Crafts

How to Melt and Reuse Your Old Broken Crayons!

by Michelle on July 29, 2012

How to Melt and Reuse Crayons

It’s back to school time which means great deals on new supplies, including crayons.  I picked up 4 boxes of 24 ct. Crayola Crayons for $1 the other day by price matching a Toys R Us deal at Walmart.  So it was time to gather up all the old broken crayons and put them to good use.  I had seen many tutorials for how to melt and recycle your old crayons on Pinterest, so we gave it a try.

First we soaked the crayons in water to get the paper off easily.

Next we sprayed a muffin tin with cooking spray, added the peeled broken crayons and baked for about 10 minutes at 250 degrees.  We also added glitter to one batch.  Once baked you can swirl the melted colors with a toothpick or just leave them as they are.  Then let them completely cool before dumping them out of the pan.  We put ours in the refrigerator for a few minutes to speed up the cooling process.

We also made a batch in mini-muffin tins.

Then of course, we played with our new crayons!

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4th of July Crafts and Treats for Kids!

by Michelle on July 3, 2012

4th of July Crafts and Treats for Kids

Looking for some fun crafts and treats to make with the kids this 4th of July?  Check out my 4th of July Board over at Pinterest for over 40 patriotic pins!

Enjoy and have a great Fourth!

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15+ Easter Deals, Freebies, Recipes and Coupons!

by Michelle on April 4, 2012

Here is a round up of some Easter deals, freebies, recipes and coupons you don’t want to miss!

 7 Cute Easter Craft Projects Free eBook

Easter Eggs Designs and Recipes Free eBook

Mr. Food Everything Easter Free eCookbook

Easter Candy Printable Coupons

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$2.00 off HORMEL CURE 81 Boneless Ham

15 Fun & Easy Easter Treats for Kids

Easter CupcakesFun Easter and Spring Cupcakes Plus Silly Ones Too!

17 Best Easter Desserts from Cooking Light

Free Paas/Heinz Easter Egg iPad app

Woman Freebies Easter Egg Hunt Gift Card and iPad Giveaway!!

Target Daily Easter Toy Deals

Target Easter Toy and Candy Printable Coupons

Dora’s Easter Adventure DVD $6.49 on Amazon w/ digital $3 off coupon

Amazon Easter Candy Deals up to 75% off and free 2-day shipping w/ Prime

Amazon Easter Shop ~ Toys, Candy, Decor, Apparel, Movies, Books and More!

Enjoy and if I don’t get a chance to tell you later, Have a great Easter!!!

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Peeps Printable Coupons and Ultimate Easter Basket Sweepstakes Plus Great Ideas for Using Them!

by Michelle on March 27, 2012

Head on over to the Peeps Facebook page for a $1 off 2 packages of Peeps Peepsters or Peeps Chocolate Dipped Chicks printable coupon (print link below).  You can stack it with $.50 off Peeps Chocolate Dipped Chicks Target printable coupon to save $1.00 per pack.

Update, looks like they removed the coupon app from the Facebook page but you can still print it HERE for now.  Hurry though before it runs out of prints.

They are also running a Sweepstakes on the Facebook page for an Ultimate Easter Basket Giveaway with $500 cash and over $500 in candy and gifts!  Enter HERE.

Here are some ideas for using these Easter treats that can be found on Pinterest…

Peeps Smores via EclecticRecipes.com

Peeps Easter Centerpiece via MommySavers.com

Peeps Rice Krispies Treats Pizza via CookiesandCups.com

For more ideas, check my Spring/Easter Crafts and Treats Board over at Pinterest HERE!

Does your family fill Easter baskets with Peeps?  If so what is your favorite thing to make with them or do your little ones just like them right out of the package?

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What to do with an Old Crib… 15 Great Ideas for Repurposing Baby Cribs!

by Michelle on March 25, 2012

Now that drop-side cribs have been outlawed and you can’t sell them anymore, what do you do with that old crib?  Or maybe you don’t have a drop-side but you just want to keep your crib for sentimental reasons after your baby grows out of it.  Whatever the case may be, I’ve come across quite a few creative ideas for repurposing an old crib.  It sparked me to research further to see what people were turning old baby cribs into and I found a round up of 15 + ideas to share with you.

 So, how about a bench?  See how it was created HERE at Cassandra Design!

I love how this chair turned out!  See how it was done HERE on Junkblossoms.com.

Front porch daybed anybody?  Check it out HERE.

How about this very popular on Pinterest blackboard desk?  What a great idea if you ask me.  Find out how they made it HERE.

Or the very creative chalkboard easel.  So much fun for the kiddos!  Get the full tutorial HERE at The Red Kitchen.

In keeping with the chalkboards, HERE you will see where they made a hanging set.  Love it!

Not into chalk?  The Frosted Gardener shows you how to turn a crib into a magnet board HERE.

Here is one of my favorites.  From curbside crib, to subway art, to jewelry organizer.  Check out how she did it HERE at Infarrantly Creative.

