Budget Friendly Casino or Poker Centerpieces Made Out of Recycled Cans.


When I began making these Casino Center pieces my goal was to make a fabulous centerpiece for as little money as possible.  So as always, the first thing I do was head to my craft supplies to see if anything would fit my casino theme.  I was in luck, I had quite a few things which I felt would work great. Then, I decided to head to the kitchen, yes the kitchen, I needs to see if I had a few cans goods that would work for for my idea. I did have three cans of pineapple that would work perfectly and my girls love pineapple so I knew I could open the pineapple and use them for dinner that night. I need skewers from the kitchen too. With these supplies and some from my craft supplies I knew I would be able to make a budget friendly centerpiece.

What you will need:

  • Empty Can
  • Playing Cards
  • Skewers
  • Red Wrapping Paper or Paper
  • Gem Stone Ribbon
  • Hot Glue
  • Tulle
  • Poker Chips
  • Scissors
  • Paint
  • Styrofoam ball

The first thing we did was wrap the can in red wrapping paper and cut it to fit around the can. (If you do not have red wrapping paper any red paper should work fine.) Then, hot glue the paper to the can.

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Next, I glued the gem ribbon and playing cards to the can. I also glued half of a Styrofoam ball to the inside of the can to use later when filling the can.

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I created a pennant banner and pennants for the cans with the my daughters softball leagues logo on them.  (This is a good way to personalize your centerpieces).  To make the pennant banner I painted three wood cut-outs in the shapes of triangles red, black, and white.  I added a logo to them simply by, printing and cutting them out of paper. Then, I tied them together with a red ribbon and glued the end two triangles to skewers, so I could place them in the centerpiece. (This is an optional step, these centerpieces would look great without them too.)

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I then, hot glued all my pieces in the can.  I started with the cards I glued to a skewer in the middle.  Next, I added the tulle to the can. I place a pennant or pennant banner in the cans a little of center and the glued poker chips onto the tulle.

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Here a few close ups pictures of the finished centerpieces.

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If you like these you might also want to check out my Casino Night Dices Centerpieces and Personalized Poker Chips just click the link and it will take you there!

Teamwork Eagle Picture


My daughter Tiffany is in Girl Scouts and they do some pretty fun crafts when they get together. I just have to share this one particular craft!  The lesson the girls were learning was TEAMWORK.  They broke the girls up into six groups, they were shown a picture of and Eagle, then each group was assigned a part of the eagle to create. They had to work together to create there assigned part, which later would be added to one paper to create the Eagle.


Here are the steps they used to create their Eagle:

  1. Decide who will get the paper, this was a big deal because they got to choose the color of the paper too.  (Oh, I forgot to tell you these girls are 5 and 6 year olds.)
  2. Decide who will get the materials that they would be gluing to the paper.
  3. Decide who will be drawing the Eagles part they were assigned on the paper.
  4. Decide who will cut out the paper.
  5. Decide who will glue on the materials.
  6. Decide who will take the part to the Girl Scout Leader
  7. Everyone will clean up!  Teamwork!!

The interesting things about this teamwork exercise is that each groups did not know which parts or the size of the parts each others were creating.

Here is the a picture of the head created by one group.

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A picture of the body!

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Pictures of the wings created by two different groups.

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Pictures of the talons created by two different groups.

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The finished parts placed together on one paper to create the Eagle made by six groups!

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The group leaders, the girls, and I were so elated at how the Eagle turned out!  We all imaged it to be out of proportion, but it actually looked fantastic.

Upcycled Baskets Painted for Easter!


For the last few years, I have been looking for the perfect Easter Baskets for my girls.  When I’ve been out and about, I have found a few that I liked but, the price just seemed to high.  I have to say I am kind of a cheapskate.  I decided that I would head over to the Salvation Army to see if there were any basket, I know I have seen lots in the past.  I picked out four different ones and they ranged in price from $2.99 to $3.99, what a deal!!! Now,  that I had the baskets I decided that I wanted to paint part of the baskets to give it a dipped look.

Here is a picture of the baskets I found at the Salvation Army.

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I then decided, that I would use some pastel spray paint that reminded me of Easter colors to create my dip look.

