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  • Try out these DIY burlap craft ideas! You'll be inspired to make flowers, garlands, wreaths, ornaments, and wall art. Keep these projects in mind for any upcoming holidays, seasons, weddings, or events.

    76 Creative Craft Ideas Using Burlap

    76 Creative Craft Ideas Using Burlap

    by Loraine Brummer16

  • Here are some inexpensive ingredients, directions, and tips on how to make hand crafted, vegan homemade soap. With pictures and recipe you can learn to make your own home made soap

    Homemade Soap - How to Make Soap at Home

    Homemade Soap - How to Make Soap at Home

    by Dolores Monet3

  • Learn how to texture metal clay with carving, tear-away textures, photopolymer plates, household items, leaves, food, purchased and homemade mats, molds and tools in this comprehensive guide.

    How to Texture Metal Clay

    How to Texture Metal Clay

    by Margaret Schindel203

  • I design hats for performance art and events. I've illustrated a how-to guide to help you make a Mad Hatter top hat. It's like in the story, but it uses upcycled materials found around the house.

    How to Build an Upcycled Mad Hatter Top Hat

    How to Build an Upcycled Mad Hatter Top Hat

    by Joel Diffendarfer5

  • Learn about gold and silver metal clay formulas from Art Clay and PMC brands plus Aura 22 and AGS (Accent Gold for Silver and the key characteristics and best uses of each formula from those brands.

    Metal Clay Silver and Gold Brands and Formulas

    Metal Clay Silver and Gold Brands and Formulas

    by Margaret Schindel9

  • A great way to use old newspapers is to craft with them. In this article, you'll find ideas, pictures and links to great tutorials. There are some easy and fun crafts for kids too.

    59 Amazing Crafts Using Newspaper

    59 Amazing Crafts Using Newspaper

    by Loraine Brummer119

  • Making leaf rubbings is a fun and quick craft you can do with kids, and you most likely have the supplies at home and in your backyard!

    Leaf Rubbings: Fall Crafts With Kids

    Leaf Rubbings: Fall Crafts With Kids

    by Lisa Auger3

  • Many great ideas for making crafts using milk jugs. Included are pictures and the site names to the tutorials. Crafts for kids and crafts for every holiday.

    40 Awesome Crafts Using Milk Jugs

    40 Awesome Crafts Using Milk Jugs

    by Loraine Brummer12

  • Browse these sweet gift ideas you can make for a mom and her baby. If you need to put something together for a baby shower gift or to make a new mom's care package, use this list for inspiration!

    50 Darling Homemade Gift Ideas to Make for a New Mom

    50 Darling Homemade Gift Ideas to Make for a New Mom

    by Loraine Brummer3

  • An introduction to bronze clay, differences in firing schedules and methods compared to silver metal clay, and an overview of major bronze metal clay brands, formulas and jewelry making techniques.

    Bronze Clay for Jewelry Making and Sculpture

    Bronze Clay for Jewelry Making and Sculpture

    by Margaret Schindel12

  • Thanksgiving turkey crafts for kids, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, and adults.

    58 Cute Turkey Craft Ideas

    58 Cute Turkey Craft Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer23

  • Mason, canning, or glass jars... they can all be used to make crafts. Ideas for kids and adults. Recycled and upcycled Christmas crafts, centerpieces, wedding décor, gifts, and more.

    92 Outstanding Craft Projects Using Glass Jars

    92 Outstanding Craft Projects Using Glass Jars

    by Loraine Brummer181

  • Metal clay must be dry before firing to avoid steam that causes bubbles in the metal. Learn how to dry metal clay using foam, Teflon, a hotplate / cup warmer, dehydrator, hair dryer and other methods.

    The Pros and Cons of Metal Clay Drying Options

    The Pros and Cons of Metal Clay Drying Options

    by Margaret Schindel29

  • These pretty clay birds are easy to make using clay and some household tools. These birds can be made in any size or color and used to decorate your home, garden, door wreaths, or your Christmas tree!

    DIY Craft Tutorial:  How to Make Decorative Clay Birds

    DIY Craft Tutorial: How to Make Decorative Clay Birds

    by Donna Herron26

  • How to make silver, bronze or copper clay oil paste using plant-based essential oil or Sherri Haab Pastemaker and how to use it for strong joins in metal clay. Includes full lavender paste recipe.

