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Easy Mason Jar Crafts

Ever walk through the craft store or flea market and see a great THING and think “That could be something amazing” but not know where to go from there. I think of myself as pretty crafty but I come up blank with ending ideas very often. I feel like I try to do to much, think of something too grand. Re-purposing and recycling doesn’t have to be difficult. Sometimes the smallest changes to something can make a beautiful and purposeful impact.

These simple mason jar DIYs are a great start to get your creative muscles a workout.

Start with mason jars of all sizes and colors. Buy what appeals to you. I have an obsession with antique Blue Mason Jars with Zinc lids. I collect them when I can find them and actually use them all over my kitchen to hold baking supplies, spices and sometimes flowersHow to use Mason jars in the home

Mason Jar Toothbrush Holder
This simple idea to add some country chic to the bathroom is from Fireflies and Mudpies. With the addition of some wire you instantly have a toothbrush holder for the family.
Mason Jar Soap Dispenser
Use what you already have to make something special in a bathroom or kitchen. Don’t stop there either. This dispenser tutorial from Burlap and Babies shows how to use these for anything; add lotion, mouthwash, coffee syrups and more.
Mason Jar Vase
Another easy idea to use what you already have on hand. Grab some yard, twine, lace or paint and create a beautiful vase for flowers, herbs or candles. Make it as elegant or fun as you wish.
Mason Jar Candle Holder
Dump in some sand or colored stones and you’re done, top with a tealight Instant candle holder. If you don’t want to stop there, don’t. A couple brush strokes of your favorite paint color will transform a simple clear jar into a pretty and trendy candle holder to light up a dinner table or hallway.
Mason Jar Bowl
A couple times a week I add a scoop of oatmeal, some brown sugar, a handful of sliced almonds and milk to a jar. I top it with a lid and put it in the fridge. In the morning I grab it and go to work. This ensures I eat breakfast and it’s done the night before. Chia seeds are all the rage these days and make a fantastic overnight breakfast pudding.
Mason Jars for Storage
Use them as they were intended. Store food, household supplies, drinks, hardware and even kid’s stuff in them. They make everything more fun like these Superhero Jars created by Country Chic Cottage just for kids to store all of these little things that end up in the floor, in the vacuum or chewed up by the dog. 

Simple Mason Jar Ideas for the NOT Crafty

Adding some decorative touches to a mason jar will immediately transform it. My daughter is obsessed with Washi Tape so she’s wrapping it around everything she can get her hands on similar to this Washi Tape Jar from Nileey Sphere shown above. Maybe paint is your thing. Where you brush it on or spray it on it’s going to look amazing. These painted and distressed jars from It All Started With Paint can hold flowers, plants, paintbrushes and kitchen utensils for years to come when treated properly. Use what you have. Start simple and be proud of everything you create.

Sugar Skull Pencil Toppers #halloween #craft

When particular holidays and seasons creep up it gets my creative mind going. Halloween is one of them. I love everything about things that are fun scary not gruesome scary. Sugar skulls are part of the Day of the Dead celebration in the Latin American and Mexican culture where family and friends show remembrance for those that have passed away. Day of the Dead (dias de los muertos) is a joyous festivity with music, parades, flowers and even gifts left on burial plots starting on November 1st. In honor of this day I created these Sugar Skull Pencil Toppers.

Sugar Skull Pencil Toppers #halloween #craft

Sugar Skull Pencil Toppers #halloween #craft

While we don’t celebrate Dia de los Muertos I’m in love with the creativity, color and vibrancy of the sugar skull. Sugar Skulls are nothing to be feared. They are part of the celebration, a gift for both the living and the dead.

These sugar skulls are just as colorful but on a much small scale. These pencil toppers were made to give to Shae’s class for their fall party along with some more neutral pumpkins and ghosts. Making them was a bit tedious. The first one alone tool almost 2 hours as it was my guinea pig. The rest of them took less than an hour each and I see it going faster and faster as I make more.

