Art & crafts

December 11

Awesome DIY Star Wars Crafts!

Posted by on December 11, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Awesome DIY Star Wars Crafts!So, Star Wars is coming out in just 7 days - who’s going out to see it?! I bet tickets will be sold out in the blink of an eye. This movie has caused a lot of hype. There are Star Wars clothes, Star Wars toys, and now do it yourself Star Wars crafts! If you know of someone addicted to the Star Wars series, then perhaps you will want to make them a little Star Wars craft as a Christmas gift – or perhaps you are a Star Wars fan yourself and will want to spend some quality time with the kids while making these crafts. There are tons of things you can make from an R2D2 trashcan to Darth Vader shoes.

Awesome DIY Star Wars Crafts!

Star Wars R2D2 Trash Can 

Head on over to Walmart or your local Dollar Store and snag yourself a $5 trash can with a flip top like pictured. White is definitely the way to go if you are going to attempt the R2D2 transformation. You will also need Sharpies or paint in the required colours. Load up a couple reference pictures from the good old Google and have at ‘er. It shouldn’t take you any longer than 45 minutes, and the end result is fab. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 7

Lowe’s Canada Free Build & Grow Clinics For Kids!

Posted by on December 7, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Lowes Canada Free Build & Grow Clinics For Kids!

I know we have previously talked about the free Home Depot workshops, but I found a free workshop with much better reviews! Lowe’s Canada now has their Build and Grow workshops for kids, and they are also totally free. Your kids can build a fun and educational project for totally free, plus they will be able to keep it. The Home Depot kids’ workshops don’t always allow your little one to fully make the item listed for the workshop. So this Lowe’s Build and Grow clinic definitely has my attention.

The Lowe’s Canada Build and Grow clinics are fun for children, but are geared mostly for children between the ages of two and five. Your kids will get to participate in building a toy or craft, and they will even get to keep it for free. They will also get to keep their apron and project patch at every clinic they attend as well as a merit certificate and safety googles. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 2

DIY: Cute Clay Pot Reindeer!

Posted by on December 2, 2015 at 10:00 AM

DIY: Cute Clay Pot Reindeer!

Are you looking for a Christmas gift that comes from the heart but doesn’t cost a fortune? Why don’t you and the kids put together some of these adorable clay pot reindeer. You can fill them with chocolate or other treats and give them as gifts to just about anybody. They are inexpensive to make, and easy too. Plus they turn out so adorable that you may end up keeping one for  yourself.

Here’s what you’re going to need to get started with making your very own clay pot reindeer:

  • clay pot
  • brown and red pompoms
  • brown, white and black paint
  • red ribbon
  • small bells
  • cardboard
  • wrapping paper
  • school glue

So these are pretty fun and simple to make with the kids, but to save you some mess I would paint the clay pots brown before you get the kids involved. From personal experience, it is always best to do the bigger paint jobs yourself while the kids are sleeping so that they don’t walk in and want to help out anyway. Read the rest of this entry »

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November 14

3 Frugalicious DIY Advent Calendars!

Posted by on November 14, 2015 at 11:00 AM

3 Frugalicious DIY Advent Calendars!

While the chocolate advent calendars are adorable, sometimes we need to change it up. If you have a child that is sensitive to chocolate or maybe doesn’t like chocolate (are they crazy?!), then you may find yourself looking for alternative advent calendar ideas that you can make yourself. There are plenty of ideas out there, and you wouldn’t believe how fun and affordable some of them are! How am I going to pick just one to make for my son?!

So here are some frugalicious DIY advent calendars that are fun for both you and the kiddos: Read the rest of this entry »

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November 7

Free Star Wars Knitting Patterns!

Posted by on November 7, 2015 at 8:30 PM

Free Star Wars Knitting Patterns!

The new Star Wars is coming out in December, and that happens to fall right before Christmas. If you are looking for the perfect personal gift for the Star Wars fanatic in your household, then you will want to take a look at these free knitting and crochet patterns that are Star Wars themed. Holiday season is the best time of the year to make hats, gloves and such for your family and friends as gifts. There are plenty of free Star Wars patterns for you to enjoy, so you could even make a few of the items for one person if you only have one Star Wars crazed person on your Christmas list.

