Hello Kitty Easter Eggs Tutorial

Hello Kitty Easter Eggs Tutorial

Do you love Hello Kitty or know someone who does? Then you must create these easy and inexpensive Hello Kitty Easter Eggs! Just in time for Easter, these whimsically decorated eggs look just like Miss Hello Kitty herself. All you need is a handful of simple supplies to make them, and you don’t even need to be super crafty. Take a peek below for a simple tutorial you can follow to make your own.

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Hello Kitty Easter Eggs Tutorial

Supplies needed:
Hard boiled eggs
Black marker
Glitter foam
Scissors
Glue
Yellow pipe cleaner

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We were able to find all of the materials we used (with the exception of the eggs) at our local dollar store. They will have everything you need in their craft supply aisle, making this a craft you can do even on the tightest of budgets.

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Directions:
1. First, lay your egg on its side.
2. Begin creating the face by drawing two eyes on your egg. Hello Kitty has eyes that are far set and oval shape. You can make these with a black marker quite easily.
2. Snip off a small piece of yellow pipe cleaner to use as a nose. Just a small scrap of it is all you need. Glue the pipe cleaner segment to the face of your Hello Kitty to act as her nose.
3. Using your marker, create her whiskers. Hello Kitty usually has three lines per side of her face, and they are very uniform in length.
4. Add something to the top of your Hello Kitty’s hair to give her some flare. We cut out a simple flower from our glitter foam. You can do the same, or use a sticker of a flower or bow if you wish. Use a dab of glue to stick the embellishment of your choice on the egg.

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Your Hello Kitty Easter Egg is now ready to be displayed. These cute eggs as you can see are so easy to make, and a fun way to try something new when decorating your eggs this year.

Give these Hello Kitty Easter Eggs a try with your family. They are too cute to pass up!

DIY Lovely Lace Pumpkin

DIY Lovely Lace Pumpkin

If you love the look of lace, you will love these easy to craft lovely lace pumpkins. We made our own in just minutes using supplies from our local dollar store! These lovely lace pumpkins are perfect for crafting on a girl’s night in. This is also a fantastic alternative for children that are too young to carve pumpkins. Check out how simple these are to make and get started on your Lovely Lace Pumpkin today!

Lovely Lace Pumpkin

Here is what you will need:
White pumpkin, either real or faux
Peel and stick white lace butterflies (Dollar Tree, $1 per package)
Black spray paint
Craft glue

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If you can’t find a white pumpkin, feel free to color a regular pumpkin with white spray paint. You can do this with both real and fake pumpkins and they still look great!

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Directions:
1. Lay your sheet of lace butterflies on a piece of newspaper. Apply a coat of black spray paint directly to the sheet.
2. Allow the butterflies time to dry. During this time, you can wipe the pumpkin clean so the butterflies will adhere well.
3. Peel the butterflies from the sheet. Take your finger and apply a thin layer of craft glue to the back of each. This will help them adhere better to the pumpkin as well.
4. Press the butterfly to the pumpkin, making sure you apply them firmly. Be sure to press the entire butterfly, especially the edges.
5. Repeat the process until the pumpkin is covered. You can arrange the lace butterflies however you wish.

Your lovely lace pumpkin is now ready to be displayed. If you wish you can add some black ribbon to the stem, or give it a sprinkling of glitter. Either way, it is a fun spin on the traditional pumpkin, and is sure to add some spirit of the season to your home.

Gather your supplies and give this lovely lace pumpkin a try. It is too lovely to pass up! Once you have created your pumpkin, be sure to show them off on our Facebook Wall or in the group! I may even show them off in a blog post!

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DIY Bloom Wreath

DIY Bloom Wreath

Let’s get into the spirit of spring! This DIY Bloom Wreath is so lovely, so simple, and so inexpensive to create. In minutes you can craft your own, perfect for end of the year teacher’s gifts, Mother’s Day gifts, or just for your own front door. Take a look below at how in just a few simple steps, you can make your own. It is perfect for adding some fun (frugal fun at that!) to the spring season.

DIY Bloom Wreath

Supplies needed:
Grapevine wreath
Spray paint (optional)
Silk flowers
Chipboard letters
Hot glue, glue gun

We found the wreath already painted at our local Hobby Lobby store for under $4. If you can’t locate one, just use a grapevine wreath from your local craft or dollar store and paint it the color of your choice. The chipboard letters are available right now at Target in the dollar section, or you can find them at your local craft store as well.

