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Easy Whip Stitched Christmas Card Box by Crafty Journal

Easy Whip Stitched Christmas Card Box

By Noreen Doll. Recycle your Christmas cards into a colorful box that can store Christmas ornaments, hide gifts, or hold baked goodies. Create an easy whip stitched Christmas card box quickly and easily. Kids can make it, too. If you don’t have enough cards to make boxes, buy an inexpensive box of cards at the […]

Mexican Squash Casserole, Gluten Free - Crafty Journal

Mexican Squash Casserole

By Noreen Doll. I enjoy a good quiche, and this one is especially good with its spicy Mexican flavor. It’s easy to make, and gluten free, and it would be a tasty brunch or side dish. Mexican Squash Casserole Ingredients: 1 Medium Yellow Crookneck or Zucchini Squash, grated 1 Onion, diced 2 Cloves Garlic, minced […]

Make colorful Gift Tags from Garment Tags by Crafty Journal.

Gift Tags from Garment Tags

By Noreen Doll. Some of the hang tags that come on garments can be large and very sturdy. I always hate to throw them away, and one of the uses I’ve come up with is to make gift tags from garment tags. You can really use scraps of paper to make these, and use up […]

Turn a Christmas Card Box into a Gift Box - Idea #2 by Crafty Journal

Christmas Card Box into Gift Box – Idea #2

By Noreen Doll. I had 2 kinds of Christmas card boxes, one with a cardboard top and bottom, and one with a cardboard bottom and clear plastic top. These boxes are a nice size for smaller gifts, and I came up with some fun ideas for altering them. The all cardboard Christmas card gift box […]

Folded Circle Angel by Crafty Journal

Folded Circle Angel

by Noreen Doll. Create an easy folded circle angel and then use it as an ornament or gift tag, or enclose it in a Christmas card. It would be a fun Christmas project for kids, too. Supplies. Double Sided Scrap Booking Paper Buttons Short Piece of Ribbon Double Sided Tape or Glue Scissors Ruler How […]

Easy Bell Angel Garland by Crafty Journal

Bell Angel Garland

By Noreen Doll. If you love angels, this Bell Angel Garland is perfect for you! It’s quick, easy and inexpensive. Most of the supplies came from the Dollar Store. Supplies. Bell Garland from the Dollar Store. They also came in gold and silver. There were 10 bells on my garland, so these are the supplies […]

Turn a Christmas Card Box into a Gift Box by Crafty Journal

Turn a Christmas Card Box into a Gift Box

By Noreen Doll. After I mailed all my Christmas cards, I had the empty card box with a nice picture of a snowman on the top. And it was just the size I needed for a small gift box. It also had ads on the sides and top. Rather than toss it, I decided to […]

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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. […]

Easy Way to Remove Rust Stains from the Shower by Crafty Journal.

Remove Rust from the Shower

By Noreen Doll. This morning I noticed rust stains on a shelf in the shower, left by a metal can of shaving gel that had been sitting in water. I decided to try my usual cleaner, and it worked quickly and easily. I sprinkled some baking soda on the rust stain and then added a […]

Apple Buying Tip - Crafty Journal

Apple Buying Tip

By Noreen Doll. Once you’ve found a bag of apples or other produce that is fairly unblemished, how do you get them home without major bruising? During the process of checking out, my apples frequently got banged around so much by the cashier that I expected to find rotten applesauce when I got the apples […]

Cardboard Safety Sheath for a Knife by Crafty Journal

Cardboard Safety Sheath for a Knife

By Noreen Doll. A cardboard safety sheath for a knife is very handy, not only to protect the blade of the knife, but to protect your fingers from the blade. The first time I made one was when we were going on a trip and I wanted to make sure no one was cut with […]

Pot Handle Hot Pad Grip by Crafty Journal

Pot Handle Hot Pad Grip

By Noreen Doll. A Pot Handle Hot Pad Grip is easy to make with a pot holder, and really handy for holding a pan with a hot handle. Just slip the pot handle grip over the handle of the pot or pan to use it. Because I found these hot pads in the Dollar Store […]

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Candy Cane Cookies

by Noreen Doll. Candy cane cookies are fun and easy to make. It’s a great family activity. I found this recipe in a newspaper several years ago and it became a tradition to make these candy cane cookies whenever a favorite aunt came to visit from out of town. She made a point of coming […]

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Candy Cane Crafts for Kids

You can have fun making these candy cane crafts for kids, but keep an eye on your youngsters to be sure they don’t eat them all before you finish crafting! Candy canes are so bright and colorful that they are perfect for making Christmas projects. I like to just hang them on the Christmas tree […]

Single Use Poinsettia Soaps by Crafty Journal

Single Use Poinsettia Soaps

By Noreen Doll. Single use poinsettia soaps make a nice hostess gift, or a gift for someone who frequently has guests. Each leaf has enough soap for a single use, and the disposable leaf  will provide a slight scrub. The soaped leaves can be attractively arranged in a Christmas dish to make a pretty decoration […]

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Recycled Christmas Cards

Each of these links has several ideas for recycled Christmas cards. If you’ve been collecting greeting cards for several years, you are sure to find some clever ways to use them. Some of these ideas are similar to ones linked on other pages, but there may be new ones that you can find different ways […]

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Paper Arts Storage Album

By Noreen Doll. A great way to store your craft bits and pieces is a paper arts storage album. This album is about 4 1/2 inches by 6 inches. You can find all kinds and sizes of photo albums, and their clear plastic pages are perfect for storing craft parts while keeping them from being […]

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Toddler Christmas Crafts

Having toddler Christmas crafts to do will help very young children feel part of the preparation for the holiday. By keeping a few staple craft supplies on hand, you can have a project ready for them to do on a moments notice. Some handy things to have are: pipe cleaners, pom poms, cotton balls, craft […]

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