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[4 Aug 2013 | 2 Comments | 925 views]
Make a Wooden Spoon Shark

Wooden spoon dolls are a pretty traditional craft, but have you ever seen one in the form of a shark? This project from Activity Village uses a spoon as the base for creating a cute stylized shark in a jiffy. You can even use them as puppets! To make the jaw more puppet-like, try adding a control stick under the chin to allow you to …

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[4 Aug 2013 | 3 Comments | 4,597 views]
Paint Your Nails for Shark Week

While I don’t do it every day, I love themed nail art! What better way to kick off Shark Week than by getting all gussied up for the occasion? Cass from A Dingo Ate My Nail Blog gives a great step-by-step tutorial for how to get great whites of your very own. [how to paint shark nails]

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[3 Aug 2013 | No Comment | 3,824 views]
Make Washi Tape Kitchen Jars

Does your kitchen decor need a facelift? Colleen from Just Paint It! has a quick, easy, and practical idea. After she discovered some glass jars from Dollar Tree had lids just the right width to decorate with washi tape, she ran with the idea and, after adding a little coordinating paint, ended up with a cute set of custom jars in under 15 minutes. They …

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[3 Aug 2013 | One Comment | 7,060 views]
Make Outdoor Wall Art from a Shower Curtain

Our friend Breanna, AKA Dollar Store Mom has been re-doing her outdoor living space. In true “mom on a budget” style, she’s been shopping her home to save as much money as possible. A clearance shower curtain she had on hand is her secret ingredient to making all-weather art fit to stand up to Pacific Northwest rain. [how to make all-weather outdoor wall art]
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[2 Aug 2013 | One Comment | 8,465 views]
Make Solar Light Deck Decor

I love this upgrade given to some humble solar lights. I think it looks like something straight out of a nautical decor catalog. The writers of The 100 Block used fence posts and 4×4 scraps to work their magic. This would be awesome on a porch or even in the living room of a beach cottage.

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[2 Aug 2013 | 3 Comments | 6,877 views]
Tutorial: Poly Rope Fringe Necklace

Jazz up your summer t-shirts with ease with these fringe style necklaces. You can make them for as little as $1 each using a basic dollar store supply or add embellishment for a few dollars more. These necklaces can mimic the look of raffia and the shape of spike beads but cost much less to make than a beaded or raffia necklace.
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Poly rope, …

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[1 Aug 2013 | One Comment | 2,689 views]
Make Simple Photo Holder Clips

Recently I was invited to take part in the summer edition of Craft Lightning, a series of crafts that can be completed in 15 minutes or less.  I have a ton of neat old photos laying around that I’ve been meaning to display for quite some time, but many of them are odd sizes that will not fit standard frames.  Not to be deterred, I …

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[1 Aug 2013 | No Comment | 2,850 views]
Tutorial: Make Monster Pencil Toppers

How are your little ones feeling about the return to school? Whether they’re excited or dreading it, school supplies are more fun to use when they have something a little special about them! These pom pom monsters are quick and easy to make and definitely add some fun factor to writing utensils. Make them like I did or maintain your ability to use the eraser …

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[31 Jul 2013 | 18 Comments | 95,063 views]
Tutorial: Sink Mat Rag Rug

I have always loved rag rugs.  (I love anything which gives me the opportunity to reuse worn out things around my house!)  Since sink mats have always looked like latch hook mats to me, I was inspired to make a rug out of them.  Use this method to make any size rug you need by simply adding more sink mats!

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Sink mats, $1 each (I …

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[30 Jul 2013 | 5 Comments | 7,855 views]
Tutorial: Turn a Book into a Mail Holder

I’ve always loved books.  As a child, I spent my allowance at the book store and my weekends in the library.  When I visit thrift stores and garage sales, I’m always on the lookout for interesting books, not just to read, but to craft with.  I found this wonderful dictionary at Goodwill and picked it up so I could use the text in projects.  The …

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[29 Jul 2013 | 3 Comments | 14,140 views]
Make Hot Glue Drop Earrings

Hot glue is one of those craft supplies that most of us probably couldn’t image going without.  But as useful as the stuff is as an adhesive, have you might not have thought to use it in other ways.  Would you believe that these earrings by Charlotte at Four Front Doors were made with little drops of hot glue?  Amazing, right?  Make yourself a pair …