Easter and Spring Projects from the Web

Easter & Spring projects from the web

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We’ve gathered Easter and Spring projects from around the web to share fun ideas for crafts, recipes, and home decor.  There are so many wonderful and creative ways to add a touch of spring to your life. There are projects and crafts to do with the kiddos, simple ways to decorate and bring a little spring decor inside, gift ideas for Mother’s Day (just around the corner) and ideas that are great for Sunday school and homeschool.

These creative ideas for Easter and spring include a Salt Dough Tomb, fluffy sheep cupcakes, dollar store vase craft, and quilted circular placemats.

Salt Dough Tomb        spring sheep cupcakes

Spring Dollar Store Ombre vases

Circular Quilted Placemat

 

Learn to use egg shells to start seeds, and turn ordinary sticks and paper into a beautiful arrangement. We’ve gathered enough Easter and spring ideas to keep you busy until NEXT spring!!

egg shell seed pots     Cherry blossoms from sticks and paper

chocolate bird nests       beautiful & creative gift wrap

Need a fun party idea? Make the above chocolate bird nest and serve up a taste of spring flavor, and be sure to wrap up any gifts using the silk flower and unique container ideas shared on our Easter and Spring Pinterest board HERE. 

 

 

 

DIY Cornhole: frugal family football fun

DIY Cornhole

There’s a whole lotta’ buzz about football right now as families across America prepare for the Big Game!

Football and food aren’t all the fun to be had during the Super Bowl – cornhole goes hand in hand with tail gate and back yard parties surrounding the game. As a matter of fact, cornhole is so popular, it is officially a sport in it’s own right. Cornhole even has it’s very own National Association.

Watch the Video by the American Cornhole Association HERE

To purchase these game sets – you will spend, on average of about $124 – $250 . . . . . . or you can go the frugal route.

Get step by step instructions on how to build your own cornhole board paint it and make bean bags HERE. 

Be sure to check out these fun ideas from Pinterest for Super Bowl Food!

super bowl party food

Big Game Food

 

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Are you making frugal family football plans for the Super Bowl?

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Frugal Friday: simple, frugal, crafts for Christmas

frugal fri Christmas crafts

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Happy – Almost – Christmas

I don’t know about you, but I’ll be “wrapping up” the last of my Christmas crafting and maybe even a little shopping this weekend. I’ll also be putting some final touches on the Christmas decor and doing a bit of deep cleaning before our company arrives.

If you are feeling a overwhelmed with your cleaning list, be sure to read about how I’m tackling mine here.  Soon enough, we’ll all be Merry and Bright!

About those Christmas crafts . . . .  here’s a terrific collection to inspire you this weekend!

Super quick gifts to make from Better Homes & Gardens 

quick and easy gifts to make

Fine Craft Guild –  Sea Shell Printing 

shell printing

From Good and Messy – a new twist on the Sharpie Mug

new sharpie mug idea

Diary of a Quilter – Great neighbor gift of homemade potpourri 

homemade potpourri

Wrap it all up with this sweet little candy cane craft – It makes a great decoration on a package, and it’s a beautiful ornament that is a gift in it’s own right!

From Sweet Miss Daisy

candy cane craft

For more ideas and a little “how-to” check out my dollar store crafts here 

I’d love to see pictures of your crafting projects for Christmas, or your favorite Christmas recipes!

You never know . . . you could be featured in a magazine or blog post – Share using the links below.

Be sure to follow me on Pinterest –  here - I’ve been collecting wonderful ideas for all year long

 

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Crafty Christmas: simple, easy, on a dime

christmas crafting

 

The count down is on. Christmas is almost here.  There is always much to do on the homefront and Christmas is no exception. Actually, Christmas adds much more to the regular to-do list.

I don’t know about you, but it’s time for me to crank up the Christmas music, and dig in to finish up some Christmas crafting!

antique blue glass thrift find

I found these lovely antique Belgium Blue Glass jars at a local thrift stores and paid a few dollars for a set of three. I immediately began brainstorming about what I can fill them with, and came to the conclusion that bath salts treated with essential oils will make a wonderful Christmas gift. (Just don’t tell cousin Midge as she could be the recipient of one of these – keep it just between us – K?) 

The first thing they needed was a good washing with warm soapy water. Once they are completely dry, I will add my top secret, special bath salt recipe (which I’m about to share with you – again – we can keep it just between us). 

I use a simple plastic container with a tight fitting lid. That tight lid is important because once I add the ingredients, I shake -shake- shake it up to ensure we have a well blended mix. I make a big batch because I refill my own bath salt container and can give extra bags of it for refills to go with the pretty gift containers.

