This Crafting super page contains lots of frugal and easy Craft tips.
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Jazzing Picture Frames
Inexpensive photo frames purchased at garage sales can be jazzed up by:
- Gluing buttons of all shapes, colors and sizes on the frame
- Cover the frame in lively paper – comics or whatever.
- Paint dark dull frames in bright colors.
If you have a photo of the recipient, insert it in the frame before presenting it as a gift. Also, cigar boxes can be painted, covered in cloth remnant, lined in felt to make nice jewelry boxes for grown ups or “treasure boxes” for children. Ann N. – Pittsburgh, PA
Pinecone Basket Firestarters
Step by step instructions on how to make wax dipped pine cone fire starters. We’ve done this craft several times and they are a beautiful gift to give to a family that has a fireplace.
Melt old wax candle stubs and crayons in a large #10 tin can over very low heat on the stove. Add a couple of drops of essential oil to give it a great scent. Turn off flame once all the wax is melted. Using tongs, dip a pinecone into the wax. You’ll know the wax is the right temperature if it coats the pinecone. If your wax is too hot, barely any will remain on the pinecone. Just wait a few minutes and dip again. Place dipped pinecones on a cookie sheet covered with waxed paper to cool. When dried, place them in a decorator tin or basket and wrap for gift giving. Annette – Scottsdale, AZ
|The video covers: multiple ways to get wax, including old crayons; how to dip the pine cones; and how to arrange them when you’re finished.
My son makes firestarters from old cardboard egg cartons. Sometimes grocery stores will give you cardboard holders, but they are really cheap online. He first buys candles at a thrift store in our area . . . (go when it’s 50% off day) then melts them down over the fire. Then, he adds sawdust or dryer lint to the bottom of the egg carton and pours the melted candle wax over each compartment. It is easy to just tear off the individual fire starters when needed…and they work great! Linda M. – Cincinnati, Ohio
Free Craft Projects for Kids at Lowe’s
Lowe’s offers a workshop for children and their parents. It is called Build and Grow. The best part is that it is Free; Lowe’s supplies each child with the materials. Here is the web site: http://www.lowesbuildandgrow.com. It is also a great opportunity for family time! Tammy Baker – Virginia
Crafty Kids at Home……Depot!
My husband takes our two boys (5years and 10years) to Home Depot‘s Monthly Kid’s Club. This is a workshop for children to make a craft item – example: recipe holder, bookshelf, wind chime, birdhouse, jewelry box, bubble gum machine, etc. These crafts make excellent gifts for parents, grandparents, Uncles, and cousins. And the best part is that it’s completely FREE!!! Natalie P. – Gastonia, NC
Don’t throw away the old foam paintbrushes. Remove the foam. Underneath is a flexible plastic strip firmly attached to the handle. I find its great for spreading glue on craft projects. Tony Meola – Mauldin, SC
Photos with Magnetism
Instead of throwing away the small rectangular magnets that come attached to pizza boxes or in the mail advertising a new business, I cut them into small pieces and use scotch tape to attach them to the back corners of my favorite photos. This avoids taping the photo to a surface and potentially tearing the photo when you need to remove it or ruining both your photo and your wall with thumb tacks. It also saves some money not having to buy frames, allows the photos to be moved around more freely, and allows you to display your best pictures whenever, instead of tucking them away in an album. My desk at work came with an ugly metal hutch and adding my family photos to it this way, has made my office space much more appealing. This idea can also be applied to the family fridge or any other metal surface. FT – Tucson, AZ
A couple of years ago I bought myself a calendar on the markdown table in January. It was a very nice large, colorful calendar with pockets for each month. I used the pockets to store reminders of upcoming events, schedules and cards I had chosen for someone’s special day. It was so useful! When the year was over, my calendar was still in good shape. I wanted to get a new one, but couldn’t bring myself to pay $14.95! I thought about taking a “free” calendar from a local business and covering up the old monthly pages, but it didn’t fit. I did find that a sheet of regular copy paper, turned “landscape,” covered the old month’s grid. So, going to my computer’s home publishing program, I printed out pages for this year. I just glued the new pages over the old ones and had a new calendar-and kept the pockets that I found so useful! It was cheap and didn’t take very long at all. My old pocket calendar is still in good shape after 2 years it may be getting another round of pages! Michelle Gourley – Jefferson City, TN
I save cans, bottles and jars to use as containers for silk flowers. I cover them with foil or colored paper and add flowers. If I need to weigh them down I use rocks or gravel in the bottom. This is especially helpful when I place my flower arrangements on gravesites. The added weight keeps them from being blown away by wind gusts. Marie Davis – Pendleton, SC
Shoe Box Crafts
You can use shoeboxes for almost anything! The boxes shoes come in are excellent for holding small craft projects, handicrafts, or any small project that has lots of pieces. The boxes are sturdy and can easily hold needles, fabrics, embroidery hoops or anything else associated with what you are creating. Jennifer D. – Bayard, IA