New Uses for Old Books


  Back in the day when I had a little more time on my hands (pre-kid), I use to visit estate sales and antique stores and loved to pick up old books.  Though I am in the app and eBook world - I still love to open a new or old book!  Though some old books are beyond repair they can still be used in crafts.  Below are some fun crafts you can do with the kids or give out as gifts to friends, teachers or family members who share your love of books. Enjoy!        Art Project For Kids: I love this idea from Art Project For Kids!  Use old books and paint some pictures using watercolors.  Would make a wonderful gift for Mother's Day!  Read more at Art Projects For Kids.       Handmade Shadow Boxes: Can you say love at first sight?!  I LOVE this idea from Sweet Paul Mag that showcases a 17 year old girl's creation!  This is actually … [Read more...]

Holiday Gifts for Teachers


  Tis the season of gift giving and I love to make and give homemade gifts.  This year we plan to make my daughter's school teachers some fun gifts and found some really great ideas!  Happy Giving!     Sweet! The blogger over at The Creativity Exchange has some really great and inexpensive gift ideas.  She purchased some cute holiday plates and bowls from Target (they have some really festive ones right now) and wrapped up some good chocolate and other treats with cellophane and a bright red bow tied with a sparkly bulb and voila - you have a teachers gift for under $10!  To see more of her great ideas go to The Creativity Exchange.     Wrap It Up: Thirty Handmade Days provides some great ideas as well.  She ordered these boxes from Amazon (she provides a link) and they help make this handmade frame look extra special.  To read how to … [Read more...]

DIY Craft Ideas for School Gifts and Supplies


My daughter loves to do crafts, draw pictures, build Lego's, and play Minecraft on the iPad. If it is something she can create and build - she is game!  I found some cute DIY gift and school supply ideas to do with the kids on a lazy day.  There are only a few weeks left for most before school starts so enjoy this free time together.  Here are some of my favorites ideas that could also be used as gifts such as the painted storage jars and alphabet vase or to organize your children's school supplies with the colorful supply caddy.       Painted Storage Jars: To create your own animal topped storage jars, grab old plastic toys, some super glue and some spray paint. Et voilà!  We have so many plastic animals laying around this will be an easy craft to do!  Just recycle spaghetti glass jars and you are set - you just need to pick up some spray paint at the … [Read more...]