Sunday, July 14, 2013

Summer of Jo-Ann Crafting

I was asked by Jo-Ann Fabrics to participate in their 'Summer of Jo-Ann' crafting contest.  I was given a $25 gift card for my participation.  All opinions are my own.

Summer.  It comes every year, but I seem to forget all the small details: sopping wet swimsuits, fights with a pool noodle, getting threatened with a time-out because your husband didn't want to get hit with a pool noodle...

You've gotta love summer.

Luckily for me, Jo-Ann Fabric has a great catalog of craft ideas to keep the kids entertained. And if you play your cards right, you might just avoid that time-out for a day or two.

Check out the catalog here.  There are so many fun ideas and Jo-Ann's gives you a list of the supplies you'll need to make the projects.  I chose this one:

It's a window box!  So cute and so easy, I knew the kids would love to make it.

I gathered all my supplies and put the whole family to work.  First, the hubs and Noah (wearing a Transformers costume, naturally) went to work priming the box:

And then Jonathan and Noah painted the box:

And then it was time for me to finally do some work.  By then, the family had resented my shouting orders at them anyway, so I had to pull my own weight.

I used a vinyl stencil to paint a little plant on the front...

And then I glued some wooden animals to the front.  I added a plant and called it a day... look how adorable it is!

Isn't it the cutest little thing? And it was a family effort, so we are all proud of it.  Unfortunately, I touted it to my family as a 'kids' project, so they won't let me keep it in my room.  Fiddlesticks.

Compare the picture in the catalog to my finished project...

I think we did pretty well...

Check out the Jo-Ann's catalog to find a great project for your family!  While you're there, sign up to be a preferred customer and get a 20% off coupon!

Check out Jo-Ann's Pinterest page for other great craft ideas!
Thrifty Crafty Girl
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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Fourth of July Crafty Roundup!

Is anyone else totally blown away that it's already July? For realsies, this year is flying by.  By the end of this month, I'll already be getting ready for Halloween and then the holidays come.  I think I'll go caroling tonight in preparation.  I should be committed to the peanut farm shortly thereafter.

The only craft I've done for the Fourth this year was my patriotic runner:

It's lovely and was fun to make, so I guess that's pretty good... but if you need real inspiration, I found some great Fourth of July crafts from some equally great bloggers to get your patriotic crafting in a frenzy.

 Patriotic Printables from My Fabuless Life

Popsicle Stick Fireworks from The Suburban Mom

Fourth of July Favor Bags at Love the Day

Gender Reveal using Sparklers from Our Pinteresting Family... so cute, I can hardly stand it.

Vintage Flag display made from a glass cabinet door from Mamie Jane's

Fourth of July Parade Wands from About a Mom

I may or may not be making several of these projects.  I definitely am.  God bless this crafty country of ours!
Thrifty Crafty Girl
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