Category Archives: Crafts

Candy Cane Toilet Paper Tubes

I came up with yet another use for toilet paper tubes.

In actuality, the use is not new, but the design is.

You start out with one of these:


Then paint it white.


Take some blue painter’s tape and wrap diagonally around tube. Then paint all white areas, red.


Remove the tape (carefully) and touch up the white that came off.


Use as is for napkin rings….


OR cut in half and also use as napkin rings.


OR these can even be made into gift/treat/money holders by folding in the ends.


There is something about candy canes that make me happy.


I am sure there are many more uses for these, but my brain is all mushy from the Nutcracker whirlwind we are in.


What have YOU made today?

And what’s your favorite color? (My nod to Buddy The Elf)

More animal gifts

I took the animal gifts (that I posted about yesterday) one step further.


I painted them white!


It gives the illusion they are made of something other than plastic. AND It made the creepier ones look a little, well.. less creepy.


Add a little ribbon for color, and they become very festive.


I think they will make nice present toppers. Even the spider.


What have YOU made today??

Animal Adornments


I have seen people all over blog land making things with plastic animals, and I just had to try it. I think it is a brilliant idea! Goodness knows we have tons of these things around.


I took a bunch of old plastic toys, and with my smallest drill bit, drilled holes in them. Then twisted in an eye screw. That is it!


They make great key chains or ornaments…


Even necklaces!


I think whatever you use them as, they make great gifts.

Jingle Bows, Jingle Bows, Jingle Bow Clips

After making these last year, I knew I had to do it again. Only this time, I added a little something jingly.


All you need to make these is:

Mini bows (I got mine at the dollar store)

Hair clips

Strong glue (I used E6000)

Mini Jingle Bells

**Full tutorial here **


I remove the little paper tab thingy on the back of the bows first. Then glue on a bow. On a few of them, I glued on a jingle bell for extra fun!


Insert into hair….or clip onto gifts!


This is a super easy and fun way to add a little Holiday cheer!

What have YOU made today?

Let the Holiday crafting commence!

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you will know that this time of year is so very nutty with both our girls’ birthdays, plus my Dad’s birthday (and quite a few other relatives) plus Christmas. So you can expect my posts to be bouncing back and forth and all around from here until the New Year!

This week, I had laryngitis and was in bed for a few days, and miraculously, on Thanksgiving day, my voice came back! Just as surprising, on that same day, Falafel got the stomach flu. Which means that with all the glorious food, there was vomit and high fever. It was a rather somber meal for sure. Yesterday her fever started to go down, and there was no more throwing up (yay!).

With being stuck in the house for days now, I really needed to make something!

So I made these:


They are so simple and so fun!


I started with 4 tiles (found at Home Depot), and painted a black line around the edges. I had this great vintage pin-up fabric and another with peppermints and carefully cut what I wanted out. Because somehow tiny scantily clad women and peppermint candies go together??!! Yes.


I then took watered down Elmer’s glue and painted over the entire tile, gluing down the tiny pin-up girl and candy swirls.


I even added a little glitter glue to give them some sparkle.


To make them easier to move over surfaces, I took 4 self adhesive felt circles (also found at Home Depot) and stuck them on the back.


I love how they turned out. The brilliant part about this is how very little they cost to make! Scraps of fabric work, and the tiles really were only cents. I can imagine doing more sets of these, only with different fabrics.


Add a little raffia and they are all ready for gifting!

What are you crafting for the Holidays?

Minion Rocks

Well, it is that season again. The season of celebrations and all the mayhem that goes with them.

Falafel’s Birthday is up first after Thanksgiving. Since both girls have Birthdays 4 days apart (and 6 years) in December, we have family rules (you can read about here).

The theme for her Birthday party this year is “Despicable Me: Minions“.


Over the Summer, I gathered a whole can full of smooth roundish stones from the beach to save for a rainy day. They were perfect for this project!


I just took some acrylic paint and free-handed minions.


Then I painted over it (once dried) with some clear gloss.


