Sea Shell Picture Frame Tutorial For Kids

Sea Shell Picture Frame

We just got back from a week long beach vacation and we may have collected a huge bag full of sea shells, sea glass, and other sea rocks.  When we got home we made a quick trip to Michael's to pick up some craft supplies.  Picture frames, glue, jewelry cord, ribbon, candles, and jars are all sitting next to our dining room table ready for us to get our craft on! We weren't home for 5 minutes and my daughter (she's my crafty minion) was begging me to make the shell heart frame!  The begging continued for almost 24 hours before we actually had time to sit down and work on it.  I probably won't be opening an Etsy store anytime soon but we had a lot of fun and will have sweet memories when we look at it. Supplies Needed: Wooden picture frame Miscellaneous paint brushes Acrylic paint (assorted colors) Elmer's Glue Sea Shells Picture from the Beach Directions: Paint the wooden picture frame.  You can tell that we had different techniques.  I prefer one solid ... [ Read More ]

Passport to Imagination with Michael’s Stores

michaels craft classes

We're going into week 3 of summer vacation and I have to say, I'm surviving this summer like a boss!  Our first week out of school was a family vacation so that was pretty easy.  Last week was our first real week at home while I attempt to work AND juggle kids.  We spent most of the week at karate since my son was testing for his 1st degree Black Belt this past weekend (he passed - yeah!!). Friday, I scheduled a Passport to Imagination craft class at Michael's for the kids.  This summer your kids can spend 2 craft-filled hours at Michael's (without mom nagging them) for only $2.  That's just long enough to run to Starbucks, grab a latte, and get a little bit of work done in peace and quiet! As long as your kids are over 5 you can drop them off and don't have to stick around.  The kids are safe in a back room with a few Michael's employees and aren't allowed to leave until you get back.  It was a pretty full class at our local Michael's and the kids ranged from about 5-13 yrs; ... [ Read More ]

DIY Disney Salt Dough Necklaces #disneyside

Disney Salt Dough Necklaces #disneyside

Earlier in the week I shared a recipe from our Disney Side @Home Celebration, today I'm sharing with you one of the craft projects we did during our party.  Before the party I made up a batch of salt dough necklaces for the guests to paint.  I used the Disney cookie cutters we received in our party package from Disney Parks and MomSelect for the project.  You could do the entire project during the party but the dough needs to back for 2 hours, which is why I prepped them ahead of time. To make salt dough all you need is 1 cup of flour, 1/2 cup of salt and about 1/4-1/2 cup of water.  Sift the salt and flour together in a small bowl and slowly add water to it until you get the consistency of dough, but not sticky. Once you have your dough the right consistency you can flour your surface and roll the dough to about 1/8-1/4" thick.  Then use your cookie cutters to cut the desired shapes.  If you are going to be using these like necklaces (or ornaments or key chains) be sure to ... [ Read More ]

Peanut Butter Piggy Bank #freefromtrash

Peanut Butter Piggy Bank

My kids LOVE peanut butter and we go through a lot of it in this house!  That leaves us with lots of empty plastic peanut butter jars.  They aren't really fond of the fresh stuff and I haven't found a brand in glass that I like. My 3 yr old has a few dollars that daddy gave her last week after their shopping trip and it's just been sitting on her dresser.  She plays with it but doesn't really understand that you should keep it safe. Directions to make:  I simply cut a slit in the lid (be careful because plastic lids can crack), remove the label, and place a label or sticker on the front.  We used our brand new Mabel's Labels from our Back to School Combo kit (more on that later) to personalize the piggy bank with her name. You could fill plastic jars like this with lots of goodies.  Can you imagine how organized my sons Lego collection could be with several of these? This post is part of the Upcycled Crafting Challenge (#freefromtrash) that I’m hosting this month. ... [ Read More ]

Wine Bottle Romance #freefromtrash

upcycled wine bottle craft #freefromtrash

I have a love for a sweet white wine in the evening after the kids go to bed (and some afternoons when they are extra rowdy).  My favorite recently is a Moscato (any brand really). I wrote yesterday about glass jars (and bottles) and how glass NEVER degrades in the landfill. I've been dreaming of a wine bottle project ever since I heard about cutting glass bottles with a piece of string and some acetone (or lighter fluid).  You can make vases or drinking glasses once you cut the top off of the glass.  After doing a little research I got too scared to actually try it myself.  I read that the string method doesn't always give you a smooth finish and that you should really use a glass cutting tool. Instead I too myself back to my college days and decided to get a little romantic with my empty wine bottle and a candle.  Simply place a tall candle into a clean wine bottle and watch the magic begin.  As the candle burns the wax drips down the candle and onto the bottle creating a ... [ Read More ]

Glass Jar Upcycled Crafting #freefromtrash

Glass Jar Craft #freefromtrash

What do you do with your glass jars (or bottles)?  Our local recycling program doesn't accept glass curbside.  To have glass recycled we would have to drive to one of the 'convenience' centers that are about 10-15 minutes away.  Not very convenient is it?  I feel guilty if we throw our glass with the garbage though because glass NEVER degrades.  It will sit in the landfill for hundreds (maybe thousands) of years. Today's project takes a simple glass jar and turns it into a picture frame.  The project took about 5 minutes from start to finish.  You can use any size glass jar and any size photo. Supplies: glass jars (clean and remove the labels) photo (sized to fit into the jar) beads, glass globs, or accessories to fill the jar with ribbon to decorate the lid/base of jar with Directions:  Gently roll your photo so that it will fit inside the jar.  Place photo in jar and let it unroll.  Fill the jar with desired accessories and close with the lid.  Tie a coordinating ... [ Read More ]

Soup Can Upcycled Crafts #freefromtrash

soup can upcycled craft #freefromtrash

I have a ton of empty food cans that I've been saving for a rainy day.  Most of the time they end up in the recycle bin but I knew they could be fun to craft with. We have very small bathrooms and not much storage space.  I've seen similar projects created for desk organizers but I need some bathroom organization! Supplies: empty food cans (cleaned) Mod Podge decorative paper scissors This is a fairly simple project.  Cut strips of decorative paper slightly larger than your cans. Glue the strips onto the can leaving a little extra paper at the top of the can.  Cut slits around the top of the extra paper and fold over the top.  Glue the extra bits to the inside of the can.  I added some decorative tape on the inside to give it a finished look. Caution: The inside of the can may have some sharp edges so you'll want to be careful when working around the top of the can.  Having the paper folded over the top of the can will keep it safe for every day ... [ Read More ]

Soda Can Upcycled Crafts #freefromtrash

Since I don't buy canned soda's I don't have any in the house to work with!  I asked my husband to swipe some from the recycle bin at his office but he forgot.  Instead I decided to share some of my favorite Pinterest projects with you. I personally want to make a mirror like the one seen here: Source: via Calley on Pinterest     To see more fun soda can upcycled crafting projects check out my Soda Can Crafts board on Pinterest.