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9 Crafty Ways To Reuse Christmas Cards

9 Crafty Ways To Reuse Christmas Cards

After the holidays you are left with the not-so fun task of putting all the decorations away. Tucked safely away in their bins and boxes awaiting their arrival and place of honor next year. But what do you do with the great Christmas cards sent by friends and family this year? Do you toss them or save them? If you are sentimental like me tossing those cards in the trash is no fun. But on the other hand if you save the cards year after year you end up with a lot of cards! Instead how about upcycling those Christmas cards into something beautiful. Something that preserves the memories of cards past without adding meaningless clutter.

We have curated a collection of our favorite crafty ideas to reuse Christmas cards into something fabulous from across the web. Enjoy!


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Recycle Bin Advent Calendar

via Craftastica

Recycle Bin Advent Calendar


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Christmas Card Trees

via Better Homes & Gardens

Christmas Card Trees


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Christmas Card Ornament Ball

via The Chaos And The Clutter

Christmas Card Ornament


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Christmas Card Boxes

via Studio Artworks

Christmas Card Boxes


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Christmas Card Houses

via Christmas Notebook

Christmas Card Houses


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Christmas Card Luminaries

via Zakka Life

Christmas Card Luminaries


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Christmas Card Garland

via Craft Stylish

Christmas Card Garland


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Christmas Card Gift Tags

via Fettujeanie

Christmas Card Gift Tags


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Christmas Card Wreath

via Crafty Sy

Christmas Card Wreath


Which of these fun Christmas card crafts is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!



10 Awesome DIY Sugar Scrub Recipes

Homemade Sugar Scrubs are a great, easy and frugal gift to give to folks on your holiday gift list. With just a few simple ingredients and a jar or container to present your sugar scrubs in you have a gift ready and done in no time. I like to pick up jars at Dollar Tree myself, but you can also find some really nice jars at IKEA, Family Dollar, Walmart, Target and other stores too. The sky’s the limit!

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DIY Cupcake Stand Finished

DIY Cupcake Stand Tutorial

Cupcakes are such a fun way to celebrate any party and at a recent birthday party for my daughter I decided to serve homemade cupcakes. But I wanted a cute way to display the cupcakes to our guests. You can of course purchase cupcake stands but they tend to be a bit on the pricy side for something you may only use a couple of times a year. Plus finding a stand that matches the colors of your party them can be hard. So I decided to try my hand at making my own cupcake stand instead.

This simple craft project is both frugal and easy. And the results are great.

Just look at this finished cupcake stand and tell me that is not just too cute?

DIY Cupcake Stand Finished

To make your own it so simple…

Items needed:

  • 3 clean plates of at least 2 varying sizes seemed to work best ( mine are plastic & I got them on clearance at Target)
  • 2 Candle sticks ($1.00 each at the Dollar Tree)
  • E6000 glue

Instructions:

  1. Find the center on the top & bottom of each plate
  2. Apply glue one tier at a time. The directions on E6000 glue say to put glue on each item & let sit for 2 minutes before putting together. I did that. (DO NOT use super glue. I tried it. It doesn’t hold & it makes the glass of the candle holder turn cloudy.)
  3. After gluing each tier set aside to let dry for awhile before using. I used mine the next day with no problems.

And that is it. Three simple steps, a few minutes of gluing and some wait time for the glue to dry and you have your very own cupcake stand for a fraction of the cost of store bought!



15 Frugal DIY Halloween Wreaths

15 Frugal DIY Halloween WreathsOk I know that Halloween is still a little while away but if you want to get your craft on you need some time to gather your supplies, watch for deals, and get crafting.

Plus Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. It just happens to also be my twins Liam & Carly’s birthday. They are turning 9 this year! OMGosh my babies are going to be NINE!

But yeah…back to Halloween wreaths. I have scouted the internet to find you 15 frugal DIY Halloween wreaths. There are TONS of great Halloween wreath ideas out there but I wanted to focus on frugal – nothing too expensive and wreaths that most anyone could do. I am only what I would call semi-crafty. So I thought these were all wreaths that I could actually make.

To view the instructions for each wreath click on the link above the picture. Each site has great instructions on how to make that particular wreath.

I hope you enjoy the collection!


