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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Easy Spring Upcycle: How to Repurpose an Old Chair

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Are you looking to spruce up your space for less? If so, give this easy spring upcycle project a try. You can repurpose an old chair in just a few ours, and create a look that is fresh and new. You don’t need a great deal of supplies, and you don’t even need a lot of time or crafty know how. In fact, the chair below we made for around $5 and in less than two hours. Want to try to repurpose an old chair yourself? Take a look at how to repurpose an old chair and get a fresh new look for less.

Supplies needed:
Old chair (ours was a curb find! FREE!)
Spray paint or brush on paint
Scrap fabric (about 1 yard)
Painting supplies (if needed)
Scissors
Staple gun

Use what you have on hand and really save. For our project we had a can of ivory spray paint on hand leftover from another project. It worked perfectly. We found the chevron fabric at Walmart for less than $3 a yard, making our total cost around just $3. Should we have needed a can of spray paint, our total cost still would have been about $5. Now that is a great deal!

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Directions:
1. Begin by cleaning your chair well with warm, soapy water. Wipe clean.
2. Remove the seat cover with a screw driver. This is so easy! It will just pop right off.
3. Cover the seat by wrapping it face down into the fabric and securing the sides tightly with a staple gun.
4. Give the chair a coat (or two) of paint. We distressed ours a tad with some sand paper for a natural look. You can do this if you wish or opt for a clean finish.
5. Return the seat cover to the chair. Replace the screws.

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Your chair is now ready for use. Can you believe this is even the same chair? I can’t! It went from curbside trash to something that looks like it would be in a Pottery Barn catalog.

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Give this easy spring project a try, then share your results with us on the Facebook page or Community Chat page!

Happy crafting!

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Frugal Crafting Fun: Easy Spring Wreath

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Let’s bring some color into our spaces, shall we? There is no better way to do this than this easy peasy spring wreath. You can make your own wreath just like this using less than $5 in supplies and in just minutes. Yes, minutes! You don’t need to be super crafty, you don’t need a lot of time, you just need a few supplies and you can adorn your door, space, or even office area with a wreath that screams WARM WEATHER IS HERE! So are you ready to get crafty? Take a look below at how to get started!

Supplies needed:
Grapevine wreath
Spray paint (optional, only if needed)
Mini paper drink umbrellas
Hot glue, glue gun

Directions:
1. Begin by spraying your grapevine wreath the color of your choice. We found precolored wreaths at our local Hobby Lobby Store for under $4 that worked perfectly. If you can’t find something similar, find a grapevine wreath at your local dollar store and give it a coat or two of the color of your choice.
2. Once your wreath is dry, and you want to be sure it is totally dry, you are going to add your drink umbrellas. Open your umbrellas up so they are nice and full. Apply some hot glue to the stems of them and press them into your wreath. Hold them in place so the umbrellas attach and stay attached to the grapevine.
3. Don’t cover the entire wreath, just apply umbrellas to the corners of it in clusters and bunches.

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When you are done, you can add a ribbon for hanging or just display your wreath as is. As you can see, it is the perfect pop of color to a bland space or any space that needs the look and feel of spring.

So are you ready to craft your own? Go for it! Then, share your creation with us on the Facebook page or Community Chat page. We want to see how crafty you are!

Have a great day, friends!

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Easy Easter Craft: Eggcellent Easter Picture Frame

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If you are in the mood for some fun and frugal Easter crafting, this easy Easter picture frame is for you! How sweet will this little dandy look perched on your mantel or bookshelf? It can even add some instant Easter charm to your office. Take a peek below at how to make your own eggcellent (like that?) Easter picture frame in just minutes and for just pennies. Yep, pennies! Take a peek!

Easy Easter Picture Frame

Supplies needed:
Picture frame
Spray paint
Foam eggs
Knife
Craft glue

We found the eggs we used in this project at our local dollar store. The frame and paint were all leftovers we had around the house. So our total cost for this project was just $1. Before you go and buy, look around and see what you may have on hand that is usable.

Directions:
1. Begin by removing the glass of the frame. You will not be needing it.
2. Apply two coats of paint to the frame allowing drying time in between. You want to paint right over the insert and everything creating a matching canvas to your frame.
3. Take a knife and cut your foam eggs in half.
4. Apply some glue to the egg and press it to the inside of the frame. You can add as many eggs as you wish. We thought two were perfect for our frame, but you can decide what works for you.

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There you have it! Your picture frame is now complete. Display your frame wherever you need a pop of spring color.

When you are done, share your creations on the Facebook page or Community Chat page, won’t ya? We love seeing your unique spin you put on these projects, and so do your friends. So gather your supplies and get inspired, and inspire others while you are at it.

Happy crafting, and Happy spring!

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Spring Family Fun: Yarn Eggs Kid’s Craft

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It is time to start thinking about spring and how with Easter approaching, the sight of pastel eggs will be everywhere. Make your own colorful eggs perfect for displaying in a basket or centerpiece when you give this yarn eggs kid’s craft a try. Made from just a few simple supplies, these yarn eggs are the perfect craft for little hands. They only take minutes to make, and in no time you will have a fun little Easter accent. Take a peek at how to make your own. Your kiddos will love these!

Yarn Eggs Kid’s Craft

Supplies needed:
Plastic Easter eggs
Craft glue
Yarn
Scissors

We found all of these supplies in our own crafting scraps but if you need any of them, your local dollar store should have them. It doesn’t matter what color the plastic eggs are as they will be covered, but find yarn that is a hue you enjoy. We used some rainbow yarn for lots and lots of color.

Directions:
1. Begin by pouring some craft glue in a bowl.
2. Cut a long length of yarn and dip it in the bowl. Cover it with glue.
3. Take your fingers and squeeze off any additional glue.
4. Begin wrapping the yarn around your plastic egg. The glue will help it stick and adhere nicely.
5. Set the egg in a sunny window to dry and harden.

When your egg is dry, it will be nice and hard. These eggs are quite sturdy and durable and are sure to survive little hands. Display them in an Easter basket or on a mantel for some instant Easter charm.

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Kids will love getting their hands all sticky with this simple Easter craft. Gather your supplies and give it a try. When you are done, come see us on the Facebook page or Community Chat page and share your creativity. We love to see it!

Happy crafting!

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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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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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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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