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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!

5 Thoughtful DIY Valentine’s Day Projects for Men

Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion to remind the man in your life how much you love him, but there’s no question that all of the classic gifts – chocolates, greeting cards, wine, even fuzzy socks – can get extremely overpriced and expensive, not to mention the fact that it can be hard to find a generic gift that is personalized enough to make your partner feel special and loved. A homemade do-it-yourself gift can make the perfect addition to a store-bought product or something that you ordered online, and depending on the magnitude of the gift, can even stand alone as the perfect gift. Here are some clever gift DIY projects for you to create and give to the special man in your life!

  1. A fun and flirty “coupon book.” Put together 10 to 20 (or more, if you’re really into it) “coupons” for your special guy to “cash in” whenever he wants all year long! You can make the coupons worth any activity or treat as tame or as saucy as you want – obviously, you know him and the things that he likes better than anyone. Best of all, you really don’t have to spend big money on printing the cards on some special stationary or through a service. Handwritten coupon booklets work just fine, just be sure to use lots of pink and red decorations and stickers. He’ll love this gift because it was made just for him with his interests and preferences in mind.
  2. A stay-at-home movie night gift basket. In the age of Netflix and Amazon Prime, it’s hard to remember that there was once a time that people put DVDs and even VHS tapes into consoles to watch a movie. If you have a DVD player for your TV, or even a disc drive on your laptop, pick out a few of his favorite movies (especially if there are sequels). If you don’t have the physical DVD, you can just write a cute little note in the card explaining that you’ve bought or are planning to rent a movie of his choosing online. Wrap it up with a big, soft blanket, some popcorn, and those big movie-sized candy bars to create an in-home movie theatre experience!
  3. His favorite home-cooked meal. No matter which one of you usually does the cooking, or whether you both tend to get your food through Uber Eats or Postmates, a home-cooked meal made specifically for him is a great way to show that you care enough about him that you’ll spend time learning something new, especially if this kind of meal isn’t something that you usually eat. It doesn’t have to be perfect – as long as you put in the effort, he is sure to appreciate this sweet and thoughtful gesture. Bonus points if you arrange some of the food to look like hearts! Extra bonus points if you buy a “Kiss the Cook” apron.
  4. A travel album. This is a great gift for the adventurous couple, and the best part is that it’s easily modified depending on the specifics of your relationship. Pick up a three-ring binder, scrapbook, or even a small photo album from your local bookstore and fill it with ticket stubs, boarding passes, developed photos, and other paper souvenirs from any trips or travels that you have already been on together. Haven’t explored anywhere fun yet, but you want to get started? Splurge on some tickets and place them in the front pages of the album with a card explaining your idea – he’ll get the message. If you can’t afford to make big trips, start small, with local museums or concerts. Any sort of memory photo album is a truly precious and classic gift in the age of the smartphone.
  5. I Love You Because…” dry-erase board. These make a great decoration to put up all year round or hang up next year, once the winter holiday season has died down a little bit but before the special day has arrived for that year. You can order a special dry-erase board with the message “I Love You Because…,” or you can spend an afternoon crafting a little card or sign yourself to glue onto the board. With these signs hanging up, it will be a sweet and thoughtful activity to write a new message on it everyday so that he can feel truly appreciated when he comes home. Another great idea is to get a matching set of dry-erase boards, perhaps monogrammed or color-coordinated, and you can both make a project out of reminding each other the reasons for your love!

 

How to create your own army girl costume

 

 

Let’s be creative this Halloween! Before you go shopping in all those fancy malls you can simply try to create a costume of your own this Halloween. You might already have all the things necessary for an army girl costume in those small drawers at home. The best thing about putting together your own costume is that you can reuse items you already have!

First look into your closet or drawers. Pull out some clothes that you think can be transformed into an army girl costume. If you don’t have the costume pieces, just visit the local party or second hand store to collect the essential components.

Here’s what you need:

  • Army pants
  • Black army boots
  • Army cap or helmet
  • Army shirt or tank top
  • Army jacket
  • Small army bag
  • Black, green and brown face paint
  • Toy gun

Here are some ideas of how you can utilize old stuff to create a new look:

  • You can use a pair of your old pants. It doesn’t matter if they are torn from the knees or calf area as this is only going to give a rough and tough army look.
  • You can go for trendy combat boots or black army boots to complete the look of your costume. A green pair of combat boots would be just perfect.
  • If you already have an old cap or helmet, you can spray paint it in army shades like black, green and brown.
  • A military green tank top serves the need if you don’t have an army shirt. You can experiment on this top with army colors.
  • Wearing an army jacket is a good idea as it can save you from the cold weather. You can use paint on an old jacket to give it an army look.
  • Give your costume a few finishing touches by carrying a small army bag, toy gun, and painting your face in army colors.

