Christmas Snowflake From Clothes Hangers

39b9b231ed17b154b6e2da2b6e003cc8This is such a cool decoration for Christmas. It is cheap so you can make a lot of them to really make an impact for the front of your home. There are different variations of it available but I like this one the best. Another aspect that I like about it, other then it being cheap and easy, is that it is already weatherproof.

You can find the video tutorial I used here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rru9qejrGMw

Some variations I found are:

Wrap with small sized lights.

Wrap with dollar store tinsel garland.

Spray paint silver, gold or some other color of your choice.

Spray polyurethane on it and while it is still wet sprinkle glitter on it. Make sure to do this over an old sheet tarp. It would get messy. Think iridescent or a color to coordinate with your home color or theme inspiration.

You could really go to town with these and have several hanging from the front of your home or from large trees. You could use one for each window in your home. Your total minimal investment would be $2.00 for 12 hangers fro your local discount department store and a package of small zip ties which I got twenty for $1.75. I reinforced the ones I made with extra zip ties here and there so I used plenty of them. Instead of the floral piece the guy in the video used I went to Michaels and got medium sized thin wood cutouts. I spray painted them on both sides and heavily coated them with polyurethane to protect them from the elements. I hot glued these on. You can use your imagination for the center including leaving them with nothing in the middle. I like them that way as well.

851bdb89045e54b0adf3128505ca90a9Hang with twine or a thin piece of wire. Where the hanger is attached you could put a complimentary bow. I wouldn’t put the bow AND center piece though I think it would muddle the snowflake design a bit.

If you do this let me see them and I would be happy to share on this post. When submitting let me know what name to credit your design with.

Large Scrabble Game For Your Yard

The Scrabble game shown is a bit fancy buy you can do this at home. You take walking stones that measure 12 x 12 or 10 x 10 and make a 15 stone by 15 stone patio.

With wood (use thin board to thick board depending on your budget and make the following tiles the same size as your paving stones size.

  • 4 blank tiles (scoring 0 points)
  • 1 point: E ×24, A ×16, O ×15, T ×15, I ×13, N ×13, R ×13, S ×10, L ×7, U ×7
  • 2 points: D ×8, G ×5
  • 3 points: C ×6, M ×6, B ×4, P ×4
  • 4 points: H ×5, F ×4, W ×4, Y ×4, V ×3
  • 5 points: K ×2
  • 8 points: J ×2, X ×2
  • 10 points: Q ×2, Z ×2

Hand paint or use stencils to make the coordinating letters and points for the tiles. use your own style and paint the tiles background in vibrant colors or color pallet of your choice. Letters could be any font – they don’t HAVE to be identical to the Scrabble font and colors.

Using a scrabble board you will make tiles the same size as your paving stones and make the triple, double tile  designs. These can be placed before your game starts. Again use your imagination and place the tiles in any position to make each game unique.

Store all tiems in a dry place to prevent warping, paint peeling and mildew.

Cheap Wreath Form Idea

s-17-tricks-to-make-a-gorgeous-wreath-in-half-the-time-crafts-wreathsWe all know the cost of wreath forms – they can be expensive. This idea is really cheap (just 1 dollar) from the dollar store using a laundry basket. You get two wreath forms out of this. Just cut the top and bottom off as shown in the picture. The bottom form needs to have the bottom piece cut out to leave you with just the outer rim. Decorate away and have fun.

Valentines Day Valentines Ideas

16195652_1468401789857296_8030190563454539741_nThese are so much fun to make with the little one. All you need is a few markers, construction paper, glue, ‘eyes’, and scissors. These are all just basically different hearts cut from construction paper and decorated. Your child will love helping you and the end designs can be hung on a wall or given to family or friends for Valentines Day.

Start with the bodies – use a pencil and lightly draw it. Keep adding the pieces using the designs above and don’t forget to embellish.

Reindeer Lollipops For Christmas

1508975_865135433606221_1056511145028262516_nHow cute are these? – and so simple and inexpensively to make. We love that!

To make these use a cookie cutter and trace the design onto green (or whatever color) construction paper. Here is a pattern you can use – just print out and trace however many you need. (right click to save and enlarge to desired shape)

680cdd0887ca22e312c228379b9efb66Cut the hole for the nose on one and draw the eyes and mouth and back it completely with another cutout with no nose after putting in the lollipop or tootsie roll. Glue around the edges with hot glue or white school (non-toxic) glue.