DIY Red, White and Blue Paper Stars from Straws

INSIDE: How to make patriotic red, white and blue stars using paper straws.

DIY Red White and Blue Paper Straw Patriotic Stars for 4th of July Decorations | Dazzle While Frazzled.comHow do you celebrate the summertime Red, White and Blue festivities? When my husband and I were dating, in an attempt, I’m guessing, to win me over, he hosted a CanAm party. “Can” for Canada Day on July 1st (where I grew up) and “Am” for Independance Day on July 4th.

Fast forward 10+ years later, we decide to resurrect our CanAm celebration. Fortunately, both countries share two out of three same colors, which helps on the decorating front. So when I came across a variety of paper straws, in the iconic red, white and blue colors, I snagged them. Not for drinks but for crafting, of course!


Here’s how to use paper straws, pom poms and glue to make some¬†patriotic paper stars…
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DIY Margarita Day Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Wreath

INSIDE: How to make a bright and colorful DIY Margarita Day Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Wreath.

DIY Margarita Day Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Wreath | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comI don’t know about you but I cannot pass up a Mexican fiesta! Taco Tuesday is probably the best day of the week. And as an Arizonan, burritos, guacamole and margaritas are just part of our southwest way of life. Which is why National Margarita Day (February 22nd) and Cinco de Mayo (May 5th) are great days of celebration!

To celebrate these days of fiesta, I have created a colorful front door wreath. It’s bright, fast and fun! Salt or no salt, let’s celebrate today…
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How To Set Up an Easy New Year’s Eve Cocktail Bar

How to set up a New Year's Eve cocktail bar | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comOver the past several years, we’ve taken in a few extra roommates. They are junior sized, pretty cute and are often full of demands and requests.

Needless to say, the days of partying to midnight are long behind us. Instead, our New Year’s Eve festivities involve getting together with other couples with similar aged “party crashers”, as my husband lovingly calls them, and living it up to about 9pm!

So if you are staying home this year, set up an easy New Year’s Eve cocktail bar with disposable champagne toasting flutes and “midnight” snacks for all…
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Make an Easy DIY Christmas Pillow Cover

DIY Modern Christmas Pillow Cover | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comEvery year, when I haul out those holiday decor boxes, it’s literally like Christmas morning. It’s as though I pack away all things red, green and white when the holidays are over, and then completely forget about what I have for a year. (That or I’m just quickly approaching the forgetful age!)

As I pull paper-wrapped goodies out that survived a year crammed in a bin in the garage, the one thing I didn’t have in these too many holiday boxes were any Christmas pillow covers for the couch.

Here’s how I quickly sewed up a DIY Christmas pillow covers using fabric remnants. Check out the easy DIY pillow pattern…


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How to Make a DIY Holiday Photo Tin Can Vase

Are you a holiday movie junkie? Clearly I am. My husband rolls his eyes when he finds me watching a sappy holiday movie on the Hallmark channel…as early as October! (I admit it’s a little much to see Santa Claus while I still have jack o’lanterns in my front yard.)

There are some movies I could watch year after year and still enjoy them as much as I did the first time. One of them being the Family Stone. Do you know this movie? Gotta love a dysfunctional family at Christmas!

See how I created a very easy and simple holiday craft inspired by the movie Family Stone and the importance of family this time of year.


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Do Your Cyber Monday Shopping with Awesome Gift Ideas

Cyber Monday shopping ideas for awesome and unique handmade stocking stuffers.Cyber Monday! Whoever came up with the notion of shopping in your pajamas with cup of coffee in hand was genius. How can this not be your absolutely favorite way to shop!

I’m a less ‘frazzled’ mom when I don’t have to drag the kids to the store with me on the quest for something, anything, for that someone on my list. Being a stressed out shopping mama is no good to anyone!

I have compiled some really fun shopping guides to keep you calm and cool this holiday season while you lounge on the couch, fave online tool in hand, keeping the chaos at home instead of in a store.
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9 Gifts that Support Awesome Social Causes for a Better World

INSIDE: Gift ideas for social causes that help make the world a better place.

Find a gift from a shop that gives back to a charitable cause | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comWant to gift and give at the same time? You know, cross off two items on your gifting list in one easy swoop?

Check out these socially conscious, charity-supporting gift ideas for social causes that will not only please the receiver but will make you feel good as you pull out your card at checkout.


Plus, these items are all pretty cute and fun!
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DIY Merry Welcome Holiday Chalkboard Plate Charger Sign

Make a holiday chalkboard plate charger | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comHave you ever walked out the door to find your spouse on a sudden and manic¬†clean-out-the-garage mission? The kind of serious business where the garage belongings are now sitting pretty on the driveway, your secret stashes and clutter exposed for the entire neighborhood to enjoy? As he emerges from the swirls of garage dust from his determined sweeping, I’m greeted with a no-messing-around “Why are we holding onto this thing?”

One such garage clean-out finds was a decorative metal plate charger. An inherited belonging to a late aunt. It’s always hard to get rid of items that belonged to a beloved family member, which is why this plate charger was buried in a pile of I-don’t-know-what-to-do-with-this-but- I-can’t-get-rid-of-it assorted items.

With this plate charger now thrust in my hands, I set about giving this garage “trash” a treasured new life…
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Make an Easy Clean Thanksgiving Table

INSIDE: Ideas for setting an easy to clean Thanksgiving dinner table using decorative paper plates and napkins.

How to create an easy clean-up Thanksgiving table | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comHave you ever noticed that the dinnertime clean-up takes longer than it takes folks to eat the food? Holiday or not, the food seems to get consumed at some break-neck speed with nothing left but dirty plates, crumpled napkins and crumbs on the floor as evidence a meal just occurred.

So this Thanksgiving, why not cut yourself some slack and focus on the food, family and dinnertime drama instead of a sink full of dirty plates and silverware?


See how I used plastic tablecloths and paper plates to create an easy clean-up Thanksgiving table.
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Make an Easy Thanksgiving Wreath From A Paper Bag

How to Make a Thanksgiving Turkey Wreath from a Brown Paper Bag | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comGobble, gobble! As the media likes to inform us this turkey time of year, Thanksgiving is America’s most expensive dinner. When you add in knick knacks to gussy up your table and all those mini pumpkins to put all over the house, no doubt, it’s a pricey holiday.

So if you want to be a Thrifty Turkey this year, request your frozen Butterball be bagged in a brown paper bag. Learn how to use a standard grocery brown paper bag to create a Thanksgiving turkey wreath. Google that up!

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