I thought I would get a jumpstart on some fun handmade gifts and make pine cone fire starters this year. For my first batch, I used a large red cinnamon-scented candle and a spool of candle wick. Next, I’m excited to experiment with different colors and different scents of wax — it will be a good way for me to get rid of all my candles and Scentsy wax which I no longer use, since I’ve become a fan of diffusing essential oils.
Engage the kids this summer with Independence Day themed crafts to get them excited for the Fourth of July holiday. From DIY tote bags to homemade sparklers, patriotic face painting, and more… here are 11 ways to add sparkle to kids craft time on the 4th of July!
I make a lot of wreaths. See my best tips for making a burlap wreath yourself. I made this wreath with burlap as a thank you gift for friends who let me stay at their beach house.
Looking for some DIY holiday wreath alternatives? Deco mesh wreaths look great hanging on your door, and they can be made for ANY holiday or special event.
Looking for an easy Christmas craft idea? Have some extra scrapbooking paper lying around? Here’s a great idea for making paper ornaments in all shapes and sizes from leftover scrapbook paper!
If you’re looking for a small Halloween gift or giveaway for a Halloween party, these Halloween gift bags are ideal. They’re simple to make, and can be personalized any way you like.
Following are the steps I used to make the spooky Halloween door hanger pictured above. But you could adapt this same idea to make any type of seasonal craft for any time of year.
Here’s a simple way to put 16 of your favorite photos onto a set of playing cards. All you need is some photo printer paper!
I recently made a very special baby book for a friend who was pregnant. I wanted it to be something unique and elegant, but sturdy enough to withstand little hands. I decided to make my own counting book as a numbers board book for the baby.
Here are 7 fun things you can do with your rubber stamps to create gifts and decorations for Valentines Day.
Here are some ideas of fun things you can do with Christmas stamps. Everything from make special gifts that are personalized to making your own wrapping paper and gift tags.
Making a bud vase is very simple, and even very young children can do this with only a little help. Here are step-by-step instructions.
Here are some ideas for using Halloween rubber stamps to spice up your Halloween holiday. There are lots of fun ways you can utilize your Halloween rubber stamps in craft products and holiday decorating themes.
Crafts like scrapbooking and card making are wonderful hobbies and a creative outlets for many, but they can become very expensive. The cost of embellishments alone can cramp your style, but here’s an idea for the do-it-yourselfer. Why not use all those fun papers, fabric scraps, and doo-dads to make your own embellishments?
Decoupage is the art of decorating an object by gluing colored paper cut-outs onto it. Each layer of paper is sealed with a glue or varnish before adding another new layer. You can use the decoupage technique to create a beautiful votive candle holder.
Watercolor resist is a technique that artists use to create interesting effects in their paintings. The basic idea is that wax or oil will resist water-based paints; the paint won’t stick to it. You can use this technique to create beautiful paintings of ocean life or anything else your imagination can dream up.
While you’re out enjoying the weather, collect some of those beautiful spring flowers to use in your arts and crafts projects. For pressing flowers, look for more flat flowers like violets, pansies, and daisies. Thicker flowers will work, but they take longer to dry. Here’s how to press flowers…
The Ojo de Dios, or Eye of God, is a Native American craft of the Huichol Indians of northwestern Mexico.
The Eye of God is a symbol of the power of seeing and understanding the unknown. They are made for children when they are born and a new eye is added for each year until they are five. All you need for this project are two relatively straight sticks and some yarn or string.
You can use MSN or Yahoo groups to find other scrapbookers or stampers who may not be local for you, but if you want to actually get together with others you can try Meetup.com.
One great way to start crafting with your kids is by making a box for your supplies. Here’s how to make a very simple craft box for all of your craft supplies…
Here is a quick Easter treat bag idea, using punched-out flowers for a springtime feel. Plus links to other Stampin’ Up Easter bags, pouches, boxes, and treat holders.
If you’re like me you have sheets of rub-ons that are half-full — in the same box as the half-used sheets of stickers. Now that Stampin’ Up has rub-ons that coordinate with their stamp sets, there is a new technique using the new product.
Here is an idea for a Valentine Treat bag for giving away treats. If you have a small heart punch and some cardstock, you’re ready. The best part is that it requires no stamping and can literally be done in less than 10 minutes!
Stamping handmade cards is a great way to show your friends and family that you care very much for them. Another way to use your stamps — and other creative talents — is to dress up your packages and gift tags.
How about some sweets for your Sweetie? This is easy, quick, and best of all – handmade.