The Day We Unplugged — Part I

I thought it would be fun to outline what we call “unplugged day” in our household. Every so often, we try to have a full day where we do not watch any television or play video games. It amazes me how productive I can be on these days!  This morning, I had a conversation with Mark […]

Weave a Placemat

This craft is so frugal, and keeps kids busy for a good while. Younger kids might need a little bit of help, but the older ones will have no trouble. Use these as a great opportunity to teach patterning!  To make your own woven placemats, you will need: Two sheets of contrasting construction paper Scissors […]

The Invention Kit

Several of the crafts Emily and I create are products of the Invention Kit.  We love recycling materials and finding new uses for things, so we set aside a separate box with things that might be useful for future projects.   Here are some of the things we keep in the Invention Kit: Egg Cartons […]

Fun with Juice Lids — Size Matching Game

Emily had fun playing this matching game this afternoon.  To make your own size matching game, you will need: several lids from frozen juice concentrate white paper double sided tape or glue dots stickers of similar objects in different sizes Trace the juice lids on the white paper and cut out to attach using double […]

Fun with Scissors

Emily cutting white paper. Much of today was spent with me running around like a chicken with its head cut off in a vain attempt to clean and de-clutter the house. Did I say house? I meant kitchen. Yes, from 9am until 3pm I scrubbed and tidied up the kitchen from top to bottom. Now […]

Fun with Felt — Ravioli

Emily spent a good deal of time this afternoon feeding her dolls these fabulous felt ravioli!  If you have never sewn before, this is a terrific starting project because the felt is very forgiving.  Since it is ravioli, the seams do not need to be perfectly straight.   To make your own felt ravioli, you […]

Fun with Felt — Pizza Set

The inspiration for this project came from a box used to deliver Omaha Steaks burgers. Back in October, I got a great deal on beef for 36 cents a pound!  You can read more about how I did that here, but the box was about the size of a personal pan pizza box.  We decorated […]

Frugal New Year’s Craft Idea — Sparkly 2009 Banner

Emily had a great time making this sparkly 2009 banner!  You can add glitter glue or further decorate it, if desired.  To make this frugal 2009 New Year’s Banner, you will need: Two empty cereal boxes Aluminum foil Pencil Glitter Glue (optional) Yarn Hole Puncher Cut out the largest sides of the cereal boxes.  Draw […]

Frugal Last Minute Gift Idea for Kids — Make Your Own Gingerbread House Kit

As mentioned earlier this week, kids love to make their own creations.  Today’s project is a Make Your Own Gingerbread House Kit.  These are simple and easy to make, and they taste delicious!  Using these clever shortcuts, you can have a beautiful gingerbread house put together in minutes.   To make your gingerbread house kit, […]

Frugal Last Minute Gift Idea for Kids — Winter Lacing Cards

Every day this week I will be featuring frugal last minute gift ideas for kids.  These projects are very frugal and can be made with items you probably already have in your home.  You won’t want to miss any of these great projects, so if you are not already a follower of the Frugal Family […]

Frugal Gift Idea — Hand Warmers

These hand warmers make great stocking stuffers, and they are easy to make!  Just heat these in the microwave for a few seconds and they will retain heat for several minutes. To make your own hand warmers, you will need: felt embroidery floss rice lavendar (optional) Cut two pieces of felt to the size of […]

Frugal Last Minute Gift Idea for Kids — Bird Watching Kit

Every day next week I will be posting a series of projects to make last minute gift ideas for kids.  You won’t want to miss any of these!  These projects are frugal, and can be made with items you would already have in your house.  Here is a little preview of what to expect. Today’s […]

Frugal Gift Idea — Festive Winter Journals

Emily and I enjoyed making these winter journals.  They are so simple to make, and they came out looking great!  To make the journals you will need: Pretty paper (I used snowflake print, but any pattern will work.) Plain marble notebook Exact-o knife — DO NOT LET CHILDREN USE THE EXACT-O KNIFE!! Book binding tape […]

Frugal Gift Idea — Handpainted Block Print Kitchen Towels

Looking for another great frugal gift idea?  Try these cute kitchen towels!  You and your kids will love making these, and they turn out looking great.   To make these, you will need: Plain white flour sack towels (these can be purchased at Target for about $1 each) Fabric paint Holiday stamps (snow flakes, holly, […]

Fabulous Frugal Gift Tags

Emily and I spent some time this afternoon making these great gift tags from last year’s greeting cards.  To make the gift tags, you will need: Some old greeting cards — Many of the ones we received last year had no writing on the inside left, so we used those. Hole Punch Ribbon – I […]

Frugal Fall Craft — Autumn Tree

Here is a frugal fall craft I did with Emily (4).  You will need construction paper in fall colors, a sheet of cardstock (for the background), and some glue.  For younger children, pre-cut the tree trunk and leaves for them.  The older kids can do this by themselves.  Put down lots of glue, and let […]

Frugal Gift Idea — Learn to Knit

My MOMS Club recently got together at a local cafe for a knitting class, and we had tons of fun.  The kids played and watched some television while we learned how to knit.  It actually got me thinking about homemade Christmas gifts.   A great way to save money on gifts this year is to make […]

Free Photo Book

In case you missed Oprah today, Snapfish is giving away a free 8 x 11 custom cover photo book to help viewers organize their kids’ craft projects.  Click here for more information. From the show: Overwhelmed by what to do with growing piles of your child’s art projects? Peter has a great solution! “Take digital […]