April – Thrifty – Power Up!

By Linda Black & Sandra Bruening

So this is the last year I will be on the Theme Midway.  My partner and I have been here since we were holding “Pow-Wow” at Skyline High and Kearns High… two weeks in a row!  That has been a very long time ago and we wish to share some of the thing from the past years that fit into the theme of Thrifty.  If there are some Power Up ideas, they will be shared also.  We have taught some of the craft classes and shared many ideas with the things we have created, some from the Craft magazines and books that are on the magazine stands and some are from our own brains.

We hope that you will enjoy seeing these creations, mostly from the past!


  • Pretzel sticks
  • tootsie rolls
  • mini marshmallows
  • paper plate
  • cup for water bucket
  • red hots or M&M’s for fire
  • paint
  • glue

16_thrifty_1_1Knights (cubs) in shining armor castle

  • Carry-out tray for cold drinks
  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Extra pieces of cardboard
  • Toothpicks for flags
  • Colored paper and paint

Swords from newspaper

16_thrifty_1_2Roll up the paper on the diagonal until it is all in a roll. Masking tape works the best to hold it in place. Bend one end for the handle and tape to the body of the sword.  Make a few… they are a lot of fun and wear out soon.

Game from paper plate and newspaper sword

16_thrifty_2_-0Roll up newspaper as per directions for the sword.  Cur out the center of a large paper plate and decorate it.  Tie a string around the plate and then to the sword giving it enough length to allow you to sing the plate and try to “spear” it with the sword.

Native American designs

Wall hangings

  • Seeds of many kinds and varieties
  • corn
  • beans
  • rice or wheat
  • mounting material, cardboard or picture frame
  • glue

16_thrifty_2_-1Ceremonial stick

  • yarn of bright colors
  • feathers
  • beads
  • buttons and wire

16_thrifty_2_-4Indian corn

  • beads
  • craft paper
  • pipe cleaners

16_thrifty_2_-2Totem dolls

  • wood shaper
  • spools
  • toilet paper rolls
  • feathers and paint

Wooden shapes

Picture frames with tongue depressors or craft sticks


Patriotic / Uncle Sam ideas

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Miscellaneous ideas

Sea shell collection

  • Egg carton
  • paints
  • shells


  • drinking cups
  • eyes
  • craft foam
  • string for noise
  • bead


  • cardboard
  • skewer sticks
  • beads
  • glue
  • fancy craft sticks

Cave man necklace


Mancala game

  • egg carton
  • paint
  • mod podge
  • game tokens

16_thrifty_3_-6Picture frame

  • Magazine pages or Christmas wrapping paper
  • cardboard
  • glue
  • photo

16_thrifty_4_Puddle jumpers

  • two tin cans (large juice size)
  • rope
  • paint
  • can opener

16_thrifty_4_-1Treat space man (robot)

  • smarties
  • sucker
  • Hershey’s Dove chocolates
  • eyes
  • paint
  • glue
  • box for body

Rocks of all shapes and sizes to make cute gifts

Happy Father’s Day


Photo frame with wire and rock


Christmas ideas

16_thrifty_4_-4Wooden children’s blocks

  • beads
  • Christmas string
  • tassels
  • paint
  • glue
  • trims

16_thrifty_4_-616_thrifty_4_-5Christmas votives

  • soda pop cans
  • scissors
  • stapler
  • paper punch

16_thrifty_5_-1Wooden spool Christmas tree

  • spools
  • paint
  • glue
  • Snow-Tex

16_thrifty_5_Puzzle pieces

  • wreath
  • Christmas tree
  • puzzle pieces
  • paint
  • glue
  • trims

Photo Christmas chain


Flower pots


Applesauce & cinnamon cut-outs



  • egg carton
  • flower pot
  • candy canes
  • dried cranberries
  • pasta shells
  • craft sticks
  • wooden spoon
  • glitter
  • paint
  • glue
  • eyes

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