Picture Alphabet

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Becca bought a poster to put in her dorm room at college that shows the whole alphabet out of pictures of items that look like letters!  It’s really cool and she’s gotten a lot of compliments on it.  I did some searching and found a site that offers personalized gifts in the shape of words made from photographs.  The company is called Letter Perspectives.  They have quite a few examples on their website showing different words spelled out in nature.

This would be a great project for a Girl Scout troop!  Send the girls out with a camera and a list of letters they need to find.  They could make up all kinds of posters to give as gifts to their families!

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 FamilyCorner.com 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.

Button Jar

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button jarThis is a very cute idea to use up all those extra buttons that seem to accumulate all over the place!  I try to keep all my buttons in one drawer near my sewing supplies but I seem to find them everywhere…  I found this idea over at Create-Kids-Crafts.com.  They have lots of other great Spring Craft ideas as well!

This may be used to hold any number of small items.

Supplies needed:

baby food jar
flat buttons
paint or window markers
paintbrush
quick setting glue

Glue several buttons on the outside of the jar to represent flowers. Hold the buttons in place until the glue is set. Paint stems and leaves on to the jar for the flowers. Add any other decorations you may want.

Homemade Gift Bags

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Gift bagIt seems like everyone uses gift bags these days instead of wrapping paper. We still us wrapping paper for our kid’s gifts, but I do tend to buy gift bags for everyone else… it just seems easier!

But this year, I’m going to try something different… I found a box full of large manila envelopes in my closet and I knew there had to be some way to make these into gift bags. I did some searching and ta da!!! I found it over at Pages of the Heart! She lists the directions and pictures on how to take a plain manila envelope and turn it into a gift bag! How cool is that?

I think this is one thing the girls and I will be working on this weekend… buy some red paint, use some of the stickers I have from scrapbooking and I’m sure we can come up with some very unique and creative gift bags! This picture looks like they were made for Valentine’s Day but they could be made for any holiday or celebration!

Give it a try and let me know how yours turns out!

Christmas Crafts!

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I’m still on the lookout for more unique craft ideas for Christmas.  I found a great site that lists over 40 different craft ideas that are all pretty easy to make!  Christmas Time Together at Imagitek has everything from place mats to ornaments, to snowmen and wreaths!  I can’t even begin to pick my favorite!

Stop on over and check out their site, and while you’re there, try a few of their jigsaw puzzles that you can put together online!  Some of them are definitely much harder than others! lol!

Unique lunch bags!

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Lunch bag from juice pouches

Oh, I wish my kids were still small!!! I love these lunch bags!

I found the idea over at ThriftyFun.com. They give you step by step directions on how to make them. They don’t look like they’d be hard at all. My girls used to drink the CrapiSun’s all the time when they were little! We threw these away constantly. Who knew I could have made money selling these things! And, my girls would have been the envy of all the other kids! lol!

There are lots of neat and inexpensive craft ideas over at ThriftyFun.com. Check them out!   I could spend hours there!

Foilage Friends

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I just love these Foilage Friends from Family Fun! Aren’t they just adorable!!!!
Use your imagination (and some paper, glue, and a pen or pencil) to turn ordinary backyard leaves into a whimsical menagerie.

CRAFT MATERIALS:
Autumn leaves from your yard
Paper
Glue
Pencils, pens, or crayons
Time needed: About 2 to 3 Hours

1. Go outside and see what kinds of animals are hiding in your leaf piles. Below are some possibilities. When you’ve found leaves in your yard whose shapes you like, glue them to pieces of paper and use pencil, pen or crayon to make your creatures complete. To preserve your creations, press them between two books.

Maple Butterfly 2. MAPLE: These leaves have three main points and lots of smaller ones; count them as they flutter by.

Rose Turtle 3. ROSE: The rounded shape of this bush’s leaves makes them look a lot like little shields.

Birch Bird 4. BIRCH: As big and tall as this white-bark tree can get, its leaves are as small and as light as feathers.

Geranium Hairdo 5. GERANIUM: You might flip your wig if you find one of these wild-looking leaves in your yard.

Barberry Fish 6. BARBERRY: While this plant doesn’t live underwater, its leaves resemble raindrops.

I just love them and can’t wait to make a few!  With all the leaves all over my yard, I k now I’ll have tons to choose from!  Let me know if you make any and post pictures of yours!

Creamer Bottle Snowmen!

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I love these and can’t wait to give it a try! Aren’t they adorable! I found the directions on the DLTK’s website after my friend Melissa posted about making them with her day care kids.Creamer bottle snowmen

Seashell Wreath

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Seashell wreathI’m always looking for unique craft ideas, especially ones involving Seashells since we collected so many this summer! We found lots of little shells that were absolutely perfect when we were in Florida at the Gulf of Mexico. We were amazed at the thousands of shells under our feet as we walked on the beach! We had never seen so many before! But they were all pretty small.

We just got back from a beach in New Jersey last weekend and were a bit disappointed on our first day because we couldn’t seem to find many shells. There had been a bad storm a few days before we got there and the waves were very high. The kids weren’t even allowed to swim because of the undercurrent, so we spent the day just playing at the edge of the water. Two days later, we went back. Oh my! There were tons of perfect shells, and some of them were huge!!! We collected way too many!

After coming back for the beach I needed to find some craft ideas for all those shells! I came across this very unique idea for a Seashell Wreath that will make a very nice addition to our bathroom which has a Seashell shower curtain. I found the idea at Craftideas.info where there are tons of craft ideas for every season and occasion! Enjoy

Seashell Windchime

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Shell wind chimeWhile we were camping over the weekend, I saw a beautiful seashell windchime at the camper next door. It was gorgeous! They used some beautiful shells hanging from clear fishing line, very similar to this one that I found over at Thrifty Fun.com. This site used a star at the top, with the shells dangling below, while the one I saw had a simple gold round ring.

These would be very easy to make and I definitely plan to make one when I get back from the beach! We’re heading there for 5 days in less than 3 weeks and I’m sure we’ll spend plenty of time looking for shells while we’re there.

We always seem to come home with tons of shells and we never know what to do with them… so now we’ll be giving these away!  Let’s see, I’m sure grandma will want one… and maybe even Aunt Kathy! lol!

We’ll post pictures of ours when we make them!

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