The game “beer pong” has been around for quite a while. Well we’ve got a non-alcoholic version that makes a great party game! Monster eye pong is easy to make and fun to play for adults and kids alike. All you need is 9oz plastic cups and some ping pong balls. Draw creepy eyes onto the ping pong balls with Sharpie markers and decorate your cups with our free printables, then grab some candy and some friends!
Pong Party Game Supplies
- 9 0z plastic red cups
- Ping pong balls
- Stick glue
- Sharpie Markers
- Nail polish remover (if needed for balls)
- Small treats for game
Printables & Instructions (pdf)
For the full instructions on game play download our free pdf above!
If your ping pong balls have print on them you will want to remove it.
It should come off easily with some nail polish remover.
Draw eyes on the ping pong balls.
Every person will get two eyes.
Download the free pdf and print it out. Cut out the eyes and mouths needed.
Glue them onto your cup with stick glue.
Make sure they are glued flat so they will stack easily for storage.
Mix and match however you like!
Me and me matey Cap’n Roy invite you to join us in celebration of International Talk Like a Pirate Day which falls on September 19th every year. It’s one of those days that gives you a chance to let your hair down, haul anchor and have all kinds of piraty goodness! You’ll find things to make and wear, free food, learn how to turn your Facebook into pirate talk, tell pirate jokes and much more below. This is a day for grownups and kids alike to have fun!
LONG JOHN SILVERS (of course!)
Shop Like a Pirate
How to Talk Like a Pirate
First and foremost you need to learn to “talk like a pirate”. Here are some words and phrases to get you started. You can also use this online Pirate Translator.
Turn Your Picture Into a Pirate
This site lets you upload a head shot of yourself, or link to one on Facebook, and it turns you into a pirate. You can see what that will look like on the left. You can then use the image in various places.
If you know how to work any type of graphic software, you can do it yourself using clipart. That’s what I did for my Facebook avatar for the day. You can see that image on the right.
Dress like a Pirate
At the very least you need to have a pirate hat and an eye patch. Both are easy to make.
5 MINUTE PIRATE HOOK
- 18 oz Plastic Grey Hefty Cup (any brand or color will work and you can paint them. These were just perfect for this.)
- Plastic clothes hanger
- Silver spray paint (or color of choice)
- Heavy nippers (small saw would also work)
- Drill or something to put a hole in the cup.
NOTE: Make the hole smaller than the end of the clothes hanger hook. That way you can just push it in and it holds!
Change Facebook Language To Pirate!
Yep… you can actually choose “pirate” as your language on Facebook with some awesome results. It does NOT change anything you personally write but it changes the titles and notices of many things. Easy to do and you can switch it back after the day is over.
Other Ideas to Celebrate the Day
Have a Pirate Movie Marathon (Many are available to watch on Amazon and Netflix)
A Few of Our Favorites
Tell Pirate Jokes
These are all over the web but here’s a few to get you started:
- What’s a pirate’s favorite type of socks? Arggggile.
- What does a Jewish pirate say? Ahoy vey!
- What does a pirate nerd wear? An iPatch
- What’s a pirate’s favorite place to eat? Arrrrrrby’s
Drink Some Grog
Our family as pirates.
Make this framed keepsake dog or puppy paw print to have forever and memorialize your furry friends. It’s both classy and meaningful! It doesn’t matter what size your “puppy” is. It makes a beautiful gift for family, friends or your children. (I’ve been told its great for kitty cats too!) You might also enjoy learning how to simply and inexpensively make personalized dog bowls or make sure your little guy or gal is styling with our 5 minute puppy bow ties!
Puppy Paw Print Supplies
IMPORTANT: Dogs that have longer fur will be next to impossible to get a clean paw print unless the fur is trimmed. Also, many dogs do not like their feet touched. Don’t ever force your dog to do something that scares them.
Gather your supplies. You can use regular paper but watercolor paper gives a much nicer print and finish!
Paint your palm gold, making sure to cover it well.
Make sure there are no gaps in the paint.
Make sure you plan ahead for your frame so you know exactly where your hand needs to be placed. Press your hand down firmly on the center of the paper. You may need to take your other hand to help with pressure. It’s a good idea to do some test runs to know exactly how much pressure to use.
The final print.
Feel free to touch up any gaps if needed.
Take your little pups paw and press it into the ink. Do some test runs on the paw print also before doing the final.
Press the paw in place.
Frame your art and hang!
We’ve got a wonderful way to inspire your kids to do their homework with a small portable desk homework helper station! It comes complete with pencil/pen holder, snack holder, inspirational quote and a place to store their homework. This very creative upcycle made from a TV tray comes together very quickly and you can color it however you want. We have THREE FREE PRINTABLE THEMES to choose from!
Homework Helper Supplies
NOTES: You can design the desk however you like, but we will link to the exact items we used below. You can use a variety of containers for the top. Use one longer one if you wish! Just make sure there is room for them to work.
- 1 wooden TV tray
- Snack bin (exact one shown)
- Pencil/Pen bins (set of 3) Exact set used
- Homework Helper Pocket (tutorial)
- Velcro, with a sticky back or regular Velcro you can glue on. You can also just glue the containers directly onto the desk.
- Package tape (for laminating the small labels if desired.
