Canning Ring Pumpkin

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Canning Ring Pumpkin

With most of the canning done, and extra canning rings lying around, I thought I would make a canning ring pumpkin for the table. It’s cute, festive, and takes about 2 minutes—my kind of craft.

Canning Ring Pumpkin

You’ll need:

  • Canning rings {all the same size}
  • String {to tie the rings together}
  • 3 or 4 cinnamon sticks
  • Some scrap fabric or paper cut into the shape of leaves {enough for 2 leaves}

cinnamon sticks

Directions:

String the canning rings together in a straight line.  Once all the rings are on, tie them together tightly, pulling them into a round pumpkin shape.  Then, stick the cinnamon sticks down into the pumpkin and add the leaves.

How easy is that?  And so cute and homesteady {that’s a word, right?}.

~Mavis

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Easy Crafts for Kids – Wooden Gnomes

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Easy Crafts for Kids wooden gnomes

These are the gnomes that we made with the kids at St. Jude on our trip.  Minus the sewing, the kids were able to do these all by themselves.  We had so much fun making them with the kiddos, I thought I would share how to make them with you.  They would make a perfect rainy day activity, don’t you think?

Crafts for Kids - Wooden Gnomes

Supplies You’ll Need:

  • Water colors
  • Wood dolls
  • Paint brushes
  • Felt
  • Needle and thread
  • Sharpie marker {fine or medium tip}
  • Cup of water {for the water paints}
  • Q-tip

Directions:

Crafts for Kids - Wooden Gnomes

Start by painting the base of the wood dolls different colors.

Crafts for Kids - Wooden Gnomes

Then, using your sharpie, add dots for eyes and buttons on the dolls.  Dab a little red water color with a q-tip to make rosy cheeks on the gnome.

how to make a toy doll hat

Cut out 3″ x 5″ triangles out of the felt.  {I made a pattern, just to simplify things.}

how to make a toy doll gnome hat

Fold the felt triangle in half and sew along the long side of the triangle.  Place the hat on the gnome and you’re finished.

Easy Crafts for Kids wooden gnomes

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How to Make Ruby Red Slippers

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How to Make Ruby Red Slippers

Since we were headed through Kansas on our way to St. Jude, I thought I’d better whip up some Ruby Red Slippers.  I know, I know, cliche, but who doesn’t love the chance to glitter anything?  Plus, when I am done, I’m pretty sure I know some neighbor kids that would welcome the addition to their dress-up clothes.

ugly brown shoes

I found these high heels on clearance at Target.   So, I grabbed enough for The Girl,  Amberlina, Lola and myself.  Lucky for me, they had all of our sizes.  I laid a board covered in tissue paper out in the lawn to work on–because I really don’t want to  explain to guests why there is glitter all over my house.

How to Make Ruby Red Slippers at the Last Minute

I grabbed a can of high strength adhesive glue.

How to Make Ruby Red Slippers at the Last Minute

And a container of glitter.  Now brace yourself, because here’s where things get really technical:  I sprayed the shoes and then dumped sprinkled the glitter onto the shoes.

How to Make Ruby Red Slippers at the Last Minute

And while it’s true, there’s no place like home–now we can at least make the most of Kansas.

~Mavis

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Easy Crafts for Kids – How to Make a Pinwheel

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How to Make a Pinwheel Easy Kids Crafts

When I was a little girl, I used to watch a show called Pinwheel.  The theme song went something like this:  ”Pinwheel, pinwheel, spinning around. Look at my Pinwheel and see what I’ve found.  Pinwheel, pinwheel, where have you been? Hello, how are you, and may I come in?”  Do you remember this song?  Did you watch the show?  To this day, whenever I see a child blowing on a pinwheel or pass one in a store, I sing that little song.  Ah, good times.  In honor of my reminiscing, here’s a cheap, simple pinwheel you can make on your own, and feel free to sing along as you do. ;)

How to Make a Pinwheel

You will need:

how to make a pinwheel directions

Directions

First, fold a piece of paper diagonally.  Keep your paper folded in a triangle.   Fold it again, into a smaller triangle.

Now unfold the paper, so it looks like a square.  Your paper will have crease lines in an “X” shape.

Cut about 3/4 the way up towards the center of the paper on each fold line and hole punch a hole in each corner of your paper.

Now, bring each corner with a hole in it towards the center of the paper.  You will start to see the pinwheel shape taking form.

Once you’ve gathered all of the hole punched corners to the center, put the brad through the center to hold them down.

Finally, open the brad and wrap it around the tip of the bamboo skewer to attach your pinwheel to its handle.

The last step is to pray for wind so that you don’t spend the rest of the day blowing the pinwheel straight into light-headed bliss just for the delighted giggles of your kiddos.

