Kid-Made Paint Skin Tiles


These paint skin tiles were lots of fun to make, and they are great for mosaics and collage work! I set up a tray with some parchment paper and spread some leftover acrylic paint on top. Then I invited Clara over to swirl the paint around using toothpicks and craft sticks! She thought this was […]

Kiss Flip Book


When my father was battling cancer, Emily wanted to make something extra special for him. Something that would fit in his wallet, so it would be easy for him to take it to chemo and radiation treatments. Isn’t she so thoughtful?? When I came across this post at Color Me Katie (I adore her!!), I […]

10 Valentine’s Day Crafts for Kids


Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse for some handmade crafting fun! Here are ten of our favorite (frugal) Valentine’s Day crafts from the archives.   Love Bugs “Bee Mine” Valentine’s Day Cards Thumb-printed Heart Wrapping Paper No-Sew Felt Heart Cookie Play Set Valentine Felt Mail Set Valentine Collage Placemats Reverse Resist Paintings Paint Chip Valentine […]

Quick Craft: Heart Mobile


Clara has been helping me to decorate the house in time for Valentine’s Day, and there has been lots of crafty goodness going on around here! For this little project, I invited her over to sandwich heart-shaped sticky notes and color coding labels onto pieces of string. We usually have sticky notes and color coding […]

Happy Valentine’s Day!


Wishing you and your loved ones a magical day from our family…. … to yours! Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

Love Bugs


The girls have been super-busy crafting for Valentine’s Day, and when Emily came home from school, I thought it would be fun to make some love bugs! I cut out lots of paper hearts, folding the paper several times so I could cut a bunch of them all at once — very quick! Then I […]

Valentine Sweets for My Sweetie


A warm welcome to our newest sponsor, Happy Heels by Hannah! Hannah and her sister sew and sell fleece blankets that are designed to keep babies warm in a car seat — brilliant! Frugal Family  Fun Blog readers can get 10% off their order by using coupon code — FFFB10 Sponsors help make this blog […]

Homemade Valentine’s Day Gifts


I visited NBC’s studios in Philadelphia for a fun segment to demo some easy homemade Valentine’s Day gifts — frugal and festive!! In case you missed the show, here’s the clip! Coming up this week… a super-fun giveaway, and lots more frugal crafty goodness!! Yay!

Heart Tea Tags


These heart tea tags were a fun after school project for Emily, and they make quick, easy, (and frugal) Valentine’s Day gifts! I had a small box of tea from the dollar store, and Emily snipped off the tea tags with her kid-friendly scissors. Easy, peasy! We didn’t have any heart stickers on hand, but […]

“Bee” My Valentine


Clara and I had so much fun making these super-easy Valentine cards!! We used this Melissa and Doug Rainbow Stamp Pad again with great results — the ink is washable and wipes off easily with a baby wipe, plus the colors are quite vibrant! I cut up several pieces of white paper and helped Clara […]

Crafting with Leftovers — Valentine Collage Placemats


These Valentine collage placemats are the perfect excuse to use up leftover craft supplies, and there is very little post-clean up involved. I love that it kept Emily happily entertained for a long while, and she has plans to make more of these for grandparent gifts!! She did almost this entire project on her own, […]

My Kind of Baking


I made up a few pretend baking kits for the girls — which kept them happily occupied, and it’s a great quiet time activity! They are SUPER easy and quick to make up. I cut up some very inexpensive craft felt using a few cookie cutters as my pattern, added some pieces for “icing” and […]

Thumb Printed Hearts


This project was simple and lots of fun to do! We made some colorful (and very personalized) heart wrapping paper!! To make your own, all you need is an ink pad and some freezer paper or white craft paper. Emily had lots of fun, and has plans for more art projects with the ink pad […]

Valentine’s Past

Putting together this post was a fun trip down memory lane! Here are some of the Valentine’s Day activities we did last year… Enjoy! Heart-shaped Felt Cookies — Almost good enough to eat! Chocolate-covered Strawberries — These are definitely good to eat… yum!! Volunteering at a local assisted living center — This was one of […]

DIY: Scratch N Sniff Valentine Treat Bags

These scratch ‘n sniff Valentine treat bags smell as SWEET as they look! Emily had so much fun making these, and the colors were quite vibrant! To make your own, you will need: white paper lunch bags (we found ours at Target), unsweetened powdered drink mix (ie. Kool Aid – very inexpensive), and a bit […]

Easy Reverse Resist Paintings

If your kids love to paint, but you would rather not deal with the mess, bleeding art tissue paper is for you. It’s very inexpensive and can be found at any art supply store — plus, a little bit goes a long way! We are never afraid to get messy with art, but at times […]

Will You Be My Paint Chip Valentine?

The girls and I were busy crafting up these handmade Valentine’s Day cards made from leftover paint chips (found free at any hardware or paint store). We had a bunch of different shades of red and pink, which made perfect Valentine cards! To make your own paint chip Valentine’s, place two paint chips back-to-back as […]

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day! How frugal are we? We celebrate Valentine’s Day the day after. There are some real advantages to this, including:  Restaurants are less crowded. Valentine chocolates/flowers, etc can be found for 50-75% off. Better babysitter availability. This morning we prepared a special breakfast of Apple Cinnamon French Toast with bacon, and enjoyed some […]