Frugal Last Minute Gift Idea for Kids — Doorway Puppet Theatre

Emily seemed to enjoy this frugal activity the most of all the gift ideas I have covered this week!  Today’s project is a Doorway Puppet Theatre, and she played with it all afternoon, so I am very excited to share this with you!   To make your own doorway puppet theatre, you will need: 3 […]

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 — Make Your Own Cinnamon Ornaments Kit

Today’s frugal last minute gift idea for kids is a Make Your Own Cinnamon Ornaments Kit!  Kids love to make their own creations, and this is a great way to get them actively involved in decorating the tree.  The ornaments have the added benefit of acting as air-fresheners and will keep their fragrance for up […]

Frugal Last Minute Gift Idea for Kids — Homework Organizer

Today’s frugal last minute gift idea is a homework organizer made from an empty granola bar box, and some empty baby formula tins!  This is a great gift for school-aged kids, and will help to keep them organized too!   To make these fabulous desk organizers, you will need: empty boxes (cereal boxes, granola bar […]

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 — Chili Mix in a Jar

Nothing takes the chill out of winter like a warm bowl of chili! This mix in a jar is a quick, simple, and frugal gift idea everyone is sure to love. Kids could easily help to make this.  Be sure to attach a tag with instructions to make the chili. Add some big soup bowls, […]

Frugal Gift Idea — Chocolate Covered Pretzels

I am not much of a baker.  Instead, Emily and I did some holiday “baking” by making chocolate covered pretzels.  There is no measuring required, and they are always delicious.  Wrap in cellophane bags and tie with ribbon for a great (and frugal) gift! To make chocolate covered pretzels, you will need: 1 bag of […]

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 […]

More on Thanksgiving Leftovers

Getting tired of turkey yet?  Give your leftovers some fresh appeal with these great recipes: Paula’s Home Cooking — Includes recipes for Pumpkin Bars and Turkey Pot Pie. Leftover Cranberry Sauce — Mix with Cream Cheese for a great bagel spread. CD Kitchen — Easy recipes for leftover turkey. Turkey Casserole Recipe — Uses leftover turkey and […]

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 […]

More Fun with the Fireplace

We have been taking advantage of our fireplace during this cold time of year.  Last night we roasted hot dogs over the fire.  We had hot dogs w/buns, and baked beans for dinner.  Then we read The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog.  This is one of Emily’s favorite books, and we enjoy the other Pigeon […]

Frugal Family Activities — Winter

Are your kids starting to suffer from cabin fever?  Are you looking for some inexpensive ways to keep the kids occupied this winter?  Here are some great ideas you and the kids are sure to love! Snow Painting — Go outside and let the kids build snow sculptures.  Then paint them with spray bottles filled […]