Snowman Knitting Pattern- Knit a Winter Friend

Snowman Knitting Pattern

Snowman Knitting Pattern

 

A cute little snowman is the perfect winter friend to add to your home’s decor.  With his crooked smile and bright nose, this snowman will brighten up your day.  This is also a great gift idea for the holidays.  Free knitting pattern for Frederick the Snowman

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Free Crochet Pattern for Holiday Penguin

Crocheted Christemas Penguin

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.

Crocheted Christemas Penguin

Free pattern for crocheted Christmas penguin

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Gifts to Make With Decoupage

One of my favorite craft techniques is decoupage.  The first Christmas ornament that I remember making as a child was with decoupage.  And that’s another reason why I love this craft so much.  The technique is ideal for kids and adults alike.

Decoupage Tray

Image courtesy of John Bonham2 via Flickr CC 2.0

To decoupage all you need to do is take a design and glue it in place on whatever object you’d like.  The versatility of decoupage has no limits.  You can choose whatever material and objects you’d like to use, as there is almost nothing that won’t work.

The flexibility and versatility of decoupage makes it the ideal DIY technique to use for turning your trash to treasures.  Find the perfect tray, table or dishes at a yard sale but they need a little TLC?  Decoupage to the rescue!  Need a beautiful, but inexpensive gift idea?  Decoupage to the rescue!

How to Decoupage

Decoupage Glasses

Image courtesy of John Bonham2 via Flickr CC 2.0

As I mentioned above, all you need for decoupaging is mod podge (my glue of choice) and paper or fabric.  Here are just a few ideas for material that you could use.

  • Scrapbook paper
  • Wall paper
  • Napkins
  • Newspapers
  • Photos
  • Magazines
  • Comics
  • Wrapping paper
  • Tissue paper
  • Fabric

Decoupage on Glass

Glass is one of the best materials to use when decoupaging.  Not just because paper and materials adhere so nicely to it, but because it’s perfect with other arts and craft techniques as well.  So you can layer, or combine, your decoupage with paint and other elements.

Decoupage Glasses-Bottle

Image courtesy of John Bonham2 via Flickr CC 2.0

Decoupage Blue Glasses-Bottle

Image courtesy of John Bonham2 via Flickr CC 2.0

Decoupage Floral Glasses

Image courtesy of John Bonham2 via Flickr CC 2.0

Decoupage Box

Image courtesy of acarinhas via Flickr CC 2.0

Decoupage With Napkins

Decoupage with napkins image courtesy of swamp dragon via Flickr CC 2.0
 

I hope that these examples inspire you to give decoupage a try.  Want an easy craft to make with the kids?  Create a decoupage Christmas tree ornament.  The kids will have fun picking out the perfect material to use for the craft and with a little mod podge and paintbrush, they’ll have fun making their very own keepsake.

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Needle Felting Ideas and Techniques

Needle Felted Bear

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.

Needle Felted Cat

Image of needle felted cat courtesy of karen.tkr CC 2.0

Needle Felted Dolls

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.

Needle Felted Fawn

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.

Needle Felted Bear

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

Needle Felting Ideas

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.

Needle felting with beads

Image of needle felting with beads courtesy of frykitty via CC 2.0

Needle Felted Tree

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.

Photo Guide to FeltingPhoto Guide to Felting

Little Felted AnimalsLittle Felted Animals

Simply NeedlefeltSimply Needlefelt

Felted Wool PetsFelted Wool Pet

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Easy Gift Idea-Personalized Coffee Mug

Personalized Coffee Mugs

Any gift is more special when you personalize it.  With this tutorial you’ll see how to take a plain coffee cup, or mug, and personalize it to make it the perfect gift.

This DIY gift idea is perfect for Christmas, but it can also be used to help you make a gift for your child’s teacher, or maybe for a Grandmother on Mother’s Day.  You can also take the technique used in this tutorial and apply it to making decorated plates, serving pieces, or accent pieces for your table.

How to Make a Personalized Coffee Mug

This video is super short, but it shows you a great way to make perfect polka dots.

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