paint stick crafts

Oh my goodness! This is the perfect roundup for me and mine and I am so excited to feature it here today. Faith Tap has over 15 brilliant crafts you can make from those boring (and free) paint stir sticks. I have so many stir sticks in the garage. with my half finished paint projects, my constant sample buying, and my color changing I have gathered up quite a collection. It’s good to know that I can save some room in the garbage can and turn them into something crafty!

They shouldn’t be used to just stir paint anymore. Not with all these creative DIYs. Yes, that is what they were created to do but who doesn’t love repurposing?! And giving new life to old and worthless things is the best! I adore the home address sign! And the name tags have to be the cutest things I have ever seen! Which one is your favorite?

Since you’re at the paint store, pick up some samples too (also free). There are tons of fun crafts you can do with them. Be sure and check them out here… You will be so glad that you did!

Here’s the link to all 18 ideas…

Faith Tap: 18 Easy Paint Stick Craft Projects

valentines day crafts

Decorating for Valentine’s Day (also known as Saint Valentine’s Day) is so fun and easy to do, and the love filled day is just around the corner. Many people love Valentine’s Day because for many, it is a day you can share your feelings and heart with your special someone. The best way to get into the loving spirit is through decorating! Bring some red and pink hearts into your decor and you’ll capture the day in style.

Many of these Valentine decorations and crafts we’ve found on the web are so easy to do, and not expensive at all. You can really whip out some elegant decorations on a low budget. Check out the beautiful tablescapes in our list below, especially if you are hosting a Valentine’s Day dinner. There are also decorations here that would be fun to do with children and get them involved.

