Category Archives: Frugal

How to Make Elsa’s Ice Castle from DISNEY’S FROZEN

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I’ve been searching the internet the last few weeks for ideas for my little girl’s Frozen birthday celebration.  I wanted to use Elsa’s castle for the centerpiece at the party, but not finding anything in my price range (I will not spend $110 on this!) I decided to make my own.  I’m giving a shout out to this guy’s tutorial since I based my castle shapes off his Frozen castle.  I had most of the supplies on hand, so this whole project only cost me $2.50 for the foam core.

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Supplies Needed:

  • 3   12×12 pieces of card stock (I recommend something with a glossy finish or photo paper)
  • 1 piece of foam core
  • glue or paper Mod Podge (something that won’t warp your paper)
  • paint brush (to apply the glue)
  • glitter and embellishments
  • 3D mounting tape
  • scissors and/or cutter

Here we go!

I first made a pattern out of plain white 12×12 paper so that the measurements would show up better for you to see.  You don’t need to make a pattern, just cut your paper to the measurements I’ve specified.  All measurements are in inches.  The red circled letters are explained later.

Here’s how each 12×12 piece of card stock is cut.  Please note on the second page how there’s a section from the third page taped on.

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Once you’ve cut out your pieces, you can begin to assemble your castle.  The circled red letter on each piece indicate which layer the piece will be at.  For example, all the “A” pieces will attach directly to your foam core first.   The spires are just made from scraps.

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castle part A

Next add Level B.  Use mounting tape for all attachments.

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castle part B

I then added glitter to the middle of the door opening.  I think if I made this again, I’d use silver glitter, but your choice!

Attach the Level C piece:

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castle part CAnd lastly, the Level D pieces:

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castle part D

I then added a few embellishments including sliver glitter around the edges and a white snowflake made with my Silhouette.

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Then cut around the outside of the castle with a sharp exact-o knife, leaving about a 1/4 inch around the edges.  I took the left over foam core and attached a piece to the back of the castle so that it would stand.

All done!  I’ll post about the rest of the birthday party soon.

castle finished

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Quiet Activites

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I made these little pouches for my niece and nephew so they have a quiet activity to do during church.  I didn’t follow a pattern, just went for it.  One thing the pictures don’t show is I used interfacing between the inside and outside panels.  Other than that, hopefully the pictures are self explanatory.

Girl Version:

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The white road dividers are heat transfer vinyl with my Silhouette.

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Flower Pot Candy Bowl: Easter Version

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I’ve been eying those darling DIY gumball machines for awhile now.  Needing a little gift, I made a spring version.

easter candyMy first choice would have been to paint the pot a pastel color to match the knob, but bright pink was what I have on hand.  I got the glass bowl at Walmart and the knob at Lowes, each for a dollar.  The “Happy Easter” was made with my Silhouette vinyl cutter.  The candy was the most expensive part!

Sunshine Art Gift

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In search of a homemade gift from my kiddos, I saw a few variations on Pinterest of this idea, mostly using footprints.  They were super cute, but I didn’t want to invest in a large canvas big enough for feet.  Instead I used an 8×10 canvas panel that I purchased on Amazon in a 12 pack (around a dollar a piece).  I outlined the circle for my oldest kiddo and he painted the sun.  Then I helped each munchkin make three or four fingerprints on the canvas.  Using my trusty Silhouette I cut out the letters in vinyl and applied to the canvas.  I love how it turned out!  On the back (not pictured) I put “Made with Love and Little Fingers” and had all my kids sign their names.

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Paper CTR boxes

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“CTR” stands for “Choose the Right”.  At church, I teach seven year old boys and girls.  They get a ring that has the CTR symbol on them, reminding them to Choose the Right.  I made these little boxes to put the rings inside.

I got the template of this A-MAZING site that designs templates for any size box you want.  I just put in my dimensions and printed out how many I needed.  I made the white CTR logo on my Silhouette Craft Cutter.

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ctr 2This would also be a great, inexpensive way to package a gift for baptism.

Hair Bow Holder

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It seems like everyone I know is having a baby girl.. which is fabulous!  I made these hair bow holders out of items I already had at home.

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You’ll need:

  • A 12×12 canvas (or whatever size you want)
  • Felt (doesn’t matter what color, just used for “softness” or filling behind fabric, about 16×16 inches
  • Cute material, 16×16 inches
  • Ribbon
  • Staple gun
  • Hair bow making supplies

Basically, make a mini quilt, without finishing the edges, then staple it around the canvas.  Like this:

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bows3Need more instructions?  Here’s step-by-step:

1.  Layer felt and material, sew three equally spaced lines down the center of the fabric (this will be where you place the ribbons).

2.  Line up the ribbon along the sewed lines (I taped them on with painter’s tape) and then secure them by sewing along the edge of the fabric.  You want the actual ribbon loose so that hair clips can be attached.  The ribbon is only attached at the bottom and top.

3.  Place “quilt” material face down and fold over edges.  Secure with staple gun.

4.  Make some cute bows, attach to ribbons, all done!

His and Hers Gifts

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I’ve been jumping on the mustache trend, I’m mean really, how can you not?

Using my Silhouette and outdoor vinyl, my outdoorsy friends got these beauties for their wedding gift.  In case its hard to tell from the picture, I did the lips and mustache on one side and their names on the other.  If you want to see some other Nalgene bottles I’ve done, check out here.

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hishers2My sister needed a gift for her boss, so we used the same design on these mugs from the dollar store.

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