Friday Family Fun: Little Lobster Handprint

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Let’s get ready for the weekend with a fun kiddie craft, shall we? This Little Lobster Handprint Craft is so easy to make, and can even be a fun Father’s Day gift for Dad! Using just craft paint and paper, you can make your own lobster in just minutes. Take a look at how we made our own. The finished product is just too cute for words!

Little Lobster Handprint (and footprint!) Craft

Supplies needed:
Red finger paint
Pencil
Paintbrush
Craft paper

We found everything we needed at our local dollar store. As you can see, creating this craft costs way less than buying a real lobster!

Directions:
1. Begin by coating your child’s palms and fingers with red craft paint. This tickles so much and they really love it.
2. Press the palms to paper to create the hands of the lobster. Remove and wash.
3. Next, apply the paint to the foot of your child. This will create the body and tail of the lobster. Hopefully, they can stand the tickles this will cause!
4. Press their foot to the paper right in between the two hand prints. Make sure the toes are facing down to look like the tail.
5. Take your pencil and add eyes and antennae to the lobster. This can be just simple dots and lines.

Your little lobster hand print is now all ready to be displayed.

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Give this craft a try and then share your results with us on the Community Chat page or Facebook page. Surely you can create something just as cute.

Have a great weekend!

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Frozen Family Fun: Strawberry Sunset Fruit Pop

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Let’s dive into summer with some tasty fruit pops, shall we? These Strawberry Sunset Fruit Pops are so simple to make, and let me tell you that kid’s will devour them. You only need a few ingredients, and for just pennies you can make your own ice pops instead of chasing after the ice cream man or spending big bucks at the grocery store. Take a look at how we whipped up this batch in no time!

Strawberry Sunset Fruit Pops

Supplies needed:
Empty yogurt cup
Wood craft sticks
1 can of mandarin oranges
1 cup of fresh strawberries
2 cups of lemonade

Directions:
1. In a bowl, mix the mandarin oranges and lemonade. For the lemonade you can use fresh or even a simple powder mix will do.
2. Wash and chop the fresh strawberries into small chunks. Stir it into the mixture.
3. Pour the mixture into the yogurt cups. This is a such a great way to reuse yogurt cups when you are done with them.
4. Insert the wood craft stick.
5. Place the cup in the freezer and allow it to set for several hours until solid.
6. When you are ready to eat, let the cup sit at room temp for five minutes to make it easier to remove.

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Now all you need to do is pop the ice pop out and enjoy! It is so sweet and tasty, and you have to love that it is filled with real fruit!

Give these easy Strawberry Sunset pops a try. They are sure to become a new warm weather favorite that the whole family will enjoy. When you make yours, share your experiences with us on the Facebook page or Community Chat page. We love to see how you give these crafts and recipes a try in your own home.

Happy Tuesday, friends! Enjoy the day!

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Rainy Day Fun: DIY Paper Plate Umbrella for Kids

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What do you do when you are faced with bored kids and a rainy day? You make paper plate umbrellas, of course! How cute and simple are these? With a few supplies, you can craft your own paper plate umbrella. Kids will love whipping up their own complete with yarn rain drops and tons of bright colors. Take a peek below at how to craft your own.

Supplies needed:
Wood craft sticks
Paper plates
Assorted color tissue paper
Blue or white yarn
Craft glue
Scissors

You should be able to find all of these supplies at your local craft or dollar store. Or, check your scrap bins as you may already have a great deal of these items on hand!

Directions:
1. Begin by folding your paper plate in half and cutting it. You should be able to make two umbrellas from each paper plate.
2. Tear up pieces of tissue paper into small pieces or cut them into squares.
3. Glue the tissue paper scraps onto the paper plate. Feel free to layer them for lots of color and interest.
4. Cut small lengths of yarn for raindrops. Glue it to the bottom/back of the plate. You can use blue or white yarn to look like water.
5. Attach the wood craft stick with glue. Press until it is adhered. This will create the handle of your umbrella.

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Does it get any cuter than that? While you are at it, why not enjoy some rainy day poems with your child as well? They will love crafting these rainy day umbrellas and making it their own. So gather your supplies and give this easy and cheap DIY project a try!

When you are done, be sure to share your finished product with us on the Facebook page or Community Chat Page. We love to see how creative you all are!

Happy crafting, friends! Have a great weekend.

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Frugal Friday Family Fun: Fruit Cocktail Ice Pops

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You are going to love this frugal and fun family activity! Let the kiddos cool down after a hard day of play when you make these fruit cocktail ice pops! They are so easy, I mean easy, and the end result is a tasty and cheap treat that the kiddos will want to gobble up. Take a peek below at how we made a batch in just minutes and for just pennies. Yes, pennies.

