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Two heart shaped stockings for Valentine's Day.

Valentine's Day StockingsI started the tradition of Valentine Day stockings a few years ago. We enjoyed filling them with sweets and love notes.

 

The completed basket.

Crochet BasketMade with a CD base, this was a fun little basket to make. I filled it with a small tube of lotion and some treats for a friend's birthday gift.

 

the finished egg carton cherry blossoms.

Cherry Blossom Out of Egg CartonsFor my son's school project, he only needed the plastic bottle vase. As a "mom of extra", I insisted on making the flowers to put into his vase. What I like about making this project is that I don't have to go to the craft shop to find the materials. I used what I can only find around the house.

 

The completed basket.

Woven T-shirt Yarn BasketWith my leftover t-shirt yarn from another project, I made this basket to hold mail. It is nice and sturdy made from the yarn.

 

The finished Roll Holder Basket

Roll Holder BasketOld-fashioned roll basket!

 

The completed patchwork table topper.

Fall Pumpkin Patchwork Table TopperA good way to use scraps. My daughter-in-law loves the fall season and pumpkins, so I made this for her.

 

Assembling the screw and nail organizer.

Screw and Nail OrganizerGreat organizer for small spaces! Holds sixteen jars in a 15 inch space! My husband's original storage container.

 

Tissue Paper Roll Face Switch Toy

Tissue Paper Roll Face Switch ToyI got the idea from my eldest son. I found him playing with a tissue paper roll as if he was telling a story with 3 characters and changing his voice as he switched the tp roll.

 

The finished Teacher's Day Card

Teacher's Day CardTomorrow we'll be celebrating World Teacher's Day. My son asked me to help him do a simple greeting card with a small token attached to it. He chose to put a box of chalk since "it's the best reminder of being a teacher", he said.

 

A basil plant growing in a canning jar.

Indoor Canning Jar Herb GardenI used these cute Mason jar glasses to plant an indoor herb garden.

 

Two socks made into octopus dolls.

Octopus SocksHere is a way to reuse old socks and turn them into octopus sea creatures !

 

The finished pumpkin candle holder.

Pumpkin Candle HolderA nice fall table centerpiece!

 

The completed Kinetic Wind Spoon Sculpture

Kinetic Wind Spoon SculptureI saw a kinetic wind sculpture on Facebook and so I looked up a few ideas with how to make one. My husband was the brains behind this project and used a few ideas from various sources and added his own. Following is what we came up with.

 

The completed strip square quilt.

Strip Quilt SquareI was given a lot of fabric from a friend. Part of the donation included long strips of fabric so I found this quilt pattern for using up strips of fabric.

 

The hanging fan pull.

Fan PullMade from a wooden spool and a few trinkets

 

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The completed quilted hot pad.

Loghouse Hexagon Quilted Hot PadMade from scrap strips of fabric.

 

The completed quilt pattern.

Nine Patch Quilt SquareSimple instructions for making a nine patch quilt square.

 

The completed decorative rosettes.

Rosette DecorationI wanted to add an embellishment to a nightgown I made so I made these little rosettes from the leftover fabric.

 

The completed ceramic looking vase.

Recycled Ceramic Look VaseI used plaster of Paris to make this ceramic looking vase from a soda bottle.

 

The completed loom knit bag.

Loom Knit BagThere are many options for making things from a knit hat loom besides a hat. I found this fairly simple pattern to make a "purse" which could be used for a swimming bag (has holes for the wet swimming suit to dry) or for whatever purpose you might want to use it for.

 

The completed fabric playhouse.

Portable PlayhouseThis is a Goldilocks and the Three Bears playhouse. I used a pattern online and adapted it for this fairy tale story.

 

Bow Quilt Pattern

Bow Quilt PatternTrying out another simple quilt pattern. This project shows how to make one bow square. These squares can then be put together to make a cute quilt, whatever, size you want.

 

The completed flags next to a sign.

Create Your Own Pride FlagFor a Pride month activity I created this craft for the art room. Everyone can make their own flag, either a traditional rainbow, or one of the many other flags which represent different identities.

 

Two completed money sashes.

Money Sash For All OccasionAfter being able to do all the money surprises (money cake, money umbrella and money boquet), I thought that will be the last money project I can make. Then here comes my sister in-law asking me to make a money sash for her younger brother's wedding.

 

A dog wearing crocheted shoes.

Doggie ShoesIt gets pretty hot here in Arizona so I made these crochet doggie shoes for my daughter's dog to wear when we take her on walks at night when it "cools" down to 100 degrees!