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I used painters tape to tape off the top part of the basket and create a line where the color would end.

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Then, I spray painted the basket.  Once, the paint was almost dry I removed the painters tape.

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Another, picture of the painted baskets.

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Once, I finished three of the baskets my daughter Becca throw a small fit because she wanted all the colors on her basket.  She gave me specific instructions on how she wanted the basket painted; Blue on the bottom, Purple in the middle, Green on the rim and a Pink handle. I was reluctant at first, I wanted hers to be look like the other girls but Becca was not happy, so I did as she asked.

This basket took a lot of tapping off between change colors.  Make sure you let the paint dry before you cover it with tape to paint the next section to avoid paint removal.

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Becca’s finished Easter Basket.  I do have to admit that the basket is really cute and if I was 3 almost 4 years old, I would love this basket!

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These baskets are now ready for the Easter Bunny to come fill them!

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It is amazing how a little color or a lot can change to look of an ordinary basket! Happy Easter!

Easter Stenciled Canvases Made Out of Shoe Boxes!

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Last February I was out shopping for Valentine’s gifts for my daughter at a local pharmacy that also has isles filled with all kinds of fun trinkets.  They had an isle labeled Discounted Items, which is always a must visit for me. To my shock there was a packet of Easter Stencils for 99 cents, I was surprised because Easter was still two months away, I had to purchase them. Knowing I have the stencils, I had to find a project to do with them.  So I came up with Easter Stenciled Canvases made out of Shoe Boxes. 


What you will need:

  • Shoe boxes
  • Stencils
  • Spray Paint
  • Paint
  • Sponge Brushes
  • Painter’s Tape

The first thing I did was cut the shoe boxes to resemble the shoe box lids. This gave me four canvases, instead of just two, if I only used the shoe box lids.

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Then, I spray painted the recycled shoe boxes and the shoe box lids with Krylon Spray Paints that reminded me of Easter colors.

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Once, the spray paint boxes dried we brought them into the house and taped our stencils to them. Make sure you use a painters tape so that the paint does not come off of you newly painted boxes.

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My daughters then painted the stencils.  Here are a few helpful Tips!  Tip 1. Dabbing helps so that the painted doesn’t bleed.  Tip 2.  Less paint on your sponge brush is better. Tip 3. Go around the edge of the stencil first and work your way to the center. Tip 4.  If you do have some bleeding a Q-tip will help to remove it.

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Here are a few pictures of the finished Easter Stenciled Canvases, they look amazing and can you believe they are made from shoe boxes! As you can see, we even added little pieces of cotton to the Rabbit’s tails.

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 My daughters had so much fun making these Easter Canvases; it was all I could do to keep them from moving them before they dried.  They wanted so badly to place them on the mantel.  Now, whoever enters our home is quickly led to see their canvases by the girls! Hope you enjoyed this and try it with your children.  I promise your kids will be all smiles when the project is completed.

Spring Flowers In Full Bloom!

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Spring is in full bloom and my yard is beaming with beautiful flowers everywhere.  Every day, I take a walk around the yard to see what new flower has popped up or blossomed. Mother Nature has a great way of brightening a day, by offering Spring Flowers.  If you take a moment and look around you will see some of the most spectacular pieces of art around.

I am so fortunate to have over a dozen roses in my yard.  Here are just a few of them I captured on film. Having rose bushes makes it possible to head outside to get fresh roses all Spring long.

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I am not sure what the name of each of these flowers actually are but, I am still lucky to have them in my yard.  I will definitely have to have a quick refresher on my Floriculture! What I do know is that each and every one of these flowers is beautiful and unique in their own way.

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This particular flower is one of my favorite and it is not just grown as a plant but as a tree too.  My wedding flowers were Orchids and I never knew they had an Orchid Tree! Truly amazing, I would have to say.  This tree was trimmed last year so the blooms are not a full as it usually gets but the beauty of it is still breath taking to me.

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I don’t know about you but I love flowers.  I love to have them all over the yard, seeing them around town and even in my home.  There is something about the beauty of them and the smell that can make a bad day turn good or put a smile on my face.