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Make DIY Valentine Day’s Cards using Recycled Magazines

Holidays, Paper Crafts, Recycled Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Valentine's Day, Winter

Make these super cute DIY Valentine's Day cards by recycling magazines and catalogs. Just rip out colors from catalogs and magazines and glue them onto paper. Easy! I made a couple Valentine's Day card...Make DIY Valentine Day’s Cards using Recycled Magazines... »
 
 

Make New Year’s Eve Party Hats {free printable template}

Free Printable, Holidays, New Year's Eve, Paper Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Winter

This New Year's Eve Party Hat free printable template for 2014 is inspired by my clock-obsessed toddler, Elise. By request, I updated last year's printable hat to update it to 2014 -- and it's...Make New Year’s Eve Party Hats {free printable template}... »
 

 

Decorate Glass Ball Christmas Ornaments with Perler Beads

Christmas, Holidays, Under $10, Winter

Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores sponsored this #fabulouslyfestive project; all opinions are my own. Yes, we individually glued Perler beads to clear glass ball ornaments to make these #fabulouslyfestive handmade keepsakes. It takes less...Decorate Glass Ball Christmas Ornaments with Perler Beads... »
 
 

Swedish Tea Ring Recipe for Christmas morning breakfast

Breakfast Recipes, Christmas, Holidays, Kid-friendly Recipes, Winter

I'm not really sure how a Swedish Tea Ring recipe became a holiday tradition in a German/Irish/English household but my mom has been making it for Christmas morning breakfast since I was a kid....Swedish Tea Ring Recipe for Christmas morning breakfast... »
 

 

Christmas DIY Shortcuts with Martha Stewart Crafts

Christmas, Holidays, Winter

This post is sponsored by Martha Stewart Crafts. All opinions are mine. I appreciate a good DIY shortcut especially at holiday time when decorating/baking/gifting/wrapping is so hectic. Martha Stewart Crafts has a couple new...Christmas DIY Shortcuts with Martha Stewart Crafts... »
 
 

Personalized gift wrapping paper from minted

Christmas, DIY Gift Ideas, Holidays, Winter

This post is sponsored by Minted but all opinions are my own. I love wrapping gifts. There's something about cutting just the right amount of paper, creasing those crisp edges, playing with sticky tape,...Personalized gift wrapping paper from minted... »
 

 

Printable mitten and snowflake tags and labels that YOU can personalize yourself

Christmas, DIY Gift Ideas, Holidays, Paper Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Winter

Warm up your holiday gifts with these printable mitten an snowflake tags and labels that YOU personalize and print at home! Print as many as you like in an instant; reuse year after year....Printable mitten and snowflake tags and labels that YOU can personalize yourself... »
 
 

Thanksgiving Tepee and Mayflower Snack Cups for the Kids Table

Fall, Holidays, Paper Crafts, Thanksgiving

Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores sponsored this #turkeytablescapes project; all opinions are my own. It can be hard for kids to wait for Thanksgiving dinner to be ready. Stave off grumbling tummies (and "I'm...Thanksgiving Tepee and Mayflower Snack Cups for the Kids Table... »
 
 

DIY Halloween Front Door Decoration: Subtle Spiderwebs

Fall, Halloween, Holidays

This #spookyspaces project is sponsored by Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores. Get your 50% off coupon below. Here is a DIY Halloween front door decoration that's subtle in its spookiness: two DIY glitter spiderweb...DIY Halloween Front Door Decoration: Subtle Spiderwebs... »
 
 

DIY Trick or Treat Bag Pattern with Sticky Spiderwebs and Moving Spiders

Baby & Kids, Fall, Free Patterns, Halloween, Holidays, Sewing Projects

Here's a spooky DIY trick or treat bag free pattern with 'sticky' spiderwebs and creepy spiders that can move and crawl around. The spiderwebs are cut thin strips of VELCRO fasteners... ...and the spiders...DIY Trick or Treat Bag Pattern with Sticky Spiderwebs and Moving Spiders... »
 
 

