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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 decorative pillow cases

If you love working on fabric projects and want to create custom pieces to accent your home, you can make a decorative sequin pillow. Here are the supplies you will need for this project:

  • Pillow forms
  • Fabric of your choice
  • Beads, sequins, trimming, or embellishments of your choice
  • Beading thread
  • Scissors
  • Head Pins
  • Sewing machine

Once you have everything together, follow these 3 easy steps:

Step 1: Cut fabric

Measure and cut your fabric according to the size of your pillow form. Cut a piece to cover the front of your pillow form, and one for the back. If you want to make a case that can be removed later for washing, remember to cut your back piece into 2 pieces which will allow for an opening. If you do so, also remember to make each of your back pieces 2 inches wider so you can hem down the middle on each side so your pillow won’t have any open threads sticking out.

Step 2: Decorate

While you can use any thread you wish, beading thread is more study for adding beads, sequins, or any other embellishments. You can create your own designs by beading your decorations together and sewing them on the fabric. After they are sewed down, use a your scissors, to cut your thread neatly. In order to achieve a cleaner cut, you may want to use a Gingher scissor thread nipper as it is made to cut beading thread.

Step 3: Prep and sew

Once you are done decorating your pillow, it’s time to sew it together. If you are making a removeable pillow case, place the pieces inside-out over your pillow form, and use your head pins to pin the fabric together on one of the edges. You can then remove your pillow form and sew that side of your pillow case using your sewing machine, removing the pins as you go along and continuing around the rest of the edges, sealing the sides together.

If you are not making a removable cover, place your fabric pieces decorative side up over your pillow form. Pin them together on each side with head pins, and sew them together, removing the pins as you go along. If you want to hide any rogue threads and create neat edges, you can also attach trimming to add a more decorative touch.

You now have a beautiful decorative pillow that you can use to liven up that bare sofa, or boring bedspread! Let us know how you use your decorative pillows in the comments section below.

Light up your winter wonderland with an electric window candle

It’s that time of year when a lot of folks are rushing out to the snowy mountains so they can get a few days of skiing and snowboarding in before all that beautiful white snow melts away.  After all, you will not feel good about heading into spring if you did not spend at least one weekend in a nice cabin watching the snow fall down gently outside your window.

 

This would be an opportune time to utilize some of your crafting skills in order to make that window into an ideal place from which to watch the surreal beauty of the winter wonderland outside.  It’s an easy task for an awesome crafter like you, just follow these directions:

Decorate the window.

Some cozy decoration on the inside can do a lot to enhance the view that you are enjoying of the outside.  My suggestion is to set up burgundy valances.  They make for a very homely look, especially when matched with this next item.

Light an electric window candle.

Candles add a touch of beauty to just about any situation.  Just set an electric window candle on the window sill and wait for the sun to go down.  I say use and electric candle as opposed to a regular one so that you don’t have to worry about safety hazards.

Set up a couple rocking chairs.

Let’s not forget about the most vital part – you.  Sit down and enjoy the wonderful view through this crafty screen that was once just a plain boring window.  To maximize the relaxation effect, cover yourself with a woven blanket and make sure you have a mug of hot cocoa in hand – as well as a companion by your side.

Crafting is not just about projects, it’s about moments as well.  Enjoy this moment that you have created; relax, converse, and then cry when the warm weather comes and melts this picturesque seen away.

Create handmade Halloween cards this year

Handmade cards are so much better than store bought, because they are personal and you can make them prettier too! This craft should be fun not stressful. Don’t feel like every card needs to be identical. Try different combinations of patterns and elements to create an original festive card each time.

Here’s what you need:

Colored paper – try orange, black or purple

Hot glue gun

Colored hot glue gun sticks – try silver or orange

Halloween themed seal stamp

Halloween stickers

Avery glue pen

Patterned scissors

Halloween stamps

Halloween stamp pads – try silver

Here’s what you do:

  1. Take one piece of paper and fold it in half or however you want the card to open. After you’ve folded it, take your patterned scissors and cut the edges. Just don’t cut the fold of course!
  2. Then take your other colored paper – maybe purple, purple on black would look great – and cut a square or rectangle that is a half inch to an inch smaller than the front of your card.
  3. Take your Avery glue pen and glue this piece of paper to the front of your card.
  4. To make easy Halloween seal stamps to decorate your card, simply use some colored hot glue on a scratch piece of paper. As soon as it’s on the paper hold the Halloween seal stamp on top of the hot glue until it hardens, then remove it. You should be able to peel the seal stamp off of the scratch paper. You can use these to decorate your card by gluing them on.
  5. To complete your card, use Halloween stamps and stickers to decorate the rest of your card. Make sure you use a greeting like “Happy Halloween.” Maybe you have a sticker or a stamp that has a greeting you can use already. Other items you can use are ribbon, patterned Halloween paper or even items around your home that you can recycle.

