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[15 Sep 2014 | No Comment | 227 views]
New Halloween Makeover for Old Playhouse

Have an old, unloved plastic playhouse in your yard? Why not give it a smashing new makeover like this Halloween House makeover from Saki.Girl at Halloween Forum. You could really sell the creepy look with a few well-chosen decorations from the dollar store! [see original post]
Project Estimate:

Old playhouse, on hand
Gray spray paint, $4
Black spray paint, $4
Purple spray paint, $4
Assorted Halloween decorations, $1 each

Total: $13 and …

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[9 Sep 2014 | No Comment | 215 views]
Tutorial:  Sideshow Strong Man Costume

Halloween will be here before you know it, and if you’re planning to make costumes, you know that the time to get started is NOW!  This is the costume I made for my son last year:  a carnival sideshow strong man.  I lost track of how many compliments I received on this costume!  It was incredibly easy to make, and by using items from the …

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[8 Sep 2014 | No Comment | 320 views]
Make Hamster Hacky Sacks

Let’s all say it together now:  “Awwwwwwww!”  I mean, seriously, how adorable are these hamster hacky sacks?  Instructables user miss_who whipped them up using kids-size socks!  Of course, you caould also use adult-sized socks to make a larger version as well.  Since each hacky sack only takes one sock, this is a great project for odd socks that you may have laying around.  (And who doesn’t?!) …

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[5 Sep 2014 | No Comment | 446 views]
Make Clothespin Dinosaurs

Rawr!  How awesome are these felt-and-clothespin dinosaurs by Amanda at Crafts By Amanda?  And thanks to the free pattern she has provided, you can whip up your own with just a couple of basic supplies.  You could even adapt this idea to make zoo or farm animals, monsters, or anything else you can dream up!  [how to make clothespin dinosaurs]
Project estimate:

Clothespins, on hand or $1
Paint, …

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[2 Sep 2014 | One Comment | 428 views]
Tutorial: Paint a Retro-Inspired Ice Cream Bowl

I was tickled to find these adorable ice cream dishes at Dollar Tree. The shape reminded me of these cute bowls I had seen on Etsy.  Since the seller no longer offers them, I had been looking for a way to make my own.  I think I succeeded!  Here’s how you can paint your own retro inspired ice cream bowl.

Project estimate:

Ice cream dish, $1
Chalky Finish Glass …

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[31 Aug 2014 | No Comment | 220 views]
Make Ribbon Bike Tassels

Summer may be drawing to a close, but there is still plenty of good bike riding weather ahead, so it’s still a good time to make these DIY bike tassels!  Carolina from 30 Minute Crafts will show you how you can whip them up in a jiffy!  Don’t need bike tassels?  I think that a garland of these ribbon tassels would also be really cute, perhaps …

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[26 Aug 2014 | 2 Comments | 489 views]
Make a Pretty Decoden Pencil Box for Back to School

My daughter starts kindergarten today, and I wanted to send her off to school with an extra special pencil case.  I decided to make her a decoden pencil case.  Have you heard of decoden?  It’s a craft style from Japan where more is better:  more embellishments,  more glitter, more eye catching!!  I used a new product from Plaid Crafts that’s called Collage Clay.  It’s an …

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[23 Aug 2014 | One Comment | 1,566 views]
Make Colorful Folded Paper Book Covers

Many schools require paper book covers to protect and extend the life of textbooks.  Make your books stand out from the rest with these fun and funky book covers from Suzy at Suzy’s Artsy Craftsy Sitcom!  Made using a paper folding technique called Iris Folding, the spiraling rainbow effect is really cool, and easier to achieve than you might think thanks to a handy, free …

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[22 Aug 2014 | No Comment | 518 views]
Make an Apple Mason Jar

Show your favorite teacher a little appreciation this back-to-school season with this apple mason jar by Ashley at the DecoArt Blog!  Just a bit of paint and some simple embellishments give it a whole new look.  This idea would work with all kinds of other jars as well, so dig into that recycling bin for inspiration!  They are perfect for use as pencil holders, or …

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[21 Aug 2014 | No Comment | 1,021 views]
10 Washi Tape Crafts for Back to School

Is your child excited about heading back to school? Whether he can’t wait to meet his teacher or is mourning the end of summer, you can make back to school more fun by adding pops of color with washi tape. Check out these fun back to school washi tape crafts!