1. Candy filled apothecary jars:

apothecary-jars
Ivillage.com

2. Cute and easy to do bunting:

bunting
Talesofthescotts.com

3. Candy hearts centerpiece:

candy-hearts-centerpiece
Ohlouisedesigns.blogspot.com

4. Clothespin love arrows:

clothespin-love-arrows
Igottacreate.blogspot.com

5. Valentine’s Day countdown:

countdown-frame
Apumpkinandaprincess.com

6. Cupid’s arrow wreath:

cupids-arrow-wreath
Nestofposies-blog.com

7. Cute fabric scraps heart wreath:

fabric-wreath
Sevenclowncircus.com

8. Family love tree:

family-love-tree
Koridors.ru

9. Adorable felt hearts:

felt-hearts
Etsy.com

10. Felt heart trees:

felt-heart-trees
Lollyjane.com

11. Fireplace mantle banner:

fireplace-banner
Suzannecarillo.com

12. Floating candles with pink flower petals:

floating-candles
Brownbunnyflowers.com

13. Fun floating heart backdrop:

floating-heart-backdrop
Hankandhunt.com

14. Paper fortune cookies:

fortune-cookies
Theletteredcottage.net

15. Colorful headboard banner:

headboard-banner
Mieszkanioweinspiracje.pl

16. Adorable canvas made with red buttons:

heart-button-canvas
Hollygagneinteriordesign.wordpress.com

17. Heart print candles:

heart-candles
Candletech.com

18. Dramatic framed heart:

heart-frame
Pearls-handcuffs-happyhour.blogspot.com

19. Fun heart paper chain:

heart-paper-chain
Strumpetscrumpets.blogspot.be

20. Simple heart wreath:

heart-wreath
Thethriftress.com

21. Glitter heart jars:

jar-glitter
Tatertotsandjello.com

22. Whimsical lipstick heart:

lipstick-art
Iheartnaptime.net

23. Beautiful love centerpiece:

love-centerpiece
Allmylittlegems.com

24. Colorful Love frame:

love-frame
Donnienicole.com

25. Love note pillows:

love-note-pillows
Daysofchalkandchocolate.blogspot.ca

26. Easy to do Valentine’s printout:

love-printout
Homedit.com

27. Love yarn letters:

love-yarn-letters
Mysisterssuitcase.blogspot.com

28. Valentine card mail pouch:

mail-pouch
Atsecondstreet.blogspot.com

29. Cute mason jar craft:

masonjar-craft
Uncommondesignsonline.com

30. Mason jars with paper doilies centerpiece:

mason-jars-centerpiece
Littlelucylu.com

31. Music paper love letters:

music-paper-love-letters
Fancyfrugallife.com

32. Ombre glitter candle:

ombre-glitter-candle
Aglimpseinsideblog.com

33. Pallet Valentine’s Day art:

pallet-valentine-art
Infarrantlycreative.net

34. Funky hanging paper hearts:

paper-hearts
Allmylittlegems.com

35. Love pillow cases:

pillow-cases
Sewsweetvintage.com

36. Cute pom-pom centerpiece:

pompom-centerpiece
Architectureofamom.blogspot.com

37. Queen of hearts tablescape:

queen-hearts-tablescape
Celebrationsathomeblog.com

38. Quilted heart pillow:

quilted-pillow
Craftsewcreate.blogspot.com

39. Roses and candles:

roses-and-candles
Crisvallias.com.br

40. Roses and love cards:

roses-love-cards
Freshideen.com

41. Sweetheart birch centerpiece:

sweetheart-birch-centerpiece
Sweetlittlegals.com

42. Pink Be Mine topiary:

topiary
Ivillage.com

43. Valentine garland:

valentine-garland
Apartmenttherapy.com

44. Valentine’s love tree:

valentines-tree
Shabbynest.blogspot.com

45. Vintage Valentine’s Day table setting:

vintage-table
Lemontreecreations.blogspot.com

46. Glitter XO letters:

xo-glitter-letters
Tipjunkie.com

47. Valentine’s Day yard decor:

yard-decor
Ivillage.com

48. Bright and fun yarn hearts:

yarn-hearts
Homedit.com

49. Fun and whimsical yarn wreath:

yarn-wreath
Aprettylifeinthesuburbs.com

50. Decorated wine bottles:

wine-bottle
Blog.dormify.com

bath-towel-rug

Do you have any old bath towels waiting to be thrown out? Consider upcycling them first! We found this wonderful video from HGTV Handmade by a lady named Marianne. She walks you through taking old bath towels and turning them into a cute area rug. You can get really creative with this depending what types and colors of towels you have. This beautiful area rug would be a great addition to your home decor!

Check out these easy to follow instructions:

  1. Cut out several one inch strips (Marianne uses thirteen or so for her rug)
  2. Vary the colors and sew three ends together
  3. Braid these three strips, while folding the ends beneath to hide the raw edges
  4. Next, connect three more strips to the end of this braid
  5. Continue braiding this set of strips
  6. Repeat the above steps until you’ve used all your strips and made one long braid
  7. To sew the rug together, you shape and coil it to create a circular rug
  8. At the end, sew the ends together, and voila!

 
Just watch Marianne in this video below and you’ll see how easy and fun it is to make this adorable rug!

diy gifts

Sometimes the best gift is one you create yourself! We’ve found several creative and fun gift ideas that you can do at home. There’s no need to have any special crafting skills or tools – these DIY gift ideas are easy to do. Do you ever have a hard time finding a gift for that special someone? Check out the ideas below because we found some great gifts for those hard-to-shop for folks in your life.

One of our favorites is #15 as it’s a great way to share some favorite recipes with friends! Another fun idea is #34 especially if you are looking to incorporate photos in a gift. So don’t wait, get going and check out these ideas now so you can get started on your very own DIY gift idea!