- Washi tape (optional)
- Printable Theme below
- Other basic pencil cases. Another type. (Keep them slim and not too tall.)
pdf (click download button under graphic)
NOTES TO KEEP IN MIND: Measure the top of our tray and purchase the containers ahead of time. You can then adjust the painting to fit the containers if desired. Keep in mind this is a small surface so you want fairly slim containers so there is still room to do homework on.
We started with an old wood TV tray you can find at many thrift stores.
The top was a bit worn so we sanded it.
Spray paint one side of the table the color you want.
After the first color dried, tape off the dividing area and paint the other side.
You can use Washi tape if desired to decorate it.
Designs work best if you don’t use a large container that will cover it up.
We decided to use sticky backed Velcro to hold our containers in place.
Decide where you will place the container(s)
Apply a strip of Velcro to the back and to the table. Though we used a larger strip, we decided a small piece on each end would work better.
Print out the labels and signs of choice and cut them out.
To make them sturdier and last longer we applied packing tape over the small ones before cutting them out.
Our TV stand had a cross bar that was in the middle of the legs and high enough to attach a pouch. We used one of our Homework Helper Wall Pockets to hang on the bar. We added two grommets to the container to allow it to hang. These are super easy to make and grommets are also cheap and easy to use! Check out our tutorial to make your own!This is the pouch we made for our homework helper desk.
Two small screws were placed in the cross bar to hang our pouch. You could also tie it on using ribbon or heavy string.
This is the “Dreams Don’t Work Unless You Do” theme.
A snack bin.
A container for pencils and pens etc.
Our pouch with an inspiring quote.
This is our Super Hero theme. We also have a Dr. Seuss theme.
Wall mounted file pockets are expensive. We’ll, we’ve found a way to make super cheap & creative wall mounted holders using 3 ring binders! The pockets can be used to organize or hold all types of things but we created 7 different printables so they can be used as a homework helper. You can even use wet erase markers to write on the charts and keep track of what needs done when! It’s a very unique and useful upcycle project. These would also go great with our small wall pouches made from recycled CDs! We used one of these pouches to make a Homework Helper Portable Desk.
Homework Helper Pouch Supplies
NOTE: The pouches are made to hold light weight items such as paper. If you would like a much stronger hold use E6000 and allow it to dry.
- 1″ 3 ring binders with insertable covers
- 1″ x 9″ or longer paint sticks
- Downloaded printables below
- Saw for cutting paint sticks
- Glue gun
- OR E6000 Glue
- Command Strips
- Wet Erase Markers
- Grommets Optional. We used the 3/8″ set for another pouch project.
The first thing you need to do is remove the metal ring strip from each of the binders. This can be a little tricky depending on the type, but generally you can carefully pry them off using screwdriver and pliers. We insert a large flat screwdriver next to where it was attached and then twisted the screwdriver to help pull the metal up.
After bending the metal center up a little we used pliers to reach under and twist the brad that attached it. The goal is to remove the rings with the least amount of damage to the binder itself.
We ended up having to pull the brads out after we twisted the metal bar off.
This does leave a hole on each side of the binder. But it is the back of the binder so it doesn’t matter as that part will be against the wall.
Cut your paint sticks to about 8.5″ or 9″. These will fall about an inch below the top so that there is a little give when placing items in the pouches.
Binders with metal removed and cut paint stick ready for gluing.
You can also insert two grommets in your binder before assembly. This allows them to be hung with nails or even ribbons rather than using Command Strips. Its super easy.
This is the pouch we made for our Homework Helper Desk.
This is how the wood will be placed in the binder.
Paint the sticks.
Start by gluing along one side of the binder as far up as the stick will go. (You could also glue directly onto the stick. Place the stick in place quickly. Do this for both sides of the binder.Place a line of glue on the tops of the sticks.
Fold the opposite side of your binder over onto the wood strips being careful to line them up correctly.
Print out the binder inserts.
Slide them into place.
Command Strips work wonderfully for hanging your binders on the wall.
The homework helper binders are completed and ready for use!
Wet erase markers work great on the surface! (Dry erase doesn’t rub off as well)
Make a Silly Selfie “quiet book” in just 15 minutes! All you need is a small inexpensive 4×6 mini photo book and some dry erase markers. This amazingly simple project is guaranteed to provide hours of entertainment to kids of all ages! Customize with your favorite photos and let the fun begin. It’s a perfect travel activity too!
Looking for more fun activities for both kids and adults? Check out our Mini Toy Box in a Drawer!
Quiet Book Supplies
- Hand size 4×6 photo album (can be purchased at many stores)
- 4×6 photos of your choice, close-ups work best
- Dry erase markers with built in eraser
- Downloaded book cover below
Gather your supplies! We used pictures uploaded to the closest Walgreen’s but there are a variety of other stores that do one hour photos and let you upload them online and pick them up!
Print and cut out your book cover.
Many of these books have an insert in the front. You can take them out if desired or place your cover over them. If your book does not allow an insert on the front you can also glue the cover on the front.
Slide in your printed cover.
Add your photos!
Pick a photo and start drawing. Keep in mind these take a couple minutes to dry if you want to save them. The back of the opposite page will smudge them otherwise.
Using markers with a built in erase is very handy.
The Silly Selfies Quiet Book makes a wonderful gift too. You can give it with just one black marker or a whole set of colors.