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Rosette Halloween Wreath – Fabric rosettes hot glued to a plate with a sweet Halloween message in the middle. So easy and you can use fabric scraps or raid the discount bin at your favorite fabric store!

Rosette Halloween Wreath


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Halloween Wreath and Banner – Those cute little paper straws are all the rage these days and this wreath takes a clever spin on them turning them into something fun and different!

Halloween Wreath and Banner


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Spooky Eyeball Wreath – If you want something a bit creepy for your Halloween front door this wreath is it! Hot gluing fake eyeballs on a grapevine wreath is sure to creep you and your trick-or-treaters out!

Spooky Eyeball Wreath


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Burlap Wrapped Spider Web Wreath – This is such an easy wreath to make. Orange burlap wrapped around a straw wreath and then a cute black spiderweb placemat is glued to the back. Adorned with some fake spiders and you have a great wreath!

Burlap Wrapped Spider Web Wreath


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Ceiling Medallion Halloween Wreath – I love this idea of painting up a ceiling medallion found at your local home improvement store and turning it into a clever Halloween Wreath! If you prefer paining rather than gluing this one is for you!

Ceiling Medallion Halloween Wreath


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Snake Wreath – Ok this wreath totally creeps me out! But it is super simple to make! Plastic snakes glued to a grapevine wreath and then the whole thing is spray painted black. Medusa watch out!

Snake Wreath


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Halloween Nevermore Wreath – This classy wreath is not all that spooky and I love the black and white theme! The black accents of the crow and flowers is great!

Halloween Nevermore Wreath


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Burlap “BOO” Wreath – Say “Boo” to your visitors with this cute burlap covered wreath. Too cute!

Burlap "BOO" Wreath


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Chevron Halloween Wreath – If your decor is a bit more modern and you love the chevron trend then this simple wreath is for you! I love how it pops against the light blue door….wish I had a light blue door!

Chevron Halloween Wreath


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Halloween Ribbon Wreath – Simple, frugal, minimalistic. I adore it! There is nothing complicated here with this wreath but it makes a great Halloween statement without being too cutesy. Adore!

Halloween Ribbon Wreath


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Halloween Scrap Ribbon Wreath – Here is another ribbon wreath but this one uses all sorts of colorful ribbons! Love it and love that you can keep this one up on the door all season long!

Halloween Scrap Ribbon Wreath


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Candy Corn Halloween Wreath – Nothing says Halloween to me more than candy corn! And I adore this wreath. I so want to give this one a try but I know my kids would find a way to eat the candy!

Candy Corn Halloween Wreath


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Halloween Trick-Or-Treat Candy Wreath – Another great candy wreath. Love it! Pretty sure my kids would find a way to eat the candy off this one too. But Halloween sales + coupons makes the candy super cheap!

Halloween Trick-Or-Treat Candy Wreath


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Halloween Rag Wreath – This bright and colorful wreath sure is a lot of fun! It takes about 2 yards of fabric so not super expensive!

Halloween Rag Wreath


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Skeleton Wreath – This wreath is super frugal and easy too. I have seen these miniature skeletons at most of the mass merchandiser stores (Walmart, Kmart, Target, maybe even Dollar Tree!) and you just take them apart, glue them on a wreath form and spray paint the whole she-bang with some metallic spray paint. Love it!

Skeleton Wreath

Which of these 15 Frugal DIY Halloween Wreaths is your favorite? Leave a comment below and let us know! 



Rainy Day Umbrellas

I made these on a recent rainy day with my daughters. Theirs were much different (especially the 19 month olds!) but we had fun making them & they love the umbrella banner! I saw the umbrellas on paper over on My Kids Guide & after making them decided to see how they’d do as a banner & I am so glad I did! I think it could make for a cute birthday party decoration, fun tea party or even a baby or wedding shower decoration!

What you will need:

  • Construction Paper
  • Glue (I used washable glue sticks)
  • Tape
  • Pipe Cleaner (I had these in my craft stash already from the Dollar Tree)
  • Cupcake liners (I had left overs from parties as well as a pack I’d picked up from Valentines clearance)
  • Marker
  • Scissors
  • String, ribbon or yarn if making the banner

Instructions:
If you are making these with very small children who can’t use scissors you may want to do the first 2 steps before hand.

