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Back-to-school blogging has left me feeling nostalgic. It’s likely the reason that while prepping for this entry I reminisced about the game Rock-Paper-Scissors.  During my early school years this was the way we kids decided pretty much everything.  Read more »


Create Toilet Paper Roll Crafts for Home

Looking for ways to recycle your toilet paper rolls? Our tips help recycle and turn a boring, old toilet paper roll into a useful household item or craft project.

Desk Organizer

tp roll pencil

By using toilet paper rolls and glue, you now have a perfect desk organizer. Attach as many toilet paper rolls together as you’d like and place on your desk as a great place to store pencils, pens and scissors. Use paint to decorate the rolls to match any room or office. Buying desk organizers in the store can be costly but with this simple craft you can have an organized desk for little to no cost.


Wall Arttp roll wall art

There are many ways to decorate your wall with toilet paper rolls. Flatten the roll and cut into bands. Pop them open a bit so you have a flower pedal shape. Continue doing this with as many toilet paper rolls as you would like, until you have enough pedals to make a flower. Glue them to a canvas in the shape of a flower. The more bands you use the larger your flower will be. Or, you can glue them together in any pattern you’d like and hang them to your wall.

Power Cord Storage

tp roll Cord-StorageYou can use toilet paper rolls as a cheap and convenient way to keep all your power cords together and tangle free! Toilet paper rolls are easy to decorate and can be placed in drawers or even attached to a desk or wall. Perfect for kitchen appliances, hair straighteners, computer chargers and any other electronic device you have that needs to be kept neatly.

Noise makertp roll noise maker

For this project all you will need are toilet paper rolls, duct tape, milk bottle caps and beans or anything you’d like to use inside that will make noise. Simply take the toilet paper roll, place a milk bottle cap on one end and use the tape to attach the cap to the roll. Place the beans inside and attach another cap to the other end and you have a perfect noise maker. This fun and easy craft is great for kids and they will love bringing their finished noise maker to sporting events.

Bird feeder

tp roll bird feeder

Take a toilet paper roll and cover it with peanut butter. Then simply cover it with bird seeds and use string to hang it outdoors or place it on a tree branch. This makes a great bird feeder and kids will love making them and watching the birds come eat from their feeder.


Paper Plate Crafts for Kids

Stuck at home on a hot summer day with restless kids? Looking for some ideas that can help keep them occupied while you kick back, relax, and enjoy a nice refreshing iced tea? Well we’re here to provide you with some fun arts & crafts idea that will keep the kids busy and leave you headache-free.

The best part? The only materials you will need are some construction paper, markers, glue sticks, and white paper plates.You won’t even need to leave your house for these great ideas!

Paper Plate Animals

Paper Plate Animals

The number of animals you can create from paper plates is so vast, it’s shocking! There are so many fun and creative ways that you can use paper plates to make yourself an entire zoo. We’re providing you with just a sample of fun and awesome crafts your kids will love to make.

Paper Plate Ring TossPaper Plate Ring Toss

Summertime is all about fun and games. Get ready for some family fun with this easy to make ring toss game. Kids can enjoy painting and cutting their rings and assembling this game all on their own!  All you will need are paper plates and a paper towel tube for hours of fun.


Paper Plate Flowers

Paper Plate FlowersFlowers are blooming throughout the summer months and with just a few household supplies, your kids will be able to show their creativity by making these fun paper plate flowers. Kids can use their imagination and make an assortment of different flowers.

Paper Plate Masks(do a play while your at it!)Paper Plate Mask

Here’s a great idea to keep your kids entertained all day. Using their plates, they can create a variety of masks. Then when they’re finished with these creations, they can create their very own plays and act them out for the whole family to enjoy!

Paper Plate Holiday Decorations

Paper Plate Snowman

It may only be summer, but the holidays are right around the corner, and before you know it Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas are here. From pumpkins, turkeys, snowmen and even Santa, many fun holiday crafts start with a simple paper plate. Want an inexpensive yet endearing way to decorate the house this holiday season? Have your kids make these adorable crafts.

Paper Plate Dream catchersDreamcatcher

Dream catchers date back to ancient times when the Ojibwa people would weave them and hang them over the cradles of newborn children to provide infants with peaceful and beautiful dreams. This craft will give your kids a fun little history lesson while also giving them the comforting promise of happy dreams

Paper Plate Purses

Plate HandbagAny mom who has a daughter who considers herself a mini-fashionista will love this tip. Using paper plates, your daughter can create her very own purse, and even design the outside to look like Coach or Burberry. (If only designer purses were so simple to obtain!)

Paper Plate Frisbeefrisbee

Here’s a great craft to keep your kids active inside and then give them something fun to do outside as well! Frisbees are a classic summer activity. Now your kids can create your own and test them out in the backyard.



More Mason Jars for the Fans!

