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Non-Pleated Face Mask - women's over the ear mask made with pink fabric with cherry motif

Non-Pleated Face Mask With Filter PocketThe most recent orders from our governor include wearing masks when in public so I decided to make a set of masks for my family. I found a free pattern online for a non-pleated mask with filter pocket.

 

Homemade Hand Sanitizer

Homemade Hand SanitizerHand sanitizer is an effective way to wash your hands when you don't have access to soap and water. The following recipe lets you make your own hand sanitizer at home.

 

Galvanized Roofing Raised Bed - finished raised bed assembly on patio

Galvanized Roofing Raised BedWith this pandemic, we would like to plant more vegetables and fruits in our backyard. We looked into pots and already made raised beds, but they were really expensive and not our dimensions.

 

Washable No-Sew Mask - woman wearing the mask

Washable No-Sew MaskYou can make this washable, reusable no-sew face mask at home. If you use something like a handkerchief, you won't even need to cut it. Aside from being able to wash this, it's also beneficial in the way that you can make it custom to your face shape to ensure you're covered over the nose and under the chin.

 

removing Pineapple segments

Pull-Apart PineappleThis is a fun way to tackle a pineapple that keeps you from having to peel, core and slice. This is best done with a super ripe pineapple because the flesh is easy to twist and pull at. You will need one pineapple and one sharp pairing knife.

 

Photo of a finished dog made out of yarn.

Recycled Wire Hanger Yarn DogThis is something I made for my children when they were little and am now making for my great grandchildren.

 

Recycled Paper Memorial Day Wreath - finished wreath hanging on over the door hook

Recycled Paper Memorial Day WreathHere is a simple and fun Memorial Day wreath I made with simple household supplies.

 

How to Fix Damaged Surfaces of Wood Furniture

How to Fix Damaged Surfaces of Wood FurnitureWood is lovely, but at times it does not age well, or exposure makes the veneer or varnish suffer needlessly.

 

closeup of one finished neckline

Turning a Crew Neck Shirt into a V-NeckI recently found some t-shirts on sale at the craft store for $2. I was excited, but I despise crew neck shirts. I found a youtube video explaining exactly how to turn your shirts into v-necks and they looked like you bought them that way. It's easy and takes less than half an hour.

 

Denim Door Mat

Denim Door MatThis is a mat to put near the door. It will catch lots of outdoor dirt before it makes its way all over the house. This mat is made from recycled blue jeans, and makes use of very small scraps. You can make the base whatever size you want your mat to be.

 

DIY Corona Face Shield - woman wearing the shield over a face mask

DIY Corona Face ShieldI'm making face shields to give to my fellow front liners for free. This is my way of helping them as I stay at home while they are exposed outside keeping the community safe and helping to prevent the virus from spreading. They badly need shields to protect themselves so here's my own simple way of helping them.

 

Dog Poop Bag Dispenser

Dog Poop Bag DispenserWe recently bought a package of dog poop bags with a dispenser. The dispenser broke almost immediately, leaving us with a bunch of bag rolls without a way to carry them with us. I designed this easy to make fabric pouch that clips to our leash.

 

Paper Plate Sea Aquarium

Paper Plate Sea AquariumSummer is the perfect time to do some crafts and to have some family fun. Using some simple craft materials let your kids make this sea aquarium to remind them of their beach holiday. A really fun project, and really fast too! Ideal for those little minds that cannot concentrate for long periods on end.

 

Thrifty Vertical Planter Wall - asymmetrical arrangement

Thrifty Vertical Planter WallI was inspired by the beautiful succulent decor walls at my local malls and stores. I wanted my own mini version in my backyard. However, upon research I found that vertical planters are so expensive!

 

A patio made from orange yellow bricks.

Making a Brick PatioI got these unusual old bricks from a friend. I'm fond of them because they say "Pacific" and I've lived in the Pacific NW most of my life. I wanted to use them for something special but I only had 28 bricks. My husband made this little patio off our concrete pad to hold my grill. It's the perfect size and leaves me more space on the concrete for other things. Here is how he did it.