Fourth of July Kids Crafts: Perler Bead DIY Coasters

Decorations & Favors, Fourth of July, Holidays, Under 1 Hour

This project is sponsored by Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores This Fourth of July kids crafts idea is so fun that the adults will want to join in too. While flipping through summer craft...Fourth of July Kids Crafts: Perler Bead DIY Coasters... »
 
 

Paint Pen Easter Eggs Easy Kids Craft

Baby & Kids, Easter, Holidays, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

This free kid's Easter craft idea is sponsored by Elmer's. These paint pen Easter eggs are so pretty that this Easter we're totally passing up PAAS and decorating all of our eggs with paint...Paint Pen Easter Eggs Easy Kids Craft... »
 
 

Festive stockings decoration on food storage container lids for pot lucks and cookie exchanges

Christmas, Holidays, Paper Crafts, Under 1 Hour

This post is sponsored by VELCRO¬ģ brand fasteners. Last week I shared my wreath Festive Pot Luck Food Storage Containers wreath lid decoration that was featured in Jo-Ann national holiday advertising catalog. It's a super...Festive stockings decoration on food storage container lids for pot lucks and cookie exchanges... »
 
 

Easy DIY Cookie Packaging in 5 Minutes

Christmas, Cookie Recipes, Decorations & Favors, Holidays, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Winter

This post is sponsored by Elmer's and X-ACTO. Tis the season for making and gifting cookies. Elise and I are decorating sugar cookies for our friends and neighbors and we're going to package them...Easy DIY Cookie Packaging in 5 Minutes... »
 
 

Festive Pot Luck Food Storage Containers

Christmas, Holidays, Paper Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

You spent all that time baking for holiday parties and cookie exchanges. Why put your goodies into plain storage containers? Add a little holiday cheer by personalizing food storage container lids with a little...Festive Pot Luck Food Storage Containers... »
 
 

Thanksgiving napkin rings using recycled brown paper grocery bags

Decorations & Favors, Fall, Holidays, Recycled Crafts, Thanksgiving, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

Here are some super easy fall napkin rings using recycled brown paper grocery bags that you can easily make the night before your Thanksgiving feast. And these Thanksgiving napkin rings double as place cards....Thanksgiving napkin rings using recycled brown paper grocery bags... »
 
 

Baker’s Twine Fall Wreath

Fall, Halloween, Holidays, Home, Thanksgiving

This post is sponsored by ConsumerCrafts.com: Creativity Made Affordable. Here's an easy DIY fall wreath idea with a modern flair: A baker's twine wreath with rustic tin leaves painted orange and glossed up with...Baker’s Twine Fall Wreath... »
 
 

Painted Spiderweb Halloween Trick-Or-Treat Candy Bowl with Martha Stewart Crafts

Fall, Halloween, Holidays

This painted spiderweb Halloween trick-or-treat candy bowl ranks at the top of my all-time favorite Halloween crafts. Each Halloween my downstairs neighbors and I sit on our Chicago city stoop with our candy bowl...Painted Spiderweb Halloween Trick-Or-Treat Candy Bowl with Martha Stewart Crafts... »
 
 

Easy Halloween No-Sew Bracelets: Pumpkins and Skulls

Halloween, Holidays, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

Lately I've been dreaming up Halloween crafts for kids while re-watching Season 1 of The X Files. Now that Elise is almost 3 she's really getting into Halloween. She's already practicing her "trick-or-treats" and...Easy Halloween No-Sew Bracelets: Pumpkins and Skulls... »
 
 

Fourth of July Craft Ideas: The DIY Round Up

Fourth of July, Holidays, Summer

Fourth of July doubles as my husband Shane's birthday so I tend to make a lot of 4th-of-July-ish crafts. Here are some of my favorite 4th of July decorations and treats: Fourth of July...Fourth of July Craft Ideas: The DIY Round Up... »
 
 

Valentine’s Day Card from Vintage Sheet Music {free printable}

Free Printable, Holidays, Paper Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Valentine's Day, Vintage Inspired

