Friday, October 24, 2014

Tutorial - Decoupaged Pumpkin with a Paper Napkin
A brown paper bag is used for the stem

Tutorial at Purple Hues and Me Blog

"There are lots of how-to decoupage pumpkins on the net, but a few years ago I read about a technique using plastic wrap to help smooth out the wrinkles.  I couldn't find the article I remembered but there is a wonderful video that shows how this is done.  I've never had much luck in not having wrinkles when I attempt to decoupage.  So I think using plastic wrap is a great technique that I need to try.  I have paper towels in my guest bathroom that I wanted to preserve by doing some sort of decoupage.  I also wanted to show the class I teach in my community clubhouse how to decoupage pumpkins, so I'm killing two things I need to do with one craft".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make Rainbow Soap
Layer color and add scent to your soap

Tutorial at Latika Soap Blog

"This sweet rainbow in a cloud looks very impressive but it is actually very easy to make!  This is a two parts project and requires medium skills and some experience in soap making. Still- I recommend trying even if it is your first time making soaps".... Read more

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Tutorial - How to Make a Star Headband
Halloween or everyday dress up accessory

Tutorial at Maker*land Blog

"Halloween is almost upon us - and although it is still a fairly new tradition in  this part of the world, any holiday that endorses dressing up in costume is alright by me.  I'm still not sure about this whole trick-or-treat business, but I'm all over the dress-ups in a big way.  Actually, in a world ruled by me, everyone would be in costume every day.  It would be the law.  But I'm not so keen on those plastic, mass produced discount store costumes".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make a Foam Stamp
Upcycled foam stamp and stamp pad tutorial

Tutorial at Upcycled Design Lab Blog

"Some folks make think that Thanksgiving is the kick-off  to the holiday season but I like to think that it all really gets started with all the Halloween preparations.  Honestly, I have trouble letting go of the light, long, hot days of summer.  So, it is good to have a Holiday to focus on when the winter months are looming around the corner.  The fall and winter bring with them a heavier feel.  The days are shorter, the earths takes a pause, stops blooming, rests".... Read more

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tutorial - How to Make a Halloween Tote Bag
Complete in just 30-45 minutes at a pretty low cost

Tutorial at The Seaman Mom Blog

"This is a simple lined tote bag with a boxed bottom, easy to complete in just 30-45 minutes at a pretty low cost. I’ve made a toddler size but this can easily be adjusted for an adult size too. The tote is great for carrying around books, magazines or toys but in this particular case it will be wonderful if it ends up full of candy".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make a Paper Pumpkin
Stack paper rosettes to create mini pumpkin

Tutorial at The Chilly Dog Blog

"It's been awhile since I shared a paper craft, so I got out my paper trimmer, my Tombow and some Glu6 craft paste to create a mini, 3-D pumpkins.  These little pumpkins could easily add a little Halloween spirit to a desk or shelf. The finished pumpkin is about the size of a baseball.  Evenly scoring the paper, before cutting it, makes it easier to create the accordion fold rosettes that stack up to form the pumpkin".... Read more

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tutorial - Backyard Tic Tac Toe Game
Cute game uses a few pavers and river rocks

Tutorial at A Mom's Take Blog

"My boys LOVE playing Tic Tac Toe! Whenever my 8 year old gets a scrap of paper, it’s instantly filled with tic tac toe grids and he’s asking all of us if we want to play. On our road trip this past summer we came across a garden tic tac toe game at the Montana Zoo and I absolutely loved the idea and knew it was one DIY project that I had to make! It wasn’t too hard to make, either, but I didn’t have any motivation to work on the project once I bought the supplies until the weather finally started cooling down here in Phoenix so we could set up our garden tic tac toe game outdoors and try it out".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make a Globe Clock
Unique clock shows off a penchant for travel

