Setting The Thanksgiving TableSome might think we non believers are a shallow, misguided, ungrateful lot. Nothing could be farther from the truth. While we may not practice a ritualized, much commercialized form of giving thanks to a deity, we too can deeply appreciate, even be humbled by, what we have.
Recipes for ThanksgivingAlthough everyone's Thanksgiving food varies for each family, there are some traditional dishes that grace tables across the U.S.; like turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. These recipes are all from New England, where the first Thanksgiving was celebrated. Families have incorporated their own favorite dishes into their own celebrations. My family is planning on rice, stir fried green beans and mac and cheese this year, in addition to the basics.
Chocolate Cowboy HatsThese chocolate cowboy hats are a wonderful edible craft. I am making them for my nephew's birthday/Halloween party where he will be dressing up as Woody, the cowboy from Toy Story (his absolute favourite). These only take a few food items and a bit of patience. They would also be awesome for a western movie lover or a baby shower!
Blue Star Wall HangingI found a plastic star tray that just needed a little something. So that is what I put; just a few buttons and a hand made hanger. Simple and easy, this would be a great project for the kiddos.
Red White and Blue Caps for the FourthRed, white, and blue caps, Oh My!! With three Dollar Tree caps, some buttons, and wooden stars, you can make a fun and fast craft just in time for the Fourth!
Simple and Fun Burlap Wrapped Country WreathI wanted to do another one of my "make it, shoot it, share it, and reuse it" crafts. So I got out my gorgeous ribbon, which is a mix of country burlap and patriotic colors. I hope you like it.
4th of July Craft Stick Star with StreamersThe Fourth of July is right around the corner. Make these cute star ribbon hanging decorations for indoor/outdoor.
Faux FirecrackersOn pinterest, I found someone who had covered long boxes to look like firecrackers. Well, I found 4 very unigue cylindrical things that I thought looked more like firecrackers, so I went for it! I hope you like them.
Americana Ball WreathI am into Americana way more than traditional red/white/and blue. So I make things every year that reflect that color choice.
#1 Dad Father's Day CardHere is an easy and simple Father's Day card anyone could make. There is no excuse to have to buy a store bought card especially in the circumstances we are all in right now.
Felt Flower WandSince I love plants and flowers, my son made this all on his own as a Mother's Day gift. I was really impressed that I was able to capture some of the steps in his project (as I didn't have a clue he was making it for me until I realized it was a gift).
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.
Easter Bunny Puppet from a Dishwashing GloveThis is a way to turn a dishwashing glove into an Easter bunny rabbit puppet.
Valentine's Bird Card HolderMy daughter's class will be having a Valentine's card exchange soon. She requested a bird theme. Here is a Valentine's bird card holder tutorial. All of the supplies I used, I already had at home.
Wall Shell Decoration for Valentine's DayMake this little wall shell decoration for Valentine's Day. My son made this all by himself and I thought it was really cute and had to post it up, plus it's perfect to hang on the wall for Valentine's Day! This would also be a nice gift to make for grandma or as a Mother's Day gift.
Heart Picture Frame MagnetHere is a sentimental gift that you may be able to make with items around your home. This would be a nice little handmade gift to give for Valentine's Day or even Mother's Day.
Thanksgiving Counting CupsWhen you teach, it is important to change materials frequently. This is especially true when working with younger children. That is why I like to create many different games and activities to go along with each theme. During November, I add paper Thanksgiving cups and counters to the math center. Students are able to practice their number recognition and counting skills.
DIY LED ChandelierYou can make a fantastic and very useful large chandelier with a few items you probably already have at home. This came in very handy for my best friend's 40th birthday. Instead of hanging up the LED bulb lights for a scattered, dim lighting effect, we bunched them together in a cage style basket and secured it from the gazebo ceiling. It was lovely!
DIY 4 Tier Cupcake StandWhen the price is too much for a one day celebration you need not buy expensive tools for it. I'm making a Boss Baby inspired 4 tier cup cake stand coz it's the easiest concept I know and the materials are very easy to find, too.
Halloween Spider DonutsThese creepy spider donuts are simple to make and are really cute.
