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December 2019 – Christmas Candles

Here is your chance to decorate some dollar store candles and turn them into pretty, glittery gifts for Christmas.

                                                PEPPERMINT  CANDY  CANDLE

Materials Needed:

  • Plain round candles 4” in height or taller, color of your choice
  • Bag of peppermint candies, unwrapped
  • Glue gun with several extra glue sticks**
  • Tabletop protection, especially for under the glue gun




  1. Preheat glue gun
  2. Unwrap candies
  3. Plan A-put blob of glue on candy and immediately stick on bottom edge of  candle.  Continue gluing candy onto the candle placing each new one on top of the previous one.  Start new row and repeat until the entire candle is covered. 
  4. Plan B-Place a thick line of glue directly onto the candle and quickly place each candy in the glue.  Continue laying down a wide line of glue and placing the candies in it until the candle is completely covered.
  5. After the candle has sat for a minute or two remove the hot glue stings/threads from the candle.
  6. Carefully wrap candle and you have another gift done and off the list.


Materials Needed:

  • Pillar candle, 4” or taller, color of your choice
  • Ribbon, 18” or so in length, color of your choice    
  • Cinnamon sticks, enough to cover the outside of the candle
  • Hot glue gun with several extra glue sticks
  • Table top protection


  1. Preheat glue gun
  2. Place a thick line of glue on the cinnamon stick and immediately place vertically on the candle with the bottom of the stick at the bottom of the candle.
  3. Continue gluing cinnamon sticks till the candle is completely covered.
  4. After a minute or two remove all the hot glue strings/threads.
  5. Cut a length of ribbon longer than you think is necessary.
  6. Place ribbon around center of candle and tie in a bow.  Trim ends of ribbon to preferred length.  A small dab of glue can be placed under the ribbon to help keep it in place if desired.
    1. Another handmade gift completed and ready to be presented.

Notes to Ponder:

Please be careful when burning the candles.  Place something “heat safe”     under the candle.

The dollar store is a great place to buy the candy and cinnamon sticks. 

Both can be pricey and are only being used for crafting so you do not need cooking grade items.

The candles can be any height or width.  I only had short ones in my    cupboard when I was making the examples so that’s what I used.  If using a taller pillar candle consider placing the candies in the middle of the candle or create a design using the candy.

Any kind of candy could be used I would imagine.   Experiment!

After the holiday be very careful when packing away the candle if there is     candy glued to the outside of the candle.  A tin works well as you don’t   want to offer mouse food!

Indian Corn Thanksgiving Favors – November 2019

  • Candy-Indian Corn, M&M’s, Sixlets, etc.
  • Pretzel bags    (found in the cake crafting/chocolate aisle at WalMart or craft stores)
  • Kraft wrapping paper-(brown paper lunch bags or grocery bags will also work)
  • Scissors 
  • Twine or yarn
  • Kraft paper tags, rubber stamps and ink pad

  1. Fill each pretzel bag about half way full of candies. Use a small length of twine to tie the bag closed and cut off most of the excess bag.  Leave about 1-2 inches so the twine doesn’t slip off.  (Twist ties provided with the cello bags can also be used)
  2. Cut a 5 inch x 5 inch square from your kraft paper.  Crumble it into a ball and flatten it back out several times.  This will be the corn husk and crumpling it gives it a more realistic look.
  3. Using your scissors, cut long strips into the kraft paper and stop about 1 1/2 inches from the bottom of the kraft paper square.
  4. Wrap the kraft paper ‘husk’ around the top of the bag where you tied it closed with twine.  The paper husk will wrap around several times.  (make sure the solid piece is at the bottom near the twist tie.)
  5. Use another piece of twine to tie the husk on.  You want this twine long enough to tie and knot the husk on and also to attach the tag, so give yourself a little extra length.  Tie the husk on tightly and make a small knot
  6. Stamp words of Thanksgiving on each kraft tag: thankful, bounty, gratitude, etc.  If you are using these for place cards, stamp your guests’ name on the tags.  Tie the tag on and trim any excess twine.
  7. Consider making these as table decorations or as name cards to let everyone know where to sit for Thanksgiving dinner.