 

The completed baby quilt.

Baby QuiltThis is a fairly easy baby quilt I made using scraps. I like how the design turned out.

 

The completed men's tie.

Handmade Men's TieThis was my first attempt at making a man's tie. I made it out of fabric that matched my daughter's homemade Easter skirt. Her boyfriend wore this tie for Easter to go with her skirt. Turned out great!

 

The clipboard gallery wall.

Clipboard Gallery WallIf your kid is anything like mine, there is a slew of artwork being made each day. I wanted a way to display my child's art in a way that could be easily changed. This is the solution I came up with. I wanted to be able to have both verticle and horizontal pieces of art, so I got two sizes of clipboards so that art would be contained within the parameters of the clipboard. I added some patterned contact paper to some of the clipboards to add interest and also painted the clips black to match. In retrospect, I don't think the contact paper was needed, as I am sure these will always be full.

 

A fabric drawstring backpack.

Drawstring BackpacksI made these for a charity who gives backpacks filled with various items to cancer patients who are children.

 

The finished Rope Trivet

Rope TrivetI needed a trivet to go with a lot of my placemats and dishes and found this idea.

 

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Easter Bunny and Eggs

Easter Bunny and EggsI saw the idea for these bunnies and eggs in a magazine and decided to use them as an inspiration for making these.

 

The completed foam bunnies.

Foam Dice BunniesCover and decorate foam dice with balloons to make a cute and easy bunny. In winter, use white balloons and make them into snowmen.

 

The completed pouch.

Bunny Candy PouchesI made these for my daughter-in-law's school class so she could give them a fun little treat.

 

The completed Cupid's Arrows

Cupid's ArrowsLet me share to you another unique way of sending messages to your lovies with Cupid's arrows. I learned this cute craft way back in high school. Here's how to do it.

 

Adding valentine notes to the mailbox.

Love MailboxThe best Valentine activity we had in high school was putting up a Love Mailbox. Receive your love notes and valentine goodies thru this cute looking mailbox.

 

The completed frame.

Reverse Glass LetteringDon't want to buy vinyl lettering? Don't have good handwriting? I came up with this idea after researching "reverse glass painting" projects.

 

The finished candlesticks.

Recycled Chair Leg Candlestick HoldersI had four chair legs left from a previous craft project (posted on Thriftyfun a few months ago). Rather than discard them, I made them into candlestick holders.

 

The completed Valentine's centerpiece.

Valentine CenterpieceI love decorating bottles. This is a Snapple bottle and a CD which I used to make this Valentine centerpiece. It could also be filled with Valentine candy.

 

Completed Ladybug Rocks

Ladybug RocksI saw cute painted ladybugs on Pinterest and decided to make some. I live by a landscape/ mulch yard and bought stones the sizes I needed. I think you can buy rocks at hobby stores too.

 

Rounding the edges of the bookmark.

Balloon Dip BookmarksThis is such a simple technique with amazing results. Both adults and children can have a fun, slightly messy, crazy craft session together - although children may need a bit of guidance and probably some help blowing up the balloon

 

The completed spice container with the top lid open.

Recycled Spice Shakers for CampingRecycled spice shakers.

 

The completed violet jar.

Vintage Valentine Violet JarsI love decorating bottles. I wanted to make a unique candy jar this year to give to some lady friends. I found violet candy to put in my violet decorated jars. These are recycled spice jars.

 

The completed Porcelain Flowers

Porcelain FlowersI had some plaster of Paris and wanted to use it for a craft item. I found out that I could make my own porcelain looking flowers.

 

The completed Crochet Wire Bangle Bracelet with Hemispheres

Crochet Wire Bangle Bracelet with HemispheresUsing wire from old transformers, you can crochet a very beautiful jewelry, for example like this bracelet. The hemispheres look like unusual flowers.

 

The frame with a boating picture inside.

Double Glass Framed PictureSomehow I had collected several pieces of glass from picture frames over the past few years and came up with this idea how to make an all-glass picture frame.

 

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A collection of Origami Butterflies

Origami ButterflyWith just a few simple folds you can make this easy and impressive paper butterfly.

 

Closeup of hemming

Origami BagThe design of this bag was inspired by origami. The bag has the shape of a regular hexagon. I decided not to overload the design of this bag with unnecessary décor, since the flower formed from the folds of fabric is a sufficient decoration for it. You can change the look of this bag and use it as a purse or a shoulder bag or wristlet or pouch or minaudière.

