A Celtic heart necklace is the perfect gift to make for Valentine’s Day. While many people use paracord to make the necklace, this technique can also be used with other materials. For example, try it with a knitted i-cord or finger knitted strand. There are all sorts of variations that you can make, just play around and let your imagination be your guide. You’ll also get different results based on how tightly you pull the cords, so play around with that and see if you like a more open heart or a tighter one that doesn’t have holes between the cords. Either way is correct, it just comes down to personal preference and how plyable your material is.
Video by BoredParacord
Here is another variation of the Celtic heart knot.
Here’s a craft idea that is perfect to do with the kids. Make a flower and butterfly canvas piece of art by using your finger prints. You’ll love getting your hands dirty to bring out your inner child. A fun craft that’s perfect to make for Valentine’s Day, Easter or Mother’s Day.
Supplies for Finger Print Flowers and Butterflies
Another reason why I like this craft is that you don’t need many supplies. This example was made using canvas, but you could certainly use paper stock too.
1. Squeeze paint into tray and mix colors around until you get a mix that you like.
2. Dip fingers in paint and then press finger prints onto canvas to make the flowers and butterflies.
3. Use pens to add the stems and detailing to the print
4. Use your fingers to smudge the lines and blend the paints as needed.
What do you do with old crayons that break, or those crayons that get left behind in the box because your daughter will only use pink and purple? One idea is to turn them into candles. This is a great way to upcycle crayons, whether they are old or new.
1. Use double sided adhesive to place wick inside the candle holder
2. Remove wrappers from crayons and break up crayon into smaller pieces
3. Put crayon pieces in a Dixie cup (one color per cup)
4. Add clear wax and scented wax to Dixie cup
5. Microwave wax until melted (about 2-3 minutes)
6. Stir wax with a toothpick
7. Gently pour the melted wax into the candle holder. If you use multiple colors in your candle, you need to let each layer dry completely before adding next color.
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I thought that this DIY Jewelry Dish was the perfect project to share with everyone. Make it for someone special to be given along with a new piece of jewelry, or make it for yourself to use as a catch-all. It’s a great little dish that could be used on your nightstand, or by the front door to hold your keys. I think this would make a beautiful gift for Mother’s Day too.
This is an easy project that uses air dry clay, stamps to make a pretty pattern and paints. Click here For the complete list of instructions by Sahana (aka Vikalpah). Have fun!
This idea is shared with you via creative commons license.
Here’s a great upcycle idea for old t-shirts that you have on hand, or that you find at the local thrift shop. All you have to do is cut strips of the t-shirt and then braid them together to make cute and cheap DIY scarves. Here are a few tutorials for how to make your own t-shirt scarf.
Video by Kim Kovelle. Thanks Kim! I love this scarf because it’s a no-sew project that anyone can do.
Another idea comes from Ann Le. This project does require the use of an iron, but by using bonding tape it’s another no-sew project that’s perfect for everyone to try.
Hope you have fun making a few of these cute scarves for yourself, or to give as a gift. It’s perfect for Mother’s Day, birthdays, or for that special teacher.
This owl basket has to be one of my favorite crochet projects. I can think of so many ways to use this adorable basket. Place one in the bathroom to hold towels, or add one by the front door to hold winter hats, mittens and gloves. I really like it made with a natural colored yarn, but you certainly could make it in any color that complements your decor. Need a fun gift idea to crochet for Christmas? I think that this owl basket is something that anyone would enjoy!
This cute little guy is named Howie the Holiday penguin and I think he’s the perfect little project to crochet for Christmas. Whether it’s to go in a Christmas stocking, or put on display as a decoration in your home, this Christmas penguin is a fun project that is sure to put a smile on all who see him.
If you’ve thought about branching out and trying some different crafts with yarn, then felting may be a great fit for you. This is not the type of felting where you knit a bag and then throw it in the wash to felt it. No, these techniques take raw fiber and felt it into beautiful shapes, creatures and designs.
Dry Felting vs Wet Felting
Dry felting is a technique also referred to as needle felting. This is where you use needles to break down the fiber so that it sticks together. You can use this technique to sculpt dolls, animals and other figures. Or, it can also be used to create pictures and landscapes.
Wet felting is a technique where you wet the fibers and then massage them together and form them into different shapes and designs. This technique can be used to make jewelry, accessories and clothing.
Needle Felted Ideas
You can sculpt some really cute animals and figurines using needle felting. These are great gift ideas for the holidays and are perfect for teachers, friends and family members. You can either create a pretty Christmas decoration, or how about an animal that looks like their favorite pet? The design ideas are unlimited, but here are a few to get you started.
Image of needle felted cat courtesy of karen.tkr CC 2.0
These needle felted dolls by YaxchiArt are definitely professional quality dolls, but hopefully they give you an idea of how creative you can get. You may not be able to make dolls like this right off the bat, but give it time and you’ll be able to create intricate designs and figures.
This needle felted fawn by TinyApartmentCrafts is such a cute gift idea. It’s perfect to put on display, or it could also be used as a pin cushion.
