Simple Cross-Stitched Box

If you’re looking for a fun and simple craft idea, this cross-stitched box is perfect! You don’t need a lot of supplies or crafting experience to cross-stitch the top of this box. Use whatever cross-stitch pattern you like, but I thought stitching up a box that looks like a wrapped package would be perfect!

Make a Cross Stitched box with a few simple supplies

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To make this cross stitched box you’ll need:
Box ready for stitching
Embroidery Floss
Embroidery Needle

Learn how to stitch up your box by watching this video:



So much fun, so easy, and such a fast project to whip up!

finished cross stitched box

Lego Batman Movie Craft – DIY Bat Signal

This DIY Bat Signal is the perfect craft for any fan of the Lego Batman Movie! Make this DIY Bat Signal to hang in your room. Make your own Bat Signal as a decoration for your Lego Batman Movie Party. Or if you have some creative party-goers, use this Bat Signal as the perfect Lego Batman Movie Craft that they can take home after the party.

DIY Lego Batman Bat Signal - Make this Lego Batman Bat Signal yourself for a Lego Batman Party or for your favorite Lego Batman Movie fan!


And if you’re a fan of the Lego Batman Movie, head to Legoland during Lego Batman Movie Days, we went this past weekend to celebrate the release of the new Lego Batman Movie. Lego Batman Movie Days will be going on next weekend as well… make your own Batmobile and race it on the test track, meet Lego Batman, find all the villains that have taken over Miniland, and help build some Batman Legos!

In the meantime, you’ll want to make your own Lego Bat Signal. Here is what you’ll need:

Hot Glue Gun
Battery-operated LED lights (similar: {affiliate link} here)
Black Scrapbooking paper
Yellow Plastic (a bag from the LEGO store works great!)

Supplies for Lego Batman Movie Bat Signal

Cut out your black paper. You can use these paper templates. Or if you have a cutting machine you can use this Silhouette file, this eClips2 File, or this SVG file for all other machines.

If using the cut files, your side pieces will be scored every 1/4″ already,. If you’re using templates, score the side pieces every 1/4″ to help it curve .

With the hot glue gun, glue the side piece all the way around the back.

glue on side

sides glued on

Cut a hole in the back for the switch on your battery pack.

cut hole for switch

Glue the battery pack to the back. Then coil the lights round and round. You can secure the lights with glue as needed.

coil lights


Glue the circle to a piece of the yellow bag. Glue the Lego Bat shape on top, centering it on the circle.

glue onto plastic

Trim the plastic around the circle. Glue on top of the base.It is okay if glue seeps out. You can trim it away with a craft knife later.

allow glue to come out

Your Lego Batman Movie Bat Signal is complete! Switch on the lights and call the Bat Man!

Make a Lego Batman Movie Bat Signal

Finishe Lego Batman Movie Bat Signal


Watercolor Flowers

Spring is on the way! And I’m ready for all the color and joy that flowers bring. So, instead of waiting for the flowers to grow on their own, I’m making some myself! These watercolor flowers are simple to make, and the watercolor technique makes each of the watercolor flowers one turn out as unique as if it had grown in the garden.

DIY Watercolor Flowers

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I love this watercolor technique. It isn’t true watercolor, since we’re using alcohol inks and alcohol (not water). The alcohol will keep the color from bleeding later. And it is really hard to go wrong. Select complimentary colors, let them all mix together, and you’ll get a beautiful surprise each time you make these flowers. And though I used pink, you can pick any set of colors that goes with your decor. These WAtercolor Flowers would look equally awesome in yellows, blues, or oranges.

To make the watercolor flowers, you’ll need:

Thermoweb Mixed Media Sheets
Floral Wire
Eileen Hull Twist and Style Tool
Eileen Hull Flower Die
Alcohol-based markers
Rubbing Alcohol
Sizzix Die Cut Machine
Hot Glue

Color on the mixed media sheets with the alcohol markers. Don’t worry about full coverage – get patches of color all over, and overlapping.

color with alcohol markers

Using Rubbing Alcohol, drip onto the mixed media paper, making the watercolor look.

paint with alcohol

Now allow the sheet to dry. This won’t take long, the alcohol dries quickly! Use the die cutting machine to cut the flowers.

run through die cutter

cut flower pieces

Use the twist and style tool, as instructed on the package, with a bead. This makes the stem.

stem for flower

Stack on the flower pieces. Glue in place with a dab of hot glue. Repeat to make a whole bouquet of watercolor flowers.

finished watercolor flowers


If you’d like more ideas for creating flower crafts, check out these different 30 Minute Flower Crafts.

