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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 […]

Dollar Bill Skull by Crafty Journal

Dollar Bill Skull

By Noreen Doll. Fold a Dollar Bill Skull for a fun Halloween treat. This would be cute to give your kids, or to use as prizes at a Halloween party. It would also be fun to scatter a few into a centerpiece on your table, or use at place settings. Materials. Dollar Bill Black Craft […]

Spooky Ghost Pencil Topper by Crafty Journal

Spooky Ghost Pencil Topper

By Noreen Doll. Recycle a plastic jug to make a spooky ghost pencil topper. This cute Halloween idea would make a great classroom project. They are so quick and easy to make, they could also be fun treat bag hand outs, as you can make a lot of them from just 1 milk jug. Other […]

Bone Appetit Napkin Ring by Crafty Journal

Bone Appetit Napkin Ring

By Noreen Doll. This easy Bone Appetit Napkin Ring is so quick it could be made at the last minute for a party or dinner. Kids could be a great help with it, or they could make them for a school party. Materials. White Craft Foam Sheet Pencil Paper Scissors How to Make a Bone […]

Apple Crisp (Gluten Free) - Crafty Journal

Apple Crisp (Gluten Free)

By Noreen Doll. Now that apple season is here, this gluten free Apple Crisp is a delicious dish to make. We love it fresh out of the oven, and it also makes a great breakfast the next morning – if there’s any left! The secret to making really tasty Apple Crisp is to use at […]

Vampire Bat Pencil Topper by Crafty Journal

Vampire Bat Pencil Topper

By Noreen Doll. Bats are always popular with kids, so this vampire bat pencil topper will make a great project. Kids can create them, or you can make them as treats for a party or to hand out on Halloween. Because they are quick and easy, they would also be a great classroom project. Materials. […]

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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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Eric’s Pop Up Ghost

By Noreen Doll. I was allowed to borrow Eric’s cute Pop Up Ghost idea just so I could share it with you! It’s really very simple, but lots of fun for little guys. I made this project with paper, but to make it last longer you could use cardboard, craft foam or stiff felt. Fairly […]

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Mummified Can

By Noreen Doll. Craft a mummified can for Halloween. Find an old faded white or ecru T-shirt or an old sheet to make mummy bandages. If they are too white you can coffee dye or tea dye them to look ancient. I tried both coffee and tea dye, but I used a very light shade, […]

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Arachnophobia Wreath

By Noreen Doll. An arachnophobia wreath can be a colorful, scary (for those who don’t like spiders!) addition to Halloween decor. It’s quick and easy to put together and a nice contrast of Halloween colors. I found some very interesting Creepy Cloth at the Dollar store, and I picked up a package of black. It […]

Crafty Journal - Ghost Finger Puppet from a Milk Jug

Ghost Finger Puppet from a Milk Jug

By Noreen Doll. Create a fun ghost finger puppet from a milk jug. You can recycle while making a fun Halloween craft. And you can make several ghosts with one milk jug. Materials. Milk Jug Black Sharpie Scissors Punch Scrap Paper for pattern Alcohol to remove Sharpie marks How to Make a Ghost Finger Puppet […]

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Twilight Vampire Bath Pouf

By Noreen Doll. Make a quick and fun Twilight vampire bath pouf with just a few materials. I was looking for some different colors of bath sponges to craft with when I found this wonderful red and black one! The first thing I thought, of course, was how well the colors would look with the […]

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Milk Jug Jack-O-Lantern

by Noreen Doll. Make an easy milk jug jack-o-lantern. It’s a great way to recycle an empty milk jug! This craft is so easy your kids can do it with a little help from you. You can either cut the facial features, or draw them on with a Sharpie. You will need to help with […]

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