DIY on a Dime: Gingerbread People Paper Dolls

Directions and template to help you craft gingerbread people paper dolls — a great gift you can DIY. I’ve got children who love to craft. LOVE. Okay, maybe the two bigger ones (12 and 15) think they’re a little too old, but you should have seen them five years ago. That’s where their siblings are […]

Gift Guide for Kids 6 to 12

A gift guide for kids 6 to 12. Last week I shared my gift ideas for kids 6 and under. This week I’m here with some recs for kids 6 to 12. I currently have 4 of those, so I guess we could say that I have first hand knowledge. At the same time, we […]

DIY on a Dime: Make a Button Ornament

Add to your ornament collection or that of a loved one this year by crafting these easy and frugal button ornaments. I saw these cute button ornaments on Facebook via Andrea, a friend since junior high. I don’t know how she and her friends put them together, but I figured it couldn’t be too difficult, […]

DIY on a Dime: Make Fun Photo Art

Create a photo collage of letters to send a message or create fun artwork for the wall. Last year I shared with you the idea of capturing letters that you find in everyday objects and presenting them in framed art work for the wall. It’s not a “new” idea, but I still like it. When […]

DIY on a Dime: Make a Cookie Kit

Make a cookie kit with dough, sprinkles, frosting, and cookie cutters. It’s an experience and it’s tangible — all at the same time! My mom has always been a great one to help parents enjoy more quality time with their kids. I remember about thirty years ago driving around town with her delivering Christmas gifts. […]

DIY on a Dime: Make a Citrus Pomander

When I was growing up, there was a lemon tree growing in the backyard. It produced hundreds of lemons each year that we made into lemonade and lemon pie. I even ate a few raw. They were Meyer lemons, so they were sweet enough to eat without too much of a pucker. Invariably each winter […]

DIY on a Dime: Create a Book of Days

A book of days is an calendar without a year or days of the weeks. It marks the days of every month and helps you track important dates. Create customized calendars like these as memorable and economical gifts to give. Many, many moons ago I crafted handmade calendars for our extended families. Each was custom […]

DIY on a Dime: Great Gifts

Giving gifts can often be just as fun as getting them. In fact, I’ve found that when I take the attention off myself and try to bless other people, that the whole season is lots more enjoyable. Yesterday I shared five frugal gift ideas that I have made for friends and family over the years. […]