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Create a cute Peep Pouch for Easter goodies. by Crafty Journal

Peep Pouch

By Noreen Doll. It’s always fun to have creative favor ideas for holidays. This cute Peep Pouch can be used for kids’ parties, as a classroom project, or just for kids to have fun making. It’s very simple to do and uses paper plates, tissue paper, and other things you probably already have. Supplies. 2 […]

Bunny Money Hugs by Crafty Journal

Bunny Money Hugs

By Noreen Doll. Bunny Money Hugs is a fun way to give a gift of cash. This bunny holds tight to the money! It really can by used any time, but would be especially fun at Easter. The bunny is cute and easy to make, and requires few supplies, especially if you decide to draw […]

St. Patrick's Day Ribbon Bouquet by Crafty Journal

St. Patrick’s Day Ribbon Bouquet

Today I have a tutorial for a St. Patrick’s Day Ribbon Bouquet on the Bowdabra website. It’s a fun idea for decorating for the holiday! Noreen Doll Crafty Journal

Shamrock Soda Can Lights by Crafty Journal

Shamrock Soda Can Lights

By Noreen Doll. Create shamrock soda can lights for an unusual way to decorate for St. Patrick’s Day. And you’ll be recycling, as well. Save your green soda cans for this quick and easy idea. Supplies. String of small, clear lights. Green Soda Cans, empty and clean Scissors Paper Punch Paper for Pattern Cardboard for […]

Warm Your Gloves in the Car on a Cold Winter Day by Crafty Journal

How to Warm Up Gloves in Your Car

By Noreen Doll. Even though I had lined gloves on when I needed to drive this morning, my fingers were icy cold. The temperature was 15 degrees. When I stopped for my first errand I didn’t need my gloves, so I decided to lay them in a patch of sunlight on the dashboard. After I […]

Create a speedy One Sheet Diagonal Triple Pocket Page in just a few minutes.

One Sheet Diagonal Triple Pocket Page

By Noreen Doll. Create a speedy one sheet diagonal triple pocket page in just a few minutes. The third pocket is on the other side of this page. This would be a great addition for kids to make for their own journal. Double sided paper is nice for this, but if you don’t have it […]

Zesty Chicken Rice Soup, Gluten Free by Crafty Journal

Zesty Chicken Rice Soup, Gluten Free

By Noreen Doll. Zesty Chicken Rice Soup is a flavorful soup that isn’t made with the usual mixed vegetables. This soup calls for bell peppers as an unusual ingredient. You can use more or less of the ingredients in this recipe, according to how you like it. We don’t make it exactly the same way […]

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Warm Your Gloves in the Car on a Cold Winter Day by Crafty Journal

How to Warm Up Gloves in Your Car

By Noreen Doll. Even though I had lined gloves on when I needed to drive this morning, my fingers were icy cold. The temperature was 15 degrees. When I stopped for my first errand I didn’t need my gloves, so I decided to lay them in a patch of sunlight on the dashboard. After I […]

How to Double or Triple a Recipe Accurately by Crafty Journal

How to Double or Triple a Recipe Accurately

By Noreen Doll. I have a recipe for Gingersnaps that makes such a small amount of cookies, that I need to double or triple it most of the time when I make them. To make it easier to use the correct amount of each ingredient, I have color coded the quantities of ingredients. The single […]

How to Print a Sturdier Template - Crafty Journal

How to Print a Sturdier Template

By Noreen Doll. Have you ever tried to trace around a paper template? The edges are so flimsy your pencil slides under or over, and makes a mess. Here’s an easy way to print a sturdier template. Cut a manilla folder in half, and then cut one side to 8 1/2 inches by 11 inches, […]

Easy Way to Remove Burned-on Food from a Pan by Crafty Journal

Remove Burned-On Food from a Pan

By Noreen Doll. Here’s an easy way to remove burned on food from a pan. I had a non stick pan with severely burned on food that needed to be cleaned. The food was so welded to the pan I couldn’t even scrape it with a spoon edge. First I added water to it and […]

Super Quick Way to Shred Meat - Crafty Journal

Super Quick Way to Shred Meat

By Noreen Doll. Many recipes call for shredded meat. Here’s the quickest way I’ve found to shred meat. Before cooking, cube the meat into 2 inch cubes. Cook meat in your crock pot, oven, or stove top. When the meat is finished cooking and ready to shred, simply use a potato masher to shred it. […]

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Easter

Crafty Journal - Bunny Bagalope from an Envelope.

Bunny Bagalope

By Noreen Doll. Make a fun bunny bagalope with an envelope. It’s easy and quick to do and could be used as a gift bag, for favors, or even a small Easter basket. You can make different sizes depending on the size of the envelope you use. Materials. Envelope – Mine is 5 1/2 by […]

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Preschool Easter Crafts

Flowers, eggs, bunnies and chicks make great preschool Easter crafts. Here are lots of Easter craft ideas, many of which can use recycled cardboard, cups, and cans. Save your cereal and cracker boxes for making these crafts, and let your preschoolers paint them in the colors you need. Kicky Chickie Finger Puppet Kicky Chickie Finger […]

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Easy Paper Basket

by Noreen Doll. Craft this easy paper basket for Easter favors or a kid’s party. This quick and easy basket only needs a square of paper, plus a strip for the handle, and some brads to attach the handle. It’s a great project to do with your kids, or for a class party craft. There […]

Bunny Money Hugs by Crafty Journal

Bunny Money Hugs

By Noreen Doll. Bunny Money Hugs is a fun way to give a gift of cash. This bunny holds tight to the money! It really can by used any time, but would be especially fun at Easter. The bunny is cute and easy to make, and requires few supplies, especially if you decide to draw […]

Easter Egg Busy Bag - Crafty Journal

Easter Egg Busy Bag

by Noreen Doll. Create a cheap fun Easter egg busy bag for your toddler or preschooler. You need a small piece of felt, and some ribbon or paper scraps. This fun Easter egg busy bag will happily occupy your youngster. It’s a great activity to use when you’re busy with your Easter holiday preparations, and […]

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Pretty Paper Basket

By Noreen Doll. Create a pretty paper basket with a piece of paper and some ribbon or twine. I saw these baskets made with fabric, where you could untie the bow and store them flat, and I wondered how it would work with paper. These baskets can be made in multiple sizes, depending on the […]

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