Easy Santa Gift Tags

These Santa Gift Tags are super simple to make! With just a few minutes and a few supplies, you’ll have this adorable gift tag to put on a gift for someone special! I love how easy these Santa gift tags are to make!

This post is part of the Craft Lightning Holiday series. All week long Angie from the Country Chic Cottage and I, along with our guest-host, Vanessa from Tried & True, are sharing fast and fun Holiday Crafts – all are Holiday Crafts that can be done in 15 minutes or less! And each day we have crafty friends from around the internet sharing their fun and fast ideas as well! Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post for their ideas.

Santa Gift Tags

To make these gift tags you’ll need:
Scrapbook or construction paper in red, white, and flesh tones
Sizzix Santa Die
Glue Stick
Hole Punch

santa sizzix die

Run one layer of white, one of red, and one skin toned through the machine.


supplies for santa tags

Use scissors to cut out the face, hat, and nose out of the appropriate colors. Glue in place with a glue stick.

glue parts in place

Punch hole in top of hat, and add a string.

finished santa gift tags


Check out these other fun projects:

These Dreidel Gift Tags are another fun option! The Underground Crafter will show you how they’re made.


How fun is this DIY wrapping paper? You’ll find the how-to over at Nap Time Creations.


over at My Mom Made That, you’ll learn how to add the smells of Christmas throughout the house with these Christmas sachets.


Cinger Snap Crafts has a fun ornament idea – these wood slice ornaments!


Check out this great rustic Christmas Sign from Here Comes the Sun!


This fun modern clock is a great way to remind your children of the joys of the holiday season… and good behavior!


Be sure to stop back by tomorrow for more fun and fast holiday craft ideas!


Halloween Jack-o’-Lantern Necklace

I hope you’ve enjoyed all the quick and easy Halloween Crafts I’ve been sharing! Here is an easy Halloween Jack-o’Lantern Necklace. No fancy tools, no sewing – and you can make it in about 5 minutes! Be sure to scroll all the way down to check out the other fast and fun 15-minute-or-less Halloween craft ideas!




To make this necklace, you’ll need:

Necklace Pendant
Orange Fabric
Black Fabric Paint
Mixed Media Glue
pencil or pen

supplies for necklace

Open the package, and trace the top hoop onto the fabric.


Cut out just inside the tracing line. Don’t cut the bump at the top.

cut out fabric

Add glue to the base.

add glue

Place the fabric circle on top.

glue on fabric

Glue the top hoop in place, and you’re done!

finished halloween jack o lantern necklace


Here are some more awesome and fun Halloween Craft ideas!

My Craftily Ever After is whipping upĀ  fun Halloween treat boxes.


A weet Berry shows you how to create this great pumpkin banner in just a few minutes.


Give your guest bath a makeover with these Halloween themed pump soaps from Happy Go Lucky.


If you’re going for an 80’s-themed costume this year, you’ll want to whip up one of these 80s themed bracelets by Scrappy Chick Designs.

Have you tried quilling? It is an easy and inexpensive craft, and Creative Cynchronicity will show you how with these quilled paper bat earrings!


How fun is thisĀ  spider wall hanging that Dragonflies and Lillypadswhipped up!?


Over at Artistic Endeavor, you’ll learn to turn any jar into a metallic pumpkin lantern.


I love anything that glows in the dark, and so I’m a huge fan of this glow in the dark spider jar from Me and My Inklings.


Your kids are going to love this this great windsock project from Me and My Very Educated Mother.


My co-hostess for this series, Angie from The Country Chic Cottage, made this awesome Frankenstein treat bag.


Our guest co-hostess is 100 Directions had the fabulous idea of turning mason jar lids into glowing eyes to decorate for Halloween.


Googly Eye Headband

I have a thing for googly eyes. They make me go completely googly on the inside. For realz. And I can’t explain it. Googly eyes are my catnip. And Halloween is the perfect time to break out my giant stash of googly eyes. Like this Googly Eye Headband. It is crazy simple to make, and is the perfect “un-costume”. Maybe you work in an industry where you can’t dress up for Halloween, but want your attire to be a nod to this festival of tricks and treats. Or maybe your child’s school doesn’t allow costumes, but you can’t resist bending the rules on the 31st of October. Take a few minutes, and whip up this fun Googly Eye Headband!