DIY Candy Hearts

Making your own Candy Hearts is a sweet way to Celebrate Valentine’s Day! It is so easy to make your own DIY candy hearts, and then box them up in little boxes to pass out to friends! You can add extracts to your hearts when you make them to give them a custom flavor… maybe you like peppermint, almond, lemon, or anise… each adds its own special touch to the holiday!

This project is part of Craft Lighting Holiday. Each day this week I’ve been sharing a fun and fast Valentine’s Day craft that can be done in 15 minutes or less. And my co-hosts Angie from the Country Chic Cottage and Laura from Handmade Home have been sharing in the fun! We’ve also asked our crafty friends to join in… check out all their great projects below!

Make your own Candy Hearts and a cut box to package them up in!

To make the candy heart boxes, you’ll need:
Sizzix Thinlets Mini Recipe Card Box (from the Where Women Cook Collection)
Sizzix Thinlits Plus Die Set – Box, Matchbox (optional – for the lattice cut-out)
Sizzix Die-Cut machine and baseplates
Hot glue

Candy hearts (check out the video below on how to make them)


Cut out the Mini Recipe Card Box shape:

If you like, cut out the lattice.

make box

Glue together using hot glue.

Add candy hearts, and you’re done!

Your friends won’t believe you made them yourself!

Check out these other fun and fast Valentine’s Day Crafts:

Ready for more quick and easy Valentine’s Day craft ideas?  See the ideas below!  Start with these fun Valentine mailboxes from See Lindsay.

Great quick and easy Valentine's Day crafts that can be made in 15 minutes or less!

Turn conversation hearts into sugar scrub with this recipe from Happy Go Lucky.

Star Wars fans will love the heart of Kyber from Doodle Craft.

Make your own heart stamps in minutes with this idea from My Craftily Ever After.

Turn a chipboard heart into something special like this one from Me and My Inklings.

This Valentine’s Day felt banner from A Sweet Berry is just too cute.

Give the gift of coffee in style with this idea from Scrappy Chick.

And Angie from The Country Chic Cottage made these adorable matchbook Valentines!

Conversation Heart Hoop Art

If it is possible to have Valentine’s Day without Conversation Heart Candies, I don’t want to know about it. Since I was young, these chalky, flavorless sweets with their kitschy phrases are quintessential Valentine’s treats. When I was younger, I loved eating them. Now I marvel at them, and love creating Conversation Heart Crafts, like this Conversation Heart Hoop Art. If you love Conversation Hearts, you might also want to check out my Conversation Heart Earrings.

Conversation Heart Hoop Art


This project is part of Craft Lightning Week. All week long I’m sharing a fast, 15 minute craft you can make for Valentine’s Day. And I’m not alone! My Friend Angie from The Country Chic Cottage is co-hosting with me again, and we got Laura from Make Life Lovely to join us as our guest co-host this week! Check out their projects, and the projects from lots of our other friends down at the bottom of this page.

To stitch up your own conversation heart hoop art, you’ll need:

Small wooden hoops
Colored cotton fabrics
Red Embroidery Floss
Water Soluble Marker
Water & Paintbrush

supplies for hoop art

I’ll be detailing the steps below, but you can also watch this quick video that will take you through the steps of making your Conversation Heart Hoop Art.

Start by cutting a piece of fabric a little larger than your hoop, and then hooping your fabric.

hoop fabric

Write on the text using the water soluble marker.

Cut a length of embroidery floss about as long as your arm. Split it so that you’re only using three threads.

split thread

Thread your needle, and start stitching!

stitch text

After stitching, trim away the excess fabric around the hoop. If you like, add glue to the edge of the fabric where it meets the hoop. This will make it more durable.

trim away fabric

Use a paintbrush and water to wash away the blue lines.

water on hoop

Wait for the water to dry (or use a hair dryer if you’re impatient). While you’re waiting, stitch up another one!