1. Fun candy bar bouquet:

candy-bouquet
Funkypolkadotgiraffe.blogspot.co.uk

2. Something similar but with suckers:

box-of-suckers
Sistersstuff.blogspot.com

3. Photo collaged monogram:

collage-monogram
Itsagingersnap.com

4. Use money as wrapping paper!

creative-gift-wrap
Simplyjstudio.blogspot.com

5. Unique ornament idea to fill with dip mixes:

dipmix-ornament-set
Bubblynaturecreations.com

6. Make your own bath bombs:

diy-bath-bombs
Somethingturquoise.com

7. You can also make your own body butter:

diy-body-butter
Shewearsmanyhats.com

8. Homemade slime that cleans:

diy-cleaning-slime
Simplylivingsmart.com

9. DIY coffee bean soap that smells heavenly:

diy-coffeebean-soap
Livingwellspendingless.com

10. DIY glitter drink cup:

diy-glitter-cup
Fitnessista.com

11. Crafty coasters made from Scrabble tiles:

diy-scrabble-coasters
Thegourmetgab.com

12. Homemade coconut sugar scrub:

diy-sugar-scrub
Theidearoom.net

13. Easy to create elastic bookmarks:

elastic-bookmarks
Makeit-loveit.com

14. Make this magic fairy tale bottle:

fairytale-bottle
Artsyants.com

15. Creative recipe ring idea:

favorite-recipe-ring
Lilluna.com

16. Charming framed Scrabble tiles:

framed-scrabble-art
Sashablablabla.blogspot.ca

17. Homemade bubble bath with Victoria style label:

homemade-bubble-bath
Eatdrinkchic.com

18. Homemade orange extract:

homemade-extracts
Akshayapaatram.com

19. Fun and playful photo bookmarks:

kidsphoto-bookmarks
Redflycreations.com

20. Cute knitted soap socks:

knitted-soap-socks
Ravelry.com

21. Check out this liquor bouqet!

liquor-bouqet
Listotic.com

22. Fun DIY mason jar candles:

mason-jar-candles
Everydayfamily.com

23. Mini personalized memory bottle:

memory-bottle
Thirtyhandmadedays.com

24. Personalized Mommy Surival kit:

mommy-survival-kit
Classyclutter.net

25. Personalized DIY casserole dish:

monogrammed-casserole-dish
HP.com

26. Monogrammed journal idea:

monogrammed-journal
Realsimple.com

27. Or how about this monogrammed soap bottle:

monogrammed-soap-bottle
Theidearoom.net

28. These fancy Oreos can make a cute gift:

oreos-gift
Socreativethings.com

29. Turn a cutting board into a personalized gift:

personalized-cutting-board
Nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com

30. Gorgeous photo pendants or magnets that are easy to make:

photo-magnets
Sarahsaving.blogspot.com

31. Make these aged photo tile coasters:

photo-tile-coaster
Dubuhdudesigns.typepad.com

32. Fun but easy stocking stuffer:

roll-coins-stocking
Marthastewart.com

33. Monogrammed mug with just a Sharpie:

sharpie-mug
Goodandmessy.com

34. Adorable pull-out photo album:

pullout-photo-album
Countryliving.com

35. Top secret book compartment!

secret-book
Vividplease.blogspot.com

36. Create this easy to personalize gift in a cup:

starbucks-cup
Somuchtodew.blogspot.com

37. How about S’mores in a mug:

SONY DSC

SONY DSC


Anightowlblog.com

38. DIY garden stepping stones:

stepping-stone
Intimateweddings.com

39. Cute mittens made from old sweaters:

sweater-mittens
Cremedelacraft.com

40. Succulents in a personalized tea cup:

teacup-succulents
Confettiandcleats.com

41. Perfect for the literary fan in your life:

travel-reading-pillow
Polkadotchair.com

42. Cute reindeer wrapping idea:

wrapped-bath-gift
Bumblebeescraftden.blogspot.com

43. A creative way to send someone a hug!

wrapping-paper-hug
Pagingsupermom.com

Paintings

Ruth Oosterman and her daughter Eve are a great artistic team. Ruth has been creating art for years but only recently got a partner. Her 4 year old toddler Eve has started collaborating with her. You will love what they have created!

Eve uses watercolor or felt pens and then Ruth adds the finishing touches. I am so envious of people who can see the potential in things. I can’t! I would never be able to see random lines and see a wolf, church, or gorgeous wooded scene. I think the bridge in the the forest is my favorite. I like the adorable hedgehog too. Cute.

Find Ruth’s blog, The Mischievous Mommy, here. The pieces are wonderful. The latest, ‘Adrift,’ is all about daydreams. I can relate to that. I am a dreamer and not much of a do-er.