This project is part of Craft Lightning Week. All week long, I’ve been sharing 15-minute-or-less crafts here on 30 Minute Crafts as part of the series – so have my friends Angie from The Country Chic Cottage and Jen from 100 Directions. AND, we invited a bunch of our crafty friends from around the internet to join in. Scroll down to check out all their fun projects!

Googly Eye Headband - easy to make Halloween accessory!

Supplies for Googly Eye Headband:

Googly Eyes (you can use all the same, or different sizes and colors)
Hot Glue
Headband (wide or skinny – up to you!)

supplies for googly eye headband

Just glue the eyes in place. On a wide headband, you’ll want different sized eyes, Stagger them for a less structured look.

glue on eyes

I really like the thin band with the row of same-sized googly eyes. It is also easier to make. Just add a line of glue about an inch or an inch and a half long. Then put on googly eyes. Repeat all the way around the headband. Your Googly Eye Headband is complete.

glue eyes in a row

I’ve got one more day of 15 minute Halloween craft ideas… be sure to come back tomorrow to check it out!

Check out these other fast and fun Halloween Crafts:

Try it Like it shows you how to make a simple mummy wrapped candle.


Midge and Madge show you how you can make your own Halloween Treat bag – these are so simple, you could make them the morning before!


Crafty kids will love making these Halloween beadie buddies – this is a great scout craft project, and The Gagen Girls will show you how!


Over at Laura’s Crafty Life, you’ll learn how to make a Halloween wreath that is pretty and spooky at the same time!


Albion Gould used glow in the dark embroidery thread (how did I not know about this stuff??) to make a cute ghost tassel necklace.


Our crafty-guest-co-host, Jen from 100 Directions, made these fun Boo Bags using adorable Halloween printables.


And Angie over at the Country Chic Cottage, my crafty co-host for this series, made these cute burlap candy corn gift bags!


Hanging Spider Hoop

Looking for an inexpensive Halloween craft to make with a group of kids? This simple hanging spider hoop is easy to make! For younger kids, you can have an adult man the glue gun, or you can switch it out for some crafting glue or even adhesive dots.

This hanging spider hoop is part of Craft Lightning Week – all week long my friends Angie from The Country Chic Cottage and Jen from 100 Directions and I are sharing 15-minute-or-less Halloween crafts… and we’ve asked a bunch of our crafty friends to join in. Scroll to the bottom to check out their projects!

Hanging hoop spider - simple craft


To make this hanging hoop spider, you’ll need:
Black Doily
Black Ribbon
Embroidery hoop smaller than the doily
Hot Glue
Googly Eyes


Put the doily in the embroidery hoop. Cut 4 ribbons, each 12-18″, depending on the size of your hoop.

supplies for hanging spider craft

Tie the ribbons around the hoop using double knots.

tie on ribbons

Trim the ribbons to be about the same length. Glue on the eyes.

add eyes

Hang in your room using string tied to the center of the doily.

Check out these other fast and fun Halloween craft ideas:

Kelly from Here Comes the Sun made a cute dessert stand – perfect for serving Halloween treats!


Over at Stuff and Such, Lisa shows you this fun take on spider web door decor.


My son is a fan of candy corn and Mickey Mouse – he’d love these Candy Corn Mickey Mouse cookies from Danielle at Busy Mom’s Helper.


Looking for some Halloween sensory play? Or maybe just a gross Halloween craft? Laura at Housewife Hellraiser has you covered with this great DIY Slime.


Lindsay from Artsy-Fartsy Mama made the most adorable Halloween charms. But you don’t have to beg to be her new bestie to get your hands on some… she shows you how to make your own!


Carla shows you how to customize your tumber for Halloween using vinyl (so easy!) on her site CarlaSchauer.com


Love simple and elegant Halloween decor? Paula at Frog Prince Paperie shows you how to make these upscale pumpkin candlesticks.


Dress up some store-bought cupcakes, or use these bat and raven cake toppers from Jen at 100 Directions as an easy way to decorate your favorite homemade cupcakes!