 

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Star Straw - star straw in a drink glass

Star StrawIf you're hosting a Fourth of July party, this would be a cute touch to add to your straws!

 

Pipe Cleaner Bracelets

Pipe Cleaner BraceletsYou can make colorful bracelets out of pipe cleaners by braiding them. Make for team colors, holidays, or friendship bracelets.

 

Make Big Showy Flowers from Plastic Tablecloths - pink flower

Make Big Showy Flowers from Plastic TableclothsI needed some big beautiful flower displays for a party. I asked for and received the plastic tablecloths that my local Tricky Tray was throwing out after their event. I created these beautiful flowers with them!

 

A small sand terrarium with butterflies around.

Making a Sand Terrarium or Fairy Garden for KidsHere is a super fun sand terrarium/fairy garden you can make with your kids.

 

Painted Wire Flowers and Clover

Painted Wire Flowers and CloverThis is a super fun and pretty craft using wires, wood glue, and nail polish. Bend the wires in whatever flower shapes you admire, dip in glue, then paint. They reflect such beautiful colours in the sun. I hope you give this a try!

 

Succulent Planter and DIY Wood Stain - closeup of succulent planting

Succulent Planter with DIY Wood StainThis trendy and modern succulent art piece can be hung up (saves space) or displayed as a centerpiece on a table, coffee stand, end table, or desk.

 

Ten Minute Thrifty Tote - over the shoulder tote

Ten Minute Thrifty ToteI bought a pillow at a thrift store so I could use the pillow form for a pillow I was making. Not knowing what to do with the pillow case, I decided to add straps and make a zippered tote out of it.

 

DIY Cleaning Putty - homemade cleaning putty

DIY Cleaning PuttyThis is an awesome homemade putty that will help you clean hard-to-clean areas just by rolling it around in them. Try it on things like mini vents, small ridges in furniture, and many other tight spots. It just takes a handful of items you might already have at home.

 

Pearl Water Falls Centerpiece - finished centerpiece on table

Pearl Waterfall CenterpieceI brought my love for nature into my living room since our summer season will be going really busy. I just imagined myself going to this pearly wonderful waterfall while making this craft.

 

Finished birdbath.

Flower Pot Bird BathI really wanted to have a bird bath in our yard, but every time I found one that I liked it was so expensive. I decided to try and make my own using stacked flower pots and saucers.

 

embossed pop tab

Soda Pop Tab EmbossingUsing soda pop tabs for crafting is fun & easy. You will need: Clear embossing ink, Soda pop tabs, Colored embossing powder, Heat embossing tool, A pair of tweezers,

 

Altered T-Shirt for Shoulder Surgery  - view of Velcro strips in place

Altered T-Shirt for Shoulder SurgeryRecently, I searched online for medical clothing needed after a rotator cuff surgery and noticed the cost of such alterations was in my opinion over priced. After gleaning a few items, I decided to give it my best DIY version that was less costly and worked just as well.

 

DIY Paper Towel Roll Kaleidoscope - finished kaleidoscope

DIY Paper Towel Roll KaleidoscopeDo you have an empty paper towel roll? Recycle the roll and turn it into this fun kaleidoscope toy for your kids, you can make 2 kaleidoscopes per roll!

 

Greeting Card Bookmark

Magnetic Greeting Card BookmarksThis is one of the bookmarks I made to go with the less than a dollar new books I picked up on half.com to give as gifts this year.

 

Simple Paint Chip Mother's Day Cards - two different styles of Mother's Day cards

Simple Paint Chip Mother's Day CardsHere is a simple tutorial on how you could use sample paint chips (that you may have from previous painting projects) and incorporate them into Mother's Day cards. Here are 2 cards I made - one for my mother and one for my mother-in-law.

 

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Frog and Fly Catcher Game - finished frog with yard coming out of mouth and fly on the end

Frog and Fly Catcher GameThis is a free, fun and challenging game. You can make one frog, two, or five and make your own rules.

 

Making a Bamboo Rain Stick - braid some string and decorate the instrument. Be sure to glue the string in place.

