Friday, August 1, 2014

Tutorial - How to Make a Minecraft Style Sword
Paint the blocks before gluing them together

Tutorial at Cassie's Crafts Blog

"This sword is made using 1/2 in wooden blocks that are painted and then glued together. The tutorial on youtube was made using 1 inch blocks I believe. I wanted to make sure they would like it and it didn't take as long as it did when we did the 1 inch blocks. Plus, it was a perfect size that the boys could choose if they wanted it hung on the wall or some other way.  I have to say that sometimes our crafts that we make always end up with me making the rest of it while the kiddos go play but they stuck with this one. I really had fun making it too".... Read more

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Tutorial - How to Square Up a Quilt Block
Quick tutorial on squaring up a quilt block

Tutorial at The Crafty Mummy Blog

"In a perfect world, all my patchwork quilt blocks would turn out perfect. Those perfect squares and strips would come together perfectly to make a 12.5″ block with seams of exactly a quarter-inch and I would not have any crooked edges.  Unfortunately my quilt blocks don’t seem to have been created in my perfect world. Sigh. Usually my blocks are actually slightly larger than the pattern says they should be and sometimes the seams are just slightly too large or too small, or even {gasp!} slightly crooked. Not enough to ruin the block completely but enough to make the edges a bit crooked and strange-looking".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make a No Sew Mustache Pillow
Love crafting with duck tape?  Here's a cute project for you.

Tutorial at Joyful Daisy Blog

"What do you get when you are invited to a mustache birthday party?  Hummmmmm…. why not make a no sew mustache pillow out of duck tape?!  This is such a fun and easy project, you should make one even if you are not invited to a mustache party!!!  Don’t you want one!  Well then, let’s see, all you need is some newspaper, duck tape, and stuffing".... Read more

Tutorial - Five Ways to Decorate Jars for Candles
Video tutorial to make candle jars using simple decorations

Tutorial at Makoccino Blog

"Man loves company - even if it is only that of a small burning candle. Even better if you can make cute candles using empty jars that you can find in your home, right? I will show you five ways how you can transform an empty jar into pretty candle jars. They all look very cozy and are perfect for decorating your room!  As always they are easy to make and you only need a few things".... Read more

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Tutorial - How to Make Fabric Covered Flip Flops
Refresh old flip flops with colorful fabric

Tutorial at One O Blog

"To make these DIY easy summer flip flops you’ll need:  old or new flip flops, textile that you absolutely love or old summery scarf, textile scissors.  Cut your textile into two long strips; mine were about 1,30m each, but if you have more cloth I think it’d be better. Bend in half one of the strips and make the bended end pass beneath one flip flop thong. Now make the other two free ends go through this one".... Read more

Tutorial - Child Friendly Pendant Necklace
Easy beaded character pendants, simple enough for kids to make

Tutorial at Maker*land Blog

"This was actually an easy and over-with-very-quickly project, which is always great when you are crafting with three year olds.  Sophie's involvement actually was just pushing the ribbon ends through the big hole in the head bead (no needle for her!), which took her a good five minutes for both pendants, but as she will tell you, it was the most important part of the whole project. Of course it was!  We made a clown and a bumblebee and following, I've included the materials and methods we used for each of our pendants.  But, depending on what you have in your own box of stuff, all sorts of beads and bobbles and bits could be stringed together differently to make all sorts of characters".... Read more

Tutorial - Watercolor Abstact Stripes Art
Find a photo that grabs your attention and use the colors from it

Tutorial at Grow Creative Blog

"Ok, I realize that I make a lot of stuff with stripes.  I recently concocted a new abstract watercolor design using them. They're just that cool!  Here's how you can make your own:  Materials: watercolor paper (any size),  watercolor paints,  paint palette,  watercolor brush- a small flat one works best,  water,  paper towels".... Read more

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tutorial - How to Make Glassy Doll Eyes
Use for all kinds of crafty projects

