Fall is around the corner and is the perfect time for crafting or decorating. Pinecones are the perfect crafting and decorating item.
You can literally just pick up a bunch from off the ground while taking a walk with the family. Doesn’t matter what size big or little they can be used in many different ways.
Unfortunately pinecones can seep sap and house little critters. It is all part of nature but that part you really don’t need in your home. To keep your pinecones clean and bug free they need to be dried.
How to Dry Pinecones
Pre-heat our oven to 250 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place your pinecones on the baking sheet.
Bake for 30 to 45 minutes.
Any sap will drip out of the cones or harden in place and those bugs will be toasted.
Be sure to use tongs to remove the pinecones from the baking sheet and set them on a flat surface to cool for 24 hours.
My favorite time of year is almost here and yes I am excited. All the brilliant fall colors, pumpkins, gourds, scarecrows, bittersweet, bales of hay, wiener roast, hayrack rides, apple cider, football, tailgating, all thing cinnamon, apple or pumpkin.
Cooler weather means pulling out the leggings, boots, sweaters and layering for comfort.
Enjoy some of the decorations I have made, along with a few purchased along the way at some wonderful fall harvest craft fairs.
Searching for a super easy quick decoration for Christmas? How about a gift for that special teacher, neighbor or friend.
Here is your answer. I used a tree, let your imagination go wild, snowman, reindeer or snowflake would make a great looking Christmas Jar Gift.
I filled min with jingle bells. Fill your with candy, cookies or some pretty colored rocks with a tea candle placed on top. Make several and place them all around the house.
Get the kids involved. Especial when it coms to painting.
1 quart jar (Clean the outside with rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball)
Cookie cutter or pattern of your choice
Filling for your jar.
Trace your cookie cutter onto the contact paper. Cut out and place on your jar.
Make sure all the edges are sealed down so no paint seeps underneath. Paint your jar and let dry. Repeat at least two more times or until the jar is completely covered. Let dry completely. I let mine dry overnight.
Carefully and slowly remove contact paper. Add ribbon and fill jar. ENJOY!
Time to get your American pride going. After all the 4th of July is just around the corner.
Craft this American flag as a family, gather the kids or get together with your girl friends and spend a couple of hours getting your craft on.
I used a blanket stitch to sew everything together. Don’t worry if you’re not a sewer. Grab your craft glue and let the kids make this wonderful flag in no time. Add a history lesson and talk about why red, white and blue was chosen. When the first flag was made and by who.
Here is what you need.
1 9×12 white square of felt
3 2×12 red stripes of felt
2 2×7 red stripes of felt
1 3 1/2 x 5 blue felt
3 white stars cut from white felt. I found a package of stars at Hobby Lobby and used those.
3 decorative brads. I found a package of red with white stripes at Hobby Lobby which worked perfect.
Black embroidery thread if sewing or craft glue
Cut all your pieces. Sew or glue each piece. If sewing use three strands of embroidery thread. Attach brads to the stars. Glue stars to blue felt.
That is all there is to making your own American Flag. ENJOY!
Making crafts is one of the many things I love to do with my grand children. DIY Silly Putty is a fun easy craft. Be sure to help the young kids measure. They can do the rest. Let each one pick the color they want. Cuts down on fighting and everyone knows who’s is who’s.
Needed: 4 ounce school glue. NOT the washable kind, 1 tsp borax, 4 ounces water, maybe more, food coloring
Mix the borax and water. Add several drops food coloring. Pour glue into borax mixture. Stir. It will start to gel. Let kids finish mixing by with their hands.
Playing outside is extremely important to most kids. My grandsons were getting bored with sidewalk chalk. Grandma to the rescue. Outdoor spray paint, made with food coloring. Cheap, easy, no mess fun. I have made this many times.
If snow is still on the ground where you live, no problem. This is fun to paint your snowman, snow fort etc.
Mix 5 teaspoons baking soda and 5 teaspoons baking powder together. This makes two spray bottles of spray paint. Divide the mixture between the two bottles. Pour half bottle of food coloring into bottles. Fill with hot water. Take a knife, stick the knife in the bottle to stir.
My grandsons wanted to make dad something when we were crafting. Who doesn’t love candy machine. This fast, fun, simple craft will take 10 minutes to make. It took longer to put the candy in, boys kept test tasting, how they explained it to me.
You will need red solo cup, I found these bottle filled with apple juice in the juice isle, Candy of choice, glue gun.
Wash out the juice bottle and let dry. Turn cup upside down and glue bottle to cup. We covered the top of the cap with pretty scrapbook paper. Fill with candy or gum balls for a gumball machine.
This was a big hit with dad. Try making this as a Easter gift.
We were have our family night and playing some fun games. It was my assignment to make the treats for afterward. I came up with this idea to award Candy Medals to the participates. There were three of us so everybody actually won.
Use this idea for relay games, easter egg hunt, school or church activity. Actually this works great for adults as well as kids.
Now the instructions are pretty difficult. Cut some pretty ribbon and hot glue each end to each side of your candy bar. Yeah I know, even my husband can do this. Let your kids make some Candy Medals for prizes at their next birthday party.