Make a DIY necklace rack

 

Here at Craft Corners, we love re-purposing things we have lying around the house into useful new items. We look high and low for unexpected sources of inspiration. Today’s inspiration comes from an item you might find in your own home: a kitchen pasta drying rack! If you find that you’re not using yours for whatever reason, whether you’ve cut down on carbs or you don’t have much time to cook anymore, wipe off that dust and get ready to get crafty.

One of many great ways you can use a pasta drying rack is by turning it into a necklace rack. Here is what you’ll need to make one:

  • A wooden pasta drying rack
  • Aerosol primer
  • Spray paint for wood in a color of your choice
  • Clear sealant spray

What to do:

  1. Make sure your pasta drying rack is clean. If it’s not, use a slightly damp cloth to wipe of any dirt or dust.
  2. Apply a coat of aerosol primer to your wooden pasta drying rack, followed by spray paint and clear sealant spray. Follow all of the instructions on the spray cans, and allow plenty of time to dry between adding coats of spray paint and clear sealant spray.

Your necklace rack is now ready to use! Enjoy keeping your favorite necklaces organized and on display. Don’t forget to add an adorable hugs and kisses pendant necklace!

Halloween wreath ideas

Holiday wreaths most definitely don’t have to be reserved only for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Halloween wreaths can be just as festive and when you’re creating your own, there’s a lot of room for creativity. If you pour your heart and soul into your craft projects, then you might the right candidate for making a Halloween ribbon wreath.

 

Here’s what you need:

– A variety of Halloween ribbon (You need a lot: about 50 yards)

– A plastic or wooden wreath form from the dollar or craft store.

– Hot glue gun.

– Black spray paint or wide black ribbon

– Metal rings

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Take a plastic or wooden wreath form and either spray paint of wrap solid black ribbon around the entire loop.
  2. Cut all of your Halloween ribbon into 2-3 inch pieces.
  3. Take you hot glue gun, and glue the ribbon into a loop by putting one dot near the bottom. The ends of the loop should spread out so you can glue those to the wreath later.
  4. Once you have done this with all of your ribbon, start hot gluing the ribbon to the wreath. Open the ends of the ribbon, put a bit of hot glue on the ends and place on the wreath.
  5. When you are gluing the ribbons on the wreath, they should be very close together, so your wreath is nice and full when it’s completed.
  6. If you want to, you can add to your wreath by putting hot gluing letter onto your wreath to spell out “boo,” for example. You can also take a Halloween knick-knack that you have around your house and secure it to your wreath.
  7. Use two metal rings for crafts and secure them to the back of the wreath so that you can hang the wreath up on hooks or nails.

Create personalized wedding invitations

When brides are going through the expensive ordeal of planning a wedding, budgets are often a huge factor when making all wedding decisions. There are so many tiny details involved with a wedding so things will add up very quickly. One way to save a few pennies is to make our own personalized wedding invitations.

You’ll need:

  • An online invitation template
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Fray check

 

  1. You’ll want to consider the theme of your wedding and the colors you would like to use for the invitations. Then you can begin browsing templates online that will match your wedding theme. Most of these templates will offer the ability to further customize, so you can change the font or the colors to match your personality and you wedding!
  2. Once you’ve found the right template and matched it to your wedding theme it’s time to pick out the cardstock and envelopes for the invitations. You can decide the thickness you want for the cardstock and the paper material (whether you want a metallic paper, matte, etc).
  3. If you’re going to need a large amount of invitations for your wedding, I would recommend going to a specialized store to have them printed. When searching for a local printing store, make sure that you can bring either a flash drive or a disk with your template saved. The best part about taking them to a printing shop is that they can also cut all of the invitations out for you.
  4. Once everything is printed and cut out, you can add a final personalization step by tying a ribbon of your color choice around the invitations. Once you’ve cut the pieces of ribbon to tie on the invitations you’ll want to use fray check on the ends to keep the ribbon from unraveling. (You may want to have some helpful bridesmaids come over for this step.)
  5. Once the ribbons are in place, it’s time to place them in their envelopes, address them and send them on their way!

