the Popsicle Puzzle.  You can also use them to apply my homemade remedy for diaper rash.

construct paper

SunWorks Construction Paper Smart-Stack, 9″X12″, 11 Colors, 300 Sheets $7.48

Construction paper has an endless supply of uses but some of my favorite crafts I’ve used it for are:

New Year Jar and the Hand Print Leprechaun

pompom

 Craft Making Assorted Pom Poms, Standard Colors, 750 Per Package $7.90

I always keep these on hand and my favorite craft with these has to be my sombrero craft!

food coloring

MCCORMICK FOOD AND EGG COLORING DYE 4 Colors$6.95

With Easter coming up in a couple of months, you’ll want to have some food coloring on hand for Easter Egg dying.  However, one of my favorite easy and fun crafts to use food coloring is rainbow rice-perfect for St. Patrick’s day!

mod

Mod Podge CS11302 Original 16-Ounce Glue, Matte Finish$6.72

I can’t tell you enough how much I LOVE Mod Podge! We use it all the time while completing crafts!

Some of my most favorite results have been my photo cube, newspaper art, and how to make a homemade Easter Basket!

These are my top art and craft supplies-what are yours?

New Year’s Memory Jar/Canister

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I’ve seen the New Year’s jar all over Pinterest and loved the idea behind it.  However, jars and my boys don’t mix…all I can see is broken glass everywhere!  So here is my tweak on this popular and awesome craft!

New Year’s Memory Jar/Canister:

Materials:
Christmas Candy canister (or jar)
Construction Paper
Glue and Scissors

Directions:
1.  Cut a piece of construction paper that is sized to go around your canister or jar and glue it on.

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2.  Label it “New Year’s Eve Memory Jar” and glue it to the canister.
3.  Fill the jar/canister with all of the good memories throughout the year.  Some ideas include:

  • Compliments
  • Funny things said
  • Wishes made true
  • Goals met
  • Anything positive!

 

New Year’s Eve Activities & Crafts For Kids

I love creating crafts with my sons and love making more traditions as well!

Here is a great round up of  New Year’s Ever crafts and activities that can be done in under an hour (some just minutes) and are all frugal to help you bring in 2013!

 

New Year’s Eve Shakers

rocket boosters

New Year’s Eve Rocket Boosters-Blast into the new year!

New Year’s Eve Bubbles

New Year’s Hand Print Comparison-Simply have your children leave their hand prints on paper labeled with the year and compare them each year!

 New Year’s Time Capsule (love this idea and will be doing it this year!)

Year in Review Sheet

Exercise/Go for a Run (what better way to help with your “Get Fit” resolutions than involving your kids?!

DIY Gift Idea: Christmas Tree Ornaments To Make

 

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I love making Christmas Crafts with my children because not only do they help create new memories each holiday season, but they are FUN!  I also try to always pick pretty easy ones!

Christmas Tree Ornaments to Make are always top on my list of Christmas crafts because we frequently give these ornaments as gifts!  Here are some of my favorite ornaments we’ve made!

Batman DIY Christmas Ornament

Candy Cane Christmas Decoration

Santa Ornament Craft

Elf on the Shelf Ornament

Thumbprint Ornament Craft

Don’t forget to also check out all of my Elf on the Shelf Ideas! And you can always grab the Elf on the Shelf Movie!

DIY Candy Cane Tapers

candy canes tapers

I love Christmas and decorating the house.  The kids love candy canes so I thought…”Why not create some candy cane tapers?”

Candy Cane Tapers

 

Materials:

  • 2 Taper Candles ($ store)
  • 2 Candle holders ($ store)
  • Red Tape, Ribbon, or Paint ($ store)

 

Directions:

1. Paint candle holders red.  Allow to dry.  You may need to paint several layers on the holders depending on the type of paint you use.  I used acrylic and one coat seemed fine.

2. Apply tape or ribbon to the taper in a striped pattern.  I used tape from the craft store (only 99 cents) but I recommend ribbon.  When we turned on the heat this week, the tape kept peeling off.

That’s it-easy peasy!   This craft cost me a total of $2.99 to create.  I already had the taper candles and paint on hand so I only had to buy the red tape and candle holders!

Be sure to check out my easy Thanksgiving Craft using the same idea!

*Note*  These candles are “looks” only.  I do not suggest burning a candle you’ve put any other material on or around!

Candy Cane Christmas Decoration (DIY Ornament)

candy cane ornament

We love making and giving Christmas ornaments during the Holiday season!  Here is an easy Candy Cane Christmas Decoration that was super easy to make!

Candy Cane Christmas Decoration (DIY Ornament)

Materials:

Round Clear Plastic Ball Ornament
Green, Red, and White Paint
Paint Brush

Directions:

1.  Paint the entire ornament Green to provide a nice background.

2.  Have your child dip one finger in red paint and one finger in white paint.

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3. Help your child create a pattern with the red and white paint that will create a candy cane design.

4.  Allow to dry and it’s ready for your tree or a gift box!

These ornaments are easily personalized-simply paint your message on the front or using a Sharpie marker write on the back.  We leave the back of our ornaments paint free if we are planning on using a Sharpie marker because the marker will take the paint off.

 

Elf On The Shelf Ideas: How The Elf Returns!

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Do you have an Elf of the Shelf?  We purchased The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition last year and loved every second of it!  We are always looking for new Elf on the Shelf Ideas and when my friend told me about this one, I HAD to do it.  Don’t forget to check out all of our Elf on the Shelf Ideas!

The boys and I have discussed the need to clean out the playroom and put some toys aside for other little boys who would love to have them.  My friend told me yesterday about seeing somewhere that someone’s elf had arrived with boxes to help with this chore. So I decided to do our own version of this.  Our elf does not arrive for the season until we put our tree up for Christmas, but this morning he made a special appearance!

He came with a note and shopping bags explaining for each boy to fill up a shopping bag with gently used toys and that he would return around Thanksgiving to see how they did. When the boys went in the playroom to fill up their bags, I quickly hid the elf and replaced him with some treats.  They were thrilled at his visit and said they can’t wait for his return so they can thank him for his candy!  I promised I would email Santa with a picture of their filled bags.

If you like this idea, you’ll love these:

Elf on the Shelf Ideas:  Elf on the Shelf Making Cookies

Elf on the Shelf Ideas:  Making a Snowman Door

Elf on the Shelf Ideas:  Self Portrait Ornament

Elf on the Shelf Ideas:  Give A Hand

Elf on the Shelf Ideas:  Dance Party Elf

Don’t forget to grab the Elf on the Shelf Movie-your child will love it or you can give it away to someone else!

Easy Thanksgiving Crafts-Thanksgiving Candles

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Looking for an Easy Thanksgiving Craft?  These Thanksgiving Candles are super easy and make beautiful Thanksgiving centerpieces!

Thanksgiving Candles:

Materials:

  • Taper Candles
  • Orange Ribbon
  • Orange, Red, Brown Paint
  • Masking Tape & Scotch Tape

 

Directions:

  1. For the ribbon candle, directions are very simple.  Wrap each candle with the ribbon and secure with scotch tape.
  2. For the painted candle, you’ll need to first cut and wrap thin pieces of masking tape around the candle.

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3.  Using your 3 colors of paint, alternate painting the colors the entire length of the candle.

4.  Allow paint to dry.  This part is important.  I didn’t the first time and it was  a MESS that resulted in me having to redo the candle.