Directions:
1. Begin by painting your grapevine wreath if needed. If not, you can skip ahead to the next step.
2. Start winding the stems of your silk flowers into the grapevine wreath. Secure them in place with the hot glue. We added two stems to ours to keep it simple, but feel free to add however many appeal to you.
3. Take your chipboard letters and decide what wording you are going to use. We used a simple “BLOOM” but again, feel free to make your own variation.
4. Apply glue to the back of each letter and press it to the wreath. Hold the letters in place until they are dry.
5. Add a ribbon for hanging or just hang on a wreath hook.

See how simple and sweet this BLOOM wreath can be? Gather your supplies and try crafting your own!

Dollar Tree Dinners: Spicy Salmon and Gnocchi

Dollar Tree Dinners: Spicy Salmon and Gnocchi

Who would have thought a gourmet meal could be cooked using dollar store ingredients? Below, you will find everything you need to know to make your own spicy salmon and gnocchi, a tasty dish made from exclusively Dollar Tree ingredients. For just a few bucks, you can have a yummy meal for two that looks and tastes like something you would order at a restaurant. Take a look at how to make this dish for yourself.

Spicy Salmon and Gnocchi

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Ingredients needed:
1 package of frozen salmon
1 cup of Mayonnaise
1 package of gnocchi (potato pasta)
1 tablespoon of hot sauce
Cooking oil (olive oil works great)
Butter
Salt, pepper

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As mentioned, ALL of these items were found in the grocery section of our local Dollar Tree store.

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Directions:
1. Begin by thawing your salmon by leaving it in the package and soaking it in warm water. Remove and rinse once thawed.
2. Sprinkle the salmon with salt and pepper and brush lightly with butter.
3. In a small bowl, mix a cup of mayonnaise and 1 tablespoon of hot sauce. Spread the mixture over the salmon.
4. Spray your pan or griddle with a non stick cooking spray. Place the salmon on the griddle and cook each side for 4-5 minutes each.
5. In a separate pan, place your gnocchi with a tablespoon of oil and dab of butter. Sautee in the pan until golden. Salt and pepper to taste.

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Once your salmon and gnocchi are cooked, plate them by making a bed of gnocchi and topping with the salmon. So tasty!

Gather your supplies and give this dinner on a dime a try! It is a fun and frugal one you won’t want to miss!

How to Make a Delicious Breakfast Bake with a Hashbrown Crust

How to Make a Delicious Breakfast Bake with a Hashbrown Crust

This breakfast bake is simple enough for a lazy Sunday morning breakfast but is special enough to wake up the family on any holiday as  well.  It would make a fabulous breakfast for Easter morning. While there are several steps, the final result is well worth it- thick and hearty filling over top a crunchy potato crust.  Made from simple, common  breakfast items but put together in a new way that everyone will love. You could also sub sausage in for bacon, and add in some delicious veggies like- peppers and onions, or try your favorite shredded cheese blend to make it your own. This recipe can totally be adjusted to fit with any family! You can always double or triple a recipe and make multiples to feed a large crowd! Add a side of fresh fruit and a little juice or milk and you would have a fantastic breakfast spread that even the kids will love! That is always a win in my book! Check out this yummy recipe and let me know what you think about it in the comments below!

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Ingredients:
8 large eggs
2 cups shredded hash browns
6 pieces of cooked bacon
1 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
salt and pepper to taste
*Other meats can be substituted as well as no meat at all. You can also toss in different veggies!

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Directions:
Cook  bacon using whatever method you prefer.
I like to lay my bacon strips on a baking sheet with a lip, and place in a cold oven, turn oven to  400 degrees and bake until crisp, approximately 18-20 minutes.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
In a medium casserole dish- mix together hash browns, ½ of shredded cheese, and vegetable oil until evenly combined.
Press into bottom and halfway up sides of pan.
Bake potato mixture in oven for 15-20 minutes until crisp and golden brown

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Drop oven temperature to 350 degrees
In a separate bowl whisk; eggs, bacon,remaining cheddar cheese, salt and pepper- pour into baked “crust”

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Bake for an additional 20-25 minutes, until cooked through.
Allow to cool for 10 minutes, and serve.

 

 

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Dollar Store DIY: St. Patrick’s Day Polka Dot Goblet

Dollar Store DIY: St. Patrick’s Day Polka Dot Goblet

St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect time for a party, and now your party will be complete when you create this St. Patrick’s Day polka dot goblet. This goblet is a cinch to create, using just a handful of supplies from your local dollar store. You can make one in just minutes, so take a peek below at how you can get started.