Top secret ingredients:

  • Epsom Salts – large bag (about $2.99 or less)
  • Lavender essential oil  (I pay $9.99 for the NOW brand to use in salts)
  • Chamomile (free – I dry my own)
  • Optional additions I like (lemongrass or citrus essential oils)

Here’s the thing – I don’t have a formula and you don’t need one. I add as much of the salt as I want into the plastic container. I then crush and sprinkle in my dried Chamomile throughout. I pay attention to the amount of the Chamomile, as this salt mix will be going into the bath tub. If you are unsure, grab your scoop or a big spoon and scoop out the approximate amount that will be added to the bath (2-3 big scoops). You can then adjust accordingly.

wild chamomile

Learn more about wild chamomile here. 

 Or read about it’s many uses in the Aromatherapy bible here. 

 I’ll be sharing another simple, easy, on a dime craft for Christmas on Frugal Friday.

Are you crafting Christmas this year? Come link up with us for Frugal Friday and share your ideas!

 

A Homestead Christmas: gift ideas for the homesteader – at heart

homestead Christmas

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American_Homestead_Winter_-_Currier_and_IvesAmerican Homestead Winter – Wikipedia

Christmas on the ‘ole homestead makes me think of candles in the windows, fresh Christmas tree scent with touches of cinnamon wafting through the air and sleigh bells from the old farm horse trudging down the lane. While some of this ideal Christmas may not be possible for everyone, there are a few things we can do to make the homestead lifestyle a reality.

You don’t have to live on a farm these days to be a homesteader. Plenty of folks with homesteader hearts are making the most of life in the city. With touches of this and that, reminiscent of life on the old homestead,  I’ve gathered a few ideas for gift giving especially with the homesteader in mind.

 

For those who will be weeding and harvesting this year

The Roo Gardening Apron saves time and back pain!

Roo Apron

 

Waterwise plants for Sustainable Gardens

 On Sale from $24.95

waterwise gardening book

Pretty feathers from around the farm

like these guinea hen feathers

make beautiful ear rings for the naturalist, gardener,

or wildlife enthusiast in your life!

a pair of feather ear rings

Need a quick and easy handmade project?

These beautiful painted bottles from bywilma.com 

are sure to please!

a painted bottle gift

Whether you are living life on a farm out in the country, or in the big city, you can make that homestead lifestyle a reality. Homestead is more than a location, it’s a mindset, and an attitude. Start small, right where you are. If it is a desire or an outlook that comes from the heart, you know you are on the right track.

You might even start with one of these homesteader style gift ideas . . . for a loved one – or for yourself!

Did you see the guest post - here –  from cousin Midge?  She had some great ideas for your favorite gardener!

Frugal DIY Christmas ideas

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In case you missed yesterdays guest post from cousin Midge – she brought us frugal ideas for thinking outside the box this Christmas. Midge has several loved ones who are avid gardeners, and she put together some wonderful gift baskets they are gonna love! Go here to read about her frugal finds in her gift basket. 

gardnergiftbaskets

 

(I am secretly hoping to be one of those loved ones who are the lucky recipients of these great gardener gifts!)

With personal, frugal, and handmade gift ideas in mind – I’ve gathered a few more choices for you from around the web. Each of these DIY gift ideas include step by step instructions on the original sites. Just click on the photo’s below to learn more and get recipes and directions for each project.

Be sure to follow Molly Green on Pinterest to find unique recipes, money saving tips, homesteading advice and more!

diy soap crayons

handmade lemon soap

branch bangles

Be sure to wrap up all your lovely DIY gifts with a beautiful burlap bow – go to factory direct craft.com for step by step instructions

diy burlap bows

 Don’t miss the Molly BOGO Christmas Bundle – see it HERE

 

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Frugal decorating for the holidays: Using items found in nature

nature decor

 

One of the most frugal and beautiful ways to decorate your home during Thanksgiving and Christmas time is by using items found in nature.

It makes sense, as they were created by the ultimate Designer.  The results can be simple elegance or elaborately detailed creations.

table decor

 

Where you live will likely play a major roll in the types of items you have access to. Keep your eyes open throughout the year for things that can be transformed into table decoration, accents for the mantel or shelves and even for the Christmas tree. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box or to look for things while away on vacation.

nature decor

 

If sea shells are to your liking, they make a whimsical fun design. Adding white or silver paint to shells, pine cones, or acorns can transform them. Glitter can be added and ribbons for hanging or to accent.  Shells, acorns, and pine cones are beautiful in their natural state or painted.

Try adding real fruit to a platter and round up other items such as this hurricane lamp to fill up, or candle sticks for a pop of color.

The idea is to use what you have on hand, dress it up, pair it with something new,  and be creative!