Nappy Baby Shower InvitationsI am planning my daughter's baby shower - twins no less!! I wanted to make a special handmade invitation and saw this adorable design. It's a nappy - a modern day version of a diaper! There are many ways to personalize it and I'll show you a few as we go together, step by step!
Patriotic Window DisplayThis is so super simple it's fun and easy.
Father's Day Favor Gift JarMason jars are affordable and make great gift giving presents with a reusable purpose. You can fill the jar up and decorate the outside. Then the recipient can use the Mason jar as a jar, cup, for organizing purposes, etc., essentially it won't be trash.
Coolest Pop CardI made this card for my dad for Father's Day because he is an absolute Popsicle fiend and he's the coolest pop! This cute little play on words makes for a fun and sweet card, and a great all-ages craft.
Toddler Handprint Monkey Father's Day CardHere is a cute and sentimental card you can make with your toddler to give to dad. My daughter loves making crafts with her handprints, so this was perfect to make for Father's Day.
Father's Day Coffee Cup Greeting CardGive simple treats to your dad this Father's Day. Make a simple greeting card and creatively make a 3D compartment for your personalized token gift to start his day with a smile.
Heart Tree Mother's Day CardMother's Day is around the corner. In school my son is making a Mother's Day project, but he came home wanting to make a card for me. Since I love planting and trees, he suggested a tree card with sparkles. We had heart stickers at home, so I thought that would be a cute touch as the leaves. You can't go wrong with a homemade Mother's Day card; as a sentimental touch it's his hand. :)
Marshmallow PeepstersToday was the day before Easter and the store was out of Peeps, of course. I got a big bag of marshmallows instead and used some ingredients on hand to make these to cheer up my dad. (He really, really, likes his Peeps.)
Bunny CardThis bunny card adds a cute touch to any Easter basket for a neighbor, family, friend, co-worker, etc.
Happy Easter Carrot CardEaster is around the corner. You can make this adorable Easter card with a touch of cuteness (child's hand).
Easter Bunny Resealable Candy PackLet's have fun and share handmade treat packs with kids celebrating Easter. Make fancy bunny packs to hide around your house for the kids to find. They'll enjoy searching for the bunnies instead of Easter eggs.
Peeps RacersThis is a cute edible craft for all ages using Peeps bunnies and Twinkies. You can decorate your cars however you like, I went with a bit of a classic race car look. To make this 100% edible, replace the toothpicks with thin pretzel rods.
Christening Candles with Drip CatcherI'm serving another special occasion. Part of the ceremony is the lighting of candles. It has already become a practice in the modern generation to beautify these candles to serve as souvenirs after use.
Instant Pot Corned Beef and VegetablesI make corned beef and veggies every March in honour of my late grandfather. He was born on St. Patrick's day and absolutely adored corned beef. Now, this is first time I've tried making it all in my Instant Pot. I'm so happy I did because it was so incredibly delicious and super tender. This is by far my favourite method for making this dish.
Foam Shamrock Decor IdeasThere are so many decorating ideas for St. Patrick's Day. One of my favorite things to incorporate in every area, is the shamrock or clover! You can use pre-cut shapes or make your own out of green foam sheets. I chose shamrocks for this DIY project. They can be added to any flat surface, like cabinets and doors, to make your house more festive!
Making Marbled EggsThis project is fun and unique. You will never get the same look twice by using artificial eggs. These take only minutes to make plus drying time.
Spring Bunny BannerWith my love for spring and its colors, I wanted to make a banner using cardstock, ribbon, tape/glue, and colored cotton balls. This is what I came up with.
Pot of Gold Fridge DecorI thoroughly enjoy decorating for every holiday, but I hardly have money for expensive items. And this year, my employer is having me decorate the break room as well! I decided to decorate the fridge door and to incorporate every associate into the St. Patrick's Day theme. Making pots of gold was the easiest choice and turned out absolutely adorable.
Pot of Golden TreatsAt the end of every rainbow is a pot of gold. The leprechaun left its powerful green hat that saves him from traps. It's caught in a trap and the princess was able to slide herself down the long rainbow. She fell into a pot of gold under thick clouds at the end of the rainbow where the leprechaun's hat was left.
