Archive for crafts

How To Make Wire Rings From a Surprising Source!

What a surprise I had when I saw this craft!  I met Rilla on Facebook.  She is one of the most creative persons I know.  Every day she is crafting something wonderful and new for her Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.  Each craft is more ingenious than the next and frequently upcycles items to frugally create wonderful items children will love!  I hope to do a series of Rilla’s crafts – but today she is sharing “How to Make Wire Rings from a very surprising source!” 

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How to Make HAND PUPPETS

How to Make Hand Puppets with Fleece

I met Autumn through her Shoeboxes All Year Long page on Facebook.   She loves donating Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts and started her page to share her shopping tips and crafts.  (Just like me!)  She designed these cuddly hand puppets and agreed to share her Tutorial and Patterns with us!

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Upcycle Thrift Store Cards: Easily Transform Them to Look Handmade

Upcycle Thrift Store Cards and Easily transform them into something special.

Who doesn’t love searching through garage sales and thrift stores?  It’s a treasure hunt, you never know what you’ll find.  I recently spotted packs and packs of beautiful greeting cards recently at a GoodWill store.  They were promotional items sent out by various charities to their donors.  BUT they had their imprints on the back of each one.  I didn’t want to send a special card with that, so I had an idea!  Time to UPCYCLE thrift store cards and easily transform them to look like something handmade!

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Plastic Easter Eggs – EGGcellent Ways to Use Them

10 EGGcellent Ways to Use Plastic Easter Eggs

Easter Egg hunts!  My children loved them.  Our church had a special day before Easter with games and prizes.  Then, of course, we had to have a second hunt on Easter morning with family and friends.   BUT what to do with those eggs afterwards?  In addition, more plastic eggs will be on clearance (at 75-90% off they will be just pennies each).  What fun, frugal and useful ways can we UPCYCLE plastic Easter eggs after Easter?  Here are 3 EGGcellent Ways to Use Them! (Check this post here to see the Walmart Sale.)

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Easy Homemade Tic Tac Toe Game

I’m always looking for fun but easy crafts to make with large groups.  Scouts, Sunday School or senior clubs are eager to help with projects, but they can’t be overly complicated.  Then Christy shared with my Facebook Page this adorable Tic Tac Toe game

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You Can Make Your Own Coloring Book

Did you know you can make your own Coloring Book?  With these instructions from Mark you can make coloring books that are inexpensive, look good, and will fit into a shoebox gift without folding or bending.  You could even slip a few pages in a card to cheer a child in a hospital as well.  Or print a special gift for an adult – everyone loves to color!

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10 Easy Washcloth Tutorials to Sew, Knit or Crochet

Everyone needs washcloths!  I’ve made many to give away at family baby showers.  And every one of my shoebox gifts included one and a bar of soap.  Soldier, veteran and homeless organizations also need donations for their hygiene kits.  Looking through my Pinterest Boards, I found some of my favorite ones to make.  Here are 10 of the Easy Washcloth Tutorials I found to sew, knit or crochet.

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Crocheted Dolls: Perfect Way to Use Up All Your Scraps

crocheted dolls

Children LOVE dolls!  They love something to cuddle, take care of, and sleep with.  These crocheted dolls are very soft and huggable.

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Spring Craft Convention: You Are Invited!

It’s time once again for the 3rd Annual Spring Craft Convention!  It is sponsored by the Facebook Page:  Crafting for Shoeboxes.  It is a “virtual” convention, online only.  Here’s an opportunity to show off your crafts and learn new ones.  You WILL want to sign up for this FREE event for March 19 through March 20 – and never have leave your home to attend!

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Crocheted Toss Rings

Here is a simple, easy and inexpensive craft.  My friend Cindy loves to craft and loves to donate.  To keep costs down, she looks carefully at every item before it hits the trash.  Can it be transformed and used in another way?  Her resourcefulness came up with this fun project:  Crocheted Toss Rings!  I loved them and wanted to share them with you.

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