You Brighten My Day Valentine Card


Sometimes a Valentine's Day card doesn't have a play on words (like our Starburst or Airheads cards) with the candy at all. Sometimes the color of the candy offers the inspiration. Perfectly yellow, little drops of sunshine inspired our "You Brighten My Day" Valentine card. These cute handouts will be for my son's Kindergarten class. Let me tell you, once I got this idea in my head, it was HARD to find little boxes of Lemonheads. So, I'll save you the trouble. They are at Old Time Candy … [Read more...]

Love is in the ‘Air’ Valentine Card


Ever year we try to think of cute, creative and clever Valentine's to make our children for their school parties. My husband and I look at the candy available and then think of cheesy sayings and designs to put them on. This year, my daughter is getting a heart card with an Airhead to pass out to her classmates. Here is the design we came up with This cute file includes the front of the heart with the words cut out and the back of the heart which is just a solid heart. The cut file … [Read more...]

How to Build a Stadium of Snacks with RedGold Tomatoes


Taking inspirations from stadiums around the country (and our own imaginations) my husband and I set out to come up with a fun way to present snacks to party guests and game day watchers. Ingredients: Chips (of varying colors, if you want to spell out your city name or initials) RedGold Salsa RedGoldTomatoes Guacamole Directions: First , we've made it very easy for you to have your own "chip stands" with this:   We used 2 sheets of cardstock, one for the … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day Treat Jar


With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, it is time to start getting crafty! Take a peek below at how to make your own Valentine’s Day treat jar, perfect for holding Valentine’s Day candy, snacks, straws, flowers, and more. The options are endless. Give the easy to follow instructions below a try and see how easy it can be to craft this Valentine’s Day season! Supplies needed: Large canning jar Two patterns of Valentine’s Day themed craft paper (hearts, polka dots, etc.) Foam crafting … [Read more...]

10 Creative Uses for Conversation Hearts


Candy conversation hearts are all the rage during the Valentine’s Day season. Not only are they colorful and fun, but they are an inexpensive treat too. If you are looking for fun ways to use these tiny hearts, give these 10 creative uses for conversation hearts a try. You will never look at these candy hearts the same way again. 1. Play a sorting game. Help little ones learn their colors when you play the candy hearts sorting game. Take baking cups and place one heart on the inside of each. … [Read more...]

10 Creative Uses for Old Neckties


Do you have a stash of old neckties in a drawer? Or perhaps you found some colorful ones at a yard sale or thrift store. Whatever the case may be, if you aren’t going to wear them, you might be wondering what to do with them. Take a look below at a fun list of 10 creative uses for old neckties that you can try. Once you read this list, you will never look at old neckties the same way again! 1. Wrap a wreath. Find some colorful old ties and wrap them around a foam wreath form. Just add a dab … [Read more...]

DIY No Sew Felt Christmas Tree Garland


Christmas is right around the corner and there are so many fun and creative projects you can do with the kids to decorate your home.  This weekend I decided to make some adorable Felt Christmas Trees and make a garland to hang from our mantle.  Nothing says Christmas like a decorated mantle and best of all there is no sewing required for this project.  This is perfect for little kids to help out and the entire project took about 20 minutes from start to finish.  How awesome is that? Supplies … [Read more...]

Two-buck Christmas Decor!

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I love crafts!  I always try to use thing I have around the house to create something new to add to my holiday decor!  I recently painted a table in my living room and I am trying to add accent colors around the room.  As I was visiting the dollar tree I came across these lovely Christmas tree ornaments. I immediately had a plan for removing my not so favorite pieces and making it into something that would fit my style and room decor!  This project is not only cheap but it is quick too!  Two of … [Read more...]

DIY Roadway


I received a product for review purposes. All opinions are my own. My kids love tracks. Whether it's a train table, a carpet car track, a plastic race track or a homemade roadway, my kids love it! When they came home from school and I told them our activity was going to be making a homemade roadway they got very excited! First, gather the supplies you need. We used a cardboard sheet, construction paper, Classic road series tape from Inroad Toys, and accessories from our train table (you can … [Read more...]

Superhero Shirt Tutorial


  Kids love pretend play. Since they can't wear costumes to school, there is a way to help them look and feel like superheroes, without going overboard.  Here is a little tutorial on how to make some 'super' shirts. Super Shirts Our two kids came home from school on Friday and said that Monday was 'Marvel Monday' which meant that the students could wear some kind of super hero apparel to school that day. We have a few super hero costumes around the house but we thought that it … [Read more...]

Chalkboard Pumpkin Craft


I am always up for a fun project- especially one that is fun, simple and quick!  I had one of these mini wooden crates lying around and thought I would make a little pumpkin/candy dish out of it.  Heres what you need.  A wooden crate- any size would do.  In fact a large one could be made into a pumpkin with its bottom on the surface and using a side or both sides as the pumpkin.  Since I had a small one I decided to use it on its side instead of its base.  I have seen these for really cheap … [Read more...]

DIY Dress Up: Construction Worker

DIY: Dress up - Constuction Worker with vest, tool belt and hard hat

This is DIY Dress up #2 - the Construction Worker (Check out #1). In this set we have: Construction Worker vest Construction hard hat Tool belt Construction Worker vest We picked up a Construction vest at our local JoAnn craft store and decided to accessorize the "Construction Worker" with some easy DIY crafts. A Construction Worker uses a lot of tools to get the job done, and where does he keep those tools? In a tool belt! Tool Belt I say this in every heat transfer … [Read more...]

Our Boxtroll for the #BuildABoxtrollSweeps


I've told you twice about The Boxtroll sweepstakes going on right now. Now I reveal The Boxtroll my family made! We got together an old box, brown paper, a tin can, tape, glue and crayons. Our Boxtroll is pretty self explanatory with a covered box and a can for a head. My kids had fun designing our Boxtroll's face and gluing it on the can. We had a fun night full of laughs building this little guy who we have named Handy. If you want to gather your family together and build a Boxtroll you … [Read more...]

Get Crafting at a Discount with Blitsy


This post brought to you by Blitsy. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Making of a Mom. I love to make crafts. Notice I didn't say I am necessarily good at it, but I like doing it. It is therapeutic to me. I prefer having someone else's work to copy because I lack the confidence to just strike out and do it on my own. When I have done that I have come back with weird crafts not quite suitable to display. Since I love to craft, but maybe waste some of my supplies it's … [Read more...]

Building Our Boxtroll for the #BuildABoxtrollSweeps


Remember earlier when I told you about the fun #BuildABoxtrollSweeps? Well my family decided to take the challenge and build a Boxtroll. These are the supplies we gathered to get our troll off the ground. You can just look around your house for things you have on hand to build your own Boxtroll.   We got the kids together and asked what the Boxtroll should look like. My daughter wanted to come up with his face. She drew it and colored it and was in charge of putting it together. … [Read more...]