Making a Bamboo RainstickHere on the island music is an important part of our lives. There are many ways that we use bamboo to make musical instruments. One of the instruments I love to make is a rainstick.

 

plant inside of self watering pot

Self Watering PotSmaller potted house plants need more attention especially during the summer or 'plant sitting' if you go away on vacation. Also, both under and over watering can become a problem.

 

Rocking Paper Bird - finished pink paper rocking bird

Rocking Paper BirdThis one is a cute craft you can teach your kids to make to release the boredom from being stuck at home. Find colorful papers and make these cute little birds for your young ones.

 

Wall Masks

Plastic Jug Wall MasksWall masks made from plastic jugs. Cut tops off jugs as shown in photo. Make a hole at top center and make a string loop for hanging.

 

clay pot lighthouse in garden

Clay Pot LighthouseI found the perfect lantern at Ikea to use for this clay pot lighthouse. These cute yard decorations are easy to make!

 

Aluminum Can Pinwheel - pinwheel in the garden

Aluminum Can PinwheelIf I'm not taking my aluminum cans to the recyclers, I'm making things with them. These pinwheels are easy to make and a delight to watch spin in the wind. There are certain spots in our garden where squirrels wreak havoc, so we place them there to keep them at bay with the bright reflections.

 

Fabric Bowl Hot Pad - finished two colored fabric bowl

Fabric Bowl Hot PadHere is another project to use up scraps and that is quick to make. Do you ever have leftover batting from a quilt? And anyone who sews usually has fabric scraps! So put the two together and in about 45 minutes you can make a cute soup bowl hot pad. Use your imagination and you could use it as a roll basket, a place for car keys, etc.

 

Finished basket decorated and filled with Easter candy.

Paper Bag BasketsDo you need a quick basket for just about anything?

 

Recycled Record Cover Purse

Record Album Cover Shoulder BagHere's a fun project. I got some cheesy record album covers from a thrift shop for 50 cents each, some vinyl, plastic tubing and grommets and made this record album cover shoulder bag.

 

Recycled jeans denim and cotton mat.

Patchwork Circle MatMat sewn from denim jean scraps and colorful scraps of cotton. Center the cardboard template on a print circle and mark the point where each of the four corners touches the outside edge of the circle.

 

Plastic Folder Aquarium - ready to explore the aquarium

Plastic Folder AquariumThis craft is a bit time consuming, but if you are that crafty, the result of this project will turn out to be satisfying. Include this in your fun quarantine days to lessen the boredom.

 

DIY Off-Shoulder Top - off the shoulder sweatshirt modeled by the maker

DIY Off-Shoulder TopI was looking to buy an off-shoulder sweatshirt when I noticed that most of them cost $10 to $15 more than their pre-cut counterparts. There is a super simple way to cut them to make them hang off your shoulder just right. Here's how to do it.

 

Trellis for Dragon Fruit - training cactus up the trellis

Trellis for Dragon FruitHere is my updated trellis for my dragon fruit. If you are limited on space this will work best! It is a neater and more organized style - it also helps dragon fruit cactus bear fruit.

 

Venetian Leaf Crocheted Towel Topper

Crochet Venetian Leaf Towel TopperI like the towel toppers that have a concealed crochet chain so you can hang a towel over the chain without having to cut the towel in half and deal with the cut edge.

 

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Hand holding a home name disinfectant wipe

Make Your Own Disinfectant WipesIt's easy to make your own disinfectant wipes at home. These are great when the stores are selling out because of the Coronavirus. It's also a convenient way to refill wipe containers so you can get more uses out of them.

 

Perky Bra Purses

Perky Bra PursesMost of us have a not-quite-right bra or two loitering in our lingerie drawer. Now you can turn that scrap of fabric and lace into a fun purse that's sure to be an attention-getter!

 

Kitchen towel with crochet top.

Crochet Kitchen TowelCrochet several of these and put them in handy places throughout your kitchen; on the oven door and the refrigerator handle are the best places for these. My version is different from most since I don't cut the towel in half, but fold it and use the whole towel.

 

Plastic canvas cross project.

