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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 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!

How to make your own cell phone wallet with shoulder strap

Most women carry a large tote bag with them when they are heading out. The advantage of carrying a large purse is that you can fit almost all your items but the disadvantage is that you never find the item when you need it. How many times have you heard your cell phone ring and not been able to pick it up as you cannot locate it in your bag? A solution to this problem is creating a cell phone wallet with shoulder strap that you have easy access to. You can also utilize it as a passport holder when you are travelling.

Here are the things you will need-

  • Cotton fabric
  • Sewing machine
  • Velcro

Here are the steps to make your own cell phone wallet with shoulder strap-

  • Measure your cell phone dimensions and add a few inches to both – length and breadth, as you will want to keep some money along with your cell phone. So if your phone measures 6 inches by 4 inches then take it as 8 inches by 6 inches to add some room. Accordingly, chalk the dimension out on a piece of cotton fabric. Cut out 2 pieces of fabric of the size measured.
  • Place the two fabrics facing each other and hold them in place with straight pins.
  • Sew the two fabrics together in a straight seam and leave one-quarter inch from the fabric edge on the three sides.
  • Now turn the pouch right side out to see the fruit of your hard work. Align and attach the piece of Velcro to the fourth side of the pouch to make sure you can close the pouch.
  • To create shoulder strap, choose a fabric that you used for the pouch or some other bold colored fabric to add some spunk to your cell phone wallet. The breadth of the fabric should be 1.5 to 2 inches while the length should be according to your preference.
  • Fold the long fabric and sew the lengths together and turn it over to the right side.
  • Finally, sew the ends of the strap to the inner corner of the pouch.

You can create this even for your little girl who begs for a ‘big girl purse’. Make it fun and sparkly for her by placing some adhesive stars on the pouch.

Homemade Halloween decoration ideas: How to build your own graveyard

 

 

Great costumes, spooky feelings and fun are what Halloween is all about. Why not spook your neighbors and friends by creating your own graveyard this Halloween? There are different elements like spooky lighting that you can include in your graveyard that will leave your guests with goosebumps. Below I’ve listed some spooky ideas to create a graveyard that will make this Halloween particularly fun and memorable.

Here’s what you can do:

  1. To make your graveyard really eerie, add some fallen branches and tilt some of the gravestones at different angles. This will make it look like your graveyard has been there for centuries.
  2. Put a pair of wide calf riding boots on one or two of the graves. Partially cover these boots with leaves to make it look like somebody is actually lying there.
  3. Hang some oddly large clothes on branches so that it looks like ghosts are haunting your graveyard.
  4. Display a few skulls around the graveyard and use a bit of red paint to give the graveyard an even more dramatic look.
  5. You can also use a fog machine or dry ice to make your graveyard foggy.
  6. The idea of gruesome hands crawling out of the ground can fill anybody with fear. Use two small sticks and your gloves to create this look.
  7. Use Styrofoam or Plywood to make tombstones and write scary epitaphs on them.
  8. Last but not the least, use a broken scrap of wood and write “keep out” or “danger” on it with black or white paint to complete the look.

Welcome your guests in a scary costume and say “welcome and beware” and your guests won’t soon forget your haunted Halloween graveyard.

DIY toiletry bag for Valentine’s Day

If you are looking for an easy yet unique DIY Valentine’s gift idea, I have the perfect idea for you. This year make a large toiletry bag for your mom, grandma or sister for Valentine’s Day. It’s the perfect way to say “I love you” because it’s much more thoughtful than picking up the standard box of chocolates at the store. And no one said you can’t put some chocolates in that toiletry bag when you give it to them anyway.

Here’s what you need:

– Fabric for the outside of toiletry bag

– Fabric for lining inside toiletry bag

– Sewing thread

– Scissors

– Pins

-16” zipper

– Sewing machine

Here’s what you do:

  1. Once you’ve picked out the fabric you want (I would suggest reds, pinks or Valentine-themes prints) cut two pieces fabric for each print into 16 X 12 pieces.
  2. Take one piece of printed fabric that you want to be on the outside of your toiletry bag and put it print side down on your sewing table. Then take the 16” zipper so that the zipper is lined up with the top of the fabric. Then take a piece of inside lining fabric and also line this up at the top.
  3. Pin these pieces together and then use an appropriate color of thread to these pieces together where you lined them up at the top.
  4. Move the fabrics that you sewed to the zipper to the side so that you can sew on the other side of the zipper. The outside print should be right side up. To finish the other side, place you other lining piece print-side up, then the other side of the zipper and then the last piece of outside fabric print-side down. Pin these pieces together and then sew.
  5. Arrange the fabrics so that you have the wrong side of the zipper facing up and your lining fabrics hanging on either side. Open the zipper a little bit, pin the fabrics together and the edges and sew all four pieces together.
  6. The bag should be inside out. Turn it inside out and put sometimes Valentine’s candy in there for mom, sister or grandma. You can also make pink pencil case set using these directions, but with smaller pieces of fabric. Good luck and happy Valentine’s Day.

How to make wire name card holders

Name card holders create an extra personal touch to your well thought out tablescape. If you love having your friends over for potlucks and pride yourself in paying attention to the detail when decorating, crafting these simple name card holders can make your gatherings more special and intimate!

Supplies needed

  • 18 gauge wire in a color of your choice
  • Cardstock in a color of your choice
  • Scissors
  • Pliers
  • Clear ID badges (optional)

Directions

    1. Take the wire and create a base shape. In the picture above, it is a swirl, but you can make other shapes like a heart, four leaf clover, etc.
    2. Bring the wire up to make about 2 inches, or longer depending on your preference.
    3. For the top, you can create a circle like above that wraps around twice like a key chain ring  so you can slip a name card in between.
    4. To finish the name card holder, use your pliers to snip the wire at the end.
    5. For name cards, use your scissors to cut the cardstock in any shape you desire.
    6. You can print names onto the cardstock in advance and cut them out after, or you can use decorative pens like turquoise pens or gel pens to make unique handwritten cards.
    7. If you have ornately decorated your name card holders to give away to your guests at the end of your gathering, you can place the cards in clear id badges before fastening them in to the name card holder to protect them from getting ruined by the wire.