A needle felted bear is a cute gift idea for a new baby, or for a baby’s first Christmas. Image courtesy of Karen.tkr CC 2.0
Image of adorable bird, flowers and nests by Karen via Flickr CC 2.0
Needle felting can also be done to create pretty accents and designs on fabric. Here are a few ideas for designs that could be used on a decorative pillow or handbag.
Image of needle felting with beads courtesy of frykitty via CC 2.0
Needle felted tree on fabric created by Nico Nelson Image available via CC 2.0
Now that you have some ideas, here are some of my favorite resources for needle felting. I hope you enjoy creating some fun and creative designs.
There’s nothing quite like a pretty wreath on a front door to welcome visitors and celebrate the season. One of the reasons why I like wreaths so much is because they are great craft project for anyone to make. It doesn’t matter how talented or experienced you are at doing crafts. You can keep your wreath as simple as you’d like, or get carried away and adorn it with anything you can think of. This makes it a fun project for kids too.
Another reason why I enjoy wreaths so much is because these decorations are ideal for any climate or location. It doesn’t matter if you live in an apartment or house. Everyone has a door, so a wreath always has a place to call home. But let’s say that you don’t have the ideal door for hanging a wreath, you can also put these creations in a window, or hang it on the wall.
Here are a few of my favorite ideas for making your own holiday wreath.
This yarn wreath was created for Halloween, but the technique is one that you can use for any holiday. All you have to do is choose yarn that goes with the holiday you’d like to celebrate and and then choose appliques and accessories that go with it.
How to Make a Yarn Wreath
Start with a Styrofoam, foam, or wicker wreath.
Wrap yarn around the wreath, taking your time to place the yarn close together with no holes showing.
When the entire wreath is covered with yarn, cut the yarn and glue the end using a hot glue gun.
Start adding accents, appliques and decorations to the wreath to create any style, or holiday theme that you’d like.
Another strategy with wreaths is to have a “base” wreath that you use for a couple of holidays and simply change out the accent pieces that go on top. The Halloween wreath above is a good example of that. You could create a yarn wreath in a fall colored yarn that will look good for months. For Halloween you can add white yarn to create a cob-web look and then add Halloween appliques like the ones I highlighted in my post about about Free Halloween Crochet Patterns Add a ghost, felt flowers, felt bat and you’ve made a spooktacular Halloween wreath.
When it’s time to switch to a Thanksgiving theme, simply remove the Halloween items and swap them out for some fall leaves, pilgrims or turkey. The felt designs above are the perfect color combination for a fall wreath. Here’s how to make these easy accent pieces.
Choose several different colors of felt.
Cut out any shape you’d like. Use the same shape for each color. You can either make them all the same size, or make each layer slightly smaller than the one beneath it.
Using a needle, thread yarn through the center of each piece of felt, layering one piece of felt on top of the other. You can tie knots on the ends of the yarn to make it look like the center of a flower. You can also leave the tail coming out the back side of the “flower” if you’d like to attach them to the wreath using the yarn.
Just remember that if you are going to swap out the appliques and details on top, you want to use velcro or something that allows you to change the accent pieces without ruining the wreath below. You can always use glue if you want, you’ll just have to be careful removing the old accessories and the new ones will have to go in the same spot so that it covers up the old glue. Or, wrap a few more strands of yarn around the wreath to cover up the old spots and blend with the existing wreath.
Here are some Thanksgiving accents and appliques ideas to add to your wreath.
Have you added alcohol inks to your craft drawer yet? One day I saw a video showing a craft made with these liquid inks and I knew that I had to give them a try. And of course I was instantly hooked. I love the versatility of alcohol inks. You can use them to create paintings, mosaics, jewelry and so much more. Here is one of my favorite ways ways to use these inks.
Alcohol Ink Floating Background
With this technique, all you have to do is mix cold water with alcohol ink. You can then dip any type of item into the water. It’s great for making colorful gift tags, colored wooden pieces and beads for jewelry.
Here are a few examples of gift tags made with this technique. When dry, the tags can be used for stamping and inking.
You can create any color combinations you want. Have fun playing around with the amount of ink that you place in the water. Decide what background color you’d like and then add a drop or two of a bold accent color. It’s also fun to play around with the type of paper that you use.
These beautiful designs show you the depth and variety you can achieve with alcohol ink. By varying the colors and amount of ink added to the water, you can really play around with the designs that you can achieve with this method.
You aren’t limited to simply using paper and cardstock with this method.
These beautiful ceramic beads were created with this technique. The beads were varnished with Decoart Triple Thick Glaze to give them the protective, high-gloss finish.
I hope that you have fun making your own designs using this fluid background technique. I can’t wait to make some new cards to use for the upcoming holiday season.
The leaves on the trees are bursting with color and now is the perfect time to make some Halloween crafts for your home and family. From round pumpkins to decorate your table, to adorable hats to keep the kids warm in the cooler weather, there are plenty of fun crochet projects to make with yarn that you already have on hand.
Here are some of my favorite crochet patterns for Halloween. All of these are free patterns, so grab a copy and get hooking. These all make great gifts too.