Friday, July 25, 2014

Tutorial - Fabric Covered Magnetic Board

A galvanized metal sheet forms the base

Tutorial at Sisters, What Blog

"Sometimes I feel like art projects and random papers are like ivy, they slowly creep all over the fridge until you can no longer see it. Thank goodness for the recycling bin, but Captain Awesome at the wonderful age of 3 is starting to become sentimental. So...we I decided we needed a place for all of his sweet scribbles and art projects. Solution: a magnetic board just for him. I also had this brilliant idea to make a frame for it, and I thought it would be super easy. That is, with the help of my husband. A lot of help that is. My wood shop skills are kind of rusty, so thanks to my wonderful and patient husband, he really helped me through this whole project".... Read more

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Tutorial - Make a Piggy Bank Key Chain
Tutorial includes pattern for this little piggy

Tutorial at Make it Easy Crafts Blog

"The old saying goes…”See a penny, pick it up, all day long, you’ll have good luck.”  So even though pennies aren’t worth much these days, they are still lucky.  Keep a lucky penny from a birth year, anniversary, wedding or just a shiny new one with you all the time on a piggy bank key chain easily created with some polymer clay".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make Watercolor Paper Flowers
Give a splash of color to your paper flowers using watercolor

Tutorial at Curly Made Blog

"As I've mentioned in my last top5 of the week, I've been obsessed with paper flowers, trying different shapes and papers. I ended um making a bunch of white paper roses and wanted to give a pop of color to them, watercolor was the perfect option, the end result is so pretty and artsy. This diy is more a craft idea than an actual tutorial, but the link to the template and all the sources are bellow.  I've tried to make roses in two ways: using the DIY Paper Rose tutorial with a template from Lia Griffith, and cutting the petal shapes myself and gluing them around the floral wire. Both ways are great, although I was a bit afraid of making the roses without a template, it ended up looking just the same".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make a Mandala Painting
You don't have to be an artist to make this

Tutorial at Curly Made Blog

"Sometimes painting is really soothing to me, I don't mind painting complex patterns or shapes as long as I have a nice audiobook to listen to I can be painting for a couple hours without feeling bored. I've been wanting to make something colorful for my living room for some time. Finally last week I got around to do it. Because I wanted something with a lot of color and "kind" of geometric a mandala seemed like a good option. You will need: Canvas, Acrylic paint in different colors, Paintbrush, Permanent pen".... Read more

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tutorial - How to Make a Patchwork Apple Tote
This would make a cute gift for a favorite teacher

Tutorial at Hungry Hippie Blog

"Mia is nearly done with year one (pretty much 1st grade but the ages are about a year younger than the States)....So..... we had to make her teacher a thank you gift so she knows how much she means to us!  Mia gave input for the design and helped me along the way. I thought I'd share what we did here, so perhaps next year you can use this idea for your teacher gift. Mia is very much into mini beasts, so she insisted I add the worm.  Gather red and pink fabric scraps".... Read more

Tutorial - Pom Poms in Five Easy Steps
Colorful pom poms made with just a few materials

Tutorial at My Crafting Nook Blog

"This tutorial is perfect for those kids that love to run around the house or cheer for their favorite shows on TV. It's so easy to make, even they can help you out. What it took: 40 sheets tissue paper = $3.97, 2 toilet paper tubes, any color duck tape = $3.37, scissors, Time: 20 minutes, Cost: $7.34".... Read more

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tutorial - How to Make a Coupon Organizer
Can be used as a purse organizer as well

Tutorial at Joy's, Jots, Shots & Whatnots

"I enjoy making these, because of how they "turn out" like magic.  The way you lay the fabrics together is a unique process to other ways I've seen. This is a revised tutorial from one I wrote in 2012 as my very first guest post which was for Whimsy Couture. That post is now hard to find, so I'm reposting here, because I think you might like to try out this new technique".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make an Acrostic Cushion
A way to use those fabric scraps that are too precious to waste

Tutorial at Simple Living Blog

"It all started when I started sewing lots of fabric scraps together and I made some lovely zipper cases with them and gave them for gifts too...So after doing that I had another great idea ...I'll join some other pieces of fabrics together and make cushions, then I decided to make them even more personal and add their name and turn it into an acrostic cushion...So I joined the fabric strips together in a log cabin and in the middle I embroidered their name ...I quilted it onto a piece of cotton batting  then I lined that was the front completed ...Then I made the backing from some more of one of the fabrics on the front to match".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make a Kangaroo Carousel
Keep the kids occupied by coloring in the kangaroos, adult assemble