Cross in a Pocket ProjectThis is a cute little reminder that anyone can carry. It is simple enough for children, but also interesting enough for grown-ups. It should take between 30 and 60 minutes to complete.

 

DIY Long-Lasting Eyelash Lift - closeup of eyes after process

DIY Long-Lasting Eyelash LiftRecently, my girlfriends and I were part of our dear friend's wedding. Everyone decided to get lash lifts and lash extensions. I was interested in a long-lasting lash lift so I wouldn't have to curl my lashes anymore, however, the $80 base price was appalling. I decided to get an at-home kit.

 

Making a Paper Worm Race Game - racing

Making a Paper Worm Race GameWho says you can't have fun indoors during summer? Make your summer weekend fun with just art paper. Gather your family members and grab a snack while you play this game.

 

Plastic Bottle Fruit Fly Trap - finished trap with a floating fly

Plastic Bottle Fruit Fly TrapWe have tried many things to get rid of fruit flies in our home, and this is hands down the easiest, cheapest, and most effective way. One of the most important things in order to catch them is the bait you put out. Fruit flies can be more attracted to some things more than others.

 

Faux Hornets' Nest - hanging on balcony

Faux Hornets' NestHornets and wasps are territorial. When one sets in the other pretty much doesn't. So, to keep both away from my balcony, I crocheted a faux hornets' nest to keep my balcony "nasties" free.

 

Making An Easy Garden Path

Making An Easy Garden PathWe wanted something that would break up our yard and garden space. We decided on a path to break up the landscape and also help with drainage because of the slope of the back yard.

 

Fabric Face Mask - two completed masks

Fabric Face MaskI found this pattern on the Kaiser Permanente website. It is for making a pleated style face mask. The photos are mine, but the instructions are based on their pattern. I have included Kaiser the link as well. The pattern is for a small/medium mask.

 

Make a Cute Fox from Shells - finished shell fox face

Make a Cute Fox from ShellsThis is a fun little fox project using scallop and mussel shells, paint, and glue. I keep all the shells from my meals (and trips to the beach) just to make these little animals. They make great little gifts!

 

Upcycled Sliding Drawer from a Soda Box - finished drawer assembly

Upcycled Sliding Drawer from a Soda BoxThis craft uses a 12 pack soda box and turns it into a decorated drawer. I loved doing this so much.

 

red ombre hair color

Dyeing Hair With Kool-AidMy daughter wanted to color the ends of her hair for the last week of school. The Kool-aid created a very pretty ombre look!

 

Liquid Chalk in Muffin Tins

Liquid Sidewalk ChalkMake homemade liquid sidewalk chalk for your little ones to paint with outside.

 

Egg Carton Alligator - finished egg carton gator

Egg Carton AlligatorThis is an adorable little alligator made from painted egg cartons, toilet paper tubes, and paper scraps. It is a cheap craft for all ages!

 

How to Make a Stiffened Doily Bowl - car keys in purple bowl which has had a pink ribbon laced through it

How to Make a Stiffened Doily BowlWith this recipe for fabric stiffy, you can create a cute lacy bowl for friends, loved ones, or just something nice for your home.This is super easy and the most time spent on this project is for drying. These are great for office, bath, or as a decorative piece for those favorite jewelry pieces that you use daily, or even as a dish for keys.

 

candy bouquet

Candy Bouquet With Candy VaseCandy bouquets are a fun gift to give or receive, but they can be expensive to buy! Luckily they are easy to make yourself and much cheaper.

 

Use Spray Paint to Have a Choice in Planter Colors - closeup of pots

Use Spray Paint to Have a Choice in Planter ColorsI love pastels! The one problem I have is I cannot find planters in pastel colors. I can find white ones that sometimes work. While out looking for inexpensive planters I found the size and price that I loved. One problem, the color only came in black! Here's how I transformed them to more of a shabby chic look, just by using spray paint.

 

How to Patch Tears in Rubber Gloves - repaired glove

How to Patch Tears in Rubber GlovesThere's nothing more irritating than feeling your gloves suddenly fill up with water while you're doing the dishes. In the past, I've either spent loads on cheap gloves, or tried to pay more for better gloves, only to find they lasted maybe a few weeks longer. Now I immediately patch them up.

