Herb Garden Markers

There are few things I love to cook with more than fresh herbs.  Recently we’ve changed our cooking and eating due to some family health concerns and food allergies.  We’ve always prepared most of our meals at home but now we are making sure that what we cook is as natural and fresh as possible.  That means growing our own produce and herbs as well as lots of other changes.  With many different herbs planted I needed some Herb Garden Markers to keep them all straight.

Herb Garden Markers

Herb Garden Markers

Supplies:

  • forks – pick them up at garage sales, flea markets, or the dollar store
  • wine corks – the actual cork kind work better than the plastic type
  • paint pen – choose a color that is dark enough to show up against the cork
  • jute cord
  • hot glue and glue gun optional

Herb Garden Markers

Instructions:

Use the paint pen to carefully write the names of all your herbs on the corks.

Herb Garden Markers

Let the paint dry completely before continuing.

Herb Garden Markers

When the paint is dry carefully push the tines of the fork into the cork below the herb name.  Repeat with all of the corks.  You may want to use a little bit of hot glue to secure the fork into the cork.

Herb Garden Markers

Next cut a length of jute cord to tie around each fork.  I picked a multi color pack of cord and really like that each marker is a little bit different.  Wrap the cord around the fork several times before tying in a small bow.  Again, you may want to secure the cord with hot glue.

Herb Garden Markers

Herb Garden Markers

Your markers are ready to place in your Herb Garden!  These Herb Garden Markers are perfect for an indoor herb garden, a window box, or for a traditional garden.

Herb Garden Markers

Do you have an herb garden?  What is your favorite fresh herb to cook with?

Dollar Store DIY: Flower Flip Flops

Are your feet ready for flip flops? If so, head over to the dollar store and snag a pair (or 10). You will be amazed at with a few supplies what exactly you can do to it! Take a peek below at these fun spring flip flops you can make yourself, just in time for the spring season.

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DIY Flower Flip Flops

Supplies needed:

Foam flip flops
Silk flowers
Spring ribbon
Scissors
Hot glue, glue gun

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As mentioned, everything we used in the sample project we found at our local dollar store.

Directions:

1. Begin by cutting a 4 inch length of ribbon.  Bend it in half and secure the seam with glue.
2. Add a dab of glue to the ribbon and press it to the band of the flip flop. Hold in place until dry and secure.

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3. You can now add another ribbon if you wish, or move on to step 4.
4. Snip the head of your silk flower so as little stem remains as possible.
5. Add a few generous dabs of glue to the underside of the flower petals. Press to the flip flop band and hold in place until dry and secure.
6. If you want a little more flare on your flip flops, cut additional ribbon, add glue, and press it under the blooms.

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Your spring flip flops are now ready to be enjoyed! They look adorable with a sundress or are even great for gift giving. Gather your supplies and give this easy DIY a try!

For more fun creative summer ideas, check out a few of my favorite blogs.

Button Tree Burlap Canvas


I’ve been really wanting to get back into doing crafts again.  It’s been a long while since I’ve really delved into any kind of creative expression and I’ve missed it. It’s almost like a therapeutic activity! Kohls recently contacted me to see if I’d be willing to try out the new Cricut Explore Air machine (um, you don’t have to ask twice?!) and make a craft of sorts for Mother’s Day.  Now, I did do a craft for Mother’s Day. But it’s for me, myself and I.  Or my house anyway. I loved it too much to give it away…although were my mom still here, she would not only want one for her house, she’d be wanting to do a whole bunch of other crafts.  This one combines some of my favorite craft materials of late… burlap, buttons AND trees. I call it the button tree burlap canvas and I love it!

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Want to make a burlap canvas for your house?

Materials

Grab a 12×12 burlap canvas (You can probably do any size, I’m just liking squares lately

Brown self-stick vinyl roll

assorted buttons – your choice of colors

Cricut Explore Air (or whichever Cricut you have)

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Glue gun, glue sticks (I used 2 1/2 small sticks for this project)

Standard grip cutting mat

Newspaper (unless you have a craft table… mine is my kitchen table or counter)

Instructions

Decide on your tree design/shape.  I’m pretty new to this crafting realm so I went with a simple tree from Cricut. I wanted simple and clean, so the tree could be a base for the buttons to really pop.

