DIY Bubble Gum Necklace

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Here is fun craft or Do It Yourself gift- DIY Bubble Gum Necklace! I have made these for a couple of little girls we know and they are always a hit.

These make great Valentine’s Day gifts or party favors! You can coordinate the colors to your theme or liking.

Even though this is a craft that kids will love, this is a craft for adults only. You gotta be careful on this one.

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DIY Fabric Flip Flops (No Sewing Required)

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This DIY Flip Flops tutorial is SO easy. No sewing required! It does take a little time and patience. You can totally make this on the cheap. (I have under $2 in these.) This is one of my “dollar store crafts”, because I made this DIY with items I found at my local Dollar Tree.

This is a great craft for preteens and teens.

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What You Need:

Flip Flops (I paid $1 for these)

Scrap fabric

2 Buttons

Mod Podge (I found the small bottle at my local Dollar Tree for $1)

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How to Make a Pretty Notebook

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This is a fun and easy craft. I purchased a 3 pack of mini notebooks at The Dollar Tree for $1. I also found small bottles of Mod Podge at The Dollar Tree for a buck. So you can totally make this craft on the cheap!

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These would be great for showers, gift baskets, bible study groups…

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What You Need:

Composition Notebook (I used Mini)

Mod Podge

Scrapbook Paper

Ruler

Scissors

Paint Brush

Pencil

Labels (Optional)

Ribbon (Optional)

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Directions:

Trace the notebook on the non-printed side of the scrapbook paper. Be sure to allow a few extra centimeters to the width. Trim if needed.

Apply a then coat of Mod Podge to the non-printed side of the scrapbook paper and quickly apply to the notebook. Gently press down taking a ruler to smooth out any bubbles. Allow to dry.

Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to the outside (printed side) of the scrapbook paper. Allow to dry.

Add a label and a small piece of ribbon for page marker.

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You can also create labels using PicMonkey. The basic version is free. You can upgrade Royale version which I use for a very small fee. Though currently they are offering a Free Royale Trial.

For a limited time, anyone can try Royale for a month, for free. Details are on the PicMonkey site.

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You can also follow Living Chic on the Cheap’s Pinterest page here.

This post is for entertainment purposes only. Remember, this DIY project should be done by an adult. Use caution when handling hot materials. Keep out of reach of small children and animals. If you chose to make this craft you do so at your own risk.

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Make Your Own “I Spy” Bottles

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Here is a fun DIY you can make for your kiddos on the cheap! DIY I Spy Bottles! I originally made this craft two years ago.  The finished bottles featured in this post are from 2013. It is funny because every few months my kids find these bottles, pull them out, go on a treasure hunt and then the disappear back into the toy box. Still, pretty good longevity for an easy, inexpensive, upcycle craft.

I originally spotted this idea at our pediatricians office.  I figured I could easily duplicate the project at home and I did!  You can too. It is so easy.

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What you will need:

Empty Wide Mouth Plastic Bottle with Lid

Small Knick-Knacks

Sand or Uncooked White Rice

Super Glue

Note Card & Pen

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BEFORE WE START… I highly recommend that once the craft is complete you super glue the lid. This of course means once an object goes in,  it will live there for a very long time. Speaking from personal experience here….make sure your children are cool with the knick-knacks you plan to use having a new permanent home.

Directions:

Step 1

Start with a clean, dry plastic bottle. Remove the label. You will want to use a wide mouth bottle so you can more easily fit the objects inside.

Step 2

Start filling the bottle alternating between sand and objects until the bottle is almost full.

Step 3

Be sure to write down ALL of the objects you place inside the bottle on a note card so you will have your list of objects to find.

Step 4

Super Glue the lid! (Adults Only) Allow to dry and you are ready!

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I have found these I Spy Bottles are prefect for car trips, restaurants, church…anytime you need to keep the kiddos quiet and entertained. Once they are bored with them just put them up and break them back out in a couple months!

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As far as the cost of the project… we already had the knick-knacks. I purchased a 50 pound bag of sand at my local hardware store. It was $4. (You can use the rest of the sand to make this projectStorage Bin Sandbox.) My local Bi-Lo currently has both Lifewater and Vitamin Water on sale for $1. (I see these on sale often.) So you can totally make this project on the cheap. Plus, it is a great upcycle craft.

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DIY Fabric Covered Bangles

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Here is another super easy Dollar Store Craft- DIY Fabric Covered Bangles! I made each bracelet for about $1 each! I found the plastic bangles at my local Dollar Tree for $1 each. You will need 2-3 strips of scrap fabric and ModPodge. (I have seen small bottles at The Dollar Tree.)

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What You Need:

Plastic or Wood Bangle

Scrap Fabric

Scissors

Mod Podge

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Directions:

1. Cut fabric into strips (2-3 per bracelet)

2. Apply Mod Podge to the inside of the bangle and apply the end of one strip of fabric.

3. Apply Mod Podge around the bangle and tightly wrap the fabric strip around the bangle (Fabric will overlap).

4. When you come to the end of one strip of fabric, apply a small amount of Mod Podge and start with the next strip. Continue until the bangle is completely wrapped. When finished apply a thin coat of Mod Podge and press the end down. Allow to dry. Rock your new bangle.

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If you liked this project, be sure to check out the BEST OF LIVING CHIC ON THE CHEAP Board here.

You can also follow Living Chic on the Cheap’s Pinterest page here.

This post is for entertainment purposes only. Remember, this DIY project should be done by an adult. Use caution when handling hot materials. Keep out of reach of small children and animals. If you chose to make this craft you do so at your own risk.