 

The completed Peacock Feather Wreath

Peacock Feather WreathWhile vacationing in Nevada, we stayed at a bed and breakfast that had a lot of peacocks wandering the grounds. I had a lot of fun picking up their feathers. When I got home, I decided to make a wreath with them.

 

The finished Knitted 3D Wire Heart

Knitted 3D Wire HeartYou don't need expensive materials and special tools to make beautiful jewelry. To make this original heart, you only need wire from an old transformer and knitting needles. Knitted wire jewelries look really amazing. This heart will look great as a pendant. You can add a brooch pin and you will have a beautiful brooch.

 

The finished Fish Scale Ring

Fish Scale RingFish scales, wire, and some instant glue are all you need to make this beautiful ring. Use wire from an old transformer and then this ring will cost you almost nothing.

 

The completed Potpourri Candle

Potpourri CandleUsing leftover pieces of candle wax, I created this layered candle.

 

The completed upcycled painting.

Upcycled PaintingI like to save things to re-use and I painted a canvas and glued on things I had around the house to make a very decorative painting. If you don't have a canvas, you can use stiff cardboard or any hard surface.

 

The completed Pop Top Bracelet

Pop Top BraceletThis is a thrifty and fun way to up-cycle your drink can pop top tabs and this bracelet doesn't require a lot of supplies. It's lightweight, yet nice and 'chunky' and would make a really great gift for a teenager, as well as an interesting 'conversation piece' for an adult. This bracelet will fit a 7 inch wrist and you will need 20 pop top tabs, 26 half inch diameter rings, as well as a clasp.

 

The completed colour smudge bookmarks.

Colour Smudge BookmarksMake beautiful patterns with ink and water and turn them into useful bookmarks. You can, of course, do this with watercolour paint but the finished product will not be so durable and vibrant. Watercolour would be a better medium for children because ink stains on carpet and clothes are permanent.

 

The completed recycled magazine art.

Recycled Magazine ArtI made this as a gift for a friend who has a band called Black Cat Road. I used the back of a broken guitar, magazine page (black for the cat), sheet music, black shoelaces for the trim, and I attached a mini washboard, as the lead singer plays a washboard. The pages are rolled and glued using a glue stick (not the gel ones, as they are too sticky). They are cut to size and glued using Mod Podge, then the entire piece is sealed with Mod Podge, then sealed with clear spray acrylic.

 

Activity Apron

Activity ApronThis activity apron could be used for a variety of purposes--for a teacher, for a children's church class, at home use with your own children, a grandma with grandchildren, etc. Items or activity cards are placed in each of the pockets and worn by the teacher, leader, parent, etc.

 

The orange colored hot glue.

Turn Transparent Hot Glue into Colored Hot GlueIf you need some colored hot glue to craft, then you can make it yourself very easily and quickly. You will need transparent hot glue and a colored wax crayon.

 

The finished pumpkin pendant.

Pumpkin Pendant from Wire and Hot GlueMake this pumpkin pendant to complete your Halloween look. It is very simple, easy and inexpensive to make. This Halloween pumpkin pendant is suitable for making the necklace, bag pendant, keychain.

 

The finished upcycled stool.

Upcycled StoolIn our neighbor's trash with a broken leg. Cost of project: free. I had fabric and paint and glue on hand and it looks like a new stool for my shabby chic bedroom I have been decorating. If I hadn't snatched it, it would have gone to the dump!

 

The finished Brooch Tree from Plastic Bottle

Brooch Tree from Plastic BottleAn effective way to do our part in reducing environmental pollution is to reuse or recycle the disposable plastic items we have. I figured out how to make this wonderful brooch from a plastic bottle. It is not at all difficult to make this brooch and it will cost you almost nothing.

 

The crocheted fishing line button on a pair of jeans.

Crochet Button from Fishing LineEven small but original things can perfectly highlight your look. I figured out how to crochet this button from a fishing line. Thanks to the fishing line, this button has a solid shape. It is very easy and not long to make.

 

World Map Blanket

World Map BlanketI really like the combination of rough burlap with satin fabric. I just had a piece of blue satin fabric that reminded me of the surface of the ocean. And the rough burlap reminds me of soil. So I got the idea to combine these two contrasting fabrics and sew a blanket in the form of a world map. I didn't buy burlap, but used four burlap bags. So even from the bags, you can sew this original blanket.

 

The finished nautical lantern.

Nautical Decor with Easy Wood StandI used an idea for a wooden pumpkin to make this lantern candle holder stand.

 

Trimming the end of the belt.

