Engage the kids this summer with Independence Day themed crafts to get them excited for the Fourth of July holiday. From DIY tote bags to homemade sparklers, patriotic face painting, and more… here are 11 ways to add sparkle to kids craft time on the 4th of July!
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Looking for unique (maybe even slightly odd or crazy) things to do this summer? We’ve come up with a list of nearly 200 summer fun activities for adults for your summer bucket list!
A pinata brings life to a party — especially an outdoor party! Whether you make a paper mache pinata yourself, or you involve the kids, you’ll have a lot of fun with this craft project. Here are a bunch of fun pinatas and pinata garland that you can make at home yourself… or with the kids.
Doorstops are easy to make. See 10 of my own makeshift door stoppers using everyday household items, 6 DIY door stop tutorials from other clever people, 16 of the most unique door stops on Amazon.
Stuck at home? Bored? Need some fun things to do at home to relieve the boredom… FAST? Here’s a list of 60+ fun things to do when you’re bored at home — with kids, with friends, or even alone. if you’re bored and you haven’t planned anything to do today, start here!
One way to save money on your wedding invitations is to make them yourself. This can be a very fun project — especially if you’re creative. Today, it’s easier than ever to make your own wedding invitations. Here are some ideas to get you started…
See how to make soothing and relaxing bath soaks! DIY recipes for soothing Bath Salts, fizzy Bath Bombs, and relaxing Bubble Bath. See the simple steps to make them yourself + a list of the ingredients you need to make your own homemade bath salts, bath bombs, and bubble bath!
I wanted a fun (and useful!) DIY Valentine gift for all the teachers in my son’s Parents Day Out program. This simple crayon-themed Gift Basket also works as a Pencil Holder once all the candy is gone! Since most of the supplies come from the Dollar Store, it’s affordable… only $3 apiece to make. This is a great gift basket idea for ANYONE with a desk job (not just a teacher) — if the gift is intended to come from a kid. See the steps to make your own super simple teacher gift baskets!
Thinking of getting an orthopedic dog bed for your furbaby? I made my own no-sew cheap dog beds from memory foam for about half the price of buying new extra large dog beds. See how we created a separate dog mudroom area in our house (to keep the dirt and mud to a minimum inside) and how we made DIY dog beds ourselves to keep them comfortable in their new space.
Tired of paying high water bills? Have you heard of the ways you can use a rain catcher to lower those bills? You probably also didn’t know that 623 gallons of water can be harvested from 1 inch of rain on a 1,000-square-foot roof and as far as rain barrels are concerned, a typical 1/2-inch rainfall will fill a 50- to 55-gallon barrel. I’m sharing everything I know about making rainwater collection an efficient way to lower your bills and help the environment.
See how I made some really inexpensive PVC pipe curtain rods to hold long, sheer porch curtains for around $15. After getting all the supplies at Lowe’s, I was able to measure, cut, and install the outdoor curtain rods and hang the curtain panels on my front porch in about 1 hour myself. They are holding up perfectly (even after storms and heavy gusts of wind). And they look great!
My toddler son and I love to spend time outside. I decided to make a saucer swing from a small trampoline. Here’s my DIY tree swing tutorial… with lots of photos! (Bonus: This nest swing is portable — you can take it down and set it up on any tree… anywhere!)
Got any used drum sets sitting around? See how I turned a 4-piece drum set into a fun light fixture! (Much better than standard LED drum lights.) My repurposed drum set tutorial…
Have a lot of spices, packets, and jars in your spice cupboard right now? Here are some DIY spice rack ideas to organize your kitchen! See how I used paint stir sticks to make my own spice drawer inserts. Yep, a $4 DIY spice drawer organizer! Then, with the extra space inside my spice cabinet, I was able to better organize the shelves for baking goods and food storage containers.
DIY Lantern Tutorial – see how I glued Dollar Store glass gems to the outside of jars & inexpensive solar path lights to jar lids to make solar lanterns that are weatherproof!
After a trip to Hobby Lobby, I realized that I could easily replicate some of their hanging basket ideas using real greenery from my own backyard without having to spend a dime! These outdoor hanging baskets take less than 10 minutes to make. See the steps I used to make these super simple outdoor Christmas arrangements.
I try to make new a door wreath each month. For most of my front door wreaths, I use wild grapevines from my yard as a base. Here’s how to make a grapevine wreath for the winter months.
I love the concept of a window Christmas tree. So much that I have a DIY Christmas tree in 2 different windows! For our kitchen window, I made a tree out of PVC pipes. For our front window, I wanted a really bright silhouette of a Christmas tree – so I made this lighted window tree. See how I did it…
I came across this fun idea for a Christmas tree made out of PVC pipe from one of Martha Stewart’s projects. My PVC Christmas tree fits perfectly in the window in our dining room. And who doesn’t love a window Christmas tree??? I even added colorful lights shining from the outside in — to add more color to the PVC tree at night.
