Jean Leg Purse

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If your house is anything like mine, you’ve got tons of old jeans that can no longer be worn for one reason or another by all members of the family. I’ve been toying with the idea of making a jean quilt, but I’m a bit behind on my quilts as it is, so I needed something that would tJean Leg Purseake a little less time. I have found the perfect thing! A Jean Leg Purse!

I found the directions over at and thought I’d share them here.

What you need:

Old Jeans, needle and thread or sewing machine, trim or appliques (optional).
What to do:

Cut the legs off an old pair of jeans. Cut the hem off the legs. You’ll use one leg for the purse and the other leg for the strap and decoration. Sew across the bottom, about 1″ from the edge. Snip up to the sewing line every 1/4″ to make a decorative frayed edge along the bottom of the purse. Snip along the top in the same way.

Cut half the other leg into nine 3/4″ strips. Tie the ends of the strips together so you have three strips of three tied together. Braid. Stitch the braid ends to the purse.

To decorate, cut out two heart shapes in the remaining denin. Stitch to the purse leaving raw edges to fray. Stitch on an applique between the two hearts.

Boa Covered Flip Flops

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Boa Flip FlopsI have seen more young girls with these flip flops on lately!  They are really cute and very easy to make in any color.   I found this pair at Michaels’ with directions on how to make them.  All you need are flip flops, crafting boa and a glue gun.

Start at one end and poke the end of the boa into the sole where the strap attaches.  Hot glue the whole way across the strap, leaving a short tail to poke into the other side of the sole to finish.

Jillian has a pair that a friend made her that are bright red.  She loves wearing them because she gets comments on how cute they are constantly!

Flowerpot Pencils

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This desktop arrangement brightens a child’s homework nook and keeps all her pencils ready for the picking..

MATERIALS:Flowerpot Pencils
Hair scrunchies
Craft foam leaves
Craft scissors
Hole punch
Clay pot

Black beans

Time needed: Under 1 Hour

1. For each blossom, wrap 1 or 2 colorful hair scrunchies around the top of a pencil. Next, cut out a pair of green craft foam leaves, using craft scissors to create a scalloped edge. Lightly etch leaf vein lines in the foam with the tip of a toothpick. Using a hole punch, make a hole in the base of each leaf.

2. Then slide the leaves onto the pencil so they rest right beneath the flower. You can even attach a “silk” butterfly (sold at craft stores) to the blossom.

3. Finally, plant the finished flowers in a clay pot filled with dried black beans (if beans fall through the hole in the bottom of the pot, just tape over it).

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Plate Wall Hanging

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This is a really neat idea for a Mother’s Day gift for grandma’s from a small child.  It’s something they will definitely cherish! Handprint on Plate

Materials Needed:

Paper Plate, Paint, Lace and/or Ribbon, Glue


Paint the child’s hand then press it onto the paper plate.  Once the paint dries, glue the lace around the edge of the plate, then add lace or ribbon to the top to hang it.  Don’t forget to write the child’s name, age and date on the plate!

For a little variety, use colored paper plates with a contrasting color.

Make It Yourself Placemat

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This is truly unique! I found this over at Mom Gadget.


What kid wouldn’t want a placemat made out of his favorite cereal box? Here’s the instructions:

What you’ll need:

an empty milk carton
an empty cereal box
some dental floss

1. Disassemble your milk carton and cut into ½” strips. Do the same with the front panel from your favorite cereal box.

2. Weave together. directions

3. Finish ends by weaving dental floss around the edges so your beautiful new placemat doesn’t come apart.

Pretty cool, isn’t it!  I can’t wait to show this to a friend of mine who has younger kids.  I can just see them eating off their cereal box placemat at every meal! lol!  Or, this could be a neat Girl Scout project for the older girls to teach the younger girls!

Baggie Butterfly

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I thought this was adorable, and very easy for little ones to make!

Supplies needed:Baggie Butterfly

ziplock sandwich bag
Variety of colors of tissue paper
chenille stem(pipecleaner)
clear tape

Rip or cut several small pieces of tissue paper and fill ziplock bag with the tissue paper pieces. Close and seal bag with tape. Fold a chenille stem in half and place the sandwich bag into the bend. Twist closed and form the ends into an antenna shape.