This toy box in a drawer is packed full of fun and creative activities ever for both adults and older kids. We’ve got ideas for your galore! It’s great for a living room end table drawer or in our case a coffee table drawer.
Family and visitors will love going through it and playing with all the creative things. Maybe they’ll play a skilled game of marble jump, or decide to color on a mini adult coloring page. They might sculpt a little something or give themselves a spritz of “joyful” spray. They can freshen their breath and alkalize their mouth at the same time by choosing the tin labeled “Eat Me” and filled with Xylitol mints. Do a word search, play solitaire, even scratch their back! One thing is for sure… there will be a smile on their face when they peek inside this special drawer.
A few of our items had thier own seperate tutorials so be sure to check out “Portable DIY Puzzle Mat” and “Awesome Practical Uses for a Black Light Flashlight“
Toy Box in a Drawer Supplies
I used some things I already had on hand for my drawer and purchased others. I took plain things and added labels to them, Washi tape or bling. I even painted the marbles silver. Below are close up photos of some of the items in my drawer along with a list of what I used and purchased (or something similar.)
(Our DIY here)
(Found at Books a Million)
(Removed label, added bling)
Spray Me Joy Spray
(lavender oil in water)
Small Word Search
(my dad made it)
Adult Coloring Pages
(pdf from Etsy, printed small)
I decided to add a small photo album to the drawer later. The family drawing you see was done by our daughter Amy quite a few years back.
This cute upcycled locket necklace will put a grin on anyone’s face and makes a wonderful gift for moms, grandmas or anyone who loves quirky jewelry. You’ll never guess what they are made from. Plastic spice bottle lids. They look amazing and are so fun to make. You can style them in an endless variety of ways.
Locket Necklace Supplies
- Lids with open hole from plastic spice bottles. (We used McCormick)
- Spray Paint
- Gems, flowers, beads etc.
- Photo of choice.
- Our printout patterns and template below.
- Chains, string etc.
- Drill with tiny bit
- Eye Screw (optional)
- Clear spray (optional but a good idea)
Additional Ideas: You can also use scrapbook paper cut into circles to place on your locket in various places.
Drill a small hole in the top of the lid for hanging a string or placing a eye screw into. Doing it before painting it is a good idea.
Spray paint your cap. After it dries a coat of clear sealer is a good idea.
If your using our free patterns, cut them out.
Cut a piece of poster board for backing using the appropriate pattern piece.
For a regular photograph use the appropriate circle to trace over the picture, then cut it out.
You can also print out a photo and do the same thing.
If you print a photo on regular paper we suggest covering it with packing tape.
Glue your photo face down into the lid.
Glue whatever you like on the front as long as it covers the logo portion on the lid.
You can also glue something inside the cover.
String can be added for the necklace.
Beads add a nice touch.
Attaching a chain is easiest if you insert an eyelet screw into the tiny hole.
You can add glue to the eyelet to hold it in. Place the backing poster board over it.
This tiny 10 minute pin cushion is a huge help for anyone who sews. Made using the lid from a plastic bottle you can make it any color or style you want! Great for keeping pins handy and putting pins back as you pull them out. Give them as gifts with a matching set of pins.
Pin Cushion Supplies
Note: The pom pom must be large enough to squeeze into the lid and give a nice puffy, thick surface. The 1″ size is too small. The one’s shown measured about 1 3/8″ which “might” be considered 1 1/2″ size. (I purchased mine in a large bag of mixed sizes.) The lids come in a variety of colors or you could also spray paint them if desired. The ones shown were kept as is.
- Lid from plastic soda bottles.
- Large Pom Pom (mine were at least 1 3/8″ in diameter.)
- 3/8″ Elastic strip about. 3″ in length.
- Hot Glue Gun
- Extras: Ribbon, Ric Rac, jewels, buttons etc.
These are the basics of what you need along with a glue gun.
You can decorate them using all types of items.
Place a large glob of hot glue in the bottom of your cap.
Squeeze and push your pom pom down into it firmly.
Decorate as desired.
Measure your elastic.
Glue the elastic onto the bottom.
If puzzles are your thing, you’re gonna love this creative little puzzle mat! It’s a way to store small mini puzzles and it’s an upcycle project, meaning it uses some things you most likely already have in your home! The only thing you might need to grab is the large sheet of felt. It’s small enough to take and store anywhere.
We put ours in our “Mini Toy Box in a Drawer for Adults and Kids.” So get your puzzle and make one or two or five of these awesome little puzzle mats. Great for inexpensive gifts too! For another great portable activity, idea check out our DIY Portable Lego Table.
Puzzle Mat Supplies
- Sturdy paper towel tube
- Paper egg carton
- 12″ x 18″ felt sheet (soft)
- Hot glue gun
- Mini puzzle Completed size no more than 10.5″x 11″
Gather your supplies. Make sure your paper towel roll is not bent or squished. Make sure you get soft felt. The thin, stiffer kind will not roll up the puzzle well.
The area for the puzzle will be 11″x 12″ approximately. Make sure your puzzle will fit on the mat and that the puzzle pieces will fit into the tube.
For the bottom end cap, trim a single egg carton section as shown, then glue it in.
For the top open ended cap, trim another egg carton section as shown. Add holes to attach it with string. Paint it before attaching. We added a coat of Mod Podge. (Optional)
After painting, attach your top cap as shown. We added some glue to the inside to secure the string. Glue on a small piece of ribbon as the pull tab.