General Star Wars Free Knitting Patterns

  • Fairisle Patterns From The Movie Star Wars – If you have the talent to make a pullover or a sweater, then you may want to chart a Star Wars character on the front or back. Here you can find several different chart patterns to get started with.
  • Star Wars Knit Charts There are even more Star Wars knit charts here. I like these ones better, there are more options and they look a little easier to follow. You can choose from Darth Vader, Storm Trooper, R2D2, and more character options here.
  • Star Wars Hat - Winter is here, and your hubby might just adore a Star Wars themed hat. You can make your own – either a beanie or a toque. This pattern will have you making a black hat with the yellow Star Wars logo.
  • Felted Light Saber – I don’t think I have ever tried felting, but for this project I might just give it a shot.

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November 4

DIY: Adorable Christmas Candy Pots!

Posted by on November 4, 2015 at 11:00 AM

DIY: Adorable Christmas Candy Pots!

Christmas gifts can get expensive, and with 8 weeks left until Christmas we are going to want to pinch every penny possible. For small gifts, why don’t you hand out some adorable Christmas Candy Pots that you make yourself? These adorable little candy holders will only cost you a couple bucks to make and they are cute enough to be used as a decoration for years to come. You won’t even need to be super artsy to complete this project, and chances are the kids will want to chime in of course. Fill your handmade pots with whatever candy you want and tie it with a bow. Are you ready to get started? Read the rest of this entry »

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November 3

Free Ugly Christmas Sweater Patterns eBook @ KnitPicks.com

Posted by on November 3, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Free Ugly Christmas Sweater Patterns eBook @ KnitPicks.com

adore the classic “Ugly” Christmas Sweaters that everyone wears come Christmas time. I honestly have about 10 of them and could do with a few more. I have never come across free patterns to make them until now, and make them I will. If you don’t know how to knit, then perhaps you can hand over these free patterns to your Grandma for a similar result. Either way, the download of The Best Of The Worst Ugly Sweaters eBook is totally free.

Intermediate knitters, get your needles ready! Here is a free eBook with six different patterns to make the ever-so-popular Christmas sweaters that seem to be a wardrobe staple during the Holiday season. You are about to learn how to make a reindeer with bulging eyes, or even a Christmas tree buckling under the weight of ornaments right on a sweater. These make absolutely fab Christmas gifts, but I would keep them all to wear for myself. Read the rest of this entry »

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November 3

Baby Food Jar Snow Globes!!

Posted by on November 3, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Baby Food Jar Snow Globes!!

Oh my goodness! Here is a completely adorable (and affordable) do it yourself idea to give to your family and friends this Christmas. Start saving those baby food jars, because you are going to be addicted to making these fun Baby Food Jar Snow Globes! I have yet to see a cuter way to upcycle all those old baby food jars laying around. Just a note, the glass jars will work much better than the plastic ones. I am actually not sure if the plastic ones will work at all. This tutorial is pretty simple, and there is lots of room for customizing your very own baby food jar snow globes. You will need to make a trip to your local Michael’s Arts & Crafts or other craft store for sure. So keep your eyes peeled for fab Michael’s coupons in our Bargainmoose forum. Read the rest of this entry »

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November 2

6 Ways To Use Up Your Leftover Halloween Candy

Posted by on November 2, 2015 at 8:00 PM

6 Ways To Use Up Your Leftover Halloween Candy

Right now, I bet you are staring at a big bowl still full of candy. Or your kids have brought home the motherlode of sugary goodness. I actually have both problems going on. It was so rainy here, but we braved the rain for about an hour and my three kids manage to wrack up a lot of chocolate in those tiny buckets. Plus, my overspending husband bought three boxes of candy, one of which (of course he opened) is sitting in the bowl by my front door.

When I went to boot camp, our trainer told us the best thing to do with all this candy – throw it out. Read the rest of this entry »

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October 30

Book Outlet Canada: Up To 90% Off Arts & Crafts Books From $2!

Posted by on October 30, 2015 at 6:30 PM

Book Outlet Canada: Up To 90% Off Arts & Crafts Books From $2!