    How to Make Metal Clay Oil Paste

    How to Make Metal Clay Oil Paste

    by Margaret Schindel9

  • Learn how to make simple homemade musical instruments such as: drums, flutes, clickers, shakers, sistrum, harmonica, tambourine, ankle bells, cymbals, bongo, guitar, and maracas.

    52 Homemade Musical Instruments to Make

    52 Homemade Musical Instruments to Make

    by Loraine Brummer21

  • Angels have always been a symbol of the Christmas season. This angel wing ornament is a perfect way to add a little holiday spirit to your decorating. Made with polymer clay, this tutorial is easy to follow for a clay beginner or an experienced crafter.

    How to Make an Angel Wings Christmas Ornament With Polymer Clay

    How to Make an Angel Wings Christmas Ornament With Polymer Clay

    by Donna Herron6

  • Easy craft projects for boy scout camps and for boys to make and sell. Simple, fun and easy crafts that boys will enjoy. Craft projects especially for boys to make.

    40 Craft Ideas Especially for Boys

    40 Craft Ideas Especially for Boys

    by Loraine Brummer11

  • Wedding and bridal shower craft ideas. Handmade wedding and shower craft projects to make include decorations, favors, centerpieces, bridal bouquets, veils, headbands, invitations, place cards

    69 Sensational Wedding or Bridal Craft Ideas

    69 Sensational Wedding or Bridal Craft Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer4

  • Learn how to weave flexible metal clay sheet or paper to make woven metal jewelry. This illustrated step-by-step weaving tutorial demonstrates a simple method with helpful illustrations.

    Metal Clay Weaving Tutorial

    Metal Clay Weaving Tutorial

    by Margaret Schindel38

  • This cheery Christmas card features a reindeer head decorated with a crown of holiday leaves and berries. This card requires no special cutting machine and all the templates you need are included. You can add a variety of fun elements to personalize these cards for your friends and family.

    How to Make a Reindeer Christmas Card Without Any Special Equipment

    How to Make a Reindeer Christmas Card Without Any Special Equipment

    by Donna Herron6

  • One of the best ways to spread Christmas cheer is with a handmade card. This festive greeting card features a Christmas tree inspired by quilt designs. Easy and fun to make, this project requires no special equipment since the simple tree template is included in this tutorial.

    How to Make a Quilt-Inspired Christmas Tree Holiday Card

    How to Make a Quilt-Inspired Christmas Tree Holiday Card

    by Donna Herron4

  • Fun, easy Halloween craft ideas. 40+ Halloween craft projects that include: Bats, spiders, ghosts, witches, monsters and mummies. Wreaths, noisemakers, painted plates

    48 Fun and Easy Halloween Craft Ideas

    48 Fun and Easy Halloween Craft Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer24

  • Check out this list for easy Christmas craft ideas for toddlers, kids, teens, and adults. Each of these crafts can be completed in 30 minutes or less.

    52 Easy Christmas Craft Ideas

    52 Easy Christmas Craft Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer5

  • Thanksgiving is all about spending time with those you love. It’s also a great time to do fun crafts with kids. These simple crafts are super easy to make and even more enjoyable to play with and show off to the rest of the family!

    3 Easy DIY Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids to Make

    3 Easy DIY Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids to Make

    by Michele Kelsey2

  • Soda, pop, coke or cola cans, they are all aluminum cans that can be used to make crafts. Can art and craft projects for kids and adults. 30+ things to do with aluminum cans: flowers, jewelry, angels

    37 Awesome Aluminum Can Crafts to Make

    37 Awesome Aluminum Can Crafts to Make

    by Loraine Brummer21

  • A comprehensive guide on gemstone setting techniques in metal clay before and after firing. Learn which stones are safe to fire in place and how to set them in fresh, dried or fired metal clay.

    The Ultimate Guide to Setting Gemstones in Metal Clay

    The Ultimate Guide to Setting Gemstones in Metal Clay

    by Margaret Schindel211

  • Penguins are loved by people of all ages. I've compiled a list of fun and easy penguin craft activities you can do in a classroom or a DIY party!