Halloween decor for pennies? Angie from The Country Chic Cottage shows you how to use sticks and leaves from your yard to make this fun Halloween decor!


Come back tomorrow for more fun and fast Halloween craft ideas!


Skeleton Key Earrings

I love jewelry that is easy to make and fun to wear – and these Skeleton Key Earrings absolutely check both of those boxes! Earrings are super simple to make. These are so inexpensive and simple that you can make several to give as gifts. They are the perfect zero-calorie Halloween treat!

This project is part of our “Craft Lightning Halloween” week. All week long my friends Angie from The Country Chic Cottage, and Jen from 100 Directions, along with several of our crafty friends, are sharing Halloween crafts that can be made in 15 minutes or less! Be sure to check out their craft ideas below!

Skeleton Key Earrings - simple to make, and so much fun to wear!

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Skeleton Key Earrings Supplies:

Skull Beads
Small Jewelry Keys
Jump Rings
Earring Wires
Jewelry Pliers
Hot Glue

supplies for skeleton key earrings

Use the clippers from your jewelry pliers to cut the keys in half.

TIP: Position the key on the blade, near the hinge of the clippers. This gives you the most power. Bring your hand down to the table, then cover with a towel or with your hand. The pieces tend to fly off, and you could lose one, or it could hit something – or someone. Then squeeze the handles to clip.

clip key in two

Carefully fill the top of the bead hole with hot glue. Insert the top of the key.

glue top on

Next, fill the bottom with hot glue, then insert the bottom. Repeat with a second key.

repeat with second earring

Open a jump ring, then add the key and earring wire. Finally, close the jump ring. This finishes one of your skeleton key earrings.

add to jump ring

Repeat for the second earring, and you have a cute pair of skeleton key earrings that you can wear on Halloween – or any time of year!

finished skeleton key earrings


More fun and fast Halloween craft ideas:

Malia from Yesterday on Tuesday made this Ghost Under Glass – so cute, it is hard to believe you can whip one up in just 15 minutes!


Over at A Girl and a Glue Gun, Kimbo shows you how you and your kids can whip up these easy tissue paper ghosts.


You’re just a few sprays away from making your own Faux Mercury Glass Pumpkins – Jessi from Practically Functional shows you her technique (it is crazy simple)!


At A Turtle’s Life for Me shows you how to transform wood scraps into adorable Halloween decor.


Clipboards can make great decor. Steph from Crafting in the Rain shows you how she made an adorable Halloween clipboard.

hocus pocus craft

When the leaves start to turn, the burlap decor comes out – and Vanessa from Tried and True combines burlap and pumpkins to make a great fall wreath!


Jen, out guest co-host for this week, has this awesome Halloween nail art – so even if you don’t get into costume, your nails can get dressed up!


And Angie, my Craft Lightning co-host, made this absolutely adorable monster wreath!


No Sew Bat Baby Hat

This no sew bat baby hat is super easy to make with just a few supplies. You can make your own bat baby beanie in about 15 minutes, and it is super cute! In fact, you can adjust these instructions a little to make a bat beanie in just about any size!

This project is part of this year’s Craft Lightning Halloween – all week long I’ll be sharing fast crafts you can make in 15 minutes or less, along with my crafty friends Angie from the Country Chic Cottage, and Jen Goode from 100 Directions. And we’ve rounded up a bunch of our friends to join in as well! Scroll to the bottom of this post to check out all their fast and fun Halloween Craft ideas!

Easy to make Bat Baby Hat - make this cute baby beanie in about 15 minutes!

To make this No Sew Bat Baby Hat, you’ll need:
Black baby beanie
Black and White Felt
Hot Glue
1″ Googly Eyes

supplies for bat hat

Cut a strip from the felt as wide as the hat is tall.

cut as tall as the hat

Cut the edge of the felt along the curve of the hat.

cut along curve of hat

Cut curves into the bottom of the strip.

cut bottom of wing

Cut curve along the top of the wing.

cut wing

Hot glue along the edge of the bat wing – the side that matches the curve of the hat.

glue on edge

Press the glued edge into the side of the hat.

