Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Check out five of the easiest patriotic crafts

If you are looking for easy patriotic crafts, look no further.  These 5 simple crafts will make the holiday a bit more fun. There is something for everyone, wearables, kid's crafts, and family crafts.  So let's get started!

patriotic crafts

First, make a long stem duct tape patriotic rose. It's so easy and quick to make and looks great on a July 4th table or in a vase for any event.  You can make it easy! 


Long stem duct tape rose DIY

For the next easy craft, get the kids involved.  Crafting as a family is a fun and rewarding activity. These napkin butterflies are a quick and inexpensive craft and will look great in so many ways.  You can attach them to a bamboo stick, hair clip, and more.  The kids will have a blast making these fun butterflies!




And for something a bit more elegant, why not make these patriotic tassel earrings.  Jewelry making is not as hard as you might think.  These earrings will be sure to get a lot of compliments so let’s get going and don’t forget to make a few for gifts too!


Our next craft is a cute wearable mini patriotic hat.  Simply attach it with some hair clips and you can be decked out for the party!


Finally, If you are getting your house decorated for July 4th, then you really need something to greet your guests.  The next project is a patriotic wreath.  Simple and so much fun to put together!

 That's all for today, come back for more fun DIY projects, and remember to make it easy!


Wednesday, June 2, 2021

How to make the cutest short stirrup horse show hair bows in minutes


horse show bows

If you have priced horse show hair bows recently you will know that they can be very costly.  Did you know, however, that will just a small amount of ribbon you can create your own short stirrup hair bows in minutes for much less? Embellish the hair bows with a small charm or alternately a ribbon knot added to the center of the bow. 


short stirrup horse show hair bows



Bowdabra bow maker

Bowdabra hair bow tool and ruler

Ribbon of choice 1 ½”, 7/8” wide

Charm or bead

Alligator clip, French clip, or hair tie

Bowdabra bow wire

Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks

Lighter to seal the ends of the ribbon

Horse show hair bows in minutes



First, cut an 18” piece of bow wire, fold it in half and insert it into the Bowdabra. You will have a loop on one side and two wires on the other.

Next, cut a 15” piece of 7/8” wide ribbon. Fold the ends in half and cut at an angle to dovetail the ends. Use a lighter to lightly go over the ends to seal from fraying. (You may use clear nail polish if desired) Fold in half to find the center and insert into the Bowdabra guiding the tails downward.

Repeat the above step with another complementary color of ribbon for a second tail.  Dovetail the ends on this ribbon and insert it into the Bowdabra.

short stirrup horse show hair bows

short stirrup horse show hair bows

Make the main bow

Now, cut an 18 ½” piece of 1 ½” ribbon. (I prefer a wired ribbon for this bow since it can be arranged easier.) Seal the ends with the lighter. Fold in half to find the center and insert the right side down into the Bowdabra. Bring the right end over and insert the tail end into the Bowdabra.

short stirrup horse show hair bows

short stirrup horse show hair bows


Next, bring the other tail end over and under the first loop forming an X, and insert the end in the Bowdabra.

short stirrup horse show hair bows

Push the bottom center into the Bowdabra, then push the top down into the Bowdabra as well.  You have made the Boutique style bow.

short stirrup horse show hair bows

Scrunch everything down with the Bowdabra wand.

short stirrup horse show hair bows

To finish, insert the two loose wires through the loop, and while the bow is still in Bowdabra pull tight. Remove from the Bowdabra, turn it to the back, and tie a knot. Adjust the bow and tails.

short stirrup horse show hair bows

short stirrup horse show hair bows


Using the wires from the back, bring the bottom wire back around to the front and insert a bead or charm through.  Bring the wires back to the back of the bow and tie a knot making sure the charm is centered on the front of the bow. You can alternately glue a ribbon knot to the center.

short stirrup horse show hair bows

Using a hot glue gun attach an alligator clip or a French clip to the back.  If you would like to use a ponytail elastic, use the bow wire to tie it on.  Cut off any excess wires.

short stirrup horse show hair bows

Repeat all the steps for a second hair bow and you will be all set for the show circuit!






Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Five cool ornaments to make this year 


2020 has been a crazy year. With all the restrictions and stay-at-home orders, what’s a girl to do but craft and stream?  So, I’ve compiled this shortlist of quick and easy cool ornaments you may want to make. These DIY tutorials are courtesy of the Bowdabra blog.

You have to laugh at the craziness of people hoarding toilet paper, especially since toilet paper wasn’t invented in the west until 1857 and people survived. The optional methods sans TP may be the reason many decided to hoard. 

While I am on the subject of toilet paper, I would like to pose a question.  Which way do you hang your toilet paper over or under?  Personally, I wouldn’t start a fight about it, but in my house, my husband likes it under, and I prefer it over. So, whoever replaces the roll in my house gets their way. 70% prefer over.  Not that I am always right but... 


5 cool ornaments:

2020 toilet paper ornament


Pom Pom elf ornament

Ribbon candy ornament

Cork pine cone ornament

Christmas bell ornament

Well, have fun creating and be sure and leave a comment!  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.  Please follow us on Facebook 

Monday, November 2, 2020

How to use a holiday napkin to make amazing seasonal glass décor

 Did you know that ModPodge comes in a dishwasher safe formula?  And did you also know that you can use a holiday napkin to make amazing seasonal glass décor?  All sorts of holiday napkins are readily available at craft and party stores throughout the holiday seasons.  I found the most beautiful fall leaves accented with gold that is perfect for Thanksgiving.  