St. Patrick’s Day Polka Dot Goblet

Supplies needed:
Green glass goblet
Peel and stick green glitter foam
Scissors

We were able to find all of these items at our local dollar store. If you can’t find a peel and stick glitter foam, find a regular glitter foam and just use glue to adhere it.

Directions:
1. Begin by tracing circles into your glitter foam. A soda cap and a pencil works well for this.
2. Cut out your circles carefully.
3. Remove the coating from the back of the foam revealing the adhesive, or, apply some craft glue. Press the circles to the goblet in a random fashion. Press firmly so they adhere well.

That was easy, wasn’t it? You now have a fun and funky St. Patrick’s Day polka dot goblet perfect for sipping your St. Patrick’s Day punch in! If you don’t want to use it for beverages, you can always put flowers or a tea light in it.

Head to your local dollar store and grab all of the supplies you need to give this easy St. Patrick’s Day craft a try. This is one fun and frugal craft you won’t want to miss out on.

Dollar Store DIY: Spring Sensory Bin

Dollar Store DIY: Spring Sensory Bin

Children love exploring with their hands, and by doing so can develop and strengthen essential fine motor skills. A sensory bin is a great way to encourage those skills further, so with spring on the horizon, why not create a spring sensory bin? You don’t have to be super crafty, or spend a great deal of cash to do so. In fact, everything you need can be found at your local dollar store. Take a peek below at how to make your own spring sensory bin for just a few dollars.

Spring Sensory Bin

Supplies needed:
Plastic tote
Dried rice or beans
Paper cupcake cups
Spoons, measuring cups, utensils
Plastic eggs
Silk flowers
Other spring items such as bulbs, garden tool, etc. also work

We were able to find everything you see here at our local dollar store. You can also check your kitchen for materials such as measuring cups, spoons, etc.

Directions:
1. Begin by pouring the rice into your tote.
2. Add the other objects into the rice.
3. Place the tote on a tablecloth or towel for easy clean up.
4. Allow children to dive into the bin and use the objects to explore. They can practice stirring, pouring, transferring the rice between objects, burying, and whatever else their imagination can come up with.

By playing in the sensory bin children not only learn about spring but can practice the motor skills mentioned. This will help develop coordination and strengthen their imaginative play!

Head to your dollar store and grab the materials you need to make your own spring sensory bin. It is a great way to celebrate the arrival spring and provide a fun learning opportunity for your child for less.

I would love to see your Spring Sensory Bin after you have created it! Drop by the group and share a picture with me!

Dollar Store DIY: Valentine’s Day Cupcake Lights

Dollar Store DIY: Valentine’s Day Cupcake Lights

Who doesn’t love an easy and inexpensive craft? These simple Valentine’s Day cupcake lights are so easy to make, so sweet to display, and so easy on your wallet! With just a few dollar store supplies, you can make a set of your own and add some glow to your Valentine’s Day décor. Take a peek below and get inspired, as the season for sweethearts is almost here!

Dollar Store DIY: Valentine’s Day Cupcake Lights

Supplies needed:
Valentine’s Day themed cupcake cups/liners, large
White cupcake cups/liners, small
Strand of white twinkle lights

We were able to find all of these supplies at our local dollar store, making the final cost of this project just $3. Plus, we had tons of leftover cupcake cups perfect for using for our baking needs.

Directions:
1. Begin by turning your patterned cupcake cups inside out. You want for the decorated side to be on the inside of the cup, and the plain white to be on the outside.
2. Unravel your strand of twinkle lights. Use a pencil to poke a hole in the center of each cup. Place the large cup over each light bulb until it is snug in place. For extra ruffle, you can apply several cups if you wish. For our sample picture, we used two large cups per bulb.
3. Add an inner layer to the cup by poking a hole in the center of the smaller, plain cupcake cup. Add it to the center of the larger cup, sliding it over the bulb until it is also firmly in place.

Three steps and you are done! Now all you need to do is plug your strand in and watch it glow. These Valentine’s Day themed lights look lovely draped on a mantel, hanging over an entry way, or anywhere else you can use a pop of color and light. So head to your dollar store and give this simple craft a try! It is one sure to add some Valentine’s Day charm to your space!

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DIY: Kisses in a Jar Craft

DIY Kisses in a Jar Crafts for Kids

Finding unique and frugal Valentine’s Day crafts for kids can be tricky, with the same ideas done over and over. This Valentine’s Day craft however is a fun one that the kids as well as your budget will enjoy. Using just a few basic supplies, you can create this Kisses in a Jar craft for kids in just minutes. Gift this jar to family or friends who live near or far, so that when they need a little kiss all they need to do is open it and feel the love. Take a look below at how simple it is for you and your children to make one of your own.

