Homemade “Socktopus” Toy

My three-year-old had so much fun making a gift for his big sister! (And then she later made one for him, too.)

We decided put those lonely socks to use, leftover from losing one out the car window, in the grocery store, etc. (Do you ever have the problem of losing socks in the laundry?)

We

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Homemade No-Waste Valentines

As much as I love giving and receiving mail, I wanted give my children something that wouldn’t just end up in the recycling bin hours later. (At ages 2 1/2 and 5 years-old at the time, their attention span wasn’t very long.)

So, last year for Valentine’s Day, I gave them “reusable” love notes. These

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Handmade Gifts: Felt Toy First Aid Bandage Kit

A homemade gift that has been endlessly played with since last Christmas is our felt toy bandage kit. All the teddy bears and dolls’ owies have been attended to regularly.

(You can see from the photo that ours are starting to get a bit “fuzzy” from all the use!) Just a warning, these actually look pretty

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5 Handmade Gift Ideas (To Make With Kids!)

Post by Contributing Writer, Beth

Now that Thanksgiving is officially over, there’s really no excuse to tone down the Christmas talk. Yippee! (says the Christmas-enthusiast-who-started-listening-to-Christmas-music-in-October).

Handmade gifts have enjoyed a resurgence of popularity in the last few years, and there is a never-ending supply of ideas out there, starting (of course) with Pinterest. For the

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Handmade Gifts: Barn Wood Sign

I have a thing for big love letters. In one previous home, I even painted the “I love you” to my Beloved right on the wall in our dining room. We enjoyed the larger-than-life art/note (although the realtor wisely told us to repaint before selling the house!).

This year we have been gradually fixing up

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Tea Kettle Planter

Post by Contributing Writer, Holly

I found this black, cast-iron tea kettle in a second-hand store. There are so many neat ways to repurpose tea kettles. They can become birdhouses, fountains, wind chimes, or planters, just to name a few.

I decided to repurpose this one into a tea kettle planter. I have a

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DIY Artwork : State Papercut

Post by Contributing Writer, Emily

We’ve been in our home for a year and a half and we are slowly getting around to painting walls and hanging pictures. I love supporting artists through Etsy, supporting artist friends of mine, finding unique pieces at farmer’s markets, but mostly I love finding and imagining artwork I can

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5 Frugal Repurposed Garden Accessories

Post by Contributing Writer, Holly

Goodwill, garage sales, yard sales, flea markets, and even trash (if you’re allowed to search it) are some of the best places to find garden accessories. Sometimes it requires a little imagination though. It’s not always apparent how you might repurpose an item for the garden. You might

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Homemade Reversible Headbands (Tutorial and Giveaway!)

Post by Contributing Writer, Emily

Headbands are one of my favorite hair accessories. Probably because when they fit just right, they are super practical and comfortable for keeping hair out of your face all day long!

After a lot of trial and error in headband-making, I think I’ve found my favorite style. It

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Homemade Quiet Busy Books for Children

Quiet/Busy Book: Dress-Up Doll & Weave-It Pages

One of my children’s favorite quiet activities is our homemade “quiet/busy” book, which I made as a Christmas gift. It is often included in their church bag or taken in the car on road trips.

I originally made it for our 5-year-old daughter, but we were all surprised

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