Your felt will be a small amount taller than your tube. Measure it and trim the felt down to fit. Glue your felt around the tube as shown. Glue two pieces of ribbon as shown to tie the mat up when not in use.
Kids and adults alike love Lego and our family is no different. I wanted a portable DIY Lego table for my newly updated living room and I wanted it to match. I went through my garage and found an old wooden TV tray. It was perfect! I painted it to match my living room and even added some gold stickers and leg tips. It’s chic and fun!
DIY Lego Table Supplies
- Wood TV tray (you can find these at thrift stores)
- Paints of choice. We used white acrylic indoor paint and Rust-Oleum Gold spray paint
- Lego mat (We used a 15″x15″.)
- Fine tooth saw or utility knife (We had a saw and used that but I’ve seen people cut the mats with a heavy duty utility knife.)
- Sand paper (optional)
- Stencils or labels (optional)
If you’d like to use the “CREATE” text you can download it as either a pdf or Silhouette file. It is sized to fit a standard tv tray.
Silhouette File (zipped)
This was the old TV stand I started with.
Most of the top will be covered so sanding is optional depending on the shape its in.
It took about four coats of paint. I hand painted mine but spray painting would work great also and be much quicker.
Because my tray had rounded edges I wanted my Lego mat to match so we traced the corners.
My TV tray measured 19″ x 15 1/4″. The Lego mat was 15″ square so we had to cut one row off of one side for a nice fit. Then we cut the rounded edges. I’ve seen people cut these mats with a strong utility knife also. Just be very careful if you choose to do it that way. After we sawed the corners I took a light sandpaper to them to smooth them out.
I could have ordered two mats to cover the entire top of my tray but I liked the idea of having text on one side. I chose the word “create”. As I had a Silhouette cutting machine, I cut my letters out of vinyl and then spray painted them metallic gold before applying. You could also print out the letters, cut them out and then Mod Podge them onto your tray.
I used hot glue to attach my mat on all edges. Any glue would work.
I wanted gold tipped legs so we taped them up for painting.
We added plastic bags to keep the paint from spraying onto the rest of the tray.
I toyed with the idea of adding a handle on the edge but as the tray is so light I decided against it. My tray stands against the wall in my living room ready for use.
This trendy Star Wars lamp is easy to make and costs very little. All you need is an old lamp, spray paint, Mod Podge and some Star Wars material. Check out our other Star Wars crafts page including our Star Wars Boots and a Star Wars T-shirt. This project is courtesy of our daughter Amy Grace. She’s a phenomenal artist and you can find her work at her various online stores.
Star Wars Lamp Supplies
Spray paint your lamp base if desired.
Make a pattern of your lamp shade. This is very easy to do using a piece of butcher paper or newspaper. After you’ve traced it allow 1/2 inch extra on the top and bottom to allow for the fabric to fold over the top and bottom of your shade. Cut out your material then coat the shade with Mod Podge and smooth your fabric over it. No overcoat is needed. Use a small amount of Mod Podge inside the top and bottom rim and fold the fabric over into the inside.
Create and wear a Star Wars T-shirt with pride! Grab a shirt, a scrap of Star Wars material and some fabric edging. You can use fabric glue or sew it on. Being trendy was never so easy!
Check out our Star Wars Boots which make a great set with your new shirt. You’ll find this and more on our Star Wars craft page. This project is courtesy of our daughter Amy Grace. She’s a phenomenal artist and you can find her work at her various online stores.
Star Wars T-Shirt Supplies
Grab a T-Shirt
Cut your material into any shape you want. Measure your border.
Glue or sew on your patch.
Glue or sew on the border.
Time capsules are fun to make and even more fun to open! We’ll show you how to make one from plastic soda bottles. Fill them up with things that remind you of the current time including the filled out sheets we give you below. Seal your capsule, label it with the included label and set it in some out of the way place with a reminder to open at a designated time. We suggest at the very least one year but the longer you wait the more fun it is! You can make one as a group or one for each family member. It’s a wonderful way to preserve the past and see how things have changed in the future!
Supplies for Time Capsules
- Two plastic soda bottles with straight sides as those work best.
- X-acto type knife
- Dry erase marker (optional but great for marking your bottles)
- Printable sheets below
- Packing tape
There are pages for adults and children. (pdf)
- Newspaper clippings or headlines cut out
- Small magazine
- Photos from family activities during the year.
- Family photo
- Hand print or outline
- Receipt from local grocery shopping.
- Article of clothing
- Artwork or drawings
- Money with current date.
- Music CD
- Small Inexpensive Flash Drive filled with videos and any of the above!
Measure and mark your bottles with a dry erase marker as it rubs off when you’re done. Exact measurements are not needed. Just make them the size you want them to be. Each side can be the same size. Cut your bottles and then trim with scissors if needed. Cut a 1″ to 2″ slit on the top of one. This is the bottom piece and overlapping the slits a bit allows the top piece to slide on snugly.
Gather your contents that will fit in your bottle.
Fill your bottle, rolling or folding any papers as needed.
Cut out the label you want to use and fill it out. Use packing tape to cover it completely around the bottle to seal it.
Place your time capsule in an out of the way place until the date you set to open it.
