How to Make A Duct Tape Wallet – Video, Patterns, and Tape

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Monkey Boy is planning on making a few of his Christmas gifts with Duct tape this year. Yee-Haw. While doing some research, he came across this youtube video and I thought it was pretty cool.  Apparently duct tape arts & crafts are at an all time high at school, and some kids are even selling them out of their lockers for big bucks. Wahoooo!

Here are a few Duck brand Duct tape deals I spotted on Amazon.com

Duck Brand 10-Yard Printed Duct Tape, Zig-Zag Zebra, Black/White $3.37
Duck Brand 10-Yard Printed Duct Tape, Cosmic Tie-Dye, Orange/Pink $3.37
Duck Brand 20-Yard Colored Duct Tape, Grape (Purple) $4.76

Go HERE to see more Duck Brand Duct Tape Colors and Patterns

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Easy Christmas Craft Ideas for Kids – Root Beer Reindeer, Cinnamon Candles, Tea Bag Wreath

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Pipe cleaners, googley eyes, and red sparkly pom poms.  Root Beer Reindeer.  Awesome!

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I am a total tea drinker and I absolutely LOVE this gift idea!

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Toilet paper rolls and construction paper.  Does it get any easier than that?

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White candles, cinnamon sticks and a couple of sprigs of holly.  Perfect!

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Candy canes, brown yard, googly eyes, a jingle bell, white sting and red pom poms.  This would be fun for the kids to make while the adults are chatting.

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Christmas Crafts for Kids – Clothes Pin Wreath, Finger Puppets, Napkin Rings, Paintings, Snow Globes + More

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There are so many adorable crafts out there to make with your kiddo this time of year that I wanted to share a few of my favorites.  If you see something you like, simply click on the {photo credit} tab you see below the picture and it take you right to the craft.

~Mavis

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How to Make Mittens Out of an Old Sweater

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Do you have an old sweater you just can’t bear to part with even though you don’t wear it anymore? Maybe it’s time to turn that sweater into a pair of mittens for this winter.  What? You’ve never used a sweater to make mittens before?

Where have you been living all these years? Suburbia?  Ha Ha Ha.

What if you don’t have a sweater?  No problem, just stop by a thrift store and find a sweater with made with at least 80% wool.

Toss the sweater into the washing machine and wash using HOT water.  Dry on the HOT setting to shrink the wool sweater.  It won’t fit you anymore but the material will be felted enough to make a pair of thick mittens.

To make a mitten pattern simply grab a piece of card stock, and trace your hand {fingers together, thumb spread out like the picture above}.

Lay the pattern piece on the sweater and cut 2 piece from one side of the sweater, then flip the pattern piece over and cut two more. When you cut the pattern out allow 1/2- inch seam allowance.

Place right sides together, then sew each mitten together and leavening a 1/4-inch seam allowance. .

To prevent fraying, sew around the mitten again, leaving a 1/8-inch seam allowance.

When you are finished sewing, turn the mittens right-side out, and press with an iron {on the wool setting}.

Talk about an easy craft project.  If you have a bunch of old sweaters on hand you could make everyone a pair of mittens this year for Christmas. Being thrifty and repurposing stuff is fun, don’t you think?

~Mavis

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How To Make A Christmas Wreath

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The Girl and I have been making our own Christmas wreaths for a few years now.  Not only are wreaths SUPER EASY to make, they are inexpensive to produce as well. Especially if you live in an area with a lot of pine or cedar trees.

Here are directions on how to make a Christmas Wreath.

Step 1: Go outside and cut a few branches off a tree. I chose to took clippings from a Leland Cypress tree growing in my front yard. Also, if you have a holly bush nearby, clip a few sprigs off that too. You will also need a wreath form and some fine gardening wire {Home Depot or Michael’s Craft Store will have this}.

Step 2: Secure garden wire to wreath form by simply tying a knot.

Step 3: Place 2-3 sprigs on the wreath form and wrap the garden wire around the base of the springs to secure the greens.

Step 4: Repeat step 3 until you have successfully covered the entire form with greens.

Step 5: Your wreath should look something like this. I am not going to say it should look EXACTLY like this because artist freedom is encouraged.

Step 6: Carefully trim the base of 3 sprigs of Holly.