I like to repurpose things whenever I can, and I’m always wanting a fast easy way to start a fire in our fire pit — so I came up with this simple idea for DIY fire starters using dryer lint, tealight candles, and toilet paper tubes. It’s a good way to repurpose dryer lint and cardboard tubes from paper towels & toilet paper. Plus, these dryer lint fire starters work really well! Here’s how I make them…
Here’s how to Mod Podge cute, no-nail alphabet letters to the wall of a child’s room. See how I used adult coloring book pages & Mod Podge glue to turn cardboard and wooden alphabet letters into fun wall decor for my toddler’s room.
I thought I would get a jumpstart on some fun handmade gifts and make pine cone fire starters this year. For my first batch, I used a large red cinnamon-scented candle and a spool of candle wick. Next, I’m excited to experiment with different colors and different scents of wax — it will be a good way for me to get rid of all my candles and Scentsy wax which I no longer use, since I’ve become a fan of diffusing essential oils.
With graduation season upon up, I thought I’d share how to make a DIY grad card yourself. See how to make DIY personalized graduation cards like this one — with the grad’s name, school colors, and graduation year. Plus a matching DIY envelope!
Whether you’re a teacher, homeschooling mom, or just an avid crafter, the Cricut machine is a tool that you will use over and over again. I use mine for papercrafting. Here’s my review of the Cricut Expression compared to the Original Cricut machine.
Want to know how to make an envelope for a card? Here are my step by step instructions for making envelopes that will match your handmade cards. See how to make an envelope step by step!
Follow my step-by-step instructions to make your own lucky cards this year. Celebrate your special friends with these handmade St Patricks Day cards – because nothing says ‘lucky’ quite like a 4-leaf clover and a ladybug!
A card I saw on Pinterest inspired me to make my own version as homemade Valentine cards. I created these 3 hearts cards which are great for sharing sentiments of love for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Weddings, and Get Well cards.
The decorations, the family that arrives to help celebrate, the food – all of these are reasons to take pictures then make fun Thanksgiving scrapbook pages!
Looking for cute sayings, witty quotes & fun poems for Scrapbook journaling or handmade cards? Use these Halloween card sayings in your crafty Halloween projects
I make a lot of wreaths. See my best tips for making a burlap wreath yourself. I made this wreath with burlap as a thank you gift for friends who let me stay at their beach house.
It’s easy to make Graduation cards yourself. For this tutorial, we make a card that showcases the graduate’s special year on a handmade ‘tag’ shape.
Whether you like a true shamrock with only 3 petals or a lucky four leaf clover card, send the luck of the Irish with these simple DIY St Patricks Day cards
Handmade die cut cards are all the rage – especially when you use the Inlaid technique. Here’s how to make your own Valentines card (or any card) with this technique
Handmade anniversary cards have special meaning when your friends & relatives receive them. I’ve made quite a few. Here are the steps I use to make anniversary cards.
Inspired by a yellow flower card on Pinterest, I show you how to make these flower birthday cards for ANY occasion — not just birthdays.
Got leftover paper scraps? Put them to good use by making this fun beach card. Tear paper into strips to create a unique ombre effect for your beach scene!
I made this Tetris game card as a thank you card for my friend. It was a hit! View the step-by-step instructions to make this interactive Tetris game card.
Kids birthday cards with googly eyes are always a big hit! The added motion of the googly eyes makes it a fun 3D birthday card for kids that’s easy to make.
Here’s a simple idea for handmade shamrock cards that really POP! Adorable 3D clovers are the star of the show on these DIY St Patricks Day cards.
Who wouldn’t enjoy receiving a minion card? A simple tutorial to make minion Valentine cards. Can easily be adapted for any holiday or special occasion.
Wondering how to make Valentine Cards yourself this year? Here are 3 handmade Valentine cards that are super adorable and easy to make!
Need a simple Birthday card for a guy? Here’s how to make a Birthday card for men, women & children alike! I show you 2 different ways to make the same card
Handmade Halloween cards are a fun way to show your personality at a time of year where anything goes! You’ll friends will enjoy these 2 easy Halloween cards
A step-by-step tutorial for stitching cards yourself — from the items you need to helpful tips to make the process easier.
You could use washi tape or ribbons of fun sizes, shapes & colors with these Easter card ideas. I’ll show you how to use colored burlap on Easter cards too!
Looking for some DIY holiday wreath alternatives? Deco mesh wreaths look great hanging on your door, and they can be made for ANY holiday or special event.
Wondering which glue to use? Here’s the ultimate Craft Glue Guide, plus tips & tools to help you find the right glue for all your household projects!
Nothing says romance like black lace. That’s the look I wanted for this DIY wedding card. You can make handmade wedding cards like this using these tips.
Normally, I wouldn’t use black for a Valentine’s card, but this shimmery black metallic paper has romance written all over it! Lots of fun Valentine cards to make.
This dual-ended pen is a lifesaver with paper crafts! One end holds the goo that makes picking up tiny things possible; the other end makes positioning them a breeze.