Fruit Cocktail Ice Pops

Supplies needed:
1 can of fruit cocktail
1 cup of fruit juice (any)
Ice pop molds

We found all of these items at our local dollar store. This includes the ice pop molds even. You can use any fruit juice you wish. We used a powder mix with a lemonade flavor. You can pick any flavor or color that goes along with your preferences.

Directions:
In a pitcher, mix the can of fruit cocktail and cup of fruit juice. Mix it well and then pour it into the molds. Allow the molds to rest in the freezer until solid.

Did you catch how easy those directions are? Can you even handle it? I know I can! When the pops are solid just pull them out and start eating! They will be sweet and full of chunks of fruit. No two will end up the same.

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Give these fun and frugal fruit cocktail ice pops a try. It is such an easy recipe even the kiddos can pretty much do them themselves. When you are done, snap a pic of your gang enjoying them and share with us on the Facebook page or Community Chat page.  We love to see how you use these DIY projects and recipes in your own lives.

Have a happy weekend, friends! Stay cool, and remember to relax and have fun!

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Weekend Family Fun: DIY Dinosaur Garden

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Are fairy gardens not your thing? No worries at all! Today I am going to show you a fun and frugal alternative to the fairy garden. All you need is about $5 worth of supplies and you will be enjoying endless fun in no time. This dinosaur garden is perfect for the dino lover in your household. It is a great way to teach children about dinosaurs, gardening, and even how to care for a living thing while having lots of fun at the same time. Take a peek below at how to make your own DIY Dinosaur Garden so you can be enjoying this prehistoric fun this weekend!

Dinosaur Garden

Supplies needed:
Planter or tin box
Potting soil
Prehistoric looking plants such as aloe and succulents
Plastic dino toys

We found everything we needed for around $5 at our local dollar store and greenhouse. You can find these plants for about $1 each, and most dollar stores sell the toys dinos as well as the planters and soil even for $1 each. As you can see, this is some fun you can enjoy on a dime!

Directions:
1. Begin by filling the container of your choice with soil.
2. Plant the plants of your choosing. As mentioned, succulents and aloe look great!
3. Add in your dinosaurs and other props such as rocks for caves.

Tend to your dinosaur garden with a little water every few days. You can also move your dinosaurs around for some fun if you wish!

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See how cute this dinosaur garden turned out? If you think your kids would enjoy this, give one a try. It is a perfect substitute for someone not quite into fairy gardens. When you are done, share your project with us on the Facebook page or Community chat page!

Happy weekend, friends!

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Free Crafts: Patriotic Paint Chip Banner

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Raise your hand if you haven’t done squat to get your home ready for Memorial Day! I see you out there! Well no worries, because here is a quick and easy Memorial Day banner you can make in minutes and on the cheap. With just a few supplies (paint chips, we love paint chips!) you can make your own patriotic paint chip banner to add some festive color to your space. Take a look below at how to get started so you can be seeing red, white, and blue in no time!

Supplies needed:
Red, white, or blue ribbon
Assorted red, white, and blue paint chips (use the ones with the easy punch out holes)
Scissors

Directions:
This is so easy, I know you can handle it. Simply punch the holes out of each card. String the paint chips onto the ribbon. Create a red, white, and blue pattern as you go and repeat as needed.

Now all you need to do is tie or tape your banner wherever you want to hang it. It will look so sweet hanging from a doorway or mantel, your work desk or even your food table. Make one of these patriotic paint chip banners in just minutes and add some fun and budget savvy style you can be proud of.

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So get crafting, then share your results with us on the Facebook page or Community chat page. WE LOVE to see how creative you are and how you turn everyday items into treasure. Who knows, you may inspire someone else in the process. You can’t beat that!

Have a safe and happy Memorial Day friends!

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Frugal Friday Fun: DIY Summer Herb Infused Oil

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Hello my frugal friends! It is Friday, so let’s do something a little fun, frugal, and crafty at the same time. Today, let’s explore how we can make those fresh grown herbs last a little longer. Take a look below at how I made my own herbal infused oil, using just my own fresh grown herbs and a little olive oil. Great for marinating chicken, fish, or pork, this herbal infused oil is perfect for adding some zest to my meals while making sure none of my herbs go to waste. I can even add it to my salads if a wish. How cool is that? Take a peek at how to craft your own herbal infused oil and get the most bang out of your herb buck!

 Here is what you will need:

Assorted fresh herbs (basil, oregano, and thyme all work great)

Olive oil

Air tight container or bottle of your choice

Chalk label or paper label if you wish

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Directions:

1. Snip some sprigs of your fresh herbs.

2. Rinse them well with warm water and dry them on a paper towel.

3. Gently rub the leaves of the sprigs with your fingers to help release the oils.

4. Place the entire spring in the bottle. You want 2-3 sprigs per 8 ounce bottle.

5. Allow the herb to sit for 24 hours so it can permeate the oil well and really infuse it with flavor.

To use your herbal infused oil, simply give it a good shake before use and pour it onto raw meats before cooking or fresh salads before munching. Your oil will last a few weeks as long as it is air tight and your herbs were fresh upon use.