Pot O' Gold PlanterThis is cute little planter you can use for your real plants, fake plants, or even fill with candy to hand out. It's super easy to make and so cheerful for St. Patrick's Day!
Pot O' Gold Piggy BankThis is a fun and thrifty piggy bank to make out of Popsicle sticks, glue, and a plastic jar. You can use the rainbow as a chute to drop your coins into your pot of gold. It will be fun to save, and easy to twist open when it's full!
Rainbow Pot of Gold ActivitiesThis is an easy yet fun and colorful craft that doubles as a learning activities for kids. It is a fun way for learning, basic rainbow colors (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet). It is also a fun way of learning words, creating words, and spelling with the alphabet foam stickers over faux gold coins.
Mini Shamrock Hat BasketLet's play a game. It is believed that when you find a four leaf clover you'll find luck. So, I just thought of making a shamrock hat - a fancy green hat filled with these teeny weeny clover leaves. For a St. Patrick's day celebration find your lucky clover in it.
Valentine's Day Patchwork Treat BoxTo carry all of my toddler's Valentine's Day gifts for his classmates (rocketship gift and Valentine's Day tattoo box) we used a tissue box and salvaged part of the Valentine's Day tattoo box.
Cutout Heart ValentinesHere are two examples of simple and practical Valentine's Day cards you can make.
Valentine's Day Plant StakeDo you need a last minute Valentine's gift for a friend, loved one, co-worker, teacher, etc.? Plants would be perfect! And to add a cute touch to the gift, add a plant stake with a cute personalized message on a paper heart.
Valentine's Day Pencil Arrow CardThis is a cute Valentine's Day arrow card you can make with your child. It is perfect to give to your child's teacher and teacher's aide (our pink pencil says #1 best teacher and the standard yellow is for a teacher's aide). This card concept can be for classmates too!
'Eyes On You' ValentinesIf you shop in the dollar section at Target, the packaging can potentially be reusable. Here is how I made these Valentine's Day cards from the $1 paper tape packaging!
Valentine Wreath CardThis is a cute and simple Valentine's card you can make. It will be easier if you have a paper heart puncher. I was able to use some scrap sheets of paper to create this card.
Kissmark Decorative BannerWe had this kind of decoration during the high school times when everyone's very fond of kissing booths. Here's a very simple decoration you can add to your walls to spread more love and kisses this Valentine's Day.
Heart Shaped Fox CardThis is a cute and easy card to make out of paper cutouts of hearts and triangles. Make one for the one you love. :)
Valentine's Day Arrow Toss GameIf you are having a Valentine's Day party or just want a game to play at home with your toddlers, you can make this arrow toss game. The object of the game is to see who can toss their arrow the closest to the center of the heart.
Rocketship Valentine's Day GiftsMy toddler and I made Valentine's Day rocket-ship gifts for his classmates. The school doesn't allow candies or sweets, so we thought this would be fun to make and give.
"I Knead You" Valentine's CardMake a card for your sweetie using a play on words. The rolling pin is made from a piece of cardboard, and stands out nicely due to its thickness. I used plain craft paper for the dough and card base.
Hand Painted Popsicle Stick PuzzleThis is a fun way to turn Popsicle sticks into a puzzle. I've made a love themed one, but you can paint whatever you'd like on it. Taking a photo of it creates a key for the puzzle player to follow. You can have this on a mobile device, or you can print it out.
Making a Paper Valentine TreeIf we can have a Christmas tree we can also create a Valentine's Day tree for the new season. Love month is full of hearts so I guess it's time to replace the pine tree with hearts.
Valentine's Checkers GameThis is a fun way to make a Valentine's Day checker board. I got these little heart pieces from the dollar shop. This would be sweet to create as a team on a date. You paint the squares in from one side, and they paint them in from the other. Meet in the middle, let dry, and play!
Valentine's Day Decorated Gift BagYou can easily redesign a shopping bag into a Valentine's Day themed gift bag. You will need simple supplies that you probably already have at home!
'Eye Love You' Valentine's Day ArtworkThroughout the "dating" period - my fiancé and I would send cheesy text messages and we'd always do the emoji eye heart finger pointing to emphasize I love you, sort of in "code".