Wall Murals

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I work in a funeral home and they just completed a remodeling project where they put up a large wall mural of a lighthouse in the chapel where we hold the funerals. It is breathtaking. It got me thinking about wall murals that kids make….

Making a mural together is an idea that works well for a group. By working together, you are creating something to decorate a shared area. Individual crafts can be displayed, but one unique item is often more effective than a group of items that are almost identical. In addition, sometimes kids’ crafts, like it or not, just become clutter when they are taken home, and it isn’t long before Mom throws it out. This craft idea of making a group mural can be displayed for several weeks and will not become clutter in anyone’s home.  You can then take a picture of the entire mural and give copies to each of the children.  It will be one memory they will never forget!

Wall muralThe basic materials for a kids’ group mural is freezer paper. Freezer paper is about 18 inches wide, and it is very tough. One side is plastic coated. That is the side that is designed to be placed against the food. You will have better luck drawing on and gluing things onto the other side. Class or group murals can feature a number of different design elements. You can mix up some finger paint and let the children make hand prints (or even foot prints!) on the paper. You can let them scour old cast-off magazines and color catalogs for pictures they like and let them cut the pictures out and glue them on. They can add scribbles, designs, signatures, slogans, or pictures using markers, crayons, or gel pens. They can attach stickers to the mural as well. This craft idea is very flexible!

For making the mural, choose a topic that relates to the group in some way. If the group are girl scouts, for instance, and have been learning to camp, the mural can feature pictures of items related to camping. If you’ve been learning about dinosaurs, you can use them as a theme. If you want a really messy project that makes a cute mural for fall, mix up finger paint in fall colors. The children can each make a tree by first laying their forearm in brown paint. Then they lay their arm on the paper to make the trunk of the tree. They should spread out their fingers so their arm print has five short branches at the top. To make the leaves, the children make fingerprints all around the top of the tree using paints in other fall colors. If you add a few drops of dishwashing detergent to finger paint when mixing it up, it will be easier to clean off the children’s arms. Do make sure they have old clothes or smocks for this craft idea.

Little preschoolers will like making a mural with an animal theme. You should probably find and cut out animal magazine pictures to start with, and then let the children choose the ones they like for gluing down. Glue sticks are neat to use with small children. They will paste some of the pictures upside down. Expect it and do not scold them. It is the process that is important in this craft idea. The children can also use animal cookie cutters dipped in finger paint to stamp animals on the mural, too. You may need to tape the paper to the table so it doesn’t slide around while the children work.

Combined QuiltAn elaborate form of this craft idea that adults often make is a quilt around a theme. Each person in the group creates a quilt square to represent some aspect of what the group stands for. These quilt squares can be colored with fabric pens or crafted of patchwork or appliqué. Again, the craft idea is to build group solidarity and not to highlight one artist’s skills over another. When the quilt top is completed, it can be a group project to tie it or quilt it. It can be hung in a special central location or given to an appreciated leader or member.

Kid’s Activities While on the Phone

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A friend and I were talking today about how difficult it is to make business phone calls during the day when you have little ones under foot. Luckily, my girls are older now (13 and 16), so this isn’t something I’ve had to worry about for quite some time. But my friend has a 2 and a 4 year old who think that as soon as mommy picks up the phone, it’s time for them to need mommy’s full attention!

When my girls were toddlers, I can remember having a box of special toys that only came out when I was ready to pick up the phone. My girls were actually excited when I said it was time to make calls because they knew the special box would come out! They were not allowed to play with those toys if I wasn’t on the phone. They would often beg me to “make one more call, mommy!” just so they could play longer!

I also would sometimes have crafts ready for them to do if I knew I’d be on a special conference call. When they were really young, I’d put the little one in the high chair and give her a paint brush and water and she would “paint” the paper. For my older daughter, play dough, crayons or watercolors worked great.

I can remember one time, my oldest wanted to be just like mommy, so she got hold of one of her dad’s old briefcases and asked me to fill it with “important stuff”. I added a play phone, some old catalogs, pencils, old order forms and a calculator so she could do her “business” while I did mine! She told everyone how she worked when mommy worked!

Just use your imagination and you can keep the kiddos occupied while you do your “business!”

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