There you have it! This is a very basic tutorial for making a name card holder, but you can get more creative in choosing different materials to use for its construction and decorating. Share ideas and techniques you used below in the comments section!

Tips and tricks for having professional quality art

One of the most important things that you can have as an artist is an array of the right tools at your disposal. While I’m certainly no artist, I do know a lot of people who draw and they swear their lives by the Prismacolor brand. We’ll be going over a couple of the basic tools that you might want when it comes to drawing the most professional and high quality art that you can.

What you’ll need

What you can do

Once you acquire the impressive set of tools, you’ll be set for any inspiration that may come your way. Here’s a quick rundown of how you can take care of your new tools.

  • Make sure to store all of your art supplies in a cool, dry area. When it comes to canvases, water can ruin the texture. And especially when it comes to your markers, you don’t want them to be in a place where they can get too hot and be destroyed.
  • Another tip that you can consider when it comes to all of your supplies is to use them in conjunction with one another. The best way that you can use your Prismacolor tools is to make sure that you use them together. The markers bring out the colored pencils and the colored pencils bring out the markers.
  • The reason why these puppies are so good at bringing out the best color in your art is because of the pigment that they use in the ink. It’s very highly concentrated and therefore transfers onto paper very well.
  • One final tip for using these tools is to take care of them. Treat them well, and they will last you for as long as you can possibly think.

Good luck and have an amazing time with your artwork!

Creating your own birthstone necklace

Making your own fashion jewelry is both a fun and money saving practice that is sure to upgrade your wardrobe. Often times it is difficult to find matching pieces to your favorite outfit, so why not just create your own piece? Birthstones necklace are a safe gift item that is easy to make and with one quick trip down to your local crafts store, you can pick up some jewels and in some cases ready-made pendants to make your own birthstone pendant necklace.

What you’ll need:

–          Cable chain

–          Round nose pliers

–          Wire cutters

–          Pendant piece and/or birthstone

–          Acrylic glue

–          Steel necklace extender lobster claw

Steps for Completion:

1. Create pendant piece by attaching birthstone with acrylic glue and allow to dry.

2. Cut cable chain to appropriate length (18” to 24” recommended)

3. Attach steel necklace extender lobster claw to end of chain with round nose pliers.

4. Fixed pendant on the center of the chain and you’re finished!

These also make great gifts where you can add your own decorative flair. Birthstones are a safe bet to be loved by any recipient, so don’t be afraid to add on some extra style to make it unique.

Create your own hair station

 

Ok ladies, it’s time to use that empty corner of your room that you are currently piling junk at! You can turn that corner of your room into a mini retreat by creating a place where you can have fun re-inventing yourself – at your very own hair station! Here’s how to get started.

Pick your mirror

Your mirror shouldn’t just serve as a mirror, it should be multi-functional. This is why you need a coat hook mirror. They are beautifully framed with wood, with a mini shelf which can hold little items likes your hair spray, hair serum, or brushes.

Organize your hair accessories

The best thing about using a coat hook mirror is that is has study hooks, so you are free to hang things like head beads, hair ties, or chignons, keeping all your hair accessories neat and organized. For smaller things like bobby pins, you can put tiny them in tiny glasses and place them on the shelf (see above).

Set up your styling tools

If you had a side table previously sitting docile in your empty corner, you can now put that to use next your hair station to place your styling tools on. Make sure to place curling irons strengtheners on top of their fabric covers when in use, as you do not want their heat to ruin the surface of your side table.

Maintaining cleanliness

Hair stations can messy, so make sure to routinely clean your area. Instead of using harsh chemical cleaners which can compromise the wood and mirror of your coat hook mirror, you can make your own mild cleaner to wipe down the area. You can get empty spray bottles, fill them with water, and add only a drop or two of dish detergent. Give it a shake and you have your own cleanser that will not ruin your hair station.

Enjoy your new hair station and happy creating!

DIY floral headband

 

It’s about time to put together a fresh and floral wardrobe for the warm season! Accessories will create a pop of color and flare to just about anything you’ve got in your closet. Floral headbands are becoming a trending topic in the world of accessories and are super simple to make. The best part was that it only took about 20 minutes to make three headbands!

What you need:

What to do:

  1. Before getting started, choose the perfect blooms for your headband. Any type of flowers will do but the larger blooms are best for statement pieces and will surely jazz up your entire wardrobe.
  2. If your craft store flowers come attached with stems, you can pull all the flowers from their stems but be sure to clip the green plastic pieces off the back of each bloom so the back side is flat.
  3. Use hot glue to adhere the blooms to your headband as you see fit. You can use super glue. I highly recommend the Loctite All-Purpose Super Glue which typically comes in a pack of two (2 grams/tube). So, if you’re planning on designing more than one floral headband, you’ll have enough glue to go about creating many!
  4. When gluing your flowers to your black plastic headband, I’ve found that it’s best to start in the center of the headband and work your way to the ends attaching more flowers. If you have a bunch of flowers of different sizes, it’s best to center the largest flower and have the smaller flowers as surrounding décor. This makes it easier to create a balanced look.

These headbands are fun and easy to wear and will add a splash of color to any outfit! They also go great with a sea shell pendant. If you love flowers as much as I do, you’ll surely enjoy crafting this piece!

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