Bookpage Pumpkin- October 2019

Materials Needed:

  • OLD paperback book  (approx. 500 pages will create a round pumpkin)
  •   (approx. 250 page book will create a pumpkin that sits flush against the wall)
  • Black construction paper or other materials to make a face with
  • Embellishment- ribbon, leaves, twig, cinnamon stick, pipe cleaner, etc.
  • Glue  (liquid white glue of any brand)

  1. Select an old paperback book first considering the height & thickness of the book
  2. Crack the spine in several places.
  3. Doing one page at a time, fold the outer edge of the page to the center and crease.
  4. Continue folding each page until all the pages are folded.
  5. Trim both covers of the book even with the folded pages.
  6. Glue the front and back covers together and let dry.
  7. Leave enough space at the spine of the book to insert a twig, cinnamon stick or pipe cleaner as a stem.
  8. Glue stem in place.
  9. Add bow made from ribbon, raffia, etc. and tie to base of stem.
  10. Draw and cut out face from black paper and glue to front of pumpkin.

How to Mail a Hug – September 2019


  • one sheet of felt
  • ribbon
  • scissors
  • hot glue


We make these out of felt, although you can use paper and string if you’d like.  The felt will last longer and if you are sending your hug on a long journey they won’t get ruined in the mail.

  1. Trace each hand  twice
  2. Cut around the traced shape of the child’s hand so that you end up with four handprints all together, two for each hand.
  3. Take your ribbon and measure the length of the child’s wingspan – from wrist to wrist across the body.
  4. Glue the ribbon to the inside of one set of handprints and then glue the other handprint on top to seal it.
  5. Repeat for the other hand.

You can also label the hands using a permanent marker with the date the child made the hug.  If you have multiple children be sure to add their name, too, to remember just whose little hands those were for years to come.

Stress Balls August 2019

Materials Needed:

  • 1 balloon      (not a water balloon)
  • Filling-flour, baking soda, cornstarch, fine play sand*
  • Plastic 16 oz water bottle cut in half, keeping the top half  
    • (makes a funnel)
  • Coffee stir stick, chop stick, pencil, whatever to use as a poker
  • Large bowl


  1. Inflate and deflate the balloon several times.
  2. Place balloon over top of water bottle
  3. Fill with 5.5 to 8.5 ounces of powder mixture holding balloon over large mixing bowl. 
    • Balloon should be fairly full.  Often this is 2-3 inches of fill in the balloon.
  4. Use the poker to help the mixture flow through the funnel & into the bottle
  5. Tap balloon on counter to help settle contents and add more as needed.
  6. Carefully remove from neck of funnel.
  7. Tie balloon.
  9. *a mixture of the corn starch, baking soda, flour, etc works better than just straight flour
  • Firm ball: use flour, baking soda or cornstarch
  • Medium ball: mix rice with a small amount of flour to prevent sticking
  • Soft ball: use dry rice, small beans, split peas or fine play sand from the hardware store.

Chalkboard Flower Pot July 2019

Materials Needed:

  • Flower pot with a wide band at top of pot
  • Spray paint in color of choice
  • Blackboard spray paint
  • Spray sealer
  • Painter’s tape  (wide is better)
  • Wax paper, aluminum foil, or whatever    (I used wax paper)
  • Drop cloth or other workplace protection
  • Live plant and potting soil
  • Chalk


  1. Wash flower pot allowing it to dry completely before painting.
  2. Spread drop cloth.
  3. Spray inside of flower pot with sealer following directions on can.
  4. Let dry.
  5. Spray flowerpot with color of choice and let dry.
  6. Spray second coat and let dry.  
  7. Place half of the painter’s tape on edge of wax paper and place other half of painter’s tape directly under the rim of the flowerpot.
  8. The only exposed part of the flowerpot should be the band along the top or the rim.
  9. Spray with chalkboard paint.
  10. Spray second coat.
  11. Wait a minute or two and remove the painter’s tape.
  12. Let finish drying.    
  13. Fill with dirt and plant of choice.
  14. Write message on rim.   

