DIY yarn bowl

Yarn bowls are colorful, stylish and useful. These easy to make bowls can be a great craft activity for kids as well as adults. Not only will you spend more quality time with your kids but they also make presents for a variety of events and occasions. Follow these steps in creating the perfect yarn bowl for friends and family.

What you need:

  • Scrap yarns of assorted colors
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 4 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • One bowl
  • One plastic bag

What you’ll do:

  • Choose a bowl and wrap it with plastic bag

Firstly, pick a bowl of your choice. You can select a big, small or medium sized bowl. Wrap this bowl with a plastic sheet or bag. Use duct tape on the inner side of the bowl so that the plastic sheet stays in its place.

  • Pick vibrant yarns

Yarns will make or break the overall look and feel of these bowls. Select cheap acrylic yarns for this project. You can choose an affordable package comprising of ten strands if you already have some strands available at home. You can also check out Boye and M C G Textiles yarn collection. Along with some cheap acrylic yarns, you can take a look at variegated yarns. Spinrite, Premier Yarns and Pacon offer variegated yarns which give a gentle striping effect. You can check out various colors online before making a choice.

  • Prepare the mixture

Once you have covered the bowl properly with plastic sheet, you can start making a mixture of flour, water and sugar. Mix half cup of flour with 2 cups of lukewarm water. Meanwhile, boil 2 cups of water in a sauce pan and remove it from heat once it is warm. Now add the flour mixture to this water and boil it once again while mixing constantly. Remove the mixture from heat after it is boiled. Add 3 tablespoons of sugar to the mixture, stir and let it cool down.

  • Dip the yarn into flour-glue mixture

Once the mixture is cool, place the yarn gently into the mixture and then take them out. Don’t forget to squeeze the yarn gently on their way out. This will let your bowl dry quickly and easily.

  • Coil the yarns around the bowl

You can now wrap your bowl with the flour-glue mixture treated yarns. You can wrap the bowl completely or you can create a specific pattern on it. Customize it with a name or message to give it a more heartfelt feel.

Home-made yarn bowls can be great birthday presents. You can make some of them with your kids for Grandparent’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or any other special occasion. So, make some colorful yarn bowls and surprise your loved ones on their special day!

5 Essential Things All Dining Room Must-have

Dining rooms are doubtlessly multi-functional spaces. It is where we sometimes work, have some family meetings, and of course eat. So when you are thinking of designing or sprucing up your dining area, it is vital to fully understand how you spend your time there and what you want to accomplish in the area.

Thus, ensure that you provide all or (if not possible) some of the must-have items in your dining area. No matter the size, style, or budget you have, these essential items will be your lifesaver.

For a little help, listed below are some essential things all dining room needs. Thus, worry not because we have got you covered!

The Lighting

Fortunately, there are plenty of choices when it comes to the lighting for the dining room. From pendants, chandeliers, floor lamps, or sconces, there is truly a lighting source suitable for your dining area. Plus they come in many designs from the newest ones to traditional pieces.

But that’s not all. You can even place fancy candles during special occasions like anniversaries or birthdays. However, whatever light source you select, ensure that it includes a dimmer switch. With a dimmer switch, you can easily modify the volume of the light you need.

As a special tip, if you love to hang a chandelier, then keep in mind that it should have at least 34 inches space between the dining table. As such, you can make sure that everyone in the house will not whack their heads when sitting or getting up.

Furthermore, if you often work at your dining area, then you may want to consider placing task lighting. It will help you work easily and highlight all the things you need for work.

A Console Table

Do not wait for the time that your dining table is full of things. No matter how big and spacious it is, you will always be in need of a room for some extra things. With that said, a well-placed console table is a superb place for the extra dish of food.

But when left unused, you can show and flaunt some household plants or your cherished dishes. Furthermore, you can make use of a console table to create a home bar of your own. Display fancy glassware and bottles, and arrange them on different racks.

With that, you can easily access and clean things much easier. Furniture such as a console table is truly an essential piece of every dining room. It looks aesthetically good and serves many functions or purposes.

Family Pictures

Hanging family pictures in the dining room is not a bad idea at all. If you love to take pictures or photos of your family, then think about magnifying some of them and use them as a wall decoration in your dining area.

Consider printing your family pictures in black and white. It is an excellent way to make these photos more neat and professional. Family photography always brings appeal and beauty to space. It also makes a room more inviting and intimate.

By hanging family pictures in the dining room, instead of fancy artworks, you make your entire family feel more comfortable and feel more at home. Customizing this space brings you and your family members closer and tight-knit.

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

If your dining area feels narrow and cramped, and you want to feel or make it look spacious, then a beautiful mirror is perfect for you. Mirrors instantly add light and depth into space, deceiving your eyes to perceive that your space looks bigger and spacious.

However, before you even place a mirror, move it around every wall so that you can choose a perfect view to reflect. Invest for a good piece because mirrors are one of the things that never go out of style. But if you are not sure of what kind of mirror you should choose, then think about having round ones.

Tablecloth or Table Linens

A dining table feels and looks fancier when decorated with an attractive tablecloth. Also, plates look more inviting and enticing over these table linens. Thus, table linens are yet another must-have item for every dining room.

This beautiful clothing garment somewhat conveys the theme of the whole room and provides a pop of color and conserves the health of your dining table. So when buying for one, always examine its design, color, texture, price, maintenance requirements, and usage requirements.


Of course, all dining areas requires a table and several chairs. However, do not condense yourself with these things because there are still a lot of stuff that you can incorporate into your dining room to create a comfortable and cozy dining space.

You can follow the above list of must-have items to make sure that your dining room is complete with things that are very useful. From lighting to tablecloths, make sure that you will only purchase high-quality products to save money and time. You can easily but these things in any online store like Deal Wiki.  


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:  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.