Tutorial at Molliepop Blog

"Just so it’s clear, this post is not in honor of Christopher Columbus because he was pretty much the worst person ever. You can check out this awesome comic by The Oatmeal if you want the full story but I’m warning you, the details are gory. Instead, I’m taking a page out of Mathew Inman’s book and dedicating this project to Bartolem√© de las Casas who was a much more decent fellow. History aside, this is a sweet little project that would fit perfectly in a class room or travel themed bedroom. For extra puniness, add alphabet stickers to spell out “Time To Travel".... Read more

Monday, October 20, 2014

Tutorial - How to Make a Cloche
Cloche will work through all the seasons

Tutorial at Sew for Soul Blog

"Our Halloween theme this year is 'Victorian Gothic' so, not surprisingly, bell jars, cloches, apothecary jars and other weird and wonderful curiosities all feature prominently. We've collected lots of great items but something exciting happens when 'treasures' are placed under glass, as they instantly become even more special!  Our displayed specimens also have authentic looking museum labels, which I created in a gorgeous copperplate script, adding to the Victorian curiosities feel.   I love cloches and bell jars but found them shockingly expensive in the shops and I needed loads to transform our home into the abode of a slightly eccentric Victorian family, so I set about making my own".... Read more

Tutorial - Refashion a Camisole into a Onsie
Sew a sunsuit with this easy refashion

Tutorial at XOXO Grandma Blog

"Right before my daughter's family left to live approximately 6,443 miles away from me, she went through some of the things she was leaving behind. She threw away a couple of old black camisoles, as well as the cute mint sunsuit (pictured below in step one) because her baby girl (the same one pictured above) had grown out of it.  Of course, I thought what can I do with these camisoles she no longer wants?  Knowing my granddaughter would be living were it was warm and humid the majority of the year, a new sunsuit was the most practical answer".... Read more

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Tutorial - How to Make a Mini Tag Bunting
Mini Bunting can be used as a cake decoration

Tutorial at Ella and Nesta's Little Room Blog

"In my last post I promised a tutorial for making the Mini Tag Bunting I used in my Autumn mushroom box decoration. This is a really fast project and no sewing is required. It's fun to make and you can use this sweet little bunting (or banner!) for any occasion. Here is what you need to make the Mini Tag Bunting".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make a Handkerchief Doll
Use markers or embroider a face on your doll

Tutorial at Sussex Mouse Blog

"Church Dolls have been made for centuries by mothers wanting to pacify young children in Church. They were taken out of Mother's pocket when the Sermon started and didn't make a noise if they were dropped. I have been asked many times how I make my Church Dolls so I have taken step by step photos of how I made this little lady ".... Read more

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Tutorial - How to Make a Square Knot
Video tutorial on making a basic square knot

Tutorial at Curly Made Blog

"Probably most of you already know to make this simple square knot, but I'm planning on making a couple of bracelets using this technique, so for those who are not sure how to make it I've created this quick mini tutorial. Take the pink left cord, cross it over the middle orange cord and under the right blue cord. Take the blue right cord, cross it under the middle and through the loop".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make a Hair Scrunchy
Super simple, quick to crochet pony tail holder

Tutorial at Simply Shoe Boxes Blog

"Years ago my youngest daughter wanted a football themed birthday party--she was turning 8 I think.  So we invited a couple of her friends to spend the night and I asked each to pick their favorite football team.  I crocheted team colored items like little footballs and pony tail holders for each girl (all the patterns I invented for myself--this was pre-internet)".... Read more

Friday, October 17, 2014

Tutorial - Fabric Napkin Ring with a Cutout
Cutout a simple shape of your choice

Tutorial at Straight Grain Blog

"Sometimes, I get ideas in my head which I have to give a try, just to see if they are technically possible. A recent one is a napkin ring with a cut-out. Don't ask me why. I never use napkin rings. Like, never ever.  But maybe some of you do... so here is a tutorial. The tutorial uses a star as an example, but of course you can use whichever shape you prefer. Why not use a fish, for when you're eating fish".... Read more