The pot can be used as a flowerpot or a catch all.  Use your imagination.

Write a note when watering is needed next or just a happy note to whoever is walking by.  

CD Magnets – June 2019

Materials needed:

  • Old, no longer wanted cd’s
  • Magnets (I prefer flat magnets, not those that come in a roll)
  • Photos   5×7 works best
  • Elmer’s glue
  • scissors
  • pen


  1. Print photos 5×7 size from home on light weight cardstock or at the photo kiosk
  2. Holding cd behind photo and in front of a bright light center the cd
  3. Carefully set photo face down and trace around cd
  4. Cut out photo slightly inside the line
  5. Before applying glue, dry fit the photo to the cd to see if any extra trimming  needs to be done.
  6. Glue to cd making sure there is a fine line of glue around the outer edge (a little bit of glue goes a long way)
  7. Glue magnet to back of cd
  8. Let dry and then place on anything magnetic

I used photos that were printed on cardstock.  If using “real” photos I suggest smoothing the glue on the cd with your finger before attaching the photo to the cd.  Remember a little glue goes a long way.

Mother’s Day Vase – May 2019


  • Empty glass jar
  • Spray paint
  • Ribbon
  • Drop cloth- remember spray paint is not removable!
  • Greeting card for Mom
  • Flowers for the “vase”


  1. Remove label and any glue from jar
  2. Put drop cloth down and spray paint the jar
  3. Let dry and turn upside down and spray again.
  4. Let dry completely
  5. Spray a 2nd coat just to be sure of complete coverage.
  6. Tie ribbon around the neck of the jar
  7. Place flowers in “vase”
  8. Present vase of flowers and the Mother’s Day card to Mom !

“Stained Glass” Sun Catchers April 2019

Materials Needed:

  • Coloring page printed on printer paper
  • Sharpie type markers-fine point work best
  • Mason jar screw band-wide mouth or regular
  • Glue-Elmer’s School glue is what I used
  • Cooking oil of any variety
  • Cotton balls
  • Ribbon -25” or so
  • Pen or pencil
  • Q tips-optional
  • Work surface protection


  1. Place the screw band on the coloring page and trace the outside of the band using either pen or pencil.
  2. Color inside the circle using markers.
  3. Place the colored page on top of wax paper or paper towel. 
  4. Using the cotton ball lightly coat the colored part of the paper with cooking oil.
  5. Let dry.
  6. Turn over the paper and lightly coat the back of the paper.
  7. Let dry.
  8. Cut the circle out, cutting slightly inside the line drawn earlier.
  9. Dry fit the circle to the inside of the screw band, trimming as needed.
  10. You want to trim just enough so the paper will lay flat inside the screw band but still touching all the inner edges.
  11. Remove the paper and place a thin line of glue around the inner edge of the rim.
    1. A q-tip might be helpful.
  12. Press the circle of paper onto the rim and let dry.
  13. Wipe off any excess glue that might have seeped thru to the front.
  14. Wrap the ribbon around the screw band and knot, having the knot at the top of the picture.
  15. Knot the end of the ribbon.
  16. Hang in a window and enjoy the “stain glass” sun catcher.


Colored pencils do not give you that translucent effect.

I used skinny ribbon but any width ribbon will work.

The ribbon used will determine if you need to glue the ribbon to the screw band or not.

