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Bunny Mask {kid craft}

We made this adorable bunny mask last year but I wanted to share it again because it is my favorite Easter craft! We have made some other cute paper plate masks but this is my favorite one because it shows off his adorable face (and not just his eyes)! Materials: 2 paper plates pink construction […]

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30 Beautiful Things to Make out of Recycled Materials!

In honor of Earth Day coming up in a few weeks I wanted to share some ideas for beautiful things you can make out of recycled materials.  I love creating things out of recycled materials because it is earth-friendly and budget-friendly! I hope these beautiful ideas will inspire you!   Here are some more tips […]

Cheap Crafty Holiday Gift Headquarters- lots of DIY gift tutorials from Cheap Crafty Mama!

Cheap Crafty Holiday Gift Headquarters

I first shared this last year but I have updated it for 2014!  Who says you have to spend a lot of money to be a generous giver?  You can be generous with the thought, time, creativity, and love put into making your holiday gifts!  Here are some of my favorite DIY gift tutorials!  There […]


Fall Table Runner {easy!}

{This post was originally published a couple years ago but I wanted to share it again because it is still one of my favorite fall decorations and was incredibly easy to make!} I was so excited when I received a box full of Aleene's glues and adhesives; maybe a little too excited because I tore into them […]


Top 10 Fun and FREE Summer Activities for Kids!

Looking for great activities to take your kids to do this summer that don't cost a dime?  I am amazed at all of these free opportunities offered by stores that I never even knew about! Also I wanted to mention to get online to look for more local freebies near you! Public libraries usually have […]

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Finally… “Z” is for ZOO Animals!

I'm so happy to be finishing up my alphabet crafts!  We have had so much fun making all of these projects! For letter "Z" I want to share one of my favorite (and most pinned) projects.  You know that I'm a sucker for anything with my kid's handprints, and for this project I let my […]

6 simple things you can do to reduce WASTE

6 Simple Things YOU can do to REDUCE WASTE

I have always had a passion for trying to "save the earth;" I guess that was why I started a recycling club when I was 7 and recruited my neighbors to do a "curb-side recycling" program for our street (before the city began their recycling program).  Now that I'm a stay-at-home-mom, I have to admit […]


“Y” is for Yarn Nests!

     I have definitely gotten behind on my alphabet crafts, but I'm so close now... I have to finish out with some awesome projects! We are enjoying all of God's beautiful new creations this spring, so we recently made these adorable yarn nests! I have to mention that I think I saw a craft […]

Easy DIY Easter Buckets

Easy DIY Easter Buckets

Okay Mamas, are you looking for cute Easter "basket" ideas that are unique and budget-friendly?  I love our new "Easter Buckets"!  They were very easy to make and I think they will be sturdier than the wicker baskets that can't quite hold up to my 2 playful little boys--- now I just need to convince […]

Easter Play Tub {from Dollar Store}

Easter Play Tub {from Dollar Store}

I love coming up with fun learning experiences that both of my boys can enjoy together!  This Easter play tub has already provided hours of entertainment and many different kinds of learning experiences for only a few dollars!  I will show you how I made it and some of the ways they like to play […]

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Things to Make out of T-shirts

I have been seeing so many cute ideas of ways to re-cycle t-shirts into beautiful new creations that I wanted to share some of my favorites with you! Many of these projects involve sewing but there are several no-sew options as well! Aren't they fun?  Are you inspired to get crafty with some T-shirts now? […]

How to Restore Wooden Cabinets {the easy way}

Restoring Wooden Cabinets {the easy way}

Last week my husband left town for a week-long mission trip, so I had to find a project to do while he was gone.  Not that my 1 and 3 year old boys don't keep me busy enough, but when my husband is gone I don't care if the kitchen is torn up and I […]

MOTHER-load of RAINY DAY Activities for Kids

MOTHER Load of Rainy Day Activities for Kids!!!

Saturday was the first day of March and we enjoyed spending the day outside in the beautiful 80-degree weather!  Then yesterday the temps dropped about 60 degrees and here we are stuck inside again for another ice day!  I thought this would be a perfect time to share my "Mother-load of Rainy Day Activities for […]


After IF…

I recently shared a post I wrote about the upcoming IF: Local event and why I was so excited about getting to participate in it, and I have to say that my expectations were surpassed.  IF was amazing, inspiring, and life-changing (dare I say world-changing?).... and it was just the beginning!  I want to share what God taught me […]

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Mama’s Healthy Baked Ziti

 This is my healthy verson of baked ziti.  My kids love it and don't realize how many veggies are hidden in this yummy pasta dish!     Ingredients: 1 box Penne pasta (I like to use Barilla Plus or whole-wheat pasta) 1 Tbs. olive oil 2 cloves garlic (minced) 1 can tomato sauce 1 can […]

Neon Marker Scribble Shirts

Neon Marker Scribble Shirts

  This post is part of a paid campaign for Tulip with The Blueprint Social.  All opinions shared are my own. It's marker week here at Cheap Crafty Mama!  Yesterday I shared my Ultimate Guide to Markers and today I'm going to show you how to make these fun and adorable scribble shirts we just […]


Ultimate Guide to Markers!

I'm super excited to be participating in "The Ultimate Guide to 50 Craft Materials" with Craftulate and tons of awesome bloggers Today I will be sharing the Ultimate Guide to Markers! My boys love drawing with markers.  I love that using markers helps them learn fine motor skills, pre-writing skills, and learn about colors (and […]


Share Some Love– Giveaway!

Cheap Crafty Mama  just reached 5,000+ Facebook followers and to celebrate I will be giving away a "Love" necklace from my Etsy store! I know that Love is a hot topic as we near Valentine's Day, but it is always a hot topic at my house.  From a very early age, we try to teach […]


Marbleized Hearts {toddler craft}

I posted this a couple years ago but wanted to share it again because it is my favorite Valentines craft to do with little-bitty artists! I saw this cute craft idea on Pinterest and just had to try it!  We had so much fun (and made some major messes) creating these adorable paper hearts for Valentines […]


IF God is real…

Last fall I read an amazing and life-changing book called “Kisses from Katie,” about a girl who followed God's calling to Uganda after high school to do mission work.  She was (and is) willing to say “YES” to God whenever he reveals a need to her, and God has done absolutely amazing things through her.   […]