DIY: How to Fold a Napkin Into a Heart the Easy Way

DIY Fold a Napkin into a Heart

Here’s a fun way to celebrate Valentine’s Day! Learn how to fold a napkin into a heart!

Folding napkins into festive shapes is a fun way to set the table. You can add flair to your table with a minimum amount of effort.

This project is so easy to do, you can enlist the kid’s help. In fact, any kid into craft projects will love to learn how to do this.

The napkin I used measures 18 inches by 18 inches.

Step 1 Fold a Napkin into a Heart

In Step 1 you’ll start with your napkin folded in half.

Step 2 How to Fold a Napkin into a Heart

In Step 2 you fold your napkin in half a second time to make a long rectangle.

Step 3 Fold a Napkin into a Heart

In Step 3 you find the center of the napkin with your finger, and grab one side and bring it upwards to fold.

Step 4 Fold a Napkin into a Heart

In Step 4 you bring the second side up to meet the first side.

Step 5 Fold a Napkin into a Heart

Step 5 is perhaps the trickiest folding. You simply tuck the corners under until you’ve created a heart shape.

Step 6 How to Fold a Napkin Into a Heart

Ta-Da! You did it! Your napkin is now folded into the shape of a heart.

Table Set with Napkins Folded into a Heart

How will you and your family celebrate Valentine’s Day?

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How Much Juice Comes From One Lemon?

Juice One Lemon

Have you ever had a recipe call for “the juice from one lemon”?

How much juice comes from one lemon? What if you don’t have a lemon, but have lemon juice? How much lemon juice could you substitute?

Here’s your answer:

One Lemon yields 3 Tablespoons of juice

Now, is every lemon going to yield an exact 3 tablespoons? Not so much. But as a general rule, that is what a recipe means when it says “the juice from one lemon”.

And if you like this kitchen tip, be sure to read Seasoning Food in a Pinch.

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Upcycled Glass Jars Projects

Upcycled Glass Jar Projects

I have a complete addiction to glass jars. Not only do I have scores of canning jars, but often times I’ll buy a product simply because I want the glass jar once it is gone! (like these frappacino ones).

There are so many creative ways to use glass jars. I wanted to share a few of my favorite upcycled glass jars projects with you.

Upcycled Glass Jars Collage

Which project is your favorite? I really want to try each one!

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21 Upcycled Jeans DIY Projects To Make This Summer

Upcycled Jeans Projects

It’s the end of the school year, and in our house, we are cleaning out closets and figuring out what still fits and what doesn’t.

What I’ve found is we own a lot of jeans with holes and tears.

And not the chic kind.

I thought it would be fun to roundup some of the cute upcycled jeans projects that can be made with an old pair of worn jeans.

Clean out the closets, create something new and give the kids a fun craft project to do over the summer. Win-win-WIN!

Upcycled Jeans Projects collage

  1. Upcycled Jeans Toy Storage Bag from Handmade by Meg K
  2. No Sew Jeans Pocket Garland from Dukes and Duchesses
  3. Denim Fabric Baskets from Threading My Way
  4. Jeans Pocket Purses from Nebraska Views
  5. Jeans Desk Chair Makeover from One Creative Mommy
  6. Denim Coasters from Northern Cheapskate
  7. Jeans Wristlet from Green Issues by Agy
  8. Denim Placemats – from Living Well Spending Less
  9. Denim Corsage from Somewhat Simple
  10. Denim Pocket Purse from Laura Kelly Designs Blog
  11. Demin Journal from Life Made Creations
  12. Jeans Apron from Life Made Creations
  13. Jean Seam Wreath from Restyled Junk
  14. Denim Wreath from Fancy Meeting Ewe
  15. Belt Loop Bobbi Pins from Fancy Meeting Ewe
  16. Christmas Tree Skirt from Fancy Meeting Ewe
  17. Upcycled Jeans Christmas Stocking from Nebraska Views
  18. Denim Camera Strap from Oh Hi DIY
  19. Denim Purse from Somewhat Simple
  20. Flirty Denim Skirt from Somewhat Simple

What is your favorite upcycled jeans DIY project?

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Letter of the Week Crafts for Preschoolers (Save Money on Curriculum)

When I set out to teach my four year old his alphabet, I looked into some of the curriculum options and they were just too pricy. While we could have signed him up for our local Mother’s Day Out (like his older brothers went to) we really needed to save money.

I had made the commitment to homeschool but felt a lot of pressure to teach my youngest his alphabet… all by myself.

I turned to the idea of creating letter of the week crafts for preschoolers. This would be affordable and would use many resources and items I already have at home.