This free printable Valentine's Day card was inspired by vintage piano sheet music that I found in a Brooklyn antique store. I bought the sheet music thinking they might make nice wedding save-the-dates or...Valentine’s Day Card from Vintage Sheet Music {free printable}... »
 
 

Make New Year’s Eve Party Hats {free printable 2012 template}

Free Printable, Holidays, New Year's Eve, Paper Crafts, Under 1 Hour

UPDATE: I've updated this template for 2013. Get the 2013 New Year's Eve printable hat here. Enjoy! This New Year's Eve Party Hat free printable template is inspired by my clock-obsessed 2-year-old, Elise. It...Make New Year’s Eve Party Hats {free printable 2012 template}... »
 
 

Free Thanksgiving craft project tutorials: The DIY Round Up

Decorations & Favors, Free Patterns, Holidays, Home, Paper Crafts

Thanksgiving is around the corner so I thought I'd round up some of my favorite Thanksgiving free craft project tutorials. First: Some easy ways to dress up your turkey table this Thanksgiving with napkin...Free Thanksgiving craft project tutorials: The DIY Round Up... »
 
 

Teeny witch’s hat Halloween costume for stuffed animal friends

Free Patterns, Halloween, Holidays, Paper Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

I made this teeny witch's hat Halloween costume for Elise's best friend and monkey Ooh-ah (her Angel Dear monkey blankie stuffed animal who you might remember from Elise's Pink Monkey and Bananas 1st Birthday...Teeny witch’s hat Halloween costume for stuffed animal friends... »
 
 

Free printable gift tags from vintage Christmas ornaments

Free Printable, Holidays, Paper Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Vintage Inspired

Here's a woodsy pair of friends to adorn your holiday gifts. I made these free gift tags from vintage owl and deer Christmas tree ornaments that I found at a local antique store. Last...Free printable gift tags from vintage Christmas ornaments... »
 
 

Crafty Holiday Gift Guide Ideas for Christmas and Hanukkah

DIY Gift Ideas, Holidays, Inspiration

As a crafter like me you are probably doing one or more of the following things right about now: (1) making handmade holiday gifts for friends and family, (2) looking to buy creative and...Crafty Holiday Gift Guide Ideas for Christmas and Hanukkah... »
 
 

Halloween luminaries from recycled baby formula cans

Decorations & Favors, Halloween, Holidays, Recycled Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

It's well-documented that I'm a pack rat when it comes to items I think could have another life. When Elise transitioned from breast milk to formula, I was amazed at how we flew through...Halloween luminaries from recycled baby formula cans... »
 
 

Sunshine and Rainbow Halloween free costume pattern for babies, toddlers and kids

Baby & Kids, Free Patterns, Halloween, Holidays, Sewing Projects

My daughter Elise is my little ray of sunshine, without a doubt. So when it came to making my delightful baby her first proper Halloween costume, I came up with this cheery fleece and...Sunshine and Rainbow Halloween free costume pattern for babies, toddlers and kids... »
 
 

Sparkless sparklers for kids for the Fourth of July using chopsticks, ribbon and party garland

Baby & Kids, Decorations & Favors, Fourth of July, Holidays, Recycled Crafts, Summer, Under 1 Hour

This original Fourth of July craft was created for Daily Candy Kids. Welcome, Daily Candy readers! I mourn sparklers. The City of Chicago banned sparklers in 2007 joining most other ousted fireworks. ¬ Yes,...Sparkless sparklers for kids for the Fourth of July using chopsticks, ribbon and party garland... »
 
 

Valentine’s Day Felt Heart Pocket Bracelet and Mini-Purse for Kids

Accessories, Baby & Kids, Free Patterns, Holidays, Sewing Projects, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Valentine's Day

Hearts is the theme of two easy Valentine's Day gifts perfect for spoiling the sweet toddler and tween girls in your life. First is a teeny pouch bracelet perfect for storing candies or tiny...Valentine‚Äôs Day Felt Heart Pocket Bracelet and Mini-Purse for Kids... »
 
 