Make your own Conversation Heart Hoop Art

Check out all these Valentine’s Crafts that can be made in 15 minutes or less!

Over at Pet Scribbles, you’ll learn about decorating lip balm for Valentine’s Day.

Cindy DeRosier turns Conversation Hearts into a cute bunny!

These have to be the sweetest You Rock Valentines, Carla Schaurer really rocked this!

Here Comes the Sun will show you how to make your own scratcher Valentines.

The Gagen Girls whipped up these Pokemon Valentines.

This ribbon bookmark idea from Mad In Crafts is a Valentine any bookworm would love!

How cute are these skateboard Valentines from Laura’s Crafty Life?

I’m really loving the Valentine’s Mason Jar that Angie from The Country Chic Cottage Created!

Spend Valentine’s Day passing on some relaxation with these DIY Bath Bombs from Laura at Make Life Lovely.

Be sure to stop back by tomorrow for the last day of Craft Lightning Valentine’s!






Valentine’s Chocolate

Valentine’s is my favorite. I’m not sure why. It might be because my favorite color is red. Or that Valentine’s Day is right after my birthday. Or it might be that so many Christmas items go on sale the month before, and can be repurposed to make awesome Valentine’s crafts at a fraction of the price! Like this Chocolate. It comes with a Santa on the wrapper (scroll down to see), but peel that off, and add my free printable wrapper, and you’ve got instant Valentine’s Chocolate goodness. I bought this chocolate bar just last week at 75% off the pre-Christmas price!

Valentine's Chocolate - Made from On Sale Christmas Chocolate!

This Project is part of Craft Lightning Week. All week long, my crafty Co-Hosts (Angie from The Country Chic Cottage and Laura from Make Life Lovely) and I are sharing a new Valentine’s craft that can be made in 15 minutes or less. And, we’ve invited a bunch of our crafty friends to join in as well. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to check out today’s 15 minute or less Valentine’s Day craft ideas!

To make this Valentine’s Chocolate, you’ll need:
Russel Stover Santa Chocolate
Valentine’s Chocolate Printable
Double-Sided Tape

note: If you can’t find these Santa Chocolates, check out my Valentine’s Chocolate Bar craft instead.


Cut out the printed shape.

cut on lines

Remove the paper wrapper from the chocolate (leave on the foil). Then wrap in the new paper.

fold around chocolate

Tape flap down with double-sided tape. Your Christmas chocolate has been converted to Valentine’s Chocolate!

wrapped chocolate

I made it a two dollar bill because Valentine’s Day isn’t about big sums of money – it is about two people getting together. Which is also why I left the center of the wrapper blank. You can add a picture of you and your sweetie, write in your names, or do anything you like to make this chocolate bar extra special for the two of you.

Turn Christmas Chocolate into Valentine's Chocolate


If you’re looking for more fast Valentine’s Day crafts, you’ll want to check out these great projects:


Over at Creative Cynchronicity, you’ll learn all about making these Air Dry Valentine’s Ornaments.

My Mom Made That whipped up these Conversation Heart bookmarks.

Find out how to whip up some heart stamped tea towels with Sparkle Living.

You’ll want to hang one of these chocolate cones from Busy Mom’s Helper on every doorknob in your house (good thing each door has two doorknobs)!

Why should Christmas be the only holiday with a countdown calendar – check out this Valentine’s Countdown Calendar from Gingersnap Crafts.

Our crafty guest host, Laura from Make Life Lovely, made these great Valentine’s treat boxes.


My Craft Lightning Co-host, Angie from The Country Chic Cottage made this adorable Valentine’s pallet art that made me squeal from the cuteness!

Be sure to swing back by tomorrow for more great Valentine’s Day craft ideas that can be done in a time crunch!

Magnetic Photo Frames

My kids are obsessed with my Instax Camera. They love taking photos of themselves, me, our animals, their legos… anything they can capture in the camera frame. As soon as they take the photo, they get to watch it appear like magic on the photo paper. I love finding fun ways to display their photos, like this Instax Cartridge Frame, and these fun Magnetic Photo Frames that are perfect for a Valentine’s Display!

Make these simple Magnetic Photo Frames

These magnetic photo frames are part of Craft Lightning Valentine’s Day. All week long my crafty co-hosts and I are sharing fast and fun Valentine’s crafts that can be whipped up in 30 minutes or less. We’ve asked our crafty friends from around the internet to join in. Check out all their ideas at the bottom of this post.

