Craft and Gift Ideas with Scrabble Letters!

Hey Friends!

I'll fess up that every time I find a Scrabble game at a yard sale or thrift store I grab it.  You will see WHY I do that in the pictures below but I now have to set aside the time to actually make something with it!  Maybe if I start now, I will have some really fun gifts ready for next Christmas ;-)



Tonya’s blog gave an amazing and quite easy step by step tutorial on how to make these scrabble piece pendant necklaces.  Really, you just glue on some scrapbook paper and use diamond glaze on top to seal it.  She has all the links where to purchase the stuff to make it yourself.


I think it’s a GREAT gift idea and would be a great craft to do with a bunch of woman.






What about making a Scrabble Coaster??  This could be a good gift even for the GUY in the family. (Father's Day gift?!)   My father in law LOVES the game of scrabble.  Kendra from Simply Darling made these fantastic "beer themed" coasters.  She just hot glued them to cork squares. FUN and so easy!!!





Lastly, my friend Heather made the cutest scrabble art.  She picked up an old game cheap at a garage sale or thrift store and had fun arranging words that described her family, then she glued it down and framed it in a frame used for 12x12 scrapbook layouts!  Easy – huh!




Another example:

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If you don't really like placing it on the Scrabble game board you could just lay it out on paper and frame it!  This would be perfect for Mother's Day coming up!



After I wrote this post, I realized that you can just by INDIVIDUAL Scrabble letters for .20 cents off Etsy!  That make all these projects VERY doable!  Here is the link to the etsy shop I found.

For those who dislike thrift store shopping, You're Welcome ;-)


What do you think?  Will you make something?

If you have more scrabble craft ideas leave us a link in the comments!  

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Make Your Own PURE Sugar and Alcohol Free Vanilla Extract

Hey Friends!

I've been making my own vanilla extract for a few years.
I guess it's time to show you guys - hee,hee.


In general, the pure vanilla extract you get in the stores is vanilla beans/pods soaked in alcohol.  I make mine sugar free by soaking them in vegetable glycerin.

Before you get all weird on me and think I've gone off my rocker, vegetable glycerin is super sweet - it's like a syrup!   Yummy!

The vanilla beans cost me $12.00 for 10 beans.  I put 5 beans in each 8 ounce jar.
The glycerin cost me $6.00 for 16 ounces.

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(Picture shows cut open pods with the beans on the side.)

So,  it cost me $9.00 for an 8 ounce jar of great quality SUGARFREE homemade vanilla extract. (I made 2 jars)  To buy organic (alcohol) pure vanilla online the same size is around $15.00 each.

OK, so there isn't a HUGE difference but it's pretty cool to make your own and we really like being pretty cool.  (ha!  I am so not cool, just see all my Fess Up posts to verify)

So without further ado, here is the world's simplest recipe for making your own.

Use 2 jars about 8 oz each or one big jar of 16 oz.

Score the pods lengthwise and scrap out the little beans.

Pour the glycerin into the bottles

Add cut up pods and the scraped beans in the jar.

Let sit for at least 6 weeks in your pantry before using.

I found the best prices for food grade glycerin at iherb.com (yes, it will look like a face product but I promise you, it's food grade)

And I actually found a better price than I just bought the beans for off Amazon (10 for 8.00 instead of 12.00 off eBay)

So NOW, if you buy them off these links you can make an 8 oz jar for 7.00 - That's more than 1/2 price if you bought it pre-made with the alcohol base.  That's really good LOL!

recipe for vanilla extract sugarfree

(This will turn a LOT darker over time.......I JUST made that bottle, you can see an AGED bottle in the first picture on the far right. :-)

I hope you have fun making it!  Let me know if you already do this or what your thoughts are :-)

ENJOY!

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Top 5 Crafts Using Old Mason Jars!

Hey Friends,
Today I have Sam as a guest writer giving all kinds of ideas on what we could do with old jars! Enjoy :-)

Repurposing Mason Jars as Home Décor

I am one of those people who believe in reducing, repurposing, reusing and recycling. And I believe this can be done with well, everything really!

Every time you do grocery shopping, you end up with at least one new glass jar or bottle. And most of the time you just throw them away, but there is SOO much more that you could be doing with them! So I’m sharing a few of my favourite mason jar repurposing projects. They’re all easy to do, and most of them don’t even require additional purchases. But if there’s anything you will need to buy after all, head on over to Discountrue.com to get discount coupons for all your favourite stores including such popular choices as Kohl’s or Target!

