Cheap Craft Ideas

I wish I was better at crafting.. I really do some of the things I’ve seen on the internet are nothing short of amazing.. but my level of crafting is still novice so I wanted to share some of the crafts that aren’t too time consuming, cheap and easy for someone like me to do.

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Wipe-Off Menu Board Tutorial


  • Picture frame with glass front (I love these 12×12 frames I found at Ben Franklin for only $7!)
  • Piece of patterned scrapbook paper to fit in your frame (mine’s also 12×12)
  • Optional: Vinyl cut letters for each day of the week (you could always just hand write them)
  • Dry-erase marker

1. Put your patterned paper inside the frame. Replace the back. That’s pretty much it. 🙂

2. If you wanted to stop here, you could hand-write your days of the week on the glass, or use it as a message board / to-do list. I love that these frames can stand or hang on the wall so you can do whatever works best in your space!

3. Use a paper towel or cloth to easily erase dry-erase marker off the glass.

4. If you want to get fancy and go a step further, you can add vinyl lettering for the days of the week.

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1. Lay orange crepe paper flat and measure two 10-inch diameter circles for one favor (do your best using the ruler, circle doesn’t have to be perfectly formed).

2. Cut circles and stack one on top of the other, then place goodies in the center.

3. Pull sides of paper up and around the treats.

4. Twist gathered paper together, binding upward to create a stem.

5. Wrap twisted end with floral tape to resemble a stem.

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Snowflake Christmas Tree Ornaments


1. roll out your model magic so it’s about 1/4 – 1/2 inch thick.
2. using your cookie cutter, cut out a snowflake
3. using the straw, poke a hole at the top
4. repeat process for however many you want to make
5. allow to dry for about 24-48 hours, turning over halfway through.
6. hang with a ribbon.

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Salt Dough Ornaments

One of the advent activities we have had was to make salt dough ornaments and this year were the most successful ones yet. This is the recipe I used:
2c plain flour
1/2c salt
1/2 – 3/4 c hot water
basically mix all together to make a dough. This made quite a lot so we just used half. Wrap any that you are not using in cling film to stop it drying out. I picked up some tips this year from reading different blogs but now I can’t remember where I read what, so a general thank you to everyone who has made these ornaments and blogged about it.
This year we tried rolling the dough on grease proof paper, I had to hold it as he rolled because it slipped about otherwise. This meant though that we could roll the dough quite thin. We cut them out and removed the excess from around the shape. We also cut designs into the main shape using my bento cutters.
I then slid the grease proof paper onto a plate and microwaved the shapes, it took about 5 minutes on 600W for about 8 shapes, I did leave one lot in too long and burnt a couple, so keep an eye on them. I also turned them over half way through. As I took the first lot out to cool, Ebi-kun set to work on the second batch.
We coloured them using felt tip pens, which I found worked better than paints, last year some of the ornaments went soggy when we painted them. Then I varnished them all with a clear varnish, we left them to dry over night.

The next day he went to town with the glitter glue and once they were dry we threaded ribbon through and hung them on the tree.

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DIY Glitter Ornaments

All you need:

Glass ornaments (I got these from JoAnn’s)

Glitter of your choice (this was from my local dollar store!)

And Pledge Floor cleaner…yes, floor cleaner. Just trust me, it works.

Add decorations of choice! Bows, scrapbook stickers, paint pen art, etc. Make it your own!

Start out by pouring some Pledge floor cleaner into the ornament and slowly swishing it around so that it touches all inside surfaces of the ornament. Dump out excess fluid when inside is completely coated.
Next, pour the glitter into the ornament and shake around until all surfaces are covered. Pour out excess glitter.

Glass, Paper, Glitter: DIY Ornaments

Posted on November 14, 2011 by 

We’re putting up our Christmas tree soon, and while there’s no shortage of ornaments waiting to adorn it, I like to make a few new ones every year. Last year, Jenna and I made these clay glitter ornaments, but now that she’s older, we’re trying out something a little more advanced (advanced = messy and breakable).

We started with a box of clear glass ball-shaped ornaments, decorative paper, glue, glitter, tape and a Xyron sticker machine.

Design #1: Paper Lines

I started by cutting decorative paper into large strips (approximately 1″ x 12″) and running them through a Xyron sticker machine to give them an adhesive backing. Next, I cut these into extremely thin strips of paper.
I removed the adhesive backing from the thin strips of paper and wrapped them around the glass balls, letting the paper overlap in places.

I continued to wrap the strips until I ended up with a design that I liked. I used approximately 5 strips per ornament.

Design #2: Polka Dots

I used some of the leftover paper with the adhesive backing to create confetti with a hole punch.

I removed the adhesive backing and placed the dots on the ornament.

Design #3: Glitter

Now here’s the messy part …

I started by placing strips of Martha Stewart masking tape around several ornaments.

I painted a thin layer of glue around the center part of the ornament and then let Jenna go to town with the glitter. I used a shallow pan to catch the excess glitter. Surprisingly, very little glitter ended up on the floor.I threaded yarn through the top of the ornaments and then taped the yarn to the side of a table while the glue dried.Once the glue was dry, I removed the tape. I’m not sure if it’s because I didn’t press down hard enough on the tape or if we just put too thick a layer of glitter on the ornaments, but the tape did not come off neatly. As a result, our lines are a little “organic.”