    34 Cool and Amazing Penguin Craft Ideas

    34 Cool and Amazing Penguin Craft Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer15

  • Make your own holiday cards featuring a Christmas dove and some festive quilt inspiration! All you need is some scrapbook paper, washi tape, and holiday cheer. These handmade cards are fun to make and require no special cutting machine since the dove template is included in this tutorial.

    How to Make a Patchwork Dove Christmas Card for the Holidays

    How to Make a Patchwork Dove Christmas Card for the Holidays

    by Donna Herron6

  • With a few supplies, you can turn an old rubber boot that was headed for the dumpster into a cute and practical flower planter. Add a little whimsy to your garden with this recycled boot flower pot.

    How to Make a Flower Pot out of a Recycled Rubber Boot

    How to Make a Flower Pot out of a Recycled Rubber Boot

    by Claudia Mitchell71

  • Do you have extra buttons around the house that you want to use? Try these fun button project ideas that are perfect for both kids and adults!

    48 Excellent Button Craft Ideas

    48 Excellent Button Craft Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer26

  • Check out these DIY ideas on how to make pop-up greeting cards for birthdays, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s, or Father’s Day. This article includes pop-up card ideas, tutorials, and templates.

    36 DIY Ideas for Making Pop-Up Cards

    36 DIY Ideas for Making Pop-Up Cards

    by Loraine Brummer11

  • Try these fun and easy egg carton craft ideas for kids and preschoolers! It's a great way to upcycle an item you can accumulate easily.

    58 Wonderful Egg Carton Craft Ideas

    58 Wonderful Egg Carton Craft Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer7

  • Unleash your creativity by creating a funky, fantastical paper mache statue. I'll show you how to gather inspiration, sketch your idea and build an armature that will be the frame for your creation.

    Make a Paper Mache Statue

    Make a Paper Mache Statue

    by QuiltFinger95

  • Plastic bottle crafts for kids, preschoolers and adults. Craft project ideas using water and liter bottles. How to make crafts using plastic bottles. Recycle ideas for children. Make flowers, jewelry.

    75 Inspiring Craft Ideas Using Plastic Bottles

    75 Inspiring Craft Ideas Using Plastic Bottles

    by Loraine Brummer33

  • This step-by-step tutorial with photos and text instructions shows you how to turn a few bills of any dollar denomination into a pretty flower that makes money fun to give as a gift for any occasion.

    How to Make a Money Rose

    How to Make a Money Rose

    by Kylyssa Shay454

  • Layered necklaces with multiple chains and charms are a popular fashion trend. These necklaces are surprisingly easy to make with the right tools and supplies. Learn how to make your own boho-style necklace with this tutorial!

    How to Make a Boho Layered Necklace With Pendant

    How to Make a Boho Layered Necklace With Pendant

    by Donna Herron10

  • This tutorial will show you how to use permanent markers and rubbing alcohol to make your own alcohol inks for your scrapbooking and craft projects. I think you will be very happy with the finished product and with the amount of money you can save making your own inks.

    DIY Craft Supplies- Make Your Own Alcohol Inks

    DIY Craft Supplies- Make Your Own Alcohol Inks

    by Jamie Brock55

  • Teacher gift ideas. Creative, homemade teacher appreciation gifts. Teacher gifts for kids to make. Teachers: high school, elementary, preschool, Sunday. Handmade gift ideas for teachers. Inexpensive.

    50 Awesome Teacher Gift Craft Ideas

    50 Awesome Teacher Gift Craft Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer6

  • See what the buzz is around these bee crafts and decoration ideas! Use materials such as paper, craft sticks, egg cartons, clay pot, pom-poms and more. These DIY projects are great for preschoolers, kindergarteners, and adults.

    48 Beautiful and Creative Bee Craft Ideas

    48 Beautiful and Creative Bee Craft Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer6

  • Unbiased reviews of metal clay related products including the Ultra-Lite Beehive Kiln and custom name/logo stamps by Metal Clay Artist Magazine's senior editor and technical editor Margaret Schindel.