Wood Frame (mine were from Michael’s in a “Fun in a Jar Wood Stamps”, you can find similar on Etsy here, here, or here, and Amazon [affiliate link] here). If you want the exact same, you might want to contact a laser cutter on Etsy to make you identical frames.Paint
Paint brushes
Decorations – rhinestones, ribbon, flowers, etc.
ProMag Magnet Tape


Measure out the right amount of magnet tape, cut. Cut into one wider and one more narrow strip, and adhere to top and bottom of the wooden frame.

cut and place magnets

Paint frames.

paint frames

Glue on decorative bits.

add accessories

Your magnets are complete!

make these fun magnets to display instax photos

Here are more great Valentine’s Crafts you can whip up in 15 minutes or less:

How cute is this Valentine’s Bracelet over at Try it Like it?

Over at Dragonflies and Lilypads, you’ll find a fun twist on the classic Scandinavian Woven Heart.

Underground Crafter gives me a serious case of “why didn’t I think of that?” with her pancake breakfast mix for two in a bottle.

Don’t tell my husband, but one of my dreams is to have a full set of china for every holiday. I’ll be one step closer with this great idea for painted Valentine’s plates from wife in progress.


Skip the traditional tissue-box Valentine’s holder for this fun door hanger valentine holder from My Very Educated Mother.

Albion Gould whipped up the easiest ever Valentine’s hoop art – I love this no-sew project!

Laura from Make Life Lovely, our crafty co-host for this week’s series, designed these adorable pencil valentines.

Over at The Country Chic Cottage, Angie has been co-hosting this series with me for years… and she made this great (and surprisingly simple) Valentine’s Wreath.


Valentine’s Lock and Key Earrings

Making Jewelry for Valentine’s Day is a simple and inexpensive gift for someone you love, or a fast and fun way to whip up a special accessory for yourself! These lock and key earrings are great for Valentine’s Day, either to wear yourself or give as a gift.

Make your own Lock and Key Earrings in just a few minutes!


These earrings are part of Craft Lightning Week. All week long, my crafty co-hosts and I are sharing fast and fun crafts that you can make to share the love… in 15 minutes or less! And we’ve invited our craftiest friends from around the internet to share their fast Valentine’s crafts as well. Check out the bottom of this post for their fast Valentine craft ideas.

To make the lock and key earrings, you’ll need:
Key Charms
Lock Charms
2 earring wires
2 head pins
2 red beads
2 small crystals
Jewelry Pliers (2 pair – you’ll need 1 round nosed, and 1 with wire cutters, or a separate pair of wire cutters)

supplies for lock and key earrings

Grab 1 earring wire, 1 lock charm, and 1 key charm.

parts for earring

Open up the jump ring, and put them together.

put pieces together

Grab a head pin, red bead, and crystal.

pieces for dangle

Put crystal and red bead on head pin. Bend head pin over round-nosed pliers.

curve wire

String onto the loop on the bottom of the lock charm. Wrap wire around itself two times.

wrap wire

Clip the excess wire off the head pin, and tuck the end out of the way with pliers. One earring is complete!

one finished earring

Repeat steps for the second earring.

DIY lock and Key earrings - perfect for Valentine's Day

Want some more great Valentine’s Craft ideas? Check out these great ideas:

This watercolor card from It Happens in a Blink is simple and fun to create!

Over at 100 Directions, Jen made these great Valentine’s cards you can print and color.

Morena over at Morena’s Corner made this Valentine’s Family Tree that is super fun to make for Valentine’s Day!

I love these little Valentine’s bags from 5 Little Monsters.

Over at the Southern Couture you’ll get details and a free printable for this Love Bible Journaling.

At Anika’s DIY Life, you’ll learn how to make this fun Valentine’s Headband.

Salvage Sister and Mister show you how to make these fun Hatch Animal Valentines.

Be sure to stop back by tomorrow for more fast and fun Valentine’s Day Craft ideas!



Jingle Bell Bracelet

This Jingle Bell Bracelet is a super simple sewing project that kids will love to make and wear! Stitch up the band, add on some bells, and you have a fun bracelet that jingles as you move.

