Crafts and DIY

  • Photo of Surprise Balls – Ideas for Stuffing

    Surprise Balls – Ideas for Stuffing

    I have a tutorial here if you need to know how to get started making your own surprise ball. I decided to document what goes into my surprise balls for some inspiration, so this page will be a work in…

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  • Photo of Wild Painting with Nature Treasures

    Wild Painting with Nature Treasures

    One of my favorite terms from Tinkergarten is “nature treasure.” It’s sorta perfect, isn’t it? You find it, it’s free, it’s beautiful and unique. It’s a prize of its own. So, the term inspired me to start storing some of…

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  • Photo of Easy No Sew Prayer Shawls

    Easy No Sew Prayer Shawls

    I like to knit – sometimes crochet if the project is just right. Knitting helps me to focus on things in some weird way. If we are watching a movie, for instance, I have trouble sitting still. But, if I…

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  • Photo of Orange Clove Pomanders – Easy Toddler Craft

    Orange Clove Pomanders – Easy Toddler Craft

    My experience with making pomanders goes back quite a few years. When I was part of a historical reenactment group for the middle ages and we had authentic feasts and occasionally, cloven oranges would adorn the tables. Not only were…

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  • Photo of Halloween Surprise Balls 2020

    Halloween Surprise Balls 2020

    I try to document everything that I put in my surprise balls so that anyone needing inspiration can find some. Here are my latest creations. On the back, we see a warning. I mean, it’s Halloween, but we don’t want…

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  • Photo of My Wedding Surprise Balls

    My Wedding Surprise Balls

    I was working on some surprise balls the other day when I realized that I had never completed this post. What better time than now? When I first learned of surprise balls I was completely enchanted. I still am. They…

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  • Photo of Our DIY Chalk Paint Beachside Dining Set

    Our DIY Chalk Paint Beachside Dining Set

    I’ve been wanting to try chalk paint for a while, but never got around to it. The opportunity came knocking a few days ago, so I went ahead and gave it a shot on this old table set. It isn’t…

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  • Photo of Our Toy Story Surprise Ball Birthday Favors

    Our Toy Story Surprise Ball Birthday Favors

    It had been a while since I made surprise balls, so I decided to make them for Bug’s birthday party. It was Toy Story Themed, so that was an easy design. It’s a little hard to get the surprise ball…

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  • Photo of Upcycling Old Wooden Puzzles into Magnets

    Upcycling Old Wooden Puzzles into Magnets

    It’s a pretty simple craft that you can generally do in less than an hour. It all started with a puzzle that Bug had outgrown. I was going to donate it and couldn’t find Grandpa Shark. Specifically, it’s this puzzle:…

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  • Photo of Easy Method to Preserve Wedding or Memorial Flowers

    Easy Method to Preserve Wedding or Memorial Flowers

    It’s hard to throw away flowers that are tied to an emotional event, but preserving an entire bouquet isn’t practical. I haven’t had a lot of luck with pressed flowers as they seem to lose their color and just crumble…

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