Sugar Skull Pencil Toppers #halloween #craft

Sugar Skull Pencil Toppers #halloween #craft

Sugar Skull Pencil Toppers #halloween #craft

Sugar Skull Pencil Toppers #halloween #craft

Sugar Skull Pencil Toppers #halloween #craft

Sugar Skull Pencil Toppers #halloween #craft

Sugar Skull Pencil Toppers #halloween #craft

Sugar Skull Pencil Toppers #halloween #craft


Felt, various colors
thread, various colors
buttons, sequins, beads
fabric glue
cotton balls
scissors, I suggest small sharp fabric scissors
cardstock cutout of skull shapes if your free hand isn’t up to par (mine isn’t)


Using your skull cut outs trace a front and back of your skull shape.
Determine the shapes and embellishments you want on it’s face. Place them to make sure everything fits.
Using a tiny touch of fabric glue tack on your features where you want them. This keeps them from sliding or falling while you sew.
With a basic needle and thread (color of choice) stitch your pieces on your skull face. Skip stitching on some or all of your pieces and just use glue if you prefer.
When your sugar skull face is complete add the back to your topper and stitch the pieces together leaving a small opening on the bottom. I like the look of the whipstitch but it would be find to use a running stitch too.
Stuff a fluffy 1/2 cotton ball into the skull with a touch of glue then slide in the pencil with another touch of glue.
Set aside to dry.

Sugar Skull Pencil Toppers #halloween #craft
A jar full of these is an adorable centerpiece for a party or even on a desk for the Halloween season. Watch them disappear as their happy smiling faces quickly draw people in.
This isn’t necessarily a child’s crafts but can be modified to include children by precutting shapes and using glue instead of a needle and thread.
Sugar Skull Pencil Toppers #halloween #craft

Sugar Skull Pencil Toppers #halloween #craftm

Fabric Bead Necklace Kids Craft

Crafting is becoming a big passion for Shae. I’m not talking about cutting out construction paper and gluing it to each other to make odd shapes. I’m talking about thought out creations that have a purpose. These fabric beads happened after seeing my trunk full of fabric and other random stuff. She wanted to make something permanent, something that was useful not something that would’ve ended up in the recycle bin in a month.Making Fabric Beads by Kids #craft

Making Fabric Beads by Kids #craft

We started off with a stack of thin fabrics in a variety of colors and patterns. We cut them into strips of all lengths and widths.  Don’t exceed 1 inch wide as your bead with be very big.  Lengths can vary from  5″ to 12 depending how thick your child wants the beads.

Hold your strip flat and apply a thin strip of glue the entire length. Using a pencil start rolling the strip up. Making Fabric Beads by Kids #craft Don’t roll too tight as it will be difficult to remove. Slide your rolled up fabric gently off your pencil and set aside to dry. Use an extra touch of glue if the end isn’t secure. If you find your pencil is getting too much glue, use another pencil.

              *roll your bead close to the pointy end, it’ll be easier to remove.

After all of your beads have set and seem to have hardened (we let them sit overnight) you’re ready to create your jewelry. Shae made a necklace using a thin suede cord.Making Fabric Beads by Kids #craft

I created a cool knot/loop on one end and when she done I created a larger knot to close the necklace. Elastic cord would work well too and then you won’t have issues with closures.
Making Fabric Beads by Kids #craft

Making Fabric Beads by Kids #craft

Make tons of beads for rainy day projects or make gifts for others.

Supplies needed

thin fabric in a variety of colors/patterns
school glue
thread/cord for necklace

Making Fabric Beads by Kids #craft

Making Fabric Beads by Kids #craft
Making Fabric Beads by Kids #craft

Making Fabric Beads by Kids #craftFabric Beads, making a necklace with scrap materials, kids craft

Passport to Imagination Crafts with Michaels Stores

Summer Vacation has officially started. Have you already heard the moans and groans of “I’m bored”.  Michaels’ Passport to Imagination is where you should head each week to take advantage of the fun BUT inexpensive activities available for kids.Passport To Imagination

Each week one of North America’s top museums partners with Michaels to bring a craft to your kids just like you were making a visit there. Think of it as a road trip without leaving your own community.

