Showing posts with label quick crafts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label quick crafts. Show all posts

Friday, March 13, 2020

DIY foaming hand soap dispenser from a mason jar

This DIY foaming hand soap pump made from a mason jar is so handy for lots of reasons.

Most foaming hand soap bottles only hold 5-10 ounces of soap solution. A standard pint size mason jar holds a little over 16 ounces, so you will have to fill it up less often!

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

how to make a reusable shopping bag from t-shirts

I live in Oregon, a state which recently implemented a ban on single use plastic bags at check out.

You can still get a paper bag of course, but be prepared to pay $0.05 for each paper bag you need.

But you know what's still free?

Bringing your own reusable bags!
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Monday, February 17, 2020

How to make an envelope out of paper magazine pages
While envelopes aren't exactly expensive, making envelopes out of paper - like scrapbook paper, junk mail or magazines - is a fun way to recycle and get super cute envelopes at the same time!

This sample envelope, for example, was made from the paper cover of Real Simple magazine. Beautiful!

Once you learn how to make an envelope, you'll want to do it all the time!

There is no better way to make your mail stand out and feel special than sending it in a cool envelope.

Making envelopes from paper is easy enough that elementary-age kids, preteens and teens can do it as a fun rainy day project. And who wouldn't love to get mail in a special, custom made envelope?

Ready to learn how to make envelopes out of paper you have at home? Let's do it!

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

How to make a bug jar with a ladybug lid - easy STEM craft for kids!
I made this easy recycled ladybug bug catcher craft with my son almost seven years ago for Earth Day when he was in preschool!

It's a great way to turn an empty glass jar into something cute your kids will use and enjoy.

The lid of this jar is painted to look like a ladybug and includes fun 3D features like eyes and antennae.

Catch bugs in the jar to observe through the glass - just be sure to let them go when you're done!

This is an easy kids craft to make with your preschool or kindergarten class to encourage them to get outside, looking for bugs and exploring in the garden!
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Sunday, February 9, 2020

How to make bath bombs with sprinkles for valentine's day

Bath bombs make a perfect gift any time of year but especially at Valentine's Day.

Valentine's Day bath bombs are perfect because it's one of the holidays where we often buy or make small gifts for our friends.

Skip the conversation hearts this year and make your own candy heart inspired bath bombs that smell sweet but are great for your skin.
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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Learn how to make this easy and fun unicorn ornament.

Making your own ornaments is always a fun Christmas activity and it’s even better if it’s a DIY unicorn ornament!

Christmas can be expensive and wasteful so we don’t want Christmas crafts to required us to purchase a lot of supplies or make a lot of waste. That’s why these unicorn ornaments are made using craft supplies you likely already have -- like a mason jar lid and scraps.

These unicorn ornaments are very simple to make and you can change them up in a lot of different ways to fit your own style.

These unicorn ornaments would also be a great craft to make at a Christmas party. Set out some different supplies and each person can make their own unique ornament. What a fun party favor!

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Monday, April 8, 2019

 

Hi friends, it's Natalie from Doodlecraft sharing a fun paint marbling craft!

Marbled Easter eggs make stunning Easter decor and are simple to make!  

The results you get from learning how to do a marbling technique are amazing and a surprise each time. 

 It's a great craft for any skill level--beginners to advance crafters will love to marble a dozen or more eggs.

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Monday, March 18, 2019

how to dye easter eggs with natural homemade dye

Dying Easter eggs is something my family loves to do every year. 

My kids and I don't eat artificial food coloring, though, so it doesn't make sense to dye Easter eggs with a product that will mean we won't want to eat the eggs anymore! 

Dying Easter eggs naturally isn't hard - although it does take a little bit more time than dying eggs with the kits from the store. 

Try coloring your Easter eggs naturally this year with fruits, veggies, spice and even coffee!

You and your kids will love how much fun it is to combine science with Easter egg decorating!

Making natural Easter egg dyes is easy and you will love thinking up new ways to dye eggs that I didn't even list here!

If you have success with a particular way to dye eggs naturally, pop into the Creative Green Living Tribe on Facebook and let us know!

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Monday, March 4, 2019

glittery green st patricks day hat idea

This cute leprechaun hat tutorial for St Patrick's Day is one of my oldest projects - I first wrote this St Paddy's Day craft tutorial back in 2013!

I had never been a big St Patrick's day crafter but with a three year old who loved holidays, I had to do something. 
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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Paint denim patches with dimensional paint to create fun flair for a backpack.

Hi creative friends, it's Natalie from Doodlecraft here to teach you how to make patches from denim scraps!  

This is a fun upcycled craft that you can make from an old pair of jeans. You don't even need a whole pair! 

It's a great way to use up any scraps leftover from a project you made with recycled jeans like Carissa's really popular Farm Girl Apron from old jeans project or this upcycled denim crown project.

It's really easy to make denim patches using Dimensional Fabric paint (some might call it puffy paint).  

These colorful patches are perfect for adding embellishments to a tote or backpack. They are a fun craft to do with older kids or even as a summer camp craft.  

I have rainbows, unicorns, diamonds, flowers and narwhal patches featured here, but get as creative as you like--the sky is the limit!

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

How to make an envelope for a card from a cereal box

Hi friends, it's Natalie from Doodlecraft! If you want to learn how to make an envelope from materials you already have at home, I'm your girl!

This fun tutorial will teach you how to fold an envelope from an empty food box. Your kids and tweens will love learning the secret of envelope making from trash!

This DIY envelope is perfect for brightening someone's day by sending snail mail...or a fabulous custom Valentine card!

