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Craft Corners have hundreds of DIY projects and craft ideas to inspire you with stitching, handmade jewelry and recycled crafts. We also like sharing ideas for Home & Garden or your Art & Design projects.




We also like to help you prepare unique decoration for special events such as birthday, Halloween, wedding or other family celebrations. Anything made of fabric, wood, plastic, glass, metal can be turned into something amazing.

We happily welcome guest bloggers to write about their favorite crafts. We would be glad to publish your crafts here ; also we regularly publish “the Best of the Web” craft on our website. Contact us! We have crafty corners!

We are looking forward to your suggestions, comments and new craft ideas!

Best of the Web No. 11

 

This week for Craft Corners Best of the Web we have some great crafters for you. Several of them love making cards and their illustration skills are truly amazing. The coloring they do is absolutely superb. As always, these blogs have some great tutorials for us to follow along and learn from. We also have a few great crafters that do awesome work with fabrics. It’s always nice to have such a great variety of crafters and that is exactly what we have for you this week!

Rubber Stamping is My Game

I have been creating and designing cards for over 20 years and in October 2009 I decided to share my joy of creating my cards to the world by creating a blog. Throughout the many years I have had my blog I have met so many very talented people all around the world and I have had the opportunity to learn so much from them and I also have so many friends I would have never met if I had not created my blog. I try to challenge myself to reach out of the box and create and design something different. -Patricia

My Go-Go Life

My Go-Go Life is my attempt to follow my sewing adventures while still maintaining a household. I try to have interesting and easy to follow tutorials or links to tutorials so hopefully others can join in on the sewing fun. -Kim

Just Add Glitter

My blog is all about my love of cardmaking. I love my copic’s and have recently taken to using prismacolour pencils as well. I love to lose myself in my colouring and could spend hours happily colouring away. I am on some wonderful design teams and love to share my love of digi stamps with everyone.  I began making cards just over 2 years ago and made some of the best people around. I began by going to classes at a local craft shop and now we have a group of ladies who meet regularly and take it in turns to design the cards. -Hazel

The Cardmonkey’s Paper Jungle

Throughout my life, my family has always encouraged active participation in crafting in one form or another, whether we’re drawing, writing, sewing, painting, beading or creating.  I vividly remember watching my parents oil paint in classes held in our family room, and sitting with my grandmother to make a piggybank out of an empty bleach bottle. I grew up decoupaging, learning to macramé, crochet and knit; fashioning clothes for my Troll dolls using felt and sequins; and embroidering peace signs on my jeans. My mother designed, made and exported denim string bikinis in the 1970s, and bought me my first sewing machine for my 16th birthday.  Less than 3 years ago, I discovered my real joy: papercrafting, and blogging about it on my blog: http://cardmonkey-business.blogspot.com.  I love exploring new techniques and craft supplies, sharing tips, inspiring and being inspired.  I also appreciate the opportunity to give back to others through my crafting, by making cards and banners for hospitalized children and elders in nursing homes. -Ellen

Pink and Barbara

My blog Pink and Barbara is about me, a Dutch girl living in Sweden with my 14 month old girl Molly. I have had a passion for sewing, knitting and all other craft things all my life. I have now embarked on a new journey where I have started my own business with quilt and bag patterns. I also write about my other job as a sales-rep for some of the big patchwork fabric brands. You can find it all on my blog including free patterns. I hope to see you there! Barbara from Pink and Barbara. -Barbara

The Vintage Knitter

For many years (nay, decades), I’ve brought and collected vintage and second hand items, sometimes modifying them to suit my own tastes. This could be anything from painting a junk shop chair in a vivid shade of purple to unpicking a 1950s circle skirt and turning it into a cushion cover or a shoulder bag. Being a lover of crafts and keen to try anything new, my life changed when I learnt how to knit a couple of years ago and I’m now thoroughly addicted to the rhythm of knit and purl. My blog reflects these interests, being a varied mix of crafting projects featuring knitting (natch!), sewing, furniture upcycling and even stained glass repair, stirred in with recent charity shop and boot sale finds; many of which end up being subject to a ‘craft-over’. -Liza

There you have it, I hope you enjoyed taking a look at these great blogs. Now for the part where I suggest cool ways of making normal household items into the perfect storage solutions for your crafting supplies. You can take a normal flatware caddy and make it into the perfect storage solution for all your markers, pens, paint brushes, or anything else you can think of.  Since they have dividers you can organize them any way you please. They are an easy and inexpensive way to stay organized! Until next week, have a great rest of the week and enjoy your weekend!

DIY fabric colored magnetic board


I don’t know about your house, but sometimes my kitchen gets filled with tons of shopping lists, coupons and receipts floating around. All the accumulated clutter was just enough to drive me insane till I came up with this easy, accessible, and cute way to create your own DIY fabric colored magnetic board. This is a great way to keep all those papers organized in one compartment, especially if you don’t have much space to use in your kitchen.