Tutorial at Speckled Sydney Blog
"Keep the kids occupied by coloring the kangaroos, adult assemble "Adventure is not outside man; it is within. Well put George Elliot! Clearly you’ve not experienced the ‘adventure’ of life indoors with two kids… during school holidays! Yessir, that’s 14 consecutive days of non stop “mama I’m bored.” And so one must take the adventure outside. We went bush, we went beach, now back home and daughter is still yabbering on about kangaroos and carousels, so we merged the two for this craft activity".... Read more

Monday, July 21, 2014

Tutorial - How to Make a Wrap Friendship Bracelet
Perfect project for children to make with their friends

Tutorial at Curly Made Blog

"Hi everyone, for this project I wanted to get back to the basics and this DIY is one of the first friendship bracelets I learned to make. I have a bag full of threads and used to make bracelets for myself and  give to my friends, I've even made some matching ones.  This is super easy to make and great if you are beginner in the thread bracelets department, or if you just want something quick and simple to make with your friends.  I added a clasp to my bracelet to be able to take it off easily, and actually I think it gives a more grown up look".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make Ruffled Curtains
Sew simple ruffled curtains in any length

Tutorial at A Vision to Remember Blog

"Ruffle curtains are all the rage right now.  I personally HATE sewing a million ruffles.  The end result is GORGEOUS, but the time that it takes to get there is more than I have to spare. So here is my simple solution to sewing ruffle curtains by using ruffle fabric.  First you will need to decide the length you want your curtain".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make Mini Sweet Pepper Tacos
A healthy-low carb way to enjoy Tacos

Tutorial at Make the Best of Everything

"I really LOVE Mini Sweet Peppers.  I buy them all the time now – once I figured out that you can get a bag of them at ALDI for like 2 dollars!  I really enjoy adding them to salads for extra CRUNCH!  Plus my 2-year-old really enjoys snacking on them as well.  Whenever I make a vegetable tray for a party, I like to make sure I include Mini Sweet Peppers.  They are colorful, and really do help make a spread look fantastic!  One day last week, I was using up some of my leftover Nectarine and Salsa Pulled Pork ( that I had in the freezer) when I decided that making a little taco inside of a mini sweet pepper would be adorable.  My lunch DID turn out adorable.  And tasty too"... Read more

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Tutorial - How to Make a Cardboard Lampshade
Part one of a two part tutorial

Tutorial at One O Blog

"Ok so my bed lamp is actually this ugly thing made of an old wriggly lampshade and a roundish base which I’m not sure if it’s more similar to lunar landscape or lerdammer cheese. Gosh! The only good thing is the color, yellow, but considering the bedroom is orange and blue, well you can imagine. So off we go to make an extreme makeover, which is kind of an experiment as I’m not so sure what the end thing will look like. The tutorial is divided into lampshade and base making as they’re pretty long tuts. To make this polygonal cardboard lampshade you’ll need".... Read more

Tutorial - Sundress with a Crocheted Yoke

Step-by-step tutorial with pictures

Tutorial at Tales of a Crafty Mommy Blog

"I have had this turquoise chevron fabric from Hobby Lobby in my stash for over a year. There have been numerous plans to use it, until finally the light bulb went on… As you may have noticed I enjoy combining fabric and yarn into one project as I did for this owl and the owl baby boy outfit.This time, I made a sundress for by baby!!! ½ yard fabric, cotton yarn, I crochet hook,sewing notions,Crochet Collar Pattern".... Read more

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Tutorial - How to Make a Large Clock
Find a shape you like and design your clock

Tutorial at A Vision to Remember Blog

"My biggest problem is my living room walls are HUGE!  I have cathedral vaults and so it is hard to fill up wall space with a bunch of small frames.  Then it starts to look cluttered.  So I needed a BIG clock.  My other problem is I... AM.... CHEAP!  I hate spending money on decor items.  I worry that in a year I will be bored with it and then where am I?!?  Plus, have you ever looked at buying a clock that is over 2 feet wide?  Lets just say I haven't found one I liked for less than $200, and that one was cheap!  Instead I decided to build myself a clock".... Read more