These memory photo ornaments from wood slices are a wonderful way to personalize your holiday! Give them as gifts to grandparents or family. Make one for each new baby. Fill your tree with photos through the years! No matter how you use them, they will be another way to make your holiday memorable. P.S. Small ones also make great magnets!
- Wood discs about 1/2″ thick cut from tree branch. (approx 3 to 4″ in diameter) The cheapest way is of course to grab a branch and slice it up with a saw. If you don’t have that option you can buy the slices at any craft store or on Amazon. Just make sure to get the size you need. The smaller sizes allow you to use 4″x6″ photos.
- Mod Podge
- String for hanging
- Cord trim
- Extras. Ribbon, bells, artificial foliage etc. We used a cut out graphic of a holly image.
Photo Ornaments Instructions
Gather the few supplies you need.
Drill a small hole in the top of your slice to hang string from.
Trace your wood slice over the photo for a rough estimate of where you will cut. You’ll be cutting INSIDE the line.
Cut out your photo inside your traced line anywhere from 1/4″ to 1/2″ so there will be some of the wood slice showing around the edge.
Mod Podge your image into the wood slice.
Add any trim you want. I put some cording around my image for a nice edge. You can glue ribbon etc. onto the top of the slice. I used a small piece of clipart for mine.
Yep… that’s me. Ü
Your dog can eat in style with these classy personalized dog bowls! (Cats too!) Nice pet bowls can be expensive. Not these! $2.00 was paid for the set. Just grab some nice ceramic bowls at the local dollar store and then add your pets name either with paint pens or labels.
Supplies for Personalized Dog Bowls
- Ceramic or glass bowls from the dollar store.
- Paint pens, labels. (I used a Silhouette machine for mine but any labels can work.)
- Waterproof clear coating of some type to go over labels and any painting you do.
- For paint pens, paint on your design. You can coat it with a waterproof coating if desired or you can place your ceramic bowl in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes which will set the paint. (Make sure the bowl can be placed in an oven.) HAND WASH ONLY.
- For labels, attach them to your bowl and coat with a waterproof coating. HAND WASHING ONLY.
Get some ceramic bowls from your local Dollar Store. Mine only had dark colors. If you can get white ones, you have more options for paint pen colors.
Draw on your designs. If you make a mistake you can quickly wipe it off. If it sets you can wipe it off with rubbing alcohol.
Any type of labels will work as long as you put a clear waterproof coating over them. I had a Silhouette machine I used for mine.
The power of imagination is undeniable and this Positive Magic Potions kit might just be the little boost your child needs! You can use any size clear bottle and we have two sizes of labels you can print along with an instruction sheet that details the ability of each potion. FYI: We also have a tutorial on how to make the Upcycled Celtic Box shown. It’s super easy!
Going to the dentist? Take 4 drops of Bravery. Studying for a test? A few drops of Mind Power should do the trick. There are a few fun one’s too such as Fairy Vision and Laughing Brew. 25 labels in all.
DISCLAIMER: Only to be used for good. Results may vary.
Supplies for Positive Magic Potions Kit
There are 25 labels to pick from. Use as many as you wish depending on how many bottles you have. This kit can be given with the food coloring in it for older children. That way they can mix their own.
- Small clear bottles. I purchased these: Glass Cork Bottles, Glass Dropper Bottles (Plastic bottle from Walmart. Set of four.)
- Printed labels and instruction sheet below. (You can use parchment paper for the detail sheet.)
- Clear packing tape
- Box or container for potions (optional)
- Food coloring gel. I purchased these: Wilton Primary Colors Gel, Wilton Neon Colors Gel.
- Toothpicks (for dipping into gel)
- Distilled Water (Regular water will work but distilled keeps longer.)
- Optional: Here is how to make the Upcycled Celtic Box shown below. A simple and fast upcycled project!
These are the exact bottles I used. I painted the lids of the plastic ones black.
Print out the free labels and cut out the size you need.
Use clear packing tape to attach labels to the bottles to protect them if they get wet.
Fill with distilled water. Regular water works too but distilled stays fresh longer.
For small bottles dip a toothpick into the food coloring gel.
It doesn’t take much to color the water!
For larger bottles use a drop of gel or regular food coloring. Mix colors if desired.
Print out the detail sheet to use with the potions. I used a light brown parchment type paper for effect.
We have a full tutorial on how to make this simple Upcycled Celtic Box. Quick and easy!
Don’t forget to check out our Upcycled Small Celtic Box Tutorial!
Here’s a fun Halloween game (or anytime game for that matter!) Kids and adults alike will enjoy “Monster!” Just grab our free downloadable printables which includes the instructions and make a monster dice using a wood block and some wiggle eyes. It can be played with two or more or in groups and has various scoring options. Let players copy the monster example or use their creativity to create their own.
Supplies for Monster! Halloween Game
- Free printables below. One sheet per player
- Wood block for dice (one die per group)
- Paint (optional)
- Wiggle eyes 21 per single die. (Get extra small and make sure you can fit 6 on one side of the block. This will vary depending on the size of your block.)
- Glue (Some wiggle eyes are adhesive)
Download Game Sheets & Instructions
You can paint your block before adding eyes if desired.
Carefully add on your eyes to match a regular dice. Some eyes come with adhesive on them. Others will require you to add a tiny dab of glue on them.