The crafts are meant to bring culture, science, history and art into your child’s life that maybe they wouldn’t have the opportunity to experience in your own hometown.Michael's Passport to Imagination In Store Activities Summer Program

Last week the adventure started with The Field Museum in Chicago wit Fossil Impressions, Dinosaur Impressions and the Life Cycle of a Butterfly.  Each session, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, lasts about 2 hours and costs just $2 per participant.

Sign up now to get into the activities your kids would enjoy the most before they fill up.

Future stops are Georgia Aquarium, Pima Air & Space Museum, Perot Museum of Nature and Science , Denver Art Museum, The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts .

There is so much fun in store over the next few weeks.  If you can’t make it to the in store activities take a look the At Home Projects at the bottom of page for EACH activity.Michael's Passport to Imagination At Home Activities

Headed on vacation or on a Road Trip. Michaels’ has you covered there. Passport to Imagination has activities for that occasion too.Michael's Passport to Imagination Road Trip Summer Program

No one has to be left out of the adventures at Michaels’ Passport to Imagination Program this summer. The first 50 kids to attend a workshop receive an album to show off their projects to friends and family  for free, so sign up today!

DIY Animal Ring Holder Craft

Deep down I’m really a #craftymom. I scour Pinterest, crafting sites and magazines all the time for new ideas for ways to make projects my own. My struggle is with time. I have ideas and supplies but have a hard time putting aside the hour or so needed to devote to something fun. I found this latest project and knew I could have it completely done in a day. The Animal Ring Dish was very simple but like usual real life got in the way.

Animal Ring Holder #DIYI found this on a new mail order craft site. The site is done well, the projects are gorgeous but they are way out of my price range for craft projects and supplies. I knew I could do it cheaper and just as well. For these animal ring dishes I only needed to purchase 1 thing, the dishes. I walked the craft store for 30 minutes and I found flower pot dishes that were a perfect size. I spent approximately $1.50 for 3 of them. For years we’ve been collecting these Safari Ltd Animal Toobs so I had no shortage of those. I also have a collection of spray paint and paint pens and a bin full of glues.Animal Ring Holder #DIY #craftymom

First I spray-painted the animals. I stuck a large saftey pin in them and gave them a quick coat from all angles. Animal Ring Holder #DIY #craftymom Then came the dishes. I started with the bottoms, 2 coats then gave the tops 3-4 even coats. This is what took the most time. I started late in a day and it carried over into the next day to get all the coats of spray paint on.Animal Ring Holder #DIY #craftymom

Then the weather was bad and we started a new project that lasted 2 weeks so the dishes sat on a shelf waiting for the next step.

It ended up working out. Painted items work best when they’ve had time to cure; set up. 2 weeks isn’t necessary but that’s what happened here.

Then with a toothpick and some E-6000 glue I attached the animals to the dishes.Animal Ring Holder #DIY #craftymom Animal Ring Holder #DIY #craftymom Animal Ring Holder #DIY #craftymom

I choose animals that stood tall or had a long neck or tail. This batch included a lizard with its tongue sticking out, a giraffe and a skunk who I didn’t paint because I was afraid he’s just end up looking like a cat.
I set them out to dry for 2 hours and it’s done.

This would be an amazing craft night project if you were using paint pens. I would suggest painting all of the dishes ahead of time.

