Cinnamon Stick Santa and Elf Christmas Craft

A few months ago, I bought a ton of cinnamon sticks when I made a cinnamon stick centerpiece for fall.  Ever since, I have been trying to come up with creative ways to use up the rest of them!  As I was browsing through Pinterest I discovered tons of DIY Christmas ornaments and crafts that use Popsicle sticks.  Many of these Christmas crafts would work just as well if I replaced the Popsicle stick with a cinnamon stick!  I decided to try out my hand at a simple homemade Christmas ornament to put on our tree.  I love that this Christmas craft … [Read more...]

Pomegranate Margarita Recipe and DIY Festive Drink Stirrers!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of BIC® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. With the holidays quickly approaching, I am excited to start adding a few festive foods and beverages into our lives. Eggnog, cranberries, pumpkins and other fall and winter flavors have already found their way into my grocery cart. One of the things I love most about this time of year is definitely the food! If you plan on having company over during the holidays, this pomegranate margarita recipe should be a huge hit, especially if you decide to … [Read more...]

How to Turn a Cereal Box into a Beautiful Gift Box

This morning when the kids got up I made them breakfast like I do every weekday morning.  I was very energetic and poured cereal into a bowl.  I'm not overly ambitious at 6 AM.  After putting the bowls on the table I was left with yet another empty cereal box to throw into the recycle bin.  I am sure just about every household in American throws away a cereal box or two every week!  I decided to put my scissors and washi tape to good use and turn that cereal box into something slightly more useful! You can make this gift box out of just … [Read more...]

Recycled Crafts: A Cinnamon Stick Centerpiece!

With the holidays coming quickly, I am already seeing tons of holiday decor in the stores.  You can't step foot into Target or even the grocery store without seeing some sort of Halloween, Thanksgiving and even Christmas merchandise.  I try hard not to spend a lot of money on holiday decor.  It just isn't really something that is hugely important to me.  I want my house to look nice for the holidays, but I prefer to keep my decorations as simple and natural as I can.  A bowl of scented pine cones, a scented candles and a few recycled crafts are … [Read more...]

Upcycled Craft Ideas: Twine Wrapped Bottle Centerpiece

I'm always looking for upcycled craft ideas and since we have plenty of leftover beer and wine bottles in the house, this one sounded like fun.  Upcycled crafts ideas are great because you take something old that no one really needs and turn it into something pretty!  I had bought a huge roll of hemp twine a few weeks ago for only $10 at Michael's (even less since I used a coupon!).  Toss in the cost of the bottles (FREE!), some glue and a few decorative accessories and you have a DIY centerpiece for very little money out of pocket. When … [Read more...]

Recycled Craft Idea: Make these easy CD coasters!

Last week my husband came home from work and told me he had brought me home a GIFT!  YAY for gifts, right? Was it diamonds?  Chocolate?  Maybe a trip to a spa?  Nope, my husband brought me home a stack of old CDs from work that were about to be thrown in the trash!  Well, at least my 'live green' message is getting through to somebody, right?  Since I now had a stack of old CDs to use, I started to look through recycled craft ideas on Pinterest to figure out what do do with them.  You would be amazed at how many recycled crafts there are on the … [Read more...]

Eco Friendly Drawer Organizing Ideas

I am probably not the only person in the world who has what I lovingly call 'the junk drawer'.  It is filled with everything from elastic bands and loose paper clips to nail files and electrical outlet covers.  My children are teenagers and I still have those plastic covers that go over electrical sockets.  Yeah, I would say it is way past time to clean out the junk drawer, right?  I am always scouring the web for creative organizing ideas and I came across I Heart Organizing.  What an awesome source of information and ideas! Surely she had … [Read more...]

Easy Mason Jar Craft: Powdered Sugar Dispenser

I tried my hand at canning blueberries a couple months back and while it was fun and relatively easy to do I am not sure I will be doing it again any time soon.  Without an inexpensive source of fruit it is rather pricy to do it yourself.  My backyard garden rarely produces enough of anything to have extra for canning and there are not a lot of pick your own produce places in metro Atlanta.  I now have tons of mason jars and have started looking around at mason jar crafts to see what I can do with them. I love dusting the things I bake … [Read more...]