DIY crib sheet

Have a baby on the way?  What theme are you going to go with for the nursery?  If you really want to make that room something special, the sooner you get started on it the better – particularly if you are interested in using some DIY decoration.

That’s right, a great place to exercise your crafting skills is your soon-to-be child’s nursery.  For example, if you want your kid to grow up on a farm, make some him or her farm themed nursery bedding for the crib.  Making your own nursery bedding is not too difficult for an experienced crafter.  The first thing you have to make is the fitted crib sheet.  Here’s how to do that:

Materials needed-

  • Fabric
  • Elastic
  • Sewing machine

1.  Fabric

Are you still on board with the farm theme?  Or do you want to go with the monkey themed baby bedding that I made using these steps?  Either way, choose a 70” x 45” piece that looks nice and pre-wash it in order to avoid any future complications.

2.  Corners

Cut a nine-inch by nine-inch square out of a corner.  You now have two corners where there used to be only one – sew those two together.  Repeat this process with each corner.

3.  Edges

Fold the edges up and sew a zigzag stitch around the entire sheet.  Don’t worry too much if this doesn’t look perfect because it will be under the mattress.

4.  Elastic

Place the center of the elastic on the center of the corner seam and sew it there.  Stretch the elastic along the edge, sewing as you go.

It’s as simple as that.  You have now made a fitted crib sheet for your baby’s bed.  Get some blankets and pillows in there along with a mobile and the entire crib will be waiting patiently to keep your baby cozy when he or she arrives.

DIY wedding program fans

 

The weather is getting warmer each day, and that can only mean one thing – wedding season is now in full swing. So, we bring you this crafty tip on making wedding fans that are also a wedding program! This craft tip will satisfy those creative do-it-yourself brides, and also, will offer a cooling affect for all those lovely wedding guests.

You’ll need:

  • Access to a computer with a word processing program and a printer
  • Fan template (You can download them online: http://www.ayleebits.com/2006/06/10/diy-fan-programs/)
  • Scissors
  • 3/16” eyelets
  • Card stock in colors of your choice
  • Glue stick
  • Crop-a-dile punch

Although this craft may be a little time consuming (hello, wonderful bridesmaids), it will add the perfect touch to the ceremony.

Once you’ve downloaded the fan template online, the next step will be deciding on the right font. With the format three pieces of the fan can fit on one piece of 8.5”X 11” card stock.

You can decide the amount of blades for your fan, the color variations, and the content, but here is an example using 4 blades:

  • The first blade can be an introduction to the wedding with the bride and groom’s names, the date of the wedding, and the location.
  • The second blade can list the bride and groom’s parents, the maid of honor and the best man. The third blade can list the bridesmaids and groomsmen.
  • And the fourth blade can be an order of the ceremony.

After you’ve printed enough fans for your guests, you can (carefully) cut them out. Next they’re ready to be arranged in the proper order.

Once they’re stacked properly and flush with each other, place and 3/16” eyelet at the bottom, and use a crop-a-dile puncher to press it into the paper, making your 3/16” hole. (Make sure not to clamp it too hard, or the fan won’t be able to open.)

Now you’re finished! And not only do you have a fan that will cool your guests during a beautiful summer wedding, but you also have a memorable keepsake from the special event.

DIY exposed brick wall

Our house is more than just a place we lay our head down to rest – it’s our home. We spend a great deal of our lives inside our homes ans that makes it critical to ensure that we decorate and instill a sense of belonging and happiness in our surroundings. A fun and unique way to do that is by decorating your walls, and a truly fun and unique way to do that is by creating an exposed brick wall look. Although this might seem at first glance to be a construction project, it’s actually just a facade. Let’s take a look at how you can go about creating your own exposed brick wall inside your very own home.