"I Love You To Pieces" Valentine's Day CardThis is a cute and inexpensive Valentines' Day card you can make for your spouse, significant other, boyfriend/girlfriend, etc.
Candy BasketThis is a cute candy basket - perfect as a Valentine's Day gift, or little decoration piece for your office desk.
Recycled Cardboard Box Valentine's Day MailboxDo you have any cardboard boxes laying around? They'll be perfect for a Valentine's Day mailbox project.
Recycled Paper Rolls as Heart StampsI want to show you how you can take those household paper rolls, and turn them into stamps. This is fun for the whole family to get involved in. It is perfect for those rainy days and is very crafty! Create wrapping paper or a fabric table cover.
Floral "LOVE" Valentine DecorationValentine season is coming so I'm starting to put away my Christmas decorations. Now here's a simple wall decoration to replace your Christmas wall decor.
Repurpose Victoria's Secret Shopping Bag for Valentine's DayIf you have any shopping bags laying around, you can repurpose those bags into thoughtful handmade Valentine's Day gift bags.
"Giving You All My Love" OctopusThis is a fun, all-ages octopus craft made from a toilet paper tube. It's got so many arms, it wants to give you all the love it can carry! This would be great to give to a Valentine. You can fill it up with a bag of sweets, if you like.
Ferrero Rocher Golden Snitch (Harry Potter)My son had a Harry Potter themed birthday party. One of the treats I made were these Ferrero Rocher Golden Snitches. They were the perfect pairing to go with the red and gold Gryffindor cupcakes that we had.
Valentine's Day Paper CardValentine's Day is around the corner. This is a handmade card you could make and have your child decorate to give to their teacher(s).
"Bee Mine" ClothespinsThis a cute way to turn a clothespin into a clingy bee for your Valentine. Just clip it onto their shirt and claim your love!
Chinese New Year WreathIf you celebrate Chinese New Year, here is a modern twist showing how you can use a Christmas wreath and transform it into a Chinese New Year wreath. It is great to display over the fireplace or anywhere inside your home. To display outside laminate the red lucky envelopes.
Thankful for a Turkey's LifeMy dear friends, Michael and Lori, decided to raise a turkey for Thanksgiving this year. They have raised chickens for the last few years and have a large backyard. Although I'm sure they will never raise a turkey again, the last 8 months have been quite an adventure.
Friendsgiving Party PlanIf you are going to do a Friendsgiving, don't do it the way we did the first year! Here are the tricks we've learned:
Gender Reveal Surprise in a BoxI had the honor of finding out the gender of my friend's baby before she and her husband.
Happy Birthday Printable BannerHave an upcoming event or party to plan? You can make any custom banner easily with Microsoft Word. I made this simple Happy Birthday banner and I'm here to share how I did it.
Star StrawIf you're hosting a Fourth of July party, this would be a cute touch to add to your straws!
Fourth of July Star DecorationThis is a cute and frugal Fourth of July decoration, measuring about 15 inches tall. There are many different ways you could display this in your home. For example: hang on a door, wall, fireplace mantel, or table.
Chenille Stem Firework and Star DecorationsI love chenille stems. They are so cheap and versatile. I made these up today.
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.
Napkin Decoupaged Flower PotI bought a pack of star patterned napkins last year at an Independence Day sale for 20 cents and saved them for crafting purposes. Here, I've used them to decoupage an old, worn flower pot to give it new life. Filled with red flowers, it makes a nice centerpiece for the 4th of July.
Zip Tie Fireworks DecorThese are cheap and cheerful decorative pieces just in time for 4th of July. I used a colourful assortment pack of zip ties I got at the Dollar store, along with some pipe cleaners, to make these fun dimensional bursts of colour. This is an excellent all-ages craft!
Toilet Paper Roll Fireworks ArtworkWith a toilet paper roll, you can achieve fireworks or make a dandelion/flower card using the same concept. This is a very fun activity for both adults and kids. You can make a great piece to hang on the fridge afterwards, or to gift as a card.