I think i’m going to make some more but add some pattern to the dish or dress it up with beads or rhinestones. Animal Ring Holder #DIY #upcycle #craftymom

The lizard is for my friend Kelly. I thought of her the first time I saw this project. The giraffe is sitting near my kitchen sick to hold rings while I wash dishes or clean.Animal Ring Holder #DIY #upcycle #craftymom

Animal Ring Holder DIY Craft Animal Ring Holder #DIY #upcycle #craftymom

Lace Covered Candle Holder #upcycle #craft

In honor of Earth Day 2014 (today) I’m sharing an upcycle project I did a couple week back. In a spring cleaning frenzy I cleaned out the kids drawers of outgrown clothing. This gorgeous blue satiny and lace shirt was in the pile. Sabreena picked it up in a thrift store but it never really fit right. It killed me to get rid of it, the lace was so pretty so I figured I could create something pretty with it. This Lace Covered Candle Holder was the perfect fit.Lace Covered Candle Holder #upcycle #craft

I had an empty Yankee Candle jar, a sleeker shape than the traditional jar, cleaned it really well and ran it through the dishwasher. I left the lace intact as I covered it. i didn’t want any cuts or gaps.

Lace Covered Candle Holder #upcycle #craft

Lace Covered Candle Holder #upcycle #craftLace Covered Candle Holder #upcycle #craft

With some glossy mod podge I started to attached the lace.

I worked in small sections so the lace stayed taut and in place. I left each section for 15 minutes so it set up then worked on another section and pulled the lace over the mod podge again.

I covered the entire piece of lace with mod podge again once the jar was covered. This gave it it’s final sheen. Using super sharp scissors I trimmed the lace off the top and bottom of the jar leaving a clean finish. I might go back and trim with wide grosgrain ribbon.

A lit tealight is enough light to shine through to still see the intricate lace pattern.

I have another jar, still have wax in it, but that will be transformed into a Lace Candle Holder too.

Jelly Bean Tree Centerpiece plus Giveaway

For the last few months I’ve been enjoying making some DIY home decor that fits the seasons and holidays. There was the Valentine’s framed Key to My Heart and the Christmas Card Display board. For Easter and spring it’s no different. I created this adorable Jelly Bean Tree Centerpiece for the dining table.jelly bean tree centerpiece

I’m hoping it lasts till June honestly. For the week it’s been up I’ve lost 1 tiny branch holding 1 jelly bean and that’s because I hit it by accident.

vase, jar, flowerpot, basket
stabilizer for wide mouth container (styrofoam, marbles, dirt)
jellybeans of your choice
glue gun
polyurethane spray (optional)

jelly beans

Clean off your branches of dead leaves, buds and dirt.

Spray with a clear coat. I did this to get rid of the dusty look but there is nothing wrong with leaving it the way it is.  You might be able to see that I use a paper towel roll to hold the branches but keep  my hands free of over spray.

Jelly Bean Tree Centerpiece #craft #easycraft #EasterCraft
Arrange your branches in their container. I rubber-banded mine together very low so they spread out slightly.

Jelly Bean Tree Centerpiece #craft #easycraft #EasterCraft

I keep these marbles on hand for just these kind of projects. They are strong enough to keep the centerpiece in place but it’s not permanent. A block of floral styrofoam would work well. This can be topped with shredded green paper or Easter grass too.

Using your hot glue gun add small dabs of glue to your branches.

Jelly Bean Tree Centerpiece #craft #easycraft #EasterCraft #jellybeancraft

Then add your jelly beans. Do this one at a time. Hot glue is the best option as it dries FAST and clear. I DO NOT suggest adding the glue to the jelly bean because of the small surface space and the risk of fingertip burns. I speak from experience.

Jelly Bean Tree Centerpiece #craft #easycraft #EasterCraft

I went with jelly beans that had a vibrant color, I actually don’t like the way these taste. Coordinate your home and tablescape with jelly beans of any hue or just one color.

Jelly Bean Tree Centerpiece #craft #easycraft #EasterCraft #jellybeancraft

This was created with a vase I already had on hand, marbles I’ve had for many years and branches off a bush that hasn’t bloomed yet in my side yard. My only expense was a bag of jelly beans and I didn’t even use the whole bag. I though about adding more to the branches but I thought it would start to look more like a child’s craft.