Put your hand inside the hat to pinch the sides of the wing, securing the glue in place.

pinch in hat

Repeat, adding the wing to the other side.

wing glued in

Cut a small piece of felt (about 2″ x 1.5″) into a tumbler shape.

cut into tumber shape

Cut a notch into the bottom of the tumbler to make the bat’s teeth.

teeth and eyes

Glue the teeth under the rim of the hat, and the eyes onto the hat. You’re all done! If you want some creepy Halloween decor, put your no sew bat baby hat onto an old doll!

creepy doll wearing bat hat

Check out these other great Halloween crafts that can be done in 15 minutes or less:

Lindsay at Frenchie Wraps made these cute monster pencil toppers.


How fun is this Frankenstein Flag? Niki shows you how to make your own over on 365 Days of Crafts.


Like this Jack-o-Lantern tray? Amy at Atta Girl Says shows you how easy it is to make your own!


This skull hoop embroidery is super simple to make – Sew What Alicia shows you how!


Over at Doodlecraft, Natalie transformed this wood slice with some brush calligraphy.

trick or treat wood slice diy sign calligraphy brush lettering (2)

This creepy hand decor is surprisingly simple to make – Jennifer Priest walks you through how easy it is to whip one up!



Be sure to stop back by tomorrow for more fast and fun Halloween Craft ideas!


Pokemon Go Craft: Pokeball Tin

My kids love to play Pokemon Go, and I love that it gets us all out of the house and doing something together (see a whole list of reasons I love Pokemon Go Here). But, sometimes, I just want to stay in. Doing a Pokemon Go craft with the kids lets me avoid the heat on the crazy-hot days, and still gives in to their love of all things Pokemon! This Pokeball Tin is easy to make with the kids – and they’ll love playing with it afterwards! They can draw pictures of their favorite Pokemon to “catch” in their DIY Pokeball Tin.

If you want to check out some other fun Pokemon crafts, Jessica from Mad in Crafts made some fun Pokeball bath bombs, and Angie from The Country Chic Cottage made some Pokeball party lanterns.

Make your own Pokeball Tin - a fun DIY Pokemon Go craft to do with the kids!

To make this Pokeball Tin, you’ll need:
Round Tin (find this one at the checkout of Trader Joe’s… it is the same tin I used for my BB8 Tin)
Red, White, and Black multi-surface paints

supplies for pokeball - pokemon craft

Paint the top half red.

paint top red

Paint the bottom half of the pokeball white.

paint bottom white

Paint the black stripe.

paint lines

Paint a black circle in the center.

paint circle

Now you can go hunt some Pidgey, Ratta, and Evey!

finished pokemon go craft - pokeball tin

Want another Pokemon Go craft? Check out these:

Be sure to check out how Jessica made her Pokemon Bath bombs.

Pokemon Bath Bomb from Mad in Crafts


And how Angie made these fun Pokemon party lanterns.

Pokemon Party Lanterns from The Country Chic Cottage

DIY Bandana: Scout Craft

It doesn’t matter if you’re a Boy Scout, Girl Scout, or Cub Scout, a bandana is an essential tool in scouting. It is super versatile – a bandana can keep your hair out of your face, serve as a temporary sling, be used to tie things together, be dipped in water to help you cool off, put on the ground for a clean place to sit (or on a table for a clean place to put your plate)… there are so many ways a bandana can come in handy, it is nice to have more than one! Which makes making your own bandana super awesome! You can make a bandana with your favorite color or favorite fabrics – or make multiple bandanas with the same fabric for your whole patrol or troop. An easy way to identify members of your group in a crowd!

This project is the last in this week-long series of 15-minute-or-less scout crafts for Craft Lightning Scout Crafts week! All week long, my co-hosts Angie from the Country Chic Cottage and Laura from Me and My Inklings, along with our crafty friends from around the internet … scroll to the bottom of this post to see all their great ideas from today!

15 Minute Bandana


To make this Bandana you’ll need:
2/3 yard of a woven fabric of your choice. NO knits (t-shirt fabric).
Rotary Cutter & Ruler or Scissors
Iron and Ironing Board
Sewing Machine

pick fabric

Pick a fun fabric – there are tons of great fabrics out there, find one (or several!) that you love!