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Make Your Own Gardener’s Hand Scrub

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I first came across the recipe for Gardener’s Hand Scrub a few years ago. If you are into homemade scrubs, this is not going to be for you. I have to say I tried to improve on the original recipe and failed. Sometimes the original is just the best. I really like the texture of the original recipe.

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You only need TWO items to make this scrub. This scrub is super easy and inexpensive to make . It makes a great gift too- especially for teacher’s appreciation or mother’s day! I always keep a jar by the kitchen sink.

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What You Need:

Granulated Sugar (fine)

Moisturizing Dish Soap (like Dawn with Olay Dishwashing Liquid)

Container. (I found my container for $1 at Target)

How much of what you need will depend on the container you are filling. Fill your container 2/3 full of sugar and 1/3 full of dishwashing liquid. (Give or take. Make it to your personal texture preference.)

Just combine the ingredients and stir well. Fill your container(s). Enjoy!

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Currently there is a Dawn Printable Coupon for $.25 Off! (For my couponers, you will know this will double up to $.50 off at some stores). (Coupon is under household)

There are also some Sugar Coupons here.

Disclaimer: This blog or it’s owner makes no claims health or otherwise about the effects or usefulness of this recipe. This post is for entertainment purposes only. You should address any skin care concerns with a skincare professional.

My Gardener’s Scrub was inspired by the recipes I found on Pinterest. You can view more of these Scrub recipes on my Homemade Beauty Pinterest Board.

You can also follow Living Chic on the Cheap’s Pinterest page here.

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DIY Gel Air Fresheners (Spring & Summer Scents)

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Spring is here! I am ready for some warmer weather (though I will miss my sweaters and boots.) It is time to change out the scents too! This week I made these fun DIY Gel Air Fresheners. I did these in Spring & Summer Scents. (I did a set for Winter. You can check it out here.)

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These are actually super easy to make. These are a great handmade gift idea too. You can use almost any glass jar, so it is a great upcycle project.  (I used old baby food jars.)

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You can also use mason jars if you prefer.

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DIY Bird Feeder

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Here is a fun and easy project for Spring- DIY Bird Feeders! This is also a great way to upcycle cardboard tubes!

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My project supervisor. I pay her in treats.

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What You Need

Bird Seed

Peanut Butter (I recommend natural.)

Cardboard Tube (from paper towels, toilet paper, wrapping paper…)

Ribbon

Scissors and hole punch

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I know some folks are totally grossed out by the upcycling of TP rolls. I am a germ-a-phobe, but I just don’t get it?? Still, you can use other options. I used a empty wrapping paper roll. ( Though I would not use any cardboard if it has glue residue.)

In the past I have made these in large batches and used natural peanut butter (since I find it to be for the birds anyway). I only had regular PB on hand.

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Directions:

Step One

Cut the cardboard tube to the size you prefer. Then carefully punch or cut two holes in the tube. You will want to place the holes about a half inch from the end and on opposite sides. These are the holes you will thread the ribbon through so you can hang the bird feeder.

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Step Two

Coat tube with peanut butter and then roll the tube on a plate or pan of bird seed to coat. You will want to gently pack down the bird seed with your fingers as you go.

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Step Three

Thread through a ribbon and tie off.

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You are ready to hang!

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You can find out more from The Audubon Society about feeding and attracting birds here.

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My other lovely assistants in our too tall grass. (My husband will break out the mower this weekend. Hello Spring!)

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Fluff just wanted you to know…she helped with the editing process as well.

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Make Your Own Solid Perfume Lockets

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Here is an easy DIY- Make Your Own Solid Perfume Lockets. Of course, you can use this tutorial to just make the solid perfume.

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If you have any perfume samples around this project is a great way to use those up!  You could also use essential oil if you prefer.

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This would make a great handmade gift. (I made the cameo using washi tape, paper and Mod Podge)

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As you can see I have a ton of sample perfumes….

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What You Need:

Carrier Oil (Grapeseed, Jojoba, Almond)

Beeswax

Lockets or other heat safe container

(double boiler, spoons, glass jars)

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You will need equal parts oil and beeswax. I did one tablespoon of each to fill 5 lockets and I had some left over. My lockets were very shallow.

You can purchase beeswax in blocks or pellets. I think the pellets would be easier.

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Add you oil and beeswax to the double boiler and stir gently. The wax will melt quickly and you will need to move fast.

I very carefully transferred my mixture into a small glass jar. It is hot, hot, hot! So you will want to use caution! I quickly added the fragrance. (How much you choose to add is up to you. It will depend on the strength of the perfume and your personal preference. You may have to play around will it since there is no set in stone formula.  I used a half a vile.)

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Quickly and carefully fill ONE SIDE of your locket. You do not want to overfill or the locket will not close.

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Allow the mixture to set up and you have a lovely solid perfume locket. I used these lockets. They are inexpensive, but they are very, very shallow and I would select a deeper locket if I decide to do this craft again. You can find more options here.

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Make Your Own Aromatherapy Eye Mask

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Here is a simple DIY- Make Your Own Aromatherapy Eye Mask.

I know some folks are pretty serious about aromatherapy,  I simply mean I used essential oils inside the mask.

I love this project because it requires a minimal investment of both cost and time. The eye mask uses very little fabric, so if you have scrap fabric around it would be perfect for this project. You probably have all or most of the items already on hand. This eye mask took me about 30 minutes to complete.

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