DIY Mosaic Painted Mason Jar Lanterns

mosaic-lantern A DIY lantern is perfect for outdoor fun and entertaining this summer.  Learn how to take a simple mason jar and paint it with a mosaic pattern to create a colorful lantern that will look beautiful against the glow of a candle.

This tutorial shows you how to paint glass to get a mosaic design.  Add a beaded handle and you can hang these lanterns on a hanger.

If you don’t like the mosaic pattern, just use the same techniques shown in the video and use them to make a painted lantern that matches your style.

Painting on Glass DVD Step-by-Step Guide

All you need to make these beautiful lanterns are some mason jars (aka jam jars), some paint and brushes.


DIY Cell Phone Cases

DIY Cell Phone Cases

Buying a fancy case for your iPhone can get expensive.  See how easy it easy to make your own, personalized cell phone case for next to nothing.

All you need is a clear case and a little imagination to make an iPhone case that is truly one of a kind.  And the best part is that since this DIY craft is so inexpensive, you can make a bunch of cases and switch them out to match your outfits, or your mood.

DIY: Cell Phone Cases!!

It doesn’t take much to make your own cell phone case. Here are some things you can use to decorate a clear phone case and transform it into something unique.

  • Scrapbook paper
  • Stickers
  • Buttons
  • Pictures
  • Crystals, beads and anything sparkly

Farmers Market Fabric Tote

Farmers Market Tote

This tote may be perfect for the farmer’s market, but it’s so pretty that I think it would be great to use every day.  I think that any mother would enjoy this tote and could think of a million uses for it.  Take it to the park, carry snacks to a soccer game, or use it in the car to keep yourself organized while on the go.  The laminated surface makes this an easy clean tote, which of course is a mother’s dream.

Farmers Market Tote

This photo tutorial gives you all of the details and walks you through step by step.  This would be a wonderful gift to make for Mother’s Day.


How to Make Fabric Wall Art

Embroidery Hoop Art

Do you have some extra fabric that you don’t know what to do with it?  See how to frame it and turn it into a beautiful piece of art to hang on the wall.

There are lots of ways that you can use fabric to create accent pieces for your home.  Cover a corkboard with fabric and now you have a pretty place to pin-up your family calendar, chore lists, or important phone numbers.

If you’re on a budget, a framed piece of fabric is an affordable way to hang a piece of artwork on a large wall.  It’s also an easy way to decorate a nursery.

This craft is very easy and the video gives you some tips on how to get the fabric nice and tight without wrinkles.  Skip ahead 1 minute to where she starts to talk about the craft itself.

Fabric Wall Art – CRAFT Video Podcast

In this week’s CRAFT video, we take a visit to the new fabric store Whiz Bang Fabrics in San Francisco where owner Helen Fawcett shows us how to make some co…

Embroidery Hoop Art

Love this picture of more fabric wall art ideas using embroidery hoops. Visit Purlbee to see how to make these.


DIY Nighlight for Kids

DIY Nightlight for Kids

Kids will enjoy helping to make this DIY nightlight.  This paper mache craft is so much fun and the finished product will have them excited to turn out the lights.

With just a few supplies needed, a handmade nightlight is fun and affordable.  The tutorial shows you how to make a star shaped nightlight, but you could do any shape you’d like.

This idea would also be pretty for a holiday decoration or luminary.  Whether it’s Christmas, Easter, Halloween, or a dinner party, your mantel or buffet table will have an extra pop with lighting from a paper mache luminary.

DIY nightlight for kids! Star shaped paper lanterns! CUTE!! Luminary KIDS CRAFT

This is a tutorial on how to make your own nightlight for you or your kiddos! 😉 I use a balloon, tissue paper, paper mache glue, & LED tea lights www.bunnie…


DIY Mothers Day Flower Pot

Mother Day Gift Idea

Flowers for mother’s day are a lovely gift, but you can make it extra special with a unique flower pot with a custom design.  And best of all, this DIY project lets you upcycle an old food tin.

This photo tutorial shows you how to make this pretty Mother’s Day Gift and it even has different printable labels that you can use.  You could use these labels on a variety of projects.  It’s why I love crafts- you can take an idea and use it anyway you want.  These labels would be perfect for making your own card or decoupage gift.