 

Two sea shell roses.

Seashell RoseThis is a gorgeous, romantic, and elegant craft which can be applied to a number of other crafts as an enhancement, although it is completely stunning on its own! The shells (if you live near bodies of water) are free, which is the best part!

 

Cinder Block Step Planter - finished planter

Cinder Block Step PlanterThis planter would work great for succulents, grasses, flowers, or strawberries. I chose to use succulents of the Sedum variety but there are a lot of different options.

 

Using Bird Cages As Outdoor Planters - closeup of impatiens potted plant

Using Bird Cages As Outdoor PlantersI never really liked the the idea of caged birds, but love the intricate designs that bird cages bring.

 

DIY Eyelash Adhesive

DIY Eyelash AdhesiveI started making my own eyelash glue when I realized the store brand ones I was using was making my lids a bit itchy. This adhesive is made of a few simple household products and keeps your lashes on all day.

 

Crocheted Bunny Nugget

Crocheted Bunny NuggetMy daughter saw a knitting pattern online awhile ago for little bunnies. They were just adorable, but I can't knit! So this is what I came up with in crochet. Very easy, and what munchkin wouldn't love a little boxful of bunny nuggets in all different colors?

 

Popsicle Stick Geometric Sculpture - lit with fairy lights

Popsicle Stick Geometric SculptureThis intriguing sculpture is made out of a bunch of equilateral triangles made from popsicle sticks and hot glue. If you add LED lights or votives inside, it makes a fantastic lamp. The inspiration for this came from a set of polyhedral gamer's dice, which I think are so cool. Give this craft a try!

 

A completed Pi pendant.

Wire Wrapped and Beaded Pi PendantI used wire from an old transformer and beads to make this pendant. The pendant has a secret: it is not only Pi-shaped, the number of beads corresponds to the digits of Pi.

 

finished bow

Wire-Edged Ribbon BowYou don't need a bow maker to create these big, loopy bows. They can be made in many sizes and are great for gifts or wreaths.

 

Miniature Soap Bible

Miniature Soap BibleThis is a great project for Vacation Bible School. Fun for the little ones. It is a Bible made from a bar of Ivory soap. Wrap ribbon around edges of soap, beginning midway on a long side. Tuck in corners and pin in place.

 

Flower Pot from Cement and Old Jeans

Flower Pot from Cement and Old JeansNever throw away old jeans. Since denim is a fairly durable fabric and also absorbs concrete mix well, I used old jeans to make the petals of this flower-shaped flowerpot. This flowerpot looks beautiful not only on a lawn, but also on any hard surface in the yard or inside the house. It will delight you with its "bloom", even in winter.

 

Photo Holder Rock - rock holding a photo of Paris, perhaps a postcard

Photo Holder RockCreate a thrifty way of displaying a photo/small artwork for your kids to place in your home/their room. My son decorated this rock and with just a pipe cleaner, this rock turns into a photo holder!

 

Cleaning Silver with Aluminum Foil - silver jewelry in pan

Cleaning Silver with Aluminum FoilIt's easy to clean silver using aluminum foil and cleaning agents you have in the house.

 

Love Grows Valentine Card - finished card

Love Grows Valentine CardThis Valentine's Day, celebrate your love for your significant other with this easy card. Using a printout of a tree and hearts punched from an old calendar page, this card is also easy on the pocket.

 

A pen that has been converted into a stylus.

Homemade Stylus PenStylus pens are a coveted item for people who have touchscreen devices. They help preserve the screen and help people who have large fingers be able to have more accuracy when texting and selecting things on the small screen.

 

Intertwined Bead and Wire Crochet Bracelet

Intertwined Bead and Wire Crochet BraceletThin wire from an old transformer is an excellent material for crocheting original jewelry. This time I decided to use a lot of beads. Since I wanted the bracelet to be not only crocheted, but also intertwined, I decided to crochet the rings, which I then connected - intertwined. I also used pearlescent beads for decoration. This is how the idea of this bracelet was born.