Find their art here…

LittleThings: Artist And Her Three-Year-Old Create Spectacular Paintings (photos)

Shoes

Cute and easy canvas canvas sneakers. Say what? Yup, you read it right. This video from What’s Up Moms shows how to take boring white canvas shoes and jazz them up in just minutes. It’s the perfect craft to work on while the kids are napping or playing quietly for a few seconds (yea right!). It’s a quick, easy, and stylish craft regardless.

You need some sneakers, thin fabric or lace (I love the teel that she used!), fabric scissors, an exacto knife, and a paintbrush. Target or Payless has shoe sales all the time so you can make these fun shoes for super cheap. I’ll be watching the paper to see when the next sale is and pick up a few pairs! You should do the same.

I love stylish DIYs. Shoes, shirts, bracelets, headbands, etc. DIY normally meals ‘Dollars In Your-Pocket.’ Follow the links to see some fun and fashionable hacks. You will looooove them!

Starwars

Know what my honey and I are doing on Thursday night? Going to the new Star Wars premier! That’s right… we got an overnight sitter for the kiddos and are going to stay up late and party the night away with R2D2 and the gang. So excited! Star Wars is taking the world by storm, again. I wasn’t around the first time (May 25th, 1977) but it’s fun to be apart of all the hype now. You need to get on board! There are plenty of fun things to do relating to ‘The Force,’ that don’t require setting foot in a movie theater.

Check out these paper snowflakes. This craft from Handimania is super cool and they are so much better than anything I ever made as a child. You need razor sharp scissors, an exacto knife, and these fabulous printable templates. Get the templates here. I’m gonna do a stormtrooper first. Enjoy…

String

Where are you Christmas? Only 18 days away! Can it be? That’s what my advent calendar is telling me. That’s what makes these adorable string ornaments the perfect decoration. They are lovely and quick to make. They look so Pier One and professionally made. Those are my favorite DIYs! Check out this fabulous video from The Frugal Crafter and get ready to wow with your decorations.

You will need glue/modge podge, water, cotton string, balloons, and homemade cardboard cones (for the Christmas trees). Some people have suggest putting some glitter in the glue. Christmas is the one time I can overcome my glitter aversion. Colored thread might look wonderful too. Or you could spray paint them afterwards.

Here are some other wonderful string crafts you should try your hand at. Not festive but every bit fabulous! Who knew string could be so wonderful? Not I! I’ll never underestimate it again.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

Ornaments

I love our pets. They are a huge part of our family and just like us. Loud, crazy, energetic, and a little annoying. Yup, that sounds like family. This family needs to get our Christmas decorating done. I love pulling out our old ornaments and looking at them. One set of ornaments that is missing is homemade ones from the pets. This video from from Jumble Joy shows how to make Christmas ornaments of your furry friends’ cute little paws.

You will need one cup of salt, one cup of flour, half a cup of water, parchment paper, a cookie cutter (or something to make the dough into a round shape), and a four legged friend willing to lend you a paw. Press the paw firmly into the dough and then bake your new ornament at 200 degrees for 2-3 hours. Tada! You will have another homemade ornament to add to your collection, this one from a fluffy friend. And just for fun, check out Barkpost for some other pet themed ornaments. So fun.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

Are you one of those moms? You know…those moms. The perfect ones that are a mix between Betty Crocker, Martha Stewart, and June Cleaver? I don’t think many of us fit that bill. But it’s ok! There are brilliant hacks out there that make faking it easy. This video from What’s Up Mom’s has some arts and crafts hacks that you are going to love. Love love love love. It features 12 ideas that will revolutionize you and your kiddos craft time. These ideas will help reduce mess, organize supplies, and so much more. Now maybe you can actually enjoy craft time and look like the perfect mom in the process.

I’m a fan of the ‘Press n Seal’ clean up method. I’m also anti glitter so the lint roller would come in handy in case that dang glitter fairy makes it past me. (I hate her.) These ideas are great. I wish I’d know about them when I was a youngster! Here are some crafting hacks that you should also check out. Thanks Buzzfeed.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!