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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!

DIY beaded necklace

While diamonds are no doubt a girl’s best friend, a simple and heartfelt, handcrafted piece is just as unique which makes it that much more precious. Crafting your own jewelry is not only a fun and inexpensive way to pass time, but your piece will surely be a great conversation starter. These days, fashionistas and trendsetters are ditching their bling-bling for the more unique and intricate beadwork designs. If you’re in search for ways you can jazz up an outfit or express your individual style, consider a one-of-a-kind DIY beaded necklace!

What you’ll need:

What to do:

  1. Cut a strip of tulle or ribbon that’s twice the desired length of the necklace. If you’re recycling old jewelry, you can substitute these pieces instead of using ribbon. I personally used old eye glasses chain for the beads.
  2. Next, you’ll want to tie a double knot where you wish to secure your beads.
  3. Depending on what you have in mind, you can incorporate the different beads at your preference and create an ongoing pattern.
  4. For added embellishment, you can wrap each bead in tulle, like a piece of candy, and twist away. Keep in mind that you’ll want to twist each piece of tulle tightly around the bead to keep it in place while it’s being worn.
  5. Secure each end of the necklace by double knotting each end. You can add an attachment closure (available at any crafts store) to your piece which will allow your necklace to properly attach at both ends.

And there you have it- an easy and inexpensive but cute way to create a personalized piece. While intricate beadwork can be beautiful, there’s no need to spend hours stringing a necklace! Give this DIY beaded necklace a try and as soon as you know it, with enough practice, you may be crafty enough to design an interlocking circle necklace.

Crafty DIY lollipops

 

Since the early 20th century, lollipops have long been a favorite of the candy industry. Synonymous with good times and happiness, lollipops are perfect for rewarding children or adults. Whether they are added to small craft gift bags or awarded after a tough doctor’s visit, you would be hard pressed to find someone on this planet that doesn’t enjoy an occasion lollipop. But how are they made? Here a quick how to guide to get you started on making your very own crafty lollipops.

Ingredients:

–          Lollipop sticks

–          Food coloring

–           Aluminum foil (or custom molds)

–          ½ tsp. of desired flavored oil

–          ¼ cup honey

–          ¼ cup light corn syrup

–          1 cup sugar

–          ½ cup water

How to prepare:

1. Over high heat, bring ½ cup water, ¼ cup honey, and ¼ cup light corn syrup to boil. Must reach 295 degrees.

2. Add flavored oil and food coloring and test flavor by dipping into mixture and running over cool water. Add more flavor to taste.

3. While mixture is still hot, pour it into pre-fabricated foil molds and insert lollipop sticks.

4. Let it sit for at least 20 minutes and enjoy!

The molding process is where you can really get crafty with your DIY lollipops, creating all sorts of shapes and designs.

Beginner’s sewing kit

 

Being a beginner is fun, isn’t it?  Regardless of what it is that you are beginning, it is a time when you are excited by all the interesting things that you have to learn and discover.

This is no different for someone who is just starting to learn how to sew.  It is the beginning of a long, patterned, colorful, and creative journey that never quite ends.  And, why would you want it to?  After all, every time you sew, you learn something new about the craft.

Before you get started, you want to have all the tools you’ll need in your sewing kit.  Here’s a pretty solid list of exactly what those are:

Sewing basket

Sewing baskets come in various shapes and sizes and are great for holding everything else mentioned on this list and keeping them organized.

Thread

Cotton thread is perhaps the most essential material needed by anyone who sews.

Fabric

If thread is the most important material for a beginning sewer, then fabric is certainly the runner up.

Scissors

It is best to have scissors that are made specifically to cut fabric and to try not to use them on anything else.

Pins

Glass head pins will almost certainly come in handy on any project that you may find yourself working on.

Tape Measurer

With most of your projects, you will find that you have to be precise and eyeballing it will just not do.  A clear ruler is also a good tool to have for this purpose.

Seam Ripper

This is an excellent tool to help fix things when you make a mistake, which you inevitably will – not because you are a beginner, but because everyone messes up at some point or another.

The more advanced you get, the more your horizons will broaden, allowing room for more techniques and tools in your sewing basket.  For now, this list ought to serve you right.