They are far from perfect, but my girl loves them.


We are planning on making some carnival-type games and these are one of the “prizes”.


I love the simplicity of these. Just paint and rocks.

I hope the party guests will like them as much as the Birthday girl.

Thanksgiving Toilet Paper Tube Napkin Ring tutorial repost

Today I am reposting a tutorial I came up with for making a napkin ring out of a toilet paper tube and egg carton. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, these will make their way to the table once again (yup we still have them and use them!).



Yesterday, I took part in another DailyBuzz Moms 9×9!

This time the challenge was to make a Thanksgiving Table setting.

I chose to make a very eco-friendly, recycled, and natural table setting using things I found around my house.

It’s all about simplicity.

First, I made these recycled napkin rings.

To make your own, you’ll need:

I used watercolor paints and hot glue along with yarn, popcorn kernels, and acorns. But feel free to use what you have!

I started by cutting the toilet paper tubes in half and tearing up the cups (roughly in half) of the egg carton.

Then I painted them. If you have children, this is where they can help out!

Allow them to dry completely.

Next, take two halves and hot glue them together. Then keep adding a piece at a time until you have a flower.

Hot glue popcorn kernels and acorns inside the flower.

Set aside.

I wrapped and hot glued orange yarn (that I got for free) around the toilet paper tubes. You can use any string you have, or none at all. They do look pretty great on their own, too.

Glue flower to the tube.

Insert a cloth napkin and you’re done!

I also left some without flowers for the men folk.

For the rest of the table, I gathered rose-hips and leaves, acorns, and even a dried wooden round that was in the firewood pile.

Cranberries in bowls add a sweet touch. I also whipped up a very simple tie garland using scraps of fabric that I had tied to a long piece of twine.

I had a few squash that I thought were really beautiful, so I added them to the mix!


I chose to just have a lovely crocheted runner instead of a tablecloth. And leaves instead of place mats. I really wanted to show off the table I made (see? if you don’t have a large wooden table, you could always make one!) and showcase the food that will be there on Thanksgiving day. Two of my favorite parts!


I hope you enjoyed my little tutorial.

How do you decorate for Thanksgiving??


I’m linking to:

Yarn Bombing

I have had these photos for quite some time now, and just never got around to blogging about it. A few months ago, the local library had a “yarn bombing” party. It was fabulous!


Anyone and everyone was invited to come and cover things, make things, and learn how to make things in yarn.


It lasted a few days and was really a lot of fun.


The Bee made this one. She calls her “Norwegian Nellie”.


The best part about this was sitting in a room full of neighbors and friends, creating and chatting and learning.


Falafel made a whole bunch of these.


I was one if the pompom makers.


The library kept up these creations for quite some time before tracking down those who made them and letting them take them home.

Have you ever yarn bombed anything?

Giant Ruler for our wall

When I painted our kitchen, I painted over the wall with the marks where we measure Falafel. I wanted something that we could remove and keep after we (eventually, and hopefully years from now) move from this house.


So I made a giant ruler!


I didn’t do a tutorial because it is pretty self-explanatory…but I will explain it anyway.


I started with a plain 1×5 board that was 8 feet long, and I cut it to fit the entire length of the wall. Then I marked (in pencil first) with a permanent marker, all the lines, and numbers, up to 7 feet.


I stained it and varnished it and nailed it up.


A simple project that makes a huge impact on the room, AND will make a great keepsake later on.


What have YOU made today?

Pinwheel barrettes

I found another gem of a craft out there on the interwebs, and whipped up some just in time for the girls going back to school.


Little Button Diaries has a tutorial for these, and of course, I did them slightly different. But only slightly, because these are really simple to make!


Firstly, I didn’t glue down the two layers of felt. I am lazy, what can I say? I did, however, hand sew all the points to the middle and the button on top.


Then I took some of that crazy strong E6000 and secured the clip onto the back.


Then repeated those steps a few hundred times.


And in no time, my girl has a few fancy hair thingies to wear.

Have you made these? What are you making this week?