 

Don’t miss the Molly BOGO Christmas Bundle – see it HERE

 

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Upcycled Owl Craft: Guest Post Thursday

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It’s Guest post Thursday and I am thrilled today to introduce you to Ashley from Life with Moore Babies.  The Moore Babies are a crafty little crew and I believe you are going to enjoy the projects they come up with as much as I do!

Today Ashley is sharing with us a craft that is extremely frugal and very green. These cute little up-cycled owls will be great for keeping little ones busy while you work to prepare for Thanksgiving. As a matter of fact, they would make adorable little place holders or decorations for the kids table – Don’t you think?

As sweet as these little birds are, they aren’t very complicated, nor do they require many supplies. You can always substitute with things you have on hand.

egg carton owl

 Cut the top off the bottom of an egg carton. Then cut the top into two pieces and the bottom into sections of two, and make the eyes. When Cutting the eyes, be sure to include the pointy section between the egg spaces, which will make the beak.  They do not have to be exactly the same. You can experiment with various angles to create slightly different facial features for your owls.

The idea with a project like this is not to make it difficult or to stress about getting it perfect, but to enjoy the process and be creative – together!

owl craft

Provide simple paint supplies, or even markers to color the body and the face (eyes and beak) of your up-cycled owl critters. Googly eyes and feathers are the perfect accent pieces to finish off these fun little creatures. If you don’t happen to have them on hand, the eyes can be painted on or colored with sharpie markers, and the wings could be cut from colorful paper.  Be sure the paint is dry before you begin the gluing process.

owls for kids

Simple tips for crafting with kids: 

  • Cover the surface area with newspaper or a plastic tablecloth that can be re-used
  • When painting – have children wear large T-shirts to protect clothing
  • Don’t worry with perfection
  • It’s much more important to enjoy the time together than to worry about kids technique
  • Make suggestions, but allow them to get creative (you might just be surprised)
  • Use sincere encouragement & be specific – Instead of “good job” try “I really like how you used that bright blue to differentiate between the body and the head” or “I am impressed with your attention to detail” & “Your placement of the feathers make him look as though it could fly away – It really comes to life”

I hope you’ll enjoy some fun & frugal crafting with the kiddos this holiday season. I hear it can reduce stress!

Thank you so much for Pinning and sharing~

Be sure to hop over and visit Ashley @ Life with Moore Babies

 

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homemade Christmas

 

A frugal Homemade Christmas  doesn’t have to be difficult or stressful. We are running a special on the Molly Green Christmas Bundle here.

We’ve been rounding up frugal handmade gift ideas from around the blogosphere and I think we’ve come up with a little something for everyone on your list.

Check out these cool ideas from Pinterest

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Links are below - 

Frugal Homemade Gifts

#1 Homemade Christmas 

#2 Homemade Gift Ideas 

#3 Upcycled Projects 

#4 Thanksgiving & Holiday Food 

 

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Preserving Fall: crafting with leaves

 

preserving fall

 

Fall is a glorious time of the year. The golden, fiery colors as the trees transition from summer into winter make it one of the most striking seasons. It is at least in the top four!

If you are like me and enjoy making the most out of the beautiful leaves before they dry up, you are going to love these projects.

Preserving fall – really works for me!

Here are a few options if you want to try preserving a little fall for yourself:

1. Wax paper – all you need is your beautiful leaves, wax paper, a towel and an iron. Place the leaves between 2 pieces of waxed paper and lay a towel over the top of it. Carefully press the towel with a warm iron. Some people prefer to carefully peel away the wax paper after ironing to leave a coating on the leaf, others like to cut around the wax paper, leaving a small edge so the wax paper remains sealed. These make great book marks or look nice glued on cards or packages.

2. Glycerin – a great option to preserve leaves is to use a glycerin mixture. Prepare a  bath in a shallow pan for your leaf collection consisting of 1 part glycerin and 2 parts water. Submerge the leaves in the water and keep them weighted down with a plate or with little rocks. Soak them in this solution for about a week, or at least 4 days.  When they are finished, pat them dry and they will remain pliable and a bit rubbery. They make wonderful decorations when added to a pretty bowl or around candles on a plate.

 

 

mod podge leaves

3. Mod podge – Preserving  with Mod podge can be a great way to craft with your leaves.  Use Mod podge to glue, seal and finish your leaves. Apply them to glass candle holders, decorative plates, picture frames or trays to create one of a kind gifts or decorations.

Check out these awesome leaf projects:

Leaf bowl - from Mod podge Rocks

Incredible Mod podge leaves - Gingerbread Snowflakes

Framed leaves - by Make and Takes

Decorating with fall leaves – Houzz

 

What kind of fall crafting are you up to? I’d love to hear how you preserve fall! 

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