Figure out the size your tree will be on the mat- I chose to go with it just a hair over 10 inches wide (the mat is 12 inches wide, like the canvas and I didn’t want it to overwhelm things)

Trim and lay your vinyl onto your Cricut Standard Grip Mat and load it into your machine

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While your vinyl is cutting, get your glue gun warmed up

Once your vinyl is finished cutting, unload it from the machine and remove it from the cutting mat carefully.

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Before removing the backing of your tree shape, figure out exactly where you want to place the tree on the canvas.  Remove paper backing and adhere to canvas.

After your tree is mounted on the canvas and you’re happy with where it’s placed, grab your  buttons and have fun placing them.  I recommend placing them where you want them and gluing once you’re happy with the look.

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Hang on the wall or place on a shelf and voila! Beautiful, simple and fun craft.  Perfect to surprise that special Mom in your life for Mother’s Day, or for your own house.  If you have space where you are placing the canvas on the wall to do a family quote, I think that would look great as well- we do not have the wall space as this will be on a shelf .

I am loving the Explore Air machine.  First and foremost, with the “air” function, I can go wireless, so I can keep the machine off to the side near my computer desk.  It’s bluetooth enabled.  I can design on my iPad, my laptop or computer (or my iPhone), and as long as I’m in range to the machine, I can get things going wirelessly.  Pretty cool feature.

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Since Cricut uses cloud storage, I can start a design on my laptop, work on it, say, while the kids are at gymnastics on my iPad, and come home to finish up and execute the craft on anything I want! That versatility makes the extra cost of bluetooth functionality worth it for me. I cannot always sit at home and play around to make cards, signs, crafts, boxes, etc., but when I’m at gymnastics for team practices for 3+ hours in a row?  I absolutely can.  I’m just not going to bring a full craft room of supplies with me.  Being able to at least work on and design what I want makes my life a whole lot easier. Plus, crafting is usually pretty relaxing- its nice to have something I can *do* while out that’s still helping me cross items off that never-ending to-do list. Cards, invitations, banners, and this whole new world of window clings and vinyl…. paper crafts… I can do “allthecrafts” “allthetime”!

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(Please excuse the finger prints on the iPad, this is what things really look like when you have kids in the house…)

The Cricut Explore Air Machine at Kohls comes with

PRODUCT FEATURES

  • Embedded Bluetooth allows for wireless cutting.
  • Dual cartridge lets you cut & write or cut & score at once.
  • Upload your own images for free to personalize your projects.
  • Explore Air machine cuts through a wide variety of materials.
  • Smart Set dial provides one step material setting.
  • Integrated storage compartments keep your space organized.
  • Free Cricut Design Space online software & iPad app offer more patterns to cut.
  • Cut Smart precision cutting creates a clean line every time.
  • Cricut Explore Air Machine works with all Cricut cartridges.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Cricut Explore Air Machine

  • Storage bag

  • USB & power cords

  • German carbide premium blade

  • 12” x 12” StandardGrip cutting mat

  • Accessory adapter

  • Metallic silver pen

  • Cardstock sample

  • Iron on sample

  • 50+ free projects, 100 + free images

  • Getting started guide

What are YOUR favorite Cricut crafts?  And how excited are you that Kohls has so many fun craft supplies available online now?

 

 


Orange Peel Flower Bird Feeder

Who says you need to spend big bucks on fancy birdfeeders? The truth is, you can create your own fun and frugal feeders from items you already have around your home. Take a look below at how with a few simple supplies, we created an orange peel flower bird feeder that is full of whimsy. It was so easy, and a great way to use some scraps that were otherwise headed for the trash. Take a look!

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Orange Peel Flower Bird Feeder

Here is what you will need:

1 orange

Pipe cleaner

Pencil

Silk leaves

Bird seed

We found everything we needed either in our home or at our local dollar stores

For the silk leaves, just remove the leaves from a silk flower bouquet. To do this, slide them right off of the stem.

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Directions:

1. Begin by cutting your orange in half and removing the fruit. We usually save the peel after removing the fruit for a salad, this way none of it is wasted.

2. Rinse out the peel well and then dry it with a napkin or towel. Poke a hole in the bottom of the peel with a sharp pencil.

3. Run a pipe cleaner (we used green for a stem) into the hole. Bend it into a knot on the inside of the peel so it stays in place.

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4. Slide the silk leaves up the stem. If you are unable to slide them up, you can glue them on or twist them in place.