Shopping for some arts & crafts books? Check out BookOutlet.ca for a limited time and you can take an additional 50% off a variety of books on arts & crafts. With this additional discount you will be saving up to 90% off the original prices of crafting books at Book Outlet Canada. These books include teaching books for many crafts like quilting, embroidery, knitting, beading, origami and so much more. The prices start as low as $1.99, so snag a few crafting books at excellent prices while you still can.

On my Facebook feed I have seen this new trend for Christmas gifts. Essentially you are supposed to give your children only four gifts. These four gifts will include:

  • something they want
  • something they need
  • something to wear
  • something to read

So if you are doing the Four Gift Challenge this Christmas, then you probably are on the hunt for a fabulous bargain on something for your kids to read. Well, Book Outlet Canada has a fabulous selection of Arts & Crafts book on sale for up to 90% off, which means you could pay as little as $1.99 for a fun book that will provide hours of entertainment for your children or teenagers. Read the rest of this entry »

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October 30

DIY: Spooky Pine Cone Spiders!

Posted by on October 30, 2015 at 11:00 AM

DIY: Spooky Pine Cone Spiders!

YECH! I despise having spiders in my home, but these ones I can handle. If you love the Adorable Pine Cone Owls I wrote about yesterday, then you’re going to love these adorable little creatures. You may even have some handy materials left over to create more creatures if you wish. Just in time for Halloween, round up the kiddos and get making your very own unique four legged freaks. To add an adorable “spook-factor” to your home this Halloween, you can make these adorable pine cone spiders and then place them strategically around your home in nooks and crannies.  Read the rest of this entry »

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October 29

DIY: Adorable Pine Cone Owls!

Posted by on October 29, 2015 at 11:00 AM

DIY: Adorable Pine Cone Owls!

Oh my goodness. I saw these adorable little owls and I knew I just had to make them. My yard is over powered by pine cones and I was wondering how I could use them to make some cute little decorations or Christmas gifts. Now I have the perfect solution. With some pine cones, felt, pipe cleaners and glue you can have yourself a flock of adorable (and super inexpensive) little owls. Make them all completely unique and they will make fabulous gifts for anyone who loves a little knick knack.  Read the rest of this entry »

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October 26

DIY: Adorably Spooky Halloween Treat Bags!

Posted by on October 26, 2015 at 8:00 PM

DIY: Adorably Spooky Halloween Treat Bags!

Halloween is sneaking up, and fast. If you are a mom who loves crafts like myself, then you probably have already wondered how you can make your own little Halloween treat bag for the kiddos. Wonder no more, super-mom! Halloween is just a few days away and you have plenty of time to make your very own adorably spooky Halloween treat bags. Of course your kids will want more candy than what fits in these cute little totes, so be sure to bring a pillow case or something along for them to dump their earnings into as the trick-or-treating goes along. These mini-Halloween totes are fun, fast and super budget friendly.

Here’s what you’re going to need to get started on these DIY Trick Or Treat bags:

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October 20

Glow In The Dark Bubbles!

Posted by on October 20, 2015 at 11:00 PM

Glow In The Dark Bubbles!

Okay, I have to admit that my kiddo and I already love bubbles. While they are already pretty fun, could you imagine having glow in the dark bubbles? This do it yourself project is simple and won’t cost you much. Plus the materials are easy to find and safe. You could even make little bottles of glow in the dark bubbles as treats for your kid’s Halloween party or to give out to classmates. The kids will love these! What do you think? Read the rest of this entry »

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October 19

7 Halloween Party Ideas On A Budget

Posted by on October 19, 2015 at 8:00 PM

7 Halloween Party Ideas On A Budget

I held a Halloween party for the kids at my house last year. It was loud, messy, but incredibly fun for both parents and kids. I found most of my inspiration on Pinterest and I did it very cheaply, on a limited budget. I’m going to give you some frugal ways to spook up your party.

7 Halloween Party Ideas On A Budget

I served a witches brew, which for me, was essentially a mix of purple and orange pop. That was so cheap, because pop is actually really cheap. There are recipes out there, like this one from Tablespoon, so you can fancy it up a bit, and adding these ice cube hands is a nice touch. Read the rest of this entry »

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