Belt with Braided BarkOriginal accessories will stand you out from the crowd. I figured out how to make this original belt decorated with braided bark. It is very easy to make, especially if you know how to braid 3 strands.

 

The completed decorative compass.

Old-Looking Compass from JunkAfter watching a YouTube video on making an old compass from a teething ring purchased from Dollar Tree, I came up with this original idea.

 

The completed Origami Envelope

Origami EnvelopeThis is a really cute and impressive way to send a letter, a message or an invitation.

 

Two plastic bangles.

Bangles from Plastic BottleLots of plastic bottles are thrown away every day, that are harmful to the environment if not recycled properly. I figured out how to make bangles out of plastic bottles. It's very simple and costs absolutely nothing. Use colorful plastic bottles to get colorful bangles.

 

The finished aluminum pendant.

Pendant from Drink CanUpcycle a drink can into this beautiful pendant. The geometric shapes of this pendant will match a laconic look. You can make earrings in the same way.

 

The completed beaded pendant.

Beaded Pendant from Drink CanInstead of trashing a drink can, make a pendant out of it. This is fairly easy and quickly to make. You can use beads in different colors. This pendant can be a nice gift.

 

The finished lit candle.

Making New Candles From Used OnesOne of our daily traditions and incredible comforts in this time is to light a candle for Dad every evening in front of a photo of him. At first, my mum and I were spending so much money on the mass amounts of candles. Soon enough, we realized it was best to turn the used candles into new ones. If you enjoy scented candles, follow the additional step to add your favourite aroma. My father's favourite aroma was Jasmine!

 

The completed beaded bracelet.

Beaded Bracelet Using Old Brass ZipperIf you have an old brass zipper, then don't throw it away. You can use it to craft this bracelet. It is not difficult to make. This bracelet looks very original.

 

Two earrings made from copper foil.

Copper Earrings from Old TransformerDisassembling a transformer from an old computer, I found copper foil and decided to make earrings from it. The copper foil is easy to fold, so I decided to fold the earrings. I really liked the simple and original look of these earrings.

 

A decorated Key and Wallet Holder Decor

Key and Wallet Holder DecorThis is a quick, decorative craft I created for my husband who likes to throw his keys and wallet on the top of his nice, oak desk. I was afraid it would get scratched and thought it would look tidier to make this cute little key/wallet holder. I picked up the crate and trim on the Dollar Tree clearance rack for $1 and the 3D stickers for $1. Total cost: $2

 

A collection of Toilet Paper Pumpkins

Toilet Paper PumpkinsMaking toilet paper pumpkins for fall home decor is a wonderfully easy craft to complete. Use a simple, no-sew method to create these delightful pretty fabric home pumpkin accents.

 

Attaching the tab to a strip of fabric to use as a buckle.

Buckle from Drink CanIf you need a small buckle, you can quickly and easily make one from pull tag of a drink can. This buckle will fit a strap about 1 inch wide. You can also paint the buckle any color you like.

 

The completed beaded bangle with ribbon.

Bangle with Beads and RibbonSatin ribbon looks great with beads. Original, but at the same time simple weave of ribbons distinguishes this bangle. I used blue beads and white ribbon, but you can use any other color combination.

 

The completed copper tulip.

Origami Copper TulipI like origami, so I decided to try using the origami technique not for paper, but for copper foil. As a result, I got a very beautiful tulip. You can use this tulip as a brooch or decorate something with it.

 

The finished decorative bookmark.

Paper BookmarkAs a child, my friends and I made such bookmarks. If you have never made such bookmarks, then I would be happy to share this idea with you. You can make these bookmarks with your children.

 

The completed brooch.

Beaded Denim BroochYou don't need expensive materials to make new jewelry. To make this beautiful brooch, I used a piece of old jeans, a piece of a plastic shampoo bottle, a few beads and crystals. It is easy and quick to make such a brooch.

 

The completed plastic flower.

Flower from Plastic BottleYou can make a beautiful flower from a simple plastic bottle. I used an iron to make this flower, not a candle flame. The hottest iron is not hot enough to melt plastic, so you won't ruin your iron or get charred edges on the petals, but it will be enough to make the flower petals curved. I also like this method because, unlike a candle flame, you cannot stain the petals with soot.

 

The finished Candle Holder

Candle Holder from Drink CanFrom a soda can you can quickly and easily make a candle holder. And if you use wire from an old transformer, then this candle holder will cost you absolutely nothing.

 

The finished zipper earrings.

Zipper EarringsIf you like unusual jewelry, then this project is for you. You can easily make original earrings from an old bronze zipper. One zipper is enough to make several pairs of earrings.

