Welcome to the Friday Fluff Up! I love sharing deals, but my home is definitely a place that I want to enjoy too in the midst of all the coupon craze. So, last week after spending a little too much time over on Pinterest (if you haven’t signed up over there you really should!), I decided that I’m going to challenge myself to a new penny-pinched craft each week, and I’ll share it with you guys here.
I found this great idea for re-purposing cardboard containers last week through Pinterest from My Homespun Threads, and while I loved her idea to use it for her children’s allowance containers, I knew we were in need of a way to freshen up our after-school routine. Just two weeks into the school year and my kiddos were starting to come home each afternoon completely grouchy, throwing their book bags and papers and stuff all around our house, and we really didn’t have a great plan of attack. So I decided it was time to change our afternoons!
We have a room in our home (the Living Room? ha!) that goes almost completely unused, except during piano practice. So I decided to make the canisters fit the room, and also make myself step away from the kitchen . . . the cleaning . . . the computer (eek!), to help out for an hour or so with homework each night. It’s made such a difference this week (truly, unbelievable!) Even if you don’t need these canisters for school supplies, they’re super cheap and a fun little weekend project.
Here’s how to make yours . . .
Start with a few used containers (some folks on Facebook saw what happened to my Quaker Oats that inspired this craft . . . )
Remove tops of canister if you need to (I used scissors to cut off the top of the salt container.) Cut scrapbook paper to the size you need.
Use spray adhesive or rubber cement to attach paper to carton. To keep the paper from unrolling, sit and hold it around the canister while you check out new pins on Pinterest . . .
Or, get a little smarter and let a rubberband do the work for you . . .
I used my Cricut Cutting Machine (which I love), to cut out labels for the containers. You could also pick up pre-made die cuts at Hobby Lobby or Michael’s pretty inexpensively.
Here’s what our new school work table looks like . . .
Including some items for Reagan (my youngest) to work on while I help my older two with their homework . . .
So, there you have it! Looking for more inexpensive crafts to work on this weekend? Here are a few favorites that I found this week . . .
Chalkboard Place Mats these aren’t a deal, but I’m convinced there’s got to be a way to make them less expensively!
Christmas Neighbor Gifts I’ll definitely be making these!
Mini Buttermilk Cinnamon Pops not a craft, but I couldn’t resist sharing . . .
And, if you’re hoping for a craft deal out there, Hobby Lobby has their scrapbook paper on sale 50% off this week, and you can use this Michael’s coupon for 40% off any regular priced item.
Do you have any craft projects that you’re working on at home right now? If you have a blog and have made something, I’d love to see it, so leave your link it the comments section! Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to link up to that as well.