Desktop Pretty-Customized Manila Folders

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I had a box of manila folders and too many scrapbook supplies...what to do, what to do?  I had seen expensive folders at the office supply store, online and at T.J. Maxx etc.  I decided to try to make some myself and it turned out pretty well. This was just up my alley, simple, quick, and inexpensive! I have some more that are not completed yet and will post them as they are finished but wanted to post something quick … [Read more...]

Dining Room Updates-Inexpensive Options


Spring is in the air!  I actually have my windows open today {only a crack} but the sun is shining, the birds are singing and the breeze is definitely warmer than it has been.  As spring draws near all of my super cleaning powers kick in and I usually go on a cleaning/scrubbing frenzy.  When I am done with this I ultimately think my surroundings look drab and need some updating.  Since I am trying to save money, as are … [Read more...]

Decorative Diffuser-Homemade & Inexpensive


I love candles but good ones are expensive and with small children safety is an issue.  A nice, fragrant, decorative alternative to candles are diffusers but they can also be expensive.  I like to use what I have on hand recycling items that might otherwise be thrown away and this diffuser fits the bill.  I had been saving a small glass jelly jar that I liked because of it's square shape but was not sure … [Read more...]

Easy, Inexpensive, Homemade Heating Pad

Homemade Heating Pad

Homemade Heating PadThis year for Christmas my friend Deb made a gift basket containing {among other things} homemade heating pads for me, my husband and each of my kids.  These heating pads are absolutely wonderful.  They conform to any area you need to place them and are easy to make. Materials needed: Long white tube socks Lentils, uncooked rice, buckwheat or tapioca pearls {this is your filler} Essential … [Read more...]

White and Silver Crepe Paper Ornament


Today's ornament is a crepe paper, glitter and clip art ornament.  It takes less than 10 minutes to make. All you need is white crepe paper, silver glitter, Styrofoam ball, glue gun and clip art. Wrap the ball with the crepe paper pulling somewhat snugly as you go along.  Once the ball is totally wrapped, cut the end and lightly glue. Next, gather some crepe paper and begin gluing to the center of your wrapped … [Read more...]

Home Made Ornaments~Old Fashioned and Inexpensive


I like to give gifts and I like to make "stuff".  I wanted to combine both and make something inexpensive yet giveable.  These ornaments are very easy and very inexpensive.  I bought styrofoam balls {3"}, two in a package at the Dollar Store and printed out a simple, colorful, Christmas holly pattern.  I then folded the paper in half lengthwise and cut away.  Next, using Mod Podge, I glued the paper to the … [Read more...]

Last Minute Advent “Calendar”


Every year I like to get my kids an Advent calendar and every year, I have trouble finding one.  This year, I decided to make one {late last night}.  This is extremely simple and inexpensive. Materials needed:  Tissue paper, raffia {ribbon, twine, hemp}, plain white paper, candies, BIG candy or small toy for Day 24. I printed out the numbers 1 through 24 on plain white paper.  I made two sets, one in red and one in … [Read more...]

Vintage Christmas Cone Ornaments


These were inexpensive and easy to make and could be created in mass to decorate a tree, use as tie ons for gifts, etc. First, I printed out some sheet music from Christmas Carol Music.  I chose Hark! The Herald Angels Sing which in retrospect, could have been adorned with some angel clip art {glittered of course}, feathers, maybe some little the mind is working!  I used paper just to see how this … [Read more...]

Halloween Lantern

Completed Lantern

Pictures Glued to Streamers Crepe Paper Glued to Top Halloween Art Paper LanternToday's quick and inexpensive {cheap} Halloween craft is a paper lantern.  I started with a paper lantern from the Dollar Store (One whole dollar--I just love the Dollar Store), crepe paper, Halloween clip art printed out on card stock and a glue gun.  I opened the lantern up fully and glued some orange crepe paper to the top, gathering as … [Read more...]

Pink, Lace, Glitter and a Candle

Candle Holder Lit

    I love pink.  I love lace.  I love glitter....and well, candles...I love those, too.  I guess it is obvious by now that it does not take much to make me happy.  The "take with you" craft for today is a candle holder.  I am thinking ahead to Christmas gift giving.  This is definitely something you could produce multiples of inexpensively and make each a little … [Read more...]