Build A Toy Workbench For A Lucky Kid This Christmas

Filed under: Kids — Savvy Housekeeper at 9:43 am on Tuesday, December 16, 2014

In my quest to Make My Son A Play Kitchen, I came upon another great gift idea: make your kid a toy workbench out of recycled furniture.

Here’s one out of a $3 nightstand.

And this one from a $12 DIY bookshelf kit.

And finally, this one from some kind of TV console.

How To Make A Floating Christmas Tree

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 10:00 am on Monday, December 15, 2014

Check out this Floating Christmas Tree from Not Martha. It’s made from hanging green Christmas ornaments from a vegetable steamer rack. So clever. There’s a tutorial to show you how to do it too.

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Last Minute Gift Idea: Knit A Cozy Pot Holder

Filed under: DIY — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:43 am on Friday, December 12, 2014

If you’re fast with knitting needles, there’s still plenty of time to make pot holders as a Christmas gift.

Here’s a pattern for a pot holder with an owl on it.

Leap And Sparkle In A Unicorn Horn Headband

Filed under: Kids — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:35 am on Thursday, December 11, 2014

For more great DIY gift potential, check out this tutorial for a Unicorn Horn Headband. I would have loved this when I was a little girl.

Have A Merry Christmas With These Red Holiday Cocktails

Filed under: Food/Drink — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:23 am on Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Who says red cocktails are just for Valentine’s Day? Here are Red Cocktails to try out at your holiday party this year.

HOLIDAY CHEER COCKTAIL

CHERRY WHISKEY SMASH

CRANBERRY MARGARITA

DIRTY SHIRLEY

CHRISTMAS COSMO

HEARTS OF POM

CHOCOLATE-DIPPED STRAWBERRY COCKTAIL

Kitchen Playset Dishes For $1

Filed under: Kids — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:18 am on Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Yesterday, I mentioned my annoyance at the high price of play kitchens for children. Even if you Make Your Own Play Kitchen, there’s still the price of the pretend dishes to contend with. They often cost $30.

Then yesterday, I was in the Dollar Tree toy aisle, and I ran into a set of pretend dishes for $1. Now, that’s more like it!

The five-piece sets come with a pot, lid, and two utensils. I bought two, thereby saving myself some money, had I been inclined to buy the $30 set. (I wasn’t.)

And yes, the Dollar Tree set isn’t as nice as the $30 set, but considering that these are pretend dishes for my son to bang around, that doesn’t matter to me one bit.

Child DIY Gift Idea: A Fun and Frugal Play Kitchen

Filed under: Kids — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:51 am on Monday, December 8, 2014

I looked into buying my son a play kitchen and was pretty surprised how much they can cost. This gift guide is pretty typical, with the kitchens ranging from $60-$300.

I feel like I’m missing something here. This is a pretend oven that my son can shove all his toys into and tell me he’s baking pie, right? Yeah, I thought so. I don’t think I need to spend a lot of money on that.

Here are four ways to recycle material around the house and make your own play kitchen, for a fraction of the price.

PLAY KITCHEN FROM A NIGHTSTAND. This project took a $6.50 nightstand from the thrift store and made a great play kitchen.

PLAY KITCHEN FROM A ENTERTAINMENT CENTER. Since the entertainment center was free, the entire kitchen cost $15 to make.

A PLAY KITCHEN THAT FITS OVER AN OTTOMAN. If you can sew, this is a great option: sew one to fit over an ottoman. You can fold it up when it’s not being used.

A PLAY KITCHEN THAT FITS OVER A FOLDING TABLE. This one works for small spaces.

A PLAY KITCHEN MADE OUT OF A CARDBOARD BOX. This one won’t last forever, but hey, they lose interest in these things pretty quickly.

Easy DIY Colorful and Fun Fruit Ornaments

Filed under: DIY — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:12 am on Friday, December 5, 2014

These DIY Fruit Christmas Ornaments are cute. The tutorial shows you how to turn clear glass ornaments into strawberries, watermelons, pineapples, and oranges. They would be a great gift, too.

Himmeli-Style Christmas Star Tree Topper

Filed under: DIY — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:09 am on Thursday, December 4, 2014

I kind of like this Himmeli-Style Christmas Star Tree Topper. You can make it yourself using round metal brass tubing and brass wire.

Turn A Toilet Paper Roll Into Storage With 3D Printed Caps

Filed under: Recycling — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:47 am on Wednesday, December 3, 2014

If you have a 3D printer, check out these Tube Caps for turning toilet paper rolls into storage.

Because the caps are attached by a rubber band, they stay on the roll and make a great compartment for holding small things. I’m using them in my junk drawer to hold magnets, rubber bands, and washers.

My kind of recycling.

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