Thanksgiving Retro Embossed Label Maker Placecards

Decorations & Favors, Fall, Holidays, Invitations & Cards, Thanksgiving, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Vintage Inspired

When Shane told me that he wanted to host our sixth annual Thanksgiving dinner I didn't quite know what to say. Baby Elise was born on October 20th and I was crazy sore and...Thanksgiving Retro Embossed Label Maker Placecards... »
 
 

Fourth of July Felt and Button Star Napkin Rings

Decorations & Favors, Free Patterns, Holidays, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

These no-sew felt 4th of July napkin rings really brightened up Shane's Fourth of July Birthday BBQ - no sewing machine required! And yep, I realize I'm a bit on napkin rings kick ...first...Fourth of July Felt and Button Star Napkin Rings... »
 
 

Toasted Coconut Chocolate Valentine Dessert with Cacoa Nibs

Dessert Recipes, Edible Gift Recipes, Holidays, Recipes, Valentine's Day, Winter

While I've never been much of a Valentine's Day girl, I've always been a big fan of coconut and chocolate. I made these special treats by modifying a recipe from an Australian cookbook. //...Toasted Coconut Chocolate Valentine Dessert with Cacoa Nibs... »
 
 

Homemade marshmallows

Dessert Recipes, DIY Gift Ideas, Edible Gift Recipes, Holidays, Recipes, Under $10

Today we're going to learn how to make marshmallows using a really easy marshmallow recipe - it's a yummy DIY gift and you can always make some extras for yourself. Lately I've developed a...Homemade marshmallows... »
 
 

Chalkboard Pillows Holiday Edition

Baby & Kids, DIY Gift Ideas, Free Patterns, Holidays, Home, Sewing Projects

Ho! Ho! Ho! Here's a special holiday variation of chalkboard pillows complete with two new free ornament and tree templates to make your own 16" x 16" pillow for the season. The ornament in...Chalkboard Pillows Holiday Edition... »
 
 

Felt leaf napkin rings and placecards for Thanksgiving

Decorations & Favors, Fall, Free Patterns, Holidays, Paper Crafts, Thanksgiving, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

This is our fifth year hosting Thanksgiving in Chicago for the twelve members of our joint families. Each year we try to do something slightly different for food and table decor. I constrained myself...Felt leaf napkin rings and placecards for Thanksgiving... »
 
 

Urban wreath for fall using Polaroids

Decorations & Favors, Holidays, Home, Recycled Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Vintage Inspired

My friend Heather Crosby and I have creative chemistry. Whenever we get together we build on each other's ideas until it becomes something totally original. Heather came over for dinner last week toting stacks...Urban wreath for fall using Polaroids... »
 
 

Eyeball lychee ice cubes for Halloween martinis

Drink Recipes, Fall, Halloween, Holidays, Recipes

In the past five years or so, it seems like Halloween has gone bonkers in the DIY area. From costumes to cupcakes to candy, it's a holiday ripe for creepy crafting. The always stylish...Eyeball lychee ice cubes for Halloween martinis... »
 
 

Fourth of July Waterproof Coasters

Decorations & Favors, Free Printable, Holidays, Paper Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

More decor for our upcoming Fourth of July - slash - Shane's birthday BBQ. I took Martha's Fourth of July parasols and turned them into a neat matching Fourth of July waterproof coasters. Supplies:...Fourth of July Waterproof Coasters... »
 
 

Fourth of July Paper Napkin Rings

Decorations & Favors, Free Printable, Holidays, Paper Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

Shane's birthday is the Fourth of July so today I started to make some fun decorations for him. Martha Stewart has a super cute Fourth of July paper napkin ring template on her website....Fourth of July Paper Napkin Rings... »
 
 

St. Patrick’s Day Personalized Pot Pies

Dinner Recipes, Holidays, Lunch Recipes, Recipes, Spring, St. Patrick's Day

So I thought of something to do with my mini alphabet cookie cutters. I simplified a more intensive version that Simply Recipes adapted from a Marshall Field's cookbook. Chicago *knows* St. Patrick's Day. //...St. Patrick’s Day Personalized Pot Pies... »
 
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