What You’ll Need

  • plate easel
  • Red and orange paints
  • Newspapers or premade paper mache mix
  • White sand
  • Tan construction paper
  • Hairspray
  • Superglue

What To Do

  1. Using your paper mache that you’ve either bought from the store or made yourself with newspapers, begin by molding some thing brick shaped items.
  2. Glue your paper mache “bricks” to the wall using the super glue at even intervals, leaving a bit of space between each one.
  3. Using your red and orange paints, mix up a few different shades on your plate easel. Optionally you might look into getting a black table top easel discount if you’re not used to holding your paint.
  4. Paint your bricks, taking care to switch up the shading so that they don’t all match exactly.
  5. After the paint dries, use super glue to line the spaces you’ve left between your bricks with a nice layer of white sandy paste – this will complete the effect of a brick wall.
  6. Take your construction paper and cut it into irregular slices, gluing them in sections atop your brick. This will give the effect of a wall that is crumbling away to expose the brick underneath.
  7. Finally, spray the entire thing down with a nice layer of sticky hairspray and sprinkle it with sand, giving it a nice worn look.

Best of the Web No. 9

This week we have several fabric and paper crafters. Each creates amazing work and provides us with plenty of tutorials for us to follow along. Whether it is scrapbooking or cardmaking, you will be sure to find some great ideas in these blogs. Each of these bloggers really makes some great work, so go on and start reading!

Quilting Square One

I am Canadian. I am a constant quilter. I took my first quilting class in 1992 and I haven’t taken a break since. I have a longarm business, Keeping it Simple Quilts. The first blog I visited was “365 days of quilting”, then I started blog hopping. Inspiration followed in heaps, and I started my own blog in 2010… I love to keep track of all my life here, where quilting is a really BIG DEAL….. I thank everyone for their great ideas, to inspire others would bring it full circle and make me very happy. -Pam

Stampersize

My blog is a place where I share my passion for paper crafting! I was introduced to card making 4 yrs ago by my sister Terri. I just love how happy people are when they receive a card made especially for them! I am a very social person and love the connections I make with people that share the same craft as I do! It’s a beautiful world out there full of creative people! -Patti

All About Applique

I’ve been a quilter for nearly 20 years, and an appliqué enthusiast for just as long! That’s right, I was an appliqué from the get-go, and when I got into the professional side of things I naturally gravitated towards appliqué as a design focus. I write a blog devoted to appliqué — any kind — at http://www.allaboutapplique.net. My two favorite methods are back-basting hand appliqué and raw-edge fusible machine appliqué. There are a gazillion more ways to go about it, and they’re all good! Over at All About Appliqué you’ll find tons of information about all sorts of quilting appliqué. Have fun exploring the Categories and Keyword Search functions to find articles, photo tutorials, links to designers, etc. A great big playground for appliqué enthusiasts or anyone looking for more information on the subject! -Kay

Silver Lily Sews and Stuff

For me blogging my quilts and my crafts is a way to share in this amazing creative pool of artistry and support that is the crafting blogosphere. I love skipping through a list of my favorite quilters, knitters, crafters…artists and the way it inspires me. And adding my little bit of artistry gives me a sense of accomplishment and comradery. From time to time I like to share a little tutorial of something I worked out and think others might enjoy doing as well but mostly it’s a place to share what I’m working on and what is inspiring me in hopes that maybe it will inspire my sweet bloggy friends that stop by to read. -Tyra

Ink Blots by TRD

I enjoy all types of crafting, but on my blog {Ink Blots by TRD} I mainly focus on paper crafting. I enjoy using my paper crafting supplies to make cards, home decor, gifts, and more – and I would love to have you stop on by! -Tifany

A Musing to Create

My scrapbooking blog could be described as a place to come for inspiration in documenting your every day life through scrapbooking. I love scrapbooking as a creative outlet so I often try to incorporate new techniques when I’m creating my projects. Some of my favorite things to include are stitching and inks. I often post little how-to’s and tips for learning to incorporate those things into your own projects. -Leah

If you have all sorts of paper scraps and other items for scrapbooking and card making, then organizing them will make your life a whole lot easier. Stackable filing boxes are a great way to separate and organize all your materials. You can organize them by color, material, size, or any other way you desire. Instead of having all your materials thrown into a big box, these stackable filing boxes let you keep them divided any way you wish. And since they are stackable, they will fit neatly wherever you want them to go. Happy crafting!

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