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  • 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 Brummer28

  • 40+ coffee filter crafts for kids and adults, including ideas for making flowers, butterflies, wreaths, roses, and snowflakes, as well as crafts for Christmas, Halloween, and fall. Many of these coffee filter art projects use other inexpensive supplies like food coloring and markers.

    46 Unique Coffee Filter Craft Ideas

    46 Unique Coffee Filter Craft Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer32

  • 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 Schindel42

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 Brummer121

  • 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

  • A fun craft for kids and adults, these eco-friendly bird feeders are just what your garden needs. Attract birds the earth friendly way by using these easy to follow instructions, including photos.

    Easy Biodegradable Bird Feeders

    Easy Biodegradable Bird Feeders

    by Claudia Mitchell65

  • 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

  • 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 Brock60

  • 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

  • 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

  • Crafts, for kids and adults, using paper towel and toilet paper rolls. Ideas for wall decor, seasonal and holiday items or adults. Easy and inexpensive projects for kids.

    56 Amazing Paper Roll Crafts Ideas

    56 Amazing Paper Roll Crafts Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer19

  • Make 50+ creative projects using old CDs! Even though you may not listen to the music on them anymore, the CDs can still be used for something practical and beautiful that you will enjoy.

    52 Beautiful  CD Craft Ideas

    52 Beautiful CD Craft Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer10

  • 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 Brummer40

  • These colorful angels are made from a paper plate and basic art supplies. A fun activity for any age, these crafty angels can decorate a mantle, hang on your Christmas tree or serve as a tree topper!

    Easy Christmas Craft:  How to Make a Paper Plate Angel

    Easy Christmas Craft: How to Make a Paper Plate Angel

    by Donna Herron11

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  • Turning pieces of driftwood into sculpture is fun, challenging, and rewarding. Half the fun is finding driftwood while walking along the Humarock Beach. The other half is fitting the pieces together to create a driftwood whale sculpture.

    Driftwood Folk Art: How to Make a Driftwood Whale Sculpture

    Driftwood Folk Art: How to Make a Driftwood Whale Sculpture

    by Anthony Altorenna3

  • Learn how to make your first piece of wire jewelry. This ring can be made with copper or silver and can match any outfit. It's easy to do and beautiful in the end.

    How to Make a Wire-Wrap Rose Ring

    How to Make a Wire-Wrap Rose Ring

    by Kena Olausen2

  • 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 Schindel272

  • 65+ unique Easter craft ideas. Here you'll find Easter craft projects for kids and adults to make, including crafts with bunnies, eggs, chicks, and carrots. Learn to make baskets, garlands, wreaths, trees, treat bags, and more.

    69 Simply Adorable Easter Craft Ideas

    69 Simply Adorable Easter Craft Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer16

  • 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 Brummer8

  • 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

  • Learn how to create a mosaic design from ceramic tiles for a table. How to make a mosaic table top with ceramic tiles for outdoors in your garden. The best mosaic techniques for beginners. How to grout a mosaic. Ceramic tile mosaics make awesome garden tables.

    How to Make a Mosaic Design With Ceramic Tiles

    How to Make a Mosaic Design With Ceramic Tiles

    by L M Reid15

  • A collection of vintage-inspired jewelry making techniques including collage or assemblage jewelry, working with brass filigree, cagework or tapestry beading, memory wire bracelets, and patina.

    How to Make Vintage-Style Jewelry

    How to Make Vintage-Style Jewelry

    by Margaret Schindel9

  • 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 Schindel35

  • 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

  • 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 Mitchell75

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

    58 Cute Turkey Craft Ideas

    58 Cute Turkey Craft Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer23

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 Brummer34

  • 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

  • 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 Brummer12

  • Looking for DIY wood pallet craft project ideas? These craft ideas for repurposing old wood pallets include a wine rack, a coffee table, wall art, a bed, a couch, signs, and more.

    45 DIY Wood Pallet Crafts

    45 DIY Wood Pallet Crafts

    by Loraine Brummer4

  • 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

  • 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

  • You'll find over 50 different Lenten Arts and Crafts ideas here, with pictures of the projects and the site names to the tutorials. You'll find this article useful if you teach a Sunday school class.

    57 Outstanding Lenten Arts and Crafts Ideas

    57 Outstanding Lenten Arts and Crafts Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer30

  • Transform your yard into a creepy Halloween graveyard with fake tombstones and clever epitaphs. Here are ideas for funny R.I.P. names and spooky tombstone sayings, plus easy instructions for making your own tombstones.

    Tombstone Ideas for Your Halloween Graveyard

    Tombstone Ideas for Your Halloween Graveyard

    by FlourishAnyway32

  • Do you want to try bringing new life to old calendar pages? Find over 30 fun craft ideas below that are great for kids and adults alike. Make bows, stars, gift bags, ornaments, and more!

    36 Genius Ideas to Upcycle Old Calendar Pages

    36 Genius Ideas to Upcycle Old Calendar Pages

    by Loraine Brummer18

  • Here are a variety of spring craft ideas for kids! I've included a wide variety of spring topics including birds, flowers, insects, vases, wreaths, and more. Welcome spring with a craft project or two!

    29 Easy and Entertaining Spring Craft Ideas for Kids

    29 Easy and Entertaining Spring Craft Ideas for Kids

    by Rose Clearfield28

  • 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

  • A DIY crafting project for making a toad house from a flower pot, and then adding Wampum to decorate the outside of the toad abode.

    How to Make a Toad House

    How to Make a Toad House

    by Anthony Altorenna45

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