Or Mother's Day!

Or Christmas!

OR what about Earth Day? How fitting! I think we should all start sending Earth Day cards made from recycled materials. Who's with me?

You can learn how to make an envelope that's just the right size for a card with any paper board (or lightweight cardboard) food box.

Cereal boxes, cracker boxes, you name it - the inside of a paper board food box is perfect for decorating and doodling on.
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Monday, January 14, 2019

How to make an easy DIY wreath that lasts all winter

I love the subtle elegance of white and silvery winter decor.

When I took down my Christmas wreath in January, I knew I wanted to do something pretty and classic that would last through the rest of winter.

This pretty DIY winter wreath featuring snowflakes was my answer!

If your family doesn't do Christmas and just wants a pretty non-Christmas wreath for your door, this is great for this, too!

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Cake Mix Bath Bombs with essential oils and sprinkles

Bath bombs make a wonderful Christmas gift! Luckily, learning how to make bath bombs at home isn't hard!

This Christmas bath bomb recipe features some yummy smelling essential oils. It might just end up becoming your favorite bath bomb recipe yet!

These DIY bath bombs smell like a vanilla cake topped with candy canes! Of course, you can use whichever essential oils you prefer for your homemade bath bombs but I especially love how these smell together!


You could even make this a family project. Make some bath bombs with your kids for winter break. They make lovely gifts and will make you kids look forward to bath time!

Tell the Lush bath bomb recipes to move over - this yummy cake mix inspired bath bomb recipe is the bomb!
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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Goose applique on a blanket with a ruffle - easy farmhouse style upcycled blanket project

Have you ever wondered what the true cost of all the gifts from the 12 Days of Christmas would be?

Today I am partnering with PNC to bring you this post and the 2018 PNC Christmas Price Index® to help you find out!

This year, PNC is also partnering with bloggers to bring you modern takes on the classic 12 Days of Christmas gifts.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

No-carve unicorn pumpkin craft with unicorn horn, flower crown and eyelashes
If you love all things unicorn, you will absolutely love this DIY pumpkin craft that is perfect for Halloween!

Hi Creative friends, it's Natalie from Doodlecraft sharing a fun no carve pumpkin craft featuring everyone's favorite animal: unicorns!

I have two different ways you can make this easy unicorn craft for Halloween:

You can make a cute unicorn girl pumpkin or a cool unicorn boy pumpkin with sunglasses. Easy and adorable!

If you hate the mess of carving pumpkins, this is an especially wonderful solution to decorating pumpkins. No sharp tools or goopy mess required!

I made these with fresh white pumpkins but if you want them to last forever, you can buy convincing looking fake pumpkins online.

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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Bubblegum scented DIY bath bomb recipe inspired by Lush
Looking for a Lush inspired bath bomb recipe that's perfect for your kids? 

You're in the right place!

Learning how to make bath bombs isn't hard to do and the results are magical! Let me show you how to make a fun bath fizzy that smells great and is perfect for gift giving.

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Easy bath bomb recipe - the best basic bath bomb recipe to learn how to make bath bombs for kids

Are your kids obsessed with bath bombs? I can teach you how to make bath bombs for kids!

This easy bath bomb recipe features simple ingredients and teaches you how to put toys inside bath bombs as well! Fun!

Some DIY bath bomb recipes include essential oils that aren't kid safe. This super simple DIY bath bomb recipe is the perfect plain, basic bath bomb.

If you are comfortable using essential oils on your kids, you can try a soothing kid-safe oil like this Organic Lavender Essential Oil from Rocky Mountain Oils, which is a kid safe oil that promotes relaxation.

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

DIY Glass Water Bottle - how to upcycle a Voss water glass bottle into something beautiful

I had no idea when I first wrote about the recycled glass water bottle project I made as a gift for my sister in 2013, that it would be so popular!

To date, more than 265,000 people have come to my website to read this tutorial! WOW!
I'm thrilled that so many of you have loved my DIY water bottle project.

This tutorial will allow you to transform an empty Voss Water glass bottle into a beautiful work of art. I will teach you how to take a glass water bottle that would otherwise be discarded and upgrade it into a beautiful, etched glass water bottle that can be used over and over and over again!

This etched glass water bottle makes a great gift. My DIY water bottle project is also infinitely customizable to make it just right for your recipient.
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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Best fairy garden and mermaid craft ideas

If you have followed the fairy garden trend, you will love this fresh spin with mermaids! This lovely DIY mermaid craft is easy to make. It uses succulents, which thankfully are hard to kill as long as you have a spot with plenty of light. Succulents are perfect for mermaid gardens because you can find succulents with a resemblance to seaweed, coral, anemones and other ocean plants.

Don't have a well lit spot for your succulent mermaid garden to go? You can still make this easy mermaid craft by using fake succulents instead. Simply fill the bowl with sand instead of potting soil and use fake succulents in place of live ones.

Of course, if you do have a well lit spot suitable for your mermaid garden, stick with fresh plants! Keeping plants indoors can help clean the air inside as well as give you a sense of well-being. 

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Monday, May 21, 2018

How to turn an upcycled t-shirt into a pillow. Hot pink heart shaped pillow with gold wonder woman symbol centered on it.
Hi friends, it's Natalie from Doodlecraft, sharing a fun upcycled clothing craft with you. Do you have stacks of worn out t-shirts with fun graphics? Maybe some old band shirts, sentimental shirts from a loved one or some shirts that just don't fit anymore?

Let me teach you how to turn that old t-shirt into a pillow! This upcycled t-shirt pillow craft is a great beginning sewing project for older children or teens.

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