  1. Cut pipe cleaners to length if necessary (I cut mine in half & some in thirds).
  2. Cut a small slit in the center of the cupcake liner.
  3. Bend the end of a pipe cleaner into a curve.
  4. Push the straight end throw the hole in the middle of the cupcake liner.
  5. On the inside of the cupcake liner tape the pipe cleaner to the cupcake liner.
  6. Lay your umbrellas on a flat surface back side facing up, spacing them out how you want your banner to look.
  7. Place a piece of string, ribbon or yarn near the top of the umbrella.
  8. Tape the string to the cupcake liner & hang.



Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

Mason Jar Soap DispenserI LOVE these mason jar soap dispensers! They are so cute and save you money on soap by helping you to not squirt so much on the sponge. I read several tutorials on how to do these (I apologize I don’t have the original links) before I decided to give it a go. These are so easy to do and you most likely have all the items needed already. I am the fortunate owner of a good sized stash of Blue Ball Mason jars which what I started with. I made a second one with a regular clear mason jar. You could really use any jar as long as the lid fits. Since making these (one for my dish soap and one for my hand soap in the kitchen) we are using a lot less dish soap when washing dishes. I would say we are using 1/2 the soap we were.

Mason Jar Soap Dispenser - Tools Needed

Items needed:

  • Clean jar, lid & ring. (You can use a used lid since you’re not canning this)
  • Pump from lotion or soap
  • Work surface like an old cutting board (you need to be able to hammer on it & it will get marked up
  • Hot glue & glue gun
  • Hammer
  • Nail
  • Pliers (needle nosed worked best for me)
  • Dish soap, hand soap or lotion to put inside

Instructions:
Plug in glue gun & be sure to add glue

Remove tube from pump & set aside

Make a hole in the lid. I used a nail & made several holes. I then used my needle nose pliers to pinch and pull it until it was big enough. You could do this with a screw driver too.

Just be careful! The punctured lid is sharp! Test the size of the hole by inserting the pump.

It should fit snugly & allow the bottom of the pump to be flush with the lid.

Mason Jar Soap Dispenser - Gluing Pump In Lid

Insert the pump through the lid. Apply a generous amount of glue around the pump where it meets the lid on the inside. I did a few rounds of this. Let dry. You don’t have to glue the pump but I felt like it made it sturdier & also protects me from slicing myself on the lid when refilling it.

Insert tube back into pump. If the tube is too long to fit in the jar use a pair of sharp scissors to cut it until you can fit the lid on & screw it tight. Cutting the tube with slight angle will help with the soap flow.

Add soap or lotion, admire your handiwork & enjoy.

Two Finished Mason Jar Soap Dispensers

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Balloon WreathI made this balloon wreath to use for our families birthdays. I hang it on the door in the house for a few days before & after their birthday. On the day of their party I hang it on the outside of the door. I have glitter foam letters with each child’s first initial that I put on the wreath at the birthday. I was totally inspired by A Grande Life!

Items needed:

  • Craft wreath. I used straw wreath with the plastic cover intact. A foam wreath would also work.
  • Straight pins, wig/ T pins or any kind of long pin
  • Balloons. Lots of balloons. The amount needed will depend on the size of your wreath. I used about 150
  • Foam/wood letter, picture frame or any other item you want to personalize your wreath

Instructions:

  • Get comfy, this is going to take awhile. I did mine while watching TV
  • Using 1 pin per balloon attach by pushing the pin through the balloon & into the wreath. I folded my balloons in half because they were large & I alternated directions with each one. I attached them in a line all the way around. then started another line above/below that. I think you could also just attach them in sections & it would make no difference.
  • After you have finished attaching all the balloons you think you need, hang it & make sure none of the bare wreath is showing from any angle.
  • Add your personalized item if using & celebrate!

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Twine Covered Vases

Twine Covered Vases

Twine Covered Vases

These super cute vases cost me next to nothing. I used Starbucks Frappuccino bottles (these were a gift so they cost me nothing), hot glue that I have oodles, acorns for the fall ones & mini pine-cones for the winter ones (free 😀 ) & twine that was left over from another project. We all have bottle and jars we can re-purpose so just find ones that you like the shape of.