How To Play (instructions also in download)
NUMBER OF PLAYERS 2 or more
SUPPLIES: Set of dice. Printed game sheet. Pencils (regular or colored)
GOAL: To be the first person to complete your monster, then to be the player with the most points at the end of all nine rounds (if you choose to tally points).
RULES: Everyone must throw a 6 to begin drawing. The first player to complete the monster shouts “Monster!” Everyone adds up their points (the number for each part). Person with most points at the end of all 9 rounds wins.
DRAWING: You can draw the example monster or draw your own as long as it has all the body parts needed. There is a blank sheet should you choose to place your own monster example on it instead of the one we have.
YOUNGER CHILD OPTION: You can let the one who drew the monster win and not tally points.
GROUP OPTION: Each group has its own game set. Play is the same as above, but the winner in each group moves to the group to the right. The person with most points at the end of all 9 rounds wins.
OTHER OPTIONS: People can draw their own style of monster if they wish as long as they use only the parts described.
Grab our free printable pattern and make this double sided Gandalf You Shall Not Pass door hanger. The flip side has Speak Friend and Enter depending on your mood. We made ours with foam board but cardboard or even poster board would work! There’s a color version and a black and white version to download. Make sure to check out our other Tolkien crafts and ideas on our Hobbit Day and Tolkien Week page.
- Print hangers on regular paper (choose white or colored below)
- Foam board
- Paint (optional of you want to paint your foam board edges)
- Marker (optional if you want to use for the edges)
- X-Acto Knife
- Glue (I used spray glue)
Print out the hangers of choice on either paper or cardstock. Glue one of them to your foam board. I used spray glue but any glue will work. Carefully cut around the edges using a knife. If you do not want white edges you can color them with a marker or carefully paint them before applying the back of the hanger.
Make these gorgeous dragon eyes from flat clear filler marbles and use them for dragon jewelry or to carry around in a simple pouch. Adults and children alike love them. Best dragon craft ever! (Except for our Dragon Egg of course.) You can use regular paints to make these but I’ve listed the things I found that make them the easiest to create. View detailed photos and a video below!
NOTE: You can use regular paints with tiny thin brushes in place of the Sharpie paint pens. I tested both methods and preferred the pens as it was neater, easier and quicker to use.
- Flat Clear filler marbles in the size you want. Typical is 3/4″ inch.(You can get these at most Dollar Stores, Walmart etc.)
- Metallic Sharpie Paint Pens, Thin Or regular gold or silver metallic paint and a thin brush.
- Black Sharpie Paint Pen or Black Paint and a thin brush.
- Metallic acrylic paint for background. (I used green, purple and blue and purchased them at Walmart)
- Jewelry findings if desired to make necklaces, rings, pins etc.
The marbles come in various sizes. The typical size is about 3/4″.
These are the tools I found work the easiest. However you can use regular paints to make the pupils and outline them. It just takes a very fine brush and a steadier hand. The paint markers make it a lot easier.
Because the marbles act as a magnifying glass it’s important to make the pupil very thin and keep it away from the edges. Otherwise when it’s turned over it appears to run over the edge. Make sure to let it dry well before doing the metallic outlines.
If you’re using regular paint for your edging you can use a toothpick to make the dots. Allow your outlines and dots to dry before moving on.
Make sure to put the back color on a bit thick and keep it away from the edge. Allow to dry thoroughly before handling.
We put our Dragon Eyes into our No Sew Drawstring Pouch.
Here’s a fun way to cool off. You may recall we showed you how to create some pretty hand fans using clothespins. For this modern version you can download and print our Free Emoji Fan graphics and glue them onto an old CD or DVD then attach a tongue depressor! Kids and adults alike would enjoy these. Keep a bundle in a container for handing out. Give them as party favors. Hand them out at outdoor events. No matter how you use them they’re sure to put a smile on faces!
- Downloaded, printed and cut out emoji faces below
- CDs or DVDs
- Tongue Depressors
- Glue (I used spray glue to attach the faces to the CDs and hot glue to attach the tongue depressors)
- Paint if desired for tongue depressors.
Free Emoji Download Printables
Have a Silhouette Cutter? Grab files for that below!
Print out your patterns and cut them carefully. Glue the emojis on to CDs. Paint your tongue depressors if desired and glue them onto your CD putting them at least 1/3rd the way into the CD so they are sturdy. You can cut two of each image and glue one to the back of your fan too so it’s two sided. Only use one CD however as using two will make it too heavy.
Turn flip flops into gorgeous unique footwear with just a few items you probably having lying around the house! They are an inexpensive way to be stylin’ in warm weather. We’ll show you how to take these rubber minimalist footwear and spice them up a bit in fun and inexpensive ways. The DIY flip flops shown were all purchased at the Dollar store.
DIY Flip Flop Supplies
- Flip flops of choice
- E6000® Permanent Craft Adhesive
- Toothpicks for applying adhesive
- Artificial flowers
- Small gems
- Ribbon (4 feet per shoe for adults)
- 1/4 yard cotton type material
- Pinking shears
This is basics to create each flip flop shown. Read the details above each finished photo.
Lace-Up DIY Flip Flop
This is a fast no glue version. Best DIY flip flop idea ever! For an adult size you need 4 feet of ribbon for a large size. It’s wrapped around the toe hold as shown above and then wrapped around the leg and tied as shown below. Very easy!
Jeweled DIY Flip Flops
The important part is to use the E600 Permanent Glue or something similar, to add gems.
