Monday, August 30, 2010

Snowmen Clay Pots

Here's another super thrifty craft that would also make a cute little present for your child's teacher. A pair of clay pot snowmen. These are made with a little clay pot, wooden ball, buttons, some paint and fabric scraps. Aren't they delightful?  So easy to make and you could make them to match any color scheme. I also have an elf one I'll be posting about over at Magic Elves a little later! This idea comes from How Did I Do It? 

When I was cruising the resale shops I found several little clay pots that I picked up for a quarter each...didn't know exactly what I was going to use them for but now I know...witches, elves, and snowmen!!  It's sure to be a super fun fall and winter!!  On the SAME trip I also picked up two bags of wooden heads (3 in each bag) for a quarter each....so a dollar for 4 pots and 50 cents for six wooden heads....SCORE!!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Bottle Caps Countdown


Directions and patterns for these holiday bottle caps over at craftideas.info   I was thinking these would work super great with a magnet on the back and you could create your own Christmas Countdown or Advent Calendar on your fridge!!  Just use a little number along with the image!!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Happy August Rudolph Day!


It's finally here....the magic month we have been waiting for...the Month of the Elf.....and there are at least FIVE key places you can read about Magic Elves from now until September 24th.

Rudolph Ramblings: You can read about the magic elves and this wonderful Christmas tradition...right here at Rudolph's Ramblings. I'll be posting throughout the month when the whim strikes. I'll be looking for some books, ornaments, and elfcapades to share with you.

Magic Elves: My Magical Holiday Home blog: Magic Elves will feature daily elf postings.  I"ve searched the internet to find some fun and delightful things to feature at Magic Elves. I hope you'll enjoy my discoveries!

Magical Holiday Home blog:  Throughout the month I'll be featuring Magical Holiday Home members elves on the MHH blog home page along with other elf goodies!

Magic Elves Forum:  This forum is part of the Magical Holiday Home forums and is sure to be abuzz with members ideas and conversations about elves! Make sure you visit us!

Rudolph Day.com:  There will be a few tidbits of Magic Elf lore and fun over at Rudolph Day.com So please stop by and leave a comment too if you are so inclined.

I imagine there will be other members blogging about elves also...so I'll give a Shout Out when I see some elf posts! This month is sure to be fun filled!!

HAPPY AUGUST RUDOLPH DAY!!!



Sunday, August 8, 2010

JOY Garage Sale Frames

Our town had a city wide yard sale a couple weeks back and I managed to pick up quite a few junk to treasure things. Total cost of all the items= $12.50  Shown above are three little frames purchased for 25 cents each. I have removed the glass.

Here are the same three frames after spray painting (1st coat). I used antique white.  I waited for them to dry and applied a second coat.


Same three frames. I cut some matting from scrapbook paper scraps and placed them inside the frames.


Same three....added some letters to spell J O Y. As you will see in the final picture, I ended up changing the paper and putting the green in the center for the letter o instead of last.



Here's the final picture with the paper switched and the glass back in the frames. I have them sitting at the base of a wooden Christmas tree that I also bought for $1.00 during the same yard sale trip. I think they will look cute nestled in some greenery on a table or mantle. I just didn't feel like digging through the Christmas stuff to get some greenery!

Project Costs:

Frames= 75 cents
Paint: $1.00 (I bought a can for $4.00 but barely used any for this project)
Paper and Letters= 0 (in stash of scrapping stuff)
Total Cost = $1.75 (and probably less since I used very little paint)

Since I used antique white for the frames you could rotate out the mats and have BOO at Halloween, etc.  Isn't it amazing how one can throw together a little new decor for pennies and a little imagination!