How to Remove a Sticky Tag

Crafty Journal - How to Remove a Sticky Tag

By Noreen Doll. I found this interesting old Wooden Nickel. A few decades ago this was a very popular way to commemorate an occasion with an inexpensive souvenir that would also raise a little money. Unfortunately, this wooden nickel had the residue of a sticky tag that had not been completely removed. And it had […]

Cheap Amateur Painting Tips

Cheap Amateur Painting Tips - Crafty Journal

By Noreen Doll. Periodically we need to repaint a room in our house, and in the process have found some ways to make painting cheaper and easier. Of course, we always buy good quality paint, but we’ve discovered some cheap tricks to help keep the costs down. Foam Brushes Get a couple of bags of […]

Easy, No-Mess Way to Paint Baseboards

Crafty Journal - Easy No-Mess Way to Paint Baseboards

By Noreen Doll. We love this super easy no-mess way to paint baseboards. Before when we’ve painted, we used a paint edger, which needs to be wiped free of paint after each use. This left us with tons of paint smeared paper towels or rags, and we usually managed to get some paint where we […]

How to Remove Candle Wax from a Jar

Easy Way to Remove Candle Wax from a Jar by Crafty Journal

By Noreen Doll. You will need a warm sunny day to use this easy way to remove candle wax from a jar. So save up all your jars of used, melted candles to clean out on a hot summer day. Supplies. Jars of Used Candles Aluminum Foil Old Flatware Knife Turned into Craft Knife How […]

How to Make a Star Pattern

How to Make a Star Pattern by Crafty Journal

By Noreen Doll. A star pattern is easy to do if you just learn a few folds. After you’ve made a paper star, you can trace it onto cereal cardboard or a milk jug to make it more permanent. Use some scrap paper to make a few practice stars in various sizes. Supplies. Paper Scissors […]

Hot Pad Scissor Holder

Hot Pad Scissor Holder by Crafty Journal

By Noreen Doll. A scissor holder is a handy place to store your scissors, to protect the blades and to keep them away from young ones. It is also a good way to carry scissors when you want to take them along with you. This Hot Pad Scissor Holder has a loop that allows you […]

Clean Your Oven Without Scrubbing

Easy Way to Clean Your Oven Without Scrubbing by Crafty Journal

By Noreen Doll. A friend moved into a place that was in really bad shape, and she asked for ideas on how to clean it. The oven was awful, but she didn’t want to have to spend hours trying to scrub it. So we tried a trick that I had done before. And this was […]

How to Turn a Soda Can into a Flat Sheet of Aluminum

How to Turn a Soda Can into a Flat Sheet of Aluminum - Crafty Journal

There are lots of great crafts you can make from aluminum cans. And the colorful logos on the cans add to the finished project. For most projects you need to first turn a soda can into a flat sheet of aluminum. When I’m cutting aluminum cans, I like to wear a kevlar glove on the […]

Placemats Are a Great Teaching Tool

Placemats Are a Great Teaching Tool - Crafty Journal

By Noreen Doll. We’ve discovered that placemats are a great teaching tool. Kids love to use the colorful mats at mealtime, and they can’t help seeing and learning what’s on the mats. Our kids are voracious learners, and they’ve learned so much from place mats. We’ve had some really interesting ones, including a U.S.A. map […]

Keep Rings Safe When You’re Working in the Kitchen

Keep Rings Safe When You're Working in the Kitchen - Crafty Journal

By Noreen Doll. How do you keep rings safe when you’re working in the kitchen? Lots of people keep a small dish on the window sill or counter to hold their rings. However, it can be very easy to bump this dish and knock the rings into the sink – and sometimes down the disposal […]

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