How to Make a Clay Jewelry Dish

DIY Clay Jewelry Dish

DIY Clay Jewelry Dish

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.

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Free Pattern Crochet Car Seat Cover

Crochet Car Seat Cover

Crochet Car Seat Cover

If there’s a new baby on the horizon for you or someone you love, then how about crocheting this adorable car seat cover? Grab the free pattern and use your imagination to create color combinations that are perfect for the little girl, or boy, in your life. This cover is so cute, I think it would be the hit of any baby shower.

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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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Learning to Paint Watercolor Butterflies

Watercolored Painted Butterflies

Make your own note cards with watercolored butterflies that are really easy to paint. There’s nothing like a butterfly to brighten-up someone’s day and that’s why I think they are the perfect choice for note cards. That way you can use them for a Thank You note, or an “Anytime” card to let someone know you’re thinking of her. Whatever the occasion, these notes cards are the perfect fit. And these are an inexpensive gift idea too. All you need are watercolor paints, blank note cards and an angular paint brush.


Video by Susan Schweee
Painting Watercolor Butterflies

Watercolor Butterflies

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Crochet Owl Basket Pattern

Crochet Owl Basket

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!

Crochet Owl Basket

Pattern for crocheted owl basket

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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

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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

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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

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Decoupage Blue Glasses-Bottle

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Decoupage Floral Glasses

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Decoupage Box

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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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Crafts to Make With Alcohol Ink

Alcohol Ink Fluid Designs

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.

Bisque Beads Made With Alcohol Ink

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.

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Free Halloween Crochet Patterns

Crochet Pumpkin Bean Bag Pattern

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.

Crochet Pumpkin Beanbag Pattern

Pattern for Free Crochet Bean Bag Decoration

Halloween Crochet Appliques

Pattern for Free Crochet Appliques

Halloween Crochet Pumpkin Hat

Pattern for Halloween Crocheted Pumpkin Hat

Crochet Witch Pattern

Free Pattern for Crochet Witch

Crochet Spiderweb Pattern

Free pattern for Crocheted Half Spiderweb

I hope you enjoy crocheting these fun Halloween crafts to decorate your home and get in the holiday spirit.

Halloween Crochet Patterns

Here are a couple of crochet patterns that I couldn’t resist sharing.  I think that these are both so cute.  The patterns aren’t free, but for only a few dollars, I think that they are still a bargain.



Crochet Scarecrow Hat PatternCrochet Scarecrow Hat Pattern

Pumpkin Lantern PatternPumpkin Lantern Pattern

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Handmade Gift Wrapping

Handmade Gift Wrapping

One way to turn a ho-hum gift into something special is to make your own wrapping paper.  Taking the time to create your own wrapping paper shows the love and care you put into the gift.  Plus, making your own gift wrapping helps you try out new craft techniques, use up left-over supplies, or recycle stuff from around the house.

DIY Gift Wrapping Paper

Handmade Gift Wrapping

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I love this gift wrapping.  You can create pretty flower and leaf motifs using a number of techniques.  Here are a few ideas for how to make your own gift wrapping.

  • Stencil designs onto paper.  You can even use brown paper bags from the grocery store for Eco-friendly gift wrap.
  • Decoupage pictures and words onto paper.  You can create some really fun and creative wrapping paper with decoupage.  Cut out some words or phrases from a newspaper or magazine to write what you want on the gift.
  • A fun craft idea for the kids is to make fruit and vegetable stamps.  You can use apples, potatoes, or whatever item you’d like to cut out a design.  Kids love using these homemade stamps to dip into paint and stamp away.
  • Cut out strips of paper and roll them up into tight circles.  This technique, called quilling, lets you create fun designs with paper.  Simply glue these paper curls onto large pieces of paper to create wrapping paper.

The beauty about making your own wrapping paper is that anything goes.  Any style, any supply and any technique works.  Just have fun with it and see where your imagination takes you.

Here are some inspiring gift wrapping ideas:

 

Wrap It Up: 100s of Fast, Fun, and Festive Gift Wrapping IdeasWrap It Up: 100s of Fast, Fun, and Festive Gift Wrapping Ideas

Simple, Creative Ideas for Imaginative Gift WrappingSimple, Creative Ideas for Imaginative Gift Wrapping

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Shrinky Dink Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Shrinky Dink Fathers Day Gifts

I loved making crafts with shrinky dink when I was a kid.  There’s something magical about putting it into the oven and watching it shrink into this tiny creation.  So it was only fitting to have a shrinky dink craft that goes perfectly with the Hand Painted Ties that I highlighted as a fun DIY gift idea for kids to make for Father’s Day.  Add a tie tack and Dad has a cool tie and accessory from the kids.

Shrinky Dink Gift Ideas

Shrinky Dink Fathers Day Gifts

These photo gifts for dad are so cute.  If he isn’t the type who wears a suit and tie, then you can easily turn it into a key chain fob.  The tutorial from Oh Happy Day will make it a happy day indeed when Dad opens up one of these cute DIY gifts from the kids.

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DIY Gift Idea for Making a Mosaic Monogram

Mosaic Monogram

Father’s Day is right around the corner and you may be searching for the perfect DIY gift idea.  Today I came across this post for how to make your own mosaic monogram. This is a creative DIY gift that dad will proudly enjoy putting on display at home, or the office.

You may have guessed by the crafts that I highlight that I love mosaics.  Why?  Well, for one reason I enjoy doing mosaics because it’s like working on a big puzzle.  Put a bunch of pieces together to create the perfect design.  I also like mosaics because the pattern and design can be old fashioned, or completely modern.  Your vision can create one of a kind pieces.

Mosaic Monogram

I love the depth of this monogram craft and I like it even more because it was made using cardboard.  No need to spend money on a wooden initial that you get from the store.  No, go DIY all the way and create your own unique letter to use as the base for your mosaic monogram project.  Check out the complete tutorial at Suzy’s Sitcom.  I think you’ll really enjoy working on this one.

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Learn to Make Fabric Coil Bowls

Fabric Coil Bowls

What do you do with old t-shirts, bed sheets or curtains?  If you have some extra fabric and you’re wondering how you can turn it into a great upcycled DIY craft, then these fabric coil bowls are something you’ll want to try.

This easy craft uses strips of fabric to build the bowl, and cord is used to hold it all together.  It is simply a matter of wrapping the cord around the fabric strips to stitch it all together.  For those who enjoy embroidery or sewing, this is a fun way to put your needle skills to use.  I love this DIY idea because it is easy enough for crafters of any skill level.

Fabric Coil Bowls

You can see the full tutorial at The Red Thread Blog for these cute fabric coil bowls.

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