 Jelly Bean Tree Centerpiece #craft #easycraft #EasterCraft

With just 6 days left until Easter, many of us are planning what to serve or bring to the big dinner, as well as how to decorate and add the extra touches that make our holidays memorable.  Colleen of Souffle Bombay and Heather of Real: The Kitchen and Beyond decided to gather 26 bloggers to share some of their Easter Entertaining Ideas with you! From Jelly Bean Trees to a Giant Deviled Egg, we’ve got you covered!  To make this even more memorable we have some amazing giveaways as well from John Boos (crafter of incredible cutting boards, butcher blocks and more) , The Spice House (THE online source for incredible spices), Wilton Armetale (maker of both beautiful & finctional serving ware), Divine Chocolates (a fair trade, farmer-owned chocolate company) & The Tree Hut (natural body products that do what they say) for a few lucky readers!  Follow along via #AllThingsEaster on social media this week and visit our Pinterest Board “All Things Easter” for more ideas.  Now if only we had a magic formula to make all those dishes disappear, Happy Easter!

Ideas for Leftover Easter Eggs

Giant Deviled Egg | Souffle Bombay

Easter Breakfast Recipe Ideas

Easter Breakfast Casserole | How I Pinch A Penny

Baked French Toast | O’Boy! Organic

Dutch Baby | The Naughty Mommy

Easter Dinner Recipe Ideas

Scallion & Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes | Musings of a Housewife

Baked Cheesy Broccoli & Rice Casserole | We’re Parents!?

Cheesy Potato Casserole | Coupon Cutting Mom

Easter Dessert Recipe Ideas

Peanut Butter Eggs | Real: The Kitchen & Beyond

Toasted Angel Food Cake Parfait | What the Heck’s a Bonbon?

Allergy Friendly Cookies | Chockababy

Individual Lemon Meringues | Pandora’s Deals

Peeps in the Pond Trifle | Opera Singer in the Kitchen

Rice Krispie Pops/Chocolate Covered Pretzels | A Grande Life

Easter Cocktail Recipe Ideas

Raspberry Beer Float | Teaspoon of Spice

The Peter Cottontail Cocktail | Can’t Google Everything

Bunnytail-tini | Mommy Snapped 

Easter Decorating Ideas

Easter Printable | Diapered Daze and Knights

Easter Centerpiece | The Vintage Mom

Jellybean Tree Centerpiece | Look What Mom Found

Easter Gift Ideas

Allergy Friendly Non-Toxic Easter Basket | Mom-Blog    

Naturally Dyed Wooden Easter Eggs | Inspired Family

Sugar Free Easter Basket Ideas | philly fun 4 kids

Easter Fun

5 Easter Activities for Kids | Mama Teaches

Pretzel Fun for Family | Homeroom at Home

Taking Great Easter Photos | Life with Kaishon

Frugal Easter Basket Ideas & Menu

Frugal Easter Ideas | Centsible Life

Easter Egg Pass | A Life in Balance

John Boos for the beautiful maple cutting board, The Spice House for their spice and baking gift sets, Divine Chocolate for their luxuriously rich Fair Trade Chocolate gift basket, Wilton Armetale for the elegant egg plate, and Tree Hut for the body scrub and lotion.
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Jelly Bean Tree Kids Craft #KidsintheKitchen

With spring comes Easter and with Easter comes the influx of sweet, brightly colored candies. Jellybeans are a staple for this season and what better way to use them (besides eating them) is making crafts like this Jelly Bean Tree.Jelly Bean Tree Craft for Kids #KidsintheKitchen

I made a different kind of Jelly Bean Tree(coming next week) but Shae wanted to make her own. Using the same jelly beans leftover from my project I thought this was a good project for her. While it wasn’t HARD it took a little more maneuvering than I initially figured. The trick is to use a thick tacky glue, NOT HOT GLUE. You don’t want to be stuck holding the jelly beans in place for a long time.

The Quick Grip adhesive from Beacon works really good for projects that use beads, candies, buttons, etc. I wish it came in a different container, a squeeze bottle would be beneficial. (not sponsored)

styrofoam balls
vase, mini flowerpot
strong adhesive
jelly beans
lollipop stick or skewer
cotton balls
decorative filler/cover, like grass or moss

Using a dab of glue, stick a styrofoam ball into the bottom of your flower pot and let set.
With another dab of glue slide a larger styrofoam ball onto the stick then into the base.Jelly Bean Tree Craft for Kids #KidsintheKitchen Distribute the glue onto the styrofoam ball in sections. We did lines at first then just filled in spaces. Be sure to hold the jellybeans in place for a few moments so they get a good grip.