Need Altoids Tin Projects? Make a Tic-tac-toe Travel Game!

I always seem to have a tin of mints in my purse and my all time favorite brand is Altoids. This means that I have accumulated a large number of Altoid tins over the past few years. Rather than recycle all of these tins,  I have been trying to find ways to reuse them occasionally.  There are a lot of creative ways to re-purpose Altoids tins like I did in my homemade lip balm post. I have been looking for other Altoids tin projects and I came up with a simple Tic-tac-toe travel game that takes only a few minutes to make. I am including a photo … [Read more...]

Attract Birds to your Yard with Popcorn Balls!

This post about how to attract birds to your yard was inspired by a product I received for review but all opinions expressed are my own. Birds are one of a gardener's best friends.  They are great at eating all those little pests that take over our garden plants every year.  Caterpillars, beetles and all sorts of creepy crawlies do their best to leave us with fruits and veggies that are full of holes and very unappetizing.  In order to attract birds to your yard, you want to create an environment that they feel safe in and … [Read more...]

Easy DIY Wooden Bird Feeder

This post has been sponsored by SC Johnson but all opinions expressed are my own. My children’s favorite treats during the summer are ice and yogurt pops. As a result, we end up with an awful lot of wooden sticks by the time September rolls around. In an effort to reuse as much as possible, I give the sticks a good rinse and store them in my art bag for future crafts. One project that caught my eye this month was this easy, DIY wooden bird feeder. Bird watching is a favorite hobby at my house and a great learning experience for kids to help … [Read more...]

Need Eco Friendly Crafts? Make Yogurt Cup Bracelets!

If you are looking for eco friendly crafts, yogurt cups come in very handy! Every week I go to the grocery store and spend about $20 just on yogurt.  Yes, we do like the high-quality brand name yogurts but still, there are a lot of yogurt containers in my cart every week.  Big ones, small ones, and all sorts of shapes...yogurt containers can be used for many things including a few a few eco friendly crafts.  Since my daughter is very crafty and has a slight addiction to the hot glue gun, I am always looking for creative ways for her to keep … [Read more...]

Earth Day Craft Idea: Make a Tin Can Bird Feeder!

Earth Day is fast approaching and I am a huge fan of getting kids involved in our efforts to go green.  If you think about it, children are the future of this planet and if we do not teach them how to be good stewards of the Earth, it will not survive for THEIR children to enjoy.  This Earth Day craft idea is a great way to get kids involved in repurposing a tin can while also providing food for the birds in your yard.  You can try hanging the bird feeder from a suction cup on the outside of the window so that you can get an up close and … [Read more...]

Easy Easter Craft : Use Decoupage for Natural Egg Decor! #sp

This easy Easter craft post is sponsored by SC Johnson but all opinions expressed are mine alone. Spring is one of my favorite seasons as nature starts to defrost and come alive again. Flowers start to peek out of the ground and my local farmer’s hens start laying eggs, leaving me with a great selection of natural décor to decorate my house! One way I use up extra egg shells is by making a basket full of decorated eggs to adorn my table. Decoupage is a very easy craft to learn and is simply the act of using a special sort of glue to adhere … [Read more...]

Have an Eco-friendly Valentines Day with this Heart-Shaped Seed Craft #SCJgreenerchoices

As an elementary school student, each year my daughter exchanges Valentines Day cards with her classmates. Whether it's  a small bag of candy or a heart shaped pencil, most students give a little treat to go along with their cards. I came across this unique idea for creating a small seed craft to attach to your child’s Valentine’s Day cards. It’s not only eco-friendly, but they can be planted to grow wildflowers, adding a little bit of beauty to the world!  Come check out my post on the SC Johnson Greener Choices blog to find the … [Read more...]