Fabric Easter Basket – March 2019

Materials Needed:

  • Cotton fabric scraps cut into about 2” squares
  • Pinking shears preferred (regular scissors will work but not as pretty)
  • Pen or marker (I used a sharpie & it transferred to my fabric)
  • Hole punch
  • Wire edge ribbon  (12” or so)
  • Mod Podge
  • Piece of aluminum foil, wax paper or paper plate
  • Small bowl to set upside down balloon in while Mod Podging
  • Work surface protection (old vinyl tablecloth works well)


  1. Cotton fabric scraps cut into about 2” squares
  2. Inflate balloon to desired size.
  3. Cut fabric scraps into 1 ½” or 2” squares using pinking shears.
  4. Draw a line around the balloon marking the top of the bowl you want to make.
  5. Paint the balloon with 1 coat of Mod Podge and let it dry.
  6. Place a scrap of fabric on the foil or whatever and paint it with Mod Podge.
  7. Immediately place on the balloon and smooth out any wrinkles.
  8. Continue placing scraps of fabric on the balloon until the balloon is completely covered, keeping the scraps below the marker line.
  9. Letting the Mod Podge dry completely in between coats, paint 2-3 more coats on the balloon.
  10. Pop the balloon and peel away. Discard the balloon.
  11. Using the hole punch, place a hole not too close to the top of the basket. Place the second hole directly across the basket on the other side.
  12. Scrunch together the ribbon and thread it through the hole bending the edge of the ribbon up to lock in place.
  13. Do the same for the other side forming a handle for your basket.
  14. Your Easter basket is now ready for the fun part-decorating! Place some Easter grass inside and add some light weight eggs, wrapped candies or whatever.

No-Sew Sock Penguin – February 2019

Materials needed:

  • 1 black sock (I used men’s socks)
  • 1 sock in color or pattern for the hat (I used children’s socks)
  • Rice (will need 4 or 5 cups per penguin)
  • rubber bands (or thread)
  • white and orange felt
  • ribbons
  • tacky glue
  • black sharpie
  • Scissors (make sure they are sharp!)


  1. Start by filling the black sock with rice (you’ll need a nice amount of rice).
  2. When you are happy with the amount of rice and the rough shape of the soon to be sock penguin tie a rubber band at the top. If you use a sock with arch support you may be able to skip the rubber band.
  3. Now take another rubber band and place it just above the middle of the sock, to separate the body and the head. You will probably have to shape the body a little with your hands.
  4. Cut the excess sock. You can secure the top by adding some glue from the glue gun.
  5.  Cut a white oval shape (measure it against the body to get things right) out of white felt.
  6. Glue it on the sock with tacky glue Cut a small beak out of orange felt and glue it onto the head. Draw two black eyes with a black marker.
  7. Add ribbon to make a scarf (Glue down ribbon if desired)
  8. Lastly cut one colorful sock (at the middle). Roll it up a little bit to get the hat shape and place on top of the penguin. (You can glue the “Hat band” for a cleaner look)

Notes: You can make a lot of variation just by changing the hat. One penguin I used the toe of the sock and another I used the left over leg.

Ribbon of Cheerios Bird Feeder – January 2019

Materials Needed:

  • Cheerios   (plain is healthier for the birds)
  • Ribbon-narrow works best
  • Scotch tape -optional


  1. Cut a length of narrow ribbon about 2 feet long.
  2. Cut the ribbon on the diagonal or tightly roll a piece of tape around the end of the ribbon.  This will help threading the ribbon thru the hole in the Cheerios.
  3. Thread lots of Cheerios onto the ribbon.
  4. Tie a knot at the bottom of the ribbon preventing the Cheerios from sliding off. Leave about a 3”-4” tail on the ribbon.
  5. Take the Cheerio string outside and tie it to a branch of a tree.  If possible tie the “Ribbon of Cheerios” to a branch where there are several other branches for the birds to sit on while munching on the Cheerios.
  6. When the cereal is all gone simply untie the string, bring it in the house and refill.

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