Originally seen on Country Home, Curbly shows you what you need to turn an old crib spring into an officer organizer.  Not sure if I like it, but definitely creative.

Blue Cricket Design shows you how she turned a crib side into a magazine rack HERE.  Better yet, it only cost her $2.

Similarly, you can use the crib sides as craft fair displays.  One Shabby Chick shows you HERE.

(photo credit: betterislittle.com)

Or use one as a stuffed animal display as shown above.

How about painting a side red and hanging your Christmas cards from it?  That’s what Cassandra Design did HERE.

Check out My Repurposed Life HERE for a few more ideas including this plate rack.  Some people are so creative!

Last but not least, HERE is a post that shows you 11 ways to recycle and reuse baby cribs.  It all goes back to being creative.

Just for fun, I had to include this changing table turned drink cart.  You can check it out HERE on BHG.com.

So what would you do with an old crib or nursery furniture?  Would you repurpose it into something fun and creative like above or just get rid of it?  Let me know in the comments below.

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Free Easter Crafts eBook + Tons of Free Kids Treats/Crafts!

by Michelle on March 15, 2012

Head to AllFreeHolidayCrafts.com for a Free Easter eBook: 7 Cute Easter Craft Projects featuring ideas for how to make Easter crafts including baskets, eggs, wreaths and more. Get it HERE!

Looking for more kid friendly Easter crafts and treats ideas, check HERE!

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10 Adorable DIY Baby Gift Ideas!

by Michelle on March 8, 2012

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Here are some great DIY baby gift ideas that I have come across on Pinterest and wanted to share with you.  If you are in need of a baby gift and are feeling crafty or inspired, be sure to click the links to the original sources (below the images).  Some give complete step by step tutorials for making them yourself or some might lead you right to an Etsy shop where you can just purchase these adorable little creations.  Either way, have fun and enjoy and if you want to see more, be sure to follow  my Crafty and DIY Baby Gift Ideas Board over at Pinterest.

Motorcycle Diaper Cake Tutorial

I’ll start with my absolute favorite!  So stinkin’ cute and creative!  Click the link on this one as she’ll give you a complete tutorial with images so you can make this adorable little motorcycle cake yourself.

Paper Free Gift Wrapped Baby Gift w/ Board Book Card

I love this!  The creator of this sweet little gift talks about how she hated to waste money on gift paper that could be used toward the baby instead.  How true that is.  Gift wrap is so expensive these days and it just gets torn off and thrown away.  Using a baby blanket as she did is so much more resourceful and still looks adorable.  I love how she used the board book instead of a card (another huge waste of money) also.

Ice Cream Onesie Baby Shower Gift

The link to this one will take you right to Etsy where you can search for this cute gift.  It looks like it would be super easy to make yourself also.  Either way, cute idea!

Darling Doodles Splish Splash

Here you will find a list of everything you need to put this Splish Splash baby gift together. She even includes the printables to go with it.  So simple and cute!

Framed Birth Announcement

This is such a nice idea from the Crafting Chicks!  All you need is a computer with color printer, wood frame and some acrylic paint to make one of these.  Go check them out for complete instructions.  Such a thoughtful gift!

The Bapron (Baby Apron)  Tutorial

If you can sew (which I can’t unfortunately), you’ll love this Bapron tutorial complete with pattern, images and even the exact fabrics she used.  I didn’t see a place to buy them, but if you can make it, lucky you.  Super cute and of course functional!  I definitely could have used a few of these when mine were still in bibs.

Wipes Container Baby Toy

Here is a great idea for a re-purposed wipes container.  You have to check out the post with instructions on how to make it because the picture I used doesn’t do it justice.  I love this idea because my daughter, for one, is addicted to holding baby wipes or washcloths.  This gives them something to play with without wasting all those wipes.

Onesie Baby Shakes

How cute are these?  It makes me think of Frappucinos which every new mom surely needs.  You can purchase these at Etsy for $25 along with some other baby gifts.  Or of course make it yourself if you feel inspired.  Here is what you will find in these… Contains 4 Onesies, 4 Diapers, 8 White Wash Cloths, 4 red “cherry” socks in clear cups with dome lid.   Pretty clever if you ask me!

Baby Shower Diaper Cakes

What baby gift list would be complete without diaper cakes?  The link above will take you to a Diaper Cake Squidoo page complete with video tutorial on how to make them.  You’ll also find theme ideas and some other baby shower inspiration while you’re there.

Bassinet Diaper Cakes

If you want something a little less traditional than a diaper cake but equally adorable, check out these bassinet cakes.  The link will take you to a eCrater store where you can purchase these for $12.50.  I don’t think you could even buy the diapers for that little.  But if you think you want to give making one a try, I googled instructions and a few videos and tutorials came up as well as some nice sites.  So you should be able to easily find a tutorial that suits you.

I hope this list inspires you to come up with some simple yet “Oh so cute!” baby gift ideas for the next little bundle of joy that arrives in your life.  I know I’ll be referring to it the next time I need a baby gift.

Enjoy!

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