DIY Mother’s Day Gift

Be creative and show mum how special she is.  This is a great craft to do with the kids too.

Mother Day Gift Idea

I have another great printable and DIY idea for you Mom today from Sarah. She has come up with the most adorable planter idea for Mother’s day. The printable can easily wrap around your planter and really personalize your …More at Simple DIY Mother’s Day Planter Gift – 6th Street Design School


Glass Painting With Stippling

Glass Painting Stippling

There are so many ways to create beautiful glass pieces with painting.  One way is with sponging and stippling.  Similar to stenciling in the application of the paint, stippling uses different brushes and materials to apply the paint to the glass.

I love the blend of colors that you can achieve by sponging and stippling.  You can use tape to break-up the paint and to help create different patterns and effects.

One of the nice things about stippling is that you can’t go wrong.  Too much of one color?  No problem, just dab on a bit more of another color and blend as your heart desires.  This is also a fun painting technique to do with kids.

Glass Painting: Sponging and Stippling

Sponging and Stippling with glass paints to get a range of finishes. This video by Alan and Barry uses a thick “pipe and peel” waterbased paint. For other gl…


No Sew Duct Tape Purse

No Sew Purse

This little purse is so cute and I can’t believe that it’s a no-sew project.  All you need are a few supplies and you’re ready to create a coin purse, cell phone holder, or larger clutch.  You can make it whatever size you want.

All it takes to make this purse is a pretty piece of fabric, some duct tape, scissors and a stapler.  Oh, and a small piece of velcro if you’d like to fasten the flap closed.  This short video gives you all the details.

I hope you have fun making this no-sew project.  I may give this a try to make a crayon case for my daughter.  The duct tape would wipe clean so easily!

DIY No sew duct tape purse tutorial

Enjoy my tutorial for creating an easy and adorable purse with fabric and duct tape. The perfect cheap gift idea for your friends and yourself! See my blog G…


Easy Finger Painting Craft for Kids

Finger Painted Tree
The sun is out and it’s a beautiful Spring day in Boston today.  So I figured that it’s only fitting that I highlight a fun springtime craft that’s perfect for little kids.


This project lets the kids get dirty, which of course is what they love to do anyway.  And if the weather is nice enough to be outdoors, then you won’t have to worry if you make a mess.  Use the blossoming trees, shrubs and gardens as inspiration for creating this adorable finger painted tree.

Finger Painting Spring Craft

Free printable document at Let children celebrate (or anticipate) the arrival of Spring with this joyous brightly colored…

Crochet Daffodil Tutorial

Crochet Daffodils
Bring Spring into your home with crochet daffodils.  This tutorial takes you step by step through how to make these beautiful flowers.  And of course since these flowers are crocheted, you can use whatever color you choose.  Wish I had that magic in my garden as well, lol.


This video is just the right speed.  You can see all of the steps and crochet along with her without getting lost.  It’s not too slow, but not too fast either.  Of course it is Crochet Geek, so would you expect anything less?

I hope you enjoy this tutorial and have fun making your own indoor garden.

Crochet Daffodil Tutorial by Crochet Geek

Free crochet patterns, lessons and video tutorials for the beginner. Teaching the world to crochet, one stitch at a time. Written Instructions http://www.cro…

How to Make Applique Pillows

Silk Applique Pillows

These lovebird applique pillows have such a delicate and feminine look.  This applique process can be used for any type of fabric, or design you like, but I think that the mix of silk, flowers and birds give these pillows a beautiful look.

See how easy it is to create these pillows, with the step by step tutorial that outlines the process for you.

Silk Applique Pillows

Tutorial to make these beautiful pillows at HomeLife


Decoupage With Comic Books

Decoupage Comic Books
See how to decoupage a table using old comic books.  Decoupage can be done with any material and comic books are a great way to dress-up a table for a child, teen, or comic-book fan.  Maybe your husband or son has a favorite comic book?  Use decoupage to personalize a gift just for him.
You may know how to do decoupage already, but you’ll still want to take a look at the intro of this video to see some of the pieces she has decoupaged.
What I love about decoupage is that it can be done with any material and for any occasion.  And because it simply requires gluing pieces of paper to an item, it’s a great craft to do with kids because it’s so easy.

How to decoupage

Please read the video disclaimer before undertaking tasks in this film: Decoupage is a really stunning technique where you…