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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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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Mother’s Day Fun: Paint Chip Flower Bouquet

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Today we are going to make something special for Mom, and we are going to do it for next to nothing because that is just how we roll! Take a look below at how you can make your own paint chip flower bouquet in just minutes and for next to nothing. This bouquet is perfect for those on a budget or if you mom just likes the unique and quirky! Here is how to get started:

Supplies needed:
Assorted paint chips
Scissors
Glue
Pipe cleaners

Grab paint samples at your local craft or hardware store (don’t be greedy, just 2-3 will do!).

Directions:
1. Begin by cutting ovals out of your paint chips. These don’t have to all be uniform. Just free hand them.
2. Once your ovals are cut out, apply some glue to the tips and begin gluing them together. You are going to put about 5 of them together to create single bloom.
3. Once the bloom is dry, add some glue to the back. Press one of your pipe cleaners (green looks great!) to the back until adhered.

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Your paint chip flowers are now ready to be displayed. Toss them into a bud vase like we did and watch them light up the room. They are so sweet, cute, simple, and above all, inexpensive. Just how we like it!

Gather your supplies and give this craft a try, then head to the Facebook page or Community Chat page to SHARE with us your artistic skills. You know you wanna brag!

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Happy crafting my friends!

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Frugal Fun: DIY Mother’s Day Washi Tape Frame

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Treat mom to a lovely new picture frame this Mother’s Day while still keeping some cash in your pocket. With all of the money you save making this gorgeous craft, you can afford to treat her to dinner too! Take a look at how washi tape turns this ordinary frame into something spectacular. It is easier than you may think!

Washi Tape Frame

Supplies needed:
Wooden frame
Roll of washi tape

That’s it! You can find both of these items at your local craft or Walmart store. Frames such as this one are just $1, and rolls of washi tape run around $3.

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Directions:
1. To begin, make sure your frame is nice and clean so the tape adheres nicely.
2. Rip off a piece of tape. It should measure the length of one of the sides of the frame. Fold the piece of tape over the frame, bending any additional tape over the edges for a clean look.
3. Repeat the process 3 more times, tearing off tape and folding it over the remaining sides.
4. For a clean look, run your finger over the edges to make sure any extra tape is nice and flat over the sides.
5. Insert the peg that comes with the frame. It is now ready to be used!

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Now all you need to do is find the perfect picture to insert and you are all set! For just a few bucks you can make a colorful and whimsical frame such as the one you see here. Mom is sure to love it.

So dig out your washi tape (you know you have tons!) and give this craft a try. When you are done, come share your results on the Facebook page or Community Chat page. We love to see how crafty you are!

Happy crafting!

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15 Easy and Adorable Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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As Mother’s Day approaches, you might be looking for a few frugal ideas to use for gifts. Handmade gifts are often some of the most treasured gifts that anyone can ever get! Today I’ve got 15 Easy and Adorable Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for you to see! These are all super unique, would provide a wonderful lazy afternoon of crafting, and are easy! Check these super cute ideas out and let me know which one is your favorite!

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1. Hand Print Flower Bouquet |Source: Meaningful Mama

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2. Recycled Glass Bottle Suncatchers | Source: Condo Blues

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3. Tin Cup Style Beaded Necklace |Source: Slap Dash Mom

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4. Family Art Subway Pillow Case |Source: I’m Topsy Turvy

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5. Egg Carton Flowers |Source: Glued to My Crafts

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6. Easy Honey Facial Mask |Source: Carolyn’s Homework

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7. Ribbon Wrapped Instagram Wreath |Source: Simply Kelly Designs

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8. Washi Tape Magnets |Source: All About the Mommies

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9. Spring Centerpiece with Stenciled Burlap |Source: DIY Inspired

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10. Birds Nest Necklace |Source: Slap Dash Mom

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11. DIY Jewelry Plate |Source: The Neighborhood Moms

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12. Flower Handprint Cards |Source: Glued to My Crafts

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13. Quick and Easy Handprint Craft |Source: Second Chance to Dream

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14. Teacup Topiary |Source: Crafts N Coffee

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15. Handprint Sunshine Canvas |Source: Glued to My Crafts

Make sure you check in on our facebook fan page or our facebook chat page to say hi and show off your creations! We are having a blast over there!

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Frugal Friday Fun: $1 Flower Pot Makeover

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Let’s enjoy a little frugal fun today, shall we? Take a look at how just $1 in materials can help you create a flower pot that is so fabulous and fun. I was able to whip this example up in just minutes, yet it looks picture perfect, like something that is table ready for a garden party or bridal shower. Take a look below at how you can turn $1 into a cute flower pot like this one. After a long week, you will love a simple and time saving craft like this.

$1 Flower Pot Makeover

Supplies needed:
Rick rack
Scissors
Hot glue, glue gun

We found a package of rick rack at Target in their dollar section. They have several color combos to pick from and the colors are perfect for spring. A package of four different varieties is just $1. WOW!

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Directions:
1. Begin by wrapping the rick rack around the pot. Cut the pieces to fit.
2. Apply glue to the back of the rick rack and wrap it around the pot. Press the piece to secure it.
3. Repeat this process using all of the coordinating variations. This will add tons of texture to the pot.
4. Once your rick rack is dry, go ahead and fill up your pot as usual. Any plant is sure to look lovely in it.

$1 turns an old flower pot into something fabulous, don’t you agree? Head to Target and grab a package of this rick rack yourself and whip up some magic. Then, when you are done share your creations with us on the Facebook page or Community Chat page. We would love to see them.

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Happy crafting, and happy Friday friends!

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