Rag Tie DIY Flip Flops
Using about 1/4th a yard of any fabric, for adult size, cut into strips and tie once around the flip flop bands. I cut mine using pinking shears and made the strips 1 1/2″ wide by 5″ long. When tying try to make the front side of the fabric show as much as possible. Tie loosely ONCE, then scoot up next to the tie before it and pull the tie hard and tight. Spraying with a little water on the tied part when done will help it stay in place. There is no need to knot these. Also, they do not affect the feel of wearing the flip flops at all!
Flowered DIY Flip Flops
Glue on any flower you choose using the permanent glue shown above.
Individual Flip Flops for You’re Pinning Pleasure Ü
I’d seen these cute little upcycles before and wanted to try my hand at one. It was much easier than I expected! I especially love the little container that can be used for pills or vitamin though I put Xylitol gum in mine. If you want to keep your stuff private you can spray paint your bottles first. I chose to keep mine clear and decorate the gum containers in various matching ways. Learn how to make this little soda bottle purse below.
- 2 32 oz bottles. You could use a larger ones I’m sure.
- Nylon zipper long enough to go around the bottle. (Can be trimmed if needed.)
- X-acto knife
- Hot Glue Gun
- Chain for pill holder. (Optional)
- Drill if you’re putting a hole for a chain in your pill holder.
- Ribbon for handle and inner edge.
- Fine edged saw for cutting thread tops off bottles for pill container.
- Buttons, gems, paint, stickers etc. For decorating tiny case.
The steps are shown using a dark blue zipper. But as you will see you can use any color zipper you wish with matching ribbon. We also used gems, stickers and buttons to glue to the lid of our pill case. You could also paint designs on it!
Cut the bottoms off of two bottles. You can make them as high as you wish.
Trim the extra blank ends off. Carefully hot glue each side of your zipper around the top edge of each bottom bottle piece making sure the teeth are a tiny bit above the edge of your bottle.
The zipper stays attached but opened while you glue each size of it to each bottle piece.Trim off any extra zipper.Take some ribbon and hot glue it around the inner edge to give it a nicer finish.
Make a handle from the ribbon and attach it to your purse at the back.
For the pill container, cut the top thread part of the two bottles off below the bottom ridge. This generally takes a fine tooth saw as it’s fairly thick plastic.
Glue the tops together with lid sides out. Drill a small hole if desired to put a chain through.Finished pill /vitamin / gum holder. Below you will see a variety of ways you can decorate these to match your zipper and ribbons.
Who couldn’t use a little extra good luck? We’ve got some adorable little fairy tokens to bring you some! They’re made from clothespins and scraps of artificial flowers, felt and ribbon and are super easy to make. I “painted” mine using a variety of things from markers, to regular paint. Then I decorated them with things I already had. I already feel luckier! P.S. If you like these you’ll definitely love our beautiful little Stand Alone Fairy Doors!
- Traditional one piece clothespins (not the spring type)
- Hack saw to cut by hand. (You can use an electric saw of course if you have one.)
- Paint or markers
- Artificial flowers, leaves etc.
- Hot glue gun
- Small eye hook
Notes: When you drill the hole in the top make it a little bit smaller than the eye hook so it will still screw in. I colored mine various ways and all of them worked fine. I found it easier to color them before cutting but it doesn’t really matter.
Lots of Different Good Luck Fairies!
Have you ever looked at your Nerf basketball set and thought “That thing sure is drab…” Well… we’ve got the answer! With a little paper, some glue and scissors you can revamp it into something less boring and it’s super easy to do.
You can use anything for your backdrop from a colorful design with shapes to a character like we used. Coloring books can many times have very simple images that would work great as ideas and patterns. This Nerf basketball makeover comes courtesy of our daughter Amy who chose Patrick from SpongeBob for her design.
- Nerf Basketball Set (or something similar) The one we did is the standard 16″ x 11.5″ but any size will work.
- Construction paper, scrapbook paper or cardstock. The large square 12×12 size scrapbook paper is best for the larger set as it covers the most space. We still had to cut it into pieces to cover the back.
- Mod Podge
Gather your supplies.
The fastest way to make your solid background pattern is to trace your backboard onto a piece of newspaper. Decide what you want to put on it. You could find a simple image that you want to trace and use. Patrick from SpongeBob was our choice. He was super simple to make! Plus he covered the seam up the middle nicely.
After you cut out your pieces, glue them onto the background. Mod Podge works great for this. You can also give the whole thing a coat of it. If you think you want to change it out later don’t do that though.
Here’s a fun way to make a countdown from wood slices to some special event that’s coming up! Maybe a holiday, or someone coming to visit. Maybe its a long awaited vacation or days till you buy that special something you’ve been saving for. And of course the kids always count the days until school is out. Whatever the occasion this little countdown is a fun way to keep track of the time until it happens! It’s a lovely small piece that can sit anywhere to remind you of the wonderful things in your future.
- Wood slice discs. About 1/2″ thick cut from tree branch. (approx 3 to 4″ in diameter) If you don’t have a way to cut any you can find them on eBay and Etsy.
- Chalk paint
- Hot glue gun
- Silk flowers etc.
Make a Countdown For All Occasions!
Decorate your countdown however you like to match the occasion. I made a general one for any occasion and then one for the Christmas holidays. Make sure to put on TWO coats of chalkboard paint, allowing it to dry in between. It’s best to let the last coat dry overnight before use.
I had a little wooden lady bug that seemed to fit perfectly on this one.
Supplies used for a Christmas countdown.
Of course you can make a standard Christmas Countdown. We’ve also got more Christmas Countdown Ideas here.
Another fun style.
Here are three pretty ways to upcycle soda bottles and convert them into lovely planters! Using various sizes of bottles there are a whole variety of indoor plants you can use these for. There’s even one that waters itself! They take no time at all to make and can be a pretty edition to your kitchen or anywhere with some light that allows them to flourish!
- Various size soda bottles. 2 liter, 32 oz, and a tall skinny one. The straight sided ones are best. Walmart has their own soda brand that works great.
- X-acto knife
- Hot Glue Gun
- Goo Gone
- Free printables if desired (below)
- Black dry erase marker (to mark bottles for cutting)
- Thick water absorbent string or cord (for self watering planter)
- Permanent makers (used for decorating if desired)
- Drill (for self watering planter)
This shows an example of the 32oz bottle and the tall skinny bottle I used in addition to a normal 2 liter size.
Remove the labels on all your bottles. After doing so use Goo Gone or something similar to get rid of the residue without marring the surface.
This planter looks so awesome with a few cut out graphics attached to it. I used a 32 oz bottle. You can grab a download of the graphics seen or use your own. This would make a terrific gift!
FREE PDF OF LABELS
Cut an opening on one side of the bottle as shown.
Put in some small stones on the bottom for drainage. Add dirt and plants. Add your images.
Cute standup herb planter. You could have a whole row of these in the window sill. I used a tall skinny bottle for this but any size would work.
Draw an opening on the side of your bottle with a dry erase marker .
Cut an opening where you marked.
I used a permanent marker to make designs on the bottle. Put some stones and soil in. Add your herbs.
For this planter I used the larger standard 2 liter size bottle cut approximately 5″ up from the base.
Drill a hole in the lid for the string to go through.
Take a thick jute type cord that will absorb water and feed it though the lid making a knot on the inside to keep it in place. Make it about 14″ long for this larger bottle.
Attach the lid to the bottle.
Place water in the bottom portion and place the top upside down into it. Add some stones for drainage, your soil and your plant or seeds. IMPORTANT: You MUST water the plant yourself at first as the soil needs to start out damp. After that it should pull water up the string into the soil on it’s own. Make sure it never dries out of the water will not seep up the string.
Who wouldn’t want this cute little guy hanging around? A clothespin and a little piece of screen with some wiggle eyes makes this darling little guy! You can make him any color you want or give a set of them as gifts. You can easily make this by cutting your own wing shape but I included downloadable instructions with a pattern.
- Small piece screen (you want the soft flexible fiberglass type NOT the old hard wire kind.)
- Wiggle eyes
- Paint of choice
- Magnet for back
Paint or dye your clothespin. Paint head part. Glue on eyes. Cut 4 wire wings. Glue wings on top overlapping a bit. Glue small magnet on back.
Whether you believe in fairies or not these little doors are lovely little accents to any room! They are so simple to make using popsicle sticks and wood bases that you can get at any craft store. Decorate them with whatever you have around the house, which is what I did. Then place them in an out of the way spot to be discovered. Best of all you don’t have to attach them to anything!
- Popsicle sticks: 10 for regular doors. 11 for curved doors.
- Hot glue gun
- Poster board or cereal box cardboard.
- Wood base* of any type aprox. 5.25″x 3″
- Wood mushroom buttons for doorknobs. (Not sure what those are called) Other doorknob ideas: Small cork, small round ball, round bead etc.
- Various additions: moss, artificial flowers, leaves, small wood shapes, old jewelry etc,
*NOTE: You could also use a heavy piece of cardboard for the base.
I used things that I already had to make these so they cost me nothing. Even if you have to purchase the wood bases and sticks you’re looking at a very inexpensive craft.
Small wood blocks also work to hold the door up.
Ok, this might be a little weird for some of you. I’m a gum chewer. I chew Xylitol gum regularly because it prevents and can heal tooth decay. However I like to chew gum and not have a burst of flavor each time so I’ll save my gum over a few days for re-chewing. Those who do this “get it”. Those who don’t are likely grossed out at this point.
I used to stick my gum in odd places. I have photos of my desk through the years and if you look close you will see my gum sitting somewhere covertly like “Where’s Waldo”. The most common spot was the base of the fan that I always have on the desk. Needless to say it would get fairly grodie after a while and I’d have to grab my Goo Gone and remove all the gum residue. I started putting a piece of foil on the base of the fan to lay my gum on but it wasn’t a good solution.
I finally came up with the idea to use a cap of a bottle. It worked great! Being someone who likes to make my home and spaces special and unique, I decided to fancy up my cap a little. So for all you gum chewers and savers out there… this one’s for you!
- Soda bottle lid
- Paint or fancy paper.
- Jewels etc.
- Glue Gun
Cut a strip of fancy paper to fit around the edge of your cap. Hot glue gems on.
You can also paint the lids. I spray painted mine then added some dimensional puffy paint.
I cut a small piece of foil (wax paper would also work) to place inside the cap. I can then change it out if it gets too icky. A small dab of hot glue will hold it in place yet allow you to remove it fairly easily.