    Metal Clay Product Reviews

    Metal Clay Product Reviews

    by Margaret Schindel10

  • 40+ coffee filter crafts for kids and adults. Ideas for making: flowers, butterflies, wreaths, roses, snowflakes, Christmas, Halloween, fall. Coffee filter art projects using food coloring, markers

    46 Unique Coffee Filter Craft Ideas

    46 Unique Coffee Filter Craft Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer30

  • A comprehensive guide to working with Metal Adventures' original BRONZclay brand bronze metal clay. Includes techniques and tips for working with this clay, firing schedules, troubleshooting and more.

    BRONZclay Bronze Metal Clay Jewelry Techniques

    BRONZclay Bronze Metal Clay Jewelry Techniques

    by Margaret Schindel47

  • Tea bag embroidery is simple and fun. It is another way to repurpose a tea bag into a beautiful art project. The possible stain colors and embroidery designs are endless. This craft is suitable for any skill level.

    An Illustrated Guide to Tea Bag Embroidery

    An Illustrated Guide to Tea Bag Embroidery

    by Celeste Wilson9

  • The best Halloween arts and crafts for kids, preschoolers, toddlers and adults. Halloween art and craft ideas to make spiders, witches, ghosts and bats. Fun and easy art and craft ideas for Halloween

    45 Inspiring Halloween Arts and Crafts Ideas

    45 Inspiring Halloween Arts and Crafts Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer40

  • Step by step instructions and photos are provided in this easy tissue paper suncatcher craft tutorial. It's perfect for kids of all ages.

    Suncatcher Craft Project for Toddlers

    Suncatcher Craft Project for Toddlers

    by Claudia Mitchell74

  • I love all of these clothespin crafts. Many of the ideas will be great fun to do with kids or are projects that the kids can do alone.

    48 Classy Clothespin Craft Ideas

    48 Classy Clothespin Craft Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer9

  • Step-by-step instructions on how to make rusting plates, for making rusted papers and fabrics.

    How to Make Rusting Plates

    How to Make Rusting Plates

    by Lisa Vollrath28

  • Fall crafts are those that can be displayed from August to the end of November. In this article find unique and easy-to-do Fall crafts that will make your decorating a breeze. Fall craft ideas for inside and outdoors.

    34 Gorgeous Fall Craft Ideas

    34 Gorgeous Fall Craft Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer2

  • How to make a mosaic table top with ceramic tiles for outdoors in your garden. What are the best mosaic techniques for beginners. How do I grout a mosaic? Ceramic Tiles make an awesome garden table.

    How to Create a Mosaic Design for a Garden Table

    How to Create a Mosaic Design for a Garden Table

    by L M Reid15

  • Learn how to custom paint leather shoes, boots or sandals successfully with acrylic paint and then how to trim and embellish them with rhinestones, faux gems, sequins and other fashion accents

    How to Embellish and Paint Leather Shoes

    How to Embellish and Paint Leather Shoes

    by Margaret Schindel270

  • Hot process soap making is one of the ways to make all-natural soap at home. But can you make the soap really, really pretty? What can you add to it to make it more interesting? Here's an account of some of my recent adventures in hot process soap making. You should be able to learn something, too!

    Hot-Process Soap Making Adventures, with Recipes

    Hot-Process Soap Making Adventures, with Recipes

    by Rachel Koski39

  • A detailed list of basic, nice-to-have and specialty materials, tools, supplies and equipment for working with metal clay. Learn how to build a metal clay toolkit or see what's missing from your kit.

    Metal Clay Materials, Tools, Supplies and Equipment

    Metal Clay Materials, Tools, Supplies and Equipment

    by Margaret Schindel40

  • These Halloween treat jars are a fun crafting project to celebrate this spooky season. The pumpkin jar is an easy project for young children, and making the sugar skull jar is a fun way to teach children about Day of the Dead.

    DIY Pumpkin or Sugar Skull Halloween Treat Jar

    DIY Pumpkin or Sugar Skull Halloween Treat Jar

    by Donna Herron6

  • Learn how to make simple, natural, authentic soap at home, using ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen. Soap making does not have to be a costly hobby - in fact, you may find that it's ultimately cheaper than buying soap!

    Home Made Soap Made Easy, with Recipes for Natural Soap

    Home Made Soap Made Easy, with Recipes for Natural Soap

    by Rachel Koski76

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