Happy Crafting,

Mavis

how to make a pinwheel

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DIY – 4th of July Paper Sparklers

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DIY  4th of July  Paper Sparklers

I love the fourth of July.  It means BBQ’s, friends, and sparklers.  Paper sparklers are a totally safe way to help the little ones feel involved in the festivities, or if you live or are traveling to one of those no-burn areas for the 4th, to still add a little spark to the holiday.  Plus, they are super inexpensive and easy to make.

4th of July  Paper Sparklers

You’ll need:

  • Festive straws 
  • Red, white, and blue card stock {silver might be fun too}
  • Scissors

cutting paper

Directions:

  1. Cut the card stock paper into 4″x3″ rectangles.  Make several thin fringe cuts all the way up the paper, leaving 1/2″ uncut at the top.  
  2. Holding the uncut 1/2′ portion at the top of the paper, roll the paper up tight.  It is going to need to fit inside the straw, so super tight is key.
  3. Stick the end of the rolled paper into the straw, leaving the fringed side out.  If you want it to be extra sturdy, you can add a little tape to ensure it stays in the straw.
  4. Bend the paper a bit to make the fringes look more sparkler like.

Easy Kids Crafts 4th of July  Paper Sparklers

How easy is that?  I think these would look cute in a vase as a cute centerpiece too.

Have a Happy Fourth!

~Mavis

DIY  4th of July  Paper Sparklers

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How to Make Kool Aid Tie Dyed T-Shirts

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How to Make Kool Aid  Tie Dyed T-Shirts

I have a ton of Kool Aid packets left over from my extreme couponing days, and while I don’t plan on drinking them, I can’t stand to see them go to waste.  The Girl decided she was going to have some friends over to do some Kool Aid Tie Dyed T-Shirts—I am so glad someone is willing to put my waste-not-want-not  mentality at ease.

Kool Aid Tie Dyed T-Shirts

These are seriously so cool, I am going to have to resist the urge not to go out and buy MORE Kool Aid.  Ha.  Even if you don’t have a stockpile of Kool Aid lying around, these would still make a great, inexpensive summer activity for the kids.

How to Make a Kool Aid Tie Dyed T-Shirts

You will need:

Small Plastic or Glass Bowls
Kool Aid Packets {assortment of flavors for different colors on the shirts}
White Vinegar
Plastic Gloves {unless you want to look like an Oompa-Loompa for the next several days}
Rubber bands
T-Shirts
Iron

How to Make Kool Aid Tie Dyed T-Shirts

  1. In the plastic or glass  bowls, mix two packets of Kool Aid with 1 cup of vinegar.  Stir until Kool Aid is dissolved completely.  {You will need a separate bowl for each flavor/color}
  2. Twist the t-shirt and secure with the rubber bands.  Do it several times, all over the t-shirt.
  3. With gloves on, dip twisted ends of the t-shirt into the bowls of the Kool Aid mixture.
  4. Let shirts air dry a little {we let ours air dry for 2 hours for two hours}
  5. Set the color by ironing the shirt on medium high.  Make sure to use an old towel or ironing cloth between your iron and t-shirt to make sure you don’t stain your iron. 
  6. Let the shirts sit a full 24 hours before washing.

How to Make a Kool Aid  Tie Dyed T-Shirt

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How to Make a Concrete Planter

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how to make a star shaped concrete planter

The HH and I were cleaning the garage out the other day and came across 2 bags of concrete {left over from when we built the chicken run last summer}. I thought it would be fun to use the extra concrete to make a couple of unique concrete planters for the backyard.

If you’ve never made your on concrete containers before, it’s SUPER easy to do.

First, choose two containers to use as a mold.  You’ll need a smaller and a larger one, so that one can nest inside the other. I found these flexible plastic containers at my local garden center.

Make Your Own Concrete Planter

Now, use a paintbrush to  coat the inside of your larger container with cooking oil.

DIY Make Your Own Concrete Planter

Next, oil the outside of your smaller container, using the same method as above.

Make Your Own Concrete Planter Tutorial

Now, grab some garden gloves and mix your concrete. Fill the larger mold up to about 1 inch from the top.  Shake the container to allow the concrete to settle and get rid of air bubbles.

DIY Make Concrete Planters

Press the small mold into the large mold.  Don’t press it too deep, remember, you need enough concrete to have bottom to your planter.

Make Your Own Concrete Planters

Next put a rock or some other weight inside the smaller mold and let the concrete set for 24-48 hours.

how to make concrete planters

Finally, gently remove the molds.  You may want to smooth the rough edges with a stone or a file.

how to make a star shaped concrete planter

That’s it, easy peasy!

DIY How to Make a Concrete Planter

Want more ideas on concrete projects?   Amazon has Concrete Garden Projects and it is getting great reviews.

 concrete garden projects

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How to Make a Seed Bomb

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How to make a seed bomb

Have you ever heard of seed bombs?  Basically, they are balls made out of clay, compost, and seeds.  They can be tossed anywhere you have a large area you’d like to cover with flowers, etc.  Apparently, seed bombs were first used in the 70′s to “bomb” large vacant lots in New York City with flowers–they called it guerrilla gardening– awesome!

