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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


2

Christmas Card Trees

via Better Homes & Gardens

Christmas Card Trees


3

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!



3D render of a halloween pumpkin

3D render of a halloween pumpkin

Have a frugal, fun Halloween with these downloadables, recipes, and DIY ideas!

Country Living Halloween Templates

HGTV 41 Printable (and Free!) Halloween Templates

Martha Stewart’s Pumpkin and Costumes Page (tons of templates and how-to’s)

Parenting.com 35+ Easy Homemade Halloween Costumes for Kids

iVillage 20+ Easy-Peasy Halloween Kids Crafts

Spoonful Halloween Crafts

Food Network Homemade Treats

Family Circle Homemade Halloween Party Treats

Blisstree 50 Fun Homemade Halloween Treats, Snacks and Appetizers

Better Homes and Gardens Super-Speedy Halloween Treats

Costumes4less.com

Learnvest

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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.



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.



Fall Homemade Candle

[note color=”#d1e3f0″]Debt Free SpendingThis is a guest post by Stephanie Brandt from Debt Free Spending. Stephanie is married to her husband and together they have three children and reside in Pennsylvania[/note]

Fall Homemade Candle

Halloween and Fall: Homemade Candle Holders!

Fall is by far, my favorite time of year. I can cuddle up with my husband and son on the couch, drink pumpkin flavored Starbucks, and listen to the band play at the high school football game all from my house! I love to decorate and take our son to the pumpkin patch, and go on hayrides. So, when I found this adorable craft on Pinterest (Somewhere in my thousands of pins) I told my husband this was on his honey-do list for this fall! Look below for the directions on how to make this amazingly cheap craft!

This is an extremely simple and CHEAP craft! The only materials we needed were:

  • empty coffee cans
  • one can of spray paint -your choice of color! (You can always use another color. We wanted ours to match our black electric jack-o-lantern).
  • A small drill bit
  • Sand Paper

Directions:

  1. Use the power drill to create the words using a small bit. I recommend having an extra coffee can to practice on before you begin. I always try to have a test model of any craft I create.
  2. Decide what words you want on each can. You can do “trick or treat” on one large can, or “trick” on one and “treat” on the other can if you are using two cans. Hubby decide he wanted “trick” on one and “or treat” on the other, so this is entirely up to you! REMEMBER: You can also do other words like “fall, leaves, wonder, hope, etc.”
  3. After created your words, it helps to rough up the outside of the can with some sand paper to help it stick better.
  4. Paint the outside of the can black (or whatever color you choose).
  5. Let them dry, then wait until dark and insert a candle. You now have a SUPER cheap and easy fall decoration. See the picture below for how they look at night!!

Fall Halloween Candle Holder



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