Tutorial at Cassie's Creative Crafts Blog

"I have researched all of the eye tutorials on the web and they are all wonderful and I have tailored it to what works best for me.  This is a WIP/tutorial. This is my VERY first tutorial, so I hope I do things right. I understand this may not work for everyone. If you have any ideas or advice, please let me know. I will try to include where I get certain products (incase you would like to know".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make Recycled Tube Wall Art

Floral wall art made with toilet paper tubes
Tutorial at The Chilly Dog Blog

"Many thanks to the folks at Tombow for providing the adhesive I used for this project. Check out their Projects Page and the TombowUSA blog for more creative ideas! Also many thanks to my friends and neighbors for helping me collect the other primary project material, toilet paper tubes".... Read more

Tutorial - New Bag for a Folding Camping Chair
Is your camping chair bag falling apart?  Use it to make a new one out of a strong fabric.

Tutorial at Maiden Jane Blog

"Do you need a new bag for your folding camping chair? Is yours made out of nylon and falling apart at the seams? I'm embarrassed to show you my bags, but here is one.  We use our chairs for picnics, baseball games and the beach. It did not take long for the nylon bags to rip. If you look at the bag below, my husband (ingeniously) turned the bag upside down, so that the ripped side is the new opening and the drawstring side is the bottom".... Read more

Monday, July 28, 2014

Tutorial - How to Hem Jeans
Hem jeans so they don't look hemmed

Tutorial at Simple Living Blog

"I had 5 pairs of jeans to hem. Kev is such a shortie.. nearly all his jeans need hemming.  I'm such a lucky girl, lol, I did a google on hemming jeans.  I new the look I wanted but couldn't find anything. The only ones I found were if they were only a little bit to long but as you can see in the above photo, they are way way to long so a little tuck wasn't going to be an option with these jeans.  I'm still chuffed with myself every time he wears them".... Read more

Tutorial - Nine Ideas for Using Washi Tape
Tutorial using washi tape in simple projects

Tutorial at Makoccino Blog

"Today I'm going to show you 9 Ideas how you can use Washi Tape in your every day life! These ideas are really simple and easy to recreate. But the best thing is, that everything will look a lot cuter and happier afterwards! I hope you enjoy these ideas and find them helpful! You can get washi tape in any craft store or online btw".... Read more

Tutorial - Raspberry Greek Yogurt Ice Cream
A perfect dessert at hot summer days

Tutorial at The Seaman Mom Blog

"When it’s hot out there and all you do is sweat and sweat and sweat until you feel completely blah, don’t you feel like cooling down with an ice cream or two. Ok, it’s actually more than just a couple but who counts them when they’re so good, right?  I am a big ice cream fan especially at summer time, I would be able to live on ice cream basically but the problem is I hate the store bought ice cream as it leaves a funny taste when the first sweet, refreshing taste is gone. And I bet it’s all because of the artificial ingredients. I tried to read the labels on some and could not understand any of the ingredients except for sugar".... Read more

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Tutorial - Recycle Margarine Tubs into Cute Planters
Plant character whose hair really grows

Tutorial at About Family Crafts Blog

"Knowing my granddaughters were coming for a visit, I prepped the margarine tubs for them to have some fun with.! I showed them how to turn them into funny-faced friends they could even give haircuts to! Not only are these hairy friends adorable, they are a great way for preschoolers to get some practice with scissors and work on their fine motor skills. The grass will keep growing, and your child can keep giving their hairy friends haircuts, as long as you remember to water it and give it some sunshine".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make a Paper Boat Mobile
You can use white paper and color them as you like

Tutorial at Little Treasures Blog

"One of the many driftwood projects I planned to do is this - to use driftwood as a wall hanger. Onto which I wanted to hang paper boats. These I learnt to make as a child and has been  absolutely my favorite origami project throughout the years. To make them you need craft paper, sewing thread and needle and of course - driftwood".... Read more