Cut the fabric to size. For a standard bandana, you’ll want a 21″ square. If you’d like a larger bandana, cut a larger square – with most fabrics you can go up to 40″ square (that is a BIG bandana!).

cut to size

Take the fabric to your ironing board. Fold over about 1/4″, and press. Repeat for all four sides.

fold and press

Repeat this process a second time, all the way around, this time folding over 1/2″. This will tuck in the raw edges to make your bandana last through the washer and dryer.

Bring your bandana to the sewing machine. Start in the middle of one side. Start stitching along one edge.

stitch down edge

When you get to the corner, stop 1/4″ from the end.

stitch to end

Make sure your needle is down, and lift up the presser foot.

lift presser foot

Pivot your bandana 90 degrees.

pivot bandana fabric

Put the presser foot back down. Then keep stitching.

presser foot down

Repeat on all four corners – stitching all the way around the bandana. When you get back to the beginning, stitch back 4-5 stitches, then forward again, before cutting the thread.

finish ends

Your bandana is complete!

finished DIY Bandanas

And check out these other great scout craft ideas!

Over at Frog Prince Paperie, you’ll learn how to make this fun Crab Craft using recycled cardboard tubes – a great craft that can apply to different scout requirements.


These bottle carriers that Katie from A Sweet Berry made are a great pre-hiking or pre-camping craft for your scout troop. Final


Sewing is an essential skill that many kids are first exposed to through scouting. These lacing cards by Lisa at Stuff n Such are a fun way to introduce a needle and thread! Easy_Sewing_Cards_DIY_wm


Michelle at Delicate Construction knows how much STUFF comes with being a scout leader. So, she made this great Scout Patch organizer to help keep it all in one place, and easy to find! daisy-patches-box-


If your scouts love Geocaching, you’re going to love this great Geocaching swag, and you can learn how easy it is to make over at Happy Go Lucky!


Over at Me and My Inklings, Laura is showing you how to make these great tie-dye tote bags.


Laura also shows you how to make this Udderly Awesome Camp Counselor Gift.



Etched Mason Jars are a fun craft to make with the whole troop – Angie from The Country Chic Cottage shows you how! monogram-etched-mason-jar-glasses


And Angie also whipped up this state tee – which would be great for scouts to wear to camp or on a scout trip! easy-airbrushed-shirt-010



Flag Retirement Record

Many in the US fly the flag of our country with pride daily. Over time, the flag can get worn, torn, or soiled beyond repair. At that time it is appropriate to retire the flag, which is usually done in a special ceremony where it is burned with the respect befitting this symbol. Some scouts collect worn flags from local businesses to retire as a service project. Being part of a flag’s retirement is very special – in 9 years of scouting, I was part of two retirement ceremonies. At one, I saw one of my leaders collect some of the ashes in a small container. She had attended many such ceremonies, and before each would deposit the ashes from the container into the fire pit. After the ashes had cooled, she would collect some of the cooled ashes, and record the details of the event. Decades later, this practice stayed with me, so I created this Flag Retirement Record. The vial and notebook stay in a small tin, and any grommets collected from the flag retirement could be placed in the tin as well.

This craft is part of Craft Lightning Week, all week long my crafty co-hosts Angie from The Country Chic Cottage and Laura from Me and My Inklings and I, along with some of our crafty friends, are sharing 15-minute-or-less crafts you can make with Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, or Boy Scouts! Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post for their ideas.

Flag Retirement Record

Supplies for Flag Retirement Record:

Tin (like an Altoids Tin)
Small Vial
Printable for Tin
Printable for Notebook
Mod Podge

supplies for flag retirement kit

Cut out one of the symbols from the sheet for the tin – there are nine on the sheet, so one printout is enough for several scouts.

cut out design

Paint a thin layer of Mod Podge on the tin.

thin coat of mod podge

Place the cutout on top. Mod Podge over top. Set aside to dry.

secure with mod podge

Grab the notebook printable. Cut along the center of the line, just from one dot to the other – NOT from edge to edge. You’re cutting a slit in the paper, not cutting the paper in half.

cut dot to dot

Fold along all lines.

fold on lines

Fold in half along longest line, opening center.

fold in half

Fold up the center pieces, creating the booklet.

fold up booklet

Your record book is complete.

folded mini flag retirement ceremony record book

You can fold it in half, and tuck it into the tin with the small vial.

put into tin

Your kit is complete!