 

finished bowl with fabric flower

Coiled Rag BowlI saw a pretty coiled rag bowl on Pinterest and decided to make one for myself. Here it is. I hope you are inspired to make one too. I really like how it turned out.

 

The completed tin.

Vintage Decoupage TinMy father is currently recovering from cancer, and he uses a food supplement called Lifegain that comes in a neat tin. When the first tin was empty, I asked my mom if I could have it, as I was thinking of recycling this tin.

 

Bag Made from Coloured Vinyl Records - bag/purse made from three vinyl records, in red, white, and blue

Bag Made from Coloured Vinyl RecordsI made this bag from 3 coloured vinyl records. It has an inner lining.

 

finished container

Greeting Card Pill Bottle Storage ContainerThis little craft makes a plain pill bottle into a pretty storage container, by using the picture from a greeting card. I used mine for my sewing needles.

 

Blow and Bud Painting Using a Straw and Q-tip - finished painting

Blow and Bud Painting Using a Straw and Q-tipLearn how to paint without a paint brush. There are many things you can use for painting, you can even use your bare hands. Today I'm teaching my kid a simple art technique using cotton buds and a drinking straw.

 

Garden Flowerpot Chair Planter - finished planter with yellow flowers and the bee garden sign

Garden Flowerpot Chair PlanterI grabbed this chair from a neighbor's loose trash and decided to "recycle" it to make a chair planter.

 

Clothes Hangers Wall Decoration - bright pink plastic hanger wall decoration

Clothes Hangers Wall DecorationHere is a way to make a cute and inexpensive decoration for your wall from plastic clothes hangers.

 

Rose made from dollar bill attached to stem and in vase.

Dollar Bill RoseA single rose is an elegant gift, no matter what the occasion. I have been making these since the early '70s.

 

Simple Wine Cork Trivet - under a bowl

Simple Wine Cork TrivetThis is fun, quick, and with supervision, a great kids' craft.

 

Tea Time - Tissue Box Tea Pot - finished pot

Tea Time - Tissue Box Tea PotThis is an original recycled tissue box teapot idea with inspiration from online paper craft teapots. It will be used for my future daughter-in-law's tea party, garden-themed bridal shower. The teapot will hold little plastic packets of citrus tea mix for the shower guests to take home.

 

finished wreath

4th of July Mesh WreathI saw the rolls of mesh at the craft store and wanted to try making a wreath for the 4th of July. I love how it turned out!

 

Backscratcher to Apply Lotion - plastic bag over lotion applicator for storage

Backscratcher to Apply LotionThis will work for anyone who needs to apply lotion or whatever they want too. To those hard to reach places on your back or whereever needed when your alone with no one to help you.

 

Party Hat Volcano Experiment for Kids - erupted volcano

Party Hat Volcano Experiment for KidsHave extra party hats? Your child will have a blast with this volcano experiment. If you don't have any party hats, you can make your own with paper.

 

Yarn Dog

Craft: Yarn DogWrap yarn 30 times around the cardboard or plastic square. Remove the yarn from the square, tie the bunch in the middle and spread out loops to form puff. Wrap 16 puffs of secondary color. Wrap 36 puffs of main color.

 

Stacked Block Stairs - finished block stairs

Stacked Block StairsOur front porch is quite high off the ground and for years we used some old cinderblocks as stairs. We were in need of safer stairs, so my husband made these awesome curved stairs out of stacking blocks and gravel.

 

American Flag Clothespin Platter - finished plater

American Flag Clothespin PlatterHere is a decorative platter I made from wooden clothespins I found for a dollar. I painted them and then clipped them onto a plastic lid I would have otherwise thrown out. Alternatively, you could clip these clothespins onto a ring to make a nice wreath.

 

Install AC Unit Without Damaging Window

Install AC Unit Without Damaging WindowWith temperatures expected to reach 100 degrees F this week, we needed to find a way to install our old Air Conditioning unit in our brand new vinyl casement windows without damaging the window or frame.

 

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