Sep 292012
 

Craftsy is currently offering a free online knitting class focused on “short rows” (whatever those are!).  Knitting has always intrigued me, especially since my Aunt Mary is a knitter extraordinaire (you can check out her blog here).  But, I have enough other things going on right now that I’m not going to take on knitting yet.  For those of you who ARE currently into knitting, Craftsy’s class is a great opportunity to get free tips.

Sep 202012
 

For those of you who hang seasonal wreaths on your doors, I thought this one was pretty cute- it’s faux bay leaf, made from recycled brown paper bags.  Carolyn, from Homework, gives step-by-step instructions on how to make your own recycled wreath.  She uses craft paints and watercolors to color the leaves, but I think a metallic spray paint would also look really cool- copper for autumn and silver, or even gold, for the winter.

Crafty Thursdays are an ongoing feature of The Daily Citron.  I picked Thursday because it leaves just enough time for busy people to collect their supplies for doing the craft over the weekend.

Aug 302012
 

Crafty Thursdays are an ongoing feature of The Daily Citron.  I picked Thursday because it leaves just enough time for busy people to collect their supplies for doing the craft over the weekend.

Here’s an adorable back to school craft: creating a chalkboard surface in your child’s lunch box.  You can write a note to them, and pack a piece of chalk so that they can doodle on it.  Jen from Scissors & Spatulas gives step-by-step instructions on how to complete this easy project on hard-case lunch boxes and insulated lunch boxes.

Jul 262012
 

Crafty Thursdays are an ongoing feature of The Daily Citron.  I picked Thursday because it leaves just enough time for busy people to collect their supplies for doing the craft over the weekend.

All of us could use some pampering, and if a spa visit isn’t in the cards for you this weekend, how about bringing a bit of the spa to your home?  Abbey from TheCardsWeDrew gives a step-by-step tutorial on making homemade Brown Sugar Scrub.  I’ve never made a sugar scrub myself, but I’ve used plenty of them, and they’re expensive! Abbey’s scrub uses inexpensive ingredients you already have in your pantry, and is very simple to make.

Jun 282012
 

I’ve been looking for something festive to make for Independence Day and I compiled this list of the 5 best Fourth of July crafts I found.  Now, by “best” I don’t mean most-amazing-ever, I just mean simple, cheap, and fun.

Let’s start with simple.  Super simple.  Amanda’s Parties To Go created these fun, free printable stickers that you attach to Hershey’s kisses for a patriotic flair:

A more traditional craft would be these Fourth of July popsicle stick flags, which can be strung together to decorate a mantle.  Ginger at GingerSnapCrafts gives a step-by-step tutorial on how to make them:

In the categories of cheap and fun (but not quite as simple), check out this wreath by VanillaBeanGirls.  They created a step-by-step tutorial on how to make this festive Fourth of July wreath out of tissue paper:

If you’d like to eat your craft instead of just look at it, then make this festive Fourth of July fruit salad, by Rachel at FamilyEverAfter:

If you’re in the partying mood and looking for Fourth of July printable party favor labels, cupcake wrappers, cupcake toppers, etc, then Amanda’s Parties To Go created a free printable pack that’s got you covered:

Crafty Thursdays are an ongoing feature of The Daily Citron.  I picked Thursday because it leaves just enough time for busy people to collect their supplies for doing the craft over the weekend.

Jun 132012
 

Looking for a heartfelt, low-cost gift for Father’s Day?  Make a coupon book for the special dad in your life!  The coupon book itself is free to make, and you can decide whether the coupons inside are no-cost (“1 Free Hug,” “1 Game Chess”), or low cost (“1 Dozen Homemade Cookies,” “1 Matinee Movie”).

The coupon books pictured above are made from my favorite coupon book template, because you can actually type in your coupons into a form on the Activities for Kids website, and it will generate a custom coupon book for you to print. Tips and instructions for using the form are here.

Alternatively, BeautyandBedlam created a Father’s Day Coupon Book that you can print out and then fill in, and it comes with many ideas pre-printed:

Or, you can make a coupon book from scratch.  It might not be as polished as the ones above (in fact, depending on the age of the kid creating it, it could be a complete mess), BUT it is sure to be treasured by the father who receives it.  WaywardGirlsCrafts gives a tutorial for making a coupon book like the one below:

Crafty Thursdays are an ongoing feature of The Daily Citron.  I picked Thursday because it leaves just enough time for busy parents to collect their supplies for doing the craft with their kids over the weekend.