Friday, October 31, 2014

Tutorial - Woven Spider Web with Chestnuts
A crafty way to use gathered chestnuts

Tutorial at Emma Owl Blog

"If you are anything like us… you have found all the Chestnut trees in your neighborhood, and go for weekly – sometimes daily – walks to pick up literally buckets of shiny new Chestnuts!!  What to do with your stash? We made spider webs!  This is a great activity! I love making things from stuff you find! Older children will be able to do this all on their own, younger children may need a little help".... Read more

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Tutorial - How to Make a Monster Costume
Fashioned from the book "Tickle Monster"

Tutorial at XOXO Grandma Blog

"This particular costume is for my rambunctious two-year-old grandson. My daughter suggested that I make him a monster costume for Halloween.  Knowing how two-year-olds can act, I decided he needed to be some type of kind or silly monster, so he wouldn't torment his baby sister. Then the idea hit me, why not make a Tickle Monster costume? Have you ever heard of the Tickle Monster? I hadn't either until my daughter received this book and Tickle Monster gloves as a baby gift".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make a Wall Sign
Choose a favorite saying and put it on a wall

Tutorial at Painted Therapy Blog

"I have a mantra for my kids:  Be Awesome Today.  I mean, I think it says it all.  It's a great reminder, not just for them, but for anyone in the house (that includes the cockapoo).  So I put it into a sign.  The idea I had for this sign was inspired by The Handmade Home and their DIY sign.  (NOTE:  their method is different than mine, so check both out to see what works for you)...Here's how I did it:  First I decided how long and tall I wanted the sign to be".... Read more

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Tutorial - How to Make a Halloween Sign
Decoration is more cute than spooky

Tutorial at One O Blog

"Now is the time to make a really cool “BOO” sign, something that has a nordic geometric touch and feel. Something that’ll fit perfectly in bedrooms like this one or living rooms as this one. Something not too spooky or horrific but pretty more cute and stylish. It’s a simple diy BOO sign made with simple thread".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make a Felt Crown
Decorate crown with felt leaves and flowers

Tutorial at Hayano Handmade Blog

"Kids have their own fantasy. I think they like playing pretend to be a princess when I asked my little neighbor to be my model, they become busy playing with this crown so I this your little princess will love to playing with this one. okay stop thinking it's very easy".... Read more

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tutorial - How to Make a Bandana Toddler Bib
A thicker fabric such as flannel or terry cloth could be used for the second layer

Tutorial at Apple Green Cottage Blog

"One day you realize your baby is no longer a baby but a cute and clever toddler. Approximately at the same time you also realize there is no such thing as getting rid of bibs. You'll still need them, just maybe in a bit of a different design - an to my experience, bandana bibs are perfect for toddlers. And when you need a lot of bandana bibs, it's great if you don't need to buy all of them, right? Here's an easy tutorial for you".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Solar Print a T-Shirt
Make a customized t-shirt

Tutorial at The Chilly Dog Blog

"I was wandering the aisles of Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts a few weeks ago when I discovered a small display of Lumi Inkodye. I have enjoyed a few fabric dyeing projects in my day and have even experimented with screen printing, but I had never seen anything like the Inkodye before.  It's solar activated. So you spread it on your fabric, set it out in the sun, and whatever sections of the ink are exposed to the sun, dye the fabric. The ink that's not exposed washes out.  I simply had to give it a try. I was not disappointed by the result. The crisp lettering looks as if it could have been screen printed. The best part is, it's 1000 times easier than screen printing".... Read more

Monday, October 27, 2014

Tutorial - Cosmetic Bag with Brush Pockets
Video tutorial + free PDF pattern download

Tutorial at So Sew Easy Blog

"Do you remember that awesome tutorial and pattern that Anke shared for how to add a brushes bag section to the Easy Cosmetics Bag? I couldn’t make up mine right away because I had to wait for my closures to arrive from overseas but I was so keen to give this bag a try.  I just love it when people send in photos of things they’ve made with my patterns, and especially this one where it was such a big change from the original".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make a Crocheted Empanada
Versatile play food pattern is easy to make

Tutorial at Tales of a Crafty Mommy Blog

"Recently we celebrated “El 18,” which is the equivalent to the Fourth of July here in the States. We enjoyed Empanadas several times throughout the month, thanks to my Mom who made them for us. The kids talk about Empanadas on a regular basis and if it was up to them, they would want to eat one every day! Therefore, I decided to surprise them with some play Empanadas that they can keep in their basket of play foods".... Read more

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Tutorial - How to Make a Wall Ruler
Fun way to measure your child's growth

Tutorial at Painted Therapy Blog

"I love functional, yet beautiful decor.  And this fits the bill.  I saw one perusing Pinterest, posted by First Home . . . Love Life and pinned it immediately.  I had to make my own.  Lucky for me, I had just the right wood in my garage.  You see, on one of my various jaunts to the local landfill, I headed over to the household demo section.  I'm at home there, tip toeing through the piles of discarded treasures.  Making sure I had on rubber-soled shoes (unlike the time I showed up in slippers),  I spotted this jewel.  It's amazing to me that someone could throw out this fabulous barn door.  I guess it's not all that amazing.  I'm just weird that way".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make Faux Gold Nugget Earrings
Easy to make and would make perfect holiday gifts

Tutorial at Wellnesting Blog

"I whipped up these earrings early last week so that I might have something to wear during the wedding. I was inspired by the vibrant gold tones of the Virginia foliage in early fall and wanted something to complement the peachy-coral colors of the wedding. After some experimenting and lots of half-baked (pun intended) attempts, I ended up with these.  I love them more than I thought I would, and, in all honesty, more than I love most things I make.  They're perfectly imperfect, and I find myself reaching for them most mornings rather than my standard pearl or diamond studs. I call that a win".... Read more

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Tutorial - How to Make a Beaded Flower Spray
Post includes links for other beaded tutorials

Tutorial at Cards Crafts Kids Projects Blog

"The beaded flowers  you see in this altered box were super easy to make and so sharing this super simple tutorial to make a beaded flower spray...Depending on the size of your beads and the length of the flower branches you want cut a length of wire. I cut 3.5 inches wire to make each beaded flower branch. Its better to cut more wire than you need till you get the hang of it!! Thread 3 beads onto the center of the wire and bend the wire in a gentle U".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make a Painted Pumpkin Vase
Painted pumpkins make pretty floral vases

Tutorial at Grow Creative Blog

"I love decorating for fall!  It's probably the season I get most excited decorating for (other than Christmas).  But just using the traditional orange-yellow colors gets a little boring.  Why not add some fun contrast with bright greens and blues? I'm all for it! I discovered the idea for pumpkin vases over at Green Wedding Shoes, but I wanted to add more color and I don't have a rose bush in my yard so I tried out Zinnias, Geraniums, and Cosmos flowers instead".... Read more

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