DIY Kisses in a Jar Crafts for Kids

Supplies needed:
Canning jar with lid
Piece of scrap fabric or cupcake cup
Chalkboard label
Chalk

We were able to find canning jars at our local dollar store for just $1. Check your home for a simple piece of scrap fabric or a paper cupcake cup like we used. Chalkboard labels can be found at most craft stores for just a few dollars, so buy a sheet and have plenty for this craft as well as future ideas!

Directions:
1. Begin by taking a plain canning jar. Have your children blow kisses into the jar.
2. Put the round cover in quickly before any kisses have the chance to escape.
3. Lay the piece of scrap fabric or cupcake cup over the lid. Tighten the second lid piece over the jar. Gently pull the fabric or cupcake cup downward so it creates a little frill trim around the jar.
4. Place the chalkboard label on the jar. You typically just need to peel and stick.
5. Using a simple piece of chalk, write something such as “kisses” or “Kisses for Grandma” on the jar. You can personalize it however you choose.

Your jar is now all ready for gift giving! Kisses in a jar are a fun and super frugal way to get into the Valentine’s Day spirit. So gather your supplies and give this simple craft a try. If your family does this, we would love to see a picture in our deal group!

How to Decide if Family Cloth is Right For You

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Undecided: How to Decide if Family Cloth is Right For You

Your family may be very earth and budget conscious. Perhaps you use reusable water bottles. Maybe your little ones run around in cloth diapers and you wipe the sauce off your hands with cloth napkins. However, maybe the one thing you are not sold on yet is family cloth, or reusable toilet paper. No matter how earth and budget conscious you want to be, you just can’t get yourself to go all of the way yet. Deciding if family cloth is right for you can be a hard decision, because it is one where you would need to get the whole family on board. If you are undecided, below you will find some ways to decide if family cloth is right for you and your household. By making the switch, you can potentially save hundreds of dollars a year. That savings may just be enough to make you change your mind, but below you will find a little more information to help you be best informed. Take a look!

How to Decide if Family Cloth is Right For You:

 

1. Consider the number of people in your family.
This is important to consider since the more people you have in your family, the more toilet paper you will use. Especially if you have younger children, since they tend to take way more toilet paper than they need! If you have four or more people in your household, family cloth can offer a huge savings.

2. Think about your laundry habits.
Family cloths will need to be washed in hot water within a few days of use. If you are already doing several loads of laundry a week, it won’t be a big deal to toss a load of family cloths in while you are washing your towels.

3. Consider your comfort.
Many people prefer the feeling of a soft cloth over toilet paper. It does not leave tiny pieces of paper behind in those “hidden places” and gives a nice clean feel. Just try it once and see if the feeling of cloth is more appealing to you than paper.

4. See who is on board.
It may be as simple as polling your family and seeing who is willing to try it. If the majority is, why not give it a go? If there is no one interested, you may need to offer an incentive, such as a special family outing or purchase made from all of the money you will save.

5. Know that it is not all or nothing.
If guests come over, you can still put toilet paper out if you don’t want them to feel uncomfortable. It does not have to be all or nothing. If your child has friends over or your mother in law is staying with you, you can always offer toilet paper. Your family however can continue to do as they are comfortable with cloth.

6. Think about your bathroom habits.
While maybe not the most pleasant task, think about how much your bathroom is used. If you are  a stay at home mom with kids at home, your bathroom gets used more than a couple who works 12 hours a day away without children. If your bathroom is getting heavy traffic, cloth options are ideal for you!

7. Remember, you can always go back.
Why not give yourself a trial period of two weeks to see if family cloth works for you. If not, no worries, You can always go back. But at least you know you gave it a try. Two weeks is a perfect amount of time to see if cloth works for you as far as usage and the laundry schedule. Give it two weeks and see what happens.

So, what are your thoughts on family cloth? Do you think it is something your family would be on board with? Just ask yourself these basic questions and see if a two week trial may be ideal for you. Family cloth can save you money each year as you won’t be running out anymore for toilet paper. Plus, the environment will love you too. Consider family cloth with your family and see what sort of savings you can come up!

Did you enjoy this post on Family Cloth? Check out the rest of the series:
Fabulous Family Cloth and How it Can Save You Cash
How Transitioning From Paper to Cloth Can Help You Save Money
How to Make Your Own Cloth Baby Wipes