Make your own Jingle Bell Bracelet

This project is part of Craft Lightning Week. All week long I’m sharing a Holiday craft that can be done in 15 minutes or less. And I’ve teamed up with co-hosts Vanessa from Tried and True and Angie from The Country Chic Cottage to do it! Plus, we’ve rounded up our craftiest friends from around the internet to join in. Scll down to the bottom of this page to check out all their fast and fun 15 minute holiday craft ideas.

To make your Jingle Bell Bracelet, you’ll need:
Medium-weight Interfacing
Hook and Loop Tape (like Velcro Brand)
Needle and Thread
Sewing Machine

supplies for jingle bell bracelet

Cut one 5″ x 15″ strips from your fabric, and one 4.5″ x 15″ strip from your interfacing. Fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric, centering so there is 1/4″ of fabric exposed on each side. Fold the fabric in half, right sides together, then stitch down the long side using 1/4″ seam allowance.

stitch down length


Turn the fabric tube right -side out. Press flat.


Trim so that it is about 5″ longer than the circumference of your child’s wrist (or your wrist, if you’ll be wearing it!


Tuck in the ends.

tuck in end

Press. Stitch all the way around.

Stitch Velcro in place on one end.

stitch on velcro


Try on the bracelet, not too tight, and mark where the other end of the hook and loop tape needs to go. Trim to length. Stitch it in place.

Hand-stitch the bells around the outside of the bracelet.

stitch on bells

Your bracelet is complete!


How cute is this this sequin snow globe ornament made by Mad in Crafts.

Be every hostess’s favorite guest with these toppers and printable tags from Carla Schauer.

Love theese wine cork reindeer that Raegun Ramblings whipped up!

These festive candy earrings from 365 Days of Crafts make great gifts (or make some for yourself!).

Over at 100 Directions, Jen shows you how to turn tissue paper into bows for all of your gifts.

Over at Try It Like It, you’ll learn how to turn K-cups into wreath ornaments like these.

Our guest co-hostess this week is Tried & True check out this adorable Christmas sign she whipped up in just 15 minutes!

And my co-host Angie from The Country Chic Cottage made this adorable EOS Lip Balm Snowglobe!

Baby’s First Christmas Ornament

This year brought with it two new nieces. I thought it would be fun to give them each a special ornament for their first Christmas. Making a special ornament doesn’t have to be difficult, complicated, or requir of fancy materials… I made each of these cute ornaments in about 10 minutes, and I’ll show you how!

DIY Baby's First Ornament

This post is part of Craft Lightning Holiday – all week long my co-hosts and I will be sharing fast and fun Holiday crafts that can be made in 10 minutes or less. Check out their posts, and the posts from our friends around the internet for lots of fast crafting ideas. I’ve linked them up at the bottom of this post.

To make the Baby’s First Christmas Ornament, you’ll need:

baby's first christmas ornament supplies

Clear Glass Ball Ornament
Hot Glue
Paint Pen
Baby Shoe Stickers from Little B

Start by hot gluing the lace around the ornament.

glue on lace

Tie ribbon around the top, glue in place.

glue down ribbon

Use the paint pen to add the baby’s name and date, and your ornament is done!

Make a DIY baby's first Christmas Ornament

Here are some more great 15 minute or less Christmas and Holiday Crafts!

How great are these  pine cones turned into cute little Christmas trees from Wife in Progress!?

I love this jingle bells ornament from Sparkle Living Blog.

Add some style to any gift with these great shaker Christmas tags from Laura’s Crafty Life.

If you’re looking for a simple neighbor gift, you might want to Hand paint a Christmas mug easily  like this one from Practically Functional.

Make an extra large tree skirt in just minutes with the great video from Just JP.

Convert wine corks into bird house ornaments in just minutes with My Very Educated Mother.

Don’t make a trip to the mountains to cut down your own mistletoe, whip up paper mistletoe to decorate your home with this project from Busy Mom’s Helper.

How sweet is this twine ornament from Dragonflies and Lillypads.

Our guest co-hostess for this series is Tried & True.  She shows you how to make this adorable recycled bottle snow globe.

Angie from The Country Chic Cottage is my Co-host for each Craft Lightning. She is a genius with fast crafts, and made this adorable plaid ornament.