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  • Search through 60+ crafts that would be fun for teenage girls! They can make them just for fun or to sell. Decorate the bedroom, make bff gifts for friends, and more!

    65 Amazing Crafts for Teenage Girls

    65 Amazing Crafts for Teenage Girls

    by Loraine Brummer30

  • 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

  • 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.

    37 DIY Ideas for Making Pop-Up Cards

    37 DIY Ideas for Making Pop-Up Cards

    by Loraine Brummer12

  • 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

  • This article is about how to price homemade craft items. It includes the most commonly used formulas for baseline, retail, and wholesale pricing as well as advice on everything from comparing the prices of similar items to the advantages of buying wholesale supplies.

    How to Price Homemade Craft Items: Formulas and Other Considerations

    How to Price Homemade Craft Items: Formulas and Other Considerations

    by Rose Clearfield57

  • 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

  • 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

  • Building your own guitar pedal board doesn't have to be complicated or expensive. This simple rack is easy to make, built sturdy to take abuse, and it keeps your stomp boxes organized with the cables tucked neatly underneath. The size can be adjusted to fit your specific needs. And it looks good!

    How to Make a Custom Guitar Pedal Board

    How to Make a Custom Guitar Pedal Board

    by Anthony Altorenna0

  • Recycled thick Woolen Jumpers are used to create hanging basket liners. Follow these simple steps to create a hanging garden of your own. Fill it with herbs or flowers to create a riot of color.

    How to Make Hanging Basket Liners With Wool Sweaters

    How to Make Hanging Basket Liners With Wool Sweaters

    by Sally Gulbrandsen78

  • Kids love to make dragonfly crafts. You'll find project ideas, facts about dragonflies, pictures, and links to craft sites with tutorials in this article.

    26  Beautiful Dragonfly Craft Ideas

    26 Beautiful Dragonfly Craft Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer10

  • Looking for Thanksgiving arts and craft projects? Try these reaths, garlands, pumpkins, turkeys, pilgrims, scarecrows, and more! Links to tutorials included.

    40 Best Thanksgiving Arts and Crafts

    40 Best Thanksgiving Arts and Crafts

    by Loraine Brummer152

  • 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 Schindel39

  • 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

  • This article is a big round up of coaster tutorials. It includes coaster tutorials for fabric, tile, and more. There are links and photos for all of these tutorials with additional resources for some of them.

    How to Make Coasters From Fabric, Tile, and More!

    How to Make Coasters From Fabric, Tile, and More!

    by Rose Clearfield83

  • This article is all about tips and ideas for craft room studio storage organization. There are lots of photo examples and tips for specific types of craft supplies (i.e. yarn, beads, ribbon, etc.). I include additional resources as well.

    Craft Room Studio Storage Organization: Tips and Ideas

    Craft Room Studio Storage Organization: Tips and Ideas

    by Rose Clearfield20

  • 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

  • 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 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

  • Recycle plastic grocery bags to make useful and interesting crocheted tote bags in varying sizes. Basic step-by-step instructions with photographs are included. Learn how to cut continuous strips of "yarn" from the bags and try this easy crochet pattern. Make something from nothing!

    Crochet Fun Beach Bags from Recycled Plastic Bags

    Crochet Fun Beach Bags from Recycled Plastic Bags

    by Stephanie Henkel37

  • Cane is an excellent fiber to work with. Learn the basic concepts for how to weave with cane. Then make a split cane stool or repair a bentwood split cane chair.

    Cane Weaving - Preparing, Tools & Patterns

    Cane Weaving - Preparing, Tools & Patterns

    by Dawn2

  • 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

  • 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

  • This funky little Christmas tree decoration is made with polymer clay, some sewing pins, and thread. Making this ornament involves some detail work, but it can be completed in a couple of hours and will add a unique decoration to your holiday tree.

    DIY Holiday Craft: String Art Christmas Tree Decoration

    DIY Holiday Craft: String Art Christmas Tree Decoration

    by Donna Herron10

  • Looking for wedding and bridal shower craft ideas? These handmade wedding and shower craft projects include decorations, favors, centerpieces, bridal bouquets, veils, headbands, invitations, and place cards.

    69 Sensational Wedding or Bridal Craft Ideas

    69 Sensational Wedding or Bridal Craft Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer4

  • Learn how to create mosaic designs for a table top from ceramic tiles. 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 Mosaic Designs With Ceramic Tiles

    How to Make Mosaic Designs With Ceramic Tiles

    by L M Reid15

  • 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 QuiltFinger96

  • This article examines the various patinas and related finishes for steel. These finishes either involve oxidation of the metal or are nonreactive finishes.

    Patina Finishes for Steel

    Patina Finishes for Steel

    by Jason11

  • 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 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 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

  • 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

  • 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 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 Brummer8

  • 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

  • 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 Brummer182

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

    58 Cute Turkey Craft Ideas

    58 Cute Turkey Craft Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer23

  • These easy and fun gnome tutorials use styrofoam cones, old socks, circles of burlap, wood scraps, etc. for the gnome bodies, and faux fur, rag mop, yarn, pom poms, etc. for the beards.

    26 Easy and Fun Gnome Craft Ideas

    26 Easy and Fun Gnome Craft Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer0

  • Easy and affordable holiday crafts make a great family project. Create a beautiful wreath that will adorn the special Christmas corner of your home. Here are three simple DIY wreaths that fit the Christmas spirit wonderfully.

    3 Lovely DIY Christmas Wreaths (Step-By-Step Instructions)

    3 Lovely DIY Christmas Wreaths (Step-By-Step Instructions)

    by Deborah Minter0

  • 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 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 Brummer38

  • 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

  • Making beads from roses is a wonderful way to keep special flowers with you forever. It takes some patience, but the results are lovely to wear yourself or give to a friend.

    How to Make Rose Beads From Your Wedding Flowers

    How to Make Rose Beads From Your Wedding Flowers

    by Elyn MacInnis235

  • Have you ever thought of metal as your canvas? It's easier to create designs in metal than you think. Acid etching copper and brass yields endless possibilities with impressive results. If you can stamp it, draw it, or write it, you can etch it!

    How to Acid Etch Metal/Copper and Brass Blanks for Jewelry

    How to Acid Etch Metal/Copper and Brass Blanks for Jewelry

    by Natasha49

  • 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.

    60 Outstanding Lenten Arts and Crafts Ideas

    60 Outstanding Lenten Arts and Crafts Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer30

  • These cute clay mittens are an easy holiday craft project, using only three colors of clay and a few tools. Although I've displayed my mittens as a tree ornament, these decorations could also be used to embellish a festive wreath or as an addition to a holiday gift.

    DIY Holiday Craft: Cozy Clay Mittens Christmas Tree Ornament

    DIY Holiday Craft: Cozy Clay Mittens Christmas Tree Ornament

    by Donna Herron6

  • 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

  • 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

  • Have fun learning experience while crafting this happy elk. This craft with the letter “E” helps children want to learn the sound the letter makes and what words begin with "E."

    "E" Is for Elk (Alphabet Paper Craft for Kids)

    by Jason Nicolosi8

  • 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

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