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5. Fill the orange peel with seed and place the flower into one of your pots or the ground. It will act as a pick and go right into the soil.

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Watch the birds as they swoop by and dine on the seed from this adorable orange peel flower bird feeder. This is a craft the kids, the birds, and even you are sure to love!

 

 

Soda Can Tab Pendant

With Earth Day just past I’ve been trying even more than usual to find great crafts that recycle or up-cycle items.  I’ve also been thinking about homemade gifts for birthdays that are coming up, Mother’s Day, and of course end of the school year for teachers.  My daughter recently had a can of lemonade and popped the tab off the top which reminded me of some really great Soda Can Tab Jewelry I’d seen years ago.  Well, in Michigan we call them pop cans but that’s another story!

Soda Can Tab Pendant

Soda Can Tab Pendant

Supplies:

  • soda can tabs
  • glass beads – large and small
  • fine jewelry wire
  • wire cutters/needle nose pliers

Soda Can Tab Pendant

Instructions:

Begin by cutting  a piece of wire approximately 24″ long.  Pull the wire through the top of the soda tab and begin wrapping it around the tab and down one side.  You can wrap it around as many times as you like to get the look you want.  Stop when you get to the second opening in the tab.

Soda Can Tab Pendant

 

Before wrapping the other side of the tab add a small bead or two to the wire that will wrap around the top center.

Soda Can Tab Pendant

 

With the beads in place continue to wrap the wire down the other side of the tab.

When you’ve reached the lower section add a larger bead to the wire.  I centered the bead in the larger opening on the soda can tab and fed the wire through the bead from both sides.

Soda Can Tab Pendant

 

With the larger bead in place and secure continue wrapping the wire around the tab.

Soda Can Tab Pendant

 

When the wires meet at the bottom of the tab bring them behind the bead and back through the top opening in the tab.

Soda Can Tab Pendant

 

Continue wrapping the wire around each side until they meet back at the top.  When they meet at the top twist them together and use the wire cutters to trim the extra wire off.

Soda Can Tab Pendant

 

Using the pliers, twist the wire to form a loop for a chain or necklace to slip through.  Secure the wire making sure no sharp ends are exposed.

Soda Can Tab Pendant

 

Who knew recycled Soda Can Tabs could make such a beautiful piece of jewelry?  They’ll be a unique and special gift for some of my friends and family over the next few weeks!

 

Flower Pot Candy Jar

I can hardly believe we are halfway through April already.  Before we know it we’ll be celebrating Mother’s Day and then the school year will be coming to an end.  If you’re looking for a handmade gift for mom or maybe even something to say thank you to your child’s teacher for all they’ve done this school year, this adorable Flower Pot Candy Jar makes a great gift!  It’s also a great addition to spring or summer decor if you want to make one for yourself.

Flower Pot Candy Jar

Flower Pot Candy Jar

Supplies:

  • 1 small terracotta flower pot with bottom saucer
  • paint brush
  • 1 cabinet knob – I found this adorable beaded knob at a thrift shop
  • paint – suitable for ceramic
  • 1 small glass rose bowl
  • 1 tube of adhesive – something that will work with glass and ceramic

Flower Pot Candy Jar

Instructions:

Begin by painting your flower pot.  Apply 2 coats of paint, allowing it to dry completely between coats and after.  You’ll need to paint all surfaces of the pot and saucer with the exception of the inside of the actual flower pot.

When the paint is completely dry use a small amount of adhesive to attach the knob to the saucer piece to create the candy jar lid.  Set aside to dry.

Flower Pot Candy Jar

 

While the glue dries on the first piece create the base of the candy jar.  Turn the flower pot upside down.  Apply a small amount of adhesive to the bottom of the glass bowl and place it on the flower pot, carefully pressing down.  Allow the adhesive to dry completely before using.

Flower Pot Candy Jar

Once the adhesive is dry on both the candy jar and lid it is ready to use!  Fill with a favorite candy and use or give as a gift.

Flower Pot Candy Jar

You can add details or a phrase using paint and stencils or scrap booking stickers if you want to personalize the jar or make it more unique!