Burning a flag is not always a political statement. Done properly, a flag can be burned as a way to retire it from service, with all the respect due this symbol. This flag retirement ceremony record is a way to memorialize these very special occasions.

Check out these other fun and fast crafts to make with your scouts!

Brooke at Artistic Endeavor made these paint dot pendants.


These Cub Scout Rank Keychains were whipped up by Laura at Laura’s Crafty Life.


At Busy Mom’s Helper, Danielle shows you how to make these drums with your scout troop.


Beth Watson made this craft that is also a game with these Frog and Fly games at BW Design Studio.


Make these sun catchers with Jen Goode from 100 Directions.


Girl Scouts have a tradition of making “Swaps” for camp – Midge and Madge have a great swap idea.


Cyn from Creative Cynchronicity shows you how to make Bird Feeders with Craft Sticks.


Over at My Very Educated Mother, Erin shows you how to make fun Finger-weave bracelets.

Finger Weave Bracelets

Laura at Me and My Inlkings made sets of Lumi Sticks with her scouts – learn about them as she teaches you how Lumi Sticks are made!


Need a gift for a supportive parent or great leader – these monogrammed etched jars are a great gift idea, and Angie from The Country Chic Cottage shows you how easy they are to make!


Check back tomorrow for one last set of scout crafts!


Knot Tying Practice Sticks

One of the coolest skills I learned while in Girl Scouts was lashing. With some sticks and rope, I can lash together just about anything! And that all stems from the ability to tie basic knots. Knot tying is an essential skill that most kids learn in scouts. These Knot tying practice sticks are great to keep in your scout bag – kids can make their own to practice when they have a few minutes, or you can make several sets to have on hand during meeting downtime, or for group knot-tying practice.

This craft is part of Craft Lightning week. This week my Co-hosts Angie from The Country Chic Cottage and Laura from Me and My Inklings, along with some of our crafty friends from around the internet, are sharing fast and fun crafts you can do with your Girl Scout, Cub Scout, or Boy Scout Troop!


To make your own knot tying practice sticks, you’ll need:

Paint stir sticks
Paint Pen (I used white)
Hot Glue

supplies for knot tying practice sticks


If your paint stir sticks are completely blank, you can skip painting them. I did a quick coat with some multi-surface paint. If you’re making sets for the whole troop, it is fun to make all of the overhand knots one color, the square knots another color, and so on.

paint on sticks

Make an example of the knot.

square knot

Write the name of the knot with the paint pen.

write on end

Wrap the ends of the rope around the top, and glue in place.

glue ends on stick

Glue the rope needed to the front of the stick.

glue on rope

Add a dollop of glue to the end of each of the ropes to keep them from fraying.

glue on ends

Make as many as you like for all the different knots you want your scouts to practice – a bowline, half-hitch, clove hitch, sheet bend, cat’s paw, and more!

finished knot tying practice

And check out all these other great crafts you can whip up in 15 minutes or less:

Terri from Waving my Wand whipped up this snack kit – a fun meeting activity, and great for bringing on hikes!

emergency snack camping kit wavingmywand terri burson

At Artsy Fartsy Mama, Lindsay made these Girl Scout bows with bottle cap centers.


This scout map was whipped up by Karen over at Dragonfly and Lilypads.

2016 D&LP Scout Post Angie Scout treasure Map

Get ideas for painting rocks and shells from Scrappy Chicks Blog.


Carla at Carla Schauer Designs made these great zipper pulls using paracord.


This washi tape flower pot is a great addition to any flowerpot. Albion Gould shows you how easy it is to make.


Laura, our guest co-host this week for Craft Lightning, made clay game pieces, and shows you 5 different ways to use them.


And Angie from The Country Chic Cottage made a fun printable scavenger hunt – great for a day hike, or during downtime at camp.

DIY-Clay-Game-Pieces-for-Scout-Camping-Games printable-scavenger-hunt-bag-004

Be sure to come back tomorrow for more fun and fast craft ideas!