The Candle Jar Lantern

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One of the simplest things to do with a mason jar is to turn it into a candle jar or a lantern. No matter the size or shape of the jar or bottle, the light glimmering through the glass is just so beautiful. Now the possibilities with this are pretty much endless. You can use normal tea light candles and battery powered candles, which are the most user friendly. But as long as the candle fits inside the jar, you can use it! You can also turn them into lamps or use fairy lights if you want to.

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Some supplies to help you get started:


Tape to make patterns out of and scissors
Craft, Chalkboard and Glass paint
Glow in the dark paint and decorations (eerily beautiful!)
Ribbon, wool, leather cords, twine or thin steel cable
Glass decorative elements, beads, crystals, marbles, stones
Wrapping paper, newspaper, brown paper (any kind of paper!)
Scrap fabric, knitted cosies or socks and old scarves
Food coloring, glitter, water, vegetable oil and craft glue
Candles - Tea light, floating, taper, aromatherapy
Lamp or lantern making supplies (globes, sockets, plugs, electric cables, etc)
Fairy lights

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My best suggestion is to lay everything out in a neat row and get inspired, or visit Pinterest, Facebook and home décor sites for ideas!

Under shelf storage


Make the most of your available space by drilling a hole in the lids of similar mason jars and screwing them onto the bottom of a shelf. Now you can fill your decorated jars with spices, sweets or kitchen staples, craft supplies, and even use them as vases if you make a whole in the shelf above or a hanging decorative piece. Now screw the bottles onto the lids attached to the shelf and voila! Just unscrew them whenever you want something out of the jar or want to change what is inside the jar.



Vases, mugs, cookie or sweet jars

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Any kind of decorated mason jar or glass bottle makes for a truly unique vase. Fill it with flowers, evergreen boughs, reeds or anything that you might arrange in a vase. They also make quite nifty coffee or hot chocolate mugs, even cocktail or cool drink ‘glasses’. And because they’re translucent they are great for storing homemade cookies and sweets on countertops or open shelves.


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Snow Globes

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A homemade snow globe is pretty easy to make and a mason jar or glass bottle is the perfect vehicle for them. Choose your decoration, glue it either to the lid or the bottom of the jar then add your ‘snow’ and liquid. You can put literally any ornament or decoration inside the jar, as long as it is water resistant and can stand up to being submerged for the rest of time! 
f you want it to last for a long time then glue the lid on and seal it with wax or silicone glue.


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Terrarium

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If you love to grow small plants and herbs then mason jars make wonderful mini terrariums, and they’re also great for if your kids have a school project that involves watching a plant grow or observing insects. Because the mason jar provides a sealed environment, they don’t need much water and because they’re translucent you can see exactly what is going on inside. Mount the terrariums on old wooden boards with hose clamps to create a wall decoration, hang them in the window or from tree branches in the yard or just arrange them on a wooden shelf as a decoration.



As I said, mason jars and glass bottles are truly versatile with dozens of repurposing possibilities. I haven’t mentioned all of them so get creative with whatever supplies you have on hand. All you have to do is think outside of the box, or the jar, and you will create beautiful, unique, one of a kind home décor pieces that will make you smile every time you look at them.
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Thank you Sam, I think we have all been inspired to save our old jars! Have you guys made any of these yet?


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Valentine's Day Cookie Crafts!


Hey Friends!

Are you ready for some Valentine baking fun!?

These stain glass cookies I made are a LOT of fun!  If you get a bag of suckers or Jolly Ranchers you can make the "glass" part look like a work of art. :-)  Kids LOVE making these!




Click on the Candy "Stained Glass" Valentine Cookie link to see full recipe.




We call the next set of cookies "Pink Cookies" at our house.  They are a delicious and somewhat chewy (if you don't overcook them!) meringue cookies.  They are made with egg whites so they just happen to be fat free.  (Full of sugar, but fat free - ha!)

You will NOT be disappointed!  Promise :-)


I have it on my "To Do" list to make these type of mini (or regular size) candy cane hearts.  I bought lots of extra boxes at the end of December when they were 75% off.  

It's PERFECT for Valentine's Day!



I love the idea of putting them on a stick and then handing them out as Valentines :-)




What is your favorite "go to" Valentine cookie/treat recipe?
Do you have any Valentine traditions? 


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