15 Fun and Creative DIY Outdoor Decor Crafts

15 Fun and Creative DIY Outdoor Decor Crafts

We’ve been having some gorgeous spring weather here and are spending more time outside than we have in awhile so we’re working on sprucing up our patio and outdoor living areas like with these inexpensive solar “light bulbs” (seriously a buck each at Family Dollar!) and now we’re excited to make some of these outdoor crafts like the solar fairy houses shown above. Check out the great list of DIY outdoor decor craft ideas and let us know which is your favorite!

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15 Creative Mardi Gras Activities for Kids

15 mardi gras activities

Mardi Gras celebrations typically take place in the week or two before Fat Tuesday, which signals the beginning of Lent on Wednesday and the end of the celebrations, however here in Northwest Florida Mardi Gras is like a season that lasts a couple of months! We have parades, king cake ceremonies and lots of parties during January and February and the kids love to get involved with fun Mardi Gras crafts so I’ve rounded up a few of our favorite craft ideas here:

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Our Constitution Day Project

We enjoy doing lots of after school craft activities with the kids and this week we chose a project in honor of Constitution Day, officially celebrated today to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787.

Before the kids got home I shopped for the supplies then got our folding craft table set up and ready to go.  To prepare I went to an educational website about the U.S. Constitution and printed some coloring pages for the kids to do, as well as some actual photographs of the pages of the constitution that we could glue to our display.  The kids had a great time coloring these pages:

We used the coloring pages as talking points to discuss why we need rules and laws and how we choose the people who are in charge of creating and upholding the laws in this country.

Next, we let the kids cut out the pictures of the Constitution pages and they used Elmer’s washable school glue sticks to stick them in place on the tri-fold display board.

I really like the disappearing purple glue sticks that we used because the kids can see at a glance where they’ve placed the glue and whether they have enough on the paper before sticking their masterpieces on the board.  They were all so proud of their individual artwork that they insisted on signing them before we were finished and couldn’t wait to pose with the final project!

Disclosure – This project has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Elmer’s #gluenglitter #collectivebias, however all thoughts and opinions are  my own.

Finish Projects to Celebrate National Craft Month

March is National Craft Month and I plan to celebrate by trying to complete some of the craft projects that have been on my “to do” list for quite awhile, like this message board from a picture frame that I just finished.  I love to sew and do crafts and I’m ashamed to admit that it’s probably one of the biggest things that I “waste” money on.  I say waste because I have a tendency to overload myself with projects – I go out and buy everything I need, then somehow I never get a chance to start that project before I find another one that I’m just dying to do.  This way I end up with boxes of forgotten fabric and notions, or worse yet, partially completed projects!

My goal for March is to complete at least four of my “pending projects” and then not let them get out of hand again.  Here’s how I plan to tackle the problem:

Divide up my craft supply and fabric stash so the top four projects that I’d like to complete right away are handy,

Store my favorites of the remaining supplies in a clear plastic bin with an inventory list taped to the lid for inspiration,

Get the kids to help sort through everything that’s left so we can think of projects to work on together,

Donate the excess to the school or to a community member through Freecycle.org, and

Don’t buy any more fabric or supplies until after I’ve completed the remaining three projects and at least one more from the faves box!

Photo credit: iClipart

Pottery Wheel & 3 More Art Kits for Just $14

This is a hot deal of the day from Graveyard Mall today where you can get a four item set including a Pottery Wheel, Sequin Picture Art, Glitter Picture Art & Mosaic Picture Art all for $14.99!  What a fabulous way to keep the kids entertained when it’s way too cold to go outside, and I’m thinking that this four pack would also make an excellent addition to the gift closet.

Michael’s September Coupon Bonanza

Michael’s has just released a slew of coupons for their September Coupon Bonanza.  Grab these coupons and get crafty . . .

50% Off Any One Regular Price Item (9/5-9/6)

40% Off Any One Regular Price Item (9/7-9/11)

50% Off Your Custom Framing Order (9/5-9/11)

Extra 10% Off Your Custom Framing Order (9/6 only)

50% Off Entire Purchase Jolee’s Jewels (9/3-9/6)

50% Off Entire Purchase Blue Moon Beads (9/3-9/6)

30% Off Entire Purchase Jewelry Tools (9/3-9/6)

Extra 20% Off Entire Purchase Martha Stewart Crafts (9/3-9/6)

Extra 15% Off Lemax Spooky Town Collection (9/3-9/6)

40% Off Artist Paints, Pencils, Pastels and Markers (9/5-9/11)

25% Off Entire Purchase Wall & Tabletop Frames, Framed Art & Display Cases (9/5-9/11)

Extra 25% Off Entire Purchase Ribbon (9/5-9/11)

40% Off One Regular Price Item at Joann Fabrics

If you don’t have all of your back to school sewing finished yet, or if you’re ready to get past that and finally sew something up for yourself, you may want to take advantage of this deal from Joann Fabric and Craft Stores! Through September 15th you can use promo code AE258 to get 40% off of any one regular price item, you can also get free standard shipping on all orders of $40 or more through 8/28 with promo code WSF240. I’ve looked everywhere locally for reusable snack bags for the kids for school and haven’t been able to find ANY, so I checked around online and found that the prices vary wildly from around $6 to $12 a piece. I think that’s a little steep for around a square foot of fabric and one seam so I’ve drawn up a pattern and I’m getting ready to make my own – I’m looking for some fabric to use for those and as soon as I have a few made I’ll post the directions and the pattern here.

Michael’s Coupon Bonanza – Lots of Great Printables!

I love Michael’s because they always have lots of inexpensive activity ideas for the kids, their $1 deals are awesome, and in addition to the craft supplies they have neat stuff for the house.  Of course the best part is getting all the great stuff for cheap when they run good coupons – well this week Michael’s is having a coupon bonanza with lots of terrific printables available: