Crafts and Homemade Gifts


Decorating on a Budget

Baby's Room on a Budget
Decorating for Free: Vases
Painting Wall Canvases
Old Fashioned Valentines
DIY Rustic Succulent Centerpiece

Cheap & Fun Crafts

Reusing Old Cards 
Magazine Hearts Shadow Box
Homemade Message Board Gifts
Punched Tin Candle Holder Gifts
Dishtowel Angels
Valentine's Day Goodie Bags
Fleece Baby Pillow
Homemade Kid's Crafty Items
Homemade Playdoughs
DIY Toddler Musical Instruments
Kraft Paper Crafts
Cheap Baby Sensory Toy
Homemade Finger Paint
Simple Button Lamp
Frosty Beeswax Candles
Homemade Reed Diffusers
Jar of Kisses
The Thankfulness Jar
Home Made Cloth Napkins
Free Printable Canning Jar Labels
Toddler Busy Bags
Foot Washing Station - How to Make an Outdoor Rug
Homemade Sandwich Bags
Spiced Candles for Fall
Old Fashioned Christmas Decorations
Tinted Mason Jars
Free Printable Paper Dolls
Mason Jar Bird Feeder
How to Make Chalk Paint
5 Fun and Frugal Homemade Playdough Recipes
Easy Frugal Busy Bags for Preschoolers
Milk Jug Bird Feeder

Repurposing Clothing

Dress to Skirt
Repurposing T-Shirts
Repurposing Jeans and Shoes

Simple Sewing Projects

Simple 9 Patch Quilt
How Sewing Can Save Your Budget
Free Printable Sewing Patterns
Easy Sewing Projects
Homemade Clothespin Bag
Homemade Baby Toys
Reusable Market Tote Bag
DIY Infinity Scarf
Easy Fleece Hat Pattern
Pot Holder Sewing Pattern
Dish Towel Apron
Simple Scrappy Christmas Stocking
Easy Quilted Placemat Pattern & Tutorial
10 Minute Baby Blanket
Even More Free Printable Sewing Patterns & Tutorials
Ten Minute Table Runner
Free Simple Sewing Patterns
15 Minute DIY Pillow Cover
How to Sew a Gathering Apron
9 Incredibly Simple Kids Fleece Projects
How to Make Felt Flower Embellishments


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1 Amy Collett November 7, 2012 at 8:08 pm

Hi! I was wondering if you have any recipes for making homemade soap. I would like to start making this for Christmas gifts and for ourselves. I would love it to be organic. We have a store where I can get organic essentia oils but I would have to order the other stuff online. Any ideas?

Thank you so much for this website. I use it all the time. Thank you for your hard work. 🙂 Amy


2 Patricia December 21, 2012 at 4:14 pm

I just made the Cookie Mix Jar today for someone!
I embroidered a flour sack and bought an old wooden rolling pin to include instead of cookie cutters…but it’s what i found at the moment!
Love homemade gifts! Thanks for the list!


3 KATHLEEN Anderson October 16, 2013 at 4:05 pm

I am interested in making soap bars also and would like a HOW TO. Thank you for considering it.


4 Michelle Aguilar January 10, 2014 at 11:35 am

i love ur stuff do u crochet blanket are baby blanket anything have do with crochet stuff. u can e-mail. me please thanks u by Michelle Aguilar


5 Merissa January 10, 2014 at 11:52 am

Right now the only crochet tutorial we have on the site is for Crocheted Dish Cloths.


6 Erin Finley February 2, 2014 at 7:59 pm

I found your blog through Pinterest and was quite intrigued to check your site out. Before pregnancy, I was always wanting to spend, spend, spend and didn’t care on what or how much. Once I got pregnant (and lost my job because of it), my ways of thinking changed TREMENDOUSLY! Not just because we were now down to one income, but also because that stuff just wasn’t important to me anymore. Somehow, I went from fancy to wanting to live a way more simplified life. I would tell my friend that I wanted to live like Little House on the Prairie. Can you imagine how I felt when I saw your blog right now? My daughter is now 5 months old and I still am looking for more and more ways to save, save, save! I am so glad I came across your blog!


7 Merissa February 3, 2014 at 7:08 am

I’m glad you found the blog too! Welcome!


8 Nikky February 25, 2014 at 12:01 pm

My Mom received a potato warmer/cooker for the microwave a couple years ago. They come out great. Not shriveled or hard in spots. I would like to make some. Do you know how?


9 Merissa February 25, 2014 at 3:42 pm

I do, I’ve been working on a post but just haven’t gotten it up yet 🙂


10 Phyllis March 8, 2014 at 10:38 am

Hello” I made your lotion bars and purchased the beeswax and Shea butter from Amazon. Both ingredients have a very strong smell almost as if they were rancid. The addition of the coconut oil didn’t go far enough to masking the unpleasant odors and my kids were unhappy about the odor as well. Never having purchased those ingredients before I was hoping you could tell me if these strong odors are normal for these ingredients or if I should return them to amazon for a refund. I love the concept of making the lotion bars in the deodorant tubes. Thanks for all of your great ideas.


11 Merissa March 8, 2014 at 1:47 pm

It’s hard to say without actually smelling them myself. Both beeswax and shea butter smell a little different but they shouldn’t smell rancid. They will be stronger than the coconut oil scent though, that’s normal.


12 mona November 29, 2014 at 2:50 pm

I also came across ur blog at Pinterest..really found it interesting…i wonder if this will work in my home country India as well…presently i m travelling …and i m in USA …I am keen to b in touch even after reaching India…Thanx for all the things I want to try out after reaching home…


13 shannon April 3, 2015 at 4:36 pm

Just found you on the web. and am very happy I did. I’m looking forward to following you. I was actually looking for tiny house things and put in “little” to see if anything new would come up…and there you were! 🙂 Having a blast scrolling through everything.


14 Merissa April 3, 2015 at 6:05 pm

Welcome Shannon!


15 Julie January 31, 2016 at 7:38 am

Hi! Just found your site. I would love to know how to make the Homemade Sandwich Bags but the link seems to be linked to the candles. They are cute, but would like to see th sandwich bags. Could you please check the link? Thanks!


16 Merissa January 31, 2016 at 6:44 pm
17 Kerian June 4, 2016 at 10:24 pm

Hi from Australia Merissa. I found you on Pinterest while looking for cloth napkins.. yes.. I openly admit I sought them out.

You look so much like my mother in her younger days you could be twins.

Thanks for a fantastic blog. I’m keen to try out some of your recipes.


18 Melinda Mitchell July 4, 2016 at 9:45 pm

Toddler busy bags are what I need! I have to keep stuff in my van for my grands, all the time.


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