What you’ll need:

  • Large frame
  • Magnetic metal (available at craft stores)
  • Silver metallic spray paint
  • Decorative radiator covering (not magnetic)
  • Piece of cardboard
  • Decorative paper
  • Fabric
  • Scissors or heavy duty tin snips (for cutting metal)

What to do:

  1. Select a frame of your liking. Keep in mind that functional organizational boards are typically larger in size.
  2. Before getting started, use your cardboard as a template to draw out how large each piece of metal needs to be. This will give you a better idea on how or where to place the metal in accord to the frame.
  3. Once you’ve gotten everything cut up, you can start painting the magnetic metal for a more decorative touch. I used silver metallic spray paint for the metal backing because I found that it works really well on metal and wanted it to be as durable as possible, especially if it’s going to be put to good use!
  4. Put your pieces of the frame together and add all other embellishments to your liking. The decorative radiator covering will be used for a decorating purposes only. This piece should not be magnetic and should be placed first into the frame, followed by the magnetic board. Or, if you do decide to go the fabric colored magnetic board route, you can insert the fabric covering over the metal instead of the radiator covering. Either will work just as efficient.
  5. If you’re looking to divide your magnetic organizational board into different sections, add a few small wooden plaques with decorative paper and vinyl labels to the board. Adhere by using picture hanging strips which will help keep the wooden plaques in place.

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How to build a planter box

For the home gardener, having a prime place to plant their flowers and other vegetation is an important initial step if they want to be successful in their efforts. Instead of buying a prefabricated planter box, make your own with this simple guide, allowing you to create a customize box that will fit perfectly in your garden area.

Materials:

–          Four 4x2x6 ft. pieces of wood

–          Common nails

–          Weed barrier

–          Potting soil

–          Hammer

–          Trowel

–          Retractable  tape measure

Step by Step Guide:

1. First, lay out the four pieces of wood and create the right sized box for your garden. Use the retractable tape measure to ensure all side are even.

2. Using the nails, hammer 3 to 4 nails into the end pieces to connect the wood together to form a box. Make sure they are securely nailed in.

3. With the trowel, form an outline in the ground so that the box can rest snuggling into the ground.

4. Fill the planter box first with a weed barrier and lay the potting soil in until the box is full.

Now that all the hard work is done, it is time to head back to the store and piece you’re your favorite plants to grow in your little garden. Creating a great foundation is the first step, so getting your flowers to grow should be a breeze.

DIY literature organizer

Literature organizers are a great addition to any office or work space. A literature organizer 12 slot box may be a little excessive for those who work in a small business or from home, so this guide is a design for a smaller, more compact organizer. Here’s how to do it:

List of materials:

–          Wood stain

–          Paint brush

–          Twenty-eight ½” wood screws

–          Power drill

–          Two 12”x10” wood boards

–          Three 12”x10” wood boards

–          One 10”x 6” wood board

How to build it:

1. Prep the wood by sanding out the surfaces and wiping them down.

2. Paint wood with coat of wood stain to ensure durability.

3. Attach two 12”x10” wood boards and two 12”x6” wood boards to create a box frame. Use four ½” screws to attach each board together and add a 6”x10” board as the backing.

4. Slide in one 10”x12” wood board into middle of the frame, creating a shelf. From the outside, secure the board with four ½” screws.

Now that you are finished, you can fill it up with 4 x 6 envelopes and letters to your desire. Be sure to put it in a space that is easily accessible set as on the corner of your desk or on the edge.

How to scrapbook a cover for your journal

 

You can make a personalized and fun journal with the help of different types of paper. You can embellish the journal as much as you want to make it look great. Hand-made journals make fantastic presents for people who love writing, doodling and making lists to stay organized. Here are some things you will need to make a stunning journal.

  1. A flat surface
  2. A scrapbook album
  3. One yard of fabric
  4. Two pretty sheets of scrapbook paper that matches with the selected fabric
  5. An acid-free spray adhesive
  6. Iron and ironing board
  7. Fabric pencil
  8. Ruler
  9. Measuring tape
  10. Pinking shears

Please follow these steps to make your journal cover.

  • Measure your existing album

Remove all the pages from your existing album and spread it out on a flat surface. Jot down its height and length and add about two inches to each measurement.

  • Make your fabric flat

Iron your fabric and make it is flawlessly flat. Afterwards, spread it out on a flat working surface and mark the measurements with a fabric pencil. Use a ruler to draw straight lines for cutting.

  • Pink the straight edges

Pink the straight edges of the fabric and give it a neat appearance. Afterwards, spread the fabric with its right side down on the flat surface and in a well-ventilated area. Now spray the adhesive on the fabric.

  • Neaten up the spine

Apply the fabric on the spine of your album. Press firmly and make sure you leave no bubbles behind. Afterwards, turn the album over and fold each corner in. Press firmly and then fold in the sides neatly.

  • Trim the scrapbook paper

Use pinking shears and trim the scrapbook paper. See the inside cover of the scrapbook and make sure the paper overlaps the raw edges of fabric. Now spray adhesive on the scrapbook paper’s wrong side and apply it to the inside covers. Let your album dry and then replace its pages. You can use the brown Kraft paper envelopes as a different form of paper. You can create lots of layers using this paper. Use recycled cards and envelopes of Brown Kraft to make environment friendly albums.

  • Decorate the album

Use beads, gems, ribbons, stamps, stickers, pearls etc. to decorate the album’s cover. You can also decorate the first page of the album.