Posts Tagged “Easy Crafts”

Creating Really Awesome FREE Things with C.R.A.F.T Book Review

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Thank you Jamie Dorobek for providing us with this review copy of CRAFT. #Sponsored This post may contain affiliate links and as always the opinions expressed herein are strictly my own.

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We’re almost returning to the never-ending school projects, book reports and group assignments that Back to School brings. Yay! NOT. Even for someone who really gets into the differing projects… it can be a lot of work and money pulling them together. Sometimes you just need down to Earth activities that don’t cost an arm and a leg. Free would be nicer yet. Jamie Dorobek’s book C.F.A.F.T. is very helpful when we’re needing inspiration for these school projects. Using everyday items like Q-Tips and shoelaces, she offers 100 craft ideas that can be done on a shoestring budget. C.R.A.F.T. stands for Creating Really Awesome FREE Things. Does it get better than that???

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The fall brings more than returning to school. Any Scout parent knows that. Well, this handy craft idea book, provides plenty of resourceful ideas to be created at the camp site, meeting house or even down by shore for those late summer vacationers. Check out these adorable toilet paper tube critters:

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A couple of my favorite crafts include the Peacock from page 60 and the Paper Plate Owl on page 20. Of course the watch is a great craft for parents assisting their kids in telling time. All good stuff. In fact I’ve got the materials ready for our Girl Scout meeting to make the Egg Carton Flowers from page 54 and the fall leaves on page 58.

With badges designed around learning about animals and Science classes focused on environment, habitat and animal classification, the many animal projects in this resource could be beneficial. Fun crafting made really easy with step by step instructions with pictures.

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My favorite part of this resource is the misc trivia that pops up on many pages, providing educational insight while you craft or peruse the book. Any good resource will have a great indexing feature… here you will find the Table Of Contents utilized in a rather unique fashion in that Jamie Dorobek itemized projects by the rooms in which you will find the supplies. For example bathroom for Q-Tips or garage for golf balls. Brilliant.

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Quick, Easy Handmade Valentine’s Day Cards

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Valentines Day Handmade CardsWith Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we decided to make our own Valentine’s Day cards this year.  Sure I was tempted to just buy them at the dollar store but I thought since my daughter likes doing crafts, we should make hand-made Valentine’s Day cards… especially since her Valentine’s will only include a couple of cousins and 5 Sunday school friends.  This was manageable and was going to be cute.  So I found scrapbooking paper that I was done with – you know the pieces that just keep getting passed over for projects, plus a couple of complimenting sheets.  The plan was simple… to not over-think any piece of it and make it as fun and easy as possible for an almost 4 year old.  Success.  We loaded the paper and just made a bunch of cut-outs. (Hint – ugly paper isn’t so bad when it is only accessory size.)  We had NO plan – just lots of cut out… whatever looked cool and Valentine’s like.  Then (later when her interest reappeared) we just assembled.  We had fun because there was no stress.

The Playdoh crafts were on the spot gift ideas one day while she was messing with her Playdoh.  She was mixing her colors like any 3 year old and we just decided to spell Daddy and Mommom for gifts.  We let it harden and glued the pieces.  Simple and very age appropriate.

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