This is a great project for anyone who loves to be organized and save money. It uses a picture frame and paint chips, and you can choose whatever colors and organize them how you want! Since it is dry erase, it is able to be reused practically forever! That is my favorite part of this craft, is that it will save me tons of money on calendars each year. It is also a great way to go green, since you aren’t buying paper calendars every year and just throwing them away at the end. Since it is also very bright and colorful, I won’t forget to use it, unlike my many planners that end up empty and unused.
Here are the materials you need:
- 1 12” x 16” picture frame
- 35 paint chips (found in paint supply section at store)
- Scotch tape/glue stick
- A ruler
- Pair of scissors
- Dry erase markers in colors that will show up on the colors you choose
- Open your picture frame and take out the generic picture inside if there is one. If the back of it is white, you can use it as a background for your calendar. If not, I would use a piece of white cardstock or thicker paper. Then, measure a paint chip to be a square with 3 ¼ inches on each side.
- Cut out 35 squares from your paint chips.
- Lay out the chips how you want them color coordinated, with 7 on each row and 5 in each column. Also cut 7 rectangles to label the days of the week and place them at the very top of each column. Either secure the chips with placing double sided tape or a roll of tape on the backs of them, or glue them carefully.
- Place into the frame.
- Use your dry erase markers to label the month and days, and customize however you want!
With all the technology nowadays kids likely have not experienced the fun of a pet rock. Back in the day these things were not only sold in stores but many kids would have pet rocks. Rocks tend to be pretty boring and dull though. With this craft you can turn an ordinary rock into a cute little cactus that is very fun to make! Kids will love to pick out and paint rocks and use their imaginations to make it their own. Honestly, how much cuter could these rocks be?
What you need:
- Googly eyes
- Outdoor acrylic paints
- Hot Glue or Glue dots
- First start off by picking your rocks, it is best to find rocks that have a flatter side but the more details the better!
- Next clean your rocks so they are nice and shiny.
- Then you are going to paint the rocks. GET CREATIVE!
- Next you are going to let them dry completely and then glue on the eyes with either glue dots or a hot glue gun.
- They are now ready to go! Keep in mind the more variety in sizes makes for better rock family!
- AREN’T THEY ADORABLE!
Love scented candles, but hate paying upwards of $20 for one?
If I was a millionaire, I’m sure I’d buy way too many candles. Heck, I’m not even close to being a millionaire and I’ve still bought way too many candles…
In order to save some money, I recently discovered just how easy it is to make your own candles! And at a fraction of the cost! Why don’t you give it a try? It’s a fun hobby, and your bank account will thank you.
You will need:
- Pre-dipped candle wicks
- Candle wax flakes (2x the amount needed to fill your glass jar)
- Glass jar
- Pencil or chopstick
- Glass container for melting the candle flakes (a glass measuring cup works well)
- Essential oils
- Optional – Grated crayon in your color of choice
Here’s how to make it:
- To begin, place your candle wick inside the jar with the metal piece laying flat on the bottom. Lay the pencil or chopstick on top of the jar and tape the end of the wick to it in order to hold it in place.
- Next, measure out two times the wax flakes needed to fill your jar as they will melt down to half their current volume. Add the flakes to the glass container (measuring cup).
- Fill the sauce pan halfway with water and place the glass measuring cup inside, being sure that no water can get to the wax flakes. Bring to a boil and then lower the temperature to medium, stirring occasionally. If you want to make a colored candle, add the a small amount of grated crayon (about 1/5 of a crayon per 16 oz of wax flakes for a solid coloration).
- Once the wax flakes have melted, use an oven mitt to remove the measuring cup. Add in your essential oils (about 8-10 drops per 16 oz of wax flakes) and pour the melted wax into the container with the wick, being careful to not knock the wick over.
- Let sit for 3-5 hours at room temperature until completely solid, trim the wick if needed, and voila! You have now made your own scented candle!