Are you ready to see how we are doing this?

letter of the week crafts a is for alligator

Letter of the Week Crafts

We have created a collection of letter of the week crafts from A-Z.  You simply print the printable, gather the simple supplies that you likely already have on hand and follow the step by step tutorial.

Each craft also includes songs and rhymes that you can do together to help the letter of the week resonate with your preschooler.

Alphabet Flip Book

I wanted an alphabet flip book to use with our crafts, but they were pricy both online and at the local teacher supply store. So, I made one. This alphabet flip book was so affordable to make and we use it all week long as we discuss the letter of the week.

Preschool Letter Worksheets

We have also created some preschool letter worksheets that you just print out and use them along with your craft. My four year old loves doing these. He hunts for the letter of the week in both upper case and lower case and then marks them with do-a-dot markers. Don’t have these markers? No worries, just use stickers instead. Great fine motor skill building!

Best Children’s Books

While you’re learning your letter of the week, why not check out some awesome books from the library, for free, to expand on your learning? We have pulled together a great collection of the best children’s books that make learning fun!

This totally works for me and our homeschool day. We spend very little and learn a lot!

 More Learning Resources:

Swing by and check out Crystal, a Dallas Mom Blogger, who runs the mommy resource and solution site Crystal & Co.!  She loves to share activities for kids, teach busy families how to meal plan and share real easy recipes. She is a fast-paced mom of all boys, five to be exact (including twins), who is in the trenches of homeschooling. Are you tired yet?

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10 Christmas Card Display Ideas

10 Christmas Card Display Ideas

Pretty soon, mailboxes will be stuffed with cards and letters from friends wishing them a very, Merry Christmas.

I love to look on the photos and well wishes from friends throughout the season. I’ve gathered up 10 Christmas Card display ideas that not only dress up your home, but give you a chance to enjoy those cards all holiday season long.

Chic Coastal Living shows how to string them

Pearls Handcuffs and Happy Hour shows how to display them on shutters

Kellys Corner Blog displays her cards on a Christmas Tree

Delia Creates made a darling clothes pin wreath for her Christmas cards

Centsational Girl always has the cutest ideas such as this corkboard turned card display

Home Life shows how to simply arrange cards in the shape of a tree

Budgetwise Home has another incredibly easy suggestion using ribbon and your kitchen cabinets

Holly Mathis upcycles old frames into darling Christmas card displays

Clover Lane’s photo garland is one of my favorites

Just Jilly uses a doorway to display her cards

What creative ideas do you have for Christmas card displays?

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12 Green Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

Kids crafts are some of the greenest activities around because they use things that you have around the house.  It is the ultimate recycling!  I truly believe that there is no reason to go buy something when you can transform something.

It is more fun anyway!

12 Green Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

Here are some simple ideas for Thanksgiving activities for kids that won’t send you to the store for supplies.  At my house we would substitute anyway – if we don’t have a paper plate, maybe a coffee filter will do!  Get creative if these simple supplies aren’t in the recycling bin.

Green Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

Tin Can Turkey – Grab an empty tin can, print off the free printable and transform these items into a cute Thankful Turkey pencil holder.  It is perfect to keep your journaling supplies.

Bow from a Magazine Page – This is a great activity to do together. Upcycle your magazines into colorful bows that can be used on holiday packaging.

Gratitude Tree – A twig from the backyard is the perfect canvas to place written blessings using paper and string.

Twig Picture Frame – I think these would make really sweet placecards for Thanksgiving dinner.  Each family member could have a keepsake to take home created from upcycled cardboard and found twigs.

Warhol-Inspired Leaf Art – A lovely family activity which requires a leaf, some left-over paint and a piece of paper.

Coffee Filter Turkey - Grab the scraps of paper and a coffee filter for a fun and easy Thanksgiving craft for all ages.

Thanksgiving Centerpiece – Send the kids on a leaf scavenger hunt and then use what they find for a simple dinner centerpiece.

Pilgrim Mice - Don’t serve boring potatoes for Thanksgiving dinner!  Have your kids help you transform them into pilgrim mice.

Thanksgiving Coloring Pages – These coloring pages double as placemats and activity sheets to keep the Thanksgiving table decorated and little hands buy.

Soap Carving Arrowheads – Older kids can carve soap and then it can be used as guest soap for holiday visitors.

Found Object Art – Fall is the perfect time to create art from the nature around us.

Making Butter with Kids – I love this activity because it gets the wiggles out of kids and creates fresh butter for dinner!

Family Outing Ideas – Autumn is the perfect time to explore outside as a family.  Here are lots of ideas for keeping kids engaged outdoors.

For more family fun inspiration, please visit one of my favorite sites: Kids Activities Blog.

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