DIY Lantern Tutorial – see how I glued Dollar Store glass gems to the outside of jars & inexpensive solar path lights to jar lids to make solar lanterns that are weatherproof!
Hobbies & Crafts
This is where you'll find recent articles from our Coins, Cardmaking. Crafts, Holidays, Parties, and Family Games sites at The Fun Times Guide. If it's about fun things to collect, fun hobbies to enjoy, or fun home entertaining ideas for each season and holiday... we're talking about it here! Real people are sharing their favorite tips & tricks for making, collecting, playing, and planning things at home.
I wanted a fun (and useful!) DIY Valentine gift for all the teachers in my son’s Parents Day Out program. This simple Valentine’s gift candy basket for teachers also works as a desk pencil holder once all the candy is gone! With most of the supplies coming from the dollar store, they only cost $3 per teacher gift basket to make.
Repunched mint marks are error coins that are worth a lot of money. They would make a great addition to your coin collection. See how repunched mintmarks are different from doubled dies and. overmintmarks. And how much repunched mint marks are worth today.
Have a 1912 penny? Want to know how much it’s worth? Here’s a guide to see how much 1912 pennies are worth, 1912 wheat penny errors to look for, and more!
1910 pennies are scarce old collectible coins worth 25 cents to $100… or more! Find out how much your 1910 penny is worth here. Plus details about the 4 types of 1920 wheat penny errors you should be looking for.
Are you looking for BIE Lincoln pennies in your loose change? You should be! These scarce and valuable error coins can be found in circulation. Here’s what to look for, where you are most likely to find them, and how much they’re worth.
Did you know there’s a 1999 Georgia quarter error worth $10,000?! That’s just ONE of 5 types of errors you should look for on your Georgia state quarters. We’ll help you determine if you have a Georgia error quarter, how much it’s worth, and how much regular Georgia quarters without errors are worth.
DIY Christmas gift baskets can be customized any way you like. This year, mine focused on cozy warm feelings and spreading Christmas cheer. See how I made these holiday gift baskets filled with S’more Christmas Cheer.
See how much your 1924 wheat penny is worth, how many 1924 Lincoln cents were made, info about doubled dies and other 1924 penny errors, and more.
If you want to engage children in some physical activities that are disguised as play, these outdoor physical education games will be a big hit! They’re great ideas for a kids birthday party or simply as ways to increase physical fitness with your child’s neighborhood playmates.
After a trip to Hobby Lobby, I realized that I could easily replicate some of their hanging basket ideas using real greenery from my own backyard without having to spend a dime! These outdoor hanging baskets take less than 10 minutes to make. See the steps I used to make these super simple outdoor Christmas arrangements.
I try to make new a door wreath each month. For most of my front door wreaths, I use wild grapevines from my yard as a base. Here’s how to make a grapevine wreath for the winter months.
I love the concept of a window Christmas tree. So much that I have a DIY Christmas tree in 2 different windows! For our kitchen window, I made a tree out of PVC pipes. For our front window, I wanted a really bright silhouette of a Christmas tree – so I made this lighted window tree. See how I did it…
I came across this fun idea for a Christmas tree made out of PVC pipe from one of Martha Stewart’s projects. My PVC Christmas tree fits perfectly in the window in our dining room. And who doesn’t love a window Christmas tree??? I even added colorful lights shining from the outside in — to add more color to the PVC tree at night.
Some 2009 Washington DC quarters are worth $1,000 or more! See how to spot a valuable 2009 District of Columbia quarter error + The value of all 2009 DC quarters
Die break coins are error coins. Some are rarer than others. Some are worth $100 or more. If you have a die crack coin, cud coin, or other types of die break error coins… here’s how to determine their value.
Have a 1957 penny? Want to know what it’s worth? See the value of a 1957-D wheat penny, a 1957 penny with no mintmark, and 1957 pennies with errors.
Attending a Christmas party with friends or co-workers? What gift are you taking? Here’s the ultimate list of cheap gift ideas (most under $30) that are great for gift exchange games. If you need Dirty Santa gifts (or White Elephant gift ideas, Yankee Swap gifts, etc), we’ve got the best gifts for adults — from conservative and practical to risque and hilarious — all right here!
Here’s how to Mod Podge cute, no-nail alphabet letters to the wall of a child’s room. See how I used adult coloring book pages & Mod Podge glue to turn cardboard and wooden alphabet letters into fun wall decor for my toddler’s room.
Have a 1956 wheat penny? Want to know what it’s worth? See the value of a 1956-D wheat penny, a 1956 penny with no mintmark, and 1956 pennies with errors.
Off-center coins are rare… but not impossible to find! See photo examples of off-center error coins + The value of off-center coins, based on percent off-center.
Have an Oregon state quarter? Some Oregon quarters have errors worth lots of money! Here’s what to look for & how much Oregon state quarter errors are worth.
Have a 1954 wheat penny? Want to know what it’s worth? See the value of a 1954-D penny, a 1954-S penny, a 1954 penny with no mintmark, and 1954 pennies with errors.
If you have a 2008 Arizona quarter error coin, it could be worth $5… or more! Some Arizona quarters have an extra cactus leaf, some were struck off-center, some have die chips (raised metal chunks on the coin’s surface), and some have a die crack running through the second “A” in ARIZONA. Here’s what to look for and how much these Arizona state quarter errors are worth.
Have a 1953 wheat penny? Want to know how much it’s worth? See the value of 1953 pennies, a list of 1953 penny errors, and whether or not 1953 pennies are rare.