With all these things done, you are now ready to head off to the party as an army girl. Have a great party!

Make your own hand puppets for kids

This is one craft that will keep your kids busy. Hand puppets will get your kids involved in a craft project and then they will have something new to play with after as well. Kids hand puppets are super easy to make and your kids could make a whole collection of characters. Then they can put on a puppet show for family and friends.

Here’s what you need:

-Felt – a variety of colors

-Marker

-Glue

-Stickers

-Pom-poms

Kidkraft majestic mansion

Here’s what you do:

  1. Pick a felt color. You will two pieces of the same color. Put your hand down. Trace loosely around your hand, not around each finger.
  2. Cut this piece of felt out.
  3. Trace this piece of felt on to another felt sheet of the same color and cut it out.
  4. Glue these pieces together at the edge leaving the bottom open for a place to put your hand. If older kids are doing this project you could use needle and thread to sew the two pieces together.
  5. Use your felt colors and scissors to cut out eyes, eyebrows, mouths, noses and whatever else you want your puppet to have. You could make a hat, tie or even a mustache for your puppet. Get creative!
  6. Then glue these pieces on to your puppet.
  7. Have the kids put on a puppet show for family and friends using a Kidkraft majectic mansion. This craft will keep them busy and get them to think creatively and use their imaginations! Happy crafting!

Best of the Web No. 6

This week on Best of the Web we have five incredible blogs! Each one of these bloggers is a master at their craft. This week’s focus is on quilting and the like. With six blogs to look through, you will have plenty of ideas for your next craft adventure. Each of these blogs is packed with great info, great ideas, and great people. So sit back and get ready to go on a crafting journey to each of these blogs.

11 am

In my blog, 11am, I record my adventures in my crafting and family life, the successes and the failures – of which I have generous quantities of both! I’ll take you for walks in the Yorkshire Dales and Southern Scotland, dragging you through mud and snow but in compensation there will be cake and crochet aplenty. Recently I have delved into the world of internet sales and am enjoying reasonable success – I won’t become the next Sir Alan Sugar or Donald Trump but I am having fun along the way. Life is for living and I intend on living it to the full (so long as I have my hooks, wool and a mug of tea) Bring it on! -Kate

Artymess Goddess of Fibre Alchemy

I am passionate about textiles. Colour and patterns excite me and inspire my work. I originally trained as a botanical illustrator but I have always had an interest in yarns and fabric. I was encouraged by my Grandmother who taught me valuable skills. I work using hand and machine embroidery and various decorative techniques I also design and make garments using a knitting machine. I started my blog, ‘Artymess Goddess of Fibre Alchemy’ in February 2010 and have had a wonderful, inspirational journey into blogland meeting fantastic like-minded creative artists. -Lorna

Bea Spoke Quilts

The name of my blog is Bea Spoke Quilts, it’s a bit of a play on words. One of my daughters is called Bea and I like the old concept of things being tailor made or bespoke. I love fabric and quilting, I have learnt over time that quilting doesn’t need to be complicated, tricky or take a long time. I’m trying to showcase great fabric and simple techniques in quilting through my blog -Siobhan

Hillbilly Handiworks

We are all about learning at Hillbilly Handiworks. I am always thinking up new ways for us to expand our talents. The current favorite is the Artistic Hectic Hexagons; with a new one posted every Thursday. Starting in February we will be learning Lone Star Quilts together. Also, the ever popular May for Me will be back this year with a new surprise twist. Of course, on occasion I cannot resist throwing in some Hillbilly fun. Come pay and visit and see for yourself! -Tonya

Bumble Beans Inc.

Get inspired and absorbed in color! That’s the vibe I like to share on my blog. I encourage people to GO FOR IT! Cut up that fabric, throw it around, and see what fabulous mess you can make… Most likely it won’t be a mess, but it will either be something that starts a creative spark, or an entirely new unique quilt that is all YOU! I love what I do, I find JOY in making  custom commission quilts  and greater JOY in donating a quilt. I want every creative person to find their joy in what they make, and  hope they find even greater JOY in sharing. Give a quilt a good home. -Victoria

If you are looking for some new ideas on how to store your crafting goodies, some of them may be right under your nose! An expandable makeup organizer is perfect for putting painting supplies, sewing supplies, and just about anything else you can think of. Just because it’s meant for makeup, doesn’t mean it’s not also perfect for crafting supplies! With different sections for different supplies, expandable makeup organizers really make it easy to be organized.

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!