It’s Monday, and as everyone knows, no one likes a Monday. Personally, I think Monday’s get a bad rep most of the time (unless you get a Murphy’s Law Monday), but ever since Filbert Mumphries’ cow fell off a cliff and crushed a log cabin that a family of settlers had just moved into, Monday’s have been labelled the bad boy of the work week. I totally just made that up…

Anyway, mason jars make people happy. No one knows why, or how they became the “it” container of the 21st century, considering how old-timey they are and can’t text or look up recipes on the internet, but people just love them and get so excited about them! It doesn’t hurt that we sell mason jar drink glasses either, so after you get inspiration from this blog, you can visit the site and buy a few to get cracking on these scrumdidlyuptious creations. Enjoy!



The Versatile Mason Jar

People my age and older know of the original intended use of a mason jar, and that was for storing vegetables and fruits that had been preserved at home. Rural farmsteads and homes usually had vegetable gardens and fruit trees, and housewives canned or “put up” their own vegetables, fruits, jams, jellies, and other food stuffs for winter time and lean times. Mason jars were, and still are, the storage container of choice for this.

Now, we drink from them, we turn them into snow globes, we use them to store toiletries…there are a thousand and one uses for mason jars and a quick search of Pinterest will give you pages of ideas for crafting with them. Google “mason jar uses” and you get MORE pages upon pages of ideas (including those on Pinterest) for everything from terrariums (I may do one of those) to science projects! Below are the top five ideas that I found online that have to do with mason jars. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did finding them!

Mason Board Complete

1) A meal in a jar. How simple, how easy, how…crafty! When I saw this blog, it made me want to run right out and try this! Even though I’m one of those weird people who doesn’t like their food to touch. In the interest of experimenting, I’m willing to give it a go!

2) I have a brown thumb. Really. I can grow herbs, and I can grow veggies, but anything remotely resembling a house plant or flower, and I will kill it. Purely unintentional, of course, but if I try it more than once, does that constitute premeditated plant murder? Anyway, I want to try this terrarium. It looks cool and death-proof.

3) Okay, so I used to decorate in country shabby-chic. My house was all Americana accents and garage-store finds that I fixed up, so something like these glasses that I found on this blog would have fit right in on nights around the fire pit.

4) These mason jar pincushions appeal to my love of organizing! And I love off-beat ways of storage. I have a sewing kit, but I may just add something like this to my collection, so that I can have a small sewing kit where I need it most. Of course, leave it up to crafting maven Martha Stewart to come up with something so functional and yet fun!

5) Last but not least, another organizing wunderfind from Martha. Although I couldn’t find it on her site, I found a blogger that posted about it. Its pretty self-explanatory, and if you have any Martha Stewart Whole Livings around from 2009, its in one of those issues. Hey, I tried to find it. She may be the crafting maven, but she’s not good at archiving online.



Holiday Craft Ideas

Kids (and a lot of moms too) love to make crafts. I don’t know any 6-year-old who doesn’t want to get finger paint everywhere or glue something together…most often their fingers, but moms know how to undo that catastrophe. Sitting down together with your kids and making something from bits of nothing is not only fun, but its bonding time too!

In today’s world, where ten-year-old’s have iPhones and iPads, and video games are in almost every bedroom, it’s hard to find things to do with your children. My son is glued to his phone and Playstation 3, but we do things together as a family to keep us talking and not disconnected. Crafting for younger children is an excellent way to do that, and even teenagers can get into it, as long as it’s something slightly attitude-y and cool.


Two of my favorite craft ideas at holiday time were always the paper plate wreath, and a holiday character made from craft sticks. I’ve made reindeer, snowmen, elves…you name it, I’ve painted wooden sticks to resemble it.  Some with glitter, some with pipe cleaners…you get the picture.

The paper plate wreath was my favorite in school, and I was very excited when I graduated from construction paper to tissue paper. My earliest incarnations were heavy with glue and very weird color combinations, but hey, I got better. So this holiday season, pick up some craft supplies, sit down with your kids (you don’t really need the kids. I made stuff like this back when I was single), and have some family bonding time over holiday crafts!



Plastic Plates and Their Many Uses

Thanksgiving is a week away, and in schools all across the country, paper plates are being used to make turkey-related crafts. I think plastic plates would be a better choice. I know, paper is better for the environment, but plastic will keep in an attic trunk a lot better than a paper memento. Plus, if some huge plate catastrophe strikes your home, and your car breaks down and you can’t get to the store, you can always clean up a plastic plate and reuse it! I know, I’m reaching.

With plastic plates, you know that the turkey, stuffing, casseroles, cranberry sauce, etc won’t dump into your lap, and you really can hand wash plastic plates and use them again, preferably without a frame of dry spaghetti around the rim from your child’s craft at school.Also, they’re elegant and have style so they are more appropriate for a holiday dinner.

Plastic plates are also handy in a pinch for games and sports. A fairly heavy-duty plate can substitute for a frisbee, and if you use a dry-erase marker, you can use a plastic plate to play tic-tac-toe or hangman. They make great hats too, that you can staple ribbons and bows (or tape toilet paper to them) for baby showers and bridal showers. See? There are so many things you can use a plastic plate for!

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