What you will need:

  • Bottle or jar
  • Hot glue gun & glue
  • Twine
  • Embellishments

Instructions:

  1. Prepare bottle by cleaning & drying. There was a sticky residue left on mine from the label. I didn’t bother trying to remove it since it would be covered by the twine & could even help hold it in place.
  2. Put a small line of hot glue on the bottle (I started along the edge of the lip of the bottle) and lay the twine on the glue
  3. Keeping the twine taught wind it around the bottle putting a small line of glue every couple of rounds
  4. When you reach the bottom cut the twine and secure the end with hot glue.
  5. Yes, it really is that easy.

Embellish anyway you’d like. For my acorn vases I hot glued the acorns to a length of twine and then tied it around the vase. For the pine-cone vases I tied twine bows around the vases & hot glued the pine-cones to the bows.

I think these would look great as a centerpiece on a table (maybe even with some greenery of wintry stems) or you could even make them into place holders & add name tags to them.



Easy Frugal Christmas Wreath

Easy Frugal Christmas Wreath

Easy Frugal Christmas Wreath

I love Christmas wreaths & I love the use of deco mesh in them that is so popular right now. What I do not love is the price of pre made wreaths that are a minimum of $25.00 and go up to the too ridiculous to mention price. I didn’t want to do a 100% deco mesh wreath because of cost & I wasn’t going for the Candyland look. I made 4 of these for about $8.00 each. This project was fast & easy. I bought all my wreaths & a roll of deco mesh at Hobby Lobby for 50% off. The bows I bought at Big Lots. If you wanted to wait to make these after Christmas you could make them even cheaper with clearance prices!

What you will need:

  • Artificial greenery wreath
  • Roll of deco mesh (I used one full roll for my 4 wreaths)
  • Bow &/or other decorations
  • Scissors

Instructions:

  1. Prepare your wreath by removing any tags & fluffing out all the pieces
  2. Unroll a few feet of your deco mesh (do not cut it yet)
  3. Loosely fold the mesh in half and pinch the end together
  4. Place the end of the deco mesh into the wreath so the end is not showing
  5. Take a piece of greenery from each side of the deco mesh & twist the greenery around it just like a twist tie. (This secures the deco mesh without needing any other fasteners)
  6. Move down the wreath a few inches keeping the deco mesh loose and make a poof
  7. Put the mesh down into the wreath and secure it the same way
  8. Repeat all the way around then cut the deco mesh before securing the last section.
  9. Secure the last piece & be sure to tuck the end inside the wreath so it will not be seen.
  10. Attach your bow using the wire on the bow or looping a piece of greenery through the back.
  11. Hang wherever you like & enjoy! (I used large suction cups to hang mine on my windows. You could also use Command hooks.)

I love mine! They look so nice on all of my windows & I know they will last for years to come.



Frosty Tea Light Holders

Frosty Tea Light Holders

Create a wintry frosty setting yet warmed up considerably from the soft glow of flickering candlelight with these super easy and inexpensive frosty tea light holders. This is a great way to upcycle food jars that otherwise would go in the recycling bin.

The cost of this project is super cheap and you may already have all the materials on hand except the Epsom salts which can be found at just about any grocery, drug or national chain store.

Materials Needed:

  • Jars of any size(s) you wish. Cleaned & dried
  • Mod Podge (or white school glue mixed 1/2 and 1/2 with water)
  • Paint brush
  • Epsom salt
  • Ribbon, embroidery floss or any other pretty thing to tie around them
  • Shallow pan or box
  • Wax paper, foil or paper plate to sit you candle holder on to dry

Instructions:

  1. Pour a layer of Epsom salt into your pan or box.
  2. Coat your jars with Mod Podge using a paint brush.
  3. Sprinkle, roll or whatever method you like the Epsom salt onto the jar.
  4. Sit on wax paper to dry.
  5. After it’s completely dry tap the jar to remove excess salts & tie a pretty bow, drop in a tea light candle & enjoy!

Notes: I sprayed mine with with a clear gloss to make sure it was more icy looking but I don’t think it’s necessary. I think I want to see what it looks like with glitter too! These look great on my cake stand with some pine cones & ornaments.



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