Step 7: Insert Holly pieces beneath the wreath greens and into the wreath form if possible.

Step 8: Pull an ornament off your Christmas tree and secure it {using a small piece of garden wire} to the top portion of your wreath.

Step 9: Hang the wreath on your front door and patiently wait for your Handsome Husband to come home and say…

Why can’t we buy a real freakin’ wreath from Costco like everyone else?

~Mavis

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How to Make Gumdrop Turkeys

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Here is another fun activity to keeps the kids busy during the long wait for Thanksgiving dinner. If you have never made them before, gumdrop turkeys are super easy to make.  All you need are a few toothpicks, a pair of scissors {to cut the eyes, wattle and beak}, and  a bag of assorted old fashioned gumdrops.

If you are worried about the kids losing their appetite for dinner, have them make the turkeys and place one next to everyone’s dinner plate. Then tell them the turkeys are for after they finish their dinner.

Trust me,  the kids will clean their plate.

~ Mavis

Also check out my tutorial on how to make Thanksgiving Turkey Cookies.

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Thanksgiving Centerpiece Ideas

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Which one is your favorite?

I think mine is #3.

~Mavis

Sources: Once Wed, Jeanne Benidict, Williams-Sonoma, Sweet Something Designs, HGTV

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Thanksgiving Turkey Cookies

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Looking for a fun activity for the kids to do during Thanksgiving?  Check out these super awesome turkey cookies The Girl and I made. Not only are they fun to make, they’re fun to eat!

Ingredients

Chocolate covered cookies {I used Oreo thin mints}
Mini M&M’s
Hershey’s Kisses
Chocolate Chips
Candy Corn

How to Make Thanksgiving Turkey Cookies

Carefully cut the bottoms off half of the chocolate covered cookies.

Spread melted chocolate chips over the tops of the cut cookies.  Add 4 pieces of candy corn to each cookie in a fan shaped pattern and let set for 5 minutes.

Using melted chocolate, adhere 1 Hershey’s kiss to each whole cookie and let it set for 5 minutes.  The, using a knife, apply a little bit of melted chocolate to the bottom of each cut cookie.

With more melted chocolate, adhere to cut cookie right behind the Hershey’s kiss.  Add 1 red mini m&m for a wattle with melted chocolate, and viola!  You’re done.

Gobble Gobble!

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Fall Decorating Ideas – DIY Wreaths

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I LOVE this time of year!! Which one is your favorite?  I’m having a hard time deciding between the wreath of corn and the kids clothes pin wreath.

~Mavis

Sources: Better Homes & Gardens, Cluck Cluck Sew, Handmade Sparks, Chica and Joe

 

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Easy Christmas Gifts – Garden Gloves and Plant Markers

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Call me a cheapskate, but I happen to actually like making a lot of my Christmas gifts.  Not only because it saves money, but because it’s fun.  Now the Handsome Husband on the other hand, does not believe in making gifts.  No sir re Bob.  He likes to do his shopping at 6 am on Christmas Eve, and buy a bunch of random crap and it in plastic bags with the store logo on it. In fact, one of our first years together he bought me some paint brushes, a pie crust edge protector and a large bag of Skittles.

I have no idea what Skittles and the Sweet Baby Jesus have in common, but I’m sure he meant well.

Anyway, here is my Christmas gift idea number 1.  Plant makers and a pair of gloves.

Required Materials

  • Popsicle Sticks {or just ask your Doctor for some tongue depressors.  They work just as well}
  • Rubber Stamps {c’mon we’ve all been to Stampin’ Up party and paid way to much for some}
  • Ink Pad {borrow one from your neighbor the accountant}
  • Garden Gloves {Home Depot $3.99 in the garden center}

Directions

  • Stamp herbs, vegetables, or fruits on popsicle sticks
  • Place dried sticks inside of the glove {be sure to leave a wee bit showing}

Viola!  $5 and you now have a gift for the gardener on your list.

~Peace Out Girl Scouts

Mavis

Feeling Crafty?  Want to break out hot glue gun but not sure were to start?  Check out Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Crafts: An A-to-Z Guide with Detailed Instructions and Endless Inspiration.* Amazon.com currently has it in stock and ready to ship!

*Direct link to an Amazon product

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