You can also use Christmas, New Year’s, Patriotic, Easter, and more napkins when they are available.  And if you use ModPodge dishwasher safe you can put your glassware on the top shelf of the dishwasher or hand wash as needed.  


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Seasonal decor




Glassware, plates, wine or beverage glasses, canning jars, etc.

Napkins in desired prints

Gold leaf pen


ModPodge dishwasher safe formula

Small paintbrush




First, choose your napkin.  Then, separate the layers of the napkin so that you are only using the printed piece. 

Seasonal decor

Seasonal decor

Next, choose your clear glass item.  For plates and dishes make sure the right side of the napkin is showing through the glass, so you will have to apply the ModPodge to the wrong side of the napkin.  If using beverage or wine glasses, apply the napkin right side up on the outside of the glass, but about an inch or so from the rim so that your lips will only touch the glass when using.

Seasonal decor


Now, measure and cut the right size for the area you are covering with the napkin.  Then, using the small paintbrush, liberally apply some ModPodge to the surface.  Immediately place the prepared napkin piece.


Next, brush a coat of ModPodge on the napkin.  Wrinkles are fine and give the piece added texture. Let it dry for a couple hours and then apply two more coats of the ModPodge as necessary.  Let dry completely.  It will be dishwasher safe or you can hand wash after it cures for about 28 days.

Seasonal decor

Seasonal decor


Friday, August 21, 2020

How to upcycle a subscription box with decoupage

upcycle a subscription box

How to upcycle a subscription box with decoupage


Many people are enjoying internet subscription boxes whether it is for makeup, supplies, just about anything.  A lot of these subscriptions arrive in sturdy two-piece boxes that would be a shame to toss.  What can you do with them?  Well, they make wonderful gift boxes and decorative storage for small items in your home.  


Using a printed paper napkin of your choice and some ModPodge decoupage medium you can transform these boxes into amazing gift boxes and more for almost zero dollars!  Christmas is right around the corner and these would be a perfect no-wrap addition to your holiday gift-giving.

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A subscription box with cover

Gesso or white paint


ModPodge decoupage medium

Printed napkin

Ruler, scissors


Hot glue gun and hot glue




First, gather all your supplies.  Next, cover your work surface.  Then, use the paintbrush and some Gesso or white paint to cover the writing or advertising print on the top and sides of the box.  You may want to paint the entire box top and bottom.  Set aside and let dry completely.

upcycle a subscription box


Choose your napkin and then, remove the extra layer.  You may have to cut a piece to see where it can come apart.  Most napkins have a print layer and a solid layer.  Discard the solid layer.


Now measure and cut strips and pieces to fit on all sides of the box.  Cut pieces for the top, bottom, sides, etc.  Work on one section at a time taking care not to touch the wet areas with your fingers, only use the brush for placement. 


Using the ModPodge brush a thin layer of medium on each area attach the corresponding napkin pieces and then immediately brush a layer on top. Work all around the box adding pieces of the napkin.  Let dry

upcycle a subscription box

upcycle a subscription box


When the entire piece is dry, brush a thin layer of ModPodge over every area and let dry completely.


Draw a bead of hot glue over the top of the box sides and attach a strip of decorative ribbon all around.  The subscription box is now ready to enjoy anew!

upcycle a subscription box

upcycle a subscription box

Check out all the other decoupage and various craft tutorials on Make It Easy Crafts today!



Tuesday, July 28, 2020

How to make adorable little origami red elephants for earrings

origami red elephants

Elephants are considered good luck in many countries, especially with the trunk raised.  Just, grab some origami paper and you can fold these origami red elephants and make the cutest pair of earrings.  Or you could just stand them up as a mini decoration.  Use the photos as a guide and you will find although tiny, they are not that hard to fold.

Adorable mini origami red elephants


Origami paper, red
Nail file

Optional for earrings: 

Needle and head pin 
Needle nosed pliers 
Fishhook ear wires
Wire cutters


First, cut a piece of red origami paper 1 ½” x 3 ½” for each origami elephant.

origami red elephants

Next, fold the paper in half lengthwise.  Turn, and fold the two top edges to a point (like you are making a paper airplane) Fold a second time to make a longer point. 

Turn and fold so that the folded point touches the other side.  Turn over so that the point is on the underside.  Now, fold the folded edge over so it meets the crease, but as you make this fold flip the point back to the front.

Then, fold the left edge under so it meets the center crease. Then fold the bottom folded edge of the point to the edge of the paper.  Then fold the point over to the left, and fold back again to make a kind of fanfold. (Front of the elephant) For the back, fold the flat folded edge over so it meets the center crease and then flip the edge back to the front.  (See photo)

Turn over the paper.  This is the only tricky part so use the photos as a guide.  You will see a kind of rectangle shape.  Just fold the top layer fold the corners inward.  Turn and do the same to the opposite side. Now, it is easier to take this in your hand to do this part, push the folded corners down and press open.  Do the same thing to the opposite side and then flatten them all down.  Use your fingernail or a nail file to make the creases. 

Fold in half. Fold the back legs in so they match the front.  To make the ears, squeeze and fold at an angle making the creases for the ears on each side of the head. The trunk will point down. 

origami red elephants

origami red elephants

origami red elephants

Finally fold the trunk, up, and then back to make the trunk raise.  The red origami elephant is finished.

origami red elephants

origami red elephants

To make these into earrings, using a pint push through the underside to make a hole and insert a headpin.  Cut the headpin down if necessary. Then, use the needle-nosed pliers to twist into a loop adding the fishhook ear wires. Close loops.