Jelly Bean Tree Craft for Kids #KidsintheKitchen

(This is where a good glue is important. School Glue might work but I don’t think it dries fast enough to make this a project suitable for kids)

As one side of the ball was getting heavy we supported the stick with pompoms (or cotton balls). these can be removed at the end but Shae ended up keeping them and making them part of her arrangement.

At one point the one of our ball was filled with jellybeans making it a bit top heavy so I placed it in my hand so Shae could add the last of the jelly beans.Jelly Bean Tree Craft for Kids #KidsintheKitchen Once your ball is covered in jelly beans and set sprinkle the top of your flowerpot with “grass”. We used crumpled up, cut up scrap paper. Now it’s sitting on my shelf in the kitchen.

Jelly Bean Tree Craft for Kids #KidsintheKitchen
Come join me and my co-hosts, Sarah of Play to Learn with Sarah, Paula at Frosted Fingers and Sara at Sensibly Sara, each week linking up a post, new or old, that feature the theme Kids in the Kitchen. It doesn’t matter what you are doing as long as you are doing it together, enjoying it and learning something along the way.

You’ll find so many more ideas on the #KidsintheKitchen Pinterest Board.

Follow Melinda Babiak’s board #KidsintheKitchen on Pinterest.

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Silly Monster Faces for Kids #craft

My kids are never short funny stories, jokes and even faces. But that didn’t stop us from making these cute Silly Monster Faces craft that work great for photo bombs or fun photography sessions or even strange conversations between each other.

All you need is some paper, scissors, glue & tape and popsicle sticks.Silly Monster Faces for Kids #craft

Sketch out the shapes of your crazy mouths, some crooked teeth, fat lips and big tongues. Match them up and attach them with glue and add a popsicle stick with a piece of tape.

Silly Monster Faces for Kids #craft

Silly Monster Faces for Kids #craft

Let the fun and laughter begin.

Silly Monster Faces for Kids #craft

Silly Monster Faces for Kids #craft

Paper Pinwheels in Mini Flowerpots #craft

Happy Spring! Today marks the day of a new season full of promise and excitement. The green grass and daffodils poking through the snowflakes shows that there are BIG things happening. In our house we looking forward getting outside and enjoying the weather changes and shining sun. In the meantime we’re crafting fun and colorful things like these Paper Pinwheels in Mini Flowerpots.Paper Pinwheels in Flowerpots
This craft is also part of a mini clay pot challenge brought forward by Barb of A Life in Balance.

This is what I came up with.


  • mini clay flowerpot
  • beads or marbles
  • Styrofoam ball
  • paper
  • brads
  • skewers
  • glue

Paper Pinwheels Supplies #craft


I’m a Silhouette Cameo user so my pinwheel shapes are cut out for me but cutting these out yourself is very simple. Using this tutorial is one of the easiest I’ve ever seen and can be modified for any size pinwheel.

Taking your pinwheel shape and pull the ends down and secure with a brad. OR you can follow the directions on the tutorial and use the pin and pencil method to make it spin. My version doesn’t spin in the wind.

Paper Pinwheels in Mini Flowerpots

Paper Pinwheels

My version has you adding a blob of glue to the back of the pinwheel and securing the skewer in place with a scrap of paper on top for a cleaner look.Paper Pinwheels #craft

Paper Pinwheels #craft

Place your styrofoam ball to the clay pot, use glue if wanted. Arrange your pinwheels in your styrofoam ball.styrofoam for pinwheels

Add your beads or marbles to cover the styrofoam. Again using glue if wanted.Adding marbles Pinwheels #craft

Your pinwheel bouquet is ready to display.Paper pinwheels