This may be old news for some of you, but Build-A-Bear allows you to buy a bear for your child’s birthday based on the age of your child. So, if your child is one, the bear is only $1, for a two-year-old, it’s only $2. I’ll stop there so I won’t sound too much like the characters in the Kid History Chilean completo video.
It was an amazing experience paying $1 for something that my little boy loves so much! Plus, it is really well made. Good job Build-A-Bear!
What’s the catch? You do have to join their Bonus club, but it is free and all they require to join is a little basic personal information, which wasn’t a big deal to me. I would imagine they make some money on the clothes you buy for the bears, but it is still pretty generous.
I honestly wanted to buy some cute pirate clothes for ours but unfortunately, they didn’t have any for my son’s pirate-themed party, so I literally walked out of there just paying $1!
If you have a toddler a bear from Build-A-Bear is the way to go! I just hope we don’t lose this bear anytime soon or our son will lose it! I don’t think he’ll sleep without his best bud.
I love how easy these Apothecary Jars are to fill for various holidays. But I confess Halloween is one of my favorite holidays to decorate for. There are so many fun things available to decorate with and to eat. And most of the fill of these jars can be eaten afterward, so no storage necessary! #apartmentliving
Using the mouth of the jar as a guide and trace a circle onto your piece of foam.
Trim your piece of foam down to the proper size with a serrated knife and stick it in your jar
Cut some of the stick off your witch fingers to fit the size of your jar.
Stick the remaining portion of your stick into the foam and place the next finger right next to the other. Don’t worry you can always move the suckers if you don’t like the placement and your holes won’t be noticeable.
Place the spiders and pumpkins in the next jar and fill the smallest with the Halloween candy of your choice. Winco stores have a wonderful selection of bulk candy you could also use to fill your jar.
Polyurethane Varnish: satin/clear Wheeler Dealer or clear Polyurethane Spray Varnish- available at most craft and retail stores
Wood clock (9 inches) – Purchase at a yard sale or second-hand store
Sponge paintbrush to apply the varnish- craft store
5/8″ brad-point bit (smaller will work if you’re willing to put in extra time and effort)
Parchment paper and tape for covering the clock face when painting or spraying
My son’s room is decorated with pirate/ocean decor and I’ve been looking for fun ways to continue to decorate it. But living in an apartment I struggle to have enough room for decorations, so I’ve tried to make decorations which serve more practical purposes. Since I’m not particularly good with dates and times clocks, are especially practical to have nearby. I try to keep one in every room so that I can glance up and know how much time I have before I need to run off to my next adventure.
So when I got the idea to make a clock into a ship’s wheel I matched it to the mahogany-colored furniture in his room. Low on craft money, I used the furniture scratch marker instead of buying stain (although stain would work well too). Then I covered the marker with some varnish I had from another craft project. It turned out even better than I imagined! I colored over a pine finish and it covered really well. The wood finials didn’t match perfectly after being colored with the marker, but after applying the varnish I think they looked great!
So without further ado here are the steps to making your own ship’s wheel clock with Dollar Tree Furniture Scratch Markers.
My husband and I started a 3D earring business called Fun in 3D on Etsy recently and wanted to keep costs down. Matt read about using business cards as earring cards but struggled to find an efficient way to get the holes into the business cards. They sell small punches online that will make small enough holes but will only do a few at a time and make lining up the earrings holes challenging.
On forums, I read that some people created the holes with needles or nails but then remembered hearing about a friend of mine who cut a ream of paper with a jigsaw. This lead me to wonder if a drill press could help us with our problem. It turns out it can! The following video will show you how to use a drill press to put holes in several pieces of paper at once. The technique worked well for us.
A friend of ours was kind enough to let us borrow theirs for the task and with a 1/16 drill bit, we were able to cut through about 50 at a time. We were limited by the length of the drill bit, so I would imagine with a longer bit and lighter weight paper, one could do a larger stack of paper at a time.
Matt kept the 16 weight business cards in place with clamps and a plastic guide he 3d printed as shown above (I’d imagine a cardboard guide could work too).
I admit at first I wondered why he went to the trouble and didn’t just buy earring cards from a print shop, as we found many options on Etsy. But, he shopped around and was able to get these cards printed for around 3 cents apiece. That is 1,000 double-sided business cards, on 16 weight paper, with shipping for approximately $36.00. What a deal! Not bad considering with holes, double-sided cards would have cost us around 50 cents apiece from most of the print shops we priced out.
Wondering who he purchased from? He purchased from Gotprint.com . He used a discount code so check out this link or simply google gotprint.com discounts and see what codes are available.
I hope this will help someone else looking for an inexpensive and efficient way to make holes in earring cards. Please feel free to ask any questions or let us know how this went for you in the comments below.
I love when the sun comes out in full force and it gets my creative juices flowing again! Apothecary jars are a fun and fast way to get your craft on every month for under $5 a month. I fill my jars with items found at Dollar Tree. Take a look at a few summer options below:
Our lil‘ Shock is 6 months old and old enough for food! I was thrilled to find some useful baby supplies at Dollar Tree! I purchased this bowl, 12 spoons, and the disposable placemats all for $3 total.
The disposable mats seem like they’d be really handy for when we go out to eat and need something to put our guy’s food onto.
12 baby spoons will mean I don’t have to stress about having enough spoons for our lil‘ guy.
The bowl suctions to the table so that its harder to push off their tray or the table.
I will get a lot of use out of my $3 worth of baby supplies!
Any other cool baby products you’d recommend for a 6 month old?
Easter is on its way and I thought I’d share what I put in my easy apartment-friendly apothecary jars for April. Check it out!
Easter Grass- Green, yellow, pink: Dollar Tree
Plastic Carrots with pixie-stick-like candy inside: Dollar Tree
Junior Mint Eggs: Dollar Tree
Mike and Ikes- Easter Edition: Dollar Tree or Cadbury shiny eggs: Walmart
Don’t have apothecary jars? Consider filling Mason jars for a similar effect. Want to make apothecary jars similar to mine?
Did you like the look of the Mike and Ikes in the picture above or the shiny Cadbury eggs? Honestly, I was imagining glimmeringly shiny eggs, so the pastel, mildly shiny Cadbury eggs I discovered disappointed me. Ah well! They still tasted as delicious as they always do, so I will enjoy eating them when Easter is over.
I love decorating for seasons and holidays. I also love not having to store a ton of decor since I live in an apartment. Pulling out large bins of decorations can be cumbersome so I’ve been exploring ways to keep decor simple.
So behold! This minimalist wreath is simple, fun, and perfect for St. Patricks Day!
Wreath- $10 at Hobby Lobby in the floral department
Coins- $1 Dollar Tree
Leprechaun Hat ripped from the top of a green headband-$1 Dollar Tree.