If you have a large area you would like to cover in flowers, but don’t want to take the time to scatter seeds, seed bombs might be the perfect solution.  Plus, they are super duper easy and cheap to make.

flower seeds

You’ll need:

  • Clay {Crayola Air Dry Clay is a pretty cheap option}
  • Water
  • Seeds {flowers native to  your area are the best choice so that they will require very little maintenance}
  • Compost
  • Large Flat Surface

seed bombs

Mix 5 parts clay with 1 part compost and 1 part seeds.  Add a couple of drops of water {be careful not to add too much or it will be a gooey mess}.  Roll and knead the mixture into a ball.  After you have thoroughly mixed the dough, flatten it out and cut into pieces.  Roll the smaller pieces into little balls.  Now you have seed bombs.  Toss them into your open area and do nothing but wait for them to grow.  Easy Peasy.

How to make a seed bomb

 

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How to Make Water Balloon Flip Flops

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how to make water balloon flip flops

Over the weekend The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird made herself a pair of water balloon flip flops. She loved them so much she decided to make a pair for bff as well.

I thought maybe some of you might be interested as these water balloon flip flops would be a super fun summer craft for any teen girl to make this summer on one of those “Mom, I’m so bored” days. ;)

water balloons

You need about 100 water balloons per flip flop. My daughter was lucky and found everything she needed at the dollar store. She spent $3 for a set of cute flip flops and 2 packs of water balloons.

how to make water balloon flips

Grab four water balloons. Have 3 water balloons going in one direction {ends together} and use the 4th water balloon to tie the other 3 water balloons to the flip flop strap.

DIY how to make water balloon flip flops

A double knot is recommenced.

Keep tying water balloons to the flip flop strap until you can no longer see the strap. If needed you can slide the balloons around a little to make sure the entire strap is covered.

how to make water balloon flip flops
Pretty Neat- O if you ask me.

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Potting Bench Made from an Old Wooden Rack

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wood pallet potting bench

A big THANK YOU to everyone who has sent in their photographs and stories. I hope by sharing other peoples pictures and stories here on One Hundred Dollars a Month we can all have a rock star garden this summer. Keep them coming!

Beverly a former Girl Scout from North Carolina, who’s mother was named Mavis {!!}, who has a HHH {Handy Handsome Husband} and a PUGGLE {!} sent in these awesome  potting bench photos and I just had to share.

storage rack

Here is what Beverly had to say:

I saw this wooden rack at work, and wondered what I could do with it, then realized I needed a potting bench (saw one online for $279. that I liked but would not spend the money on). I came up with the plan and my husband did the rest.

how to make a wood pallet potting bench

Well, I did hold it still while he did some of the sawing/drilling.

DIY wood pallet potting bench

The rack itself was due to be trashed at work, and I bought it for $.53 which included tax.  (The rack came pre-loaded with plants from a vendor, and when those were sold the rack had to go.)  My husband used a few screws to hold it together after he re-modled it, and I got a great potting bench for under $1.00!

DIY wood pallet potting bench how to

The grid he attached to the front face was a shelf from a metal rack from my green house that I was not using, and it makes a great place to put S-hooks to hang tools.  The lumber is rough and untreated, so it will probably only last 3-5 years out in the weather here, but that’s ok with me.

I am just tickled with the result and had to share it with you, because I usually can copy things but can’t come up with the idea, and this one actually was my brainstorm. (I am a little proud of myself right now!)

Thank you for all of the neat informational, fun, and interesting stuff you put on your website.  And for the links to the great deals, too, I have taken advantage of a few of them and really appreciate you sharing them.  I look forward to watching your garden harvest tally grow each week.  I am sure you will reach your goal! I wish you the best of luck for the Garden Gnome project, it is a good cause.

~Beverly

Wow Beverly! Thank you for all your kinds words and if you lived closer I think I’d be asking your husband to make me a potting bench too. Tell him he did a great job!
~Mavis

Strawberry tower made from fence boardsApril From Santa Cruz, California Sends in Her Garden Photos

If you would like to have your garden, chicken coop or something you’ve made featured on One Hundred Dollars a Month, here’s what I’m looking for:

  • Your Garden Pictures and Tips – I’d especially like to see your garden set ups, growing areas, and know if you are starting seeds indoors this year. If so,  show me some picture of how you are going about it.
  • Your Chicken and Chicken Related Stories – Coops, Chicks, Hen’s, Roosters, Eggs, you name it. If it clucks, send us some pictures to share with the world.
  • Cool Arts & Crafts - Made from your very own hands with detailed {and well photographed} pictures and instructions.
  • Your pictures and stories about your pets. The more pictures and details the better.
  • Garage Sale, Thrift Store and Dumpster Diving pictures and the stories behind the treasures you found including how much you paid for them.

If I feature your pictures and the stories behind them on One Hundred Dollars a Month, I will send you a $20.00 gift card to the greatest store in the world: Amazon.com.

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