 

Fabric Wall Art

Fabric Wall ArtHave some artistic looking fabric scraps? Turn them into wall art.

 

The stud earrings with plastic circles.

Transform Stud Earrings Using Plastic BottleYou can transform simple ball stud earrings into original and beautiful stud earrings with a plastic bottle. It is not difficult at all and will cost you nothing at all.

 

The finished phone case.

Hot Glue Phone Case Using Baking SleeveThere are many craft projects on how to make a phone case using hot glue and baking paper. I wanted to make such a cover, but I just ran out of baking paper at home. So I thought about what can replace the baking paper. And I came up with the idea of using a baking sleeve. It is even better suited for making a phone case, as the film follows the contours of the phone better than paper.

 

A collection of recycled plastic beads.

Beads from Plastic BottleThere are many ways to use plastic bottles in craft. I suggest you make beads out of plastic bottles. It is not difficult at all and will not take much time.

 

The finished Kleenex box.

Shabby Chic Kleenex BoxThis is made from a wood planter and some rub-on decals.

 

The completed butterfly hairpin.

Fabric Butterfly HairpinThis stunning looking butterfly hair clip is made of painted chiffon fabric. This is an easy, fast, inexpensive and perfect for adding a touch of personality project. Great for gifts too!

 

The completed Diamond Beaded Bag

Diamond Beaded BagI ordered an inexpensive "diamond bead" kit from China and although I didn't much care for the cat design, I figured I could come up with a way to learn how to do the craft and make something other than a picture. I ended up decorating a cute cell phone purse for my grandaughter.

 

The completed velvet feather earrings.

Feather Earrings Made of Fabric and WireThese earrings are distinguished by their feather shape and laconic design. I used a piece of velvet fabric and copper wire from an old transformer, so it cost almost nothing.

 

The completed crocheted booties.

Crocheted Baby BootiesSince I had some leftover yarn and didn't want to discard it, I decided to make an old-fashioned pair of baby booties. With leftover yarn, you can make "free" baby gifts!

 

The finished paw print key case.

Paw Print Key Case Made of Plastic BottlesUsing plastic bottles in crafty DIY projects is a great way to save money and minimize environmental impact. I used a plastic water bottle and shampoo bottle to make this key case.

 

The shank button in place.

Shank Button from Old Aluminum CanI want to share with you my idea for making Shank Buttons. This project will help not only to make original buttons, but also to reuse old aluminum cans.

 

The finished Space Rocket Window Art

Space Rocket Window ArtLearn new exciting crafts made from scraps at home. I have a cut out bottom of a plastic bottle. At first I thought of turning it into a paint palette but I had a better idea.

 

The completed travel bag.

Travel BagToday, I'm sharing my new craft made from scraps. Materials are easy to find at home just like old newspapers and card boards. The best thing is - it's wearable and useful.

 

The completed bark bangle.

Bark BangleIf you like unusual jewelry, then you will definitely like this bangle. As you might have guessed from the title, this bangle is made from bark. I used walnut bark and added some beads. This bangle will cost you almost nothing.

 

The finished whale.

Stuffed Whale Wall DecorI'm starting to decorate the walls of my room and my first project is this stuffed wall figure. Flat drawings are too common. In this project, it's like you're making a stuffed toy but out of scratch papers.

 

The completed pendant.

Wire and Denim Tree of Life PendantThe Tree of Life is a popular and universal symbol that has been used all over the world for centuries. To make this Tree of Life Pendant, I used denim from old jeans, copper wire from an old transformer and goldstone chips with holes. I really like the combination of blue denim with copper wire and brown goldstone. It is not difficult and not expensive to make this pendant.

 

Adding stickers to the case.

Vintage SuitcaseI love vintage items and decided to decorate this wooden suitcase I picked up at a thrift store to look vintage.

 

The painted pieces of "sea glass".

DIY Sea GlassBecause I couldn't find any inexpensive sea glass to use for decorating a terrarium I was going to make, I decided to figure out a way to make my own.

 

The finished letter with a sticker closure.

Origami Folded LetterWrite a message on a piece of plain paper and fold it into what looks like an envelope. This is a really cute and thoughtful way to send out love or invitations. In this digital age, it would probably be very much appreciated over the usual text messages.

 

A completed bead necklace.

Beads from Old JeansIf you have small pieces of old jeans left, you can make beads out of them. Denim beads go well with wood beads and leather cord. Using jeans of different colors, you will get multi-colored denim beads.

 

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