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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 […]

Sparkly Leaf Button Covers - Crafty Journal

Sparkly Leaf Button Covers

By Noreen Doll. Add a little glitz to a plain blouse for your Fall or Thanksgiving festivities by making sparkly leaf button covers. I found these glitter leaves in a craft store, but you can also buy sheets of glitter craft foam to make your own. Supplies. Glitter Leaves or Craft Foam to make leaves. […]

Dollar Bill Angel

Dollar Bill Angel

By Noreen Doll. Angels are very popular, and here’s a fun Dollar Bill Angel you can make. It is a much nicer way to give a gift of cash, and easy to create. You can give any amount of cash this way. For instance you could make the body from a $10 bill and the […]

Dollar Bill Turkey by Crafty Journal

Dollar Bill Turkey

By Noreen Doll. Wouldn’t it be fun to set a Dollar Bill Turkey at each place setting on your Thanksgiving table! Or to set one at each of the kid’s places. They’re very easy to make, and I like to add features to them. Materials. Crisp Dollar Bill Craft Foam, Felt, or Card Stock Scraps […]

One Sheet Folded Advent Pocket Book - Crafty Journal

One Sheet Advent Pocket Book

By Noreen Doll. This One Sheet Advent Pocket Book is actually made of 3 one sheet books put together, as 24 pages were needed for the 24 days in December leading up to Christmas Day. So basically, you make 3 quick and easy 8 page pocket books and then combine them into one larger book. […]

Ideas for Christmas Activities by Crafty Journal

Ideas for Christmas Activities

By Noreen Doll. Christmas is a special and exciting time for kids, and sometimes they can get over excited. By planning activities for them to do each day, it gives them focus and helps them also to think of others. Here are some ideas for things kids can do while waiting for Christmas to arrive. […]

Clothespin Angel by Crafty Journal

Clothespin Angel

By Noreen Doll. A clothespin angel can be made from the simplest of materials. Use scraps of ribbon, plus a few craft supplies you probably already have. Perch an angel atop a vase or centerpiece. Use her as a package decoration, or she can be a Christmas clothespin ornament and sit on a tree branch. […]

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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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Greeting Card Houses

by Noreen Doll. Small greeting card houses can be made from any kind of Christmas card or greeting card. These small houses are perfect for holding a tiny gift. You could also fold paper money small enough to fit inside one. Greeting card houses can also be used as Christmas tree ornaments or gift package […]

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Felt Nativity Set

A felt nativity set is easy to make, and can use up a lot of felt scraps. Felt puppets or finger puppets are easy enough for kids to make. Christmas Nativity Puppets Create a complete set of Christmas nativity puppets with felt and trimmings. Felt Nativity Hand Puppets Kids will enjoy playing with felt nativity […]

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Preschool Christmas Crafts

Preschool Christmas crafts are wonderful for youngsters to make. It gives them a chance to feel involved at Christmas. Paper Plate Pop Up Christmas Tree Tutorial Some things kids make are special because they have the child’s hand or foot print… others because of the love that was put into them. I have a wonderful […]

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Small Gift Box

By Noreen Doll. This small gift box could also be a favor box and you can make it in many sizes. Put your gift or favor in the center of the tissue paper and place it in the box for a lovely presentation. You can use it for any holiday or occasion simply by changing […]

Dollar Bill Angel

Dollar Bill Angel

By Noreen Doll. Angels are very popular, and here’s a fun Dollar Bill Angel you can make. It is a much nicer way to give a gift of cash, and easy to create. You can give any amount of cash this way. For instance you could make the body from a $10 bill and the […]

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Christmas Craft Ideas

Using Christmas craft ideas is a favorite pastime. I have always particularly loved the Christmas season. Spending time with extended family, crafting with my kids and grandkids, and having tree trimming parties with family and friends is all part of what makes the season special. For years I have found Christmas craft ideas all over […]

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