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How cool is this? Whip some of these herbal infused oils up and your pals will think you have really become a gourmet guru! To make things extra cute and fancy, apply a chalkboard label to decipher one oil from the next. Give this easy DIY a try and share your results with us on the Facebook page or Community Chat page. I love to see how you apply these tips in your own lives.

 Happy Friday my friends!

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Festive Fun: Memorial Day Centerpiece

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Memorial Day is just around the corner, so let’s get in the spirit shall we? Add some patriotic charm to your space when you make this simple and CHEAP Memorial Day centerpiece! It is a great way to decorate your holiday table as well as a fun craft to even do with the kids. We bought everything we needed at our local dollar store too, so no worries about breaking the bank (or your back!) trying to craft this one. Take a look at how you can make your own!

Memorial Day Centerpiece

Here is what you will need:
Glass sugar shaker
Patriotic Ribbon
Red, blue, white, or gold tissue paper
Patriotic picks

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If you are unable to find the pieces we used here, just opt for something similar. You can always put your own variation on this piece to make it work for you and what you have on hand.

Directions:
1. Begin by tearing your tissue paper up and then fluffing it into a ball. Stuff it into the sugar shaker to act as a filler. It will also keep your picks in place.
2. Place the lid back on the shaker. Place the picks through the holes of the shaker creating a bouquet.
3. Use your ribbon to decorate the jar, tie on the picks, etc.
4. Add an other decor you wish. We took the tops of one of our picks and stuck it on the front of the shaker for some extra fun.

There you have it! Your Memorial Day centerpiece is now complete. They are so easy and cheap to craft, you can make several to serve as decor at your next party or even to give as gifts.

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Give this a try and then share your results with us on the Facebook page or Community Chat page. We would love to hear from you and see how crafty you are.

Have a great day friends!

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Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift: Tuna Can Trinket Holder

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Mother’s Day is only 48 hours away, and if you are still looking for some fun and frugal last minute gifts, this DIY project is for you! This tuna can trinket holder is perfect for little hands top craft, and the end result is a purposeful and pretty trinket holder that anyone can use. You only need a few supplies, so take a look below at how to get busy making your own. Hurry, time is ticking!

Supplies needed:
Empty tuna can
Scrapbook paper
Twine or ribbon
Glue

Directions:
1. Begin by cleaning the tuna can well and drying it well.
2. Cut a strip of scrapbook paper to fit and secure it to the can with glue. Trim off any access paper.
3. Tie a length of twine around the can and secure it to the front in a bow.

Now all you need to do is put a faux plant, some fun jewelry, or little love notes inside. This tuna can trinket holder can hold just about anything that is special and needs special keeping. Children will love crafting this, and you will love that it just costs pennies to make.

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Gather your supplies and give this last minute Mother’s Day gift a try. It is one that is so fun and frugal. If you want a little extra pop to go with it, make sure you take a look at the paint chip flowers we made earlier in the week. They make the perfect pair! As always, when you are done share your work with us on the Facebook page or Community Chat page.

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Happy Mother’s Day!

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Thrifty Tuesday: Washi Tape Votives

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Hey friends! Are you just wild about washi tape? Seriously, is there anything you can’t do with it? I think not. The ideas are endless and only limited by your own mind. This week, let’s enjoy a thrifty Tuesday and give our votive candles a little pizazz. Why not dress up your votives with a bit of washi tape for a look that is colorful and fun? Take a look below at how we did this and added some simple (and cheap!) color to our week.

Supplies needed:
Metal votives
Washi tape
Scissors…if needed

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We found everything we needed at our local dollar store. You can also check your local craft store or Walmart for these supplies as well. You can find assorted roles of washi tape for as low as $1, so grab a variety and really get crafting!

Directions:
1. Cut a length of washi tape and wrap it around the votive. You want it to be flush on the metal, and nowhere near the flame.
2. Cut the tape to fit the votive nicely. You don’t want any uneven edges, but instead a nice and clean look.
3. Now just light your votive as usual. Instead of being a boring candle, it is now a colorful and creative decor piece.

Seriously, how simple was that? This is a great idea if you want votives on the table for a baby or bridal shower, or if you are just jazzing up a garden party. Give this simple washi tape votive craft a try, it is so easy.

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When you are done getting crafty, share your creations with us on the Facebook page or Community Chat page. I would love to give you a virtual pat on the back and so would your friends.

Happy crafting friends, and happy Tuesday as well!

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