Dollar Store DIY: Bunny Dish Towel Craft

Are you looking for a cute,simple craft to do with the kids for Spring or Easter? This easy  craft will be an adorable addition to your kitchen! If you have felt,pompoms and glue on hand in your arts and crafts supply this DIY will only cost you $1.00 for the towel. Otherwise all items needed are available at your Dollar Tree store, will only bump your cost up a bit, and then you have plenty of leftovers for other projects as well.  I think a couple of these would make a lovely hostess gift , teacher gift, or sweet present from the kids to the grandparents. Grab a glue gun and lets get started creating this sweet bunny dish towel craft.

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Supplies Needed:

dish towel

white, orange, and green felt

large white pom pom

hot glue or fabric glue

scissors

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Directions:

Cut a half oval shape from white felt, making it about 3-4 inches narrower than your towel. Glue to bottom of towel just above hem.

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Cut small half ovals and glue to bottom of larger half oval for feet.

Glue on white pom pom for a tail.

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Cut long triangles from orange felt, cut off bottom half.  Cut green felt into a fringe for carrot tops. Glue to top of towels for carrots.

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Hand Wash and dry flat if needed.

 

Then you can give this Bunny Dish Towel to someBUNNY special!!

 

Thanks to Dollar Tree Stores for inspiring today’s Dollar Store DIY!

Felt Napkin Rings

These adorable napkin rings are fun and simple to make, and would be a great Mother’s Day gift (hint, hint, family) or just a fun craft to make for yourself. But some bright colored napkins to go in them, and you’ll have a beautiful (and inexpensive) gift made with love!
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FELT NAPKIN RINGS

SUPPLIES

Turquoise felt

Red or Pink Felt

Button



napkin rings supplies

TOOLS

Scissors

Hot glue gun

DIRECTIONS

1. Cut a 1 1/2″ x 5″ piece of turquoise felt.

2. Draw three different sized circles out of the red or pink felt. Glue one on top of the other using hot glue. Adhere a button of your choice to the top of the circles.

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3. Attach the stack of circles to the center of the turquoise felt. Create a tube out of the felt, overlapping the ends just a bit, and use hot glue to attach together. Repeat until you have enough napkin rings for the entire table.

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Printable LEGO Valentines

My friend’s son was having a hard time deciding on Valentines to give his classmates.  He’s a super cool kid but also kind of shy so a lot of the store bought cards he’s seeing just didn’t appeal to him.  I asked my friend Elizabeth to make some LEGO Valentines cards- printables- for me that would work- and since I know there are other kids out there who may not want just what everyone else has… we decided we better just share the fun with all of you!!

 

To grab these for your kid- click the Printable-Lego-Valentines or click the image below.  Please note, this seems to come up blank when you are using Chrome.  Other browsers are fineprintable-lego-valentines

 

Not into LEGO? Check out our printable Minecraft Valentines, American Girl Valentines and Hipster Valentines!

Felt Heart Bunting Valentine Craft

If you’re looking for a fun and easy Valentine Craft this Felt Heart Bunting is perfect!  It’s quick and inexpensive to make and can be made any size whether for a centerpiece, a mantle, a doorway, or other decor.

Felt Heart Bunting

Felt Heart Bunting Valentine Craft

Supplies:

  • several sheets of soft felt – I chose red with a bit of glitter on one side
  • red and white bakers twine
  • scissors
  • fabric marker

Felt Valentine Craft

Instructions:

Begin by folding the felt in half.  If the felt has a glitter side or a side that you’ll want facing out, fold it to the inside.

Carefully draw half hearts onto the felt at the fold, just as you would to cut hearts from paper.

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The size and number of the hearts will vary based on how large you want the bunting to be.

Cut the hearts out and set aside until you have enough to complete your Valentine Bunting.

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Once you have enough hearts cut out, fold them one to a time and cut a small slit in each corner.

Carefully slip the bakers twine through the slit in each corner of your hearts.  I preferred for less of the twine to show so I slipped it in from the front of each heart.  This way the twine lays behind the felt heart.

Felt Heart Valentine Craft

Once all of the hearts have been strung onto the bakers twine pull a length of twine to hang at each end.  Tie a knot in the ends of the twine to keep it from unraveling.

The bunting can be hung on the wall using hooks and the twine.  It could be attached to small twigs or sticks and stood on a mantel or to stand as a centerpiece.  You could also a small version of this felt heart bunting to a Valentine wreath.

I hung mine in my kitchen on a cute wire rack that holds jars of Valentine candy!