Bowtie Pasta Father's Day CardThis is a quick and fun Father's Day card made on the cheap! Use scraps of paper to make a collared shirt, topped with a bowtie made with painted farfalle pasta. My craft paper here has pineapples on one side because my dad has a super loud pineapple shirt he's secretly in love with (and won't wear out of the house)!
Summer Door DecorI had some placemats for almost two years and finally took the time to make them into something special.
Father's Day Handprint Keepsake CardFather's Day is right around the corner. This would be a cute craft for your child to do for Father's Day.
Father's Day Bow Tie CardFather's Day is around the corner. My dad absolutely loves plaid button ups so, I thought this would be a cute and simple card to make for him! I like cards that have dimension so I used felt for the bow tie, but you can use paper too.
Dad's Neckties CardThis is a super thrifty DIY card for Father's Day. With a few bends, you can turn a paperclip into an adorable little wire hanger that holds Dad's beautifully patterned neckties, which are made from paper scraps.
Dressed Up Pen Holder for Father's DayI found a roll of DC-fix self-adhesive vinyl cover stacked in the back of a drawer. It had a blue and yellow tartan pattern, with small red dots. I thought of using this for a Father's Day gift. I decided to make a pen holder, using an old tin can. The tin can was dressed up to look as if it was wearing a formal shirt and tie.
Chocoholic Easter Bunny CardThis Easter bunny is a real chocoholic! He found the ideal Easter egg. He is clinging to it for dear life and can't wait to taste it. Maybe - if you ask him nicely - he will share it with you?
Yarn Chain St. Patty's WreathI love anything green. Being part Irish I too love the month of March. This wreath is super easy to make if you crochet. If you don't, you might find someone to do that for you.
Paper Plate Bunny MaskThis is a simple and easy project you can make at home with your kids. I am sure you have all of the supplies at home to recreate this craft. Afterwards the kids had fun running around playing with their masks together.
Cardboard Tube ShamrockThis is an adorable and easy to make shamrock using the center cardboard tubes from toilet paper. The puffy dimension you get from folding the tubes makes it so cute from every angle!
Edible Standing RainbowsThis craft is great for kids. It involves colour separation, counting, and basic crafting. After creation, they can be eaten, too. Have fun!
No-Sew Gradient Felt Heart PurseThis is a cute little purse to make out of leftover scraps of felt. There is no sewing involved, so this is a great beginner's craft. The purse handle is also a heart, just for some extra love!
Woven Felt HeartThis handmade woven felt heart makes for a heartfelt gift! I love how the two pieces come together to make a gorgeous high-contrast heart. This is a great craft for all ages.
Tiny Hearts Wall DecorThis craft so far is the simplest craft I have made. It's so simple that you can even invite your kids to participate in this project as part of your Valentine's Day bonding.
Turtle Dove of Love Valentine CardThis Valentine's Day, make a sweet DIY card to show the love of your life just how much you love him.
Loved Up Drinks CoastersHere is a great way to remind the man in your life that he is the love of your life. Make some heart-themed drinks coasters that he can use in his man cave. An easy way to bring a message of love!
Pop Heart DecorationDecorate your home this Valentine's Day with a touch of thriftiness. Find a tissue or Japanese paper or even a plain colored paper that you like and you can enjoy the season full of hearts around you.
Valentine's Day Hearts CardThis Valentine's Day card that I will be give to my mom is made from tissue paper I received from my shopping trip at Victoria's Secret and other items I already had at home.
Heart-Shaped Cupcake TopperThis is a fun and budget-friendly craft for all ages. The heart is made of a simple pipe cleaner and a handful of ring-shaped cereal. You can also eat the fruity cereal as a bonus treat! ;)
Two Hearts As One Valentine Day CardHere is an easy mini adult-coloring-project-turned-card for Valentine's Day. Symbolizing two lives that started separately, and eventually interlinked when falling in love, this card is sure to melt your Cupid's heart.
Valentine's Heart Chocolate Candy/Coupon GiftYou can still have a nice Valentine's Day without having to spend much money. I will show you two methods. One method is making perfect candy favors for your little ones to bring to school, or you can make a candy gift with thoughtful coupons underneath for your significant other, spouse, or child to redeem.